What a lovely last day of May to end an amazing birthday month.
My day started at the Tranquility Spa in Kathmandu. Nearly three hours were spent getting scrubbed down, massaged, and finally, a facial! This luxury treatment came as a late birthday present from my sweet husband. Everything about it was fabulous but the scrub was the real highlight. My skin looks and feels AMAZING! And let me tell you, she scrubbed ever inch of it! The scrub was made up of
- coarse ground coffee
- rice powder
I will definitely be trying this at home.
Looking over my exercise log for the last month makes me feel great (and proud) about what an active month I have had. Out of the last 30 days I have only had three complete rest days, like really slow and lazy days. I have done
- 6 arm
- 6 ab workout
- 2 swimming workouts
- 12 days hiking
- 1 bike ride
- 1 run (YIKES!)
- many, many hours on sightseeing walking tours
It’s been a while since I cataloged a whole month of exercise but I find it really helpful to check in at the end of the month and inspiring to see how much I have moved!
The thing I am most inspired by and proud of from this list is the amount of yoga. I have been a yoga devotee for a dozen years but have struggled with finding a home practice, prefering classes or dvd’s. Something changed this month. I have a yoga practice all my own. And I love it. My body craves it. It takes about 20 mintutes and is easily adabtable to different locations.
Best locations this month were “Poon Hill” at dawn with a view of the Himalaya and on a rock in the river on the last day of our 9 day backpacking trip.
My practice is
- 3 half Sun Salutes
- 3 Sun Salutes A
- 3 Sun Salutes B
- Chair Twist
- Warrior I with a flow between Reverse Warrior and Side Angle
- Half Moon
Sometimes this is it, sometimes I do some additional poses on the floor.
Do you have a home yoga practice currently? Have you had one in the past? What is your preferred time of day for a home practice?
One puny run this month! What a contrast from last May. On this day last May I ran my first (and only to date) marathon! It was an amazing and surreal experience. Tate and I ran the whole thing together (although we barely said a word to each other the whole time, had to conserve energy) and finished in a respectable 4 hours 36 minutes. Our goal was 6 hours.
The low abs/arms numbers are due to so many days spent on the trail. We backpacked in the Annapurna Conservation Area mid-month for 9 days and by the time we stopped hiking and were clean and fed we would fall into bed totally wiped out. This will change next month because tomorrow we set out on a 7 days road tour of Tibet. We will be at high altitude and abs/arms/yoga will be my best bet for exercise. Which brings me to…
- Abs/arms everyday (alternating workouts) check out the “do a little daily” post for more on these workouts
- Minimal refined sugar intake (no more than once a week)
- Food/exercise journal-log food intake and exercise output everyday