What Are You Grateful For?

Sometimes within reality’s chaos, We lose sight of how fortunate we are.  There was a time in my life when being thin enough, pretty enough, or liked enough was the to me. Those desires to be below 100 pounds on a scale obscured my true priorities and derailed my happiness.

Once I realized how fortunate I was to be able to walk, talk and breathe in this body regardless of its shape and size, only then could I embark on a journey of peace and ease. There may be points of stress and discomfort in my life at the moment, but there is always something I can be grateful for.

Finding appreciation for one thing as simple as the sun rising and setting today will help you find light in the midst of darkness.

What are you grateful for?
  

Kripalu 200-Hour Yoga Certification: I Did It!

Bliss, serenity, fulfillment and love are the first words that come to mind when I think of my 200-hour Kripalu yoga graduation ceremony. I am overwhelmed by emotion and ecstasy. 

I contemplated being a yoga instructor for six years but never thought I was capable enough, thin enough, skilled enough etc. My fears of inadequacy and the unknown held me back from pursuing my passion. 

After exploring dozens of graduate school programs with little gravitation toward any of them, my mind painted an image of what my own yoga class would look like. I vividly imagined the methodically threaded posture sequence, the fun music, and the deliberate language I used to guide my students. My mind played this scene on repeat for months. That’s when one day I decided to pursue my passion.

After four weeks of a life changing immersion program containing crying, laughing, connecting with others and learning more about myself, I am finally a certified yoga instructor. I have absolutely no regrets and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.

Namaste.

   

        

Wishful Thinkers of 2014

Resolutions are just wishes unless you have a plan. Create a resolution, or a goal, and don’t just focus on the final product but ask yourself HOW are you going to get there? What are you going to do differently this year? How are you going to measure your progress? Don’t just make a wish (Trevi fountain reference) and wait for it to happen, be proactive!

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Look at your resolutions for 2014 and genuinely ask if you accomplished them. One way to transition from wishful thinking to realization is to create SMART goals:

Specific. Think of what you want to achieve and ask yourself the five W’s: who will be involved, what will I do, when will I accomplish this, where will my progress and final product be and why this goal?

Measurable. Quantifying your progress and goals helps with troubleshooting and motivating you to keep going!

Attainable. Although you can accomplish anything, seeing your objective in an approachable light will be vital. Plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.

Realistic. Your goal should be something you are willing to work for and able to attain. Setting unrealistic, extreme goals are discouraging and unattainable.

Time. A goal completion time frame creates urgency. For instance, saying “I want to lose 2 inches in my waist someday,” diminishes your intrinsic motivation and increases the likelihood of procrastination. Instead, once you’ve outlined a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic plan then switch that goal to “I want to lose 2 inches in my waist by March 1st.”

Happy New Year!

Stay Fit xx

5 Day Detox

I don’t know about you, but after today’s Christmas festivities I could use a quick cleanse before I enter 2015. This little detox that I created seems like a feasible way to begin the new year with a healthy, clean mind and body.

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Here are some links about food combining that were super helpful. When I properly combine whole foods, then my body feels light and energetic:

My New Roots: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Food Combining

Body Ecology: Food Combining

The Detoxinista: Food Combining Chart

Here’s a printable version of my 5 Day Detox:

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If you’re interested in a PDF or design for your website like the one in this post please email: bodyculture.us@gmail.com

Stay Fit & Happy Holidays! xx

The Balance Between Healthy and Obsessive

Any extreme is bad. How can you tell if you’re creating a healthy or unhealthy habit? Here are a few questions to honestly ask yourself.

  1. Genuinely ask why. Why am I doing this?
  2. Are the intentions setting me up for success or failure?
  3. Are the means to obtaining my goal in service to me or not?
  4. Is the time, monetary and energy investment worth the cost?
  5. Do I beat myself up when I do not follow the regimen needed to attain my goals?
  6. Do i deprive myself of things that make me happy? (i.e. seeing friends, getting enough sleep, “me” time)
  7. Is this something that I genuinely enjoy, or is it something that I feel obliged to do?
  8. Am I being true to who I am?
  9. Is my mind completely consumed with this?
  10. Am I happy?

When writing this list I had a few contexts in mind. Sex every night versus celibacy, overeating versus under-eating, excessive exercise versus no exercise, giving too much versus never giving anything.

I cannot stress the honesty enough. It’s one thing to censor your speech in conversations with others, but its another to avoid the truth in your own consciousness. Sit in the mirror and answer these questions candidly if necessary.

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Crafting Therapy

Yoga and art are my escapes. When I allow my body to freely move on the mat, or my hands to busily create a new piece then I am happy.

During these times my mind isn’t necessarily quiet (let’s face it, that’s nearly impossible), but I am able to acknowledge and observe my thoughts passing through. It really is a freeing experience that I need to remember to utilize more often.

The other night I created this graphic t-shirt and it was the best thing that I’ve done in a while. Not aesthetically, but for myself. Seeing a project to completion gives me a sense of accomplishment and joy. And I think the shirt’s kinda cute too.

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Strong is the New Skinny

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“Strong is the New Skinny.” Love this saying! Instead of focusing on attaining a specific body shape, focus on building strength. Let’s change “I wish I was thin” to “I will be strong.” Shifting that perspective will allow you to accept your body while feeling empowered during your fitness journey.

Stay fit, and keep persevering!