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My Epic Song - It's On

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I think this is a very inspiring song, I think about it when I am afraid or nervous to tr something new, or if I just don't want to do something I know I have to or should do. It's by Superchick.

"It's On"

It all comes down to this
You take your best shot, might miss
You take it anyway
You're gonna make your move today
Got the will, you'll find the way
To change the world someday
Grab this moment before it's gone
Today's your day

It's on (and on) it's on (and on) it's on (and on) today's your day so come on, bring it on (and on) it's on (and on) it's on (and on) today's your day so come on, bring it on

And the view will never change
Unless you decide to change it
Don't feel like it today
Just show up anyways
And though life will take you down
It only matters if you let it
Get up, go through, press on
Today's your day

It's on (and on) it's on (and on) it's on (and on) today's your day so come on, bring it on (and on) it's on (and on) it's on (and on) today's your day so come on, bring it on

And though you wanna quit
Don't think you can get through it
You've come too far to walk away
It's not gonna be today
And no matter how you feel
It's what you do that matters
This is your moment to be strong
Today's your day

It's on (and on) it's on (and on) it's on (and on) today's your day so come on bring it on (and on) it's on (and on) it's on (and on) today's your day so come on, bring it on

(no matter how you feel, it's what you do that matters it's your moment to be strong)

It's on (and on) it's on (and on) it's on (and on) today's your day so come on bring it on (and on) it's on (and on) it's on (and on) today's your day so come on, bring it on

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TYLFAMILY 7/21/2012 9:28AM

    You are right - you have to be willing to change to make change happen and often it is scary! Good luck with your personal journey!

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BABBOO82 6/29/2011 3:38PM

    That IS a great song! I love Superchick. They are one of my favorites. emoticon

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It's all about the spin...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

You know, I have been thinking lately, about how life is all about how you look at it. It seems really simple and obvious, but yesterday, I ran around and got a LOT of things accomplished. I was out running around from 9 am until about 3 pm.

I was supposed to either go to the gym or to yoga yesterday, and by the time I got home, unpacked the groceries, well it just wasn't happening for me. I thought to myself, great, I'm going to miss my workout. And then I thought, hey, wait a minute. I got a lot of things done, I have been out running around in the heat all day, getting things accomplished and I pick the one thing I DIDN'T get done and focus on that. How about I focus on what I accomplished instead?

So, I relaxed, enjoyed a light dinner and read a book yesterday evening. So I didn't feel like exercising? Will I die? No. Is there any reason to beat myself up and feel bad? No. I'm going on a hike at Eisenhower today and I have a yoga class at SAC tonight. I'll make up for yesterday.

I am going to try to watch how I talk to myself and what I focus on. I focus on the positive with others, why not focus on the positive with myself? I realize there is a fine line between focusing on the positive and lying to yourself but do I really need to beat myself up all the time? Would I put up with that kind of behavior from a friend? No. Why put up with it from myself?

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TRUE-NESS 6/30/2011 8:08AM

    Excellent, BALANCED perspective!! Soooo true.

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TAMARA6905 6/29/2011 11:25PM

    I love to see all the positive thinking! You're exactly right, you won't die if you miss one workout! We all need a break sometimes. You deserved it, especially since you were able to get things accomplished! Keep up the good work!

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CHAKA1709 6/29/2011 8:59PM

    That is a great attitude. Many people focus on a tiniest negative instead of looking at all the positives, it seems like human nature sometimes. Smiles are contagious! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 6/29/2011 8:42AM

    Great attitude!!

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Before & After

Friday, June 24, 2011

Not much change if you ask me, I asked my daughter (who is 13) "Honey, do I really look that fat?" She wisely replied "you have on a puffy top" So young and yet so smart!

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TAMARA6905 6/29/2011 11:27PM

    I never see a change in myself either, but i do see it in your face!

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ELEXEY 6/25/2011 1:55AM

    I can also see a difference in your face. Sometimes it's hard for us to see our progress, but you are making progress.

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    Hey!!! I see a difference!!! Your face looks thinner and so does your midsection!!! You are doing excellent!

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JEMPOWER 6/24/2011 10:11PM

    you are lovely

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POOKASLUAGH 6/24/2011 10:05PM

    heheh, I love children's responses. :D I think you look beautiful. :)

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I found my favorite Yoga! And Massage Therapist!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I have been looking for a yoga style and studio that I love, and I found it! OF COURSE, it's in San Antonio, I can't like the studio in New Braunfels, that would be way too easy. But, it's not far from Central Market on Broadway, and Whole Foods in the Quarry. So I can multi-task and do other things on yoga days.
So, let me tell you about the style. It's a power vinyasa called Baptiste Power Yoga. I like it because it incorporates a LOT of strengthening moves, but at the same time it is very easy on the joints. You make whatever modifications you need to make to bring you to your power in the pose. If you shoulders are tensed up around your ears, you can't be very powerful, can you? You focus on where you are that day, and you don't judge yourself based on what others are doing or what you did yesterday. You try to let go of that competition with others and yourself, which is a challenge for me.
It is done in room heated to 90 degrees. It is not Bikram hot, thank God, but it is hot enough to loosen your muscles and really work up a sweat. The studio itself is brand new, and I love the atmosphere. It's not all quiet and somber, you feel like you are going to hang out with your girlfriends and do some yoga, which is nice. Some studios take themselves so seriously. You are afraid you are going to break some rule and it will be like farting in church.
I also found my massage therapist! She is an independent therapist, and I found her with an Urban Dealight coupon. I really love her style, she was telling me my hip was out of alignment, and she moved my leg around and did some stuff and I could feel the nerves on that side of my lower back kind of sparking and it felt SO good. I have never really known what people mean when they say out of alignment, but I do know my hips bother me when I try to run, and my knees aren't flexible at all. So what she said rang true with my experience of how my legs are. She is in San Antonio too, but on the northeast side of town, not too far off the path to my parents, so again, I can multi-task when I go to her.
Funny enough, I was talking to her about my dog walking group, the Nature Hounds and our meetups for walks and hikes. She is a member of that group, and she told me people told her I was the one to stay away from because I walk long and fast, LOL! Also, she was telling me she does yoga 3 times a week, and I was going to tell her about my studio so I asked her where and we go to the same yoga studio as well, she goes on different days than I do. So funny. Connections.

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TAMARA6905 6/22/2011 9:16AM

    I always forget that you're from NB until you mention it. I was born and raised there LOL I'm glad you found a yoga and MT that you like! Good for you! I love hearing good news from my Spark friends! You seem really into it, so keep up the good work!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/21/2011 9:49PM

    I'm glad you found both a studio and a massage therapist! My aunt is a massage therapist and used to give me weekly massages back when I was swimming in high school. I really miss that. I need to make time to go see her, lol. :D

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Bikram Yoga - Take Two

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I went to my second-ever Bikram class today, and like last time, came away with mixed emotions about it. Bikram is different in that you perform 26 poses in a room heated to 105 degrees and 40% humidity. The Bikram studios have very strict requirements in order to call themselves "Bikram"

For instance, they can't have any flooring besides carpet. So you have numerous classes per day in 105 degree/40% humidity. People are sweating like mad. How much mold is in that room from all that moisture? 105 degrees isn't enough to kill bacteria, I wonder what's growing in that carpet? Or I probably don't want to know.

Is working out at 105 degrees really good for your body? Haven't people had heat strokes and died from working out in extremely hot weather?

Bikram yoga offers NO modifications of poses or physical corrections of students at all. This is a Bikram thing, they can't offer modifications or poses. If you have an injury you are supposed to keep working towards doing the pose the right way until you can do it. I don't think I agree with this at all. I don't have problems sitting out a pose that makes my body say "STOP IT" but I think some people may. I understand you should push to your edge, but sometimes you body says STOP, and you should listen. I mean, isn't yoga all about the mind/body connection, and listening to your body?

Although I wasn't exhausted afterwards, like the first time, I still had nausea and dizziness throughout the class. I think the nausea was from drinking too much water at once, will make mental note to sip not glug next time.

I realize that all exercise forms aren't for everyone, I am thinking this isn't for me. I am going to give it the full go though!

Feel free to give me feedback, pro or con, especially if you are currently practicing or have practiced Bikram in the past!

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THERMOKAT 6/10/2011 11:05PM

    I remember really enjoying the bikram yoga when I got a cheap trial membership but it was long ago when I was really into yoga. I did not think about the possible germs though. One thing is that a lot of studios offer 'Hot' yoga. It is typically the same routine but you might find better modifications and maybe a better space. I do remember it being extremely crowded which I spun as everyone being really comfortable in kind of a hippy commune sort of way (lol).

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KTTAYLOR21 6/10/2011 9:04AM

    I have done Bikram twice and I loved it. The heat was insane and I really had to focus my mind on the poses and not the heat. I think the heat helps your muscles stretch so that you can do the poses eventually and its cleansing. I am also certain that they have a cleaning process because this has been going on for years and the mold would be EVERYWHERE if not.

I too had to take a knee several times during certain poses and especially when I felt light headed. My personal opinion is this: If you go into something with negative feelings, chances are you will have a negative experience. Now somethings isn't for everybody and if you try just one more time and find that you still don't like it, at least you tried and thats all you can do.

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TRUE-NESS 6/10/2011 8:49AM

    I have no advice whatsoever. I just wanted to give you kudos for working out in an 105 degree room and then going outside to about the same temperature!!! Good grief!! I can see trying this kind of yoga out in the winter but in the summer.... whew! No way! Kudos to you! LOL

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CARYLENE 6/9/2011 11:55PM

    Amanda - I bought a 10 class pass through Groupon, so I am not obligated to take any more but I want to finish my 10 classes, because I don't feel I am giving it a fair shot otherwise.

I do like heated yoga the best, I found a class that does a 90 degree room, in a power flow style, and the atmosphere is really good. It's like going to hang out with your girlfriends and doing yoga together. That is probably the studio I will stick with.

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TAMARA6905 6/9/2011 10:50PM

    I would not be able to handle the heat! Good for you for trying, but be careful. It sounds a little dangerous lol

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KISSYTINA 6/9/2011 10:26PM

    I have never tried Bikram yoga, so I can't really speak about it. I do think that it is great that you gave it a try. I mean, you never know if you will like something until you try it.

I personally don't like exercises that cannot be modified either for injury or beginners. Some things are just too hard for beginners, and some things just shouldn't be done on certain injuries. I guess if you fit in those categories, Bikram just may not be for you.

I think you have to be really careful in exercise situations like this. The heat and exercise together can add up to severe dehydration if you don't listen to and take care of your body.

All in all, I guess Bikram is not for me either. But, I haven't tried it yet! Being willing to try new things is a great quality to have though! It means that you are willing to step outside of your comfort zone and learn new things. And thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/9/2011 10:22PM

    How long are you signed up to do this? I admit, it sounds horrible!! I think I'd be one of the people having heat stroke. I agree with you completely - listen to your body! You don't want to hurt yourself.

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