Thanks for all the responses.
I kind of faded away for a bit. A new job that is crazy demanding has put my life in chaos. I am getting it back together, but working 11 hour days!
Which has hurt my yoga practice and I am now only practicing maybe 2 times a week rather and 5 times like in the past.
So I have gained a bit of weight back. I need to get on track with my diet and a good routine that I can do at home before work.
I have some light free weights (2,5,8 pounds) a medicine ball, a balance ball and of course my trusty yoga mat.
I've been eating pretty poorly. Lots of carbs and not so good snacks. I wonder if a detox or cleanse could help jump start me with a clean slate??
Hugs to all of you who took time to respond to me.
detox and cleanse could be good; the biggest challenge is what happens after
the detox cleanse.
what i suggest instead, or in addition to, is a food/activity log.
i always find when i record exactly what i eat & drink and what activity i do, most of the time it keeps me eating clean and staying active (and even if i make a bad choice or 2, since i am logging it, it's usually minimal?).
in my opinion, the caloric intake is a much larger variable then the caloric expenditure from exercise/activity so i'd focus on high water content and fiber foods, try to minimize or eliminate the calorically dense stuff like nutritionally devoid snacks if that is what you are eating and or stuff like nuts or fried things (of course activity will help maintain muscles, increase metabolic rate, and be good for the mind, too).
speaking of activity, i'd try to be consistent, persistent and dedicated to doing some daily physical activity
see if you can work something into your life in anyway even if it's 5-10min here or there. remember if you are trying to lose fat you don't need to go crazy but just keep doing stuff that keeps you challenged or that's enough to maintain your flexibility, strength, and endurance.
more importantly, realistic. example, i get on and off the train 3 stops (1.5mi) away so that builds 15-30min walking to my day. and this summer i take our son to summer school before work which is 3.5mi away so i get that, too.
i forgot who said it but it goes something like this: it's not what works if you stick to it
; it's what you can stick to
, that works.
lastly speaking of chaos the other day i took a free yoga class in times square nyc on the summer solstice and the teacher said some beautiful things; one was a quote that said peace is not a place with no noise, trouble and hard work but it is calmness in a place of noise, trouble and hard work