Back on the Blog

by Natalie on October 12, 2014

Hi there!

How’s it going?

Gosh, over the past few months I’ve been hacked a few different times and I wasn’t quite sure if the ‘ole blog was even going to make it.  Good news, it did!  That, coupled with a brand new laptop has reignited a flame in me and hopefully sparked some inspiration to blog once again.

So…11-years ago today I ran my first marathon ever, Chicago.  I know a few people running it today who I’m sure did awesome!  While there are 1,000,000 things I would do completely differently now that I’ve had a number of races under my belt (the marathon was my second race ever…and my first was a charity 5K!), it was a great experience and thinking about it definitely makes me nostalgic.

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While it’s been a few months since I last posted, I don’t feel like there’s that much new or different.  I’m pretty much in the groove of my two jobs–I spend most days at Colorado Athletic Club and most evenings at Fitness in the City.  They are so very different and both provide me with a good amount of challenge and fun.  Currently I’m teaching one hot yoga class, one BodyPump class, and six group training classes.  I also am picking up a few personal training clients which I’m super excited about!

I’m really enjoying my workout schedule right now too.  Here’s a glimpse, though it changes frequently due to muscle soreness, energy level, sub opportunities, etc.

Monday-Run (usually 4-5 miles) + Hot Yoga

Tuesday-Teach Pump + Circuit Class at FITC <– I teach 4:30 and 6:30, so I usually hop into the 5:30 class for 45-min or so.

Wednesday-Run (usually speed/intervals) + Hot Yoga

Thursday-Run (a few miles) + Strength

Friday-Barre or Hot Yoga or Long Walk or Pump

Saturday-Run (5-7 miles)

Sunday-Lift

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Last weekend my buddy, Amber, came out for a weekend in the mountains and she got me all excited about a lifting program that I think we’re going to start this week.  Nothing like virtual workout buddies ;)  I definitely feel like my focus has shifted from strength and I’m excited to do something new!  I’ll keep you posted.

On the recipe front, I have made a few winners that are worth repeating and I’ll get ‘em up on the blog as soon as I remake and photograph.

With that, I’ll leave you with a pic that’s sure to make you smile.

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Ivy just got spayed last week and the cone itself has provided Colin and me with so much entertainment!  It’s pretty hilarious.  She’s very sweet and has a great disposition and is a little on the crazy side–a jumper and barker–but we’re working on it!

Okay, I’m off…Have a fantastic Monday.

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Stay out of a fitness rut!  If you find you’ve been doing the same thing for more than 12-weeks or if you see progress has stalled (this could be in strength, mobility, flexibility, weight loss, etc.) it’s time to change things up.  If you’ve been going hard for a few months, take a week of active recovery.  This will prevent burnout and help keep you committed over the long haul!

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Hey, hey!

I’m dropping in for my monthly post :) I probably say this every time, but I can’t believe

it’s been a month since I last checked in. I have less than two weeks left of yoga teacher training–the last eight weeks have been the fastest and at times the most challenging weeks of my life! I definitely have mixed emotions that the end is in sight. I’ll be sad not to see my yoga friends for 15-hours a week, but I’ll be happy to have some time back in my life!

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weeks of curriculum has been intense. We are talking about finding connection with students and exploring the emotions that are common to everyone. When we can look at these feelings/emotions and expose our vulnerability to others, we find the deepest human connection. Last night’s session was all based on Brene Brown’s work on shame and I found it so fascinating. Email or message me if you want some specifics, I think some of the work and exercises can be truly life changing.

The final weeks will involve a workshop on assisting and a ton of practice teaching and I’m really excited to see what’s in store!

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In other news, we welcomed a new family member into our home…IVY!

Ivy 1She is equal parts sweetheart and hellion! It just so happened that she sort of fell into our laps and I have to say that it’s been great. There’s definitely some “second child syndrome” going on–I realized that I’ve only taken four (yes, FOUR!) pictures of her in the three weeks we’ve had her-gotta work on that.

Ivy 2

Ivy 3

And I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite things of late:

hot pantsHot Pants!! These were a birthday present from my Mom and they’re awesome–super comfortable and breathable.

peoniesColin surprised me with peonies (my favorite flower!) and they’re only in season for a short time. These were gorgeous and smelled amazing.

And since this is a fitness blog, I’ll leave you with a workout that I put my FITC-ers through a few weeks ago and just did myself last week. This one was a doozy!

Workout 4.24[Complete as many rounds as possible in 30-min]

Have a fabulous day and catch up with you soon!

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Taking time to truly care for yourself will enable you to better care for others. This can be as simple as taking a bath, going for a walk/run, buying yourself flowers, or going to a yoga class. Make sure you are doing it just for you!

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Yowza!  First of all, I can’t even believe that I’ve only been in teacher training for three weeks.  In all honesty, it feels like months.  While that sounds like a bad thing, it’s really not!

I started this journey with seven other people and I already know that these individuals will be friends for life.  In the three short weeks, I feel closer to some of my fellow trainees than I do with some friends I’ve had for many years.  It kind of reminds me of summer camp when I was younger…if anyone can relate to that :D

We’ve done a LOT of yoga and a LOT of introspection, both of which are exhausting and invigorating and intense.  Today is day three of a current 30-day challenge (30 yoga classes in 30 days).  What I’ve noticed is that it’s been hard to keep up my “normal” workout routine and add 60-75 minutes of yoga daily.  My muscles just feel too fatigued and I know I’m compromising both…I’ll probably put lifting on the back burner for at least these 30 days so I can show up to my mat feeling strong and powerful.

I have been trying to get in some cardio most mornings, just to get my blood flowing and start the day off on the right foot.  Last week I got in two good runs, a rowing workout, and taught a Tabata class.  It was a good week in terms of workouts, that’s for sure!

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Fueling for teacher training has definitely taken some getting used to.  I usually have an iron stomach and can go running after eating nearly anything, no problem.  Yoga is a whole different animal!  I usually have to have a little something in my stomach so I don’t feel dizzy or lightheaded during practice, but too much gives me major indigestion (heartburn!) especially when inverted in down dog or head/hand stand.

I’ve honestly been living off of raw almonds, little packets of nut butter and smoothies!

I think the most challenging thing for me thus far is the time commitment.  All of the assigned readings, meditations, and additional yoga assignments are a lot and that combined with a full-time job and trying to keep up a household has been quite a juggling act.  I also have more of a “one track” personality, where if I’m doing something I like to fully do it!  This has definitely been a lesson in keeping many plates spinning even if they’re spinning a bit slower than the once were.

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With that, I think I’m off!  Hopefully I’ll be back soon.

I hope you have a lovely day.

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Meditation can be extremely therapeutic and does not have to be complicated.  By simply sitting still and calming the mind or focusing on one or two choice phrases and repeating them, we activate the parasympathetic nervous system which aids in digestive function, lowering heart rate, and regulating sleep.

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