We are family

I was born, bred and educated in Tucson, Ariz. I left about two weeks after I graduated from college when I was 23.

Most of my family members never leave Tucson. So it was a big deal for me to leave and move somewhere where I knew no one. But for the sake of my career and to really grow up and blossom I had to take that step.

Previously I have written about how lucky I was as a little girl to have three great-grandmas, two grandmas and two grandpas. Apparently when I was a sassy little thing (nope, haven’t out grown that) my parents would say to me, we are going to visit grandma. And I would say (sweetly, I am sure), which one?

So most of them got nicknames from little Annie Chihak. My dad’s mom announced that she would be called Nana before her first grandchild (me) was born. My mom’s parents were named Grandma and Grandpa Lisa because my Aunt Lisa lived with them. My dad’s grandma was Grandma Chihak (I don’t think I made that one up myself). My dad’s dad was Grandpa Frank. (I have a feeling I didn’t make that one … Continue reading

Yoga pose: Extended Triangle Pose

I practice yoga regularly–about three times a week. Sometimes more.

Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) is a regular pose in my regular practice in both Hatha and Vinyasa classes.

Every yoga pose has an anatomical focus, therapeutic application and many benefits. On the Yoga Journal website many poses are broken down step by step on how to get into the pose, including Triangle Pose.

The site also includes contraindications and cautions; beginner’s tip; variations; modifications and props; partnering; preparatory poses; follow-up poses; and how to deepen the pose.

According to the YJ site, the anatomical focus is the thighs. (Great for part of this month’s Monthly Challenge.)

The therapeutic application is for stress. (Sounds like I should be practicing that pose more often.)

The benefits of this pose are great and endless. When I read a list like this I am reminded again that yoga is incredible and powerful and adds so much more to my life than just exercise.

The YJ list of benefits on Extended Triangle Pose are: stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles; stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine; and Stimulates the abdominal organs; helps relieve stress; and Improves digestion; helps … Continue reading

Being a Worry Wort can cause some serious issues

“I am an old man and I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened” –  Mark Twain

The stats vary … 95% 92% 85% 40% … of what we worry about never actually happens. I heard a quote on the radio the other day that 95% of what we worry about never actually happens.

I am a worrier for sure.

I play many scenarios in my head and get upset for no reason. And yup, most of those scenarios never actually become reality.

After hearing the 95% stat I decided to research it and that’s when I found various percentage stats …

Regardless of the number most of our worries never actually happen.

Statistics coming out of 12 Techniques to Stop Worrying (I couldn’t find an attribution to the stats):

  • 40% never happens.
  • 30% of what we worry about has already happened.
  • 12% are needless worries.
  • 10% are petty and unimportant.
  • 8% of what we worry about actually happens. Of this percentage…
  • 4% of our worries that happen are beyond our control.
  • 4% of what we worry about we have some if not all control over the results.

Worrying can cause … Continue reading

Being OK with change while taking care of No. 1

You may have noticed that my posts are not as frequent lately.

It’s not that I don’t want to share my wealth of research with you or that I don’t want to share the posts I already have written and I just need to hit the publish button or that I don’t still love writing for Go Fit Girl! That is all still true.

There are some big changes happening at work and in my life. And it is taking an emotional drain on me, besides the regular silly things that happen in life …

When stressed I normally ditch the exercise and go nuts with the food and alcohol intake. I am really focusing on my health right now.

So the regular gym classes and yoga classes are being attended. I am tracking my food and trying to avoid alcohol during the week, even though a beer, glass of wine or swig of marshmallow vodka sounds good most evenings.

And a big part of health is mental health. And I am doing the best I can to keep myself level and balanced. I try to remember the things to be appreciative of to not take things for granted.

Some … Continue reading

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

It’s go time

The Husband and I are traveling to Tucson for Christmas … by car.

We decided to drive as it is expensive to fly to Tucson and even more so for Christmas. We will need a car while in Tucson and for the second part of our trip to San Diego.

I am not a huge fan of long car rides. I have some back issues and sitting for a long period of time can be quite uncomfortable for my lower back. But I think Curt will be doing the majority of the driving, which means I can shift around a little more and my back should get some relief.

I plan to try out working on the chair yoga mini sequence, which Baxter has recommended and wrote about on his blog (along with others) Yoga for Healthy Aging.

So that should hopefully help with my back issues. And I am sure a few stops to stretch out my back will also help.

My other challenge/issue is my water intake. I normally drink a lot of water. But when you drink a lot of water you also have to pee a lot. We can’t possibly stop every 30 minutes for me … Continue reading

Going home for the holidays

I am going home for Christmas.

This makes me happy and also I have been feeling the stress before it even gets here. I love my family very much.

Earlier this year The Husband asked if I wanted to back to Tucson for Christmas. Without hesitation I flatly said no.

But then in June my 90-year-old grandpa had surgery. I decided I needed to be home for the surgery to be there for my grandpa, my dad and for me. Luckily all went well and my tasks for the week were to visit my grandpa as much as I could in the hospital and make sure my dad and his wife’s dog wasn’t neglected–which mostly meant drop-offs and pick-ups at doggie daycare.

After that experience I decided that I needed to come home for Christmas. I am lucky to still have two grandparents: my dad’s dad and my mom’s mom.

And Curt’s parents are joining us for a warm Christmas in Arizona, which they are very excited about. And that makes me happy.

According to the article, Fighting Festive Stress and Conflict, we should try to “maintain and manage” relationships rather than reinvent them at this time of year. … 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.

My Camelbak … Continue reading

Don’t forget to breathe

Ah, the holidays are upon us.

Tomorrow is the unofficial launch of the holiday season.

I heard on the radio this morning that tonight is the busiest night for bars.

I searched on Google to find more information about this. Many cities did stories on it. The one I decided to open came from Tucson, my hometown, and said: Traditionally when Thanksgiving comes around our family and old friends are around and we tend to want to go out and celebrate or just have a good time. Most are on holiday or off of work by some means.

For many this season is not filled with joy or fun or good times. It can be stressful, exhausting, unhappy …

I do love this time of year. I love having a tree and seeing the lights and just the feelings I get from it. I didn’t used to love it. I used to work retail and then I worked in newspapers, where there is no such thing as a holiday. News happens 24/7.

Curt and I are staying home for Thanksgiving. Our friends Jim and Jennifer, who usually join us, just moved to Indiana. Our friends Jacob and Aileen are in … Continue reading

Feeding your body after exercise

I really wanted to blog on Thursday night. Mainly because I had skipped blogging for days before. But I got home late and still had stuff to do around the house and work work to do as well. And by the time I was done I was exhausted.

The past work week has been exhausting and busy. And I anticipate this coming week to be busy as well, especially since starting on Friday I will be on vacation for 10 days! I can’t wait!

I found an interesting article on Yahoo about the mistake many people make by thinking just because they work out they can eat or drink anything they want. It’s all in moderation.

I posted the link on both my personal FB page and the GFG! FB page. My friend and neighbor Jessie commented that after she works out in the morning she is so hungry. I know that feeling of needing carbs or protein and sometimes just feeling wiped out.

So I asked her what she eats afterward.

She said she usually grabs a Naked protein smoothie.

So, of course, this prompted some research and lucky for you, a post.

I looked up a Naked … Continue reading