Taking my advice with time change

For many years I write a post when we Spring Forward and Fall Back and I give advice and tips on how to prepare before the change and things to do after.

(Here’s last week’s post with tips to prepare to Spring Forward.)

I usually follow some of my advice. But not all of it.

This year I decided it would be best to follow my own advice, especially since I have such a difficult time with the time change.

And I actually went beyond.

This is the first year I have felt pretty OK with the time change. And I think it’s because I changed things up a little this year.

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 work on losing weight with food and then introduce exercise.

I know I took that advisement for longer than was given.

I started exercising in the mini-gym at work in March 2007. And eventually I joined a gym in June 2007. I quickly figured out that classes were better for me to keep me motivated and help me exercise harder and better than on my own.

As a teacher of yoga and cycling in gyms and at a studio I have joked with my students about New Year’s Resolutioners. There may be someone on your bike, in your yoga spot or in your spot at any other class you may take.

I’ve told my students to smile, wave and maybe make new friends with this person. Maybe they will only be around a few months. Maybe they are here for years. But we should make them … Continue reading

Each day is a gift …

FryeWe need to remember how precious each day is and live life to the fullest.

I recently lost a student in cycle class. It was traumatic and scary.

The very first cycle class I taught in the Portland-area I was a little nervous to teach as I was still new at teaching cycle, I was taking over a class where the students were used to their regular teacher (who went on maternity leave) and later I found out the group had been cycling together for years.

But he introduced himself to me and made me feel welcome.

He was a kind man and had a big heart.

His loss is a big one.

I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to know him and have him as a part of my life.

In this tragedy I have gotten to know the family of my student, I have gotten closer with many of my cycle students and staff at the gym and I am reminded about what is really important in life.

Tell those you love that you love them. Tell those that … Continue reading

A year later

A year ago today I graduated from my yoga teacher training at Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, Calif. Wow, it’s already been a year? Wow, it’s only been a year?

Marilyn, my mother-in-law, asked if there would be video of my graduation. I told her no, but there would be photos. Curt did end up taking video. You can watch it here.

I had some idea of what I would use my new knowledge and skills toward. But I had no idea I would be where I am today.

It’s better than I ever imagined.

Two days after I graduated I headed to Tucson for some R&R and some time with my family.

I taught my very first yoga class at Mindful Yoga Studio as a donation class on that trip. It was a scary, but great experience. I appreciated that Hilda let me teach the class at her beautiful studio and all of the students and friends (and family) who came to support me (and Tucson’s food bank).

I started subbing at Alameda Athletic Club in August and September for the regular teacher. She went on maternity leave in October and I took over her classes while … Continue reading

Turtles opening is finally here

It’s been a journey. But it’s finally here, the opening of Turtles Yoga & Wellness is today!

I am so excited to be part of the Turtles team.

My current teaching schedule at Turtles is:

  • Mondays, 5:45-7 p.m. (Gentle)
  • Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. (Hatha alignment)

For the full Turtles schedule, you can go here. For my full teaching schedule, including when I sub yoga classes and my cycle classes, you can go here.

The monthly pass is still at a great low rate as are the drop-in class passes. Check out the prices and sign up here.

You can also like Turtles on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Turtles is a beautiful space. Come by for a class (yoga, Zumba, Pilates, etc.) or take a tour of the gorgeous site.

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 practice yoga almost every day.

I teach five cycle classes a week. That means I do about an hour of cardio five times a week. I have a home yoga practice where I practice the sequence I teach four to six times a week. (I squeeze in a yoga class as a student myself occasionally. Wish it was more often.)

I am not the lightest weight ever in my adult life. (I am about 35 pounds lighter than when I first started my quest to lose weight in October 2006.)

But just because you are skinny or thin doesn’t mean you are healthy. Ever heard of skinny fat? I believe I could have been skinny fat, when I could eat and drink whatever I wanted and not gain weight.

I wrote about skinny fat in the past titled, Skinny doesn’t mean healthy.

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My new teaching gig … at Turtles

About two weeks after moving to Portland I subbed my first yoga class at the fitness center in our town home community (free yoga classes where we live!) and a couple of days after that at a gym near me called The Xtreme Edge.

Six weeks after moving to Portland I started teaching at LA Fitness for both yoga and indoor cycling.

I teach six regular classes a week at LA Fitness and one at 24 Hour Fitness with sub classes (mostly yoga) sprinkled in just about every week.

On Saturday I am teaching a special class at Turtles Yoga & Wellness, which opens at the end of this month. My class on Saturday is from 11 a.m.-noon.

At the end of this month I will start teaching two regular yoga classes at Turtles and have one shift a week at the front desk … to learn the business.

I will be teaching Wednesday mornings from 10-11:15 a.m. and Thursday evenings from 7-8:15 p.m.

My bio (scroll down a bit) has been posted. And the full Turtles class schedule should be posted very soon.

To view a schedule of all my classes, go to GFG’s my classes tab.

I am really … Continue reading