2014 will go down in history as the year I fell victim to winter’s most contagious, inflicting syndrome. Colloquially referred to as MLEM (Move Less Eat More), this syndrome is real and runs especially rampant during winters when you can use “it’s snowing” as a get-out-of-workout-free card at least once a week. It starts with a slice of Thanksgiving pie and ends with an extra layer of, well, you. And even when you own a fitness company, “winter made me do it” feels like a valid excuse.
But then one day you look outside and you remember the New Year’s resolutions you made about food and exercise — oh, and health and love and reading the newspaper every morning (like the actual newspaper that gets dropped off on your doorstep that you wonder if there’s a better way of holding it and folding it and unfolding it again to pass the page). And all of a sudden you’re actually inspired to start your New Year’s resolutions. But, wait, it’s April.
Who’s with me?
The first signs of spring is always such an interesting time to me because I wasn’t born or raised with seasons. I lived in summer year round, and the best kind of summer you could ask for. Caracas, where I grew up, is usually in the mid-seventies all day, every day of the year. We would make fun of Americans: “All they talk about is the weather…”
But unless you live through the seasons, you don’t realize the power they have over you. It’s like a spell. They inspire you to do things – or not do things. They dictate your cravings and the amount of food you need to feel satisfied. They energize you or suck the life out of you like a vacuum. They teach you the cycle of life and surprise you with what nature is capable of creating.
Now it feels like spring, and I can’t get enough of it. I want to be outside all the time. It’s getting dark after 7 p.m. The sun actually transmits some semblance of heat. Every tree and flower in New York is growing buds, bursting with life and ready to blossom. It’s like everything around you is waking up and is excited to change and be happy. Walking around New York these days has injected me with so much motivation, inspiration and energy.
I don’t know why exactly, but spring seriously inspires me to peel off the winter layers and seek out lightness: physically and emotionally. It inspires me to be more active, eat a little healthier, exercise more regularly and drink more barilixir. But it also inspires me to think more creatively, to breath a little deeper and enjoy life a little more. I don’t want to stay in and watch a movie and eat a bowl of warm pasta. I want to eat a lot of spinach (is that just me?), sweat at Bari every day, read a new book, create new Bari sequences and discover a new band for my playlists.
And that’s how and why baripeel was born three years ago. In one of these spring highs, we were all feeling like we wanted to turbo charge our health routine and decided that you guys were probably feeling the same way. So we put together this awesome, invigorating challenge. It lasts 6 weeks and offers a workout plan, nutrition guidelines, mind tips and lots of support. The best part is — it’s six weeks of loving what you’re committing to, and genuinely being excited about what you’re creating for your health and your life. It comes with a lot of sweat and hard work — but it feels really, really good.
I can’t wait for the official announcement to go out to you guys on Monday, but I wanted to send you my two cents before you get that. We’ve designed a workout program that will deliver exactly what we’re all craving — lightness, energy, a clean slate and, of course, a #baribody to confidently welcome summer on Memorial Day Weekend. Bari Food Society has been hard at work to offer a special menu those 6 weeks so you can live off of the Bari fridge, and of course it will offer its prepared 5 Day Detox.
I’m particularly excited about the mind component this year. I honestly believe you can’t be a well-rounded, healthy individual unless your mind, heart and body are aligned. It’s critical for us to believe in the challenge we’re about to start and really connect with the emotions that are driving these changes — this is what will make sure we stick to the challenge and love every single day. So, for the first three weeks we’ll be following Oprah and Deepak’s 21 day ‘Finding Your Flow’ meditation challenge. This is the third challenge I’ll do with the Chopra Center, and I love it more every time. It’s a really great way to start meditating if you’ve never meditated before, and if you’re a meditation expert, it will give your practice some variety. And if you don’t feel like meditating is your cup of tea, you can listen in to the opening segment of each day’s meditation and simply take that teaching through your day. After those three weeks are over, and our mind is clearer and lighter and sharper, we’ll delve into our health personalities and our human needs. Sound amazing? It will be!
If you can relate to this at all, I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am to start baripeel in under two weeks from now. Keep checking the blog for more info, and I can’t wait to join you guys in one of my favorite challenges of the year.
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