With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I wanted to talk about the importance of gratitude within ourselves, for ourselves.
I am someone who tends hold in my emotions. Be it anger, sadness, anxiousness, or excitement, I allow my feelings to build up so high, that any small issue can suddenly set me off into a tizzy.
My mother always yells at me, in her North End Boston accent, “Your gonna give yourself an ulcer!”
But let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.
Racing mind, stomach cramps, irritability.. and I’m confident that you can agree on the heavy weight it places not only on our shoulders, but on our minds and hearts as well.
All you need is to take that first step in order to start a journey to where you are meant to be.
I’ve always been into yoga, more for the fitness benefits than spiritual. However, I’ve recently felt a shift within myself that wanted to tackle any uncomfortable thoughts or feelings that I had been buried deep inside. I wanted to control my breath, silence my mind, feel every intuition. Have a clear head.
And that is exactly what I have been doing.
When I had read Gabrielle Bernstein’s “ Add More ~ing To Your Life” and “Spirit Junkie”, I knew that I had found what I was looking for in terms of guidance. She is completely down to earth, realistic and personable. She tells it like it is through her own experiences, and answers every question before you have a chance to ask it.
I am currently in the middle of her 40 day course from “May Cause Miracles”, and my meditation, yoga, and prayer practices have never been better.
Yoga is no longer just a way to stretch. It is now also a way to listen to my body, hear my thoughts, and reconnect with myself in a beautiful way through breath. Starting and ending each day in my meditation space has become something that I look forward to, and I find myself praying for guidance and answers much more frequently than I have in the past. The answers now are so much clearer.
This is my “me” time. A time where I can go to a quiet place and sit without any interruption. A time to just…be.
We all live such hectic, rushed lives, and we do not take the time to breathe. We focus so much on the negative and miss out on all of the other amazing miracles that surround us each and every day. We choose not to see, or be aware of these miracles, and it leaves us in a tense state of mind with only stress flowing through our veins
It’s time to stop and reconnect. “Choose love instead of fear”. Listen to what your body and mind are telling you.
Be kind to yourself. Be thankful for your blessings. Breathe life in.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
It’s the first day of Summer, and the weather is beautiful!
This year, Summer marks the official beginning of a hectic, yet memorable time in my life. I’ve been very busy, all good things, and yes, sometimes blogging has to take a back seat. I’ve never wanted to be that person who blogs their day-to-day life..especially if there is nothing that interesting going on….(besides working, teaching spin, planning a wedding, going to Aruba, buying a house, moving…among other time consuming, yet exciting events)
…..OK, I guess my life is pretty interesting right now
My wedding date is set for May 17th 2014, and I am checking things off my list left and right
- Shower Venue
- Wedding Venue
- Hotel rooms blocked
- Dj, Lighting, Video..etc
- Hair and Make-up
- Wedding Dress
Lets just say I wanted to get the big decisions out of the way ASAP.
I still can’t believe that I am of marriage age, let alone getting married. It’s very surreal.
As for my Spin/Tabata Trek classes, I am still teaching 3x a week and loving every minute of it.
I love motivating, coaching, and teaching those who take my classes. There is nothing better than seeing my students sweaty, tired, yet proud faces at the end of their workout. It is a very rewarding job that I am lucky enough to have.
As for my recent meals and snacks, nothing has changed too much, except many of my meals are now “on the go”
Energize and hydrate
Oats and spinach with Greek yogurt…..Oats and spinach with Egg whites
(yes I add spinach to everything. eat your greens!)
Dark cocoa covered berries and almonds…Coconut Oil spray for cooking my chicken and other pan related eats.
Obviously I eat a lot more than this. Tupperware containers are my best friends.
As I’ve said before, you can always follow my Instagram @JenaMar1e, where you will find daily photo updates of recipes, new healthy products, workouts, and check ins.
Luckily I am on vacation for the next 2 weeks (one week spent in Aruba!), so some much needed relaxation time is on its way!
SO..to officially welcome the start of an amazing Summer, it’s time to take our workout outside.
Grab a hat, sneakers, sunblock (at least spf15), and let’s get going!
- Start with a 3 mile walk, jog, or run, making sure your heart rate stays at at least 110 bpm.
- Follow with this total body circuit that can be done anywhere, and cinches every inch of your beautiful body.
- End with 5 minutes of stretching, and make sure to hydrate and refuel with a mix of complex carbs and lean protein.