Day 60- We did it!!

21 Mar

We did it! Sixty bikram classes in sixty days…I can’t believe it! C and I went to the 10am Saturday class and were joined with another challenger, the owner, and an energetic instructor- such good energy! I was so excited for the last class! It was insanely hot in the room…my towel was drenched, definitely the sweatiest I’ve ever been, but I had an AMAZING class. C and I both pushed ourselves a lot harder than usual and had really great classes (although I’m sooo sore now!). And I even smiled….a lot- at one point I was trying not to smile because I knew I looked insane smiling in such a hot room!

Such a great feeling of accomplishment it’s hard to put into words. This challenge was NOT easy. There were so many days I just didn’t want to go to class. I’ve never been this sore for so long- ever. I’ve never forced myself to workout when I feel sick or extremely tired…and honestly, I’ve never even had workouts this difficult. But when I hit that last savasana on Saturday, all of that just melted into my towel puddle. I’m just so proud of myself and my body for being able to complete this. Really really proud 🙂

And I’m really proud of C too! I never would have completed (or even attempted) this challenge without her. There were so many days when her encouragement was the only reason I even went to class.

I feel stronger…and I’m not willing to let that feeling go. I had wanted to take at least a month off from bikram and focus on running. But now that I’m at the end of the challenge (and haven’t taken a class in two days) I know I won’t be away for long 🙂

-L

Yay!!  It feels so great to finish this challenge.  I started out the challenge in arguably the worst shape of my life, coming off of three minor dermatological surgeries and an emotional rough patch and I can firmly say that I feel like a new person!  I am sore and dying to have a day off, but now that I finally can do that I’ve realized that I am more focused, confident, and stronger.  It took 60 days, 3 back-to-back doubles, countless bottles of water ingested and then sweated out, 1 “run out of class and give up” moment, 1 bout of the flu, and 56 loads of laundry, but I did it!!

It was great to be next to L during the last class.  I am so thankful to have a friend to have shared the experience with and NEVER would have gotten through it without her support and encouragement.  Her motivation throughout the process was truly inspiring 🙂  We really reeeeallly pushed ourselves in the sweat shop that was Saturday’s class.  But it was easy to do, considering the instructor was wonderful and we were surrounded by another challenger and instructor, who gave of positive encouragement and feedback throughout the process.

I truly am thankful to have had the opportunity to do this challenge and know that I will be incorporating bikram into my life on a regular basis.  Right now, I am looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation following a celebratory dinner with L! Couldn’t be happier that we decided to do the 60-day challenge 🙂

-C

 

Day 59

21 Mar

Friday was my final double (thank goodness) of the challenge and also happened to be the final day before day 60. Procrastination? Check.

The first class went well but it was incredibly steamy in the room. Not to mention, the ear infection that I’ve had has really affected my ability to balance. So, in roder to preserve some energy I sat down…a lot. I would’ve felt bad about it but I stood in the back corner knowing that I wouldn’t be a rockstar from the outset. After the first class, I was pretty drained and tired. Thankfully, L showed up and we had one of my favorite instructors who always keeps a predictable, steady pace throughout class, so, despite sitting through a few of the standing series poses, I was actually stronger in the second class. Go figure! After class, we ran into the owner of the studio (who originally convinced us to do the 60 day vs the 30 day challenge) and he let us know that although he wouldn’t be teaching our 60th class, he was going to practice with us! I thought that this was a really nice and encouraging gesture. Looking forward to tomorrow!!!

Tonight, I plan to take it easy, with a nice dinner along with my roommate who is moving out tomorrow 😦 There seems to be so many things happening tomorrow that are bound to elicit some sort of emotion. Hopefully the elation of finishing the challenge will offset any sadness I have about her leaving. Cannot believe it’s already been 59 days. AND that I did 3 doubles in 6 days!

-C

Friday was such a beautiful day- definitely the type of day I’d love to go running outside- but we only have 2 classes left, so soon enough! Because it was so warm outside, the bikram room was on fire…it was sooooo hot in there! I didn’t sit down at all, but was really glad I had brought a Gatorade and a water into class.

I can’t remember anything else from class….just so excited for day 60! Taking it easy tonight too…don’t want anything to ruin my last day!

-L

Day 58

18 Mar

Because C and I wanted to go to happy hour after work on Thursday, we decided to go to the 6am class.  I wasn’t feeling great and was super tired, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the class went.  I’ve also noticed this week that I have that familiar allover soreness back.  I wasn’t very sore that past couple of weeks since I wasn’t trying very hard (whining constantly doesn’t hurt my hamstrings).  It’s kind of nice that I can tell that I’m working harder this week!

I CANNOT believe that we only have 2 more classes/days left!  Sixty days is a lot- two full months …8 and a half weeks in total.  Sixty 1.5 hour classes- that’s 90 HOURS of bikram classes.  That’s insane!  And while I didn’t always put my best effort forward, I’m still surprised/impressed/proud that I could actually complete this!

-L

Morning class was rough for me.  I hadn’t been sleeping well due to my ear infection and it has consequently thrown off my balance.  I did, however, really appreciate our instructors steady pace throughout class and ended up having a decent class.  3 more classes and 2 days left!!

-C

Day 57

18 Mar

Despite my severe exhaustion from NO sleep the night before and the severe pain in my ear, L and I headed to the 6pm class and took spots in the front with another challenger. Class was tough for me because of the pressure in my head but I got through without sitting down, which is an accomplishment retrospectively since I have a full blown ear infection.   No idea if this has anything to do with bikram, but I am assuming not.  I think it has to do with whatever cold/flu I had last week.   I am REALLY looking forward to resting when this challenge is over.  I can’t remember the last time I just took a few hours to comfortably relax.  Only three more days and 4 more classes!

-C

After Tuesday’s great class, I was looking forward to the next class.  The 6pm class was good, but I got super hungry in the middle of class and found it hard to concentrate.  Overall I’d say the class was a good one, but nothing super memorable from it.  I just feel bad that C is still sick!

3 more classes!

-L

Day 56

16 Mar

Very long overdue…but here goes: an optimistic post!!  Last night’s class was GREAT…and it’s been a long while since I’ve said that.  C and I went to the 8pm class and I honestly expected a bad class.  I had 5 oreos before class (it was 2 hours before…I thought I’d be okay!) and so I felt pretty icky on the drive over.  But C and I were laughing over our horrible class prep and soon I completely forgot that I felt sick.

As we signed in, the instructor asked us how the challenge was going and we both responded half-heartedly*.  He suggested we try drinking electrolytes and even gave us some electrolyte packets he had! I’m not sure if it’s mental or what, but I really did feel less worn-down after class.  C and I also chatted with the instructor’s girlfriend (also an instructor ) in the locker room about teacher training, her real-life job, and how she balances it all.  This combo of instructor positivity, excitement for another challenger on her day 60, and C’s always positive encouragement translated into an amazing class.  No dizziness, no nauseousness, no shakiness- I felt strong throughout the entire class.  In fact, class flew by.  And…drumroll…I even smiled a couple of times.  Without prompting.  And I tried– I tried to lock my knee, I tried to lift my legs that extra inch, I tried in every single pose.  And I was sore after class, in a good way.

It felt so good having a great class.  I tend to be such a complainer (maybe even negative?) that it’s easy for me to get wrapped up in everything that went wrong.  Such a nice change to not complain for once 🙂

*I keep forgetting to mention this, but I LOVE how all of the instructors at our studio are always willing and interested in answering any questions.  They really do enjoy teaching classes and it shows in how nice/informed/helpful they all are!

4 more days!!

-L

Day 56 was great.  It was my first tmie in three days NOT doing a double and it was easy peasy. Like L said, the instructor gave us magical electrolytes and it gave me something to look forward to in class.  I felt strong and motivated throughout class and loved the fact that it wasn’t super crowded 🙂

Another factor in my motivation was that another challenger completed her 60th class with us last night at 8pm. She seemed really happy at the end of class and it made me realize how close we are to being in that same boat! I can’t wait!  Unfortunately, my body seems to be breaking down at the moment, as I have developed sever inner-ear pain over the past day and haven’t been able t function and sleep. My body isbasically falling apart :/  so I am really looking forward to getting my tmie back from bikram and going when I want to, and (most importantly) allowing my body to rest and recuperate.  Not to mention, I have another double to complete in the next 3 days. Nonetheless, I am really pumped for the remainder of the challenge and really proud of myself and L 🙂

-C

Cupcakes and Yoga?

15 Mar

yes, please. (via: brattycakes.com)

Inspiration for Day 60…

15 Mar

Because booze and bikram are the main themes of our blog…



You can find us on Saturday, exercising caloric responsibility in a very liberal manner. Preferably outside. 4 DAYS! (thanks smallnmighty.tumblr.com for the idea!)