Unplugging to Plug In.

Well, by now I have done my part informing people about Kyle and Nicole requesting an unplugged wedding.  Oh, sure, when all the formalities are over it’s expected that people will take some pictures and they should, but during the ceremony, first dances and speeches, it is the bride and groom’s request that people leave the photographing up to the hired photographers.  Between flashes going off and people ending up basically photo bombing some special moments, this all makes sense to me.  But a much big factor is that when people are busy with their phones, they miss the moment.  I loved this little gem I found on Facebook yesterday which brings this point home NOT just for the wedding but for every day.  If we could all unplug a little more from our phones, we could all plug into the present a little more.  Let’s face it, when we engage in our phones while we are with other people, we aren’t giving either their due respect.  I certainly am as guilty of this as the next “guy,” and am reminding myself as I share this.

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I have to share one more that I also found scrolling through my Facebook yesterday.   I have little patience for complainers, yet I know I can do my fair share of that, too, and that’s just ugly.  NO ONE like complaining.  I remember years ago when one of my very besties, Carole, was undergoing treatment for the big C.  I never heard her complain and she wisely shared with me that she had some really awesome friends helping her and spending time with her and if she complained and became a drag to be with, they wouldn’t want to anymore.   TODAY I am taking the challenge!  I have officially entered an unplugging from complaining zone.  My life is pretty damn good right now and I really want it to change, but I bet it will get even better if I can rise to the challenge.  How about you?

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I will be at the gym this morning for 8:30 and 11:30 classes.  Then, it’s time to finish the final prepping for the wedding weekend.  Don’t be shocked if I show up for 11:30 class in flip-flops.  Once my feet are free of sneakers, my body and mind know it’s time to unplug from routine and plug into the present.

Adrenaline Driven This Morning………

While Sunday is usually rest day for me, I woke up this morning inspired and motivated to get moving.  Inspired by the likes of Rose Brickman who took first place in several categories yesterday at the 2014 NGA Central Florida Gator Classic Pro/Am.  I have witnessed her dedication to fitness and she does prove that 50 really is the new 30, but it doesn’t just happen.  It takes lots of work, sacrifice and the ability to see the brass ring instead of dive into immediate gratification.  Congratulations to her and I know this is just the beginning!  Personally, I just want to know how you walk in those shoes!

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Of course I am motivated by the fact that Nicole and Kyle’s wedding is now, officially, THIS WEEK!  I just went out and took a 2.5 miles run around the neighborhood, came home and did some ab work and will be hitting the pool shortly.  Every summer I goal to swim 1,000 laps and my short term goal was to do 600 of them by the wedding.  I am only 15 away so will make a dent into the more long term goal.  Around these parts we get at least 5 good swimming months and my pool isn’t huge, so laps go pretty quickly and there is plenty of time to accumulate 1000 of them.  I love setting goals because it feels so awesome to complete them!  I have come to realize, though, that I will never be a long distance runner.  I can push myself to get out there most every day and do 1 or 2 or so miles but I can’t seem to push myself to do the distance runs.  This might have everything to do with the fact that my job is pretty physical, so I am good with all of it.

In fact, this morning, I am feeling good (great) with everything!  Getting up and looking at Facebook this morning, I was so happy to see so many friends and family members celebrating good things, good times, special occasions and…life!  From sorority sisters from way back when all gathering for a girls weekend in NY, to family and friends celebrating milestone birthdays and sports accomplishments as well as pictures from awesome family trips and milestone occasions like Nicole’s bridal shower and Allison’s engagement there were many smiles on my face and in my heart this morning.  Here’s a photo from after the shower, heading to the Hard Rock.  This one wasn’t on Facebook this morning, so I thought I would share…

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With 6 days until the wedding I will be at the gym tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday for all regularly scheduled classes and then will be out until Wednesday the 6th of August.  Ellen will be subbing my Friday and Monday SilverSneakers classes but all MY(including senior strength) Tuesday classes will be cancelled.  I believe Ellen is subbing my Monday 8:30 class on Aug 4 but you may want to double check with her or the front desk later in the week.  Additionally, I will be entertaining ONLY happy thoughts and am in totally negativity free zone!  This doesn’t mean I wont’ be sending positive energy where needed (even during wedding time, life goes on and it’s not always perfect).

Finally, for all those that keep saying “take a lot of pictures at the wedding,” I need everyone to know that the bride and groom have requested an unplugged wedding.  This means they are asking guests to put cellphones away as they walk down the aisle, exchange vows and have the first dances.  We all understand how hard this is in today’s PLUGGED in world, but Nicole and Kyle want their night to be intimate and they would like their closest family and friends, who will be there to witness this monumental event, to be present.  They also have been encouraged by their photographers and videographers as too many great wedding moments have been ruined by a well meaning guest’s flash going off, or getting in the way.  We all hope that everyone attending will understand that this is all about these 2 “kids” who have worked INCREDIBLY hard to make their own wedding and are paying attention to every detail!

I am sorry for going on and on this morning.  I usually reserve Sundays for peaceful thoughts but I have wayyyyyyyy too much adrenaline flowing!  I do, however, wish YOU a very peaceful Sunday and thank you for stopping in.  Much love…….

 

50 Shades

My mind is so focused on the big upcoming day, (weekend) and being together with most all of my closest loved ones (almost), that I am having a super hard time focusing on much of anything else.  Working makes passing the time a little easier, and I always love being with my students.  Today thru Wednesday I remain on my regular schedule and all classes are as usual.

My friends and family are doing a great job of helping me savor every moment and I spent a beautiful day at the beach, yesterday.  I don’t like to put names up on here unless I am certain it is not invading any privacy, so I will just say thanks to my friend who encouraged me to join her for a nice long beach outing.  The ocean, the sun, the sand were about the nicest EVER and they all do the body and mind a world of good.  I am a bit browner (like 50 shades) than I probably should be…lots of coconut oil and moisturizing cream this week!

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has become my favorite non edible.  I use it before I want to get a good shave by putting on a coat of it and leaving it on for a few minutes, before applying a hot washcloth and then shaving as usual.  I also use it to exfoliate my face by putting some in the palm of my hand and adding some kosher salt to it.  After gently rubbing it around on my face, I wipe off with a tissue and then wash and begin my usual makeup routine, starting with a moisturizer with sunscreen.  Before adding toothpaste to my toothbrush, I first brush my teeth with a small amount of the coconut oil.  This helps clean and brighten the teeth and has some good antibacterial components.  I also love to brush with a mix of toothpaste, Arm and Hammer and white vinegar.  I am no longer wasting any money on expensive products filled with chemicals when these items do the trick for most all my skin, hair and teeth needs.  Oh yes, some coconut oil before a shampoo or in place of a chi oil before blow drying or flat ironing also is great.  Just make sure you use very little.  Finally, I always mix some of the oil in with moisturizing cream for my body.  Long after the cream fades into skin, the oil will leave just enough of a gloss to keep skin looking hydrated and glowing.  Sure, you can use it to cook and bake as well, but I don’t make all those fancy foods, so it’s purely a bathroom item around this house, having at least 50 shades of use!

Hope you all had an awesome VFT and have a fabulous Friday followed by a wonderful weekend.  I will keep you posted on my work schedule, but remember for now we are on for all classes THRU Wednesday the 30th.  Much love………

Have you seen the trailer for 50 Shades and will you be seeing it???? Just curious.

Experience HAPPY

Happiness

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Yay.  Just got notification the next 21 day meditation challenge begins on August 11th.  This 3 week session is billed Expanding Your Happiness.  I love the topic, since happiness really is everything and there is no such thing as too much of it!  You can register now and will get a reminder email when it gets closer.  It costs absolutely nothing (which is a huge gift from the duo, since they put these out 4 times a year). Go to Chopracentermeditation.com to become part of the experience.

If you are struggling with the blues, looking for greater joy in your life, feel as I do that there is never too much happiness, or just want an awesome 21 day guided meditation experience, this is your perfect opportunity.

In the meantime, remember that the more you use your smile muscles and relax the space between your brows, the happier you’ll be.  Add some daily gratitude and paying forward some acts of kindness and you can turn your frown right upside down!

Let’s all join the happiness experience!