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10/10/20 1:16 P

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Well, Happy Thanksgiving!!! I am glad your brother could come up. Yes, way too many sweets. Today is my GD's birthday, so more sugar. Next week we will get back on track. It was great having my son here for a visit. Now he is going to a friend's house for a few days and then back here. I hope to get some good habits going again.

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10/10/20 12:13 P

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It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.
Despite COVID my brother has come up to visit, but we are keeping it really low-key. He comes from an area with zero cases. We are at 2 in our region.
We are having our big turkey dinner early (today).
It is our SIL’s birthday tomorrow. So cake, etc tomorrow as well.
So like you, loads of treats and rich food.

Back on track next week!

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10/8/20 8:12 A

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We are having a great visit. I am enjoying all the desserts, specialty coffees, etc. I will have to serious again tomorrow. That is good you have your classes and big walks. It feels good, doesn't it? Have a great time with DH's birthday. Definitely, get back to hooping.

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10/7/20 10:14 A

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Haha! Enjoy your visit with your son! And the coffee cakes and ice cream! It will be worth it!

DH and I did a couple of big walks on the weekend, and Mon and Tues I had my usual classes. Today we are having DH’s birthday dinner, so I will be busy getting food ready for the family most of the day. I missed hooping yesterday, so I will try to fit that in for sure though. I had been going along great and don’t want to lose my MOMENTUM!

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10/5/20 5:22 P

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Today I did a little belly dancing. Ugh! My knees are NOT used to being used like that. There are so many things that take knee power. I am showing them love by working on that 6 wks app. I REALLY don't like squats but they really work on building my knees up so they have the strength and less pain. It felt good to put on the coin belt & listen to them jiggle while I shimmied. I NEED to do more belly dancing. It uses muscles in a really different way.

I also did my bike & pilates this morning. I am afraid this week is going to be hit & miss. It is okay though because my son is coming for a visit. He arrives tonight. I am so excited. I bought three coffee cakes and a thing of ice cream. Yikes! I can tell I am going to get BAD!

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10/4/20 11:25 P

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Tori, So glad you are going to join us. Yoga with Adriene's calendar is s3.amazonaws.com/kajabi-stor
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Just click on the day you want. BTW, don't feel like you are behind. I have only done Day 1.

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ok. i am in the KNOW. thanks for your help. will start tomorrow or later.


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10/3/20 11:42 A

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That is great you found one you like. Which one is it? I tried one and it was the same each meditation. I don't think he even recorded new ones. I know what you mean about silence. My mind turns into a ping pong ball shooting around the room.

I am back with my 6-weeks app. Ugh! Right now it is so hard. My knees are really barking. I know it will get better and they will appreciate it. It is just getting back to that point. Whew! I need to keep remembering they are happy when they are strong and angry when they are not.

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10/3/20 9:59 A

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I would definitely consider your hoop sessions as a form of moving meditation! That is a great insight! Anytime movement produces that flow-like feeling, it is a form of moving meditation. Guided, moving, and sound meditations are my favourite. I find it very difficult to meditate in absolute silence. My brain just rebels!! Lol! I love the app I use, since it has so many variations and options to choose from!

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10/2/20 10:59 P

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Btw, I did day one of Yoga with Adriene. Boy, it was tough. I guess because it has been a while since I did yoga.

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10/2/20 10:56 P

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Thanks for your support. Maintenance is always good. It is more challenging though so keep at it. Sounds like good goals. I am sorry your family is going through so much. I think your meditation would be a great benefit to you. It is a good refueling or reset. We need things that refresh us. I appreciate the reminder. My hooping is like a moving meditation for me. I need to think of it as such instead of just hooping. I am glad that this little team does that for you because it does for me too. I know it has been a rough year but I am so proud of you taking care of yourself because it is easy to let yourself go while taking care of everyone else. I am learning that it takes self-care and love to do the hard things that our bodies need. I learned that in our last challenge. Now I just need to concrete it into my being.

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10/2/20 6:17 P

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Impressive goals DJ! 80% is doable! You can do it!

Exercise-wise, I have decided to work more on maintenance than building for the time being. I will continue with my three in-person classes, and I hope to do at least 1 extra yoga practice and ride the exercise bike at least one time per week.

I am going to focus some of my time each day to developing a meditation practice, and to looking after my family, who are all going through lots of stuff these days... thank goodness our little team gives me the focus I need to look after my own health and fitness! Because of this, I have the resilience to be there for my family.

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10/1/20 11:17 P

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Yey! I will do day one tonight. This morning I did 15 minutes of Pilates but not my bike or my other workout. I am pretty sloppy on my exercises and morning routine.

Goal for October:
Bike 15-30 minutes M, Th, S
Tone It Up wkouts: M, Th, S
15 minutesPilates: M, Th, S.
These equal about 60 minutes
Callanetics T: & F: 60 minutes
I also want to do Yoga with Adriene Nightly 5 days a week October Calendar
& my 6 wks app. 6 days per week. I also want to enjoy walking and hooping throughout the week. It sounds like a lot but it is more variety than time. Lots of variety makes it more fun. emoticon

This is my dream goal. I want to do at least 80% of this schedule.

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10/1/20 9:34 A

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Yes, I can definitely fit in some extra yoga practices!
Yoga is ALWAYS good for me!

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9/30/20 11:02 P

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Yoga with Adriene has a new calendar up. ACTION. I plan to do at least some of it. Would you like to join me? yogawithadriene.com/calendar
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8/23/20 4:21 P

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Good for you! It makes such a difference. Why is it that we don't do it until we are at wits end? I often find that if I would just do it on a regular basis, I feel more calm and able to inspire people to come with me. Instead, I wait until I am in a slump and ready to scream before I do it. I don't know if I just don't want to take the time for myself because it feels selfish or what. It is so difficult to do the self-care. It sounds like a lovely ride. The dominoes sound fun too. My mom and I used to play all the time. No one else really likes to play. I am glad the grandkids like to play games. I will have to teach them how to play. Lol. I find it so easy to CLAIM I am entertaining the grandkids when we are playing. I probably am not fooling anyone.

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8/23/20 9:56 A

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Teehee! Yes, me too! I don’t really like to exercise, but I still do like to play!

Yesterday I was feeling really frustrated, so after supper I announced to my family that I was going for a bike ride. I rode for over a half hour, at a good solid clip, and worked off some of my tension. I just needed some alone time! After that, I felt much better. When I got home we played three rousing rounds of dominoes!

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8/22/20 10:24 P

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Yes, I need that. Get too serious and I am GONE. Lol. I love workouts that are very distracting so my mind doesn't realize it is exercising.

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8/22/20 9:17 A

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One of the things I love about Adriene is how unorthodox she is in her approach to yoga. She really makes a person feel good, physically, mentally, and just generally feeling joyful! She is so playful, and surprising, and always makes it fun!

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8/21/20 10:18 A

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OMG, I had to share this move in my yoga class. www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3jF
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at timer 19:44 is where the move begins. I have never done this one before but it was fun and really stimulated energy in my legs. The pose before that at timer 17:51 is a nice move prior to the move. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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8/19/20 11:20 P

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I know exactly what you are talking about. We usually have an upper 90s temp and upper 90% humidity. We actually had a spring this year. It was so nice. I think we have traded climates. Lol.
We do enjoy the ocean. I am glad we are starting to go again. Today I walked my trail with all the steps. I wish I could say it is getting easier. I know it is, but I am still panting when I go up the stairs at each end. It is a beautiful trail. Very wooded. Luckily there are enough people using it that I feel safe on it, but not too busy that I feel uncomfortable about keeping a distance.

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8/19/20 7:50 A

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I envy you being able to go to the ocean like that! It must be wonderful!

We don’t usually get this much humidity, DJ. This year has been a real different summer: lots of rain, combined with lots of heat. I love hot weather, but the humidity is something I do not enjoy. It just saps a person of energy! Every little exertion brings on a sweat!! I hope we have a warm dry fall. I am sick of all this moisture!

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8/18/20 7:45 P

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Wow! You have been a busy bee. I am glad you are getting so many lovely veggies. I bet your Irises look great now. That is a lot of work. You are doing really well.

I did not realize you get a lot of humidity. That makes everything so challenging. Good for you.

I went to the beach again yesterday. It was perfect. I got there early so it wasn't so hot. I walked and then swam. It was great. There was very little seaweed. Then today I did 15 minutes Pilates and then later 15 minutes stationary bike. It felt a lot better not pushing it.

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My main form of exercise these past couple of weeks has been working in the garden. I dug, cleaned, and replanted my entire iris bed. It was full of grass and weeds and the irises were so overgrown they were choking themselves out! It was really hard on my back so I couldn’t do more than about half and hour at a time. I also cleaned the garden shed, picked a ton of veggies at the farm, cleaned and bagged them, pulled weeds and generally cleaned up parts of the yard and garden...

I also had a few tough yoga classes. In this humidity, they have been real sweat sessions, even with the AC on!

I am missing my hooping for sure, but I have been keeping active. I guess that is the main thing!

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8/16/20 11:54 P

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We have heard it over and over: Small steps add up, small steps create habits, small steps prevent burnout, small steps ... I agree with these statements and have tried to make my goals into small steps. My problem is that I still feel it is not enough. This morning I rode my stationary bike for 15 minutes. I thought ok, that wasn't bad. I will keep going. After 5 more minutes, I felt good but I thought only 10 more minutes to my normal goal. So after another 5 minutes, I was ready to quit but thought I only have 5 more minutes. So I finished with the 30 minutes. Ugh, I really felt whipped. I was glad I finished my 30-minute goal but really thought about I had only rode my bike twice last week. I wonder if I didn't push for 30 minutes, would I do it more ofter? So I am encouraging all of us to make small goals that we can consistently do and anything over the goal can be marked down as a bonus.

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8/10/20 11:04 P

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I won't have the grandkids that night so I thought we should be able to see some of them a couple of nights ago. The mosquitoes ate us up in just a few minutes. Unfortunately, we didn't long enough to see any of them. I hope you get to see some. It should be really cool.

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You are right DJ! Grandkids are wonderful. It is beyond words!

The Perseid meteor shower peaks this Thursday. I hope we have clear skies and I can stay up late enough to check it out!

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Good job! We had a good time with grandkids. We went hiking, swimming, riding the tube, and stargazing. It has been fun. They are so much fun!

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I did 30 min Pilates today and felt incredibly well for the whole day!
I also caught up on housework (which totally counts as exercise :))

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Thank you. Yesterday and today I did my trail with all the steps. It is a very pretty trail. I also am doing my hooping playtime and today I did my bike for 45 minutes.

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Every little thing counts, DJ!! It all adds up!

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Our bodies are like a spoiled child. It goes for the cake instead of the broccoli.

I started Yoga with Adriene's August calendar. I started the first 10 minutes of the first workout then got interrupted. So I am counting it as a start. Lol. emoticon

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So true!

It amazes me that it takes so long to break a bad habit and build a new one, and then how suddenly we will revert to our old ways. I guess habits really do last a lifetime, and we always need to pay attention to what our bodies need - not just what they want!!

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Yep, My husband doesn't want anything to with exercises or healthy eating. He has a lot of pain. We had a situation about 5 years ago that he really had a terrible problem with inflammation. He cleaned up his eating and it improved so much. He could see it and feel the difference. He stuck with it for a couple of years then slowly started going back to bad habits. We forget how good simple habits can make us feel.

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Yes, it's hard to convince someone else that any change will help them (my dad is the same both with exercise and nutrition).

I agree with DJ, just keep being such a great example and eventually bring her (when/if possible) to one of those lovely Yin Yoga + Massage sessions that sometimes you go to :)

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Thank you for your kind words.

It is hard to convince someone else that exercises will help the pain. I sometimes still don't believe it until I quit. Then the pain comes back and I know it is real. Just keep being the wonderful example you are. We never know who is watching and learning or at least getting curious about why we are doing what we do. I am really proud of you.

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You are an inspiration DJ, always trying so many things and interested in everything!
I wish I could convince my DD#2 that building some strength would lessen her joint pain. She has so much pain and can’t seem to get past the stage where ‘trying to do anything results in more pain, so I should do nothing‘ stage. I know it would help her, but she simply does not believe it.

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Lol, That would be great to have a switch. I would wear mine out.

I love Jess's 30-day yoga. It is PERFECT when ten minutes is all you want to do. It is the right amount of gentleness & strength building. That was the first yoga I did on a regular basis and could feel a difference in the second week and by the 30th day, I was hooked on yoga. So good! I was going to try to do the one Jess recently offered but I was already doing the 10 day challenge with Commune. I just love Jess. I know you did some of them. What did you think of it? I am amazed at how much strength yoga can build. I love WATCHING the more advanced yoga. The balance and strength it must take to do some of the poses. I hope one day I can do some of them. Right now I would love to be able to go from down dog to warrior without having to place my foot where it belongs. Lol.

The hoop playtime has really helped me so much. I feel that I am ready to go back to exercising. This morning I did my Callanetics. I was surprised I still had quite a bit of strength. My knees and shoulders have really been painful so I am hoping that the exercises will start easing the pain. It always surprises me how the pain will go away when I strengthen the muscles around the joints. The body is miraculous.

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Thanks DJ. I haven’t done any YWA for awhile as I have been doing the DOYOUYOGA challenge with Jess. I am still enjoying her 10 minutes practices, and the weather has been cooperating for me to do them out on the deck.

I “get” your rant! If only it were as easy to do what we know we should be doing, as it is to do what we enjoy! I am the person who will put the same thing on my To-Do list every day for six weeks running, and yet never do it, because it is something I should do (kegals, meditation) and not something I actually enjoy doing... I wish there was a little switch in our brain that we could just flip. It would be labeled ACTIVATE or DEACTIVATE. Yes, I could use a little switch like that!

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Joanne, that sounds great. I am really proud of you. There is so much to check out and I think tomorrow is the last day. Although, in ways, I am glad it is ending. It takes some of the pressure off to check it all out. Lol, I want to do it ALL.

Do you ever have exercises that do really good for your body, but you just really do NOT like the exercise? That is how I feel about my Just 6-weeks app. It has squats, situps, pushups, dips, and planks. When I do them regularly my knee pain and shoulder pain goes away and I am more mobile. It should be a no brainer and just do them. WHY do I quit doing them. I started a workout that had some squats and I just could not do it. I had built up my knees so well when I was doing them. Now I have pain and stairs are hard. Ugh! It is the self-care that is not fun but needed that I struggle with. I have quite a few of those. I keep reminding myself that right now life is not normal and that I need to be patient like I said the other day. I just don't like not being able to do things when I know if I take care of myself, the pain is nearly gone. I am thankful that I haven't let all of it go so I still could do paddle boarding and still use the stairs. It's just quite a list of things to maintain and maintaining is just bla! It doesn't show great improvement in any way. But if you stop it, it shows and it's not pretty. I struggle with the maintenance of everything. When I am without pain, I forget what is really keeping the pain away. Seems like I would catch on and stop the quitting. Ugh!

Thanks for letting me rant. emoticon Now I just gotta get my mind ready to step it up and get mad enough about not being able to do the stuff I want to do, then I will start doing what needs to be done. Any suggestions? Thank you.

Edit: After reading POINDEXTRA post under self-care, I realize I have the wrong attitude about those blasted squats. I need to think of them as self-love instead of as a drill sergeant. I love her meditation time. It sounds so kind and something to look forward to. I am going to have to think about how to make them into a practice of love.

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I tried a restorative yin practice on Commune yesterday (Email from Day 5, I think) which focused on hip openers. It was lovely.

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I know. The 10 days went fast. I want to do the shoulder fix again. It was amazing. www.onecommune.com/products/
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There are so many choices on Commune for this series they are offering. I haven’t tried one of their restorative ones, but I feel like it would be good for me. I will make a point of looking at those specifically!

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Lol, It truly is a balancing act. I decided to try some of the nurturing yoga on Commune. It felt better to do a softer workout. I started the self-care one. I needed to tone it back.

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Me too! Although sometimes now it seems like we have too much information at our fingertips! I can waste hours on my tablet- to the exclusion of actually DOING things...
it is a balancing act!

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She is doing better. She is allergic to mosquito bites. She gets welts. It makes it very difficult because Florida has a lot of mosquitoes, especially during rainy season. I hope she grows out of it soon.

I know what you mean about the internet. So many things to checkout. I really appreciate all free offerings to checkout. Especially the content YouTube. It is so generous when they offer free things so you can see what something is like. I remember pre-internet and going to the library and taking notes like a crazy woman because I couldn't afford the book. Kids can't even begin to imagine pre-computers. It is totally amazing. I sometimes just marvel at technology.

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I hope your GD is feeling better! Allergies are so frustrating! I hope it is something benign and not one of those allergies that result in dangerous reactions (like peanuts).

I have gotten sucked into the black hole of the internet the odd time. It is amazing how much stuff is out there! Yes Commune has a lot of offerings. I love that they offer content for free from time to time, as it is a most interesting collection!

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Joanne, you NEVER whine. We share our good thoughts AND concerns. We cheer each other on and we encourage and send hugs to each other. We support each other. I value this team because we are able to come together and share whatever is on our minds. I can't do that anywhere else and it is very comforting to know we have each other.

That is great that you have been able to get any yoga in while all that is going on. Especially concern for your DD. Worry has such a crippling effect. I am glad she is doing some better but we will keep her in our prayers.

I bet the dogs are going crazy. Cats, workmen, yikes! When life gets busy, it also gets interesting and sometimes comical. Keep a light heart best you can and play when you can. Enjoy the chaos while it is happening. I have always been proud of you and your grateful journal/chats with daughters. That is so special.

I want to be able to do the crow but I am not sure if it is a lack of balance or fear of falling on my face. I got to try it with Yoga with Adriene. She explained it so well that I felt I could do it. I was amazed at how great she explained to get into it. I actually got one foot off the ground. I have been wanting to work on it some more. So many things I want to do. Right now I have 5 windows open with about 30 taps each. I am really surprised my computer hasn't crashed by now. Usually, it does before the 5th window has come up but this time it is different workouts from Commune so it may help that it is from the same site. Today I hope to work on some of them but I have GD over because of an allergic reaction.

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Wow, good for you DJ! It sounds like you have been doing great! I did sign up for the Commune yoga series. I have only done one practice from it so far. It was a vinyasa flow, and I was so thrilled that I was able to hold crow pose for a few seconds. That is such a challenge for me!
I have been doing the 30 Day challenge with Jess on DoYouYoga, and although I don’t remember signing up for it, I guess I also signed up for a seven day series with Jess, which is called Yoga Fit (I think). Today I did the core one, and it was a challenge as well.
I still haven’t got back to my hoop. There just seems to be so much going on lately...
Aside from the builders in the house, and the gas company tearing up our street, replacing the gas lines and all the meters on everyone’s house, we have had new neighbours move in next door and they have two cats, which means the dogs have been a handful as they get used to seeing the cats next door! DD#2 and her partner and their two giant dogs are still here, and DD#2 is having so many health issues. My heart breaks for her! It is all such a worry. That said, she is improving - just she still has so much to get sorted out!
Oh, listen to me whine!
Life is good! I need to remind myself of that!
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I am glad you had a good visit with your brother. It is hard to stay consistent with the company visiting. Sorry to hear about your knee but very glad it felt better so quickly.

I bet your dogs are going crazy with the workers. Especially when they are ripping things out. The dogs are like Whoa, what are they doing to our house? Lol, That will be exciting about getting a new bathroom. Sounds like life is pretty busy for you. That would be great if you can get back to hooping and yoga. I hope you will get a chance to check out the Commune yoga challenge. I am enjoying it very much. I have done several sessions so far.
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My brother was here for a few days, during which time I did none of my usual fitness things. Just prior to his visit, my knee did something painful and I was being super careful of it for two or three days. Just as suddenly and mysteriously it cleared up...

I really want to get back to more regular yoga and hooping this week. We have the guys here ripping out our bathroom, and the dogs are going crazy over having these guys in the house... so we shall see how it goes...

I will try at least to check in a little more regularly this week!

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The free week of yoga starts tomorrow. I look forward to hearing how it goes.

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The last few nights I have been trying headstands. When I was young, we did it with hands and head forming a triangle and put your knees on your elbows, then go up. Now it seems everyone has forearms on the ground. I am assuming that is supposed to protect you neck better but it seems so much harder and hurts the top of my head more. I welcome conversation/thought about both methods. I can see where the forearm method can make it easier to lead into handstands which look so cool. People do it so gracefully.

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I agree. For a little while, I did not want to exercise. I am thankful I am warming up to it. Now the eating needs to catchup. I think I could go wild with a great big cake. emoticon

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Thanks DJ. I have signed up and will take a look at what they have to offer! Sounds like fun!

I think a lot of people have put on Some extra weight during this COVID time.... staying at home more, near those comforting snacks. It doesn’t take long to put on a few pounds...

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That is perfect! Do what is right for you. I love the 10-minutes with Jess. It seems to be a more powerful workout than Adriene's even though Adriene's is longer. I love that you are doing your plan while your daughter is there. It is so HARD to follow a workout plan with extra people in the house. I have gotten to my heaviest since I lost my original 50 pounds of loss. I need to lose 15 pounds to get back to my goal weight and probably would be nice to shoot for losing 20 pounds. I think I can do it by Christmas if I can quit comfort eating. I think I am ready for that goal but not really sure. So for right now, I am going to focus on getting back to my regular routine this week.

Commune is offering a 10-day yoga challenge. They are opening up the entire site and giving suggestions for three different levels. I am really excited about this because I really don't understand all the different types of yoga and would love to try some of the harder levels. So I have 10 days to prepare for the challenge. Here is the link to the challenge. They should have some meditations too. It is free and DOES NOT require a credit card or any trial payment. www.onecommune.com/10-day-co
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DJ, all yoga is good for the body and soul! I love yoga with Adriene - she is my favourite for sure. But I am finding that the 10 minutes per day with Jess is perfect for what I can fit in right now. I have not practised every day, but I am hoping to finish the 30 day series over the course of six weeks, as you suggested, to give myself some grace room!

I have been trying to move in some way daily, and keeping the star-chart seems to be pretty good motivation. DD#2 and her partner are still staying with us, and the downside is that I have gained about 5 lbs!! I love having people to cook for, but you know what that means....



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Hey Joanne, How is your 30-day yoga going? For me, I wound up doing a little of anything yoga depending on my time. I have done some of the 30-day yoga, some of July calendar with Adriene, and I think some with someone else that looked interesting. I am still not doing as many as I would like (5-days/ week). I am averaging 3-nights/week which I am quite pleased with considering that is more than what I had been doing. Enjoy the journey not the destination, right? My schedule has been very full. I am hoping to get more time next week to hoop.

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Hey DJ, thanks for Reminding me to check in with DOYOUYOGA - I am going to follow along with the 30 day series as well. Yes, 10 minutes a day sounds doable, and will fit in with my plan to PLAN FOR MOVEMENT IN JULY.

I think I will shoot for five days a week, like you. I like the idea of wiggle room!



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Hi Fran, I am glad you are planning out your exercise goals because that is what this week's challenge is all about in the Summer Love Challenge. I am sorry you missed the Nidra Yoga. It was very nice. Unfortunately, I do not have any resources for that. I am sure if you google Free Nidra Yoga, something will come up. I have found regular yoga very relaxing and VERY good for posture. In fact, it totally surprised me how much it helped. I am planning on doing the Do You Yoga 30-day challenge. Each session is about 10 minutes long and I didn't think 10 minutes would do 10 impressive but I was WRONG! About a week and half to two weeks I noticed my posture was better and my back was stronger. I love Yoga With Adriene but with the longer days, I didn't get to it so I figured I could maybe fit in 10 minutes with Do You Yoga. Here are the links for both:
Yoga with Adriene (Soon her FREE July calendar will come out) yogawithadriene.com/calendar
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As I said, I am planning to do the Do You Yoga 30 day challenge but instead of doing 30 days straight, I am planning on doing 5 days a week. for 6 weeks. That way I have wiggle room. It is very important not to expect perfection because it is impossible to be perfect all the time. Is anyone interested in joining me? I like doing it right before bed. A great way to wind down the day. I need to figure out the rest of my schedule. I will keep you posted.



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Fran, Insight Timer is a free app that I use that has a lot of yoga nidra practices you can follow along with. Or even just check out YouTube- there are so many out there!

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I missed the challenge (poor organizational skills), but I am curious about yoga Nidra: have you got any resources by any chance?

I am focusing on goals/intentions for the summer today and for exercise I want to develop a steady Pilates routine (15min/day, my goal is a better posture), run (3x/week with the goal of running for 20 consecutive minutes), hoop (2x/week, with the goal of learning new tricks and learn/improve on-body hooping).

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I am a little behind on posting. I did day 4 on Thursday. How can you developed a closer relationship with your intuition? I found your thoughts about intuition fascinating. I agree that through observation you know a lot more. Something I am horrible at and try on a regular basis to improve with very little success. Intuition to me is that still voice that guides you on knowing something internally and it includes observations, tastes, desires, etc. It's that gut feeling that when I listen to it, it leads me to a truer path. It is more about myself than others. Like when my intuition tells me I like pink over brown for decor any day, but the louder voices in my mind say look how nice that looks. Lol, So my answer would be to listen closely to that still voice instead of my louder voices.

What gifts do I have to share? I am a great encourager except to my kids. For my kids, I always think I need to add the downside of whatever they are doing. It is to make sure they are aware of the risk. I want to protect them but they are very smart. They have already thought of them and really just need the encouragement that I would give a friend. I need to be a better cheerleader to them instead of always dumping water on it.

Day 5 I forgot to write down the question but it had to do with what type of person you are and what would you change. I feel like I reserve myself from people. I don't mind putting myself out there and talk about my shortcomings, but to acknowledge inner feelings of what makes me happy is another story. I find that I hide those thoughts from myself. I find if it is practical, then it is okay. If it isn't, then it doesn't deserve to come to the surface. I need to start acknowledging those thoughts as well. First I need to find them again. Lol.

I enjoyed this practice and especially enjoyed doing it with you. I noticed every time I would really relax, I would wake up and stiffen up. It is so very hard for me to relax. Between this practice and last month's meditation calendar from Yoga with Adriene, I am starting to enjoy meditation and relaxing activities.

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Day five and the course is done! I really enjoyed it, and found it very beneficial.
Other than the yoga nidra itself, which was seriously awesome, I enjoyed reading the community posts each day. I also loved Tracee’s voice - it was so soothing and comforting.
I would love to continue with a regular yoga nidra practice, but I probably won’t set aside the time to lie on my mat for 30 minutes a day! Seems so decadent!

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DJ, first off, THANK YOU so much for your kind words. It means so much to have you say them. I know you - and your mom - are right, but like I said, it is something I struggle with constantly. I keep working on it... it is one of those two steps forward, two steps back kind of situations...

Secondly, I loved your answer to the “When do you feel most alive?” question! Frilly and sparkly and pink is awesome! You be you, girl!! I love it! And your words are so true for so many women I know : I’ll just make do with this old stuff that nobody else wanted..... so right on!!

This evening I did day four of the yoga nidra series and loved it. I love how heavy my body feels a few minutes into the practice. It is like I am weighted down and half paralyzed. It is a delicious feeling!

And here are my answers to today’s questions:
How can you develop a closer relationship with your intuition?
I don’t think intuition exists as such; I think people whom we consider intuitive are really just extremely observant. By paying close attention to details such as facial expressions, body language, vocal inflections, and so on, we can “intuit” what is going on below the surface and garner a deeper understanding of people and situations. I don’t consider myself to be particularly intuitive - except in the case of detecting discomfort in others. Maybe because I feel it so often myself, I am able to pick up the “uncomfortable vibe“ from other people. Observational skills are something I could really work on!

What gifts are you ready to share with the world?
This is another question for which I just can’t come up with an answer. I don’t feel like I have many gifts, and as I am extremely reserved, I find it difficult to share...

Only one day left in the series! I might have to search out another source for yoga nidra practices!

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Joanne, I just want to share these thoughts that my mom passed on to me several years back about mistakes or falling short of what I felt I should have done. She said, "ALWAYS know that you did the best you could at the time with the information you had at the time." The word mistake means that you took a path or decision (take) and it later feels like it wasn't the best choice (MIStake). All we can do is the best at the time. You did not deliberately choose to make a mistake. Just like we don't choose to have an accident. Accidents happen. Mistakes happen but we don't choose them. We have this notion that we should be PERFECT. We are human and that is very hard to accept. We would never hold someone else to the standard that we hold ourselves. We need to at least allow ourselves to be at the same standard that we hold everyone else. I don't know if someone has made you feel even worse about the mistakes you think you made, but if they have then you need to realize that they have made mistakes in their life too. It would be unfair to hold it against them. The only way to get through this life without making mistakes is to sit on a rock our entire life. Oops, that would be a mistake too. Chin up my sweet lady and forgive yourself. Remember, you did the best you could at the time with the information you had at the time. I hope I am not overstepping.

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Day 3: What beliefs about yourself or life are you holding onto that may be keeping you from thriving? I think I need to ALWAYS be productive. This is why I struggle taking time for hooping or anything for just fun. It is not productive, but it does a lot of good.

What belief can you create that serves you better? To redefine what the meaning of productive is. Hooping is a major lift in my Spirit. It relaxes me. It resets me. My first thought is that will help me help others but I need to learn to do this for ME! Just be selfish. Lol, Someone once told me that is not being selfish. That self-care is a necessity and never selfish. So I guess that is the new belief I NEED to have to serve me better. I struggle with that.

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Life got busy again. The number article is very interesting. Thanks for that information. It is amazing how numbers and patterns are everywhere.

I have done day 2 and I need to catch up today. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts and emotions. I am not very good at it either especially with myself because it usually leads to the roots of why I do what I do. The question about how to use your energy efficiently was that I really need my systems that keep me on track of my duties/day. I am not an organized person by nature. I am very, highly distracted, and very good at starting new ideas and projects. Then I am overwhelmed by them all. I think the reason why I am not using them right now is that they need tweaking. They are not fitting my life at this strange moment in time.

The second question was much harder. When do I feel most alive? I would say when I am using my systems and on top of everything. Then my mind doesn't get LOST. I can really dive into whatever I am doing without the fear of what I have lost track of. It is a constant battle.

I really appreciate your answers. After looking at them, I wondered if my over-scheduling and system are because maybe I don't feel comfortable with still times. I enjoy under the stars, peaceful walks, meditation, being still but it really is difficult. As I have pondered the Summer Love question of who I want to be, I keep coming up with how reserved I keep myself. I wonder if the systems I have put in place are to keep me from being my true self. I have been seeing at times that when I see something pink and sparkly, I get excited and happy. I am realizing that I have gotten away from that pink, sparkly girl so I don't seem so childish/immature. By doing so I have denied who I really am. I feel like I always need to be whatever anyone needed instead of being me. I was thinking as I decorated my exercise room, that this is the first room in a very long time I have decorated JUST for me. I usually use whatever decorations someone is getting rid of. Usually brown or green. The rooms always look nice and I like them. However, I don't LOVE them. It doesn't make me bubble with happiness. I was going to take some of my mom's decorations and put in a room that basically has been a storage room and make it into a study. I am realizing that even though it looks very nice, it doesn't have magic. I would like a turquoise decor. A gentle, but happy color to study in instead of brown. I am seeing if I keep asking questions, I will keep getting answers. It is scary to admit these things but I am tired of being reserved and proper. I want frilly and happy! I came across this quote while finding wall art for my room.

Blaze your own glittery, sparkly, fiery, shimmering path. Surround yourself with the things that make you shine. Create your bubble and thrive in it. by Cara Alwill Leyba

So I guess my new answer to the question of what makes me feel alive would have to be for me to enjoy the pink, frilly me instead of being a more mature/proper adult-like person.

I have started a sparkle board on Pinterest so I can save quotes that I love and that reflect qualities like this. I am going to try to own this pink, frilly person that I am deep inside and not be ashamed of her. Thanks for listening and being on this crazy journey with me.

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I really enjoyed Day 3, but caught myself drifting towards sleep more than once. I guess yoga nidra really is TOTAL relaxation.
Today’s questions:
What beliefs about yourself or life are you holding onto that may be keeping you from thriving?
I have never been able to accept and forgive myself for mistakes made in my past. I just can’t let them go... it is something I struggle with constantly.
What beliefs can you create that serve you better?
Not sure... need to think on this....

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I am loving this Yoga Nidra series, but then yoga Nidra has always been a favourite practice of mine! I had trouble with today’s two questions though... I am not good at talking about my feelings... not even to myself!!
When do you feel most alive?
This is a very difficult question for me to answer. I am an exceptionally reserved person; I seldom share my emotions; I rarely let myself let go emotionally. But when I sit outside at night and look up at the stars, and consider my own insignificance in the wider spectrum of existence, then I feel very much alive, and connected to the cosmos and all of creation. There are other times, of course, but this is the best example I can think of.
What can you do today to be more efficient with your energy?
By being present in the moment, and not wasting time regretting what is passed, or worrying about what might be to come. I wish I was better at this!

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108 is an important number in yoga, so any divisor of 108 is also important. 4X27=108.

108 pops up everywhere in history, science, and the cosmos... here is a link that explains some of the connections: wanderlust.com/journal/108-y
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I really enjoyed the Nidra Day 1 Yoga. It was a bit difficult. There were several times I caught myself falling asleep or popping up to see if the internet froze. It is amazing how hard it is to really relax.

What can I do for my body: Listen to it more especially what type of exercise is needed. Get on my mat more and enjoy my hula hoop often. Eat more veggies. Probably need to work on getting to bed better.

I did have a question. Why did she have us count backward our breaths from 27? Why not 30 or 25? is there a significance to 27? I had a hard time not focusing on that. Lol.

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I did the Yoga Nidra day 1 lesson, and loved it, as I knew I would.
The closing question, and my answer:
How can you show your body more respect and more love today, this week, and on an ongoing basis?

Today: veggies/fruit with every meal, asleep before 11:30PM, use lacrosse balls for tension release in the shoulders
This week: move daily, work in the garden and enjoy the outdoors.
On an ongoing basis: remind myself to appreciate what my body CAN do, not focus on what it cannot do.

I gave this answer before reading your most recent post, DJ. Interesting how we both made the same conclusion about where our focus needs to lie!

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Yes, we have the answers but we often hide the truths below the surface so we don't have to acknowledge what we need. Why that is, I am not sure. Maybe it is because we just don't allow ourself the time to take care of ourselves. We rush through our self-care or we have the wrong mindset. Perfect example is that usually when I come to my mat, I am coming with power (let's do this!) attitude. I notice all the things that are hard and what I am lacking. I come off the mat with "I did it!" but also with the feeling of lacking ability. So with the knowledge of needing comfort, I went to my mat and did a 15-minute Pilates workout with love and embrace, kindness and compassion, caring over ridiculing. When I was finished, I felt I needed a little more so I did another 15-minute, gentle workout. I came off the mat feeling proud of myself, surprised at my strength instead of focusing on what was hard, and a strange sense of peace. It is funny how the mind/attitude really dictates a situation. Movement IS REALLY Medicine and Summer Love for ourselves is all about asking questions and listening to the answers hidden within. I am amazed at how little compassion I have for myself but that is going to change.

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Wow, I love that DJ! Knowing the right question to ask is as important as finding the answer.
What a great insight!

I Think I need to ask myself more questions!

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It is funny how when we answer questions, it gives us insight. The other day I did one of those surveys that companies do to get an input from customers. It asked different questions about healthy living and if you are concerned about it. Then it asked about your goals and if you know how to achieve them. I was able to answer all the questions relatively easy until the last one- what could they do to help achieve those goals. I was speechless. I thought what am I lacking? I lacked the want to. I know a healthy lifestyle has so many benefits that I want and don't mind working for it. But what am I lacking? After much pondering of that question, I realized right now I am needing comfort and that maybe just by recognizing that, I might be able to provide that comfort in healthier ways. I think I need to make time for my yoga, meditation, and hooping. Asking questions always lead to some interesting answers. Sometimes I just forget to ask the questions.

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Hmmmm...
I am going to try to answer her questions, more for my own benefit than anything...
“The Deep Relaxation class opened up the discussion. She has passed several questions: “

Where in your body do you carry stress?
Hips, shoulders and neck, digestive system. And maybe my vertigo is worsened by stress....

How often do you worry about ...?
EVERYTHING! And all the time. I am a worry-wart! I can catastrophize almost any situation.

What do you do for self-care?
Yoga, meditation, dogs, gardening, reading, being active through hooping, classes, walking, biking, etc.

When was the last time you completely relaxed? What brought you to that state?
Probably yoga nidra practices with my yoga instructor.
I feel as if I am almost NEVER completely relaxed. Maybe when I am so deep in a book that I forget my SELF.

Hmmmm, what an intersting exercise.... I think I NEED to practice more meditation type activities!

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The Deep Relaxation class opened up the discussion. She has passed several questions:
Where in your body do you carry stress?
How often do you worry about ...?
What do you do for self-care?
When was the last time you completely relaxed? What brought you to that state?

I carry stress in my shoulders/neck. I worry often about things.I have never been the type to be relaxed. I am horrible about self-care but I am learning that self-care is not the luxury things like a bubble bath but more like what we do for our selves that will help us feel like we WANT to feel. I love that statement from Robin of the Balanced Life. The last time I completely relaxed was with the meditation from Yoga with Adriene from last month's calendar. Also, my hoop dancing really puts me in that relaxed flow. Two completely different types of meditations. I am looking forward to trying this.

I am planning on doing the June calendar with Yoga with Adriene. I am just getting a late start. I have been digging deep into cleaning out. It seemed my bedrooms are full of furniture and things that aren't suiting me. It is either stuff from my mom or things from my kids when they were growing up and just maintaining the space. I decided to move my exercise room down out of the attic. It is getting extremely hot up there. Not an encouraging thing to workout. I tried to clean out just by picking around. Finally, I decided to just take everything out of the room. Then I only put what I would use back into the room. I think it will be wonderful. I want my rooms to suit my needs now and not have the clutter or purpose from years ago. I will let you know how my progress goes. I did ride my stationary bike this morning. I also got into my candy stash. emoticon

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Great! I have never heard of this type of yoga so I am excited to see what it is like. I am getting better at meditation. I have been doing Yoga with Adriene calendar. I do a yoga session and then the meditation after. She guides it and I have enjoyed it. It is really nice right before bedtime. Here is her June calendar: Courage. yogawithadriene.com/june-202
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I plan to do it too. I like that she has a mixture of 15minutes and 30 minutes. That way if I have a short time I still have some to do.

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I am in too!!! I never tried yoga nidra and am really poor at meditating... let'S see :)

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I signed up for it also, DJ.
I love yoga nidra, and it is one of the few forms of meditation that I feel like I can actually do!
I am such a poor meditator. I practice, but mostly my mind just rambles around on its own, and I never seem to get any better at pulling my thoughts back in line. I Love how yoga nidra guides you and directs your focus to the body.
I am looking forward to this course and to comparing notes with you!

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I signed up for this meditation. It looked very interesting and I could probably need this. Here is a brief description: It is for June 8 - 12th. Hope you join me.
Deep Relaxation with Tracee Stanley is a 5-day course that teaches you how to fully surrender into relaxation through the practice of yoga nidra. You will learn to peel away layers of stress and drop into non-doing, the body’s sanctuary of restoration and healing. www.onecommune.com/deep-rela
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It doesn’t sound silly at all! I know exactly what you mean!
It is hard to find a balance when you are working on maintenance.
I have to keep reminding myself that my goal is no longer to get fitTER, strongER, or leanER. I actually want to stay pretty much where I am. That can mean changing up the exercises, but it doesn’t mean I have to keep making my workouts harder and longer. Like you said, I start to feel the burnout.
I am not worried about a bikini body. This body will never see a bikini again!
Thank goodness!

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Sounds wonderful. I am really trying to change my thinking about my exercises. I am always saying that exercise routine doesn't count because it wasn't hard or the 6 weeks app doesn't count because it has so many rest minutes. I am realizing I am burning myself out. Especially the more fit I get. I remember at one point I was really fit and it seemed the workouts weren't that hard. I thought they weren't working anymore so I quit doing them. I found out that that is what maintenance does. I never considered my exercises as part of self-care. Only the luxury time was considered self-care. I hope I won't burn myself out on exercising with this mind shift. I am really enjoying my yoga & pilates more because now they actually count for something. I am seeing a lot more benefit from them because now they get counted. I know this sounds so silly.

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Barre and Pilates seem like a perfect fit when they are done together. I have only done Barre class with one teacher, so I am not sure if there is a unique set of barre exercises That all classes follow, but she seemed to combine ballet forms with Pilates and yoga moves... it was very rhythmic and flowing. I loved it!

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Thanks for that information. I love how in the past you have said it is #1 core builder. I am realizing that a lot of my back problems are a result of poor core muscles. So keep encouraging me. The other day, my lower stomach muscles were sore and I couldn't figure out why. Then I remembered I did the Pilates workout. Such tiny movements. I hope I get great results. How do barre workouts compare to Pilates? I am curious about them too? I need to get back to my Yoga sessions. Here lately TV and the computer gobbles up my time.

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Pilates has helped my back muscles so much. I used to have chronic back issues, and occasionally they would put me right out of commission. Since I have done Pilates on a regular basis, I have had very few instances like that.
I think Pilates is deceiving. It often looks like you aren’t doing anything, because the movement’s are so small. And I rarely feel any muscle stiffness the next day. In reality it is a great way to strengthen the core.

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Joanne, That is great that your local gym is offering pilates. Super cool you enjoyed your scooter. Be really careful of those rocks. They will flip you in a heartbeat. A friend's daughter chipped her tooth that way. I am glad you are having warmer weather.

Fran, I have been checking out Robin on YouTube after her talk. I enjoyed her workouts before. I am thinking I need to make Pilates a regular part of my exercises. I keep hearing that it is the BEST for the core.

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One of our local gyms has started using Zoom to deliver classes. There are 8 class options per week for the next six weeks. I hope to do the Pilates 2X per week. The class is only 30 minutes, so it should be fairly easy to fit it in.

I also got out and gave my kick scooter a try yesterday. I love it!! Except hitting a rock is quite a jolt! All our snow is gone (it melted super-fast this year) so getting outside will be so much nicer now!

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