Sunday Updates

I’m excited because I leveled up in my Irish studies so I am on the step before the last level. I constantly say I haven’t learned much and my mother reminds me that I didn’t know anything when I started. I have learned; I guess I just thought by now I would know more. I don’t know anybody who speaks the language so it’s not as if I can talk with anybody in it.

In addition to leveling up with my language studies I finished the first draft to one of my books and worked on covers for other books. This is so much fun for me because I love the world of art.

All that goodness and I’m super excited about what?–The morning workout. I love working out so let’s just say working out is an art so I’m still in the same realm here ;).

Working out is such a great way to kick off any morning, but especially Sunday morning. Kicking the week off doing something healthy is another notch in “no excuses” wall that can, with hopes, keep the rest of the week on track too.

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No Need To Sit

Yesterday I had to see to the lawn but the charger needed a break so while the lawnmower battery was charging, and I was tired of knitting, I decided to workout outdoors. Yes, there isn’t any privacy that way but I often hope people have a life and can mind their own business.

I get bored sitting so I got up and what started as pushups off the wall turned into lower body work, then yoga, more arm and back work, light walking on the path leading to the front door and more yoga again. As my braids fell down around my face I kept moving and it felt great–hot and sweaty but great still.

Getting up off my butt always feels good for me and sometimes I take a break from my writing work during the day just so I can do some yoga or some full cardio exercises even if I did them that morning. I’m a morning bird so I wake up working out.

How do you keep your energy up and your body moving during the day? Are you a seat of your pants workout person or do you structurally plot and plan every move? Whatever you do have fun, stay safe and as always…

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Monday in August

Yoga really is a great way to get up and get started in the morning. Yoga not only stretches the body but it also can strengthen it. This morning was my break from the run/jog around the room and I did yoga for the total body routine, weight loss routine, slim waist routine and the flexibility routine. Forty minutes of workout felt refreshing upon completion.

If you are looking for something different to add to your usual workout routine or you just want to add yoga in for the day there are plenty of yoga videos online. I gravitate to Tara Stiles and her yoga routines but you can find so many that you can pick and choose which ones are best for you.

Don’t worry so much about balance. If you have difficulty you can keep a chair near that you can use for support or if you’re in your bedroom you can balance using the bed or dresser for support. I know when I hit a move that I feel a little wobbly in that day putting my fingertips on the bed on the side of me to stabilize myself really works.

Whatever your workout choice just remember to keep moving. If you are kind to your body it will try its best to be kind to you too.

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Hello Sunday

It’s the start of yet another week and fortunately I am kicking it off right. 30-Minutes of jogging and 37-minutes of yoga and I feel great. Next on my list is meditation by the fountain. I have other things to do today but having a “me” moment is always a good thing. People really should just take a moment outside of the hectic pace of the world of fixing things for everybody else and just breathe. A break that’s about you is a good thing.

It’s the last full week of this month so please do try to enjoy it.

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Not Always The Bad Guy

I have always put thought into my dreams–even the ones with the aliens–because they really do mean something. A lot of the time it’s more about something going on with me that I am clearly avoiding in my waking hours and my subconscious will not let me avoid it while I sleep.

Last night was not any different than other dreams in that I could understand what it meant for me. Of course I was mid morning workout while the thoughts were going through my mind. Once again, my dream represented my reality in so many ways; unfortunately I was still lost on the wrong side of town when I woke up so I don’t know if I found my way home.

In real life, when I was lost on the wrong side of town–literally, not metaphorically speaking, there was a really nice guy in the car with the rest of his gang members who told me how to get to the street I was looking for–thus proving judging people by their not so noble and honest career choice really isn’t a good thing. Sometimes the “bad” guys aren’t as bad as everybody else says they are.

For Sunday morning beyond the dream world, I was able to get forty minutes of jog/run around room time in, twenty minutes of yoga, and some additional stretching after. I actually managed to get a little deeper with my splits today. I managed to be only about an inch and a half off my bed on the right leg and three inches or slightly under on my left leg. I’m more flexible with my right and more stable with my left. I already knew this but doing a full split has never been something I could do and I’m working on it now.

Have you had one of those moments where you really look at yourself, your life, your accomplishments or your mistakes and found motivation to keep going?

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10 Days Five Pounds

Okay, the thing is the women doing this 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse thing by the book have lost 10-14 pounds in 10 days but I only want to lose five pounds–ten is okay, but not what I want. Anyway, I do not have the book and am not going to be able to buy it anytime soon but I can create my own for a while and see how it goes. I drink smoothies every day anyway, and I work out every day, but I have taken my cold turkey no candy and store bought sweets year long way of life and literally fell off of that when I had to buy candy for my mom so if her blood sugar level drops and she starts to shake she will have something quick on her to use. Um…my mom likes candy so this was a lot of trips to the store and I did end up getting candy for me too. So I fell off the “no candy” wagon but I was okay with that.

All of that being said I have also, gone back to being a pescetarian because my mom cooked something for me and I came home to her hard work so I ate and while it made me a little sick the first day I have pretty much been eating it off and on since. I was a vegetarian for a long time so I have to readjust my food again. I felt healthier as a full on vegetarian so I might go back to that and cut the seafood out again, but I shall have to wait to see.

Anyway, I watched this video regarding the green smoothie cleanse and I’m sharing because it’s from last year (I think) and her part about the gas is funny but it is also a good warning in case you decide to do this by the book. I am going to try to make up my own version but I have had crap for breakfast today so today would not be a good day to start off the ten day count.

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Side Note: The library might have the book so you can check there if you cannot afford to splurge on the book right now.

 

Neglecting the Back

I know that some people are so obsessed with their abs, arms, thighs, butt or other body parts that they sometimes, if not all the time, forget that the back muscles need work too. Neglecting the back can lead to back pain since the muscles are too weak to support all those other muscles you have been working so hard to strengthen. So don’t forget to do something to work your back muscles too.

This 6 Exercises to Strengthen Your Back video is just a starter type video but you can find so much stuff for free online so you should be able to find other moves to help you get the work in and keep your body healthy on all fronts.

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Scale it Up

I like the idea of scaling up the workout instead of giving up on it. So far this month for me I have taken my usual and bumped it up by about ten for everything from jogging-running to leg raises and toning exercises. It feels really good. There is something uplifting when I look at the clock and realize I put in the extra ten minutes when I had only planned to do ten less.

One of the things I like about the “scale up” mentality is that even if you cannot do it right now you can work hard to be able to do it one day. Those stretches that were too difficult will soon feel so natural. That extra mile run/walk/jog, will feel invigorating instead of draining. If you scale up you’ll find that even the hardest things are doable.

As always, don’t forget to cool down and stretch after a workout. No matter how intense the workout was the body still likes a little love with stretches since it carried you trough the entire workout in the first place.

Whatever it is you’re doing (fitness or life in general) don’t give up, just scale it up.

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Vegetable Basket

Things Worth Knowing

I already knew this because years ago doing basic research I found out that a tomato is technically a fruit, not a vegetable. Today while doing other research that led me to finding out once again that a watermelon is a vegetable not a fruit (at least some of the college scientists say)  I decided just to play around for fun. When I found this site I thought I would share for those of you interested in the fruit and vegetable boxes.

Tomato as a Fruit

Another site that looks at it from a botanist and culinary take on what makes it a fruit can be found here.

So if it really comes to how the fruit is produced what makes a watermelon a vegetable?

Well now I guess it depends on which “experts” you look at but I can see why it kind of falls into fruit from the botanist standards of the “having seeds” part and the vegetable standard from the fact that many science articles state that a vegetable is part of the plant that is eaten but not part of the reproduction. Even in this article: Watermelon: Fruit or Vegetable the writer mentions that a botanist would label it a fruit but…there is always a but…

One question asked was this:

“…in some Asian cultures, watermelon rinds are pickled with savory spices and the flesh is used in stir-fries, where it resembles a vegetable. So, is watermelon a fruit in one culture and a vegetable in another?”

Another article that looks at how it is a fruit and a vegetable is here.

So I guess it depends on how you grow it and eat it, but technically it’s a fruit on some level and a vegetable (I guess) on another since it can also be eaten as a vegetable.

Humans–We sure have a way of complicating things. We should probably stop trying to put everything in boxes and just eat it however we want it.

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