Today marks the beginning of a new year in my life. The only thing that I planned to do was roll out of the bed and attend Gloria’s 9 a.m. yoga class; everything else was gravy.
We had perfect music at the perfect volume for class. A new pose for me was dragon and I totally felt like one while striking that pose. I didn’t, however, have the wherewithal to be a fire-breathing dragon. Maybe next time.
There was a guy in class that I tweeted about. I called him a champion breather and Cindy tweeted back that no wonder I had a champ in class because Ujjayi breathing translates to victorious breath. I can believe that since I often feel victorious after practicing yoga...
Gloria usually starts her class with that mantra …may all beings be happy and free and she often reads a poem during savasana. She also ends class with a mantra; I never catch all of it but today I caught: may you experience the warmth of love...
From my uncle who texted me at 5:47 a.m. to my friends and family that joined me for a dinner organized at the last minute, I did feel all kinds of warmth. And, bonus, my aunts and mother found something to their liking at the cafe that I chose even though they looked over the menus for a really long time...
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...