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Preparing to Spring Forward

Twice a year I write about time change. (Read last year’s Spring Forward post here.) It’s that time again to Spring Forward (Sunday at 2 a.m.). I am not a fan of time change. I seriously don’t get the point of it. I grew up in Arizona where time change doesn’t occur. So to my Arizona family […]


Mix It Up! event at Athleta

Next weekend I will be partnering up with Athleta. I will be at Athleta Washington Square next Saturday, Feb. 6 for Mix It Up! The Mix It Up! event has participants mixing up their workout style in a fitness class mashup — Athleta will be hosting two distinct 30 minute workouts that you might not otherwise put […]


Happy New Year

I joined a gym in June 2007 and have been a regular since. When I joined Weight Watchers in October 2006 it was advised that exercise didn’t start immediately. First reduce the food portions, make healthier and more filling choices, drink more water, etc. I can’t remember how long it was recommended that you first […]


Your 15

Can you believe it? It’s December! This year flew by. My morning routine is usually the same. I wake up somewhere between 6:30 and 7 a.m. I practice my home yoga practice for about an hour. I head downstairs for my coffee and breakfast. Then back upstairs to get ready for my day. The majority […]


Celebrate being grateful

I am excited to announce I will be teaching a special yoga class at Turtles Yoga & Wellness on Thanksgiving morning, which is two weeks away. My class titled: Celebrate Being Grateful is from 9-10:30 a.m. Join me on Thanksgiving morning for a yoga class where we practice gratitude while recognizing how blessed we are in […]


Being mindful of me

I practice a lot of yoga. And I cycle (while teaching indoor cycling) five times a week. I teach 11 yoga classes a week (and sometimes a private session) along with my cycle classes every week. As a teacher I give to my students physically, emotionally and mentally. All teachers need to take care of themselves. On […]


Exercising Kegel muscles

One of my long-time friends and readers mentioned that jumping rope or jumping in a moon bouncer is difficult … post child birth without … err … umm … peeing your pants. Since I don’t plan to have children luckily for me I won’t experience this. But she brought up Kegel exercises. And what the […]


Healthy living at 40

Right now in my life I am the healthiest I have ever been in my whole entire life. And I’m 40. I’m at a healthy weight. I eat pretty healthy. I drink alcohol in moderation. I rarely have soda. I exercise regularly. My stress levels are fairly low. I drink a lot of water. I […]


Empowering girls through yoga

On Saturday I volunteered at the Girl Power Summit at a middle school near where I live. I taught the girls yoga. The girls were second to seventh graders. The girls were in or will be in programs designed to keep girls active and healthy with mentorship and leadership. I taught five groups of girls. (There were […]


Enjoying vacation

Since the end of 2006 I have been a fairly healthy person. In October 2006 I joined Weight Watchers and started on the venture to lose about 30 pounds. In March of 2007 I started regularly exercising, which still continues to this day. (And now I teach other people to exercise and practice yoga.) I […]