“I Hate Yoga”

I Hate Yoga!

Yes you read that correctly. We live in a culture where we are conditioned to LOVE everything and if something is hard, we just move on and do something else that makes us feel good. Instead of dealing with conflicts or challenges, we just delete and un-friend people from our lives.

In relationships, we easily discard the ones that have issues.  Just look at the divorce rate. When it’s hard, just give up. That is what our culture is teaching us. There are many options and it’s easier to quit and do something that will make us feel good. When I have a tough yoga class, (and I often do) I want to quit! I can easily do other types of workouts, Pilates, barre, dance, tai chi, cross fit, zumba, etc…when something doesn’t work out, there’s always something else.

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In my yoga class this week, about twelve minutes in, I was done! I was challenged and I wanted to leave. In my mind, I was battling. “What am I doing here? I hate this!” I have a love/hate relationship with yoga. Although in the moment, I hate it, I love who I’ve become in the process. Yoga teaches me surrender, patience, self love, non judgement, how to overcome fear, perseverance, self acceptance, all in about seven breaths. All of 30 seconds! In the moment that I was ready to bolt out of class, I learned how to persevere through the tough pose. Before you know it, we were back in child’s pose. Ahhhhh…

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I confess, I want to be good at everything. I don’t like not being good at something. You can’t fake yoga, you either have the pose or you don’t. The frustrating part is that one day you may have the pose perfectly and the next time you do it, you’re falling all over the place. Yoga keeps me on my toes:) but isn’t that real life? You have victories and successes one day and then you fail miserably the next day, sometimes in the same hour! The lesson is how to fail gracefully. How to breathe through the rough moments of life. How do we respond when the going gets tough. I know it sounds trivial that I’m learning these important life lessons from yoga but this is a place where I know I will learn some of these important tools even if it’s just for one hour a week.  It’s one thing to know it in my mind and mentally understand it, it’s a whole other ball game when you can physically experience it in your practice.

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Persevering through the pose doesn’t guarantee that I’ll get the pose perfectly next time. That’s why it’s called yoga practice, not yoga perfect:) That’s not the goal. For me, the goal is who I am becoming during that pose. How was I mentally, emotionally, spiritually? The physical practice is not the point.  The physical accomplishment is just a by-product of the practice.

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So as you go about your day today, be mindful. What do you hate? What do you do during those moments? Whether it’s traffic, an unpleasant work environment, family drama, teenagers, tumultuous relationships, unemployment, financial problems, etc… How do you get through these moments? Do you drink to “take the edge off”, do you go off and unleash your anger, do you give in and overindulge in food or other substances, do you just check out and give up, play on your smart phone or computer? No matter what your default is, fight to stay present. Feel the emotions, breathe through it. This too shall pass. Let the moment teach you something, otherwise, it will keep coming back until you learn it.  That is the TRUTH!

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Let us embody what surrender and peace looks like. Enjoy the process my friends. Persevere through the tough moments in life and love who you become because of it!

Day 20 & 21 of Clean Eating Challenge!

Day 20 & 21

I’m so proud of you guys! All the hard work, dedication and commitment are paying off.  You have persevered and made the investment to become a better you.  I hope you have learned a lot and have created new habits that will last a lifetime!  This is just the beginning!  Keep it going!

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1.  Saturday- Family fun day!  Incorporate your friends and family for a fun activity!  Remember, they’re watching you.  Be a great example! Whatever you decide to do today, make sure it’s fun!  Enjoy:)))

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Sunday- REST DAY! Don’t underestimate the value of having a rest day.  Unplug and unwind.  Prepare your body for the coming week and enjoy doing absolutely nothing!

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2.  Food- Weekends tend do be the hardest time to stay on track.  If you haven’t heard of myfitnesspal.com you have to sign up today!  Its FREE and so easy to use.  They have an app that you can use right on your phone.  It will track your calories, exercises and even scan food items to let you know if you are within your limits.  It’s a real handy tool.  Use it when you’re out at dinner.  You would be surprised at how much bigger the meal portions are at restaurants!  Some meals are 1500 calories per plate!!!  Hmmmm…and we wonder why there’s an obesity epidemic!

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3. Mantra for the day: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”– Aristotle

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This is such an awesome quote!  Our daily habits are what will bring us success.  I know that sometimes life can be a little boring, we can get sick of eating the same things or doing the same exercises but as you’re working little by little everyday you are inching your way closer to your goals.  You may not be where you want to be yet, but at least you’re not where you started!  Enjoy the journey.  Don’t get so impatient and freak out when you’re not seeing results.  Do the work daily and you will get there.

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Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)
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Day 17 of Clean Eating Challenge!

Day 17

I mentioned before that this is a journey for all types of people.  Some of us are trying to lose 100 pounds and for others it just might be the last nagging ten pounds.  What I’ve realized is this… It doesn’t matter what the amount is, it’s all mental!  My theory is that it’s 99% mental and 1% genetic.  You know those people that are naturally slender and can eat whatever they want?  Yeah those people!  I hate them:) I actually have to work really hard to be fit and healthy:)  It starts in the mind.  Keep your mind tough and make no excuses!!!

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1.  Wednesday- Stretch and do 30 min of solid cardio and 30 minutes of upper body work!

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2.  Food- Part of being successful in this program is to eat small meals throughout the day.  I eat about every three hours.  Remember to pack a snack always!  Nuts and fruit are great to keep in your purse in case of emergencies. Consider putting an emergency packet of protein bars and water in your car for those unexpected moments. Plan your day and pack your food so you are not tempted.  Remember. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”

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3. Mantra for the day: Don’t Be a Victim!
How do you know if you’re being a victim?  Well, it’s always someone else’s fault and you have a problem taking responsibility.  “Someone brought cupcakes to the break room!”  “My boyfriend keeps taking me to fast food restaurants.”  “My room mate, spouse, family member keeps cooking fattening food.” (insert whiny voice and pouty lips) etc…. What is the common denominator here?  YOU!  No one is forcing you to eat what other people are eating.  Stop making excuses and take responsibility for your actions.  You have to want it bad enough!  Are you ready!?  It’s safe to say that if you are making excuses in this area of your life, you may be making excuses in other areas as well.  Something to unpack and take a look at.  Your growth and victories start the day you refuse to be the victim.  You got this!!!

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Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

Day 16 of Clean Eating Challenge!

Day 16

It’s been a real eye opening experience for me to be on this clean eating challenge.  I am learning so much and I’m so inspired by how hard you guys are working.  Remember that we are in this together and we’re here to support each other.  We are designed to be in a community.  We are not islands and we’re not meant to do this alone.

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1.  Tuesday- Stretch and do 50 min of solid cardio and strength training.

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2.  Food- I’m really enjoying our new food plan this week.  Be adventurous and explore new tastes!  Keep up on your food journaling and be mindful.  Let’s focus on abundance instead of scarcity.  Its all about perspective. Instead of being focused on all the foods you CAN’T have focus on all the new foods you CAN have!!!  I am exploring so many new flavors and textures!  The best part is that it’s good for you.

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3. Mantra for the day:  Get involved in Community

Don’t think that you can do it all on your own.  When you find someone that has what you want, be humble enough to ask them to help you, train you, teach you. The goal is not perfection, it’s progress.  We’ll never reach perfection but we should strive to grow everyday.  Find a group of like minded individuals who can help you get closer to your goals.  Stay connected.  Studies have shown that people who work out with other people are more likely to reach their goals and keep the weight off!  Join a gym, fitness club, dance class, running club, or if you’re more of an individual fitness buff, then join an online group and you can work out at home and still get the camaraderie and accountability of a group.

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Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

Day 15 of Clean Eating Challenge!

Day 15

There will be days when you will feel like, “I don’t want to do this anymore.  This is too hard.  This takes too much effort.”  In those moments, I want you to look at your goals. I want you to ask yourself, “Are these goals still important to me?”  If the answer is “YES” then stop whining and complaining and keep going.:)))  If you decide that the goal is too much for you then go ahead and quit.  You have come this far….what are you going to do???

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1.  Monday- Stretch and do 30 min of solid cardio and lower body work. I expect you to push yourself hard today.  I want sweat & tears!!!  DO IT:))) Stretch your body and breathe!

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2.  Food- Clean, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring.  Since I’ve been on this journey with you guys, I have discovered so many new foods that are good for you and rich in flavor.  I hope that you are enjoying it as much as I am.  Be adventurous!  Try new ethnic foods, be courageous and just go for it!  In the last couple of weeks, I have tried Indian food, Thai, Mediterranean, Vegan, and many others.  Try something new this week and tell me about it:)  Oh, and did I mention the ‘clean’ treats are AMAZING!!!!  I am getting my sweet fix and it’s in the plan:)  Woo hoo!!!

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3. Mantra for the day:  Quitting is the Enemy to Success!!!
If you even ‘think’ about quitting, then you have already quit.  It’s so easy to quit.  It takes so much more character and a strong will to persevere.  Dig deep in your soul and remind yourself that you are worth fighting for.  It’s not too hard, too difficult, too painful, too (fill in the blank)…You are worth it and you deserve to live the life you were designed to have.  Be proactive about your health and wellness…It’s the only one you have:)

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Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

 

Day 13 & 14 of Clean Eating Challenge!

Day 13 & 14

We have 7 days to go!  Time sure is flying!  Take a moment to connect and thank your self for going on this journey of healing and transformation.  It’s such a beautiful experience for me to watch amazing women start to take care of themselves and begin to understand the importance of self care.  You have all been such an inspiration to me.  I thank you for allowing me to be a witness.

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1.  Saturday-  Cardio fun day for the whole family.  Go for a walk, run, hike, bike ride, skate, etc…whatever it is, incorporate the whole family or friends in your workout.  This is a great time to build memories and teach your kids by modeling a healthy, active lifestyle.  I’m so encouraged that some of you on the team have started working out with your spouses!  That is awesome!!!

2. Sunday- REST DAY!  It’s so important to rejuvenate and recharge!  Enjoy!

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3.  Food- CHALLENGE!  For 30 days, eat ONLY what’s on this list!  DO it:)
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Here are some snack ideas.  Remember to eat often.  At least every three hours!
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3. Mantra for the day:  I Am Mentally Tough!

You are mentally tough!!!  The battle starts in our mind.  If we doubt and give up mentally, then we are out of the game.  Start to believe that you are strong and that you are finisher!  Don’t be weak and be a quitter!  You don’t have to finish pretty, or perfectly, or gracefully, JUST FINISH!!!  This journey is an exercise in character.  Look at all the things you have overcome in your life up until this point.  This is just one area that you will be able to look back on and say, YES..I FINISHED!!!  You can and you will.  I believe in you! You ROCK!!!

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Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)