DIY Yoga Class

I love yoga.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.  I don’t practice it nearly as often as I’d like to, but when I do take the time, I always say to myself, Why don’t I do this more often??  Today is one of those days that feels like it needs a yoga infusion!  I’ve been up every night this week, with a sick husband the first two nights, and a long call shift last night.  I’m itching to get my energy back and my blood pumping!


Problem is, there aren’t a lot of yoga studios near my house… more like a lot of cows and open fields.  The one yoga studio I used to go to switched their schedule around, and now there really aren’t any class that work for my crazy schedule.  So what’s a girl to do?  Enter in one of my favorite websites:  Do Yoga With Me.

This website has tons of free yoga videos.  You can search by time length, instructor, difficulty level, or even just learn the individual poses.  So the next time you find yourself itching for some yoga but don’t have the time to drive to your local studio, head over and check em out.



This post is part of Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.


Trim Down and Tone Up: Final Thoughts

I just wanted to wrap up our Trim Down and Tone Up series with a few final thoughts and recommendations. I hope you’ve found this series helpful and informative, and that its empowered you to make changes in all aspects of your life in order to meet your health goals.

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Trim Down and Tone Up: Spiritual Aspects

This is the last post in our series “Trim Down and Tone Up”.  We’ve covered the emotional, environmental, nutritional, and physical aspects, now we’re going to talk about the spiritual side of things.

Everybody has a spiritual outlook, even if you don’t consider yourself religious.  Whether you’re an atheist who doesn’t believe in God, a devout christian, or someone who believes in a higher power unspecific to any religion, we all have spiritual beliefs.  When it comes to health and wellness, this concerns things like trust, the role of pleasure in your life, and having a sense of purpose. Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up: Physical Aspects

Any discussion on fat loss would be incomplete without considering the influence of exercise.  You can eat a perfectly clean diet, avoid emotional eating, and eliminate toxins from your life, but if you don’t include exercise, you aren’t going to get the best results.

Remember, exercise doesn’t have to mean you go sweat it out at the gym every night.  Incorporating more activity into your daily life is a great way to gradually increase the number of calories you burn during the day, as well as increasing your resting metabolic rate.  And this is where the real benefits come in. Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up: Nutritional Aspects

You can’t make this stuff up people.

Finally, we get to the nutritional aspects!   Some of you have probably been anxiously awaiting this post, others of you may have been dreading it, not wanting someone else to tell you another list of foods you can’t eat.  Since when did nutrition get to be so complicated?  Do you think that people in traditional cultures stress over what they’re going to eat?  Well, they may stress over whether or not they’re going to eat, but they certainly don’t stress which foods to eat.  They eat what’s available to them in nature.  We could learn a lot from this simple approach to nutrition. Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up: Environmental Aspects

Ok, now that we’ve covered the basics of looking inward at our emotional health, we’ll move on to something a little less intimidating: looking outward at our environment.  There are tons of different ways that our environment influences our health, so take a look at your own life and see what applies to you.  The last thing you want to do is sabotage your own efforts to eat healthier and be more active by unknowingly exposing yourself to negative influences in the environment. Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up: Emotional Aspects

The carefree days of childhood, when you didn’t care what anyone else thought. If you could run through the sprinklers in your bathing suit, the day was complete.

We’re going to dive right in to our Trim Down and Tone Up series by starting out with the emotional side of weight gain and body image.  Might as well get the hardest one over with first, right?  I’m not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or anything else in the mental health field.  My experience in psychiatry consisted of one mental health course in nursing school, and two rotations through psychiatric facilities.  This is more of an armchair psychology discussion, with things I’ve picked up over the years from dealing with thousands of patients and reading psychology books.  What I write here may or may not apply to you, but I do encourage you to read this post, then take a few minutes to sit back and honestly consider it.  I won’t know if you do or you don’t, but if you’re really looking to drop some pounds, your efforts will go a lot farther if you consider the fact that your emotional health is part of the solution. Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up

Can I just start by saying I hate the phrase “losing weight”?  I think half the problem we have with losing weight is in the way we talk about it.  Okay, maybe not half, but a large part.  It’s just so negative…who actually likes losing something?  When I think of losing I think of anxiety, frantic searching, and stress.  Not exactly the kinds of emotions you want to have when talking about trying to improve your health.  So, instead of calling this post Losing Weight, it’s called Trim Down and Tone Up.  Those are much nicer phrases, don’t you think?  Oh, and since it would be totally weird to take random pictures of people working out at the gym or running, I’ve posted this photo of my family acting like superheroes.  You’re welcome guys. Continue reading