phantoms_siren: Study Hard And Be Evil (Study Hard And Be Evil)
Just did this 20 minute Twist and Detox and wow, my legs are killing me. This was a waaaay faster sequence than I'm used to and I struggled to understand some of the instructions so in the end I cut out a lot of the Up Dogs in favor of keeping up with the main poses. I actually managed all the poses with minimal difficulty and not one fall, though twisting with hands in prayer position isn't all that easy when you have rather sizable sweater cows.

Lost another 2lbs. Sleep now.
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When did I last update? April 28th? Bugger.

Yeah, May wasn't the best month in terms of health. I finally left training and started proper extended shift work in my extremely stressful new job, which pretty much destroyed my immune system. Plus a lovely stomach bug and a bunch of serious family stresses resulted in a month on laying on the floor and feeling sorry for myself.

I have managed to do a little of the Yin Yoga sequence I mentioned last time a few times a week but not very much. I have been doing hand poses and a bunch of shoulder stretches pretty much continuously at work to try to stay calm but I knew it wasn't enough.

I finally got an effective wake-up call at my consultant appointment when I was told I'd regained all the weight I'd lost over Christmas and was told I'd need to go to physio for my knee (suspected old break or fracture) and back/chest pain. I'm extremely sensitive about my weight, and being told I was gaining rather than losing upset me a lot. That's the main reason I stopped touching the Wii Fit, I couldn't cope with the nastiness of the machine if I gained a pound, so being told I'd gained 7 was a slap in the face.

Thankfully I hadn't gained 7lbs. Five of them were my shoes. Yes I am that much of an uber goth that my shoes weigh 5lbs. In the week since I've managed to shift another 3lbs by going back to my old non-self-pitying diet. I'm only eating one chocolate a day now rather than two whole bars. Trying to stay under 1,500 calories, generally managing around 800 on days when I can't walk my two morning miles.

Anyway, now I'm a pound lighter than I was at my previous best. Huzzah. Just another 40 to go.

Been doing my usual Jason Crandell sequences all week but I felt like a change today so I decided to try this sequence that Yoga Journal posted on twitter. I was quite surprised when I managed to do the Three-Legged Down Dog pose without difficulty. I also got further into Virasana (Hero) than I have before, it's a difficult pose for me as a I carry a lot of my weight at the bottom of my thighs so its hard to bend my knees that far. However, during the set up for Vasisthasana (Side Plank) something went CRACK in my left foot. It doesn't actually hurt, just aches, so I think it was something I put out of place two weeks ago (I kicked a door) going back into position, but there was no way my foot would support me in poses I normally struggle with anyway. When the pose progressed to waving feet in the air I just had to laugh. There ain't no way I can do that yet!!

I'm gonna do some shape boxing, then try to do a relaxing sequence later on.

I don't have a date for my physio appointments yet, I have no idea what to expect, last time I had physio was about 8 years ago and it really didn't go well. It was when I first started showing symptoms of fibromyalgia and connective tissue problems and whilst the PT was very sympathetic the PTA actually doing the therapy was not and refused to treat me at all during my last two appointments. Frankly I'm rather worried that it's going to be more of the same.


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