As a yoga lover I found this really cute and a great way to introduce younger kids to yoga practice.
As a yoga lover I found this really cute and a great way to introduce younger kids to yoga practice.
🌞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;
❓Will Daenerys’s title get longer
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!!
Yesterday (photo) was gorgeous out! Today it’s cooler and overcast. As usual the spring weather here is unpredictable and always iffy for outdoor fitness (aka running). I’m not one of those run in any type weather people, nope not all.☀️🔥 I get dehydrated fast in super hot weather,🌧️prefer watching the rain fall from my window in wet weather and am a ❄freeze baby in cold weather. Sooooo I’m thankful for other ways to get my days dose of fitness in on days like that.
I do go the gym occasionally, but going out to the gym is usually a more planned event with me and Keith. I’ve been training myself to get workouts done earlier and earlier in the day so heading out to the gym can be inconvenient as far as I’m concerned. I’d rather get my workout done and over, get my shower in and get on with my day. On Demand and at home workouts are perfect for these times. On Demand though has it all. Cardio, strength, yoga, recipes & more. There’s something for everybody’s style, levels & taste.
Plus, you gotta mix it up when it comes to working out. Changing you routine to include cardio + strength + stretching gives you the best overall body conditioning. Strength training and yoga helps runners be better runners. Strength training & cardio give you that continuous calorie burn through the day (why it’s good to get it done in the a.m.) and yoga helps to repair and relax all those muscles you worked.
I have a summer fitness plan in place to do with my team. We even have a nutrition plan set. Having health be #1 and focused on before summer even hits will help us stay focused on staying healthy when all the summer temptations start hitting. This will allow us to indulge once in a while but not lose focus on staying healthy and not letting a day of a little indulgence turn into a week of unhealthy choices. When that happens I know that steamroll effect. You indulge, feel guilty, indulge again and again, let exercise slip away and before you know it you feel like you messed it all up, so why even try. I’ve been there and done that, I don’t want to go that route again. And that’s where accountability steps in and saves the day. Because I have a group of people all focused on the same thing, being healthy and staying on track. The group helps me to stay inspired 😘
Here’s the schedule I’ll be on after the 8th of June.
This has all been an evolutionary process for me. It was a slow crawl back. I’ve had to admit a lot of my frailties and fears along the way. I abused my body with food and I abused my body with lack of exercise. Having a desk job and hobbies that kept me on my butt quite a bit made it even worse. It’s been a lifestyle change, not a diet, that’s been the key to getting me healthy and fit again. And accountability to myself and others is what will keep me there. I owe it to my loved ones to be the healthiest best version of ME that I can be.
PS… If you want to join us, it’s never too late, just drop me a message if you’d like to know more about any of the programs I’ll be doing. They’ll all be on BOD which is the sweet part of it. I can take it on vacation with me and do it in my hotel room via my laptop!!
I’d love to get to know my readers more, what do you do for fitness?
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.
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
Norfolk Botanical Gardens
“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.”
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
~Henry David Thoreau
“Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.”
As we walked through the Enchanted Forest, the birds became hyper aware and greeted us as we passed by! It was magical!
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
~ Lao Tzu
But the Butterfly Garden was blooming!
In a field of roses, she is a wildflower.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~William Shakespeare
“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.”
The Rose Garden
“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.”
“Take time to smell the roses.”
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.
Susan & Keith
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!
#inktober Day 19. When we met in college, Dan was working at #UPS so he knows that peak season almost here and things are about to get crazy – you drivers, sorters and loaders better be keeping stretched out with some #yoga or you're dead! #archerpose #AkarnaDhanurasana #TheGratefulWalkingDead #TheWalkingDead #yogazombie #zombie #illustration #ink #acrylic #kozyndan All these little paintings are available in our web store now!
INKnBURN just came out with these new pieces and I thought these would be amazing to pack in a weekender bag for a weekend getaway! Wrinkle free, packs small and super versatile. Hubby and I are planning a weekend away soon and these are the pieces I’m taking to mix and match!
Perfect for day trips, evening casual dinners, heading out for a hike or a days worth of souvenir shopping! Plus you can still get your run in while away on your vacation!