Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m pretty psyched about this weekend.  On Saturday I’m taking my first kickboxing class in almost a year (I’m finally starting to ease back into weight-bearing exercises) after cutting them out due to physical therapists orders.  I LOVE boxing.  I know, it surprised me to; I’m not exactly an aggressive personality, but hitting a heavy back with my fists and feet really does wonders in regard to stress relief.

Another new-old addition to my schedule this week was Bikram Yoga.  I used to do Bikram pretty regularly.  I didn’t enjoy it, but I did it — because the benefit far surpassed the discomfort.  I don’t know if I’m getting older and wiser, or simply slow on the uptake, but while I was really (embarrassingly) out of practice and had to modify many positions and even sit out of a few, I left feeling like it was okay if I sucked at this one thing and did it anyway.  A few years ago I would have thrown my hands up in the air  after a performance like that and said to myself, “You aren’t a yogi.  You have bad balance and zero flexibility, stick with what you’re good at.” But the older/wiser/not-so-quick version of myself, thought “You are not good at this, and that is precisely why you need to do it…and yes, you look silly, but no one was looking at you, they were looking at themselves, because you live in New York where all anyone does is look at themselves.”

That really does constitute as an effective pep-talk in my little world.  I will continue going to Bikram Yoga, not because I ever expect to be one of those people who do this:

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Because I would like to increase my flexibility; keeping my body agile for as long as possible.

If you’ve never done Bikram or any other style of hot yoga and are interested, my tips are as follows:

  • Hydrate during the day, you’re going to need it;
  • If you have something in your belly to throw up, you just might. Make your last meal at least four hours before class;
  • Set up in the back–Bikram instructors don’t lead by example they walk around the class giving verbal cues and correcting form. You will need to look at more advanced students for guidance;
  • Stick with it, even if you can’t do a pose.  I say this for a couple of reasons: (1) It’s rude to leave the room, opening the door can cool the room down which will piss off a lot of people who paid to be drenched in their own sweat, (2) Just lying in the Savasana (corps) pose soaking in the heat can be helpful, and it’s usually okay to just tag out when you need to and just watch others perfect their posing.

My next class is scheduled for 7AM Christmas Eve Morning.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime I started my morning off with a 45-minute spin class and tonight I’m meeting a friend for wings and beer in honor of my birthday–it’s next Monday, in case you were wondering 😉 (If you can’t indulge in fried chicken wings for your birthday, when can you?)–I’m classy like that.

Are there any fitness classes/trends that you used to love but for some reason stopped doing?  Will you restart them in the new year?

Here’s a rundown of yesterday’s eats, I’m a little behind on my food blogging:

BREAKFAST

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It was a breakfast on-the-go morning, I grabbed an egg white, avocado and Cheddar bagel at Au Bon Pain

LUNCH

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Salad with arugula, hearts of palm, mandarin oranges, mushrooms, sliced almonds, chicken and peas with a spicy mango dressing

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Fruit salad

DINNER

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After Bikram, The Fella and I grabbed dinner at Aroma, an Israeli chain restaurant that made it to the US. I had a little breakfast for dinner, opting for the Power Breakfast: 2 eggs, salad, cream cheese and feta, with whole grain bread