Do the work. Trust the process.

I’ve heard this phase from one of my favorite yoga instructors from the D.C. area for about 3 years now. It has always made sense but today in PT I got to experience the reward first hand and immediately.

I had hip surgery 7 weeks ago to repair a torn labrum in my left hip, and my recovery has been long and slow. I’m a really active person who has been told to be still for essentially 12 weeks. I’ve been riding a sedentary bike for a few weeks now, while slowly adding in simple basic body weight activities like lunges and squats.

My therapist put me on the bike today for twenty minutes and I dared myself to do 3 miles. This is something I’ve never done. 2 1/2 miles in twenty minutes yes, but adding an extra half mile in the same amount of time would be the challenge. I was literally sweating when I got off that bike at the end of 20 minutes, and rather than feeling defeated that I only did 2.92 miles, i wanted to throw a party for accomplishing SO much in such an allotted amount of time. So much growth in just 7 days and being able to see that growth first hand is incredibly empowering.

Do the work. Trust the process. The results are coming!

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Get off your butt & back into the gym

Get off your butt and back into the gym! Understand I’m telling this to myself just as much, if not more, than I’m telling it to you. As I sit here creating my meal plan for next week, I’m also eating mint chocolate chip ice cream out of the tub and drinking a glass of white wine. So to say that I view life as a balance is an understatement.

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Getting back on track for me is the hardest part. It’s not the staying on track that’s challenging, while it provides plenty of temptation, it’s getting started that causes me to immediately fail before I even begin. I have set a 5-6am alarm every morning for the last 7 work mornings and have only gotten up for one of them. Something has to change.

I have been an Advocare product user for 2+ years now and absolutely love the products. They have given me more energy, allowed me to cut out caffeine, helped me stay on track and made me love filling my body with healthy foods again. I’m starting a 24 day challenge on Monday and thought about the steps I’m taking to prepare for success. Maybe you can use one or two of them as well to help you on your journey to a healthier future!

1. Meal Planning – Make a list of the meals and snacks that you’re going to eat for the next 7 days. Also make the grocery list to match. This will help you to stay on track and ignore all of the items you’re craving while shopping.

2. Weekly Meal Prep – I always meal prep on Sunday’s after church. It makes the week easy for those on the go. With your meals already made, you know exactly what you’ll be eating without having to think about it and with the money already spent you’ll be less likely to stop for something different.

3. Refillable Water Bottles – I love my 32oz water bottle, as well as my Swell water bottle (which keeps fluid cold for 12+ hours). This lets me keep water with me at all times! I also recently heard about a 10 gulp rule. Every time you go to take a sip of water, take 10 gulps instead. This will keep you incredibly hydrated throughout the day!

4. Have a workout buddy – Find a friend who can keep you motivated and accountable. I take BodyPump and Spin classes with a girl friend and it helps get us both out of the house at 5am. Knowing that someone is counting on me helps get my feet on the floor and me out the door. It also makes it more enjoyable. Anywhere where you can laugh and be yourself is a great place to be.

5. Get outside – Rather than always working out in a gym, get outdoors. Run around the neighborhood, take a community yoga class, go paddle boarding. Switch up your routine!

6. Throw out the junk – Get rid of all the foods in your home that will cause you to get off track. For me its sweets, and chips. I have made sure to throw out all of the junk in my house so that I can be the most successful. Also, it requires me to go out of my way if I really want to get those items.

7. A good night sleep – I have found I’m the most productive if I get 8-9 hours of sleep, so going to bed early is essential.

8. Daily Journaling – Writing every evening about my day helps me clear my head before bed but also lets me list out my workouts. It also allows me to track my progress.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Annoyed by the challenge

I took by far the most challenging yoga class I’ve ever been in yesterday morning. It’s not like I knew I was going in for a Level 3, professionals only yoga class. It was a 45-minute lunch break flow. It’s the same class I take every day. BUT what I like about this studio is that every teacher teaches what they want, rather than a scheduled sequence. So some days are more challenging than others.

In yesterday’s class, I found myself annoyed by how difficult it was. Annoyed that it was challenging. That my limbs were shaking and my shoulders were sore. Looking in the mirror I noticed how red and exhausted my face looked from holding my breath in, rather than allowing the breath to move to the most knotted parts of my body.

I practice yoga in a studio for this feeling. For the ability to be pushed past my limits, even when I’m annoyed  by it. Annoyance is an emotion and I’ve come to find that these emotions showing up on my mat are a direct reflection of an emotion I feel out in the world.

Try and stay in the poses that make you the most annoyed. The ones that make your muscles sore and cause you to shake. Acknowledge the feelings and emotions that come up. Think about why they are appearing and let them go. Move past them and chose leave those thoughts and feelings in the space you’re in.

Inhale what you need and exhale what no longer serves you.

Namaste!

Kristi ❤

Expectations are not always reality

Have you ever dated someone that’s busier than you? 
I’ve always been the busy one in the relationship. The one that’s constantly on the go and has a planner full of dates and places I need to be. Until now. Now I live in a new place, where I have FOUR friends and the guy I’m seeing is insanely busy…all of the time. He’s a paramedic for a hospital in Austin and works 3 12 hour shifts a week. On top of that, he’s picking up extra shifts, spending time with his family, getting settled into the apartment we just moved him into and is prepping for school to start next month. 

My schedule compared to his, and compared to what it was in DC, is completely different than what I’m used to. Before I was working in an office 45-50 hours a week, lifting 4-5 times a week with my best girlfriends, was working at a yoga studio, while also practicing yoga a few times a week, and I had all of my friends to fill the rest of my open time with. Now, I work from home for those 45-50 hours a week, I practice yoga occasionally, go to bible study on Tuesday nights and spend time with the few friends I have. My life here is so quiet compared to the past few years of my life and I’m having to adjust to my significant other being busier than I am. It makes me feel like less of a priority, even though I know that’s the furthest thing from the truth. He does the best that he can with the extra time that he has, and I’m very grateful for that. 

When he and I first started seeing each other he wasn’t nearly as busy as he is right now. He’d have a few days off a week and we’d spend them together downtown, or at a new restaurant, ect. That time together filled the quiet space that I would have been spending alone, without time to process all of the changes that have happened the last 6 weeks. Now that his calendar is filling back up, and the reality of my move is really sinking in, im finally truly processing everything. I realized this week that I’m not moving back to DC. That this isn’t a long vacation where I live somewhere else away from all my friends, like my trip to Africa. I was in Africa for 6 weeks, which is exactly how long I’ve been in Austin now. This is also the longest I’ve ever been away from everyone I love. And processing all of this is harder than I imagined. 

So much has already happened in DC since I left. My best friend got engaged, AND married in less than 2 week period. My oldest and closest friend informed me that she’s pregnant with her first baby. Another close friend gave birth to her first child a few weeks after I moved. And my boss got promoted, which has shifted my whole team around. These are huge milestones that I wish I’d been in town for. Things I wish I could be more openly a part of, but now I can only do my best from a distance. 

Surprisingly, I haven’t cried too much since I’ve been here. For anyone who knows me well, I can cry at almost the drop of a hat. I miss so many people and already feel a bit forgotten by those that I love so much. But staying in touch with someone who lives long distance is so hard and I was warned before my move that relationships would fizzle out. These are the people I’ve been crying for. Those that filled my time while I was in DC. The people I’d call when I had a free evening to grab drinks, dinner, catch a movie, do anything with. 

All this quiet time alone is allowing me to breathe. And its taking me back to my yoga mat. I’ve been off my mat since my first week in Austin until yesterday. I decided it was time to turn Netflix off, get off the couch and do something I used to love so much. My first class back I was immediately reminded what it’s like to move with my breath and allow emotions to come up where they may. So far, the hour yoga classes I’ve taken are when I’ve felt the least homesick. The least depressed about how alone I’m feeling. But either way, homesick, depressed or unconditionally happy, my mat accepts me as I show up. 

I took a very late class tonight, 8:30-9:30pm hoping that I would find comfort. Not only did I find that, I found a release in the stress I’ve been holding in. I found a love for my body I haven’t had in weeks and a longing to listen closer to what I need right now in my life. 

Community is something that doesn’t happen over night. I had the unrealistic expectations set that I would move, immediately meet a ton of people, have an amazing schedule that I love and be beyond happy. Expectations are not reality. A move cross country is not an easy change, in fact it’s been very hard, and expecting it to be easy was ridiculous of me. 

The depression I’m feeling is also very real. But locking myself in my house with my dog isn’t going to make Austin feel more like home. Through baby steps, and slowly adding more into my routine, hopefully I’m my happy, healthy self in no time. 🙂

First blog guest post

My incredibly fit, and very talented cousin Alena created an online women’s health magazine target at young women in their 20’s and has asked me to guest blog for her! I’m so grateful for the opportunity, and can’t wait to see what I come up with! Below are some photos we took from our brainstorming session. 🙂 

   

 
I’ve never had pressure to figure out how I wanted to brand myself. While my mom, aunt Rhonda and I were trying to think of creative names, related to Austin and yoga obviously 🙂 I told my aunt about my blog. Apparently I had already started branding myself without even realizing it. ♥️

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♥️, your developing but devoted yogi