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28 Week Bump-Date

Pregnancy is a strange beast. In one moment I'm awestruck by the magnitude of what my body is doing.  How indescribable it is to have a tiny person rolling (punching, kicking) around and growing inside me.  On the other hand, my body doesn't feel like my own (it gets bigger every day), I miss hot yoga and sushi and those workouts that leave you drenched in sweat with your muscles shaking.  I miss sleeping on my stomach and just sleeping in general (hello, 3am potty breaks).

If you've ever had an injury that sidelined you for a few months I'm sure you know the feeling...

wanting to get back to your routine, but knowing that jumping in too soon will just hurt you more than it will help.  With my first pregnancy I didn't change much about my workout routine and was no worse for it, but this time my body said, "NO!" to certain things loud and clear early on.  And I know and respect my body enough to understand that no means no.  It definitely doesn't help that I get a 10 hour workout every day just running after a toddler.  No wonder I can't hang anymore.

So here we are in the third trimester with about 12 weeks left to go (more or less... hopefully just a little less).

28 weeks. I've heard a lot of, "But you're so big!" this week. Maybe (definitely) refrain from ever saying that to any woman ever again.  Please also excuse my dirty mirror. 

I hear third trimester and think, "Hey we're almost there!" and then I see 12 weeks and I think, "Woah that's a long time."

And tomorrow I may start wishing it would all slow down because I'm not so sure I'm ready to have two.  Hormones are crazy things, my friends.

How did you feel towards the end of your pregnancy?  Were you a magical glowing unicorn the whole time? Did you reach a point where you were just DONE with a capital D?  How did you get through to the end?  (Looking for suggestions that don't involve indulging in ice cream... I've got that one covered.)

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"Where Have You Been & What Are You Doing Now?"

Hi, friends! Long time no chat.

The last time I wrote I was about a month into my 200 hour yoga teacher training and I had every intention of keeping you updated on that journey, but as I dove deeper into that adventure two things became clear: 1) I was not willing to sacrifice anymore time with my family (and daughter who was too quickly for my liking about to turn one) and 2) it wasn't an experience that could easily be put into words or shared.

Many people say teacher training is life changing, but I would actually say it was life enhancing.  I went to training hoping to be able to teach a different kind of class and came out with so much more, including a better sense of who I am as a trainer and where I want to focus my time.

YTT Grad

Coming into the final stretch of yoga teacher training AND my daughter's first year at the same time made it perfectly clear what my next move would be... prenatal yoga teacher training.  So I signed up for an intensive two and a half week training in NYC where I commuted from NJ into the city.  Monday through Friday.  7am to 7pm.  I said it before and I'll say it again... the right trainings are life changing.  To be surrounded and supported by such strong and wonderful women while LEARNING about how strong and wonderful women are was magical.  Made all the more magical by actually being pregnant during the training.

That's right!  Seven to nine weeks pregnant, height of nausea, exhaustion, and all the other first trimester goodness right in the middle of 12 hour days.  (Shout out to all the working mamas who do that for nine months.  Hats off to you ladies!)

So for the last few months I've been home, working on my site behind the scenes, and getting ready to take on new clients all while growing a tiny human on the side.  (No biggie.)

Big Sister thinks Little Sister is in my belly button.

I'm now 21 weeks pregnant with Baby Girl Number 2 and I'd love to have you follow along on this pregnancy journey (and share your own stories with me as well!) and stay tuned for more healthy tips, tricks, meditations, and maybe even some recipes (though full disclosure the only thing I've wanted to eat for five months now are potatoes).

Go ahead and click around the updated website to see what else is new and consider signing up for the Happy Healthy Holidays challenge!  We started on Sunday, but it's never too late to join!

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A More Traditional #TransformationTuesday

December 8 (left) vs. January 26 (right) It's been 7 weeks since I posted Progress Not Perfection (and it still doesn't look like I've cleaned my mirror ?).

That means this is progress even through the holidays. Christmas, New Years, snow days... And other than committing to a non-negotiable daily yoga practice (some days this is just meditation) I have not done a single thing differently than I was 7 weeks ago.  No crazy diets. Hell, no diet at all! No deprivation. No detoxes. (Though to be honest I probably need a sugar detox... Not for my waistline, but for my insides. I'm feeling sluggish the way I do when my sweet tooth needs to take a back seat for a while.)

But this tells me that this lifestyle works for me!

I don't count the days until I'm allowed to eat whatever I want again. Could I "tighten up" my diet to "tighten up" faster? Sure. But it won't work as well in the long run.  Quick fixes usually mean a quick return to whatever weight/shape you were when you go back to "normal."  If you make this your normal you can't lose.  Nothing works as well as consistency.

This IS a lifestyle. THIS is my normal.  And THIS is the result.

P.S.  This is also why I strongly encourage my clients to take pictures!  I wear leggings for a living and my ring is a size 3 3/4 so I don't really notice the change in my clothes or rings very often.  I assumed there wouldn't be any difference in these pictures (I actually thought I would've looked bigger), but sometimes you really can't tell where you were and where you are without the side by side comparison.  

 

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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: BODYFLOW

Try-Day Friday is back already, ladies & gents! I had a hard time getting into the gym for my own workouts last week. Our family schedule was packed and I just couldn’t find the time to leave the house for a long enough stretch. Sound familiar? I hear you… I really, really do.

So instead of saying, “Oh well!” and throwing in the towel, I signed up for a free trial of Les Mills on Demand and took a brand new-to-me class in my own living room.

I had never taken a BODYFLOW® class before and now I can’t believe I waited so long to try it! If you don’t know anything about BODYFLOW®, it’s a yoga-based class that incorporates elements of Tai Chi and Pilates to help students “improve mind, body and life.”

One of the most important aspects of yoga – and one that I struggle with the most – is linking breath to the movement. BODYFLOW® is a game changer for me here! In a quiet studio or practicing to ambient music I have a tendency to focus more on the moves and less on the breath. But the choreography in this class flows perfectly with the music, making it easier to remember to inhale and exhale on the beat.

I can’t wait to get to an actual class soon!

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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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