Legs Up The Wall

When I participated in my 30 Day Yoga Challenge a few years ago, I tried a restore class, not really knowing what to expect. My initial reaction was that this class was wayyyyy too slow. I couldn’t sit there for 90 minutes and be with my own thoughts and holding poses for minutes at a time. That was until I went back to the class the following week and discovered my love for taking those quiet moments to breathe, meditate and just BE.

10152612_10100151480548769_6792175162870970109_nOne of the poses we would put ourselves in and hold was legs up the wall. This pose turned out to be one of my favorites and I would find myself taking quiet time at home with my legs up the wall, just breathing and living in that moment. Something I need to remind myself to do more often NOW.


Some of the benefits of Legs-Up-The-Wall pose are*:

  • Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
  • Gently Stretches the back, legs, front torso, and back of the neck
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Calms the mind/anxiety
  • Relieves symptoms of mild depression & insomnia
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps


Sold yet?


Next time I complain about any of the above (and let’s get real, I suffer from many of those, at least from time to time), tell me to get my butt to floor and throw my legs up the wall. ;)


What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Do you practice regularly?

Let’s get real, lately it’s been one of the biggest struggles to get myself to do yoga, even though I know how beneficial it is for my mind AND body!

*Source: YogaJournal & CNY Healing Arts


My Top Tips for Staying Active While Traveling

Tomorrow I will hop on a plane and head to Kansas City for the week for work. I’ve got a few posts ready for the week but things might get a bit quieter; make sure to follow me on social media if you want to stay up to date, especially on any cool artists worth checking out. ;)


In gearing up for this trip, I thought I would share my top tips for staying active while traveling…

active travel

  1. Pack your stuff – Simple as that! If you don’t pack your workout clothes, how are you going to get in a workout?
  2. Plan ideas – Whether it’s workouts you can do in the hotel gym or hotel room, local gyms to try, or a route for your run, come up with a few ideas. It will make it that much easier. Remember it’s okay if your workouts aren’t as long or as intense, the goal is to just stay active and get a little movement in while you’re away.
  3. Pick a Hotel with a Gym – So many hotels have small gyms these days which make it that much easier to stay active. If you have a choice when picking your hotel, make sure you’re picking one that offers a fitness space, even if it’s just a treadmill – it’s something!
  4. Give Yourself Extra Time – Even if it’s just an extra 30 minutes to get in a short run. If you don’t give yourself the extra time, then it becomes just another excuse to not stay active.
  5. Stretch/Yoga – Sometimes the best movement you can get while traveling is some stretching or yoga. Whether stretching out after a long (or short) flight or as a way to wind down from a long day, it’s a great way to get in a little movement.


How do you stay active while traveling?

Fitness Talk on the L

A couple weeks ago I brought my friend Kristen with me to a show in the city. We decided to save ourselves the hassle of driving for this one and picked up the L at a stop not far from her house; on the L ride home we were talking about the gym and fitness. It’s important to note at NO point were we talking about our weight or a NEED to go to the gym to lose weight. Contrary, we were actually talking about how much we ENJOY going to the gym, doing yoga, etc.


The L was pretty empty with only a few people on it and while we were talking, we weren’t talking that loud. Shortly before one of the stops, a girl sitting near us got up so she could get off at the next stop. She looked at us and said “may I ask you how old you are?” I replied with my age and she said “You know you don’t need to lose weight, right? You’re way to young to be worrying about such things.” At this point I was extremely confused. I looked at Kristen who looked just as confused and I looked back to the girl and said “I’m well aware that I don’t need to lose weight” and she said “it’s only what you’ve been talking about for the last half hour…” and she got off the train.


Kristen and I looked at each other again in confusion. Aside from the fact that we hadn’t even been on the train for fifteen, maybe twenty minutes, we didn’t talk about the gym the whole time and like I said, never ONCE mentioned our weight in the conversation. But the whole interaction got me thinking – does going to the gym or talking about going to the gym mean we’re always looking to lose weight? Am I so wrapped up in my enjoyment of fitness and surrounding myself with people who feel the same way that I forget others don’t? Have I forgotten that there are people out there who don’t go to the gym, who don’t ENJOY exercise the way I do, and who strictly see it as a place that people go solely to lose weight? Are we forgetting the ever so important factor of maintenance? Was this girl just out of her mind?


I may never know the answers to these questions but it was definitely an interesting interaction that I felt worth sharing.  With that said, I’ve been busy this week, so let’s take a look at that fitness I love so much… ;)


Friday 1/31

40 mins elliptical

10 mins walk


Saturday 2/1



Sunday 2/2

4 mile run


Monday 2/3

Strength – chest/triceps/shoulders/abs


Tuesday 2/4

3 mile run


Wednesday 2/5

Strength – legs

15 mins yoga – TIU yoga


Thursday 2/6

2 mile run

Strength – back/biceps/abs


Did anyone else notice what happened Wednesday? I DID YOGA! It was only a 15 minute practice but it was a good stepping stone to get back into the habit of practicing and to work towards my goal.


How were your workouts this week?

Are you someone who enjoys going to the gym?

Setting A Goal – Yoga

I must admit, I’m still fighting a funk. I’ve been trying to follow my own advice for dealing with the winter blues, but I walked into my chiropractor’s office yesterday and said “may I please have an attitude adjustment?” No joke.


I’m trying to be careful and not let myself slip down the slippery slope of negativity so I’m asking for help when I need it, taking breaks when I need it, and making sure I keep active and eating healthy.


But one of the other things I need to be better about incorporating into my life again is yoga. I mentioned this the other week and I’m embarrassed to say I still haven’t done it. In fact, I’ve rebelled against doing it. I think about rolling out my mat and it’s like I instantly get crabbier.


The thing is, I KNOW how I’m affected by yoga; I KNOW I’m almost instantly snapped back into being myself; I KNOW it makes my body so much more relaxed; I KNOW this, but I’m still actively choosing to avoid it like the plague. So it’s time to change that. It’s time to bring it back into my life and make it a habit once again.


And I know I’m not the only one. In fact my chiro even said to me “yeah…I need to get back into doing it too. It’s been at least a month.”


So I’m challenging myself. For the next month, I am committing myself to yoga 3x a week. I don’t care if it’s three days in a row, three days in the morning, afternoon or evening, or three days split up and at different times each time. It’s just 3 days each week. And I don’t even need to go anywhere or spend any money. I have several YogaDownload.com sessions I already own (or if I really wanted to, I could get a few more for super cheap), a gym membership with yoga and BodyFlow classes I could take, and a gift certificate to a nearby studio. No excuses.


And I challenge you! Whether you’re practicing regularly, very minimally or not at all – set a goal and let’s beat these winter blues; let’s reconnect with ourselves; and let’s get back to yoga.


Have you been practicing yoga recently?

What’s your goal?

Post Holiday #FitnessFriday

I hope you all had a great holiday – whether you celebrate Christmas or were just celebrating Wednesday, I hope you had a great day! We had a great day, a long day, but a really good day. Santa was nice to all of us and we had some super delicious food! I’m especially thankful for the leftovers that I was sent home with and will be enjoying the next few days. :)


Anyway, it’s the last #FitnessFriday party of 2013! I hope you’ve all enjoyed staying accountable throughout the year and sharing your fitness with us. I know I’ve had fun.


With that, I’m in a constant state of improvement – in my relationships, in my work, in my life and yes, with this blog. I’m still working out what that really looks like for 2014, but one of the first things is that I’ve decided to take away the FitnessFriday link-up. It was fun while it lasted but it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. And for those of you who come around every Friday to link-up, thank you, I hope you hang around and find more reasons to stick around. I’ll still be sharing my weekly workouts but there will no longer be a link-up.  There appear to be other Fitness Friday related link-ups out there, so there’s always others to participate in if that’s your thing.

With that, let’s take a look at my workouts this week:

Friday 12/20
b/c who doesn’t do Tuesdays workout on a Friday?! ;)
TUES STAB PRESSSaturday 12/21
Tone It Up – Saved By the Bell
3 rounds – 15/12/15/10
Sunday 12/22
Tone It Up – Karena’s Holiday Arms
3 rounds – minus push-ups 
Monday 12/23
1.55 mile run
Tuesday 12/24
Tone It Up – Frisky Fall Total-body Strength
w/ 500 m row before each strength set
20 mins yoga – Day 1 Challenge
Wednesday 12/25
Thursday 12/26
20 mins stationary bike
20 mins treadmill walking 


I’ve still been fighting off the cough that came with my cold (yes, still!) but I’ve been able to pick up my workouts quite a bit. Several strength sessions, my first run since Boston/being sick and some yoga. It was a great week of workouts and I’m feeling great.


I’m also still trying to figure out my fitness goals for 2014 so if you have any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to share! ;)


And now, for the final #FitnessFriday link-up party. Make sure to check out everyone’s posts!


How were your workouts this week with the holidays? Were you able to stay active while indulging?

What are your fitness goals for 2014?

Fitness Friday

Another week has come and gone and it’s just been crazy!  I feel like life is a whirlwind right now, but honestly in the greatest way I could ever imagine.  There will probably be an announcement next week, but you’ll just have to wait and see. ;)  For now, it’s Friday which means it’s Fitness Friday and I’m ready to party!



I’m having a hard time realizing that Sunday will be my final long training run before my half marathon.  A part of me feels like this has been the longest training ever and part of me isn’t ready for it to be over.  I keep finding myself fighting over what I want my races to be for November and December.  Do I want to keep to shorter distances or do I want to run a little further.  I keep going back and forth depending on how my body feels that day.  Running can be a funny little mind game sometimes.


Anyway, let’s see what my workouts looked like this week:


Friday 10/4

35 min walk

15 mins stretch & foam roll

Saturday 10/5


Sunday 10/6

9 mile run

(on a freaking treadmill, people!)


Monday 10/7

4 rounds GPP OTC-KB-UNI

W/ no vups + tick tocks, toe touches, hip ups

Stretch & foam roll

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Tuesday 10/8

3 mile run

20 mins YogaDownload

Wednesday 10/9



Thursday 10/10

5 mile run

Now it’s your turn to join in on the fun.  Link up your Fitness Friday posts and make sure to check out someone else too!



How were your workouts this week?

If you’re working towards a certain goal, how’s your training coming?



Exhale worry, inhale strength; exhale fear, inhale hope. 

It was like all of a sudden I hit an epiphany. My body is bending backwards in camel pose, my heart is open and as I’m struggling with the hold, I find myself repeating those words. I didn’t even realize I was doing it at first.
That’s what I love about yoga!
It teaches me to be a better version of myself and sometimes I don’t even realize it. It teaches me to be more patient, with myself and with others, which is a good thing for everyone. And it teaches me that even when things get hard (and they will!), that I am strong enough to make it through.
Is camel pose the hardest thing I’ll ever do in my life? Well no.
Is it the hardest pose I’ll ever do in yoga? Definitely not.
But in this practice it was the mountain, everything we had done prior was just preparing us for this moment, this moment to let light and love in to our hearts and rid ourselves of the negativity.
And before I even knew what was happening, it had done its job.

Fitness Friday

Another week has come and gone and another week where I’ve been fighting my inner motivation.  I’m happy that I’ve been able to maintain decent workouts and mileage but I’m hoping after this weekend’s race I’ll find my inner spark again.


Regardless of my missing motivation, my lack of long run, I’ve listened to my body, I’ve re-introduced yoga and I’m in a good place to start fresh with a new week.  But before I move on to another week, let’s see what this week looked like…

Friday 8/16

20 mins YogaDownload gentle Hatha 3

3.5 mile run

Upper body strength and abs

photo-314Saturday 8/17

40 min elliptical

Sunday 8/18

25 mins YogaDownload – Gentle Hatha 4

Monday 8/19

4 mile run

Tuesday 8/20

Strength – legs & abs

20 mins elliptical

Wednesday 8/21

25 mins Yoga Download – Forrest yoga

1175621_938979635329_1572451971_nThursday 8/22

4 mile run

Don’t forget to link-up your Fitness Friday posts!

How were your workouts this week?

How do you motivate yourself when it’s slacking?


I’m trying to re-find my yoga practice because as of late it’s been hiding.  I’m not sure if it’s under the bed, in the closet, or if it went on a long walk around the neighborhood, but it’s been missing and it’s time to find it again.  It’s time to get back to a consistent practice, it’s better for my body and mind.


Wednesday morning my motivation was once again lacking…I’m not sure why this keeps happening but regardless, I’m trying to do my best to keep balance however that needs to happen.  As I kept finding myself putting off my 4 mile run, I found myself toying with the idea of yoga instead.  I was lounging on my bed sulking in my own emotions when I decided that today would be the longest day of my life (and leave me physically feeling awful) if I didn’t make myself do something before I went to work.  So I put my mat down, I picked out a 25 minute YogaDownload podcast and got to work.


I moved from pose to pose, focusing on my breath, my body and that present moment.  That is until I got to dolphin pose.  Now I can’t quite explain it but dolphin has never been easy for me even after years of practicing and seeing other poses become easier, dolphin has never been one of those.


The moment I know I’m getting into it the anxiety sets in, knowing what I’m about to face.  As I get my arms into place and let my head drop, my neck always holds on making it hard to relax and let it go.  And as I lift my legs up getting into the full pose, my shoulders tighten and immediately start shaking.  I breathe the best I can, trying to let go of each tight spot but my mind keeps going.  Every time I let this pose get the best of me.


I guess it’s like life sometimes and that hill you can’t get over.  You psyche yourself out so much that instead of finding the way around, you keep climbing up and sliding back down before you can reach the other side.  If only you could learn to breathe then your mind will clear itself of the fog so you can find the best way over or around that hill.


I’m tempted to avoid dolphin pose and instead spend those moments in down dog or child’s pose, or choose podcasts where dolphin isn’t part of the flow.  But where would that get me? No where except left with a continued fear for a pose that I’m strong enough to do or an obstacle in life that I’m strong enough to overcome.


Is there a pose in yoga that you try to avoid or leaves you face to face with a tough reality?

Fitness Friday

It’s been a weird week from wavering motivation to Thursday’s crazy headache but regardless I’m in a good place and ready to get back on track this afternoon.



So how did my workouts look this week?

Friday 8/9


Saturday 8/10

40 mins elliptical

Sunday 8/11

20 mins Yoga Download – Heart Opening Flow #1

IMG_1890Monday 8/12

5.28 mile run

Tuesday 8/13

3.5 mile run + 250 lunges (GPP run lunge)

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Wednesday 8/14

20 mins stationary bike

Abs & stretching

Thursday 8/15

20 mins YogaDownload – Gentle Hatha #3

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How were your workouts this week?