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Weekly Issue No°1 – Hi from Koh Tao Island

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April 1, 2019

Hello from Koh Tao Island, Thailand. I’ve been struggling to find a way to keep all of my friends, family and readers up to date with what’s happening in my life. I’ve decided to publish a digest with the coolest things that I’ve found or pondered upon in the previous week. Here is your first issue of the short list of what’s going on with me.

What I’ve been up to this week

Riding a Motorbike Last week, Graham, my BFF Sue’s husband, taught me how to ride a scooter. It was the hottest hour of the day and the first order of business was to ice the seat down to keep from burning my bum. (Side note: A short week later, I just hop on the bike with no ice down. My bum now seems impervious to tropical leather burn). You can always decipher me from the other scooter riders on Koh Tao island- (a) I drive slower than my grandma (b) I wear a crash helmet for a short 3 minute ride (c) My fancy foot work, of course! The other day I felt a bit glum and I decided to go have a nice smoothie somewhere! I took a wrong turn and had to drive down STEEP inclines to reach a paradise-like cove. I remembered the words of my teacher – go slowly, if you feel unsteady, keep your feet on the ground. I think that advice can be applied to pretty much all unnerving experiences in life. Gotta’ stay grounded babes.

Escape to Renewal This new project is inspired by my travels in the Middle East. It’s on a fast track to launching this year. I’m very excited about it. I’m not going to tell you anymore until it goes (nearly) live, but you will be among the first to know.
 
 

What’s amusing the health geek in me

CrossFit I joined the cult of CrossFit and I love it. Well technically I’m in BodyFit, which is a level below on-ramping where you learn proper CrossFit techniques, which is a level below actual CrossFit. But hey — that’s just semantics! For all intents and purposes, I’m in CrossFit – OK?! I joined for several reasons: I love group sports, I love pushing my body to its limits, the trainers were able to work around my upper body limits while I’m recovering from surgery, and I get to crack myself up with my loud Strala breathing, while trying to keep track of reps. To be clear, I suck at math, so many days I just get a smiley face by my name 🙂

Peanut butter kale smoothies Yep! I got a taste of this unworldly pleasure at Cafe Angelique during my Strala Yoga training in NYC. I bought a Nutribullet in Bangkok and lugged it across the water to the island. Then Sam (Sue & Graham’s son), lugged it up the steep flight of stairs to my new flat. (Thanks Sam). Every morning before CrossFit, I’m blending some yummy peanut butter green smoothie. The taste really is divine if I do say so myself. If you are interested, here is my Kale, Peanut Butter & Goji Smoothie recipe.

Amazing finds on the island…

Gaia Organic Living & Zero Waste Picking up from my peanut butter addiction, one of my CrossFit team mates, Lisa (the other Lisa), suggested that I check out Gaia – this organic zero waste store on the island. She must’ve surmised that my sugar-filled peanut butter habit was probably working against me. I free wheeled into the shop today 15 minutes before closing and snapped up some peanut butter, coconut butter, gluten free rolled oats, cinnamon and dates – all for THB 1200- about $30. My only task was to fit it into my back pack and balance it home on my scooter before dark. Don’t worry people, I obvioulsy made it 🙂

Give me feedback on @mslisalondon on Twitter or Facebook. Which part of the Issue is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions, let me know. Just put #lisalondon at the end so that I can find it.

I still haven’t quite worked out a name for this newsletter, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Have a wonderful week, my lovelies!

Lisa x

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Lisa London
Koh Tao Island, Thailand

Welcome to my journey of discovery, healing and radical self love. I’m in the process of divorce and I’m using this blog to share my experiences through all the places, things I see around the world. So far I have traveled to more than 50 countries on four continents, and counting. I am a 500 HR Yoga Teacher, and Strala Guide trained by American yogi, Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga. I received a master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a master’s in Anthropology from the School of Oriental & African Studies. I now live on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand, where I guide yoga and seize opportunities for personal growth that I willingly share with those around me. Follow my blog and discover my renewal through food, travel, and yoga.

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