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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fifty Shades of Sweat

My boys are back in the school groove, but for some reason I'd swear I have less time for myself than I did this summer. But being busy is good. Being busy means less time to think about food. I had a an incredibly stressful month, but I think I am managing better now. My weight is up, but I bet it is just the toll of so much stress. I'm doing all the right things, so it should even out.

I got a great Groupon for Bikram Yoga and signed for 20 classes with a few girlfriends. I have wanted to do this for ages, but I nearly didn't survive the first class. They keep the room 110 degrees and the classes are 90 minutes long. I have never, in my entire life, sweated as much as I did during the first class. A river of sweat ran off my body and plopped onto the mat! I remember laying on the mat, soaked and wondering, WHY is my heart pounding? It's just yoga! The second class was much better, I was dressed more appropriately and I knew what to expect.

In Bikram Yoga you do the exact same 27 moves in every class. You do each of them twice, in a short series. The worst part is that it can be a little smelly in the yoga room with all those people sweating and in close quarters. Today I could totally tell the older man behind me had eaten loads of garlic at lunch. Barf. (The first time the place smelled like feet. Turns out I prefer feet smell over garlic breathe.) While my mom was in town I decided yoga would be a really good stress reliever, so I'm going to give it a good honest try.

I also went a on Girl's Weekend down to Santa Cruz and just had a beautiful time. I'm new to this Girl's Weekend thing, but it was so nice to spend a relaxed day with lovely ladies on the beach. I discovered that everyone and their church going sister is reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I had read the first chapter free on Amazon months ago and wasn't drawn in. But I decided to download the Kindle version of this silly book and really enjoyed the author's interview on Katie Couric's new show this week. Have you all read this?!

The family and I are jumping in the Prius on Thursday and heading down to LA for a long weekend of Disneyland and Universal Studios. This will be my third trip to Disneyland on the Belly Fat Cure, and I think I have it figured out. First the first time ever I made reservations there, for the Blue Bayou and Wine Country Trattoria's World of Color package. We usually end up leaving property for dinner, to seek out a cheaper option. But that always just wastes lots of time and doesn't seem to save any money either.



  1. I read the 50 shades trilogy and I loved it. There is a story there too!
    Enjoy Disneyland. Being back on track feels awesome!
    I'm not a fan of the hot yoga idea, seems dangerous, but having never tried it, I am certainly no expert. Whatever keeps you motivated! Garlic and onions seem to pour out of some people!

  2. I also read the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I didn't enjoy the first book as much, and almost gave up on it, but I did enjoy the series. And can I say WOW!!! How does this woman know all this stuff???

    I tried hot yoga once. I can't stand to be hot, and I really didn't enjoy it that much. I guess I should have given it a second chance,but I just like the regular, non smelly yoga best!!

    I agree stress, good or bad can really do a number on weight. I am still not at goal, and finding myself up several pounds. The wedding is over, but for some reason, I still feel so stressed, and I really need some time for myself these days. It's always a challenge to make that happen.

    Take care, and have fun at Disneyworld!! XO

  3. Read 50 here, too. It's okay. I've read better erotica and I've read worse. It's taken off so much, I suppose, due to exposure. I've never noticed erotica on the shelves of stores like Target.

    Good for you on the yoga path. I have a sensitive nose to smells, I mean like, I would not be able to not acknowledge such stink and would likely be gagging. Yikes. Hopefully the smelly offenders will notice other people's odors and thereby take precautions themselves.

  4. I read the free chapter on Amazon too. I've put the books on my waiting list at the library, I'll get them someday! :) I think i requested the kindle version, so it will take a while before they are ready.

    You will LOVE Blue Bayou - we talk about it all the time! It really is a one of a kind dining experience, so worth the money in my opinion. We didn't end up doing the World of Color at Trattoria, but that sounded neat too. We had to pick one. :

    I don't think the hot yoga sounds like fun at all. I've always (well since kids anyway) been too hot in general, so I don't need to be even more hot. ;)

  5. I get claustrophobic in heat so I would probably run out of that yoga class in the first minute.....but good for you for releasing all of those toxins :) You will be in my neck of the woods when you hit Disney. No, I'm not a Disney character, but Disney is a couple blocks away from my sales territory for work (and sadly, your kids have been there more than my kids and we only live about 30 mins away) Thank God my kids arent all that into Disney because it's soooooo darn expensive! Hubby and I went to Santa Cruz about 6 months ago and did some wine tasting there. I adore Santa Cruz! :)Have a blast!

  6. I just spent 3 days in Las Vegas with temps in the high 90's to low 100's. We walked between 3 to 5 miles per day. That is as close to Bikram as I want to get! :)

    Have a great time in Disneyland!!