Bikram 30 day challenge benifits

Here are some of the benefits I enjoyed from my Bikram 30 day challenge: Weight loss of 7 pounds, I wanted to lose 10 but the challenge definitely gave me the jump-start I needed and now I know I will be able to keep going and loose those last few pesky pounds of belly fat. I feel better and have more energy. My digestive system is working better and I’m sure that’s a combination of all the yoga and cutting out junk food as well. I definitely advanced my practice; I’m going deeper in many postures and I’m often able to hold the balancing postures for the entire posture. This is the most progress I’ve made since my first year. During my first year of Bikram I learned a lot and progress came in leaps and bounds but during my second year I feel like my practice plateaued and that’s part of why I wanted to do this challenge. Well, I wasn’t disappointed; the challenge has propelled my practice through any imaginary ceiling! Here are some random things that I discovered during my Bikram 30 day challenge: I enjoy starting my day with yoga at 6am because I feel great all day! I can sleep like a kid again. I can control my sweet tooth. I am finally able to do Pranayama breathing without sounding like an old man snoring (that only took two years!). Doing a double is enjoyable and can lead to a breakthrough. Bikram yoga really is amazing and whatever you put into it you get back 100 fold. If you’re considering doing the Bikram 30 day challenge I highly recommend it, you will definitely advance your practice, gain a sense of achievement and learn a thing or two about yourself along the journey. It truly is a journey, filled with ups and downs and challenges along the way but worth every minute (and every drop of sweat)!! So what’s next for me? My biggest fear about doing the challenge was that I would get burned out on yoga. Well that definitely didn’t happen. If anything the opposite happened, I think I’m more addicted to yoga than ever and that’s a good thing. Going forward I’m going to aim for 5 classes per week instead of my old average of 3 classes per week. I think that’s the sweet spot. I also want to thank all of you for your support, advice and encouragement over the last 30 days, it really means a lot to me and I feel like I’ve made some new friends along the way! I’m going to keep my blog going and continue giving updates on my yoga journey. ~Yoga Dad

My 30 day challenge Meal Plan

Here is my exact diet I’ve followed during the Challenge. It’s actually not that different from how I normally eat, I’ve just cut out all junk food.

Breakfast

Egg burrito- 1 scrambled egg, refried beans, wrap

4oz of OJ

1 cup of coffee, w/sweetnlow, almond milk creamer

If I’m in a hurry I grab an egg white burrito out of the freezer, I buy Good Food Made Simple brand

On Sunday I make gluten free pancakes w/fresh blueberries

Mid morning snack

Raw veggies like celery and carrots or cucumbers

Lunch

Turkey sandwich with a sliced half avocado on it, no mayo. I buy the Applegate naturals, no nitrates, antibiotics, etc.

weekends I mix it up, usually with some type of light soup.

Afternoon snack

1 Apple, 1 or 2 Clementine’s, 1 rice cake (spread out)

1 cup of green tea

Dinner

Sensible dinner usually consisting of chicken, ground turkey or fish and a vegetable and rice or beans.

After dinner some type of fresh fruit to satisfy the sweet tooth.

If the munchie bug hits during the evening I’ll make some air popped popcorn with zero cal butter spray and some light salt

Lots and lots of water all day and night. The great thing about doing hot yoga everyday is that I’m always thirsty so drinking lots of water is not a problem.

Here’s a new favorite dinner of mine:

Ground turkey fried rice

Ingredients

3/4 cup long-grain white rice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 pound ground turkey

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon chopped ginger

4 scallions, sliced

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup snow peas, halved

4 carrots, sliced

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

Directions

  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, garlic, ginger, and half the scallions and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rice, peas, snow peas, carrots, hoisin sauce, and vinegar to the turkey mixture and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Top with the remaining scallions.
  4. Enjoy!