My yoga ain’t pretty

I follow a lot of yogi’s. Most of them are beautiful men and women, who bend into beautiful shapes. Their lives seem perfect, balanced and the antithesis of my life is right now. It’s annoying…haha! But…I know they have been at this for years, they are not perfect and each  has their own journey and story to tell about how they found yoga.

I know…yoga is NOT about how you look. It’s not about how bendy you are or aren’t. Yoga is about getting into your body, out of your yakking head space and finding some peace. It’s being mindful and allowing the body to heal. At least for me.

I do yoga to help with anxiety and depression. For me it’s better than being on medication or flipping out.

My yoga is usually filled with a Basset Hound in my face, walking around me, under me, trying to chew her bone on my mat (or walking into camera shots! :P)

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My yoga usually has the noise from a television in the back ground if The Husband is home, the clank of dishes, the sound of cars and people. It’s rarely a quiet affair. My yoga is dog hair in my face, on my clothes and on my mat. It’s wireless headphones (but needs to be wireless ear buds) and trying to focus on the music, the poses and not the noise inside my head.

But through it all…most days I can focus on just the yoga and everything else falls away and when it doesn’t, I do the yoga anyway. Much like life, my yoga is messy, inflexible at times, uncomfortable and other times it’s an amazing experience where I learn something new about myself.

So here is a glimpse into my messy, inflexible, Basset Hound filled yoga practice. A few poses I chose from tonight’s practice.

Namafreakingste!:)

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Painting – Pop Skull

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Did a little painting. Getting back into the swing of it. I better, since I have big things coming my way and knowing how to draw and paint are pretty important.

I painted over an old canvas I had so there’s some texture on this girl.

“Pop Skull” acrylic on canvas – 8″ x 10″

I’m going to nosh on a veggie burger now and watch some “Vikings” because I need some serious rest!

Strength Training -Saturday

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Yesterday evening The Husband went out of town for the night. I dropped him off. It took me an hour and one GIANT circle to find my way home (I am directionally challenged.) It also did not help that my GPS insisted I take the Interstate but then also led me in the GIANT circle. Oh and I had 1% battery. I found my way home but I was WAY too tired for anything but Chinese food and “Viking’s” on Hulu. So this morning I got up and did my routine.

And I tell ya…I wanted no part of that. But, the anxiety seems better so…onward I marched.

Warm up:

Mobility work for ankles, knees and hips. Squats, glut bridges and halos – 10 each.

Training Session:

Swings-  3 x 20 – 12 kg

Goblet Squats – 3 x 10 – 12kg

Presses – 3 x 5 – 8kg

Rows – 3 x 8 – 8kg

Get ups – 6 – 8kg

Beach work aka Make ya look pretty – (Curls, Triceps/Calves)

Curls – 3 x 5 – 4kg

Triceps – 3 x 5 – 4kg

Calf raises – no stairs didn’t want my dogs to bark and howl while I did them outside -12 kg – 3 x 15

Leg raises – 3 x 15

Now it’s time to get The Husband. Yay!

Strength Training – Wednesday

IMG_3531Yesterday the temperature was 95 degrees but felt like 109 degrees. Mmmm, I don’t like summer, not even as a child. I know…I’m a weirdo. Anyway…I thought this would be a perfect time to go outside and do my kettle bell routine because I’ll sweat more and that always seems to be a good thing. At the suggestion of The Husband we went to a nearby park. On a concrete slab (part of the running trail/sidewalk at this park) was a nice shady spot. Despite the heat and the biting flies it did not feel that hot in the shade. There was a pretty good breeze going. However, my next trip to the park I’m bringing a mat because get ups on concrete are not that much fun.😄

Warm up:

Mobility work for ankles, knees and hips. Squats, glut bridges and halos – 10 each.

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Training Session:

Swings-  3 x 20 – 12 kg

Goblet Squats – 3 x 10 – 12kg

Presses – 3 x 5 – 8kg

Rows – 3 x 8 – 8kg

Get ups – 6 – 8kg

Beach work aka Make ya look pretty – (Curls, Triceps/Calves)

Curls – 3 x 5 – 4kg

Triceps – 3 x 5 – 4kg

Calf raises – on the stairs with 12 kg – 3 x 15

Leg raises – 3 x 15

It was a great treat training outside. I can’t wait for fall and cooler temps. I’m finding this home setting rather than the gym setting works better for me. Being an HSP and introverted, those types of settings can be a little challenging especially when the gym seems to be more of a pick up spot rather than a work out spot.😛

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The Husband at my request, took a few photos of me so I could see myself in action. When I went through them I realized ALL the faces I make do not at all look serious and in some cases look like I’m trying to hold in a big fart, I won’t be sharing those!😛

Anxiety was high today, as it has been of late but I will continue the kettle bell training and the yoga practice. I know both things help if I’m consistent.

 

 

Strength Training – Monday

There are certain things I need to do on a daily basis. Yoga is one of them, followed by at least 3 days a week of some form of exercise. That form is currently kettle bells. The Husband and I plan to hit a gym at some point to begin barbell training again but until then kettle bells will suffice. I have to do these things, it’s a non-negotiable. I fall apart if I don’t, both literally (pains/headaches, etc…) and my anxiety spikes beyond manageable levels. Besides, when I do strength train regularly and do yoga I gain both confidence and I am calm. Win-win!!

IMG_3455Lola likes to think she’s helpful.😛

Warm up:

Squats

Glute Bridges

Halos

10 Each

Going to throw in some mobility work as my knees and ankles were not entirely happy.

Training Session:

Swings-  3 x 20 – 12 kg

Goblet Squats – 3 x 20 – 12kg

Presses – 3 x8 – 8kg

Rows – 3 x 8 – 12kg

Get ups – 6 – 12 kg

Beach work aka Make ya look pretty – (Curls, Triceps/Calves)

Curls – 3 x5 – 8kg

Triceps – 3 x 5 – 8kg

Calf raises – on the stairs with 12 kg – 3 x 15

Leg raises – 3 x 15

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15 minutes of relaxation yoga to help calm my body and mind.

IMG_3477Time for reading and bed. Goodnight.

Lush – not the drunk kind more of the review kind

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I’ve been a vegetarian since 2010 (and never really an eater of the meat even as a child so this conversion was not really a surprise to anyone.) When I assumed this new lifestyle I had slowly started to shift all the products in my home out for ethical, animal friendly versions instead. However, my hair care products and facial products were another matter. I have very sensitive skin and oily to boot! Sadly the all natural, animal friendly products I tried kept leaving me with a slew of problems (some of which go beyond just a break out and we’ll leave it at that.) So I stayed with what what was tolerable until a solution could be found kept searching.

And found it was! I stayed away from Lush for many years because they are pricey and with my shaky past of natural products I was hesitant to spend my hard earned dollars on something that would yet again, disappoint! I read BUNCHES of reviews and found out there was a store here (this was a huge shocker because there is pretty NOTHING in this town that is vegetarian, let alone vegan friendly!) so, I decided to give it a shot.

I was completely out of shampoo and conditioner. So I headed down to the ole’ Lush store. At the recommendation of the clerk I bought the Montalbano Shampoo bar and Veganese conditioner. I also got a sample of the Vanishing Creme moisturizer, because with my oily skin it’s a challenge finding something that works.

The shampoo bar:

Honestly I thought, a bar? This is going to fail but it wasn’t that pricey so I figured I wouldn’t lose too much. This stuff smells AMAZING and it lathers up something fierce (a necessary for me) it leaves my hair squeaky clean but not feeling stripped. It also has left my hair super shiny and soft!

The conditioner:

Isn’t half bad either. The smell isn’t my favorite but it definitely conditions and it leaves my hair soft and manageable and the smell is actually very subtle but not over powering.

The Vanishing Cream:

Is strangely light despite it’s appearance that it may be heavy (not something my oily hide wants to see!) The smell again, is not my favorite but it isn’t over powering and after a few minutes I don’t notice it.

I figured since these worked, I might as well dive into the realm of facial products. I went back the following week and bought the Herbalism cleanser, Tea Tree Water and got samples of two moisturizers to try.

The Herbalism Cleanser:

This stuff is great!  I like the smell and at first it was weird to use but it’s really quite simple and not a messy affair. It cleanses the face very gently, doesn’t leave my skin feeling too dry and it’s definitely not abrasive like the exfoliating scrub I had been using. Leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.

The Tea Tree Water:

I thought this was going to be over drying and hurt-y, like most toner’s I’ve tried, but guess what?! NOPE! It cleanses really well and doesn’t over dry my skin, make it feel tight or sting. It smells pretty darn good too!

Sample of the Magical Moringa Moisturizer:

So I already mentioned I have VERY oily skin (to which my husband attributes my youthful looking face.) That’s all well and good but it doesn’t make for a good time wearing makeup (which I only wear for occasions) or breakouts. I wasn’t really convinced even after review reading that this stuff would work. When I put it on, it felt so light it felt like I hadn’t used enough or had anything on my face at all. It DID NOT dry out my skin, but instead left it feeling very soft. I am happy to report I went through a whole day with no makeup and my face did not get OILY! I was shocked. I kept checking periodically throughout the day and NOPE no oil! HOLY MOLY BATMAN! We also had an occasion so I wore makeup. It held very well and I think if it would not have been 99 degrees out it would have been better. It also smells pleasant.

Sample of the Enzymion Moisturizer:

Very light weight. I decided to use this at night. Also helped control oil, though not as much as the previous. I like this better than the Vanishing Creme. Smell is a little off putting but like the Vanishing Creme, the smell dissipates and is not problematic for me.

So…to wrap it up. My skin feels better. No new break outs, things seem to be clearing up. I am really happy they give samples, I was able to figure out what worked without wasting mah hard earned monies!

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Lola beast turns 1 year

Yesterday was Lola’s birthday. I made her pup-cakes. You can find the recipe at this site. 

They were a huge hit! Both dogs loved them, and we shared one with the neighbor’s dog who was asking for more please!

Basset Hounds are a special breed. By special I mean…they are complete lunatics as puppies.
She has destroyed and chewed on her fair share of apartment things. She is a Destroyer Of All The Toys and goes through them every couple of weeks…even the ones that claim to be “tough.” I learned tough is quite relative in terms of dog toys.😛 One of her favorite things to do is destory a stuffed animal she has and then take the stuffing pieces and run around the apartment throwing them into the air and catching them.😄

She is intelligent, bright, happy, loving, caring, playful and not at all shy about voicing her needs and wants with a range of growls and barks. She is also extremely stubborn and willful, for instance, when she’s on her potty walk and decides all of a sudden she is no longer walking she will lay down and refuse to move, no matter where she is! (The neighbors get a good chuckle I think watching it!:)

Lola forces me to come out of my introverted hide-y hole a bit as she is very much a people person and loves everyone she meets! She loves ALL THE FOOD, with the exception of spinach, that she spits out at my feet! She also LOVES her humans, her fur brother and she is a daddy’s girl all the way.

We love her so much, even when she’s got a case of the sass mouf! (And that’s a lot! Haha!)

Happy Birthday little Puppy Beast!❤