Wake me up, morning detox.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.”
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”
I hate running
No, seriously. I have never enjoyed running. I don’t enjoy how I start cramping after 5 mins, I don’t enjoy the feeling of my legs burning, and I certainly don’t enjoy running for a long period of time. Mostly, I really can’t stand running for miles and miles because I grow bored. I never run more than 2.5 miles and the only reason why I even keep up with that is to maintain my 2 mile run for the military. I do 5k’s (fun runs) with my friends when it involves glow stuff, getting dirty, and lots of music. I find that there are better and more effective ways to doing cardio than running distances.
or you can do HIITs.
Or what I like to do for cardio is to get on a treadmill with a 15 incline and a speed of 4.0 — put a weighted vest on and powerwalk for 20 minutes. I guarantee that you will be sweaty and it’s a lot harder than it sounds.
I do, however, enjoy running on the beach because it’s calming and the sand provides great resistance. Here is a great website that can explain both the benefits and the dangers of running on the beach. Like everything else, if you do things in moderation then you should not have a problem.
I was watching Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand’s Grammy performance of “You don’t bring me flowers” and it made me really want to go out to buy flowers for myself. The song speaks about a relationship falling apart and how things change between two people. The used-to-be’s and the not-anymores happens often in relationships but if you buy flowers for yourself then you don’t have to feel bad about the used-to-be’s or the not-anymores. You can simply brighten up your own day by buying them for yourself just because you can. I remember reading this particular blog about all the reasons why the author didn’t want her boyfriend to buy her flowers. It stuck with me because her reasons included that flowers always meant “I’m sorry” or it would elude to future disappointments due to given high expectations; meaning if you give a girl flowers in the beginning of the relationship or on anniversaries, she will expect them all the time, and if you don’t give her flowers anymore then it would lead to the “used-to-be’s”.
In my opinion, I think people think too deeply into things and maybe they should just enjoy some nice fresh flowers. Whether someone gives them to you, buy them yourself or pick them from the garden next door — just enjoy the simple beauty that comes from having flowers in a vase on your table. I know these made me cheery. Happy Monday!
I originally saw this recipe in Muscle & Fitness magazine and decided to try it! I have never had protein pancakes but it did not look or taste any different than regular pancakes! Finally a healthy indulgent that I find tasty. I changed it a bit based on what I had in my kitchen this morning but here are the ingredients I used. Enjoy!
1 cup of uncooked oatmeal
2 whole eggs
3 egg whites
2 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein
2 tbsp of Almond butter
2 tbsp of Coconut oil
Cook the oats first then stir in everything else. Make the pancakes how you normally would.
This year, I began cheating on coffee and tea with coconut water. If anyone knows me then they would know that I am a major coffee drinker. Caffeine addict through and through [hence, look at my URL/blog name.] Ever since I saw one of my idols, Miranda Kerr, posting all the benefits to drinking coconut water, I decided to give it a try and have been hooked to this pricey drink [pricey because I mainly purchase Zico ranging around 5 dollars] ever since—to the point where I have my not-even-two years old son drinking it daily. I started telling some of my friends and family about it and many people would stick up their nose and be like “ewww…WHY!” I mean, sure the taste is a little different but let’s be honest here—we didn’t enjoy the taste of alcohol at first either but we all still drink it until we liked it. Unlike alcohol, if you get over the weird taste of coconut water—you too, will see how beneficial this weird tasting drink is.
I have learned from buying and trying many different brands of coconut water that the initial thing you have to do is understand what to look for in the stores. If you’re not anywhere near a Whole Foods or some types of organic market, then you really have to read a lot of labels. Often times, you will get the brands that carry loads of sugar and unnecessary over processed ingredients that would therefore defeat the purpose of drinking it in the first place. I also got some tips from a few different websites and blogs about purchasing coconut water: when in doubt, buy the actual coconut! Make sure the coconut is not older than 5 months because then it would potentially be overripe therefore it wouldn’t taste as good. Also, once you’ve opened this “young coconut”, be sure to drink the water inside as fast as you can because exposure to air can cause it to lose some of its natural nutrients. Some people have suggested that it takes a bit to get used to coconut water, not just for the taste, your stomach needs time to adjust to it if you’re not used to drinking something that is rich in minerals such as magnesium and potassium. Be careful of the sugar content in the packaged coconut water! Some of the packaged coconut water can provide huge amounts of sugar to make it taste better. Personally, I enjoy drinking Zico coconut water because sometimes I like to treat myself in their chocolate brand. The nutrition facts on the Zico label is:
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 43 Total Fat: 0 Sodium: 39 mg Potassium: 495 mg Total Carbohydrates: 11 g and Sugars: 10g Ingredients: 100% coconut water.
Coconut water is nature’s diuretic. Not only is it a great source to help boost your energy but it is a great way to hydrate. If you’re an athlete, you should consider switching from sports drinks to coconut water—being that is it a great source for post-exercise rehydration, it contains dietary fiber, enzymes, vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. (hint hint for all of you who take pills from GNC to get all those things) It is also a tremendous weight loss source because of the high metabolic rate that your body benefits from due to this being such a great hydration source. Coconut water also helps balance your pH levels therefore it reduces acne, helps your skin (especially if you’re like me and have eczema). Basically, this all leads back to coconut water being beneficial for hydration. Water is fine but coconut water adds those extra benefits.
It’s just so enriching and I love it. It doesn’t replace my coffee but sometimes it’s enough to keep me energized when I don’t get a chance to stop somewhere for my cup of Joe.