When I was doing my Pilates Reformer training, there was a funny European gal who I observed several times for my observation hours. She was a great instructor and she called everything "cute". When I showed her a few exercises outside of the traditional she always taught she said that it was "so cute!" When I asked questions it was cute. When we got on the subject of food, even some foods were cute. When I talked about my family it was cute (that one is really cute), but you get the gist.
I did the below workout the other morning on the treadmill and I thought it was quite cute. I came up with this, really just wanting to get some good cardio in and playing around with speed, time and %grade is what I felt like and it felt good and cute! Don't be fooled by the walking intervals, they get paired up with a heavy incline and a brisk speed.
Of course feel free to mix this up tailoring it for your own ability.
Enjoy the sweaty cuteness!
If you're a stress-eater then you might relate to this:
Husband is out of town, and you're left with 4 kids and a foreign exchange student.
You don't much feel like cooking- even for yourself so you end up eating random bits off of kid's plates and really anything that is out on the counter-- while standing.
At the end of the day you think back on what you ate and can't even remember. You ate, most definitely. But nothing you ate was really enjoyed or brought true satiety. Nothing you ate filled the soul and perhaps the soul is still wanting.
Sound familiar? It's pure survival mode, but it doesn't have to be. We just let it be.
I'm not a fan of the stress eat kind of day at all. It's not mindful, it's not fulfilling and it's definitely not nourishing.
I believe in and practice intuitive and mindful eating but once in a while I (and I think we all) have a day (or maybe two) where something throws us off so much we can't get in tune with ourselves. Mindful eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body's natural hunger signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight, rather than keeping track of the amounts of calories in foods.
I won't turn this post into a lesson in mindful eating, but I will remind myself and readers that our lives don't have to be or even feel chaotic, out of control or numb. We have the opportunity everyday to listen- really listen to our inner voice and our bodies. We can be present at every moment and fulfilled at the end of every day.
To you and your health,
I knew that as 2015 came to a close I wanted to have a different kind of plan for my mat Pilates classes at the club, so after a lot of thought I came up with a 6 month "syllabus" that includes all of the 6 Pilates principles- one for each month along with a prop to help us explore each principle. I'm super excited about this and will be handing this out (quarter sheet of paper size) on Tuesday. Happy 2016!
I love movement and habits that promote health and lifetime wellness. I also like stretchy pants, being outside and good-for-you food! Follow me on Instagram @DawnBrownCoaching for more frequent updates.