Day 40- 40 day check-in

28 Feb

Wow, forty days of bikram- DONE!  I wish I could say 40 classes in 40 days…damn flu!  Although 39 classes in 40 days still sounds awesome!  As my sister and I were leaving the 10am class, we heard the instructor talking to some first-timers and urging them to try a 30 or 60 day challenge.  “It’ll change your life!” he said.  Later on in the car, my sister asked me about the instructor’s comments.  So I figured I’d do a little Day 40 check-in:

Has this challenge changed my life?  Short answer…no.  Everything is basically the same as before the challenge.  I’m not sure what I hoped to accomplish with this challenge, but with all the hype around it, I expected big things.  I still feel like I’m floating with nothing holding me down…just coasting through life.  It’s hard to put into words, but the constant restless feeling is still there.  At the same time though, expecting yoga to “change your life” sounds a little silly to me.

Do I feel different though? Absolutely.  My posture has definitely improved and I feel more flexible overall.  My sleep lately has been amazing.  I don’t wake up still feeling exhausted- I wake up well-rested- and it’s an amazing feeling.  I also feel stronger, especially in my back.

Weight lost: Unsure.  Hard to calculate any weight loss since I’m constantly either dehydrated or over-hydrated.  I do feel more toned though, especially in my upper body.  And with the exception of the occasional (frequent?) cupcake, I’ve been eating pretty healthy.

Overall, I feel more positive.  My sister agreed and said that I’ve been complaining a lot less since I’ve been doing the challenge (which is saying a lot- I’m a hugeeee complainer).  Hoping I can keep it up!

Home stretch- 20 more days!


Sunday’s class was pretty awful. I sucked and was getting extra (bad) attention from the instructor (he asked me after class if i was “getting rid of my new york”…guess I was?). I would feel great for 2 poses and then be unable to make it through the next. I ended up sitting out for one set of at least 3 poses in the standing series. I will structure my post like L’s

Has yoga changed my life?  I’d say that the answer to this is relative. I could see myself adopting bikram as part of my life in the long-term. It’s one of the only forms of exercise that I actually enjoy and feel as though I am getting an actual strong workout from. For example, I love walking…but as somebody who isn’t sporting blue-gray hair in a retirement home yet, it probably isn’t the optimal exercise to get me ready for bikini season. I’m so happy to have been introduced to bikram (thanks to a friend who started taking it in NYC about a year ago) and I am looking forward to continuing my practice.

Do I feel different? In almost every way possible. Of course I still make poor decisions regarding food, drink, or sleep once in awhile. But my body bounces back much more quickly. I am more focused and I feel physically strong and in control of my body for once. I sleep so well at night, and when I actually do allow myself a chance to sleep for more than 7 hours, I feel refreshed and ready to face every day. Part of the change in my attitude is thinking twice about how I treat my body.  In terms of food choices, hydration, sleep etc. This is partially in fear of the kinds of classes I would have if I didn’t take care of myself.

Have I lost weight?  I don’t think so (I have the appetite of a 12 year old boy), but I’m pretty sure that my body is changing in a positive way.  My stomach (waistline/abs) has been looking more defined lately.  I’m still hoping that my arms will follow, but I absolutely feel tighter and more toned all over.

Still need to work on my diet though. I had two lunches today supplemented by donut holes (which thanks to my co-workers, we have almost daily). Ugh. Oh, and I’m exhausted. Wine+oscars+recovering from an NYC weekend= 😦



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