And the winners are …

Thanks again to everyone who gave me their favorite and least favorite yoga poses.

Today I taught the sequence I wrote up of the favorite yoga poses. I will also teach it on Tuesday.

Then next Sunday and Tuesday (my last two yoga classes at Alameda Athletic Club) I will teach the least favorite poses sequence, which I still need to write up.

I received more favorite yoga poses than least favorite, which I take as a good sign.

Some people told me why they loved a pose or why they didn’t and some just gave me the poses.

If you told me why you didn’t like the pose I made suggestions to your comments on what may be going on or ideas on how to make it easier on your body.

This was a Comment Contest Tuesday and there were three winners.

As long as you made a comment on the actual blog post you got your name thrown into the drawing. If you made more than one comment you got your name thrown into the drawing more than once.

The randomly picked winners were Gail, Jen C. and Monica.

All three will receive (one already has) a box … Continue reading

Help me with yoga poses

We haven’t had a Comment Contest Tuesday in some time.

I need your help.

I am nearing the end of my teaching stint at Alameda Athletic Club.

I have decided for my last two weeks of classes I am going to ask for student (and GFG! reader) input.

It’s pretty easy.

Tell me your favorite yoga pose.

Tell me your least favorite yoga pose.

You can definitely have more than one of each.

If you’ve never practiced yoga or are new and don’t know a lot of the poses and/or the names you can still participate. Check out the yoga for beginners on the Yoga Journal website for some ideas.

When I write a sequence I try to have a well-rounded yoga practice of standing poses, seated poses, balance, challenging and easier poses, twists, etc.

I also make sure there are poses I truly enjoy and others I would really rather not do. The sequence I teach for the week is the sequence I practice at home for the week.

I am starting to ask my students what are their favorite poses and what are their least favorite poses to give me ideas for my last few classes at the … Continue reading

Meditating, lunch breaks & doing nothing are winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s Comment Contest Tuesday.

There were just a few responses. But they were all great and I appreciated every single one of them.

It is so important for us to take care of ourselves while we are taking care of others.

This Comment Contest Tuesday was part of December’s Monthly Challenge. It lasted for a two-week period and had Challengers do and comment on 5 things attempted each day or over the two weeks.

Brenda mentioned that she wanted to try meditating for 5 minutes each day. Alicia said she was going to take a lunch break at work. Nicole M. is trying to do nothing for a whole 5 minutes. Nicole and her family are going to volunteer 5 times this month, for organizations or events that don’t benefit them personally. One of the volunteer items Nicole and her family are doing is taking canned food donations at WinterHaven, which essentially is a neighborhood festival of lights in Tucson. Brenda said she would be visiting WinterHaven and bringing 5 cans of food.

According to the WinterHaven website, in 2012, more than $20,000 and 33,905 pounds of food were donated to the food bank … Continue reading

Keeping the calm this December

Almost every December I sign myself up for too much and get completely overwhelmed.

I have decided to cut back on a few things this year.

Between a crazy time at work and school and the usual December craziness I had to make some decisions for me.

I love sending out holiday cards. So that is still happening. (In fact, I got most of them labeled, stamped and stuffed over Thanksgiving weekend.)

We pretty much stopped doing Christmas gifts a few years ago. (We do charity gifts instead.) But I like to send cards to the kids in our lives and let them know what charity we chose. I decided for my own sanity to not do cards this year.

I usually make some sort of tiny gift to include with cards to family and co-workers. Like last year’s knitted Santa hat (pictured to the left). Nope, not doing anything like that this year either.

My good friend Monica has a cocktail competition party every year around Christmastime. I will brag and tell you all that I won in 2010 and tied in 2011. Damn that Alexi and her 2012 win! 🙂

This year I decided not to participate. Not … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday: 5 for 5

This Comment Contest Tuesday stems from Go Fit Girl’s December Monthly Challenge: Free(ish) for 5.

In the spirit of the holiday season we are usually thinking about others, which makes us amazing people. But we also have to make sure we take care of ourselves.

In the spirit of 5 for 5, over the next two weeks tell me 5 things you attempt each day or over the two weeks. (This Comment Contest Tuesday is going to last from today until Tuesday, Dec. 17). But you can can continue 5 for 5 this whole month and beyond.

This CCT is simple and we can all participate.

Some 5-minute ideas: Meditate for 5 minutes; take a brisk 5-minute walk; try handstand or headstand for 5 minutes (this one is definitely one for me); do crunches for 5 minutes; do a couple of relaxing yoga poses for 5 minutes …

Some 5-things ideas: Let 5 cars ahead of you while in traffic (doesn’t have to be all at once); smile at 5 strangers; give 5 strangers a compliment; find 5 things you like about yourself; pick up 5 pieces of trash (maybe while on your 5-minute walk); have 5 servings of water … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Birchbox

 

Birchbox helps you find products that you’ll love, which is what the website says.

I started my Birchbox subscription about four months ago. Once a month for $10 I get a fun pink box in the mail filled with mostly beauty samples. Some of the items I save for myself. Some I throw into the goodie bag for Comment Contest Tuesday prizes.

Certain items are automatically punted to the Comment Contest Tuesday goodie bag because of a perfumey smell attached to the product or if a color really is just not me.

For each sample I tried I will give a brief description then let you know if I would not buy this; I might buy this; I would buy this; I would definitely buy this. (The order of the items have nothing to do with best to worst or vice versa. They are in order of me trying them.)

Whish Hair Inhibiting Deodorant Swipe: The wipe had a slight perfumey smell, which seemed to go away after a few hours. It stayed sticky under my armpits for about an hour and then seemed to go away. Great to keep in your purse or in your gym bag. … Continue reading

Winners have challenges, post advice, solutions

Thank you to everyone who participated in Comment Contest Tuesday, which was part of September’s Monthly Challenge.

Many amazing women posted their challenges and so many posted advice and solutions to others’ challenges. The support that everyone shared with each other was truly amazing.

Go Fit Girl! tries to be a regular person with everyday problems and issues. The thing she can’t relate to is the other moms. I was so grateful for so many moms giving each other support and advice.

Many talked about not having enough time in the day. We can all relate to that one, right?

Some of the challenges being faced were: Running around for all of their kids’ activities. Getting to bed on time and consistently. Reading. Getting in regular exercise. Getting to a yoga class regularly. Spending too much time on the Internet. Having more time to ourselves. Not having support from loved ones when we need something just for No. 1. Guilt! Being happy. Trying to get in those fruits and vegetables. Taking walks during the work day. Not creating drama or taking on anyone else’s.

OK, the random drawing winners are as follows:

Comment Contest Tuesday announcement

Thank you to everyone who participated in the most recent Comment Contest Tuesday.

The Comment Contest Tuesday was connected to Go Fit Girl’s September Monthly Challenge where GFG! readers were asked to come up with healthy ways to improve their lifestyle that they don’t have time for.

Recently in my yoga teacher training we are learning to ask ourselves What is important for me? What are my priorities? What do I want to make time for?

For the Comment Contest Tuesday I asked my readers to post their challenges and for others to come up with advice and solutions.

There were so many great comments. The best part for me was to see my readers to be so supportive of one another. It was beautiful and amazing.

I am not a mom, so I can only give so much advice to those who struggle with their time for themselves, their children, job, etc.

It will take me some time to sort out the winners. Yes, I said, winners. This Comment Contest Tuesday has multiple prizes.

Thanks again to those who participated to show support to Go Fit Girl! I asked my readers to make a commitment to be … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday

Alright, today’s Comment Contest Tuesday runs in connection with September’s Monthly Challenge.

The Monthly Challenge asks readers to think about the things they don’t have time for (a fitness class, shopping for fresh veggies instead of eating/serving frozen meals, cooking at home regularly, going for nightly walks after dinner, getting up in the morning for a 20-30 minute yoga practice, making it to the gym at least three times a week, going to bed at a regular time, etc.)

This Comment Contest Tuesday, starting today and running through Tuesday, Sept. 17, asks readers to post their challenges and wants and needs. Other readers can suggest ways to achieve these challenges.

For each challenge a reader posts their name will get thrown into a random drawing. For each suggestion to challenge posted, the reader will get their name thrown in a random drawing twice.

This is a two-week long Comment Contest Tuesday, as I want to encourage readers to post their many challenges and for my readers to take the time to come up with solutions for each other.

You have a full two weeks to post challenges and solutions. Every single challenge post gets your name thrown in one … Continue reading

Fun stories, random drawing, one Comment Contest Tuesday winner

Last week for Comment Contest Tuesday, I asked my readers what was or is your nickname? When you were a little kid what did you want your name to be? Any stories behind your name or nickname?

There were some fun answers. Thanks to all the ladies for answering.

The random drawing winner was … don’t call her Alice … Alicia.

Alicia doesn’t really have a nickname. But she has an interesting story about how when she was a kid her Chinese family really struggled to say her “Spanish” name.

My family calls me Annie. But I used to wish my name was Starr. I am still not a fan of my name. It’s boring and I consider it an old lady name.

In my Saturday spin class there are two other Anns (spelled just like mine) and if we are all there people yell out All Anns on Board. It’s fun! Yes, we are one wild and crazy spin class.

Brenda Marie, thanks for participating, and don’t worry, you aren’t in trouble.

Rebecca (aka Bridget[te]), I don’t remember the “other” Rebecca in kindergarten. Were you in Holly Lackowitz’s (is that how she spelled it) class?

Wow, Kim Hammermeister, now … Continue reading