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numbers

yesterday i woke up early to quickly warm up my legs on the elliptical at the gym. it was a mild workout.

i had grabbed some magazines for my flight back to the city on monday, but since i wound up talking to the man sitting next to me, i never got to read them. my usual go-to magazines for a flight are cosmopolitan and self magazine. since i had bought those two for my flight home, i picked up a women’s health magazine at the airport.

shakira was on the cover and there was a very insightful interview with her. i recently read this blog post from Mary Beth Larue, a yoga teacher based in Venice, CA who writes beautiful words and found it to be filtering the way i was reading women’s health. all i kept seeing was burn this many calories, each this many calories, stay under 1,600, she now weighs 118 how amazing. and then i looked on my elliptical and saw that apparently i had burned 700 calories (in 40 mins?). i became so aware of how caught up in numbers this magazine was (at least this particular issue…i also read Larue’s blog post after reading cosmopolitan and self, maybe a second read through of those magazines with this mindset would be equally insightful).

and i get so caught up too. calorie counting, calories burned, scales—they can completely take over. when they interviewed shakira about her workouts and gym regiments, she said she hadn’t been working out lately, but the article seemed to slide write into a new paragraph devoted to what shakira’s workouts have been in the past, or what they will be in the future. obviously i am aware that women’s health is a health magazine, but healthy also means enjoying every moment of life. i wanted to know more about shakira’s passions, her new children, what hobbies she has, what keeps her at peace–not just what she eats and what her workouts are. although workouts and eats are important for health and can be something that makes you happy, there is more to life that calories burned and calories eaten.

i even began to think of how often i think of numbers in terms of time…just got to get to this date, or this time, or go to bed at this time, wake up at this time, one more day, hour, week, etc. numbers have the capability of stripping away any sense of living for the now. they can easily become obsessions and bog me down.

 

feed your soul, not your calorie counter.

move and sweat for your soul, not to reach a number that a machine gives you.

hug your body-limbs, curves, and all because it’s a gift, not because you got to a number a machine shows you.

screw the numbers.

stop counting.

live now.

xo, juls

 

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feeling refreshed

hope you all had a great sunday and are off to a good start to the week. i am flying back to nyc today, and am quite reluctant to head back to work tomorrow after such a calm weekend home. but the weekend always manages to refresh me, and this trip was particularly rejuvenating.

yesterday the weather in st. louis was gross:

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rain/snow mixture, wind, and COLD. i opted for an at-home workout.

this workout did the trick, and comes from one of my favorite health blogs peanut butter runner.

i had to halve the workout, so i did a total of 500 reps. one day i want to be strong enough to plow through the entire thing. my heart was pounding and my brow was dripping by the end. oh and my ass is so sore today…success!

i rounded out the workout with some light vinyasa yoga. i don’t have a go-to studio in st. louis, so my workouts have been lacking in the yoga lately. my body was craving some balancing and down dogs yesterday.

i relaxed with a cup of tea and a chick flick with my mom in the afternoon…what more do you want!?

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haha my toes are peeping in the picture!

my mom and i watched the movie About TIme. It was directed by the same guy who did Love Actually, and despite it’s amazing chick flick cheesiness, it had a beautiful message. living each day to it’s absolute fullest, like it is your last. i take so many things for granted and let so many obstacles get in my way of enjoying each and every day, and i really want to continue to focus on the present. each day is a gift, full of amazing moments that can truly fill you up no matter where you are in your journey. enjoy them.

the evening rounded out with a gluten-free no-guilt pizza that i got to whip up in a huge midwestern kitchen!!! i was so pumped!

 

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i wanted to try out the cauliflower pizza crust, and mocked up this recipe for it!

i used dried basil and oregano for the italian dried herbs. it turned out lovely, but this recipe skipped a crucial step to squeeze out excess water from the cauliflower after microwaving it and letting it cool. i think the crust would have crisped up a bit more. i topped my pizza with tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, spinach, and shredded mozzarella. MMM 🙂

i was unbelievably happy to be cooking for my family on a sunday evening.

today i am hoping to go to a local hot yoga class, and then am packing up and heading back to the new york grind. i truly want to focus on not getting caught up in the fast pace of living there. i can easily lose myself and my grasp on my life in such a go-go-go kind of place. moving at a slower pace and living each day fully is something i am going to try to focus on this week.

have a great day…bliss, yoga, love, and peace, y’all.

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a little puppy lovin’ from my dog, bolo. 13 years old and still has puppy ears and eyes 🙂

xo juls

 

r&r in the midwest

hey all,

this afternoon i am headed home for a long relaxing weekend to my hometown, st. louis, mo! shout out to the midwest!

i can’t wait for long walks with my mom, catching up with old friends, and lots of home-cooked meals, dancing, and wine with my family!

workouts as of late:

saturday : 5 mile run across the williamsburg bridge

sunday : 90 minute hot yoga class

monday : 30 min elliptical + 60 minute power vinyasa class

tuesday: 2 mile walk through central park

wednesday (yesterday) : 5K on treadmill + 60 min power vinyasa flow

my workouts have been my therapy lately. running and yoga transport me to these sweet places of peace. there is nothing better than shutting out your life for an hour of pacing and breathing through a trail or on your mat.

yesterday, i reallllyyy didn’t want to go to yoga. i was tired, fell asleep on my commute home, and my eyes were crying for more rest. when i got home, construction men were renovating an apartment above mine. i had two choices–make it to my mat, or attempt to nap with drilling and banging above my head. the choice was obvious at that point…yoga. i told myself, if i had to take child’s pose for 60 minutes i would.

i got to class and laid in savasana until class began, but once i made it to that first down dog, my face was smiling the rest of class. the past two months of getting back into my practice and taking it seriously have brought my body and soul to this place where it craves the asanas and the breathing and it’s a beautiful place to be. it makes me feel powerful in peace, flexibility, movement, and meditation.

getting to class yesterday was a miracle for me…and miracle that carried me through a wonderful night spent with dear friends. yoga yesterday allowed me to laugh, lose track of time, and be more myself than i have felt in a long while. a true miracle and blessing. a wonderful perspective shift.

hope you all have a fantastic day and live now and presently. i’ll leave you with some pictures and a quote that’s been resonating lately.

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first iced coffee of the season! hooray! 🙂

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coffee coffee coffee #intelligentsia

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sunrises on my walk to working yesterday morning. yum.

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night spring shower view from taxi cab window

” ‘All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left but a blessing’…A miracle is a shift in thinking from what we might have done in the past or should be doing in the future, to what we feel free to do right here, right now. A miracle is a release from our internal bondage” – Marianne Williamson

bliss xo,

juls