It’s going to be OK

Yesterday was the very last Saturday class of my yoga teacher training. Just a few Thursdays to go and I (along with my classmates) will be certified!

Mary, who taught us yesterday, is the main meditation teacher of the program.

Mary had us all check in and listen to our heart at the beginning of class. What message was our heart giving us?

We went around the room and gave our word.

When it was my turn I said, Sorry, mine is five words … It’s going to be OK.

I was very tired yesterday. So while we were doing our backbends and heart openers I made sure to really listen to myself. I backed off when I needed to. I modified when I needed to. I didn’t go as deep into some of the poses. I listened to my heart and my body.

We did a check in near the end of class about what qualities of the heart we planned to work on through our meditation. I choose compassion, embracing difficulty and exploring challenge.

The vehicles I will use are meditation and pranayama (breathing practice). I forgot to mention in class that I am a huge advocate and lover of Restorative … 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

Yup, it was a challenging week

Well, what a week …

I knew this past week would pose some challenges in the caloric intake department with food and booze and also with my regular exercise routine.

What I didn’t count on was getting sick … AGAIN.

Tuesday morning when I woke up I was exhausted. And I slept decently.

I felt the cold forming in my chest and was worried that this one was gonna be a doozy.

Lucky for me … I didn’t get a full blown cold, which is what happened a few weeks ago.

Even with multiple eating and drinking fests I had a plan to keep my exercise regular.

But when I am sick I don’t exercise as I feel it is important and necessary for me to focus my energy on getting back to being healthy.

This means I didn’t get to work on my planks and push-ups for March’s Monthly Challenge. In just a week I was able to master an 80-second plank. Imagine what I could have done had I worked on that a little more.

I feel almost back to normal today. But I made a decision to make sure that I am 100% healthy before getting back … Continue reading

Yawn … so sleepy

I eat fairly healthy and exercise regularly. I drink lots of water.

But I feel tried most of the time. I don’t sleep well.

I fall asleep just fine. Usually I zonk out on the couch while watching TV. But I wake up during the night. Sometimes just once or twice. Sometimes 5-6 times a night. Sometimes I fall asleep quickly. Other times I feel like I am awake for hours. I try to not look at the clock.

There are times when The Husband will ask how I slept. Then he tells me how he slept great. I usually know this as I was watching him sleep … sometimes contemplating his murder. (Just kidding about that last part.)

So many other women I know don’t sleep well either. Why do women have such a hard time sleeping?

The Sleep Doctor says, women face particular challenges to sleep throughout their lives. Research shows they are more likely than men to experience difficulty sleeping.

The above-linked post also says this can have to do with hormones, menopause and peri-menopause and raising children.

In the article titled, Why women have trouble sleeping and strategies to sleep better, it says women’s tireless … Continue reading

Long weekend for me

As I have posted lately that lots of changes are going on in my life right now, especially at work. And frankly, I am having a hard time dealing with them.

I am finding myself more emotional than normal, exhausted, deflated …

Last Monday I decided it would be a good idea for me to take Friday off from work.

That night Curt and I were chatting and decided to head to Monterey over the past weekend to watch our good family friend Tag play golf at Pebble Beach. Beautiful golf course, sun and sometimes an occasional adult beverage to carry around and sip.

Friday morning I headed to the gym, showered, walked to Peet’s for coffee and oatmeal and sat down and utilized the free wi-fi for a bit to work on some blog posts, including this one. I ran some errands and did some stuff just for me. I did some shopping, got a mani/pedi and was a lady who lunches, which is my dream job.

My spare time lately is quite limited and I don’t want to spend most of it running errands, cleaning the house, paying bills, etc., which seems to be the norm lately. I … Continue reading

Can’t sleep?

I have a lot of trouble sleeping. I usually have no problem falling asleep. But staying asleep, well, that’s different.

One of my yoga teachers Vickie has told class many times that Legs-Up-The-Wall is a great pose to try when you are having trouble sleeping.

But you gotta either drag yourself out of bed or just flip yourself around while in bed and do it right there. Yup, it takes a little effort.

Because Curt and I were staying in a hotel last night and had two beds I decided to try it while in bed.

I stayed in the pose maybe 10 minutes. I didn’t fall asleep immediately. But I felt much more sleepy and fell asleep at a point before getting frustrated while tossing and turning.

The benefits of the pose are that it can relieve tired or cramped legs and feet, it stretches the back legs, front torso and back of the neck (the pose forces you to have a long neck).

It can also relieve mild back pain and calms the mind, which is where the having trouble sleeping comes into play.

According to this site, Legs-Up-The-Wall pose is an inversion, the blood circulation … Continue reading

Feeling good, feeling healthy

Yesterday was my first day back toward a healthy lifestyle. I am getting back into my regular exercise routine along with much better food choices.

I was a little shocked when I stepped on the scale and saw the weight gain in my four weeks off the healthy lifestyle wagon.

I have felt so tired and unhealthy lately.

I was so ready to get back to a healthy routine.

I think what will keep me in a regular exercise routine and not stuffing my face (and feelings) with junk food and booze will be remembering how I have been feeling recently.

I just didn’t feel good, didn’t feel healthy. And I was much more tired than the normal getting up at 5:30 a.m. not getting home until 7-7:30, being a busy kind of person tired.

And my motto is, if you have the right tools and you want to lose weight you will lose weight. If you don’t want to lose weight you won’t. It really is that simple if you have the right information.

And so far Day 1 and Day 2 have been going well for me.

And my exercise routine kicked back into gear on Saturday with … 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

Having an unhealthy good time

Please note: This post was meant to go up last night. But I was having some technical difficulties getting my photos. So you get it this morning.

I used to be a very unhealthy person.

Now I consider myself fairly healthy.

The past couple of weeks I have ditched the healthy lifestyle because of travel, fun and a recent birthday. (Which I got to work tonight at a steakhouse and get some yummy chocolates and candle in a strawberry while also enjoying an amazing steak with fun friends, new and old.)

I am in Charlotte for a trademark conference/training. While here vendors and friends wine and dine you.

I have been staying up late, eating and drinking a lot more than usual, drinking way more caffeine than the norm and there has been some major snacking. And exercise has been minimal.

There has been some great networking and hanging out with my super fun UK friends, Harry and Iana. (They are lawbreakers!)

Even  though I am really enjoying hanging out with fun people … I feel really tired and unhealthy at the moment.

How do people maintain lifestyles like this all the time? I realized recently that when I was … Continue reading

Sometimes you just need a break

I had every intention of going to the gym tonight. I packed my gym bag last night.

My gym buddy texted me today telling me that she wouldn’t be joining me for class tonight. I still planned on going on my own. I was going to run an errand before class started.

But once I got on the shuttle I realized how tired I was. I haven’t been sleeping very well this week. And last night was the worst.

I even napped a little on the shuttle ride.

(It’s funny. I just saw a commercial for MidNite, a sleep aid. The website states the tablet is non habit-forming dietary supplement made from a complex of natural sleep ingredients, including the same substance your body makes as part of your natural sleep cycle. I plan to do more research on this later.)

Once we got back to our cars I realized it was best if I just came home. I normally exercise every day. So taking an occasional day off is fine. I came home and cleaned the house as we have a house guest coming tomorrow. (Yippee! I’m excited about my friend Jen visiting.) If I would have gone … Continue reading