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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7 comments

  1. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers says:

    I usually don’t have a hard time sticking to my workouts, but I do fall off the healthy eating wagon. Luckily my Thanksgiving dishes aren’t too unhealthy, save for the stuffing and the pie, but I don’t let those indulgences get me down too much. :)

    BTW – love that purple/orange shirt!

  2. Jess says:

    LOVE the ‘retox to detox’ message — SO unnecesesary to indulge to the nth degree only to feel like crap after AND to undo all the hard work from previous days, weeks, months even. Its just not worth it. Healthy balance (and NOT deprivation) is the way to go and I adore that this is mindset no matter what, holidays or not. You are such an inspiration my friend, I dig you!!

  3. jobo says:

    Oh how I love this!!! SO on the same page as you! And Jess, as I read her comment here too ;-) Balance, and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Period. No wacky diets. No gadgets, nada. Just focus and commitment!

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says:

    I’m so over the overindulging for the Holidays. I had a patient gain 10 pounds since last Wednesday from “enjoying” Thanksgiving. What’s so enjoyable about gaining 10 pounds?

    Balance will be a vital part of patient education this week!

  5. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says:

    Having a marathon officially on the calendar has kept me motivated to workout, but I’ve eated more than my fair share of desserts! I let myself indulge more over this weekend and the days around Christmas, but in between get back on the normal healthy eating wagon, rather than stretching it out the entire month.

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