Yoga in the Park with Mark

So, in a moment, I’m going to talk about the yoga class Mark taught a few of my friends and me on Saturday.

First, however, I just want to share with you the evening I had last night, and the morning I had today.

I’m sharing last night because I’m kind of impressed with myself. For reference, I got home at 7:30 and was asleep by 11.

Last night, I:

  • did two loads of laundry
  • made this for lunch today, tomorrow and Thursday
  • made dinner (BBQ tofu + okra fries, which I’ll share in a few days) for last night + tonight (sooo good)
  • watched two episodes of The Voice (I’m all caught up now!)
  • did a 40-minute strength training workout

I mean, come on, you’re impressed, right?

I bought a 10-lb set of weights for P90X and decided that I’m just going to do my strength circuits at home and at night because I can better use my mornings at the gym doing cardio and then still get my strength workouts in at night. I get more exercise time in, which is great, plus I maximize any TV-watching time this way.

Good idea, right? Gosh, I’m impressive.

Anyway, I also woke up this morning at 6am because I had a nutritionist appointment. I was going because my orthopedic surgeon recommended her to me after I’d explained to him that weight loss is no easy feat for me.

It was, if I’m being honest, a colossal waste of time and (a lot of) money.

Despite my explaining to her (right off the bat, not wanting to waste any time) that I eat very healthy, that fitness is a huge part of my life, that I have done lots of research into nutrition and am fairly educated in these matters and that I was there not to be taught the basics but to understand why the basics weren’t working for me, she decided that I must have missed something and that she needed to start from the beginning.

So, for $220, she told me that exercise is good, fast food is bad, vegetables are good, white flour is bad.


Thanks, lady.

She finally asked me to give her a “day in the life” of what I eat. So, I gave her two days. I gave her exactly what I ate yesterday (on the South Beach Diet) and a day in the life of how I normally eat.

She calculated everything, looked at me, and said, “I don’t get it. You should be much thinner. You should be losing weight.”

Yes, lady. That’s why I came to you.

And then, no joke, she handed back the sheet on which she’d just written down what I told her I ate yesterday, and said, “This is your meal plan.”

And again, I say: ………………………….

Totally worth $220.

When I left, she said, “You’re such an anomaly! I just don’t know what to tell you!”

Great, can I have my money back?

So, that was my morning.

Okay. Back to yoga!

So, on Saturday morning, Mark taught a yoga class to my friends Robyn, Laura, Rachel, Jen and me.

It was an interesting group because two of us had never done yoga before, two of us were fairly experienced, and one of us (I’ll give you one guess) was dealing with a bunch of injuries.

Mark balanced it really well, though, and came up with a class that allowed everyone to participate and addressed everyone’s needs.

He was really hands-on and attentive and was great about correcting our form.

He was also wonderfully enthusiastic and so proud when we were able to achieve new things.

Seriously, doing yoga with Mark and in the park (heyyy rhymes!) made me want to become a yoga enthusiast, myself. The energy was incredible and the sunshine and the grass were such wonderful additions.

I know my friends want to come back! Here’s a group shot:

Dumpster chic. Love it.

Oh, and Rehab updates…

Rehab Day 12, Part 2 (Monday Night)

40 min strength training circuit (since I knew I wouldn’t be able to work out today)

Rehab Day 13 (Tuesday)

Rest Day since I had that wonderfully helpful Nutritionist appointment at 7:30am.

LA friends — If any of you want a lesson from Mark, let me know! He’s always looking for more clients, so we can see if we can coordinate something. 



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8 responses to “Yoga in the Park with Mark

  1. lauren

    YES! Me! ME! ME! I want to do yoga in the park!!!

  2. Yoga looks like so much fun! Sorry your nutritionist was a bust. That’s too bad that she really didn’t listen. You deserve someone better who’s going to listen.

  3. Christina

    Have you logged your total caloric intake day in and day out? What do you take in, in a typical day? I wonder if you’re not eating enough, so your body is holding onto fat reserves, thinking it’s in starvation mode? I’ve heard of that happening to some people.

    You might want to consider getting a Body Bug. Have you heard of them? It’s a little device that you wear on an armband. It tracks how many calories you burn all throughout the day (sitting at your desk, folding laundry, cooking dinner, working out, etc.). Losing weight,as you know is all about calories in v. calories out. So if you can track what you’re burning in a day, you can figure out what you should be taking in.

  4. Too bad about the nutritionist but yoga looks like it was so much fun. Obviously we need a blogger/yoga date. You know how I love yoga!

  5. I would be so bummed if that’s what a nutritionist told me! She sounds kind of like my doctor- very unhelpful 😦

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  7. I would be totally up for a Mark yoga class if you guys do another one! I’ve only done yoga in the park at Runyon Canyon a few times, but doing it outside was amazing!
    Also, I admire your self control for not hauling off and smacking that nutritionist six ways from Sunday. I cannot believe how she behaved and had the audacity to charge you for it! Hope you find a better person if you decide to try again…

  8. That is so dumb that the nutritionist didn’t recommend blood work or a visit with a more trained specialist and just took a shrug of the shoulders approach. Wow!!! Was she an RD?

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