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Your Golden Journey

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Many of you know my yoga teacher Diana Christinson and the influence she has had on me. Well, she wrote a book called Your Golden Journey and she announced a year-long study group for people interested in growth, personal development, and implementing simple practices to enhance your life.   Please read about it below and go to her site to sign up!   In her email to her students, she wrote: I am excited to announce the online course Your Golden Journey: A 45-Week Extended Experience. This course offers the opportunity to connect with me at your own convenience each…

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Book Club

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Last year, I launched my book club with the idea of Finding Your Strength through reading books that will help you become your best self. We read Lean & Strong by Josh Hillis,  The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. All seemingly unrelated but amazing how they wove together so well and each taught us something different about who we want to be. This year, we’re making some changes: Book club is free (last year there was a nominal fee) We meet once a month via Google Meet. This year we’ll meet…

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Goals v. Values

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Settling into 2022 and thinking about what we want to accomplish in this new year. Sometimes we think about it in terms of “goals” we set for ourselves, but I’d like to talk about getting clear about our values. You see, goals relate to a destination and values relate to a direction. In terms of fitness, I’d love to see you all have a direction that you can continue on forever. If Person A & Person B both would like to lose 15lbs. Person A has a goal of exercising 3 days every week and cutting carbs. To meet the goal,…

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Show Up

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Show up. Today. Tomorrow. The next day. Just keep showing up. You don’t need to have an awesome home gym. Just a little space & maybe a couple weights. You don’t have to have a master plan. It helps in the long run, but I can help with that later if you need it. 😉 Start by showing up. For yourself. Every. Damn. Day. Day 1: do squats & presses. Day 2: go for a walk. Day 3: do deadlifts & rows. Day 4: go for a walk. When in doubt, go for a walk. When your regular walk gets…

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What’s Your Why?

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There’s a business thing about “finding your why”. Why you do what you do, why you’re in the business you’re in, and why you need to communicate your why. If you haven’t seen the Ted talk, pop over there & watch it. It really relates to why you do any of the things you do. And I have always been so fascinated by that. Why do some people train consistently over the years? Why do others stop and start over and over again? Check below to see my business why (to find fitness that works for you!) and my fitness…

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City Class

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Love love love our outdoor kettlebell class through @cityofsanclemente ❤️ Especially on a warm & sunny ☀️*winter* day in SoCal. Swings & Getups for this group – the perfect training for getting back into it after a long break. Wanna get in on the action? Next 5-week session starts Tuesday, Jan 25 💪 Join us by signing up at www.san-clemente.org #keepmoving #outdoortraining #sociallydistanced #safteyfirst #swingthosebells #fitnessthatfitsyourlife  

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I’m Not Sure…

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I’m not sure I’ll be good at this. What if I don’t like it? What if I realize this isn’t for me? . 9 years ago my first child was born & those were the thoughts going through my head. I think about this every year on his birthday. How unsure, scared, and full of self-doubt I was. How just having those thoughts meant that I was not going to be a good mom. . Aren’t #goodmoms supposed to be filled with love the moment they lay eyes on their child? Because I wasn’t… he looked like an alien & it was…

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The Cold Plunge

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The cold plunge. People ask why I do it. You can google the health benefits so I won’t bore you with that. I will, however, share my reasons. 💙 I want to live my life. Not just survive or get by. I want to really live. After a cold bath, I feel alive! 💙 I have a complicated health & mental health history and I want to give myself every possible advantage I can. As far as I know, we only get one shot at this thing called life. I intend to do everything I can to be a better…

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Consistency

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Where do you go when you want to feel good? My place has always been movement. I used to call running “my church”. Running cleared my head. I don’t wear headphones or run on a treadmill. Just me, moving & breathing in nature. I’m not sure there’s a better feeling. In middle school, I wanted to be a better runner & was introduced to strength training. It became something I loved. Something I could do, put in the time/effort, follow the plan, and have success. It felt good. In college, when running became a high-pressure job & lifting was a…

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Always Something

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It’s #alwayssomething. There’s always some really good reason not to train. 📈A bad day at work. 🤕A sinus headache. 🦵🏻A broken leg. ✌️A sprained finger. 🗓A jam-packed schedule. Yet… there’s #alwayssomething you CAN do. 📈? Jump rope for 10-min. 🤕? Go for a walk. 🦵🏻? Think of exercises you can do seated: rows, presses, half getups… follow @sarahpolacco for ideas ✌️? Squat, lunge, & change the way you hold the weights to avoid your injury. 🗓? Squeeze in squats & pushups throughout your day. Break away for 10min to warmup & swing… Go for a bunch of walks. Notice I’m not saying “ignore the pain”…

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