Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 107

After Sunday's double my Sciatic nerve was pretty messed up. It was a bit better when I woke up and I did some self trigger point work and stretching. Walking home from work and then to the bus for class irritated it. I did what I could in class. Sometimes I could predict when it'd hurt but other times it would hit me out of nowhere. I'm glad I went to class and I hope this doesn't last long.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 106 - Part 2

I forgot my 2nd towel and my shower supplies. At least I had my underwear! I had a good 2nd class despite some knee pain and what I'm pretty sure is sciatica. I had some strong Standing Bows but had to back off or sit out of a few poses. I've got a bit of a headache now. Time to rehydrate and enjoy the fruits of my roommates' labors, aka easter dinner!
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Day 106 - Part 1

That was probably the sweatiest class I've had yet! I couldn't keep a good grip on my ankles in Standing Bow or my heels in Rabbit. My hands squished on my towel when I pulled myself up for the final breathing exercise. I had some dizzy spots but rested for a second and breathed throught them. Right now I'm sitting on a bench outside drinking the juice I made last night and smelling garlic bread or something and wishing I could eat it. I think I ate my yogurt too close to class this morning because I felt sick and full for the first half of class. Oh well, learning everyday!
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Day 105

It was gorgeous out yesterday and the room felt really hot. I felt better once I started sweating. My muscles have been sore from use but I didn't notice them as much once I warmed up. I worked hard on kicking my leg back in Standing Bow Pose like the teacher explained the other day. I've been able to stay in the pose longer and stronger the last couple classes. My knee is still having issues with Awkward and Triangle Poses. I can handle everything else most of the time. Tree Pose is getting back to where it was before and I've gone down in Toe Stand on my left leg a few times. Patience.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Days 102, 103, 104

102 - I did not make it to class today. I needed a break and I allowed myself to take it.

103 - I again tried to go to a noon class that doesn't exist. I took the opportunity to head over to True Nature Foods for some organic produce to juice and then a leisurely ride home up Glenwood. It was nice to not rush and I made orange-carrot-honeydew juice. I of course regretted not going to class the day before. It was a good strong class even though it took me some time to get focused, but I ended class with a migraine that got progressively worse the rest of the night. My muscles are still aching and my knee is a little off today. I am glad I made it to class after work and it was nice having a friend there. When the teacher was instructing us on the Spine Twisting Pose it reminded me of a baroque dance move and made me almost bust out laughing. I made more juice when I got home. Kale-turnip-apple-celery-lemon, mmm!

104 - I woke up to my period, a feeling of heaviness, and I've been battling a sinus thing again with a low grade fever. I was also worried about getting another migraine. I didn't want to go to class today, but with a little bullying from a friend, I made it there just in time. I sweated like crazy and felt like I had a good focus. I'm exhausted and sore and my cramps started in class. I hope I sleep well tonight!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 101

There is no way that I am stopping even though I kept going back and forth about it. I don't know what I would do with another 2 hours everyday, or without my 90 minutes of meditation. I'd also really miss the people. I did not get enough sleep and my upper body is very sore. I knew i'd be taking it easy in class but then I got hit with a brick of emotions when I got into the locker room. I did Pranayama and one set of Half Moon Pose. Then I sat down, cried, focused on my breathing, meditated and blew my nose. I stayed in Savasana for the floor series except for doing Locust, Tortoise, and Spine Twist Poses and the final breathing exercise. I did Locust because it is good for my wrist, Tortoise because it gives me energy, and Spine Twist because it realigns me. The final breathing helps get out toxins and clear the lungs. It was thunderstorming when I rode my bike home but I felt much calmer.
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Day 100

I had intended to go to the 9:30am class but didn't make it. My body fought waking up and then the bus didn't line up right. My bike was at work, a ten minute walk away. I went and got it and started riding to BYA. I checked the time a few minutes into the ride and realized I had 6 minutes to make a 12 minute ride. I turned around and went home. I ate a piece of leftover pizza and slept for another hour. I made it to the noon class just on time. My body has been pretty sore the last couple weeks with all the make up classes, but I felt pretty good about my 120th class (total). I worked for a few hours and the rest of my 100th day was wonderful!
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day 99 - Part 2

I was really tired after the first class but my energy picked back up as soon as I got back in the room. My legs started shaking right away, but not nearly as bad as my triple last weekend! My arms protested vehemently against being over my head but I told them to shut up. I had a little bit of dizziness today but not nearly as bad as it used to be. Between that and my fatigued leg muscles, I fell down during triangle. It made me laugh, but now I know where my edge is and when to stop pushing it. One more!
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Day 99 - Part 1

Not a whole lot to say about class. I sweated a lot. The nerves in my wrist have been acting up, probably from the weather, and that caused some pain. I got tired and some muscles burned. I worked hard but not too hard because now it's time for #2.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 98

That was so much better than yesterday! I got more sleep, avoided coffee and alcohol, and drank kale-turnip-apple juice before class. My hamstrings feel tight and it was making my knee a little weird. I went into Toe Stand, with my good leg only, for the first time since my knee started bugging out. I put a lot of focus into Standing Bow Pose and felt pretty good about it. I'm doing a double tomorrow and then Monday is day 100!!!
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Day 97

I've learned that drinking a small amount of spiked coffee and not getting enough sleep makes for a shitty yoga class. Fortunately, I realized that it was going to be a rough one when I didn't start sweating right away. I took it easy, because I had no other option, and made it through. A couple months ago I would have fought it and ended up hurting myself. I'm learning.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 96

What a difference sleep makes! I actually had a little more sleep than I should have but I'm okay with that. My body felt pretty fatigued in class but I was able to do more on my knee than the last few days. In the last week or so I've been trying to figure out what makes me fall out of Standing Bow Pose. I think the issue is that when I bring my chest down and my leg up my weight shifts around on my standing foot. If I try to keep my weight forward I topple over. If my weight goes back to my heel then my knee unlocks, which I've only just recently been able to keep tight. I think this one calls for asking a teacher for advice. 5 more classes in 4 more days!
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Day 95

Even though I haven't drank alcohol since Thanksgiving, way before I started this challenge, I still do other stupid things that make class more difficult than it needs to be.  For instance, getting 2 1/2 hours of sleep after a double is a really stupid thing.  Eating gluten is another a really stupid thing I do.  I keep risking cross contamination and dealing with little symptoms.  So, no sleep, diner food and work before class last night was just stupid.  I felt like shit but I made it through class.  I still had to go easy on my knee but it was better than the day before.  I managed to do at least one set of all the standing poses and tried to stay standing as much as possible.  I think I drifted off a little in the floor series, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.  It was a pretty good class for being so exhausted and I'm glad I made myself go.  I got a full night's sleep but I still feel exhausted, so it might be time for a nap.  Single classes now until Saturday, then next week is all early classes because of evening plans and working late.  Somehow, I'll have to get myself to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Day 94- Double Time

I went to both evening classes on Tuesday and they flew by.  I had more energy in the first class, but I still think I did pretty well in the second one.  My knee started burning so I had to back off a bit.  I made a juice for between classes but the orange and the ginger clashed, so I only drank half of it.  I started playing around with my roommate's juicer saturday night, and It's been fun!  I didn't drink a juice on day 93 and I think that's why I didn't sweat and got too hot.  I like that I am getting more fresh fruit and vegetables.  It gets me more calories and nutrients but it also hydrates me.  I've also been trying to make sure I get more water than I was.  I was exhausted after both classes and left my bike outside BYA, since my knee was bugging me.  One double down, one more to go!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 93

I didn't want to go to sleep last night.  I was physically exhausted but sleeping just didn't happen until pretty late.  I got about 8 hours of pretty decent sleep and then I had to get to my Chiropractor.  It felt great.  I went shopping and found shoes to go with the dress I bought yesterday.  I also found enzymes for almost half the price I was paying at Whole Foods.  That might help me remember to take them with every meal like I'm supposed to.  I snuck in a quick nap at work while the kids were sleeping  I drank a ton of water but I don't think it was enough.  Toward the end of class, I stopped sweating and got really hot.  That made me pretty miserable.  My knee was a little sore and my muscles were protesting so I let myself go a little easier than I normally would.  I still think I had a pretty decent class.  I'm going to drink even more water today as well as making a juice for before my first class.  We'll see what my body has to say about all this after my double tonight!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 92 part 3

A bunch of yoga-buddies showed up for the 3rd class and that pepped me up, got me motivated to go back in the room.  I was feeling alright until I stood up.  As soon as we started Pranayama breathing, my legs started shaking, and not just a little bit.  I got them somewhat under control by the end of Half Moon Pose, but bringing my arms over my head was a very measured movement.  I fell down after the second set of Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose.  This made the teacher and the teacher who was taking class laugh.  I laughed and then focused on breathing.  I did a lot more than I thought I would even though I kept getting muscle spasms.  I felt too tired to do most of the poses, but the teacher's voice kept telling me to do things, so I just kept going.  Standing up at the end of class was a daunting task.  I got a ride home and when I walked up to the house my roommates told me there were beef and vegetable kabobs, rice, chicken and potato salad inside.  What a way to end the day!  Now, I must sleep because my brain has not been working for a while and I have to get up at 8am for my Chiropractor.

Day 92 part 2

Class 1 had 19 people & class 2 had 20. It's this beautiful weather keeping people outside. I'm super tired and tuckered out a bit towards the end of class. My knee seems to be holding up and i'm taking it easy on a couple poses. Ok, time for #3...
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Day 92 part 1

I have 4 classes to make up before the 18th, my 100th day. So, today I'm daring myself to do a triple. Class 1 went well. I sweated a ton & worked pretty hard. My knee was tolerable for most poses. I had acupuncture on it and my wrist yesterday. I had a waffle-egg and two glasses of water before class & had a decent night's sleep. After class a yoga-buddy and I walked around because It's gorgeous out. I really needed to buy a belt because my shorts were too big & falling down. I found a summer dress and I can't wait to find appropriate shoes and wear it! I drank kale-carrot-apple-orangge juice and ate some macaroons. I made juice last night for the first time and it is now going to need to be a part of my day. My lower back is tight and restricting some poses. I was supposed to go to the Chiropractor on Thursday but I totally forgot. I have an appointment tomorrow before work. I wandered up to the Brown Elephant and bought 2 records and 2 belts. Time to get my ass back in the room for class #2!
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