Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Morning Rambles: Running while SAD and Thanksgiving #NamasteTrot

Good morning my loves!!! I hope you guys had a great weekend. Mine was pretty awesome…I trained clients, ran errands, relaxed, read, and RAN. Now I know what you are thinking “what exactly is so awesome about that?”. Well for starters…I did things that I wanted to do and that included running.

When you have Social Anxiety Disorder and love running can be a tad tricky. If I run continuously, heading out the door becomes easier but when I take a mini running hiatus, getting out the door is soooo much harder. My worries of people “watching” me tends to set in and before I know it, the little voices take over and I stay home. I hate when this happens because running is one of my favorite things to do and ironically when I feel my freest so I hate when SAD holds me hostage.

This Sunday I was DETERMINED to head out the door because Fall running is absolutely my favorite and I refused to let the season pass me by.

Here are some of my personal tips to get out the door if you suffer from SAD
  • Lay out your clothes the night before so you are reminded of your goals when you wake up.
  • Have a “buddy system” which can either be meeting a friend for a run or just telling your friend that you want to go for a run and ask them to keep you accountable by checking in with you.
  • Try to head out the door early in the morning, the streets are less crowded.
  • Dedicate your run to someone close to you.
  • Listen to music (not too loud though because you want to be aware of your surroundings)
  • Wear sunglasses so you don’t have to make eye contact
  • Do a Virtual Fun Run (read below)
  • Say “fuck it” and just have fun!
Sooooo with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to do something fun and hope you guys will join me in my Thanksgiving Virtual #NamasteTrot

We all know that we consume a lot more calories on this day (even if we intend not to) so why not start the morning with some Cardio. You can run, walk, bike, whatever you want but just get out there and do something and have your friends and family join in. While you are partaking in this event, please remember to give thanks to this body that is capable of so much and appreciate the trees that you pass and the birds that are singing. I want this to be MORE than just a normal trot…I want your heart to be filled with gratitude. I hope you join in and make sure to use the hashtag #NamasteTrot so I can see your posts. 

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Morning Rambles: Love One Another…

Good Morning my loves…

I hope you guys had a tranquil weekend. I debated posting today because it almost felt trivial with everything that is going on in Paris and the rest of the World.

I hate that we have to live in a world that is filled with so much hate and fear. I try not to let horrible events like this scare me but I found myself paranoid on Saturday. I was on my way to meet a client on Saturday morning and this young man got on the bus and I instantly felt panic. He was wearing a long trench coat that seemed a tad too bulky in the mid section and my instinct was telling me to get off the bus. I hated that I judged this kid but I listened to my gut and got off.

I decided to watch Gandhi over the weekend…I guess I needed something to bring me centered again; to remind me that the world is not all bad.

Last week, I started a new thing; reading in the morning. I started waking up a little earlier and reading for a bit before working out. It has been amazing. I tried to read the Gita before bed but I found it so hard to focus and completely understand it. This new routine is so much better…every morning I make my cup of coffee and sit in silence and enjoy my book. I still have to reread some pages but this time around I “get” it,

Perhaps this could also be why I had the urge to watch Gandhi over the weekend. The Gita makes so many references to Gandhi and I felt embarrassed. For someone that I admire, I really didn’t know his full story. Side note, I had not clue that the film was over 3 hours long…it had it’s own intermission with music. I still have more questions and might need to read a biography about him.

One thing that I do know is that his words seem appropriate at the moment…

Check out my vlog below where I speak more about the items above and why I decided to start doing “Meatless Monday” this week…

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Morning Rambles: Rest & SOAR…

Goooood morning my loves. I hope everyone had an awesome weekend.

Yesterday, I did something that I have not done in a tad bit too long…REST. Being a personal trainer and health coach I know how important it is to take days off from training but have you ever heard the phrase that Doctors make the worst patients? I guess that holds true for me (and probably most PT’s) because I hate rest days and try to avoid them like the plague.

Unfortunately on Saturday, I noticed a twinge of pain in my right ankle (which I broke last year) and also my hamstrings have been super tight so I listened to my body and the Universe…check out what popped up on MFP newsfeed haha

I am not going to lie…it sucked. The whole day I kept thinking “well I can do a short circuit, or maybe spin for a little bit” but I knew that I needed this time off so that this week I can go full force. Instead I blasted some music and enjoyed a nice long yoga practice. Aaaand I finally mastered something that I’ve been trying to accomplish for a year! A headstand without a wall AND I was able to use my core to lift myself up, instead of kicking my feet up.
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You may be wondering why active rest (recovery) days are so important and that is because we need it for muscle recovery When we are lifting weights; we are tearing our muscle fibers and rest is essential to rebuild them and make those babies GROW!  Some ways to notice you are overtraining are: getting sick often, lethargic, insomnia, plateaus, loss of strength, not making progress, and God forbid…INJURY.

So make sure when you are planning your workouts for the week…devote one day for rest or active rest which can include doing some Yoga or enjoying this beautiful weather and going for a walk.
Have an awesome week my loves and do something that you have always wanted to do! We are capable of so much when we allow ourselves to push pass the fear.

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