Milestones


Milestones

Last week headaches and side effects caused by clinching my teeth took me out of the loop!  Misery loves company, but not in this case, I just curled up and babied myself so when I went to the pool today, I did not expect much from myself, thinking I needed to gradually obtain my previous benchmark of 16 laps.

To my delight, swimming was easier than ever and I hit 22 laps, all free style except the last two backstrokes I threw in just for fun.  Hot tub, steam shower, and sauna finished with a lavish coating of coconut oil made my pool experience better than an expensive day at the spa!

Since we started healthier eating about 6 weeks ago, I lost 18 pounds and hubby lost  21 pounds.  SO FAR!  We generally lose about 1/2 pound per day, then stabilize for a few days, then start losing again. Making this change in our eating has not been difficult at all, except  learning HOW to uncook standpoint.

We start everyday with Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2009/07/11/green-smoothie-recipe/

I pack a vegan salad for hubby’s lunch and include a packet of Chia seeds, Flax seeds, and nutritional yeast.  I add a small container of Grapeseed oil and Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar, a glass of tea (sweetened with Stevia), and a small packet of homemade trail mix http://threemanycooks.com/recipes/nibbles-and-apps/lentil-trail-mix/

After my workout I cannot wait to get home and have a spring, lettuce, or nori roll with a smidgen of Tamari, spiralized veggies and avocado!

I take recipes from Amber Shea Crawley’s cookbook Practically Raw http://almostveganchef.com/my-book/ and Ani Phyo, Kimberly Snyder, and a multitude of vegan bloggers.  For more complete list of great chef’s and nutritionists and foodists, visit me on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/carecia/health-and-beauty/.

 

To your health,

 

Carecia

inspiration


I could hardly wait to share my recent accomplishments in the pool.  I am up to 16 laps (that is round trip of 32 single laps) and I am amazed how easy it is getting.  Attitude and self-talk is so important when I am swimming because it is easy to think “I can’t”.  I know the second I let my mind win that battle, the body will follow and I will flap my arms and gasp for breath as I paddle to the finish line!  I say things like,  “This lap is as easy as the first.  If you want to breathe, then breathe.  I am pain free.  I am free.  This is a dream come true.”

Actually, another club member inspired me to push myself to a higher goal.  A former Air Force officer, Herb is 73 years old and swims 16 laps then works out in the shallow water for another 30 minutes.  He used to run marathons, but spinal surgery took him off land and into the water.  After his workout he goes to work for 8 hours.  WOW!

Hopefully you will make your mind up to do something for yourself today!  I know I am fortunate (Herb and I said that about our membership at the club today), but you must not let money be an obstacle.  Local Y’s and even public pools and gyms are available and walking  is always free.  I noticed recreational facilities that offer exercise classes and swimming classes.  The point is, do something for yourself after all the years of doing for others, you deserve it!

Let me know if you want to chat about motivation or anything that I can talk about to help you with your quest!

All the best,

Carecia

Why I will do Bikram yoga until the day I die


Perhaps this will help you understand the benefits of Bikram yoga.

Just here. Just now.

Yeah, I know. That’s a big statement. Especially for me.

I can have some bandwagon tendencies. I jump on and ride along for about six months until a more interesting wagon rolls on by.

This is different. Bikram is a keeper. Yoga is a lifelong practice for me and if I ever stop doing it, someone needs to kick my ass back on to the mat because I’ve temporarily lost my mind.

The spiritual aspects of the practice are infused so strongly into my life, that sometimes I forget to pay homage to the physical piece.

When I was 11 years old, I broke my back. I crushed three vertebrae between my shoulder blades and I got whiplash in my lower back. I was encased in a metal brace and I had to use a wheelchair if I needed to walk further than a few steps.

In time I healed…

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Sitting down in Bikram yoga: what it says about you


Bikram Yoga is one of my most detoxifying experiences and this blog is perfect for those who may have performance anxiety.

Just here. Just now.

There have been a lot of newbies at my yoga studio lately (thanks, Living Social!) and I’ve noticed that no matter how many times they are told that they should sit down if they feel overwhelmed during class, they are totally reluctant to do so.

I’ve been practicing four times a week for almost 3 years and I still sit out a posture when I am feeling spent. The newbies seem to think sitting out makes them weak.

That’s wrong.

Sitting out means you are respectful: you are respecting yourself, but you are also being respectful to others. If you don’t sit when you need to, you are probably pacing, throwing up, passing out, guzzling water, fanning yourself or running out of the room. All those things are much more distracting and rude to others than sitting quietly on your mat.

Sitting out means you are brave: sure…

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