Getting back to my basics

As I type this post it’s raining outside and I am sipping my coffee. I just finished my home yoga practice. (I started working on this post yesterday morning.)

I won’t type long and will finish this post later as I really want to get to reading my book.

When I was a little girl I read all the time. I read so much that my vocabulary was quite advanced (much more than it is now) and I was three reading levels ahead of my grade.

In 7th grade we got to pick a book of our choice to read and write a report on it. I read Jane Eyre. I wouldn’t read that book again until college in one of my literature classes.

I still enjoy reading. It just doesn’t happen as often. But every once in a while I get into a kick and read like crazy.

I feel like I am back in that. Sometime last week after I had unloaded our books onto our book shelf I realized there were so many books I hadn’t yet read.

I grabbed a Beverly Cleary book. She wrote the Ramona books and (Ralph) The Mouse and the Motorcycle books among … Continue reading

Undoing with new chapter

Life is a balancing act … believe in yourself …

Leap and the net will appear.

Happy wife … happy life.

Today is the first day of what I am referring to as FUNemployment.

I quit my job of nine years and yesterday was my last day in the corporate world.

(The top two lines come from cards I have recently received from loved ones. The third line I probably stole from, oh dear god do I dare say, Dr. Phil.)

Today I started a new chapter and I am “undoing.”

In my yoga class last night our theme was about undoing. It seemed so appropriate for me and this new … adventure I am taking on.

Baxter has his students set an intention at the beginning of each yoga class. I love setting an intention. (I have written about it a few times. Here’s one of my past posts.)

Last night I set it for myself and reminded myself of the undoing I need to do for myself and be OK with it and to embark on this new chapter.

I’ve been called brave, gutsy, courageous … I’ve been told I am doing … Continue reading

A hot mess

Do you ever feel like your life is a hot mess? Disorganized? Out of routine?

Lately that’s how I feel. At home, at work, all aspects of my life.

I strive on routine. And my life has been anything but.

I am trying to embrace the disorganized, the fly by the day goings on, the unexpected, the disheveledness (is that a word?), the tiredness and exhaustion, the unplanned, the spontaneous (whether good or bad) …

I recently wrote about how I am really trying to listen to myself and what I need.

I am working on being kind to me in anyway I need it. And to not feel bad about whatever I choose.

This morning I had a dilemma as it was pouring outside. Should I stay in bed all warm and cozy and sleep away the morning? Or should I get up and head to yoga (which is just a short walk) to the studio in my neighborhood?

I knew I would have some guilt if I didn’t go to class. And I wasn’t sure if I would actually be able to go back to sleep. I decided to brave the rain (in my rain coat, Continue reading

Back to my routine

From my posts last week you know that I was on vacation. I had a great, amazing and relaxing time with The Husband in the Caribbean.

The water on Turks and Caicos was absolutely a beautiful, gorgeous turquoise.

I lounged a lot, slept in a lot, got some sun. I also ingested a lot of calories at the daily buffet and the free-flowing bar.

I rarely exercised, which I am OK with as well.

Even though I love traveling and lounging and enjoying myself there is always a part of me that is ready to get back to life, to my routine, to healthy living.

Sunday I did take a Hatha yoga class. But really yesterday, the regular healthy routine started up again.

I took yesterday off to be able to give myself an extra day, plus it gives me time to go through the mail, pay bills, run errands, hit the grocery, etc.

I took a noon spin class, which I normally can’t take.

I stocked up the fridge with fresh and healthy groceries.

I also did a little cooking yesterday in preparation for my week.

And for today, I packed my lunch and snacks for the day and … Continue reading

Back to healthy, clean living

Oh man. I feel like I have been writing these posts too often lately.

I have been allowing myself to get out of my routine way too much recently.

Yup, I usually have a good reason or “excuse.”

And we all fall off the wagon and experience life.

And sometimes I give myself permission to get “off plan.”

Today I told myself that I had to get back to my routine, which includes healthy eating and exercise.

Last week I had plenty of excuses to do neither. Such as the BART strike, hectic and busy time at work, which also included staying later than normal.

In a little less than four weeks I am going on a beach vacation, where I plan to pig out and drink a lot.

But I would like to start out the vacation back to my healthy self, enjoy my week and get right back into a healthy living routine.

The BART strike is over (at least for 30 days), work is still busy and hectic. But today I got back to healthy eating.

I stayed at work later than normal tonight, which meant I missed my regular 5:30 p.m. body conditioning class.

But I … Continue reading

June Monthly Challenge: Greek yogurt, exercise routine & giving

All right, it’s time for Go Fit Girl’s June Monthly Challenge.

I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in Go Fit Girl’s Comment Contest Tuesday. There were lots of great ideas for future Monthly Challenges. And I promise to use them in the upcoming months. But I did have some ideas already for June’s challenges.

Ready for them?

Nutrition: I got this idea when we ended up with a vat of plain Greek yogurt recently. If there are any vegans out there I did find a vegan version of Greek yogurt. I’m sure that isn’t the only brand available.

Experiment  and get inventive with plain Greek yogurt and use it in various meals. I found multiple ways to use it. I will write about my meal/snack experiments sometime this month.

If you absolutely don’t want to work with Greek yogurt come up with something else.

Exercise: The New York Times recently wrote about The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. I am not 100% excited about the routine proposed. But with modifications I think this is a great exercise routine.

It has been scientifically proven that adults need 30 minutes of cardio five days a week. You can … Continue reading

Lazy days are just what I needed

I had lots of plans for this long weekend. I actually took Friday off to give myself a four-day weekend.

I got many things checked off my to do list, but not as many items got checked off as I would have liked.

Maybe my list was unrealistic.

Or maybe I just did what I needed to do to take care of me. Most items on the list weren’t critical to be done this weekend. And the higher priority items were taken care of.

My life is very busy and pretty routine and each day has some sort of purpose and plan (not necessarily all day, but usually parts of it).

Sundays I usually get up in the morning and hit the grocery and then a Vinyasa Yoga class. Yesterday I got up and I just felt tired and out of sorts.

So I decided to take care of me and just take it easy. I vegged in front of the TV and napped.

Eventually I had to hit the grocery for our cook out with our neighbors. It took all the energy I could muster to just get myself.

Curt and I had tickets for an A’s game today. … Continue reading

Full workout at home

My routine was completely out of whack this week.

I got sick on Sunday and even though I felt better on Monday I decided to skip the gym and make sure I was back to healthy. (Plus I had a fever on Sunday, which broke Sunday night or Monday morning, and didn’t want to infect anyone else.)

Tuesday I hit my regular yoga class. Wednesday I had to stay at work later and planned to hit a later yoga class. But once I got home I was beat and had some work to do.

Thursday and Friday I had a training in the city (San Francisco). It went until 5 on Thursday and I knew I would never make my 6 p.m. spin class. I decided to wear a camisole tank top under my blouse. I shoved my flip flops and yoga pants into my purse (yup, it pays to have a big purse). I went straight from the BART station to the yoga studio with about 5 minutes to spare and quickly changed into my yoga clothes for class.

Last night Curt and I had a dinner to attend and I likely would not have made the evening … Continue reading

Longing for regular, healthy routine

So the Go Fit Girl! October Monthly Challenge has been really tough for me. (Click here to take you to the Facebook event.)

I am having a hard time for a variety of reasons: birthday; Oakland A’s playoff games; many dinners eating out; travel; Charlotte; work conference where vendors and law firms wine and dine.

In addition to all of the things I just listed I am having a bumpy time in life. It’s nothing major. But you know how sometimes you encounter bumps and hurdles?

Well, I am in that mode right now.

I have been drinking way more than normal, drinking a lot more caffeine, eating super unhealthy and rarely exercising.

I am looking forward to Monday when I plan to get out of this funk and rally back to my routine and healthy lifestyle.

I will be back to my regular exercise routine along with getting back to cooking meals for myself and eating so much better.

And I also plan to be back to my regular blogging routine as well.

This weekend I plan to nap, lounge, relax but also get some things done that I have been neglecting around the house. Oh, and … Continue reading

Embarking on a hectic December

Today was a hectic day, between work and taking the furbaby to the vet, talking to the vet, running to the store for Joey supplies, etc.

And I didn’t want to go to yoga. But I knew I would feel better after I did.

And I have to say I am glad I went. Though I did have a hard time focusing tonight in class. Balancing poses are always a challenge for me. But tonight even more so. But I didn’t get frustrated and just went with it.

For as long as I can remember I haven’t slept well. I usually have no problem falling asleep. But I wake up a lot. The past few weeks have been rough in the sleep department. Joey has been keeping me up with cuddling, jumping on me to try to sleep close to me and jumping in and out of bed.

For me, December is a hectic month. Lots of projects and things to get done at work before the end of the year, especially since the offices close down for about 10 days for winter break.

There are lots of things going on personally: parties, things to get done around the house, Christmas … Continue reading