January 9, 2015

new year, new you.

Whoever said, "I feel sorry for people who don't drink, when they wake up in the morning that's as good as they are going to feel!" has obviously never had one of my infamous 2 day hangovers or a green smoothie and yoga in the morning. I feel 1000 times better during one of those morning situations and it no longer includes tequila shots and 3 am french fries. 

Like most other 20-something women, I am in a constant struggle of balancing a fun and enjoyable life with a healthy and productive lifestyle often times failing miserably. I love to binge watch Netflix and eat chocolate during ALL times of the month, I love to eat greasy fat burgers and drink yummy beer on hot days. Things I know I shouldn't do yet have no self control and let myself get sucked into the vortex of deep fried, not moving for 12 hours with an empty bottle of wine laying discarded next to my bra. We've all been there, right?  Every year I feel the effects of my early adult life taking their toll as I take days to recover from nights out when I always end up smoking more cigarettes than I ever plan (I always plan on zero obviously, once again fuck you 16 year old self for thinking smoking was fun) and when the shitty food I eat directly corresponds with spots on my face. I am sure as hell not 23 anymore, and while I have slowed down the direct abuse on my body considerably since my crazy college days, I am not ready to turn 30 years old (not quite yet, but sooner than I would like to admit!) being a lazy and squishy garbage eating hypochondriac with no follow through.

This year I have BIG health plans. I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years now, off and on, the past few months of 2014 making big steps at a yoga retreat and joining a studio. I always make excuses that it costs too much, I am too tired, its too far. Whatever. I am DONE making excuses.  I have slowly been changing my eating and exercise habits but take two steps back as soon as I get busy at school or starting traveling, making another excuse that I should eat as many greasy baguettes as I can while I am here, be in the moment, right? I am not saying I will never eat bread again, because I fucking love bread but this balance I am searching for starts with not feeling like I am going to die from heart failure because my sad little body can't handle the amount of cheese and wine consumption I like to call Wednesday night.  I feel like I have finally hit that tipping point and at this point its all down hill until I die. But I am saying NO MORE. I am done treating my body like I hate it when really I am so shocked and thankful I wake up every morning. I should not being feeling like this at my age and at the risk of sounding a bit too Lena Dunham and though I say this every New Year, I am done living like this, shit has got to change. 

This year I am going to become a yoga teacher. I am finally making moves and doing what I love. I am practicing my ass off, going to do yoga in Bali and then heading to India to spend a month in the mountains learning and discovering myself and the world beyond being wasted. It has been a dream of mine for some time now and with no more debt following me like plague I am in the perfect position to make more out of my experience of life. I am truly passionate about yoga, its the first form of exercise that makes me actually happy and even goes beyond exercise making me feel whole. I have joined a 30-day challenge at my amazing yoga studio for the month of January where I will be giving up alcohol, processed foods and practicing yoga and meditation everyday. It will be difficult juggling it all with my full time and part time jobs (and husband!) but coming home, ordering take out and collapsing into bed with the latest show I am obsessed with hasn't been working out either. 

I have started a new instagram account that is has been very beneficial to me, as my favorite form of social networking, I can spend hours looking at the beautiful and inspirational yogi's in the yoga community. I am even practicing more during my day and learning from some wonderful, strong women and having fun taking my own yoga pictures to see progress and growth. 

I'll be doing my yoga teacher training in fall of this year after I complete my contract and time living in Thailand but have a lot of work (and travel) to do before then! I am very excited for what 2015 will bring, with a healthy body and mind I might get closer to being content enjoying each moment, each smoke-free deep inhale and happy loving exhale. 

{Recently I was contact by a fashion website here in Thailand that is looking for warrior women to inspire a new healthy lifestyle, combining some of my favorite things (writing and shopping) in a blogger contest. Though I am kind of sick of these kind of emails that make me feel special and important (but really just want me to put in a bunch of effort for free advertising for them) this one was really different being local and about something I am actually passionate about right now. I was asked to pick my ideal workout outfit (which really consists of a pair of Dharma Bums and comfy sports bra these days) from this online Thai company, Zalora so as an awesome yogini I have picked some bright Nike pro fit pants and black Funfit racerback tankini sports bra perfect for a hot sweaty yoga class in Thailand. Because I don't generally like to walk to class, past soi cowboy, partially naked I would throw on this lightweight, loose Nike tee and rock these Nike sneakers. This post was inspired by the contest but motivated by my personal goal to feel alive again!}

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