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My First 2017 Run

What it looked like 

What it felt like 


9/12 Monday
Wrist pain. so. much. pain. I think this is from falling out of my handstand. Note to self – Listen to your body Jennifer!

9/13 Tuesday
8:15PM – Laura Mary’s Class

Tonight was an awesome flow. I really needed yoga. It is amazing what happens when you start letting go – mentally and physically. Recently there has been a lot weighing on my mind from the big move – to financing the move and remodeling, studying etc. The list goes on. Tonight, during practice, I let go and focused on how my body moved, how I felt. There were time when my mind did wander and immediately, I would fall out of a pose. But when I focused – I was able to take hurdlers pose for the first time. I have been practicing forever and I finally held the pose for a couple of seconds. Next step – to hold hurdlers for a solid 20 seconds! #yogagoals

9/14 Wednesday
So excited to draft my new flow tonight. I am going to practice twice before the weekend – maybe more. Wish me luck!

9/15 Thursday
5:30PM – Laura Mary’s Class
Being outside really changes your practice. There are so many more distractions and at the same time, I love being able to listen to nature. Listening to the sound of the wind and the sun on my face.

9/16 Friday
6:30PM – Laura Mary’s Class
Another fun Friday – hurdler’s pose – I will get you! In addition – I will also go into bridge pose and walk my hands up a wall. BOOM. Feeling like a baus!

9/18 Sunday
11:00AM – Laura Mary’s Class
Sunday Funday! It is never a dull moment on Sundays. We had an energizing flow and it inspired Tulsi, Kellie and I to practice our handstands and forearm stands! The day is not done so I am trying to conserve energy but yet so excited to feel so much stronger!

In class today we learned what to consider when there are pregnant women in our class. It was an eye opening experience and I have a new respect for women who are pregnant. Balance, space and energy are so different with these types of women! We used balloons to act as if we were pregnant and I kept falling over and did not have the same type of balance. Note the balloon was filled with helium and it was still so difficult to practice. We also learned more about the anatomy of the ab muscles and that it really helps women to have a strong core before giving birth – so abs are always going to be top of mind for me. Gotta work on that core!

6:00PM – Derek’s Class
Meditation was a lot better this week. We did not have so many sad things to think about. I think what helps me the most in meditation is when I have a combination of a focus in mind along with sitting more comfortably. This week I was on my back and I felt like I was able to let go. I did not furrow my brow and it was nice to just clear my head. I am excited to try it this week!


8/20 Saturday
Yoga Teacher Training – who isn’t a yoga teacher now a days? I feel like everyone I know either has or is going to take yoga teacher training (YTT). Maybe it is because of who I surround myself with, or maybe it is the new hipster thing to do.

Whatever the case, I wanted to share with you all (the world) my journey for these next nine weeks while I attend YTT. Let’s begin:

It was the first day of class and boy was I scared! It is always exciting and nervous when you start a new class – or anything new for that matter. My biggest fear was not being good enough or not being liked/accepted by my peers. Laura Mary Flynn, our instructor cleared all of my fears within 10 minutes of class. She greeted our group with open arms, sending her love and positive energy to everyone. I know it might sound cheesy but I am for REAL!

Class was off to an amazing start. We proceeded to listen to a TED talk about The Power of Vulnerability. It is when you are vulnerable you are able to learn more about yourself, who you are and why you do what you do. In class we were asked how did this video make us feel and I shared that my whole life, I was taught to be the complete opposite. Don’t let people see your true self. Don’t let people see you are weak. These are things I was taught at a young age and I understand it was to protect me. Now – it is really about reading a situation understanding that there is a time and place for emotions. Vulnerability can be a weakness but also used as a strength.

We continued on to the next section of class where we were introduced to the first 10 postures of yoga. We learned the benefits of each posture along with cues on how to lead a student into the pose and modifications to make it easier or more challenging. I have taken many classes and being a teacher is way harder than being a student. It is a different mind set. When you practice, you take care of you, and you are in control of your body movements. When you teach you have to be a very clear and effective communicator. You have to start with the breath, say the name of the pose, the sanskrit name of the pose and lead from the feet and move your way up. There is a lot to remember, consider and on top of all that, to sound calm, cool and collected. It was an intense first day but I am looking forward to tomorrow and the next eight weeks!

Note: these are my personal inner thoughts. you have been warned!

8/21 Sunday
11:00AM – Laura Mary’s Class

YES! I am so excited for class! Today’s class intention: I’m going to pay extra attention to how she cues her poses and the intention of breath. <class starts> Is it just me or is class super hard today? Wait – no negative talk. Today’s class is full of opportunity to learn. Firefly? Yeah I can do that pose. Wait – why is everyone off the floor and I am still on the floor? Think positive Jenn – remember? Laura Mary says we become what we think. Believe you are a firefly and you are flying! WHY ISNT THIS WORKING? I am STILL on the ground. Whew. ok we are finally out of that pose. Was that just the warm up? ACK! Okay… it is going to be a long day…. savasana – finally! I bet I cannot mess this one up…

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6:00PM – Laura Mary’s Class

Round two! The chance to push myself to be better. The first class was a warm up and now you can give it all you got. <Laura Mary cues for half moon> You got this Jenn! uh – oh… timbeeerrrr. Yep. I just fell out of position. Ok, getting back into position. Wait! Now it is time for inversions and binds. Why are my hands not reaching? One step at a time Jenn, you cannot rush this. We are now partnering up for head stand. Tulsi is amazing! Look at her go. Okay, you can be like that too! Focus on the pose and breathe Jenn. Focus… focus…focus….oh noo. That loud boom was me. At least no one heard me fall.

“Jenn want me to spot you?” Tulsi asked.
DOH! “Um, sure of course” I responded.

Now Jenn, you have someone helping you – don’t. mess. it. up.
<I start getting into the pose>
Man, Tulsi is a good spotter. She is good at giving direction too on how to be successful with this pose. I have a lot of studying to do this week! Ok ok enough, back to focusing on my poses. I feel like I am really working it today. My arms are a little shaky but I will be ok. So. Many. Poses. Oh yay! Happy baby! We are almost done with class!
“…and Namaste”
Wait… class is over?! NOOOOOO I cannot believe it – when I started to get into a groove, class ends! Boo…I  guess there is always Tuesday!

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 8/21 Sunday
7:00PM Laura Mary’s Class
Meditation class? PERFECT! This music is killing me.. all I wanna do is write short skits about birds doing yoga. Ok maybe I should have a diverse group of animals going yoga. 1….2… 3… breathe. Wait ack! I am off. I need to start over. Never mind I guess we are counting to 10 now… are we done yet? Meditation is great when guided. But when there is too much silence, my mind def wanders… like below… 


Daily Intention

I have been practicing yoga for over fifteen years. Yoga truly is amazing and gives me such joy – mentally and physically. In each class, our instructor will ask us to set an intention. The intention is differs from a goal. Setting an intention is setting a focus on something specific that you value now. Setting a goal is something is focuses on the future. An intention can be something deeply personal or something physical. It’s a continual aspiration to guide you toward balance in your life. There is no real right or wrong way to set an intention as long as it has meaning to you.

Yesterday I attended Laura Mary’s 8:15PM class and it inspired me to not only set an intention when in class – but to do this daily. To keep an intention top of mind throughout the day.

Today’s intention: #LetItGo. Elsa said it best to “Let it Go”.
Reminding myself I can only control my actions and reactions.

For more information about why an intention is set in yoga,  click here.


5 Days Working Out – Day 1

Okay – most of you all know that I love working out and at one time, I was very consistent about sweating for an hour everyday. Then life happened and I got busy with work, spent time with friends and the list goes on. There have been a lot of positive shifts that have happened and 2016 is really looking up. One change that has allowed me to start this challenge is that I started a new position at Ulupono Initiative. My schedule starts a little later which gives me the opportunity to get back on track and work out in the AM. Morning work outs to me are the best because you set the tone of your day. Get the workout done, feel fresh and energized!

So today is was my first day – and most say usually the hardest. It felt so good to put on my running shoes and break a sweat. I ran and then biked a bit totaling 45 minutes. Not too bad to me. I want to ease back into things. Tomorrow I plan on lifting weights focusing on my arms and core. Wish me luck!



Breakfast Quiche 

Inspired to eat healthy (and on a budget) after a very indulgent weekend, I made a breakfast quiche for lunch this week.

8 Eggs
2.5 Spinach
12 Grape tomatoes
6 Mini Peppers

Bake at 350 set for 45 minutes in a square glass Pyrex
16 Servings
Calories per piece: 49


Bubble Run! 

Had a blast today running the #BubbleRunHawaii

ivivva Honolulu’s 2015 Swim Line

Today was super fun. We went to Kaimanas to host a quick fit session for the ivivva swimwear line. I art directed and photographed two amazing girls. They love the water and were so easy to work with! The weather held up despite the 40% chance of rain forecast. Things turned out perfect. I couldn’t have asked for more!

Working at ivivva Honolulu has allowed me to live out my dream. To be creative in all that I do. In addition to coordinating, organizing and implementing photo shoots, I help promote the photos on ivivva’s social media platforms. I’m so thankful and blessed everyday to be given so many opportunities. Below is a sneak peak of what’s to come! #grateful #lml

2013 Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

On November 17, I was able to cross one more thing off my list. I ran my first half marathon! Many people take weeks and even months to train for a half marathon. I myself did some training but not as much as my running partners. I love to run – but mainly short runs. I have been told that when you run anything more than a 5K, the challenge is not physical, it is mental. During the run, at mile 10 mark, I thought, hey, this is not too bad. The last 3.1 miles seemed like forever though. I was lucky to run with my friend Courtney who kept me distracted about the length of time. Below are some more tips I would like to share for anyone else considering running a half marathon.

Tips when running a half marathon (13.1):

  1. Train. There are a lot of free running plans to help train for a half marathon. Runkeeper is a good app, and it is free!
  2. Hydrate! It is so important to keep your body filled with some good ol’ H20. Water is your best friend for almost any race. I think I drank about 4 liters before the race.
  3. Eat light. One of my biggest mistakes was eating a box of Triscuits before the race. When I get nervous, I eat. A lot. (I also ate a Cliff bar, an energy bar and a banana before we crossed the start line.)
  4. Stay on cycle. If you have ever read “If you give a mouse a cookie..” this will make sense. If you keep super hydrated and eat light, you might have train your body when to make nature’s call. I did not train for this and throughout the excessive eating and drinking (water), I ended up peeing 5 times before the race. For future, I will make sure to train my body so I will know when I need to go.
  5. Stay fashionable. I think a large part of what motivated me to keep going during the half marathon was that I wanted to look good in my running gear. No one wants to see super cute Lulu on someone who is limping!
  6. Have fun. Life has enough challenges, enjoy each moment. Some people race to be first, some compete with themselves, for this race, my goal was to finish.

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Fun Friday – Fit Test

I joined Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp in late November of last year. Never did I think in a million years that I would join a bootcamp class let alone be passionate about spreading the word how addicting it can be. At first, I always was looking forward to class – and during class I would wonder to myself, “What am I a thinking?” I always felt that I was not going to make it through class. However I always loved the feeling of when I completed class. The sense of accomplishment.

Fast forward to today, it has been six months since I have joined and I am still loving it. My mindset has changed and I wish I could stay for more classes. Each day I feel excited to eat clean, rest early, and train all over again.

Today, we had a fit test for Fun Friday. In 2 minutes we tried to push ourselves to do as many burpees, push ups, and sit ups as we could. My numbers are below:
50 Burpees
28 Push Ups (Not the girly kine)
30 Sit Ups

I totally recommend you come try it out – every Saturday they offer a FREE beach bootcamp. Details below:

Ala Moana Beach:
Saturday @ 7am
(meet at lifeguard stand # 1D)