Recently, there has been a lot of talk about compression socks and tights. I looked up an article that was not written by one of the companies manufacturing compression items and found this: http://ingoodhealthfdl.agnesian.com/2013/06/26/benefits-of-wearing-compression-stockings/.
In synopsis, it says that it’s great for heart health, knee support, and shin splints. Because I often twisted my knees as a child, I got a pair of thigh socks and have been wearing them under my yoga pants today.
First, I am pleased to report that I don’t have thick thighs. I ordered a large so that both my husband and I could use them. From my point of view looking down on my thighs, I feel I have larger than normal ones and thought the large would be fine. I was wrong. Yipee! The large size slides down after some time of walking around which makes me realize that I could use the medium. Lesson learned…when buying compression items, buy the correct size.
For the time that I was wearing them, I did feel like I was doing something great for my heart health. It makes me feel like my veins and arteries are supported and things are working better together.
Sometimes the name of a product just speaks to me. This happened when I got this spray for Maggie’s skin. When I saw the words “I love my dog“, I was sold.
Fortunately, the product is great too. It smells fresh and the ingredients list is obsolete of chemicals. I am happy to spray it on her liberally and see if it will help the skin allergy she develops in the spring every year.
The last thing that had me hooked was that Maggie didn’t mind it either. Although many dogs like to swim and play in water, Maggie hates the stuff and every time we need to get her wet, she walks in the other direction. Despite even having a strong lemon scent, Maggie doesn’t seem to mind the wellness product.
I’m now looking forward to finding products that are called “I practice yoga eagerly” or “I visit my family with glee”.
Often, when we start preparing to go out and our little dog, Maggie, notices that we’re leaving, she plants herself at the door of our car. Especially if we are going out together and we’re taking my husband’s car, she’s sure to sit exactly where we can’t miss her. She never likes to be left at home when we are going out.
Last week, we noticed her hair was getting stuck in-between the seats of his recent December 2013 purchase. He loves his car and I hate to see him lose value when it could be avoided. He also uses the rest of his backseat for papers and files that he needs when he visits clients during the week. This too is creating some wear and tear.
Thus, I got him a car seat cover designed to protect the upholstery. I think it’s a great idea since it’ll keep the car looking new and still allow Maggie to come with us on rides. She’s not the only one who likes it when she comes along. I too love rockin’ and rollin’ with her in the car.
This morning I felt that I wasn’t going to be in the sun a lot today so I put on minimal sunscreen (SPF 4) as I headed out the door. Living in Southern California, I should know better. I ended up going for a last-minute walk around the block with my dog, then got stuck in traffic where the sun was shooting through the window, and then I was organizing things in my yard for longer than expected.
In the end, I realized that never should I leave the house without at least 15 SPF on my face. I came back into the house at 4pm and felt how tender my skin was immediately. I put on some coconut oil to relieve it, but it’s only a remedy. The damage was already done.
As I was opening up my packages from the mail, I was happy to find some all-natural sunscreen with SPF 35 that had been sent to me. I put it directly into my medicine cabinet where I can find it easily each morning. Today was the last day that I would be heading out without protection. The strength of the sun is so strong these days and I don’t want to have tender skin again.
At the same time, every spring she gets a skin allergy that has her scratching her tummy. The vet says to use Benedryl, but it makes her so sleepy that I hate to give it to her. She’s much happier when she’s full of energy and can jump around.
Today, we got some doggy-vitamins that I’m hoping will help. Omega-3s are great for skin and I think she’ll do great with them. She’s already digesting them easily and gobbling up the food that gets covered in a half teaspoon of the mixture.
Lastly, I’m so happy I don’t have to administer human omega-3 vitamins to her. Cutting open the capsules and squeezing them into her bowl was always a mess and most often left me with fishy odor on my hands and clothes. Gone are those days!
Here is a shot of Maggie loving her daily sun bath. She has British roots so it’s natural that she perhaps has sensitive skin when exposed to the harsh California sun.
This week, I received some reusable pouches for smoothies and I’m excited to use them (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QRGZQWI). Eating these smoothies in these pouches will be much easier than putting the smoothie in a to-go bottle. My husband is also often skeptical to eat vegetables so I’m hoping to sneak a few in without him noticing as well.
Here’s a recipe that I am looking forward to using from www.littlegreenpouch.com:
At first, we were scrambling. Did we send out all the emails we needed to before we entered the site? What would we do if someone needed to get in touch with us during the time that we were there? Soon we entered into our camp routine, but honestly, I was often thinking about what messages I may be missing while we were away.
When we returned to civilizations on Sunday afternoon I had two realizations. First, there was nothing that I was missing while we were away. No important emails came in and the people who need me most on a daily basis were with me the whole time, my husband and my dog.
Second, the break from technology gave my husband and I a chance to speak about topics that probably would have never come up if we had had the distraction of everyday life. Not only were our minds relaxed and we could think more easily of creatives topics, but by needing to come up with more topics of conversation, we dug deeper into ones we had already had. We were also not distracted so a conversation had each of our full attentions.
I highly recommend getting out of town for two nights and letting the mind relax. It’s not easily to leave the world behind, but the world that you enter is well worth it.
When it comes to moisturizers, I am very skeptical. First, I feel that skin has the natural ability to moisturize itself and that within a few hours, we can typically create enough oil. At least my skin has been able to for the last 15 years.
Then again, I live in Los Angeles. The weather here is typically 70 degrees all year round. I don’t have to wrestle with the cold winters which of course will make skin dry on everyone.
This year, I felt my skin begin to feel dry after a shower and I attribute it to the fact that I now wear sunscreen 99% of the time. I have a dog and I am very often out with her around town so I’ll usually put on sunscreen in the morning and wear it all day. Now, my natural ecosystem is upset because the skin is not used to having to create oil because of the sunscreen.
When I think of wearing moisturizer, I cringe because so many of them have awful chemicals and/or feel heavy on my face.
This year, I was opened up to the idea of argan oil and I can’t believe how great it is. It’s light, natural, and feels good on my face. I don’t feel like I am playing with the ecosystem of my face while still making it feel better when it feels slightly dry.
Last month, I received a pair of gel insoles in the mail and it made me very happy. I’m not one to sit around the house and thus I also need a good pair of walking shoes. This is not to say that I don’t spend lots of quiet time alone, but very often I am out walking my dog, hoping around town to teach yoga, and doing errands as a new wife.
Every couple of months, I try and look at my schedule to see if I’m getting a good balance of all important items. Am I eating right? Am I getting enough exercise? Am I spending enough time with my loved ones? I feel this self-evaluation is important because it makes me aware of something I am missing and/or something that I am overdoing. Everything in moderation, they say.
Last December, I could see that I was working long hours on a consulting project, spending lots of time taking care of pre-Christmas tasks, and not getting enough time for my personal yoga practice. In January, I took out a one-month membership at one of my favorite studios and I went every day. I loved it. I discovered new teachers and I felt stretched, fit, and more like myself.
At the end of the month, I decided that this part of my life was satiated and I didn’t have to go everyday. I still loved to teach, as well as practice, but I was happy to prioritize my personal practice less and let something else fill it’s place. Since then, I’ve been walking my dog more, going on vacation with my husband, and blogging more.
It’s so awesome to get away. Last weekend, my husband and I took a weekend escape to Yosemite National Park. Not only was the park amazing, but I loved that our cell phones didn’t work and we had the perfect excuse to escape the world.
Most importantly, I also absolutely loved quality time with him, as well as our little dog. Despite having my dog for three years and knowing my husband for almost two, there is still so much to learn from him. On the trip up and back, I requested that we don’t listen to music or the radio, but that we just spend the five hours each way talking. I felt happy as a pig in mud.
Along the way, we were able to discuss what is happening in our lives today, what happened before we met, and also what we hope to accomplish now in our future together. When I dreamed of getting married for those 12+ years, I imagined someone with whom I could have fun just sitting on a bench or sitting in the car. I knew I didn’t want a relationship that relied on external activities or shared interests alone to support the union.
Thus, for this trip, when we left, I packed a lunch so we wouldn’t have to stop and I happily jumped into the car. When we pulled into the park five hours later, I was not only excited to see that we had an excuse to turn off our cell phones, but also excited to know that I had chosen my husband wisely.