Centergy for the Cure

One of my absolute favorite group exercise classes is Group Centergy. It’s a blend of yoga and Pilates that strengthens and relaxes you while it increases your flexibility. When I started working out at the gym I now work at, Centergy was the very first class I tried. I’ve never been very flexible or graceful – my grandparents used to point out that I “plunk” when I sit down and, despite my petite size, you can hear me walking a mile away. I wanted to try Centergy because the yoga moves looked so beautiful and graceful and I figured grace was something I could use a little more of. 

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During my first class, I could barely touch my toes and planks made my arms shake like jello. It was okay, though, because the instructor stressed that Centergy is about celebrating the fact that you can move your body – you don’t have to be able to move it like the die hard who’s been taking the class 3 times a week for the last 4 years, you just concentrate on doing what your body can do that particular day. As I kept taking the class, I could feel my body getting stronger and more flexible, and it was exciting to feel progress each week. I’m still not perfect – I wobble in eagle pose and my spine isn’t very flexible so my folds don’t look as great as some other people’s. As with every kind of exercise, it’s about progress not perfection – appreciating what your body can do and respecting the workout that it needs each particular day.

Sunday, my gym put on an event called Centergy for the Cure. It was a 2 hour event consisting of a 20 minute workshop on Warrior poses and forward folds, following by a 1 1/2 hour long master class led by the entire Centergy team. Every penny of the proceeds from the event went to the Salem Cancer Institute and everyone who attended wore pink or had a pink yoga mat. I learned in Centergy today that we earned about $1,000 for Salem Cancer Institute! They gave out raffle prizes throughout the event and there were goody bags with a pink breast cancer bracelet and some mini Cliff bars inside. There are a few pictures on our club Facebook page.

I went with my friend, Erica, because we usually go to Centergy together on Sunday afternoons anyways (because it’s totally the best class to take on a Sunday afternoon ever!!). Then, after class, we went to get frozen yogurt, because, hey, after 2 hours working out I think we earned it! 

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A great workout + a great cause = a great Sunday afternoon!

 

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Rungry

Hungry for some runnin’! Today, I got a little nostalgic for running. I haven’t run since the Nate Turner Memorial Run in September, and I only did one prep run before that race. I was supposed to run the Color Run 5k a few weekends ago, but I ended up going on vacation (I registered for the race the day before I found out we were going on vacay. Doh!). I’d totally trade a run for a vacation though, so it was cool. Then this weekend, I had planned on running in A Very Poplar Run in Boardman with my Daddio, but I ended up having to work. I’m also super bummed about missing this race because it’s supposed to be suuuuuper pretty running through all the poplar trees AND you get a race medal made out of a slab of a tree trunk AND because there is a post-race hot dog roast over campfires. SO. COOL. (BTW, Dad, I’m still waiting for you to text me a post-race pic.)

My half marathon experience kinda burnt me out on running…that and training for/learning Group Ride/Cardio30 so heavily over the summer kinda filled up my cardio quota. But now I think I’m ready to take up running again (great timing, Whit, now that it’s all cold and rainy). More so now that I’ve missed 2 races I planned on running.

On my way to work this morning, I passed 10 runners. Despite the early hour on a Saturday morning, the fog, and the super cold and misty weather, these hardcore runners were up and out. I decided that I need another run to look forward to. I searched for local turkey trot-type runs on Thanksgiving Day…What better way to start a day dedicated to eating (oh, and thankfulness) than by running it all off first?? There’s a run at Riverfront Park on Thanksgiving called the Run’ucopia. They offer a 5k, 10k and 15k. There’s not much information on their page since registration doesn’t start until tomorrow, so I don’t know the cost yet. 

While I was searching for the Thanksgiving run, I came across this little gem – a Hangover Run on New Year’s Day. Now I don’t plan on getting wasted on New Year’s Eve (you’re welcome, Mom), but I will probably be in a food coma after the holidays. The Hangover Run is at noon on January 1st and is only a 3k, so it should be manageable even if you’re still half asleep from all that New Year’s partying. It’s also only $10 – Score!

There we have it! 2 runs to get me through the rest of the year! Anyone wanna run them with me??

Friday Soundtrack

It’s Friday!!!!!! 

I love that I start my Fridays teaching my Cardio30 cycling class. It gets me out of bed and to the gym and energizes me for the rest of my day. The workout is awesome, but it’s also the people in my class that make me excited to go to the gym in the morning. I have some awesome members! 

So I started my morning by teaching, then came home and turned on my Needtobreathe Pandora station while I got ready for the day. Pandora is awesome because you can set it to a station for a music group you really like and it plays similar artists that I didn’t even know existed! I found a new favorite song this morning: “Carry Me Through” by Dave Barnes. You know how some songs start to play and you just have to stop what you’re doing to fully listen and enjoy the song?? That’s how this song is. I was cleaning when it came on. It started out a capella and my ears perked up. From there, I couldn’t stop listening – it’s very gospel-y (that’s now officially a word). Definitely one of those songs that you just want to clap along with, and boy did I clap…horribly off rhythm, but I clapped. It took my back to my choir days in high school, except in high school the director forbid me from clapping. But today there was no one in the house, so I clapped and swayed to my heart’s content..again, not in time with the music AT ALL. You can listen to the song by clicking here. While you’re at it, you should really check out Dave’s song, “God Gave Me You.”

Music has so many purposes. In class, I use music to warm my participants up; to push them to work harder; and to cool them down and guide them through stretches. At home, I turn Pandora on and pick a station to get me pumped up to do some hardcore cleaning or a mellow station to relax or cozy up on my bed with a cup of coffee. Sometimes music is used to worship or to express feelings that we don’t have the words ourselves to express. Today, my Friday soundtrack is my Needtobreathe Pandora station because I have the rest of the day off to just chill and enjoy life…Oh! And I just remembered another Dave Barnes song you totally need to check out! (Last one, I promise.) Go here to hear “Until You.” It’s one of those that I just have to stop and listen to when it comes on (and sometimes sing along). And it’s the perfect sound track to my day because tonight I have a date night with my hubby! 🙂

Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy a song that makes you happy today. 🙂

FitSocial Giveaway From Hungry Runner

Happy Monday!! Whew, it’s been 24 hours of gym action! Yesterday, I attended a 4 hour Group Ride/Cardio30 Intensive, where we took a Cardio30 class and did a killer Tabata-style workout on the bike. This morning I taught Cardio30, then I did Spartan (a high intensity, low duration workout where you give it all you’ve got for 25ish minutes then puke…or die) ghost session for a coworker who is trying to get certified to train Spartan. I feel like I should be exhausted, but I’m oddly super energized. Probably all those endorphins. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean I’ll crash at work tonight.

Fortunately, I came home to a package of yummy healthy snacks from Katie over at Hungry Runner to help me refuel and keep me going for the rest of the day. 

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A few weeks ago, Katie had a giveaway a FitSocial prize package with Modern Oats instant oatmeal, Love Grown Foods hot oats, mini Larabars, a Quest Bar, Nature’s Path organic crispy rice bar, Attune dark chocolate, a cute little almond tin, a Bani Bands headband some post-workout wipes, some Love Grown buttons and a sweat note from Katie. I entered her giveaway by posting something positive about myself/day on the Hungry Runner Facebook page and I won!

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Despite eating 2 donuts and a muffin for breakfast/lunch on Saturday, I really am trying to make better food choices. I’d actually like to start the Nutrition plan that we have at the gym I work at; it’s just a matter of crunching some numbers to make sure I can afford it with the holidays coming up. I could prob pay for it just by cutting out lattes from drive-thru coffee shops alone (I don’t know that for sure – I’ve never had the nerve to add it up)… Plus, I’d probably die without coffee. Regardless, my new little snack collection will give me some healthy treats to much on for now. I’m super excited to try all the snacks…I haven’t had a chance yet. But I did wear my new Bani Band to work today! 

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I just couldn’t get over how cute this little almond tin is! I had to Instagram it! It holds the perfect amount of almonds and fits nicely in my purse for when I need a pick-me-up.

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A HUGE thanks to Katie at Hungry Runner! You should head over to her blog and check it out! She posts great workouts, healthy recipes and inspiration for living a healthy lifestyle. 

I love Love LOVE fall! I love watching the leaves change colors and all the fall flavors that come out: pumpkin, apple cider, caramel..mmmm yummy!

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One of my favorite things about fall is baking tasty fall treats, like the apple cider cake donuts I made a few weeks ago.

Today is a beautiful, sunny fall Saturday and I have absolutely nothing pressing to do, so I decided to try out a recipe for Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins that I found on Pinterest. I made a few substitutions (soy milk instead of regular milk and coconut oil instead of canola oil) and I left out the ginger and nutmeg because I didn’t have them.

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They were absolutely wonderful! Mmmm, so pumpkin-y and chocolate-y!! You can fill the muffin pans pretty full because these muffins don’t rise. Or if you want short little muffins so that you can eat more without feeling as guilty, you can fill them just over halfway. They were so delicious and a perfect Saturday afternoon treat…or more accurately, lunch (What?? It’s the weekend, so I can eat muffins for lunch!). 

Brandon and I also went to the pumpkin patch this morning to get some pumpkins for our front porch. When we got there, we realized they charge $7 per person just to get into the pumpkin patch to pick out your pumpkin. So, we turned right back around and went to Roth’s grocery store to get our pumpkin…but not before we snagged a bag of apple cider cake donuts (yes, I ate donuts for breakfast and muffins for lunch..don’t judge!), and I snapped a pic of this cute little hummingbird.

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We picked out the perfect pumpkin without having to spend an extra $14 for pumpkin patch entrance. Score! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go eat some more muffins…I mean, carrots or something healthy like that.

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