Attended a celebration for refugees and this woman from Afghanistan talked about learning English, getting a job and buying a house. Her advice to new arrivals: eat healthy, work hard and keep learning...I thought it was so cute that her advice began with eat healthy. Not so cute are the words that stick in my head from a news segment when this woman, also from Afghanistan, said People who have something to eat don't care about those who do not...
A young man from the Congo, who spent time in Gabon before heading to the States, said similar things about learning English, getting a job and war in his country. He also said that his siblings were everything to him. His advice to new arrivals: stay positive and focused...
I don't normally exercise on Fridays but I have to work tomorrow which meant that I would miss Hot Yoga and the next opportunity would be on Wednesday. In order to prevent jonesing for Hot Yoga, I decided to go directly from work to the studio. Whew! I went home for lunch, grabbed towel one, towel two, dri-wick workout clothes, a change of clothes, dried pears and contact solution et al. My unwashed mat was still in the car so no need to grab it.
In the meantime, I had an internal dialogue with myself about why I go to Hot Yoga. I like yoga. I like a challenge. I like to sweat. Yoga has done amazing things for my body and mind. Therefore, ergo...
I had not anticipated rush hour traffic complicated by baseball traffic, had to take a detour and almost turned around because I didn't think I would make it on time. I'm so glad that I did not turn around.
I've been going to Hot Yoga since December and I don't think that I've enjoyed a class as much as the one today. Maybe my attitude was more playful -- a tactic that Cindy suggests especially during the standing poses.
There were two things that stuck with my brain. Cindy reminded us that it's our practice and to do or to not do asanas. At the halfway point, as we hugged our knees to our chests, she said to give ourselves some reassurance which also turned into try a little tenderness for me. I felt amazing after class... and I felt lifted.
Inhale as early as possible and for as long as possible.
Try to keep one eye in the water.
Keep your head on the same plane as your body.
from Freestyle Breathing Technique video
If it is in the wrong position, soon everything else will be, too.
In swimming as in life, you gotta get your head in the right place.
from Breathing While Swimming by Coach Dee, Excel Triathletes Blogspot
The greater the distance between your finger tips and your toes, the better.
Have Goggles, Will Swim, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Triathlon Training
In proper freestyle swimming, the head moves with the body to take the breath; it never moves independently. You don’t want any lifting of the chin to take a breath. You don’t want any looking forward or to the side of the pool to take a breath. You want to rotate your head in line with the your body…
Alexia Oven Fries (Olive Oil, Rosemary, Garlic)
Almond Butter, Creamy With Sea Salt (Trader Joe's)
Banana Split SO Delicious Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Minis (Made With Coconut Milk & Agave Sweetened Center)
Bunny Grahams (Annie's Homegrown)
Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Sticks (Bogdon)
O'Coco's Organic Baked Crisps
Soy Creamy Mini Chocolate Sandwiches Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (Trader Joe's)
TLC Banana Chocolate Chip Soft n' Chewy Bars (Kashi)
Bahlsen Truffet (Meringue Biscuit with Cocoa Cream Filling and Swiss Milk Chocolate)
Baked Egg Soufflé (Panera Bread)
Barcelona Bar (Hickory Smoked Almonds, Grey Sea Salt...)
Belgian Chocolate Shells (Guylian)
Belgian Mini Cream Puffs
Bionic Apples (Merb's)
Cailler Rayon - 100 g Milk Chocolate with Nougat and Honey
Candied Pecans (Trader Joe's)
Cheese (Swedish Farmer's et al)
Cornbread (Hot Water & Regular)
Duc d'O Belgian Chocolate Truffles
Duc d'O Pralines Patissieres
Fried Anything (Yucca etc.)
German Chocolate Cake
Gooey Butter Cake
Half and Half
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High Maltose Corn Syrup
Ice Cubes (Moritz)
Izze Sparkling Clementine
Jelly Belly Tropical Mix
Krispy Kreme Original Glazed
Lay's Mesquite Barbecue Potato Chips
Lemon Creme Granola Bar (Attune)
LU Le Petit Ecolier Milk Chocolate
Macaroni and Cheese
Manner Mozartwurfel Cubes
McArthur's Bakery Cupcakes, Six Pack
McDonald's Trifecta: Apple Pie, French Fries & Orange Drink
Milk Afrika (Bahlsen)
Mint Meltaways (World's Finest Chocolate)
Nesquik Strawberry Syrup
Sierra Turkey Sandwich (STL Bread CO)
Spiced Sweet Potato Chips (Terra)
Starbucks Java Chip Ice Cream
Sunchips, Garden Salsa Flavor
Sweet Potato Pie
Ted Drewes' Dutchman Delight (Butterscotch, Chocolate, Pecans and Vanilla Custard)
Thai Iced Tea (The King and I)
Three Cheese Organic Pizza (Trader Joe's)
Tiramisu (Edy's Dreamery)
Vegetarian Crispy Spring Rolls (The King and I)
Veggie Chips Potato Snacks (Trader Joe's)
Weissella Soft Gingerbread Cookies, Sugar Glazed or Chocolate Covered
Woolloomooloo Bar (Roasted & Salted Macadamia Nuts, Indonesian Coconut...)
N.Y.L. (New York Laundry): Relaxing, Exercise, Shopping, A Fun Time, Being Seen In, Anything
Navy Blue Speedo Ultraback (RIP: Jan. 2009 to July 2009)
Steamfresh Specially Seasoned Southwestern Corn
Trader Joe's Multigrain & Flaxseed Water Crackers
Wasa thin & crispy rosemary flatbread
The Best Life Diet is not a diet in the usual sense of the word. You don't go on it, then off it as the term diet typically implies. It is, instead, a diet in the traditional sense of the word: a way of eating - for life. It's based on a well-balanced regimen of interesting, satisfying, nutrient-rich, and easy-to-find-and-prepare foods...