Meditation

In the June issue of Women’s Health magazine, I found a great article called “Your Body on Meditation”. WHM has done this type of article before, my personal favorite being the one about running, but I thought this was too cool not to share.

Brain: Research shows that meditation can increase alpha and theta brainwave activity, which is linked to relaxation. What’s more, practicing meditation every day for two months can beef up some parts of your gray matter!

Mood: Slipping into a meditative state can light up the area of your noggin that controls complex thoughts and positive emotions. Some kinds of meditation can also build mental muscle in the brain’s other hubs for compassion, empathy, and fear, allowing you greater mastery over your emotions and helping you feel closer to others.

Willpower: It sounds too good to be true, but practicing daily meditation can lower your blood sugar levels (high ones can lead to diabetes) and may cut cravings for salty foods.

For the full article, be sure to pick up your copy of Women’s Health Magazine today!

In other news, it’s hotter than HECK outside! I mean every year  I get ready for it, and every year, I’m still surprised when I’m slowly melting while running on the trail. The only good thing is that it makes me push myself a little harder so I’m sprinting through the un-shaded areas!

What do you think is harder: summer or winter running?

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Running to Rome Update: Buffalo

Ok, so I’ll be real for a moment: I’m nowhere close to where I should be in my challenge. I’ve accepted it and I’m fine with it. In fact, I’m looking at this as an opportunity to better plan for my next running mission. (Haven’t picked a destination yet.)

So as you can see, I’m right outside of Buffalo, which is a little more than halfway to my destination. Not a good place to be when you have around two months left. Not to be a dead horse, but I can pinpoint the exact timeframe where I fell behind: the holiday season. I lost at least two solid months of running between December and February, directly causing this scramble to the finish.

The bright side? I’ll be able to say I ran around 400 miles in one year. Not too shabby for my first time tracking! At the end of this challenge, I’ll post an average for each month for you to see. Not sure if I’ll be able to find any useful information in this data, but it doesn’t hurt to check.

So, for imagination’s sake, let’s pretend I’m actually running on interstate 90 into the town of Buffalo. What would I do?

  • Hit up Niagra Falls! I’ve always thought this would be the coolest vacation. I’d definitely have to board the Maid of the Mist like you always see in the movies.
  • I might visit the Japanese Garden of Buffalo. According to the tourist site Visit Buffalo Niagra, in December of 1962, the city of Buffalo joined the United States Sister City International initiative by connecting with Kanazawa, Japan and a wonderful history of sharing resources has grown. In 1996, Kanazawa was largely responsible for the major renovations to the Japanese Garden of Buffalo providing us with trees, shrubs, paths and the unique stone lanterns.

  • I’d definitely make my way down the Niagra Wine Trail. Apparently this region consists of unique geographical characteristics and a micro-climate which is suitable for the production of fruit. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Riesling are grown in this region. All within the area, a tourist can enjoy the town, restaurants, historical sites, farm markets, and antique shops. Sign me up!
Now that you’re updated, on Running to Rome, I’d like to ask you to please help me make the decision where to run next!

Five Things Friday!

Since I missed Three Things Thursday, I thought I’d make up for it by trying this out.

1. Tom Waits. A coworker turned me on to this kooky character and now I’m obsessed with his strange, southern blues-sort-of sound. You need to know three things about him: he’s skinny, he’s crazy, and he sometimes sings through a megaphone.

2. Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers. Need I say more?

3. Emily the Strange. After rediscovering my childhood alter ego, Emily the Strange, this week, I’ve been on a mission to start collecting her hilarious bumper stickers again. Since I’m pretty much not willing to step foot into Hot Topic ever again, looks like I’m headed to the internet. I had the “Emily isn’t lazy, she’s just happy doing nothing” sticker on my binder when I was younger.

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic. Ok, so this was discovered last week, but for those Buffy fans out there, did you know that the creator of the show actually created a comic that picks up where it left off? My head is spinning.

5. GOTR 5K. Our 2nd annual GOTR 5K is tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Marilla Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. We’re anticipating beautiful weather and a big turn out, so come join us if you’re in the area! For those who have registered, don’t forget to stop by Health Works tonight from 5:30-7 p.m. to pick up your packets for tomorrow!

**I apologize for how geeky this post is. It slips out sometimes. 😦

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Swap your afternoon bag of chips for some almonds, grapes, or another healthy, poppable kind of snack. You’ll not only save calories, but you’ll also ensure that you still full until dinner!

Happy The Birthday!

Last night I finally got my butt back in the kitchen (pictures to come). It has taken me several weeks to get motivated to do anything besides flop down on the couch after work/workout. Luckily, I had a pretty great motivating factor: Alex’s Birthday! Although he’ll probably kill me for posting something about it…


Facts About Alex:

  • He’s a total toe head.

  • He helps me with my tennis game and has been known on more than one occasion to let me win. “Great shot!” Shyeah right.
  • He’s responsible for my car’s nickname, Bundy.
  • He hates the heat just as much as I do.
  • Karen is obsessed with him. She literally goes all Swimfan when he walks through the door.

Where are you, my love?

I could name a million more things, but again, I’m sure he’ll be hacking into this account to take the post down soon enough. (Just kidding. Kind of.)

Anyway, the dessert I chose to make him this year (again, pictures to come) was a simple Heath bar cheesecake with a chocolate crust. I simply purchased a bag of Heath bar crumbles, a cheesecake mix and a pre-made pie crust. I followed the directions, adding my own special touch of instant coffee, and soon it was ready. I highly recommend taking a shortcut like this if you are tight on time. Trust me, it tastes just as good as a homemade cheesecake.

So let me just say a big Happy Birthday to Alex Millah. May you have many more happy Bailee-filled days.

My Healthy Tip of the Day is brought to you by Helpguide.org: Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. This way it should be easier to make healthy choices.

WIAW: Baked Sweet Potato


Breakfast

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Smiley Omelet! I had two pieces of wheat toast with a two-egg white, one egg omelet with salsa and a little Mexican shredded cheese mix.

Lunch

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Sweet baked potato with brown rice and cannelini beans. I had this for dinner the night before and then repeated it the next day at lunch. Simple and filling.

Dinner

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Although the bowl looks gross, this spinach spaghetti squash bowl with marinara tasted awesome! I’m hooked.

Trends That Need to Go

After meeting Brianna and her boyfriend Matt at Naticakes yesterday evening, we started talking about some of the worst fashion trends. Well, Brianna and I talked about them and Matt just agreed with how nasty high-waisted shorts make ladies’ bums look.  Anyway, here is a short list of some of the worst trends we’ve been spotting.

High-Waisted Shorts

Harem Pants (Call em what you want, but everyone knows these are for Hammer Time only.)

Stone Washed Jeans

Now here are a few things I’ve seen recently that make me cringe.

Sausage Jeans (Jeans that are just too tight)

khloe kardashian in red hot jeans

Yep. You’re seeing what I’m seeing.

Tights as Pants. Yes, I am still seeing this trend around town.

And finally, one for the fellas. The Deep V Neck.

Let me know what trends give you the willies!

Making a Meme

I’m obsessed with those ridiculous Internet Memes. Some of my favorites include:

Anxiety Cat

Anxiety Cat - someone compliments you in front of a large group how could you put me through this

Anxiety Cat - USE PUBLIC TOILET WAIT FOR SOMEone TO FLUSH SO YOU CAN PEE COVERTLY

Scumbag Steve

Scumbag Steve - owes you money just bought a big screen tv

Bad Luck Brian

Bad Luck Brian M - friends convince him to do drugs takes laxatives

I have many, many other favorites, but you get the idea. So, after laughing hysterically at these one afternoon, I decided to make my own. For your viewing pleasure (although I’m sure you won’t find them nearly as funny as I do) here are my fuzzy friends memes.

Homicidal Grace

Murder Grace

Tuna Murder

Wood Chopper

Shocked Karen

Shocked Karen Hills

Molly Hatchet

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Swap out your morning bagel for a bagel thin and save some serious calories.