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Wearing my first sari at a friend's wedding in Hyderabad

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The Taj Mahal is breath-taking!

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10 April 2012

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I've recently moved back to the USA after living in and working in India. I feel healthy again and want to find ways to continue to feel motivated, healthy and balanced.

After moving to India, I've discovered the spiritual side of yoga, become a devotee of daily meditation practice, and have lost 20 pounds - most of which was due to a drastic shift in diet and getting sick quite often. However, I'm now on a path towards making myself the number one priority in my life. I do weight training three times a week and am trying to become a runner again. And I try to take time to "slow down" each day in the hectic (yet amazing) life I have...yet I am finding this difficult back in the USA. I constantly feel "rushed" and that I'm always "go go going" somewhere. It's a struggle to bring that balance and harmony I learned in India back to the USA.

I'm learning to just "let it flow" and go with it. Living in India has taught me that life is too crazy to be stressed; no matter what we do, there is always going to be an added stressor. So, why not try to make the most of it and just be happy?

Member Since: 1/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 10,515

My Goals:
-Exercise at least five days a week (...just go after work! It's on the way home after all!)
-Complete all the stages of The New Rules of Lifting for Women.
-Mediate for 10 minutes each day

-Become a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher
-Run another half marathon by summer 2013

My Program:
I am currently doing Stage 2 of The New Rules of Lifting for Women. At minimum, I do two strength training workouts per week; maximum is three sessions per week.

I just recently started doing Insanity. Wish me luck, as plyometrics and coordination are my nemeses.

It's a struggle to find time to meditate in the USA. I have some great mantras that I need to continue to work through.

Personal Information:
I'm back in Phoenix, Arizona after living in Pune, India for the past year.

I'm working full time and going to school full time to prepare for a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

I love reading my Kindle, doing yoga, zombies, traveling to new places, cooking, learning new languages (I currently know Spanish and Portuguese), and wandering.

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    Welcome back! Dubai sounds awesome! I'm so glad you're taking advantage of all the awesome culture around you. How is the 30 day shred going? I've switched to working out at the gym for this month getting different cardio workouts in. Trying not to get bored!
    3396 days ago
    You wrote, "Instead of "trying" to make this happen ... it will just "be" at some point! " Yep, that's what happened! I wasn't trying to meditate; I just sort of came to the realization that the monkeys in my mind had taken a freeing. Some folks say they need silence when they meditate and need to close their eyes. I think I do best when the senses are peripherally engaged.
    3398 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my jog in the fog blog! By the way, is your actual name Lianne or Mlianne? Hate to be using the wrong name.

    Have a fabulous time on your trip!

    3414 days ago
    This week you have earned recognition for leadership on the boards. It is always a pleasure to congratulate you on your achievements.

    Keep up your efforts it is showing that you care about YOU.


    3417 days ago
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    Hi and welcome to the Runner Girls United team emoticon Have a super day emoticon
    3417 days ago
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