On Wednesday, it will be 4 weeks since my gallbladder surgery. No lifting or swinging my bells until the 6 week mark.
Plan for this week:
Walking: 50-60 minute morning bush walks. Rain is projected all week so may need to be creative or modify this goal.
Yoga: Plan to do 3 classes this week (restorative on Monday, Iyengar style Wednesday night and Hatha on Thursday. I also want to do a short (15-20 minute) sun salutation practice each morning. This is truly a challenge for me. Firstly, I don’t really like sun salutations. Secondly, although I do some yoga most days- I really struggle to do yoga first thing in the morning. My hope is to establish a morning sun salutation habit – more as a warm-up to the day than for any other reason.
Meditation: I’ve scheduled in a 15-20 minute yogaglo meditation for each day this week. Although I meditate each day (usually seated mindfulness for 30 minutes and 30-45 minutes of yoga nidra), I want to try some focused meditations. Variety is good.
I’m starting to sort through ideas of how to get back into my strength routine once I hit the 6 week mark. I’m looking at Lauren Brook’s BeSlam program and also at Pavel’s ETK. The real problem is that I have quite a bit of travel in my future (8 weeks or so) and will have limited access to kettle bells or other workout equipment so I need to factor that in also.
Monday: 70 min bush walk (it felt effortless this morning!), 60 min restorative yoga class, 30 min sun salutation/standing pose w/yogaglo
Tuesday: 20 min sun salutation class w/yogaglo, 30 min yin yoga w/yogaglo, 20 minute walk
Wednesday: 60 min bush walk, 90 minute Iyengar-style yoga class.
Thursday: 50 min bush walk, 90 minute hatha yoga class
Friday: ummmmmm……nothing. I even slacked off on meditation and only did about 20 minutes. I was stiff and achy in my body. I had a headache off and on all day. I could have pushed myself but I didn’t. I just chilled.
Saturday: 60 minutes yogaglo (one class on sun salutations, one on hip openers)
Sunday: Bad night of sleep last night. Awake off and on all night with hip pain. Panadol w/15mg codeine didn’t even help. 50 minutes restorative yoga.
Plan for next week is the same…..walking and yoga (with sun salutation focus). Wednesday is the 5 week mark. Decided today to wait on starting the BeSlam program until after my holiday. That way, I can start the 12 week program and complete it without interruption.
Once I can swing my bells again (10 days but who’s counting?), I’m going to do Tracy Reifkind’s 2013 swing routines. She came up with 3 or 4 various routines at the beginning of the year. Each routine is about 200-300 swings so I can combine them if I want to do more. That will help me build up my strength and calluses prior to my RKC snatch sessions.
Now though? It’s time to feed the 11 horses that I am ‘babysitting’ for a neighbor and then settle in for the Rugby Union semi-final between the Chiefs and the Brumbies. GO BRUMBIES!