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Meet 5.5 month old Isis!
Just over two weeks ago a friend asked me if I wanted a Kitty. I had been thinking about getting a Cat for some time now and when this opportunity came up I thought "Oh why not?!"
She is the sweetest most affectionate easygoing little Kitten I've ever had...! It has been a few years since I've had an animal around the house and let me tell you...
Kitten snuggles are the BEST! And look closley. she has two different coloured eyes. How cool is that?! (green and blue)
Did you know that there are some health benefits of owning a a Pet?
Pets can improve your mood
How can you not smile when you come home and are greeted by that happy tail wagging and doggie kisses? You could have had the worst day and all your pet knows is that you are home and that is TOTALLY COOL with him!!
Pets lower blood pressure better than Drugs
While medication does help to control blood pressure, they aren't as effective in controling spikes in blood pressure due to stress and tension.
* By no means am I suggesting that you discontinue taking perscription medication. However, there are examples of the very positive affects with the interaction between pets and humans which have been phenomenal.
Pet visits to hospitals and retirement/nursing homes: Just the simple act of petting a dog or cat can help lift the spirits of a person. The positive memories suddenly return, the ill patient is comforted by the slobbery kisses of a dog whom they've never even met before. A therapy dog becomes a lifeline for someone in need. Besides the known Guide Dogs, there are dogs for people with Autism/Aspergers, Epilepsy, Narcolepsy and even Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS).
Dogs encourage you to get outdoors and exercise
A common misconception with some dog owners is that if they get themselves a small dog, they won't have to go for walks.
As a Professional Dog Walker, I am going to tell you that that is not the case.
All dogs need to walk. They where literally born to walk!
Granted, there are some breeds who need more exercise than other breeds but nevertheless, They all need exercise. And this is a fabulous way for the owners and even the whole family to get involved and go walking!
Pets are a great source for social support
I know that when I am out walking my clients dogs there's not a day that goes by that someone doesn't ask me "Hey, what breed is that?" Or once they get to know me and the dog I'm walking they ask "How's the big guy doing? I see you out with him all the time. He looks like a BEAR!" One of my dogs I walk is a Bouvier who is between 125-130lbs.
Quite often there is a social community that develops. Every Saturday or every evening the dog owners all meet in the park and the dogs play. The humans get to know eachother and the dogs.
In some cases, dogs can also be a real "Babe Magnet!" ha ha.
And people (like me) just love to meet dogs too. I was crossing at the lights one day and a woman with her dog was crossing opposite me. I said to her in passing "Beautiful dog" to which she replied "Oh thank you.."I hesitatied for a couple of seconts but then actually turned around and followed her back over to the curb. I asked her if I could say hello and we ended up visiting for 20 minutes! She had told me that she really appreicated the fact that I was interested in meeting her dog. She thought that it was kind of me to ask to spend time with him. He was a sweet boy... <3.
Pets give unconditional love
Whether you are having the worst kind of day, you're fighting with a friend, you lost your job or you caused an accident, your pet will never judge you...
They are loyal, loving and they make for a great sounding board.
This is Gaston: A French Bulldog who has "Loveable" written all over him!
Have you every found yourself in a rut?? Ever get the "blahs" or go through a period you're just not doing the active things that you used to?
Well as a Fitness Professional, I have a confession to make. I'm pulling myself out of that rut...!
Suprise! Yes, Fitness Instructors are Human too.
(The lead up...)
Over the past 5-6 years, I've been dealing with quite alot of issues.
I went into work one day then they quite frankly just announced that I wasn't needed anymore. This was after 9 years of very hard work and dedication that I had put into that place. Suddenly the Manager says "Your job is ABOLISHED. You have 30 minutes to be escorted to get your things then please leave."
Then 2.5 yrs ago, my Father was sick with some complex illnesses. He'd been stable for a few years then suddenly, the treatments just didn't work anymore. He passed away in Sept of 2009.
Two years after that, my Mother passed out for the 2nd time and has since been dealing with her own issues which is also an added stress.
Basically, I've been put through the ringer. I struggled with depression and major psychological issue due to that Company and the way that I was treated. I went through counceling etc to help me figure out what I did wrong! I was very afraid. I was scared to apply anywhere else because I did NOT want to work as hard and be treated like garbage again...!
Well to put it bluntly, I didn't do a damned thing wrong. They where the bullies who had their own agendas. Who have a history of treating their Employees with DIS-respect, a lack of caring and no dignity.
So, throughout those years I seemed to lose my get up and go. I describe it as being in a "FITNESS - FUNK."
To be honest, I am damned tired of it.
This isn't me!
So, over the past month I have made the move to basically get off my ass and get back to business!
I've been making a plan. I am literally writing down what I want to do, how I need to reach my goals.
If you are in your own rut, here are some stratagies which may help.
(The Buddy System...)
Sometimes there are things that you can't do alone. So, get yourself a friend as a support system. Your Buddy can help you map out what you want and how you can get there! The support is awesome <3.
Get yourself a notebook from the Dollar Store
Write down what your goals are. For example: Want to learn to Run. Want to learn to Meditate etc...
Then you need a stratagy. Write down how to go about it. For example: Speak to an experienced runner and find out how to get started. Maybe contact the Running Room to see if there are Running Clinics.
Google Meditation (how to), contact a studio, speak to a Yoga Instructor and ask them how to get started etc.
(Check off what you've achieved on your list...)
You're already starting to make progress in your goals. GOOD FOR YOU!!
Those are just some quick examples of how to get started.
So, over the next few months, I'm going to literally be working my ass off. But, not just with fitness. With other goals as well.
I am no longer at that Company and you know something? All I've been hearing is that it is an uncomfortable, less friendly place to be in and that I am very lucky not to be there anymore. Yes I am...!
Part of my goals are to surround myself with positive people, healthy people, remove myself from bad energy.
A little bit at a time baby...
It may be safe to say that at one point or another, we've encountered the type of person who constantly complains, their never satisfied they ask for your opinion and find an excuse for why "it" won't work? There's the "could do - would do - should do" type.
They call you up and you're on the phone for an hour and you mostly end up being the "listener" and by the time you're finished your conversation, you are exausted and drained or maybe even irritable?!
Those people are are what I call " Energy Suckers." Nothing seems to satisfy them, there's no answer and most important, they're not interested in what you have to say anyway!!
A good friend of mine sent me an article which had a quote which struck a chord with me.
"Don’t confuse “authenticity” with sharing every complaint, resentment, or petty reaction in the name of “being yourself.”
Meditate, write, or do yoga to work through anxiety, resentment, and stress on your own so you don’t hand off those negative moods to everyone around you. Sure, share sadness, honest dilemmas, and fears, but be mindful: don’t pollute.
How can we counteract the Energy Pollution?
Set Boundaries politely. Not arrogantly. Arrogance is another form of pollution in my opinion.
When I am confronted with people who tend to be the "forever wounded puppy" I try things like changing the subject.
If that doesn't work, I (as politely as I can) let them know that I'd rather talk about something else. If that doesn't work, create some distance. Hey - No one said you had to be at everyone's beck and call 24/7!
This is not easy sometimes - I've had to gradually work at it.
The slower you respond though, they'll eventually get the message. You will begin to feel "lighter" and your head will become clearer!
Realisticly speaking we have all been on the giving and recieving end at some point but, perhaps this is just a little food for thought?
Hope you're having an awesome Summer so far!
This week I've been filling in for a couple of Intstructors and teaching her OLDER ADULT classes. AKA " Nice & Easy." No real age restriction. Anyone is welcome to join. It's a gentle type of class.
I've been Grooving ALL of them ( cuz I felt like doing it).
THEY HAD A BLAST!!
Today I taught one that I'd subbed at before. The participants filed into the studio and a couple of theme came right up to me and requested that I "do that AMAZING dance class that I did the last time" so, GROOVING IT IS BABY!
-> some actual quotes <-
"This was the BEST class I have EVER done..."
"I want more of this kind of thing.."
"We need this!! I didn't feel left out because I could do it the way the I wanted."
"That was a VERY good class."
"PLEASE come back??!"
Who needs CRACK when you get a buzz from seeing the look on those faces while they're moving their bodies their OWN way!!!
Two ladies in the class had never done a class before. One must have been in her mid to late 80s. They suprised themselves.
Another woman who is the youngest of the bunch (must be early 30s). She seems painfully shy. Doesn't really talk to anyone. Doesn't smile too much.
I happened to catch a glimpse of her at a moment during the class. I wish I had a camera or could have taped it...
She went inside herself and just let everything go.... With her eyes closed, she moved gracefully and looked about as "connected" as one could be. I got goosebumps....
Pass the Kleenex !
The moments and quotes from this past week are why I teach Fitness.
This past Friday I watched an episode of Oprah. It was about a 10yrold boy named Zach who has severe mental disorder
Yes plural. - he has a total of four. There was only one which was described as "Sensory Interation Disorder". They didn't elaborate on the rest.
They played some vidoes of him at age 7 in which he appeared violent & distructive. Oprah intervied him alone and wow, I watched with some mixed emotions. As his Mother described a particular event where her son actually tried to kill her. It made me shiver...
WHAT an interesting kid. My basic understanding is that the outbursts are triggered by negitive energy (more or less). So he HAS to be positive and change his way of thinking... He seems to be hyprsensitive of peoples energy. or engergy in general.. He takes meds as well of course to help keep him stable but, to hear a 10 yr old speak about focusing on the "White Light" technique and grasp the concept was pretty cool to me....
Interesting thought: If only others could have that understanding and take those steps to avoid a terrible outcome such as assults or worse. He actually spoke about that. Another comment that Zach made was "everyone in the world needs this". I completly agree with him!
You know what it's like when you get that bad feeling or turned off by someone or someTHING? Some choose to leave or end the conversation or maybe evewn end friend/aquaintenceships. I myself have done that. It wasn't always the case though. It does take some practice ;)
Others just get more and more TICKED OFF or keep complaining but, the problem will never go away.
True isn't it?
I'D LIKE TO GROOVE WITH THIS KID....!
Welcome to my very first ever BLOG! (whoot whoot - I'm so excited...)
Well, I'd given it some thought and then it came to me -
It's that time of year again... :). So what better topic to start with then THIS one?!
A time for Holiday Office/Work parties, getting together with good friends and family. Then there's the day of and the day AFTER or even the weekend after! celebrating! But, I don't just mean all the food and eating that's involved. I'm also speaking about athe running around and Gift and "to do" checklists which we all seem to have.
Do you ever feel like you're on a "Holiday Hampster Wheel?"
Um hmm... It can happen. So, I have one word for you.
It's important to pace yourself. Holidays should be a time for celebration and for some, remembering or reflecting. Not a time for stress.
A few things you can try for stress busting:
Plan ahead - to help ease the stress of the late nights, the long hours of shopping or even planning a menu if you're hosting a day or evening.
Get some sleep - Sleep is sooo important. Have you ever had a period where you didn't get enough hours in a night or a couple of nights in a row?? I think it's safe to say that most of us have experienced that at some point. Lack of sleep can make you erritable and anxious. If it means that you make it an early night with the girls/guys or limit your computer time (thanks Facebook! he he..), do it!
Be creative - Or INVENTIVE as I like to call it! What about making up certificates for your friends or family? For example: "One day a month of free Babysitting? Or 5 Personal Shopping sessions.
Set a buget - Draw the line baby. If you don't have it, don't try and spend it. Maybe this year you could do things a little different.
Give a gift to a stranger - My Cousins have told me that they've done this Purge unused toys (they have to be in top shape of course). Their Daughter frequently donates her toys that she's finished with to another kid who will love them in her ownspecial way. I love this!
Another thought is: Complete Randomness -> Buy the guy behind you in line a cup of coffee or a bagel! Pay someones bus fare. It'll make their day!
Just keep moving... - With all the celebrating and food consumption, let's face it, you can't avoid it so do this: Get or stay active! Find a way to fit it in somehow. We don't all have Gym memberships and we don't always go to the Gym. Make small changes in your routine like taking the stairs every other day. Start going for walks after lunch or dinner. Walk your dog! They HAVE to be walked everyday anyway and you meet people while you're out there too :).
And lastly - Wellllll, this one is a given... Dance your ass off! Put on your favorite music and dance on your livingroom. I'm serious!! Rock-out my friends... It feels amazing and does wonders for your brain and your heart!
You know, when it comes down to it, If you don't get the place completly spotless, if you forget the batteries, if you gain-5 pounds (which is inevitable), if you don't find that last gift on time, it doesn't matter. What matters is the time you spend with your loved ones. DON'T forget to make time for yourself too!
Don't stress. BREATHE!
I thank you for reading!
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