Friday, November 30, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Receiving The Worst News Of My Life...

This blog chronicles my healthy living journey but most importantly it chronicles my life. If you have joined me since the beginning or if you recently stumbled across my site, you may have noticed that I am extremely close with my niece, Hailey whom most of you know as Homefries. She has grown up on this blog...

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10 years ago...

Monday began just as any other day, I picked up my camera and decided to do a FDOE on my vlog. Around 2:40, my niece sent a message in our group chat "I left" (school) and my sister replied "ok mama...be careful" and 20 minutes later my sister received a call from an EMT...my niece was hit by a car. She immediately called me and instinctively I facetimed my niece not knowing if she would answer, she did. The minute that I saw her, my heart broke. She was crying uncontrollably and she kept wailing "I looked both ways...I looked both ways"

They live in New Jersey now, so my mom and I rushed over there...that was the longest car ride of my life.

I am so grateful that she is back home recovering from her injuries and I just want her to heal quickly; physically & emotionally. I pray that this doesn't crush her spirit and she continues to bring her light into this world because she is meant to shine.
 This past Thanksgiving...

I speak more of the incident on this week's vlog as well as participating in the Mindful Eating Project

Namaste...

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Monday, November 5, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Day 20 Of Keto Challenge...

Hot damn, it feels like it was just yesterday that I was telling you guys that I would be doing a Keto challenge and this past weekend, I already hit the twenty day mark.

I have to be honest, when I first began this 30 day challenge, I was very diligent with my macro breakdown but as the days progressed...I became a little more lax. And the scale hit a plateau.

I went from staying under 50 grams of carbs, to about 60 and then last week, I finally ate the pumpkin Halo that had been haunting me in my freezer for the past month. The thing about Halo is that sometimes you can't stop at just one serving and boom I went over 80 grams of carbs.

With less than 10 days left, I am going back to basics and pulling in the reins for the next few days. Before I started the challenge, I gave myself a goal and I would love to come as close as possible to it.

It's funny because in the past, the weekends were usually where I went balls to the walls and had the "treat yo self" mentality but this past weekend was a little different. I still treated myself but my macros were on point. Check out my vlog below, to see a day my life as well these delicious keto taco bowls! 



Namaste...
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Halloween Moon Salutation, FDOE, & Learning to Accept Compliments....


I don't know about you guys but I absolutely love this time of year (why do I hear Pauly D's voice when I say that?). Leaves are changing, mornings are crisp, and the best part...the holidays are finally here. I just want to stay under the covers and watch scary movies all day.

Imagine how excited I was when I discovered that Halloween is going to be on a Wednesday this year, when I teach Yoga. I started to think of ways to make my class Halloween themed and it hit me...Moon Salutation.
Moon Salutation Yoga Sequence

 
I try to always incorporate Sun Salutations into my class (it's a great warmup) so I thought it would be fun to show my students this sequence as well. They say that the Moon Salutation is perfect for the evening because it calms you since it channels the feminine energy of the Moon. My plan is to start the class with the Sun sequence which channels masculine energy, do a Halloween themed vinyasa flow, and then end the class with the moon sequence. I hope they enjoy it.

Speaking of enjoying...this weekend was all about enjoying some delicious home cooking...


I am still doing my 30 day Keto challenge and I have to be honest, the cravings are making their way to me. I succumbed one day and had a couple of blow pops but I got back on track the next day...remember not to beat yourself up if you have a slip up.

Since I shared some things that I enjoy, it only seems right to share something that I don't enjoy at all...and that is compliments! The other day a guy from my gym mentioned something to me and I knew that he meant well but instead I wanted to crawl under a rock...

Watch my vlog below to hear what he said and what I heard. I also talk you through the Moon Sequence that I will be teaching tomorrow.



Namaste...
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