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Archive for March 9th, 2013

Are You Happy – It’s Your Choice

Posted by terrepruitt on March 9, 2013

Have you seen tDance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumbahis simple flow chart?  What do you think?  Do you think it is this easy?  I first saw this awhile ago on FaceBook when a Nia friend posted this picture on her page.  I googled it to find out where it came from.  I found this to be the creative work of Alex Kopblin.  You too might have seen this poster because it seems to get around.  It makes sense.  Are you happy?  If not do something about it right?  Sometimes that is easy.  Sometimes it is not.  Are you happy?  To me this is a huge defining life question.

I know that many of us have things in our lives that can make us sad.  We could all probably sit down and focus on those things and become sad, if not downright depressed.  I believe that is what some people do.  I also believe that the people who are happy choose not to do that.  It is not that their lives are perfect and they have nothing to feel sad about, it is that they choose not to focus on that.  So this flow chart graphic could just be a reminder not to focus on those things.  It could also be a reminder to actually make some changes.

This easy to follow chart could just be a reminder to do something that makes you happy.  The “thing” does not have to be time consuming, costly, or difficult, just something that makes you smile.  Maybe take a walk at lunch.  Maybe stop to smell a flower.  Maybe go to the ocean.  Maybe get all the errands done that you had planned.  Whatever . . . . just do SOMETHING that makes you happy, something that fills you with joy and that is a step in a good direction.  Those feelings can carry you to the next place.

If you can, if you have the opportunity . . . . if you MAKE the chance do something like that EVERY DAY!  If you do just one thing that makes you happy EVERY DAY that can help a lot on the path to happiness.

Please try to realize that if you are happy that does not mean that you are not affected by the things that are going on in your life.  There could be situations that are difficult and sad.  Maybe you think that being happy is something you shouldn’t do.  Maybe you feel guilty because someone else is suffering.  I don’t think you should.  I also don’t think that someone has to be happy and up all the time.  I know that we all have moments and situations that can be sad.  This is just me trying to remind you to take sometime for yourself and do something that makes you happy.  I like this poster and I believe it, I just also believe that sometimes the “change something” can be a difficult thing to do.  So maybe what I am trying to say is start small.  Work your way into “happy” if you need to.

Are you happy?  Is there something you like to do that makes you happy?  Can you do it?

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Ninth Day Of Our Month Of Planking

Posted by terrepruitt on March 9, 2013

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Saturday and our ninth day of planking.  The nice thing about this challenge is even if it is your “rest” day in your workout schedule you can still get in some planking time!

I have another idea on how to time yourself.  Once you feel you have good form, your body is aligned properly, you can use a stopwatch type of timer.  I have one on my iPhone.  I would imagine other phones have something like it.  I know there are a lot of apps for timers.  Get into your plank position and then press start on the timer.  Check your form, get comfortable, settle in and then look at your timer.  I bet by the time you look at the stopwatch you will have already done the time you think you can do.  Then if you want you can hold it for a few seconds more.

This is a way for you to find out how long you really can do it.  Then you can add accordingly.

Also remember there might be days where the duration is less than normal.  It is ok to have a day that is a bit off.  Just get back to it the next day!

Whatever way you choose to time yourself is great.  This is just another way to do it!

How is your planking going?

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