Floating Sound Meditation with Singing Bowls…say what??

Floating Sound Meditation with Singing Bowls…say what??

For this post I am back in the Bouctouche area; let me start by saying that I had no idea there were so many things to do in and around Bouctouche. I did a Day Tripping in Bouctouche post, then I was told to check out the lavender farm, Lavender by Ocean Breeze Farm; visited it, loved it!! Then I was told by Line, one my readers, that I needed to go back for a third time and visit Thaly Holistic- Boutik.

I love getting recommendations from you guys, so keep them coming. I just booked a hammock or a swing, not sure what the proper name is?
I am going with long time family friend and avid blog supporter and sharer, Michelle. She messaged me to say she had been meaning to try this and would be game to join me. So we are going!

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My blog and life philosophy is to try new things and I hope that my adventures inspire you to say oui, to new experiences too.

I usually research things before I do them, but going into this a bit uninformed on purpose. This is way out of my normal thing. I don’t meditate, but I am looking forward to seeing  what this is all about.

My first challenge is figuring out what one wears to float with singing bowls?? Lol. I am thinking yoga gear will be appropriate, who would have guessed  that yoga gear would be  our 2020 outfit of choice??

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So I just got back from my visit and it was amazing! I don’t really know how to explain the feelings and experience, but I’ll try.

As soon as we arrived we could  smell the scent of lavender, their boutik and studio are beautiful with natural wood throughout.

We were greeted by the owner, Nathalie, and since both Michelle and I had never been before, she walked us to the studio and got us settled and comfy in our hammocks, they are hammocks, not swings.

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Since we were a bit early we were able to pick our hammocks, I gravitated to the green one right away and Michelle crawled into the red. Afterwards Michelle thought our choices were very fitting, since green symbolizes healing and red energy. She’s aware that I am still healing from my dad death and she had been running around a lot and needed to replenish her energy.

My first impression was that my hammock was amazingly comfortable! You bend your knees and touch your feet together, like a frog pose, which was super comfortable.

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It truly felt like I was floating, my hammock keep swinging and I could feel myself relax and sink into my little green cocoon.

Nathalie’s son Marc led our session, before we started he asked if I wanted a spritz of essential oil; I said, yes please and held out my hands.

After a few minutes of deep belly breathing he started the sound therapy. I closed my eyes and let the sound of rain, I thought it sounded like rain, wash over me. I started to visualize being in the rain forest.

As I mentioned I don’t meditate; I do know that you’re supposed to silence your mind. I did my best to silence all outside thoughts and worries. Out of nowhere I started repeating a self loving phrase that I think I needed a reminder of?

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As the rain sounds faded and the metal bowls started, it felt like I could visualize and feel waves of sound. I could feel the waves and each wave was a different colour. I have never felt colour before and it sounds weird, but that’s the best way I can think to describe it.

At one point I could really hear and feel my heart pounding, which was a bit startling for a minute, but then I re-focused on the sounds of the waves. My hammock was still gently moving. I started to feel a little cold so I covered myself with my blanket, you bring your own blanket and a small neck pillow, if you have one.

To be completely honesty, when we started I wondered if I was going to get bored at some point, since the session is a full hour. But that didn’t happen, I don’t think I feel asleep, but I for sure zoned out. Because all of a sudden the metal bowl noises started to slow down with moments of silence in between. That sort of brought me back to reality and as the rainfall sounds began again, I opened my eyes and my hammock was completely still. The hour flew by and was over.

Marc told us to stretch out and to start moving our bodies a bit, a few moments later we were ready to leave our colourful cocoons.

During the session we were told to turn off our phones, I had asked Nathalie for permission to take a few photos afterwards for this blog post.

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This is my zen selfie, I just felt relaxed and at peace, I look a little funny.

We got to chat with Nathalie a bit afterwards, I asked her how long she had been in business; she told us it’s been four years. She shared that this had always been her dream of hers and that when she turned fifty, she left her job at Canada Post, where she had worked for twenty years plus years.

She had a five year planned mapped out and achieved those goals after just five months! They built the boutik and studio and had plans to for a sleeping area, as a sort of holistic hostel, before Covid hit. Those plans are now on hold, but they are back open for business. They’ve adjusted the number of hammocks per class in order to have everyone properly distanced.

I love that this was her dream and that at fifty she decided to go for it! It’s inspiring and I think it speaks to the power of women and the people and families that help support them…us.

I highly recommend you try this! Even if you think it’s not really your thing, I thought the same thing and now I want to return with a few of my friends, who just between you and I need to chill out! Lol

Follow Thaly Holistic-Boutik on Facebook, they have a list of upcoming classes. You need to confirm your attendance in order to reserve your hammock. I just confirmed interested, so I was lucky that there was one hammock left for me. They are located on 5220 Route 115, in the Bouctouche area, not certain if they are withing the limits or just outside?

Tell them you heard about them from my little blog! And let me know about your experience.

If you aren’t in and around this region, look up something similar or even try something that is out of comfort zone, you just may like it??

Thanks for reading! Check me out on Insta at: oui-liette.

muah!

Liette

Behind the Scenes

I wasn’t kidding when I said that Michelle was an old family friend. Our parents have been friends forever, here she is at my first birthday. Man, I am happy I grew into my cheeks!!!

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Taking It Off! Month 3

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Week 9

Week 8 was a bit of a struggle mentally, but I am starting week 9 with more mental calmness.

Reaching out to my little brother for encouragement and support may not have been the best idea?  Here is the pic I sent him and our text exchange.

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Note to self, don’t look to others for comfort and support…oh and brothers are annoying!! Lol. We like to tease each other. He is tall and lanky, I am not!! I will plot my revenge!!

Not that his comments got to me, but I’ve decided to smile in my monthly selfies moving forward.

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Week 9 pic, smiling and have some makeup on, not because my brother said I looked old!!

I haven’t shared anything to date about what I have been eating. My first month or so I was diligently counting my points. As the weeks went bye, I felt like I knew what I could eat without being so obsessed with tracking.

For the last three weeks, I’ve tried to listen to my body and the pounds seem to be falling off nicely. I am not obsessing over food and I am trying to really be mindful of my emotions and not using food to sooth me.

Last night I ate out with a friend, I ordered pasta and it was delish!! I ate maybe 1/4 of what was on my plate. I put my fork down and asked myself if I was satisfied? Not out loud, that would be weird! Turns out I was satisfied and I wasn’t hungry anymore, so I boxed it up and brought it home.

I am realizing that I don’t have to end each meal or snack feeling super full…who knew?!

Will I go back to counting my points? Maybe? But this is working for me now.

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This is the snack that I have pretty much every night. Two graham crackers, some chocolate chipits and a few marshmallows. I pop them in the toaster over and voilà!! Just enough sweetness; I don’t deprive myself of anything.

Week 9’s weigh in is an impressive 0.6 pounds! But, that’s ok, because I figured out why I was so cranky and off last week; oh the joys of being a woman! I am pretty sure I am retaining a good 7 pounds of water!! Lol, ok, maybe 2??

I am a bit worried about next week, I’ll be out of town for work, eating in restaurants, for a full week. I will do my best to make good choice, let’s see how I make out.

Week 10

I left Vegas on Friday, it’s now Sunday night and not being able to follow my new eating routine is getting me down. Plus I am feeling super stressed about my upcoming event, I am fighting really hard to not stress eat.

Oh, I should add that our first night here we ended up at a pub for dinner where everything on the menu was super fatty. My coworkers devoured warm pretzels with cheese sauce. I resisted, I had 3 wings, a small slice of pizza and like 10 glasses of water!!

It’s 9:30pm, Monday night, and I just finished dinner, ugh!!! Being on the road is hard!! I don’t like eating dinner that late.

It’s Friday and I just got back from Arkansas, I’ll get weighed tomorrow morning and to be honest, I have no clue what the hell the scale will read? I could be up 5 pounds or down 5?

Week 10 weigh in and I am down 1.2!! For a grand total of 17.8 pounds!! This week was so busy that I didn’t eat properly; one day, I had a cookie for lunch, not cool. But I am back home and my fridge is full of healthy stuff.

Week 11

I am starting the week psyched! I just tried on my inspiration outfit, which is a sequin pencil skirt and a black top; both I bought because I loved, but they were both too small, and now they fit!!

Ok can we talk about that last statement for a minute? Why do woman buy things that don’t fit us?? We buy with the goal that we will lose weight, but we usually don’t! And those articles hang in our closet silently judging us and making us feel bad!! I bought that skirt 3 years ago!!! Although I am proud that it finally fits, I bought it 3 years ago!!! I am making a vow to myself that I will stop buying things that don’t make me feel fabulous and fit.

Back to my inspirational outfit; I am going to see Mariah Carey’s Christmas concert in November. My friends and I bought tickets in June and knowing I was ready to start my weight loss journey, I told my friend that my goal was to fit into this outfit by November.

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Ok, so, this doesn’t look fabulous laying on my bed, lol, but trust me both pieces are really nice! The top is off the shoulder, but with long sleeves.

I woke up the day before my weekly weigh in and instead of losing, I am proud to say that I found something; I found my waistline!!! I was losing hope that I would ever see her again, lol.  I am excited for tomorrow’s weigh in. I am feeling really good this week, so I will be fine whatever the scale has to say. (Like the scale just randomly spits out numbers and I have no accountability on the numbers, lol)

I am happy with week 11th  weigh in, but I’ve decided that I am not going to share my weekly numbers until I reach my goal of 30 pounds. I am going to hold back to create a bit of surprise and anticipation!! I will share if I’ve had a good week or a bad week and my struggles and victories.

Week 12

First of all, let me say that I am really proud of myself for making it to week 12!!! I feel really good, I feel lighter, spiritually, not just physically.

Work is super busy, my biggest event of the year starts next week, but I am feeling like “I got this!”. I also attended my third and final grief counseling and I think it really helped.

That being said, the only things I felt like eating this week were chocolate or sweet things! I do have one sweet treat a day, but this week, I seriously wanted to eat cookies at every meal. Not just at every meal, for the meal!!

I did resist and I am looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow morning. If all goes well, I may need a celebratory cookie!! Lol

My weigh in went well, slow and steady wins the race. I am down a size and a half-ish!!

I can’t wait to go back to Moncton and see my family and show them how I am doing. Two more weeks!!!

Bring on month 4!

muah!

Liette

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Taking It Off! Month 2

Taking If Off! Month 2!

Week 5

I finally feel like I am hitting my groove, my new habits are…well becoming habits, lol.

This week’s results, down 2.6!!! Yaaaasssss!! I am pretty proud of myself. This week’s loss puts me at 10.2; hitting my first 10 pounds feels great! This also brings me back to the weight I was before my dad got sick.

I am excited to shed the next 10!!! My clothes feel loser and a few people at work have already started to notice that I am losing weight, so yay!

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This is my official 2 month pic. At the end I am going to make a collage to see if my face shrunk. I feel like my cheeks maybe getting slimmer?? Oh and I got bangs.

Week 6

Ok I think the universe is trying to keep me motivated; this pic popped up on my Facebook memory feed today, on day 1 of week 6. This is me 9 years ago at my sassiest! Message received!! I feel focused!

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My week 6 weigh in is an exciting 1 pound!!! Wow!! Ugh, maybe I was getting too cocky??

But seriously, 1 pound is fine, I lost 4 pounds in week 4 and almost 3 pounds last week. I know that slow and steady will win the race; so 1 pound this week is fine…right? Yeah, it’s  fine…feeling it’s fine, (note to any man reading this, if your wife, girlfriend or significant other, tells you things are fine, this are not fine!! You’re welcome).

One of my victories this week was trying on a pair of linen pants that were too tight on me, but now they fit!

I am going into week 7 feeling a bit stressed. I am in talks with my company to transfer back to Canada; I am ready to trade the neon lights of Las Vegas for the Northern Lights of Canada; ok full disclosure, I’ve never actually seen the Northern Lights, they aren’t visible from Moncton, but hey it sounded good right?? Lol

My goal this week is to deal with my stress responsibility and to not feed my face. Wish me luck! I am feeling good, but I am going to try to dial back the cockiness, lol.

Week 7

Thursdays are my normal weigh in days; it’s Wednesday morning and I am so tempted to jump on the scale, but I am going to resist. I am feeling impatient and annoyed this week.

I’ve decided that slow and steady is annoying!! I am hoping that tomorrow’s weigh in is more than a pound. I just want to get the next 10 pounds off! I want to go shopping for new fall clothes; everything is not fine tonight!! Ok, it’s pretty evident that I am cranky.

Week 7 weigh in; I am down 1.9 pounds, so let’s be real, I am rounding that shit up to 2 pounds. I know that 2 pounds a week is a good and healthy pace, but I am getting bored!!!

I went to the grocery store after work today and fondled a 10 pound bag of potatoes to remind myself how heavy 10 pounds is. Ok, I didn’t exactly fondle them, it was more like holding them closely while walking around the produce aisles for a bit. I didn’t buy them, I am not a big fan of potatoes; I used them and discarded them, sorry potatoes, I am just not that into you.

That little exercise did help reset my brain and my patience. I am down almost 14 pounds so far; that’s a 10 pound bag of potatoes and 3/4 of a 5 pound bag, lol.

Moving on to week 8!!

Week 8

Day 2 of week 8, I went shopping for a new pair of pants for an upcoming event and guess what?? I am down a pant size!!!

This week included the Labor Day long weekend and for the first time in two months I felt anxious and wanted to just pig out!! I hate that feeling of losing control; I didn’t dive into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, but I really wanted too! I was able to stay on track, but it was a struggle.

When it came to my weigh in day, I was a bit scared to step on the scale. It turns out I had a great week, but it didn’t feel great. I struggled mentally; I just couldn’t drown out those little negative voices in my head this week.

Stepping on the scale and seeing a 3.1 pound weigh loss was very encouraging! It helped me see that I can deal with my stress and crankiness without binging, so walking away from week 8 with a renewed sense of confidence.

My grand total is 16 pounds down!!!

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This is my end of month two pic. I think my face is starting to look thinner? I am noticing it more in my mid section and my boobs, yay!! And I am not smiling on purpose because I want to compare my cheek size when I reach my goal. You’ll read in week 9 that my brother is not a fan of my none smiling pics.

muah!

Liette

(tomorrow I will be posting results from month 3!)

Self Care Sunday

Self Care Sunday

Self Care Sunday is the newest thing; why? Because we are so busy taking care of our kids, our jobs, our parents; that we have zero time to take care of ourselves. But guess what? If you burn out everyone around you will be screwed!!

Self Care Sunday is finding a bit of time every week to do something to help re-charge your body, mind and soul.

Here are 5 easy ways to chill the f@$# out!

Get Out!

When I am not sitting at my desk in the office; I am in an airport or scrunched in an airplane seat; It can be stifling. My remedy is to go out and get some fresh air.

There is something about being outside that calms me; wether it’s going for a walk in the desert or snowshoeing in the forest, being outside centers me and quiets the voices in my head…you guys have those little voices too right??

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Work It Out!

To prep for this post, I did an informal poll and a lot of you mentioned that working out helps keep you sane…I don’t get it, but whatever, lol, kidding ish.

Nicole, one is my very best cousins, she says that her workouts keep her present and in control; and that feeling of accomplishment afterwards is a big win!

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My Nicole inspiring me to practice my hand stand.

Feel the Rhythm of the Beat!

One of my friends is living a modern version of The Brady Bunch, between her and her boyfriend, they have 6 kids!!! One of her passions is dancing. On Sunday’s she cranks the tunes and dances in her kitchen while she does her meal prep for the week.

I have another friend who got so tired of seeing her kids playing video games, that she turns the games off and makes them dance with her. At first they rolled their eyes, but now they look forward to it. They learn the newest dance moves together, she’s now an expert flosser.

Learn Something New

Another friend in a house with three teenagers has decided to learn how to play guitar; it’s something she has wanted to do for years. She has paid for guitar, piano and drum lessons for her kids; now she is finally taking the time and focusing on learning how to play.

Shhhh!!

In my informal poll, many have said that they just need a bit of quiet time by themselves. With the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, I can relate to this one.

Find some time and a quiet corner to read. Fill up your tub and take a warm bath or get in your car and go for a little drive…alone; being alone with your thoughts can help keep you grounded.

How do you chill and re-charge? Maybe by reading my Sunday blog posts??? Lol

Thanks for reading! Have a great week! Be kind to yourselves.

Muah!

Liette