It is not about motivation, it is about dedication.
There is power in the practice of regularly doing reps in workouts. I always had the mentality of “one and done” when I exercised. Now as I think about it, that is just silly. Doing a hard routine is supposed to be difficult that is why you should do it again during the same workout. You can only get stronger if you know your limits and push them. Also as I mature my exercises I do multiple reps throughout the day to push the limits again. If you can do 5 push ups in the morning you can certainly do 5 push ups at night. You’re only going to get stronger.
When I run outdoors it’s easy to feel like I can’t breathe. As it is for running, for me anyway, you have to calm your inner voice and tell yourself you can breathe. Once you realize that you have the ability to take in more air, the easier your breaths become. For me it is never a matter of my legs, it is a matter with my mind. I need to remind myself that I can do this. Once my body and mind are in agreement everything is alright.
The trials and tribulations of reading are bountiful and merciless! There are always about 3 to 4 books on my current rotation and of course there is vapid favoritism. One book always ends up on the back burner. Let’s give it up for the back-burner book! Everyone has one or two or fifteen of those books. These are the books you’ve TRIED desperately to read and finish and you just cannot for the life of you read another.single.page. For the better part of the the last two years I have re-read the first 100 pages of Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. I just cannot break the barrier of the first 100 pages. I like the concept and ideas of the book series but there is some serious mental blockage going on. Another book I cannot get through is Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I desperately want to read these books because I’ve been told by so and so that they are quite good. Honestly and unfortunately they’ll probably stay on the back burner for a while.
I’ve recently discovered the amount of free time I now possess as a postgrad. Rather than watching abundant Netflix or lounging about I am going to do something productive! This productiveness is reading. I miss cuddling up with novel and getting completely lost in its pages. So from this day forth I challenge myself to read more. Since there are 52 weeks to a year obviously I cannot do the 52 book challenge without straining my eyes (and brain). I challenge myself to read a book on or about every week left in this year!
At the beginning of the summer I decided to change my health around. I considered myself to be pretty active and thought I was eating well. After unsuccessfully trying to lose a little weight I felt I was back at square one. Realizing my lack of nutritional knowledge I hit the books.
After finding and reading It All Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig my concept on nutrition was changed forever. I always knew that I had sensitivities to certain foods (esp. breads and anything fried) and It All Starts With Food completely confirmed all my suspicions. Naturally after this epiphany I did some Internet research and found some great blogs and some new recipes. Since then my body just feels better and I am mentally and physically stronger.
So if you really want to transform your body and mind I recommend reading It All Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. After you do that do a little internet research on the paleo eating. Take it with a grain of salt and run by some blogs that will soon become your favs. One of my favorites is PaleOMG which features Juli Bauer. Discover some Paleo cookbooks such as The Paleo Kitchen & Well Fed. Don’t forget to exercise, keep hydrated, and enjoy life!
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Do you ever have a moment when your thinking is instantaneously lucid and you have a deep appreciation of the world? I am not talking about sitting around for hours, days or weeks waiting for this moment. I mean when you’re in the middle of a chaotic moment or complete randomness where it suddenly dawns on you that life is beautiful. Not superficially beautiful but actually impressive, tenacious and magnificent.
About a week ago I sat on the train going into Manhattan listening to everything around me. It just wholly washed over me and I felt appreciation in the moment.