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SHANNON'S JOURNEY: ESSENTIAL YOU 101 REDUX

Hello Solcana Community & Solcana Enthusiasts! It is my pleasure to bring to you Shannon's words and wisdom as she embarks on her second round of the Essential You 101!  This time with me, Emma, as the facilitator.  If you haven't yet read Shannon's story, I encourage you to pause, read it, and come back.  It's powerful and moving and one that I revisit when I'm needing a good dose of inspiration! Ok, you're back!  Thanks for being here.  Each week I will be opening up Solcana's blog to Shannon so that she can share her experience and insights to my unique approach to the Essential You 101 programming.  For the participants of this round, if they've done it before, some of the content is familiar and some will be new.  Read on to hear what Shannon thinks and feels about the EY 101 redux!  And stay tuned Essential You: Round Two! Some folks at Solcana know who I am.  I’ve been a member going on 2 years now!  A lot don’t, because unfortunately I haven’t been around much for the last 6 months or so (and have been on membership hiatus for the last 2).   My initial Solcana Story was actually re-shared on Facebook by Solcana recently, and it was really powerful for me to re-read.  It’s a story of growth, and strength, and empowerment. All things I haven’t really been feeling much of as of late. In addition to my normal chronic illness (which you can read about the in the first Solcana Story), I’ve been dealing with some other medical issues which culminated two weeks ago in me getting surgery.  I’m now on the recovery side of things and was looking for some support as I work towards moving forward in my wellness journey. Enter Essential You! I completed the Essential You program in its previous iteration roughly a year ago.  It was a phenomenal learning experience. So when the opportunity arose to try it again, I thought it would be perfect mechanism for pursuing my post-surgery wellness goals.  The program takes a look at food in a way that I had never encountered before. The current version is five weeks and includes an optional food challenge (where you can follow an elimination program to see how certain foods may be affecting your mind and body), as well as discussions of food and non-food related subjects like body awareness, blood sugar regulation, etc. For the first week, we spent some time exploring our goals and motivations for the program- an exercise I found incredibly illuminating!  So often nutrition and exercise programs are framed in terms of weight loss or body shape. This goal setting activity was so much more open ended.  While body composition changes could be a completely valid goal from a program like this, I don’t think a single one of the participants named it as a goal for them in this experience.  Instead, we had an incredibly interesting and powerful conversation around complex ideas like integration, control, self-compassion, data gathering, and so much more. We talked about wanting to create time to check in with ourselves.  About reconnecting with our bodies and our minds through food and connection with others. I feel incredibly grateful I get to share this experience with some super cool folks, and I can’t wait to share more with the Solcana readership as well.  Look for another update next week once I’m a few days into the challenge!

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TALKING TO MY MOM ABOUT DIETS

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TALKING TO MY MOM ABOUT DIETS By: Lauren Anderson “I lost 30 pounds!” My mom said excitedly. We had just sat down to lunch and I asked what was new. She was clearly proud, and excited about her progress. I was sorry I wasn't able to return her enthusiasm. Because I'm usually someone you can count on for enthusiastic support. At least that's what I aim for. But...


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SHANNON'S JOURNEY: ESSENTIAL YOU 101 REDUX

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Hello Solcana Community & Solcana Enthusiasts! It is my pleasure to bring to you Shannon's words and wisdom as she embarks on her second round of the Essential You 101!  This time with me, Emma, as the facilitator.  If you haven't yet read Shannon's story, I encourage you to pause, read it, and come back.  It's powerful and moving and one that I revisit when I'm...


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TAXES AND TOKENS

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TAXES AND TOKENS By: Lauren Anderson True to form, I waited until last minute to do my taxes. Because DUH. I hate it. And one of the *perks* of being an actor is you almost never get a satisfying tax return because you're paid mostly in 1099s. Which means not only do I have to force myself to get receipts in order and do paperwork (shudder), I also usually...


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THE BIRTHDAY WORKOUT

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THE BIRTHDAY WORKOUT By: Lauren Anderson So this last weekend was my birthday. And I am happy to report, I had a wonderful day! I am so grateful for all the people that went out of their way to show me some love. I was beyond the moon and beyond the stars-- all day! Which is EXTRA lucky, cause I grew up in a household that unabashedly celebrates...


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Whole Person Essential You

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My dear community! Hello!   Emma (and Puff) checking in today to let you know about some updates I’ve made to the Essential You programming.  The pre-existing programming is phenomenal and spoke to Lucia’s incredible knowledge and experience. I’m taking the magic she already had in place and expanding it a bit to include a more whole person approach!         We are going to be looking at how social,...


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JUMP ROPE FOR HOPE

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JUMP ROPE FOR HOPE By: Lauren Anderson My mom has this silly magnet on her fridge. It reads, “Sometimes the only transportation you need is a Leap of Faith.” It always strikes me every time I see it too, because she doesn't really have a bunch of cheesy stuff like this up in her home. But as far as corny quotes go to inspire and embolden-- I actually...


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April Athletes of the Month: Babs and Hector

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Our athletes of the month for April are two folks who bring it on a daily basis with how fierce they are. Babs and Hector!! Babs Powell is well known around the gym for being seriously fit and seriously friendly. She is a natural ambassador and always extends a smile and a welcome to a new person. I remember the day that Babs joined, she showed up...


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The Workout Challenge

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According to Psychology Today one of the main reasons people don’t exercise is their desire to avoid any experience of discomfort. Regardless of the discomforts we know that a consistent workout regimen reduces stress and increases your mental well-being. When you work out regularly, your body releases endorphins that enhance your mood. You have probably experienced these positive feelings after finishing a cardiovascular workout. You...


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Awareness, Parameters & Choice

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What sensation is strongest in your body right now? What sensation is the most subtle? What’s happening in your toes your now? When was the last time you thought about your toes?  These are some of the questions I ask myself throughout the day in order to strengthen my awareness of my physical body. Why? Because the sensations in my body often lead me to insights...


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FULL-BLOODED BEAST

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FULL-BLOODED BEAST By: Lauren Anderson This weekend, someone compared me to an easy-listening radio station. I was never more offended in my ENTIRE LIFE. I'm kidding of course, and so were they. But still! We were talking about music in the 90's, and the conversation went down something like this: “Oh man! Do you remember Neneh Cherry? She sang Buffalo Stance?” I say. “...” “She had a huge hit in the...


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Recap 18.5 + Overall

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It's crazy to think the Open is actually over! That 5 weeks went very very quickly. I have to say, this has been my favorite Open season yet. I think it's because the gym was bumpin' every Friday, and I got to see so many athletes absolutely crushing workouts they never thought they could do. It might seem silly or even crazy to do a...


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Recap 18.4

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18.4 is in the books! I have to say, this one was by far my favorite. I love heavy deadlifts, and it was fun to pair it with something challenging like a handstand pushup. I wish I had made it to the handstand walks because it would have been really fun to try those in a workout, but alas. I tried to convince Josh to...


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THE WAKE-UP HEADACHE

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THE WAKE-UP HEADACHE By: Lauren Anderson So... every day this week I've woken up with a headache. Like, a really bad one. One that wakes me up from a deep sleep, 15 annoying minutes before my alarm goes off. (Insult to injury). And it hurts so bad, it's hard to open my eyes. And I desperately want to take some ibuprofen or something, but I can't on an...


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THERE'S JOY IN THEM THERE HILLS

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THERE'S JOY IN THEM THERE HILLS By: Lauren Anderson I swear I haven't taken a vacation in over 3 years. But as luck would have it, I've found myself on two separate mini-vacations in the same month! Who am I? A jet-setter? A bon-vivant? A sultan of a distant land or something?! At any rate, I'm feeling very fortunate lately, and very rejuvenated. Two weeks after my 36-hour whirlwind...


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Recap 18.3

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Well, it was bound to happen eventually, a workout with a very difficult technical movement - the muscle-up. In this case, 18.3 was also paired with another difficult movement, the double under. I know a lot of people really struggled with this one, it presented a serious challenge. That being said, I saw some incredible things happen, like first-time muscle-ups, first time doing double-unders in...


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A SNOW DAY SLOW DOWN

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A SNOW DAY SLOW DOWN By: Lauren Anderson “Life is what happens while we're busy making other plans”. The epic words of John Lennon, or Mr. Holland's Opus, or the coffee-table quote book, or wherever you heard that gem-of-a-phrase for the first time never seems more true than on a Snow Day. I went to bed on Sunday with a jam-packed Monday. Filled with excitement and a dash of...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Eli Coffin

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Solcana has given me a life I never thought I could achieve, one where working out is not about plowing through the hard and the painful, but rather building blocks to a happier relationship with my body. It wasn’t always this way. My mental health has always run my life. From disordered eating, body dysphoria, and being surrounded by others who also suffered from negative body...


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Recap 18.2

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The energy in the gym on Friday was palpable for 18.2. This is my favorite type of workout, a fast burn followed by an opportunity to hit a big weight. It was incredible to watch so many people hit a PR on their heavy cleans. I was also so impressed by the number of people who tried the Rx weight. When we did the scores this...


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For the Love of Bod

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Emma here with some full disclosure: I don't care about the specifics of how or what you eat.   You may be thinking to yourself, 'Gee, Emma, that seems strange since you are going to be facilitating the Essential You course moving forward, which is focused on NUTRITION! If you don’t care about what or exactly how I’m eating, what’s the point of signing up for...


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[Em]Power Strength

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I am excited to announce a new strength series we are offering at Solcana called [Em]Power strength. This 5-week series is built for folks who workout on their own, but want to learn the basics of strength training from a professional coach. As an [Em]Power athlete, you will learn the basics of lifting, and walk away with a 6-week program you can use to train...


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