Thinking out loud: 3/11/15

It’s Thursday. That mean’s that it’s time for thinking out loud, obviously. I love rants and being completely all over the place so what better than to dedicate a day on the blog to pure ranting and no real topic besides the slightly random accumulation of thoughts happening inside of my brain. There are lots of them, trust me.

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I’m really digging this song lately either to meditate or as part of a yoga playlist. Check it out while you reading – it’s always nice to have reading music. At least I think so, do you agree?

Everything – Yinyues ft. Mimi Page

It is Thursday after all, throwback Thursday. I’m just all over day associations today. Not sure why my brain is so focused.

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Christmas week 2014 at my work. Check the socks, they are Stance brand and have reindeer on them, winning.

I’ve been trying to incorporate some different things lately and one of my old favorites which I hadn’t had in quite some time was a blood orange. They just look so cool! One thing though – I think I’m mildly allergic to citrus. Whenever I eat an orange/clementine/pineapple I feel slightly sick after and my mouth feels strange. It’s nothing serious but just an observation. I think I’ll keep it to a minimum, but they are just too tasty.

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As I said above, I’m trying to incorporate some different things lately… An oldie but goodie lunch/dinner (or breakfast?) is spaghetti squash + chicken + kale, all cooked in coconut oil, and sea salt + oregano added. Seriously. I would actually eat this for breakfast, so there’s that.

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Yoga. Do I really need to explain much here? We all know how I feel about my yoga practice. I think one of the reasons I’ve continued to love it so much is because it really helps me balance both life (school, work, social-life, ect.) and keep me focused when I have way to much going on. Also, it really helps my body with lifting because I tend to not relax much otherwise and end up super tight. Lastly, it’s great at keeping me in touch with my spiritual side, my goals, and remembering who I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing. I had fallen off the bandwagon a little bit about a month ago just because with school I was too busy to get to class and whenever I was home I felt that I was obligated to be working on homework, not practicing yoga. Thankfully I chucked that mindset out the window and am back to practicing every other day or so, even if just for twenty minutes. On those days where I am able to make it to a class I feel extra grateful 🙂

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Another long last favorite? Kombucha. There was a point over the summer when I was drinking 3-4 bottles per week, which was probably a little too much considering I do supplement with probiotics as well… I just had my first bottle in probably close to a month and it was delicious. Some of you reading this are probably thinking either a) what’s kombucha? or, b) delicious… more like disgusting. Can’t help myself, I dig it and it’s fermented vinegar-y taste.

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And to end off this thinking out loud I will tell you about how my weekend is going on consist of reviewing materials to re-certify myself for CPR. My basic certification expired in November of 14 and I let that slide because I knew I needed the healthcare provider course, so as of Monday evening I will have my BLS certification. Wahoo. I needed to get it done soon anyways because in order to take the NASM-cpt exam in April I need my certification card handy, and next week is spring break (!!!!) so I figured what better time?!

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Questions for you:

1. Feelings on kombucha?

2. Are you CPR certified? If so, is it for work or just general knowledge?

“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” – Eckhart Toll

Favorite things: July

Hello there! I want to begin a series of different things I’m enjoying each month. I’ve seen this on numerous other blogs and wanted to join in on the concept, because I think it’s great and fun! With trying to blog more I don’t want to always be talking about more serious topics – I want to break it up. Equal parts fun and serious discussions. Having a balance of the two is important for me.

Before jumping in can I just say how excited I am that it is August? Not to rush time but I’m a fan of learning and can’t wait to be back in a classroom setting come September 2nd. It’ll be here before I know it and I absolutely want to enjoy the rest of my summer relaxing time, but I also am excited to get back pursing my dream of being a physician. Oh the dilemma 😉

Baoding balls. These things are a blessing. Seriously do yourself a favor and buy some.

Red wine. Because it’s my first full legal month. Which actually means it’s my first full month drinking. Because I was that person. Kind of.

I’ve been obsessed with green juice lately. I honestly never thought I would be one to say that because the idea of juicing to me for so long was that it’s unnecessary and costly. While it is quite $$$, I’m also finding some solid benefits. For starters when I work back to back long shifts such as closing then immediately opening and hitting the gym in between my body asks for some support. It’s a convenient way to get in nutrients. For seconds, fiber is taken out of the equation when juicing so there isn’t all that roughage if too much fiber is something you struggle with. So many people are all “I need more fiber”, and I’m over here all “I need less”. My body can’t handle a ton. And by that I clearly mean my digestive system tends to become absurdly upset with me. Not cool.

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On the topic of green things… green monsters have been even more frequent than juice. While I’d love to drink the above everyday my wallet can’t support that. I mean it could but about half of my other expenses would have to go. I can’t really go without gas. Or food. Or coffee. Did I just say I can’t go without coffee? That’s a topic for a different day. Anyways, green monsters are great because they allow for a ton of nutrients (fiber included, but roughage broken down to liquid form) and they taste great. Especially when it’s hot and sticky here in seacoast New Hampshire. Cold, yummy, awesome. The only downside? They look like broccoli soup. That’s what my co-worker tells me. She was convinced until I made her try a sip and she loved it. Winning.

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Increasing my time journaling.

Actually painting my nails. I think the last time prior to about a month ago was for a holiday or some family function. I didn’t even paint them for the wedding I attended in June.

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What else have I been loving… Well I mean there is yoga and meditation, but those aren’t exactly secrets. With continuing my increased yoga practice I’m feeling better mentally and physically than I have in years. I literally can’t credit these two enough between increasing mental clarity, working through difficult decisions, increasing my self-awareness, and healing my body. Magic I tell you, magic.

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Blogging more 🙂

Group fitness classes. Specifically body combat. I used to go on the regular but fell off the wagon when training for all my races. Fun fitness just wasn’t aloud. Well I’m changing the name of the game. It’s now about what I am feeling on each given day.

Justin’s maple almond butter. No surprise here. In my defense it’s a re-kindled flavor obsession.

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So that is that. I just wrote a post about the little things, and posted pictures of almond butter and nail polish onto my website. On the plus side I didn’t post a selfie of my coffee cup, I’ll save that for instagram. This is a post which is oddly outside of my comfort zone. Cheers to breaking free, new beginnings, and letting go of the fear which holds us back. What have you been loving lately?

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Bliss and a healthy dose of inspiration

Hi there! I’m back and it’s only been a week, this is a step in the right direction.

It’s been a good week for the most part. Full of work, yoga, lifting, some social-life activities, and much-needed sleep “catch up”. A group of co-workers and myself went out downtown to celebrate one of their birthdays, the eighth anniversary of her 29th. Don’t you just love that? Because I do. I’ll be staying around 24 forever thank you very much. I just need to get there first. We went out for dinner and drinks and then more drinks. Side note: if you’re celiac and actually want beer, Green’s makes a fairly decent one.

In other news, I’ve increased my time spent practicing yoga weekly and I feel pretty darn great. I had been sticking with 1-2 classes per week for the last year and have bumped that up to 3 classes and then spending an additional hour or so on my own with a basic flow. Both my physical body and mental clarity are benefiting from this change. With yoga there is so much variability in the poses and the practice. One day I will have a really good flow, everything feels smooth, and I’m hitting some of the more challenging poses with ease. Whereas other days I’m not focused and my body is tight/worn-out and I spend half the class in down dog or child’s pose. It’s definitely taken a considerable amount of time for me to be accepting of spending half a class in child’s pose because I’m so used to pushing myself physically and not allowing my body what it’s asking for. Each time I step on my mat it’s a whole different experience and a constant learning process which is just awesome. For me it is just as much of a practice for self-awareness and allowing myself to get in touch with my body and how it is feeling and doing, which is exactly what I need right now.

I’ve never finished up a practice on a bad note. For me, yoga helps me re-focus and energize my body. It helps me tap into a higher power. That sounds a little crazy but for any of you who regularly practice I can guarantee you know exactly what I mean by that. I ended up dropping into a class I don’t usually attend yesterday morning and I was so completely blissed out the remainder of my day it was insane.

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of lifting and lifting decently heavy. I’ve been lifting weights in one form or another since I was around fourteen, so seven years. In comparison to competitive power lifter’s and olympic lifters, it’s really not that long. But, to not compare myself, it’s a third of my life which is considerable for sure. Recently I just haven’t been feeling it most days. And I’m respecting that which is totally not like me and outside of my comfort zone which is a good thing because we only grow outside of our comfort zones. Ding ding. Progress is a process and I am just telling myself that there is a reason I’m not motivated right now to lift as often and that I need to respect that and what is meant to be will be. If I’ve learned anything over the years it’s that our bodies are machines but they also need maintenance, love, and respect. They give us signals which we can either choose to ignore or listen and for once I’m listening. Soooo, in the meantime you can find me on my mat. 🙂

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Let’s be honest here, we all know I’m a sucker for quotes and motivational passages (see above). Well, I recently came across a series of quotes by Rumi on Mind Body Green and absolutely needed to share! I’ve seen these time and time again, have them all down in my journal, and thought that it would be a good ending to a post. Enjoy 🙂

  1. CHALLENGE FEAR. Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
  2. BE BOLD. Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.
  3. HAVE GRATITUDE. Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.
  4. TAKE ACTION. Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?
  5. HAVE FAITH. As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.
  6. EMBRACE SETBACKS. If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?
  7. LOOK INSIDE. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
  8. LEARN FROM SUFFERING. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
  9. DON’T BE CONCERNED WITH WHAT OTHERS THINK. I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
  10. DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.

-RUMI

Go out and find your happy.

A manifesto for my life

Everybody enjoys a manifesto. Well, at least I know I’ve always been a fan. Hello Lululemon bags.

I found myself thinking about how I wanted to start off this blog. Would I jump right into topics such as being a pre-medical student and why my goal is to become a Physician, or perhaps my experience with being a competitive athlete. I could even go right into writing about various health, wellness, and/or fitness topics. I’ve found that I typically prefer to learn about the person behind the blog before seeing the content of their blog, which is exactly what I’m going to put forward. Before I get into the deeper stuff, the core topics of what I want for this blog to be based around – I want to provide a basis for what my life is about, the things I believe in. What better than a manifesto for my life?

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Do work. Fight hard. Live good. Stay focused. Don’t worry. Lift heavy. Food is medicine. Enjoy movement. Be mobile. Laugh. Don’t save anything for the run (walk) back. Push yourself, mentally and physically. Stop and listen. Drink water. Stop lying to yourself. Do bakasana. Tell people how much they mean to you. Surround yourself with people who support your most difficult dreams. Deadlift. Allow rest. Take action. Be humble. Be even more humble. Take naps. Kick your demons out of your life. Thrive. Eat good food. Enjoy good food. Trust people. Say thank you. Stop over thinking. Slow down when need be, speed up when you can. Drink a cup of coffee before bed now and then, it won’t kill you. Give when nobody is watching. Practice lifting form. Form > weight. Constantly work on mental strength. Ignite passion. Leave the past behind. Don’t quit, can’t fail.

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In the end it’s all up to you. I know that if I can trust myself and believe in my goals I will have the right people supporting me, and I will achieve those goals. I’ve had the privilege to meet some phenomenal individuals via my previous blog and other social media forms (read: instagram) who I am beyond thankful for. I cannot wait to meet even more powerful, and strong individuals as I continue this journey.

 

Questions for you:

1. What are some of the words, or phrases that would be in a manifesto for your life?

2. If you’re a student: what do you study? If you are out of school/opted out of that route: What is your profession? I’m always very intrigued by the way other people live.