Quick and Easy Lunch

I was busy and didn’t think I had time to make myself lunch then I came up with this. Whole wheat pita, avocado, black beans and salsa–fast, healthy and GOOD!

200 Hours

I just finished a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program with a group of really terrific students and teachers.  The classes taught us how to design and lead a creative and safe Vinyasa yoga class.  

We also learned about yoga anatomy and physiology,  breathing and meditation techniques,  as well as the history of yoga and about the different styles we have today–Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga, Kundalini, Yin Yoga and of course Vinyasa.

Even more importantly, I learned a lot about myself.  I learned to be more accepting of things as they are – How to take things in stride; to not obsess over the past or worry about the future.  I am learning to live in ther present moment.  I learned (finally) to forgive a long ago hurt, and I am  learning to let the future unfold as it will without attempting to control every detail.  My new motto is,

Embrace the Uncertainty.

The future is certainly uncertain, and I am enjoying the freedom of letting go of my attempt to control events and giving it up to a higher power, I know that everything will work out not, necessarily as I had planned, but for the best.

 

 

DOMS

Yesterday I went skiing for the first time in a little over a year.  The weather was great, and the snow was fantastic.  I skied for 4 or 5 hours and felt great!  Last night I was certainly tired, but not sore. This morning my quads were a little “tender”.  Well now, by the end of the day, walking up and down the stairs is getting harder and harder!!  I really feel my muscles, and I know that tomorrow the real soreness will set in!

Did you ever notice how when you over exert yourself, you don’t feel sore until a day or two later?  This is a real phenomenon.  It is called DOMS — Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  It is the result of micro tears in the muscle fibers.  But these micro tears are actually beneficial.  As the muscle fibers heal they grow bigger (muscle hypertrophy).  So don’t be afraid of exerting yourself.  A little tenderness is good, but be careful not to overdo it.  You should feel back to normal after 48 hours

Habits of Mentally Strong People

I saw this graphic and it really hit home.  Lately I have been looking for a new job.  It is a big project and can be very daunting at times, but I must say that I have totally embraced these 18 attitudes and I’m actually enjoying the search!

  • Move on –Let go of the past and focus on what is ahead. That’s what I did; I walked away without dwelling on the whys (the past) and hows (the future), and focused all my attention on the task at hand (the present).
  • Keep control – I do this by taking charge of the project: scanning the job postings, writing and rewriting my resume, and signing up for classes to strengthen my skills.
  • Embrace change—Luckily I look upon change as opportunity not a hardship.
  • Stay happy—Always a good idea to maintain a happy attitude; especially when trying to sell yourself to prospective employers!
  • Be kind — Again, always a good idea to be kind. Remember, “what goes around comes around”
  • Be willing to take calculated risks –All of life is a risk, and the process of looking for a job is no exception. You have to put yourself out there every day .
  • Invest energy in the present—(see #1)
  • Accept full responsibility for past behavior—I’ve learned that no matter what the situation, my attitudes and actions influenced the outcome.
  • Celebrate other people’s success—this goes with #5, being kind. I especially like sending cards or e-mails to people congratulating them on their accomplishments.
  • Be willing to fail—Failure is part of embracing change (#3) and being willing to take calculated risks (#6).
  • Enjoy time along – I think this comes with age and maturity. There was a time when I hated being alone, and busied myself just to avoid solitude.  But now I relish my alone time.  Time to read, to write, to think, and yes, sometimes to nap!
  • Work and succeed on ones own merits – Honestly, who else’s merit would get us to where we want to be?
  • Have staying power/Don’t give up – I am committed to keeping up the task until I achieve a positive outcome.
  • Evaluate and be true to core beliefs—as I go through this process, I am constantly evaluating who I am, what I believe, and how I can tailor my job search to my beliefs. For example, I have seen several job listings for a company that is in an industry I do not support.  While the listings look good, I pass them by.
  • Expend mental energy wisely—I’ve cleared the decks. Everything I work on is related to my job search.  I don’t let distractions pull me away from my goal.
  • Think productively—funny, the more positively and productively I think the more positive and productive I am becoming!
  • Tolerate discomfort—This process is not a comfortable one; sending resumes into the black hole of cyber space, hearing nothing or getting the standard response…”thank you for your interest but at this time….”  The trick is to be able to brush off the negative and keep moving forward (#1)

Healthy Aging

It’s inevitable, aging is a part of life.  I’ve read many articles about healthy aging and I’ve summarized my findings into 4 simple points:

Sleep — Strive for 7 hours of sleep a night (or supplement with naps)

Exercise — Get up and walk a few times a day for a combined total of 30 minutes of activity

Socialization –Stay in touch with friends and relatives and talk with everyone you come across during the day, even if it is simply to say hello.

Proper Nutrition — Eat Real Food and plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoid added sugar as much as possible.

Easy!