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31-Day Challenge For Change

Starting TOMORROW … January 1, 2014 … I hope you will please join Sophie Slater and myself for the…

31 Day Challenge for Change!

Join us on January 1, 2014 for our 31 Day Challenge for Change! 

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This challenge is simple yet powerful and life changing. 

Everyday you’ll commit to:

  • 10 minutes of yoga postures
  • 11 minutes of meditation

We are here to support you!

If you don’t already follow Life Balance Jumpstart on Facebook, please do. We’ll be posting daily tips to keep you on track.

Click here to sign up! Best of all … it’s FREE!

B-Day

I don’t usually post on Mondays (I’m trying to make a concerted effort to commit to Tuesdays or Fridays.) But since it’s my birthday, and my 30th at that, I figured today was deserving of a post. Virtual dance party! #bday

Also be sure to check out this amazing version…

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Salutation to The Dawn – the very life of life

My mother gave me a card to read the night before Ironman Lake Placid. Inside to the card, she gave me this poem, Salutation to the Dawn, which remains on my bulletin board as a reminder to make each day as fulfilling as it can be. Needless to say it was probably the perfect thing to read pre-Ironman!

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life,
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:

The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty,
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.

Salutation To The Dawn

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Meditation Confession…

In attempting to Walk the Talk a bit more as a health coach and yoga instructor, I signed up for the Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge.

I have got to be totally honest with you: these things always seemed super corny and contrived to me. Why would I sign up for something like that when I’ve already got all the tools I need? I know damn well how to set myself up for meditation.

Well, I realized that I needed a little help. A little kick in the butt if you will. The 21-Day Challenge has been just the kick I needed. While I have missed 2 days thus far (I make them up by doing 2 a days) I can honestly say that this is a commitment I needed to make. Strange as it may sound, it has been more difficult to build a regular meditation practice than it was to train for Ironman. Maybe it’s because meditation encourages you to be silent, still, and totally unplug from your computer, phone, music, TV for a mere 20 minutes. And sometimes, the bad stuff comes up.

But it is always, ALWAYS worth it. As I said, I’m only about 10 days into this daily meditation thing but I have to say that when I wrap up I feel more focused and ready to take on my day.

If you are interested in building a daily meditation or yoga practice, post your comments below or contact me directly. I am more than happy to help you find an online program and share more information with you on a very exciting project my friend Sophie and I are launching in time for the new year!

Meditation is the only time when bossy-pants Milo will ever calm down enough to sit in my lap which is an added perk.

Meditation is the only time when bossy-pants Milo will ever calm down enough to sit in my lap which is an added perk.

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Bio updates…

I just realized that I can change my bio to read that I am officially an Ironman! Crazy lengthy race recap post coming soon. Just you wait!

A very happy gal.

A very happy gal.

Words of Encouragement

I have received some pretty incredible emails and notes of encouragement from family and friends throughout training. So I decided today that I’m going to start collecting these notes to print out and put in my special needs bag for Ironman Lake Placid when I need that extra push.

I received the following message from a dear family friend last week:

It served as a clear reminder of how much courage we need to live an examined life which is, after all, the only kind of life worth living and yet so few people take the time.

See? Every little bit counts. You guys have no idea how much everything means to me and helps me keep on trucking! Or riding. Or running. And yes, I’m a total cornball and am not afraid to admit that I love this stuff.

Click here to donate to help me raise funds for research for NF.

PS. Do you know what else will be going in my special needs bag? CROISSANTS.

Thank you to Steph Miller for sharing this quote!

Thank you to Steph Miller for sharing this quote!

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Summer Saturdays! Pop Up Yoga NYC comes to CT

Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 3.55.32 PMIt’s entirely possible that I love wine just as much as I love yoga so it goes without saying that I’m quite excited about this upcoming series of yoga classes & wine tastings that I will be leading next month in CT. Click the image to read more about it or click here for the Eventbrite page where you can also order tickets. Classes start the first Saturday in June at 4:30pm at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit in Westport, CT.

It should also be noted that dogs are welcome!

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My Road to Ironman

There are many reasons I am doing Ironman Lake Placid this year, this is one of them:


Click here to learn more about my fundraising efforts for Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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Warm Me Up Chia Rice Cereal

I find it very hard to motivate to swim not only in winter but especially on a cold winter morning. Of course it helps to have a friend waiting for you at the pool, but it doubly helps to know you have this to come home to for breakfast!

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Warm Me Up Chia Rice Cereal (makes 1 serving)

1/2 cup brown rice (already cooked)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup milk (I like coconut milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp agave or honey
1/4 apple chopped
1/4 cup raisins
(You can substitute with any fruit of choice!)

Combine all ingredients in a 1 quart pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 minutes and serve. You can also double (or quadruple!) the recipe and then just reheat it through the week, adding some liquid (preferably your milk of choice) each time.

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Show Your Teeth!

Today was my 2nd indoor ride at Asphalt Green: a 75 min Strength and Cadence ride with Coach Neil. And I just have to say that despite the aching quads and beads of sweat dripping down my face, I loved every second of it.

A few reasons why today’s workout rocked my socks:

  • Coach Neil presented each and every one of us with a detailed print out of the workout. I thought this was absolutely adorable. (The poor guy sitting next to me forgot to pick up a towel so by the end of the workout, his sheet was a sweaty mess.)
  • Coach Neil never stopped smiling. Not once. And through the entire workout kept reminding us to “Show your teeth!” – or, smile!
  • After about 4 indoor riding/spinning sessions, I feel like I’m quickly getting back into cycling shape and am even more looking forward to the day when I can get on Nancy (my bike) and ride outside!
Gear

preparing the essentials

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Show Your Teeth!

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