Florida Power Yoga: A Review Day 1

It's been a long time since I've really written anything fitness related. Since I stopped doing CrossFit on a regular basis, all I've been doing is a 2-3 mile wog (walk/jog combination) every day, some kettlebell swings, and some dance aerobics on my XBox. 

But you all know me. You know that I LOVE group fitness and being surrounded by the positive energy other people emit when they are working out.

Florida Power Yoga came on my radar in 2014 while at CrossFit En Fuego. A few of the girls there were talking about it and kept saying how much they loved it. I had tried Yoga before but it was way too passive for my liking.

Fast forward 2 years. My friend Jolie was telling me about a yoga place she had started going to and how much she loved it. She had their schedule hanging on her cork board so I took a peek and noticed that they had classes at night that actually fit into my schedule! Say what?? But again, was this like the passive yoga I had taken in the past?

I went to their website and immediately saw that they were NOT anything like the yoga classes I had taken in the past.

I mean, just read this description:

"People love it as it makes P90X look like child's play. We call every breath and to call it that fast means we know how to create a one of a kind experience each time you unroll a class. No two classes are never taught the same way. We have no script that we teach by. That's boring. We simply show up to teach to who ever is on the yoga mats and feel the energy in the room to where people want us to guide them." 

Now, I have NEVER taken a P90X class, but I know plenty (and I mean plenty) of people who have and they RAVE about it. So I was curious. How can a yoga class make P90X look like child's play? Well, I was determined to go and find out.

And find out I did!

Today was my first class at Florida Power Yoga and I can say unequivocally that I LOVED it! I mean, I can't even explain what we did. But I know we did some tabata (including burpees, squats, pushups, and more.) I know we did Warrior. Down Dog. Planks. Oh lord, the planks. 

The music was great and the class DID NOT STOP. If you needed a break, you took it, but there was no time "between tracks" like in typical cardio classes. We just went for it.

And I was drenched in sweat by the end. Like seriously. And I LOVED it (have I said that enough yet??)

It was such a great mix of HiiT, cardio, strength, stretching, and then that last bit where we just laid there, drenched in sweat, and relaxed. My mind was going in a million different directions, but centered on the fact that I really enjoyed what I had just done. I liked having my friend Jolie next to me (who was killing it BTW), I liked the energy of the studio, the owner (who is also the teacher) was not holding anything back.

And check out my heart rate data!

The numbers don't lie! I don't know of any other yoga classes where you will hit zones 4 and 5 and stay there for a significant amount of time! 

So...I signed up for a one month unlimited pass. My goal is to hit a class at least 4X per week, and I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be able to make that goal. I'll still keep with my wogs because I love getting out of the library on my lunch break and clearing my head. 

I'll be sure to keep the blog updated with my progress throughout the month. I'm super excited by the class I took today and look forward to what the rest of the month has in store for me.

And a special thanks to the owner Denice, who was kind enough to let me use her Elite Hot Hybrid Kulae Yoga mat instead of the traditional yoga mat I had brought with me. Apparently I would have been slipping and sliding all over the place with all my sweat Surprised

 

Have you ever done a "power yoga" class before?

 

You come first

 

As moms it’s only natural for us to put the needs of our children, our spouse, our pets, our jobs, E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. before the needs of ourselves.

I’m here to tell you that it’s OKAY to take time for yourself. You need it. You deserve it. It will make you a better parent, a better wife. Trust me.

Perhaps you don’t need to do what I did and lose a bunch of weight and basically change your entire life and that of your family. Perhaps your “me time” is a bubble bath, a glass of wine, and a good book. Whatever it is, find it, embrace it, and enjoy it. And whatever you do, DON’T feel guilty about it.

If taking time for you is something that is new to your family dynamic, you might want to have a sit-down conversation with your significant other and tell them what you are going to need. They aren’t mind readers, but I guarantee that they want to see you happy. They know that THEIR happiness rests on YOUR happiness. And if they don’t know that, they should by the end of your conversation. I had to have this conversation with my family. And every now and again we revisit the topic. Wink

Having children and a spouse/significant other doesn’t mean that you should have to give up on any of your own dreams. You just need to figure out a way to make it all work. And if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.

I take time for myself every day; 90 minutes of exercise every.single.day. There are times when my husband can’t be home to help me with the children, so I bring them to CrossFit En Fuego with me (where they participate in CrossFit Kids) or we go on a family run or bike ride. Taking time for me doesn’t mean that it has to be alone time! Or if mom duty really calls and I have a child that needs to stay home from school because of illness, I pop in an exercise DVD (Les Mills Body Pump) for 60 minutes and then do quick 25 minute circuit routine that I developed. And my kids watch me. They love to watch me. They cheer me on, they sing the songs along with the DVD. It’s became a way of life for us. I’m a better wife and mom because I take care of me. If I don't take care of myself, no one else will. It's all up to me. My health rests on my shoulders.

Do you take time just for you? How often? What do you do??

 

 

Meal Planning: Whole30 Week 2

This is Week 2 of the Whole30. I’ve pinned a bunch of Whole30 friendly recipes and I’m ready to share my meal plan with you, but first a quick re-cap of week 1.

Week 1 went okay. I stayed on plan but I’m much more tired than I thought I would be. I didn’t take a nap any day last week, and have been going at my normal pace, but I think not drinking as much coffee is having a greater impact than I thought it would. Doing a WOD first thing in the morning (9am) also seemed to help get the blood flowing and wake me up a bit. It's also been challenging to eat lunch. I have a Pre-workout snack of 2 hard-boiled eggs, go to the box, come home around 10:30am and that's when I have meal 1. And then I have to pick the kids up from school at 3pm, and Whole30 recommends 5-6 hours between meals, so that puts me eating lunch at 3:30ish, but at that time I'm in dinner making mode. I need to figure out a better plan with this because skipping lunch or eating late is not ideal. That would put me eating dinner at 8:30pm, and that's too late. Suggestions needed and welcomed!!

I got some coconut milk, no sugar added, <1g of sugar per serving, so I’m adding that to my coffee starting today! I need my coffee!! And it is also a healthy fat, so WINNING. Week 2 is also supposed to be the week that tiger blood kicks in. I am really looking forward to that. I am planning on doing a little landscaping in the backyard this week, so some extra energy will be much appreciated.

The meals I cooked last week were so good!! James and the kids really liked the burgers, meatballs, and garlic shrimp. I did too. Those were all big hits! I also perfected the hard-boiled egg, so now I'm eating beautifully colored eggs instead of ones that have a grey or green yolk.

I’m craving Italian this week, so I’ve added a couple Whole30 friendly meals with an Italian flavor! Any recipe that calls for beef, I will sub lean ground turkey in its place.

Here is this week’s Whole30 menu:

Monday: Spaghetti Sauce with Zucchini Noodles

Tuesday: Damn Fine Chicken

Wednesday: Garbage Stir-Fry with Curried Cabbage

Thursday: Zucchini Lasagna

Friday: Paleo cauliflower rice with ground turkey and veggies

 

If you've done the Whole30 how have you worked through some of the issues??