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The Only Thing Worse...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

than a workout so hard it makes me feel like I'm going to die is a workout so easy it makes me feel like I wasted my time. I had 2 workouts like that today and have been in a bad mood because of them. From now I'll lift weights when I can't make it to my regular classes. I HATE weights, but at least they get my heart rate up.

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COOP9002 7/11/2014 11:50AM

    If you're working out i doubt that you're wasting your time. Have a great weekend.

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$25 For 8 Pieces of Fruit...

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

instead of $5 for candy. They were completely overpriced but totally worth it because oranges are not the only fruit. Guava, passionfruit and pomegranates -- the holy trinity of fruits. I think this just means I'll just have to move to a locale where at least one is indigenous.

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PASTAFARIAN 7/12/2014 10:15PM

    Holy trinity of fruit? Never heard of this before. Google doesn't know about it either. Are you just making this up?

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40 Days Alcohol Free

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Today marks 40 days of no alcohol . While I've been counting those days, I only just realized that it's the longest I've gone without having alcohol in my system since I started teaching last summer. Don't get me wrong I didn't drink everyday. However, I drank pretty often.

In July, it was to celebrate surviving a mind-numbing 5 weeks of teacher "training." In August, it was to take the edge off after 9 hour days of "abuse" from students. In September, it was to make text flirtation with someone easier. In October, it was to numb my sadness when that flirtation ended. And so on and so forth. Though I resolved to stop drinking in December, I found myself hanging out with my coworkers socially from January on. And drinking. To the point of being a complete mess. Even though a voice kept telling em that alcohol was not compatible with the yogic life I want to lead.

The last few weeks of school were the worst. Admin went insane, deactivated email accounts, brought in police, and did a bunch of other crap I can't even remember. All I remember is waiting for 4:30 to roll around because I knew there was a pretty good chance I'd be drinking with my coworkers by that time. I often felt like I needed to drink and worried about turning into an alcoholic.

The point is I pretty much had alcohol in my system for 11 months straight, since it takes a while to completely exit the body. I thought all the meditating, practicing yoga, working out, and spending time in the sunlight are the reason I smile a lot more. I realize now, however, that being poison free has played a big part. This blog shall serve as a written commitment to take this streak to 90 days. Even if it means I can't hang out with my coworkers.

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TORTISE110 7/8/2014 7:29AM

    I am impressed. Like you, I notice a big difference when I let alcohol go for awhile. My mood shifts to the positive. Go for that streak! Congrats on all you have accomplished already.

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RASPBERRY56 7/8/2014 5:02AM



Haven't drank in *decades* - and it feels absolutely emoticon

Keep up the great work!

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GHOSTFLAMES 7/8/2014 4:58AM

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Spirit Athlete: Eric Moussambani

Saturday, July 05, 2014

After mulling over the idea for a few months now, I've committed to incorporating triathlons into my race schedule for several reasons.
1. I think they'll be less damaging on my body.
2. Swimming will allow me to develop upper body strength.
3. Completing an IronMan before the age of 35 is a goal of mine.
The problem with this plan, however, is that I can't swim more than one length of a 25m pool without stopping.

I took swimming lessons this week (I took some back in 2012 as well, but stopped practicing shortly thereafter) and I realized that I had been trying to "sprint" when I needed to "jog." This revelation helped a great deal in removing some of the frenzy from my movements and panic from my mind. Unfortunately, my mind keeps going on and on about what an unpleasant experience swimming is for my body. (My mind also likes to throw in comments about the absolute impossibility of ever swimming 2.5 miles straight.) Though the yogi in me knows it's not a matter of IF I'll ever be able to swim without stopping but a matter of WHEN, I can't help but get frustrated with my efforts. I decided I needed to find a "spirit athlete" for swimming to help me combat my mind's desire to just give up.

I never thought of it as having a spirit athlete before, but I called Caster Semenya to mind during many of my runs when I first started and still call on various WNBA players (Seimone Augustus, Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi, Britney Griner) during circuit training workouts. (I never found a spirit athlete for spinning, which is probably part of the reason it often still feels like torture...)

At first I thought that Lia Neal would be my swimming spirit athlete. She made waves (ha!) during the 2012 Olympics because of her race and her age. Who better than a black female swimmer, I thought? And then I learned that she attends Stanford. As difficult as my 4 years there were, I'm still a Cardinal, so I was convinced Lia was a perfect match.

While looking for videos of Lia on YouTube, I saw a clip titled "World's Worst Olympic Swimming Trial in History." Being the time waster that I am, I clicked on it. It occurred during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. All 3 swimmers in the heat were from "developing countries" (Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Tajikistan) admitted through an initiative designed to encourage their participation in the games. Two of the athletes started before the gun and were disqualified. The third athlete was Eric Moussambani.

He learned how to swim 8 months before the trial. He did it in a lake. He swam the 100m race alone and finished it in 1:52:57. That seems pretty good to me given that 25m takes me 30-40 seconds, and I have to rest for 1 minute after each length. However, this was the Olympics and the world record at the time was 48:18.

In an interview after the race, Moussambani said the last 15 meters were very difficult. It's clear that was the case, but he kept moving. He didn't stop. Eric Moussambani is my swimming spirit athlete.

I won't even get into the commentary on this clip because I'll go on forever, but you can watch it here.


Exercise Moments of Bliss: This Week's A Summary

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I've started to think that recording more of these moments of bliss will be helpful because I can look back at them when I lose motivation. There have been few over the last couple of days, and most seem to have something to do with nature. One week it was the beautiful bluejay. Two days ago it was the egret and turtles sitting on a piece of wood in the middle of the lake. This morning it was the large white bird with brown markings that flew overhead during outdoor yoga. (It kills me that I don't know what kind of bird it was.)

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JAMBABY0 7/5/2014 7:25PM

    look on line and maybe you can find the bird, good luck

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