I Am In It To Win It.

Today I woke up at 5am and blearily looked at my phone, just like I always do when I wake up before my body wants to.

I didn’t have to be at work until 8, so you might be wondering why I woke up 2 hours earlier than I needed to…

Well, I went to a 6am yoga class. 

Actually my first 6am yoga class, ever.

My fantabulous yoga studio that is my second home and my third place only holds a certain number of classes a day.  I try to be thrifty and do my best to grab a class before or after work.  That way, I don’t have to make an extra trip that would use up gas that I try very hard to conserve.  You would be amazed by the number of things that I pack in order to make this happen.  It is quite a process, and if I am going to yoga class after work, I am usually prepping the night before. 

1. pack my yoga bag.  I have more than one, depending upon what I am doing that day.  As much as I love my pretty bliss bag by lulu, it is meant to haul alot and sometimes I am just not in the mood.  I pack my mat, a mat towel, my change of clothes (and don’t forget a change of shoes), a bath towel, deodorant, a water bottle, and snacks. 

2. pack my lunchbag.  i need to have an insulated one, because I am trying really hard to stick to my diet and some of my stuff goes from freezer to work and I need to try to capture as much of the chill as I can.

3. pack my purse.  make sure i have my essentials, and something to read.

3 bags.  When I am going to yoga as well as work, it is a 3 bag day.  Ugh!  I do a 3 bag day 3 times out of the 4 that I go to yoga.  I have this schedule that seems to work for me.  I go to yoga Monday through Thursday, and that way I get my “weekend” off.  I still go to the studio 5 days a week, because I work there as a karma yogi on Fridays.  If I didn’t get off of work so darn early on Fridays, I would skip going on my one day off during this 4 day stint and that way I wouldn’t be practically living there.  But I love it.  Everyone is super chill.  After working a frenetic shift at Starbucks, it is nice to relax and not have to worry about job performance.  It is also nice to hit up yoga and then go to work because it chills me out and I am less likely to get stressed by all the negativity at work.  It is pretty effective either way. 

So it worked out today that I either take the 6am class, or wait an hour and a half after work and take a 6pm class. Since I worked a full 8.5 hour shift, I chose to try out going to the 6am class.  It wasn’t great, but I could do it once a week.  I am a morning person, but by morning person I mean I like to get up and sit with a cup of coffee and dodder around on the ol’ internet or read.  Driving to yoga when the sun hadn’t risen yet was slightly disconcerting.  It was only an hour class, but it was a tough one today (thanks Stella! :P).  The class was small and so I didn’t have to rush through my shower, since only one other person needed to shower.  Have you ever tried to shower in 5 minutes?  That includes peeling off your sweaty gross yoga clothes, and then, even though you dry yourself off as well as you can, your skin is still damp, and it is a real bear to try to get dressed.  I am usually all zoned out from class, so that last thing I want to do is rush rush though my shower, but you have to if other people are waiting.  Rules of the yoga road.  So it was real nice to not have to do that.  Then I calmly drove to work, got there early enough to enjoy my protein bar and an americano, and then time to clock in!  

All in all, I was definitely tired.  I went to bed as soon as I could, but cut myself short of a potential hour of sleep.  Getting up and doing a vigorous vinyasa class and then working an 8.5 hour shift at Starbucks is a tiring combo.  Plus, for those in the know, I was on bar for nearly the whole day.  After being on bar for about 6.5 hours, I asked for a different thing to do.  Quite frankly, my back was killing me.  Luckily they switched me as soon as someone else came in and that was such a relief. 

Would I do it again?  Yes.  I have to do this.  I need to exercise and yoga is the only damn thing out there that I have stuck with for a year now, and I am finally seeing some weight loss.  Not only that, but yoga is the only thing that has kept my back pain in check.  Of course, the weight loss is because I upped my regimen to 4 days a week, and I have been closely monitoring my diet… such as slashing the amount of sugar in my diet by ALOT.  But it all works together. 

I am pooped.

 

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Confessions of a Male Shopaholic and How I Can Relate

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I wanted to do a quick post to share this amazing article written by Buzz Bissinger for GQ, a man addicted to Gucci.

A few highlights that I’d like to share:

I have an addiction. It isn’t drugs or gambling: I get to keep what I use after I use it. But there are similarities: the futile feeding of the bottomless beast and the unavoidable psychological implications, the immediate hit of the new that feels like an orgasm and the inevitable coming-down.

Hellooooo déjà vu.  I’ve never considered myself a shopping “addict,” per sé, but buying things..even the littlest, mundane, everyday things can give me that same feeling.  When I walk to the car to drive to the mall, or when I’ve just parked at the mall parking lot and I’m entering the stores, I get this strange quickening feeling.  It’s as if I need to get in FAST.  I’m…

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Retro Movie Review: ‘They Live’

great movie 🙂

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The 1980’s was a time most remembered for its excess; Carter’s malaise had been trumped by tumblr_lq1yaehh2e1qmq2zfReaganomics and a sense of optimism was rampant. Under the right leaning policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, businesses and investors saw the regulations that once constrained them fall as their wallets got heavier. Pop culture reflected the changes in society as movies and music became more grandiose and theatrical. But this glamorous era had a dark side few realized; the Cold War heated up as tensions rose between the Soviet Union and the United States; and the economic policies and military spending were no doubtedly leading to some kind of economic downfall on the horizon. But few people talked about such things; but one man during the Era of Excess came out and made a film about the problems he saw with society, John Carpenter. The horror icon took a very tongue-in-cheek look…

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How to Starve a Troll

How to Starve a Troll.

Things Are Going To Be Tight

I recently sold a few jewelry pieces.  Elated, I purchased my sister’s birthday present, my mum’s birthday present, and I bought myself a couple of things. 

Well, that was dumb. 

I should have held onto the money until I received my tax return. 

You know why?

Because I am getting $177 back from federal, I owe the state $119, and I owe my tax guy $375. 

Of course, I wouldn’t have KNOWN that, unless I was a clairvoyant, but I have learned; I will not put all my monetary eggs in one basket next time tax season returns. 

So now I am trying to figure out what to do.  I am working less than 30 hours a week at my job (I am currently trying to get to the bottom of that issue), I also got a poor review so I didn’t get a raise at my job, and I pretty much didn’t get a tax refund this year. 

I am trying to figure out how to make it all work.  I am trying to fight for more hours at work, I am trying to make a budget that will allow for me to save AND to chip away at my credit card balance. 

I have an oil change coming up.  That is going to cost me.

I am so lucky that the folks at Zuda Yoga Roseville took a shine to me, and now I work as a Karma Yogi.  Thank the gods for that.  In return, I get free unlimited yoga, and discounts on stuff (I am broke as a joke but it is nice to know it is there).  I am thankful that I can pay my bills.  I am thankful that I can buy food and put gas in my car. 

But I am damn close to the edge.  I have to tread that knife edge so very carefully, lest I fall. 

Almost opened Pandora’s box

Today i walked into my local Pandora store and walked out empty handed. 

I dont get it… 

I dont have the money to buy any more stuff right now.  I usually am not really interested in Pandora. They came out with a glass cherry blossom bead, which well, ok quite pretty, probably the pregtiest bead Pandora has ever put out. But, do i need to also buy another $70 worth lf charms to get the free bracelet? No, i don’t. But somehow i convinced myself that i wanted the glass cherry blossom bead, two lotus clip beads, and because that would total at least $100, i also end up with a free bracelet during their promo. 

Also… Pandora?! I already collect Trollbeads. They really are far more superior to Pandora. All i really wanted was the glass cherry blossom bead… it honestly is the first glass bead from Pandora that i actually like. Pandora is just… So commercial, and i fell for it. Ugh. 

Anyways. It upset me that i fell under Pandora’s commercial spell. I do have 2 charms, and yes i will eventually get this glass one, but i do not want their bracelet. 

I read an article about how someone considers these bracelets to be an adult woman’s way of holding onto youth. It was a very derisive article. 

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My Trollbeads collection. I like to collect.

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