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I hate exercise….

Yes! I really do…I hate it with a passion. I explored how I got in shape and lost weight with Bikram Yoga.Who wants to exercise when you can curl up with a nice book or a nice movie?  Who really wants to exercise when you can dive into a  molten chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice-cream?  I always quit once I was near or on my goal weight. 

Keeping that in mind, I am on a 21 day challenge of doing Bikram Yoga everyday for 21 days. Why 21 days? They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. And I have attempted to start 30 day challenges only to fail. 21 days seem much more manageable. Today is day 7! I have noticed a change in my attitude about going to class. Even on day 3 and day 4, I would sit in the bus and think that I could just keep on ride and go back home. Who wants to go to class? It will make me drench with sweat. It will make me obligated to wash my hair (washing my hair everyday makes it so dry and frizzy),  make me obligated to wash my exercise clothes my hand (my apartment has coin operated machines, so it would be stupid to wash a piece or two every day), make me just gross and icky. Yet, I forced myself to walk into the studio and into the class.

Yesterday, I noticed a change within me. I was almost in a zen state even before I got to class. I didn’t have the thoughts of skipping class. I accepted that I have to get to class and I did the best I could in class.

I am also tracking my weight/measurements for the 21 day challenge. I am 5’4”, and here are the result after six classes:

Starting Weight (SW): 142 lbs

Current Weight (CW): 140.5 lbs (BMI 24.1)

Mini Goal Weight: 135 lbs

Overall Goal Weight: 130 lbs

**I will post my measurements once there is a significant change 😛

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Now I gotta go and take out mu bikram clothes of the washer and put them in the dryer. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Affirmations

I hate how really  small things can really throw me over the edge now. Yikes! I need to be emotionally more stable and calm. I need to calm down. I need to learn how to breathe and be in the moment. I need to believe. I need to trust. I need to be patient. I really need to work on patience. I want everything now and  just the way I like it. I really need to realize I have to work hard for the things I want. It is not going to be handed to me on a silver platter!

People say Bikram Yoga changed their lives. I am on a 21 day challenge where I plan on going everyday (today is day 4).  I felt the change within me yesterday.I was just having a crazy wacky day. I heard some bad news and felt awful. I was in a bad mood, and just feeling very anxious and nervous.  I forced myself to walk into class even though I dreaded it.  But that 90 mins of being present in the moment, and looking at myself really helped. I walked out of class relaxed and just happier.

I hope Bikram Yoga can continue to humble me.  Even though my main motivation for doing Bikram yoga is weight loss and getting physically fit, I look forward to accepting all the other benefits that come with it.

 

My Relationship with Bikram Yoga

After breaking up for a while (5 months), Bikram and I are back together again. My relationship with Bikram Yoga started in 2009 when I came to Vancouver, BC. Bikram Yoga helped me lose the extra weight (about 10 kgs) I was carrying from cafeteria food of undergrad. Then Bikram helped me lose a few more for my wedding and made me look amazing. I did my first 30 day challenge back in April 2010 before my wedding. After my wedding I stopped doing Yoga and packed on about 7 kgs, so I went back to Bikram yoga in 2011 again. Lost that weight and threw my fat jeans away by July. And stopped doing yoga. Surprise! Surprise! I have packed on about 5 kgs by December, and now I can’t zip up my size four jeans 😦

For those who don’t know about Bikram yoga: it is a form of hot yoga done in a 40 C. room with 40-50% humidity. The classes are 90 mins and a total body workout. I think it is quite an intense workout (I fainted in my first class).

So in 2012, my resolution is to reach my goal weight (57 kgs) and actually keep in off. My current weight as of today in 64.2 kgs.  Wish me good luck!

Today would be my second class of Bikram yoga. Feeling excited! After yesterday’s class, I feel great. My skin is a lot smoother, I feel taller and I think my posture is already getting better. I would like to do another 30 day challenge. Lets see how far I go.  I have attempted to do this challenge last year but could not continue. This time, I have my friend S with me. Hopefully we will keep each other motivated 😀

This time after reaching my goal weight, I plan to keep seeing Bikram at least 3 three time a week.

I am feeling really positive about 2012 so far (granted, it is only the second day). Are you?