[Inspiration] It’s ok

it's ok quote

Sometimes we need a littler reminder.

Things get ridiculously tough. Work, life, family, friends…some days the world seems to be against you. Some weeks. Some months. Years even…

That’s when is good to take a step back. Take a deep breath and remember it’s all ok. It may not feel like it at the time, but if you take a breath…just for a second you can let yourself go. It seems corny, but just for a moment close your eyes and try to let go and relax. Re-center yourself and remind yourself that it’s ok. YOU are ok.

My yoga instructor shared this poem with our class this morning and it really hit home…

Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of fear.
She let go of judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She just let go.
She let go of all the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
Here’s to giving ourselves the gift of letting go…

I’m so blessed and thankful that someone shared these thoughts with me of this today. I hope I can pass on that feeling to you! If only for a moment.

xoxo

Scenes from Shedd

Over Monday and Tuesday of this week some of our work team had meetings in Chicago. Prior to this trip, I had never been to the great windy city. Funny…why would I stay away from a place that’s typically windy/cold…?

Anyway, even though most of the trip was dedicated to meetings, we did have a few hours to explore the Shedd Aquarium! Tons of fun (and not just because I’m a huge Aquarium nerd).

shedd aquarium sea dragon seahorse

shedd aquarium poison dart frog

shedd aquarium emmahayden penguin

shedd aquarium crazy shrimp

shedd aquarium visit

shedd aquarium colorful fish

shedd aquarium visit

shedd aquarium eels

shedd aquarium visit

shedd aquarium fish

shedd aquarium national aquarium team visit

And, of course, we couldn’t help but reenact the amazing fish hug outside!

man fish statue fish hug shedd aquarium

We unfortunately didn’t get a chance to really explore the city itself very much but it’s now definitely on my list to go back to (in a warmer season)!

Have you been to Chicago? What’s your favorite part? 

[Workout] Thanksgiving Thighs

So who else is trying to get back into the swing of thing post-Thanksgiving feasting? :)

I found this thigh workout on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a whirl and I actually loved it! It has a few yoga moves in it that I needed to get used to doing, but it’s a great one for targeting the legs & glutes!


Today’s workout: Thigh Burner
Muscles worked: Thighs, legs, glutes
Courtesy of: Fitness Magazine 
Needs: Just your body weight!  

thigh workout fitness magazine

Roundhouse Kick + Squat – 10x each side 
Stand with feet shoulder width apart and bring your fists up to your chin (ready to punch/defend haha). Pivot 45 degrees to one side and extend your leg out to the side. Do a roundhouse kick (kicking your knee as high as you can with your outer thigh facing the ceiling). Retract your leg and squat down. Do 10 on one leg then 10 on another.

Back Leg Lift Circles – 10x each side 
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and, keeping your leg straight, lift one leg behind your body until when you feel a contraction in your glutes. Point your foot and draw a circle clockwise with your back leg 10x. Repeat on the same leg counterclockwise 10x. Then switch legs and repeat.

Chair Sit with Reverse Lunge – 10x each side*
Stand with feet/legs together and squat down into a chair pose (basically like you’re about to sit in a chair). Hold for 5 counts. Step back with one leg into a reverse lunge and really lower into it. Hold for 5 counts. Return to start and complete both moves on the opposite leg. *This one BURNS!!

Wide Plie Squat on Toes – 20x 
Stand with feet double wide with your toes and knees facing out. Lift up on to your toes. Staying on your toes, squat down and back up.

Knee lifts with Crescent Kick – 10x each side
Stand at a 45 degree angle with your fists at your chin like in the first move. Raise one knee to your chest and hold for a second. From this position, draw an arc with your foot. Complete 10 on your first leg then move on to 10 on your other leg. Make sure you focus on contracting your abs as you pull your knee in.

Tree to Warrior Pose – 5x each side 
Stand with your feet together and bring one foot up to the inside of your other leg (some people can get their full foot up to the inside of their thigh, but if you can’t try to get it to the inside of your calf – either is fine!). Hold for 5 counts. Place your foot down and lunge the leg you lifted behind you, turning your back foot out 45 degrees. Bend your front knee 90 degrees. Extend arms out to sides, shoulder height. Hold for 5 seconds. Return to feet together. Repeat on each leg 5 times.

Curtsy Squat with Side Leg Lift – 10x each side 
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Cross one leg behind you in a curtsy and squat then return to starting position. Once you’re standing straight, raise your leg to the side (try not to shift your hips).

REPEAT ENTIRE SET THREE TIMES! 

I thought I was going to add this on to another workout but after doing it 3 times my legs were worked enough! Prepping for hopefully a long run tomorrow so I don’t want to go too far.

Have you found any good thigh/leg workouts lately? My legs are self-admittedly my trouble zones and I’m always looking for good ones!

As always, remember, you’ll never regret a workout!