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Part I: Resolutions

Happy healthy holidays With only days left in 2015, I'm sure many of you have started thinking about New Year's resolutions and all the things you hope to accomplish in 2016.

Can I tell you a secret? I kinda wish you wouldn't...

Look, setting goals is important.  Goals give you long-term vision and short-term motivation and those are great things!  The problem with goal setting is that it often puts the destination above the journey and – especially in the health and fitness world – there is no destination. Consistency is the key!

You can eat steamed chicken and broccoli and hit the gym everyday until you have a six-pack, but as soon as you give that up (because let’s face it, that’s not sustainable) then it’s back to square one.

In order to be truly successful in the long run, you have to adopt this as a lifestyle.

But you know the old saying, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."  So make a plan!

That doesn’t mean your plan needs to be "follow a strict diet and schedule."  In fact, when we make plans and forget to build in flexibility, we fail because we weren’t really prepared.  So plan for what you will do when you travel.  Plan for the days when you get stuck working late.  Plan for an injury that would keep you from doing certain exercises.  Plan for any issues you think may get in your way.  Plan on giving yourself some wiggle room when friends or family come to town or you go on vacation.  Know your plan and know how to put it into action when you need it.  That is structure with flexibility.  That is how you make this a lifestyle.

So as long as you promise not to make this year’s resolution all or nothing, tomorrow I’ll teach you how to set SMART goals and the steps to take to reach them.

 

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Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Twain MaybeThe Internet likes to attribute that quote to Mark Twain even though he never wrote it down so no one can actually be sure he said it. I like it either way.

If you’ve read my About page then you already know this story. If you haven’t, I’m going to share part of it here.

As an International Business major in my second year of college, I had a moment of clarity while sitting in a Macro Economics class – this is not the life I want to be living.  I had a regular yoga practice at the time and suddenly I was sure that was what I was supposed to do.  I found a program in Baja, Mexico and told my parents I wanted to drop out of school to become a yoga instructor.  To their credit they didn’t say no even though I think you could actually hear their hearts break a little {since I was supposed to be the first person with my last name to graduate college}.

But fate had other plans.

The next weekend I met my now husband and Mexico didn’t sound or feel so right anymore.

If you continue to read the story you’ll see there is nothing to be disappointed in here. I have no regrets.  I have a wonderful family, I still found my way to my passion, and I love everything life has given me.

But eight and a half years later I’m still not a yoga teacher. Until May…

That’s right! I’ve finally signed up to complete my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

I feel exhilarated and a little terrified – the way one does when beginning something one has been waiting almost a decade to start.

I almost didn’t do it. It’s too much of a time commitment especially with a baby at home. It’s too much of a financial commitment. I don’t know if I’m ready. What if I’m the worst one in class? What if I suck? What if… What if… What if…

What if another eight and a half years go by and I’m still not a yoga teacher?

That just wasn’t going to work for me. Not this time.

So bring on 2016! Bring on the big life-goals! I’m ready!

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Try-Day Friday: SURF FIT

I. Had. THE. Most fun workout at Turn - Cardio Jam Studio this week! It’s a little bit of a tease getting on a surfboard in mid SURF FIT poseOctober, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Surf F.I.T. starts after Dance Trance Tuesday nights at Turn so the second you walk in the door you walk into the end of a dance party. Seriously… dark room, colored flashing light, the whole sh’bang. And if that doesn’t get your amped up to ride some imaginary waves I don’t know what will.

Fortunately, the lights come back on for Surf F.I.T. because I could hardly balance without the flashing lights at first. 

The F.I.T. in Surf F.I.T. stands for Fun Interval Training and that is exactly what this class was. We did squat presses, lunges, planks, mountain climbers, bicycle crunches, rows and more all while trying to keep our balance on the constantly moving board. I was laughing so hard I didn’t even realize how sweaty I was until my palms got so slippery I almost face planted.

Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a vet looking for something to get you excited about working out, this is definitely a class you want to try!SURF FIT

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