events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland in December 2012

Presenting today’s Link It Up via our monthly round up of Cleveland event listings. Here’s how you can stay busy around Northeast Ohio this December…


Per a reader’s request, I’m collecting ideas for New Year’s Eve events/opportunities in Cleveland. Any suggestions for me to include? Leave ’em in the comments below!


Detox Workshop with teacher trainees Amelia and Jessica
Saturday, December 8 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM
at Nishkama Yoga in Independence, OH
Register online at the Mindbody website.

Yoga Basics class each Thursday night – taught by yours truly!
starting on Thursday, December 20 – class at 7:30PM
at Nishkama Yoga in Independence, OH
Register online at the Mindbody website.
p.s. Also join me Saturday mornings at 9:30 at Nishkama Yoga North Olmsted! 


Lululemon Athletica Eton Chagrin Jingle Jog
Saturday, December 1. Jog starts at 8:30AM.
at Beachwood Park West in Beachwood, OH
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Ladies Night to benefit the Cleveland Train 4 Autism Team
Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00PM
at Cleveland Running Company in Shaker Heights, OH
More information at the Facebook event page.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation
Saturday, December 8. Race starts at 9:00AM.
at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, OH
Register by visiting

Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon
Sunday, December 16. Races start at 9:00AM.
at Castaway Bay (2001 Cleveland Road West) in Sandusky, OH
More information here.


Tis The Season to Tweetup with Vitamix
Monday, December 3 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM
at the Vitamix Factory Outlet Store (4720 Great Northern Blvd.) in North Olmsted, OH
More information at the Facebook event page.

Ohio Blogging Association Cleveland Holiday Party & Cookie Swap
Wednesday, December 12 from 6:00PM to 8:30PM
at Battery Park Wine Bar in Cleveland
More information here.


Home Office Chow Chow to benefit Children’s Free Care Fund
Friday, December 7 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM
at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 800 W. St Clair in Cleveland, OH
More info on the Facebook event page.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s MIX: Illumination
Friday, December 7 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Cleveland Museum of Art – in University Circle in Cleveland, OH
More information, visit

5th Annual Toys for Shots
Saturday, December 08, 2012 from 7:00PM to 12:00AM
Windows on the River – on the West side of the Flats in Cleveland, OH
More information on the event website.

Ale & Cookies & Ugly Sweaters – hosted by the YP Pantry to benefit the Cleveland Foodbank

Monday, December 17 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
at Bier Markt/Bar Cento in Ohio City
More info at the Facebook event page.

p.s. check out WhyCLE’s events listing also posted today – she has quite the collection of CLE events listed!

What’s on your calendar for the month of December in the Greater Cleveland area? 

a very PIP Thanksgiving

Hans and I are lucky to have the majority of our family members in the Greater Cleveland area. That said, it’s hard to see all of them on a holiday. So for this year, my mom and I decided to gather her family members the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I offered to host, but only if my mom would coordinate the major detail (AKA the turkey). Between her, Hans and the rest of the PIP crew, I got off easy in hosting one enjoyable holiday.

I knew Black Friday shopping was not a healthy choice for an anxiety prone girl like me, so I committed myself to a yoga class in the morning to be followed up with a day of cleaning and holiday decorating. After a Saturday morning of teaching yoga, I came home to Hans fully enjoying the OSU/Michigan game:

I’m pretty sure that was his second piece of pie for the day. We all know pumpkin pie becomes an acceptable breakfast option between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

Our turkey was all my mom’s doing. She picked it out, she cleaned it out, she stuffed it up and carved it up. That woman is a culinary goddess.

The transfer from the stove to the counter wasn’t quite as successful, but luckily, Grady was there to help with clean up.

For the base of the meal, I wanted to keep it simple: turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls. Otherwise, my guests stepped up to make the rest of the meal interesting:

Mom made the polenta/butternut squash bake and that pumpkin roll, while Aunt Kathy brought along that pumpkin bread pudding and a sweet potato mash bake with walnuts/brown sugar topping. My Aunt Georgiann brought a variety of pies: pumpkin, French silk and cherry. No wonder I’m fully stocked on leftovers – a very good thing!

Hans’ grandparents and his great uncle joined us in the early evening, and my kitchen table became the place to be.

Note Aunt Kathy photo bombing Hans’ picture.

It’s funny how you look forward to the meal, but it’s the conversation after that was the best part. We also didn’t play dominoes, which means no squabbles broke out because someone was cheating. Probably a good thing.

It was another successful, happy holiday. I give my family all the credit: I just feel like all I did was provide the venue and gather the troops. Here’s to organization and delegation!

What was your favorite part about this year’s Thanksgiving holiday?

thoughts on turkey trots and turkey tadasanas

I am so over the holidays.  Okay, not really. Not over the warm fuzzy feelings of seeing loved ones. Not over the countless replays of the same Christmas songs. Not over the endless barrage of emails from retailers. (Okay, I could definitely do without those.)

What am I ready to ditch? The “burn off the calories so we can indulge even more” thought process. The “re-tox to detox” as we like to say at the yoga studio. It’s exhausting! Oh, where oh where, I that “healthy balance” that I tell people this blog is about?

I’m a sucker for the turkey/sweet potato combo.

While succumbing to this thought process, I’ve been trying hard to equal out the indulgent eating with plenty of physical activity. The quantity of opportunities to splurge were at a high this month – too many restaurants, the Food Show of Fabulousness, several holiday family gatherings, the list goes on.  But as PIP was started as a weight maintenance blog, I’m trying to not let all the culinary offerings of November and the upcoming month wreck a good thing.

I’m the type that likes a workout to de-stress, so I’m working my way back into a regular cardio routine. My early morning trips to the gym include 30 minutes on the elliptical, a mile around the track in my run/walk fashion and a yoga cool down including at least 10 Sun Salutations (five As, five Bs). I’ve been in love with these shoes but have been giving these Reebok RealFlex Fusion TR shoes a shot:

I’m really amazed at how light both pairs of Reebok shoes are. I’m also amazed by my brother’s ability to run the Hermes Turkey Trot. Deciding he would sign up on Thanksgiving morning. After staying out far too late at Market Garden Brewery on Thanksgiving Eve. And still running that 5 mile race in 37:14. I’m mad jealous of his 7:27 per mile pace. I’m also inspired to know that that physical ability exists in my blood line.

And as for that yoga funk I was going through? It’s dissipated, but it took stepping away from it to realize how much I needed my yoga practice.

Pictured above: the pocket on my Reebok Play Dry Jacket, my yoga TT journal, the new signage on the door at Nishkama Yoga North Olmsted: come practice with me on Saturday mornings!

Since September, I took classes from an array of teachers at places that aren’t teaching at my “yoga home”. Stepping out of my comfort zone brought me back to the reason why I practice yoga regularly. Since feeling rejuvenated this month, I’ve been taking/teaching class regularly.

Funny how when I was coming to this exact conclusion, the big lesson of our last teacher training weekend was about commitment. Our teacher asked us how our actions have gotten us to where were are at this point in our lives. Since then I’ve been thinking about how commitment to taking immediate action can get you so much further, so much faster.

So for me, it’s all about commitment right now. Commitment to a healthy balance. Commitment to my practice. Commitment to my intention. Commitment to my future.  Time to practice what I teach, right?

How do you keep committed to a healthy life this time of year? 

Disclaimer: Reebok items were provided care of my ambassadorship with FitFluential. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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