Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A more Balanced You ♥

"We’re each gifted with a unique constitution that’s derived from the elements of our natural world: fire, water, air and earth. Your primary element is expressed through your personality traits, and colors the lens through which you view life." source 

I honestly do not remember how long it has been since I have been incorporating yoga into my workouts.
I initially started as a way to help with my running.
Yoga is amazing for building strength and loosening up those tight areas that running seems to cause.
I found it to be incredibly challenging and didn't really get it at first.
I mean, I did it but struggled through the poses and totally skipped the boring thing at the end...
The boring thing at the end...savasana.♥
Haha! I am not sure when it happened but I fell in love with yoga and the first time I lay on my yoga mat crying during savasana I thought I had lost my mind. I confessed my post yoga boo-hoo'ing to one of my yoga inspirations and was told "You did it! You're there!"
"Yeah...that's yoga!"
That's yoga? Crying in savasana?
Savasana, the time that is a whole lot like nap time in kindergarten?
I didn't discover yoga, yoga found me.
There is an incredible mind-body connection that you can find only in yoga.
I never realized you could connect to your inner self and let everything else float by, never connecting to anything else at that moment. It is entirely possible to quiet your mind and strengthen things within.
I know I probably sound totally cuckoo right now but it is true.
Yoga is not easy.
Some days come easier and others are either a mental or physical struggle; or both.
I once heard that the pose you struggle with the most is the one you need the most.
I do my best to embrace those poses.

I have had the opportunity to enjoy The Balanced You program by Gaiam TV.
This 21 day program guides you through a yoga program that begins when you take the quiz to discover your element. I am on day 12. Each day there is a different video that honors all four elements to bring you a sense of well-being; a balanced you. I am earth.


"Cultivator, you're relaxed, organized and connected to the earth, and you love to sit back and resonate with the vibrations of the present moment. Whether you're enjoying nature's beauty or curled up for a night in, you establish roots and allow time to pass with ease. When the going gets tough, you remain grounded, rational and take things as they come." source

Yoga is one of those things that you should at least try one time and see what you think.
My Yoga on Gaiam TV has tons of videos that you can try out. You can even get a 10-day free trial!
Go take the quiz to discover your element!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A little marvelousness and a little giveaway!

Hello, hello! 
 I figured it was a good day to share all of the marvelous stuff going on.
Just your typical Monday over here...
Someone wasn't quit ready to get up today; attempted to keep me in bed.
And uh...I think I would have much rather stayed in bed.
Where does all this laundry come from?
Are we really clean or really dirty?!
Yeah, so up nice and early, got the kiddo to the bus stop, got the laundry monster sorted and going so it was time to get my workout on...
It was a little chilly so I decided to rock my Injinji yoga socks.
They have little non-skid dots on the bottom, they are awesome.
The plan was to try out a new DVD that I had received:
Well, Cleo had other plans...
This is my little 'Pilates with Cleo' collage.
Isn't she helpful?
And yes, I had to work around her for the majority of the time.
Except when she decided she would rather watch the actual program...
I guess she liked it as much as I did!
The DVD is for beginners and the instructions are really clear and easy to understand.
The program moved a bit slow for my taste but my abs were hating me by the time it was over!
Definitely a great core strengthener.

Guess what?
I want you to give the DVD a try!
I have a copy to give away to one of my readers.
Leave me a comment telling me what your plans are for Thanksgiving!
Yup, that's all you have to do and I will choose a winner at random on Friday.

I received one or more of the products mentioned for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

 So many great changes coming!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A little weekend round-up!

Someone has been a terrible blogger lately!
Ugh! :-(
Truth is, school is kicking my booty right now.
It has been non stop for the past 10 days and this girl is ready for a break!
Sadly my break is still like 3 or 4 weeks away. 
I figured I'd do a little catch-up this evening; sitting here reading the Sunday paper and watching the American Music Awards and REALLY wondering why they allowed the Kardashian girls to announce something or other. I do not get it, famous for being famous...how does that happen?!
Oh well. I am not a Kardashian and thankfully so!
But I am sweaty and gross and working out in the dark!  The Kardashian's wish they could pull this look off!  Ha!
Spent Saturday evening watching this guy at lacrosse practice. Yup, lacrosse season already!
Love it and SO thankful for being inside a dome for the winter. 
And well, no dome here and rocking some shorts.
Snow a couple days ago and today in the upper 40's. Ah...the bipolar state of Michigan.
Oh and that is not a happy face.
Seriously tough 3.1 miles. It was a struggle every step. Been having a lot of those and it makes me not want to run at all. Ugh! So frustrating.
Because the struggling run wasn't enough...
The IT band made a starring appearance!  How awesome is that?! Yeah...really, really awesome! 

Tomorrow is definitely feeling like a yoga day.
I need a little namaste in my life!
My friends, I am off to enjoy the rest of the evening.  I hope you do the same!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What I Ate {and did!} Wednesday!

Happy hump day! 
It has been a busy day and I am ready to lay down and relax!
Started the day with an awesome interval workout.
Little bit of weights, little bit of legs and a little bit of cardio.
It was kind of a short night (just 4 hours of sleep) so the workout felt good; woke me up and got me going!
It has been cold and snowing all day.
So hot oatmeal with a bit of protein powder and frozen blueberries hit the spot.
I love fresh frozen blueberries, how they get kind of warm on the outside but are still cold inside.
Haha...that's probably weird.
So yup...
Back to the winter wonderland around here.
Sure seems like we had a super short summer.
I am not sure how much we ended up getting but the stuff is all over the place and had to put the Jeep in 4WD to get up the driveway.
Boo! Bring back the sunshine! Haha!
One great thing about cold weather?
Soup season!
Hmm...soup season is kind of year round for me but now it is extra yummy.
This is the I-Need-Groceries-In-A-Desperate-Kind-Of-Way soup.
Chicken stock, ground turkey, organic canned tomatoes, cilantro, salsa verde, corn, green peas and gluten free noodles. Ha! Random, right?
But it is so good and spicy!
Mmm...leftovers will be even better!
Speaking of leftovers...
My Mom has one rose bush that completely refused to give up it's late blossoms of fall.
Now this beauty sits topped with snow. So pretty.
The rest of the day has been schoolwork, a little laundry and staying warm.
And well, popcorn and Dasani Sparkling Lime Water
It's what's for dinner!
Wait, that's nutritionally sensible, right?
Fiber and no fuss.
Works for me!

Good night!
Oh, hey...
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?