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See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerMy mood today... taught my 2nd Foundations of Yoga class. The theme was "letting go." What can you let go of today that is no longer serving you?See this image largerI love this photo! If you have a hard time getting to your mat, commit to short bursts throughout your day: 10 minutes of standing yoga on your morning break, 15 minutes after work, 5 minutes before bed to wind down. This kind of consistent practice will yield huge health benefits: a more robust immune system and improved mental health, strength, mobility and balance. Show up for yourself.See this image largerSee this image largerHappy weekend, Spark friends! Hope you all have some you time today or tomorrow. Stay healthy and take care of yourselves! PS: This kid got all A's and B's on her report card. Her goal is to make the honor roll like her big brother, which I know she will easily do!! I'm so happy that she is having such a great first year in middle school. Last year was hard for her socially, but she has a new BFF (and solidified another friendship this summer). πŸ₯°πŸ’–πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈSee this image largerSee this image largerSo I've definitively identified my Achilles heel in maintaining: tracking my food for the WHOLE day (sigh). I do everything else very well... oh, and I love to eat (you wouldn't understand). πŸ˜† (Sigh again...) I have to think of ways to reward myself for tracking each day, which will take some thought because I am already pretty good to myself... PS: Here's a lovely picture of a cairn. I love cairns for their aesthetic appeal and also for their symbolism.See this image largerBundled up for my morning run... it was snowing very lightly. Learning to have a sense of humor about my weight gain as I practice positive self talk. Repeat after me: I am way more than just a number. I am loved. I am worthy. May you all have a day filled with self love.See this image largerSee this image largerOn course to track all my food for the 3rd day in a row. Woohoo! Plus, the weekend is nearly here and I will meet my weekly exercise goals by tomorrow. New sweatpants and much needed workout shirts arriving today. Life is good. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ PS: Here is me waiting for the 3rd week in January to arrive. I am literally counting the days.See this image largerPicture of L on the swings this afternoon. Shes getting so big that sometimes I forget that she’s still a kid. Trying to consciously treasure these moments. #mygirl, #bigkid Ps: I’m on my fourth day of food tracking and the scale rewarded me this morning.πŸ’•See this image largerRest day for exercise... ran errands with the family and got Lucia x-country skis, boots and poles. We are ready for some snow! Continuing with the tracking and holding steady with my first pound down (I had trouble maintaining, but keeping at it with an extremely moderate - and very realistic - weight loss goal). Ps: I put this picture on my phone because I’m excited for snow and the holidays. Happy Sunday, friends. β›·πŸ₯°πŸ’•See this image largerIt’s going to snow today and I’m going to start cooking for Thanksgiving! Making two pies (pecan and pumpkin) and my brother will bring a third. Fresh pumpkin pie is the best! Tracked all my food for nearly a week now... getting back into the groove! Wishing you all a peaceful and safe holiday. Be well. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’•See this image largerToday, especially, I will focus on eating my food slowly, in reasonably sized portions, and stopping before I am full. Thankful for all of my blessings and you all.See this image largerPost Thanksgiving hike with my brother yesterday... we chose a less popular trail and went relatively early, so we didn’t see a lot of people on the traiIt was good to get out of the house and see someone other than my dear husband and child... After that, we had leftovers and pie. Getting back on track today with tracking my food (always the first thing to go!) #staywithit, #wevegotthis, #doitanywaySee this image largerSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSee this image largerHappy it’s Friday... tired but okay. How are you all? This weekend I am going to make a traditional English Christmas cake (start it). We’re supposed to get our first real snowstorm on Saturday night... my other plans for the weekend are to stack wood, read, do some yoga and cooking. Oh, I will also work in my holiday cards. Hope you all are well! πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»See this image larger Happy Saturday my friends! On Friday I reached my running exercise goals and today I will reach my yoga goals for the week. Wishing you all a healthy and happy first weekend in December! We are inching closer and closer to the winter solstice. After that, the days will start getting longer...πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’•πŸ˜ŠSee this image largerSo I’ve decided that eggnog and brandy is the drink of the devil... give me strength! πŸ˜‚ Wishing you all strength against the numerous holiday temptations...πŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ·See this image largerSee this image largerTaught a yoga class virtually this morning... the theme was grounding and centering. It involved some light core work and a mix of standing and mat based poses. Who doesn’t need some grounding in this frenetic season? I have surpassed my exercise goals for the week and reevaluated my weights loss goals (again). Over the next couple of weeks, I will work to maintain. I have to be realistic here, peeps. 😊 Wishing you all a great weekend!! Keep the faith, we’ve got this! πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ See this image largerHa! Happy healthy Sunday to all you health warriors out there! We’re so worth it! Be kind to yourself today. πŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ₯°See this image largerDid you know that gratitude is good for your mental health? I am grateful for the NH woods... for what are you grateful? #mentalhealthawareness, #wellnesswarriirSee this image largerSnow day today! We all needed it... today I’m going to ski with my daughter, cook, read, do yoga, maybe work in my website, maybe rap presents, do online banking, et cetera. I also need to figure out how to record my classes so that I can build a video on demand library. Holding steady on the high end of maintenance. 😊 Wishing you all a happy Thursday! πŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’See this image largerThis time of year is so hard for me in terms of healthy eating! Is anyone else struggling as much as I am? I’m just doing damage control now. I know I will get back on track after the holidays. Hope you all are doing better than I am at resisting all the temptations... On the plus side (not related to my waistline), I got a lot done yesterday and my family enjoyed our first snow day of the season! β„οΈπŸŒ¨β˜ƒοΈSee this image largerMy colleague made me this lovely ornament... homemade gifts are the best! This morning, I did 35 minutes of yoga on@my own and then taught a 60 minute class. That’s my exercise for the day, unless it warms up. Also made a delicious, nutritious and easy turkey meatloaf for dinner tonight (with veggies and bread or potatoes as sides, of course). Happy Saturday, friends! Keep on keeping on! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈSee this image largerWebsite is up! Sent out my first invoices and received three payments back... Boom! Working hard to reign in the holiday eating... small changes add up! Happy Tuesday, Spark friends! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈβ„οΈSee this image largerWoohoo! Last day of school before the break! Happy holidays, you all!! πŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸŽ„See this image largerMerry Christmas, friends!! This has been such an incredibly hard year for so many of us. Wishing you and yours light, hope and healing as we finish out 2020. Let’s be thankful and show love. πŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸŽ„See this image larger(3 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerOperation get back on track with drinking 8 plus cups of water and eating fruits and vegetables! Super frustrated with technology re: uploading videos to my Vimeo...but I will figure it out. Sigh. Here’s a pic from a walk the other day... Happy New Year’s Eve to you all!See this image largerSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerMy theme for my next class will be surrender and I found this fitting photo. When we surrender our egos, we are able to receive each moment with an open heart. We exhaust ourselves by demanding that life be a certain way. Let’s be aware of how our egos get in our ways as we strive to live our best lives. πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ Happy Sunday, folks. I am going to exercise, do yoga, ski and make a Sunday dinner. Stay the course, we’ve got this! Consistency and self love are our best friends! πŸ’•πŸ˜ŠπŸ’ͺπŸ’πŸ₯°See this image largerKeeping at it re: morning skis, reviewing goals, getting in 5 a day, and hydrating to the best of my ability. I’m also giving myself pep talks. I’ve been tired the last 2 days, though... This pic is from my husband, who is building a house on Squam Lake in NH. Sending encouragement to whomever needs it... Little changes, consistency and patience = results! We can do it!See this image largerBuilding healthy habits into our lives takes patience and skill...You’ve got to figure out what works for you. For me, I don’t maintain tracking my food, but I can limit sweets, be aware of emotional eating and rock the exercise! Wishing you all a healthy and happy MLK Jr. Day... Stay strong and be kind! πŸ’πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’―πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerGetting back on track... how are you all doing?See this image largerHi gals and guys! I inadvertently had a cheat day when I sampled my English fruitcake (it is a Christmas cake, but I baked it after Christmas and have been β€œfeeding” it with brandy every two weeks since it came out of the oven). Teaching a class today and then hosting a virtual baby shower for a colleague. It is going to be a cold weekend, so I will be doing weights and yoga inside. Sending positive energy to you all! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ’ͺπŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’See this image largerMy mantra for the new year: The obstacle is the path. I am starting to consider my next move, professionally. The challenge with be to find a flexible job that stimulates me intellectually. Wishing you all new opportunities and growth along your own paths.πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’•πŸ˜ŠSee this image largerSee this image largerGained weight? Still beautiful. Made a mistake? Still worthy. Moving slowly towards your goals? Still moving! Experienced a setback? Recommit and keep trying! Motivational words for you... I needed to tell myself the first one today. #itsokaytobehuman See this image largerPhoto from my solo hike yesterday. Winter hiking is a workout! In other news, I am maintaining at just at the very edge of a healthy BMI... 25.1, but I am hoping that some of this is from muscle! 😊πŸ’ͺ I am more than just a number... I am a healthy older woman who has excellent muscle strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health (not to mention mental health!) Wishing you all a happy Sunday. πŸ’•See this image largerRecommitting to tracking... bc it is the thing that works for me, even though I strongly dislike doing it. Tried to lose weight without tracking my food and getting guess what?! I’ve only lost a pound in the last month. It’s never too late to start again... in the short time I have been on this journey, it seems that I have already made all the mistakes in the book (or most of them!) #wecandoit, #beginagainSee this image largerI see you. I see how hard you are working. I hear you. I hear what you are trying to say. I am here with you. We are on this journey together. #bethebeacon, #itsnoteasy, #letssupportoneanotherSee this image largerSpring is coming! Hope you all have a great weekend! Get some exercise, eat well and in moderation, rest and show love... πŸ’•πŸ˜ŠπŸ’See this image largerA couple of days of complete tracking have yielded results. There are no shortcuts. Three lbs down, 2 to go to get to where I was last April. Then 2-3 more to get to my preferred weight. I chose this picture bc I am looking forward to spring!See this image largerSee this image larger5 lbs to go to my reasonable goal... and I could be okay if I don’t get there (although I will keep trying). Dragged my daughter out for a ski yesterday in the notch and went for a 35 minute ski this morning. I have school vacation this week, so I will be reading, skiing, sledding with my daughter, cooking and hopefully scheduling some more interviews! Wishing you all a fun and/ or productive day! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ’•See this image largerSee this image largerTracked meals for the day ahead of time! Been a little crazy this week with job applications and interview s. However yesterday had some time to regroup. My husband’s travel south today to pick up this little lady. We’ll meet her tomorrow! Been getting so much stronger and more flexible in my yoga practice. It is so gratifying to see how far I have come. Keep working on your goals and remember to enjoy the journey in the process! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ’See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerBeen a week. I had two big slices of my brandy soaked British fruitcake for desert with two glasses of milk (after a fairly light dinner). Sometimes you need to treat yourself)! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ

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