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Side Lines of Energy

Happy Monday! Did y’all catch the Finals last night?

 Being a Die Hard Mavs fan, it was REALLY hard to go for either team. But, I’m loyal to Texas now, so Spurs it was.

Plus, that whole “championship DNA” byte really started getting on my nerves. Glad they’re sidelined ’til next year!

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Hilarious.

And Congrats Spurs! Valid until Opening Tip October 2014

This morning, I woke up with a hankering to get outdoors! I started gearing up to drive to

 the city park and run a few miles before the kids got going.

Then I remembered my truck is getting a new compressor and I have no life car.

So, I treated myself to a Spark, and when for a short stroll instead…

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Back home and not much of an appetite. Boo. So, I drowned my sorrows in this

 half melted here Quest Bar I thought I’d eat in route but didn’t.

 

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Speaking of halfway, over the hump for June’s Yoga Challenges!!

But first, I got in about an hour of exclusive yoga stretches. Sure, the asanas are cool and

do wonders for the internal body but there is more to Yoga than just poses.

A CPT/ Yoga teacher I follow on Instagram know said (before I ever began yoga)

 “Muscles need to be intensely stretched daily”.

At the time I waved it off because it was not what I wanted to hear sounded like it involved yoga,

and I was just not feeling that.

However, it has less to do with yoga and more to do with flexibility, toning, and strengthening of the muscles.

 I’m sold now, as you can see, and have started incorporating more and more stretching before I move on

to the’ Flow of the Day’ and my daily summer challenges.

All the stretchy stuff is perfect timing because today’s challenge really stretched my limits legs…

 

~~Day 16 ~~

Started out with Baddha Konasana, or Cobbler’s Pose after my stretching to get my hammies ready.

They are massive and always tight.

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Challenge Poses today: Utthita Parsvakonasana  (Extended Side Angle)

& Dwi Pada Koundinyasana (Side Crow)

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Are those my LINES of Energy?

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I literally held that last asana for 4.3 seconds…or 2 breaths. Work to do, yet!

I was also in awe of a Yogi I follow on Instagram and her rendition

of Baddha Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) was so beautiful, I had to imitate.

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Now to catch up on some OITNB and H2O… as best I can

considering I ate all my cheddar popcorn here chatting it up with y’all Thursday

But, I’ll live… I guess… kind of.

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I’ll catch up with y’all Later 🙂

 

Question: Do your run/workout close to home or do you have a favorite spot a drive away?

 

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Asanas before Manana

Hello Hip Hugging Hipsters! Happy Dad’s Day!

Seeing all the beautiful homages to the world’s great dads on Facebook  and Instagram certainly had me super emotional today.

So, here’s to my amazing dad, whose sick and in hospice and whom I miss dearly in many ways,

but will always be the first love of my life!

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But today is a happy day, and we had an amazing Father’s day weekend! I almost hate for it to end!

Tons of food involved, and quiet time alone with the hubby. The weather was absolutely perfect and it was well deserved,

My hubby is the BEST! Such a great guy, in a million ways… easily my better half and hands down the best thing that has

Ever. Happened. to me.

Happy Father’s Day, Mike! We LOVE you!

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Just got home from the pool with the kiddos. A great end to a great weekend.

But hey, manic Monday isn’t here yet, so let’s talk a little weekend fitness, shall we?

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Still not much cardio, and even less lifting this week. What has happened to me?

 I don’t know if I am trying to find balance with the 2, or just spending way too much time balancing on my head.

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Either way, Yoga is the exercise special of the week,  so here’s plenty of it:


Day 14 Yoga Challenge:

I was tagged to #stopdropandyoga – I was stoked! So, I kicked off my session yesterday with Parsva Bakasana, or Side Crow.

I later flowed into Mermaid Pose, King Pigeon, and the most challenging, Firecrow.

 I spared you the long Sanskrit names THIS time, thank me later.

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Day 15 Challenge:

Virabhadrasana (Warrior I), Pincha Mayurasana (a modified forearm stand) and Sirsasana.

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The challenges have been getting pretty, eh challenging. My ultimate goal is still to perform

a nice full split like I used to do inmy heyday as well as balance for at least 1 minute on my hands.

Just to think, 4 weeks ago, I didn’t even want to stand and touch my feet because

the intense rush of blood to the head hmm, need to find that Coldplay cd and now I’m upside

at least 5 minutes,in some yoga capacity, for some part of the day.

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Haha! We shall see.

Gonna log off and spend some time outside watching the kiddos play kickball in the street,

sip some wine, and enjoy the evening.

Namaste Hip Huggers.

 I hope you all give lots of love to a good dad, or anyone’s dad, this Fathers Day.

And a huge Happy Father’s Day to my guy readers… you absolutely rock!!

Question: What did you all do for Father’s Day? Who got fitness stuff?

 

 

 

 

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New-bie Continued…

Happy Throwback Thursday! What are y’all up to?

I finally got up and got some things done today.

It’s the kid’s first official week of summer vacation

so, I’m still paying myself back for all those 5am musters all year…

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Reveille.

Just glad to be up and at ’em! This time last week, I was curled up in my bed suffering from the worst stomach cramps ever

thanks to a good ol’ tainted box of green tea. And how did I KNOW it was the green tea?

After 3 day, and finally a little relief, I had a nice brewed cup…and got sick. ALL. OVER. AGAIN.

Truly the pits. But this week, I am feeling refreshed and full of energy again.

So, I cooked up a quick breakfast for this champ.

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Also enjoyed a great conversation with my neighbor who’s on vacation.

Just kidding, we mostly watched dumb videos on Facebook.  But all in all, good times.

And now I’m snacking on processed popcorn and H20 chatting it up with all of you cool Hipsters 🙂

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Getting on with the fitness and all why we are here I started my day off with my now daily 60-ish minutes of yoga practice…

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and…….

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Day 12: Anjaneyasana & Salamba Sirsasana, also known as
Crescent Moon & Supported Headstand.

I’m such a show-off student of the practice, and am excited about my growth! 🙂

 #ThrowBackThursday when I was running with hips…

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and foolishly still ran in cotton shirts, LOL! The Days…

I’m logging off now to get some stuff done…  holla Hipsters!!!

Question: What are you a ‘newbie” in?

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Onward and Downward Dog

So, now that I have gotten that awkward conversation out of the way, and sticking with awkward things (initially)…

let me segue into what’s been happening over the last, let’s say, 30 days…

 I’m All About Yoga!

 

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I was bitten by the bug about the same week I deleted my well grieved Instagram account.

I must admit, I have never been a true yoga fan.

No desire, no yoga pals, no exposure. Here’s the why:

First, I am thick. Enough said. The thought of my body contorting into pretzel like positions

and still managing to breath reminded me of my step uncle

practicing wrestling moves on my sister and I when I was a kid… embarrassingly haunting memories.

Next, being upside down. Again, I am thick. I couldn’t see how my arms, triceps, or even neck rather could hold up

all this body .For any allotted amount of time. Without getting an aneurysm.

Lastly, and probably the weakest of them all, I didn’t think it was much of a workout did I just say that?.

 I mean, yeah, there are  different degrees no pun intended of yoga, especially the uber popular, Hot Yoga, but for all the effort

 and work, could it in anyway replace a current workout I was already doing?

Well… that’d be a Yes. Aaaand a No. Let me Explain…

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Yes, yoga IS a workout. Maybe not a fat burning workout depending on what level you start,

flow of the class, but no less, yes, a workout.

After my first yoga class, I was sore for 2 days. I was very surprised and warned something that felt so uncomfortable at first

was actually stimulating my muscles and I’d be sore. Like the novice I was, I went in with my heart rate monitor to see the calorie burn

…maybe 250 in the 60 minute class total, not much. But, the day after, I was mega sore…mega.

*Not to mention, my idea of yoga was very closed minded.

 Its benefits go far beyond just physical benefit… but that’s a later post.*

During my first  the class, I shook A LOT holding poses. I’m thinking , oh I can hold that for 5 breaths like in the yoga book I bought said…

 Try 15 breaths! You hold them muuch longer in class, and you don’t want to be the one that lets go first

(not Namaste, but you know we are all competitive little twats) so you fight to hold it,

totally relying on your mind to just make it stick and boom… you did it.

Sidenote: My surprising strengths? Balance and flexibility. Twisting, stretching, I was even surprised at how my body adapted.

 My yoga teacher said I was ‘miss Flexy’, my hubby says I’m just fit… I’ll take both!

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My biggest struggle was downward dog. Not because I can’t hold a triangular inversion,

but because I sweat like a pig and that rubbery mat was no

 match for my clam palms from the heat and newness of the class.

I’ve since learned a towel fixes that, and to be ok with having to get out of an asana to

get yourself together, it’s pretty exhilarating I must say.

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(Shoot, I just excitedly got politely off track. Ok, here’s the other side of the game)

No, because I don’t believe it’s intended to replace weight lifting or cardio, but to enhance it!

Running and lifting tighten muscles, I’ve learned and felt for years.

 Yoga allows for so much intense stretching that’s like a reparative measure for taxing the muscles.

I’ve been sore deep, deep in my glutes from yoga… more so than any

squats or deadlifts have ever done so, I must say, there is something to all this.

 As we speak, my shoulders are a bit sore from balancing upside down… I finally got off of the wall!

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So, point is, I am a fan for life. Yoga works! Physically, mentally, spiritually – it’s very restorative.

 I’ve been 2x a week for the past month and its worth every $! I have really, really opened up my home practice,

and have gotten so far out of my comfort zone, I am certain the only thing that is stiff, is my mind.

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So, from now on, yoga is in the mix with lifting and running. It all comes full circle, too!

 I had been feeling like something was missing from working out, the fun element.

Yoga fixed that. I’m becoming Namaste in all that I do 🙂

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I’m off to unplug and get a little yoga in now. See ya soon!

Question: Do you Yoga? Where does it fit in your wellness routine? Good, huh?