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Cozy Orange is a local company based out of Carlsbad. They create eco-friendly activewear using recycled material that is both fashion forward and functional.  Cozy Orange recently launched their summer 2015 line, filled with lightweight and breathable materials, in fun and bright prints and colors. Here are some of my favorites from their new collection:

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Milla sports bra – Usually I’m opposed to padding in sports bras (due to the smaller nature of my chest). However, this padding is very light and minimal, and provides a nice shape, that you can wear with or without a shirt over.

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Dahlia tank – this tank is super lightweight and I love the unique “turkish tile” color.

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Aquarius Pants – I’ve been wanting a pair of leggings with mesh cut-outs because you can easily dress these up and wear these out during the fall. Just throw on a pair of boots and a sweater and you’re set.

These pieces are trendy, making them very versatile and gym-to-street friendly. But not only do they have unique styles, they’re comfortable too!  Use promo code “dailycupofcozy” for 25% off your order!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I received a complimentary outfit for my review. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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On Saturday afternoon, I attended the Practice of Leadership panel at the Yoga Journal LIVE! Conference in San Diego. The Practice of Leadership is an ongoing discussion, first originating at the Yoga Journal LIVE! NYC conference. That session had an emphasis on social responsibility and corporate leadership while Saturday’s session was primarily on body image in current yoga culture.

The panel was made up a variety of speakers, creating a dialogue between Yoga Journal, Lululemon and the community.

The first question of the day set the intention for the rest of the discussion: “what is body image?” Body image was defined as not our actual bodies, but rather a psychological blueprint, an image we’ve conjured up about ourselves based on experiences we’ve had. Our bodies are reality, whereas body image is subjective.

A particular ideal that is perpetuated by yoga culture is the image of a “healthy body”: the skinny, flexible caucasian woman. This is what we are taught “health looks like.” But you can be healthy (active, happy, free of disease) without fitting this ideal image of “health.”

We’re constantly being pressed with certain ideals (namely the tiny, chiseled athletic woman who stands as the definition of health), whether its through magazines, tv, advertising, apparel, social media (primarily Instagram).

This discussion reminded me of a post I had written earlier this year in January titled, “Letting Everything Go on The Mat,” where I talked about negative thoughts and self-loathing that entered my mind while on the yoga mat.

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For the longest time, one of my goals was to “do yoga in a sports bra,” meaning being skinny enough that yoga bends and forward folds wouldn’t cause unsightly stomach rolls. I’ve also been guilty of having thoughts like, maybe if I do 30 consecutive days of yoga, I’ll look like a “yogi.” Maybe if I only focus on yoga (instead of other activities), I’ll look like a “yogi.”

However, even in the months since this was written, I’ve come a long way in loving my body. Even though I exercise and eat clean, I’m striving for positive change and improvements, rather than hating my body.

I used to think people were lucky if they didn’t carry an ounce of body issues. However, I’ve realized everyone has body image issues, they’re just formed in a variety of ways. I’ve learned over time that everyone is so involved with themselves — what they look like, what others think they look like — that they hardly place judgement on other people. They’re too busy placing judgement on themselves to be judging you.

So breathe. Relax. Be active. Be happy. And be your own kind of healthy.

What are your thoughts on body image and what’s perpetuated by yoga culture?

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If you’re in the market for some new, stylish and flattering summer activewear, look no further than the “Daily Practice Collection” from lucy activewear.  These pieces provide a look good, feel good attitude, and are perfect for inspiring your daily practice.  I have tried and tested both the Daily Practice Cami and Capri Leggings for multiple workouts and they pass my approval for both yoga (sculpt) and running.

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First up, the Daily Practice Cami.  My go-to tank for both yoga and running is anything with a built-in bra.  It makes life so much easier, plus it makes for one less thing you have to pack/put on.  I love the double-strap look in the front and the thicker adjustable straps in the back.  Plus they’re convertible so you can make it a cross-back tank if you’d like.

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Next, the Daily Practice Capri Legging.  Good fitting leggings are a serious thing!  It’s important (especially for yoga) to have a pair that are not too low-rise.  You need something that will move with you that you won’t have to stop and adjust (goes for running too).  These fit amazing and comfortably snug in all of the right places!

If you’re looking for an alternative workout brand, I recommend trying lucy activewear.  They have some unique pieces, and their designs are fully functional for all workout levels.

What workout wear are you currently coveting for this upcoming summer season?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I received complimentary lucy activewear for my review. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The weekend’s almost over and I’m far from renewed and ready for the week to start…I’m EXHAUSTED.  If somebody offered me a 100% rest day, with the stipulation that I would have to stay in bed all day, I’d probably take it (even though that would normally drive me insane).  But my bed is reaaaally comfortable now that I have my fluffy comforter back on (fresh from the dry-cleaners) and Piper has refrained from peeing on it again (and again, thank god).  Please see below for notable pictures from the past week as I take a nap (at 8pm) while my cauliflower roasts.

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Boxed-lunch with a view

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At the El Agave Del Mar Restaurant & Tequileria Grand Opening party

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Trying to find/make a copycat recipe for these

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Wearing the same lip color as Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue, haaay (P.S. all of her makeup was Clinique)

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I feel like this should be an ad for something. So playful, lolz

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 Today’s food prep, similar to last week with some modifications

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Yoga sculpt
Mon – Yoga sculpt + 6 miles
Tue – 5.25 miles w/ Piper
Wed – 6 miles w/Piper + yoga sculpt
Thu – Yoga power hour
Fri – 6.25 miles
Sat – 12 miles
Total Weekly Mileage: 35.5 miles
Total Miles with Piper: 17.5 miles
Hours cross-training: 4 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 458.85 miles

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My lifestyle and routine is always a work in progress, but some things I do because they give me an extra boost of beautiful confidence. A look into my daily routine would include:

  1. Morning run – gets me going for the day and makes me feel good knowing I did something for myself before the day’s even started.
  2. Hot cup of coffee – warms me from the inside out and makes me feel happy.
  3. Nourishing food – eating clean, healthy, and nutrient-dense food ensures that I’m giving my body the care it needs for all the work it puts out.
  4. Walks during work – sunshine, scenery, and ocean breezes break up the day.
  5. Yoga Sculpt – provides a good sweat, subtly tones my muscles, and refreshes my mind and body.
  6. Fat Girl Six Pack by Bliss – gives my tummy a tingle while it tones and tightens with 6 natural ingredients. This helps to supplement the benefits of exercise and healthy diet.

What’s one thing you do daily that gives you a boost of confidence?

Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Bliss, however, as always, all thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.

The only way to describe this past week was FAST.  And shocking.  On  Thursday I witnessed my first ever bike accident.  I was driving, on my way to yoga, when I noticed traffic slow to a stop but I couldn’t figure out why.  Everyone began moving into one lane, and as I moved over before moving back into the turn lane, I realized an elderly man had been knocked off his bike.  He laid there, in the middle of the street, still, with his bike to one side and his tennis balls splayed all over the place.  His wasn’t wearing a helmet and his head was visibly bleeding.  It probably took 5 more minutes before medical attention arrived.  The whole incident was so surreal.  So rule of thumb: 1. wear a helmet. 2. whether you’re running, walking, or just crossing the street, never assume cars see you!

On a lighter note, my extremities are now ready for spring:

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I received my POPSUGAR Select Fitness welcome gift in the mail:

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My dad and brother got into town and we enjoyed some of Encinitas’ finest:

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And somewhere it was dessert o’thirty:

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I wore my shoes to the beach:

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And sipped on a Peacha-Colada Smoothie from the Lotus Cafe while watching the sunset:

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And now I’m off to attend Andy’s first Fitness Fiesta this morning!

Also, the winner of the Clearly Kombucha giveaway is Aimee N for leaving a blog comment.  Please email me at dailycup.asheejojo@gmail.com! [edit: The second winner is Ashley H for subscribing to Daily Cup of Asheejojo!  Sorry, I forgot there were 2 winners, please email me too!]

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – The Encinitas Mile (1 mi)
Mon – Yoga Sculpt+ 4 mi easy (w/4 hill repeats)
Tues – 6 mi easy (4 mi treadmill + 2 mi outside)
Wed – Yoga Sculpt + 9 mi speed workout
Thurs – 6 mi easy + Yoga Power Hour
Fri – Rest
Sat – 12 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 38 miles
Hours cross-training: 3 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 362.35 miles

Today I’m introducing Stefanie, my Fit Chick for February!

Stefanie is a So-Cal native (also a UCSD grad) currently living and attending med-school in Chicago.  She is one of those people that I always see pop up on my Facebook feed, completing another race, another distance.  Just recently I saw she just signed up for her first 50-miler!  I’m so excited to follow along and see how her training goes.

Last year Stefanie and her boyfriend set a goal to run 13 races in 2013 (half marathon distance and up only).  This proved to be a lot harder than they thought as they were entering their 3rd year of medical school!  To date she has run 16-half marathons, 2-full marathons, 1-50K, and the 50 miler is coming September 2014!

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Introduce yourself: Hi! I’m Stefanie, avid runner/yogi/gym rat. I am currently wrapping up my 3rd year of medical school in Chicago, where I’m training to be a surgeon (hopefully specializing in athletes).

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How/when did you first get into running? I first got into running when I was about 10 years old. I grew up practicing ballet, jazz, and modern dance – then cheerleading in high school and into college. As girly as all those sound, I looked up to my dad, an all-American collegiate basketball, soccer, and track star, so incredibly much. He had been running every day since I can remember growing up, and I started throwing on my sneakers and going with him. He has also been running a consistent 7 minute/mile pace on literally any type of terrain from then until now…talk about inspiring!  (her dad is in the blue RnR singlet above)

Weekly workout schedule? My weekly workout schedule lately has been varying a lot due to crazy hours at the hospital, but my New Year’s resolution for 2014 was to keep things consistent even when exhausted 😉 I like starting Mondays off strong with either speedwork (400 m sprints) or a fast 5K followed by strength training. Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday I will combine 4-8 mile runs depending on what I’m training for, with strength training and yoga. I like to rest 2 days out of the week to avoid injury, and these normally seem to fall on Fridays and Sundays. I like to get my long run (depending on the season these are anywhere from a 10-20 mile run) in on Saturdays in case there’s inclement weather or another running SNAFU, I get a 2nd chance on Sunday :) Strength training consists of whole body work-outs, usually grouping shoulders/chest/arms and legs/abs/back using weights and machines.

Favorite workout at the moment? I never thought I’d say this because I normally loathe the treadmill (but unfortunately it’s essential in the nasty winter state of the Midwest right now), but lately I have been loving a 45 minute Alpine Hill work-out on the ‘mill while watching the winter Olympics…followed by a 15 minute core yoga sequence :)

What’s your favorite go-to healthy meal? I love sauteeing frozen wild salmon burgers in garlic and Cajun spices, then chopping them up and throwing them into a frozen quinoa mix that contains kale, tomatoes, and low-fat mozzarella. 10 minutes tops!

Favorite indulgence? I just can’t say no to a really good burger after a long run :)

When I wake up I…drink organic juice and do a few sun salutations.

What are your goals for this year? My goals for this year are to run a full marathon in under 4 hours and get closer to that 3:35 Boston qualifying time, run a 1:45 half marathon, and to finish the North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin 50 Miler strong and healthy.

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How do you decide which races to run each year? I am usually pretty tied down to a certain area due to school with limited chances to travel, but I am always looking ahead for unique, local races that fit within my busy schedule. For instance, my boyfriend and I happened to have a Monday off from school so we decided to drive out to Indianapolis for the Indy 500 half marathon where part of the course was a lap around the famed race track. On a smaller scale, we fit in a local half marathon in Ft Worth, TX while visiting his family, and actually ended up snagging 1st places in our categories. The moral of the story is, wherever you go…find a race to run :)

What’s your biggest struggle in living a healthy lifestyle? My biggest struggle in living a healthy lifestyle is fighting the temptation to relax on the couch with Netflix (and goldfish or some other less than ideal snack) after being on my feet all day in the OR.

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Best tip for leading a healthy lifestyle? It takes a lot of time, energy, and planning to lead a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are often time-crunched. But whenever I’m feeling lazy, I remind myself of how amazing I feel after a run, workout, or even after a healthy vs. junky meal or I stare at my goals for 2014 that I have strategically placed on my refrigerator for motivation. I try to conquer all negative thoughts, whether it be about fitness or life, because it’s astonishing how much you can accomplish just by being positive.

Last night I went to my first yoga class in a long time.  I’ll usually go during taper week and then remember how great it feels, go more frequently for the following month, and then kind of stop.  The “sometimes yogi,” yeah that’s me.

With yoga, you’re supposed to clear your mind, leave everything at the mat.  Your focus should be entirely on your breath, and any thoughts that enter your head, any concerns, you should acknowledge them and let them go.  Except that’s the problem for me.  Being quiet in a room only welcomes more thoughts.  All I want to do is think.  And sometimes these thoughts include self-loathing and personal disgust.

Thoughts like “I shouldn’t be wearing spandex,” “I should be skinnier before I come back to yoga,” “I look voluptuous (in a negative way),” “how are these girls so trim?” Basically it can turn into one hour of a personal roast.  But by the end, I’ve usually sweated it all out, including negative feelings and just decide next time I’ll really try on letting everything go.

Last night was the first time I went to a class and felt proud, from start to finish.  For one, I looked super cute in my printed leggings.  And two, I was able to hold poses I never thought I’d be able to (half moon, anyone?).  Is it possible to be stronger and have a better practice after not going for 4 months?  It made me realize that I’ve become strong in other ways that have helped me to hold poses and reduce shaking.  I’ve developed upper body strength through my once-a-week personal training sessions where we’ve just been focusing on upper body (to save my legs).  And my legs have just become stronger through increased mileage, structured workouts and challenging runs.  It actually made me grateful for just being able to make it on my mat (cliche?)

I haven’t really touched on body image/issues on here, but I think it’s something more people often than not deal with (including me).

Other articles of interest:
Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy

Originally, I was going to do a post on “winter running essentials,” but due to this weird California chill, I have zero clean clothes and double the laundry from having to wear double layers of everything.  Hence my inability to provide pictures to support my post.  And instead of creating a gift guide of what you should buy others (e.g. the fitness enthusiast, the runner, the yogi), I thought I’d just put it out there, all of the fitness related items on my wish list…which makes up about 98% of it.  This was highly curated because it took a lot of will power to create a list and not buy everything on the spot because “I want it now.”

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Mizuno Wave Rider 17 // Spiritual Gangster Beanie // The North Face Venture Jacket // Lululemon Open Your Heart Long Sleeve // The North Face Aconcagua Vest // Lululemon Pure Balance Sweater // Nike Vapor Running Jacket

Also note, after one torrential downpour this past weekend, a windbreaker, rain jacket and puffer vest all seemingly made the list.

The other night my yoga instructor read part of this sentiment and I wanted to share it.  We often don’t think of negatives as something to be thankful for; we primarily associate being thankful with positives.  This quote should shift your perspective about “being thankful,” at all moments in life, both good and bad.

The three verses I think would be good mantras are:

“Be thankful for the difficult times.  During those times you grow.”

“Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.”

“Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.”

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Be Thankful
(Author Unknown)

Thanks for not having
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Thanks for lacking knowledge
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Thanks for difficult times
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Thanks for limitations
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Thanks for challenges
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Thanks for mistakes made
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Thanks for exhaustion
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made the effort.

Thanks for setbacks
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Thanks for troubles
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

 
 
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