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Pushing through…

getting ready to do a 4 mile training run

I was asked by the warden (Melitas’ warden) a few months ago if I would be interested in training for the Rock n Roll half marathon.  I thought about it for two seconds and said sure!  The warden has run a few half marathons and full marathons in her life and remembered the joy of it.  I began training back in August and at first it was very hard.  It seemed like I could only run 5 minutes until I was tired or bored.  I have kept up my training with not only running, but I also do Bikram Yoga on a daily basis (sometimes 2 classes in one day), biking, and  hiking.  Each week I notice I am getting stronger and stronger.  Even though the Indian Wells Half Marathon got cancelled this year I will be running it in Phoenix in January.  But before than I am going to do the Palm Springs Annual Road Tram Challenge.  This is only 3.7 miles, but it is vertical!  You climb 2,000 feet~

What I have learned about myself is that I can do anything I set my mind to as long as believe in myself.  If someone would have told me a year ago I would be in the shape I am in today I wouldn’t have believed it…but hard work pays off!  It all started with my Bikram Yoga 30 day challenge back in June where my sidekick Melanie and I did 46 classes in 30 days.  From there I began training with running, biking and hiking.  The best part is coming home to my dog and getting lots of puppy kisses.

What are some areas that you need to push through.  Is there something you would love to do but haven’t done yet?  What is stopping you?

I love coming home from a run to Courtney!

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Set your intentions…

One of the best things to do for yourself is to set an intention and then make it happen.  Intentions are great for relationships, goals and anything that you would like to accomplish in life.  I have made some very strong intentions this year of 2011.  What I like to do is write out my intention and then keep it clear in my mind.  When deciding what to set as your intention think about what it is that motivates you.  My latest and greatest intention was my 30 Day Challenge.  One of my best friends, Melanie invited me to join her at her Bikram Yoga class in Palm Desert about 6 weeks ago.  At first I was unsure if I wanted to go because I knew that when I was a member of my Bikram Yoga San Jose studio I was hooked on it.  I wasn’t sure if I could make this commitment.  Well, after one class I knew I still had the desire and the drive and the Bikram Yoga University Village studio was gorgeous.  The teachers were all enthusiastic and dedicated and I knew I was home.  I set my intention on making the 30 day challenge and challenging myself to put myself to the edge of my comfort zone.  I not only completed the challenge, but I also committed myself to take out alcohol, sugar and caffeine for the entire 30 days.   During these 30 days, Melanie and I completed 46 classes (several days we did doubles: back to back!).  What this has done for me has reminded me that our mind is very smart.  Not only have I felt better, but I lost 22 pounds during these last 30 days. 

Today in your journaling, what would you like to set an intention to do?  Dream big, what would you like to do?  Set some goals for yourself.  Now that my 30 day challenge is over we are celebrating with our friends at the 3rd Corner Bistro in Palm Desert.  If you are in the area, come join us and cheers to everyone!!

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  Just finished our 46th class in 30 days of Bikram Yoga!  Celebrate with us tonight at the 3rd Corner Bistro in Palm Desert.  Life is wonderful, come have a glass of wine and mingle and make some new friends this afternoon at 4:30.  Thanks Melanie for inspiring me through all those doubles we did.  I counted and we yoga’d together 69 hours this month…wow!

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Back to basics tool for your tool kit…

This morning I had the awesome privilege of attending a Bikram yoga class with my friend Melanie.  It had been 4 years since I was in a Bikram yoga practice up in San Jose.  Stepping back into the hot room was exhilerating.  My first thoughts were one of wondering if I could do this again.  So much has changed in my life since I first started doing Bikram.  (For those of you who don’t know what Bikram Yoga is, it is hot yoga.  The room is heated to 105 degrees and the 90 minute class does 26 postures).  What did surprise me was how much I remembered and how good it felt to be back in a room with other like minded men and women. 

I think Bikram Yoga reminded me of the tool of getting back to basics in your life.  What are those things that you would like to get back and remember.  Maybe it is getting back into a yoga or a stretching routine.  Maybe it is spending some time in meditation or contemplation each day.  The way to get back to the basics is to sit with yourself and really think about what are those things that make your soul sing.  I would like to encourage you all today as you spend some time writing about your “back to basics” contemplate on the things that can bring you back to center, back to the place of pure joy.   For me, happiness comes when I am snuggling my dog Courtney, or sitting at Melitas’ house listening to her tell me a story, or riding my bike or hiking.  Maybe your back to basics may be to make that phone call you have been putting off or writing that letter to a loved one from far away. 

I want to encourage you to find your center today.  The best way is to get back to your basics and see what it is that can truly make you happy!  As for me, it is all about finding the new in the old.  Celebrate today!

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