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First Day in Santa Barbara

I arrived in Santa Barbara CA and decided it was time to get in shape.

During the past 11 months, I had gained what I jokingly refer to as the Relationship 15. I struggled with losing that weight throughout 2013.

Now I was a single adventurer again about to tackle the unknown. I was ready to make a serious and dramatic change. That’s when I turned to Bikram.

Now, it’s not just for the weight loss aspect that I chose to start Bikram Yoga again after reading a few articles from If I were solely interested in weight loss, I would have done a strictly aerobic exercise regime for 30 days, like walking, jogging, and hiking. Like the time I lost 20 pounds in 30 days.

I turned to Bikram for the therapeutic benefits.

Yogis refer to the practice as a “90 Minute Open Eyed Meditation” — and I agree with that definition.

After going through a big transition in my life (a break up, moving to a new city, best-friend / biz partner moved across the country), I needed to get grounded again.

2013 was a fantastic, beautiful, turbulent, life changing, stagnant, incredible, eye-opening year mixed together. In hindsight, it feels like I lived a lifetime in that one year. I went through a period of months where I was depressed and it was hard to snap out of it. Lucky for me I had a wonderful girlfriend who was there for me, a great circle of friends, and my amazing family who helped lift my spirits each day.

I also did a tremendous amount of reading and personal enrichment. I actually hit one of the goals on my bucket list and read over 60 books last year! I practically lived at the Barnes & Noble in the Glendale Americana about 1-2 days a week in 2013.

In that same year, I took a tv hosting workshop with Marki Costello. My brother came to Los Angeles to visit. I walked great distances. I donated my hair to charity!

And so after a transformative year like 2013, there was nothing I needed more than some time alone to get back on track for the final year of my 20’s. And that’s how life took me to beautiful Santa Barbara, California. A small town on the beach that reminds me of my hometown, Asheville, North Carolina.. except with better weather and an ocean!

The day I arrived, I Google searched the local Bikram Yoga school in Santa Barbara and bought my first month’s unlimited pass. I was ready to start immediately.

Unfortunately, that very same day, the school was closed!

Bikam Yoga Closed

But then look what I saw right underneath that post…

30 Day Challenge - Santa Barbara Bikram Yoga

The entire school was about to begin a 30 Day Challenge at the same time as me!

Talk about good timing!

Over 50 people at the Santa Barbara location had already signed up for the challenge.

30 Day Challenge Board

This is the second time I’ve ever done a Bikram Yoga 30 Day Challenge.

About 3 years ago, I did a 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge to help me quit smoking cigarettes. I’ve never smoked a cigarette since.

I could already testify to how transformational Bikram Yoga can be… but 3 years and 20 pounds later, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Here’s My Story…




























Day 29 is a video. Click the image below to watch the video on Facebook.



Before & After Pics

I don’t have a before nudie pic.. I had forgotten to take one. But here’s a photo of me and the lovely Liza that was taken on January 4, 2014. You can see how heavy I was just from my face.


And here’s me after the last day of the challenge.


I started out weighing in at a shocking 201.5 lbs, and I finished at 187.2 lbs.

My Thoughts

Your Thoughts

What do you think? Have you done a 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge before? How did it make you feel?

I’m going to reach out to a few other folks at the Santa Barbara location who just finished their challenges alongside with me and see what they have to say now that it’s through.

Please leave your thoughts, questions, and comments below.

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