Sunday, December 13, 2009

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love

I wanted to read this book because of my interest in travel and food. I liked that it had short chapters, so it was easy for me to pick up and read in little bits. There were parts I could not relate to as well since I have not been through a divorce, but I think we all have been through hard times. I would love to do like Liz did and pick up and travel for a year to find my balance again. I just really miss traveling right now, so it made me want to be sure to add that back into my life. There were some parts I found a little dry, but I enjoyed hearing about Ashrams and meditation practices since that is something I have tried dabbling in this past year. I think it is just inspiration to get back out there and be present and be you; even if you have to travel across the world to find yourself.

Have you read it? What did you think? Any other book recommendations?

Steph Wheler

Friday, December 11, 2009

Still eating, praying, and loving

Sorry it's taking me so long to finish the book, I promise my review is coming. School has been hectic, but I plan to finish with the Indonesia part this weekend, so I can move onto other books over my two week Christmas holiday.

Steph Wheler

Winter Workouts

When it gets cold out, it can get hard to workout. I know the cold weather makes me want to stay warm in bed all day. It is a matter of making things work for you. When I don't feel like making an extra trip outside, warming up the car, driving on slippery roads, etc, etc. I just make sure that I workout at home. I am fortunate to currently have a treadmill, but otherwise I am using a yoga mat, my body weight, and some resistance tubing. Be creative, or even look online for at home workouts.

Some people really enjoy winter sports and there are so many to choose from. I keep meaning to get back into cross country skiing; we did it lots when I was a kid, but then my winters got busy with other sports. You could even challenge yourself to try something new: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hockey, curling... Winter activities don't have to be outside either, just pick something you enjoy doing, or get a friend/partner to join you and encourage you to go. It's important to include activity in your day, so find ways that you can look forward to it and make it convenient so that you're more likely to stick to it.

Steph Wheler