Oh hey, Bikram. How I've missed you. It's been a while.
But before I talk about that, I need to say I feel like I'm doing something wrong.
I'm just so not into watching the Olympics at all. I just don't care about it like I have in years past. I haven't watched any of the basketball games or much of the swimming. I had a mild interest in seeing if maybe Phelps would break the medal record (he did) but I found out about via Twitter. And then when I heard about it, I was like, great for him, and then quickly forgot all about it.
Guess I've got some other things on my mind. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Is it?
It was really hot & humid in NY today, so after I stopped by my Mom's for a quick visit, I decided to hit the beach. In my pink sparkly bikini.
I lasted 2 hours at the beach before I felt like I was gonna die. I had plenty of water with me, but I was sweating, it was so freaking humid, and I wanted to hit the 6 PM Bikram session. I figured it would be better than going to the 8 PM session with the instructor I absolutely cannot stand.
I did not attempt to do standing head to knee pose in its fullest expression. Instead, prior to the session, I had asked Chris if there were any modifications I could do. He told me to either sit out of it entirely, or perform it without bending over at all. So here's what I did.
I locked my standing leg, in this case, it was my left leg, contracted my abominals (my core) real tight, and just raised my right knee, with my back completely straight. My right foot was flexed, not pointed, and that's as far as I got because I did NOT want to risk injury again. My right lower back has been feeling less tight, but that tightness is still there. Somewhat less though, so it's improving slowly. Thank goodness.
It felt so good to go back to Bikram. So freaking good.
I also held a full form plank today for 1 minute, 41 seconds. Slowly increasing and improving on my plank time. Love that. I felt sore in my abdominals when I woke up this morning, and originally, I had attribute that to planking. Then I remembered that I ran on an incline yesterday on the treadmill, which was in all likelihood the reason for the soreness. I'm not complaining about that - I love feeling sore!
I'm trying something new with dinner this week. I am mixing fresh kale with salad field greens. Normally, I just have salad - no kale. But I'm trying to incorporate another dark green in my normal everyday eating, along with the fresh baby spinach I always put in my Green Monster Smoothies.
Kale is a very bitter, somewhat tough dark green. But I'll get used to it. And it's so good for you. I put some oven roasted white chicken meat over it with a little olive oil & salt, just to give it some flavor. I do not like to eat things that taste like cardboard.
Solid day. Stayed within my points, tracked everything, and got in all the requirements.
I have woefully neglected my favorite blogs this week due to being in DC, and I feel really bad about that. I promise I will get to it again tonight & tomorrow!
Off to blog stalk & comment.