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April 01, 2015

Training for Tuesday ... on a Wednesday

**I forgot to post this yesterday even though it was written and so we get Training for Tuesday on a Wednesday. Let's just pretend today is Tuesday mmkay. It's April Fool's day (Happy April Fools) so its totally acceptable to play pretend. Also since I'm pretend posting this on a Tuesday but really its Wednesday, I got the opportunity to read the other posts and Kristen's post and her honesty about her half marathon is refreshing and real and shows the ups and downs of running. Go read it. 

Longest. Disclaimer. Ever. On to the post:

A Change of Pace

This post is not going to be a long one. It's really about my new found love. Yoga. A little flashback: A while ago, well January really, I decided to really buckle down and get fit. And more importantly to  get in a healthy space. I had already started running at that point and I had already begun to love that. I try to spend most of my evenings in the gym, though I do falter here and there. I get my running in and have been trying not only to lose weight but be "in a good space" - I can't really describe the space I'm talking about so let's roll with it - it was a perspective shift. I love running and really want to improve at it (and I have significantly - I will continue always) but I've now found another exercise that I adore just as much! 

I had two friends who tried hot yoga a while back and they had a love/hate relationship with it. Anyhow they convinced me to give yoga a try. And I did and I hated it and thought I'd never get with that again. I never could get the poses down and at the time I thought "I could never lose my excess flab doing this ish" so I stopped. Earlier this year after I had seen some of Alyssa's posts and some friends over here began to pick up yoga again, I decided to try it. And I love it. You see with the January perspective shift, its not longer about the excess flab, its about loving the healthy lifestyle I've adopted, Its about pushing my body past what I thought was capable and it's about just enjoying it. I enjoy it so I do it! Do I want to lose a couple more pounds? Yes but that thats not why I love and continue to do yoga. I do it because I enjoy it. It relaxes me, it relaxes my brain, its calming. Yoga after the gym is the best thing ever.

I do have to say that the yoga classes where I live are pretty pricey and budget-wise I chose to pay for the gym instead of yoga. I therefore do yoga videos predominantly. Alyssa recommended some channels for me and this one has been my go to! I bought a yoga mat and it's been game on ever since. Between running and yoga I think I have found peace with a fitness regime.

Now for some goals:
1. Attend a live class - I can afford to spend the money on the expensive monthly classes but i don't want to, but I do want to see what a live class is like!
2. Try a new routine every week
3. Practice about 4 times a week
4. Learn to split - I mean ... In the spirit of honesty I had to throw this one in ha!

Have a great Tuesday Wednesday guys! 

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  1. Great goals girl! I love taking live classes because I feel like they motivate me more. And love the honesty about the splits! Good luck!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. see if your local yoga studios offer promos for new folks; that's what my yoga studio did - $40 for 30 days of unlimited classes. or groupon!! there are always a ton of those flying around.

  3. This post is right on time!! lol I'm having really bad back problems (I'm too young for this!!) and I heard yoga helps. Maybe I'll give it a try.

  4. I totally know what you mean about the perspective shift and the "good space." To me that's one of the greatest advantages of having a solid yoga practice and relationship with running! (and yes, you will keep improving at running, I swear!)

    These sound like great goals, and I'm glad Adriene's classes are working for you! As for the split, it's totally attainable. It takes work and time, but it's attainable! One tip: Try to stretch for ~5 minutes every day, even if it's not a yoga day, just to keep those hamstrings and hip joints in motion. Good luck! Thanks for linking up :)

  5. It's always good to have goals to accomplish. It gives us a purpose. You know, I've tried yoga and for some reason me and yoga don't get along lol. I'm more of an active cardio person who meditates. I know weird lol. And I don't know how to split either girl lol.

    Kay of Pure & Complex

  6. I love this post and your goals!! I am trying to keep my mind on the fact that I am setting up a healthy lifestyle for myself, and not just something to do to lose weight. I am trying to remind myself that everything I eat effects not just how I look but how I feel. Me and food have always had an unhealthy relationship and it is so hard to break up with old habits!

    I have always hated running. Hate hate hate. When I decided to do the C25K program, it was more to prove to myself that I could do it if I really tried. And tried I have!!! Will I stick with running once it is finished? I will do something on the treadmill because we have one and it will be the way I get my steps in and get my cardio on...but I am not going to force myself to sign up for races or anything unless it is something that I just become passionate about once I can run longer. I am still trying to find my fitness passion. I love lifting, but it doesn't blast fat so that is what my goal is...to find something that blasts fat that I love. Cheers to healthier you and me!!!

  7. I am so not bendy so i always hated them but since I got PiYo I have been liking it more. It does help with balance and flexibility which I am seriously lacking in.

  8. I recently fell in love with yoga too!! It's one of the first athletic things that I wasn't able to just get on the first try..and I am used to just blowing through things and rushing to the end goal but yoga is like - NOPE! I love that feeling of pushing your body to do new things every day but in a completely different way than any other exercise I've done! Yay yoga!

  9. These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  10. Very inspiring post! I love yoga and Pilates. Haven't done either since thr kids. But they are the best forms of 'relax-ercise' indeed.

    1. i love them too!! Relax-Excise is exactly what yoga is to me!

  11. I have never been able to do a split in my life until pure barre! You can totally do it girl. I will send you that pin about how to stretch your way into a split. You can totally do it!!!

  12. I totally LOLed at "I could never lose my excess flab doing this ish"...It makes me kind of sad to see yoga for weight loss videos (or even running for weight loss workouts, really) because that just isn't the point of yoga to me. That's not to say that you can't or won't lose weight doing it, but it just makes me sad to see weight loss as the primary focus of any workout. That probably makes no sense because a lot of times the point of working out IS to lose weight, but I think if you look at it that narrowly, you're missing out on a lot of other benefits.
    My relationship with yoga has been rocky and inconsistent but I recently had a similar perspective shift. I used to only feel like it "counted" if at the end I felt like I had really worked out. Now I don't even factor that into the equation. If I feel like I need or want to do, I do it!

  13. oh gosh i love this post girl!! yes yes yes to loving the healthy lifestyle. so true. and thank you for the shout out, you're so sweet!!
    it took me a long time to feel like i was actually 'working out' when i do yoga, and like you said, it's got to not be about the weight it needs to be about my heart (like, not having a heart attack haha) and lifestyle. that's what is important.
    so happy for you! really. you're awesome. you should totally go to a live class, i've only been to one (well, in the last 5 years anyway) and it's already been super helpful. and hahaha i'm never gonna do the splits.

  14. This is such a great post! I've been trying to get into a healthier lifestyle recently but I've had some setbacks since life tends to get in the way. I definitely need to get back on it though! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo, Dolce // http://www.mydailysweet.com/
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  15. Great goals!

    I can't take Yoga seriously, but I know lots of people who love it.

  16. i took one yoga class and must have really engaged my core because i tooted. i never went back! most embarrassing moment everrrrrr.


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