Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Eleventh Session

So I've completed eleven sessions. No weight has come off, unfortunately—at least not outside of the margin of error—but I have a LOT more energy than I had three weeks ago. Like a ton.

Still, I can't say I'm not discouraged. Twice this week I've considered not going to class, but I bucked up and went anyway. Right about three weeks into a new routine is when I start to lose interest and then quit, so I just have to keep at it. (You guys help!!) I'm seeing such improvement this week in terms of holding certain poses, I'd hate to lose the momentum.

Despite the disappointing scale results, I'd say I'm firming up a bit. My jeans fit just a tiny bit less tight. I wouldn't say they fit more loosely yet, because there's still not a lot of room to spare, but I expect at some point to be awash in denim, much like the guys I see on the train with their jeans hanging around their thighs (how they keep them there is a mystery to me . . . is it some sort of special elastic made just for that style of jeans?).

But I need to buy proper yoga clothes. A huge t-shirt and a pair of "yoga pants" (a term I use loosely) that cost $6 from Walgreens isn't really cutting it. I'm still too chubby for a sports bra and shorts, but last night I saw a young woman do the entire 1 hour and 15 minute routine in a strapless top. And no, nothing fell down. If she can do that, I can splurge a bit on new threads.

The instructors are still very encouraging, but now they're starting to call me out in class, which can be a little embarrassing if I can't hear them. I've learned to set my HA's on the distance setting, and tonight I'm going to try to find a sweatband to keep the sweat out of my ears so as not to risk them shutting off in class. It's amazing to me how unprepared I was when I started this. My diet still needs a lot of work (which probably accounts for the lack of weight loss), but I'm at least paying more attention to what I eat, which is a start.

For once I'm not beating myself up about things not being perfect.


Old Kitty said...

Huge congratulations with your fab progress!!!!! Sounds like you are getting fitter and healthier and a darned sight more flexible too!!
:-) Yay for you!! Well done!
Take care

fairyhedgehog said...

If your clothes are looser it has to be working! You're doing great!

stacy said...

Thanks to both of you! I certainly feel much better than I did before starting. I can remember the days when all I did was work and sleep.

Sylvia said...

If you are working out, it's actually common to put weight on. So if you are staying steady then you are doing well!

stacy said...

Thanks, Sylvia! I do tend to gain weight at the beginning of a workout routine, so all in all, I'm pretty pleased. I think any disappointment can be chalked up to unrealistic expectations. I didn't gain weight overnight, and I'm not going to take it off overnight, either.

Whirlochre said...

I put the guy elastic thing down to the — uh — hook-like lump they have instead of a front bottom.