Monday, October 5, 2009

Day 5: Trying Something New

I think I spoke a wee bit too soon when I mentioned in yesterday's post that I am no longer sore from running. Yesterday's run turned out to be sheer torture, and not only did I NOT enjoy it (at all!), but I actually felt like I might be hurting myself. I powered through it, but when I got home my quads let me know that I really shouldn't have pushed so hard.

I had to lie on the floor all evening and stretch out. A hot shower did help, and a good sleep helped even more, but I am still going to take the day off from running today - despite my best laid plans. I am still going to exercise - I think a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes will do - but sadly, running is just going to have to wait for tomorrow so I can give my poor legs a break. They just don't understand what's got into me the last few days.

And now that the weather is turning cooler, I've decided to get back into hot yoga (Bikram yoga). I used to love it about 5 years ago and because of life changes and stuff, I quit and never went back. I am feeling the call again, and am looking forward to some nice hot workouts. The best part about hot yoga is the calorie burn. A girl my size burns about 700 calories in a 90 minute class. That is insane! I'm not sure I could burn that many calories running uphill for an hour!

I'm going to start next week after the holiday (Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving) and my dear friend L is going with me. She is really excited and it's contagious. I can't wait! I think a mix of hot yoga and running will be a great combination for me. I'd also like to try pilates, I've never done them. Maybe that's next?

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The scale hasn't really budged much in the last few days. I'm trying not to let it bother me, but I must admit that it is a bit discouraging sometimes. In the past, the first few days of losing weight were always so epic, and I feel like I'm off to a slow start. Oh well, I am feeling better already, and that's nothing to shake a stick at.

As I type this, I'm snacking on a crispy granny smith apple, and a small piece of sharp cheddar cheese. It's heaven. Wanna see? Of course you do.

5 comments:

Lindsey @ Sound Eats said...

It sounds like our running habits/ how it effects our bodies is similar. I have to have a lot of variety in my workouts in order to prevent injury/ excess pain with running (and boredom! I like variety!)

I think it's awesome you're going to get back into Bikram. I've always wanted to try yoga at a studio, esp. Bikram, but I just can't afford it right now. I hope it goes well for you! :)

★ nic ★ said...

Have fun at Yoga!! Even though I don't do Birkam Yoga "only" Hatha Yoga I enjoy it sooo much!! It's a nice change from all the dancing too!!
Don't you dare letting you discourage from the scale! I ditched mine a few month ago!! It's just to easy to let yourself slip after a few not so motivating numbers!! You will feel the difference anyways!! But I know how it is, it's just easier with a scale... Just don't read too much in to it!! Hug n. ps: Thank you so much for your comment!! As you can see... You're doing so much better than me!! ;)

JavaChick said...

I find that I need to limit running to every second day. Where you are just starting, it's probably a good idea to ease into it and take a day off in between. You can always walk instead, or do an exercise video/DVD if you have any.

Re: the scale - remember that weight loss takes time. Be patient, it will come.

Sarah said...

Love pilates. Go to a private session once a week. Highly recommend private, but the group classes are usually very good too.

Aggie said...

Hi! Just found your blog through a comment on Kath Eats! I too am in the process of losing baby weight (except my babies are 5 and 2 1/2!!). I've been wanting to try hot yoga...and I think you totally convinced me with the calorie burn. WOW! I love yoga...but have been intimidated by hot yoga for some reason. Need to try it.

Hope you'll stop by! Good luck with your weight loss! I'll be checking back in! :)