YOGA CHALLENGE

Recap: Days 001-004

01/12/2015

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Today I had a bad headache which is likely due to the lack of caffeine.  I’ve been a 2-4 cup a day girl for about a year now and this was my first day without any.  I also found myself a little grumpy and irritable throughout the day.  I am sure this also had to do with giving up caffeine.  I am sure the yoga will help me feel more relaxed.  We did our work out in the evening as we aren’t quite ready to get up early enough.

Food:  We have decided to try juicing daily.  Today we blended kale, broccoli, carrots, apple, blueberry and mango and it was a hit.  I snacked on a banana, hummus, carrots, and a tropical trail mix throughout the day.  For lunch I had homemade salsa, avocado and tortilla chips.  Then for dinner we had a pre-made MadrasLentils with a sweet potato, and a quinoa/rice mix.

Exercise:  I found the workout to be a bit challenging – mostly because it was cold and I had a bad headache.  I was feeling pretty beat and my body didn’t seem to engage the way I expected.  It was still very enjoyable, but I did see myself struggle.  The video blended flexibility, cardio, and strength together.  Travis seemed to end each pose just a second before my body (or mind) was ready to give in.  The ab work was intense as well.

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My headache subsided today, so I’m feeling better in that regard, but unfortunately my son woke up around midnight with an ear infection and crept into my bed crying.  I allowed him to sleep cuddled up with me to soothe him as he woke-up throughout the night in pain.  I attempted a nap during the day, but despite my attempts at relaxation techniques I only drifted in and out of sleep for a bit.  I had trouble stilling my mind as I had so much to get done.  I spent the afternoon outdoors with my kids and got a well needed reminder from my tea.

Food:  We stuck to the same juice blend today.  I snacked on a banana, unsalted organic cashews, hummus and bell peppers, and avocado throughout the day.  For lunch I had another serving of cashews, a slice of muenster cheese and a grapefruit.  For dinner I made a sweet potato soup  served with a side of corn on the cob.  We then munched on frozen grapes for a sweet treat.

Exercise:  When I saw an hour of cardio I cringed, but it turned out to be awesome!  Like climbing a mountain, you work your way up and then the second half is a downward climb.  Travis does a great job of guiding you through some intense movement, but then focuses on nurturing your body through amazing stretches and poses.  Due to the pace of this video, it is so important to watch your form!  Travis reminds you to go into child’s pose if you get tired and I will say that I had to take him up on this a couple of times.

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Last night I slept hard and I drifted off almost instantaneously.  Despite great sleep, I still feel like I am at a deficit.   I started, my period which brought on intense cramps, emotions, and more fatigue.   To combat this I drank some relaxation tea and took several time-outs throughout the day.  My kids were sweet, my son put his hand on my face and kissed my forehead as my daughter wrapped her arm around me and said “we’ll make you feel better mom”.  Sigh…how can you not have an attitude of gratitude in that moment.

Food:  I tried a new juice blend, which did not turn out great.  We blended grapefruit, carrots, apples, celery, spinach, mango, and pineapple.  In the end I would remove celery and the grapefruit.  I snacked on peanut butter & celery, hummus, peppers, avocado, and cashews.  For lunch I had a turkey/ham lunchmeat roll up with muenster cheese, some grapes, and a few tostado chips.  Then for dinner I baked hamburger patties and stacked two with a slice of muenster cheese in between, topped with caramelized onions, portobello mushroom, and a sprinkle of feta on top a bed of greens.  I then drizzled balsamic dressing over the greens.  It was awesome.  After dinner we had  a few grapes and pineapple chunk.

Exercise:  Today was NO JOKE.  My muscles were twitching and every part of my body was engaged.  I definitely think strength is one of the areas that I have the most room for improvement – well, that and flexibility!  There were a lot of yogi style push-ups which I had to drop to my knees to do.  It is certainly a humbling video.  Travis does a great job of leading the program and I often was able to close my eyes, concentrate, and just listen to his voice guide me through the motions.  I listened to my body and simply took breaks when needed.

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I’m still pretty irritable today.  I’m finding my patience low and my overall enjoyment wavering.  I’m hoping as we continue the program and refine our sleep that I will start feeling 100xs better.  I wasn’t feeling the yoga as much today.  I wanted to do our practice midday and go to bed earlier, but that didn’t end up happening.  I felt distracted and not completely engaged.  I’m hoping with a good night’s sleep this will improve tomorrow.

Food:  Today’s morning juice was awesome!!!  We were running low on veggies so we blended spinach,  apples, and pineapple was perfect.  The juice was so sweet and refreshing.  Although we like to put in more veggies than one it was a nice treat.  For snack I had cashews and a banana.  We then had home made sweet potato coconut curry soup for lunch- yum!  For dinner I made spiralized squash topped with spaghetti sauce, broccoli, red peppers, and carrots.  And for desert, peppermint tea, raspberries, and strawberries.

Exercise:  Tonight’s yoga, referred to as the fountain of youth, focuses on holding poses for 3-5 minutes.  I was a bit disappointed in the significant decrease in my flexibility over time and I let that get into my head too much.  My right hip is extremely tight and in some poses (pigeon and double pigeon) I found myself extremely uncomfortable and looking nothing like those on screen (except perhaps the guy in the right back corner).  It was a humbling experience and brought a lot of humility into my practice.  I think that is good though and I look forward to watching my body change.

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