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June Splits Week 4 and Progress Pictures

Here are days 22-25 of the June Summer Splits challenge. I loved this challenge because I can really see the progress. In March, I posted this:Standing Splits March

And then during the challenge, I got this:

Splits JuneHonestly, I only practiced the pose a few times between March and June, it wasn’t until starting the daily yoga challenges that I really practiced splits every day.

Yoga June Week 4

Below, there are pictures comparing my splits from May 15th (right) and then from June 25th (left). While it doesn’t look like a huge difference, it feels so much more comfortable. In May, I was about 95% down, and it was very uncomfortable to lift my arms up. In June, my front leg is down all the way, and it really wasn’t bad lifting my arms.

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Yoga Splits… May (left) vs June (right)

I’m thrilled because for as long as I can remember, I could *almost* do a complete split, and now I’m just about there. I know I still have a way to go, but it’s an awesome lesson in practicing and getting better at something.

June Yoga Splits Challenge and Being in the Spotlight

Here are my week 2 pictures for the June Summer Splits Challenge. I must say, I’m really enjoying this challenge.  It’s an awesome feeling knowing that I’ve done yoga every single day for the past 55 days. It’s simple enough that if you want to do the bare minimum, you just have to hold a pose for a minute or two and be on your way, but it never ends up like that. Even if I don’t feel like stretching or bending, just starting with one pose always leads to more.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”


― Mark Twain

I’m toying with the idea of doing a whole year of yoga poses, although I’m not worried about repeating poses. I’ll see how it goes the next couple of weeks/months, and hopefully I’ll make it to 365. I don’t want to set too large of a goal, because then I’ll sabotage myself.

Next month, there is a July ARMy challenge, and I’m not sure about it. During this month, there have been a great mixture of challenging and easier poses, but looking ahead at the arms one, most of them are challenging for me. Obviously, I should go for it because they are poses I don’t practice very often, but I’m worried I might lose steam after a while. I’m sure there are other challenges out there, or maybe I’ll go back and try the summer of balance challenge.

June Splits Yoga Challenge Week 2

During this week of poses, I was trying to figure out how to get into King Pigeon. More times than I’d like to confess, I try to get into a pose on how I *think* it should be done, instead of how it actually should be done. This is true of King Pigeon (although I can’t get fully into it even doing it the right way). I was looking up videos on YouTube and the best tutorial was posted by Kino MacGregor, one of the ladies hosting the yoga challenges. I had never heard of her before so I thought it was really neat to find her in multiple places, like the universe was directing me to her.

Then on Twitter, there was an article posted on YogaDork I think, about Kino MacGregor’s shorts and rape culture. Upon reading the headline, I honestly had no clue where the article was going. I mean, she wears shorts, and usually a sports top, but I’ve never found her outfits to be sexy or risque in anyway. Maybe I’m just so used to BodyRock/DailyHIIT over sexualizing everything they do that I’m just desensitized to it? I had only recently started following Kino on Instagram, and hadn’t even noticed people’s comments. I guess YouTube is worse with trolls, but I hadn’t bothered to read any of the comments on her videos because I was there just to watch her explain yoga to me!

It’s really sad that you can be so amazing at something, share your gift with the world, and get such nasty comments. I do not know her in anyway, nor do I know anything about her personal life, but I can only imagine how I would feel if I was trying to put myself out there to help people and read such nasty comments. I’m not just talking about negative criticism, but gross, totally inappropriate stuff.

Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend. Upavistha KonasanaI received a comment the other day that said “Not to be rude but in your splits you are not all the down”. First of all, whenever someone starts a sentence with “not to be rude” or something similar, you just know they are about to be rude, lol. But more importantly I was slightly irked because I’m extremely far from perfect, never claim to be, and all I can do is try my best. It didn’t really bother me, it just seemed kind of weird. Like, I try to leave comments of encouragement to lift people up, make them want to keep trying and get better rather than point out their weaknesses. 

When I first discovered Kino, my first thought was “wow, she’s who I want to strive to be, yoga-wise.” Now, I question, if I ever were to get to Kino’s level of skill, would I be strong enough to be in the spotlight and share my gift, or would I be afraid of negativity and harassment, and stick to myself?

Operation Locate Abdominals: Day 5

Today is the 5th day I’ve been trying to adjust my diet for fat loss, and so far I’m really happy with the results.

As of today I’m down to 19.8% body fat, which may not be completely accurate, but that means I’m down almost 2% in just a few days. I was actually at 19.8% on Wednesday, so it was really only 2 days.

The biggest thing for me is mindfulness and staying motivated. I eat all day long because I’m bored, or because I want to procrastinate, not because I’m actually hungry. It’s really eye-opening to stop and think “am I really hungry” before walking into the kitchen. It’s also surprisingly empowering when you realize you’re not hungry and walk away.

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Intermittent Fasting

There’s tons of conflicting information out there on whether you should eat 3 meals a day, 6 small meals a day, snack all day long, etc. What I’ve been reading into for the past year, is intermittent fasting (IF). IF is eating the same amount of food/calories you normally do, except in say, an 8 hour period instead of 16. There’s different severities, but I believe a standard is to fast for 14 hours and then eat all your calories in an 8-10 hour window. I’ve done it a couple of times, and have seen fast results, but overall it’s not something that fits my lifestyle everyday. I did some IF this week, unintentionally, when I had to be out the door for a meeting, and then again when I had to fast for blood work, and I think that’s what led to the big drop on Wednesday morning.

Normally, I go through periods of time tracking all of my foods with an app like MyFitnessPal (my  favorite). It’s so helpful, not just to track calories, but fat, protein, sugars, etc. I find that I eat heavy on the fats side, and even sugars. I didn’t want to do that this time because I didn’t want to get too complicated and feel burdened by it, plus I really like doing the picture thing. Try taking a picture of everything you eat for a week, it’ll be a bit surprising sometimes.

 

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Exercise

Another thing I haven’t been talking about is exercise. This is my usual weekly regimen:

  • 1-2 mile walk/run almost every night (only twice so far this week)
  • light yoga workout everyday, even if it’s just 15 minutes
  • ab work 3-4 times a week, at night before bed. I do a lesser version of the p90x Ab Ripper X program, probably about 250 reps
  • HIIT workouts 1-2 times a week, usually from The Daily HIIT, or Zuzka Light. I admit, I sometimes wimp out and only do the routine once instead of the 3+ times you’re supposed to.

I think I need to step up the intensity and focus on more HIIT type workouts, but it always comes down to time.

 

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Free Blood Work

In other health news, a company WellnessFX is offering some free basic blood work. I just had some done two weeks ago, but some of the things tested are different so I figured I’d give it a shot. I signed up Wednesday night, printed out my form, went to LabCorp on Thursday morning, and was out in about 10 minutes. According to the website, I should have my results in 3-5 business days. And that’s it! It’s completely free, it’s super quick, and it’s practically painless (minus the needle puncture). The company offers different packages with more elaborate testing and consultations, which I may do in the future. I’d recommend everyone do it. It’s so important to know what’s going on with your body, and this is a million times easier than making an appointment at your dr’s office, sitting in the waiting room, having to explain what/why you want it done, and dealing with insurance. It’s seriously simple.

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Miracle Peanut Butter

I bought this Just Great Stuff powdered chocolate peanut butter on Tuesday, and I’ve been eating it every single day! Since I’m trying to lose fat, I wouldn’t normally have a daily dose of peanut butter, but this stuff only has 1 gram of fat and only 3 grams of sugar. It tastes like chocolate frosting, with a hint of peanut butter. I must say that PB2 did a great job with branding because I keeping calling this Just Great Stuff jar “PB2”. If you love peanut butter I’d definitely recommend trying this. Now, when someone comes up with a jar of powdered almond butter, I think I will be set for life.

My daily eats:

 

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Wednesday: This was an IF day, I didn’t have time to make my green smoothie so starting in the afternoon I had half a Svelte french vanilla protein shake, Daiya grilled cheese with carrots, spaghetti for dinner, and toast with powdered peanut butter for a snack.

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Thursday: Another day of IF in the morning, so after my blood work I treated myself to a sugar free vanilla caramel iced soy latte from Sheetz. I had left over spaghetti for lunch, the other half of my protein shake for a snack, a red pepper stuffed with wild rice and quinoa and asparagus for dinner, and some chocolate peanut butter toast for a snack.

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Today I’m getting back on track and made my green smoothies for breakfast. I hope to keep this up for at least another week.

Do you do any kind of spring cleansing/detox?