Gulliver’s Run, HIIT Circuit, and Yoga Sutras

by Brittany on April 23, 2014

Happy Wednesday!!! Today is actually my Thursday as I have a four-day weekend ahead of me.  I couldn’t be more excited : )

Friday morning I’m doing another Physical Therapy observation.  Then, Friday evening, weekend two of yoga teacher training starts.  We have a special guest teacher, Ricky Tran, coming in to teach class and a couple of workshops.  I’m especially excited for his inversion workshop on Saturday!!!.  I have to leave right after the workshop, though, because J and I have a special weekend getaway planned.  We’re going to Baltimore for a couple of days for a UFC fight, an Orioles game, and some R&R.  We are really looking forward to it.

Just a couple of things to share today.  First off, remember the 5k I ran with Livy last fall?  Well registration for the 2nd annual Gulliver’s Run is now open.  The race isn’t until November, but sign up and mark it on your calendars now!! I know a lot of you showed interest in it last year and I’d love for you to join me with your furry friend/s this year.  Last year more than $6k was donated to canine cancer research and I have a feeling that could double the second time around!!! Click here for more details.

Next up, I have a new HIIT circuit to share.  Like I’ve mentioned before, countdown sets are where it’s at for me these days.  They are physically intense, but easy on the psyche as each round you have less sets to complete.  Start with 10 reps of each exercise, then 9, then 8, etc. until you reach 0.   This particular circuit includes dumbbell shoulder presses, goblet squats, and box jumps.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

HIIT circuit

Lastly, I want to share an excerpt from one of the books I’m reading for Yoga Teacher Training. It’s from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda.

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Satchidananda says, “Who would not like serenity of mind always?  Who would not like to be happy always?  Everybody wants that.  So Patanjali gives four keys: friendliness, compassion, delight and disregard.  There are only four kinds of locks in the world (the happy people, unhappy people, the virtuous and the wicked).  Keep these four keys always with you, and when you come across any one of these four locks, you will have the proper key to open it”

Mind.  Blown.

Have a great day!!!

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Easter Weekend 2014

by Brittany on April 21, 2014

Happy Monday!!! I hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend, whether you celebrate or not.  Ours was really great!!!

I kicked things off Friday evening by knocking a huge item off of my to-do list: PHOTOSHOOT!!!

I have been wanting to get some high-quality photos taken for so long to have for both this website, my personal training website, and for some other projects I have in the works, and I FINALLY got it done.  We got some great action, head, and cooking shots and I cannot wait to get them all back.  Here’s a little sneak peek. 

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The weather was freezing, and we didn’t get the sunset we had been hoping for, but I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out and we agreed to do another shoot later in the summer.  I always feel so awkward having my picture taken, but this needed to be done and I’m looking forward to doing it again.

Sarah, who also happens to be a B Strength client, was so much fun to work with and professional.  I will definitely use her services over and over again.

Post-photoshoot reward? trader joes sunflower seed  butter

Oh you better believe it was the TJ’s sunflower seed butter that was haunting me all week….straight from the jar.  Check out Champ lying at my feet just waiting to catch what might fall : )

Saturday I got out of class early so J and I went to an early dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant, Sukho Thai 

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 He’s such a comedian.  I ordered the Thai Coleslaw as an appetizer and the Drunken Noodle with Chicken for my entrée.  Both were amazing.  Next time, though, I’ll skip the appetizer.  I was stuffed before I even started my meal. sukho thai lancaster

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 Talk about a meal I could eat every day. 

Sunday, of course, was Easter.  I started the day with a walk with the dogs, some meditation, a 90-minute hot yoga class, a hot bath, hot tea, and reading.  I wish every day could start like that.  I am really falling in love with meditation and can’t wait to share more about my experience with it.

The late afternoon into evening was spent with family.  First, at J’s parents’ house, where I ate my body weight in canoli’s, and then at my mom’s where I spent time with my nieces and nephews. 

By Sunday night my heart was filled with so much gratitude for all the blessings I have in my life.   I took a moment to reflect on where I’m at today, versus where I was just a year ago, and where I would’ve been today had I not put in the time and effort to CREATE my circumstances.  This reminded me of how badly I want to give back and help others improve their quality of life like I did. I’ve learned so much from my own journey and I have this burning desire to share it with others.  I’m not sure exactly how I’ll do that, but it’s definitely my driving force these days.

Q: How was your Easter?  What great food did you eat?

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