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Because status updates aren't enough

I've decided that I want a better outlet for chronicling my various ventures into getting skinny. Most people that know me are aware that I am always working on this. So I'm going to attempt to spare the people I know all the details whenever I see them by writing them down here instead. We'll see if that happens!

Mostly right now I just want to talk about Bikram Yoga.
I started the monthly low cost trial on Monday last week. I started that day at the 8:15 evening class. I made it through, but spent the majority of my time just standing there on my mat trying not to throw up or pass out. The room is heated to 105 degrees. This makes it kind of difficult the first few times. After class I felt really exhausted and refreshed at the same time. You sweat like CRAZY and there are so many toxins leaving your body, even if all you do is stand there and breathe.
I went again at the same time on Tuesday night. I didn't get the sick or dizzy stuff again and I did each pose once even if I couldn't do them twice like your supposed to. I felt so good afterward! Wednesday I went to an earlier evening class. I didn't have that sick feeling at all, but I felt totally drained and I couldn't even get through the whole class. I think part of it was that the room was hotter than it had been before, and the class was really full so there was more heat to contend with. There were also several more new people that left the room in the middle, and it's so much easier to give in when someone else has made it okay. I was so upset with myself for not at least staying in the room even if I couldn't participate. It felt like a step backwards.
Yesterday I went to class at 9am. The room was cooler than it had been in the evenings, but still pretty warm (probably around 103 degrees) and the class was small. I got through every pose and it's repeat except for three when my shoulders started cramping so hard I thought I would start to cry from the pain. I am still a bit sore from that and from being able to really push into some of the stretches more than I had been able to before. I talked to the instructor afterward about some things I could do to keep from cramping. He told me I might want to eat something small like fruit before class to give me that little bit of extra energy and potassium. I got to ask about some of the breathing techniques too because they use a couple of different methods that are different from singing.

So right now on a scale of 1-10
Balance - 3
Strength - 3
Endurance - 5
Flexibility - 4

I feel like these are the things that matter to me with yoga more than the losing weight or being skinny. Some of the poses I can't even begin to get into because I just have too much body fat getting in my way. I think my skills will improve as my body does.

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