Month: September 2018
Hey there! 🙋♀️
Recently, I’ve been having issues with my back… 😔
I work in a beautiful office in Manhattan, but they still give us crappy rolling chairs with squeaky wheels and minimal lumbar support. 🤷♀️
After hunching over my laptop for 40 – 50 hours per week, I began to develop knots in my upper and lower back. 🤕
I eventually purchased an external monitor so I could work with better posture: the Acer SB220Q 21.5″ 1080P monitor. The thin frame and relatively small 21.5″ screen means that I can use it even at my tiny little desk.
I also purchased an air vent phone clamp for my iPhone so that I could use my phone during my commute without hurting my neck: the Mpow UPGRADE Air Vent Car Phone Mount.
However, I still had to deal with the knots that had already built up.
I’m not a millionaire (yet… lol 🤣) so I can’t afford to spend $50 – $100 per day on a full body massage.
However, there is a more affordable alternative: the LuxFit Foam Roller!
There are thousands of videos on YouTube explaining how Foam Rollers work.
Basically, you just roll the injured area back and forth over the foam cylinder, slowly breaking down any scar tissue or adhesions that you’ve developed.
The LuxFit Foam Roller comes in multiple sizes and color schemes, so you should be able to find one that works for your living space.
It’s quite firm compared to some other rollers, but as you become a more advanced user you will appreciate the truly deep massages that the LuxFit can provide.
This is the first post in my Yoga Tales series, where I share real life stories about how yoga has changed people’s lives.
This inaugural post is about my boyfriend’s journey from weak geek to flexible hottie.
This is my boyfriend on December 15th, 2017.
He was a great person, but he was in terrible shape.
He would sit at home, reading obscure historical novels like The Progressive Era (a summary of politics and economics in the US from the 1880s to 1920s) and The Castrato (a history of boys who traded their manhood for beautiful singing voices in Enlightenment era Europe).
Of course, I could never get through these historical tomes. The heaviest thing I’ve read this year is Due Process by Scott Pratt, a thrilling novel about a defense attorney who must defend a university football player who is accused of sexual assault. With all of the #MeToo drama coming to a head, it seemed like a book that was relevant for today. I’m about to start The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, which is a guide to understanding and treating traumatic stress. Hopefully that will be more applicable to my daily life (lol).
But regardless of our literary compatibility, I was having second thoughts about our relationship.
My BF could certainly hold a conversation, but he couldn’t hold a downward dog pose to save his life.
Eventually, I gave him an ultimatum. Either he shaped up, or I shipped out.
He grudgingly agreed to attend hot yoga the next day.
He had a difficult time getting through it, but I could tell he enjoyed it more than he expected.
This is my boyfriend last week:
Yoga has made him more flexible, more confident, and more of a complete person.
He would have never rocked such a bold style before he started his yoga practice.
Of course, he’s still a geek at heart. I just bought him a ViewSonic XG2760 27″ Gaming Monitor for his birthday (he says it’s great for high-paced shooting games, he keeps bragging about its “one millisecond refresh rate”).
Finally, we picked up a D-Link COVR Dual-Band Whole Home WiFi Mesh System so that our high-speed WiFi would work throughout our entire house.
Needless to say, these are some nerdy gifts.
But now when we go out together, nobody knows he’s a nerd at heart.
I see other women noticing him all the time.
Too bad he’s already taken! 😉
I met up with my girlfriend at the gym last Saturday, and she looked FABULOUS!
After we finished our workout, we chatted over avocado toast (yum…) and acai-agave smoothies.
She started off by thanking me for the gift I’d given her niece for her 7th birthday: the Craftster’s Woodland Animals Sewing Kit, an educational kit that teaches kids to sew stuffed animals. Her niece had a bit of trouble sewing straight lines, but she loved the uniquely mangled woodland creatures she helped bring into the world.
Then, my friend moved on to other news…
Her BF had just given her a new Android phone for their first anniversary, so I presented her with a Google Play Gift card so she could buy some decent apps.
I know she used Garageband on her iPhone to make sick beats, so I suggested FL Studio Mobile for her Android phone.
She also loves podcasts, and I know she used the Overcast app to automatically download and keep track of them.
So, I suggested Pocket Casts, which my BF loves to use on his Android phone to download podcasts for his commute.
She seemed to appreciate my suggestions, since she’d never had an Android phone before.
Coming down from the post-workout high, I suddenly noticed how awesome her leggings were.
I asked her point blank: “What type of leggings are those? You look AMAZING!”
She blushed as she told me her fashion secret: 90 Degree By Reflex!
I checked them out online, and they seem to have great leggings for a reasonable price.