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 6

Today, I did the sixth day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “How to do Sun Salutations.” It’s been at least three years since I’ve done sun salutations (I practiced yoga throughout college until I graduated), and I honestly found the flow a little fast for me. I was mildly disappointed with myself, but that only makes me want to practice harder and get my flow up to par.

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After I finished the video, I had some blueberry oatmeal for breakfast and went to the gym to use the elliptical like I did yesterday. I always listen to the same song to get me going when I work out. It’s “Rhime of the Ancient Mariner” by Iron Maiden. I love how the tempo changes throughout and it gets me so pumped. It’s also 13 minutes long, so I kind of lose track of time because I know the entire thing by heart.

Do you have any favorite workout songs?

After the gym, I went home and had some banana with chunky peanut butter and a mug of hot green tea. I’ve been feeling so much more energetic lately!

Right now, it’s snowing and I already cleaned off my car once. I am working from 2:30 to 11 PM tonight and I’m honestly not looking forward to that.

What are your plans for today?

 

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 5

Today, I did the fifth day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Yoga for Spine Flexibility.” Like yesterday’s video, it was really good to improve posture and I enjoyed doing the poses. I’m actively focusing on bettering my posture when I’m sitting and standing.

After the video, I had some blueberry oatmeal for breakfast. I also did a load of laundry (which desperately needed to get done). Feeling extra motivated, I also decided to go to the gym and used the elliptical for about 25 minutes.

Now, I’m home and continuing my productivity. I got paid today, so I was able to make an extra payment on one of my student loans, pay my Kohl’s bill in full, and put some money into savings. Woohoo!

I also had some Greek yogurt and a cup of green tea following my workout.

Later, I’m going to run some errands with my mom since I’m off all day.

*Edit*

For lunch, my mom and I ended up going to Red Robin. I love it there because they have so many healthy options. I got a grilled chicken breast sandwich with red onions, avocado, bacon, and tomato (in a lettuce wrap – no bun) and got a side salad instead of fries. The worst part (calorie and fat-wise) was probably the blue cheese dressing on the salad. It was still really delicious, though.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 4

Today, I did the fourth day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Yoga for Great Posture” and I really enjoyed it. I admit, my posture is not the best and my back hurts almost all the time (it has since high school). I feel a little better after this session and I think I will start doing these poses and stretches more often, since they seem to help.

Aside from that, I worked from 6 AM until 1 PM today. It was hard dragging myself out of bed so early (and in the cold) to go to work. For breakfast, I had some blueberry oatmeal and a tablespoon of peanut butter. For lunch, I had the peanut butter and jelly box at work (450 calories). We also sampled a new drink at work called the Cascara latte (it was very sweet and I didn’t like it) as well as these new sous-vide eggs (I didn’t like them either and thought they tasted like plastic).

For the rest of the day, I think I’m just going to relax because I don’t feel particularly well. A nap sounds good right about now.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 3

Today, I did the third day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Self-Care Core” and focused on core strength. This was a little challenging for me since I essentially have zero core strength, but I got Matt to do the video with me and that made it more fun. He tried to get me to do some pushups (I literally can’t even do one) and we also did some sit-ups.

For breakfast, we had hot and sour soup with pulled pork that Matt made. It was delicious. Then, we went to Michaels together. I was looking for a piece of wood to make a craft for my best friend (I do pyrography sometimes), but they unfortunately didn’t have what I was looking for. Instead, I got a beautiful new set of colored pencils and a food-themed adult coloring book.

After that, Matt and I went to the mall to walk around a bit and check out some stores. We didn’t buy anything, but we checked out some cool sneakers and skateboards. Later, we went to Shop Rite to get some stuff for dinner. Matt bought a piece of salmon and a cucumber.

Back at his house, I colored while he made some really awesome sushi. After we ate, we watched Kung Fu Hustle which was probably the most visually appealing film I’ve seen in a very long time. It was great.

Now, I’m home and have to be at work at 6 AM tomorrow. Boo.

How was your day?

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 2

Today, I did the second day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Happy Hamstrings” and focused on (you guessed it) hamstring flexibility! This video was also about 12 minutes long. I really like the instructor so far; her name is Jessica Rose. It’s also been a really long time since I’ve actively stretched and I’m feeling very positive this morning.

I don’t have work until 2:30 this afternoon, so I think my mom and I might be going to get new cell phones. I’m really excited because mine keeps shutting down randomly and it’s really frustrating – especially when I need to set my alarm to get up early.

Anyway, here’s some food stuff. I’ll fill in the blanks as the day progresses.

Breakfast: strawberry smoothie with almond milk, small piece of Greek new year’s bread.

Lunch: Leftover chicken stir fry, one oatmeal cookie.