One of the articles in this newsletter is about whether or not people are more conscious of healthy choices in food when they are the cook. In our house, David and I both cook depending on who is working later evenings. It's so nice because on Monday and Tuesdays when I teach yoga later, David has dinner waiting for me when I get home. We also try to include our daughter Marlen, eight years old, in the cooking whenever we can. The thing that I think really helps keep us on track nutritionally is that we are all on the same page. We have ongoing conversations about food, healthy choices and how we want to eat. My method of cooking does not differ greatly from David's so we can support one another in eating well. We love and appreciate food and are trying to help Marlen develop a healthy relationship with food as well. We are not dieters, but do make conscious choices about where our food comes from, what kinds of foods to have in the house and how to best prepare them. I think this shared awareness and responsibility creates a harmony around food and eating that feels great. I encourage families to share the cooking and avoid making one person responsible for everyone's nutritional health. I also encourage parents to feed their children what they themselves are eating. If it were just up to Marlen we might eat Mac and Cheese every night! Because it is up to all of us, we eat a variety of foods that keep nutrition varied and balanced. More than anything, we share food together as an appreciation and a celebration, knowing that food is a gift and meant to be enjoyed.
I have the good fortune of absolutely loving what I do for a living. I have always believed that life is too short to spend the majority of our time working at something that does not inspire us in some way. Sometimes it takes some creativity and a risk or two to make it happen, but finding what we are meant to do is well worth it. I believe that who we are is reflected in how we do everything- play, live, work, love... Recently, I came across this terrific quote:
"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labour and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pusues his vision of excedllence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always appears to be doing both. Enough for him that he does it well." Lawrence Pearsall Jacks (1860-1955)
As we round the corner into September I roll right into an amazing first week. It is my birthday (yes, it ends in zero) on the 4th, my daughter Marlens birthday on the 6th and the 6th anniversary of Aurafitness on the 8th! Wow! Hard to keep that all straight!
So, for whatever reason, early September is a fertile time in my world and seems to be when things arrive, are created or transform. This time carries a lot of energy and I am so grateful and excited to honor it. My incredible daughter astounds me daily with her insight, humor and light. She is, as she likes to say, "the bomb"!
For myself, I am heading off to Pagosa Springs later today for a trail running event (The Mountain Chili Cha Cha 10K) that should be fun and challenging. I thought this was a good way to remind myself that I still kick *$tt as I move into a new decade! I feel strong, focused and ready to go. Most of the women I know tell me how amazing their forties were/are so I plan to run across the finish line with an enthusiastic "Yes"!
As far as the studio goes, David and I continue to be so grateful for the time and space that we get to share with so many incredible people. We are blessed to love our work, our space and those we work with so much. Thank you, thank you for six amazing years!
A few months ago my Dad began running. This was something new and I was quickly excited to support him in this exploration. Over the last several weeks he has progressed from what I would call experimental recreational running to "training" and has since completed two 5K runs with great success. His willingness to be open to taking up a completely new sport and challenge himself by entering into events is inspiring! I am a firm believer that growth comes from making ourselves just slightly uncomfortable. That we have to get out of our comfort zones once in awhile to expand ourselves and see what is possible. There are no time limits or age limits. There are only possibilities and in beginnings there is the power of "yes". The photo is my amazing training partner and friend, Rebeca, my Dad and me running the 2011 Sun Run. Yes!!
Things are turning green and poking up through the ground. Yay, Spring! If we can keep our heads in this incredible wind all will be well! As things start to come back to life this time of year, we feel that same energy starting to swirl in our bodies. In yoga, I am teaching lots of balancing poses to help us keep our center. Tree pose (Vrksasana) is a good one for reminding us that the trees that survive hurricanes are the ones that flex and bend, but do not snap.
It is a good time to think about fitness plans for the summer season and start taking action. Set a few goals and begin the preparation for them. It might be as simple as choosing a few hikes that you want to accomplish this year and then making sure that you have a comfortable pair of hiking shoes. Pencil in dates in your calendar so that you keep your goals in mind and set aside time to see them through. Personally, I am signing up for another season of running and riding (time to make sure my tires are still good). Setting my dates early keeps me motivated and on track all season long. Connect with nature this year. Spend some time outdoors breathing deep and appreciate this amazing area we are lucky to live in! Enjoy!
So I just successfully completed one of my own major fitness goals for 2011. Running a half marathon! The sense of accomplishment that this brings is huge as this is a distance that at one time seemed impossible and loomed out ahead of me in months of training. I love the feeling of challenging myself to reach for something that seems just a bit beyond my grasp. The adrenaline is exciting and the hard work that is required means that the achievement feels all the more worthwhile. Along the way though, mid run, (when the mind starts to wander!) I was reflecting that my training and these events that I strive for never feel burdensome. In fact, just the opposite! They are energizing, rewarding and add a richness to my life that I would not want to give up. This is not by accident. My amazing training partner, Rebeca, and I have deliberately set it up this way. We are both women with families, careers and other personal interests and obligations that we value. We are careful not to overload ourselves because life is already pretty busy! But somewhere along the way we realized that our training is our special "me time" and we make it a priority. To keep it all feeling good our families usually travel with us to our competitions and are included in the fun. Thank goodness for their support! Rebeca and I continually check in with each other to make sure we are on the same page and that our training is flowing with the rest of our lives. We also always make sure we are enjoying ourselves!! So even while our muscles are burning and we are pushed to our limits physically, we are having fun with each other, checking out the scenery and remembering to laugh often. In short, it's the balance!
As I look ahead and plan each year's priorities I am keeping the big picture in mind- health, family, work, down time- it has all got to be in the mix. As you look to your own year ahead, ask yourself if it feels balanced. What feels full and rewarding? What feels overwhelming? What are you needing more of? Find the balance. There is always room for fine tuning and plans will change along the way, but if we use awareness we can plug in to the place where life feels like it is flowing through us and we feel like we are in the flow...