Move to Love Yoga – Filming

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On Saturday morning I had an amazing time being part of a More to Love yoga class that was being filmed for a Bank of America commercial. (The founder/instructor Rachel won a BOA small business contest.)

I love More to Love! It’s such a body accepting experience.

I’ve written before about feeling self conscious being the only plus sized woman in an exercise class. With yoga classes before More to Love, that was nearly always the case. I’d leave class feeling unhappy – which made the class not worth it!

Enter Rachel, the yogi behind More to Love.

Here’s what Rachel said about the filming experience:

3 years ago I had no yoga students.

I had no yoga classes scheduled.

I didn’t even have a space to hold classes.

All I had was an idea and an invite to anyone who was tired of feeling like their body was something to be ashamed of.

All I had was a love for yoga and how it helped me feel more “home” in my bigger body.

So the invites grew…and more people joined me to practice yoga with a special twist.

3 years later….

This weekend, as the lights, camera and director kept calling “action!” — I kept having to pinch myself.

“For real? A major company’s commercial is staring ME and is about More to Love Yoga?”

But truth is it’s not about ME…it’s always been about YOU.

The body who craves freedom.

The bigger body who desires a deep, long exhale.

The fat butt that can rock a pair of leggings without a shred of fear.

The full belly who when laughs, jiggles and shakes with no reservations.

That’s what More to Love is…and this weekend, that’s what I know the big film crew captured.

So thank you to the Lovelies who made time in their day to join the filmed class.

And thanks to those who were joining in spirit.

And a future “welcome” to the soon to be Lovelies…we can’t wait to have you join us.

3 years is not a lot of time…so go do and create that thing your heart is pulling you towards.

You will not be let down

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The director put me and my purple shirt in the front row

– even when I told her I’m a yoga novice.

We’ll see if I make the final cut of the commercial.

Thank you More to Love for inviting me to be a part of your film & be one of the “Lovelies”.

I’ll be back for a regular class soon!

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Loving Training with Jess Lanzoni

I’m having a blast training with my personal trainer Jess Lanzoni!

Below is a photo from our workout on the 4th of July.

If you’re in MA and looking for a personal trainer, I highly recommend Jess! She’s talking on new clients and will come to you for training.

The results of just a few weeks of training are definitely showing! My cardo endurance is increasing & so is my strength.

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Photo Blogging Challenge – Fun

The theme for the June Photo Blogging Challenge was “Fun”.

My 6 month old daughter, Elise, and I keep busy, so we had a lot of options for photos to share!

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Looking at board book pictures in the Thomas Crane Public Library Children’s Room

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Red Sox fan T Rex at the Museum of Science – first trip there for Elise

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Goofing around with Mom is always fun!

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First baseball game for Elise – Chatham Anglers Cape Cod League

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Looking at seals with Grandpa

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Elise adores her Dada

Too many fun times to only pick 5 photos this month!

Hope you enjoyed traveling through our photos.

 

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Personal Training

I’ve hired a personal trainer to help me get back to a fitness routine.
I’m super excited because the trainer is my friend Jess Lanzoni.

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Me & Jess post November Project workout on my birthday in August 2014.

My first workout with Jess as my personal trainer was Wednesday.

It was a great first session – setting goals and then getting in baseline fitness levels.

I ran a little over a 1/2 mile in 12 minutes – so one of my goals is to work on that speed till I feel comfortable running for most of the ZOOMA 10K in late September.

I haven’t been on a scale since my daughter was born. She’s 6 months old now. I estimated my weight over 20 pounds higher than it turned out to be when I stepped on a scale at the gym! I’m happy that I’m back under 200 pounds. I did not set any weight loss related goals because I want to get back to feeling fit again.

Another of my goals is to work on my cardio endurance so I don’t feel winded when I push a stroller up hills during hikes or when I return to November Project Friday hill workouts.

I was proud of my performance on baseline arm strength related tests. Carrying around a 14 pound child daily got my arm muscles in shape more than I’d realized.

I look forward to great workouts and checking in here to share progress updates.

Self Defense Class

Quincy Police recently offered a 2 day women’s self defense class. I’m so glad I attended!

It was a great refresher of the skills I learned from a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class I took back in college,

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The second night we tested our skills against the cops in the red man suits acting as attackers.

I cried at how many Mom’s and daughters were taking the class together.

According to one of the instructors the most dangerous time in a woman’s life attack wise is pregnancy thru the first year of your child’s life.

I took the class to be sure I stay safe and get home to my 5 month old. Also want to be safe when baby and I are strolling.

Quincy Police will be offering this free course again in September & I’d happily take it again if any of you reading want to join me but don’t want to take the class alone!

I’m also going to be taking the pepper spray training class offered by Quincy PD in September as well.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Outdoor Activities

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The theme for the May Photo Blogging Challenge was Outdoor Activities.

Since I was participating in the RACE Cancer Foundation May Challenge, my main outdoor activity was walking with my daughter in her stroller.

Here are some of my favorite sites from our walks:

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The famous Make Way For Ducklings statue in Boston – we walked over 4 miles that day!

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Cows at Richardson’s Ice Cream & Dairy farm in Middleton, MA

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Little Free Library seen on a walk in Dedham, MA

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Flowers in Assembly Row – Somerville, MA

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My daughter’s first carousel ride at the Greenway Carousel in Boston

 

I hope you enjoyed my 5 photos this month!

I’m looking forward to checking out other bloggers challenge photos.

 

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

 

Photo Blogging Challenge – One Person

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When I read the theme for the April photo blogging challenge, I knew immediately who my “one person” would be: my infant daughter Elise.

I often joke that it’s my baby’s world – we just live in it. Some of the photos will be of Elise and some from her perspective.

Enjoy!

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Happy to be at one of our favorite places: Thomas Crane Library

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4 months of joy have flown by!

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In the car seat waiting in the AC for her Dad’s side of the family to finish a game of disc golf

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“Oh my god! Elephants are HUGE!” at Roger Williams Park Zoo

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Elise is teething now and her Auntie Jackie bought her this teether

Thanks for checking out my photos!

 

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.