One the 2nd Day of Fitness!

Hey look ya’ll, I got to day 2!!

“Well rounded Core work (Pilates style), good stretch (Yoga style), and a nice 2.5 mile run! Fitting a workout between jobs can be hard, but it’s important to mix up your routine, challenge your body, tone your muscles, lengthen them, and include at least 20 minutes of cardio ❤️ listen to your body but don’t be afraid to push it a little too!

Thanks to Brooks Running and Gap for my outfit today!!”

So, today was kinda hard, but really exhilarating. It was supposed to be a “long”(er) run day- like 4 miles- but by the time I finished a thorough stretch and strengthening session and got to the tread mill I could tell my body would not be happy with me if I pushed 4 miles then turned around and sat at work for 5 hours. I opted for a strong short run and a great shower after and I feel great tonight!

I’ve learned and really tried to practice 2 things as I advance in my personal fitness world:
1. Core work and stretching BEFORE a run makes the running so much better! I feel more lifted and light on my feet. I notice I’m not as tight afterwards and I feel like I can continue to move the rest of the day.
2. Set goals and expectations, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t keep to it every time. Like today, I wanted to do a longer run- but I had limited time and a busy evening at work ahead of me- I realized it would have done more harm then good for me today. So, instead of feeling defeated and maybe not even doing a workout at all, I did a hard, solid, very sweaty one and I ran hard till the very end… I also had time to take a shower and get cleaned up, eat, and get to work on time!

Fitness isn’t always about pushing and sweating, it’s really a lot about taking time for yourself and listening to your body.

Challenging yourself physically and mentally is also important, that’s how you work up to running further and faster, stretching for that full split, or doing the “Big 5 Ab Series” without a break.

What did you do today? Share, encourage, comment, like, follow, sweat!

It’s also on my Instagram, if you’re not following- you should be! @nychristiane

lovealways, christiane

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This City is No Fairy Tale

New York City is a place that thousands flock to throughout the year.  It is a melting pot city, the home of all things Broadway, hosts one of the largest most prestigious marathons in the country, has history and memories on every street, and a beautifully lit iconic skyline at night.  But it’s still a city.  And no growing functioning city is beautiful, perfect, and some dream come true… Not once you get up close and personal with it- like in bed together up close and personal- that’s for sure.

Let’s preface this post with a big old heartfelt “I’m sorry”!  Cause I am sorry if what I’m writing bursts anyone’s bubble, but it will come out sooner or later.  I’m not sayin’ you should visit if it’s something you want to do… or that you shouldn’t move here if it’s the place you are supposed to be.  All I’m saying here, is don’t come with pre-conceived fairy tale ideas of the city, cause you will most likely be disappointed.

What exactly am I talking about?  A lot of the day to day things.  The little things that only exist in this way in New York– that give this city a uniqueness, but that also get down right annoying at times.

Some examples?  Sure why not…

The homeless taking up, stinking up, and yelling through the train cars.

Doggy doo along the sidewalks waiting for your unsuspecting shoe.

A great and diverse array of smells around every corner.  Some you with you could enjoy always or get a bite of whatever it is that has gotten your attention, others that you wish to NEVER smell again.

Trash… basically everywhere.  Along the sidewalks, often escaped from it’s bag.  Blowing in the wind.

Train delays.  You did everything right- got up on time, had everything ready, left your apartment with time to spare walking to the station, got on the train– so far so good, right?!  You are moving right along from station to station until you feel the breaks bring the train to a screeching halt and your conductor come over saying there is “train traffic ahead of you”.  And would you like to know why there is train traffic ahead?  Most likely cause some dumb-ass won’t “stand clear of the closing doors” so they have to ding ding-ding ding several times before they finally close.  And if someone has pulled the emergency break, or the track signals are malfunctioning, or goodness forbid someone has decided to jump on the tracks.  Well, you can kiss being to work on time goodbye.  (this is one I deal with on an almost daily basis… so it hits close to home).

Waiting in ridiculously long lines for just about everything you do- from going to a show (ok, there should be a legit line here), to grocery shopping… where most times I stand in a line longer then it took me to get the items I’m trying to buy!

Paying way to much for everything… like just the cost of living, and I’m not talking fun expenses.

You never really see this side of the city when you are getting VIP transportation in your tour bus, seeing everything from atop the Empire State Building, and only hitting up the manicured parts of town when you are on your feet on the street.  Getting into the city, down and dirty with it… way uptown, on side streets, during all hours of the day and night.  Thats when the real life side shows itself.

Of course, if I didn’t love some of that… or find that the beauty and opportunities far outweigh the frustrations  I wouldn’t still be here.  Maybe it’s not that bad.

Share, comment, like, follow, visit, etc!

lovealways,  christiane

I hope you dance

Hey y’all!!!!! I know, I know…it’s been a LONG time, but that just means lots to tell 😀

I think this will be sort of an anything goes post, I’m to tired to think of some witty theme or layout, so here it goes.

I JUST GOT OUT OF MY FIRST DANCE CLASS IN NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!! A 2 hour ballet class never felt so good!! After sort of convincing my roommate she should take yoga in the park with me this morning, I couldn’t sit in the apartment while she went off to class this afternoon… So I threw on some dance appropriate clothes and jumped right in! (Thank you Megan!!) it felt so good and I wasn’t a total mess- actually I felt pretty good like I knew what I was doing and confident with it.

Now I’m at Starbucks writing this post!

I am LOVING my job at the yoga studio. My managers and coworkers are wonderful and the environment is so chill while still being professional. I’m working with a lot of dancers, so I’m in a good place to ask questions and get feedback on places to take classes and audition.

Rain Room is almost at an end. At the moment we are still planning on closing the exhibit on Sunday, August 28th. The lines have been getting longer and longer, earlier and earlier. Which is challenging, but again, I’m working with such awesome people– that’s what really gets me through the rough days… And I think that holds true for most of us. It acted up again the other day and that was interning, but it got up and running again. We were also on the front page of the Timed and press has been all over RR… Just adding another layer of stress. Atlanta TV host, Walter Reeves, came up to New York and visited the Rain Room. I met up with him and it was really nice to go through the exhibit as a person

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What else…? Lets see. I’m still waiting to hear back from Apple. About a week or so ago I sentinel my official application for employment and filled out the background check information. Everyone out there reading please cross your fingers and hope for the best, I’m interested in this job!

And while you are crossing your fingers, cross them again for my HOUSING SEARCH!! While I had hoped to have something for August 1st, September 1st wouldn’t be the end of the world and is looking like the more realistic option. I’ve seen some potential places and have feelers out about others. Of course it would be nice to live with people I at least know, but really I just ant my own room, my own bed, decor, and temperature. So that’s the big thing I’m working on now… Tedious and time consuming… But it will be worth it, I know it!

The weather… The weather has been HOT. Actually, hot is an understatement…

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Working outside in what feels like 107 degrees for about a week was tolling, but we all made it through, and this past Sunday was the first day I could walk out of the apartment and not start sweating immediately. With the heat though, I was encouraged to make homemade lemonade

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It was really good!

Is there anything else? This is kind of the quick and dirty post just to let y’all know I’m still alive and NYC is still crazy fun and exciting.

I don’t really know what else to write. I’ll try to get back into a routine but right now all I can think of is taking a shower and making dinner!

Until next time! 🙂

❤ always, Christiane