Mountains in Illinois & Tearful Om’s

Good morning, guys Open-mouthed smile

Ahhhh. I’m happy to report TWO night’s in a row of pretty good sleep. I’m pretty sure it has to do with having a nighttime snack with both protein and carbs in it. Last night before bed I had a little Greek yogurt with an almond butter pumpkin bar and some berries in it, and I seriously slept like a baby.

Then again, maybe it was the three glasses of champagne I had at my Aunt’s fish fry…Who me?

Yesterday, as you can gather, we all met up at my aunt’s house to dine with family, drink with family, celebrate some good news, and even get a little movement in with family!


After we all were nice and full, we decided to go hiking, of course.

In my aunt’s town, they have this huge hill, type thing, that has to do with the coal mines. I’m pretty sure the jumbo is made out of all the dirt (and stuff?) they used to dig out the mines. Either way, it offers us a little hiking adventure in the flatlands of good ol’ Illinois.


The kids beat us up there, naturally.




But we eventually made it to the top!



Us with my brother and his gf:


Such good times! Freezing times, but good times nonetheless Winking smile

What a great day! Backing up a bit, the morning was absolutely fantastic, too!

After a well, a decent sleep, I woke up pretty early, made some breakfast:


three whole eggs cooked in grass-fed butter (I always roll my eyes picture butter eating grass when I read someone type that, so let’s pretend I didn’t say that,) turkey, kale, and mushrooms.

then I did a few chores around the house, and then headed off to a yoga class (moderate yoga.) The past couple times I’ve practiced yoga have kinda been duds. They focused SO much on hip opening poses, which I desperately need in my life, but they always leave me stressed out and frustrated. So I wasn’t surprised when the instructor naturally took us through some deep hip opening sequences. Grunt.

This time, it was different, though. I was frustrated at first, and then an overwhelming sense of gratefulness passed through me – more like flooded through me. I’ve been emotional these last couple of days, but I actually almost cried when we did breath of joy afterward. It was really odd…but really cool. It was like, although I’m going through all this crap with my hormones, I can still do this yoga class – and so many other things – and I was just super grateful for it.

I also have to say that I really like moderate yoga. It’s not much of a workout at all, but it’s the perfect workout for my well-being.

I decided to use that feeling afterward by stopping into Common Ground, a tiny organic grocer in downtown Bloomington, to support Small Business Saturday:


I spent more on some products that I would have otherwise at a larger grocer, but it was a more enjoyable shopping trip. I left with some squash, local eggs, walnut butter, unsprayed almonds, sauerkraut, and a few other local goodies. And I forgot all my canvas bags, but of course I had a Von Maur bag in my car from a prior shopping trip, haha, so I used that Smile

Now I’m off to read – I finished The Lion finally, and started a new book yesterday –  on the elliptical for a bit (moderate elliptical? Winking smile) and then train a client. THEN it’s BEARS time!!! And Siri’s going to change her answer to a more affirmative answer:




Happy Sunday, loves!!

Have you ever gotten emotional during yoga?

Watching any games today?

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  1. Looks like a nice hike! I never seem to let myself go enough during yoga to get emotional. I know its soooo good for my body, I just keep wondering when its going to be over or when its going to get more exciting 😉 haha. Yesterday was the big game day for us! Penn State won and South Carolina. Neither the Eagles nor the Patriots are playing today. Go Bears!

    • That’s how I am most of the time! I have such a hard time being “present in my practice” or whatever haha – but when I am, it’s awesome.

  2. I need to try yoga more often. This post just proves it! everyone says it can be such a great release but I have yet to experience it. I think I need to start practicing more often and really make an effort to just let go during my practices! Have a fabulous rest of your weekend Paige
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  3. I think it’s amazing just what yoga can do. When I started practicing regularly, it really changed my life and often made me pretty emotional.
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  4. awwww it’s always so great when yoga makes you get in touch with yourself :) :) what a fun family hike! you guys are so adorable at the top of the mountain! glad you had such a fun weekend – back to the grind grrrrrr

  5. Awww big hugs!! I know it sounds cheesy, but yoga literally changed my life. When I first started it, I wasn’t super impressed. At the time, I was still dancing for multiple hours per day, so everything just felt so simple. I couldn’t understand why people spent 10 minutes sleeping at the end either, lol.

    A few years later I gave it another shot and fell in love. It is more emotional for me than physical now. Your body is so much more than just hormones, and you are capable of so many things. I carry so much tension in my hips, so I try to make sure I do pigeon pose twice a day!
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  6. I’ve actually heard that the hip openers in yoga CAN be an emotional relief that can cause a tearful response…kind of amazing if you really think about it. And everytime I hear someone have an experience like that in yoga it makes me want to get my butt to a yoga class to experience it for myself. Such a release, huh? I’m glad you had that chance, sounds like you’ve been needing it lately.

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  7. That hike looks gorgeous!! I don’t think I’ve done yoga enough to allow myself to get emotional, but I’ve heard from many others that they get emotional in their practice! It’s really cool that yoga can allow yourself to open up your mind so much to get that type of release from it! That’s pretty amazing to hear! You have so much strength! Sounds like a great weekend!
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  8. How you felt during yoga is exactly how I feel when I run these days! I actually smile while I run and I got a tear in my eye yesterday when I hit my first 6 miles! I NEVER thought I would enjoy it so much. After all the physical trouble I’ve had, I never thought I could run like this. I feel stronger now than I ever did before. After having a tumor, the surgery and then a repair surgery from the massive hernia it left me with, I thought I was going to be weak forever. Right now, I’m totally loving what my legs can do. It’s all about focusing on what you can do or what you do have and not on what you can’t do or what you don’t have.

    I’m so glad you had a great Thanksgiving, Paige and that you got some rest! I hope this leads to a great week!
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    • Oh, Sarena, I absolutely love your attitude. I am SO happy that you’ve found that awesome feeling through running. You ARE strong, girl.
      And you’re truly right about what to focus on. I really needed to hear that right now :)

  9. I’ve only felt emotional and gotten to that point of release a handful of times in yoga, mostly because I hold so much in and don’t let myself go in class. As others have said, yoga is amazing for getting in touch with your body and I’ve definitely gained so much from my practice but it also requires a lot of trust – in myself, in my body, in my instructor, etc. I think that’s where I get hung up sometimes.
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  10. Almost every teacher I’ve ever had here has said during pigeon pose (or whatever hip pose) that our emotions are stored in our hips, so not to be surprised when emotions surface during hip openers. I’ve also heard the same about heart openers (not the right term, but poses like camel or something where you are ‘opening’ your chest/heart). This kind of explains it:
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