When I think about what I am full time every day all day, I am a mom. I may not be the best mom in the world, but it is the one constant in my life and it’s one big part of who I am. When I think about my health, my vision, my life and where I’m going to put my energy, it is always with the kids in mind - whether those rug rats know it or not. And, believe me, they will doubt you. If you're a parent, you know what I mean.
How can I stay balanced? How can I encourage them? How can I give them space? How can I be strong for them? All of these questions float about in the background while my body does my day to day life activities.
Have you ever seen that meme? Isn't it true though? I am so lucky to be surrounded (mostly) by really fabulous human beings: thoughtful, considerate, nice to me, grateful, hard working, self starting, optimistic, upbeat and HONEST. Honesty is important... especially when you're being honest with yourself.
Every now and then I am put through the fire though. I hate. Yep - It is true. I become a hater. Then I walk through silent doldrums.
I remember someone told me what some other person was doing to them, and I said, "Wow - that person hates you! What ever did you do to him/her?"
... Sometimes, probably all the time, you don't want to know... And I wish I didn't know.
Hope you all have been having a greatly successful week of working out and eating right! I have had some questions on weight loss and nutrition. Of course, I ALWAYS emphasize following your body - really taking the time to tune in to what your body is REALLY telling you and how you can treat your body right! I think attending some of these outside workshops will certainly give YOU additional insight into how your body responds to working out and eating right - and how you can use that MATH & SCIENCE to get to where YOU really want to be.
So, I'd like to tell you a little about the Energy Bar, Snap Kitchen AND give you a few helpful links to help you on your weight loss and healthy eating journey.
THIS SATURDAY at 11AM with Victoria -> (RSVP today or tomorrow please please :) ) How to improve performance, heal from injury, stay injury free and get the most from your body and workouts: Energy Bar - with video: http://theenergybar.com Address: 640 S Washington St #180, Naperville, IL 60540, Phone:(630) 517-5944
Another great upcoming workshop:
Saturday, March 6th at 3pm with Ellen -> SNAP! Kitchen - downtown Naperville off Chicago Avenue - for healthy "fast food": http://www.snapkitchen.com
This place will give you great ideas also for how you can pre-pack and pre-prepare your nutrition for the week so that it's EASY for you to staying alignment with your HEALTH GOALS.
Body Mass Index calculator for calculating caloric intake v weight loss and weight maintenance:
Nutrition guidelines for clean eating: http://www.choosemyplate.gov
One thing I have been reading about in my CE studies for personal training is building a SUPPORT SYSTEM. I remember when I was about 8 years old I told my family I wanted to be vegetarian. It was actually exactly when I really started to put together where our meat came from - and it wasn't Jewel. I also started learning about health and cholesterol and it seemed like a win win situation - and that is exactly what I explained to my mom. My mom looked at me in the face and smiled politely and said, "Sure, whatever I wanted to do." She would be supportive of me.
Every night I would have to come inside for dinner at 6 or I'd be in trouble. That night I came in, washed my hands and sat down at the table enthusiastically talking about playing kickball or whatever with my friends and how I Could Not Wait for dinner (my mom always was a good cook!). My mom proceeded to plate the spaghetti and then pour the meat sauce... wait.. what? Mom, this is meat sauce.
"Noo," she said.
“Yes, mom. I can SEE the ground hamburger.”
“Oh, that?" <loving chuckle> "Thats NOT meat.”
THATS WHAT SHE SAID! That's not meat???? I could clearly see it was meat! Why do people do this? I don't know. at the end of the day and for the following 24 years I would have to watch out for mom sabotaging my vegetarian ways. Mom... oh mom.
Now- no, I do not think my mom had ill intent for me and my journey - I think she just didn't think I should be a vegetarian or maybe it was bad for my health or maybe that I didn't take it seriously. I shall never know. What I DO know is that as much as I loved her, she was NOT going to be my support group and cheerleader for this life choice. This made me really strongly focus on MY path and, eventually, I found a support system. It was always an uphill battle - but an educational one. No one ever benefitted from something that just came easily. I wouldn't trade the struggle for anything.
Okay - that's it for now! Hope to see you soon.
Cheers to your health!
Attendance BOOST and web11:54 AM
Hope this note finds you well. I meant to send this out yesterday, but did not get a chance. Because... Life, that's why.... AND that's also WHY I wanted to send you this message as well.
Listen to Jim's music: www.jimgreenmusic.com
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Email Michelle: Michelle@MichelleLeBlancYoga.com
It's always good to love what you do and do what you love! #followyourbliss
ACRO YOGA JAM JAN 24 2-4PM at Hot Yoga Naperville: An acro yoga jam is a free style yoga jam that allows people interested in acro yoga and partner yoga time to practice. Guided.
MUSIC + FLOW : Feb 6, 530-730pm at Hot Yoga Naperville
$30 preregister, $35 walk in.
Physical movement through vinyasa and live music to burn away physical and mental blocks led by Michelle LeBlanc, RYT and Jim Green. Jim Green is a percussive acoustic guitarist who has recently completed his seventh album, True North. He is a world traveler and incredible being. (More about Jim: http://www.jimgreenmusic.com . More about Michelle www.michelleleblancyoga.com .)
[As reprinted from FB and ethereal beings blog]
It's not going to be relaxing and it's not going to be normal ... my last words before leaving in case anyone got any fancy ideas about me going to Hawaii for a vacation.
Arrive. No plan.
Sam searches for an uber sans luck.
Michelle walks over to the lone tourist bus,
“Hey, can I ask you sumpin’?”
“Wuts up?” says Nelly, a local bus driver no more than 25 years old.
Nelly, totally ghetto gangster with hushed expletives, tattoos ablaze from knuckles to neckline, new to professional bus driving stopped to say hi to friends, made the delay totally worth the people watch.
She hustles us all the way to Pensacola Street where we're staying even though she was supposed to drop us in the hotel district at Ala Moana.
Her 2 year old girl just broke her collarbone also. I told her she'll heal up in no time. Definitely a kindred spirit.
Selena welcomes us graciously to her small apartment down a few steps- single small bathroom, chickens outside, hot, no A/C…
so while scrounging around not wanting things to go to waste, I made this!
Broccoli mashed potatoes:
2-3 c broccoli
5 toes garlic, peeled
1/4 c water
>>> steam the garlic and broccoli w/ salt, pepper & tumeric until bright green and soft but not overcooked
>>> put broccoli and garlic mix in food processor
>>> add avocado, plain soy milk, one pat Kerry gold butter and a dash sea salt if needed (to taste)
>>> process until smooth
in the other large cast iron skillet we have:
4 pcs organic chicken (thigh or breast)
(First cook covered)
Lay the chicken on top 2 large chopped garlic toes, and about a cup eggplant slices in strips and sprinkle a bit of tumeric on top
Sea salt and pepper to taste and turn a few times
When the chicken is about done, lid comes off to brown chicken a bit, then add 1/2 c apple cider and squeeze one lime, reduce a bit for a nice thick gravy
As you're reducing, steam a pile of power greens on top which will wilt in the steam
Yum! A nice, healthy meal!