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?


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.


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! :)