Hey friends! Hope you all are enjoying you beautiful Saturday. It’s absolutely beautiful where I live. As many of you know I have been working hard to get into shape. My cardio is great. I took a cardio vacation this week and concentrated on my strength training and my yoga! Oh. My. Gosh, I am in for a sore weekend. Literally my entire body is jelly right now and typing this post is hard! I wanted to share some of my favorite yoga positions that really give you a work out. I do not have of me doing poses yet but those will be coming out soon!
*All images are provided via Google and Pinterest!
This is what is called Adho Mukha Savanasana or Downward Facing Dog. This is one of the first poses I learned and one that gives you a great quad stretch. When I first learned yoga this is the pose that made me feel really good. I felt like I was becoming a yogi!
This is Reversed Tabletop Pose. I couldn’t find the correct name for it but this one is a big challenge for me! It really works my arms, shoulders and mt wrists!
This is Ustrasana or Camel Pose. This is my new favorite. I feel like I am well on my way to backbends with this pose.
Kaptosana or Pigeon Pose is another of my favorites. It opens your chest while stretching your hips and legs. This pose makes me feel really flexible!
This is star-gazer pose. This one really works to help strengthen my wrist and arms because you are somewhat planking.
Those are my favorite poses. Soon enough I will have my husband take a picture of my progress through this yogi life!
Hey friends! Today I wanted to share a little bit more about getting healthy and the journey I am on! So recently I have upped my running and my strength training but I have not lost anymore weight. This is because I have reached my plateau. During a weight loss and fitness journey once you find something your comfortable with and continue to do it, your body becomes accustomed to it and it holds on to more stubborn fat. The idea is to trick your body! Mix up your routine. My God-daughter Desi is a fitness junkie and she gave me some amazing tips and I will share them with you! As well as what I have learned so far.
Step 1: Its a marathon not a sprint. Although I HATE this quote it is very much true. I thought if I started running the weight would just melt off… Not the case and I have had to change my eating habits and add to my routine.
step 2: eat good food. I am a sucker for a good cheeseburger and I love ice cream. You cant live on these unless you want to put your health in danger. I used to eat anything I wanted and now when I eat bad I feel guilty… I never thought I would be able to say that. everyday I have my coffee, a meal replacement shake, my lunch which is usually string cheese and or veggies and my dinner which as of lately has been steamed veggies and brown rice. here are some other ideas Desi gave me…
Step 3: Just do it. I used to dread my run in the mornings. I would sit there with my coffee and make up reasons in my head as to why I couldn’t run and then try and give myself validation for it. I finally realized if I want this as bad as I think I do, then just do it. Get off your ass and so something.
Step 4: pick fun routines. I know that for some of you that may sound stupid, but your body knows and preps itself for the same routine everyday. Play a trick on it and chose something different!
Well those are all the tips I have for right now. Check back for more on this journey. I have to go and run now 🙂
Hey Again Friends. The blog bug has bit me today! Yesterday I did a post on the fitness journey today I am sharing my goals! To most of you this is a bunch of half-naked women. To me its a state of mind. These women are built, beautiful and successful. What more could a girl want right? I use these pictures to remind myself to work out, keep my head high and keep working on myself 🙂
My whole life I have been a bigger girl and it’s always bothered me but it was something that I never let the insecurity show. I was teased relentlessly. I remember running on the playground and a group of boys called me Godzilla. It hurt but I kicked sand in their faces and got talked to by the recess aid. In 6th grade I was at my chubby awkward phase, where i was squishy all over. I wore a shirt that said babe and some asshole, who shall remain nameless laughed in my face and said “you wish!!”
I have been told my whole life that because I am short I have to stay thin by a handful of people. Thankfully I had a mama who told me to be me whether I was skinny or chubby, as long as I was healthy and happy! I lived by this for a long time. Then the weight started to pack on. I was depressed and my anxiety had gone through the roof. I was heavy and unhappy. It lasted for years and has just started to change. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I began caring about myself in November. I realized that I was not healthy even though I was happy. This had to change. I stated my cardio and built that up. For stress relief I began doing yoga and I am very impressed at how flexible i have become in the 2 short months. I watch what I eat (but i cant say no to Ice Cream) I began selling Health and Wellness products with a rad company and I am still a work in progress.
I have worked very hard the last 7 months and there are still days when I wake up and dread my run. I make myself get up, regardless of how tired or sore i am and I run. It feels amazing even when I am so exhausted I can’t imagine staying awake the rest of my day! I am learning that I can push myself that extra mile literally and i can stretch this way just push a little further.
If you’re feeling down about yourself. Just know that you are beautiful the way you are. People will always try to make you feel less than you are. Ignore it! You are fabulous! Work hard, be healthy, and enjoy everyday because life is TOO DAMN SHORT!