Last week ended the first week of my Body Goals plan, and I must admit, I am taking it slow and steady. I skipped the cardio and weight training to just focus on yoga and stretching. I spent between ten to fifteen minutes a day stretching and doing strength based yoga poses. I really want to ease into things because I know if I go hard to fast, I am more likely to fall off early.
I only touched on it briefly, but I really want to increase my flexibility and body strength; my new year's resolutions include doing a split and a handstand. To be successful in this goal, I have been focusing on a few poses and holding them for at least 30 seconds. Starting with the basics, this week, I did standing forward bend, bridge, pigeon, and a split. I bought some yoga blocks to help deepen my stretch for bridge pose, and for support for split pose. I've noticed a huge difference in my flexibility doing this method, compared to the quicker, more fluid vinyasa style that I've done for the past year or two.
What's interesting about doing yoga this way is that it reminds me of when I first started yoga with Patrica Walden's Yoga for Beginners. Another great beginner yoga DVD, Walden really focuses on the foundation of yoga, building flexibility and strength by holding poses longer. I've noticed, since being on Instagram, that while my passion for yoga is back by watching other yogis, it has caused me to adopt a style of yoga that really didn't help me grow. So, I'm really happy to see more progress in the last week, than I have in the passed six months, just by going back to my yogi foundation.
Since I took it slow, I really focused on my diet. While I wasn't perfect at getting that 40/30/20 protein to carbs to fat ratio, I was successful at eating tons of fruits and veggies, keeping the added sugar to a minimum, and eating protein at every meal.
This week, I will be focusing on adding that cardio and weight training into my workouts, along with the yoga. While it will be slower to see my goals, as they say, slow and steady wins the race.
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