Thursday, December 15, 2016


Halfway(ish) through the self motivated #hitresetstreak! Full disclosure: I missed two days. I made up one session the next day but not the other one. Keeping it real! Over all I'm really loving the streak and am looking at the next two weeks to set the tone for 2017!

A handful of random observations:
  1. I am obsessed with 5-Minute Neck Reset. Surprise side affect? Mood lifter! When I'm really stressed and feel my shoulders creeping up, up, up to my ears. I pause and hit that 5-Minute Neck Reset. Immediately I stop feeling like a ticking time bomb and more like a rational human able to breathe deeply and think more clearly. I can do this routine (?) by heart now and do it all the time. 
  2. Checking off my reset for day often sets a positive, motivated tone for the rest of my day. Those first few days it really pulled me out of my rut of feeling overwhelmed by how out of shape I'd gotten and how beat up I felt and motivated me to keep making other small steps to climb out of the hole. 
  3.  I'm reminded to simmer down, be patient and gentle with myself and to respect the journey I'm on. There is no overnight fix, and maybe it's not about fixing at all!   
  4. I am really, really bad at yoga selfies. Hope you enjoy that picture of my TV. Which... BTW Chromecast or AppleTV FTW. Love doing Jasyoga on the big(ger) screen ( perched on that IKEA stand I really want to burn in the backyard).
  5. Six new videos just landed including a Couch Reset! Yes. Yes.
Okay 16 more days to go! My goal for the second half is to get in more 15 minute + videos — at least 3 a week. Let's do this! 

Friday, December 9, 2016


Last night Owen stayed in Seattle to go to a Snoop Dogg + Bone Thugs-n-Harmony concert with friends. True statement. That happened.

I was excited to have a night to myself. Plan? A longer Jasyoga video. Podcasts and sugar cookie making. Also to work on an article that was due in 48 hours. Basically nerd stuff.

Thursday and Friday I have no childcare. I scheduled it as my rest day, I’m not pushing a stroller in the snow, and settled in to enjoy a special day with my two-year-old. What’s special? Returning stuff at the mall, frozen pizza dinner, ya know the stuff memories are made of. To redeem myself we also played in the snow, went on a Christmas light walk, and had a kitchen dance party. I also got to enjoy a full day of disagreeing on (nearly) every single moment. Yes, you have to wear shoes. No, you can't jump on the couch. And so on. 

Happier times
Flash forward to 9pm. In the 7th circle of hell. There are cookies burning. There is a Running on Om podcast being paused and restarted. There is a child screaming her head off every time I leave her room.


Because the snow is trying to come inside.
Her imaginary dog bit her and she needs a band-aide
She has boogers
Her sheet is wet
She doesn’t want her baby
She needs a baby sister from the store right NOW
She needs to eat a cookie
A glass of milk
She needs to have a popsicle in “mama’s crib”

She needs mama to have a popsicle to feel better
She needs dada to kiss her
Her tiny tree is too far
Too close
Too bright
Her farts hurt

Anyway, this is why I missed a day of my #hitresetstreak. Unless crying in the fetal position next to her crib counts as child’s pose.

And yes she was up at 4:15 AM.

Friday, December 2, 2016


I believe in the off-season. But I also have a very hard time with it. I’m very all or nothing, all the rules or none of the rules. That means off-season often ends up as a free-for-all that leaves me feeling more exhausted than I did during my peak training weeks. This life of wine covered brownies does have a silver lining though, I get so sick of myself and my butt imprint on the couch, that I can barely wait for the routine and discipline of training.

But after this off-season (3 weeks) I tried to return to running only to find myself very, very beat up. I was limping home after 2.5 miles. Surprise, surprise! All those painful imbalances didn’t right themselves after a hard 26.2 and three weeks of Ben & Jerrys on my couch. So weird, right?

Confused, I thought, maybe I should just add another week to off season. But after a few attempts I just couldn’t crawl back into my eating pants. I was so, so sick of myself. I needed to adjust my December plan. It wasn’t time to get back to base building mileage quite yet, it was time to get into foundation building. In case it’s not obvious, I know nothing about houses so in this analogy the foundation building is the planning, design, and digging part and ground packing part. Basically lining up the firm foundation to put the first wall skeleton. And the wall skeleton is mileage.

The new December plan? Running every other day to stay sane, working with a PT to figure out the pinched feeling in my right groin (?) and outer hip, returning to the exercise list that got me to NYC standing up, and I'm challenging myself to a #hitresetstreak. I’ve found no better translator between me and my body than Jasyoga, and every time I actually commit daily time to Hit Reset I can feel the difference. It’s time to break up the strange, rigid alliances my body is delicately leaning on. Some walls might need to come down to build a more solid house.

At first I thought I’d Julie and Julia my way through the month doing every single video. But now my plan is to take what I know I need to work on while also listening everyday to what my body needs. And to find at least one video a week that I’ve never done. Like yesterday I did Hip Strength/Stability. So good. I'll also use routines from Hit Reset Book. Only rule? Must commit at least 5 minutes a day. 

I’m looking ahead to January 1st, knowing that I can create a lot of positive change in 31 days when I actually do the work every day. I saw it in 3.5 weeks before NYCM, I believe, and now I just need to remind myself of that every day. You in?