“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 19 of January Detox Challenge!

Day 19!

How’s it going???  Don’t get weary.  We’re here for the long haul.  Dig deep and start again.  You have to get sick and tired of being sick and tired.  In order for true change to happen, you must be willing to push through when it’s uncomfortable.  You must be willing to do what others are not.  You have to keep your focus.  What did you do today to get you closer to your goals?  It’s not too late.  Keep going!!!

1) Friday- CORE
Let’s get that CORE strong!  Here’s how:)))

What if we spent more time focused on this “core”????  How would our life be different?
OK..let’s work on both:)))  Focus on the inside and the outside:)))

 

2) Food- Buy Organic Whenever Possible!
Now that I’ve been juicing like a mad woman, I’m hyper vigilant about washing my produce in Kangen water.  It’s alkaline water with many levels.  I wash my produce in 11.5 to make sure I get all the pesticides and e-coli bacteria out.  I used to just rinse my produce under the faucet.  Now, I make sure I soak it and wash it thoroughly. Here’s some pictures of the produce I washed today.  Check out our facebook page for pictures and video:)


 

3) Mantra for the Day- One Day at a Time:)
I couldn’t have said it better…..enjoy the journey!!!

 

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:))) XOXO!!!

Day 12 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 12!

So today might be a hard day.  You might be feeling a little frustrated that your results are not coming fast enough.  Maybe you’re just tired of preparing meals, working out, and counting calories.  Maybe you just realized that this is just too much.  It would be so much easier to just quit right here, right now!  Well, when you persevere through the hard times is when you are actually changing and growing.  That’s when champions are born!!!!

1.  Friday- Zumba & Core Day!!!

 

2.  Food-  I know you are loving the new menu for the next ten days! (get the menu on the exclusive page) Wow!  I would have never guessed that healthy food could taste so good!!!  Who knew!?!?  Make sure to log your food and exercises for more accountability.  This is essential to your success.  Take the guess work out of it and focus on the goal!

Start your day off with this yummy smoothie!!!

  • 2-3 cups organic spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • Blend and drink:))))

 

 

3. Mantra for the day:  Bold faith!!!

By this time, you’re losing weight, feeling pretty good about yourself.  You are starting to really believe that you can make these lasting changes.  It’s time to really step out and do something really radical!!!  The average woman has about four different sizes in her closet.  Some of us still have our high school clothes in the back of the closet and we’re secretly hoping to get back in those jeans!  Some of us are just hoping to get back to pre-pregnancy clothes.  Others just struggle with the yo-yo dieting of life.  Well, today, your bold faith is to go to your closet and purge out all the fat clothes!  Oh come on, we all have them!  Get rid of all the sizes that you don’t want to be and the ones you will realistically never get back to.  Keep the size that you feel great in and is a healthy weight for you.  DO IT!  I dare you!  I did this about three years ago and guess what?  I’ve kept the weight off!  Sometimes the only motivation I had was to fit in my clothes!  Today, you are going to declare that you are never going to  wear those fat clothes ever again!!!  Purge them and donate them and make room for new clothes to reward all your hard work!

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