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Weekend Wrap Up: Dropping Fat and My First Massage

I must’ve done something right this past weekend because somehow I lost about 2 lbs and dropped to 18.8% body fat. I think it might just be one of those fluctuations that don’t really matter because I’m not sure that I “earned” the fat loss. I made (and ate) brownies, had half of a beer, and a delicious piece of baklava. I don’t care for sweets in general, and I never ever liked brownies, so having them in the house is a rare occurrence. And even though baklava is sickeningly sweet, there’s just something about it, that I can’t resist a good piece.

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I got a small, but great workout in on Friday (yoga, abs, 2.5 minute plank), which probably helped, and did a 3 mile walk on Saturday. I almost went to the free yoga class at Keystone Yoga Studio but I kind of talked myself out of it. I was up early and wide awake, but I’ve never been there before and just kept thinking of all the work I should do instead. I definitely want to try it out at some point.

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I also got an amazing massage from Polished Spa and Salon. It was my first professional massage (I had a spa treatment done once at Park Ave), and it was great. I got there about 25 minutes early, and they brought me in right away. The masseuse I had was Christine, and she was so incredibly friendly. She explained a little about the massage and what I should expect and then left me to change. When I was laying on the table waiting for Christine to come in, all I could think about was how relaxed I was and how I needed to create a room like that in my house…dim lights, relaxing music, aromatherapy..I almost fell asleep before she got in the room. I got the Ashiatsu massage, which is done mostly with the practitioner’s feet, and I loved it. I like really rough massages and it was the perfect amount of pressure.  I tried to meditate while I was in there but I couldn’t keep my mind focused, probably because of the constant movement, and definitely because I kept thinking how great it felt. I wish I could afford to get weekly (or even monthly) massages because I think if it was a regular thing, it would be really beneficial.

I’m thinking I should review different massage parlors/techniques in the area …if any massage practitioners need a review…=)

 

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Yesterday, I signed up for the DailyHiit’s 7 day challenge, I will be starting today, woo hoo!

I love the p90x workouts, especially the ab ripper x. There are a few exercise in ab ripper x that make me nauseous (think vertigo), so here is my modified (and way easier) version that I do a few times a week:

  • 25 In and Outs with arms on the ground
  • 50 bicycles forward
  • 25 Crunchy Frogs
  • 50 bicycles in reverse
  • 25 In and Outs with arms raised straight above head
  • 75+ Mason Twists

(For good descriptions of the exercises check out this page. There are also tons of youtube videos out there with the info.)

I like really basic exercises that you don’t need equipment or a lot of time/space to do. These are my other almost daily exercises:

  • Plank
  • Push-ups
  • Squats at the wall

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Friday: I was good and stuck with my green smoothie, had a left over stuffed pepper for lunch, a handful of mini chocolate chips for a snack, a vegan chicken patty burger w/asparagus for dinner, and a brownie for dessert.

 

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Saturday: Baked oatmeal with cherries, cinnamon and coconut, green smoothie, falafel with a few waffle fries and baklava from Shab’s Pita Stroller, and a brownie donut for dessert. Saturday was my 3 mile walk, and my massage!

 

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Sunday: Green smoothie, cup of 1/2 coffee and 1/2 unsweetened vanilla almond milk, brownie donut, baked cherry oatmeal with coconut, and a wonderful Cinco de Mayo feast..Daiya quesadillas, taco salad, rice, black beans, and corn.

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Also on Sunday I destroyed my resistance band. =(

Final thoughts

This past week, someone who I greatly admired suddenly passed away. The suspected cause of death is a massive heart attack, even though although he was seemingly healthy, and only 65. A lot of things have been running through my head, but  at the end of the day it reminds me to strive to be healthy and enjoy the time I have with my loved ones, because no one knows when it will be your time to go.

What is your motivation to keep healthy?

Workout Wednesday: Downward-Facing Dog

Hatha Yoga Class Downward Facing Dog Pose - Adho Mukha Svanasana
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I can’t tell you anything technical about Downward Facing Dog that you can’t read elsewhere on the Internet, however I can testify to how amazing this pose feels. It’s one of my favorites to stretch the hamstrings and open the  hips, and it’s also a fairly easy pose to measure how you’ve been improving. The easier it is to move into Down Dog, and how close your heels come to touching the floor are both signs of improvement.

 

Logistics:

Start in Child’s Pose. Exhale and push your hips to the ceiling, creating an upside down V shape. Keep your arms, back and legs straight. Fingers are spread. Heels come as close to the floor as possible. Shoulders should be relaxed. I like to focus on deep breathing and my hips. Pretend as if someone is standing behind you pulling your hips back and up to the ceiling. To get out of Down Dog, you can relax back into Child’s Pose, slowly walk/jump your feet up to your hands, or dive into a “Hindu Pushup” (more on those next time).

Benefits: 

Great whole body stretch (arms, hamstrings, back) and strengthens the arms. Good for focusing the mind.

Try it:

First thing in the morning, and right before bed.

 

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, yogi, certified trainer, psychiatrist, astronaut, etc. Please do your own research and/or consult your doctor before taking my advice.

Workout Wednesday: Child’s Pose

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© Scgstudio | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

I love Child’s Pose. I suppose it’s not much of a workout, but it’s good to start with the basics.

Logistics:

Lay on the floor with your knees tucked into your chest. and your forehead on the floor. Arms pulled back at your sides, with your palms facing up.

Benefits: 

Gently stretches the neck, spine, and hips. Calms and centers the mind.

Try it:

Child’s Pose is a resting pose. Do it first thing in the morning and/or right before bed. Finish off a yoga workout with it, and move into it during your routine if you need a break.

 

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, yogi, certified trainer, psychiatrist, astronaut, etc. Please do your own research and/or consult your doctor before taking my advice.