Tracy White

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Play Date

In exercises on February 13, 2010 at 7:41 am

Camera? Check.
Full tank of gas? Check.
Open mind? Check-check.

So what’s on my agenda today?

Oh, I’ve scrapped agendas and am going to play, wander, and let today reveal itself in its own time.

Won’t you join me? Come on–put those to-dos on the back burner, and spend the day playing!

What could you do? Let’s see…
1. Spend the day wandering thrift stores.
2. “Heads: right. Tails: left.” Yep, grab a quarter, hop in the car and see where that quarter takes you. (Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!)
3. Play tourist in your own city. Yep, grab your camera and see the city’s hot spots.

Have fun playing, friend!

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Taking Stock

In exercises, free download on February 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

So…it’s official: I’m gorgeous!

[And I’ve got my handy-dandy reminders at the ready–you never know when self-doubt will knock on the door!]

So now that I’ve dealt with some of my external issues, it’s time to tackle some of my internal ones. To help me do that, I’ve got my spiffy “Taking Stock” worksheets (see below), which are designed to challenge beliefs.

[Better pack your bags, you silly, worn-out beliefs!]

Wanna dive in and do your own soul-searching? Just drop me a line and I’ll email the “Taking Stock” worksheets to you. If not, join me as I continue excavating this soul!

Breathe In

In exercises on February 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

It’s right there–in the middle of my face–a cute, kinda-perky, little nose.

And with one whiff, this magical nose can transport and take me back in time.

One of my favorite scent experiences? While walking through a park in Vancouver, BC, I stopped, overwhelmed with a scent of dark earth, wild violets and an undertone of pine needles threading through it.

The oh-so-familiar scent struck me to the core with an absolute knowingness, and yet, I can’t recall another time when I smelled that scent.

Here’s to some deep breathing!

[deep breath]

In These Arms

In exercises on February 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

“Aarh-arh-argh!” [Said all studly like.]

I spent the past two days digging out from 26″ of snow (well, I did have help, thanks, Miss Tiff), so now that the sun is dipping low, I can come inside and rest these tired arms.

[Ooomph…honestly, I can hardly…move–I’m ex-haust-ed!]

Before I head upstairs to take some ibuprofen, take a look at my hoorah honoring these tired, old arms.

She Got Legs

In exercises on February 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Hey, I’m making huge strides during this week of self-love–I’m zipping right down to my thighs.

And, really, they’re incredible thighs. With them, I’ve:

1. danced in grocery stores,

2. fled angry, gun-toting guards,

3. climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge,

4. landscaped my yard,

5. and painted five houses!

Yep, they have cellulite and, nope, they wouldn’t win a beauty contest, but, really, they’re magnificent!

No Escaping It

In exercises on February 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Well, I can’t put it off any longer…it’s time to embrace the plumpy, round parts of me (you know, the parts I generally avoid).

[If I don’t talk about it, it doesn’t exist!]

So, let’s take a good look at it: my abdomen, solar plexus, stomach, tummy, belly, paunch, gut, spare tire, muffin top…

Whatever you call it, I have one and, yes, mine is perfectly mine. Yes, it is perfect.

Does it meet Dr. Oz’s specs? Goodness no! Could it be smaller? Of course. But the fact is, it’s where I’m at and [deep breath] it’s totally OK–no it’s beautiful. Yep…beautiful.

[OMG, I can’t believe I just put that out there!]

To celebrate this warm, beautiful belly, I found one of the few photos I have that shows my curves, then electronically removed the original graffiti and added my own.

I love it. I am beautiful.

You Go to My Head

In exercises on February 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Dare I say it? I’m…brilliant!

[blush-blush]

Well, I’m not “brilliant” but I am bright, smart–witty, even.

And yes, I love my mind.

I was blessed with great genes (thanks, Mom and Dad!), and a solid need to question authority (much to my folk’s chagrin, I’m sure!), which means this active mind has taken me on an independent path–a path that is sometimes rocky and lonely, but…I actually like this path.

And what’s great is that this fab-u-lo-so mind is in constant motion!

[Translation: I have insomnia because my mind just won’t shut down!]

To honor this creative, witty, wise, powerful and busy mind, I tried not to think too much as I dabbled with some paint, a pen, 3-D adhesive and a pair of scissors.

What do you think? It’s a beautiful mind, isn’t it?

*kiss*kiss*

In exercises on February 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

[mwaahand another mwaah]

[acting all European-like and kissing both your cheeks!]

Oooh…I’m feeling all love-buggy because I just fell in love with this gorgeous mouth of mine. Honestly, I didn’t realize how lovely it was, but now I see that it’s simply amazing!

Not only can it talk like a sailor (a damn, fine sailor, too!) but it’s also multi-lingual (yes, I am fluent in cat and dog!). But most important, this toothy grin of mine is what helps me connect with people–regardless of language or socio-economic constraints.

Check out the celebration of this gorgeous mouth below. (How’d I do it? I found a bunch of photos, yes, even from when I was a toddler, and used the crop tool in Photoshop to crop my mouth. Finally, I just lined everything up, added a title and my ah-has, and voila! C’est magnifique, n’est pas?)

Head over Heals

In exercises on February 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm

So, February is all about love and I’m learning to love me.

Step 1?

Today, I looked at the “Head over Heals” exercise sheet (see below), then challenged myself to complete one of the statements.

To ease me into this new self-love mindset, I selected a statement that wasn’t too hard to answer, however, as the month goes on, I plan on answering all of the statements on the worksheet (even the tough ones!).

Once I answer each statement, I’ll celebrate my new-found ah-has in a creative way. You can see today’s result here.

If you’d like to join me in this month of self-love, and would like a .pdf of the “Head over Heals” worksheet, drop me a line and I’ll send you a copy.

And, hey, feel free to share your creative results here. I can’t wait to see what you learn about yourself!

What Do You Believe?

In exercises, musings on January 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

While surveying the archaeological dig of my soul, I’ve been evaluating my beliefs. Some, rock, and others (like the “thin=beautiful” one) kinda…suck.

After identifying a belief that I like and want to embrace, I’m celebrating it in my journal. Check out my latest find…

"life is an illusion..."

"...I choose my reality"

here, I listed the reality I am creating