I am a couch potato.
I’m always sitting in front of the computer desk and I much prefer indoor activity over the outdoors.
Most of the time. XD
I realize that the dieting thing doesn’t work when combined with my love for food AND my lack of exercise.
Since I can’t go cold turkey with my beloved sweets and deep fried goodies, I decided to take up bikram yoga!
The first time I tried hot yoga, or bikram yoga, was way back in high school. My friend took me there and I died!
I was dizzy and nauseous for the whole class so I was pretty much just laying on my back the whole 90mins because I was afraid that if I got up I’d throw up! I only managed to do a few poses. My biggest feat that time was managing to stay in the room for the whole duration and not giving in and sneaking out of the boiling room.
My dizziness and nausea might have been due to me having ate pretty close to class and not hydrating myself enough prior. It was a long time ago, so the details are fuzzy.
I had set my mind on trying out hot yoga once again, so soon after finals, I hit the mall to get me some nice yoga gear. I bought two tank tops and a pair of shorts from lululemon, and boy are they expensive! But by investing so much into it so early in the game, I am forcing myself to go and not quit.
I check the class schedules and picked the time to go. I made sure there was at least two hours before my class and my lunch so I had some time to digest. And off I went on my way. I was so nervous that I forgot my yoga mat and had to turn around to grab it. Luckily I live pretty close to the studio. XP
First class was a blur.
I struggled to adjust to the heat while I tried to follow along with the rest of the class doing the poses. I had bouts of dizziness and nausea but managed to pull through. I wasn’t able to do all the poses and had to rest on some of them but I definitely did better than my first time. XD
I went back the next day. This time was a morning class so I just had half a bagel before class. I did MUCH better and didn’t feel nauseous at all! I was able to do all the poses and only had to rest on a few of the repetitions. I was very proud of myself. 😀
Now, by being able to do the poses, I don’t mean I did them WELL. But at least I was able to attempt them. I know that with time and practice I will eventually be able to straighten those knees!
The refreshing feeling you get after hot yoga cam be addictive.
I had a dinner after work with coworkers so I wasn’t able to go, but I went again the next day after work and dinner. This time was the last evening class. It was only just 3 hours after dinner so I wasn’t sure what to expect from my stomach, but it was great! I don’t know if it was because the 3 hours was enough time for my stomach to digest or if my body was getting used to it, but dizziness and nausea was all gone and I was able to attempt all poses and repetitions. My best practice so far (out of 3 lol).
Unfortunately, I had locked my knees wrong (didn’t clench my thigh muscles properly to prevent too much strain on my knees) during practice. My knees are a bit weak, so I guess the added strain I had put it through during yoga led to my left knee suddenly giving out on me when I got home. Had planned on going to yoga the next morning, but decided I should let it rest a day and also since it was a bit sore/tender.
The cheese tonkatsu (or pork cutlet) was super easy to make!
I just layered on thin slices of pork (the kind used for hot pot) and sandwiched slice of cheese in between the pork. Salt and pepper. Dipped the pork-cheese sandwiches in flour, beaten egg, and panko, and deep fried until golden. Really quick and easy to make and super delicious.
Still no word regarding acceptance/rejection from my nursing program.