Exhale on the hardest part

It hit me. I finally got it. I’ve heard my Bodypump instructors say this a lot but finally I figured out what they were trying to teach me.
“Inhale up(or down depending on the exercise) and then…exhale on the toughest part.” For instance, inhale as you bend over on a dead lift, but exhale as you lower the heavy weight. Or inhale on lowering a bicep curl but exhale on the way back up.
This is true in life. I’m in the darkness of a wilderness- we have been waiting a year for my husband to find a job. We wanted to start a family this year, but it’s too difficult financially. We were paying off debt and then he got laid off. I have been inhaling and panicking, but not really, truly breathing. We are active in church (&he volunteers) but feeling burnt out, stressed with my job and everything else.
Now it is time to exhale. In yoga, as you feel a stretch start to burn, that’s when you let it all out! I get it now.
Now to apply it. Sigh.

I joined Team EAS

I saw an ad in fitness magazine and again saw one at 24 hour fitness, for joining Team EAS. I am still loyal to my Reliv supplement but this was a great little package! I got a shaker bottle, a bag, coupons, and several sample packets of their vanilla. It tastes great in a smoothie! I don’t mind it by itself in water but I decided I prefer it with fruits and vegetables in my elite cuisine, blended up.
There’s still time to join! Go to eas

Best admin professionals day ever!

Since we are dog sitting this week, I’m a little more tired and out of my routine, but happen to be closer to work and actually made it to the gym early today. Got my day started off right with @brooklynfitchick ‘s awesome indoor bike workout, went to NIke Training (HIIT) class, and made a smoothie. I brought cards, drinks and snacks in to my favorite office gals for secretaries day, and received chocolates as a thank you gift for moi as well.
I’ve been coughing here and there a bit(hoping to isn’t a cought/cold flu thing!) but I had a good day. In the late afternoon when I was wrapping things up and got a spare moment, I went flight surfing just to see if I might see something cheap to fly home for a weekend getaway. I happened to see an email from my stepgrandfather. He is wanting to help a little so I could actually go away on said trip! You don’t know what a big deal this is. I have a large family that is spread all over the globe. Worst part of it is my sweet sis with 4 littles lives in the UK! (Read: I never ever get to see them). My husband is looking for work so when I heard they were coming to visit the parentals this summer, I was hoping for a cheap quick getaway. I thought all was lost because my employer is implementing a new training system(read: vacation freeze). I got so excited at the possibility that I even ran it by the supervisor and he said it should totally be fine!
Tonight we made unusual tacos (&ate outside)with the Seasonal Diet ‘s #sprung4spring challenge. I’m slowly becoming vegetarian… I hate raw meat (handling it, scared of E. coli and watching it defrost then cook, Blech!), so why not become vegan? I’ve had some good fish and I have a love affair with cheese and eggs. So I’m still on the fence… But for now am actually working on my New Year’s resolution of eating clean!
Lastly, I’m ending the evening with another good piece of news: I am now a #sweatpink ambassador!(more on that to come, but head on over to FitApproach anyway! I feel so honored.

Getting my runner’s high

I’ve been wanting to get into trail running (feels better on my joints than the pavement) and I actually have been running more! I slow down on hills but have been pushing myself to do more of them.
On Monday I met my friend at the Pasadena Rosebowl but it got way too hot and dry and sunny real quick! She is a sprinter and I’m a distance person but we made it work(she does body weight exercises till I catch up with her).
Yesterday we tried it again but found the shady trail that goes back behind the golf course. It was so beautiful, like out of the Shyre storybooks!
I have been working later and stressing out so I need my sleep but now with the warmer months I should run earlier. If I wake early I could make it to Griffith and explore those trails.
Because of my allergies I do tend to run on the treadmill though. It actually increases my speed and I go stretch or do weights or yoga too(because the gym has it all right there, makes it easier).
What are your tips for trail running and hills and speed work? I am slow but I do love to run!
By the way, because it was sibling day, check out my spiritual blog for women over at sheismymuse.wordpress.com (yesterday’s post), and my last post here about CSA and community resources, like The Seasonal Diet

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Hop on over to theseasonaldiet.com

Sprung4spring begins today! I want you, my fellow health nuts, runners, & plant based friends to know all about the lovely people behind Cooking with CSA
It’s not too late to go download the packet and jump on this 21 day challenge! I have thought about going vegan, vegetarian, but for now my diet is largely (75%+) plant based. I am going away from a lot of meats and processed foods because I feel better when I eat veggies!(And I happen to be A positive which means I need more green veggies than ever, according to the Blood Type diet).
I had the privilege of meeting The Seasonal Diet geniuses at a vegan blogger’s meetup at Golden Road brewery a few months back. Their idea is wonderful! They teach people (especially busy moms and kids, busy working class) how to use gardens, organic farmers’ market produce, and the like, with great recipes& ideas. Sometimes in my produce box or at home when I’m too tired, I can’t remember how a restaurant fixes a vegetable or I have never heard of this new herb or different breed of cruciferous vegetable! That’s why they created the seasonal diet. To change our thinking so we know to eat what’s fresh, raw, & clean.
Thanks Sarah and Peter for inspiring me! And since I really have to budget right now, this is a free opportunity to jumpstart a spring cleaning of my diet!

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Surprising me with stereotypes and then again not

On Tuesday I went to my favorite spin class followed by body pump.
These bodypumpers are SERIOUS! I walked up withe two other girls joining one who was filling her barbell with plates, and I hear, “Excuse me!” So I jumped out of the way saying, “oh sorry you were here first”& she says, “uh yes I was here first!” When there’s about 5 of us clamoring to get our weights. I got over it, I didn’t mean to be in her way, didn’t want to make her more mad, so yeah moving on!
Today I visited a different gym and took a new spin class. It was so boring compared to my other one! Cyclists keep to themselves and don’t waste their words. This teacher was yelling in the same monotone every song, “Turn it up!”(meaning the resistance)
…”double!!!!”(pedal faster)
…”single.”(said so sadly, to slow us down). I’m used to my friendly, spunky and cute teacher from Tuesday. I must be spoiled. And some people prefer his style, so I shouldn’t judge.
Zumba people(are too coordinated for me!) are giggly and enthusiastic.
HIIT and Bootcamp and curves coaches are all loud and yell like drill sergeants and we tend to yell and groan back.
Yoga people walk gracefully but talk like they need to do more yoga;) I’m sorry I just have seen way too many harried rushed late people apologizing all over themselves lately as their mat and towel roll out.
Weight lifters like their selfies and try to come on to you or flirt. I am there to lift and then go home.
Runners and hikers are a mixed bunch. I know talkative ones that wave and I know quiet private ones too.

No really now, I’m merely making generalizations here! Sometimes I am surprised when I meet a friendly person at the gym because I’ve also run into some rude ones (I wanna shout back, “really?! I was so nice to you!”)
Most of us I understand are there to get our sweat on (please don’t hit on me or ask me out!) and pull out. We are tired and messy and smelly. Not there to hug our besties or sing as if we were performing or dance or stretch like the perfect athlete. Don’t compare yourself! Go out and do your best, not worrying about what the others are doing. As long as your form is good, you can do anything! 🙂