#NoExcuses Challenge

Hi friends!

I’m excited to announce my participation in Fit Approach’s #NoExcuses challenge. What is this about? Basically this is an opportunity to set goals for the new year, and start 2015 off with a commitment to health. This is CLEARLY right up my alley, especially because I love the idea of setting an intention for the year. This came at the perfect time for me to recommit to my blog and my own health!

94d7fd0fe8885d6ba47924d0fec30695a3205a7194a4d5e0fe51177263114fcd

As part of the challenge, Fit Approach distributed a mad lib for all participants to fill out. I’m posting mine here, as I think doing this little exercise will help motivate and center me. So, here goes…

647c6e6549b570e3aa200596d26fdb05ae6c05bb64860ee37a830c33e7322ebb

Hey 2015, it’s me Gabriella [nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name]. This year I would like to finish my first year of law school with success and happiness, and complete another Tough Mudder and half marathon.

It would also be super duper awesome if I also tried to begin a meditation practice this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because there is no reason why I should stop the forward momentum of my life!

The thing I am looking forward to most this year is starting my first legal job this summer – I’m super pumped!

I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is an insatiable need to snuggle my adorable new cat, Sebastian to help me get up, get my caffeine on and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is I’m too busy and I have used it to get out of working out and even spending time with my loved ones on more than 2,015[number] occasions. ;)

I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to drink less wine. Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still walk into my early classes with a smile on my face. I will stop blaming my girlfriend [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the cheese when everyone knows it was really me.

My law student struggle [job, hair, car, husband, kids, etc] is not the reason, I make excuses. I will show my law student struggle [same as before] who’s boss this year and get my running, yoga, and weight training [type of sweaty activity] on.

I know that running and yoga are better than indulging self-doubt [noun]. I will reward myself by allowing myself to enjoy the successes, big or small, and accepting compliments. 

 No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner.

I can’t wait to rock a new hoodie[article of clothing] from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and surprisingly un-smelly [adj] I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking crow pose (another goal of mine!)[yoga pose / workout move] in new Rock the Course leggings [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my upper body strength [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar  to help me train for my next half marathon [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.

Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my new leggings [article of clothing] will smell in my hot yoga class [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

That’s all for now! Oh, but as a bonus, I’ll include a picture of my adorable newly adopted buddy, Sebastian le chat. We got him from a local shelter – he’s an 8-year-old lovebug with markings that look like eyebrows. We think he’s quite handsome, non?

10429270_10203559872100827_2882234914847551928_n

Stay on the lookout for more posts throughout January’s #NoExcuses challenge. 🙂

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

New Year, Same Blog

Hello friends, and happy new year!

I know that I have been absent for a very long time. As those of you who follow this blog more closely know, however, it is because I am a law student that my life can get kind of crazy sometimes. So from November to December, I was working tirelessly to prepare for my first final exams as a law student. Pretty stressful time, needless to say! I am excited to start a new semester next week, and to get back to my beloved routine. As in many times of great stress, my self-care really took the back burner during exams and of course the notoriously crazy holidays. Yesterday I finally got back to my happy place, the gym, and feel immediately so much better for it. I am still going to be posting here, don’t you worry, and my commitment to Peace.Sweat.Love is stronger than ever! I want 2015 to be my best, most successful blogging year yet!

In the meantime, check out my introductory post as a new Sweat Pink Ambassador over at Sweat Pink’s site, Fit Approach. It gives some background information on why health and fitness have become so important and empowering to me. Check it out if you get a chance!

Meanwhile, I’ll be prepping for the classes coming up next week and figuring out my schedule. I promise I’ll be back with a post very soon – I have a lot of updates to give!

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

Awesome article alert: “Sisters of the ‘Yogic’ Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery” by Sariane Leigh

I didn’t see this article back when it came out about 2 years ago, but it is definitely still relevant. You all know I love yoga, self-care and self-recovery, and making those things accessible. Well, I am not the one to speak on some of these experiences, but Sariane Leigh, a.k.a. Anacostia Yogi, does so and does so beautifully. I found her article Sisters of the “Yogic” Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery (a guest post on The Feminist Wire) while searching for a different article regarding renowned feminist scholar bell hooks, and just had to share. Leigh embodies a fitness and wellness philosophy that I strive for every day – one that is not about punishment or strict competition, but one that is focused on healing, self-love, and nourishment (physical and emotional/spiritual).

As if her beautiful work and impressive bio aren’t enough, Ms. Leigh has also compiled a list of curvy yogis to follow on Instagram! It’s like she knew I needed more curvy fitness on my feed 🙂

Peace, sweat and love,

G

It’s been a while…

Hi friends!

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted – it’s been a rough couple of weeks. Not only have I been working a lot, but also I’ve been trying to prepare for and then actually making my big move into the city! But – it’s done! I am now the proud owner of a new Boston apartment 🙂

Needless to say, my teensy student’s budget necessitates a certain amount of creativity when it comes to acquiring different home necessities. I know I should’ve been posting more, but forgive me because I was scouring Craigslist for cheap vintage furniture. And completing my much-anticipated Tough Mudder. Oh, yeah – and starting law school!

tumblr_mm92vdaKIn1qdvu40o1_500

Things are finally getting settled. The girlfriend and I have almost all the requisite home items (with a few comical exceptions, such as a bed) and are working on decorating the space to make it our own.

We even jumped back into our couples workout routine! We ran a 5k this past weekend, on Saturday, at the Franklin Park Zoo. It was a really small event, but it was fun and a really cute idea. Running through the zoo is perfect – both of us love the zoo! It was actually a pretty rough race for both of us, as I hadn’t worked out in the 2 weeks since my Tough Mudder between being dunked into the craziness of law school and the awful thing that is September 1st (move-in day) in Boston and she also hadn’t had much time on her hands. We took it a lot slower than we normally would have, but from what I heard, so did virtually everyone else – it was HUMID! It was positively soupy out, much to our chagrin. Everyone finished the race soaked and breathless – we were no exception.

I need to start getting back into my old workout habits. It has been a difficult transition to a new home, the intensity of law school, and overall a huge life transition to find a schedule. I actually sat down the other day and made an obsessive schedule on Excel, something I actually think is vital to stay on top of the heavy work loads. I’ve obviously carved out my gym time – now to create a training plan!

In between studying and brunching (both are necessary), I promise to post my Tough Mudder recap – it’s been a long time coming!

Peace, sweat and love,

G

Review: EveryMove app

Happy August!

I should preface this post with an apology to both my followers and also to Sweat Pink and EveryMove. Not only have I not been posting here, but I haven’t been able to post this overdue review of the EveryMove app here until now! Luckily, my days of working 7 days/week (sometimes twice in one day) are now behind me, especially after my body flat-out refused to go along with these antics and shut me down with a fever one particularly grueling no-days-off week.

I haven’t been posting, but I still have kept up my training (of course!) AND, furthermore, I have done so with a new staple to my training routine – EveryMove!

So EveryMove is a free app that basically rewards folks for an active lifestyle. This is done through a point system, where a certain number of points is rewarded for each activity done, depending on the duration and the strenuousness of said activity. These rewards are very tangible, too. They range from donations to cancer research to 25% coupons at various online stores. Not training for a Tough Mudder like me? Not a problem! There is a huge diversity of activities that “count” as moving in EveryMove. What EveryMove has set out to do and, in my opinion, has successfully done, is create a platform that celebrates active living and health in its diversity.

Because visuals are necessary, I’ve included some screenshots to help supplement my review.

2014-07-11 12.20.20

 

For the folks at EveryMove, it seems accessibility is key. For this reason, EveryMove syncs easily with existing platforms/networks. I synched both my Nike+ Running app and my Active.com account, which automatically update and are converted into EveryMove “points”.

2014-07-10 11.10.58

2014-07-10 11.10.53

 

Here is a good example not only of how EveryMove syncs with existing programs/platforms, but also how points are awarded based on the activity done.

2014-07-10 11.11.34

EveryMove also incentivizes users through old fashioned friendly competition. See how many points and levels you can rack up!

2014-07-14 21.45.14

2014-07-12 00.52.14

 

Rewards like this coupon for yoga towels (something I actually could use) make sure that your sweat and tears have a very real pay-off (besides physical and emotional well-being, of course!). Furthermore, EveryMove has partnered with a lot of independent and socially conscious companies, so should you choose to work for coupons, you can rest assured knowing that your dollars will be well-spent. Many of these companies also donate a portion of their proceeds from sales from EveryMove purchases to charity – so it’s like a bonus!

2014-07-10 11.10.42

 

Perfection: a discount on my obsession, healthy boxes-of-the-month.

2014-07-21 19.51.30

 

 

Whether you’re a gym eat or a fitness newbie trying to find a place to start, I definitely recommend EveryMove. It helps make exercise – of any kind! – accessible and fun. Not to mention (quite literally) rewarding! Keep track of your activity levels and reap the benefits – all for free! Perfect for health-conscious people on a budget like me 😉

Peace, sweat and love,
G

find of the week – great online yoga classes! 

find of the week – great online yoga classes!

It’s happened to all of us.

We thought that we’d have enough time to get to the gym in the evening. We didn’t realize that the local yoga studio was closed for the day. We just can’t bring ourselves to go out for that run or walk on this rainy day.

Enter the at-home workout. If you’re like me, you’d much rather be in the yoga studio or at the gym or outside. But sometimes life just gets in the way. So yesterday when I wanted to make a community yoga class and found that the class had been cancelled (no Father’s Day yoga, I guess!), I was pretty bummed. But then I found a gold mine: DoYogaWithMe.com.

I’ve been able to comb through the site, and it’s really nice! The quality of the videos is good, the sound is great, and it’s awesome for someone like me who likes having an instructor/model when I practice. Yesterday I did this short but really effective core workout – highly recommend it! Can’t wait to try out more of their workouts. For all you yoginis short on time and/or money (problems I more than sympathize with!) – these videos are not only convenient, but FREE. That said, you can purchase them if you wish to download them for a reasonable fee, and you can also donate to the project. Yoga shouldn’t be exclusive – support awesome folks like this who have tried to make it more accessible!

 

Peace, sweat and love,

G

Memorial Day and “Aha!” moments

Hi friends!

Happy Memorial Day! Go out there and enjoy those Memorial Day sales, but remember why we have this day, too. No matter what you think about the military and current/past military projects, remember that there are men and women who fought and died out of their love for their country.

all-gave-some

So over at Fit Approach, new Sweat Pink Ambassadors such as myself are asked to share their “Aha!” moment, or their inspiration to live healthfully. I figured maybe the folks over here not associated with Sweat Pink might want to read it too! Either way, I’ve included it all below. 🙂

*Trigger Warning: discussion of eating disorders*

Like many of you, I did not simply experience one moment that changed my life. I didn’t suddenly come to my senses, so to speak, and turn my life around. In fact, it has been nothing but a series of slow movements forward, and a few obligatory steps backward, that have made up my journey. It was a journey that I actually never wanted to make in the beginning.

A number of you (but certainly not all of you!) found your respective ways to fitness and balanced living because of weight gain. I actually came to fitness because of serious weight loss. I struggled with an eating disorder that ruled my life (and threatened to take my life) from middle school onward. Essentially I was baseline ill from the 7-8th grade until my junior year of high school when things became dangerous for me. I lost about a third of my body weight – which was alarming and staggeringly unhealthy for someone who was never “overweight” by any measurement. I hated myself and I took it out on my battered body.

I was lucky enough to have an extremely involved and supportive set of friends and family to come to the rescue. These people quite literally saved my life. I also benefitted tremendously from medical intervention, both physical (nutritionist appointments, weigh-ins) and psychological (therapy appointments) in nature.

The closest thing I have to an “aha!” moment that I can recall is moment during a therapy session when my therapist told me that former anorexics often end up being overweight. As a very sick and disbelieving teenager, I snorted at this comment at first, but then realized its significance. It’s because their bodies can no longer handle the starvation, she told me. They either kill themselves slowly or, when they finally begin eating normally again, cannot maintain a normal weight.

However shallow it may be, this is what finally got through to me through my sickness. I realized that the choices my ED was making for me were in no way sustainable. I realized that my ED didn’t make me more beautiful or special, it made me sick and it encouraged me to ignore everything else that actually did make me beautiful and special. I realized that this was my life, and I had to, well, begin living it.

Recovery was slow. Very, very slow. In fact, I’m not sure recovery ever stops. But I made it here, and today I can run and ride horses and do all the things that I was too weak to do when I was at my sickest.

So, today I sweat. And I eat when I am hungry. Sometimes I even eat just because I want to. That is what my healthy looks like, and I am so, so grateful that I am here today to share it with all of you.

Peace, sweat and love,

G