Go Fit Girl! is thankful/grateful for many things

Today is Thanksgiving and I have many things to be thankful and grateful for.

This list is just some of the things Go Fit Girl! is thankful for. (If it was Ann … it would never end.)

I am thankful and grateful for:

Yoga.

Meditation.

Setting intentions.

In-Shape City Gym and teachers: Jenn, Jessica and Will.

Namaste yoga studio and teachers: Vickie, Baxter, Lily and Hannah and the occasional sub.

Being healthy all year long.

My supportive husband.

Grace and Gratitude Thanksgiving workshop.

Weight Watchers.

My readers, the regular and occasional, the new and the old.

My laptop in which I can write my posts and do my research.

The salad bar at work.

My gym friends.

Wellness plan at work.

My weekly weigh-in.

New spin bikes at the gym.

Exercise/health/nutrition challenges at work.

My friend Monica who is my Monday night gym class buddy and motivator.

That I can afford to grocery shop every week (or really anytime) and buy healthy food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.

Namate yoga studio focusing holiday workshop proceeds on charity (and yoga mat rentals going to charity as well.)

My subscription to Yoga Journal.

My husband being my new-ish gym buddy.

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Review Wednesday debuts with Hugger Mugger yoga mat bag

As promised, one of Go Fit Girl’s new features, Review Wednesday debuts today. This post launches the first official review for Review Wednesday.

In honor of September being National Yoga Month I thought I would review an item related to yoga.

Today I am reviewing the Hugger Mugger Recycled Paper Mat Bag.

I was excited to find this yoga mat bag. It’s a little different than most of the bags I see other yogis carry their mats in. (And I wanted something fun looking and different since I seem to have the same purple Jade Yoga Mat that about half the other Namaste yogis have. So much so that I almost stole a fellow yogis yoga mat in class one day.)

The hand-woven mat bag is environmentally friendly as it is made from recycled paper. And it costs about $23.

It holds a mat and a few other supplies, including up to two yoga blocks.

Here is a link the mat in Go Fit Girl’s Amazon store.

According to the product description on the Hugger Mugger site: Looking for a mat bag that’s strong … The bag’s tight weave makes it strong enough to carry even … Continue reading

Using the right exercise equipment

Having the right equipment makes all the difference.

When I got to the gym this morning I realized I forgot my clip shoes. Ah, bummer. I probably had time to go home and get them. But I decided to just deal with regular shoes.

I had to use my regular tennies on the spin bike a couple of months ago when I had a broken clip and couldn’t get my shoe into the pedal.

It is such a different feeling in regular tennis shoes than clip shoes. I can feel the pedal under my feet, my control is different, I get foot cramps more often, my feet sometimes fall asleep, I don’t feel as sturdy.

I also feel that way the my newer yoga mat. For years I used a Gaiam yoga mat I got at Target. It got the job done.

But as I started practicing yoga more and going to a studio regularly I knew I needed a better mat. The Gaiam mat is quite slippery. And my hands never stuck very well the to “sticky” mat.

So I invested in a nice Jade yoga mat. Yes, it is expensive. But it is sturdy and high … Continue reading

Cleaning my yoga mat

Last year I wrote about cleaning my yoga mat. I had a fairly inexpensive yoga mat and took a chance by throwing it into the washer. It dried rather quickly and seemed like a successful cleaning of the mat.

I now have a Jade Yoga mat, which is rather expensive. And the material is different.

According to the Jade Yoga website you can throw the mat into a front load washer (which we don’t have) or wipe down or soak in the bathtub. It mentions that oils, solvents or harsh abrasives should not be used.

The Yoga Journal website also gives some tips on how to clean a yoga mat.

Last week while I was leaving Namaste I asked the woman working the front desk what she recommended to clean my mat. She told me the studio uses witch hazel and water, 25% and 75%. Spray the mat liberally, but don’t soak. Then rub down with wet hot towel. She said a little tea tree oil could also be added as it is an antibacterial.

I added very little oil to my mixture. I only cleaned one side of my mat in case the oil made … Continue reading