I had one of the best night sleeps of my life last night! Maybe it was the Japanese food and great company at dinner last night, or the fact that I dreamed that George Clooney was my yoga instructor (odd, right?) but I woke up feeling great and ready to tackle the day.
Yesterday's yoga class was amazing. I love that yoga is a lifelong journey and not something that you can master and you can make each class specific to your needs. Some days, I want to stretch and focus on being in the moment, while others I want to push myself and go to the edge. Yesterday I took it to the edge, and took a pose further than I had before (doing the Wheel pose below on my fingertips). I left the studio feeling accomplished and joyful. And this morning, woke up with sore abs and legs that ached. Come to think about it, that could be another reason why I crashed so hard last night!
Today is HIIT (high intensity interval training). Starting with a cardio warm-up and then moving into a series of compound exercises (such as lunges with bicep curls), jumping rope, light weights and abs, the whole workout takes one hour to complete. The benefit? When I do a series of high intensity exercises, I accelerate my heart rate during the 12-15 minute circuit. After it's complete, I finish my workout on the elliptical or stepper, and my body continues to burn calories at a higher rate and torch fat (thank you high intensity exercises) while doing lower intensity exercises.
I also wanted to share this article with you, which I found helpful and interesting since many on the list, like dried fruit and agave, I enjoy. Click here to read the article from Details Magazine titled "10 Health Foods That May Be Making you Fat."