All posts filed under: Wellness

I Found My Soul (And Strength) On A Bike At Soul Cycle San Mateo

This isn’t going to be a long post. I just wanted to let it be known (mostly for myself to look back on this day), that I tried in-door cycling for the first time in my entire life at the brand spanking new Soul Cycle in San Mateo. And I wasn’t alone. 50 something of us packed into that nicely air- conditioned room full of yellow bikes and we ‘rode as one’ to Bey. It started with an invite to be introduced to Soul Cycle. And basically inviting everyone and anyone I knew. It was my first time organizing anything fitness related, because as my husband will tell you, exercising is not on my list of priorities. I thought i’d be lucky if 5 people signed up with me. That 5 turned out to be 10 times more than I had expected. How did that happen? Well I could not have done it without the help of Katherine Chen, (a.k.a @poosekat on instagram) who I had the pleasure of meeting through Jennifer Yco and her …

What Keeps You Going

We’ve all been there. At some point pursuing our endeavors, whether its balancing work and motherhood, starting your own business, or being a stay at home mom; you’ll start to wonder if you’ll be able to keep all your marbles! I recently came back from a 2 week trip to Hong Kong (summary to come!) and suffered a week long period of jet lag. I’d be up – unable to sleep every night, which would make for pretty unproductive days as I would be sleeping through them. When I was awake during the day, my energy was further depleted by a needy toddler who recently began to take advantage of our shared misery time together to have hysterical screaming/crying rages. The jet lag also gave me ample opportunity to obsess over things as I lay awake at night unable to sleep. And as trite as they may sound, a lot of minor things can add up. It was very revealing at the same time. It was a good time to check-in with myself to see if jet lag was all that was …

A modern mom’s solution for tackling “accidents” (I’m not talking about the baby’s)

For the month of February I’ll be addressing women’s health and raising awareness for an issue that is not openly talked about: urinary incontinence conditions in women following child birth. I think this is an important issue because 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 experiences episodes of leaking urine involuntarily (Source: National Association for Continence). Thats a high-number and yet, “On average, women wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis for their bladder control problem(s)”. I suspect one of the reasons this happens is because we don’t openly talk about it –  it’s taboo! So i’m going to open the floodgates (pun intended) and begin a dialogue about it, so if any of you are going through this, you don’t have to endure it in the dark (or day) anymore. Or if you’re thinking about getting pregnant, here’s a quick heads up! There are many kinds of urinary incontinence conditions in women but I won’t go through all of them. Instead, I’m going to focus on Stress Urinary …

365 Days of Self-Care

Each day I’ll be adding new self-care tips/hacks any one can do, to cover 365 days of the year. And I’m calling on the powers of crowd sourcing! Try taking on the #365daysofselfcare challenge: at least 1 form of self-care a day. And see how life changes for you. It’s ok if you miss a day, I know I will. But why not make it a goal to do something good for yourself each day, even if it’s something small? It’s the least you can do for yourself. Lets do this together! Add your favorite way to give yourself some TLC using the hashtag #365daysofselfcare with me @eatsleepplayblog on Instagram and tag a friend to encourage them to take on the challenge or share this resource with some one who you know could benefit from it.     

Why new mothers need self-care?

Every new mom knows how easy it is to put the needs of your baby first, most often before your own. That is natural and sometimes a necessity. We all know what its like to have missed showering, been constantly sleep deprived, emotionally wrecked by the littlest things, and forgotten the last time we did anything for ourselves. Yes, most of us would rather drop from exhaustion than caring for our own needs. We neglect one major thing, and that is our own wellbeing. When we neglect our own needs we are buying into the lie that is, “I cannot fail so I have to keep going.” Taking care of your needs, does not mean failure or weakness. I’ve been wanting to write a more general post about self-care for a long time now, but a few things have gotten in the way. Although it seems intuitive, especially now that O is almost 3, and i’ve weathered a few storms. And despite having been a therapist, I felt like talking about self-care and more over doing it, was …

My 6 Week Journey to Wellness: Week 5 and 6 Recap

As you all may know, I’ve been working with Darcy of Fit Foodie Mom on balancing my life and getting myself to a better level of fitness. You can probably tell by my late post that something was up. Well, lets just say its been a busy and mixed 2 weeks. I traveled down to LA alone with O for 5 days over a weekend, so that left little time to do much of anything centered around goals. But I still managed to work on a few of them. I’ve also not been able to document much of my ‘exercise journey’ these last 2 weeks, so no videos or photos unfortunately! I’ll be doing a quick ‘Final Results/Reflection’ Post following this one to just sum up my whole experience and what I took away from it. Now let me do a quick recap of each week: Week 5 My goals for the week were: 1. Set aside time to look over a family mission statement exercise 2. Work out at least 3 times this week during …

My 6 week Journey to Wellness – Week 4 Recap

Hello! It’s been a very busy week so I haven’t had a time to do a recap until now. I made another video though, which I hope you’ll enjoy at my expense (posted at the end of this post). Goals For The Week Let me recap my goals for the week. Workout everyday this week (maybe between work sessions as your break) Add healthy snacks between smaller meals (best if you can prep ahead of time so you don’t prep during work time) Take O on errands so you don’t cut into work time Connect with a MOPS group Arrange a MNO at your house for your friends while Chris is gone How Did I Do? In Summary, I worked out 3 days again out of 7. Did the exercises as a break between work sessions. I really enjoyed doing that. I did some strength exercises, and a little bit of cardio (running). I did try snacking the first few days, but I didn’t prepare for the week ahead of time so I ended up skipping …

My 6 Week Journey To Wellness: Week 3 Recap

I’m half way through! It’s been getting harder to keep up while trying to keep all my priorities in order. But Darcy has come to my rescue again following week 2! We touched base over Skype to review the end of week 2 and set new goals for week 3. I shared how trying to get work done made it easy for me to ‘let go’ of my exercises, even if it were only 15 minutes. Which doesn’t make any sense. So we looked at my ‘work’ responsibilities and what I took away from our conversation was the need for me to develop a type of system that will help streamline my work process so that i’m not wasting time figuring it out as I go along. So I spent the later half of my week trying to do that, and it helped me stop obsessing over things that I had no control over. Towards the end of the week, I freed up more time to do some exercises. Goals for the week Stream line work flow …

My 6-week journey to wellness: Week 2 Recap

At the beginning of the week, Darcy and I synced up to talk about goals for week 2. She was really encouraging about my first week’s progress. We talked about what things I valued the most based on a tool I had used (physical fitness wasn’t one of them). It helped me see that what I spent most of my time, energy and money on determined what I valued the most. Makes sense. Those things were work, O and my personal interests. She also gave me some feedback and support around my work, which I didn’t expect, but it was really thoughtful of her to do so. Getting feedback like that was really empowering. Goals Exercise: Still keeping to working out every day, blog only at the end of the week Food: Keep track of what i’m eating, try one new clean recipe this week.  Work: Write down all the things I need to get done  Meditation time: Try to do it early in the morning (without falling asleep) How did I do this week? Day 1: Was still …