Stargazing was cool and families, lovers and people with pets would take to the streets at night to look up. It was a healthy past time that didn’t feel like a workout. (Why?) Because it benefited the mind, body and soul.
It allows you to gain new perspective, looking at the same passageway under a different light. Opening up your mind and tapping into wonderment.
Conditioning through curiosity. You’re wondering, “What’s around the corner?” Then you look up to see a beautiful night sky approaching and take a deep breath. Brain cells are being intrigued and inspired, this is something you will never experience on a treadmill.
With all the benefits of clean oxygen and a beautiful view your soul can drink from this positive experience. Allowing mindfulness and acceptance to regenerate the deepest regions of your being. Uplifting the soul.
Include the ‘Ohana
Allow them to choose where you’ll walk.
Choose well lit, community spaces.
Bring flashlights and pets. (Make it fun.)
If you have time, pause and bring out a sketchbook.
Don’t look at your watch, look at their faces.
You can never take back time-spent so use it wisely. Stop regretting and start living your best life!
Schedule a day to stargaze and walk at night.
Level up by alternating a brisk walk into a stroll. For example: jog to the light pole and then walk to the next one.
Model the need for fitness during times of stress. Help your family adapt healthy habits because movement is a wonderful way to cope with stress. (My opinion isn’t medical advice, always consult your doctor.)
Sky’s the limit.
Looking up is the perfect reminder to our daily hustle, it connects us to the beauty around us.
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As we celebrated the dawn of a new year I wasn’t trying to make a resolution, start an eating program or pressure myself into a ridiculous workout regiment.
I just wanted to enjoy the new year and step away from the previous one. What I chose to do was…
No live-streaming in my private Facebook group.
No online fitness.
No hula sessions.
All I did was meditate, practice hot yoga four times a week and explored new recipes. I felt like I had to work on me and ground myself.
Be more YOU
I suggest that you take time to ground yourself and reconnect to your beautiful soul. It doesn’t make sense to draw water from an empty well and we all should have learned some important life lessons from 2020.
Covid19, elections and civil unrest contributed to an emotional roller coaster ride. Depression, oppression and worry knocked us off our feet. The last one standing were people who developed a strong sense of self-worth.
Which is why I decided to be selfish and work on being me in January. However, in February I’m launching a new fitness program that involves helping families develop a holistic lifestyle. Woohoo!!!
I did a first…
I bought my first microwave oven… seriously! Yes it’s a staple in North American culture but it’s one of the things I’ve rejected. I don’t really need it to cook for me and I don’t like microwave popcorn. Although I do luv kettle corn, yikes!
I bought it for two reasons. It’s great for melting products to make my salves and my husband has to heat up his meals. (I’ve been meal prepping for him and he’s been eating it cold.)
I figured that owning one doesn’t have to be an eyesore. So I actually found something that looked cute. Who knew that a microwave could be this stylish? I’m happy with it.
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I usually spend winter solstice reflecting and once the New Years bell rings I’m refocusing. I’ll ask myself…
What do I want to create?
What do I want to be known for?
How do I want to SHOW UP in this new year?
How will I improve?
Why is this important to me?
December in the PNW is a combination of chill and rain, lots of rain. I’ve grown accustomed to the clouds and learned to stick to my plans regardless of the liquid sunshine. On this particular day the sun made it through. Which is perfect because every year during winter solstice we join the Nisqually Tribe to welcome the change. [Scroll down and watch part of the ceremony.]
A time just before great change, for example summer solstice is the longest day in the northern hemisphere signifying abundance, harvest and beauty. Meanwhile winter solstice is the catalyst to regeneration, self-reflection and rejuvenation. It’s also the shortest day of the year.
Our inner being understands solstice and change which is why we look at the new year as a chance to regenerate and start over. We’re wired to do this.
Good things come to those who pay attention to their inner voice. If you remove the distractions, blinking lights and phone chimes to focus on…
What do you desire in the new year?
What do you need to make it happen?
When will you start?
Healthy body comes from a healthy mind.
Start by taking time to nurture and listen to the cravings of your soul. Then make a food and fitness plan for the coming year. Don’t spend a dime on workout equipment or nutritional products until you answer the questions I posted above.
Commit to a plan once you’ve
Completed a self-reflection session. (Basically answer the questions above.)
Designate time towards intentional movement.
Assign someone to be your accountability partner.
Above all keep your word! Do not break the promise you make to yourself. Whatever you choose to do in the near future be consistent to show-up for yourself, even when the going gets tough and you want to give up.
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou to all of you beautiful MANA Wahine out there! Just keep moving.
So I’ve been MIA but with legitimate reasons, listed below, but what brought me back to the game (so to speak) is my Luv of food and sharing. In fact I’ve involved my children on this quest to fight the COVID bulge and hack the holiday eating frenzy. It’s back to food, fitness and family on MANA WAHINE FITNESS.
Here goes my, “Where I’ve been” and “What’s happening” list.
1. I didn’t know if I had anything left to share in this space.
2. Started working at a school creating, developing and co-hearting a program for preK-12th. (I’ll share a video below.)
3. Wrote an E-Book and didn’t know what to do with it after publishing. Walk Inn Beauty
4. Played around with a podcast Walk Inn Beauty and haven’t touched it in awhile.
5. Raising 7 children (4 are teens) and co-homeschooling with my husband.
It’s my WELCOME BACK 🥳 to blogging, which I missed.
I’m still teaching Zumba and my online classes are so much fun. I even bought new gear to celebrate the new sessions.
Tried VLOGMAS for a couple of days and it turned out pretty good. (pictures below) I talked my teenagers into joining me and they did a fantastic job. Speaking of youth, they currently join me during my online sessions since we turned our Ohana living room into a dance studio. Lol.
The BEST holiday hack is to meal prep because the goal is to jump into 2021… seriously! The sweet temptations are everywhere so you have to arm yourself with good food. So add that extra fiber and plant based proteins because the more you prep the easier it will be to say no.
Wild rice with greens and salmon.
It’s literally the same three ingredients styled differently. I adore these containers from ELLO and bought several at Costco.
Wild Rice: A mix of protein and fiber, low in calories. Contains Manganese an antioxidant, it aids in keeping the mitochondria in your cells healthy.
Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Broccoli & Purple Cabbage: You’ve seen those salad bag mixes at Costco and Cash & Carry. They’re time savers because one bag can do so much!
I added can salmon, not my usual choice but I was trying to create from a menu that could live in your pantry. Everything except the salad could keep for months. Video tutorial on the link below. Enjoy
This picture is in the gym at Chief Leschi Schools of the Puyallup Tribe, a PreK to 12th grade establishment.
I started fitness sessions back in March 2020 when the pandemic first hit. It was a way for teachers to keep moving and stay positive. My initial goal was to remain active until the students returned… but that didn’t happen. (Yet)
So far several of us have continued but I’m really concerned about the students. Every time I see them on screen 👩🏻💻 sitting back, sedentary and aloof I get worried.
You realize that firefighters are expected to be more conditioned & fit compared to police. I always see local police at coffee shops or sitting in their vehicle, or is that just me? Lol
I am a long time admirer of this profession (firefighters) and want to honor them. Especially after the memory of 9/11 😔 Images of men & women sacrificing everything to save one. It’s been 18 years but feels like yesterday.
To honor his fellow firefighters Aaron Zamzow in 9/11/11 competed in Ironman Wisconsin. Upholding the memory of the 343 that gave their all. Eventually he opened Fire Rescue Fitness encouraging others to live a fit life.
The city of Tacoma holds a memorial service every 9/11 at 9am for the past 18 years and will continue.
Complete with releasing of the doves. 🕊
It’s crazy to realize that there’s an entire generation of young adults who weren’t born & have no memory of this painful event. Eighteen years has gone by so quickly but it still hurts.
Retired Captain of NY Fire Department Stands with the Mayor & Tacoma’s Captain. Below is his story…
They lowered the flags, rang the bell & played the bagpipes. The crowd stood their in solidarity & silence, remembering their bravery.