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Fall Workout #6

I love this workout. You can do it anywhere there are stairs or a bench and just adjust the height to what works for you. All of the body is worked on. If you have a hard time doing rollups, stick your feet under your couch until you get stronger.

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This is the LAST workout I’m posting for Fall. I really hope you’ve enjoyed them. 🙂

Much peace,
Sarah

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Fall Workout #5

Here’s a fun one. Some tips:

  • Grab a friend to do this one with. It is nice for accountability and because this workout is a long one.
  • The skips are about ‘how high can I get’ not ‘how far can I get.’
  • The lunges are 3 on the right, three on the left.
  • You can make your plank rolls easier by doing them wide legged and letting your feet flop to one side or another as you do the side planks.
  • Adjust pushups higher (countertops are great)to lighten the load.

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Rest as needed, but shoot for resting at the end of the round. Do as many rounds as you can for 20 minutes.

Have fun! xo


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Gifts From The Cranky Grocery Store Lady

Yesterday I was at the grocery store checkout. I had a full cart of groceries.

A woman was walking from aisle to aisle with two items in her hands looking angry. She seemed agitated and in a hurry.

I said to her, “Excuse me, why don’t you cut in front of me.”

She gave me a dirty look and said something in a rude tone but it was unintelligible and proceeded to stand behind someone else with a full cart.

Ok, there’s a lot to unpack here.

But I’m not going to…

There was a time that this woman’s behavior would have pissed me off. Ask anyone and you’ll know that I am happy to speak my mind. I would have popped off on her and been rude back. (Nice. I know.) I would have likely carried with me this exchange for a while and there may have been some expletives.

Thankfully, yoga.

So here’s the deal. This was all her stuff and none of it had anything to do with me.

I tell you this story not because I’m carrying it; I’m not. And THAT my friends is the gift.

When my kids were little I read them the story of the two monks from the book Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth. In it, a woman is extraordinarily rude to the old monk making him carry her across a mud puddle. The young monk is irritated on behalf of his friend…all day. At the end of the day, he says to the old monk, “Can you BELIEVE that lady? She was SO RUDE!!” The old monk replies, “I set that woman down hours ago, why haven’t you?”

We get to choose how we react in any situation. We get to decide in every moment if we’re going to get hooked or if we’re not.

Jill Bolte Taylor writes in her book “My Stroke of Insight” (which is an outstanding read btw) that after our limbic (emotional) system is triggered, it takes only 90 seconds for the trigger, the surge of emotion to flow through our body, and then physiologically IT.IS.DONE.

After 90 seconds? You get to choose to keep that trigger, or let it go out of your body and OUT OF YOUR MIND and OUT OF YOUR SPIRIT.

You get to choose to hold on to irritation, anger, frustration, agitation OR you get to choose to let it go after you feel it for 90 seconds.

What Taylor does is set her watch for :90 and then when the feeling is done, she’s done.

Cool, right?

Another tool that I use is that I ask myself, “Is this my stuff or is this your stuff?” You can quickly start to discern what’s yours and what is someone else’s and detach or unhook from it.

Let me know what you think.
Peace, Sarah


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Fall Workout #3

I like this one, which features slow and controlled movements. Especially this time of year when I’m not feeling like going all out.

Take your time and enjoy a walk or run or walk AND run – notice what’s going on around you. See that everything around you is slowing down a bit and preparing for winter.

Then enjoy some slow strength work.

xo.

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Fall Workout #2

Well it’s Monday. And it has been a hell of a day no? So I’m going to just plop this right here without a bunch of yapping.

Let me know if you have any questions. This is a bouncy workout – so make sure to warm up and afterwards dynamically stretch out your calves (bunny hops, walking lunges, inchworms.) If you want to bring this workout down a bit, you can take the bounce out.
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Have fun and let me know how it goes. I’m doing it tomorrow:)
xo, S