2 hours on my head

I spent this past weekend inverted, bent backwards and with my knees pressed tightly into my triceps. Now I could make a joke about trying out the Kama Sutra so I did.

I was fortunate enough to join a group of mega talented yogis for an amazing workshop in Canmore taught by Tiffany Cruikshank. Last week I posted that it may be possible that I’d break a sweat and boy-howdy did I ever (drenched in sweat would be the appropriate term).

We learned a lot over the weekend and I got to try out some very cool poses but the best part of it was observing how far my practice has come since I began 3 years ago and what a solid foundation I had. It really made me appreciate my teachers and my peers.

Yoga is typically about letting go of the ego or eggo. I can’t remember. In any case here’s a picture of a cool thing I we learned:

Disclaimer – Mine did not look even close to this

I managed to get both forearms off the ground and hands to face. This was with little grace and much grunting. Also click on the image above to learn more about our instructor and the workshops/training she runs.

As corny as it may sound – I really was inspired after my weekend in Canmore and I’m looking for more opportunities to help expand my practice and keep learning.

For now, though, I’m couch bound due to a cold that finally took hold.

Thanks for reading friends.

PS no one has submitted challenges and I must admit I’m mildly relieved 🙂

 

Oh hai + challenge time

It’s my first Friday back and I can tell you in no way did I deserve fries this week. For instance instead of eating my chickpea salad and going for a walk yesterday I jumped in a Car2Go drove 8 blocks and ate a veggie burger and chili for lunch. It was delicious and I’m not sorry.

However, I am certain I will make that up this weekend while away at a Tiffany Cruikshank workshop series hosted at the Yoga Lounge in Canmore this weekend. While it promises to be very relaxing, the pace of the class should be enough that I drop a bead of sweat or two. I haven’t done a full weekend intense yoga workshop before – I’ll let you know how it goes.

The results are in from the survey about whether or not I should collect points with a whopping response rate of 2 people. One said no points. The other suggested I incorporate the word douchebagging into this post. Consider the latter accomplished.

In the interest of making 1 million internet dollars I do want to write about something that you peeps are interested in. So unless my hits drop off I’ll continue to write about my shenanigoats but there needs to be some sort of accountability and I would like it to be more than just dropping the lbs.

I encourage anyone reading this to send a challenge in and I’ll try to accomplish it each month while blogging about it. How’s that? It does have to be a fitness related challenge and not stuffing 300 candy corns in my mouth. It won’t have a challenge difficulty threshold however please keep in mind my geographical location. Climbing K2 (while still a goal of mine) isn’t really feasible. However, standing on my head for 3 minutes or learning how to box or break dance is.

Okay, hit me with your best shot. I am sure I will regret this.

I’m back … and an informal poll

Hello there,

It’s been over a year since I last posted on this blog and it feels good to be back.Thanks to my friends who encouraged me to start posting again and thanks to my sister for the super sweet logo. Mmmm garden of fries.

I took a look at why I went away in the first place and I believe that it was the over commitment of posting once a day that kind of turned me off. Therefore I’m going to commit to posting twice/week. Once on Tuesday and then again on Friday. I believe that should give you guys some idea on my progress. Perhaps if all goes well and I have something interesting to talk about I’ll increase the frequency.

A lot can change in a year (except for love handles). I moved from my old job to my new job, discovered a new career path in digital marketing, fought two bears, stopped watching True Blood and then picked it up again and did some major travelling. As far as my fitness goes I ran my first 10 km race, have continued with my advanced yoga practice and have overall been pretty active. In relation to my body comp… not much has changed to be honest. But that is better than the alternative of, umm say, looking like the stay puff marshmallow man. Good news/better news is my endurance is way better and that’s something I am very proud of.

And now to the informal poll part of the title. Should I continue to collect points or just blog about my fitness adventures? If I do collect points what’s you’re idea of how to attribute them? Would you like to eat fries with me?

Email me, FB, Twitter, Pintrest me your comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Good to be back peeps.

Sandizzle

Mucho Gusto

I was really reaching for a title tonight if you can’t tell.

As it’s Tuesday I’m behind a few days in tracking. Here’s a quick recap:

Went to Edmonton, hung  out with friends, ran a 1km marathon, drank a few beers and went sailing on my pa’s boat. Awesome. However despite the awesomeness and the serious energy exerted during the Sonic 1km Marathon and Beer Gardens – which btw I am so making a costume for next year, the girls costumes were weak sauce – I did not earn too many points. Actually I believed I earned 1 for Sunday as that was the only day I didn’t have a brew.

While the weekend was a bit of a wash this week has started off pretty well. Here’s the tally:

Monday

  • Walk to and from work (twice) – 2PTS
  • No treat from the break room – 1PT
  • No alcohol – 1 PT
  • Dinner made at home – 1 PT
  • AM Run 30 Min – 2PTS
  • Beat running time – 2PTS
  • Under 1500 cal – 1PT
  • Circuit training – 1PT
Total: 11PTS

Tuesday

  • Walk to and from work – 1PT
  • No treat from break room – 1PT
  • No alcohol – 1PT
  • Dinner at home – 1PT
  • Yoga (regular) – 3PTS
  • Under 1500 cal – 1PT
Total: 8PTS

Well that kids is a whopping 19PTS going into Wednesday

There’s a a lot of newness that’s going to be taking place in the next couple of weeks and I’m a bit more stressed that usual. I am happy to report that exercise is helping/tiring me out so much that I can get some good sleep at night.

I am not funny today

S’more

I am feeling pretty under the weather this afternoon and I’m not entirely sure why. I am inclined to blame the halibut I had last night at a restaurants whose name I will not besmirch. Or it may be that I pushed a tad to hard this week. In any case I think I came short on my goal of 50 points. I would have still treated myself if I wasn’t feeling like a bag of butt holes because I am really proud of my efforts the past couple of days. Rest-assured that I will be treating myself to something at some point this weekend. Read: Crave has S’more Cupcakes as their cupcake of the month. Hells ya.

Thursday

  • AM Run (30 min) – 2PTS
  • Walk to work – .5PT
  • No snack form the break room – 1PT
  • Hot Yoga – 5PTS
  • Under 1500 cal – 1PT
  • Worked out 5 times this week – 2PTS
Total : 11.5PTS
35.5PTS going into Friday morning. I probably wouldn’t have made up the difference by the end of the day but I am sick thus giving myself 14.5 pity points and a fry rain check to use later this weekend.
Happy weekend ‘er body

Besmirch!

On a Roll (mmm carbs)

This could be a quick one because my memory of yesterday has already lapsed as it was a whirlwind of crap. Must be PTSD.

Last night was another excellent back bending and hash out with my friend Laura. The advanced b-bending classes are something I cannot speak highly enough of. Even if you’re not built like Gumby it’s still a really great way to strengthen your back, core, quads, shoulders. I like to play “what’s sore today” with a few friends after one of Jeff’s classes and today its my traps. However the pain in my traps could come from my gravity defying shoulders as they inch towards to my ears with every, ummm, set back I deal with 🙂

Tuesday

  • Yoga (regular) – 3PTS
  • No snack from break room – 1PT
  • No alcohol (could have used it) – 1PT
  • Walk from work – .5PT
  • Under 1500 cal – 1PT

Total: 6.5PTS

This brings me to 20PTS (13.5+6.5) at the almost half way point (again third grade math all star skills in full effect). Giving me Wednesday, Thursday and half of Friday to get to 50 which is definitely feasible.

I wonder where I should order fries from?

Have a Gumb-tastic Day!

I am Better than Doritos

The person who left Sweet Chili Heat Doritos in the break room yesterday is now dead to me. I know you were trying to be selfless and share your tasty, tasty snack but think about the torment you are causing. I had to restrain one of my shaking hands with by grabbing the wrist with my other and pull myself away, like a junkie! But I did pull away and at the end of the day I can satisfy my cravings with that oh-so-satisfying one point for not eating from the break room. Worth it … not.

I am headed to a stagette next weekend with a bunch of current and ex Earls and Joeys girls. Yes I did walk amoung them once, proudly. However it seems as though the ladies that are attending are still smoking hot. Not saying that I’m not. However, I’m competitive, and after convincing myself I cannot subsist on lettuce and water for the next week (Rabbits do it!) I decided to amp up my game plan for the next few days. We’ll see what happens. Binge dieting/exercising usually does not have long term results. Read: as soon as I get to Kelowna Imma stuff my face with Doritos. But if I can have 5 minutes in my bathing suit without feeling like Quasi Modo I will be happy.

I realize this is running long but look at what I did in day two of mega hip openers in yoga:

Eight Angle Pose

Yeah I did

Take the legs down a touch and add grunting again. Boom, Eight Angle Pose.

Points:

  • Walk to and from work: 1PT
  • No treat from the break room: 1PT
  • Eat dinner at home: 1PT
  • Under 1500 cal: 1PT
  • Hot Yoga: 5PTS

Total: 9PTS

This brings me to 13 PTS for the week. Stay tuned!