Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Update: November 2014

Hi Everyone! I can't believe it's been ten months since I last updated my blog. I've been quite busy since my last blog post way back on January 9th. Where do I start? I packed up my car with all of my worldly possessions including my cat, Ace and moved up to Seattle, Washington at the end of January. SkinSpirit, the medical spa I worked for in Northern California expanded to three new locations in the Seattle area: University Village, Redmond and Bellevue Square. My workload easily doubled once I moved up to Seattle and started tackling our Seattle launch head-on.

As soon as I got up to Seattle, I jumped right back into an old passion of mine, snowboarding. Turns out January tends to be the beginning of ski season up here. When I wasn't working, I was snowboarding the weekend away. I swear snowboarding and Bikram Yoga were the only things that helped me keep my head on straight when things started getting crazy. Trust me, planning three launch parties in a new market is A LOT of work.

While snowboarding my face off one Sunday in April, I met my now husband, B. Whoah is right!!! I got married!! We met on the mountain naturally, well in the Top Lot of Stevens Pass actually. It was true love from Date #1.

What am I doing today? Well, I just finished up event season at SkinSpirit, in addition to all of the other cool stuff I've been up to at SkinSpirit. One thing I haven't had much time for since moving up to Seattle is blogging. I miss it! I've seen all your emails that you've sent me! I love them! Thank you for sending me all of these messages filled with love and support telling me how much my blog has inspired you. Thank you! That means a lot to me.

I have so many things to tell you guys all about. I have so many questions I want to answer for you. I have had a ton of great questions sent in from other blog readers that I can't wait to answer for everyone. I can't wait to share with you more of my adventures in this wonderful industry while living my crazy, amazing life. Want to know what my biggest piece of advice is for anything in life? NEVER SETTLE. Dream It. Live It. Manifest It. It will happen.

Feel free to leave me comments below of anything you'd like to see me cover in any upcoming posts. I look forward to hearing from you. I'm really excited to get back into blogging!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day #31: I Did It!

My Reward Dress (Me NOT Pictured)
Day #31

I did it! I finally completed my 30-Day Bikram Yoga Challenge. This second time around was way easier than the first. Had I not missed that week while I was in Seattle during the first week of December, I could have easily knocked out the 60 day challenge.

Challenge or no challenge, my mind and body feel amazing. The best part about this whole experience is that I've managed to turn Bikram into a habit in my lifestyle. No longer do I have to work hard to fit it into my day. My body craves the practice so much that I look forward to each and every class. The early morning classes are the best. I can't think of a better way to start the day than with ninety minutes of Bikram.

As a final reward for this challenge, I finally got to open my box from Hawthorn which contained the beautiful, black, hand-woven, floor-length lace dress that I bought back in November. Geez, it feels like ages ago since I first bought that dress. I tried it on last night and it fit like a glove. Worth every penny and every drop of sweat.

Even though my challenge is officially over, I plan on continuing to practice Bikram every day. I decided to take today off, Day #32 due to work projects and preparations for a major transition in my life. I'll be back in class bright and early tomorrow morning at 5:30.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day #28: Breathe

Day #28

As a reward for myself for continuing on with my own personal 30-Day Bikram Yoga Challenge, I treated myself to a new yoga mat. I realized that the mat I have been practicing on is over seven years old! The only reason why I remember how old it is was because it was a gift from an ex long ago. One of the good things to come out of that relationship. My little trusty mat has been with me through thick and thin. I used it when I first started practicing yoga in my living room using an old yoga DVD I purchased online. It was with me during my very first Bikram Yoga class. It served me through my first attempt at the 30 day challenge and through 27 days of my current challenge. Now today, I have officially retired my little, blue, very worn and slightly discolored yoga mat. I've upgraded to a Breathe Yoga Mat.

I didn't really think much of yoga mats when I first started Bikram. I mean a mat is a mat, right? Now that I've spent 85.5 hours of my life in the last two months sweating it out in a Bikram Yoga class, I started thinking a lot about a lot of things I hadn't given much thought to before. One of them being the mat I lay on in class every single day. My old faithful mat was a far cry from fancy. It was rubbery, weathered, discolored and even flat in some places. Plus every Bikram class I took, I needed to bring a full-length towel with me to put over my mat. Neither the towel or the mat never seemed quite long enough. Either my head or my toes would hang over the edge and onto the studio floor.

As I looked around the studio during class, I couldn't help but check out some of the cool mats people were rocking. One mat in particular really caught my eye…Breathe. These mats seemed to be pretty long and looked like towels, like a yoga mat and towel in one. I did a little research online and found that Breathe mats are specially designed for Bikram and are even endorsed by Bikram Choudhury himself! They come in two sizes: regular and long. There's even a special "Rabbit" flap at the back of the mat so when you're in the Rabbit Pose and you have to flip over your mat or towel, the bottom of the mat has the same towel material as the top to grip onto instead of just the rough material that's on the bottom of the mat.

So I splurged and treated myself to an all-white, long, white Breathe mat for $70, plus shipping and handling. This morning, I officially broke my new, fancy mat in by taking it with me to two back-to-back classes. I was in the 8am class and then stayed for the 10am class. I was a little worried by the end of the first class that my sweaty mat would leak through onto the studio floor during the second class. By the end of the second class, I was exhausted and my mat was completely soaked, but the bottom was completely dry. I guess you can add "sweat-proof" to the list of amazing features this mat has.

I love my new mat. It makes taking class even more fun now. It's super comfy, I don't have to lug around extra towels to class anymore and there's no more head or feet dangling over my mat's edge, onto the studio floor. I love when I'm laying there on my mat, in-between postures, I have that little logo to look at that reminds me to just breathe. I also love that my new mat is washer/dryer friendly. Right after class, I can just throw my mat in the washing machine and have it clean and dry for my next class.

I can't believe I only have two more days to go in my 30-Day Challenge. I feel like my second attempt at the 30-Day Challenge has flown by way faster than it did the first time around.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Day #23: Look At What I Won!

Day #23

Remember how I completed the challenge at my yoga studio by taking 30 Bikram classes in 30 days? For completing the challenge, my studio gave me a copy of Bikram Choudhury's Bikram Yoga book, autographed by all of my yoga instructors. This is such a cool gift. Now I can read on the backstory behind Bikram Yoga. I can't wait to dive into this book and learn in detail about all 26 postures and of the yoga I've been practicing non-stop for the past two months.

Even though it was New Year's Eve, I still went to class this morning. Yesterday and this morning's class was pretty tough for me physically. My neck and shoulders are still incredibly tight from the nasty face plant I took on my wakeboard last Sunday afternoon. It had been over a month since I went wakeboarding last. I thought for sure my whole body would ache and be stiff. Thanks to all of the Bikram, my body wasn't all that sore. Just the areas where I had been slapped on the water, causing me to be fully ejected from both of my bindings. Yeah, I fell THAT hard. Thankfully one of the gifts I got for Christmas this year was a gift card for a massage. I am so looking forward to redeeming that gift!

Here it is only seven days away from me completing my own personal 30-Day Challenge. I'm still just as motivated as when I originally starred this challenge at the beginning of November. Yes, I'm already signed up for the first Bikram class tomorrow morning, on New Years Day. While most people will either be hungover or still out celebrating from the night before, I'll be standing on my mat and towel, stretching and sweating in the new year.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Day #20: A Bikram First For Me!

True Life: I Got Hit On At Bikram...
Day #20

Today was a Bikram first for me…I got hit on after class. Yes, as I sat there with hardly any energy left trying to collect my thoughts and wiping the stinky sweat off my body, a dude tried to hit on me. Are you serious? You know what the best part is? He started off the conversation with an original, "Do you come here often?" Why actually sir, yes I do. I come here every single day thankyouverymuch!

I thought the whole situation was funny. Sure, it was totally inappropriate for him to hit on me after class like that. In fact, he shouldn't have even been speaking in the yoga room. But the whole situation was hilarious. I mean, who does that? Kudos to the dude for having the confidence to approach a girl and strike up a conversation with her while she's still sweaty and trying to catch her breath from a Bikram class. Thankfully we were the only two people in there and I had already sat up from my mini-meditation. I couldn't help but laugh as I rolled up my mat and towel, quickly answered his questions and skirted out of the room.

Maybe he was impressed with my Half Moon Pose or Camel Pose? I can get really crazy on those backward bends.

Bikram Yoga Tip

The yoga room is NOT an appropriate place to shop around for a date. If you do find that you have the hots for someone in class, wait until you both GET OUT of class. The lobby is a more appropriate place to strike up a conversation with someone whom you just took class with. Trust me, a person is bound to be way more receptive to your passes while you both are putting your shoes on out in the lobby than if you were laying in the yoga room, just opened your eyes from meditation and were still sweaty from class.

I personally liked the guy who stopped as he was putting his shoes on out in the lobby after a Bikram class, looked up at me and told me to "smile" right before I walked out of the door and back into reality. He made me laugh and yes, he made me smile.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Day #19: Another Milestone!

It says 29, but I completed 30 this morning.
Day #19

Today marks another milestone during my 30-Day Bikram Yoga Challenge. I officially completed the 30-Day Challenge at my studio this morning. Thirty classes in thirty days. Granted, four of those days I did double classes and ten of those days I wasn't in class at all. I was either sick or working/snowboarding during my weeklong trip to Seattle.

I still have 11 days to go in my own personal 30-Day Challenge, but I still feel accomplished. It doesn't matter how much I love Bikram or how amazing I feel after each class. Sometimes its really tough to get into class every single day. Life happens. Work runs late, traffic sucks, your body forces you to rest, you get sick or sometimes you have to sit in on an hour long, crazy conversation that makes you miss the last class of the night. All of these things have happened to me over the last couple of weeks. The true challenge for me has been getting my butt back into the very next class. I've managed to make going to class part of my daily routine. I schedule classes on my calendar. I even pack for class the night before.

What keeps me coming back is how good it feels to let my mind go for that hour and a half and how amazing my body feels for the rest of the day after class. After completing my personal 30-Day Challenge, I will be cutting back on Bikram from 7 days a week to 5. Instead of going to class everyday, I plan on going to class every other day (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and then taking two classes on Sunday. On my days in-between Bikram, I will go back to running. Somewhere in there I will work in snowboarding (as soon as I'm close to the mountain again) and wakeboarding once the weather gets warmer. No matter what my sport or exercise of choice is, my ideal day will always start with a 90-minute Bikram class.

Oh and small victory for me this morning! During the Standing Head to Knee posture (my least favorite  posture BTW), I was able to lock my standing knee and hold my leg up throughout the entire posture. My legs still shook by the end of the posture, but I didn't fall out of it or give up. My body remained standing in perfect form with a locked knee. Maybe one day I will eventually enjoy this posture after all? Crazier things have happened...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day #16: More Than Half Way There!

Left: Day 1, Right: Day 16
Day #16

I'm more than half way through my second attempt at my 30-Day Bikram Yoga challenge and I'm feeling awesome. I've finally kicked that nasty cold I had for two weeks. I can tell that I'm getting better because I don't cough or have to blow my nose as much during class. In fact, today was the first day that I didn't have to blow my nose during class at all! I also don't need to go everywhere with a box of Kleenex in tow.

This week I ended up missing two days due to scheduling issues beyond my control. I did make up for it by doing two double classes during the week: a double on Friday and a double on Sunday. I love taking two classes in one day. By the time I get to the second class, my body is so much more flexible. The more Bikram I do, the more laundry I have to do - lots of body towels, hand towels, sports bras, shorts and headbands.

In the last 16 days, I have spent 28 and a half hours of my life sweating it out in a Bikram Yoga class. That includes four days of taking two classes in one day. I definitely feel like Bikram has become part of my lifestyle now. This challenge doesn't feel like it's a chore to get to class. My body really craves it each and every day.

I love watching my progress everyday in my energy levels, how my clothes fit and by looking at my before and after pictures. I may not be losing a lot of weight, but my whole body is tightening and toning up. I love it!