High Intensity Interval Training on the books for tomorrow morning.
Sprinting as hard as I can for 1 minute; either jog or walk for 30 seconds.
Repeat for 30 minutes.
I’ll be mad as hell during those 30 minutes, thinking: "Why do you do this to yourself, M? This suuuucks. You hate this. Every step hurts. My lungs are burning. BE OVER ALREADY!"
I’ll feel like I’m dying at the end of it all; out of breath; trembling a bit as I slow my breathing and my heart rate returns to normal.
But when it’s over: I’ll feel like a fucking champion. Because I am a fucking champion.
Even though it’s not a 5k, 10k, marathon or triathalon, doesn’t mean that this accomplishment isn’t awesome - because it IS awesome.
I’m going to wake up early when I’d rather be sleeping.
I’m going to do HIIT when I’d rather be lazy.
I’m going to come home, shower, drink a chocolate protein shake… all while I’d rather still be sleeping.
I’m going to push through my desire to be lazy and instead give myself the gift of good health!
The energy I’ll have throughout the day will be amazing. I’ll feel uplifted and positive for having gone through with the hardest kind of workout I know how to do. I’ll feel proud of myself and most importantly I’ll feel better about my body than the day before.
Healthier Every Day! Better every day! Growing every day!
When love is accompanied with deep intimacy, it raises us to the highest level of human experience. In this exalted space, we can surrender our egos, become vulnerable and know levels of joy and well-being unique among life experiences. We attain a glimpse of the rapture that can be ours. Boundaries are blurred, there are no limitations and we rejoice in union. We become one and, at the same time, both. ~Leo Buscaglia
Love. I believe it to be the deepest of human experiences.
My belief is that those who chose to live without it are missing a vital part of life.
Those who haven’t found it yet - keep being open to it. Love will find you when you are truly ready for it. Work on creating the “best” you that there is. By that I mean, find yourself. Be honest with yourself. Take care of yourself, for when you meet the person who brings the ultimate Love to your life, you must be whole for it to work.
Your partner cannot be responsible for fixing or changing you - and you cannot be responsible for fixing or changing them.
Be yourself. Allow them to be themselves.
If you are truly a good match - then with communication, honesty, laughter, shared passions and love - it will work out as it should.
Research showed that watermelon cuts the risk of sun related skin damage by 40%. That’s because watermelon is nature’s richest source of lycopene, an antioxidant that scavenges the UV-induced free radicals that cause sunburn and wrinkling. Lycopene may also help reduce the risks of cancer and other diseases.
By eating a few slices of this fruit after dinner can extend the deep stages of sleep by 27%. The reason is watermelon’s polysaccharide carbohydrates rev the body’s output of serotonin. When levels of serotonin increase at night, the brain is less sensitive to disruptive stimuli (like noise) during sleep.
A daily serving of watermelon has been shown to boost energy levels by up to 23%. This is because watermelon contains vitamin B6, which the body uses to synthesize feel good dopamine. It also contains magnesium which assists in the body’s formation of adenosine triphosphate. Like a rechargeable battery, this nucleotide fuels cellular function for all-day energy.
Watermelon can help in the faster healing of wound and other skin problems. The fruit is packed with the amino acid citrulline, which the body converts to arginine. Arginine speeds the delivery of white blood cells to injury sites, plus spurs the growth of new skin tissue. Study show that these processes can help skin heal 3x faster.
Watermelon has an ingredient (arginine) that deliver Viagra-like effect. Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it. Extra nitric oxide can also help treat angina, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.
This post is inspired by the amazing and incredibly juicy watermelon I am eating right now. Get some, ASAP. I’ve found that watermelon with seeds has more flavor than watermelon without.
Balance: an aesthetically pleasing integration of elements
Balance: physical equalibrium
Balance: equipoise between contrasting, opposing or interacting elements
Example by way of a new blog mission statement:
It is my intention to determine what the right balance is for mebalance on my blog by blogging about balancing fitness, health (both emotional and physical), cooking, indulgence, social engagements, and being a fantastic partner while still having alone time to nurture yourself.
There are going to be some changes to my blog format (i.e. what I post about, etc.) in the coming days. These changes will mostly likely be permanent.
I need to step back and determine what I want the blog to be about from here on out, but I can pretty much guarantee that day to day posts about food, workouts and the majority of my personal posts will be excluded.
I am leaning toward blogging thinks like:
Inspirational Quotes Recipes Articles about the benefits of eating whole foods vs. processed foods Articles about organic foods vs. not organic foods Articles about overall health: mental, physical and emotional Reviews of products/DVDS that I love Photography of: food, beer, nature
I’m not really happy with Tumblring recently. The community has really changed in the last few months and I don’t really feel like I’m getting out what I’ve put into it anymore. The feedback is sub-par, as is the support - and I feel that more people are interested in quick “weight loss tips” than achieving actual long lasting “health”.
It’s frustrating to me and its sad that I’m almost ready to walk away from a community of people who once inspired, encouraged and supported me so much, but I have to honor myself - and in order to do that, I have to become clear on what direction I want the blog to go.
That being said, don’t expect to see too much of me for the next week or two as I sort myself out.
I streamed two yoga workouts from Netflix Watch Instantly. The first Yoga DVD I watched was called “Hot Yoga”. It features three super fit, practically naked men (all they wear are white thongs) doing yoga outside in the desert.
"Hey, I like hot, sweaty men - I’ll give this one a try. Plus, my house is a zillion degrees, since I shut all the windows, drew the curtains and lit candles." I thought.
The good news: … well… other than the voice over person having a soothing voice and there being some serious eye candy (for gay men and women alike) - there isn’t much. The movements weren’t described very well so you have to look at the screen, rather than just listen and move from position to position. Plus, there is no beat or amount of time you know you’re holding for, and since there aren’t great verbal clues as to when to transition, you have to keep looking at the screen, losing your relaxation, rhythm or both.
The second yoga DVD I did was “Crunch: Super Slim Down”. It’s a cross between pilates and yoga with a bit of the rhythm of aerobics mixed in. I liked this one - a lot! More than I expected to, as a matter of fact.
Sure, the opening credits are silly 90s inspired - no big deal. This was a much faster moving DVD. The sets of movements resemble a kind of “circuit” training created with yoga and pilates moves. Typically 3-4 moves per overall position, with lots of rotating, holding, twisting, tightening, stretching, and extending.
I really enjoyed the upbeat tempo and the fact that the instructor really articulated what each move should look and feel like - so I hardly ever had to look at the screen to see what she meant.
I’ll skip the first DVD in the future, as the man sexiness was a little distracting. Oh yeah, did I mention there was some side-ball that made it to the screen? Yeah, pretty sure there was. I’m not hating on side-ball, but go back earlier in this paragraph and see the word “distracting”.
The second DVD, however - I’m going to do that again FOR SURE. I totally can dig it. It’s not even close to the same experience as Bikram Yoga (which is my true favorite form of yoga), but it is a pretty great workout - I was sweating a lot.
Then, after that hour and a half (or 80 minutes, whatever), I did the ab workouts I listed early.
That said, I may not be able to walk, lift anything, sneeze or laugh tomorrow.