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Daily check-in: catch up

Oh dear. I’ve missed a few days. I went off and had a great time in Central London with a visiting friend.  We walked around a lot. We did yoga.  I had a marvellous time and bought a dress I look amazing in.  I ate too much.  But not way too much.

Yesterday I resumed by Couch to 5 K programme with the first day of week 3. Each new ‘week’ I dread the workout, but so far it’s always turned out to be fine.

I had a brilliant yoga session yesterday with a teacher I’ve been wanting to try. It was fantastic. It was probably the best session I’ve ever had where I pushed myself the farthest.  I really wanted to take a class with her because I believed she could help me find the best modifications to postures that I can’t quite do yet and I was right!

Interestingly she didn’t hesitate to touch me in the class. In the cobra position she actually squeezed my legs together with her legs. This was kinda funny because I’d just had a long conversation with my friend I spent the weekend with about whether it’s appropriate for yoga instructors to touch you in class.  I think it can be very helpful.  She’s an instructor and she doesn’t think it’s right.  But she also used words like ‘liability’ – I guess that’s the difference in teaching in America.  To me I’ve found it very helpful every time I’ve been touched in class, BUT…it could easily mess you up, too.

Yesterday I also went for a run. But today…nothing. I did go to Chessington though… which is a fair bit of walking around!

Day One check in

Starting the blog today and thus a weigh in.


I’ll weigh myself again in two weeks. In the Paul McKenna system and also with the Bikram yoga approach, the scales are not something one should be checking all the time.  But I’m recording my behaviour, thoughts and activities every day.


Today was my first day back using Paul McKenna’s golden rules. It’s basically mindfulness about food consumption. Eating when you’re actually physically hungry, eating slowly and really enjoying your food. Being aware of what you eat.

As it’s Day One…it’s really a struggle. My set points for fullness and hunger are all over the place. And my head is so busy it’s hard to concentrate on just eating, the texture, the taste and smell.  But I think I gave it a really good try. I used the techniques to slow down eating, but found myself reading a magazine at supper. A no-no. And I also found myself eating one bite beyond fullness. As if I can’t quite trust myself to gauge fullness…which I suppose is exactly what’s going on.

One cool thing I did today was cooked some potato dumplings that I really wanted at lunch time, but when I tried them I didn’t like them a lot. They were ok, but I didn’t get a lot of pleasure from eating them, so I didn’t. I just scraped them off the plate at the end of the meal.


I did pretty well with water today. I drank when I thought I might be hungry. But I could do better. I started off the day with a slight dehydration headache….and found it difficult to drink water first thing in the morning.


I did Bikram yoga and aqua aerobics. So 135 minutes of exercise. But that’s pretty much it. I spent much of the day just reading and hanging out.

Motivation and self-affirmation:

A big part of the Bikram yoga is meeting your gaze in the mirror. I find that really, really hard. I don’t like looking at myself.  But of course, in Bikram you can’t really avoid it, as there are mirrors EVERYWHERE. Some days I look in the mirror and think ‘powerful warrior’ and some days I see myself and think ‘fat cow’ .  Today I started off with ‘powerful’ during the first breathing exercise. I can start to see the hint of ribs in the mirror and I can see my tightening abdominal muscles. But by the time I  got to the final spinal twist, where my flab is really on display I was back to fat cow again.  By that time I should be proud of myself for what I’ve done, but I was berating myself for what I hadn’t done.

I did try the Paul McKenna mirror exercises this evening. I looked at myself in my underwear and tried to accept my body for where it’s at and where it’s going to take me.

A good thing I noticed today was that I have a pretty intense and sparkling look to my eyes and I like it. Tomorrow I’m looking forward to completing Week 2 of the Couch 2 5 K programme and trying out a yoga class with a teacher who sounds pretty cool.