Monday, November 26, 2007

Damage Report

That's right it's time to weigh in on how the Thanksgiving Holiday went. Well the title of this particular little excerpt is appropriate... damage indeed! I've gained about 3-5 lbs. over the course of 5 days and it's not pretty (granted I'm sooo PMSing and about to start any second now.) So I'm back on the straight & narrow today and have already promised to lose 7 lbs. between now & New Years with the lovely lady of The DietBook blog (see left column blog roll). I'll get there too! I'm already scheduling work-out dates with my girl Challis and have healthy meals and snacks at the ready for consumption in order to stick with my diet. Oh and you know what eating like a maniac over Thanksgiving means don't you? Detox...time to get rid of all the crappy damage I did to my body over this semi-past week.

More damage to report on the physical front. On Wednesday, I thought I'd treat myself to a nice long work-out since we were excused from work at 3pm that day. So I took myself to the gym and did a nice 30 minute treadmill excursion on a 10 incline at a 4.0 speed and really burned some calories...then I got really ambitious and took a 60 minute yoga class. I haven't taken yoga in a while, due to a shoulder injury that happened while practicing a year ago and I was doing pretty well, my body settled right back into the poses. I was able to go deep into the stretches and keep my balance throughout. My breathing wasn't labored and I easily moved from one pose to the next...but then....the teacher got even more ambitious....she asked us to do a handstand. A WHAT...a handstand...but I just learned how to perfect my shoulder stand and stand on my head...you want me to do a handstand? My gut said this was a BAD thing, but I didn't know if it was because I was unsure and insecure about trying something new that I wasn't good at, or was it because my body knew it was dumb to try something so ambitious since I've been out of practice for so long? The answer was both! And sure enough, as soon as I tried to put my legs up from my downward dog stance, my shoulder popped and I was done for. No inversion happened, and I was stuck holding my arm/shoulder for the next minute. I did finish my practice and had a nice few minutes of meditation at the end, but my shoulder was sore for the next 4 days and still isn't quite up to snuff yet. Other than the shoulder thing, I felt good and energized from my work-out...sadly that feeling didn't last into the next day when I woke up a bit sore...and the next 2 days after that, I could barely walk...Talk about damage...Boy am I out of shape. It's time to really get back into the swing of things. I need to start doing more yoga and pilates, to get my whole body involved. Cardio & a few calisthenics are not enough to keep me progressing. It's time to up the ante.

So the goal: Lose 7 lbs. before New Years, add in more yoga & pilates, work-out at least 5 days a week, and eat really clean and lean. I can do this!

1 comment:

Valerie said...

Yay, BEX! For the goal, not the shoulder injury. :-( That has to have been very painful. I am very impressed that you tried though, I can't even do a shoulder stand...

Definitely factor in the hormonal issues with the weight gain - they're probably a big part of it. It sucks that there's about a 10-day period of every month where we're just treading water...but there you go.

Injury aside, your workout sounds great. We will totally get there...New Year's, here we come!

V.