Yogi Bear Well, it’s been a while since I have made a blog post so just in case anyone is actually reading this I wanted to let you know that I am still here and still on the UY108 program. And loving it.

Today was day 36 and we celebrated with 36 Sun Salutations. Like Travis Elliot said, it’s like meditation in motion. Or something like that. I really let myself fall deep into this and got lost in it. I wanted to keep going after the 36. I was so energized by it. I look forward to 72.

I have started to notice small changes. Changes that only daily yoga practice can bring about this quickly. Little things like being able to go deeper into one legged seated hamstring stretch. But only on the left side because I am still nursing my right hamstring. And noticing that my chest is becoming more open. And being much more mindful of the present moment. Little things. But I still notice, and like it.

You may have observed that I did not mention P90X2 in this post title. I was doing P90X2 for the first 3 weeks of TUY108 but it became too much so I put P90X2 on hold. I do miss lifting weights but I want to give UY108 a chance and want to see where this wild ride leads me. I feel great. I am eating good, healthy food.

My plan is to finish UY108 and then create a crazy hybrid from YU108, Insanity, P90X2 and maybe P90X. Should be a blast.

But for now I am enjoying the UY108 ride.

I can’t promise when I will blog another update but I will try to get one up before day 73.

See you on the mat!

IMG_0688Like the Energizer Bunny, I am still going. On day 12, like last week, I really didn’t want to do two yoga practices in one day so I just did one. Last week I did the P90X2 yoga and this week I did TUY Detox. I didn’t really have the mental focus that I should have had but I stuck with it and got through it.

Day 13 I did the P90X2 Balance & Power. I like that one. I can work up a good sweat doing it. It’s one of my favorites now but I have a long way to go on some of the med ball balance moves.

Day 14 I did the Mountain Pose series. I find that to be a nice relaxing practice that flies by.

During all of the workouts/practices over the past week I have had to modify many of the exercises/poses a bit in order to take it easy on my hamstring. I will see the doc about it on Monday as it is still bothering me.

No Love for BanksyOk, I am not having much love for P90X2 total body. Part of it may be my nagging right hamstring issue. I had to modify a few moves. And I am still getting used to the awkward balance moves. I feel clumsy when doing them and it takes the fun out of it. But I press on.

My UY108 (The new hash tag and abbreviation for The Ultimate Yogi program) practice today was Yin Yoga. Long stretching poses. I had to modify this quite a bit too due to my hamstring issue. I will go to the doc next week to have it looked at. Even with the modifications I still enjoyed it.

ZB21_19523302_800x533I had to brawl my way through today’s TUY Strength practice. It was almost like a hockey fight. I am not sure why I had such a hard time with it but I did. Both mentally and physically. My mind was all over the place. Everywhere but where is should have been. On the matt, with me. And physically I was a mess. I had to take child’s pose quite often.

But, I am okay with all that. As they say, it is what it is. I will not judge, I will just observe.

The other thing that added to the difficulty is that I have a nagging hamstring issue that came up almost 4 weeks ago. I pulled/strained/tore? it while playing broomball on ice. It didn’t hurt that day. I noticed it the day after. For the past 3 1/2 weeks it has just felt tight so I have been trying to heal it through stretches. Well, the stretches are not helping so I decided that I would baby it a bit. And that kind of through me off in the strength practice. I think I will go see the doc next week if I don’t see any improvement.

Till tomorrow… Bring it!

yogitoesI really enjoyed Plyocide today. Worked up a great sweat. Not much more to say.

My TUY Cardio workout was tough. I thought that I was going to have to wring out my matt after the workout. It was one of those times that the mat got so sweaty and slippery that I had to use my awesome Yogitoes towel. I love that thing.

My nutrition is still right on track. I actually sat and watched my family eat lemon meringue pie for dessert and I did not have any. It did not phase me at all. I didn’t want any. I celebrated Fat Tuesday with fresh strawberries and a bit of whipped cream.

I can eat clean with no effort for months during the Winter. And then Summer comes and knocks me off track. How do I avoid this? I have fallen into this cycle for years now.

I guess I’ll just take it one day at a time.

SmileI am very happy with today’s workouts. This is only the second time that I have done X2 Core and I love it so much more than the first time. It probably has something to do with the fact that I was sick when I did it last week. And the first time going through a workout is more of a learning experience than a real workout. But today I really brought the energy and by the time I was done I was dripping with sweat. A huge difference from last week. Loved it.

The TUY Cross Train workout flew by tonight. I feel things starting to change. Both in my body and in my mind. I can’t really put my finger on it right now so I won’t try. All I know is that I feel great and my mind feels more clear than it has in a long time.

See you tomorrow!

Mountain PoseToday marks my first 7 days straight of Yoga. Now let’s see if I can keep it going for another 101 days. The Ultimate Yogi program is 108 days of yoga.

Today was a welcomed rest. The P90X2 Recovery and Mobility was very restorative. I have only been using the foam roller for a couple days but I am already feeling the benefits. Muscles are starting to loosen.

And the TUY Mountain Pose series was nice too. Very relaxing. A nice finish to the week.

I am tracking my nutrition right now and it is a struggle for me to hit 1800 to 2000 a day. I am feeling great though.

If you noticed in past posts, I don’t like to use the word diet. It has connotations of calorie restriction, which I am definitely NOT doing. I concentrate on eating clean. Meaning, whole, natural, unprocessed foods that do not contain added sugar or salt. When I eat clean like this I actually have to work to get enough calories!

That’s it for this post. Until tomorrow… Bring it!