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

Taking a break from the booze

Last year was a rough year. Last month was a rough month.

At some point in December I decided that eating and drinking whatever I wanted was fine and I would get back to clean living when I was emotionally ready. I usually like to set a deadline for myself, otherwise the unhealthy lifestyle can go on too long and find no end in sight.

And sometimes just knowing I have set a timeline for myself makes me feel OK in the moment of unhealthy living. There are times when we just want to or need to break away from the routine. But we must always get back to it.

I was pretty unhealthy in December. My yoga practice (home practice and public classes) was a little disturbed by the goings on but for the most part was pretty regular and I was happy to keep something routine and healthy going on in my life.

At work, there were many lunches and happy hours.

Even once we were on winter break I continued to drink more than I typically do. (I try to reserve alcohol intake to the weekends.)

I was definitely drinking too much in December. I didn’t do … 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

New Year’s Resolutions coming out!

I went to my regular 1 p.m. Tuesday yoga class. We had a sub. She was pretty good. But not as good as Sean.
The class was packed. That class is usually pretty full with 10-14 attending. Today we had at least 20 in the class. A lot of new faces. Wonder how long that will last.
I hate the beginning of the year at the gym. Classes are super full, the machines are all taken up. Last year the gym stayed extra busy until about March. Too long! Oh well, guess I have to be patient.