Yesterday after work I ran my fastest mile at 10:47!! I also didn’t have to stop 3/4 of the way through like I did last time because I felt like I was dying. I just wanted to share this with y’all because of the improvement that I’m seeing and as encouragement to anyone else out there who is working toward a goal! Keep going because you WILL get there!
This week of going out and running has been so much better than last week. Yesterday my half mile warm up was faster and didn’t wear me out as much and today running the hills was a little easier. I went faster and farther up the first hill and slower but farther up the second hill. It makes me so happy to see some improvement.
I’ve also been slowly updating my diet to include healthier meals with less sugary snacks. This weekend I cheated a ton, but am getting back on track this week with hummus, low fat yogurt, more fruits, and eating smaller portions at mealtimes instead of gorging myself on every kind of food in sight.
It makes me really happy to see so many changes going on in this area of my life where I have struggled with inconsistency for so long.
I am very excited to say that last night I attended my first hot yoga class with my stepmom! I’ve never done any sort of yoga before or any type of fitness class so I didn’t know what to expect. But when I arrived everyone was so welcoming, friendly, and encouraging! It was such an awesome atmosphere.
Hot yoga is exactly what it sounds like: the temperature of the room matched the temperature outside, which was high 90s, possibly in the 100s since it is summertime in Texas. I was sweating within the first 5 minutes. After 10 minutes my shirt and shorts were soaked and anytime I looked down a puddle was forming on the floor. (Gross, I know, but it is what it is!)
After 75 minutes we were done and I felt awesome! I was amazed at how easily I got into the movements and patterns of the class. I did learn several things that I want to share from my first experience…
1. Breathe. Just breathe and allow your body to relax. Take deeper breathes to help you get through a tougher pose. But do not hold your breath at all! It’s not natural or good for you!
2. Watch others for form but do not become envious or discouraged if they can hold a pose longer or stretch father than you. It’s not a race, and keep in mind that some people in the class have been practicing for years.
3. Hydrate hydrate hydrate!! I cannot stress this enough, even for myself. I drank so much water during the session, but not enough afterwards. Which led to me waking up at 5am this morning gulping water out of the sink faucet. Your body loses a ton of water when you sweat and you need to be sure to put all of it back into your system.
These are the things that stuck out to me from my first experience that I felt would be good to share with you! Tell me about your yoga experiences and please share any tips you have learned!
Lately I’ve been learning a lot about eating healthier, and after my breakdown last semester I want to keep myself in better shape. I’ve been taking a good look at my life and realizing that half of the things I eat are just junk. Nothing healthy is going into my body, except the occasional banana. I also have a horrible habit of overeating.
Exhibit A: To cope with being lonely because all my roommates were out of town I made a dozen cookies and ate them all in one sitting. I am not proud of this moment.
Needless to say, I am not the healthiest person on the planet.
That being said, I want to use this portion of my blog as a way to keep track of how I am doing with portion control and getting some form of exercise in daily.
For example: while I was at job number 2 today I did not have access to a gym because I was babysitting. So instead I got on Pinterest and found simple exercises that you can do at home that don’t require any equipment. It was really great because I could still watch NCIS and the girls were doing their chores. It worked out for everyone.
Tomorrow, my goal is to get up and go for a 30 minute walk around campus. Not running or anything difficult, just walking at a vigorous pace.
Along the lines of portion control, I went and got ice cream today, and instead of having my normal 2 scoops I settled for just one scoop, which ended up being the perfect amount!
I would really love some feedback from my readers: what works for y’all in portion control, what you find difficult, and your successes!