Inspiration From Ellen
I wake up naturally around 6am and lie in bed for about 5minutes stretching my arms and legs. This alerts Roxy, my dog at the foot of the bed, that I’m up. She walks up to my face and nuzzles into me. (For this reason alone, I think all households should have a dog or cat….)
I’m just going to come out and say it: get to class on time. Every workout has a beginning, a middle, and an end. When you miss a section, or part of a section, it is incomplete. A class is a whole thing. It isn’t meant to be sliced and diced. (This translate to video too – don’t fast forward passed the warm-up.)
It's time to take back your life and stop fretting over every morsel you eat. Most women in American today are either guilt-ridden ("I'm overweight because I can't control my appetite") or tortured ("daily spin class before the crack of dawn, salads for lunch and dinner, no dessert ever - no time for boyfriends or fun"). Which one are you?
Whatever season is outside, is inside too. My body is officially in autumn mode, as well it should - it’s September 30th in Connecticut. During the day, I feel a quickening in my gait. Fall is an industrious time – a last burst before winter – just look at all of those type-A squirrels. Yet, while the daytime is all bustle, I’m turning in earlier in the evening.
Today, my workout gear was jeans, trail shoes, and a sweater. There was no Lulu Lemon in sight. I didn’t use a yoga mat or a hand weight or a treadmill. I just walked out into the overcast morning with my dog and put one foot in front of the other.
For my 16th birthday I asked my Mom for Gloria Steinem’s “Revolution From Within”. I still have that book, complete with faded highlighter marks and notes doodled in the margins by my bubbly teenager self. The take-away was Be your own hero.
There are six “The Studio by Ellen Barrett” workout videos and five “Ellen Barrett Live” workout videos - 11 in all - that can be used on a weekly basis in rotation. Here are my recommendations as to how to incorporate them into your life. As always, I encourage you to be “intuitive” with your workouts and allow your own body to lead the way.
I’m a girl’s girl and I love feminine vernacular. Instead of nice, I’ll say something like “super cute” and instead of “pink” I will be more specific and use words like “fuchsia” or “magenta”. Instead of “lean”, I prefer “skinny”. I’m actually very attached to the word skinny. To me, it’s non-clinical, happy and fun.