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345-348: Post Wedding Bliss

Day 345: On Wednesday I attempted a four mile run, but my sore legs were telling me something else.  It sounded like “go home, stop running.”  Instead, after running two miles to Washington Park I decided to turn my phone/ipod into a phone and call a good pal.  She made fun of my need to walk and we talked for the next 30 minutes until I was back into our apartment.  I continue to stand by the idea of grabbing your phone and calling a friend when you need a little encouragement or distraction.  It’s the best way to help a workout fly by.

Day 346: Thursday evening I went to a CPY flow class and sweat out all of my sore muscles and post wedding ice cream (yes, I am still indulging in the “I don’t have to wear a wedding dress again!” eating habits).

Day 347:  Yesterday was one of those days where I barely had time to feed myself, but had to figure out how to sweat.  I went on a quick 30 minute run around the neighborhood while mentally figuring out how I can try to make my hair not look dirty if I “recycle” it after my sweaty run.

*I swear by Pantene Pro-V’s dry shampoo for your gal on the go, with sweaty hair- needs.

Day 348: This morning was one of Denver’s largest half-marathon’s and although I was not participating in it, I went to cheer on some of my friends with my co-workers.  All of the roads in my neighborhood were shutdown at 4:00 a.m., which would have made driving to the group meeting spot quite difficult.  Instead, I hopped on my bike and rode the three miles while sipping on my coffee and trying my best to smile at every cop giving me a dirty look for riding in their blocked off streets.  After an hour and a half of cheering, I hopped back on my bike and headed into work (2 miles) and then rode home at the end of the day (2 more miles).  I even tagged on an extra twenty minutes of riding for good measure.

*We got our wedding pictures back today, I was so excited that I wanted to share a few!

 

Days 293-297: Stomach Yowzas!

Days 293- 297:  Depending on how well you know me, you might know that the most unfortunate characteristic that I was blessed with is stomach issues.   If you do not know me well enough to know that, then you’re lucky that  have not shared this with you.  I’ll spare you any details in the slightest and just let you know that sometimes my stomach can get bad.  These past few days have been the worst I’ve had in years.  It has made me realize that this is how my body responds to immense stress…a stomach that just shuts down.  Ouch.  Even though it’s not the best situation, I love that this has brought an immense amount of attention to how I deal with stress and what it does to my body.

Although I was not feeling well, I still had to figure out what the heck I was going to do to sweat when it hurt to move.  All four days I walked around my neighborhood for 30-60 minutes.  I stayed close enough to home in case the walking made me feel worse.  It was all my body could handle and I did the best I could with what I was dealing with.  Tomorrow I should feel back to normal and will add my regular workouts back into my daily routine.

Thanks for reading and understanding that the body needs a break.  I hope you listen when your body is talking to you about stress, anxiety, happiness…everything.  It is the most powerful tool that you have in learning about yourself.  Don’t forget to really tune in to hear what your body is trying to tell you.

Days 185-187: HOGA and Greens

Day 185:  Friday was day two of the detoxifying fruit/vegetable fast and the most sore I have ever been in my entire life (see:  two previous days of sweat).  My body was drained.  Mike and I went for an hour walk around the neighborhood while every 20 ish steps one of my sore legs would give out. #healthyexhaustion

*The photo of me sleeping/spooning my cat on the couch was taken this evening at 8:30 pm.

Day 186:  My legs were finally able to bend again, so I celebrated with a run around my neighborhood.  For fourty minutes I soaked up the sun (with loads of SPF 30) and took in all the dreamy homes that I love looking at and longing for.

Day 187:  Day four of the detoxifying and I have a lot of energy back.  On day two we added in a lean protein and veggies for dinner and that helped out a bunch.  With all of my gusto returning I found that my body was craving yoga.  I have not had a home yoga practice in such a long time that I knew it was time to unroll my mat in my living room.  I turned on some Ondemand classical tunes and setup my own flow for 55 minutes, while I smelled our smoked paprika chicken in the oven. Home + comfort food + my two loves (Mike and Jack the cat)= bliss.  I could get used to this type of sweat.

I focused on poses that gave my back a good stretch and took the largest breaths I can remember ever taking.  I inhaled strength and exhaled love.  Over and over and over again.  It was such a gentle reminder of how peaceful hoga (home yoga) can really be.

Recipe of the week: Carrot Bliss

  • 4 large carrots
  • 1/2 inch lemon (including peel)
  • grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup water

Blend in Vitamix using the “frozen dessert” setting.  Sidenote:  this is definitely not a dessert, just a delicious carrot juice.

Days 160-162: Self-love

Day 160:  On Monday I went to Karma Yoga with a pal and her husband.  Our favorite instructor was out for the day and we had a sub teacher instead, unfortunately my om’d out yoga mind slipped on her name.  It was as if this wonderful instructor listened in all the conversations that I’ve been having with my clients lately.   She said that “the root of all love begins with self-love.”  Simply and beautifully said.  Where do you get without loving yourself?  Some days that may feel like a challenge, but once you figure out how, I promise that you will leave self-loathing far behind.  Her delivery of that statement made me give her a thumbs up during child’s pose and then I allowed that thought to settle deep down in.

Day 161:  Yesterday was one of the colder days we’ve had in Denver for a while and the chilly air forced me to stay inside and play with our TRX.  I completed a fourty minute workout and tried to coax my inner cross-fitter to the surface.  It felt great while doing it, but left my body feeling sore and abused afterwards.

Day 162:  I just got back from a C2 class at Core Power Yoga and had a seriously fantastic instructor, Haylee*.  She had us in crow pose three different times and in headstands twice.  It was the type of class that made my body quiver from intensity and in return, that was able to quiet my mind.  Killer combo, happy body and even happier chilled out mind.

*I love almost every yoga instructor out there because they teach with their hearts and that’s one beautiful thing.

Days 157-159: It’s Runnin’ Season, Baby!

Day 157:  4 mile run

Day 158:  3 mile walk with a friend in Washington Park

Day 159: 5 mile run in Washington Park

As the weather gets warmer, my legs grow antsy for a consistent running season.  My running goals have remained unmet and the same for years.  This year, with the combination of the blog, our wedding and a fast running fiance; I meet my goals.   Please excuse any repetition in declaring my goals, it just helps me solidify the importance of them in my life: 

  1. Run the Colfax half-marathon in under two hours in May 2012
  2. Run 4-5 days a week, three miles minimum leading up to the half
  3. Keep up with Mike for a five-mile run
  4. 2-3 days a week of yoga to keep me stretched and balanced
  5. Eat to fuel my body for goal achieving (aka: a fueled body feels better during workouts)

There they are, plain and simple.  What are your goals for this upcoming season?  Whatever they are, make them attainable, fun and give yourself lots of loving rewards along the way.  Want some support?   Enroll your friends, family and make public declarations of what you want to achieve.  You can do it, I guarantee you that…now you guarantee yourself the same thing!

 

Days 146 & 147: It’s All About The Sun

Day 146:  Yesterday morning I ran two miles to Washington Park to meet my friend Jenny for a much-needed walk and talk session.  We walked our chatty buns over to Wash Perk (sidenote:  this hidden gem of a coffee shop is my soon to be new work home- come stop by and say hello!), filled up on coffee and then walked five miles while gabbing away about life.  It’s so easy to forget that I’m walking when I’m in good company.  I highly recommend adding something this light-hearted to your workout, it’s healthy and cathartic all in one! 

Day 147:  Today I spent an hour biking while running errands.  I found myself adding on extra blocks just so I could stay on my bike and enjoy the 70 degree sun for a longer amount of time.  There is something special about the first warm days of Spring (or maybe just a few freakishly warm winter days) that makes a city come alive.  After I came home from biking I laced up my running sneaks, threw on some neon shorts and a tank top and ran four miles to and from Washington Park.  I could feel the vitamin D being soaked into my body like a plant that had not been watered in weeks.  It felt phenomenal and even my Pandora Britney Spears station was spot on with my mood.

All this running in the beautiful weather the past few days has me thinking about starting up my Colfax half-marathon training plan.  This thought then took me back to my New Year’s Resolutions and where I am with them.  The weekly crossfit with Mike?  Non-existant; however, we have both being doing TRX fairly often, so I am going to count that for now.  Higher quality blog pictures?  Fail.  I’m going to start taking pictures with a real camera tomorrow (it’s hard to carry one on a run!).  Today Show with Al Roker?  I am figuring out my action plan for how to tackle this beast, any suggestions?

While I am talking about resolutions and goals, one of my biggest ones is to have a full schedule of life coaching clients.  At this point, I am halfway there and am learning how to market, network and run a small business.  I am always 100% open to any ideas or suggestions on how to grow my clientele, if you have any suggestions for me then please, please, please feel free to pass them this way.  Thank you devoted readers for the support and encouragement.  Now, how can I support you??  Shoot me an email at betsysalzler@moxie-coaching.com if I can help you out with anything 🙂

Days 107 & 108: Back In The Flow

Day 107:  On day 107 I went for a five-mile run from our apartment to Washington Park.   I will slowly be adding more and more runs to my workouts because of a half-marathon that I am training for in May.  I would like to say that the run felt fantastic, which it kind of did, but I really think that being away from the altitude for 20 days messed with my ability to run.  Maybe?  Or maybe that’s just an excuse.  I’ll find out soon.

Day 108:  Today I walked to the closest Core Power Yoga to my house.  It was 60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  I couldn’t help but think of how grateful I am for everything in my life on my walk over.  The instructor, Lucinda, had instructing down to a science.  It was beautiful.  She started out class by talking about how we measure our lives by big events (birthdays, holidays, heartbreak, moves, etc), but it’s the moments in between that are just as important.  She tied this into class by asking us to pay extra attention to the transitions in between poses.   It’s in those transitions that help us deepen our practice and find happiness in our everyday lives.

Lately I have been writing a lot about being tired, feeling crappy and out of sorts.  Today, Stella got her groove back.  I can imagine that a yogi might read this post and say “you can’t have a best practice ever,” but that’s honestly what today felt like.  My legs floated up to my hands in between flows, my front warrior leg looked parallel to the ground, my dancer felt like I was flying and my breath was powerful and rhythmic.  Everything seemed like the way it was meant to be.  The entire day felt like that; a graceful dance to music that helped life fall into place.

I suppose a super beautiful day in the middle of January can make life feel like that or perhaps life is trending more that way.  Either way, I’ll take it!

Day 92: Woodsy Walk

Do you know that feeling the day after a big holiday when all you want to do is walk with your loved ones?  Inexplicably, I had that feeling today.  I have had a continuous food hangover from celebration after celebration in DC and a long walk was all my body could muster up.  My fiance and I grabbed my brother’s dog and headed to the nearby woods.

We wandered around the woods for 45 minutes, while the pup Leila stopped every few minutes to mark her territory.  After we were done playing there we walked in a beautiful neighborhood nearby and gazed in awe at every house and said, “no, I want that one.”  Hand in hand, pup in tow, futures in mind, happily exercising.

Day 83: Dream Big

I have run 10 miles four times in my life, new years day 2012 was the fourth time.  Mike and I both planned to  run 10 miles in our respective parts of the US.  I believe he did it to support me and I decided to do it for a lot of other reasons.  In the past few years I have become very dependent on class instructors to motivate me and have lost some of my intrinsic motivation in the process.  This year, I want to motivate myself more.

That was why I chose to start 2012 with the longest run I have completed in almost two years.  I averaged a 9 minute 30 second pace, which is an entire minute faster than the last time I ran 10 miles.  It was also 23 degrees with a windchill that made it feel like 16 degrees.   I found it really hard to move my legs for the first 3-4 miles, after that, I felt good.  Around mile 7.5 the sweat on my body starting getting really cold, I could feel my body overheating and freezing all at once.  It was such an odd sensation.  The thought that kept hovering in my mind was “when you’re done, you’re going to be so proud.”  Which I was.  Well that and that I got to eat Hank’s Eggs with my best friend at Lucille’s when I was done.  I kept my thoughts light, gentle and self-loving the whole time and it made my entire run seem so peaceful.

Since it is New Year’s Day, I thought I should throw a nugget in on resolutions.  Resolutions can be a wonderful thing, but most of the time people end up letting go of their resolutions quickly for whatever reason.  So I challenge you this year, not to set any resolutions, rather set an intention to make a commitment to yourself.  Whatever a commitment to yourself means, set it and stick to it.  The smaller the better.  You will be surprised what a difference a small commitment can make in your life.

I am going to share with you some of my goals for this next year:

  • Run the Colfax half-marathon in May
  • Work in one crossift class per week with Mike
  • Hold a yogi head stand for two minutes
  • Post higher quality pictures on my blog
  • Workout with Al Roker on The Today Show

Those are just a handful of things I’d like to do in 2012.  I will spare you the details on the rest of them 🙂   This is the first year that my #1 goal was not “lose X pounds.”  I’d really like to congratulate myself for not putting that on there.  As a woman, I would always like to lose a few pounds, so it’s not that I do not want it to happen.  It didn’t make the list because it’s not a priority in my life.  My priority is to remain healthy, live a life full of integrity and be happy with what I have.  If I lose weight, great, if I don’t, then my body must be happy where it is.  Well that or I have had one too many plate of Hank’s Eggs from Lucille’s…

Happy 2012 goal setting!  Take small steps and dream big.