Scott planned a last minute family road trip to Williamsburg to celebrate the Fourth of July. Fireworks watching in Colonial Williamsburg – what could be more appropriate? The hurricane brought cooler temps which made it a perfect weekend for site seeing and spending time outdoors. We spent our last day at Busch Gardens Theme park. Anyone who knows me well, knows I am not a huge fan of parks like that. It’s too crowded, people forget their manners and to me, it’s the biggest display of gluttony on Earth. We managed to find a place in the Ireland section that had healthy salads, which is what I ate for lunch but I was probably one of the few in the entire park that actually chose the healthy option. Every time I go somewhere toursity, it’s a shocking reminder how obese and out of control people are. It makes me angry and sad at the same time. I see obese parents raising kids who are already battling obesity. They will have a harder battle to fight as they grow up already dealing with it.
Obesity is such a serious health issue. I found some Shocking Facts Behind Obesity Infographic that will surely open your eyes to how it affects all of us! Whenever I hear about accepting our bodies – I want to clarify it to be more about kindness, respect and worth. Being overweight affects your health and for your benefit and others – that’s not OK!
As we are in full summer mode, many of us will be exercising and/or attending events to benefit worthy causes. I’m all for giving back, but you have to do your research before you just give. You need to make sure the money you are donating is really going towards the causes you wish to support. We all found out the hard way about the Susan G Komen organization and the millions of dollars going to pay salaries and not helping find a cure for breast cancer. With that in mind, I came across information about the Wounded Warrior Project: Wounded Warriors Project A Legal Scam. If you do support this organization, I ask that you inform yourself on how they operate. Based on this report, they definitely have some inflated salaries and other sketchy operational cost which ultimately means less of the money donated goes to the wounded vets they serve.
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Yesterday’s soccer game was so thrilling and even though the USA team lost to Belgium, I am still in awe of how awesome our players are. I had no idea how awesome soccer players are in general –great athletes and amazing to look at too. That’s a great combination for sure. I love when world sports’ teams compete –it brings out our national spirit. Everyone rallies together and cheers the team on. It’s unifying and exciting and it was much needed especially after the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby this week that clearly divided the country.
It was definitely tough getting up this morning for my Power Boxing class. I am enjoying it but it’s hard on my body at 6A, especially after a tough and hot yoga class yesterday. One thing I have begun to notice while boxing is the variety of intensity found among the boxers. There are a ton of newbies that are still not comfortable really beating the crap out of the heavy bag. At least I think they are newbies — I wonder how much benefit they are getting when they don’t hit hard or really move during the workout time. My feeling is that you are there to work – so go as hard as you can. Maybe that’s as hard as they can go but I doubt it — I think it’s as hard as their mind allows them to go. This is really where the CrossFit training and mentality serves me really well. I go at full intensity when it calls for it — and I don’t quit and I am finding that a lot of people outside of CF don’t necessarily subscribe to that.
Have you had a chance to read this NYT feature: Is Obesity Ok?. It’s such a touchy subject that is tied to so many emotions that it’s tough to really get to the heart of it. The health implications of obesity are not OK – but obese people are worthy of respect and kindness, just like everyone else out there. But does respect mean you don’t show sincere care for their well being and talk to them about addressing the issue? Obesity is a public health issue and causes a whole host of other health issues. Sometimes honest conversations can sting even though it’s coming from a place of concern, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t happen.
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Today’s theme at yoga was Letting Go — and the need to continually rethink, reimagine, re-explore long held beliefs and ultimately let go of those that prevent us from moving on. Why do we think we are not athletic? Why do we think we aren’t beautiful or worthy of love? Is there a moment in our pasts that helped define those thoughts and beliefs that we are still clinging to? It’s an interesting concept because so many of us get stuck in situations because we believe it’s the only way. Why do you put up with things in your life that make you miserable? Why can’t you go after the career you always dreamed of? What do you believe that is holding you back from doing?
What if we all took a breathe and really examined why we think the way we do — and should we continue to think it?
It’s also timely around the Hobby Lobby ruling. Times change, people change and it’s definitely time to re-examine and re-think who represents us.
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I don’t want to post anything today other than information about the Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court. A facebook friend shared:
Hobby Lobby wins in a NARROW RULING….but here’s a thought…
Here is the slightly glossed-over rank hypocrisy of Hobby Lobby, in one sentence:
“They will cover male contraception, in the form of a vasectomy.”
Unlike female oral contraception (“The pill”), which have also been used to treat other medical conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, amenorrhea, menstrual cramps, adenomyosis, menorrhagia (excessive menstral bleeding), menstruation-related anemia and dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), vasectomy has no other medical indications besides birth control.
I completely agree with Justice Ginsberg and her take on how wrong this decision was — It’s a very scary day in this country when Five White Conservative Men decide what’s best for a woman’s reproductive health.
Each morning I try to do some reflection and spend time reading through quotes or inspirational passages to start my day off positively. This quote from Iyanla Vanzant made me stop in my tracks and nod my head profusely…
If you really want to live your life to the fullest and realize your greatest potential, you must be willing to run the risk of making some people mad. People may not like what you do, people may not like how you do it, but these people are not living your life. You are!
I can certainly relate to the sentiment and am trying to be more comfortable with the realization that some people just don’t get me — and as long as I know my intentions are good and I am open to learning and being kind, then sometimes that’s the way it is. I definitely do have somewhat of a dominant personality and not everyone takes to it. But I can expect regardless of it, I deserve to be treated fairly, kindly and with respect. Scotty tells me often that that’s where I go wrong –to expect anything from anyone. I’m still not sure I subscribe to that way of thinking… although he sure seems to be a happy guy.
I have now been boxing for a few months and am starting to see the fruit of my switch over. I have lost some weight and am leaning out. I have realized that based on my body type, I do tend to get a bit bigger when I focus on strength training. There is nothing wrong with that depending on your goals, but I definitely like the way boxing is leaning me out. As I said, we don’t just box either – we do speed work, weight training and mobility. I am trying to figure out how to add in actual barbell work a few times a week but for now, it’s a real nice change for me. I am meeting some fun, friendly people and am finding myself getting excited again about getting up and working out. The music is good, the instructors are experienced and prepared and the boxing gym is clean. That’s my recipe for a good fitness experience!
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Since it has been so hot lately, I want to share more info about hydration and its effects on your health. Did you know that a 2% drop in body water can cause a small but critical shrinkage of the brain, which can impair neuromuscular coordination, decrease concentration, and slow thinking? Dehydration also reduces endurance, decrease strength, cause cramping and slow muscular response. Remember Lebron James and the cramps he had during the NBA playoffs this year?
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I have found that when I am dehydrated, I feel run down and fatigued. I have to constantly remind myself to drink water. I’m not sure why it’s such a hard thing to do on a daily basis though. Seems like it’s a simple fix to many issues. Maybe we can all try to eat more foods that can help us stay hydrated in addition to drinking more H2O.
Remember a few posts ago, I mentioned Adrenal Fatigue? I’ve been doing some more reading and found information about the role DHEA plays in adrenal imbalances. DHEA is a natural steroid and precursor hormone produced by the adrenals. I was not able to find out how many women actually suffer from low levels of DHEA but considering so many women out there deal with hormonal imbalances, I would bet that many do have lower levels of DHEA. May be worth a check in with your doctor if you think it may be possible…
“When DHEA levels are low, your body does not have enough working material for proper endocrine function. This throws off your hormone production and you feel a general sense of malaise, along with other symptoms of hormonal imbalance — how severe depends on how many other demands are being made on your body at the same time.
There is a growing body of evidence that healthy levels of DHEA may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, heart disease and obesity, but there is still no clearcut consensus. There may be some increased risks associated with DHEA for women with a history of breast cancer — all the more reason to take DHEA under medical supervision.”
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I came across a facebook post by Danielle LaPorte that really resonated with me:
I have never met someone who is living a bold and successful life—and by successful I mean prosperous, kind, and in touch with the meaningfulness of what theyʼre doing — who has apologized for being perfectionistic, mercurial, unrelenting, or whatever their slightly controversial hallmark characteristics are.
You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.
Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.
I had trouble sleeping last night. I read about a young guy in the NOVA area who lost his battle with colon cancer: Former Hayfield High School Principal Dave Tremaine Passes Away. Dave Tremaine was a son, husband, father, friend, mentor, educator. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. I found the blog his wife has been keeping, Embracing the Rollercoaster, and it brought back a lot of feelings and memories of my family’s experience. I am so thankful each and every day that we were able to catch Scott’s cancer early enough – it’s another reminder of how cancer changes everyone involved. My heart breaks for his family and the new normal they must learn to live… The time we have is too precious to hold grudges, to be mean, or to waste!
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Today’s yoga class theme was all about listening to your body which was quite timely as I have been following an interesting discussion in a Master’s CrossFit Group (+40 years old) all about feeling like you need a break and adrenal fatigue.
Here is the post that started the very active discussion:
It’s the first time since I started CrossFit over 2.5 years that I feel like quitting. Since I became menopausal, I’ve had to deal with one issue after the other. The most prominent is adrenal fatigue. My body has said “enough!” Thankfully I’m able to do my best to follow the suggestions from professionals. Just a few days back I received more discouraging news so I feel like throwing the towel in. I sure hope I don’t stay in this place too long. Anyone else out there having this experience?
I think this happens to a lot of folks actually and may be the reason behind my recent break from CrossFit. I was starting to really struggle through the workouts – my body was unusually sore, and I just lacked the energy and motivation to really push. I also was gaining weight and losing interest in something that at one time was the source of so much fun in my life.
I think we are conditioned to ignore certain signs and feelings – the attitude of pushing through the pain or suck it up. There is an element to that in life, but there are also tell tale signs when it’s something more than simply needing a push. It’s the time to quiet your mind and really pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. If you love something and gradually you start to see your enthusiasm for it die down — stop and take a look at what’s going on. Chances are there are signs that will lead you to figure out what’s going on. But you have to stop and listen!
CrossFit is a wonderful method to get in shape for everyone, however a 20 something year old is very different than a 40 year old athlete. The body has had twenty more years of use and for some, abuse. There are lots of physical and chemical issues that come a long with aging that there is NO way to compete on a truly equal level. CrossFit is full of young kids and it’s important for the Master athletes to keep their ego in check and realize that the only person they can equally compete against is themselves. But what happens is you see that young whipper snapper pushing through – kicking ass and your inner voice starts to speak louder, demanding you step up. You have to train that voice to shift perspective and push for progress. For me – I have to remember to stop and ask myself a few questions: Am I having fun? Am I learning? Is it working?
For me, the right thing is to take a break from CrossFit and the programming at the gym I was at – try some different approaches and find my inspiration and passion again. I hope this encourages you to take time daily to quiet your mind and listen.
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Yesterday, Casey Kasem died. He was very much a childhood staple in life. Every Sunday morning, I would listen to his American Top 40 on the radio and sometimes I would set up my tape player to record some of my favorite songs. Funny how different things are today. He will always hold a special place in my memories. It’s very sad that his family were in such a conflict over his end of life care. I’m sure it’s not what he would have wanted… Rest in Peace, Mr. Kasem.
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