Day #42: Thursdays Are Not My Favorite

They just aren’t.

I didn’t make it to class (again!) this morning, but I was so very good yesterday that it really doesn’t matter that much. I weighed in at 155.6 lbs when I got up today, and it’s really awesome. I’ve been eating lighter and exercising every day, sure, but overall it’s not like I’m working all THAT hard, and here I am almost 9 lbs lighter than I was a couple of months ago. The last time I steadily lost weight like this was a few years ago, when I dropped to 143 lbs by working out like a maniac and basically starving myself. I don’t want to do that ever again, so I’m happy to be losing gradually.

My body really doesn’t want to give up this weight, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to start working out even more and eating a lot less processed food. Neither of these things are bad, and I knew they probably had to happen. It’s just that I really don’t have time for cooking, and that doesn’t matter – I’m going to have to make the time somewhere. Just like I’m going to have to make the time to get these last few Bikram double down days out of the way, then start running every night, too. When I think about it too hard, I’m exhausted, but after I exercise I’m nothing but smiles. Just got to concentrate on how much better I’m feeling lately.

Talking about feeling better, my back didn’t hurt last night. For the first time in a couple of months, I could turn over in bed without having to gingerly lift my hips, then prepare for stabbing pains as I rolled over. I think it’s the 30 Day Bikram Challenge, finally just working my hips back into their correct placement. I’m definitely getting a much deeper stretch in my thighs, all around, and I think that as I limber up, it’s just going to get better. The chiropractor did tell me if I was going to fix my twisted hips for good, I would have to stretch a lot more. Think it’s finally working! With that in mind, I might extend this 30 day challenge into a 60 day one.

I’m also excited to see my muscles start to get more definition. My legs are looking so much better, and that in itself makes me happy. Back in college I had killer thighs – people used to compliment me on my legs all the time, in fact. Then as I got older, they didn’t necessarily look bad, just not great. I definitely wasn’t going to wear any short skirts or anything! But now with all this work I’m putting in, my cellulite is a lot less noticeable, and I’m starting to burn the fat off of my thighs little by little. It really gives me the strength to keep on going – I want Jennifer Aniston legs!

OK, time to get packing and go to work. I’m supposed to talk on the radio today to promote this event that my gallery is throwing on Saturday. It’s weird – I feel like I should wear something attractive to this, even though it’s the radio and no one is going to see me.  Guess I gotta go get that figured out.

Oh, yeah, so I found out yesterday that I can get my student loan payment reduced. If that happens, once I hit 150 lbs I’m going shopping for some new Fall clothes! Woohoo!


Once More Unto the Breach…

Ugh. Time to sleep. I did my two yoga classes today, went to work, dealt with all of the various client accounts that I’m balancing right now, and also managed to sneak in a phone call with my beloved cousin (really more of a sister to me). Now I’m officially done with my day, and feeling like a little lump of goo. It’s time for some well-deserved shut eye, then up again tomorrow at 5:30 am for more yoga. Trying to figure out if I can realistically do another double tomorrow. We’ll see.

I’m wearing my Zaggoras again. They feel pretty comfy tonight, so I hope that means that I’m finally getting used to them. One thing that I’ve found is that with so much structure and compression in these pants, my back and hips feel more supported than usual. It doesn’t help me sleep better, but when I’m just hanging out around the house, my back feels pretty pain free. I like it. Now if only I could lose some inches on my thighs, too. I’m going to measure on Friday.

Day #40: Getting There

I weighed in at 154.6 lbs today! It’s taking awhile, but slowly but surely, I’m heading in the right direction. Today is Day 18 of the 30 Day Bikram Challenge, and I’m a resounding FIVE classes behind (argh). Today is a double down day, another attempt to close the gap a little. I went to class at 6am, and I’ll go again at 6pm. I’m really starting to like doubles, even though that’s so weird of me, I know. I sweat out so much in the first class that by the second class, even if I’m rehydrated, it’s so much easier to see muscle definition. Since I’m not a muscular girl, and never have been, it’s so effing cool to look at myself and see the beginning of a four pack, or notice real muscles building up in my arms. It’s crazy cool.

Aside from trying to catch up in yoga, I’m not thinking about that much else this morning. Just scrubbed down my yoga mat, since it was getting really stinky. I used dish soap, Borax, and vinegar and a lot of hot water. I’ve never scrubbed a mat with soap and water before – typically I use an antibacterial spray, but that just wasn’t cutting it today. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Oh, and talking about working out, I’m still wearing the Zaggora hot pants every day. I’ve been wearing them anywhere between four and eight hours a day, just to lounge around the house and sleep in. Last night I wore them while finishing up some last minute work at home, and talking on the phone, then went to bed in them, but I woke up an hour later feeling so constricted by the fabric. It’s tough for me to get used to wearing something that tight and non-breathable for great lengths of time. However, it’s my choice, and I’m not going to wear them to work out in until I feel really comfy in them. My thighs are looking a little smoother, but I don’t think they’re any smaller in circumference or anything yet.

I’m going to take a fifteen minute nap before getting ready for work – suddenly got really sleepy. Catch you all later.