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The Perception of Posture.

I have spent YEARS lecturing, teaching and essentially begging clients and friends to "stand up straight". I was going to do it again but this time discussing the perception of others. I hoped and thought that maybe, just maybe, I could reach y'all by helping you recognize that your posture affects how the world sees you thus, affecting your life. Read on people! I'm not making up this stuff! I am sending this to you with SOOOO much love and respect for you and your body. It's up to you to create the change that you need. Not simply want. NEED. https://www.google.com/amp/s/journal.thriveglobal.com/amp/p/5471758cf1c3

Put Your Ego Aside!

With Acceptance Comes A BIG Reality Check 1. Accept that you are forever a work in progress (WIP). 2. Accept that you may or may not have the body you want in the timeline you set for yourself. BE REALISTIC. What is your REAL age, height, weight (real weight, ahem), physical activity for the last 2 years, and food intake. 3. Accept that you will always be a slave and student to and for your body and mind. “You are always a student, never a master..” - Conrad Hall 4. Accept that you need help. We all do. AMEN! Do not tell me that 100% of the time: you know what you eat and your workouts are perfection. No one is that perfect and there is always someone out there that has stellar advice (d

Workout Wednesday: HIIT

I went out with my honey last night (🍷) and didn't run this am. Didn't feel like it. You see, I prefer to run in the dark. I'm now left figuring out my workout today. I usually have a better plan but because I woke up later (630), my day has already started off oddly....So! I decided that I would run anyway and take pictures of my run and HIIT workout too! I had a blast! It was like I brought my virtual workout partner on a workout with nature! Come along for my workout!!! Ran from our home atop Musket Rim to the community fishing pond (yes, there's a pond and it's pretty rad) SEE! I did 5 laps around (I like odd, finite numbers..yep.) Trail around pond is so pretty. I get to think abo

Remembering To Say Thank You

To all of our loves, including our world: thank you and I love you. ❤️🌎 It's a turbulent time to say the least...making it tough at times to see other perspectives. Even tougher remembering that we're all humans protecting ours bc that's what we were taught. However, let's do our best to remember that we're stronger together than divided. #oneworld #onelove Happy happy thanksgiving to everyone.!!! Giving thanks for the love in my life. Beyond grateful. 🍁♥️

Wednesday Workout

Gonna share my workout with you today! I kinda felt like it would motivate me as well as remind me that I need "me" time too! #me #metime #iloveexercise #iloverunning WEDNESDAY WORKOUT/COMMITMENT -7am run w Iris. 6 miles. (Hope to see deer!) -20 minutes HIIT -45 minutes Pilates. Extension day (I always choose a theme- flexion, extension, lateral movement, ab-centric etc) Drink 100oz water vitamins Choose patience and kindness (the former is tricky for me) POSTURE ALL DAY!

Monday Mantra (yes, I know it's Tuesday)

So, I was a little distracted with yesterday's topic. Let's pretend it's Monday (but still one day closer to Thanksgiving!). #ifeellikethiswhenrunning #kisstheearth #gratitude

Give Thanks

Of all that I've tried to teach my children, few things matter more to me than gratitude. "You need to say thank you," I often told them, "and say it like you mean it." That's also true for "I'm sorry," and "I love you." If you can't say something like you mean it, chances are you don't. Gratitude changes everything. The one who is thanked feels appreciated. The one who is thankful is healed, transformed from a state of need to a state of grace. And everything around them - the people they love, the air they breathe and the time they share - will be blessed. This holds true if you're the one feeling less than grateful. You may need to lift yourself up. List five things you're thankful for

HAPPY FRIYAY!

Eat, drink and be happy! Stop and smell the roses! Choose any of those old happy sayings and go do something fun! Our brains and bodies require fun. We are more productive and organized when we are given or choose the opportunity to feel good. So, it's Friday! Make it a great one!

#onelove

Tell your friends, family and friends that you love them. Why? Why not, I ask?! Life is just too dang short not to. We are pack animals and need to know that we have our peeps. I've had a lovely life of friendships and have lost friends and family overnight. Snap! Gone. Both have taught me that I have today. Take advantage of today and show the love. Happy Thursday; hug day! #hugday #showthelove

Workout Wednesday

I'm going to start posting Wednesday Workouts. For you to do every Wednesday. EVERY WEDNESDAY. We'll help each other: I'll stay creative and you'll do a new workout every Wednesday and remain consistent: win win! Your body needs to withstand this thing called LIFE. On EVERY level- we are a changing being. You must mix it up not only to stave off boredom, but to grow and change with your evolution. The workouts will be about 10 minutes in length...EVERYONE has 10 minutes. I assure you. HIIT most of the time. I will send short explanations; how to's. Done. 10 minutes of kick*ss and either get ready for your day or blow off steam! BAM! TODAY: One of my long-time favs: The (NY Times) Scien

Sorry. Not Sorry

Mea Culpa seems to be the thing on the news right now. Everywhere. What if all of these people who are in the media just said: "I am so sorry. What I did was wrong. I am and will continue to work on myself so I better understand my past behavior to never do this again." Done. No excuses that there was no memory of it or it was a boozy evening etc., etc. According to psychologist Karina Schumann who wrote a study in 2014 that was published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, "Many apology elements require transgressors to admit fault, express shameful emotions and promise change. Transgressors often avoid these threatening elements and instead choose to use more perfunctory

The Power of Words

I was told once that I write like a 10-year-old and at times tend to have the mouth of a drunken sailor...maybe?! However, when I teach I deliberately choose words with intention. I've realized that when I teach and cue, it's the feeling of the words that makes real impact upon my clients. For example, when you say you "want to do Pilates" or you'll "try", you are choosing words with a "back door". If you don't do Pilates or the workout doesn't happen...you can say, "well, I do want to!" or "I tried!" You went out through the proverbial back door. While this concept transcends far beyond teaching, this is an health blog so we'll stay on this subject! 😁 Here's my challenge to you: speak wi

Zzzzzzzz...

My honey can fall asleep sitting up, midday and for 10 minutes and act as if nothing happened...except he feels refreshed. Not lyin. I used to get annoyed and now I'm just jealous! This napping concept is as much of an art form as it is a necessity. No longer considered decadent, companies are finding productivity is up when their employees nap. Larger companies are installing napping pods (http://www.metronaps.com/) and smaller ones are simply allowing it as an option. -For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch. -For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Inclu

What Is Pilates?

I went to a conference about 20 years ago and in front of about 100 people, I answered this question: "efficiency of movement". To which she said: "not really, but good try!" Ouch...except that I still think the same thing! Pilates is the vehicle by which teach our brains to work with our body better (that's what efficiency means...jus sayin). When we become this streamlined machine, we have more power for our daily activities and/or the sports that we choose. It's actually the conditioning sport for our other sports. Who does Pilates? Everyone (should). I realize that's a bold statement, but it's true. The meditative quality calms and focuses our brains while the gained flexibility and

WORK IT!

I really love sweating. It feels like a shower from the inside out. I've been telling clients that for years. Sweating can flush the body of substances of alcohol, cholesterol, and salt. The body releases toxins by using sweat as the conduit. Sweat purges the body of toxins that can clog pores and plague the skin with pimples and blemishes thus, helping the skin look and feel younger. Kinda makes you want to go out and get your sweat on, doesn't it? #Sweatingisgoodforthemindbodyandsoul

#Takingchances

It does feel like the world and its peeps need a bit of a breather.   From the natural disasters and hurricanes to the political craziness, We The People need a breather; a break before we do. Let's think about what's near and dear.  What is MOST important to us as people and to the lives around us near and far?  After all, we really are on the same team but sometimes get so caught up in the competition of it all. Find something or someone that can help you catch your breath. I read an amazing article by Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanied the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming. Why on earth would I go to this article?  I know very littl

"I'm bored with my workout!"

If I had a dime... Maybe boredom is a good thing! What if it forces one to create change? That’s the conclusion of many fascinating recent studies. In one, researchers asked a group of subjects to do something boring, like copying out numbers from a phone book, and then take tests of creative thinking, such as devising uses for a pair of cups. The result? Bored subjects came up with more ideas than a non-bored control group, and their ideas were often more creative. Next time you're bored with your workout, get creative! Choose one exercise and choose two variations of it. BORING: supine chest fly. ALTERNATE: 1. Standing on bozu ball do an incline fly. 2. Using a band (attached to a pole

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