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Plank You! [Sep. 10th, 2008|12:54 pm]
Lanette
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PT doctor is mean. I hate "The Plank". I'm the one with the shakey arms cursing in the corner. Skinny people have an advantage in yoga, for sure. I must not be skinny enough yet because I HATE it. I feel like a failure when I do it.

Yoga sucks a big downward dog on the plank. Want to see my cobra? And people say this crap makes you calm? Not me. I'm hostile. I'm a yoga hater.

Perhaps I need to try kickboxing instead?

I am not one of those people who "just loves" exercise. I am one of those people who just loves the results, so will tolerate exercise and try to be positive about it. I think this attitude of, "If you don't love it, why do it?" is crazy. Many things are not fun and you only do them because the result is worth it. It's called sacrifice and we aren't used to it in our culture. Just like work. Work isn't always FUN, but we do it anyways because we want to eat and be paid. I worry that I'll get tired of doing things I don't think are fun and will stop exercising.
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[User Picture]From: czechcakeroll
2008-09-10 08:21 pm (UTC)
I hate yoga with a Passion. It's hard and painful. I would do anything else instead. Like pick off my toenails with a rusty knife.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 08:25 pm (UTC)
I like walking, but not uphill. I guess I hate being sweaty. That is the truth.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgirl
2008-09-11 04:13 pm (UTC)
walking uphill is good for your butt muscles *wink*
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[User Picture]From: theda
2008-09-10 08:36 pm (UTC)
I start my yoga class on Sunday.. I'm not thrilled, but I know it will help in the long run :P
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yogrrrrrrrra. I hope you like your class more than I like my few exercises. :)
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[User Picture]From: theda
2008-09-10 08:50 pm (UTC)
me too.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2008-09-10 08:42 pm (UTC)
Because of my RSI in my wrists, I do planking on my elbows, and have actually rather gotten to enjoy it. Certainly it's better than other things trainers have had me do.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 08:45 pm (UTC)
I do planking on the elbows. Argh. Don't love it.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 08:46 pm (UTC)
I only like cooked (fake) sushi, like california rolls. I guess if I weren't doing just the CORE yoga stuff I might like it more.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2008-09-10 08:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe the yoga will grow on you, like a fungus! I don't think I ever actively hated it, but I love it now because I can see what it does for my body. I keep thinking I might go back to pumping iron in addition, but I have this sinewyness to my arms and back that I never had before. I think it's the yoga. And it does build muscle!

Skinny people do have an advantage in yoga, because it's easier to hold up our own body weight, and the poses are easier to get into.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 09:02 pm (UTC)
I may also just hate it because my body isn't used to it. Maybe it will adapt a bit.
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[User Picture]From: dove
2008-09-10 11:00 pm (UTC)
There are certain poses that, I'm sure, are easier for skinnier people (like anything weight bearing - that's for sure!), but flexibility isn't usually about weight, and yoga is a lot about flexibility. That's what makes it a good choice at any size (if you don't hate it). When I took yoga in college I was pre-surgery and was constantly brought to the front of the class to demo moves that required crazy flexibility. It blew my mind that I'd found a form of exercize I was better than skinny people at. I was one of maybe 3 people in the class who could bend over backward, walk my hands to my ankles, and wrap them around. The bulk of my tummy got in the way sometimes, but I could still sit with my legs bent and the soles of my feet together, lean forward, and rest my forehead on my feet.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 11:17 pm (UTC)
I think maybe I hate it because it's painful and slow to hold the poses that long and patience is not a virtue I have. It's like there is NOTHING to distract you from how much it sucks, and that just bugs me.
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[User Picture]From: dove
2008-09-10 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yea... I can relate to that! I actually felt like I wanted to jump out of my skin from all the stillness and concentration at times.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2008-09-10 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know what you mean in that. Sometimes it's painful. What I do is try to focus on my breathing and just be in the moment. It does get easier as your balance, strength and flexibility improve.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2008-09-10 11:44 pm (UTC)
You're absolutely right, I could do yoga pre op too.

But there were some poses where I just couldn't hold them (plank was one) and childs pose made it so I almost couldn't breathe until I finally moved my knees further apart. Even now I have to do it with my knees apart because of my excess skin.

You are super flexible!
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[User Picture]From: dove
2008-09-11 03:29 pm (UTC)
Man, I hear you on the loose skin. I can't WAIT to have my LBL (it is only a dream right now).

I still weigh abount 205, so the plank is still hard. LOL
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[User Picture]From: shonao
2008-09-10 09:09 pm (UTC)
It took me a bit, but I actually enjoy Yoga. Pilates are more aerobic than yoga.

Just remember to breathe, and you can adjust your self to your limits. You don't have to do it perfect.

:)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 09:29 pm (UTC)
It could be because my belly is still healing from the major revision too. All of the moves I'm doing are for the core.
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[User Picture]From: shonao
2008-09-10 09:36 pm (UTC)
you shouldn't be doing much core at all right now...at least not for another month or so.

Take care, and be careful when doing core. Things like Sun Salutations and such which are strength, I would do those. You'll ease into core easier.

:)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 09:38 pm (UTC)
My Physical therapist is guiding the workouts, so he says to do it, then I must. It's a tough balance between him trying to fix my spine, which is a mess, and trying to go easy on my belly.
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[User Picture]From: nadalia
2008-09-10 09:10 pm (UTC)
I love yoga, but some of it is just nuts. I do the Nemaste Yoga on FitTV and there's this one pose (I think it's called a crane.) where you squat, put your hands on the ground between your feet and then your supposed to rest your knees on your elbows and somehow lift your feet into the air. YEAH RIGHT! *lol*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 09:30 pm (UTC)
Some of the positions are a riot! I think Pilates might be more for me. I'm going to try that. My Mom said she might want to take a class of it.
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[User Picture]From: nadalia
2008-09-11 02:29 pm (UTC)
I got the Pilates for Wimps DVD at the Dollar store not too long ago and it's pretty good.

http://www.naturaljourneys.com/Pilates_for_Wimps_DVD_p/gh1861.htm

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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2008-09-10 11:40 pm (UTC)
I used to tape the ones on FitTV too, but I don't like how fast they move. I like to hold my poses longer I think.
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[User Picture]From: nadalia
2008-09-11 02:29 pm (UTC)
I can see that. I hope to get more of the moves memorized and do it on my own so I too can hold the pose longer.
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[User Picture]From: anomalous_girl
2008-09-10 09:31 pm (UTC)
Any kind of martial arts is a great work out and pretty fun too. I loved doing it! I also heard that kickboxing rocks.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 09:33 pm (UTC)
I am naturally aggressive, so I might like that. I have lots of energy to get out, but I don't like to get hurt or hurt others, so real fighting would not be for me.
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[User Picture]From: meeshaphrenic
2008-09-10 10:38 pm (UTC)
try taekwondo then. i miss it terribly, xavier just got his probationary black belt though! (we started around the same time but i stopped when we moved b/c his school has kids and adult classes at different times, which is fun to schedule around) you wear sparring gear and really only have to be forceful if you're doing tournament stuff. i loved the fact that it focuses a lot on balance, agility, and kicks rather than brute force. i started doing it about 4-5 months after my WLS (and only a month or 2 after my gallbladder surgery) and still weighed over 200 when i first started. the belt system increments are perfect for working you into exercise rather than slamming you headfirst into it.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-09-10 10:41 pm (UTC)
I can't kneel without hurting myself, so martial arts are hard for that reason. I have heard they are great for the mind body connection also.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2008-09-23 09:39 pm (UTC)
I love Tai Chi as they didn't require us to do any kneeling. It's slow, though, so I don't think of it really as "exercise", more like artistry and working on balance and the mind-body connection.
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[User Picture]From: matrixx
2008-09-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
Once you push through that first week of pain, yoga should hurt a lot less. I'm crazy, though; the more it hurts, the more I love it. I like exercise in general, but I can't stand Pilates, so I guess it all comes down to personal preference.
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[User Picture]From: cerridwenskye
2008-09-11 03:28 am (UTC)
kickboxing is a lot of fun! i did it for a little while, then was too poor for it, but could probably afford to do it again. I'm thinking about it.
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[User Picture]From: verybadlady
2008-09-11 04:01 am (UTC)
Ugh, the plank was the death of me. HATE HATE HATE
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[User Picture]From: dkstwin
2008-09-11 01:53 pm (UTC)
This is so funny, I'm taking Yoga in college this semester. Dr. Osborne wanted us to grab our feet, straighten our legs and rock back on our butts with our feet in the air. I just sat there, looked at her and said, "That one goes on my to do list because it ain't happening right now." I can do one leg, but not both, my hamstrings are waaaaay to tight.
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