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 Wednesday night while teaching my evening yoga class I started to notice my low back aching (not an uncommon thing).

Once class was over I noticed it more. And by the time I got home it was quite bothersome.

I had my dinner and got ready for bed. I then practiced a couple of Restorative Yoga backbends: heart opener over a rolled blanket and supported bridge with a bolster.

I have Kyphosis (upper hunch back) and Lordosis (lower sway back). Low back discomfort or pain happens at times for me.

I took it easy the next couple of days while teaching. Cycle I didn’t ride as hard. I was mindful with my modifications with students in yoga. I like to be helpful with props and getting what students need. I made sure to be careful and not bend over as much as I usually do.

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Being kind to me

I recently wrote a post about being a chaotic hot mess.

Don’t worry, I’m OK. I’m just exhausted.

I know I haven’t posted lately. Sorry about that. I just couldn’t muster the energy for a blog post this past week.

Nothing super terrible is happening in my life. It’s just a lot of stuff. And I feel overwhelmed by it all.

Work is stressful. Waking up at 5 a.m. on the days I go into the office are wearing on me as is my commute. (It’s been almost three years.) Work is crazy busy, different after transitions and stressful. I love my yoga teacher training, but that adds an element of stress. Things are gearing up with my Observing and Assisting portion of the teacher training.

And that’s just work and school. We all have things going on in our personal lives as well. Losing a longtime family friend and professor. Worrying about your grandpa. 

When all of that is going on the little things can really weigh on me as well. I am sure (I really hope) I am not the only one who can have something minor happen and it brings you to tears.

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Learning to let go

In February I wrote about having a tough time with work and life. In that time I was striving to learn to let go. It is much more difficult than it sounds.

There is a great poem called Let Go, which one of my yoga teachers (Vickie) shared with class at the end of a practice one night.

In the past few months I have made some changes in my life to make me a better person and to start letting go of things that are negative and don’t really matter. I still struggle with this. But I aim for it as much as I possibly can.

Tonight while getting my monthly massage I started thinking about the idea of letting go.

I’m learning to let go physically, mentally and emotionally.

Between regularly attending yoga and getting regular massages I have physically learned to let go.

In yoga class we are reminded that while in a difficult pose we should “try to soften something.” That could be as simple as smiling while in the challenging pose.

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A challenging Challenge

One of the challenges for January’s Monthly Challenge is to work on curbing unproductive complaining, to be more aware of what we are really complaining about. It is just bitching or is there some truth and necessity to it?

I will admit I am having a hard time with this challenge.

I have been super negative at work–some of it is just the regular crap. But some big changes are happening, which I have been trying to process and emotionally deal with.

I don’t do well with change or uncertainty.

I do believe everything happens for a reason. And usually the reason is not evident immediately.

I don’t like being so negative. It is such a waste of energy. I want to focus my energy on things that are important, things that need my attention and energy.

Earlier this week I took a break from Facebook, Go Fit Girl! blogging and research, Twitter, etc. I went to work and yoga and then spent my evening just vegging. I did that for two nights and it was a great relief. On Thursday evening I got a massage. Massages may seem like pampering. But I do believe they help with … Continue reading

A much needed break

This week has been rough for me. Emotionally draining.

Monday I didn’t work and went to a very inspiring and emotionally uplifting yoga class. The energy I felt afterward was amazing. I was almost giddy.

Then Tuesday happened. I came home from work exhausted. I still went to yoga. And I never regret dragging myself to practice.

When I got home from class I told myself there was no need to go online. I didn’t need to post anything on Go Fit Girl! and I didn’t need to look at Facebook. So I just showered, made and ate dinner, drank a beer and vegged in front of the TV before bed.

Last night was pretty much the same, minus the beer.

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t go long without the Internets, my blogging and research, Facebook, Twitter, etc. But it was definitely a nice and much needed break. It was refreshing actually.

I worked from home today because I need to go into the office tomorrow.

Because my schedule was flexible I was able to make a massage appointment. Thanh always make me feel better. And as she was working my back and shoulders I could feel how tight … Continue reading

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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Taking care of No. 1

As a woman I have to remind myself that I need to take care of me, too.

I have a long commute to work and a long day during the week as I get up between 5:15 and 5:30 most mornings. At times my job can be demanding and stressful.

Even though I am not a mother I am usually worrying about someone else or thinking about someone else or making sure things get done for someone else.

In order to take care of others we have to take care of No. 1 first. Otherwise we really can’t take care of others as well as we think we should.

Lately I have been getting a massage once a month. For years I have gotten massages regularly. And when money is OK I make sure to do it more often.

Today I got a massage from my awesome massage therapist Thanh at Bellissima Day Spa in Berkeley, where I have been going for more than seven years. Thanh is amazing with her hands. She is also a good, kind and hard working person. She cares about me and the feeling is mutual.

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Connecting to benefits of massage

As I have mentioned in recent posts work has been exhausting and overwhelming lately.

So today after work I treated myself to a massage. I have been going to Bellissima Day Spa for seven years. And probably for the past 3-4 years Thanh has been taking care of me.

And Thanh does an awesome job of taking care of me. She does amazing work with her hands and I can tell she cares about me.

We chat a lot during most appointments (though I don’t like to chat while getting a massage) and I always get a hug before I leave.

I noticed she changed things up a bit today. Sometimes Thanh will ask me how I am or what is going on and that helps her determine the type if work she will rub into my knots and muscles.

I have never been disappointed with Thanh’s work. And today was no exception.

I actually feel asleep briefly a few times. I don’t want to miss out on enjoying the massage during it so I don’t want to fall asleep. But I was really tired.

This Mayo Clinic article states some of the many benefits of massage:

It’s feet week

The theme for this week … is feet!

I personally think feet are one of the ugliest parts of our bodies. I would say I have a foot unfettish. My feet are super ticklish. So I hate having them touched.

Probably about six years ago I decided to treat myself to a mani/pedi. I had never had a pedicure before.

I am now a regular of both the mani and the pedi. But I still go nuts when they do the foot scrubbie thing. Eeek.

I have a point here …

So many of us abuse our feet. We wear bad, unsafe, uncomfortable shoes. We stand for too long with bad or good shoes. We don’t wear the right shoes when we exercise. We don’t realize the care we really need to give our feet, which I think includes pedicures and massages.

Our feet have so many pressures points that link to other parts of the body. It is truly amazing how much our feet can affect our health and wellness.

Birthday weekend celebration

I spent my birthday weekend in Napa. There was lots of good food eaten and wine drank and beer and mimosas.

After spin class on Saturday Curt and I headed up to the Napa Valley. We had lunch at our favorite Italian restaurant. There were wine tastings at Mumm and Andretti, where I am a member. So all the tastings I want.

There was dinner (yea for mac and cheese!) and beers and brunch and mimosas. And more beer at McNally’s and sushi and beer to end the weekend.

I took today off for a mental health day. I spent the morning lounging and then headed to the noon spin class, which used to be a regular class for me before my company moved.

I almost skipped spin today to keep the lazy on. But I knew I would regret not going.

Four other regulars, plus, of course, Jenn, were there and all of those I consider good  friends. We were all chatty and having a good time right before and as class started.

I just felt happy and in a great mood. Not something I normally feel when at spin or really exercising in general. It was … Continue reading