Sunny Sun Day

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🌞Happy Sunny Sun Day!!🌞

Hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend! This weekend was pretty 💪🏽fitness oriented for us over here. We were either working out or watching the re-runs of Game Of Thrones, which we have one episode left I think and we’re ready for the new season!! 

If you’re a #GOT follower (GOT’er aka…Thronies), and haven’t read the novels yet,  what questions or story lines are you eager to see clarified the most??? For me, right now my most looming questions to be answered are; 

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❓Will Jamie Lanister be the one to put an end to Cirsei’s craziness
❓After everything she’s been through, and learned, is there any meaning at all to Arya’s story line, really, will it come into use

❓Will Daenerys’s title get longer

 
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Will any of the 🐺 dire wolves make it

I have many more questions, but that’s what’s on my mind tonight 🙃

So besides re-runs, I headed outside this morning for a quick couple miles. And if the last week or so is any indication of how summer’s gonna be, we’re in for some dog days ahead😢💦. early mornings and inside tracks here I come! It was ☀️🔥 h u m i d 🔥☀️today! But it felt good and my legs are feeling stronger and stronger. I’m really happy I decided to start back at square one and train right. I don’t care how long it takes me to reach my goals. 🐌🐌🐌🐌 Length of time is the least of my worries. These days, doing things in a way that creates strong daily habit is more important than rushing the process and in the end reaching a fail point.

Also, took a break from Shaun week on repeat and the #SYSOFshift for some yoga and meditation. I needed it mentally and physically. Hubby needed it, because of dreaded shin splints he’s had. We did an hour of what we both thought was a really awesome workout. “Strong But Simple Flow With Vytas”, on Beachbody On Demand was a really challenging hour of strength and stretching, it felt a lot like I imagine hot yoga feels ♨️. During I felt challenged to go deeper within my stretches and after I felt leaner and strong. Both of us agreed and this one was added to our favorites to do often. 

My meditation was emotional and happy. I feel I am in such a good place now and being centered is becoming a more common feeling these days. You just know when all the pieces are starting to fit into place ☸️

And WOW….Our SYSOF shift challenge group is now 608 members strong!! 

The more results pics I see coming out of the Shift Shop test group, the more psyched I am to start the program! It launches on 7/12 and I won’t be wasting any time getting started. The #SYSOFshift challenge group will be running with Shaun week on repeat till the #ShiftShop hits On Demand. When it does we’re doing 3 rounds. First round starts July 17th

I’m re-opening up enrollment now for the Shift Shop challenge group that will begin on 7/17. I’m asking participants to commit to 2 rounds of this program with a third if you want to keep on going . Fitness, nutrition, motivation, inspiration, coaching, and support are what make our challengers successful. Are you ready for results? Drop your email below 👇🏽,  or message me!!

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Happy Friday!

 

Happy Friday!
I love 💜 this workout by Shaun T, Insane Weights!! It’s fast and fun! I’ll be continuing with Shaun T on #BOD till Shift Shop releases in July (can’t wait!!). He is so encouraging and upbeat! I swear in his workouts, time zooms by so fast! Guys, I’m telling you  you seriously NEED to experience Shaun Week, and having #BOD at your fingertips!

The  rain cleared up, making for a pretty day!!

Easy dinner night, big salads  with a lil soup I think. I’m not feeling like being in the kitchen tonight and salads are so easy to make super fast. Greens, other assorted veggies, maybe some fruit, add your protein of choice and boooom, dinner’s ready!

Besides, the weekend’s turning out kinda screwy because Keith’s hours are all jumbled for the next week, but it’s ️ FRIDAY!! I’m pretty sure I’m just super excited he’s home ❤️

Not much planned for the weekend now, maybe some  Yoga with the RWB on Sunday, and maybe hopping on some stationary bikes at the rec center since Keith has a pretty bad case of shin splints (still), and of course we’ll be doing #BOD workouts. Otherwise I think we’re chillin’ watching re-runs of #GOT, getting ready for the July premiere! I was sulky  because they plan such short seasons now, but watching the series over again, I’m getting super excited! I hope they make those few episodes EPIC!

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Yoga and a long beautiful walk through the Botanical Gardens…

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Saturday the hubby and I had a morning yoga session at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. The gardens host quite a few different community projects as well as certificate programs in Floral Design. It was a gorgeous cool spring day and a perfect way to spend Saturday morning together! The class was very beginner friendly and the instructor, Charlotte was amazing! She also teaches Yin Yoga at the The Space Above Yoga Center

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After yoga, we received free admission with the cost of the yoga class. What a beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning, yoga to restore surrounded with nature’s beauty. It was a magical day! 

 

It was peaceful and kind of meditative at times. Even though we’ve live in this area nearly 9 years, my hubby’s never been to the Botanical Gardens before. So this made the day extra special.

 

 

I’ve been to the Gardens with visiting friends during the height of tourist season and it was beautiful. But it was hot and can get crowded. I’ve always recommended people travel here during off season. No lines, hotels are less expensive, and events are less crowded. So plan two trips to the area. One for relaxing and one to take in all the tourist vibe events! 

 

So now come take a walk with us as we explore the

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“There is unspeakable beauty and potential to be found in nature. It entices me and is an invitation I just have to accept.”  ~Jil Ashton-Leigh 

 

 

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~Albert Einstein

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“It is no longer sufficient to describe the world of nature. The point is to defend it.” ~Edward Abbey

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
~George Gordon Byron

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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ …

‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.'”

~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

~Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

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“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

~John Muir, Our National Parks

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“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”

~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

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“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”  

~Henry David Thoreau

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“Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.”

~Chinese proverb

 

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As we walked through the Enchanted Forest, the birds became hyper aware and greeted us as we passed by! It was magical!

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“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

~ Lao Tzu

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Sadly it was closed, the Butterfly House is a summer event.

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But the Butterfly Garden was blooming!

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In a field of roses, she is a wildflower.

~Unknown

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“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~William Shakespeare

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“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.”

~Claude Monet

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The Rose Garden

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“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

~Dale Carnegie

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“Take time to smell the roses.”

~Proverb

Hope you enjoyed the tour of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. We highly recommend it for a low key, long walk kind of day filled with beauty. 

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Susan & Keith

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The Grateful Walking Dead?

Just ran across this and had to share with you guys! Zombie Yoga Original Artwork! If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead & Yoga, you may just love this artwork. You have to check out their Instagram or Kozyndan Blog for all their artwork!

Bunny Yoga – It’s a Thing

Brian Russo has a whole book dedicated to Bunny Yoga which is super cute!
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It’s available on Amazon, just click the book cover below to check it out!

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And there’s a yoga studio in Richmond, British Columbia where you can take yoga practice with the furry little ones scurrying about 💜

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Stretch It Out

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Yes! Finally I was able to get in some stretches and gentle yoga yesterday. My legs is still a bit sore, but it’s finally healed enough to do a yoga sequence. Giaim has many many free video’s online to choose from. Seane Corn is one of my favorite yoga instructors and this is one of my go to sequences just to detox and begin to focus on gaining strength and balance in my body. She also has her own website, here and you can check out Gaiam, here.

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Yoga is incredibly good for you. Runner or not, flexibility is one of the keys of the fountain of youth. Keeping your body flexible and working on balance and strength within holding poses keeps your body strong and limber. Along with yoga there is a practice called, Five Tibetan Rites (or Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation), also known as the “Fountain of Youth”, which is something fabulous to incorporate into your day even if you can’t get into yoga.

(Her breathing seems silly but she is trying to help you hear the type of breathing and when to inhale/exhale. So it may sound silly but it helps you learn. And this was the one video I found that demonstrated the technique with clarity.)

I’m a true believer in yoga and the effects it can have on your life. Mind, body, spirit (not religion) can all be improved with adding some form of yoga practice in your life. And the yoga out there is so varied. Everything from incense with a hippie peace vibe to the more modern takes of power yoga without all the frills of eastern culture to choose from. Yoga and stretching will keep your body more youthful and your mind more focused.

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And for runners?

It’s an amazing way to relieve the physical stress your body goes through from runs, especially long runs. Yoga is the best way to become more body aware. Athletes of every level need to learn to listen to their bodies, to become in tune with what’s happening during a run. With yoga, because you are doing focused poses you become keenly aware of how your muscles move and work together. Also yoga calms and centers your mind. And on long runs, during races, or even just when facing plateaus mental stress can be a serious downfall to your run. So if trained in some sort of yoga practice calming and refocusing your thought and intentions can help you improve, move farther and faster. Breathing exercises and techniques you can learn through pranayama and asana conditioning can help substantially with a runners VO2 Max. Yoga is also a dose of preventative medicine.For one it’s awesome for bone health. And with yoga you help to elongate muscles that tend to shorten or bunch from continued forward momentum. Hip flexors (a huge issue for me) are helped much with yoga practice.

Runners World – Class 1: Essential Yoga For Runners (For all experience levels)

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The next yoga program I plan to dive into is 3 Week Yoga Retreat. It’s a Beachbody program. I like to have a catalog of different instruction to decide from. Keeps me from getting bored with a routine and each instructor gives their program a different vibe.

Açaí bowl recipe (pictured at the top of the page)

2 packets Sambazone Pure Unsweetened Açaí Berry

1 small banana

homemade granola

pecans

sunflower seeds

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Rise!

 

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Yoga Mat By: Gaiam – Hana Singlet By: INKnBURN
Up off my buns finally. Been in a physical rut/dead stop for quite some time. Struggles are real, depression and loss are real and not always is it easy to bounce back. I tend to shut myself off and hide from the world till I am stronger again. I think it’s because I never want anyone to see or know when I am hit hard and feeling weak and vulnerable. Shutting myself down has always been my go to fix. But it doesn’t work, it only makes things worse.
So I have a new attitude, new goals, and a new fitness schedule. It’s easy and flexible and will allow me to ease myself back into it all while still pushing my limits but giving me room to change things up. In the past I’ve tried to adhere to rigid schedules (that I made for myself) and ultimately I burned out fast. I pushed to hard in some aspects and not hard enough in others. But now I feel my head’s back in the game and hubby and I are working to be a support system instead of being negative enablers. You know how that story goes. I’d say how about stopping for a doughnut and while yeah one doughnut is fine, once in a while, us leaving with four doughnuts and neither trying to talk the other back to just one, or better yet none in NOT fine.
We’ve sadly loved each other so much we’ve allowed each other to be lazy and excuse away and let back in bad eating habits. Now we’ve acknowledged the problem and are facing it head on. We’ve turned the page and now love each other enough to say no, to give that push when needed and to be the reminder that we can do better and strive for more. We’ve moved and LOVE the place and with that have good vibes and positive energy flowing again (photo’s to come)!
So yeah, back to my schedule….
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I’m getting back to the basics and starting all over again. This will help me focus and small improvements and specific goals.
Monday – Yoga
Tuesday – Run/Walk/Run
Wednesday – Cross Train/Weights
Thursday – Run/Walk/Run
Friday – Yoga
Saturday – Long Run/Walk/Run
Sunday – Rest/Stretch
When we moved we moved near two amazing things,  a park and a yoga/meditation/reiki studio! We also live near a gym and the YMCA (looking into memberships). And I also have a couple at home video’s I love. Bob Harper has a great series of video’s that are complete cardio conditioning, these are my go to when I am at home and need a good strength workout. He also has one of my all time favorite Yoga dvd’s. But I also follow a few yogi’s online and I’m going to check out Beachbody’s new release, 3 Week Yoga Retreat. Seane Corn, Travis Eliot, Shiva Rea and Rodney Yee are some of the online yoga teachers I follow. Another great source for yoga is Gaiam! I am hoping to incorporate some of the RWB‘s Death By Sled workouts @TheVault (it’s gonna hurt!). I’m dying to try kickboxing!
Toss in some hiking, hula hooping, swim training (yikes) and maybe some biking and climbing for a bit of flavor and I think I’ll be doing just fine. Oh and don’t forget RACES!! They are a huge motivator and so much fun!!
I am so thankful for my husband, friends, and family that stick by and remind me that even when life gives you those lemons, oranges and grapes are out there too. I’m thankful for my INKnBURN, RunJunkEes, RWB, and Hogwarts Running Club families out there who even when I’m not participating give me the motivation and inspiration I need to pick myself back up again. You have no idea how inspiring you really are 💙
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So if you’re out there and life gave you some set backs and kicked your butt to the ground, just remember that when you fall, you can rise again. So start climbing back out of it and live. Live life loud and embrace ever single moment with your whole heart. It’s your one sweet life. Don’t let anyone’s judgement hold you back, even your own. I believe in you and I believe in me. We can do this 💜
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