September 2014 archive

Exploring My City -San Antonio

Over the weekend Danny and I were on the move exploring amazing San Antonio! Saturday morning we headed to the Briscoe Museum (Thanks to Colleen from San Antonio Moms Blog). The Briscoe is a western arts museum located in beautiful downtown next to the Riverwalk. It’s sized just right to spend about an hour and half exploring. Here are a few of our favorite finds.

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It was a rainy day but that didn’t stop us from heading over to Liberty Bar for Lunch. Liberty Bar is located in the King Williams District and has a cool relaxed vibe. We both order special items, Danny the Milanesa and I the crab cakes. Definitely worth checking out for brunch or lunch!

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By Sunday the rain cleared up and the weather was amazing! We headed to Siclovia to support Wounded Warrior Project and enjoy ourselves too. What is Siclovia? Good question, it’s kinda like a huge block party hosted by the YMCA. San Antonio shuts down over 3 miles of roads for residences to come walk, bike, and skate around while meeting local vendors, participating in fitness classes, and enjoying outdoor events. YMCA has hosted this event for 3 years now and it just keeps getting bigger!

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Whether you live in San Antonio or another great city, I encourage you to get out and about to explore your city. One of our favorite things to do is stumble upon new spots in San Antonio and continue to find out that we really do live in an AWESOME place!

 

You’re Here For You – YogaFit for Warriors

“You’re here for you first, remember that” was the welcoming phrase by our YogaFit instructor, Shaye. In a YogaFit training so often attended to help others we were encouraged to keep ourselves at number one, a task foreign to those with the innate instinct to help others.

I came to the YogaFit for Warriors training for three reasons 1. I love yoga and want to learn anything and everything possible, 2. I teach yoga for Wounded Warrior Project from time to time and thought this training would enhance the practice, and 3. This training was free… FREE!! What a value (and thank you Shaye!). But what I left with was far more than I expected.

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As I mentioned before we were asked to be there for ourselves first and to understand we can’t help or heal others until we help and heal ourselves. Right away I was like “that’s nice, I’m here to help others” šŸ˜‰ but then Shaye said something else “We all have trauma, maybe not PTSD, but we have all been through trauma and none of you are better than anyone else in this room.” WOAH! A rush of thoughts and images raced through my mind at lightening speed. It was as if that comment had tapped into my past life experiences and sent them rushing back. She’s right, I’ve had trauma. At that moment I was able to be there for me. I was able to understand the trauma I’d been through and how my body and mind had worked to heal those traumas.

Over the course of two days we discussed several topics including PTSD, trauma, TBI, the parasympathetic and sympathetic system, the Polyvagal Theory, the psoas muscle, and so much more. We were able to understand how they body reacts and needs to react to heal and recover. Most importantly for me, we participated in two classes using these healing techniques to better understand how they can help.

Being able to openly admit to myself that “yes, I have been through trauma” and “yes, it is OK!” was a small but huge part of helping me get the most out of the YogaFit for Warriors trainingĀ and ultimately helping others to my fullest potential.

So I ask you, have you put yourself first?

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To learn more or sign-up for YogaFit for Warriors please visit the YogaFit Warriors site.

Friday Fitness Frenzy

Happy Friday y’all! Hope you have a fun weekend ahead. I’m currently getting ready to jump on a plane to Utah for a wedding. The temperature there is about 30 degrees cooler than it is in Texas so packing my small carry-on was definitely a struggle.

Before I headed out today I wanted to make sure to get a quick workout in AND get some energy out of the pups. So I grabbed a workout from the archives and made it happen in 40 quick minutes. Here’s what it looked it…

  • 5 minute jog to the park
  • quick 5 minute agility warm-up
  • 8 – 20 yard sprints (the dogs like to run along side)
  • 5 minute recovery walk back to the house
  • 10 minute jog around the neighbor hood

The end result was 2 tired pups and one energized me! Feel free to check out other workouts you can do with your pups here.

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Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

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