Saturday, July 30, 2011
I love SYTYCD. I haven't watched as much this summer as I'd like, but I did catch it Wed. and I was in awe. The muscles on dancer bodies are astounding. The way they can move and twist and flip and turn and stretch and lift and you get the picture is crazy inspiring.
I'll admit that I've been at Bodystep and I look in the mirror during the Dance track and pretend I'm at a SYTYCD audition. ha! dorky. But guess what? It works! All of a sudden I'm pushin harder, jumping higher, stretching arms all the way out, focusing on the muscles that are being worked, kicked higher and longer and smiling bigger. hey! Look how much fun working out can be!
This morning I was sipping coffee, browsing pinterest and look what I found:
too beautiful not to share. Across ages, across time, across cultures.
Get yer groove on sparkers.
Monday, July 25, 2011
DIY Challenge 7/22-7/24 Assignment 7
This weekend's assignment is easier than normal or harder than normal, depending on how you look at it.
1. Prove that you got a workout in. Be creative. Take a picture. Have your hubby notorize your tracker. Doesn't matter. Prove it.
That's me, on the left, post Warrior Dash. Good thing to do on a cloudy Sunday morning if ya ask me.
I wrote a whole nother blog about it if you're interested.
2. If you are in an area suffering from the heat wave, be smart about over-working yourself and drink water.
Luckily the heat calmed down a bit for the weekend. It was making me a crabby mess.
3. Prove that you have a plan for eating healthy. You can post a grocery lit, photos of pretty meals you've eaten or post a new recipe that you are going to try next week, etc.
On Saturday I channeled my inner 1950s housewife and cooked, baked and canned up a storm. I had tons of fresh fruit from an organic farm in WA and it was finally cool enough to use my stove and oven. This is a pic of apricot jam. I used half the recommended sugar and it is still sweet. I've been putting a spoonful on Greek yogurt for a morning snack. yum!
This weekend is all about proving you Did It Yourself!
DIY Challenge 7/25-7/28 Assignment 8
1. Go back and read your DIY Entry Card and reaquaint yourself with the reasons you stated for doing this.
done. I love my calendar. It has been a huge motivator. For the most part, I'm meeting my goals. I'm doing better with ST. I'm getting in daily push-ups. Not the 50 I had planned, but I guess that may have been too much. They are all on my toes! And that still makes me feel like a superhero every time I do em!
2. If you stumbled or fell this weekend, then it's time to give it your all this week. I mean seriously, YOUR ALL. Have a new motivator every day if necessary. But I want to see you guys pushing it. If its a heatwave, swim or workout inside. If food is your demons, I want to see you bragging about 7 days without givin in to unsatisfying temptations.
I am eating too much. good, clean, healthy foods. just WAY too much of them. I can feel it. At first it was too hot to eat and now I feel like I can't stop. Back to the dreaded food tracker it is...
3. If you're still on point, keeping up a streak when you thought you'd run out of steam long before now... then I encourage you to not give up. Dont quit, keep going. We've all got your back!
I do feel on point for the most part. It is that portion control that gets to me. That will be my focus this week.
4. Practice this week... patience, commitment and fun.
I love this last sentence so much. We all know that Yoovie has a way with words. This is perfect.
Monday, July 25, 2011
It was awesome. I knew I'd love it, but it blew all expectations out of the water. It was incredibly awesome.
I decided to drive by myself because I had to leave pretty quickly after the race. Sunday morning at 6:30 riving out of the city is peaceful. I took the scenic route on purpose and relished the 45 minute drive alone. All you moms out there know what I'm talking about!
The parking lot was a huge corn field. I was in the second heat of the day and there were already 100s of people. It's one of those events that makes men feel the need to wear little skirts. I should've taken pics of all the costumes. Anyway, you immediately feel the energy and the party atmosphere. In the middle of a cornfield. At 7 am.
I met my friends and their friends. 3 girls I know from the gym asked if I wanted to do this whole thing in the first place. I don't know them really well, but it sounded like fun. And I think that Spark blogs gave me the courage to try something new, on my own, step out of a comfort zone, push myself, see fitness challenges as fun, and all that good stuff. Our group of 7 boarded the bus and headed to the "battle field."
This is what we saw when we got off. That's the starting line. You run UP that huge hill. Seriously, that was the hardest part of the whole thing for me.
We said we'd all stay together, but pretty quickly another girl in the group and I decided we wanted to go for it and run more. The rest said adios and off we went. The obstacles were not nearly as bad as I feared. If anything, they made the run easier because you got a break from running.
I was afraid that I hadn't done enough ST and that my upper body wouldn't be strong enough. Good news: yoga and daily push-ups are plenty.
I shocked myself by climbing this rope on the wall pretty quickly.
The huge slip and slide down part of the hill was the most fun. But really the whole thing was fun. I felt strong. It was great to see so many people (25,000 over the 2 days!) doing something fun and healthy. It's easy to get depressed about the state of our country's health with all the headlines about obesity and horrible diets. To be a part of something so full of life is invigorating.
The adrenalin is so high by the end that it didn't even bother me to jump into the mud pit. Oh, and right before the mud, is the fire jump, which I somehow managed to have no fear and fly right over!
Here's me and my new race buddy at the finish:
We finished about 15 minutes before the rest of our group.
Getting sprayed off by the cold, fire hoses felt like one of the obstacles! Then we took our race chips off the muddy shoes (which was a token for a free beer. how fun is that?!)
The shoes are washed and donated by a non-profit. Everybody wins!
I already want to do another mud run. I can't find the words to describe how great it was. If you have the tiniest interest in trying it, GO FOR IT!!!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
It's very interesting. I am doing my best to learn more about nutrition and have come to see that not all calories are created equal. It is complex. I think this article is expecially important because it covers a study with a large sample size: 120,877. They were followed for 12-20 years!
Here are some highlights, if you don't want to read the whole article:
"... he found that metabolism, which determines how many calories are used at rest, slowed with the consumption of refined grains but stayed the same after consumption of whole grains." Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston
"This study shows that conventional wisdom- to eat everything in moderation, eat fewer calories and avoid fatty foods- isn't the best approach."
"Physical activity in the US is poor, but diet is even worse."
"That yogurt, among all foods, was most strongly linked to weight loss was the study's most surprising dietary finding."
The study was about keeping weight off, not just what helped people lose weight. Our country needs a lot of help. So let's go eat our super foods sparkers!!!
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