Sunday, March 4

YogaFit Recap - {Plus} a bad habit that you'll want to recognize

Heyo! I can't believe it's Sunday night already. I'm comfortably nuzzled in on the couch with my pups (and I'm not even gonna lie, a small glass of red wine-hehe) kicking the feet up a bit after a long, but very rewarding weekend of YogaFit training. I'm now considered Level 1 YogaFit trained. I don't actually become certified until I complete 8 free classes in my community (more details on this to come).

So my Saturday morning started at 8 a.m. and it's hard to believe that within 18 hours, and 2 days of training that I feel as well-versed, and confident in the practice of teaching Yoga. Not only did I learn a lot about how to teach Yoga this weekend, I also learned within the first few downward facing dog poses that 5 months away was waayyyyy too long!  What was I thinking? No really... I seriously have been putting Yoga on the back burner and that stops today! The benefits I feel are far too great to ignore, and I was reminded in practice that I have THE. TIGHTEST. HIPS. EVER. (I'm really not exaggerating this). I have sore muscles in areas I didn't even realize I hadn't been working for the past months. Ok so anyways.... enough of that.

I must say, I was skeptical that I would come out of YogaFit level 1 training rearing to go, ready to teach a class. My mind is COMPLETELY changed on that front. I had an amazing teacher that has been teaching for YogaFit for about 7 years, and an apprentice teacher learning to be an instructor. They were both fabulous! Not only was my instructor adorable, petite and gorgeous (and sported some seriously cute YogaFit fashion)... she's just shy of her 52nd birthday and no joke, you would have never known it. She had more energy at times than our entire class combined. She knocked out more tricep pushups demonstrating crocodile (chaturanga in some Yoga styles) than some men are probably capable of, yet her arms were feminine and fitting for her size. Truly a great example of the benefits of what taking care of yourself and your body can do for aging and your health.

So, now that I'm equipped with the tools to align my clients (and future students) correctly, and easily transition them from pose to pose, I'm ready for the next adventure. I'm already looking forward to Level 2!

{Added to original post:} I got a sweet new pair of Yoga/workout pants too for a banging deal (cheaper than the website)! They are literally THE MOST comfortable pants/leggings I own now. :) Can't beat that! If you're looking for a compression type legging, these are definitely an awesome choice!. They have a wide waste band and fit nice and snug. Big Plus... they're made in the Good Ole U.S. of A! Wooo Hoo!

YogaFit cinch tights $39.95
End of addition! :)

After class today, I stopped by Pensacola Beach to meet my mom and one of her friends for a drink at the Wine Bar on the boardwalk. I've been really limiting my alcoholic beverages lately simply because of calorie content, but a treat every now and then is warranted. :) Our conversation migrated to talking about nutrition and organic foods and such, intermingled with random childhood stories that somehow fit. My mom's friend used to live in Sicily and we were chatting about how much smaller the portion sizes were in some other countries. This reminded me of a really important lesson I learned from Bethenny Frankel's book, Naturally Thin. Now I have to say, I don't agree with necessarily everything in her book, but some of it is really useful. The lesson you ask? 

LEAVE THE CLEAN THE PLATE CLUB!

Yes, I know some of us are not going to admit that we are members of this club, however, the only person you're lying to is yourself. I'll be the first to admit that I've been there, and at times I still find myself cleaning the plate. I will say that my portions are much smaller now than ever so I don't feel quite as bad, but there are times that I'm certain I can stop eating sooner that I actually do and feel satisfied. Don't worry, there are ways to overcome this bad habit.

1) Don't engage in mindless eating- In order to recognize that we are full, we have to listen to our bodies and really focus on eating. Eating in front of the TV or in the car, for example, are not ideal situations for listening to our bodies. Don't worry, you're not the only one that does this stuff. I'm totally guilty of them, especially eating in the car. I drive about an hour each day to work and I typically eat my breakfast in the car. One of my goals is to get up a tad bit earlier to avoid this.

2) Savor your food - Really practice eating your food because it tastes good and because you are actually hungry. This will really take practice. A lot of us do not listen to our bodies throughout the day. We're all so used to the routine and we forget to worry about number 1, ourselves, which encompasses our health and well-being. Find healthy recipes full of flavor. Just because we are practicing eating less does not mean we have to sacrifice flavor and enjoyment.

3) Portion control- This seems obvious, but sometimes we don't realize how many calories we are really consuming. There are many representations on portions out there, but the picture below gives a good idea of the sizes of a serving of certain foods.



Also, eating from a smaller plate or bowl will help to control how much food you serve yourself. Try it! Let me know if it works for you!




If you'd like to learn some more tips about portion control, pick up Bethenny's Naturally Thin and check them out. Also, If you have any interest at all in teaching Yoga, I highly recommend YogaFit!

Now it's time for me to hit the hay and let these sore muscles of mine recover a bit. Tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Be Strong. Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Lauren


3 comments:

  1. Love it!!! Thanks for the portion reminder! Peanut Butter is my nemesis! Glad to hear YogaFit training was a great success!! :)

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  2. Thanks dawling! See you tomorrow!

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  3. I'm loving the blog Lauren and it's serving as such a positive reminder of things that I should be doing more lately! Like portion control post having Autumn! I can't wait for yogafit level 2 training with you and am so incredibly glad that you were able to take so much away from your level 1 training adding even more to the 'balance' that you are creating! I can't tell you how amazing you're doing and as your sister I can't wait to watch things continue to grow for you!

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