Is It Really December? – December Newsletter

December 12, 2017 by simpilates

We only have one thing to say during this difficult time and that is….EMBRACE ONE ANOTHER AND BE THANKFUL DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

Ahhh…. I am catching my breathe after a long 2 months. Most of us in Las Vegas look forward to October, where the weather is magical.  October 2, we all woke up to the nightmare of the massive shooting caused by one mad man.  I, like many others found myself needing to do something to ease the pain and confusion we all felt. I received a message from a friend that lives in Tasmania and was in holiday in England.  A very dear childhood friend of hers had a daughter who was at the concert and unfortunately was one of the victims. She was shot in the head by this horrible person. My friend and her husband asked me if I could help them express their concern, love, and best wishes for their friend’s daughter by delivering a card to the hospital.  This beautiful young lady was in Spring Valley Hospital fighting for her life. I felt tremendous gratitude that I was able to do this. Little did I know as I was out healing myself and our community, my husband was struggling with his own health. On October 4, he asked me to meet him at ER in Spring Valley Hospital. Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. Here we were in ICU a few doors down from the young lady I had delivered the card to. The rest of the world stopped for a moment as we were told my husband needed open heart surgery. My husband had his surgery October 11. Elle, the young women was moved to another room, and her ICU room was prepared for my husband. Life really does happen for you, incredible peace, a sense of calm, strength, gratitude took over me and I knew my husband was being protected by the same angels Elle had.  Then came our move from our large family home. The big move from the palace to the cottage. Downsizing, yes, in theory I was so excited, I had read the books, listen to all the lessons. I was ready to become a minimalist. Bullshit !  LOL.. I am not going to lie, it has been hard, scary at moments, frustration, anger and fear all creep up. Now almost 2 months later I am feeling alive again, I can see the future, I am full of gratitude, hope, and love, yes I am tired but I am good. Strength doesn’t come from what you do. It comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t do.  The holidays are here,  it is times to celebrate life, my husband is healing, I have a roof over my head and food on the table, my loved ones are safe, the studio is here to heal bodies, minds, and spirit. My cup is full of love. To each and everyone of you, thank you, you all touch my heart in someway, sometimes it is just your smile walking through the door. Go out and celebrate like you never have before this holiday season.

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year !


“ What I know for sure is this, the big secret in life is that there is no secret, there is just YOU, THIS MOMENT, AND A CHOICE “


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5 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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  1. Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.
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The holiday season is upon us. There is shopping to be done, gifts to be wrapped and parties to host, and yet, are you getting your workouts in? It’s natural to put your workouts on hold during the holiday season. Starting with Halloween and all the way to New Years Eve, most people put it off till the New Year, adding exercise and fitness to a long list of New Year resolutions.
Unknown to most, falling out of a regular exercise cycle can lead to a plethora of health-related problems including, weight
gain, higher stress levels, poor eating habits, and it is much harder to get back into a regular routine after the holidays are over.  Exercise during the holiday season can be challenging, but totally worth it. “Even during the holidays there will be days when you one indulge in one too many pieces of cake and you will miss your workouts. Don’t kick yourself, instead, follow easy to do home mat exercises and follow a routine to stay on track,” says Reza. What can you do to maintain routine and enjoy the holidays? Schedule your exercise sessions every day and make sure you go! Early morning workouts are the perfect tactic to ensure that you get your workouts out of the way first thing in the morning. It is so easy for other holiday obligations to interfere with your exercise routine when you wait until the later day hours.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. Eating a huge salad filled with you fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts before you leave for a holiday dinner has amazing benefits. It can leave you feeling full and makes it less likely you will over indulge on those
Christmas goodies. Don’t hang out at the food table during a
party. You are less likely to over indulge if you get a
plate and walk away. Don’t drink all your calories. Avoid drinks that are high in calories, like- Eggnog, Apple cider, and Christmas beverages, since these can quickly add to your daily caloric consumption. Schedule some of your family excursions to include a little movement. Exercise with the entire family. Take them for a Pilates class; take the kids out to the park and involve them in games, etc.

Your at home Pilates moves for the
holiday season:1. Swimming Preps: Swimming Prep is an
excellent exercise to improve core stability
and strengthen shoulder girdle. To begin,
kneel down with hands directly under
shoulders and knees under the hips, keeping
your spine in a neutral position. Reach one
arm forward and the opposite leg back,
gently engaging the abdominals to keep the
spine neutral. Bring yourself back to the
initial position and repeat the exercise with
opposite hand and leg. Watch for not sinking
in the lower back or between the shoulders
or rotating the body. Repeat 5-10 times.
1. Side Kicks: The sidekicks are great for
building core stability while strengthening
your thighs, especially your glutes. This
exercise is not about how far or high you can
kick your leg, but how still your body can
remain while your legs move freely. To
begin, lie on your side with ribs and hips
aligned, and bring your legs slightly in front of
your body (bend your bottom leg for extra
support if needed). Rest your head on your
bottom arm and place your top hand on the
mat in front of your abs, making sure your
shoulders relaxed and stable. Next, raise
your top leg to hip level. Keeping your torso
stable and muscles around your waist tight,
inhale as you flex your foot and swing your
leg forward, and exhale as you point your
foot and press your leg back. Repeat 8-10
times and then switch sides.2. Tricep dips: The tricep dip uses your
body weight to strengthen and tone your
triceps, which are very useful muscles
needed for everyday functional movements
such as lifting yourself out of a chair, getting
up from a lying position, and pushing a heavy
door. When done correctly, this exercise will
help reduce stubborn underarm jiggle, and
can also strengthen your shoulders and
improve overall posture. To begin, sit on the
floor with your knees bent, and feet and
hands flat on the floor with your fingers
facing forward. Next, lift your hips off the
floor, and slowly and gently bend your
elbows directly behind you and as far as
comfortable to lower your body, keeping your
chest lifted, your shoulders down and abs
engaged. Push yourself back up by fully
straightening your arms and not just lifting
your hips. Repeat 12-20 times.



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