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Teacher’s assistant

Another hot, hot, hot yoga class last night! Erika was teaching. Apparently there were a lot of new people in class. When there are new people, the instructor always demonstrates the first breathing exercise. Guess who she asked to demonstrate? ME!! I always pick a spot in the front row right next to the instructor (that way I only have a person to one side of me, and an unobstructed view of the mirror), if it’s open. So, since I was right there, front and center, I was the breathing exercise demonstrator! I got a little nervous at first, but then all was good. So, for about a minute, I had all eyes on me as I demonstrated Pranayama, Standing Deep Breathing:

 

So, I taught class for about a minute. 🙂

Since all the newbies learned something from me, I felt obligated to work really hard on all the postures, so I did, and I was exhausted by the end of the standing series. I got pretty light-headed going from Tree Pose to Toe Stand, and had to take a quick rest, but was able to get up in time to do both sets of Toe Stand.

I am going to have to take a week and a half break from yoga, but will come back strong next time!!

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Yoga

 

Get me out of here, please

Get me away from this soggy land.

Next weekend, this is where I will be:

Ahhhh, I cannot WAIT!! Bikini and beach, here I come. 🙂

I had a 7 mile run today, which I did in 53.22! That’s a 7.6 minute mile! A minute and a half faster than my last 7 mile run! I had motivation. With about 3 miles left, I noticed a girl running ahead of me. She was my pace runner. My goal: pass her. It was hard! She was running pretty fast. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it, but then, I don’t know if she slowed down, or I sped up, but I passed her, with less than a half mile to go. I then looked to the right and I saw her coming up to pass me. No way! I was not going to let her do that, so I picked up my pace. A couple of minutes later, I saw her creeping up again, so I again, picked up the pace. I was nearly sprinting, and beginning to feel nauseous. She probably thought I was a nut-job, but I was loving the competition. When I stopped, I was totally out of breath. I wanted to thank her for pushing me, but she kept on running. Thank you, girl, who made me run fast. 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Happiness, Running, Travel

 

Pablo’s day

Today was all about Pablo. After I went for a 3 mile run, Pablo and I walked around Greenlake with two of his favorite ladies (in addition to me). I then worked for a few hours, so I brought Pablo with me! He hung out in the backyard. I brought Baby H outside to meet Pablo, and oh boy, it was one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Baby H started laughing when he saw Pablo. Every time Pablo moved and wiggled, Baby H would laugh. Pablo licked Baby H’s feet, and he laughed. Pablo shook his head around, and he laughed. Now, Baby H hasn’t laughed yet. This was his first real laugh, and Pablo was the cause of it! THAT is cool. Pablo was so excited to see a baby, and Baby H was obviously so excited to see a dog! They are going to be great friends. 🙂

Another really, really cute thing happened last night. After Pablo and I went for a walk, and then to Blockbuster (he was quite a hit with everyone inside). We went home to watch a movie (The Devil Wears Prada. No, I hadn’t seen it yet). I brought Pablo up on my bed, which I hadn’t done before, but I wanted someone big to cuddle with. Minutes after, Max (my scaredy cat) jumped up, right in front of Pablo and laid down! Pablo sniffed his butt, and Max didn’t freak out! It was so, so, so cute. I had my boys both right next to me, and I was loving it. Pablo and I shared some green apple jelly bellys, and we all watched the movie.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2010 in Children, Happiness, Movie, Pablo, Running

 

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6:00 yoga class this morning. What a great way to start the day. 🙂 (trust me, I do NOT like waking up at that hour)

Great 5 mile run yesterday.

Poopy 3 mile run the day before. It felt like I was running FOREVER! It was the shortest run I had in a while, and it was painful.

I get to spend the weekend with Pablo. YAY! 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Pablo, Running, Yoga

 

Go, speed racer!

Yesterday I had 3x 1 mile again. I was pretty sore from my 9 mile run and my intense yoga class, and was exhausted from not sleeping very well. I was dreading having to run fast, BUT I surprised myself! I actually ran faster than I did last week.

Mile 1: 6:46

Mile 2: 6:05 (!!!!!!)

Mile 3: 6:25

I honestly thought I might break 6 minutes on the second mile, but a slight collision with a woman taking a stroll (who couldn’t figure out what side of the sidewalk she wanted to be on) slowed me down a bit.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Running

 

9 months

9 months. It’s been 9 months since I used alcohol as an escape. For the past 9 months, I have been REALLY living. Everything has been clear and real. There have been some tough times, where I think about a really big glass of wine and how warm it would make me feel, and how it will loosen me up, but I don’t want to sacrifice my clarity, and the thought of waking up foggy keeps me away from it, too. So, 9 months. That’s how long the average pregnancy is. Well, when I get pregnant, I know I can go at least 9 months without alcohol, so that’s good.

Not until recently, have I really started thinking about how big an impact alcohol has had on my life. Now, 9 months sober, I am having to really get to know the real me, and it’s a little scary. It’s scary to think about doing things, which in the past a few glasses of wine would make a lot easier, or so I thought. Am I going to like the sober me? Will other people like the sober me? I have had to completely adjust my life to fit my new lifestyle. My time is much better spent these days, and I never feel like I am wasting my day. Yes, I had many, many good times while drinking, but it is time for me to grow up. I have thoroughly enjoyed my party days, but I have certain goals, and continuing that lifestyle is not going to bring me any closer to obtaining them.

I am not anti-drinking by any means, in fact, I enjoy hanging out with people who drink; It is entertaining. I still can do everything I did when I drank, but without the waste of money and the crappy hangover the next day, and sometime many days after. I am not anti-drinking for most people, but for me, and for now, I am anti-drinking for myself. How long am I going to go? I have no idea. But for now, it’s working, and why change what works.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Hug a little longer

Wow. Tonight’s yoga class was AMAZING! It was hot, intense, and one of my best classes yet. It started off great when I walked in and saw someone I knew who gave me a hug, and held me for a long, long time. It is amazing how a hug can make you feel when you really need one. I was in a foul mood, and the hug calmed me. I then walked into class, feeling all warm and fuzzy. Class was PACKED! The busiest class yet. And man, it was muggy. I didn’t know how my body would react to the humidity, but it sure liked it. 🙂 The great class started right away with the first breathing exercise. I was able to take the deepest breaths I have been able to take in a while, and it just got better from there!

I saw HUGE improvements tonight, in nearly every pose! YAY! Most notable were:

Half Moon Pose with Hands to Feet Pose: This is the one that really works my abs, and I was able to go the deepest yet!

Standing Head to Knee Pose:  I was able to kick my leg out on both sides (second set) and hold it for the entire time. Also, my standing leg is getting more stable.

Standing Separate Leg Stretching:  My hamstrings were REALLY sore, but my head is inching closer to the floor.

Triangle Pose (still my least favorite even though I know how to do it correctly. It’s HARD!): I did both sets. THAT is an accomplishment. 🙂

Tree Pose: THIS was the most exciting improvement. Normally, I have to hold onto my foot with one hand, while I bring the other hand to prayer position. Tonight, I was looking around the room in envy of the people who can let go of their foot with both hands, and bring both hands to prayer position. I thought, “Man, good for them. I am not there yet.” And then, I tried it, I let go with my other hand, and I did it! On both sides! Yipppppeeeeee! 🙂

All the floor poses felt wonderful, as usual. I was drenched after class, and boy, did I feel good. REALLY good.  My mood had completely changed, and as I walked into the dressing room, I had a smile on my face. I sat down and chit chatted with a bunch of people, as we all talked about how great class was tonight, and how humid it was. I didn’t want to leave, I felt too good. I actually felt happy. 🙂

I got to see my best friend, Pablo, before class, too. It was great to see him, as usual. He also gave me a much-needed hug. I wish I could bring him to yoga with me. 😉

I learned tonight how much I needed someone to just hold me; I was craving it. Next time YOU hug someone, make sure you hold on a little longer than you usually do, because the person you are hugging may need a hug as much as I needed one today.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Happiness, Pablo, Yoga