The day has been so gorgeous outside!! I had some errands to run this morning and I was just loving the coolish windy warm weather!! Today’s a strength day though so I knew I would eventually be headed back inside 😏 but I was determined to take my sweet time about it lol.
For the holidays I will be whipping up some gifts via my kitchen so I needed to get started buying some ingredients! You know every year things like canned pumpkin start to run in low supplies and I am really excited to be doing some “from scratch” canning and baking this year for gifts. I love to bake! One day I WILL enroll in classes or even a program for culinary arts, but till then I will have to let love take over where skills fall short lol. Anyway, recipes will eventually show up here on my blog!
I am super happy right now seeing these photo’s. Over the last few months I had gained a lot of weight from stress eating and NOT managing it very well. Another reason I am trying to get nutrition back on point, including what I’m doing for holiday food gifting!! So in the photo I have on the INKnBURN Club Tech and Run Or Die Capris, gorgeous colors aren’t they??? But those darn capris I haven’t fit into for over a month 😥 and they are one of my favorites! But yayyyy, they fit, they fit again!! I was determined I wasn’t sizing up on anything.
It was more like…
I couldn’t procrastinate anymore, I had to stop it with all that fresh air stuff and get the deed done!
I guess that pic turned out a wee blurry when I resized it (my phone takes monster size photo’s) but it says, “honor the run and respect the strength days”. As much as I wanted to be out working on my run I knew I had to focus on what was planned in my training. So that elliptical was waiting for me, as was a little Les Mills Grit.
What is Les Mills Grit?
“LES MILLS GRIT™ Strength is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, designed to improve strength and build lean muscle. This workout uses barbell, weight plate and body weight exercises to blast all major muscle groups. LES MILLS GRIT Strength takes cutting edge HIIT and combines it with powerful music and inspirational coaches who will be down on the floor with you, motivating you to go harder to get fit, fast.”
In a nutshell, it hurts…
no really it builds lean muscle. And that lean muscle helps you burn calories faster, be a better runner and is a heart healthy dose of goodness that will get your blood pumping and your heart rate in the zone (and that’s a good thing)!
Then, I went back outside for a short walk, yes walk, it’s not any kinda run day!
My sweet sweet hubby bought me a “just because” gift. And I guess I should have taken off my other necklaces but, ignore the top strand, and ignore the bottom strand, and everything in between is one necklace of multiple strands. And I couldn’t love it more 💗 I’ve had it on my wishlist forever!!! I love this guy so much!
So all in all it’s been a productive happy day! And the day isn’t even half way over yet!
Last month our little family underwent a tragedy. We lost a piece of our soul when Ippo had to be set free from this worlds constraints due to an illness that spread too quickly and too aggressively to even fully diagnose at her age and with how swiftly it overtook her tiny body. For the last two months life has been frozen with her illness and my grief. The healing process has been slow to say the least. This letting go has been a difficult road.
Bringing myself back to daily meditation has been healing and enlightening. And my inner self is finding its way through the sadness and is reminded of the understanding of the circle of life and all it encompasses. My soul is healing.
But my body, that is another story lol. I haven’t been moving. No walking, running, hiking, and no YOGA. Eeeek, what’s wrong with me??? Those are all things that I love and not only that, they are the very things I KNOW helps to heal whatever ails ya! In two months I’ve stopped working out, gained weight and think I lost my damn mind in the process too lol! The last two weeks I started getting back into training. I mean geez, I have a half marathon coming up after the New Year, I need to get back at it!
And then this morning….
“Hello yoga my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence (meditation)!”
As the sun was crashing through the living room, I pulled the mat out and began Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). And my body came alive, woke up. A re-awakening that was long overdue and much needed. I can’t even begin to tell you what yoga has done for me since I began practicing.
More flexibility (even with my walk/run/walk)
Wards off osteoporosis and helps strengthen cartilage
Lightens your mood and aids in mental focus
Relaxes the mind and nightly yoga practice and stretches aid with sleep
Aids with ease of blood flow and better breathing
Helps you lose weight and gives your metabolism a boost
Gives you a better image of self awareness which overall helps self esteem
Strengthens hip flexors which is vital to runners and as you age
Makes you want to move your body more because of the endorphins
May produce GABA in the thalamus which reduces anxiety
And this is just a portion of the benefits are of adding yoga practice into your daily routine. Oh and did I mention it actually helps my meditation. I am more relaxed in mind and body to allow myself to be still longer and more effectively. ‘
I’m grateful for both meditation and yoga in my life. It simply makes life better for me in many ways. Yoga touches every aspect of my life, much like meditation does. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it!
I’ve found my way again