Yoga Class and Fun Updates!

9 Oct

Hey Gang!

It’s an exciting day all the way around.  Today I leave to head South for my big brother’s wedding (tear!). I’m thrilled for this weekend and literally just can’t wait to be down with family and friends to celebrate.  It will truly be a magical weekend.  AND…today is my first yoga class! Yep, you heard that correctly! Recently my gym at work started offering fitness classes during lunch and after work.  Talk about score!  Since I can’t run during the lunch hour like I used to, I decided to look into a nice alternative.  And brilliantly enough there are Mon/Wed yoga classes.  Double score.  Before I dive into the exciting events of today, let’s take a look back on the past week!

Visit from Adam!

Remember him?  Yeah, my fiancé was back in town this weekend.  The past two weeks he was on an outpatient rotation that allowed for weekends off.  Can you imagine, two weekends off in a row?!  Gosh, pure heaven.  We had a super productive, yet relaxing weekend.  In terms of wedding things, we finalized our ceremony and music (I LOVE it!), we had a bachelorette dress fashion show (see below), we went to THREE of our premarital requirements (including a half day premarital retreat with other couples), and we worked on printing labels for our invitations.  I have been blissfully giddy with all our productivity.  It is INCREDIBLE how much I love wedding planning when Adam is around, and how much I hate it when he’s away!  It was great to feel wedding-refreshed and really jazzed up about the whole thing.  Wedding planning seems to go in waves of excitement/stress, so this weekend was perfect.

We also had the chance to be fancy people and went on our first date in forever.   We dressed up and I even put on make-up (gasp!) for a visit to the symphony. It was a fantastic show and we really had a wonderful time just going on a date.  So. Much. Fun.

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Oh yes, such fancy people!

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We even had fancy people drinks!

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Funny story about this outfit: we bought it about an hour before our date. Adam forgot his dress clothes in Nashville!

Bachelorette Dress Showdown

My bachelorette party is coming up in a few weeks (crazy it’s so soon!!), so it was time to get more serious about finding a dress. I really hate shopping.  I know, I know, what’s wrong with me!?  Well, let me rephrase that: I hate shopping for specific items that I must find.  If it’s just a casual day roaming, great.  But a marathon day of hunting for every white dress in any store – BAHHH.  Somehow my sister talked me into a bachelorette party in New Orleans.  Yep, you heard that right.  A whole ridiculous weekend.  I have long felt ‘anti’ any big inconvenient weekends for these sorts of events…it somehow felt like an imposition on my friends.  My sister used some pretty good logic to talk me into it though: people won’t come if they don’t want to (true), AND all of my friends are incredibly spread out…meaning 90% of them would have to buy a plane ticket to come to the party no matter where it was, why not give them an awesome tourist destination and perfect weekend getaway.  I followed her logic, so to New Orleans we go!  12 girls will be there in total, so Julie was definitely right that it would be a hit decision!  For many of us, it will be the first time to NOLA :)  So onto the dress dilemma, here are the runner-ups and winner!

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Runner-up! I LOVE this dress, but it was deemed not “bachelorette” enough. My sister wants a real bridal look, and I’m happy to oblige.

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Runner-Up! Adam deemed this dress ‘a bit aggressive.’ Haha. Let’s be honest, it’s a little more risque with the leather skirt and tight fit. The picture doesn’t show off it’s full “aggressiveness.” Back to the store it went…

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Runner-Up! A comfortable dress, but didn’t have much of a wow factor. I ended up wearing this on our symphony date instead ($15.80 at Forever 21, score).

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WINNER! This dress is flappertastic and amazing to move in. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but all the tassels are so fun and flattering when I move. Can’t wait to wear it!

Winery Wedding

So this weekend is my BROTHER’s wedding – and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  I’m heading down early in order to be a slave happy, helper wedding bee.  I am so happy I could take some time off to be there to help get things organized and hopefully reduce stress in any way I can. My sister is flying in from Seattle, my Dad from somewhere (he’s a pilot, haha I don’t know where he is), me from Indy, and my Mom drove down so we’ll have a car for pick-up and errands.  I can’t wait to post pictures next week from the whole weekend.  The wedding is set in a winery, which is the place my brother and his fiancée went on their first weekend getaway.  Aww, so romantic.  They have been working so hard to make it a comfortable, beautiful, and memorable wedding.  I can’t wait to experience it.  Both my sister and I are bridesmaids and I will be singing with Adam in the ceremony.  Should be nice.

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Remember this dress? Time to wear it!

Yoga Benefits and Nerves!

Alright, onto the whole point of this post… my first yoga class.  Well truthfully, I believe this is actually my second yoga class ever, but this will be my first in what I hope is a new regular habit.  With all my dancing and strength training, I really wanted to add in a new activity that will help in flexibility and injury prevention. Especially now that my knee is even worse (don’t want to talk about it :S), I think yoga could be just the ticket.  I brought my own mat from home (yeah, I’m a total yogi) and will head over there around lunch time.  Honestly I’m a bit scared.  I’m so used to the comfort of my own living room to do yoga, and more specifically, the comfort of being ALONE! I’m not incredibly balanced or flexible so I know I will feel a bit silly.  I’m hoping this class will push me, help me have correct form, and make me more confident in my yoga skills. AND the big thing – make me enjoy it.  I’ll be honest, I’ve pretty much always hated yoga.  But I do understand how helpful it is, and over the last year I have learned to like it.  Or is it, tolerate it?  Either way, I know I do feel more relaxed and calm after I finish yoga, I just don’t know how I feel about the actual doing yoga part.  :) If you’re on the fence or just can’t get your mind around yoga, I’d suggest starting with a beginner DVD.  Forcing myself to do it just once a week has been very doable and has eased me into yoga very gently.  To help pump me up for class today I did a little research to find some health benefits of yoga.  Here’s what I found:

Yoga Health Benefits
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood  pressure, and improve heart function (sweet).  And it can be done by almost anyone.
  • The Yoga Health Foundation even goes as far to say it can ease chronic back pain, depression and nerve impulses with diabetic patients.  It also listed something very near and dear to me: asthma and breathing. Several studies have shown increased lung function with regular yoga practice.
  • The Yoga Journal lists myriad benefits including improving blood flow, warding osteoporosis, and improving strength.

And that’s just after a quick google search!  The benefits are there, and I’m looking forward to stepping up my yoga practice from a once a week video to a twice a week class.  I look forward to more variety…  I feel like I’m ready for the next level!  Honestly I always hated yoga because I wasn’t good at it, and because it wasn’t a huge calorie blaster.  But, with my chronic knee pain I want to work out not only for a svelte figure, but for my health and longevity of being active.  I think yoga is a great answer for me.

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Remember, Adam and I got engaged using my Yoga Mat, hopefully those happy thoughts will push me through today :)

Send me your positive vibes as I nervously step into my first class today – I really hope it isn’t too hard and or ‘in touch with my feelings’ for me, fingers crossed I can get some practical yoga ;)

Happy Wednesday and have a great rest of the week!

-Kelly

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13 Responses to “Yoga Class and Fun Updates!”

  1. Liz October 9, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Yoga is amazing. You’ll feel very relaxed afterward and can’t wait to go back. Too bad you have to go back to work afterward :(

  2. Brittany October 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    AHH I love all your outfits, you are so cute!! I LOVEEEE yoga and all the benefits that come with it. Such a stress reliever for me!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

      So happy you like them!! I am SO excited for the party weekend! And agreed, I’m really hoping that yoga will become a favorite or at least a go-to stress reliever. I don’t love it yet, but I want to stick to it!!

  3. Catherine @ A Two Storey Home October 10, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Yeeaah yoga! I’m glad you’re giving it another try! I used to feel pretty “meh” about it, but now I’m happy that it’s part of my weekly routine. The first class was rough (we were terrible,) the second class was slightly better, and then it only got better from there! We’re still far from flexible, but Andrew and I both agree that the class is beneficial. He used to get a weird back pain about once a month that would last a few days (from staring a computer all day?), and since we started doing yoga once a week, that’s completely stopped. Recently I slept funny and my neck was killing me for a few days. I got a massage, which helped for about an hour, but the pain totally went away after yoga! I’m a fan :)
    Aslo, you look fantastic in all those dresses! The winner is perfect! New Orleans will be so much fun!! Have a great time at your brother’s wedding this weekend!!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      You have me inspired!! Hahah, I survived my first class and though I can’t say I “liked it” I did find value in it and left feeling refreshed (and sleeptastic). I think you’re right – it will only get better the more I do it. And I’m hoping the more I do it, the more I will enjoy it. Hopefully once Adam and I are reunited I can talk him into doing it with me! I think he’s fine doing it at home together, but I’ll be curious his thoughts on a real class! SO interesting about Andrew’s back pain – that is what my findings said, it can definitely help with general aches and pains. The whole process of yoga feels like it’s just about being kind to your body, stretching and trying to connect – it’s great! I’m planning on keeping it up, we’ll see how it goes! And I’m so happy you like the dresses, it should be a blast!! Hope you had a great weekend too!

  4. Change of Pace October 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    That’s a lot of exciting stuff! Have fun at the wedding this weekend; it sounds beautiful!
    Secondly, what a fun place for a bachelorette party! And I love your dress choice!
    Thirdly, my work offers yoga as well and I went to my first one in forever on Thursday. So incredible.

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      Thanks so much! It was truly such a beautiful wedding, awesome weekend! I’m so happy you like the dress choice, it should be a fun and pretty ridiculous time! :) And glad to know I’m not the only work yogi. Do you take classes at lunch time?

      • Change of Pace October 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

        I can’t imagine how fun NO will be!
        My work offers quite a few lunch time classes, but the only one I generally do is yoga. In winter, I should take advantage of the others!

        • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 15, 2013 at 9:27 am #

          Yeah for sure – I find lunch is sort of a strange time, but now that I’m used to it… I actually really like how it breaks up the day!

  5. Lucy @ Lucy On The Lookout October 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Hope the class went well Kelly, you know how much I rave about yoga so all positive vibes coming from this way ;) !! And that dress is a definite winner, it will look FAB on your hen do, totally gorgeous and special too! Hope your brother’s wedding was lovely, and you and Adam are too cute :) x

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      You should be feeling quite proud – I’m now signed up for TWO yoga classes this week. What is the world coming to?? ;) Glad you like the dress, I’m so excited to wear it and catch up with all my old friends! Hope you had a great weekend too!!

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