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Texas Peaker Gathering

While this is my second year doing My Peak Challenge, I never got too involved in the community aspect. I’m juggling so many online groups and social media accounts that the best I could do to stay involved was lurk from the outskirts. When a group of Peakers gathered in Central Texas last year, I had a FOMO moment and made sure to seek out more opportunities to meet people in person. Yesterday, I drove out to Burnet where the third Texas Peaker Gathering took place. I wanted to meet the ladies and offered to take them through an all-levels yoga practice. I’d only met one of the Peakers there in person before (Hi, Amy!). I nearly met another Peaker (Hey, Pam!), but we missed each other. Pam kindly took the group photo so I could be included, so I photoshopped her in. 😉 Everyone else was a picture and name on the internet. It was SO LOVELY to see people face-to-face! We took our practice nice and slow, focusing on breath and grounding. I …

I survived Run for the Water’s 5K

It’s been a while since I’ve done any amount of running. I did a search in my Google calendar, and the last time I ran a 5K was 2010’s Race for the Cure. This was pre-kids. The time before that? 2008. Running is not my forte. Because I was sick for much of July going into August, I never got around to preparing for or even setting a Peak Challenge for September, the challenge month. To be perfectly honest, my main challenge in doing a fitness program was just to make it through the whole dang year. I used September to get back into the workout plan and thought it was better that I do something late than never. I joined a Facebook Messenger group of fellow Peakers in Austin who tried to organize walking get-togethers. Someone had suggested doing a run, but the races were on days we already had family plans. At that point, I thought a 5K seemed attainable with where my cardio fitness was. I started to search what races were coming …

My Peak Challenge Update: Month 8

I realize that the one and only time I wrote about My Peak Challenge was February 11, when I was only 4 weeks into the program.  It’s probably time for an update, huh? I stuck with it pretty well through the spring until we went on our road trip. I tried to create my own workouts to do in the hotel room while we traveled, but I think I only got through one of them mid-way through the trip. I counted all the walking we did, so I didn’t completely go off the rails. Summer was a different story. I had my kids home with me twice a week, and while I tried to take them to the gym on those days and sit in a corner to play toys, they ended fighting over toys or asking me every 2 seconds, “What’s that machine do?” I cut my workouts short on those days. We also had weeks at a time where I had no kid coverage at all, so those days were lost. And then …

Attending SXSW: Health & Fitness Edition

I’m going 7 weeks strong with My Peak Challenge, even with a few out-of-town weekends that altered my schedule and diet slightly. But the biggest hurdle coming up next week is the 10-day event that takes over all of Austin: SXSW. Free booze. Free food. More free booze. Late night debauchery. It’s the adult nerd’s spring break with more clothing and way more tech. In the past, I shared tips on what to bring if you’re attending SXSW Interactive. These still apply for the general attendee. This year, I present tips for incorporating health and fitness without missing ALL the fun. Strap on your fitness tracker. You’ll want to get credit for all 15K, 20K, 25K steps a day you take while trekking around town. It’ll make you feel better that you canceled out at least 1 to 2 beers/tacos. It may even motivate you to skip waiting for a cab/pedicab/Mazda ride and walk instead. SXSW is also the week I invite everyone I know to a step challenge, so I blow them all away!! Hydrate like your life …

My Peak Challenge 2017

If you’ve seen me at ABP in the mornings before class or if you’ve seen my Instagram & Twitter accounts, then I’ve probably told you about My Peak Challenge. It’s part workout/nutrition and part charity, all started by Sam Heughan, aka Jamie Fraser of the Outlander TV series. Go figure it would take a celeb with a huge heart to motivate me enough for this lifestyle change. Side plank, here we go. #mpc2017 A post shared by Terri K (@findingdrishti) on Jan 12, 2017 at 7:38am PST Like for a lot of adults, working and family consumed all of my energy, leaving little time to take care of myself. As I heard from many of my yoga teacher friends before I went down the path of teaching, there isn’t much time left for personal practice. My stress may be lower, but my physical fitness hasn’t improved. My food choices may be more conscious (feeding kids forces me to look at labels), but I haven’t been eating at max optimization. Feeling totally under the weather from allergies …

Yoga is my therapy

Let me first say that practicing yoga as a yoga teacher is different in some aspects than when I was only a student. I imagine this is what it’s like for a dentist to go get their teeth cleaned by another dentist. Sometimes you have to get out of your own head about what the process should be like and be a recipient to the experience. I went to a couple classes this past week because I needed my teachers to guide me, to hold space for me and to allow me to experience my practice again. I really didn’t want to go to any classes; I’d rather continue curling up into a ball and feeling every sad emotion. But I put on my stretchy pants and went anyway. Liz’s restorative class was the first one I tackled. My energy levels have been really low after running off of pure will and the busyness of family overload. If I’ve learned nothing from yoga, it’s to listen to my body and respect my limits. I needed a class …

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