I took on the Savasana challenge

For the month of December I took part in a 31-day Savasana challenge.

My teacher Vickie who was my first Restorative Yoga teacher (and one of my regular yoga teachers) challenged her students to do a 31-day Savasana challenge.

Savasana is a relaxed and restorative pose where you can be supported by blankets and bolsters (as you see in the picture to the left) and where your head and heart are on the same level. This is a time to quiet the body and the mind.

The month of December is stressful with the holidays, food, alcohol, family, parties, friends, end of year …

When we don’t think we have time for ourselves, whether that’s yoga, Savasana, time reading a good book, taking a bath, just sitting down for 10-15 minutes to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, etc. is when we need it most.

For the most part the challenge was fairly easy for me since I am not working full time.

But there were still times when I had to try to squeeze that 15 minutes in. Like the day I had an all-day training to become a SPINNING® teacher. And then almost immediately after that went … Continue reading

Keeping the peppermint in my cocoa

Once it starts to get chilly I enjoy warm drinks in the evening.

When I was still working full-time a warm drink helped to get me sleepy and ready for bed. I needed all the help I could get for a good night’s sleep.

I will drink hot water with lemon, tea, hot apple cider or hot cocoa.

I like a little splash of Peppermint Schnapps in my cocoa … that was until I found out how many Weight Watcher’s points a shot is. If you are a WW member, you are welcome to look up the points. If not, sorry, can’t share. Just know it is a lot more than I thought it would be.

So instead of having the caloric syrupy goodness I have been adding a mini candy cane to my chocolatey goodness.

One mini candy cane gives me the minty taste I like with my hot chocolate and is only about 17 calories with about 4 carbohydrates, no fat and about 3 grams of sugar.

I found a website called Intoxicologist, which lists many liquors and their calories (as general guidelines). Peppermint Schnapps is not specifically on there. But other Schnapps are. For an ounce, 72 … Continue reading

Finding your paradise

I literally (pen to paper) wrote this post on Wednesday (October 15).

As a native Arizonan and Tucsonan (born, bred and educated) I spent many summers in San Diego, as did many other Arizonans.

Getting a tan, running my toes through the sand and the smell of salt water … that’s my ideal and dream vacation. Throw in an exotic location and it’s my paradise.

As I am handwriting this post (will take to the keyboard later–aka now) I am sitting on a private island on Bora Bora soaking up the sun (I am fully covered in sun screen), looking at the turquoise water, hearing the waves roll in and feeling so lucky … and happy.

(The photo above was taken right after I wrote this post.)

As you know my dear readers, things have changed a lot on my life in the past month. September 15 was my last day  in the corporate world. Today as I take pen to paper it is Wednesday, October 15.

Six days ago (now, nine days) I turned 40. In 10 days (now seven) I celebrate my 11th wedding anniversary.

While on probably the most exotic vacation I will ever take I have been … Continue reading

Celebrate Stoptober & be aware this month

I seriously had no ideas for an October Monthly Challenge. I was just not going to do one.

But I decided to post on the Monthly Challenge Facebook page asking friends if they had any suggestions. And I got two almost immediately. Thanks, Rosie and Jen!

My friend Rosie is from the UK and this month is Stoptober, which means being sober and smoke-free for the month. Read more about it here.

If you’re a smoker, this might be a great time to think about quitting. It may not happen this month. But think about how much healthier (and nicer smelling) you will be if you quit.

I told Rosie that this is my birthday month and there is no way I am gonna give up drinking even with the supposed gold pass of one time to cheat this month. I mean, I am going to Tahiti next week and plan on having a lot of fuu-fuu drinks!

But hey, it’s always a good idea to limit alcohol. So maybe keep your drinking to only the weekends. Or cut your usual alcohol intake in half. Or if you really want to get crazy, try not drinking for the whole … Continue reading

Should you drink alcohol when you are sick?

Back in April 2011 I had a cold for about a week. It was mild. And since I had extra time on my hands (I don’t exercise when I am sick) I got some posts in, like the one below: Should You Drink Alcohol When You Are Sick?

I have been home for a few days with a pretty vicious cold. Coughing, sneezing, super tired eyes, headache, congestion. Bleh!

I have been too tired to actually do any research or posts over the past few days.

But I thought I could repost this one, especially since it still gets a lot of reads when I check out my blog stats.

This whole week I have had a mild cold. I have tried to be careful to take care of myself. I have gone to work every day as I didn’t feel I was sick enough to stay home. I have gone to work every day and then every evening I have come home and lounged and watch TV/movies before I had to go to bed. Just taking it easy.

I think yesterday was the worst day of my cold. I feel better today. I am still tired and congested. … Continue reading

Listening to me

What do I need?

What do you need?

I have been really trying to listen to myself lately.

Work has been extremely demanding and busy and overwhelming and stressful as we continue to go through transition. More than usual I feel tired, exhausted and wiped out.

I have really been trying to take the queues my body gives me whether physically, mentally, physiologically, emotionally.

Last weekend we had an Intensive Weekend at teacher training, which was absolutely amazing and I learned so much. But it also took a lot out of me.

I had a lot of things I wanted to do on Sunday. They were to attend Vickie’s morning yoga class; attend an optional hour discussion on meditation before our required three hours of teacher training; the three hours of class; and Sunday night Restorative yoga class.

I knew that was all too much for me and something had to give. I decided to skip Vickie’s class and did my own home practice. This also gave me my whole morning to lounge, enjoy my coffee and do a little homework.

I knew my body needed and would benefit more from a Restorative class than an asana class.

I took … Continue reading

Taking a break from the booze

Last year was a rough year. Last month was a rough month.

At some point in December I decided that eating and drinking whatever I wanted was fine and I would get back to clean living when I was emotionally ready. I usually like to set a deadline for myself, otherwise the unhealthy lifestyle can go on too long and find no end in sight.

And sometimes just knowing I have set a timeline for myself makes me feel OK in the moment of unhealthy living. There are times when we just want to or need to break away from the routine. But we must always get back to it.

I was pretty unhealthy in December. My yoga practice (home practice and public classes) was a little disturbed by the goings on but for the most part was pretty regular and I was happy to keep something routine and healthy going on in my life.

At work, there were many lunches and happy hours.

Even once we were on winter break I continued to drink more than I typically do. (I try to reserve alcohol intake to the weekends.)

I was definitely drinking too much in December. I didn’t do … Continue reading

Keeping calm, simple for Monthly Challenge

I asked my readers for ideas for the November Monthly Challenge. I got a lot of great ideas and used them.

I saved one idea for Go Fit Girl’s December Monthly Challenge.

We’ll get to that shortly.

December is a tough month for me and for many others as well. We are so busy with the end of the year at work, with the holidays, travel, extra tasks, multiple parties, certain expectations, many pressures.

Be kind to yourself this month. Let’s not forget the post I wrote in August titled, Do you want to be happy? Make sure to take care of yourself during this hectic, stressful over the top time.

Exercise: Exercise of any kind is important all year round. But it is really important when under stress. Try to exercise at least three times a week, but more is better. Go for a walk, catch a yoga class, take Zumba. Whatever you like to do do it. Make sure to make time for yourself. You can do as little as 15 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a full exercise regime to alter your mood.

Nutrition: We can probably guarantee any diet or healthy way of eating we … Continue reading

Fall Back

Oh, time change, how I dislike you very, very, very much. (Hate is a strong word.)

Many of my readers are from Arizona, so this doesn’t apply to you as much. But I think the suggestions I am going to make are great whenever you cross time zones.

One of my family members once asked me if an hour really made a difference. Believe it or not, but it is a huge difference for me.

When you Spring Forward, you lose an hour. The light is different. It is more difficult to get to bed on time for your workweek. And if you have things to do on Sunday mornings like I do you are already running late when you wake up.

When you Fall Back, you gain an hour. But really, I gain nothing. On Sundays I normally roll out of bed around 7. So that means I am up by 6. Yippee! I am pretty much off the whole day and sometimes into the week. My body has to try to go to bed an hour earlier on Sunday night. Which these days is not much of a problem. I am normally exhausted around 8. On school nights … Continue reading

Back to my routine

From my posts last week you know that I was on vacation. I had a great, amazing and relaxing time with The Husband in the Caribbean.

The water on Turks and Caicos was absolutely a beautiful, gorgeous turquoise.

I lounged a lot, slept in a lot, got some sun. I also ingested a lot of calories at the daily buffet and the free-flowing bar.

I rarely exercised, which I am OK with as well.

Even though I love traveling and lounging and enjoying myself there is always a part of me that is ready to get back to life, to my routine, to healthy living.

Sunday I did take a Hatha yoga class. But really yesterday, the regular healthy routine started up again.

I took yesterday off to be able to give myself an extra day, plus it gives me time to go through the mail, pay bills, run errands, hit the grocery, etc.

I took a noon spin class, which I normally can’t take.

I stocked up the fridge with fresh and healthy groceries.

I also did a little cooking yesterday in preparation for my week.

And for today, I packed my lunch and snacks for the day and … Continue reading