Archive for the ‘Yoga’ Category

I’m back! I did survive the transition to 2011. We spent New Year’s Eve with some friends, great food, champagne, wine, and lots of other great stuff. Don’t worry, I didn’t have a hangover, but I was really tired and lazy on New Year’s Day … and also the rest of the weekend. That’s what you get for staying up until 5 am. Uh, well. Today my vacation was over and I had to return to my desk job.

Now that December is over, it’s time to recap my workouts:


  • 8 times
  • Total distance: 18.46 miles (29,7 km)
  • Total time: 3:59:27

A little bit more than in November, but still not as much as I’d like. I’ll work on it in January. It’s time to get serious!

There were other workouts, too:

  • 2 Pilates sessions (2 hours)
  • 1 Yoga session (35 minutes)
  • 1 strength workout (25 minutes)

I’ve been neglecting strength training last month. It’s one of my goals for January (and the rest of the year) to include more strength workouts. I already did one yesterday! And now my legs are so sore. I hope I’ll be able to get in my planned run tomorrow. I will definitely try!

See you!


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There are these days when I come home from work and just can’t bring myself to get out into the cold to run on the ice-covered side walks of the badly lit streets of my little village. On these days I go to my home gym instead! I really love that I can get a great workout without having to leave the house.

Here’s what my home gym looks like:

My elliptical (in our bedroom)


6 pound dumbbells and my favorite DVDs

Pretty basic, but it serves its purpose. A few years ago I scored a great deal on that elliptical. Lately I haven’t used it that much because I have been running outdoors as often as possible, but it’s still great to have that option.

These two workout DVDs are my favorite ones at the moment. They both came with a fitness magazine that I buy occasionally, so they were practically free. And these two 6 pound dumbbells were last year’s Christmas gift from my boyfriend. Yes, he likes to give me weird gifts sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The left DVD is a 25 min. strength/cardio mix that includes weights. My dumbbells are just perfect for it. The DVD on the right side is a 35 min. Yoga program. I do this one on days when I feel a little sore and need a good stretch or when I’m not in the mood for a sweaty session. I’d say it’s a beginner’s program, no difficult hand stands, but a few fast flows.

On most days I’d do either one of the DVDs or hop onto the elliptical, but when I feel like it I might do a combination to create a longer workout.

See, you don’t need to spend a lot of money for a “real” gym, worrying about getting dressed properly, driving through snowstorms, etc. Working out at your own house is really easy and maybe even cheaper than a gym membership. I love my home gym and wouldn’t want to miss it.

Have a nice weekend!

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It’s Yoga Time!

A while ago I bought a fitness magazine that came with a free Yoga DVD. Today I finally found some time to give it a try. My legs are still a little sore, so Yoga sounded like a good idea. Once again, the boyfriend joined in (he’s quite the seasoned yogi, actually). We did about 35 minutes, complete with warm-up and relaxing. It was great! I’m still a total newbie, but this DVD was just right for me, no crazy moves but not boring either. We both really liked it and are determined to do it again soon.

I usually go to a 90 minute Yoga class every Wednesday night, but it was canceled this week. I don’t really like that class, it’s just too slow, too much savasana and meditation for my liking. I already paid for it so I’ll stick with it until it ends in December. But afterwards I don’t think I will continue, I’d rather do some yoga at home.

And now it’s time to relax on the couch, watching Kick Boxing (K1 Style) on TV with my man. These guys are bad-ass!

Namaste! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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