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SHANNON'S JOURNEY: ESSENTIAL YOU 101 REDUX

Those Sugar Cravings Tho This week in Essential You the topics were Body Awareness and Blood Sugar Regulation.  Unfortunately, I missed our group session. I over did it over the weekend and was feeling rather poorly by the time class came around.  Chronic illness is such a pain, literally and figuratively! But, Emma was kind enough to share the materials and I worked through them on my own.   Body awareness is something I’ve struggled with a lot, from the teenage onset of an eating disorder, to the chronic pain I’ve suffered in adulthood, I’ve spent a lot of time ignoring my body and the signals it sends me.  So when I learned that body awareness was one of the subjects of discussion for Essential You, I was a little apprehensive. The course materials provided some really great ideas for getting started, though!  I selected a few of them to try to incorporate more into my day-to-day schedule. I have a meditation app on my phone I want to use more. And one of my big goals is to hit up Solcana mobility classes during the remainder of Essential You! So look for me in Mobility a couple days next week and ask me about Essential You! I’d love to chat.   The other half of the subject matter this week was blood sugar regulation.  Woof. This one gets me every time. I forget how much sugar is added to the most random things!  I’ll admit, I haven’t been perfect in my food challenge program since starting on Monday, and sugar is a major culprit!  I’ve decreased it quite a bit though, and will keep working to eliminate more from my routine. I’m starting to remember what it feels like to not be riding the wave of blood sugar spikes and crashes.  Who knew I could get through a work day without a soda or some chocolate at 3pm?! Goals for this week: Hit up some mobility Use my mediation app Keep knocking down the sugar dragon Check back next week to see how I do!

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SHANNON'S JOURNEY: ESSENTIAL YOU 101 REDUX

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Those Sugar Cravings Tho This week in Essential You the topics were Body Awareness and Blood Sugar Regulation.  Unfortunately, I missed our group session. I over did it over the weekend and was feeling rather poorly by the time class came around.  Chronic illness is such a pain, literally and figuratively! But, Emma was kind enough to share the materials and I worked through them on...


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TALKING TO MY MOM ABOUT DIETS

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TALKING TO MY MOM ABOUT DIETS By: Lauren Anderson “I lost 30 pounds!” My mom said excitedly. We had just sat down to lunch and I asked what was new. She was clearly proud, and excited about her progress. I was sorry I wasn't able to return her enthusiasm. Because I'm usually someone you can count on for enthusiastic support. At least that's what I aim for. But...


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SHANNON'S JOURNEY: ESSENTIAL YOU 101 REDUX

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Hello Solcana Community & Solcana Enthusiasts! It is my pleasure to bring to you Shannon's words and wisdom as she embarks on her second round of the Essential You 101!  This time with me, Emma, as the facilitator.  If you haven't yet read Shannon's story, I encourage you to pause, read it, and come back.  It's powerful and moving and one that I revisit when I'm...


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TAXES AND TOKENS

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TAXES AND TOKENS By: Lauren Anderson True to form, I waited until last minute to do my taxes. Because DUH. I hate it. And one of the *perks* of being an actor is you almost never get a satisfying tax return because you're paid mostly in 1099s. Which means not only do I have to force myself to get receipts in order and do paperwork (shudder), I also usually...


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THE BIRTHDAY WORKOUT

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THE BIRTHDAY WORKOUT By: Lauren Anderson So this last weekend was my birthday. And I am happy to report, I had a wonderful day! I am so grateful for all the people that went out of their way to show me some love. I was beyond the moon and beyond the stars-- all day! Which is EXTRA lucky, cause I grew up in a household that unabashedly celebrates...


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Whole Person Essential You

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My dear community! Hello!   Emma (and Puff) checking in today to let you know about some updates I’ve made to the Essential You programming.  The pre-existing programming is phenomenal and spoke to Lucia’s incredible knowledge and experience. I’m taking the magic she already had in place and expanding it a bit to include a more whole person approach!         We are going to be looking at how social,...


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JUMP ROPE FOR HOPE

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JUMP ROPE FOR HOPE By: Lauren Anderson My mom has this silly magnet on her fridge. It reads, “Sometimes the only transportation you need is a Leap of Faith.” It always strikes me every time I see it too, because she doesn't really have a bunch of cheesy stuff like this up in her home. But as far as corny quotes go to inspire and embolden-- I actually...


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April Athletes of the Month: Babs and Hector

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Our athletes of the month for April are two folks who bring it on a daily basis with how fierce they are. Babs and Hector!! Babs Powell is well known around the gym for being seriously fit and seriously friendly. She is a natural ambassador and always extends a smile and a welcome to a new person. I remember the day that Babs joined, she showed up...


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The Workout Challenge

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According to Psychology Today one of the main reasons people don’t exercise is their desire to avoid any experience of discomfort. Regardless of the discomforts we know that a consistent workout regimen reduces stress and increases your mental well-being. When you work out regularly, your body releases endorphins that enhance your mood. You have probably experienced these positive feelings after finishing a cardiovascular workout. You...


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Awareness, Parameters & Choice

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What sensation is strongest in your body right now? What sensation is the most subtle? What’s happening in your toes your now? When was the last time you thought about your toes?  These are some of the questions I ask myself throughout the day in order to strengthen my awareness of my physical body. Why? Because the sensations in my body often lead me to insights...


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FULL-BLOODED BEAST

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FULL-BLOODED BEAST By: Lauren Anderson This weekend, someone compared me to an easy-listening radio station. I was never more offended in my ENTIRE LIFE. I'm kidding of course, and so were they. But still! We were talking about music in the 90's, and the conversation went down something like this: “Oh man! Do you remember Neneh Cherry? She sang Buffalo Stance?” I say. “...” “She had a huge hit in the...


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Recap 18.5 + Overall

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It's crazy to think the Open is actually over! That 5 weeks went very very quickly. I have to say, this has been my favorite Open season yet. I think it's because the gym was bumpin' every Friday, and I got to see so many athletes absolutely crushing workouts they never thought they could do. It might seem silly or even crazy to do a...


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Recap 18.4

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18.4 is in the books! I have to say, this one was by far my favorite. I love heavy deadlifts, and it was fun to pair it with something challenging like a handstand pushup. I wish I had made it to the handstand walks because it would have been really fun to try those in a workout, but alas. I tried to convince Josh to...


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THE WAKE-UP HEADACHE

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THE WAKE-UP HEADACHE By: Lauren Anderson So... every day this week I've woken up with a headache. Like, a really bad one. One that wakes me up from a deep sleep, 15 annoying minutes before my alarm goes off. (Insult to injury). And it hurts so bad, it's hard to open my eyes. And I desperately want to take some ibuprofen or something, but I can't on an...


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THERE'S JOY IN THEM THERE HILLS

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THERE'S JOY IN THEM THERE HILLS By: Lauren Anderson I swear I haven't taken a vacation in over 3 years. But as luck would have it, I've found myself on two separate mini-vacations in the same month! Who am I? A jet-setter? A bon-vivant? A sultan of a distant land or something?! At any rate, I'm feeling very fortunate lately, and very rejuvenated. Two weeks after my 36-hour whirlwind...


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Recap 18.3

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Well, it was bound to happen eventually, a workout with a very difficult technical movement - the muscle-up. In this case, 18.3 was also paired with another difficult movement, the double under. I know a lot of people really struggled with this one, it presented a serious challenge. That being said, I saw some incredible things happen, like first-time muscle-ups, first time doing double-unders in...


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A SNOW DAY SLOW DOWN

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A SNOW DAY SLOW DOWN By: Lauren Anderson “Life is what happens while we're busy making other plans”. The epic words of John Lennon, or Mr. Holland's Opus, or the coffee-table quote book, or wherever you heard that gem-of-a-phrase for the first time never seems more true than on a Snow Day. I went to bed on Sunday with a jam-packed Monday. Filled with excitement and a dash of...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Eli Coffin

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Solcana has given me a life I never thought I could achieve, one where working out is not about plowing through the hard and the painful, but rather building blocks to a happier relationship with my body. It wasn’t always this way. My mental health has always run my life. From disordered eating, body dysphoria, and being surrounded by others who also suffered from negative body...


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Recap 18.2

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The energy in the gym on Friday was palpable for 18.2. This is my favorite type of workout, a fast burn followed by an opportunity to hit a big weight. It was incredible to watch so many people hit a PR on their heavy cleans. I was also so impressed by the number of people who tried the Rx weight. When we did the scores this...


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For the Love of Bod

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Emma here with some full disclosure: I don't care about the specifics of how or what you eat.   You may be thinking to yourself, 'Gee, Emma, that seems strange since you are going to be facilitating the Essential You course moving forward, which is focused on NUTRITION! If you don’t care about what or exactly how I’m eating, what’s the point of signing up for...


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