Black Cloud

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Hey everyone! WOW…thank ALL of you for your amazing comments on my yoga post this morning! So many people shared their experiences and gave great recommendations for me. Awesome. I had a hunch that I was not the only one who felt a bit defeated with certain yoga DVD’s or videos. I loved this comment by Sarah:

"This may sound like a silly comment but if you don’t enjoy yoga….then don’t do yoga. And don’t feel guilty about it! It is possible that you just haven’t found an instructor or type of yoga that you click with. Keep trying and definitely go to a studio, it’s the best way to get into it. But if after all this trial and error, it’s ok to say "this is not for me." I know so many people whose healthy lifestyles motivate them to want to do all things healthy, but it’s ok to pick and choose. You don’t have to do something just because it’s good for you. You should do activities that you enjoy!”

Ummm…heck yea! I couldn’t agree more. I will admit that I do have a bit of guilt when I can’t get into the yoga! It is such a trend right now and you hear people rave about it, and when you feel like you are ‘failing’ (which I don’t think it is by any means), you feel like you are ‘missing out’. But as I was reading many of your comments, I kept saying to myself…’Don’t feel bad that you don’t like it, how silly!’ but that is how I feel at times myself. The truth is, we are all passionate about something. For some it is tennis, others running, some yoga, etc. Would you expect a yogi to want to to a kickboxing class? Probably not. Then why should some of us place expectations on ourselves to do something we aren’t feeling? We shouldn’t.

The thing I want to figure out for myself is this. Do I actually dislike yoga and that is the way it will be? Or have I not found the ‘right fit’ for me yet. I’d like to think it is the latter but we shall see! I have only experienced 1-2 ‘in person’ yoga classes and they weren’t too bad, but they weren’t great. I’ve tried Part 1 of Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga as well as some of Yoga Today’s videos. That is it. I have barely made a dent, so I will certainly check out many of your suggestions and see if I can find the right fit for me! If not, be damned with it! lol.

The last thing I would want for myself or anyone else is to start feeling down because you don’t like a particular activity. The point is we tried and gave it our best. The other reason that I think I have been disliking the yoga is because it is HARD and I am INFLEXIBLE. I am used to excelling at the activities that I do. Growing up I was a fastpitch softball player (competitive), I played volleyball, figure skated, ballet, etc. I was able to learn those activities pretty well, but because I am not flexible the yoga gets frustrating for me. And I know that is a big reason why I haven’t clicked with it so much. I think I put too much pressure on myself to nail the moves instantly. I just want to improve my flexibility over time! :)

I am definitely going to try Yoga Downloads again. Wanna hear a funny story? I downloaded it before (a free one) and I opened it and there was no video (just audio), so I thought it was BROKEN and wouldn’t work on my computer!!!! LMAO. Sings….*blonde moment* Eric and I always sing that when I do something silly. I like to have a sense of humour about things.

Black Cloud

So why the black cloud title? Because today has been one of those days!

My mother and I left for the wholesale craft place to pick up packaging and some party decorations. Well, I asked her to drive my car because I didn’t know how to get there. And wouldn’t you know it she got a speeding ticket! It was awful. We both felt so bad and it was a rotten way to start the day. We tried to put it behind us, but I felt so guilty because I was the one who asked her to drive. Those things happen I guess.

We got to the wholesale place and I was in heaven. Ribbons, and bows, and sparkles…OH MY.

Here are the packages that I bought to test out for my bakery:

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They turned out to be flops- already! Most of the packages have already broke or they won’t close right. lol. I guess I will have to go to an actual bakery wholesaler. Ah well, maybe I can make some use out of them just using them for gifts!

And then I got Leah some shower decorations…that I can’t show you! :) I am a bridesmaid in her wedding, and her shower is April 5th. I can’t wait to see her!

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Then I picked up a parcel at the post:

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I had totally forgotten about the Glo Bakery items I purchased!

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The loot:

  • Various cookie cutters: Weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, etc. (The box in the middle is ALL baby stuff! So cute)
  • A Sifter that was on sale for $5 (I can’t believe this is my first sifter!)
  • Goodies bags
  • Piping bags

I am so pumped to use this stuff!

 

My Eats:

Sorry guys, not many pictures today since I was in a complete rush. I have only been home a total of 30 mins. all day.

Breakfast: Green Monster

Lunch: Spelt cereal, apple, Amy’s Organic Crackers

Snack: Green Monster #2 (I needed something FAST so I could drink it and get stuff done, I’m SO behind today!)

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Wedding Dress Plan: In order to save a few calories, I use a SUPER ripe (i.e., black) banana for some sweetness. I only have to use 1/3 of a medium sized banana to make it sweet because it is so ripe and flavourful. Calorie savings: Approx. 70.

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I actually used 1.5 cups of Unsweetened Almond Breeze in this because I had a TON of kale. It tasted amazing and healthy.

I was glowing…

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Germany Shooting:

On a sad note, I’m sure most of you have heard about the tragic shooting that happened in Germany. I am so saddened by this kind of thing. What is the world coming to? It is depressing to think about. My heart goes out to all of the victims and families.

Coming from a psychology background (I have my Master’s in social psychology), instances of violence such as this always reaffirm to me why I have always thought our school systems need MORE support. Many schools are so underfunded and can barely keep a single guidance counsellor on board. I have spoken with a school counsellor in my area and she said that she is so overworked and doesn’t have enough time to provide all of the children with the help they need. We need to focus on PREVENTION if we are ever going to stop the outbreak of violence in our schools!

Does anyone else have any experience in the school system? What is your school like? Underfunded? Or just right?

 

See you tonight for the NEW workout that I did this afternoon. :)

 

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1 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 11, 2009

I need to try those smoothies!

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2 Marianne March 11, 2009

I’m the same way about running – everyone seems to love it, but I just cannot stand running, and neither can my knees. Sometimes I feel like I *should* get into running, because that’s what everyone does to be healthy, but it’s just not my thing.

And you must have some flexibility if you were able to figure skate & do ballet ;)

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3 Wiggs (The Beholder) March 11, 2009

I think it’s a-okay to not feel a connection to Yoga. I can never get my brain to stop running a mile-a-minute while I’m doing the poses! I try to keep myself flexible by stretching regularly (in front of the television, of course).

I was lucky to go to a school that had enough funding that we didn’t have too many kids fall through the cracks. But now, living in Chicago and being friends with a number of school teachers, I’m starting to realize the grave problem of underfunding in schools. The kids are crying out for help from a very early age, but nobody sits up and takes notice until it’s too late. I liked hearing your thoughts on it, since you’re an expert in the psychological aspect of it. I’m praying for the families of the German victims today… :(

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4 Valerie March 11, 2009

I definitely agree with the bit about yoga but I know it’s hard to ignore when people are saying how awesome it is (or any other type of exercise). Hopefully you can find a video that works for you but don’t be too frustrated if you don’t – obviously you want to enjoy the exercise and not just do it because others say it’s great.

The news of that school shooting is awful! I agree that prevention is key. The high school I was from only had 2 full-time guidance counselors (for 1100ish kids) and they were more for choosing courses rather than talking about personal issues. I think schools need people that kids can talk to if they’re having problems with school, home, friends, etc. I hope changes get made and board officials realize that prevention is important.

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5 Sarah March 11, 2009

Guess my comment was not so silly afterall. Hehe.

There are so many ways to be healthy and we all have to choose the path that is right for us. Hooray for no more guilt!

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6 haya (living and learning) March 11, 2009

a) where is this wholesale craft place??

and b) where did you order your bakery supplies? i have those treat bags and i love them a lot, but i can only find them at michael’s sometimes and would like to have a reliable source.

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7 gracie March 11, 2009

I am kind of with you on yoga. It’s nice for relaxing and quieting your mind a bit, but as for exercise, I feel like I’m getting a good workout if I’m sweating buckets. I’ve really gotten into step classes. I’m hoping next fall I can get group exercise certified to teach classes one day.

The shooting in Germany is a tragedy. I agree that students need more access to counselor and other resources. I also think stricter gun regulations are needed. Perhaps more of these school violence incidents could be reduced if students didn’t have access to firearms in the first place.

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8 Eliza March 11, 2009

Given the “natural” theme of your bakery, it would be really nice if you used biodegradable or recyclable packaging. I’m not sure where you can get these, but I know I’ve seen them. It might bump up your cost a little, but its always worth it to do what we can for mother Earth!

Also, I enjoy reading your blog. Haven’t commented much, but I’m glad you made note of the shooting in Germany. I’m currently a violence-prevention educator and I do a lot in schools around bullying, exclusion, rumors, and dating violence. I think that as a society it is important that we stop “othering” all acts of violence by viewing the perpetrators as somehow drastically different than us, and instead view them as a part of our very unhealthy and ill society. This is especially true with gendered crimes like sexual assault and domestic violence, but also with “school shootings.” If we recognize it as a problem that involves all of us (and in many ways, we are all responsible for) greater change might occur.

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9 Leah March 12, 2009

Awww, I am SO EXCITED for my shower!! I can’t wait!!

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10 Betsy March 12, 2009

Just another great reason to homeschool!

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