Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In By 7, Out by 8 or Month-End Review, June

As I came to the end of my swim session last night, this woman patiently sat on the bench next to "my" lane. I knew that the lifeguard had told her them I'm usually out by 8:00 p.m.

Got out of the pool at the expected time and headed for the shower. As I prepared to dress, realized that I had forgotten my undergarments. Guess that I need to refer to my swimming checklist more often because I cannot go without a bra.

Wanting to go by the grocery store, I draped my heavy towel around my neck. Problem solved and thank goodness the weather has been mild. Of course, I ran into someone that I knew at the store.

Listened to StoryCorps as I walked home and this child with Asperger's Syndrome interviewed his mom. Who is your mortal enemy? His mom: I would say myself.  Wasn't expecting that answer but it was another reminder to practice self-compassion.

Review of the Month:

10 Minute Solution: Fitness Ball Workouts
*Upper Body, 1 x

10 Minute Solution: HITT
*HITT 101, 1 x

Bicycling, 4 x's

Climbing, 2 x's

Dance It Off & firm up!
*Rock It, 1 x

Ellen Barrett Live: Super Fast Body Blast, 1 x

Just Walk: mix + match
*Short & Sweaty, 3 x's

Just Walk: Walk to the Hits, Party Songs
*Mile 2, 1 x

Just Walk: The Tone Every Zone Walk*
*Circuit Workout 1 (Walk Segment & Upper Body Zone), 1 x

Stretch Max
*Stability Ball, 1 x

Swimming, 7 x's

How To Drape Your Towel

Walk of Fat Fast*
*30 Minute Big Burn, 1 x

Walking, 16 x's

Weight Watchers: 7 Day Tone & Burn
*Tone, 1 x

Yard Work (including mowing), 3 x's

Yoga, 9 x's

Zumba, 4 x's

*Disclosure: complimentary copy

Monday, June 29, 2015

On The Walk Home

Delivered my last June birthday gift. There are a lot of you June babies.

My aunt Al's birthday was on Friday and I spent a nice evening with her and Chiquita.

Had planned to walk to work but I had one more gift to deliver so I mixed things up. Used a shoulder bag and put the contents of the gift in there and rode my bike to work then left my bike at home during lunch and walked back.

Got in about 20 minutes on the bike and 40 minutes of walking. I feel very lucky to have gotten in an hour of exercise during the course of my work day.

Abandoned Cup and Saucer
Listened to How Does A Pastor Work? on the walk on home and found it very interesting. Also finished listening to a podcaster who interviewed Dianne Bondy who "will not be defined by the size of her yoga pants." I was surprised when Bondy said that the people on the Biggest Loser are bullied. I don't agree but I also know that I would not have liked Jillian Michaels in my face...

Practiced yoga at home on Wednesday but hadn't been to class since last Monday. Tonight's class felt good from the minute Joy asked us to sit on a block. I almost went to sleep during savasana. Like what Joy said about being careful what you feed your mind.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Good Notes and Roads

The Road To The Zoo/Forest Park
The morning started on a good note and I was set to meet Alison at Forest Park for a walk when I made a rookie mistake.

Decided to take the highway instead of traveling through the streets and it cost me 40 minutes. Felt bad for Alison who could have walked three miles by the time I arrived. It was frustrating as I was only about a fourth of a mile away and you could see the situation devolve. This passenger in the car in front of me kept getting out and dropping "F" bombs. The lanes collapsed and, as I finally made progress toward exit, a cop on a horse arrived but he definitely needed back-up.

Managed to shake off my frustration  and we walked the 6.29 trail and we have the aching feet to prove it.

The traffic jam definitely made me have sympathy for people who commute long distances...

Road to Jewel Box, Forest Park
I've been getting rid of old magazines and, of course, I have to re-read some.  Didn't remember the article about Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings* and it was interesting to find out that she used to be a corrections officer because she didn't think it was realistic to pursue a music career being one of six kids raised by one parent.

Once Jones decided to pursue a career in music, she was told that she was "too fat, too short and too black." Ouch.

Tried to find the O: The Oprah Magazine article only to find that Jones battled pancreatic cancer...

Was on Twitter last night and came across this compelling photo and it reminds me of those Coretta Scott-King, Myrlie Evers, Betty Shabazz funeral photos.

*Totally know that this is one of Gingerzingi's favorite groups.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Feeling better.

Went to yoga Monday night and didn't feel the corset around my neck like I did during Sunday's class.

As I channel surfed and looked for This Week this past Sunday?, stumbled upon Joel Olsteen and heard him say that nothing lasts forever -- not legal problems etc.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Turning Down Awesome

The Day Without Rain, Forest Park
Did something that I have not done in a long time -- the 6.29 mile trail around Forest Park. I walked it without much whimpering but later in the day I had challenges walking because my left calf muscle was very tight...

Today is International Day of Yoga and I wanted to mark the occasion. Joy posted on Facebook that she was having a free 11:00 a.m. class to celebrate the first IDY.

11:00 was perfect because it was raining and I could have slept forever. I was delighted and dismayed by the rain since there's been so much of it lately.

Had mixed emotions about yoga too. I've been sad and yoga usually makes me feel better but...

Cried my way through class. My intention was Rodney King-ish -- Can we all just get along?

At one point during class, Joy came over and wanted to adjust my strap -- one end was on the ball of my foot and the other was around my head. I can make that feel awesome for you she said but I turned Joy down because I knew that if she touched me I would lose it -- more than I'd already lost it.

A friend of Joy's who is a swami came for IDY and took over the final pose. Her guided relaxation/meditation was awesome. The oms, shantis and mantra heightened the experience and soon as I walked out of the studio, I started bawling...

I am so sad about the Charleston massacre and Charleston makes me think of my half-brother that got, for all intents and purposes, executed. Thinking of my half-brother makes me think of my father and on and on.

And I probably should not have listened to How Does A Hospice Nurse Work?, A Slate at Work podcast. Think I would like nurse Kathy Kuencer though. One of her answers: I am not in the business of judging.

Forest Park

Friday, June 19, 2015


Went to lunch with the 'Fugee and Rosie and a couple of things caught my eye.

After lunch went to a naturalization ceremony. Kind of like the pomp and circumstance of this particular occasion and the judge was pretty funny. I could see him doing stand-up comedy -- easily -- but he was also serious and I liked what he said about freedom and how you cannot use your freedom to constrict other people's freedom...speech...movement etc.

My Selection

Fugee's Selection

Renounce and abjure absolutely...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

La La La

Right before yoga class started, had a short conversation with Joy who said it's really nice to teach on Monday night. I told her how nice it is to practice on said night.

Mondays can be so jarring...

Joy often starts class talking about setting aside what happened earlier in the day but I liked what she said last night about not giving those earlier things any more energy. I'm going to put that concept in my tool box...

Also really liked what Joy said toward the end of class. If I could give you yoga homework, it would be to breathe. 

Tuesday morning was a reminder that you have to continue breathing and acquiring tools. One of my coworkers, who is dramatic on any given day, started with the "Shakespeare Fest" early and I was already feeling gutted because of my sleep habits and, boom, unpleasantness ensued.

Re: today's drama, Alison suggested that I channel one my favorite tunes right now and just thinking about Sam Smith's song made me smile.