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Its September

Actually, at this point its the middle of September.  The last days of HOT weather, the start of school, new schedules, and NEW WEBSITES!!!  Thank you for taking a moment to come and visit mine.

This is a very exciting time for me.  I’m about to start my very own classes in a beautiful space!!  I’ve joined a networking group that has me feeling super charged to get things done.   Also, I’ve decided to push myself and signed up for a 5k marathon.  If, a few years ago, you would’ve told me I’d be running for any reason than to save my life, I would have laughed you right out of town.  And yet, here I am, using that Couch to 5K app, jogging at a snail’s pace, and actually enjoying myself.

Its an energizing time of year and I’m making the most of it.  If you’re in my area and looking to take on new challenges, make new habits and/or move away from old habits that are holding you back, please think about trying some one-on-one sessions with me, or even trying out one of my new classes.  I’m creating an environment of friendship, fun and fitness.

If you have any questions please reach out via the contact page!!

Happy Harvest!

Gail

PS – if you don’t live in the Albany area and are looking for some coaching, its possible!!!  Fitness plans, dietary education and more!!

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Got Spare Change?

I’m a certified personal trainer!  And as a perk I receive a the Fitness Journal, a monthly publication for those of us who have the privilege of influencing the health and well being of our clients, keeping us up to date on the latest research and trends in fitness.  This month’s cover story is “The Mysterious Journey of Behavior Change,” written by Dr. Erin Nitschke.

TTM

The above graphic is a representation of the TransTheoretical Model of change.  I believe that gaining a basic understanding of this process is the true beginning of change – knowing how to identify where you are in relation to a change you want to make.  Also, you’ll have a firm path to follow to achieve your goal!!  As a 37 year old woman, mother of two and wife to one, I like having a map to follow, or better yet a GPS to tell me where to go.

*the next paragraph is a bit of a sell, so if you’re not into it, Thanks for reading!!!

And that’s where I come in!!  I can put on several different accents (OK, maybe just two) to guide you to the next step in your fitness/wellness goals.  I’ve got listening ears to hear you, your needs and goals and I’m armed with strategies to help you get there!!

Cheers!

YoGail

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Non-attachment Parenting

Or maybe I should be more specific and say non attachment TO parenting.

When I was in my mid-twenties I worked with a woman who seemed to practice this non attachment to parenting.  She was, and I presume still is, a great mom.  And she was also great to herself.  She was compassionate with her kids, and was available to them when they needed help.  But she was able to see their problems as theirs.  To be fair, at that time her daughter was finishing college and her son was finishing high school.  Maybe she worried more when they were little…. but I doubt it.

Anyway, I have kept that attitude in mind since I became a mother.  My kids are still too little to be really unattached to their problems.  I still have to wipe buts and am happy to dry tears.  But I keep it mind for the future when I’ll have to step back and let them fail.

I’ve discovered another way to apply non attachment to my parenting and that is to the objects are no longer needed.  Most recently I’ve had to detach from my maternity clothes.  I was surprised how hard it was to give them up.  I am lucky because I was able to pass them onto a wonderful first time mother-to-be.  She’s sent me photos of her in the clothes and it warms my heart to see that they are still appreciated.  I suppose this is what Marie Kondo was getting at.

Other areas of non-attachment are comparing myself to other parents, letting go of trying to get my son to eat vegetables, making use of all the toys in the house and so many more.

I keep my attachment sheers on me at all times because there isn’t a day when I don’t need them.  They keep me going and happy for attachments hold me back, but letting go with love allows me to move forward with a smile.

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My first Post

What to say?

Much of my day is spent with little kids.  MY little kids.  Still, 5 and 3 year olds aren’t really much for in depth conversation, so I also spend a lot of time talking in my head, and responding in my head.  So, I think, I’ll write it all down in a blog post!!  And then I sit down and the chatter goes quiet.  My fingers are frozen.  I stare at the screen.

I decided to set a timer and just write.  Here it is.  My first attempt at putting something out there.  I’ve decided to at least try to steer this post in some direction, and that direction is Yoga.

That chatter that I spoke of early is usually themed around Yoga.  I recently graduated with my 500 hour Teacher Training certificate, which was a real rebirth in my life of Yoga.  I’ll save the details of that experience for another post – can’t give it all away in one!!  My intention with these posts is to express my thoughts and experiences through the lens of Yoga.

It might be Asana, texts, documentaries or podcasts (or more!).  I will explore all things Yoga and write about it.

I do not fancy myself a writer.  I write as a creative outlet, much like one who paints for the fun of.  Also, I hope to use my writings as a way to increase focus.  And, lets throw this on the pile, I will use this platform as a way to reflect on my own thoughts, and see what I can do with that information.

OK – so the scary part is done, I’ve put something out there.

Much love,

YoGail