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Transition Time February 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized,weekend — Bridget @ 6:27 pm
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The last few days and the weekend seemed to slip away from me, but I’m getting back on track now!  I headed back to St. Louis last weekend to celebrate my husband’s birthday.  After living in separate cities for almost a month, I’m definitely ready to get back to our regularly-scheduled lives, ya know, like living together and spending time together.  One of our favorite things to do together is to just run errands.  It might sound silly, but we both enjoy getting up on a weekend morning, getting some coffee, and hitting the stores on our To Do list.  What’s your favorite “little” thing to do with your significant other?

This transition time certainly hasn’t been as bad as it could have been and I’m thankful that I am able to stay with my family and that my husband has our dog and our St Louis friends to keep him company.  The end is in sight, though: we close on our new house in Omaha on Feb. 27 and move-in that weekend.  We have a contract on our house in St. Louis, so we just need to tie that up and we’ll move on.

Until then, I’ll just keep chugging along.  My days consist of work (I like the new job- hooray!!), exercising, eating, and hanging out with my family.

I just finished a yogadownload.com class – Power Vinyasa Flow #2.  I really enjoyed this one and can tell I have improved since I started taking hot yoga classes a few weeks ago.  I set-up my mat in the warmest room in my parents’ house, which happens to be my old bedroom, now my niece and nephew’s room.  I’m still sitting in here because it’s so warm and cozy!

So, I’ll end this random post with some pics from my weekend.  Happy Birthday, Zach!!

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Standing Bow Pulling January 15, 2009

Filed under: winter,workouts — Bridget @ 10:25 pm
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Thanks for the get-better wishes!  I woke up on Wednesday morning with a VERY sore throat.  It hurt to talk and it even hurt to touch my neck.  I’m a big believer in keeping my germs at home/out of the office as well as not going into work when I know that I will just sit there and feel miserable all day- so I called in sick.  I spent the day on the couch napping, watching daytime TV, and reading.  I must have had a little bug, because by about 5 pm on Wed. my sore throat was almost completely gone!  Either that or that Zenergize thing really worked – I’ve been having one every day this week just in case 🙂

I felt 100% better today, so I was ready to get in some exercise.  I went to another hot yoga class and loved it even more than the first time!  The hour-and-a-half just flew by and it was the first time all week that I think I have been completely warm.  It was about -15* when I went into work this morning and about 4* when I left, so it was nice to be hot and sweaty for a while.  I should be sleeping right now, but I felt like blogging and sharing with you my favorite pose from tonight’s class: standing bow pulling pose.  I like the opposition of pulling the foot up and the other arm forward as well as the challenge of the balance.  What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Happy almost Friiiiday!  Hope you have a fun weekend planned 🙂

 

Hot Weekend January 11, 2009

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Saturday morning I tried something else new- hot (bikram) yoga!  A yoga studio recently opened near my parents house and they offer an introductory price of $20 for 20 days of unlimited yoga.  I got up on Saturday morning and headed to the 9am class.  According to the studio’s website:

“The classes are a challenging, 90-minute workout that improves physical strength, flexibility, and balance while enhancing mental clarity and focus.  The heat accelerates the rate of change within the body, improves circulation, helps to eliminate toxins, and significantly reduces the risk of injury during stretching.  The poses work synergistically and cumulatively to return the body to a balanced state.”

My review: I loved it! I got there about 20 minutes early to pay and get acclimated to the 100* temperature in the studio.  Obviously it was hot, but I didn’t feel lightheaded or overheated at all during the class.  I enjoyed it a lot more than other yoga classes I have taken and can’t wait to go back.  I sweated a TON, but it was a very cleansing sweat and my skin felt awesome afterwards.

I’ve been hesitant to try a bikram yoga class for awhile, but if you’ve ever considered it (and you like the feel of a good sweat), go for it!  The instructor told me that it takes most people about 3 classes to get used to the heat and to truly enjoy/appreciate it, so maybe give it a couple tries if you don’t like it the first time.  I’m planning to go twice this week and to get my money’s worth for that $20 I paid!

Hope you all had a great weekend!