Monday, March 25, 2013

Wedding Workouts

As I was flipping through channels this weekend I ran across an episode of Bridezillas -- you know the show I'm talking about -- the one where they show the Bride being a total B**** to all of her closest family and friends?! Don't get me wrong, I'm sure as the time gets closer to my own big day and the stresses start adding up that I will have my own freakout moments, but I REFUSE to turn into anything that resembles the women on this show!

"bridesmaid bootcamp!"
Anyways, back to my original intent... so I started to watch the show and was appalled at the "bootcamp" that this bride was putting her bridesmaids through in order to "look good" for the wedding day! Now, I am lucky that all of my bridesmaids are all classy ladies that take are of themselves and their appearances regularly -- but I couldn't imagine myself actually making them do bootcamp-type workouts so they look a certain way for pictures!

Buuuut, this got me thinking about what I was doing for my own workouts for THE BIG DAY. I have been doing my normal workouts such as yoga, biking, skiing, and some running thrown in here and there, but I haven't been focusing much on actually toning, which is an oversight on my part! Now, I still want to look like me at our wedding, but I want to look like a toned-me if you get what I'm saying. So I scoured the internet and found what I think is a helpful workout plan all based around the type of dress you are wearing. Now, I haven't gone dress shopping yet, but I do have an idea of what dresses I will most likely gravitate towards, and these all call for work on my arms, shoulders, core, back, and chest...


military press

lateral raises

triceps kickback

triceps extension



These are just a few examples.... anybody else have any great ideas for me on how to get toned for the big day?!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Yoga Anywhere

First of all, let me apologize for the lack of posts the last 2 weeks. I was feeling a bit under the weather and had other projects that I was trying to catch up on. Because of this, my blog -- and all of you -- was a bit neglected. For this, I am sorry, and promise to try harder to get back in your good graces :)

 With that said, when I was cuddled up under one of my favorite warm fleecy blankets, enjoying a hot cup of tea in the hopes of kicking whatever illness I had come down with, I was reading through some different online magazines and sites that offer up some great workout advice, I came across a piece from Shape magazine's website that centered around inspiration for people to get out of the yoga studio and try to do yoga anywhere and everywhere! They offered up some great photos of people doing just this, and I thought it was a really fun idea.

It got me thinking about my own yoga practice and how "in-adventurous" I have been with it -- why do I feel like I have want to go to a studio over bringing my practice with me wherever I go? Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I adore doing yoga at home or in a studio, but had heard about an event known as Rave Yoga that I thought sounded so amazing... and yet, I haven't stepped out of my box to try anything new. I know what you're thinking... Carolyn, ease up, you have been sick since you wrote that last post. But still... I want to try and push myself to be more adventurous in my practice and start to get creative with it.

Here are a few pictures of inspiration to get outside of your "yoga comfort zone" and start to spice up your practice a bit.

sun salutation on the beach 

yoga in the mountains

rooftop yoga

yoga in the woods

yoga in the city 

Yoga is supposed to be about unifying yourself with the world, your spirit, and all of our beautiful surroundings, yet I have let myself be boxed in. Not anymore! My mission is to step outside of my own comfort zone and pishm myself to be more creative, daring, and adventurous in my practice.

What about you? Have you been creative and daring in y our own practice? Any tips or pictures you would like to share? I would love to hear from you! Have a blessed day my friends :)