Rebuilding My Temple #5: My Super Healthy (HOT) Roll Model


Ah, Monday. After a relatively uneventful weekend, I can at least say I conquered the Mount Everest of laundry that had taken over half our bedroom. I can also say that one of my new favorite shows is HGTV’s Love it or List It. We wrapped it up with wine and cigars with my family. It’s so great to finally have Major Dad home.

As much as Mondays tend to suck, I woke up this morning with a sort of rare resolve, ready to take on the week. And I have Jennifer Aniston to thank for it.

I can hear you going, “Wait…what?” I’ll explain.

In the middle of my laundry-marathon, I alternated between HGTV and other shows. Of course Friends can be found at any given time of day on one channel or another, and at one point I paused my channel-changing just to admire America’s Sweetheart. Sigh.

Jennifer Aniston. She is most certainly my “girl crush”, one of those rare women who can achieve adorable and sexy at the same time. There is just a natural, happy, sparkle about her. Her style is so simple, but elegant. Although she is a super star, there is something that comes across as really genuine to me. She’s just so classy. Ok, I'll stop talking like an article from Teen Bop now.

But let’s get down to brass tacks—when you think of Jen, what comes to mind? First, Friends-duh. Next, her rockin’ bod.
That does not look the body of someone over 40. Am I right? I mean, damn.

So what does she do exactly to get in such awesome shape? Such awesome shape, I must add, that she is going to be a stripper in her next movie roll? How the hell does she do it??

So I got on the ol’ Google to do a little sleuthing, and over and over again this word popped up: “Yogalosophy.”

Apparently it’s a combination of yoga and toning exercises, with some cardio. It’s also based on the philosophy-excuse me, Yogalosophy—that you need to “love your body to fitnessor something like that. There’s a book and everything, and Jen is a huge endorser.

So I thought to myself, there might be something to this Yogalosophy stuff, I mean, if it works for Jen. Is this the source of her happy aura, her perfectly toned physique that looks like it belongs to a 20-year-old?

While I’m not quite ready to drink the Kool-Aid, I can definitely get with the whole yoga/cardio strategy. I mentioned in a previous post how important it is for my Type-A personality to have a routine in order to stay motivated. Well, I’ve finally made one.

The gym offers Yoga of one sort or another pretty much every evening, and there are other classes too, like Zumba or Insanity. So I’ve decided I’m going to do cardio on Mon/Weds and Yoga on Tues/Thurs. LT. Hubs even said he would come with to Yoga—but there is no way I could get him to a Zumba class, which is what I plan on doing tonight. Pity.

I’m hoping that if I can keep this schedule up for a couple of weeks, I’ll start seeing some results, not on the scale, but in the mirror. That’s how it’s supposed to work…right?

Anyways, I think as we get older we forget it’s important to have role models, too. Even as adults there are individuals we admire that can give us something to aspire to. Now don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying Jen is like, the beacon of everything pure and good in the world. After all, nobody is perfect. What I AM saying is that by all accounts, she’s a gal who’s got it together and really does treat her body like a temple, which is my goal.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Jen: Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda’ falls into place.”

Amen, Sister.

Update: Zumba was a blasty blast, but totally kicked my ass.


Much love to ya,

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