Am setting aside my new Photoshop and Lightroom book to muse a bit about my new Bikram and general fitness efforts but still haven't gone out to play with my new Nikon D7000 nor have I been on the bike in a zillion years (well, at least since New Zealand), though I might tomorrow. Meanwhile, soon I have to remember how to use my video camera and shoot strong video in preparation for a seminar next month that I'd forgotten I'd registered for ($900 very nearly down the drain). Such is the dilemma of wanting to learn and do too many things.
But it also illustrates that my New Zealand-inspired efforts to even further push ahead my life have taken firm hold. Especially with the fitness stuff. I can't quite figure out myself why I haven't been near the camera. But since a no-camera period does clear out time for these other efforts, I can't complaint.
Anyway, Bikram. Since I'd never done any sort of yoga before, this was perhaps a bit extreme. This seems to be a pattern. But, in between thinking I'm going to die, I'm loving it. I'm absolutely horrible at it, but even so, I can feel small progress and that's heartening. (Four sessions so far, all at Bikram Yoga Harlem on West 145th Street). The heat can be overpowering at times, but largely manageable, and since I'm so old and inflexible these days I think it's really necessary for what I need to do. Plus it helps flush out all those harmful toxins and God knows there are enough of them. As Erik said last night (to the whole group, not just me!) "Gotta detoxify so you can retoxify!"
I've also done three PT training sessions in the gym at work. I still should be getting him to push me harder. On the other hand, it's helpful not to be too sore so I can get through this other stuff. On non-PT days, a couple of times I've done treadmill in the morning and Bikram at night. I should do more of that.
I am, indeed, feeling more fit overall after just a week of this drill. And apparently some combination of the NZ activities and the past week have paid off (despite my best efforts to screw it up in the two weeks in between) since a bunch of NYCC friends the other night said I clearly had lost weight. Inspiration to keep it up!!