Friday, April 18, 2014

The Yoga Warrior 365 Challenge and My Warrior Friends are Awesome!

Happy Friday!  I'm so excited to start the Yoga Warrior 365 Challenge on Monday!

Today I'm going to introduce you to a few more of the Warrior Women who are taking the 14-Day Challenge with  me.

Mandy is a teacher, runner and fitness enthusiast who is eager to add yoga to her vast repertoire of cross training.  She loves Zumba, PiYo and especially Turbo Kick classes.  She ran her first half marathon last summer and recently finished her second at Disney!

Lori & Carrie are sisters who have agreed to take the Yoga Warrior 365 Challenge together!
These two ladies really deserve to take a little time for themselves each day.

Carrie is "Mom" to Cassie and she has recently kicked Breast Cancer to the curb! I am in awe of this lady's strength & grace in the face of the challenge.  She is looking forward to better health now and the Yoga Warrior Challenge is part of that new beginning.

Lori is a wife & mom of four really cool kids.  She works as a Coordinator in a doctor's office which serves patients who are embarking on bariatric surgeries and in that role she supports people as they work toward a healthier life. She is looking forward to a BIG obstacle race in September.  I'm pretty sure she is ready to become a Yoga Warrior!

Are you ready to join the challenge with my Warrior Women?
Request to join the Facebook group HERE.
If you need to order your YW365 DVDs you can do that HERE.
Use the code "EASTER" for 35 % off!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Introducing a Few More Warrior Women- Join the Challenge with us!

The Yoga Warrior 365 14-Day Challenge begins in one week!  Are you joining us?

Get this- Rudy Mettia, creator of YW 365 and the teacher on the DVDs is joining the party!
How can you miss this?

Request to join the Facebook group HERE.
If you need to order your YW365 DVDs you can do that HERE.
Use the code "GRATITUDE" for 35 % off!

This week I'll introduce you to a few more of the awesome Warrior Women who have agreed to take on
14-Days of Yoga.

When I asked my friend Krista to tell me why she agreed to do the
YW 365 challenge, her answer was so perfect that I decided to quote it to you exactly.  Here's what she had to say:

"I am inspired to indulge in Yoga Warrior because I need to center my mind, find the calm through my breath, and treat my body with respect.  It can be done at home, in my yard, or in my woods.  I feel like it will help me get into shape- mind, body, and soul. I am truly excited to embark on this journey!"

Diane has been my one of my favorite people since we were in the third grade.  She is committing to the YW 365 Challenge because she thinks she can try anything for 14 days!  (I agree- what do you think?)

She has already completed many 5Ks... I know she's going to rock this challenge and I can't wait to hear what she says about it.

Megs is another runner girlfriend who is ready to become a yogi!
She says that she is hoping yoga will help her core strength & mobility which are so important to runners.  Since she recently signed up for her first Ultra Marathon, I'm thinking her body will love a little yoga.

Emily is the Youtheatre/Education Director at the Erie Playhouse where my kids do shows all the time.  I'm so glad that theatre brought her into our family so that now we get to call her a friend.  She has practiced yoga & pilates for several years.  In August we'll be joining Emily & other friends for the Color Run.  I'm thrilled to have her joining us for this yoga journey.

And I know- I'm seriously blessed to know so many amazing women.  My life is definitely fuller because of them.

Will you join us for 14 Days of Yoga?

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Randomness

1.  I got to run with Kristina!  My sis-in-law/Best Running Friend and I have not been able to run together for awhile.  Saturday morning was such a treat.  It was a beautiful sunny morning with good company.
This run left me with a good feeling that stayed all day.

2. Speaking of the sunny morning, Ruger was not interested in coming indoors all day.
That is one happy beagle right there.

3. I'm reading Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.  This is a really great resource.  My diet is not completely Paleo, but I don't eat many grains.  Her recipes look amazing!  I'll be trying several of them in the next few days. (of course there will be pictures)

4. My OXO Good Grips Salad Chopper has been getting extra use lately because Katie has decided she likes salad.  She's a girl after my own heart.

5. I really don't know what has gotten into the clementines this year but they are nothing short of wonderful!  Mandy & I can't get enough of these little guys.

Don't forget to check out the Yoga Warrior 365 14-Day Challenge and stop back tomorrow when I'll be introducing a few more of the Warrior Women who will be hitting the mat with me!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

YW 365 14-Day Challenge & The Week in Review

April 21st is the start date for the 14-day Yoga Warrior 365 Challenge!

Join my amazing group of 14 women as we commit to practicing yoga for 14 days.

This isn't a weight loss challenge or a competition.
We are simply committing to practicing each of the DVDs in the YW 365 set each day
for 14 days and discovering what happens.

Will we be more physically fit? Will we find happiness on our yoga mats?  Will we carry our focus off the mats? We don't know!  But we're going to find out and you are invited to join us!

If you already own the YW 365 set, you're ready.  Just request to join this Facebook group and introduce yourself.  If you'd like to order the DVDs, they are available HERE.
Use the code "gratitude" to receive 35% off!

Let me introduce you to a few of the awesome women who will be using 
YW 365  for 14 days...

My friend Heather has been a runner for 18 years.
(She wouldn't say it, but I'll tell you that she's a complete bad-ass. I want to run like her when I grow up.)
Heather is hoping that yoga will bring a little flexibility to her runner-body.

My other friend Jenny is a yoga newbie.  
She'll be hitting the mat alongside her daughter Olivia.

Gloria is my mom.   She has crossed many 5K finish lines and now she's ready to accept
the 14-day yoga challenge and see what it brings her.  
(I swear, I didn't make her do this.  Don't listen to her.)

I'll introduce you to more Warrior Women next week!

Will you join us for the 14-Day Yoga Warrior Challenge?
We're starting on April 21st.  Join the Facebook group HERE.

In this time before the YW 365 Challenge begins I've been running & letting Jillian Michaels kick my flank.  
We won't discuss how my poor legs are feeling right now! (really- it's all good)

Tuesday: Interval Run
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 30 min. Run & Jillian Michaels One Week Shred (Strength)
Friday:  Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Level 2
Saturday: 4 mile run plus Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack

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Monday, April 7, 2014

A Weekend of Simple Happiness

Hey there friends... it's Monday morning.

How are you doing?  Are you someone who gets the Monday blues?
I'm one of those weirdos who actually like Mondays.  I feel like it has a lot of potential.  The week could go in any direction and today is the day we start.

I told you in this post about the book I'm loving. Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.

I'm generally a fast reader.  But I'm finding myself taking my time with this book.  
I read a chapter and then take it in and see how the concepts apply to my life.

Most recently I've been reading about the importance of fun and identifying the things that I really enjoy.  I can honestly tell you that this weekend has been overflowing with the things I find fun.

Saturday started with a solo run.  
For the longest time, I felt like I should be one of those people who runs in a pack of like-minded women.  
These days I'm admitting to myself that my solo runs are really important to me.  
I like to let my mind wander.

Katie played her French Horn in a band concert this weekend.  Of course we went to support her and I got to sit by Mandy- one of my favorite people to enjoy a concert with.

After the music, we collected Katie and brought her home with us.

Those smiles make me happy.

My nephew came over later (one of my other favorite kids) and we ordered our favorite pizza.

The we settled in for a movie and I worked on sock #2 of this pair.

Running, music, pizza, & knitting- all in good company.
I think these are a few of my favorite things.

How did you enjoy your weekend?

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Making Time to be Happy

"The absence of feeling bad isn't enough to make you happy; 
you must strive to find sources of feeling good."

This is the sentence that stopped me in my tracks yesterday as I was reading Gretchen Rubin's book,

So in order to be truly happy we MUST make time for the things that bring us joy.

Today I got up early and made time for exercise.  I am making time later to go to the grocery store and get ingredients for Katie's favorite chili because she requested it in her lunch tomorrow (and I love to make it).  I'm making time to play the piano later- not work related music- just the songs that make my heart sing.

Right now I'm taking a few moments to write to you because I love to connect with you 
and I feel that it's important.

How are you making time for happiness today?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dear SELF magazine- you stink.

Dear SELF magazine,

Your apologies are meaningless.

You put a picture of two fit women in superhero costumes- and tutus (gasp!) in your magazine and called them "lame".

Then you apologized.  You didn't apologize for attacking them.  You didn't apologize for asking permission to use the photo under false pretenses. (I can't imagine they would have agreed to be made fun of)  You didn't apologize for insulting every woman who has ever dressed up for a run & had a good time with some girlfriends.

No, you apologized only when you found out that one of those women was a cancer survivor.

So what's the message here?

Is it ok for a women's health magazine to bash women as long as they are healthy?

My subscription was cancelled several months ago. (I didn't want to take the chance that my daughters would read your garbage) I have now ceased to follow you on all of your social media channels and I'm encouraging my readers to do the same.

Good riddance to bad rubbish,

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