Life Humor – Coffee Is Not Recreational

You know those people who dawdle at the coffee shop..? Who pick out the change one by one or can’t seem to figure out what planet their on, or take an eon to order a latte?  This seems to sum up the thought that goes through a tried brain, patience be damned…

Fitness Humor – The Magic Pill

There’s definitely some humor in this at first glance, but the quote also suggests that nutrition is vital to our health – what we take in to fuel our bodies matters, and it’s almost amazing that it isn’t one of the first things many doctors look into for chronic illness.  

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I think a lot of folks assume “clean eating” is bland, boring, and flat-out awful…but it ISN’T.  I’ve never heard someone say that they tried eating healthier foods and found themselves to be more lethargic, or that they suddenly were getting sick all the time, or that they gained weight… It has always been the TOTAL opposite – people have more energy, they feel refreshed and stronger physically, they sleep better, get sick less, have more mental clarity…and they often lose some stubborn pounds while they’re at it.

Sautéing your spinach in a cup of olive oil isn’t going to help…but let’s say you added a dash of oil (healthy fats) and some salt and pepper.  You’d be amazed how great that can taste!  Veggies, fruits, lean proteins…they’re absolutely DELICIOUS and they certainly don’t have to be devoid of flavor.  Spices can make a marked difference, and what’s really great is that no sauce = you can actually taste THE FOOD.  

If, however, we just reach for sugar, products with more ingredients that you can’t pronounce than you can, fried foods (the list goes on), it may taste and feel good in the short term…but it will kick your butt later.  You might find that you are dragging a lot, or that your skin has become dull or temperamental.  It may be that you are even feeling more depressed than normal, heading to the doctor more frequently, or that your clothes have started to feel too snug.  The side effects of a poor diet are doing as much damage to your internal organs too – they heart, brain, blood, ALL of you, needs clean sources of fuel to keep it functioning optimally.  Imagine putting the lowest-end fuel in the Ferrari – it’s not going to do what it is capable of, period.

Challenge yourself – even if in small doses, or for a short, manageable time frame – to try more whole foods, and start to lessen the processed ones.  Being creative with cooking isn’t hard these days with all of the apps and recipes you can find online.  There are also tons of recommendations out there about spices to use, or lower-calorie condiments if necessary, to keep your meals tasting as delicious as you deserve them to be.  

Cutting out the junky stuff might be tricky at first – withdrawal is a real phenomenon.  But stick it through and give your body a chance to adjust – you will find that you had the “magic pill” all along.  Caring about what you put in your fuel tank can make ALL the difference.

Discipline

It isn’t always about the motivation – sometimes it’s simply NOT there.  Maybe you’re tired, maybe you just don’t feel like it. Discipline is that figure sitting on your shoulder, whispering in your ear:

“You can”

“Just start”

“You’ll feel amazing once you get through it”

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Motivation isn’t always easy to come by, but discipline can get you through.

Humor – Sleep, Get You Must

Yes…definitely me most mornings.  I’ll get up, but sometimes my eyes are still shut, and I’m moving like my body and my brain are on two separate planets.  It’s possible one of the two is on Dagobah. . .

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Humor – OMG. I’m Snowball!

Every once in a while in Life I’ve seen a cartoon character to whom I can – perhaps alarmingly – relate.  Yes, well…the other evening I went to Target to pick up some batteries and as I passed by the toy section I found myself audibly gasping out loud and saying “oh my god, its ME!”

There it was. . .a disgruntled, angry-looking bunny toy, ears slightly askew, who (despite his obvious displeasure) made me laugh.  Seems unfair to associate with something that sounds incredibly negative-leaning, no?  Nah.  I’m one of the happiest people I know – I love to laugh, and prefer to see the good int he World.  I’m aware of the not-so-stellar, but let’s say that I’d rather air on focusing on what’s right, lest I drive my Empathetic self into the doldrums! No rosy-colored glasses, just the deliberate aim to keep my spirits lifted. So why, then, Snowball?  It isn’t just the wedding planning, rest assured. . .!

I look all sweet an innocent when I think I might be able to go train, or get in extra credits for Marital Arts.  I make the same face when you say “I have steamed chicken and vegggiiiess…”  “YOU DO!?” *wide eyes and lashes batting*

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When I understand that you might have protein around, or I can get extra Martial Arts in. “Weapons week?!” 🙂

This is when you actually show me that you have protein. . .When you say we get to train weapons this week, OR I get to the gym and no one else is there. . . YOU know the feeling!

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When I someone gives me a plate of steamed chicken, vegetables and Himalayan pink salt!

But when I do go to lift, or to the Dojo, and there are a shit-ton of people, then I get a little ugly and try to figure out how to clear them out.  

There.

Must.

Be.

A.

Way!

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I prefer animals to people. Is that wrong?!

By the time I get through most of my morning, I’m pretty ravenous.  This really does sum it up. . .

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STARVING!

After nine Martial Art Classes a week – Gracie Combatives Jiu-Jitsu, Reflex Development, and Ninjutsu, plus lifting and cardio?  I’m BEAT!

After a long week of Jiu-Jitsu, Ninjutsu, lifting, cardio, living...

After a long week of Jiu-Jitsu, Ninjutsu, lifting, cardio, living…

PS…did I mention my mother calls me “Bunny”?  Yes, probably for 37 of my 38 years.  I guess you could say there’s a resemblance. 😉 

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Word Of The Day – Éclat (YSL, Is That You?!)

I smiled when I read the word of the day because the first thing that came to mind was YSL.  

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The Company’s Touche Éclat launched in 1992 – I was still in middle school so it was just off my radar.  When I got to college a few years later, however, Sephora stores started cropping up near campus – the store was a whole other realm of retail because it provided a one-stop-shopping experience for all things color (cosmetics, makeup etc) and skincare without having to deal with a full on department store. Ah, the brilliance.  Having been a performing athlete most of my Life I was used to a perpetual search for glitz and glitter (one I daresay took much more effort before the likes of Sephora.)

Back then I was far more obviously-Goth, but there was something about shimmer (the dancer and figure skater in me?) that always pulled me in.  Yes, glitter and badassery – in my own Geminian mind, they worked perfectly well in tandem.  I was regularly told I looked “intimidating” and I blended so well at a Type O show that no one would have been the wiser, but yes…my closet housed an absolutely arsenal of products.

Glowing, radiant, glimmering…all worked for me at that age – I was completely unabashed and frankly got a ton of girls hooked on the glitter.  It became a trend among the class, even with the sorority girls (with whom I shared little else in common.)  The other must-have?  Products that could fake “awake.”  Yep, countless sleepless nights writing papers, finishing homework, wolfing down a third dinner…some mornings we all needed some help (my undereye bags the most!)

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At 18 it seems like sleeplessness doesn’t show… Or maybe it’s that we think it “shouldn’t”?  I can’t speak for anyone else but – while not nearly as pronounced as it can be at 38 – it showed!  Enter YSL’s cult Touche Éclat. ❤  (They’ve since followed suit with a ton more shades and a variety of “Neutralizers” (as below.)

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I remember some years later working in executive retail management.  My hours were horrendous, the pay was incredibly low, and the work was exhausting!  I’d get home dead tired, and wake up feeling a shade worse than that…but I recall one of the ladies on my staff saying “you always look so bright and awake!”  With a laugh (to balance my “OMG, are you serious?!” thought process) I told her it was thanks to YSL.  “Just let me believe it -you look beautiful,” she replied. Talk about a compliment (more for the product than myself!)

So it was tried and true for me as much as all the cult followers out there, I guess! They’ve expanded in to color corrective versions also, which I have to say is hugely intelligent based on the of-the-moment trends!  I haven’t used those myself, but some days I think it would be a wise purchase… My bed, the devil on one shoulder, the pen, the angel on the other?

X ❤