Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Review: Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga DVD

Right around the holidays I purchased the Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga DVD at Borders. It costs around $12. I love yoga, and I was intrigued by the claim that you can actually lose weight doing yoga. Mr. is a skeptic. I think he thinks yoga is for wimps - it's just a little stretching, so how can that help you lose weight?

The liner notes assure you pound-shedding results from use over just 6-8 weeks. They say you will gain balance and strength as you lengthen and lean your entire body. That would work for me!

The DVD has a user friendly menu; you can pick from the following options:
  • Warm up (5 min)
  • Level 1 (20 min)
  • Level 2 (15 min)
  • Level 3 (10 min)
  • Cool down (5 minutes)

And there's even a music-only option (as apposed to music and instruction from trainer Bob from the TV show). I like being able to choose the options for the entire workout in the beginning, rather than reaching for the remote control to choose the next segment.

I did this DVD for the first time this weekend. I sat our 5-month old in her swing while I did it, she giggled throughout the workout as she watched me. I'm sure I did look pretty funny doing it. I chose the Warm up, Level 1, and Cool down, so it was a full 30 minutes.

It was HARD, but not so hard that I couldn't do it. My legs felt like jello afterwards, and I was sweating. Yes, sweating. And 2 days later, I'm still sore all over - legs, butt, abs, arms - everywhere I want to be sore. It definitely works out all your major muscle groups.

I liked the video - it was easy to follow, and the normal-to-larger sized people doing the workout with Bob (I think they are contestants from the show) inspired me - I thought if they can do it, so can I. Bob the trainer was OK - mildly annoying, but not so much that I wanted to turn it off. He did a great job of explaining the proper form for each pose. It was a little tough sometimes to look up at the TV during a pose to see what's next, but I figure I'd be doing the same thing during a real yoga class.

Once I get the hang of it, I may try the music only option. I did use some of the suggested easier modifications (like during the "plank") but hope to work up to the real thing. I also liked the time frame - I can usually find 20-30 minutes in a day for a workout. (If I can't, I'm sure there are lame excuses involved.)

Afterwards, I felt great - very relaxed. That's my favorite part of yoga - it melts the stress away. And, like always when I do yoga, I slept like a baby that night. So, this DVD gets two thumbs up from me. I plan to alternate it with cardio at my gym at work, and hope to report back shortly that yes, indeed, yoga helps you lose weight!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Weigh In #7: Shame Spiral

Yup, we're really lame. We've skipped weigh ins because we knew it would be bad. I've asked Mr. for his weight several times this week, and he says he hasn't done it yet. I'm going to go ahead and post anyway, and will update if he decides to do it.

Pounds are starting to sneak up on us again. Stress eating has taken over, and we need to take control and stop it. No excuses! Here's my Hall of Shame:


Starting weight: 152 pounds
Current weight: 152.7 pounds
Pounds lost this week: (2.7)
Total pounds lost: (.7)
Pounds left to lose: 22.7
Workouts: 0

OK, now I'm over my starting weight. Bummer. Now we have to stop the downward spiral and get going again. Here are my areas of focus for the time being:
  • Do some type of exercise every day (I can certainly find at least 20 or so minutes each day)
  • Drink seltzer instead of soda at work (I hate diet soda so I've been drinking regular, SO bad!)
  • Eat less at each meal (My portions have been getting bigger and bigger, not good.)

Hopefully these will result in no more gain, and I will be able to post a loss next week.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Weigh In #5: $%#@*!!

Starting weight: 245 pounds
Current weight: 238 pounds
Pounds lost this week: 0 pounds
Total pounds lost: 9
Pounds left to lose: 61
Workouts: 0
Starting weight: 152 pounds
Current weight: 150 pounds
Pounds lost this week: (3)
Total pounds lost: 2
Pounds left to lose: 20
Workouts: 2

Well, this isn't good. And we can't even use the holidays as an excuse - they are over. We went out to dinner last night, and while we usually don't, somehow we felt compelled to order dessert. Mr. shared a sundae with our daughter, and I shared one with our son. They were HUGE and while they were good, I felt so awful after eating it - it wasn't worth it.
On a positive note, I've started doing yoga again before I go to bed. I have a video by Patricia Walden called "P.M. Yoga" that I love. It's only 20 minutes long, and I sleep like a baby after doing it. Much to my amusement, my 6 year old son has been joining me when he sees me getting ready to do it. Of course he talks the ENTIRE time, but I like that it's something we can do together. He says it helps him get to sleep too.
It's a beginner tape, so I think it will help me more with stress management than weight loss. I did purchase a Biggest Loser: Yoga for Weight Loss DVD, which I'll try this week and comment on. I've watched it through once, it looks like it will kick my butt. Good. I need some butt-kicking.