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Sunday Morning Catch Up

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Hi Friends!  I’ve been MIA lately and missing you! Life’s been a little busy and there is only so many hours in the day which means sometimes this little blog takes a back seat.  Luckily, it’s a Sunday morning, it’s raining and we can catch up over a cup of chai tea.

I’ve been feeling so good lately when it comes to eating and workouts.  My eating habits are far from perfect and I don’t work out as much as I’d like but that’s really ok lately.  I feel like for so long I was caught up in how many workouts a week I was going to do, how long my workouts were and having a perfect combination of cardio and strength.  These days I don’t even plan my workouts, I go by the feel of the day and what sounds fun and interesting.  Some mornings I am up at 5:30am practicing yoga or going for a run.  Other days I reset the alarm, sleep in until 6:30 and go for a quick run, or do a 30 minutes barre workout after work.  The only constant these days is the 6am barre class I take down the street every Friday morning.  The variety challenges my body and helps tone my muscles, in fact I’m still losing weight and inches.  In terms of eating, we’re still loving salads and lean protein like salmon, chicken and turkey and it’s easy to stay on track with these good healthy meals.  We’re still learning and adjusting.  Some weekends we eat too many carbs or overindulge on date night but it’s ok- life is short.  I’d love to say that I drink a green smoothie everyday but that would be a lie.  Most days I do but other times I want toast with peanut butter and banana or a bowl of cereal.  It’s not perfect but it works for me!

Wedding planning has been so fun.  I don’t share our planning process and the details here as this is a space for running and yoga talk but it’s definitely a big project that takes up a good chunk of my time and truthfully keeps me from posting more frequently here.  I was a bit worried about planning our wedding.  So much so that I wanted a very small, intimate wedding of less than 50 people as I thought it would be easier to plan.  We are actually having over 100 people at our wedding but still hoping it will be intimate.  I’m so happy we’re planning a larger wedding with all the fanfare.  It’s been a really fun process so far and an experience I’m so happy to share with Michael and our families.  We just finished booking all of the major details and even booked our honeymoon!  I’m beyond excited for our big day and counting down the next 7 1/2 months with great anticipation.

The Big Day!

The Big Day!

Speaking of our wedding.  It definitely has me thinking about my race plan for the year.  You all know I typically run a marathon or half-marathon (or two) in the fall but with our wedding in November I’m not really sure I want to commit to that.  I’ve been enjoying the wedding planning process, mostly because I’ve set aside the time to plan it.  And the fall will be even busier with all the little details coming together, my bridal shower and the bachelorette party.  As, someone who thinks they can do it all, I find myself more often than not in situations where I’ve taken on too much and get stressed out.  I really don’t want to stress out about my wedding or a race.  Both are supposed to be fun.  So I’m thinking a may not run a fall race this year and enjoy this exciting time in my life.  I’m also really loving my workouts lately.  It feels so good to run for the fun and enjoyment of it, or skip a run and go to yoga or hit the barre instead.  I love the variety and the freedom to do what feels good.  What is up in the air is spring half marathon.  I’d just do it for fun, and not worry about time and PR’s.  Decisions, decisions.

On April 12th we’ll celebrate 6 months with Twila.  She’s been such a joy in our lives and makes us laugh every.single.day.  She’s so goofy and funny.  She has this little purple mouse that she plays with.  She’s always pushing it under the couch or in a closet and then comes and yells at you until you get it for her.  It’s so funny.  She’s really come around lately and been so snuggly and full of love.  I just can’t get enough.  There’s nothing better than the unconditional love of a pet.  And who can resist her silly bat ears and sweet eyes?!

Twila

Twila

I’m off to make breakfast! I’m thinking is a french toast and scrambled egg kind of morning.  Thanks for catching up with me friends! I’ll be back soon!

Tell me, what have you been up to?

Embracing the Transition

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Remember when I talked about the transition to the New Year?  It turns out that the word transition has followed me into the year of 2014.  And it appears, it is going to stick with me.  Here’s the thing though, I’m not very good at embracing transitions.

I really like when things are complete.  I love crossing items of the to-do list.  I love feeling accomplished.  Most of all, I love not having to worry about things.  Like most of us, I find life overwhelming at times so anytime I can cross something off of my list it makes me feel better.  And I like feeling better.

Transitions do not make me feel good.  They make me nervous, they cause me to worry, I feel restless and most of the time they make me want to cry.  That’s pretty much how I’ve felt for the last few weeks.  It’s uncomfortable.

The other day I was trying to sit with my emotions, embracing them and try to let them go.  As I was thinking about the future it occurred to me that 2014 is really a year of transitions .  Michael and I are engaged and planning our wedding.  A HUGE part of me wants to plan the whole wedding RIGHT NOW and become Mrs. Rosa.  But that’s not what weddings are supposed to be about.  It’s about planning, making decisions together, enjoying the process and becoming husband and wife…a unified team.  We are also working on our house right now, painting and making some upgrades.  I would really like to stay home from work the next 2 weeks, work incredibly hard, and cross that off our list.  Home improvements…complete.  But life doesn’t work like that.  You have to go to work and you pretty much have weekends to work on your projects.  And if you’re really busy you probably can’t dedicate 100% of your weekend to home improvement because you have grocery shopping and social engagements and other things to accomplish.  So realistically it means that your project will take a while and  you should embrace that your bedroom has no door and just roll with the transition.  Beyond the wedding and the house there are a few other transitions happening.  And none of these transitions are going to come to an end tomorrow, or next week.   That means one thing…I need to embrace transitions.

I think at times the world knows just what we need and helps along in our journey.  Over the last few days I’ve seen more messages encouraging me to embrace the transition, to let go of what I cannot control (like time and the future).  And you know, as I’ve really tried to make an effort to do so I feel less stressed and more positive.  All those feelings that make transitions feel uncomfortable began to subside.  It turns out letting go takes effort but feels so good.  After all, not every single thing needs to get done right now and not everything needs to be perfect.  And as they say all great changes are preceded by chaos.  So here’s to embracing the transition and learning to let go…

Have you learned to let go and embrace transitions? What has followed you into the New Year?

Life in 2013!

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It’s hard to believe that today is the final day of 2013.  It seems like just yesterday I was bundled up, running through the snowy streets and listening to Ellie Golding’s Anything Can Happen and feeling excited and hopeful for the year ahead…

January started with the completion of a long time goal…becoming a certified yoga instructor!  It felt so good to finally complete my goal.   I spent most of January and February teaching my first classes and finding my way as a new instructor.  January also brought my year of being a sponsored athlete for Athleta, which was all sorts of fun and exciting.  I even went outside my comfort zone and modeled in a fashion show for them! Michael and spent most of the winter hibernating and we even watched as we got 30 inches of snow in one storm!  It was a long winter, and having ran outside all winter I was happy to see spring arrive!

The spring brought a lot with it.  Most significantly we endured the Boston Marathon bombings, and the days that followed.  It’s still a memory that brings back many emotions and thoughts. Unfortunately it is something I’ll probably carry with me for years to come.  I’m grateful for my safety and glad I was just far enough away and most of all  I was relieved that all 150+ Team In Training runners were safe.  I’m also incredibly proud of how our city has moved on and the strength we have shown.

I traveled a lot for work this past spring, attending the Inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon Half in Washington, D.C. and the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon!  It was my first trip to DC so I made the most of every moment and saw everything from the Smithsonian to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and all of the monuments at the mall in addition to a trip to the Newseum!  My mom came with me to San Diego and my first trip to California!  We had a great mother-daughter trip exploring Coronado Island, the San Diego Zoo (amazing!) and enjoying lots and lots of delicious food!

Summer started with a trip to NY to see my parents and a staycation over the 4th of July.  I managed to go to the beach almost everyday, explored the World’s End Reserve in Hingham and the South Shore with Michael, and took a day trip to Newport to tackle the Cliff Walk and head to the beach!  I also started to think more about yoga and what I needed from my practice.  I signed up for 2 fall half-marathons and started training.  I was feeling really good with all of my workouts and training and loving it! In mid-July we lost our love, Brandy.  It was such a sad day as she was truly our little friend who greeted us when we came home with loud meows, snuggled with us whenever possible and followed us from room to room.  You were never alone with her by your side.  She was always little spoon and loved to fall asleep next to you.  Michael and I were heart broken and terribly sad.  As Brandy would have wanted we kept our best to keep on living and loving.  We spent the day together in Manchester by the Sea, tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding, had lunch by the ocean and spent the after at the beach.  We went to the track in Saratoga with Michael’s family and enjoyed many mornings at the backstretch (my favorite).  We headed to the Cape the following weekend for another adventure!  We explored Hyannis, spent my birthday eating pastries, exploring Provincetown, eating oyster and seafood ocean-side in Wellfleet and even watched Planes at the drive-in!  We worked the Falmouth Road Race and watched 35 Team In Training runners cross the finish line!  And to complete our tour of the Cape we spent the night in Martha’s Vineyard at a super nice hotel, enjoying a fancy dinner and exploring Vineyard Haven! We even saw President Obama playing golf!  We closed out the summer with one final weekend at the track in Saratoga!

Fall came quickly and was in one word, BUSY!  I got promoted at work not once but twice! We went to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania so I could be the bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding and watch her and her husband say I do!  And we welcomed this little one into our lives!  Twila brought lots of laughter and happiness with her funny little ways! We headed to Newport again to go the Wine and Food Festival.  It was a pretty amazing day in one of the mansions trying food and wine and loving every minute of it! The last weekend of September brought one of the most exciting things of the entire year…our engagement!  Michael proposed in our Sunday morning yoga class!  We celebrated over brunch and with our family and friends!

October brought back to back half-marathons!  We headed to Portland, ME for the Maine Marathon and Half where I had an incredible race and loved the scenery!  The following weekend I ran the BAA Half Marathon yet again and had another fun race!  We celebrated both with lots of delicious food!  At the end of October my parents came to help us choose our wedding venue.  We set our date and began planning for our November 15, 2014 wedding!  In November we met with caterers, went to multiple tastings and picked ours!  My mom, cousin and I found the dress of my dreams!  We celebrated Thanksgiving with Michael’s family and yoga! December brought christmas trees, work travel and holiday shopping!  I celebrated the holiday in NY with my family and even went skiing last week with my Dad and brother!

Beyond all the activities I managed to scale back in my commitments and started to really live by the idea that less is more.  I refocused on my yoga practice and even stopped teaching in an effort to reconnect.  I’ve also scaled back my running and workouts to give my body a chance to rest and recover a bit…the first time in years.  I finally feel like I’m in a great place with work and life balance and put my time first.

It’s been an amazing year and we can only imagine what next year will bring!  We can’t wait to get married and become husband and wife and hope to see so many more amazing things come our way!  Thank you all for following my life and journey, even as I’ve stepped back and have been blogging less.  I’m hoping to be writing a bit more in the year to come!

Happy New Year Friends!! 

Putting Words Into Action

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I’ve been MIA the past few weeks but that doesn’t mean I’m not living a healthy life.  I am- just a slowed down version.  I have to say it feels really really good.

There is something really nice about coming home after a long day, making dinner and just relaxing.  I know I know.  This isn’t a novel idea but it’s not really how I work.  Typically I come home, have dinner and then log on to the computer to work on the blog or tackle a project.  When you get up at 5:00AM it makes for a long day.

The last few weeks I’ve really just been listening to how I feel.  Some mornings I skip the workout and get some extra rest.  Other mornings I’m up and on the mat to start the day.  Some evenings I just relax with Michael and others I dive into wedding planning.  It all depends on how I feel and what I need.

In just the few short weeks I’ve been working on slowing down I’ve noticed quite a few things about myself.  I am definitely better at managing my stress when I have less going on – makes sense right?  I also feel more present which feels so good!  I often get caught in a cycle where I’m always thinking about what is next.  I sometimes tune out of conversations as a result and get caught in my own mental conversation about what I need to do after this or that.  It’s something I’ve really struggled with but I find with less going on it doesn’t happen.  And that feels good.  I much prefer giving someone my full attention and listening to them 100%.   And perhaps the most enjoyable piece of this is that I enjoy my surrounding more and am so much more aware.  I love sitting with a cup of tea and watching the leaves fall or just watching our silly cat play with her toys like a maniac.  There a simple moments for sure, but they are so enjoyable.

My go to place lately!

My go to place lately!

My workouts have been slower and more restorative.  I’ve been hitting the mat for some yoga either at home or in the studio a few times a week.  I’ve really backed off running and have only ran once since my last race.  I’ve been working through some tightness, soreness and overall fatigue while on the mat.  After 2 weeks I’m finally starting to feel better, more open and my hips and hamstrings feel less achy.  I’m planning on joining the gym soon so I can take some cardio classes and use the machines.  I’m just not into running in the dark and cold at 5am these days.  And you know what, that’s ok.  I bought a living social deal for classes at Barre N9ne.  They recently opened a 3rd location that is 5 minutes from my house so I’m hoping I can make that part of my weekly routine!  I’m loving all the yoga and some variety too!

Barre N9ne Deal!

Barre N9ne Deal!

I’m off to enjoy the afternoon and some quality time with M.  Don’t forget that you can always follow my healthy life on Facebook and Instagram in between blog posts!

How have you been enjoying life?  Are you slowing down after your fall races?

Creating Space and Letting Go

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I think sometimes life has a way of preparing you for what lies ahead.  I started August feeling heavy.  I felt bogged down by the all the things in my life.  The to-do lists, the commitments, the emails in my inbox, people asking me to do things, it all just seemed like too much.  All I wanted in life was to clear things off my plate, to create more space and more time to just be and embrace life as it comes.

I’d been feeling this way on and off for months (like since January).  It would come in waves.  In the beginning I’d feel like this for a few days and then it’d fade away and I would feel like I could comfortably do it all again.  But then the waves started last longer and then they became more frequent and then August came.  I knew it was time to make some tough choices, clear my plate and focus on the things that mattered the most to me.  Over the past month I’ve made some choices, some easy and some hard.

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The first was a mental shift, letting go of this desire to PR in my fall half-marathons.  I know, you are probably thinking that this isn’t a big deal.  But to me, it is a big deal.  I’ve always been such a competitor and when I set a goal I usually don’t rest until I achieve it.  People change though and our needs change.  Right now, I just need to be out running for myself.  I need to spend some time alone with my thoughts, de-stressing and feeling at peace.  I don’t need to be worrying about speed workouts, paces and mile times.

The second choice was to take a step back from teaching yoga.  This was a hard one for me but I know it’s the right choice.  And when I talked it through with M and my closest friend from teacher training and they agreed I knew it was right.  Since teacher training ended in January I’ve been teaching early morning (5 to 6am or 6 to 7am)  yoga classes before work.  It’s been a challenge to give the classes the time and attention they deserve while balancing my very busy and demanding full-time job.  Teaching a yoga class isn’t easy- there’s playlists, the sequence, the commitment to the class, being present and giving the students what they need, and the time and energy needed to help grow a new class.  It also seemed that the busier my schedule got, the more I hoped my class would get cancelled and I would have the morning to myself or I wouldn’t have to spend time at night after a busy day writing a class when I’d really just be relaxing and decompressing.  And then one day as I eased my students into savasana I realized I would much rather be relaxing on my back than leading the class.  I’d really rather be deepening my own practice, lost in my own body than leading these students through their journey.  I realized that I need to be on the mat practicing more now than in front of the class leading.  In a way, it’s giving less and nurturing myself more.  I know at some point I’ll be ready to teach again, to give back to my students again and when that time comes I plan to find a class where I’ll feel fulfilled teaching.  Until then, you can find me on the mat deepening my own practice and soaking in all that yoga can give us.

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The last choice was to scale back here on the blog.  When I started LiveRunLoveYoga I was at the beginning of a career change and I viewed my blog as way to build credibility in the world of running, yoga and healthy living.  I’d work all day and then come home to blog, find opportunities and build a name for myself.  I very much viewed my blog as a business, as my ticket to a new career.  And then last September I landed an amazing job that I absolutely love.  Now I build my career everyday at work and I talk about running and yoga all day.  I no longer post every week just because I have to and I no longer feel that there is some standard or amount of posting I need to uphold.  I’ve simply decided that I’ll be posting when I feel motivated and inspired and have the time to write quality content for you to read.

I’m feeling good as enter into September and welcome the fall.  I feel lighter, less committed, more motivated and inspired by the things I love.  As we enter into the fall, I look to the future and see so many big changes, challenges and exciting things ahead (more on those soon I promise!) and I feel like I’ve created space in my life to embrace all of this while having healthy outlets to de-stress, have fun and enjoy the things I love.  As I always say, the balance of life is always shifting and changing and we need to adapt and flow with it to keep a healthy balance in our lives.

Fall always seems to bring change with it, how are you ready to take on the changes in your life?