Day 52: Yogi barely

Day 52

Day 52
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  • Weight: 133.6 lbs.
  • Workout B: 17 minutes, 15 seconds. Next: Workout A on Oct. 28.
  • Total inches: 122.0
  • Protein: 133 g (8 g over target)
  • Calories: 2,514
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I have focused on my new workouts for the last 2 months, but I’ve been itching to walk or to practice yoga.

I have held back because I didn’t want to cloud the results with other exercise. I took up yoga earlier this year, and walking/running on a treadmill was my primary form of exercise for many years.

Plus, I wanted to be lazy.

Still, the temptation of yoga was too much. I have a couple of instructional DVDs I’ve never played, and I have episodes of “Wai Lana Yoga” [Amazon | iTunes aff. links] stacked up in my TiVo. Options coming out of my satsang.

A few minutes on the mat made me realize how out of shape I really am.

No matter how much I improve in lifting in free weights, yoga can humble me in one pose. I am reminded of how little range of motion my legs have, or how far I have to go in bending and stretching and balancing.

But yoga isn’t simply an exercise in humility for me. It gives me peace on a noisy day. It helps me to focus and work on being in the moment. It centers me.

Pumping iron does, too. Yoga lets me tune in to my body in a different way. And, I don’t think it will cloud the results when it comes to burning calories or developing and toning muscles.

Especially when I end up nearly heaving on my mat.