Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Blogging is like life, audiobooks, and kiddie-pool thoughts

How long has it been since my blog really made sense? I used to post daily, with regular features, and had some nice points from time to time.

Blogging takes up a lot of time, in case you weren't aware. You have to plan your posts, write down your thoughts, organize the details, type it out, add pictures (because words are NEVER enough), proof-read, agonize over the look/tone/feel of the post. Once you finally publish it, you have to resist the urge to check 152 times a day to see how many views you have. Then you have views, but no comments. You find yourself thinking "Who is reading my blog in Russia? Why did 8 people read it and have no comment? Mom, did you check my blog from both phones, the tablet, the laptop, and call Cousin Pam so she could 'view' it too? You're not helping. ....check back tomorrow though".

Blogging took up so much of my time, but I loved it. Then, I fell in love with something else. Someone else. Then I got back into running, another love of mine. After that, I decided to pursue YTT, a long-time love affair with my mat.

I love a lot of things! You all are going to have to find a new blog if I ever have children; I'll likely never come back to the blog then!

So, life is full lately, and blogging just hasn't been at the top of the list. Sure, I lay in bed at night thinking of all the super funny things I could post for you to read. I imagine you stifling belly laughs, and wiping away tears at your desk, hoping your co-workers don't notice. Maybe they'll just think you have bad gas, and you're trying to be polite. However, by the time I get to this page on any given day, I'm so buried in other thoughts, that I'd be more likely to post my 'to-do' list that is on my desk, and hope you don't block me from your reading list to ensure no one ever associates you with my crazy, boring, lame-o blog. Please don't block me.

Since it's Tuesday, and I sometimes have things to talk about, I'm here to just give you a little nibble today. Enjoy.

Audiobooks

I've finally started an audiobook. Oh, my reading dilemma. For years we've talked about me wanting to read again, and just not doing it. I rejected audiobooks thus far, save for one special book that I listened to in middle school, in order to get out of reading it for a report: 'A Christmas Carol' read by Patrick Stewart. Yeah, I know, you can't NOT want to listen to that one. After that, I hadn't found myself ever wanting to listen to a book for hours on end. I tried to listen to something, ...gee, I can't recall now, it must have been that boring, while painting my downstairs bathroom. I ended up turning on FRIENDS and ignored my dissolving intellect. At one point I had the Audible app, but never used it. The guy finally got Overdrive, which our library uses, and it convinced me to do the same. This meant I had to renew my library card as well. That went missing years ago.

Oh, I wanted to start with something intellectual, or inspirational. Something that would really impress any passengers I may have. Currently listening to: 'Why Not Me' by Mindy Kaling. Let's be
real, I'm a sucker for humor, and I'm not very serious. Life is too short to fall asleep at the wheel listening to a terribly boring book, just because it is a "classic". Pick what you want, lock the doors, and don't offer rides to people that will judge your literary selections. They have feet, make them walk.

I have a lot of books on hold, so I'll come back and update you on my selections, and maybe do a guest post now and then over at Punch Drunk Thirty. She loves to read. For now, I'll press on through the light reality that is Mindy, and her funny take on the hand she was dealt.


In closing: find something you love, and love it as much as you can love it. Find something you want to love, and squeeze it until you love it and it loves you back. Hold things hostage, because if you let them go, they may not come back; and life is about getting things, keeping them, having more of them than anyone else, and being the winner. Right??

XO



Monday, April 17, 2017

It's Boston Marathon day!!! (Insom-nazon purchases)

Yes, these two things are related. Really? I promise.

Good luck to all the runners in the 121st Boston Marathon! I, your friendly running curl, am not there today. I did run 12 miles (in my heart) yesterday. My feet only made for 8.7. I was fighting the barfs after Easter lunch. Did you run that far? Ok, so holster your judgement.

OKC Memorial Run to Remember 1/2 is only 2 weeks away! Can you believe it? I'm excited/disappointed/nervous/scared/meh about it. It will come, I will run, I will finish, I will eat. Isn't that what happy endings are all about?

INSOM-NAZON!!!!!

I don't know if I'll have all of the purchases here, but I've brought a few for you to look at.




I bought 2 dresses on Amazon recently. One for work, and one for Easter, then work.

I'm in love with the reviews section on Amazon. Women adding pictures of themselves actually wearing the items helps SO much.

Both dresses were under $30 each, fit perfect, and looked great.






 I did it. I jumped on the ProCompression treadmill. They had their 'Buy 2, get 3 free' promo, and I couldn't resist. Do you see my Boston Strong socks? I told you the post was all related. Tee-hee. Those went out with me yesterday for my Easter run.

Their full length socks are normally $50 -$55 each, so paying $20/pair was a steal...in a runners mind.

Yes, I still spent $100 on socks, but my legs don't hurt.

I justify most of my expensive purchases by reminding people that I don't get my hair done, nor do I get my nails done. Those are regular, expensive lady costs. This is mine.

My friends opened a sno-cone stand. I'm most excited about the shirts. I've worn this shirt after work every day for the last week.

I love the comfort colors brand.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Review post: Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee and tea

Coffee. You know I love you, but you hurt my bladder.

Introducing Four Sigmatic!!!

I received a box of 10 packets of their coffee with Lion's mane in my winter 2016 Mantra box from YOGABYCANDACE. I'm never afraid to try new (weird) things, especially if they are made from an offbeat natural source.

I am in the bliss.

I love this stuff. Not only does it have some caffeine to pep me up, but it somehow doesn't give me the jitters. You know I got serious jitters from coffee. Body jitters and the heart jitters. (So scary) No worries here.

Prepackaged, ground coffee mix infused with mushrooms. Chaga is a counter to the acidity that causes stomach issues with coffee for some people, and likely my bladder issues. Lion's mane is used in Chinese medicine for it's cognitive boosting power.I'm no doctor, but I can tell you from my experience that this is a great alternative to your regular office coffee. I've purchased 3 boxes (one in the Mantra box) and have ingested all 30 packets. It is well worth the money, which is more than the free coffee at work, but less than any coffee from a coffee shop.







Last week I purchased a box of the Reishi Elixer. This is a night-night tea. It's sweet on it's own, thanks to the added Organic Stevia. It's said to regulate the hormonal system and lower cortisol levels in an attempt to increase deep, slow-wave sleep. This tea puts me to sleep in under 5 minutes. I feel sleepy before I'm done drinking it! Today I woke up feeling like I had been asleep for 100 years. I was refreshed, and crazy ready for my day. 









I don't know what information I'm allowed to share since I'm not affiliated with Four Sigmatic, but I have dropped a link to their website here so that you can read all about it yourself! Give it a try!
#foursigmatic #funguys

Khaki Thursday and updates

What's up blogosphere?

Today is khaki Thursday and I'm wearing my most responsible pair of khakis. I have to do a few interviews this afternoon to fill an open position in my office. I can't have them thinking I prefer to be barefoot in running tights! I have to look like a boring, conservative boss-lady. #bosslady

Monday began the weightloss challenge that The Dude is participating in at his office. We're winging it this week with recipes from Prevention Magazines 28 day challenge. I plan to do full meal-prep this weekend. I'm excited about this. I hate feeling rushed to come up with dinner during the week, since we both have busy schedules. I don't always know if he'll make it by for dinner and I feel awful if he shows up and I didn't cook. Meal-prep to the rescue!!

YTT has taken full control of my schedule, and I couldn't be happier. I have to plan my 2 community classes soon, and am working on my 1 hour children's yoga lesson plan, trying to squeeze in practice with friends and family, AND working toward some big opportunities for public classes soon! Yeeks! #yogaeverydamnday #heavilymeditated

...oh, and I lerrrrve pranayama. If you aren't practicing breathing exercises, ask me about them. You need them in your life.

Co-garden has returned for year 3! Tilled, and ready. I had an emergency planting session after work on Tuesday because a few cucumbers, the kale, and the zucchini were looking sad. Hoes crossed that it will be a bountiful season!













OKC Memorial Run to Remember is just 3.5 weeks away! I've switched to the 1/2 if you didn't know. I had finally come to terms with it, and felt happy about my choice. ...until this morning. I looked at my bib hanger that M made me last year and thought 'Oh, I was going to finally get that 26.2 spot filled....dang'. So, I'm a little sad today. Meh. I'll survive. #runnerprobs


Have a great day!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

UnderTech Undercover Review!

Running at night can be dangerous. Heck, running in the daylight is dangerous. People with malicious intent roam the streets at all hours.

Runners aren't hurting anyone. Just leave us alone!!!!

As a female, I feel more likely to be followed, verbally accosted, or physically attacked, when on a run alone. I would love to run with partners, but it isn't always an option. When training for a marathon you have to get in long runs, when you can, and usually that is after work. Daylight Savings means sunsets around 5:30pm, and that is inconvenient when you work until 6pm.

What is a girl to do?

Don't be fooled into thinking that a pepper spray or can of mace will save you. Many times it is used against the victim. You are taken by surprise, fumble to retrieve the canister (which the attacker suspects you have on you) and then you have to hope the nozzle is pointed in the right direction. Also, if you've had it for more than a few months, the nozzle could be clogged if you keep it in your purse, or worse, it could just be faulty. If you're lucky enough that it does work, the attacker may wrestle it from you, and then you're in trouble.

Let's talk guns. No, not my awesome biceps, but thanks for noticing. Firearms. If you really believe that disarming society is going to help make us safer, then you won't like my post. I do hope you read on though, and give it some thought.

I own guns. I have a CCL. I usually have a loaded firearm on me, no matter where I am. I'm an unlikely subject, and I believe that gives me an advantage. While looking like a pretty, helpless gal may invite more chances to be attacked, it also may give the attacker a false sense of ability to be victorious. Bring. It. On.

I need more training. We all do. You can never train enough for an attack. Do I think I'm prepared to be victimized? No. Do I know for certain that I could manage to fight off an attacker? No. Do I have an advantage that they may not expect? Uh....yaaaasssss.

Running with guns though....ooh. That seemed difficult. If you plan to wear a gun, don't plan on it being comfortable. It's a gun, not a camisole. However, I want it to be tolerable.

I did some research on ways to run with my firearm. Sports bras, compression shirts, back and hip holsters, and tights. I chose to buy and test the UnderTech Undercover full length running tight, thanks to a lot of women on Instagram.

I'm sold. They rock.




I've had them for about a month now. We've gone at least 75 miles together, 10 miles being the longest single run so far. Since I've gone on, and on for too long, I'll get right to my points:

Pros:
Very comfortable
Warm on the cold days
Moisture wicking on the warm days
Extra long (for those of us that won the long limb lottery)
High waist makes for secure hold
Choice of kidney carry or appendix carry

Cons:
Requires a 2 handed draw
I cut my hip open when I first tried them on. The holster padding is very stiff.
My lower abs were very sore after the initial run, but that went away with a few more outings.
Price (but can you put a price on your safety?)

UnderTechUndercover offers this carry option in capri length, and shorts. I'll be purchasing the capris this spring, and will be back with a review of that pair.

This may not be a carry option for you, but I give it a 100% yes for me. With a price tag of $89.99 this is not an investment I wanted to make without my research. I'm glad I watched videos, and read multiple reviews. So far, they are worth every penny spent.

Note: I carry a S&W M&P shield, 9mm single-stack.

*I did not contact UTUc about this review, nor did they contact me, and I'm not being paid for it. I think we should have honest information, so that we can make the best decision for ourselves.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A weak week, and new feature: Insomnazon

Running news!

I'm in week 3 of marathon training. Total miles for the week: 0. uh.....

I kept to my schedule for weeks 1 and 2, and even ran an extra 1.31 miles on my long run last Saturday. I offset that with 1.31 waffles, 1.31 extra pieces of bacon, and 1.31 extra creamers per cup of coffee. 

I have YTT this weekend, and as per usual I'm behind on practice and homework. I decided to focus on my yoga this week, and catch up on my running next week. I wish I wasn't doing this, because we had 2-3 days in the 70s, so it was great running weather. But, I built 2 extra weeks into my training in case I got off schedule. So lay off!

YTT

You know how most people are afraid of performing in front of strangers? I'm the opposite. I fear my loved ones so badly. I think I'm afraid that they will be more critical because they genuinely want to help me by critiquing me. I don't want that! I want you to just do what I tell you, and not tell me to be better!

I spent last evening with a friend, guiding her through 15 minutes of yoga. It went so great! She may have been more excited to learn than I was that I was teaching. Tonight, we go for round 2.

Insomnazon

I'm creating a new, maybe weekly, feature. Things I buy on Amazon late at night. Sometimes it's because I can't sleep and I think a purchase is a solid idea. Sometimes it falls into the 'emotioning and amazoning' category, when I've been sad or mad, and end up spending money. Nether of these are common to my personality, and have only surfaced in the past 6-8 months.

So, without further adieu, my list of this week's Insomnazon purchases:



 I bought this Rip Curl swimsuit, because I saw a girl on Instagram wearing it.
She looked amazing. Surely I will too, right?

It's January, I should be buying swimsuits.







These are the Undertech Undercover full length, concealed carry leggings. I needed new leggings to run in, that would securely carry my .... running accessory.

They have gotten amazing reviews, and I actually did research on these before ordering.





Yoga by Candace has become one of my favorite websites, yoga YouTube channels, and all around 'people'. She has a quarterly Mantra box (you know, the mail order thing with stuff you need) that I have hem-hawed about buying. I finally took the plunge, and signed up for the next shipment. It's probably going to come with stuff I wouldn't buy, but might use, and some things that may be really neat to have. I don't have any other monthly (or otherwise) shipments anymore, so I thought I would try a new one.


Oh! I do get YL monthly...I forgot about that.




My new Oakley running tights. These babies feel like a wet suit! Thick, but not heavy. Very supportive, and very comfortable.

...yes, I saw them in an Instagram post, so I bought them. They worked out for the good.









I'll do a solid review on the Undertech/Undercover tights, in case any of my running readers need the info. I'll review the Mantra box when it comes in. You may never see a picture of me in the swimsuit. 



I also got some new VS pajamas, 12 amber colored glass bottles with sprayers (for my EO), my new Minzuno WaveRider 20s, and I became a premium member on Spotify.

Check back next week for my review of YTT month 4. Can you believe it's already 4/9?!?!!

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What did you last buy online?
What's your favorite yoga posture?

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Trust in me, just in me... Running around, and doing all the things!

Are you alive? Did you die with 2016? Is it a terrible year yet??

Get over it.

2017 is just another year. Starting the month of January isn't any different than starting the month of July (which is the best month, in case you were wondering).

What IS great is that God is the same today as yesterday, and tomorrow. Unless He comes back before tomorrow...well, no, because He'll still be the same, but we won't be. (insert long pause)

If you waited until January 1 to change something in your life, I want to let you know that you didn't have to wait, but since you made the change, CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to a new perspective. You might fail, but that is ok. You will fail at some things, but you will also succeed at some things. (This is the Dude's least favorite advice from me (I think it's some of my best))

Do or do not, there is no try. As long as you stepped out in faith, stepped out on the Word, stepped up to the plate, stepped in line, stepped out of line, stepped back, or stepped in deep...., then you made a move, which is so brave. Look at you, being brave.

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 RUNNING



I ran my 5 miles Saturday. Sunday was a rest day. Monday started week 2 of official marathon training (#crazyperson). 3 miles last night, and 4 on the schedule for tonight.

I've successfully gotten out of the 12+ minute mile, and am consistently in the upper to mid 11s. My goal is to get back into the low 10s by April. That's where I left off in the summer of 2015 when I was running daily. Shoe laces crossed!

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108 what? 

I completed the 108 Sun Salutations Saturday morning. I can't lift my arms, and my hamstrings exploded somewhere between church Sunday and dinner last night.

If you aren't familiar with a sun salutation, you should check it out online. It's a very simple beginning to any yoga asana. Most people do a few at the beginning of practice to connect movement with breath, and warm up the body. NYT does a class for New Year's focusing on new intentions for the new year, and securing your chosen intention with repetition. 108 repetitions to be exact. (108 has great significance in Hindu and yogic traditions. Look it up, it isn't black magic, I promise) 
 
My intentions for this year have flowed between generosity, focus, commitment, release, and fulfillment. I continue to focus mostly on 'Don't move without your breath'. This came somewhere around sun salutation 36 or so. One breath, one pose. Let your breath move you, don't move without your breath.

If I can get my life to function in this manner, my actions will be more mindful. What do you think?

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THINGS

I cleaned the front porch of my fall decorations. The pumpkins went into the compost, and got a little chopping thanks to my new Rogue Hoe. This thing is SHARP. It's the most high quality garden tool I have. Keep an eye out for it in posts over the next season, it's going to be a big help.

#roguehoe




Scooter got to go for a spin, as we had a few days in the upper 60s recently. Our snow chances have disappeared once again. It's too cold today for a ride, but, we have a day next week with a forecast of 73 degrees.



Do you remember the really fluffy chocolate chip cookies I made a few years ago? The batch that I hid under my desk? You remember, I brought them to work to share, and somehow ate them all before sharing? No? Probably because I didn't even share the story...lol. I found the recipe finally!!! Tonight is cookie night. You know what that means, I get to use the KitchenAid again!










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Lastly, I know you're really going to be excited about this.The 20s are in!!!! #mizuno #waverider20 #Irunthisbody #psyougotthis #hashtag


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How are your intentions going?
What is your 'one and only' exercise brand?



Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday little bits

Happiness to everyone!

This is the last Friday of 2016. Are you happy to have this year end? Are you happy to have a new year start?

I'm not upset about this past year. Sure, 2016 brought me some bad days at work. I cried over a boy; well, he's not a boy, but that is how the cliche goes. I had disagreements with friends and family. I lost my grandmother.  I had many small bad things, and a few big, bad wolves.

2016 also brought me back to my love of running. I was accepted into YTT. I made some new friends. I FINALLY took a real vacation. I met the Wranglerstars. I cried over a boy (in good ways); again, not a boy, but you know.

We can spend time focusing on how "bad" this year was, but if we do that, we're just wasting the last bit of 2016 being lame. We could be making GREAT memories! End this year on a positive note!!!!

Quit feeding negativity. Get off of your soapbox and be amazing. Life is what you make it, right? So go make it something you want to live for.


I'm attending NYT's New Year's Eve 108 Sun Salutations. We will be ending 2016 with peace, and
setting a positive intention for 2017.

If you're ever in the McKinney, TX area, contact North Texas Yoga about a visit. 






What is your intention for the next trip around the sun??