Happy Friday! How did everyone do this week? Overall I felt pretty good. I got in all of my workouts, hit my yoga goal (4 classes this week!) and felt pretty good. If we’re being totally honest I struggled a bit with body confidence. My body is changing, which is good… but I lose weight from my boobs first and THEN everything else goes so I’ve just felt a bit… pear shaped and weird looking. It’s funny (and kind of brutal) how our minds (or at least my mind) work… I know my legs look bigger because my top looks smaller but I instead fixate on what is wrong vs. all that is right. Silly, silly. Other than that I felt great. I can’t believe we’re 7 weeks into the challenge!
How did you do??? Would love for you to share how you did with last week’s challenge in the comments!
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 75 minute “Get Up and Flow” class at Equinox. This is one of my all time favorite classes at Equinox… usually I can’t stand when yoga classes are longer than 60 minutes, but this is a good one. There’s a really active flow which gets you all warmed up and sweaty, followed by some really deep stretching and a longer cool down. So you kinda get it all – a good sweat, a great stretch, and a nice long savasana at the end. We really got into our hips which I needed.
Sunday – Y7 Yoga. I love that Sundays are Hip Hop Sunday. This class is SO HARD but I’m obsessed and I love how much I sweat during it.
Monday – 25 Min Treadmill Workout; 12 minute Stretch (I did Aaptiv’s “Just Push It” (again!!) and “Stretched From Head To Toe.” I woke up with a pinched nerve in my shoulder so I was struggling, but a run (followed by tons of foam rolling and laying on my acupressure mat – see below) helped to loosen things up.
Tuesday – Morning Sky Ting Yoga session. This one was extra hard… she had us doing all sorts of core strength as well as sliding lunges using the blanket. I was sore!!
Wednesday – 40 minute walk/run on the treadmill. I was admittedly a little bit hungover (this is so sad; I’d had 3 drinks the evening before) and running was HARD. So I walked.
Thursday – Y7 Yoga class
Meditation, Protein Packed Breakfasts: Two thumbs up.
Trying Something New: For my something new, I bought an Acupressure Mat! An acupressure mat is a lot like a “bed of nails” with these tiny sharp (but not sharp enough to puncture skin) acupressure points to stimulate the body’s pressure points, similar to acupuncture – without needles. Oh my god you guys – this is the best thing ever. I used it every day this week and at first I was like “SHIT. This hurts.” But it is the most awesome thing. The most intense way to use it is to lay on it on a hard surface and lay directly on it. I will do that and watch TV or read a book. It’s intense but amazing. Start with ten or fifteen minutes and work up. You can also stand on it (barefoot) for up to ten minutes to activate foot acupressure and relieve headaches. I also like to use it right before bed while I’m reading. You can wear a thin t-shirt but to get the most out of it it’s best to have the points in direct contact with your skin. So I’ll usually lay on mine in a bra and thin leggings or boy shorts. I’m going to do a longer post about it, but the biggest changes I’ve seen were (immediate) pain relief in my low back and shoulders, and being really relaxed. When I use the mat before bed I sleep like an angel.
Morning Workouts: I did great with this. Did all of my workouts in the morning and am really just so happy with having made this change. I’ve become that annoying person that just raves and raves about how awesome morning workouts are. My days are so much more structured and I love starting my day with a bit of endorphins.
This Week’s Healthy Links:
- I thought this piece about the importance of recovery was really helpful – and interesting!
- For the New York set: loved this resource for inexpensive massages!
- I intrigued by try these workout videos.
This week’s challenge!
- Get to the gym five times between now and Friday’s check-in. This is our ongoing goal; 5 workouts a week. We can do it!!!
- Try something new (this is going to be an ongoing thing!) It can be a new class, a new wellness treatment, a new face mask… even a new recipe! Don’t stress, this one is meant to be fun.
- Meditate every day, eat a protein packed breakfast, and add to your gratitude jar.
- I hate to suggest a “thing” but this week’s challenge is going to be to buy an acupressure mat! I love mine, it helps so much with back pain, and I think this will do really good things for all of you… especially with all the working out we’ve been doing.
photography by Trent Bailey.