10.24.2014

MMRF Team for Cures Bike-a-thon

MMRF Team for Cures Fundraiser ideas

A big thank you to Sporting Club Bellevue for their support with my first charity event for the Multiple Myeloma Team for Cures. The charity spin class and Bike-a-thon took place Sunday and Monday. It was a blast although I can’t remember the last time I was as exhausted as I was on Tuesday! While I was on the bike a client went into labor so straight from the 5 hour bike-a-thon off I went to the hospital. Twenty-seven hours later my head hit the pillow for a few hours before heading back to Sporting Club for the BELONG launch party.  I’m not even sure how it was possible to host the bike-a-thon and attend a successful VBAC birth all within 24 hours but I’m thankful it all happened. Thank you to all who supported the event and donated to MMRF.  And welcome to the world, beautiful baby Penny!

 

10.22.2014

Chicory root tea

health benefits of chicory root tea

image by Kei Kurimoto

I’ve recently discovered an ayurvedic cafe in Philadelphia that I adore. I tried Kitchari, Ghee and Chicory root tea at Down Dog Healing Cafe last week and now I’m hooked on all three. As I sit here sipping chicory root tea with breakfast I thought I’d share more about my delicious new tea.

What is Chicory? Chicory is a root that is roasted and steeped as a tea. Chicory is dark and has a similar bitterness and boldness as coffee, with hints of tea on the end—the closest flavor to coffee I have found and to me tastes like coffee with a hint of nature in it. If you’re looking for a coffee alternative it’s a lot like coffee, but it’s not coffee.  

Health benefits? From what I read it appears chicory root supports digestion, liver support, contains inulin for beneficial digestive flora (probiotics), may boost immunity, full of antioxidants, reduces inflammation, it’s antibacterial and antifungal, may reduce heart rate and has been used use in the treatment of tachycardia, arrhythmia and fibrillation.

I love my chicory root tea with a splash of almond milk, coconut milk, or cream. For a richer treat sometimes I add a half teaspoon of ghee to it.  The owner of Downdog Healing cafe shares more about chicory root tea and it’s history in her article Roasted Root.

10.22.2014

Fitness Trends Over the Decades

Fitness trends over the decade Sporting Club BellevueFitness trends over the decade

BELONG Sporting Club Bellevue 

10.19.2014

Special Thanks MMRF Charity Ride & MYZONE

Ironman Lake Placid MMRF Team for Cures events

Huge thank you to the Sporting Club Bellevue and instructor Robby “The Spin Dr” for hosting the first MMRF Team for Cures Ironman Lake Placid 2015 charity event with me to support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. 

This morning’s Charity Spin Class kicked off a two day event to raise awareness and funds for the research and development of a cure for cancer. Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. I will race the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid on the MMRF Team for Cures and will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles and raise at least $5,000 for the MMRF. I’ve shared more about the MMRF and my goals ahead here. A BIG thank you to each and every person who took time out of their Sunday morning to ride with us and donated to this cause that is so dear to my heart. Your support means so much to me. Thank you for letting me share a little piece of my story and the story of many faced with the challenges of MM. If you were unable to join us I hope to see you at upcoming MMRF Events to support the cause. Donations go direct to the MMRF and your donation is tax-deductible.

MYZONE reviews

And finally a huge thank you to MYZONE, who has kindly donated a MYZONE device to our raffle for our all-day cycling charity event tomorrow at the Sporting Club Bellevue. My chest strap and monitoring system keeps me motivated throughout rides and workouts. I’m aware of how hard (or not hard) I’m working and it’s awesome motivation. MYZONE transmits heart rate, calories and effort in real time to a live display and uploads data to a logbook accessed online or through the free app. MYZONE monitors display your effort levels live in real timewhen used in a class or it stores your effort levels in the memory of the belt when you’re working out independently. It is the only exercise tracking system that provides real-time feedback of exercise intensity. The device also offers a social and group ‘game’ based features to encourage friends to be active more together.

Hope to see some of you tomorrow as the charity event continues! I will ride 100 miles and there will be spin bikes on each side if you’d like to join me.  Stop by for a ride or just to keep me company. There will be raffles to win a MYZONE, and gift certificates from Tria Wine Bar, Down Dog Healing Cafe, Advocare, yoga and more!

10.17.2014

Considering Ironman Maryland 2015? Letter from a reader

Ironman Maryland 2015

I still get goosebumps every time I receive an email like the one from Robert today.  My blog is an online journal for me and it’s just one of the reasons I love to blog. It’s a place to track my yoga studies, triathlon training and races, progress and experiences. After racing Ironman Maryland I took a look back at Ironman Los Cabos and chuckled reading my thoughts from the day I signed up for my first Ironman. It’s awesome to be able to look back, learn, and grow through my experiences. But then there’s something else. Perhaps it’s something even bigger. I realize as I continue to grow that I’m reaching more and more people out there. To be able to share my journey through yoga, fitness, health and wellness is truly meaningful to me.  To be able to learn from followers is also pretty amazing. Thank you all for encouraging me to continue. You make Yoga Peach that much more worth it. xoxo Keli

Subject: Thank You

Message Body:
Aloha Keli:

Thank you for taking the time to write a race recap for Ironman Maryland. I have a group of friends that have signed up for the 2015 race and I’m contemplating signing up as well. In 2015 I am scheduled to race the New Orleans 70.3 in April and possibly Lake Stevens in August. I haven’t done a full Ironman YET, but want to do so in 2015. Anyway, I read your report and appreciate all your tips and you sharing your experiences. After reading your blog I immediately opened my book “Your Best Triathlon” by Joe Friel and started developing a solid plan to be successful. In addition, my anxiety went through the roof with your experience in the water. YIKES!

You taking the time to write has probably helped a lot of people all over the world; I’m writing you from Kauai, HI.

Thanks again and good luck to you in 2015.

Robert.

Dear Robert,

You made me smile and brought more joy to my day than you know. I’m happy you introduced yourself. How did you happen to stumble across my blog? We all have a different reason and story for why we challenge ourselves to an Ironman. I would love to hear the driving force behind your curiosity and determination to perhaps cross the Ironman Maryland 2015 finish line. Most people who consider Ironman find some sort of anxiety or fear when looking at everything they will face over the course of 140.6 miles. Just this morning I posted THIS and want to share it with you. I truly hope if Ironman is something important to you that you push that CONFIRM REGISTRATION button and begin the special Ironman journey. Thank you again for your kind words.  I am so excited that reading my race report inspired you to dive into your triathlon book and start your plan to succeed. This makes blogging that much more worth it when readers like yourself take the time to reach out. Best wishes at New Orleans 70.3 and in your journey ahead.

Keli

p.s. Hope you reach out again when you hit that button for IMMD 2015! p.s.s. See you at IMMD 2015… I’ll be there at teaching yoga and volunteering. And who knows… I just may be racing!

 

10.15.2014

Anjali Gratitude Project Class to support Multiple Myeloma

Ironman Lake Placid Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Come join us next Saturday at Anjali Power Yoga Philly for an all levels power yoga class taught by my dear friend and instructor Alain to support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Class is by donation and all proceeds from class go directly to support the research and development of a cure for cancer.

If you are unable to join us you are still welcome to make a tax-deductible donation. Every amount helps. Thank you for your consideration.

10.11.2014

MMRF Ironman Charity Race at Sporting Club Bellevue

Ironman Lake Placid Multiple Myeloma

Hope to see some of you at the Sporting Club Bellevue on Sunday, October 19 and Monday, October 20 at the first event to support the Multiple Myeloma Team for Cures.  Non-members are invited too so please come out, check out the Sporting Club and support the MMRF.

Sunday, October 19 Robby is leading a 75 minute spin class. Robby is one of Philadelphia’s greatest instructors and has hugely influenced my Ironman training. If you haven’t taken a spin class with him this is a great chance to check him out.

Monday, October 20 Join me on a spin bike while I ride 100 miles on my bike between noon and 7:00pm. Workout with me, keep me company, and learn about yoga, triathlon, Ironman and the MMRF.

The goal of the Ironman Charity Race? I will be participating in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 26, 2015 on the Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.  Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. My commitment is to increase awareness and raise at least $5,000 for the MMRF.  Learn more about the MMRF and my goals ahead here.   

If you’re unable to join us and would like to donate to the MMRF, your donation is tax-deductible and will go directly toward the research and development of a cure for cancer. I appreciate your consideration and support. I am really looking forward to being part of the team for MMRF 2015 Ironman Lake Placid.

10.9.2014

Crybaby

yoga teacher training

Congrats to one of my favorite people who signed up for yoga teacher training 200 RYT tonight. What an amazing experience ahead of you. So happy for you.

I’m having a flashback of my first day of yoga teacher training now. Trainings were 8 hours a day so I’ll just share a highlight.  The short version of day 1 went like this…  Five seconds after meeting my first yoga partner I was instructed to lead her through Integration. Balasana…Adho Mukha Svanasana…Uttanasana.  I was shocked that I was asked to instruct a yoga sequence right from the get-go although now it makes sense. I looked down at her in child’s pose with her forehead pressed against the mat, her arms extended long, and I don’t think any instructions came out of my mouth before I ran to the bathroom and CRIED! Yes, I was teary eyed and my heart was beating faster than ever. I wasn’t sure that first day that I could ever teach yoga. Makes me laugh now thinking back to that experience. Now? It’s one of my passions. I want to continue progressing as a yoga practitioner and instructor.  That’s one of the beautiful things about yoga. You never master it. Not as a student and not as an instructor. There’s always more to learn, ways to deepen your practice, and you’re always developing as an instructor.  Just two weeks ago I was dreaming about what certification I’d like to dive into next.  Maybe another yoga teacher training will happen sooner than I expected. Hmmmmm….. Tempting. Thanks to my friend for inspiring me tonight. I can’t wait to hear about your journey ahead.

10.8.2014

Fear

Fear.   It’s one of the most powerful factors that holds us back and can also drive us to achieve our full potential. Fear is a feeling, not a fact. It’s just an illusion that doesn’t exist. We create most of it.  It’s all in the mind.  We often experience it as a result of our past, the unknown future, and our current thoughts and emotions. Work on the inside and the outside will fall into place.

Fears are completely normal. We all have them at one time or another. They’ve come up for me at times recently. Yep, they have. They can sometimes be a good thing when we acknowledge them and chose to use them as a vehicle to get to where we want to be. When our barriers are up because of our fears, however, that is when our lives become limited.

We often use our fears to protect us from something. So what is it that we are afraid of? Being wrong? Failure? Rejection? Being hurt? Being judged? Starting a new hobby?  A career change?  Taking steps to improve our health? Making new friends? Commitment?  Being taken advantage of?  Are we afraid of taking the steps that could lead us to something completely incredible? What could we learn by moving through fear even if things do not go as we hope for? What are our fears holding us back from?

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” Know this. Rather than allowing your fears decide your future allow your dreams and goals be bigger than your fears. Make your actions larger than your fears. The road we travel may be a bit scary at times. We can allow our past experiences and current fears to work their way into our future or we have the choice to learn from them and steer ourselves around the fears and uncertainties as they arise. It’s okay to be afraid. Take a look at your fears though and work up the courage to see what’s just beyond the door in front of you. Walk through it.  Keep walking….

Happiness and love to all,

Keli

You never know which door leads towards your dreams until you have the courage to walk through it… Lillian Vernon

let go of fear

10.7.2014

Ironman Lake Placid 2015 Multiple Myeloma Team for Cures

Ironman Lake Placid Multiple Myeloma

MMRF 2015 Ironman Lake Placid Team for Cures

I am so excited to continue another year of triathlon and my journey though Ironman.  I am grateful for all of the support and encouragement I’ve received over my first year and hope you’ll continue to share this experience with me. My goals in the upcoming year are incredibly important and special to me.

I will be participating in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 26, 2015 on the Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. As I watched friends and athletes cross the finish line over the final hours of Ironman Lake Placid 2014 I felt incredibly inspired and realized that Ironman Maryland was not going to be my second and last Ironman after all. It occurred to me while volunteering and supporting friends that I am eager to keep learning, growing, setting new goals, and I want to pursue my Ironman passion for something larger than myself. I look forward to taking the next step to continue something I have fallen in love with to make a difference. While I was at Ironman Lake Placid this summer I learned that the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is the official IMLP charity partner. I knew that day that I wanted to race with the MMRF Team for Cures 2015.

One of my family members lives with Multiple Myeloma and I will race with the MMRF team for her and everyone who is faced with the challenges of MM. Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. While there is no cure, great progress is being made. My commitment is to increase awareness and raise at least $5,000 for the MMRF.

The goals ahead of me? Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles and raise at least $5,000 for the MMRF. Training and fundraising for this event is a challenge, but I know it is nothing compared to the challenges faced by those who live with Multiple Myeloma.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming events I am working on to support the Multiple Myeloma Team for Cures. I will teach donation yoga classes and organize a number of exciting fundraising events. I am grateful for the support of the Sporting Club Bellevue who will hold my first events with me on October 19 and 20, 2014. All fundraising and event ideas are greatly appreciated so please contact me with your suggestions. I am so incredibly excited to be part of the MMRF team and to have the opportunity to make a difference with Multiple Myeloma. I appreciate all of the support and encouragement that I’ve received throughout my triathlon and yoga journey and hope you’ll follow along and help support MMRF 2015 Ironman Lake Placid Team for Cures. You may follow my training and fundraising progress on my blog and on facebook.  

Thank you for your support. Love, Keli

 

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