Hot & Sweaty

I have recently started a Hot Yoga practice. Six years ago, I started my practice in a yoga studio to meet people and get out of the house. After going to the same studio for about one year, I started working full-time and I found it difficult to incorporate my yoga practice into my daily routine. At the time, I was working with a business coach (since I wanted to get my biz started); she recommended that I get a DVD set and do yoga at home. What a fabulous idea – I thought! In the comfort in of my living room, anytime I wanted, I did yoga. Yet, one thing was missing…. The people and the connection.

After a quiet meditation in Shavasana pose, I realized that I missed the energy in the room of people with a common goal. One month ago, my friend invited me to her yoga class and I knew it was time to return to a studio. I bought the special they offered (not knowing it was Hot Yoga) and I was committed to 20 classes. When I walked into the studio, it felt like a sauna. Turning to my friend, I gasped and exclaimed: “This is Hot Yoga?!” Her reply: “Oh yeah, didn’t I tell you?”, laughing.

What I discovered in a span of 90 minutes is that I loved and hated Hot Yoga! It is definitely very different from any other yoga that I have practiced. Since I was well versed in many of the positions and quick flexible, I found the poses, relatively easy. Add to the mix, the heat, holding, sweating, cursing under your breath, the love/hate relationship, the sweat dripping in your eyes, the breathing and you’re golden! I have also found that over time, each pose got easier, my body moved in ways I didn’t realize it would and to always be gentle with yourself. Your body will tell you when it is ready to make its move into the full pose.

I challenge or shall I say, invite you to change up your routine – just a bit. Whatever it is that you do to keep your body, mind and soul healthy, challenge yourself to the next level.

Today, I am on day 8 of 20 and today, I love my Hot Yoga teacher!

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The Last 10 Pounds

Shedding the last 10 pounds can be dreadful! Here are 3 great tips and tools to eliminating those last few pounds and how to not obsess about your weight.

#1 – Lose the scale, hide it, smash it, get rid of it! This may seem counter-intuitive yet believe me it works. When you are not weighing yourself each day, you tend to focus on other items rather than your weight. Sub-consciously if you are jumping on the scale every day, every week, you are obsessing on losing the weight thus making it almost impossible to shed it. Occupy your thoughts with eating well, exercising, and positive affirmations such as: “I am healthy, I am active, I am in great, optimal health”. You will soon find that as your health improves, your whole life improves including your gut instincts, your Voodoo power. Let your clothes be the judge. If your favourite jeans fit you, then you’re golden! If your dress pants are too tight, then shed a few pounds.

#2 – Exercise at least three to five times a week and mix it up! Exercise has so many benefits to creating a better you. It has been proven to can reduce cancers such as colon by 30-50% regardless of your genetic make up. By mixing up your exercise routine, you tend to not get bored and you stay motivated to exercise on. Try strength training to increase muscle mass; aerobic type of exercise such as jogging, cycling, tennis, or walking to increase your cardiovascular health; and incorporate flexibility in the form of yoga or Pilates to reduce injuries. Allow your Voodoo power to guide you on the type of exercise your body needs for that day or week. Also remember, to Not beat yourself up if one week you didn’t reach your exercise goal. The key is to remain as consistent as possible and forgiving when necessary. So go put on your track gear and run your little heart out.

#3 – Eat your fruit and veggies, even the kale and brussel sprouts! On average, you should be eating 7-13 servings a day of a rainbow of colours of fruits and veggies. I am certain that you are not. If you are an athlete, those portions increase to 16-18 servings a day, every single day! How many of you are eating all of those fruit and veggies? I know for myself as a vegetarian, I even find it a challenge to eat those servings every day. Plant based nutrition has been proven to reduce oxidative stress that cause major chronic diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer, arthritis and the list goes on. An average of 8+ fruit and veggies a day will lower your chances of having a heart attack by 22% so why not grab that apple rather than a donut. I invite you to allow your gut (figuratively and intuitively) to guide your food choices in order to help you shed those dreaded last pounds.

Bottom line boys, exercise combined with a diet rich in plant based nutrition found in fruit and veggies are key to successfully remaining in optimal, whole health. Live on and Juice+!

Check out this short video from Dr. David Phillips who speaks on the benefits of incorporating fruit and veggies in your diet to improve your performance.
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What is Your Superpower?

What is your Superpower? Do you have a bit of Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man or Wolverine in you? Have you ever wondered how you can flex your intuitive muscle? Many of you have different types of superpowers yet have you ever thought of your intuition as one? All of these superheros have an intuitive muscle they use all the time. Intuition doesn’t only belong to women – so guys, flex those muscles and discover your inner Superhero Icon! In the Best Selling book: “Voodoo Shit for Men, Flex Your Intuitive Muscle”, or by working one-on-one with Michèle, you can easily discover what is yours.

Through clients’ stories, my three sons’ perspective and my husband’s transformation, I have been able to develop a language in which you, the men can understand intuition and how it can work to your advantage in your business and personal life. By using Superhero analogies and a toolbox, I have explained how your gut instincts work, how you receive your guidance through your spidey-senses, your inner Voodoo power. There are four (4) major “clairs” that I term in which your intuition communicates to you each and every day.

Some of you may doubt the information that you are gathering and I don’t doubt that you will doubt. Have no fear; I provide tips, tools and exercises that can be integrated into your daily life so you can fine-tune those intuitive muscles. The book “Voodoo Shit for Men” or a private session with Michèle, is your gym! Refer to it often, re-read certain chapters, use the journal notes to your advantage and most important try every exercise.

Please join me in a four (4) month commitment in the “Flex Gym” so you can discover your Superpower today that will influence and change your live forever! Book your session today by emailing me at voodooshitformen@gmail.com and receive a free copy of the Best Selling book, “Voodoo Shit for Men, Flex Your Intuitive Muscle.”

#superpower, #superhero, #intuition, #gutinstincts, #bestsellingbook, #goalsetting2015, #resolutions2015, #flexit, #VSFM

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To Eat or Not to Eat

Ever notice how many athletes have eating disorders? No, you wouldn’t. We, the general public only see what the athlete endorses or how the athlete fairs in their sport.

I recently watched a documentary where bodybuilders were subjected to eating an enormous amount of food during competitions. I was not surprised to hear most of the athletes state that they often “crashed” after the competition. One of the bodybuilders saw on a daily basis a chiropractor that advised him to reduce his food intact, especially all the meat protein he was eating. The bodybuilder did not take his professional advice and was fighting a cold and had a lack of energy during his long hours training. His chiropractor stated that the human body was not built to be subjected neither to huge amounts of food or to the abuse of building the muscles that large. This particular athlete also suffered from major anger outburst, extreme stress, lack of sleep and depression.

What I noticed was the athlete lacked plant based foods, fruits and vegetables in his diet causing much an imbalance in his diet and in his body. I felt that this athlete was definitely NOT flexing his one and only important muscle – his gut! He did not trust his own intuitive muscle because of what he thought he should eat or what his trainer told him he should eat. Many athletes are in the same situation – eating what their coaches say they should, rather than flexing their own intuitive muscle, listening to their bionic ear and paying attention to the signs their body is desperately sending them. In the end, they may win in their field yet they have lost in winning for themselves.

I recently met an amazing athlete named Dr. David Phillips. He was an All-American swimmer who competed individually in national and international triathlons. He also practiced as an emergency physician before focusing on sports medicine. During his lecture geared to athletes, Dr. Phillips emphasizes how important it is to maintain a proper well-balanced diet including plant based foods, fruits, vegetables and protein. He found that when he was competing and ate what his trainers told him he should, he often suffered injuries or colds. Once Dr. Phillips decided to start to follow his gut instincts and really pay attention to what his body craved, he no longer sustained the same injuries, nor did he become sick during training or after his triathlons.

We are all faced with many pressures from the outside world, whether it is our coaches, trainers, colleagues, or fellow athletes. What I encourage you to do is to flex your most important muscle and to feed it well – your gut – figuratively and physically. Once you do, you will notice that your body will reward you with the strength you need to compete well, the motivation to stay on track (pun intended), your injuries will be reduced, your stress level will be lessened, you will feel happier, you will have a positive attitude and you will be better equipped to deal with your wins!

For information on including more plant based foods, fruits and veggies in your diet or to learn to flex your intuitive muscle during your training, please connect with me at http://msomerville.canada.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en_ca.html#.VJYNbAFB1A

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Women of Influence Speaker Series

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Come join us for an evening of inspiration, networking, fun and books. Julie Salisbury, CEO and founder of Influence Publishing will MC the event. #inspiration #womenrule #networking #fun #books #menruletoo #influence #VSFM

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Do It With a #Hashtag À la Jimmy & Justin

The first time I heard the word #hashtag, I responded: “What, you mean number sign, right?” “No mom, I mean #hashtag!” replied my youngest son. So off to the computer I go to search this new word. These are some of my findings: found most often in blogging, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; acts as a search engine of some type where what you have “#hashtaged” will return and be linked to subject. In the world of Twitter, the #hashtag will appear in trending topics. In other settings, #hashtags can create humour, a buzz around a subject or express other meanings.

So in this day of advanced technology, my gut instincts are telling me to embrace this newfound word that has been entered in the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2014 due to its popularity. Like many of you my age or older, we are not quite certain exactly how to use this #hashtag. I have decided to start playing around with it and noticing what others are #hashtagging. Check your social media feeds from Facebook or Twitter and see what your friends are doing with their #hashtags. Click on a #hashtag and follow its trail. All trails lead to something to be discovered. Have fun with #hashtags, use them to express yourself and make up new ones.

I have found this wonderfully funny video to help you decipher the message behind the #hashtag, hope you enjoy it! #VSFM, #Voodoopower, #intuition, #gutinstincts, #technologyisfun, #toomany, #notenough, #rightisthecorrectamount, #what, #LOL, #jimmyfallon, #justintimberlake