Nutrisystem Nation Week 13 Results and Hot Yoga Class

A few weeks ago, I told you about my fitness plans while on Nutrisystem. I was pretty excited about a heated vinyasa yoga class I had coming up.

Well, now that I’ve attended the first class. I thought I’d tell you all about it. Then, after that, it’s time for my week 13 weigh-in.

nutrisystemLogoI’m not very experienced with yoga. I’ve done it a bit at home, but I’ve never attended a class. Still, I’m very flexible, so taking a yoga class seemed like a good idea.

Luckily, my city’s community education program was offering a “heated vinyasa yoga” class. It’s every Wednesday night for about a month and a half. Basically, it’s a regular yoga class, except that it takes place in a room that’s been heated to over 90 degrees.

It sounded pretty cool to me. And since the description said it works for people of all skill levels, I jumped at the chance.

The class description also says to bring a yoga mat, towel (for wiping off the rivers of sweat that’ll no doubt sprout from your pores), and a bottle of water.

Last Wednesday, I gathered everything up and headed for the community education center.

Since it’s summer, though. I felt like I was already in that hot yoga class on the drive there. It was about 90 degrees outside and my car was like a mini portable sauna.

The class took place in this long room with one wall covered in mirrors. The room was super dim and there were heat lamps set up on either end of the long space. It felt just as hot in there as it did outside, although we didn’t have the sun to make it feel even hotter (which is a blessing.)

I unrolled my yoga mat between two classmates and sat, waiting. After filling out a health and safety waiver, we started the class.

The first section of the class was pretty easy. It consisted of cat and cow poses, and the occasional child’s pose. Nothing too bad.

Then we got to the middle section…

The hardest part of the class consisted of a lot of up-and-down. We’d be on the mat doing downward-facing dog poses and planks. Then we’d stand up for forward folds and other standing moves.

And all of this up-and-down was fast. Stand up. Get down. Stand up. Get down. No rests.

I was doing okay at first. I could do all the moves and didn’t need to do the easier versions of them. But then, after about 15 minutes of this (of a 75 minute class! No breaks!) I started to feel a little weird.

My feet weren’t cooperating as much when we stood up again. This time, we were supposed to do a tree pose where you stretch your arms to the side and lift one leg up with your foot crooked in resting on the opposite leg.

I was feeling really worn-out. Sweat was pouring off of me like a waterfall (and I normally don’t sweat very much at all.)

I took a mini break and got some water, then joined them again. As I stood there, trying to do a tree pose, I noticed my vision getting dark. Almost like I was looking through a window screen.

I blinked my eyes, but my vision kept getting darker.

“I think it’s time to sit down,” I said to myself.

So, while the my classmates did their best imitations of trees, I plopped down on the mat and gathered my composure.

While I’ve never fainted before, I didn’t want to start now. That’s where it felt like it was going. Or maybe I had gotten light-headed from laying down and standing up so fast and for so many times.

Whatever it was, it wasn’t awesome.

Luckily, that was the last of the up-and-down tough section.

The yoga teacher led everyone through the last section, which was all floor stuff. I was able to join them again and bust out the moves with ease.

Still, the fact that I had gotten so worn out in the middle of the class worried me a little. Afterward, I felt fine. Worn out, but fine. My muscles even felt good.

That didn’t last though. I hurt pretty badly the next few days.

Now I have a predicament. Do I keep attending the class? Do I quit? I’d like to believe that I can handle it again.

So, I’m going to go again this Wednesday. But this time, I’m going to take it easy. I’ll do the easier poses and, when it gets to the up-and-down section, I’ll listen to my body.

If I need to sit down again, I will.

Time for the weigh-in!

With that said, it’s time to weigh in.

week13I’ve lost 1.0 pound this week! That brings my total to 35.8 pounds lost in 13 weeks.

Yay!

And here’s my progress overall:

  • Week 1: –6.4 pounds
  • Week 2: –2.4 pounds (-8.8 total)
  • Week 3: –3.8 pounds (-12.6 total)
  • Week 4: –2.4 pounds (-15.0 total)
  • Week 5: –3.0 pounds (-18.0 total)
  • Week 6: –1.6 pounds (-19.6 total)
  • Week 7: –3.4 pounds (-23.0 total)
  • Week 8: –1.0 pounds (-24.0 total)
  • Week 9: –2.6 pounds (-26.6 total)
  • Week 10: –3.4 pounds (-30.0 total)
  • Week 11: –0.6 pounds (-30.6 total)
  • Week 12: –4.2 pounds (-34.8 total)
  • Week 13: –1.0 pounds (-35.8 total)

Have a great Monday!

Disclosure: Nutrisystem is providing their program and support services free of charge for my participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program.

Trisha

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8 Comments

  1. Wow, you are doing amazing! I found you through Lori @lomargie and must admit to struggling with my weight for a long time, but specifically the last six months I’ve intentionally tried to lose weight and am right back where I started. Ugh… maybe some heat exhaustion from exercise is called for! :) Anyway, keep up the great work – you are kicking butt!

    • Ha! Thanks, Daria! You’re awesome!

      Losing weight is..hard. Well, No. It’s just that gaining it back is so easy. I mean… I really miss Twisted Cheetos and sweet and sour filled Twizzlers.

      I guess it’s about willpower. *shrug*

      But you can do it. I have faith in you. :)

  2. Hi Trisha, you are doing such a great job with the weight loss! I really encourage you to stick with yoga, even though it’s tough at first. I’ve been doing heated vinyasa yoga for a little over a year. It was so hard a first (I joke that I did my vinyasa “pushups” with the strength and grace of a dying fish), but I’ve gotten a lot stronger and the heat got easier to take. Plus, it feels great in the winter! I don’t get dizzy very often, but sometimes if I didn’t have enough water that day or I haven’t eaten anything in the last 4 hours or so, I can get a little dizzy and have clouded vision when we go from the sun salutations (up and down) to the balancing poses (like tree). I just hang out in child’s pose until I feel better. Through the practice I’ve gotten stronger and my back problems have gotten a lot better, and it’s also helped to clear my mind and decrease stress. I know it’s not for everyone, but maybe give it another class or 2 before you try something else. I don’t know much about other types of yoga, but even if the heated vinyasa class doesn’t work out, maybe there’s a non-heated class you could try.

    • Thanks for this! It makes me feel better that I’m not the only one out there that has had this kind of reaction to heated vinyasa yoga.

  3. Yay, I’ve been looking forward to this post :) I’d say go back and keep at it, but definitely sit down if your body tells you to. It’s always going to be tough on your body when you first start doing a new type of exercise, but once you start doing it consistently, it will feel a lot better. I think the first month or two just takes some getting used to, but the heated vinyasa yoga sounds pretty cool :) Just don’t go too hard on yourself, if you feel dizzy, take a break and drink some water!

    • Thanks, MM. :) Yeah, my first reaction after sitting down in class was “Oh crap, do I have to quit this class?” But, ya know, it’s not like I actually fainted. If I just keep listening to my body, I should be fine.

  4. You’re such an inspiration! I really look forward to your Nutrisystem updates and am so proud of you for your continued success. Thanks for sharing about your “hot yoga” class – sounds like you did the right thing in taking a break when you needed to. Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks, Sue. :D I’m glad you like my posts.

      You know, after class I talked to the yoga teacher and told her why I sat down. She then praised my “good body awareness.” :D That made me feel better about it.

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