health

Self Love

10 ways to love

1.  Take a bubble bath

2.  Drink herbal tea

3.  Try out a new vegan recipe

4.  Do yoga

5.  Spend time with people who make you laugh

6.  Buy a delicious smelling candle

7.  Meditate every morning (or at least a few)

8.  Write in your journal a list of all the love in your life

9.  Curl up with a heartwarming book

10.  Start your day by setting a self loving intention

Have another self-love idea? Please share it in the comments so every one can benefit! :)

Yoga Video: Warm Up for Athletes

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It is fall and people are diving into sports! Marathon training, football, hockey, tennis, soccer-- everyone is up to something. I created this warm up to prevent injury in athletes.  I've already witnessed too many athletes pulling muscles and hurting themselves.  Warming up well is the key to preventing injury!

In reality, any one can use this warm up! It's great for any type of movement, and even just as a straight up yoga warmup! It is a great warmup for any movement. I've known too many athletes getting injured recently and warming up is the key to preventing injury!

So before you hop on the court or field, take 5-10 minutes to do this juicy yoga warm up!

Check it out right here, and leave me comment with how you feel afterwards!

Namaste!

Jenna

 

Yoga for Beginners: Sun Salutation A

Join me at the beautiful Yoga Lila in Montauk! In this video, I teach a basic Sun Salutation A. This sequence is designed to get your blood moving and body heated.  Do a light warm up before jumping right into this.  Please subscribe and look for my next video, Sun Salutation B!

How do you feel post-sun salutation? Leave me a comment below!

Namaste! :)

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Soulful Liberation

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The seen is the nature of the gunas (qualities of nature): illumination, activity, and inertia; and consists of the elements and sense organs, who purpose is to provide both experiences and liberation to the Purusa (soul).

The Yoga Sutras

This winter was the hardest and longest winter I’ve ever experienced. I went from cursing the sleet and snow, to deep sadness and longing for warmth.  Then I would switch from frustration, to anger until finally--after the blustering winds wouldn’t stop...I became content, even happy!  I made a conscious choice to lift my focus higher--to the soul level.

All that is around us is there to help us towards our soulful liberation--our soul’s union with God and with love.

So in the dark of winter, I made the choice that I was tired of feeling the way I was feeling.  I was tired of cursing my conditions.  I began to meditate and pray every morning...not even for a long time! Just a few minutes to get my mind in the right place.  I started a gratitude journal.  I focused on positive mantras throughout my day and my yoga practice. Every time a negative thought came to mind, I would switch it instantly with a blessing.

And now, I hardly even notice that it’s the first day of spring and I’m still wearing my down, long black winter coat.  (I mean... I definitely notice... but I’m not upset by it;))

Our experiences--good and seemingly negative-- help to liberate our soul.  Our soul only feels free when it is light and full of love.  This happens when we perceive all that is around us with gratitude and joy.  Yes, even the experiences that scratch and claw at our hearts leaving us sore and hurt. Those heart wrenching, utterly painful experiences exist to strengthen your soul.  In fact, they are doing the dirty work to make your soul even more beautiful, even more aligned with God and with pure love.

Nothing lasts forever.  Things are constantly changing, constantly bringing to our attention new experiences, new trials, new joys.  True freedom comes when we are able to live through those experiences without despair.  In fact, peace comes when despair is replaced with gratitude because we know that all of it--the pain, the heartache, the tears, the bitter cold--it’s all for our own growth, our highest good, and the elevation of our souls to a shining, bright place.

And that is my wish for you. True freedom in knowing that all the terrible things will get better and that YOU will shine brighter because of it.

May your soul shine brighter every day:)

xoxo

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Meet Dani!

dani I'm so excited to introduce to you my friend, Dani! She is such an inspiring runner and her passion for it exudes into all areas of her life.  She uses her beautiful gift and passion to truly make a difference in her own community, and that makes her presence so bright.  When are you doing what you love and letting that shape your community, it truly shines from your soul and people can't help but notice.

 Her Story:

Dani was born in Manhattan and has been chasing her dreams in NYC for the last 10 years! She is a second grade teacher at a public school on the upper west side, a Pilates instructor at Power Pilates in midtown east, an AADP certified holistic health coach/nutrition counselor, and a runner on the Central Park Track Club. As if she wasn't busy enough, she also is a Girls on the Run coach, a volunteer for Back on My Feet NYC (an organization that uses running as a tool to motivate people experiencing homelessness), and an essential community leader at lululemon athletica, 75th and Broadway.

 

What makes you shine? When do you glow?

Inspiring others to live a healthy, active lifestyle makes me shine. I glow when I hear stories from people who have bettered their lives exercise and eating healthy. I also glow when I make people laugh or smile. It feels so good to help other people realize their potential.

What do you LOVE to do? What is your passion?

I LOVE to run, it is my passion! There is nothing better then lacing up my sneakers and heading out for a solo run to clear my head or to meet running buddies for some miles and socializing. I love how running can be an individual and group sport at the same time. The best part about running is that it doesn't discriminate. Anyone can do it! I am also passionate about eating healthy, whole foods. Food is fuel. It is so important to put nutritious, real food into your body so it can thrive! I also love to dance because it is such a freedom of expression and it makes me feel free.

When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I am taking care of my body by exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep. I am also happiest when my friends and family are happy! Happiness is contagious :)

What inspires you?

My dreams inspire me! They keep me motivated and focused. My friends and family and friends also inspire me to work even harder because they are so amazing.

 

What is your big goal? Or one goal you would like to highlight?

I have many goals so it's hard to just pinpoint one, but for now I'd have to say that my big goal is to break 3:20 in the marathon distance (hopefully in 7 weeks at the Boston Marathon, ahh)! I have been chasing this goal for a few years and I WILL get there!

Who is your biggest influence?

My biggest influence is my mother. She is driven, hard working, intelligent, and goes after what she wants. She has always inspired me to be the best version of myself and to go after my dreams. My mom is my biggest supporter and has always been in my corner. I am so grateful and lucky to have her in my life.

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Are YOU doing what you love? Does your soul shine?

Tell me what makes you glow in the comments!  Every week, I will be featuring a new soulshine[r] and telling their story.

Do you know someone who’s soul shines? Nominate them by leaving a comment below!

 

 

5 [inexpensive] Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Alright so I’ve been on the struggle bus when it comes to the winter blues.  I am self proclaimed summer girl and wildly acknowledged people person.  Around this point, winter in New York becomes my worst enemy.  In aggressively defending myself against the polar vortex this year, I’ve learned some easy tricks to beat winter at it’s own [evil] game. winterblues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Surround yourself with happy friends

I can’t tell you how important this is and it’s also sometimes the hardest to do.  It’s way too easy to isolate yourself when it’s cold and you don’t want to go outside.  So think of the friends you always feel good around, and schedule plans with them for later this week! Heck, why not have good old fashioned slumber party! A night of laugher cures everything.  Get a group of old friends together and reminisce about college.  Maybe even embrace the cold, and go ice skating together or sledding! I promise you, surrounding yourself with good, positive, energetic people will lift your spirits more than almost anything.

2. Take a hot yoga class

This has been my staple this winter.  I go to a typical vinyasa class regularly, but this winter I’ve been turning up the heat in hot classes.  Sometimes you just can’t get that last chill out of your bones.  Not only will a hot yoga class heat you up, but it will lift your spirit and leave you in pure bliss.  Namaste:)

3. Take up a new hobby

Get your fingers and your mind active.  It’s easy to curl up into bed and watch Netflix for 4 hours.  Instead, put on a tea pot and paint for an afternoon.  Grab a fun coloring book and colored pencils.  Learn to knit.  Write letters to family.  Your mind, whether your realize it or not, is craving stimulation.  Activities that use your motor skills will keep your brain sharp.

4. Treat yourself

Get your hair highlighted.  Go to a spa.  Get a massage.  Paint your nails. Do a facial.  Put a conditioning treatment in your hair.  Splurge on a new luxury lotion.  Do something to make yourself feel good, special and better.   Winter is the time I am the hardest on myself and feel the worst.  Giving your self time to pamper will lift your spirits.

5.  Start the day with a positive affirmation or positive thought

Our first thoughts in the morning can [and will] affect our entire day.  Instead of thinking how awful it is to get out of bed and get dressed in the cold, reflect on something more positive.  Dedicate the first moments of your day positivity, miracles, and wonder.  Spend time in prayer.  Repeat a positive mantra.  Meditate on lovely things.  Reflect on what you’re grateful for.  Arm your spirit with good, positive, lovely things and the harshness of the winter will roll right off your back.

What do you do to beat the winter blues? Share your ideas in the comments and let’s all fight through the remaining winter days together!

 

Anticipating spring,

xo

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Confession Time.

Ok, I have a confession.  I failed at my New Years Resolution within the first THREE hours of the new year!  I only mildly, vaguely, kinda sorta committed to the idea of being a vegetarian in 2014.   So in the midst of champagne celebrations on New Years Eve, I was handed a chicken sandwich and my resolution was out the door. Alright, so resolutions shmesolutions.  Nobody likes them! They don’t work.  You end up just giving up when you feel a little depressed about failing at them so quickly.  What does actually work and is super exciting is goals! Setting a few clear, specific, and inspiring goals will change your year-- and your entire life.

I need to lose this extra weight from the holidays is soooo not inspiring to me. Blah. Ick. Get it away.

I try out three new classes every week  or  My boyfriend and I cook a new vegetarian meal together every Friday.  Uhh...excuse me but those goals actually sound pretty fun!

We are going to make 2014 the BEST year--the year you start living your dreams and having tons of fun.  I’m going to help you a bit.  Here are three simple steps to help you elevate this year to the next level of awesome.

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Get crystal clear on what your dream year and dream life actually looks like.  You can’t expect it to fall out of the sky, because even if it did--you wouldn’t recognize it because you don’t know what it is you want!  Take some time (like we’re talking 10 minutes), sit down and make a list.  Draw a picture. Create a board on pinterest.  Do some honest soul searching.   What does your ideal life, your ideal year really look like?   By ideal, I’m talking wildest dreams. Endless possibility.  Nothing is too crazy, too bold, too risky.  It’s your year to start being honest with yourself and start living like you mean it.

Where do you dream of living?  What do you daydream about doing for work?  Do you want to travel? Where do you want to go?  How do you take care of yourself?  Do you wish you could run a marathon?  Do you want to feel like you belong to a community? What does that look like to you?  What do you want to do for fun? What is important to you? What do you value? What have you always wanted to try? Heck...what would you do if you won a million dollars tomorrow?

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Once you know what it is you really want, you can start setting some inspiring goals for yourself!  Goals give you a target,  that clear, specific spot to set your aim towards and ultimately reach.  Goal setting sets your dreams into motion and gets your creative, subconscious brain moving in the right direction, YOUR direction.  Your goals are 100% authentic to you and inspire you to take action.  Brian Tracy (goal setting guru that he is) says that, “People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine. Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” Sounds pretty awesome, right?

I’m going to be delving a WHOLE lot more into goal setting, bucket lists, and dreams during my New Year’s Vision and Goals workshop during Hamptons Wellness Week (www.hamptonswellnessweek.com).  I hope you’ll join me then so we can get super clear, specific and inspired for 2014!

Finally, the NUMBER one thing you need to do to make 2014 your BEST year yet, is to get into action now!  Your dreams, goals and visions for your life are so beautiful and so perfect. The only way the world will ever see your greatness is if you choose greatness today.  Choose to show up for yoga class.  Choose to read that book, write that book, or give away that book!  Choose to eat your broccoli, kale and green beans.  Choose to spend time with the people who matter to you.  Choose to sign up for that race.  All it takes is one teeny tiny small action a day to bring you closer to your wildest dreams.  You are what’s going to take your year to the next level.  So many adventures are waiting, so many melt your heart snapshot moments, and so many “hell yeah, I did that!”s are just beyond these initial footsteps.  Commit to choosing your dream life, and you will have it.  It’s going to be an awesome year!!

Can’t wait to see you January 16th to talk more about your goals and to set you up with an action plan for the year! See you soon!

Love, love,

 

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Why 2014 is going to Knock your Socks off!

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A few months ago, I was chatting with Jenna about goals, life, and all things great. Jenna helped me to set real, concrete goals for my life, both business and personal. I was feeling really excited about what was to come. So excited to get tackling my goals and experience the life I’ve always wanted. It was then that Jenna asked what really drove me to start One Healthy Hamptons and what I dreamt it to be. I started One Healthy Hamptons last April to provide a resource, local e-magazine, and a community to celebrate and grow health and wellness here in this amazing place we call home. I wanted to rejoice the uniqueness of this beautiful place full of incredible people and outstanding resources. But why? Why me? Why here? Why now?

Why not just let people do what they want to do? Health is already a huge part of the Hamptons community; we love our fitness classes, our kale salad, and our fun nights out, embracing the Hamptons scene, all while penciling in the next day’s workout…right? But, is it a positive thing? Are we just going through the motions and working out to make space for the fun? Are we indulging with thoughts of cardio and detox? If this is you, don’t worry, this was me too.

I started OHH because I am so DONE living like that. We only have one life, only 364.5 more days to enjoy and embrace 2014. So, unless we’re enjoying the process, it’s really just a big, huge waste of valuable time. I started One Healthy Hamptons because I was DONE with this deranged mindset. DONE with society’s pressures to ‘get skinny.’ DONE with the cycle of overindulging followed by detox, diet, and cardio binges. Ugh, what a miserable, unbalanced way to NOT enjoy all of the valuable time we have on this earth. I was DONE with the negativity that’s been so closely wound into such positive concepts of health and wellness. DONE hearing, seeing, judging others, done being jealous, done overdoing it for all of the wrong reasons. I know if I was DONE, that lots of others must be just as fed up, just as ready to turn things around. Once I hit this realization, things began to shift, especially as my eyes opened to the unique world of wellness throughout the Hamptons. Health and wellness became a positive passion, not a negative obsession. One Healthy Hamptons resulted from my growing passion to turn negativity to positivity and to spread that positivity throughout the place I love to call home as much as possible. To connect people over the common theme of embracing health and wellness.

I started One Healthy Hamptons to get the message across, not just to other young girls with deranged mindsets from society’s impact, but to an entire community of diverse people, that being healthy and fit, making wellness a priority, doesn’t have to be a sacrifice at all. It can actually be a balanced, ENJOYABLE process with huge positive outcomes. Eating healthy is fun. Working out is fun. Trying new things, challenging our selves, pushing the limits, attaining goals – it’s all fun. The things that make us feel our best, our strongest, our healthiest, are GOOD for us and they deserve to be embraced.

I workout because I ENJOY it and I eat what I ENJOY. One Healthy Hamptons is built on the premise of balance in life, not extreme exercise, not cutting calories, or cutting fun in any way. I’m not the fittest one in the class, but I’ll try pretty much anything. I overcame a serious hatred of running by…running! I crave healthy food that actually tastes good. If it were up to me, peanut butter would be a central part of every meal and workout clothes would be an acceptable ensemble everywhere – always. My passions are pure. I simply LOVE to feel good and I’m passionate about to helping others feel the same.

partyMy drive to start this community, One Healthy Hamptons, came from the desire to fully embrace the positivity of health and wellness and to make it that much more accessible for all of us. In a few short weeks, once we’ve settled into 2014, gotten used to our routines, and hopefully taken the holiday decorations down, health and wellness in the Hamptons is going to be the MOST accessible it’s ever been. We’re throwing a party and it’s called Hamptons Wellness Week. For one week only, all things healthy and well Montauk to Westhampton will be RIGHT at your fingertips.

If you want 2014 to be THE year, YOUR year, then join me. If you’re ready to set yourself up for success, if you’re DONE with the negatives and ready to CELEBRATE, or you’re ready to make this your healthiest year yet, you’re invited to Hamptons Wellness Week. If you want to learn, try, and grow, you’ve got to be there! Where?

Sign up for Hamptons Wellness Week on January 12th at Hampton Coffee’s Experience Store in Southampton, NY. Meet me there between 8 and 11am or 4 and 6pm to commit to getting fit, reinvest in your health, learn a ton, and have some fun. Participants in Hamptons Wellness Week will get: SEVEN premium fitness classes of your choice that work with YOUR schedule, SIX lectures to learn the skills to make 2014 knock your socks off, (including a fabulous goal-coaching session with Jenna herself!) nutrition consultations, natural facials, a party and tasting at Fresh, the Hamptons top restaurant for healthy, local eats. We’re going to celebrate the year that WILL knock your socks off.

Namaste to that!

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Ain't no mountain high enough

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“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

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Possibility is perhaps the most thrilling concept I have ever grasped.  Possibility is what sets our world into motion, and makes the miraculous come to life.  It's that "I wonder if...", that mystery of the unknown, the creativity.

Jacki Carr and I met at a goal setting workshop in the Meatpacking district.  Jacki is an adventure seeker, a goalspirational speaker, and a life tweeter.   I was so inspired by her, I asked Jacki to share her thoughts on possibility.  I am so grateful to her for making this post possible--all the way from sunny California!

Find Jacki on twitter and also check out her blog.

This weekend, I created a possibility that inspires me beyond words!  I'm not going to tell you what it is just yet, BUT I can't wait to clue you in next week. So be sure to check back on Monday!

Until then--dwell in possibility!

All my joy,

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Giving Thanks Continuously

 

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Emerson

Gratitude got me through the More/Fitness Half Marathon yesterday.  When I was on my "runner's high", I made a running list of everything little thing I was grateful for that helped make running the race possible.

My health, my good knees, my feet, my toes, my strong heart, my eye sight, my brain, my stomach....all the weird little things we rarely acknowledge.  I guess when you're running really far, you start to pay attention to everything in your body...everything little ache, pain, every little muscle.

So when the runners high was over around mile 10 and I was feeling nauseous, I just couldn't think about my body any more.  I could barely tell myself to put one foot in front of the other.  So I took the focus off my physical body, and started to think of all the people in my life who have impacted me, supported me, and believed in me.  The people who surprise me and come through for me when I need them the most.  The people who want me to succeed and want me to keep going (in life and in running).

I thought that last 5K would never end.  I thought at one point I was probably going to have to give up.  But gratitude got me through.

That's my challenge this week.  When the going is great and you feel wonderful--make a list of the things you're grateful for.  The stupid little things you never acknowledge, but actually make your life easier.  When the going is rough and you feel like giving up, stopping, dropping out--make a list of the people you're grateful for.  The people who carry you through, believe in you, and want you to keep going. Crazy me decided to film a video after the race! I only had my iPhone, so please forgive the terrible sound quality.  Check it out, and leave a comment with something your grateful for.

Have an amazing week and enjoy the spring weather!

xo

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How badly do you want it?

 

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I hit a brick wall this week.  I wanted to quit.  You see, my friends and I have our half marathon coming up on Sunday.  On Friday, we went out for our last long run... a tough 12 miles around Central Park.  Around mile 10, I was starting to feel like quitting.  I was hungry, tired, and just sick of running up those treacherous hills in the park.

As my feet pounded the pavement, a quote popped into my head from my favorite book, The Last Lecture.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

-Randy Pausch

So there I was, running up that crazy, nonstop hill at 110th street, thinking to myself:

"Ok, Jenna...How badly do you want this? How badly do you want to complete your training strong and do this race?  How badly do you want to make it up this insane hill and feel proud, strong, and confident?"  I wanted it.  I want it badly enough to keep going, even though it hurt.

You can have it.  BUT, you have to want it.  And you have to want it bad.  From a relationship, to a job, to finally getting that Micheal Kors purse you've been salivating over--when you want something bad enough, you will find a way. 

I guess the question then is, how badly do you want it?

Check out this week's video for more insight and leave me a comment with your brick wall stories.

Have a great week!

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Creating a Balanced Life You Love

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Do you ever feel like everything is falling apart? Me too!

Chances are, it's probably not everything. It is probably just one area of your life that you are unhappy with or is not where you know it can be.  In this week's video, I talk about how we have been holistic beings since we were kids.  When one area is out of whack, everything feels it!

Your career, relationships, health, creative life, social life, spiritual life--all of these factor into your overall happiness.  Are you neglecting one or more of them in your life now?

In the same way, when we're setting our goals and creating our future, we have to remember to find balance in them and to set goals in every area of our life.

The key to getting what you want is taking action.  What action are you going to take TODAY to make your life more balanced?  Are you setting goals in every area of your life?

You deserve to live the full, inspired life you want.  So don't wait-- take action now!

xxoo

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Hey Girl... Keep Running.

 

What are you training for this year?  I am SO excited to be running the 2013 MORE|Fitness Magazine Women's Half Marathon with some of my girlfriends!  I had a lot of fun playing with our training schedule and I thought I would share it with you!  If you click on the photo above it will enlarge and you can save it to your desktop.  Train along with us!

The training is taken from Hal Higdon's novice 1 marathon training program.  We are just stopping at 8 weeks:) This was the training schedule my friends and I used last fall to train for Grete's Great Gallop.  Here is a link to see the full training program!

Happy running!

xxoo

Jenna

PS~  Do you have any fun inspiration I can add to our training schedule??  Although... I don't think it can get any more inspiring than imagining Gosling at the finish line. ;)

Day Twenty Three, December Twenty Three

Day Twenty Three–December Twenty Three #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: LOVE NYC, run:)

I have an extreme love/hate relationship with this city.  One minute I'm yelling (talking sternly?) to an extremely pushy old Asian lady on the train (true story), and the next minute I'm in awe of people's kindness (thanks for not stealing my iPhone when I left it on the counter at my bank everyone).

Today, a friend at work said he has found a new relationship with gratitude.  And I thought that was beautifully profound.  As I ran along the Hudson this evening,  I decided I'd dedicate this run (the last in NYC til after Christmas) to just loving and being grateful for this incredible place I've found myself in.  There truly is no place like it.  It's the city where dreams come true, and also the city where new dreams are born.  It's a city of hope, of courage, and of community like none other. The people here constantly astound me...and are more kind than the movies let on (Word to travelers: get out of Times Square and in general, just walk a little faster...and I promise we will like you more and actually help you find your way:)).

Thanks for an amazing year, New York! I look forward to 2013 with you.

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!

xoxo, Jenna

PS~ So I know you're dying to hear the story about me yelling at an old asian lady. So here goes... there are about 100 old asian ladies who get on my train during my commute to work.  One morning, this lady was pushing and pushing and pushing to squeeze everyone into the train. There was no more room. Not an inch...and I didn't appreciate the rather large man next to me being smushed into me.   I simply said quite sternly (yelled?), "We are NOT preschoolers! So please just STOP pushing!! There isn't any more room!".  And whatya know... she stopped...and I could drink my coffee in peace (smashed up against the window, of course).

Day Nineteen, December Nineteen

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Activity du jour:  "Cheers to '12" Run

After our roommate Christmas, Mary Joe and I ran one last time through our neighborhood before she jetted out of NYC.  This girl is headed to LA for the New Year, running a marathon in Arizona in February, and performing in Footloose after that. We spent the run reminiscing 2012, talking goals for '13, sharing lessons learned and hopes for the future.  What a lucky thing it is to have such inspiring friends!

What goals are you excited about for the new year?

xoxo, Jenna

 

Day Eighteen, December Eighteen

Day Eighteen–December Eighteen #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: Stocking run!!

My roommate and I walked out of our rooms in matching socks today...and decided this run was our stocking run! We ran 5.5 miles through Sunnyside and Astoria, Queens...and ended up taking off our jackets around mile two.  Why is it 50 degrees when Christmas is in a week??

No idea.

Make sure to hang your stocking this week!;)

xoxo, Jenna

PS~ I don't recommend hydrating with egg nog... or wine.  I got home from Flywheel last night, and the girls and I had a bit of wine. Many cramps, many weird pains during the run this morning...

Day Seventeen, December Seventeen

Day Seventeen–December Seventeen #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: FlyWheel Upper West Side with Ryan!!

The holidays are all about get togethers and fun...and this class was a freakin party! Ryan has so much energy, and is SO into the moment with you that you can't help but get completely absorbed yourself (and feel like a total bad ass along the way).

It was even more fun because a big group of us from lululemon were there together, and sweating our faces off. Let's do it again soon, guys:)

We love you Ryan! Thanks for an amazing, crazy, sweaty party!

xoxo, Jenna

 

Day Thirteen, December Thirteen

Day Thirteen–December Thirteen #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: Yoga in the neighborhood and rest:)

Since we basically ran a half marathon yesterday (over 12 miles!), my body was both tight and tired.  I practically fell out of bed this morning. Remember that scene in The Little Mermaid when Ariel first gets her legs and doesn’t know how to walk and falls all over Prince Eric? Yes this one:

Well basically that was me this morning…except there was no Prince Eric to catch me…  Just my hard wood floor.  I took that as I message from my body to chill out, stretch it out, and maybe just have a little fun in the neighborhood.

So obviously that meant walking down the street with my camera and yoga clothes, searching for an unsuspecting person to take my picture doing yoga in a ridiculous place.

I came upon Flowers by Giorgie, a few blocks down my street and having fallen in love a thousand times over with the smell of Giorgie’s Christmas Trees lining the streets. I was told by the man himself that he was too busy to take pictures for me, but that he’d love for me to use his Christmas trees.  So naturally I ran across the street to see Chris, who runs the food stand on the corner.  He was more than eager to help out.  So let me paint the picture:

Chris (who runs the food cart) left his food cart unattended… Came across the street to help me…. do yoga… in front of Christmas Trees…on a sidewalk…in New York City.

Here’s the commotion we made:

(Tree pose…by the Christmas trees…. get it?)

 

I had so much fun…and what a beautiful day! If you love yoga in your favorite studio…get outside and do yoga!! One of my most absolute favorite things in NYC in the summer is Bryant Park Yoga. It is out of this world. Hundreds…I’m talking 600 people, outside on the lawn, practicing yoga.  Get outside, already!!

Anyway, I always joke with my roommates about how much of a commotion I make in this neighborhood.  It is a tiny, cute, adorable Queens neighborhood… and I’m convinced I’m the only blonde girl living here.  I’ve made up a fictitious newspaper called, “The Sunnyside Times” and I will come home and say, “Welp… I was on the cover of the Sunnyside Times again today…” and proceed with a ridiculous story about something I did that day in Sunnyside.

Today… I made the cover of the Sunnyside Times, yet again:)

xoxo, Jenna

PS~ This is Chris! The man who works the food cart down the street from me.  We have quite the history.  He helped me when I tripped running this fall, smashed my knee into a protruding brick and was gushing blood.  He also cheered for me when he saw me walking down the street in my race clothes and number last week.  And now he took pictures of me doing yoga on the sidewalk. Thanks Chris!

 

Day 12, December 12 = 12/12/12!

Day Twelve–December Twelve #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: 12 miles!!!!! 6miles at 12 midnight and 6 miles at 12 noon!

This was insanity. But we decided we couldn't let the date go by without doing something crazy. We started at 11:40 both times, so we would be out and about by 12 midnight/noon and 12:12 both times.  Here was our route:

Our midnight run was amazing.  I have some pretty stellar friends because we had a BLAST running around the upper west side, yelling to the world that it was 12/12/12. We scared quite a few people, but actually got a lot of people excited about the fun date and time!  Here! Re-live our midnight run with us:

Dinosaurs outside the Museum of Natural History!:

Mary Joe pretending she's a mannequin...

 

12:00 Midnight on 12/12/12 running down Central Park West!!:

Here is us at EXACTLY 12:12 midnight on 12/12/12 running in Columbus Circle!:

Then we ran into a really funny guy who was so excited for us and our adventure that he took a group photo of us with this crazy santa.  We started running away and I yelled back: "Thanks for not stealing my iPhone!!!" and he let out the loudest santa claus laugh!! We were so happy:)

Midnight run success!

Then MJ and I had to head home... which took longer than our actual run ( we got home after 2am...) and were so wide awake that we watched Elf. (If you want to stay up all night, run six miles at midnight. It's like drinking 6 cups of coffee.)

Ok...so we slept a bit, woke up, had coffee and BAM: here we are at 11:40am

 

We ran from Sunnyside to Astoria and here we are at 12 noon!! (sleepiest eyes in America.)

Look at these funny baked santas we saw?! (they had creepy faces like mine):

Then we attacked some poor girl at 12:11 to wait with us a minute to take a photo of us at 12:12.  She was awesome. Look at the little one minute photoshoot she did for us at exactly 12:12 on 12/12/12:

Thank you random, unsuspecting girl!!

We ran on ward getting ever closer to the 12 mile mark.  A favorite donut shop happened to be at mile 11, and the donut man gave us donuts for free because of our awesome endeavor! I present MJ running with donuts at mile 11:

 

SO we did it!! We ran 12 miles on 12/12/12 and were running at 12 midnight, 12:12am, 12 noon, and 12:12pm.  My friend Ali said something so wise right before our midnight run.  I was thanking these incredible girls for helping me tackle this crazy goal of mine, and Ali said something along the lines of: If we didn't support each other in reaching our goals, would we ever get any where? And it's so true.  I am so beyond grateful for the dozens of people who support me through the craziest goals I can come up with...and I would never be able to tackle any of them if it weren't for the people in my life who believe in me.   So thanks, friends:)

Anyway, we are TIRED. haha. So the plan is to end 12/12/12 with 12 mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa (they are the size of quarters), wine and the Christmas episode of New Girl. Great success and good night!

xoxo, Jenna

 

PS- Here's a little gem from last night.  My post run santa hat hair, which reminded us of Kristen Wiig on SNL:

 

 

 

Day Ten, December Ten

Day Ten–December Ten #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: Christmas Tree Run!!

I love that New York City has SO many Christmas trees everywhere.  I thought it would be so fun to do a Christmas Tree Run and hit all the major trees, plus a few extras along the way.  My friend Ali joined me and this was how it all went down!:

Start: 75th Street and Broadway

Down the Street for a quick stop at Trader Joe's:

Then we ran over to Central Park West, and ran down and across Central Park South (where a horse drawn carriage driver yells out: Rapunzel! Rapunzel!) Quick stop at the Plaza:

Then across 59th Street to the Bloomberg Building, where David the Security Guard caught me under the mistletoe:

and we saw their awesome Christmas tree in their courtyard!  (the lights are so blinding in person!)

Then we had to weave in and out of thousands of people trying to head downtown to the Rockefeller Center! We ended up at Radio City just as a show was letting out and hundreds of people flooded the streets. Eventually, we made it to the most famous Christmas Tree of all! Rockefeller Center:

We continued to fend off the crowds as we tried to make it to Bryant Park. We passed this little cluster of trees on Park Ave (which is completely  lined with Christmas trees):

Then we FINALLY made it to our last tree!! The Bryant Park tree-- which you can actually stand underneath! and this little angel wanted in on the fun:

Then we ran a few blocks south (again, to get away from the people), ran all the way west to Tenth Ave and set our sights North to 75th and Broadway!!

What a great success! Thanks to my gal, Ali, for such a fun run (despite the many many tourists).

xoxo, Jenna

PS... I found this in my camera roll afterwards from our random photographer at the Bloomberg building: