Goodbye, 2016 … Hello, 2017

Today is the last day of 2016.

I know many are saying good riddance to this year. But really, why?

There are some things that happened this year that I am not happy with. But many great things happened this year as well.

And we can’t have joy without suffering and we can’t have suffering without joy.

And I truly believe that everything we experience good and bad make us who we are today. So on Dec. 31, 2017 we will look back and see what has changed (good and bad) and how we have changed over the past year.

As we all are well aware many celebrities died this year. Their deaths stand out more because they are celebrities.

But many people lost someone this year who they really loved and cared about. Whether a parent, spouse, friend, child, grandparent, sibling, etc.

I’m not discounting your feelings toward a celebrity whose music meant something to you when you were an awkward teenager and needed someone to relate to or a fabulous actress or actor who really spoke to you or an author who got into your imagination and made the words from the pages real in your own mind/imagination or … Continue reading

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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone.

A new year is always exciting. A clean state. A new start. Or maybe just a continuation of things already forming and molding and becoming.

I have known for some time that January is going to be a challenging month for me. And I am trying to not freak out about it and go with the flow (which is not typical for me and may not last passed today).

Work will be a new adventure as our teams/staff are changing; yoga teacher training is ramping up with new projects and tasks along with the continuation of classes and an intensive weekend at the end of the month; a visit to Tucson mid-month to see family and a few friends.

Yea, it will be busy. But nothing I can’t handle. Right?

I have decided for at least the temporary to discontinue the Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenges. I know many of you really like them. But there is little participation (at least with the posting on the blog and Facebook page), myself included, and they are rather time-consuming. And with school time increasing in 2014 I have to reevaluate and alter things in my life.

But there … Continue reading

Try something new & quit yer complanin’ in January’s Monthly Challenge

Happy New Year, my friends and my readers.

Today is the start of a new year and a new Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenge.

I personally don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. Now I know they exist. But how often do we make one and keep it? Yup, think about it.

For as long as I can remember I have stopped making New Year’s Resolutions. But that doesn’t mean I don’t strive to be healthy and challenge myself nutritionally or physically. I just don’t normally start that on January 1.

That being said, we are still starting a challenge today. But let’s give it a little different thought and approach.

Here are the challenges for Go Fit Girl!’s January Monthly Challenge:

Exercise: Try something new. Maybe a new class at the gym or yoga studio. A new teacher. Try a higher weight or a new machine at the gym. Try a pose during yoga class, which you have been reluctant to try. Try going for a walk once, twice or three times a week. Try pilates or Zumba or kickboxing or something else you have wanted to try.

I know some of my readers will start a New Year’s Resolution … Continue reading

Reflecting on 2012: The year of becoming an adult

As 2012 comes to an end and 2013 is upon us like many others I have been doing a lot of reflecting.

2012 was a decent year. I know at the end of the year many are ready for the year to end and to start a new one. There have been some crappy things that have happened this year and there have been some good things. Nothing super major on either end.

For the past couple of years I have been focusing on my relationship with my grandpa, my dad’s dad, who is 91.

And I feel like 2012 was the year I became a winner with my grandpa. I call my grandpa regularly, occasionally write and whenever I am in town visit at least once or twice.

In June my grandpa had to have surgery where he had a tumor removed from his colon. I decided that it was important for me to go home to be there for my grandpa, my dad and me.

I spent as much time with my grandpa before the surgery and after. He came through the surgery like a rock star!

I was at the hospital all day the day of surgery, … Continue reading