Committing.

As I reflect on my fitness and health journey, as well as continue to share my progress in my challenge groups, I thought it would be fun (and appropriate with New Years coming up) to talk about how “commitment” has helped me see fitness in a new light.

Back in the days of my running I created a plan and I stuck to it. Life was a bit simpler then.. I was in school/newly graduated.. Didn’t have a baby.. For part of it I was single and had no one to report to or check in with, it was just me myself and I.. and then when Matthias and I got back together we both were very committed to our fitness goals and didn’t mind each other spending time on them.

Slowly life started to shift (as it always does), and I started to lose my running Mojo after completing a marathon. I wanted to try other things, but I didn’t really know what, and I didn’t really have a plan. I spent a year enjoying crossfit, and then another year enjoying yoga, but again with no plan keeping focused – no goals I was working towards.

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Pre-Marathon “Glow”

At THAT point in my life, that is exactly what I needed. I had been so focused on structure for so long that I needed NO structure. That also left my level of fitness at the lowest it had been in a while, I was feeling softer and a bit more fluffy, but I wasn’t too concerned about it.

I really dropped off the commitment train when I went through my first trimester of pregnancy, and for some time after that I struggled. I wasn’t in super good shape so I didn’t feel confident to start a workout program, so I kept up with light activity plus spinning once or twice a week.

Fast forward to Quinn. And all the emotional stuff that came along with that transition and I was truly grasping for anything to help me feel like “me” again. So I took the plunge and committed myself to 90 days Turbo Fire.

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1 Month Postpartum

Beachbody recommends doing some form of Personal Development every day, and I must say, this has been so important for me. I’m always looking to grow and improve so PD aligns perfectly with my values. I’ve been reading, listening to podcasts, and watching webinars and videos on Youtube.

There is one thing in particular that stuck out to me that helped solidify my commitment. I was watching a Webinar and the person speaking talking about how she looked at getting in her workout as a part of her job. As a health and fitness coach you need to lead by example. Looking at your workout as a part of your job means you have to show up. Period. If I didn’t show up to my nursing shifts I’d lose my job. If I don’t show up for my workouts I won’t be building a successful business.

So what about those folks who don’t work in the fitness industry?

Think of it this way – It’s your job to show up for your family every day. Now most days, that is a good thing, but lets be honest here, not every day is sunshine and rainbows. Those days are the ones you especially want to be on your A-game. Working out can help you feel like a better and happier YOU. You need to show up for your family and lead by example. If fitness and healthy living becomes a part of your values and you believe it is something important it will be a lot easier for you to commit to your goals.

Now that I have completed two programs – Turbo Fire and the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am setting my sights on my next program – The Masters Hammer & Chisel (releasing TODAY!).

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As far as my goals for the New Year – I’m planning to run the Woody’s 1/2 marathon, so I will be creating a training plan for that and going from there, probably early February is when I will start to train :)

In summary:

  • Think of a way to incorporate Fitness/Healthy Living as a part of a JOB you have to do
  • Find ways to work on YOU every day – podcasts, health articles, books, educational videos
  • Set realistic goals, if your goal is to not have structure, that is okay too :)
  • Write it down! I find that if I have a plan written down or if I schedule my workout into my day I am much more likely to follow through with it.
  • Accept where you are today in the journey, its exactly where you need to be right now, don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday, focus on what you can do today and what you have control over right now

Yandara Yoga Part Tres – Lessons & Take Away

1. Friends will stand by your side when the waters get tough. Even if said friends just met you 14 days ago.

2. Watching the sunrise with family is better than getting an extra hour of sleep.

3. Everyone else, including that asshole who cuts you off, is enlightened. What can they teach you? What are they trying to reflect within you that you need to work on?

4. I still really dislike it when people aren’t punctual. Lol *cough* Christopher *cough*

5. I am strong. And not because I need to be to defy what I experienced growing up, but because that is who I am and that is what my spirit is.

6. We are all connected with everything.

7. My spirituality comes from inside me. I don’t need to look for the answers outside, they already lie within me.

8. Flower crowns, and laughter make the world infinitely brighter.

9. Blackberries and Strawberries are so fucking enticing when you haven’t had them in 2+ weeks.

10. I never need to fear acceptance. I never need to fear abandonment. It’s okay to let down my guard and let people into my heart.

11. I’m not that great at meditation, but I am working on it 😉

12. I really enjoy just sitting and being. I don’t allocate nearly enough time for it.

13. It’s okay to cry. It means your feelings are there and you aren’t lost in your brain. Plus my heart-strings are directly attached to my tear ducts, so that doesn’t help matters.

14. I don’t need to drink coffee or eat chocolate everyday, but I really like to do so.

15. Dairy really hurts my tummy and not eating it makes sense to me.

16. I need to make sure that I take the time to take care of myself. And that I should advocate the same for the people I love.

17. I really love Yoga. Like really, really. It makes me feel more whole. I love the lifestyle, the philosophy, and the history of it all.

18. Who needs drugs when you have Savasana? More people should do more yoga.

19. Everything is already O.K. and just how it needs to be. I don’t need to control every detail of every situation. I need to focus more on being present, centered, and aware so that I can learn the lessons life is giving me.

20. There is so much goodness, beauty, and love in the world. All you have to do is open your eyes to it.

20 lessons for the 20 souls that hold a special place in my heart.

Wishing you peace and eternal sunshine, Namaste.

 

Part Dos

Part Uno

Yandara Yoga Part Dos

Our mornings started bright an early at 6:30am. I would wake up at 5:45, brush my teeth, eat a piece of fruit, and unroll my yoga mat. From 6:30 – 9:00 am we would do a mixture of meditation/asana. We had 3 teachers that rotated teaching our morning class, Sara, Nicolina, and Christopher. Sara’s classes were my favorite because of her teaching style and the way she structured her flow. I always left feeling full of energy. Nicolina would always do 30 minutes of meditation/mantra followed by 2 hours of asana. She focused on building the class up to a peak pose. Christopher’s classes were fun and challenging. He would include free dance and cardio. One morning we went for a silent walk up a mountain to watch the sunrise. Another morning we did a wicked partner yoga class!

9:00 – 9:45 was breakfast in silence.

9:45 – 12:30 we did philosophy workshops, and learned physical asana assists and pose breakdown. I really enjoyed learning the different assists! There are a lot ways to help people get deeper into the poses that I didn’t know about.

12:30 – 2:00 was Lunch and a break. During the break I would read, go to the beach, or just hang out. I also got a couple massages and an astrology reading during this time.

2:00 – 4:00 was practice teaching. We started practice teaching the first day! We worked our way up from teaching a Warm up to teaching a full 70 minute private class to someone. I taught my class to Beth. I really liked doing the private teaching thing and it was fun learning about Beth and her dog Mugs :)

At 4:00pm I would have another piece of fruit. And until 6:00pm we would either continue to learn about the postures or we would have a Satya. Satya, in the nicest way possible, is a “truth circle.” This translates to a circle of crying and tears haha. Christopher would go around the circle and ask us questions like how we were feeling, what we thought of being a part of the group, and what we thought of the people in our group. On our final Satya we walked to an old Fig Tree. It was so beautiful and big. The tree was too old to produce figs, but Christopher brought along dried figs so we had a snack and shared our thoughts about our experience. I didn’t make it a single Satya without crying. #BigSurprise

At 6:00pm we ate Supper and after that is usually when I would shower. The showers were “out door” in the sense that they had no roof, but they were still enclosed little stalls. It was neat showering like that. Not neat when a spider would crawl onto your towel, or a fire ant on your foot, but that’s beside the point.

At 7:30 we started Satsang. We did a lot of different things during Satsang. Most nights we would do some singing and chanting, one night we did a really long, heavenly Savasana. Another night Bolo told us the story of Hanuman. We did this circle thing one night that was really special. Another night we got to play the Harmonium and practice making the singing bowls sing. We even had a dance competition one night where we broke up into groups and had to create a dance routine with yoga moves. It was nice to get to spend some time with the group of 26 day people. We ended up giving each group a name – The 16 Day group became the “Devi’s” which I think means Goddess? and the 26 Day group became the Lotus Balms.

After Satsang it was bedtime, aside from the night a group of us went out to the Beach. We talked about a lot of philosophical stuff and then the tide came over the sand bank and we all got scared haha. Lanly took a bunch of photos that night but they all disappeared which was strange!

Sundays were our “Rest” Day. We got to sleep in an extra hour! It was pretty glorious. We went to a class with Bolo and April for an hour and then ate breakfast. From 9 – 12:30 we learned about 2 topics, 1 weekend we learned about Anatomy and the other weekend we learned about Yin. At 12:30 we took the shuttle into town, Todos Santos, which was about a 20 minute drive away. The first Sunday a bunch of us went into town and we went to a local Vegan Place called Pura Vida. They had the most delicious Chocolate Avocado Pie that a Chocolate and Avocado loving girl could have. Especially for a girl who hadn’t eaten chocolate in a few days! After Pura Vida we went to a Mexican place to grab some lunch and did a bit of Shopping. We only had until 3:30 pm and then it was back to Yandara for a class from 4 – 6. At 6 was supper and then at 7:30 we watched a Yoga Movie. I skipped the movie the one week and opted for some extra sleep.

The 2nd Sunday a group of girls went to a local surf beach, Los Cerritos, for some surfing lessons! I was planning to go and hang out on the beach, but the day before I got the worst sun burn of my life. Like seriously. Sun scorched on every part of my body that was not covered by my bikini. I had the chills, a fever, and at one point I felt faint. Tylenol really helped. I may have layed out in the sun too long. Ok, I definitely layed out in the sun for too long. In fact, I’m still peeling on my calves. #Gross Anyways. Because of the Sun Burn from Hell, I opted to go into town again and ate lunch at THE Hotel California with my girl Bri, and then ate some more chocolate avocado pie. Then I got an iced latte. Possibly the best Iced Latte I have ever had.

Our days at Yandara were full. Full of acceptance, yoga, learning, fun, laughter, sometimes tears, and most importantly love.

Part Uno

Part Tres

Yandara Yoga Part Uno

Remember me? Bit of a blogging hiatus over here. I’ve been home for over 2 weeks now, and I guess the reason it has taken me this long to post is because I wanted to do it all justice. I wanted to find the right words to express the experiences that we had. But as time goes on, it’s becoming clear to me that I don’t think that’s going to happen! So here we go.

I woke up really early the morning I left. Like 4am early. But I still managed to feel rushed and I sped the entire way to Calgary without enough time to pick up a Coffee. I flew with United…. and I can honestly say they are now on my Boycott list. Their planes were really small, older, and I was unimpressed with their customer service. Not to mention they left my bag in San Fransisco. So yeah. That was fun. Haha

Instant stress when I found out my bag wasn’t arriving for another day. Thank goodness I carried my Yoga Mat onto the plane and had packed an extra t-shirt and pair of pants in my carry-on. But I didn’t have any shower supplies or toiletries. You read that correctly. No deodorant. In Mexico. I left the arrival terminal to go find the shuttle and that is where I saw two girls with Yoga Mats sitting and waiting. Riley and Stacey, my first 2 friends. We had to wait for another hour for the next plane to arrive and while we waited to chatted and got to know one another. Once the 2nd plane got it we all piled into the shuttle and set off for Yoga Camp.

I met my next friend, Rebecca, on the Shuttle. Ok guys, but seriously, what a small world we live in. Rebecca is a RN who lives in a close by city and is friends with a nurse I work with on Postpartum. Of course I had a hypoglycemic attack/motion sickness on the shuttle ride. Riley had peanuts and saved the day :)

tentSarasvati greeted us when we arrived. She was one of our 2 main instructors. Sara is a beaming ray of sunshine. She is relaxed, grounding, welcoming, happy, and inspiring. I gravitated to her energy and her morning asana classes were my favorite.

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We were shown around the Yandara grounds, and then picked our tents. I picked one on the north side, close to Jess (my 4th friend) and Rebecca. Then it was time to eat.

I feel like I could do an entire post on the food at Yandara alone, but I will try to sum it up into a few sentences. Breakfast was always Oatmeal, Papaya and Banana’s, with fresh nut and coconut granola. We always had eggs – either scrambled or hard-boiled. Lunch and Supper had a giant salad and was mostly vegan/vegetarian with the occasional pescetarian option. Yandara has a garden and all of their food is local, and as much as possible Organic. There was no sugar or coffee. Fruit and tea were always available (the pears were amazing!). I ate large portions and 2 snacks of fruit per day and I was pleasantly surprised that by 5 days in I wasn’t craving chocolate or coffee.

After our first dinner we went to our first Satsang with the 26 day group. Satsang is when a group of people get together to talk, sing, chant, and learn about the history of Yoga. I remember feeling very out of my comfort zone during that first Satsang. I rarely sing in my car when I am alone and now I have to spend an hour and a half every night singing with 40 other people?! My voice was very quiet that first Satsang.

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Pretty much after every Satsang I went to my tent, wrote in my journal, read a book, and I was passed out by 10pm.

My group had 21 beautiful women in total. Ages ranging from 20-50. About half from Canada and half from the US. I was most worried about making friends. What a silly thought. We are a family. I feel so exceptionally lucky that these women chose to attend Yandara at the same time as me. They are what made the experience as wonderful as it was. My heart overflows with love for all of them. Words can’t even begin to capture how truly blessed I feel for meeting them.

groupRiley, Stacey, Lindsey, Rebecca, Kate, Jess, Lani, Richelle, Niya, Monica, Melissa, Heidi, Lanley, Bri, Gaye, Sarah, Amitha, Kim, Carrie, and Beth. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

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