Woohoo Moments

MKANDI7856 - 12:56PM PDT, Sep 14th 2007

mkandi7856
Chico, CA

So have any of you had any "Woohoo!" moments or days this past week? About a little over a month ago, I started incorporating yoga into my weekly exercise schedule. Yesterday, I received an unexpected benefit from it when a co-worker asked me if I had lost more weight in my tummy. I was wearing a clingy knit dress yesterday, and she said my tummy looked noticeably smaller. Wowsers!!! That sure made my day!

Andrea:hi:


JOEY - 9:49AM PDT, Sep 18th 2007

joey
Missouri

Yoga sounds like a great idea.
My whoohoo is getting on the scale this morning and finding myself another 1.5 lbs lighter. CK has worked every week for 3 straight weeks. I was really enouraged by that. Maybe after I loose 30 I'll try Yoga. I don't
think my body will bend very well now. It's great you can do that. Some people can bend over backwards and touch their feet. Amazing!
Have a nice week.


MKANDI7856 - 5:58PM PDT, Sep 18th 2007

mkandi7856
Chico, CA

Good going, Joey! That's great progress! Keep it up and you'll be at your goal in no time at all!

Yoga is very good even if you aren't very flexible. You gain flexibility and strength (and balance, too) from regular practice. I can't do backbends very well yet. I can barely do the Camel Pose. But I couldn't do it at all when I first started, so I have made some progress. Yoga Journal magazine has a good website (www.yogajournal.com) with a special section for beginners. They also have DVDs for beginners available for purchase.

What kinds of exercise do you do on a regular basis? I also do cardio walking on alternate evenings when I don't do yoga. And I do some strength training in the mornings before I get ready for work. That really gets my day going!

You have a nice week, too!

Andrea:hi:


JOEY - 7:49AM PDT, Sep 19th 2007

joey
Missouri

Thanks for the encouragement. I like the stationary bike and eliptical trainer the best. I plan to start on weights in the near future. Seems like if I do too many changes at once, it creates more stress than I can handle. I think the two exercise I;m doing now are pretty low impact and that's why it's comfortable to me.
I'll check out the yoga site, Might be easier to start that before weight training. I know it would be good for the
mind as well.


MKANDI7856 - 1:05PM PDT, Sep 19th 2007

mkandi7856
Chico, CA

Your are wise to take it in small steps. Most people try to make too many changes at once, lose their focus, end up frustrated and quit. It is good to challenge yourself, though. Pushups are my weakness, because I don't have a lot of strength in my arms. So I have been doing pushups every night before going to bed to gain more strength in my upper arms and shoulders. I have seen good benefits from doing them in my yoga sessions.

The thing with me is that if I get too comfortable in an exercise, I get sloppy about doing it. I don't seem to put as much effort into it. But if an exercise is challenging, I want to keep trying to do it, and try to do a little bit more each time. When I first started doing cardio walking, my back was so bad, that it was painful for me to do some of the steps and I wanted to not have to do it just to avoid the pain. But I found a way to do a little more each day, kind of moving through the pain, but gently so I didn't create more injury. That's when I also started doing my strength training. Today, I am amazed at how pain-free my back is and how much more flexible it is. Yoga is also helping with increasing that flexibility and strength.

So, you see, it's not impossible...you just have to be willing to give it time and to work at it.

Oh, yes, yoga is very good for your mind...you focus on your breath and it's very calming and stress-relieving. In yoga, the breath comes first, and that allows you to move gradually deeper and deeper into a pose.

Andrea:hi:

Last Edited: 1:07pm PDT, September 19th 2007

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