30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 17

Today, I did day 17 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Light Yoga Backbends.” Since my back causes me the most pain, this video was especially beneficial. Additionally, I’ve been trying to do wheel pose and bow pose every day to help strengthen my back. Today was the first day I was able to get my hips off the ground in bow pose! That made me incredibly happy.

I also spent thirty minutes on the elliptical today and upped both the resistance and the incline. I felt so energized when I was finished.

As far as food today, I had oatmeal and a banana for breakfast. For lunch, I had the veggie and rice bowl at work. When I got home, I had some leftover beef and vegetables for a snack. For dinner, I had a big salad with some pinto beans for protein. I also had a little bit of hazelnut chocolate as a treat.

I spent some time coloring in my adult coloring book and listening to music. I don’t think I could go a day without music; it is incredibly important for my sanity and helps me to relax. Today, I’ve been listening to the Cure, New Order, and Coheed and Cambria.

What kind of music do you listen to?

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30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 16

Today, I did day 16 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Happy Yoga Lunges.” I have been feeling the burn all day, but my legs definitely feel good because of it. The stretches were deep and I had to concentrate on my breathing and balance.

After today’s video, Matt came over and we went to the gym together. We focused on arms and my lack of upper body strength is pretty sad. Going to work more actively on that, though. We also ended up playing shuffle board for a while. That was a lot of fun!

A little bit later, we took a drive to Windward Beach. It’s a really nice park by the water and we had some fun taking pictures.

We went to Point Pleasant and walked around a while, even though it was a little chilly. I got a yummy coconut smoothie and we wandered around an enormous antiques shop. Then, we stopped at a little tavern for a drink. We also shared a chicken caesar wrap and didn’t finish all the fries! It was hard because I wanted to stuff them all in my face, but I resisted.

For dinner, I had some salad and chicken soup. Tomorrow I have to be at work by 6:30 AM, so I’m probably going to pass out relatively soon. Today was such a wonderful day.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 11

Before I write about Day 11 of my challenge, I just wanted to say what a wonderful day I had. I worked from 6 AM to 2:30 PM. My shift went smoothly and I got to work with people I like. My stress levels are surprisingly low and, because it was quite uncharacteristically warm out earlier, I drove home with the top down on my convertible. It was glorious.

Anyway, I did the 11th day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Yoga for Open Shoulders.” Matt came over after work, so we did this video together. The poses were great for my shoulders and back after a long day at work. Having Matt with me so we can laugh at each other was fun, too.

After the video, we went to the gym together and did some exercises with weights. I have next to no upper body strength and that’s something I really want to work on. Then, we took a nice walk up to the lake in my community.

When we got back to my house, I made dinner for Matt and my mom (which never happens because Matt’s a chef and I’m really self-conscious about cooking for him.). I made garlic and basil quinoa with steamed broccoli, tofu (marinated in something Matt whipped up), and mushrooms with garlic. It was delicious and much better than I was expecting it to be.

After dinner, we watched Rush Hour and just hung out together until Matt had to go home.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 10

Today, I did the tenth day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Low Back & Hips Standing Poses.” This video was really fun and I am officially 1/3 of the way done with this challenge! My back pain is feeling a little better every day and today’s video really helped me to get some pops and cracks out. It also helped me get pretty energized before work.

For breakfast, Matt made a really yummy egg drop soup with some leftover vegetable dumplings (just two each) from our dinner last night. For lunch, I had the tomato mozzarella panini from Starbucks (420 calories). I also had a fruit cup on my break and some yogurt with granola and blueberries when I got home.

It was a strange day at work today. I was only scheduled from noon to 4:30, but we actually ended up closing the entire store at 4 due to a water filtration issue. Apparently, there was a fire at a nearby construction site and they had to flush the fire hydrants (or so we were told). Our water was coming in bright yellow. Totally crazy.

Right now, I’m just hanging out at home until I go to my monthly PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meeting. Just in case anyone was wondering, I am a straight ally and my blog is absolutely a safe space. If anyone ever needs someone to talk to, please feel free to reach out.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 9

Today, I did the ninth day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Yoga Poses for Balance.” I’ve definitely been away from yoga for far too long since I pretty much stumbled and fell through this entire video. It was surprising to see how horrible my balance has become and I was really upset with myself. This was the first video I actually paused and did a few breaths in child’s pose instead of following the instructor because I just couldn’t keep up with what she was doing.

However, tomorrow will be better.

I’m off all day, so Matt and I will probably check out some consignment and antique shops. That’s something we always enjoy doing together.

What’s something you’ve struggled with recently?

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 8

Today, I did the eighth day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Seated Flexibility Yoga Poses.” I found this video relatively boring compared to the previous ones; it was pretty much a filler video. However, I completed it nonetheless. Nothing much else to discuss.

I went to gym, though, and used the elliptical for about 25 minutes. Every time I go, it becomes a little easier for me! Might start trying to do 30 minutes soon.

But now for the most exciting part of my morning…

I’ve lost six pounds! I honestly can’t believe it.

Anyway, today I will give my doggy a bath and move some furniture around in my room. I don’t have to be at work until 4, so I have lots of time to be productive.

What will do you do today?

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 7

Today, I did the seventh day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Yoga to Ease Low Back Pain.” I liked this video a lot, especially since it focused on pigeon pose (one of my favorites). Pigeon is also an excellent hip opener. I feel really good right now, too, because I spent a lot of time yesterday shoveling snow and cleaning my car off. That was not fun for my body.

Speaking of snow, it was pretty terrible yesterday. I got to work early because the roads were bad (my 15 minute drive took me about 40 minutes) and as soon as I got there, the plaza manager called our store and told us that everyone would be closing at three. However, we actually had to wait for our district manager to tell us when to close, and we ended up staying open until 5. Literally the only store in the entire plaza.

People still came for their coffee, though. In droves. In a blizzard. It was insane and I was having a lot of anxiety because of it. We did everything we needed to get done and were out of there by about 5:30. I had to shovel my car out of the snow since a plow hadn’t come through the parking lot.

Driving home sucked, as it was now dark outside and still snowing. When I got home, though, my mom had made a yummy beef broccoli stir fry and I ended up watching Seinfeld in bed. Let’s see what today brings.

What are your plans?