New Year’s Resolutions

I have been doing yoga. Though my posting had stopped. There were some days I skipped. The day after Thanksgiving and Christmas day and one or two days of not feeling so hot…but mostly I’ve been cruising right along.

I try to get up early before everyone is up. The twinkling Christmas tree kept me company for the longest time! Every once in a while I do a power yoga class I found on utube just to keep it interesting. I’m still running some, doing body weight exercises and eating primal.

We just went to the farm show where some of the best exhibits are food. I ate meatballs out of a sandwich and a sweet potato. Whew!

We will be returning to the farm show so more looking for the gem protein and veg combo in a sea of junk to come.

Things have been interesting. Though I have not lost any weigh, I am definately stronger. The primary series would always have an ache in some part of the body to go with it. Not anymore. No pains come and stay during the practice. I feel good. My left hamstring I pulled a few months ago is still ouchy but hasn’t slowed me down at all.

Last month I added a strength based work out to improve fitness. It’s just do as many of each exercise as you can (push-us, squats, dips, lunges, pull-ups) then do the plank as long as you can, repeat 3 times. I do this a couple times a week. Then maybe once a week I do sprints (warm up and then very briefly sprint all out, repeat 6 times). I can feel my hamstring screaming just thinking about that. I did these this morning. But no new injury.

The point of the story is, I have not been running since August. 4 months. Brian got me a heart rate/GPS watch for Christmas. I’m surprised to be going between two and four miles no problem. I feel fitter. My neck is still killing me. I just need to do some of my neck/shoulder exercises and I’ll be back to good.

We made a bet with another couple: Who could lose the most weight between now and April 1st? Let the games begin!

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Primal Yoga

Day 23

Wow, that seems like something.  23 Days of yoga.  I’d like to say that I’m different in some profound way.  However, I’m not sure that I am.  I guess it’s like water flowing over a rock here, it is doing something profound, I just can’t see it yet.  🙂

Yesterday was tough.  If it weren’t for Brian saying, “Just do your sun salutations and see how you feel,” I might not have made it.

I’m also doing some other workouts and yesterday especially I did a pretty tough WOW (workout of the week) from marksdailyapple.com and then walked w/ Brian and Ella for about 40 minutes.   After dinner it was yoga time and I was beat.

Today I’m wondering if tomorrow I can do that extra workout again.  I feel the need for speed!

I have changed to eating “primal” as per The Primal Blueprint–just to try it.  I’ll update here on how that’s going too.  I need to eat a bit more locally and probably keep track of carbs so I know how it’s going.  I live in Central PA where there are tons of farms and I just need to find some that are open and nearby to shop from on my Wednesday shopping circuit!  Most farmer’s markets are open on the weekend–not a great time for me to shop.

I’ve found and made some great (yummy) recipes on this journey.  They also are recipes my 1.5 year old daughter loved! Check them out at Paleo Plan:

No Oat “Oatmeal”

Carrot Banana Muffins

Going Primal

Day 7

Great Sunday morning.  Brian took Ella for a  bath and I got to do yoga!

Not much to report w/ the yoga.

As far as the 21 day body transformation (Mark’sdailyapple.com)…these are my goals:

80g of carbs or less (no sugar or grains)

90g of protein or more

Plenty of fat

Plenty of whole foods

No processed stuff

I’ll let you know how tomorrow goes. Today we went to a Halloween dinner party for kids at a friend’s house. Peanut butter M&Ms… Need I say more?

Night night.