As I have mentioned before, this summer my family joined the local YMCA and ever since I have been on a fitness craze. I started by going to the gym every morning, doing about 15 minutes of weight lifting and then 30 minutes of cardio, mixing it up on the treadmill, the eliptical, the rowing machine, recumbant bike, and arc trainers. That was great and after a couple months I have seen good results, dropping three pants sizes but almost no pounds. My trainer keeps telling me to toss the scale because I'm building muscle and muscle weighs fives times as much as fat, yada, yada. I did get serious about watching what I ate for a couple weeks but I admit I have slacked off a bit and have started to indulge my sugar and french fries addictions again. It's gotta stop, I know. Anyway a few weeks ago a new fall session of exercise classes started at the Y and I got really ambitious and signed up for yoga on Monday mornings, Pilates on Wednesday nights, and an aerobics type class Saturday mornings. Yoga is the most fun, and very challenging. The first week she tried to get us to do the Crow Pose that looks like this:
Most of the ladies in the class managed to get up off their feet for at least a few seconds after several tries...except me. I went home and practiced and practiced and I still can't do it! ARGH!
Pilates class is not too bad. Most exercises are very doable for me, except the ones that work the outer thighs and hip flexors. I get nasty cramps doing those.
The first week of my cardio class was nice, with some good low impact aerobics and intervals with resistance tubes, followed by some ab work. This week, on the other hand, was sheer torture. It was very high impact cardio for over 30 minutes, then mat work and weight lifting. I could barely keep up. A million jumping jacks, running laps, and jumping rope, and squats and lunges galore. At one point I seriously thought I was gonna pass out so I had to take a break. Yesterday I could barely move and still today my thighs are super tight.
Anyway I missed last week's yoga class because I was really sick, and this morning I felt totally inept again. She taught us the Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose) and tried to get us to hold our bellies in tight and use our pelvic floor muscles. This was nigh impossible for me. Maybe it's from having a baby by C-section, or maybe it's just that I'm psyching myself out. It looks like this.
Looks easy enough, right? WRONG! Well I must practice, practice, practice! And quit eating candy corn and french fries.
P.S. Congrats to ieatcrayonz, who has lost 30 lbs in the past few months!