Learning to Retox my life

September is yoga month! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have become a total yoga junkie.  It’s gone beyond just a daily practice. It’s a way of life.  My yoga life as evolved from being able to land some really cool arm balance ( the reason I started ) to learning patience, self control, gratitude and charity. My confidence has soared. My self acceptance, including body image, has changed for the better as well. I could go on and on posting pictures from my journey so far and call it a day. I have shared that stuff in the past and I don’t want you to get bored one paragraph in.

What I do want to share with you is a book that recently picked up on a trip to Barnes & Noble. It is called Retox: Yoga * Food * Attitude – Healthy Solutions For Real Life by Lauren Imparato.  Lauren is the founder of I.Am.You studios in NYC.

(The following review is my own thoughts based on parts of the book. I was not contacted by anyone involved with Retox or I.Am.You. to write this nor am I being compensated in any way. I’m just a girl on this lifestyle journey sharing what I love.) 

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I was on the fence about buying this book at first.  I was worried that it would be another diet book. Or worse, it would be 362 pages of sales pitches as to why you need to buy some on line course or product to see results.  (Yes you can buy the videos for the yoga portion on line but it’s not necessary.)

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That shit really drives me crazy!  I know you feel me too.

After reading about Lauren’s switch from wall street trader to yogi with nutritional science training, I knew I had made the right decision. She really dived deep into training to understand the body. Smart chick.

This actually is NOT a diet book at all. Retox is the opposite of detox. There is no elimination of whole food groups or crazy workout schedules to follow. This book focuses on balance between yoga, food and mindset. This is a plan for general living and how to keep it together on very given day. Lauren calls it LSP, or Life Stability Plan.

As a yoga instructor, Lauren takes you through twenty-one daily life issues and breaks it down into the three LSP’s:

  • Yoga – flows and asanas geared specifically to heal your ailment
  • Nourishment – Think of this as the “eat this not that” section.
  • Mindset – explains the how and whys of what you are feeling and how to bring balance to that through meditation

There is something in here for everyone:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Bloating
  • Hangovers
  • Low energy
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Back pain

(Just to name a few)

You can run through the book section by section or skip around working on what your body needs most that day. For me, the first step was getting rid of the alien baby that is belly bloat.

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The yoga flow ( shown above ) is designed to focus on core movements and twists that activate your organs helping to release toxins. Each flow takes 20-30 minutes to complete.  There are also quick fixes and desk flows for when you are short on time. Perfect considering I always seem to be running late.

Nourishment tells me about foods that may be causing the bloating such as:

  • Soy (check!)
  • Eggplant / cucumber (check!)
  • Chia / nuts ((check!)(check!)
  • Raw foods  (mmmmm  some )
  • Spicy foods (check!)

You may have issues with all these foods or just a few.  If you notice certain things you eat are making you bloated, avoid them. If you can tolerate them in moderation, go for it. Just don’t over do it.

The retox instant debloaters include:

  • Warm water
  • Rice
  • Cooked foods
  • Some herbal teas like mint or chamomile

The reasons why each of these foods hurt or heal you is explained in the book as well.

Mindset: Your gut is sometimes referred to as your second brain. When faced with uncertainty, your guy can get all funky.  The stress can cause unbalance causing bloat. Sometimes you can’t just “let is go”.  you literally need to learn to trust your gut. The retox goal here is to train your mind to process the events and emotions around you. Write down what is stressing you. How does it make you feel? What are ways you can improve your situation? Then, sit tall, clear your mind and focus on your breath. Follow Lauren’s guided meditation then move on with your day.

After reading through each section in Retox, I had a few ah-ha moments.  Some things were obvious.  But Lauren brings science into her explanations so that it makes more sense. Don’t recoil by that statement.  She doesn’t get all nerdy on you. There is so much information packed into these pages that I find myself going back and reading sections again. I have learned so much about my diet alone that makes this book so worth the purchase. I catch myself asking, “Did I Retox today”?

If you are interested in Retox or I.Am.You studios, I interested links in the top of this post.

Have you read Reotx? If so, tell me your thoughts below. 

Do you have any of your own retox solutions that you incorporate into your day? 

 

 

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Be Inspired with BurnThis

Burn-This-App-LogoSo… How is everyone surviving this February?  It hard to believe it’s almost over. I have been busy trying to stay warm like the rest of the North East.  I have been tinkering about with some new workouts and apps.  One that I am very excited to tell you about is BurnThis.  I became an ambassador of this great community in the beginning of February and now that I have have time to settle in, I wanted to share the awesomeness with you!

What is BurnThis? The brainchild of co-founders Anna Kohanski Mason and Monica Johnson, BurnThis a Pinstagram app just for fitness. BurnThis combines cutting-edge photo sharing tools with with an active fitness super community that inspires and pushes you to be your healthiest, most fit self. It’s where you can share and discover motivational quotes, workout selfies, progress photos and whatever else you want to motivate and inspire! BurnThis is the world’s most inspiring community of fitness and wellness lovers. Within minutes, you will be addicted to sharing fitness photos and inspired to workout more!  The app is available at the Itunes App store.

Set your profile to list your affiliations, bio info, favorite quote... whatever you want!

Set your profile to list your affiliations, bio info, favorite quote… whatever you want!

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Share, like and comment on photos from the community. Unlike other apps, you see ALL the new photos plus a separate wall just for the friends you follow.

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Join challenges to stay motivated and win prizes!

The website is full of more inspiration on the blog page.  This is where you can meet trainers, fitness professionals and bloggers that are being featured. Are you looking for workout tips, new recipes or a new gym/studio in your area? Head on over to the website.

Are you interested in becoming an ambassador? The Website has that information too~ just click here to be swept away to the learn more! I hope you decide to come over and have fun with us.  Please look me up and let me know that you follow me so I can follow you back!

Are you already using the BurnThis app? If so, what is your favorite feature?

(Disclaimer – there was no compensation for this post.  This is just me sharing the love with all of you fine people)

Take the Leap ~ 30 Days of Yoga challenge with prAna and Sweat Pink!

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  • When I think about yoga, the first thought that comes to mind is that it helps calm the mind.
  •  Yoga invigorates me and makes me feel happy.
  • That’s why I am SO excited to participate in prAna’s Take The Leap 30 days of Yoga Challenge with Sweat Pink.
  • I plan to wheel pose my way to a more flexible and energetic 2015!
  • For me, the biggest challenge when it comes to yoga is arm balances .
  • Taking the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink is a great way for me to stay on target with my yoga journey.
  • My favorite place to yoga is outside because it is so peaceful and I love to have the sun on my face while I breathe in the fresh air.
  • Here’s a photo of me in my very best compass pose:

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  • I want all you fabulous bloggers to share your very best yoga pose photos, this fun madlib and of course, I challenge them to join me on this fun 30 day yoga journey
  • Come on y’all, Take the Leap with me!
  • Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s Take the Leap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible to win $500 worth of prAna gear and / or be the lucky winner who gets to gift $500 worth of prAna gear to one lucky winner. They just launched their new spring collection so you best get on it!
  • If I win I would gift the $500 to Kim at Busy-Bod.com (@BusyBodBlog) because she is a huge influence in my yoga practice.
  • Join the Take the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink Facebook group / event which we’ll use for updates, sharing,and inspiration: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1525412337742204/

and event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/423377431152799

And join the challenge on Instagram, Twitter, and your blog using the hashtags:

#TakeTheLeap

#prana

#sweatpink

And of course, tag @prana @FitApproach

YOGA ON!

Want to play? Just copy/paste the above and fill in the blanks where I have bolded & italicized and make it your own. Or use this link for the template!

I’m getting MAD for #NoExcuses in 2015!!

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Today is the official start of the #NoExcuses challenge! WOOT WOOT. And of course, we’re going to kick things off with some blogging fun for a chance to win awesome prizes from Augusta Active, ShowerPill, ActivMotion Bar, WIN Detergent, Actio926, Beaming with Health, and Sasquatch Racing.

Hey 2015, it’s me, Mary!

This year I would like to hit my goal weight, hike more, and get my 10k time under 75 minutes.

It would also be super duper awesome if I also conquered a handstand this year! It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because life is to short to sit and watch it go by!

The thing I am looking forward to most this year is our family camping trip in VT this coming July! It’s going to be a blast!

I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is self-guilt my alarm clock to help me get up, get moving and get after my #NoExcuses 2015. Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is “My body does not move this early in the morning” or “I am not fully awake and might hurt myself” and I have used them to get out of doing my morning strength training on more than a gazillion occasions. I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to go to bed extra early and sleep in my workout clothes.

I will stop blaming the dog for eating the rest of the cookies when everyone knows it was really me.

My laziness is not the reason I make excuses. I will show my laziness who’s boss this year and get my beastmode on.

I know that even ten minutes of yoga is better than sitting on my asana reading social media on my phone.

I will reward myself by buying new clothes that show off my new found muscles. 

#NoExcuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a Cut Away from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and pretty I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking a pincha in new Limb Length shorts from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my 6-pack with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next 10k race with Sasquatch Racing.

Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my shorts will smell in during my race after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

Now I challenge you, my readers to declare 2015 your year of #NoExcuses and #SweatPink with me! Tell me in the comments below what your biggest excuse to not get moving is. Do you have anything you are looking forward to this year?