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Week in Photos- Sept 16

This week was all about teeth and recovery. It was a tough week of mouth pain but we finally overcame the hump today and looks like we are good to go! We ended our Sunday with a new yoga class for MB and finally getting me back in the hot yoga room….what a great way to start and end the week!

Sometimes it just hits you

I know I still owe posts on vacation…they are coming, but today as I lay on my yoga mat it hit me.

We had a wonderful vacation. I couldn’t really put my finger on it but it was really just peaceful. Lots of family, new friends, and old, days at the beach, good food and memories but there was more. It was one of my favorite visits to the island.

I realized today what it was. It was my family. It was how easy it was and right it was.

I didn’t worry about making sure everyone was ok. Everyone was. Wether we were keeping separate conversations at the bar or relaxing at the beach each doing our own thing or playing in the waves or enjoying a meal together. We were together. We were enjoying our time away from it all.

Such a relaxing way to spend a week. We just enjoyed being there together with family.

Simple right?? Another thing I didn’t realize I had been missing.

As I laid on my mat at the end of a great yoga class, it hit me. Peace. Happiness. Family.

Missing someone the moment they leave. Missing having the lovebugs all together.

A song was playing I had never heard as I was laying on my mat…but a song I now love. “Bless the Broken Road”

The words rang so true to me.

“Bless The Broken Road”

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you

[Chorus:]
Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true

[Chorus]

Now I’m just rolling home
Into my lover’s arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.

As I lay there, tears rolled down my eyes.

Tears of release. Tears of happiness. Tears of knowing that things are going to be alright. Better than alright. Things are perfect, just they way they should be.

Hips Don’t Lie

It’s Sunday night.

Yin yoga night.

Always a reflective night.

As we were working on another deep yoga stretch our instructor said the following and it really hit home.

“The tension you keep in your shoulders and neck…that is like your short term memory.

The hips are your long term memory. You might even feel a release of something you might even know you were holding on too.”

As she was saying this I was in the deepest “square” pose I have ever done. Deep. Head almost to the floor.

I was surprised how open I was.

Her comment made reflect on 2 things.

1) Today’s practice in general I was so much more open…I totally relate that to the wonderful relaxing weekend with the family. Nothing on the agenda. No stresses. Lots of sunshine and fresh air. My body felt that completely.

2) The long-term memory. Those years of crap. It is going away. It is losing it’s place in my life, in my body, in my hips. Those hips are getting more open each week…making room for a lot more goodness!

Hips Don’t lie. They don’t know how to.

And getting a babysitter for yoga night out is probably the best thing we have even decided to do. We find time to talk. We find time to eat. We find time to have fun. This gives us time to be good to ourselves. This gives us time to relax. We are in our own practice, but we are together. When we are finished we feed our bellies and have some mindless chat….then go home and tuck our sweet little lovebug in bed. Really can’t think of a better reason to get a babysitter or a better way to start off the week.

Training is moving along

So this week I logged 16miles. I can’t believe I am running in the double digits for the week. And enjoying it.

The big accomplishment this week was getting into the 4 mile range. Furthest distance for me yet in running. When I hit the 4miles it still felt good.

I did most of my runs around the neighborhood which means the big hills though I have started avoiding the really big one as I increase the distances. After running the same route 2 different times I was able to do the 2nd run beating my pace by 30 seconds. I don’t know if I was just more rested, or getting used to the hills and extra distance but it felt good to not only get the miles in but a little faster too.

Saturday I did another first….now usually TB is my running partner but until cools of a little bit more we are alternating mornings on our runs. When we run together I don’t talk (I can’t :)) so I usually get TB started and listen. On Saturday I went running with a neighbor. We headed down into the valley a little bit- got a little shade and some flat running tracks. We did our 4 miles and I pretty much talked the entire time….seriously 80% of me was chatting. Not a chatterbox like my girl….I was answering questions…and maybe a little chatter. She loved it as it made the run go easier and faster- was her first 4mile run. I was amazed that I was able to hold the conversation. Just shows that I am getting in better running shape and time to start pushing it further.

With the training schedule, Daisy troop, work and just life I haven’t been able to keep up with the yoga schedule like I would like…but tonight TB and I headed over to Yin (holding deep long poses). Wow it was hurtful in some cases while I tried to open up my hips and quads– but feels so good. I think Yin is going to have to become a regular part of the training routine to keep me open!

The weekend is over????

Where did the weekend go?

Honestly I don’t know what happened one minute it was here the next minute it was gone. At least I feel accomplished.

After sleeping in for the last  morning, last day to enjoy the luxury, we headed to yoga. I love yoga. I love how I feel when it is done. I am amazed about how much deeper the stretches can get. What a great way to start the day.

Then we went to Lowes. What started as a trip for some eye hooks and rope ended up with 4 hands full of supplies to get our guest room into “final shape”

The next thing we know it is 3pm and we have friends coming over for a BBQ at 5. So hurried out to the store and got our BBQ supplies.

Then we both went to work. Me in the kitchen. Bob Villa in the guest room. We were both successful. The picture is hung, the dresser is fixed and the room is looking complete. I whipped up my mom’s pasta salad..I didn’t realize I missed it till I made it…loved feta cheese and the Mediterranean dressing. Threw a few chocolate chip cookies in the oven for dessert and the doorbell rang.

Talk about perfect team work! We are so getting settled into our place and it feels so good.

Go to admit  nothing beats relaxing Sunday night in the hot tub.

Now the week before Kindergarten begins…going to find out the teacher tomorrow. Eck!!!

Intention for your practice

So today’s yoga practice instead of giving us a focus as we began our practice the instructor told us to choose our intention for the day. The purpose and focus of our practice for the day. Courage? Strength? Understanding? You choose.

I must admit in that minute where I was to choose my intention I was stumped. So found myself drifting back to that thought during the practice. When I wasn’t focused on making sure I was still breathing or falling over.

I have done yoga on and off since I graduated from college, but since we moved to Scottsdale it has been a regular part of my routine. I do it for many reasons. I love the focus on the body, breathing through the stretches, flowing with your breathe. But most of all I love the way I feel when I am done. I feel relaxed, at peace, and my body feels just incredible. At times it might be sore but a good sore where it feels longer, more spacious. Able to handle what the everyday world has in store for me. I also love that it has become a family activity. We all take part in classes and while we haven’t been able to make it work with the schedule yet will soon be taking a family yoga class together– I can’t wait to do poses together, bringing the 3 of us together as 1.

Yet if I wanted to focus on an intention for the day- one that I would focus on on the mat and off- what would that be. As we left the class our instructor again reminded us to take that intention we focused our practice on and continue to focus on that off the mat. So as I drove away- feeling incredible after a strong flow practice I kept thinking about my intention.

Too late for today’s practice but for the next practice my intention is going to be Courage & Confidence. For those who know me they might find that an odd intention. But the last few years have been really difficult on my inner psyche. The battles of divorce (& custody) can do that to even the strongest person. While that chapter is not fully over, a new better chapter as begun with my lovebugs. So now as life moves forward with such much promise I need to focus on bringing back the courage and confidence that resides in me.  So that is my intention and my focus…for now.

Yin, Yang, and BO

After a day sitting by the pool reading the Carrie Dairies (a perfect summer pool read) I was looking forward to a 2 hour yoga class to wrap up my day and prepare me for the week ahead.

The Yin/Yang class was great and I could do a whole other post about stress in your hips and how it feels to spend 5min focused on releasing that stress and feeling it leave your body, but I digress.

As I start focusing on my breathing I start to smell something. Now I had just taken a shower before coming so I was pretty sure it wasn’t me, but I won’t lie. I did smell my mat and myself, nope not me. Good. Oh no here it comes again…this time as we stretch into pigeon pose. Man this is brutal…I have to look.

It then become quite evident…it is the man next to me. Now he wasn’t close enough I could touch him….not even if I stretched with all my might, but it was him.

It is tough enough to focus on keeping your “little doggy” mind on its leash and staying focused on the mat, but then to have BO come in with every movement. It was excruciating.

So please if you plan to go to yoga again sir, please make sure you shower, use deodorant, or if you are going to be a little rank at least wear a shirt with sleeves– some barrier to keep the BO at bay.

Ahh now I feel bad about complaining, should I hit publish or delete. Publish, delete…ahh I will publish.