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Relax with Me…Stretch Routine CHALLENGE this week!

August 18, 2013

Relax with Me…Stretch Routine CHALLENGE this week!

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Hey POPsters!!

Happy Monday! This is your Monday to start off right…so start off strong! I want you to focus on stretching this week. We all know we’re supposed to do it but we don’t. We leave group exercise classes 5 min early and forget the stretch portion. We rush through poses. Why? Because it’s slow and boring? No no, you must stop your negative attitude towards stretching…and realize that if you don’t stretch, you will not receive the optimal benefits of exercise without it! If your muscles are too tight, too sore, too achey, you’re not going to have a great workout. The less flexibility you have, the less you can do. The less you can do…the harder it is to achieve that body or that strength you want.

Stretching is a challenge and can also feel awesome at the same time. To enjoy it, put your mind in the right place. Tell yourself that this is good for you and that you will love every precious moment of it. I created a stretch routine for you to do whenever you feel stressed or upset. This sequence will relax your muscles and relieve tension not only in your body, but in your mind too. Forget all the craziness going on. Let’s give our bodies what they need for 10 minutes a day and it will respond positively to what you want it to do. Stop tightening. Just let go and relax. Release!

This week I challenge you to do one stretch routine once a day. Or if you want to change it up, pick one of these:

Stretching for Flexibility

Amazing Upper Back & Leg Stretches

How to Do the Splits

Feel Good Soul Stretches

Also, in the comments I want you to tell me one thing that’s upsetting you right now. Go ahead. Release it. It will get it off your mind and make you feel better. Then when you are ready, click play and follow the sequence, paying attention to how much your body needs this.

Have a wonderful time! Embrace your stretches!

<3 Cassey


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  77. Lisa says:

    school starts on monday and it made me stress out already. I’ll have to stay at school until 4 pm everday single day and afterwards I have to cycle about 6,5 miles to go home. I really don’t know how working out is gonna fit into my busy schedule. What am I supposed to do?

    1. Katie Soter says:

      cycling is already exercise 😀 try to fit in sneaky things. i used to do pushups while I studied my french vocab, i’d do wall sits while I brushed my teeth, if you’re sitting at a desk, use one of those giant balls (sorry forgetting the name) if you have one. I’m not Cassey, or an expert, but try to find sneaky ways to sneak it in 😀 You’re already getting cardio by cycling.

  78. Amber says:

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    School coming up, doing college stuff, and my boyfriend leaving for college. I don’t want things to change…

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    Schools starts in 6 days, and I have yet to finish my summer AP English work that I majorly procrastinated on. Not only do I have to read two more books, but also I have to write 20 more journal entries. I am a painfully slow reader, and writing does not come naturally for me. I’m not sure where I’ll find the time to do this either, since I work 5 times this week and have golf practice every evening during the weekday. Despite the matter, I will keep my head up, push through, finish all of my work diligently, and of course, continue to exercise regularly! Ain’t nothing gonna stop me from working out (:

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    I hate that midterm exams have been prolonged for 3 weeks. My last exam was supposed to biochemistry this monday and now it’s been moved to friday. Yes, I will be getting more study time but my brain is tired and stressed and I just want to get the exams over with. I also miss working out. With school’s homeworks, quizzes and exams, I’ve been super busy and mentally tired. And the more I’m stressed, the more I eat. I eat clean but there are days that I eat more YOLO foods than I need to. But anyway, tomorrow is a holiday for me so I will work out tomorrow. Can’t wait for that :3

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  89. designcollegestudent says:

    Stress …school! Whenever school starts up I get extremely stressed because of the tremendous work load! I loose sleep and gain weight and have no time to work out. How do I cope?

  90. Desperate says:

    Cassey, HELP!
    I just started school today and I am extremely overtired and stressed. It is now 8:30pm and I have been trying to workout for the past two hours, yet I have only gotten through one of your videos. I am just a wreck. Before this I was working out an hour and a half a day and felt great. Now I feel like a failure when it has really only been one day. I can literally feel all of the fat building up on my body…and I hate it, yet I cannot seem to get myself to workout! I really need some encouraging words of advice…from anyone!

    1. Faye says:

      Hey! You got this! You can totally push through the workout if you want to. But also don’t forget, if you’re really exhausted, you may need some quality sleep, which is when your body repairs itself and builds muscle anyway. You just need a little time to adjust to your schedule and you’ll be back at it in no time!! <3

  91. Kayla says:

    I’m so discouraged because though during most of the summer I’ve kept up with things, for the past about three weeks I’ve neglected doing any exercise and binged like crazy and the effects are noticeable, and I just feel so gross, you know? It feels like I’m stuck in a rut. And school is starting next week and that’s only making me more worried.
    I LOVE your stretching videos, Cassey! They always make me feel so refreshed <3 Thank you!

  92. Joanna says:

    Love the new stretching video thank you so much I’ve been requesting for a stretching video forever lol! I don’t really find this helpful to stretch this at night honestly I like my body temperature cold so when I go to bed I can just warm up with nice warm blankets c:

    I always stretch before and after workouts, so I’m going to use the new video to stretch before my workout and I’ll use the stretching for flexibility after my workout ! My flexibility has been amazing thanks to you after working out with you for 5 months!

  93. Nontalie says:

    I’m frustrated that I am at a fitness plateau. My diet is really clean and I’m training hard 5 days a week. There are little things here and there I could tweak, but they are fairly minor. I’m frustrated that I’m stuck even though I feel pretty strong.

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    Let’s see what’s bugging me, I know it may sound dumb, but my relationship with my boyfriend. And my ex. I left my ex for my current boyfriend, and we pretty much left it as unfinished business. We left in somewhat bad terms. My current boyfriend feels so distant now, and he acts so different. He already graduated but I still go to school and I see my ex, EVERYWHERE. I always second guess myself on things like this.
    Im trying to not dwell on the past, but since I see it everyday its pretty hard.

  95. Sarah says:

    I’ve actually had a great Monday! I’m student teaching until December and I just had my Meet the Teacher night! I am stressed about starting this semester and starting a new waitressing job. It’s a lot to take in and learn and I’m worried that I won’t do well or that my principal won’t like me. But, I’m going to do the best that I can and see what happens!
    Thanks for this routine Cassey, I can’t wait to do it later!

  96. Amy says:

    Upsetting me? Let’s see…work because I am just done with not getting what I need to succeed and never knowing what is actually expected of me. School because I am waiting to hear about a scholarship and haven’t heard yet and cannot register without it. And I have been getting so little sleep I don’t know how I’m even making it through the day. Last night a couple hours maybe…
    My ankle is upsetting me because I can’t workout as hard as I want to. And I am pretty sure I am having health issues I need to deal with but my doctor seems to be ignoring them.

    Stretching was great this morning and I will do stretching every day this week! I need it!!

  97. Alex says:

    My boyfriend of two years, whom I was certain was the one I would spend the rest of my life with, broke up with me two months ago because he didn’t want a long-term commitment. He knew that one day I would want to be married and felt it was unfair to stay with me if he couldn’t promise me that. We were very happy together and had no major issues so it totally blindsided me. I’m nearly thirty already so it feels like now that I’ve lost this I’m past the time to find someone new and I’m struggling with the fear of never finding anyone. I have spent the last two months slowly getting over it and taking time for myself but not a day and rarely an hour goes by without me thinking of him. It’s been painful but I know I’ll grow stronger and learn to love myself better by being alone for a while. Thank you, Cassey, for this post and inviting us to share our struggles. You’re an inspiration to all us women 🙂

    1. blogilates says:

      ahhh…I am so sorry to hear this. But you know, things happen for a reason and I know you are getting stronger everyday. Don’t be afraid to cry and let your raw feelings out. Don’t be ashamed of how you feel or hide how you feel. Let it out. Let it go. xoxo

  98. Emilie says:

    I am really struggling with the fact that my final year of college is starting in two weeks. I have so much I want to do still this summer, and I never feel like there’s enough time with working and all. I just really want to live in the present and enjoy what moments I have left.

  99. Lennae says:

    I loved this stretch routine. I love working out in the mornings because it really helps me focus and feel like I can conquer the world!

    Today was the first day of my second semester of grad school, and even though I’ve been in the program for seven months and have been actively doing research for five of those months, I still feel like I’m not up to my adviser’s or fellow students expectations. A lot of my fellow students have been working in labs for years, while I’ve just been doing research for the past five months.

    My adviser seems happy with the work I do, but I’m sure at some point I’ll disappoint. I’ve been reading about this thing called the “Impostor phenomenon” where some people feel like their position in life is due to chance or the mercy of others. I feel like I don’t deserve my degree in Biology or to have a position in my Biomedical Engineering department.

    I know that these feelings shouldn’t be upsetting me. I suppose the most frustrating part is that I know I need to believe in myself, but I just can’t seem to train my thoughts properly.

    It feels really great to know that we have Cassey and each other to vent! I feel much better after typing this! Thanks!

  100. Nikki says:

    Something that is really, really upsetting me right now is that I’m still not happy with the way that I look. I have been working out at least 6 days a week for the past 8 months. After starting blogilates a couple months ago I’ve seen some major changes, and I can honestly say I’m happy with my body now! But I’m still not happy. I thought that having a great body would make me happy, but I still hate what I see in the mirror, and I’m starting to realize that the things I don’t like are things I can’t change unless I go through some major cosmetic surgery….felt good to get that off my chest. I don’t normally share how I feel with others.

    Anyway, on a brighter note, I did enjoy the stretching routine! Still working on letting go completely. It’s almost harder for me to let go during stretches than it is to endure some crazy workouts!

    Thank you Cassey!

    1. Melissa says:

      Sometimes you have to learn how to love yourself just the way you are, NO comparisons once you start doing that you realize everyone has issues with their bodies, something they want to change but that’s all because we have a steriotype on how we’re supposed to look and that’s not right, we need to accept everyone has their own beauty and you need to learn how to love yourself and you’re doing it by working out, that makes you feel good about yourself and if you’ve seen all those changes in your body BE PROUD OF THEM and let that show in every other aspect of your life, because that’s the great thing about taking care about yourself, doing what you like plus working out not only makes you look good but it makes you feel good and that’s more important, because having a great body doesn’t erase all the problems in your life but taking care about yourself can make all those problems less stressful and help you to have a positive atitude and that’s the most important thing in life. So DONT FEEL BAD embrase the way you look and be proud of what you’ve achieved.

      Hope some of this words help you. 🙂

  101. PrincessLady says:

    Hi Cassie,
    Hope you can answer this question. I’ve reading that it doesnt have any benefit to stretch before a cardio/weight training type of exercise. That’s better to warmup. Is this true!? Should I stretch before running, jogging or dancing!? Or should I do it afterwards!?

    Much love

    1. Windy says:

      Hey! I am a dancer and to answer your question: there are two types of stretching, dynamic stretching and static stretching. You should never do static stretching on cold muscles or before doing an intense workout consisting of weight listing or when you need your muscles to support you and hold you up. Picture a rubber band, if you have it in the freezer and then take it out and try and stretch it, wjat will happen? It will snap… Ouch! Or if you are warm, and you decide to do static stretching (which means staying in one position for more than 30 seconds) your muscles will be all nice and stretched out, but because of that they will be all goey and unable to support you. Static stretching is for gaining flexibility and should be done only after a workout or at the end if the day when you don’t expect to be using your
      muscles for anything active.

  102. Erin says:

    So, I’ve applied for this amazing job where I get to travel internationally on a regular basis and I’m stressing out because I still haven’t heard anything back from them, and its been a month. I know that they’ve just been on holidays and need some time to settle back in but I feel like I’m in limbo, not knowing either way means I’m stuck playing the waiting game and its driving me CRAZY!

    Thanks Cassey for supplying this outlet, it really helps to get it out of your system.

  103. Michelle says:

    Ugh, so I’ve been wanting to introduce one of my best friends to my circle of work friends, who are amazing and we’re like a family. I really want her to experience it at least once – what it’s like to go out with these work people because they’re really great and our group dynamic is fantastic. however, she’s a very dominant person and loves to make friends with everyone…which is great, but i want to keep the circle of friends separate because I feel like i’ve finally found my calling at work, where everyone just really gets along well. I’ve only ever had two really close friends, and maybe 5 others growing up. I wasn’t “popular” so to speak, not that it was a problem, but I’ve always kind of felt like a loner during junior/high school because I was quiet and not good at making friends or talking to people. I’m still quieter…but not as much as i used to be. My best friend on the other hand can be the life of the party , so outgoing, talks to everyone etc. I do feel like this is an ego trip and shallow on my part, but how do you tell someone not to “make friends”? To just meet them and then not pursue those friendships? And without hurting her feelings? I feel like an ass with the whole situation, and yea I feel a little insecure. I just want my work and those friends to be my “thing”, “these are my people”, and I want her to let me have this…not like she would purposefully take it away from me. I understand that it sounds pathetic, but does anyone else feel like this??? How do I be honest with her? Can I even be? Ugh. Thanks!!! Looking forward to stretching and working off these emotions, hard!!

    1. Emilie says:

      Hey, Michelle! You are not alone on this. My sisters are both the same way as your best friend. There have been times where they both befriended some of my good friends, and the friendships changed a little. It was hard to confront them, especially being my sisters. But I think it might work to chat a little with your friend before introducing her to your friends. Tell her what you wrote on this post about cherishing these friends and wanting her to experience and meet the people, but that you would appreciate her taking in the situation of meeting them without trying to dive in? You could also talk with your work friends about her being very outgoing. Just some suggestions!! Good luck! 🙂

      1. Michelle says:

        Emilie thank you for your reply. It means a lot for you to take time and respond, and I want you to know I very much appreciate the advice. I especially like the way you managed to phrase my entire dilemma in a very soft way, as to not sound hurtful or malicious–>. “cherishing these friends and wanting her to experience and meet the people, but that you would appreciate her taking in the situation of meeting them without trying to dive in”. I will talk to her soon.
        Thanks again!

  104. Valerie says:

    I love this video! But I need help. I’ve been binging for the past two months or so, and I need help.
    is where I describe what I’ve been going through. Thank you so much. Please comment with help.

  105. Sarah says:

    LOVE this stretch vid! Thanks so much, Cassey! I’ve been super stressed about my impacted canine tooth that just doesn’t want to come down. At 31 I have braces and a big gap in my smile. Still trying to smile though and SO thankful for a great dentist/orthodontist who is willing to work at it.
    Stretching and working out definitely helps my outlook, but more than anything for me, it’s knowing the One who created this beautiful world and all the fabulous people in it cares about me and is in control of it all. Very, very grateful for that! 🙂

  106. Olivia says:

    Ugh my grandparents are dying, both have dementia, and I know they’re 92 and 90, but it’s really stressful and sad. They’re in an assisted living for dementia/Alzheimer’s and they are having one problem after another. And with move in day on the 31st, I have to focus on both preparing for college, packing, and organizing all my things. This has been such a stressful month, and hopefully with my birthday on the 2nd and my first day of classes on the 4th, September will be so much better!!

    1. Sarah says:

      I’m so sorry. My grandparents are getting there too and it’s so hard seeing them like this and knowing they won’t be with us for much longer. Hoping with you that September will be better!

    2. Alex says:

      I’m sorry Olivia. My grandfather had Alzheimer’s, I know how hard it is to see your grandparents decline like that. Giving you lots of mental hugs. I hope your September goes much better than your August has. Best wishes for you!

  107. Cathy says:

    The thing that’s been on my mind is that my job got eliminated and the company basically has no more work so I’m forced to find another job. I don’t know how long that will take and I have one prospect but I’m not getting my hopes up too high because even if I get an interview I think I might not be able to communicate my abilities well enough. I have some savings but I also just took a big trip to New York and have to pay some things back. I just hate being in limbo but I know something will come along eventually. Everything happens for a reason, that’s been very true for my life so far. I just need to trust that it will work out in time 🙂
    Thanks for the video and all of your positivity!

  108. Stephanie says:

    This stretch was so great, it really revved me up and motivated me to do the rest of the videos for today.
    One thing that’s upsetting me right now is my overall exercise/weight. Over the summer, I’ve gotten up early before work so that I can run 6 km to get my cardio and in August I’ve been committed to the calender and I’m really seeing changes in my body! and I feel great about that! For the past two month, my right ankle has been really sore and it hurts to run and jump around and I limp a little bit and it’s making it harder for me to get that cardio I want on a daily, especially if I try to do it after a whole day of working/chasing kids in the hot sun for 8 hours.
    I’m too scared to just rely on the calender. Through this whole summer I’ve worked so hard, but I also have been killing my body. For a good month and a half I’ve only been eating 900-1200 calories and I know that’s unhealthy but now that I’m trying to be better to my body, I’m finding it harder to eat more, I’m already so full. I’m scared that if I add calories, I’ll gain more fat, but I know that’s what exercise and eating clean is for, but it’s just this great mental struggle and I can’t handle it. I’m too scared to tell my mom how much I’ve been eating and my sister is too judgmental and acts as though I have absolutely no knowledge about anything when I try to talk about my weight because yeah, I’m 109 lbs and I only have a little bit of stomach fat but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t want to look my very best and feel my very best. I don’t know what to do.

  109. Amy says:

    I’m really upset that my best friend is gone now. He thought it would be a good idea to leave for one year to Japan. We were best friends for three years now. We had same classes, same friends, same taste, same opinion…. Some people think that it’s best to be different because the other one seems exciting. It’s not! To like the same things and sharing the joy with each other is the best feeling! We had so much fun the last three years and I felt so good about myself. He always tried to cheer me up or make me feel comfortable about myself. We went together on holidays (Italy, Vienna, Germany). To be with him made me ask myself if I’m dreaming because life was so beautiful, interesting, funny, deep and more….He has been gone for three weeks now and I’m starting missing him… First it was just a very small feeling in me, that knows my better half is somewhere else. But now even a picture or if someone says his name it hurts so much. My heart is beating faster and my mood turns down. I don’t know what’s more though, to know that there are 52 weeks to go or to don’t know how to fill up the whole in me. Normally I would turn to food because of sadness or something like that,but then I’ll be very fat in 52 weeks. So I decided to focus on the good things like doing some yoga and dancing or watch a movie or searching for new topics for my blog… I also try to think not so selfish about this year. I’m sure my best friend will have the best and the most interesting time there and I want him to enjoy that. Now I’m feeling a bit better after telling you guys this. I hope you’ll forgive me for my bad English (I’m from Europe) and maybe you can tell me your experiences with one year abroad. Thank you so much for reading this!
    love Amy

  110. Nicki L. says:

    Did this and…although some parts were more intense than I had anticipated for stretching…totes worth it!! Goodbye sore/stiff muscles, it really helped them to hurt less.

  111. Hazel says:

    I looooove stretching more and more, its turning my mind off that is hard. I moved to Iceland recently and unfortunately I’m going to have to go home and my bf stay here for 3 months. It will be our longest time apart and I am worried about getting a new job. I adore your workouts Cassey and I’m now on day 15 of the beginners, its the longest I have worked out that many days in a row EVER 😀

  112. Sigrid says:

    You are right – I know I should stretch, but i don’t do it very often, but that’s why I love doing power-yoga. It all-in-one, I think! I’m going to do the video, but I don’t really think anything bothers me right now…or well, these crazy blank walls in my apartment (moved in yesterday), but I’m going to fix them with pictures and all that good stuff. BTW, I just made the healthy esiest cookie in the world (again). jummy!

  113. Melissa says:

    I always get upset when my parents wanna talk about my future. They criticize my career choices and make me look negative on the world, “destroying” my hope. I just don’t want to end up like them – unhappy and stuck in professions and lifestyles they don’t really like.

    1. Alex says:

      You’re the only one who knows what makes you happy, and you’re the only one who can make it happen. It’s hard when your parents are the ones tearing down your choices, but be strong and hold on to your decisions: at worst, you will have a learning experience that will help in the future, and at best, you will have made your own life your own way, and that is really happiness. I think Cassey had a similar story about her family having different expectations for her, but then she finally took charge of her life and made her own decisions. And now she is the bubbly inspirational instructor that we all know and love!

  114. Stretching is such an important aspect to integrate into your weekly workout schedules, but one that we often forget about. I am totally guilty of this! Thanks for the reminder – challenge accepted 🙂

  115. VL Fanai says:

    thing thats upsetting me…. hmmm you know.. i love my life and I love everything that comes with it. But of course there are things that upset me… but i kind of love the fact that they upset me because this is life! and I’m content! so even though its upsetting, i love it! 😛
    Right now, this may seem pretty childish but its kind of annoying me.. high school drama and stuff. People talking behind my back, even the ones i spend most of my time with… when will i get past these stuffs! its so stupid to be concerned about it but it just annoys me…. but its okay. people judge you everywhere with everything you do.
    That tiny stuff aside, I’m moving again to a new place like I’ve been moving around the country my entire life (every 2-3 years). No matter how many times you do it, you can never get used to all the goodbyes. There are many friends that I’ve lost contact with. I just started coping with everything here after 2 years and I just started loving this place. And now, we have to move again (due to Dad’s work). I just fell sooo much in love with my friends and now I have to say goodbye. I have about 2-3 more weeks left before I go and my friends are already giving me tear jerking words and flooding me with goodbye gifts. on top of that, I have to change schools and this particular year is very important for my future. I don’t know.. things are very confusing! why… why at this time! can’t it be next year?!?! and I think I’m gonna give exams immediately after i join a new school. Things are going to be pretty tough for me this year. Trying to cope with everything + fit in perfectly + extra push in studies… well.. I just have to go BEAST MODE right? 🙂

  116. Leslie says:

    That was my favorite stretching video you’ve ever done!! Thank you 🙂 Something that’s been bothering me? Feeling stuck for the next year of my life. I’m a single mom and I want to start dating, but I’m planning to move for grad school after I graduate in the spring, so I don’t really want to look for a relationship right now. But I do wish I had a father-type figure for my son (his dad isn’t around, by his own choice). Among other things. You know what though? It’s actually been more therapeutic reading other popsters comments on their own issues, because it helps me to remember that I’m not alone in feeling stress, and often times my complaints are mini compared to others. So today I am grateful: grateful for our community; grateful for your workouts, encouragement, strength, and beauty; grateful for my beautiful son; and grateful for my drive and determination to keep going for my dreams and my refusal to settle for any less than I deserve 🙂 LOVE YOU ALL! <3

    1. Sandy says:

      Hey Leslie, just wanted to tell you that I too was reading Popsters’ comments on this post and sincerely yours is my favorite! I love your message =)

  117. Lauren says:

    That video was amazing! After doing my cardio on the cross trainer and a couple of your beach series videos I definitely needed that stretch. Wish we had that sunny weather over here in England! The stretching video allowed me to forget all my stresses and just relax for ten minutes. I start my teacher training course (fingers crossed i will be qualifed next July!) and I have my driving test in a couple of weeks. I am rather nervous about both but doing that video helped me calm and put everything into perspective. Thanks Cassey!

  118. Tamar says:

    I’m upset because I am realizing that I have always taken on responsibility for everyone else and there is nobody there who takes care of me instead. It’s really tiring and really frustrating. I try to do the right thing to help others and I get a slap in the face. When I need emotional support there is no one around ….

  119. Fanzi says:

    I don’t have a steady Job and I am just doing internships, because nobody would give me a real Job. That is really upsetting. I feel like I studied the wrong Thing and that I did everything wrong. Two months I was without any Kind of Job and I stressed myself out, because of it. I got depressed (and lost 20 Pounds but in a totally nonhealthy way, so I am not proud of it). I feel like a looser. So it is great to workout with you cassey and seeing that I can do a move after sometime that I couldn’t do and see your Smiley face and listen to your inspirations and motivations^^ it really helps me to feel good at least for a small amount of time.

  120. Stephani says:

    I’m upset right now because I start college next week and I’m scared. Scared I might fail at all my goals – becoming healthy, school, work, etc. I’m feeling lonely right now and working out is my way of venting everything. I know I can get through this. I just wish things weren’t so hard!

  121. Reggie says:

    Feeling so upset and worried right now.. Just graduated from uni and most of my friends have found a ft job. And I’m still looking… Finances are tight as well and I feel so stressed.

  122. Haley says:

    I’ve actually been stretching a lot lately! And I’ve really noticed how much more flexible I’ve become. It also makes me feel stronger during my workouts and they say it helps you to burn more calories during your exercising also. I love the Amazing Upper Back & Leg Stretches one; the first move feels so good. But the last one, I have yet to master. Lol I keep falling backwards. Then I do some yoga after & I feel all relaxed, stretched out, and ready for the next day’s workout! 🙂

  123. Diane says:

    A thing that’s really stressing me out right now is money. I have two massive vet bills coming, as well as having to buy not-so-cheap hay for my horses this winter. That along with the fact that I just lost my job not to long ago, and having not graduated (which means there’s less hope to make money) just makes it all so stressful. Plus, being broke makes it hard to buy humanely raised meat (I’m a recently converted vegetarian), which makes my nutrition go all out of whack. :-/

  124. Kristen W. says:

    Hi, I’m new to the community, but I’m loving it so far. It feels as thought my life is in a giant sink hole. My husband and I are struggling financially, and I’m resistant to the idea of going back to work.. Just cause my brain won’t shut up! (not that I mind working.. really) And I’ve felt utterly alone the whole summer. My best friend of 7 years moved back home, and then became a completely different person, now we aren’t even close anymore. (She was my maid of honor btw) And then (and it’s likely all in my head..) it seems as though my one other really close friend has also decided that our friendship isn’t worth having. We shall see on that one, still have no idea as to what is going on.
    But, thanks to the constant positives from this blog, I get to unwind each day! Very much needed!

  125. Nicki L. says:

    How far behind I am in the book I’m writing for August Novel Writing Month.

    This is great for today as I need to stretch sore I-just-started-working-out muscles!!

  126. Ally says:

    I started feeling stressed and anxious so I decided to visit blogilates to get my mind of things so I can calm down and get back to studying for my exams. Lo and behold you said to comment about what is upsetting you right now. I’m really stressed about money and whether this job opportunity is going to come through. But, you know what…I just need to take a deep breath and realize that God hasn’t let me down yet! There has been times where I was making enough money to feel comfortable and save and other times where I had to use those savings to get by. But, you know what? No matter the situation I always had enough money to pay my bills and eat and have fun. So what am I so worried about 🙂

  127. Jennifer says:

    Something’s been stressing me all week! School starts next week (sigh) and I’m overwhelmed just by that fact but plus, I still need to choose one more elective out of three potential ones and they are all so great. It wracks my mind everyday!! D:

  128. Rosie says:

    I’m being upset by how quickly summer has gone: I feel like I’ve wasted it. 🙁 But I’m going to make this last week a good one! Thanks for the stretches, Cassey!! 🙂

  129. SJ says:

    The one thing upsetting me at the moment is my on going struggle with getting pregnant and finding out I have PCOS, which explains alot but yeah, not fun atm 🙁 On the plus side, doing your workouts helps me to forget about it if only for an hour a day. Thanks so much <3

  130. Shirley says:

    The thing that is most upsetting to me is that school is starting and I cant exercise in the morning cuz i like exercising in the morning than the afternoon. I have to wake up every morning making my lunch for school but sometime I dont know what to make. It might be too long to cook or it needs to refridgerate. The time for me to get to school by the public bus is 40 mins. Im wasting time using the bus so I might less time to exercise. Plus, I cant use the bathroom whenever I want. I can only use it during lunch period and I feel its a bother asking the teacher every day. Also i only have lunch 4x a week. The one week I dont have lunch period I can bring sometime to eat in the classroom but I hate eating in front of everyone.

  131. Brie says:

    Thank you soo much for this stretching vid Cassey<3 I think we all need to take some moments for ourselves to just stretch and relax and forget about our problems.
    One thing that's been upsetting me lately are all my issues with men. Recently I got back with my ex who I'm in love with but who's hurt me so badly in the past. It's stressing me out because I'm worried he's gonna hurt me again, but I just can't say no to him. I'm happy to be back with him but at the same time I don't want my heart broken again. I just need to de-stress and stop worrying about this relationship and hope for the best.

  132. Rachel says:

    Something that has been upsetting me this morning–well for a long time–is that my ex and I had to part ways because there are some things that can never be. We still loved each other and we are still best friends. We had another year before I left the country and I wanted to stay together that whole time, but he said he could not stand the thought of me leaving and finding some foreign man while he was stuck here alone.
    Then, a couple months later he met a a woman halfway across the world online. Three months later he went to visit her for Christmas break. I was pretty okay with things until he came back engaged. Every time he has gone to visit her I have housesat for him. In the meantime I have had to watch this while being so close to him, still in love with him, and unable to get a date. I guess some days I feel angry that I was replaced so easily and quickly.

    Sorry that was a bit long. I guess I just needed to let it out.

  133. Heather says:

    Two things upsetting me:
    1. Realizing that I have bitten off more than I can chew. I planned to get into a few hobbies but I feel like I am half-a**ing everything. I think I need to give up on a few ambitions or just plan out my schedule better.

    2. Upsetting peer reviews on this online course I am taking. Granted, I did also rush through the assignment but a typo in my work has many people telling me things like “I can tell you are not a native speaker” and “ENGLISH” and “Grammar Lesson”. It’s so weird how every other part of the work is in perfect English but one mistake has everyone gathering their pitchforks.

  134. Liz says:

    Not allotting enough time for myself to apply for a new job. I avoid cover letters like the plague…

  135. iida says:

    Yess, definitely needed this video today!

    What’s upsetting me at the moment is an inconsiderate house mate. Luckily it’s only temporary, he’ll be out in a few weeks’ time and I can have the whole house back to myself again!

  136. Sarah says:

    What’s bugging me is I was let go from my job last Saturday and my soon to be husband had to quit his due to law school starting today. Finances are really tight and we couldn’t afford to for me to loose my job. But this stretch video has made me feel MUCH BETTER; and things will work out. They always do. Thanks Cassey!

  137. Candice says:

    I’m upset because the password provided in the August e-mail won’t let me print out the August calendar!

    1. Emilie Hedehus says:

      I had the same problem, but then I found out that you just have to write the ‘I’ as a captial 🙂
      Like: Imhereforyou

  138. katherine says:

    I’m upset that I’ve done her july callender, and now her auguest calender, I eat healthy about 80% of the time, and yet i have seen no results. my stomach is still bulging and when i sit down my thighs expand to twice their size because fat just hangs off the edges of them. help me cassey and other popsters! What am i doing wrong? I’m 14 if that makes a difference.

    1. Faye says:

      Hi Katherine! I don’t know if it helps, but sometimes I have similar thoughts to this. Try to think a little differently about things. First of all, do you feel healthier? Are you getting better at the moves? Do you have more energy? Also, don’t forget, your body is, and will be, changing tons! Around your age, I was very overweight. After my puberty settled out, around 18 and 19, I reached an all-time high in my weight. I lost 40 pounds, and became a healthy weight, but I STILL struggled and do struggle because my tummy is bulging too, or I have lovehandles, and fat on my thighs. But I remember something, when I lost 40 pounds, it wasn’t a fast miracle story, it took about 3 years, but it stayed off. I did little things, like ride a bike more, eat more veggies. So for you and me, the strength training will tone us but with LOTS of time. You have a huge advantage because you are so young! Your body is in the process of changing, so healthy eating and exercise will help you grow into a stronger and fitter woman as you age. Just remember: slow and steady. Don’t overdo anything, and try to appreciate and love our body where it’s at! Only go for the best body * you * can have. When I look at my family, many women have tummies like mine, my mom, my aunts, my grandma. It really might just go with the whole package! But hey, I like it! Sure it looks cuter to me when it’s more toned, but it’s always there. Try looking at pictures of different women’s bodies.. not airbrushed superstars, but more average women. Remember how many women would appreciate and love to have a body like yours! You are so young and you can do anything, just don’t forget to enjoy yourself. <3 You're on the right track. Some fat on your body can be very healthy, and even attractive too. Heck, I always seemed to have so many problems with myself but plenty of guys liked me as i grew older, seems like my worst enemy was always me! Dress for your body where it is now, and enjoy it. 🙂 hope you feel better, and don't give up!

    2. Alex says:

      Hey Katherine,

      Stomachs bulge. It’s very hard to get rid of fat there. And thighs expand when you sit, that’s just how they are. Even when they’re super-fit, they’re still gonna expand when you sit. When you’re in your early teenage years (or just your teen years period) your body is going through crazy hormonal changes, and those changes will mess with your body and your head. Now, that’s just addressing the physical stuff in your question.

      The fact that you eat healthy as often as you do shows that you are going in the right direction. Maybe you don’t see many physical changes, but the internal good that you are doing to your body right now will show as you get older. I’m in my 20s, but I ate complete crap when I was your age and it’s obvious- not from my physical appearance, but from my weak immune system, my low energy, and the trouble I’m having with changing my diet for the better. You are doing your body great favors by eating right and working out.

      I really hope that you don’t get discouraged, because if I had been doing what you’re doing now when I was a teen, I’d be much healthier and in a much better place. What results are you looking for? Have you set short-term, measurable goals? What are the goals you want to achieve?

  139. Kayla says:

    whats bugging me is we are still living with the inlaws…. he has an overbearing mother. always wish we would have stayed in houston.
    also my baby is grumpy and has to go to the dr today. gaah.
    yaay streching!

  140. lotta says:

    hey! i just wanted to tell you guys the thing that upsetts me the most right now. i feel like i dont matter. i dont know why – i know that im not alone and that other people probably care about me, but i just feel like i don’t matter. i feel like i don’t make a difference to anyone. i have a loving family and amazing friends and im thinking positively about everything and trying to cheer other people up when theyre down. i guess people like me but at the same time i feeel like im not special to anyone. i feel like i could probably just disappear without anyone caring that much. i am so sad and i dont know what to do. casseys daily workouts give me the power to get through the day (i do the vids in the morning). does anyone else have/have had these feelings? how did you resolved it? should i seek for help? what should i do?

    thank you cassie for everything! remeber you light up my days, keep it up! <3

    1. Anna says:

      I have definitely experienced those feelings as well! One thing that helped me, was to imagine people in my life feeling that way. Imagine that one of your best friends would suddenly ‘disappear’, would you miss them? would it matter? -they probably don’t realize how much they matter to you either. And this should help you realize that just like them disappearing would matter to you, you disappearing would matter to them! And you know what, this is your life.. love it and enjoy it for you! we only get one, and it’s a beautiful thing 🙂

      I hope this helps a little bit at least. And as for if you should seek help, only you can answer that. If you feel like you should, then do it!

      1. lotta says:

        hey! thank you so much for your answer. thank you for the idea that if one of my friends would disappear what would i think, it really opened my eyes.
        thank you so so so much, i feel so relieved that im not alone with these feelings!

        i wish all the best for you <3

    2. Stephani says:

      You are most definitley not alone. There are times I feel that way too, like I don’t matter and no one really SEES me. I think if you keep having these thoughts everyday – to a point where it is affecting your personality you should seek help. Talk to someone – anyone you can trust – and vent all these feelings. If something is worrying you I suggest you write it in a letter to yourself and burn it – maybe it sounds crazy but it helps me. You DO matter, everyone matters. Sometimes we don’t feel appreciated at all but it’s important to know that people do care about you. With the love and devotion you show others, putting them before yourself, that’s something so special and beautiful. I don’t know you, but I care that you’re going through this – I’ve been in a terribly dark place before and I made it. I know one day soon you will find happiness and know that the people in your life do care about you. You are special to them. My favorite saying is by Winston Churchill – “If you’re going through hell, KEEP GOING.” You don’t know what’s at the other end of something, but you have to keep going for yourself. You’re a little bit stronger each day you get through it. I hope you see this, and I hope I’ve helped. I’m a stranger, but I believe in you!

      1. lotta says:

        hey! thank you so much for your answer! even though you are a stranger, you helped me! like i guess i’ll try that ‘write a letter and burn it’ and i guess it will help me with other things too!! yes and you know i just need to stay positive and we all have to, so the world will be brighter!!!
        thank you so so so much, i feel so relieved that im not alone with these feelings!

        i wish all the best for you <3

    3. Sara Yoon says:

      Hey! I have those feelings too! Its very often and it actually happened yesterday! You have to open up and tell one true friend or family member about it! You say you cheer other’s up? Well sometimes a person can encourage others so much they send that message that they’re always fine and don’t get the ecouragment they need themself! When i put a fake smile to my face, it actually BACKFIRES! People think i’m happy when actually i’m slowly dreading every minute. You need to tell someone, “hey i’m not feeling so great, can i talk to you about it?”. It may seem like they don’t care, but its all because they didn’t know, a misunderstanding. Don’t give up!

      1. lotta says:

        hey! thank you so much for your answer! yes i have been thinking should i tell someone you know in real life but im kind of ashamed of my feelings. okay im thinking about telling to my friends, but im afraid that they will you know take it as a joke. thank you so much!
        thank you so so so much, i feel so relieved that im not alone with these feelings!

        i wish all the best for you <3

  141. Martina K says:

    Right now, the one thing upsetting me is the inflammation in my SI joint. I’ve started really resting (and unfortunately I’ve had to give up lower body/core work, not to mention running and biking). So I can’t do much. Also, the anti-inflammatories I’m taking have started messing my stomach up! Not fun. I’m so glad you posted these videos, stretching seems like a REALLY good idea for me right now.

  142. Kelly says:

    I’m frustrated with my body issues – trying to get to a place of self-acceptance n love but it can be hard after years of poor self image; thank you for your positivity!

  143. Evan says:

    Men…nuff said 🙁 Thanks for the stretches <3

    1. teilzeitDAU says:

      same here 🙁
      i feel you

      1. Evan says:

        Hey, at least your not the only one 🙂 <3

  144. Faye says:

    Finding an apartment is stressing me out so much, sometimes it’s hard to sleep! I’ll try two things, not thinking about it so much, and stretching before bed! Thank you for the videos!!

  145. Angie says:

    Over the weekend, I had a pint of coffee ice cream, 2 glasses of wine, Chinese food (White rice and lots of it). Today I feel miserable!! I knew this would be the outcome but I did it anyway. WHY do I do this to myself?? I know better, yet I let myself eat this way once a month. I already let myself have a “free day” once a week for a splurge such as 1 glass of wine, 1 scoop of frozen yogurt but once a month, I become a human garbage can and consume everything in my path. I don’t worry about weight gain, I worry about how it makes me feel. How sluggish, lethargic and moody I become!

  146. Haleigh says:

    Thanks for the stretching videos Cassey! For me, and I guessing many others as well, stretching helps alleviate muscle soreness. I’m always looking to mix up the stretches I do, but I am not very creative. These videos will definitely help me with doing a variety of stretches and ensure I stretch every muscle that I work during a workout.

  147. Kari says:

    What’s upsetting me? Grumpy coworkers and not finding time to work out. But when I do blogilates, I always walk away feeling better. I wish grumpy pants at work did them too!

  148. Vangie says:

    First day in a new high school coming up in a week! I’m nervous:(

    1. Sara Yoon says:

      Omg me too…. XD

  149. Tiz says:

    i absolutely love stretching. after my runs i always do stretching plus your how to do split stretching routine and i feel great after it. what bothers me most right now is university, as i can take some classes only every two years and they’re mandatory! so now my studies will be even longer than they already are…ugh.

    thank you so much cassey for all your hard work! it makes me a better person 🙂

  150. Arianna says:

    Heyyy! I love stretch after the exercises!
    What’s upsetting me right now? My back!! Every morning when I wake up I always have a not funny “backache” 🙁
    Have a nice day!

  151. Alissa says:

    The daily arguments with my mother are really making me upset. We have been fighting for about 2 years now and all I feel towards her is hatred… It’s sad, because I would have wanted to have a better relationship with her, but she’s kind of the negativity in my life. She’s constantly criticizing me for everything I do – my good grades, the time I spend with my friends, the time I spend alone, how I eat, what I eat, how many I eat, how I look, what I do, etc. She even writes stuff about me in the internet!! I never thought a mother could do that to her daughter, but whatever.
    Yes, this is really making me upset, but I don’t think it will ever change.

    1. Tamar says:

      Hey that sounds awful! I feel for you.
      My mum can be like that too. Try and remember that you love yourself and that you are a good person – there is something wrong with her, not you.
      Sooner or later it will go in one ear and out the other and you might even feel sorry for her that she can’t control her feelings.

  152. Mackenzie says:

    I just graduated from college and I’m having such a hard time with my eating. At school, I never boiught junk food or sweets, because that way I was never tempted. Now at home, I’m having a hard time finding self control. I still work out every day, but eating is killing me right now. Has anyone else dealt with the same problem? What did you do?

    1. Haleigh says:

      Oh man did I have this problem. At first, I also had no control, but I found something that worked for me. I talked to my mother about wanting to be healthy, and she would buy extra fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts for me to snack on and cook with. I also would cook breakfast for myself and lunch, which kept me from eating unhealthy during the day. I ate whatever one of my parents ate for dinner unless it was fast food, but I also had to make a conscious effort to eat smaller portions. You can also try organizing the pantry or fridge so that the healthier options are in one area so that when you go for a snack you do not even have to look at the junk. I hope this helps.

    2. Kelly says:

      eating healthy out of college was really hard for me too! I made sure to eat plenty of protein, drink plenty of water, and just get outside for a walk or anywhere other than near the kitchen when I was tempted to eat unhealthy; hope that helps! 🙂

    3. Mackenzie says:

      Thank you for the advice, Haleigh and Kelly! It’s so reassuring knowing more people have had this problem and I will take your advice seriously 🙂

  153. Martina says:

    Oh such a good idea! 🙂 I always stretch after cardio/Pop HIITS exercises.
    The shower hose in my bathroom is broken and I shower the water sprinkles everywhere in the bathroom. Neither my roommates or the agency we rented the place through are helping us. So today I am gonna purchase and install one by my own.
    Have a great week! 🙂

  154. Purds says:

    slash calenda***

  155. Purds says:

    Hi you little superstar! Thanks for the new stretches lovely! Could you check the timetable? It is not letting me on again and I definitely did the capitol I for Iamhereforyou. Ta xx

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