January 30, 2014 by Leave a Comment
If you see me out and about on Thursdays, you may notice that instead of my often black attire, I choose pink. This is to honor the request of the Levinson family, whose patriarch, Bob, a former FBI agent, has been missing, for way too many years. Suspected of being captured and held in Iran, the Levinson family asks we wear pink on Thursdays to keep attention on our government, bringing their loved one back home to Coral Springs, my town. If you are looking in your closet this morning, please consider adding a touch of pink, to help make this a worldwide effort.
In response to the comments and conversations regarding this week’s weigh in on Biggest Loser, I agree that something was off. I remember hearing or reading that sometimes they make 2 weeks look like 1. I believe this is exactly what happened this past episode. Not only did the men lose way too many pounds but Rachel, who was assured a spot in the finale by winning the triathlon, only lost 1, which makes me think she had some time to play with her numbers. It may not be fair, but it is important to remember that while thousands of pounds are lost each season, and lives are changed so much for the better, Biggest Loser still is what it is…a TV show. Ratings, ratings, ratings. Apparently, they are doing something right, as the show remains on the air after all these years!
On the fitness side, I continue to be amazed at how quickly muscles get stronger. 3 weeks ago when I started back to a modified program of P90X, I couldn’t make it through more than 10 or 12 reps of the ab work. By this past Monday, which was about the 5th time I did the video since I started, I was able to make it through all 25 reps of each exercise, which amounts to some 300+ moves. It was not just a big accomplishment, but much more importantly a reminder that muscles adapt very quickly if you just keeping plugging away. Today will be my 3rd Thursday of yoga and the big challenge there is the balance work and also the 90+ minutes the video runs, so I fast forward through some of the exercises and commit to an hour each Thursday. So far, that works!
On the peaceful side, I would like to share the insight from the Dalai Lama that I found when I turned my calendar page this morning. I really love this message and know that daily exercise and daily meditation (and I truly believe eating a plant-based diet, as well) has helped me with my own attitude as well as maintaining a (somewhat) calm and stable mind, at least most of of the time
“Our state of mind plays a major role in our day-to-day experiences, as well as our physical and mental well being. If a person has a calm and stable mind, this influences his or her attitude and behavior in relation to others. In other words, if someone remains in a peaceful and tranquil state of mind, external surroundings can cause them only a limited disturbance.”
As I sign off to spend a little time in meditation before I am off to train, I wish you all a calm and stable mind, some fitness, and of course, given the weather right now, warmth and safety. Please consider a plant-based option for a meal or 2 or 3 today, and above all else, I wish you peace in your mind and your heart. Thanks for stopping in.
January 29, 2014 by 2 Comments
I loved the triathlon on Biggest Loser, last night! It was doable, yet still a good challenge. Rachel was at a great advantage, being an accomplished swimmer, and put her in the lead, where she stayed the entire time. The win assured her a spot in next week’s finale, and I was happy for that. Poor Bobby was so miserable having to swim, but he made it and though he finished the challenge last, he did finish it, a huge accomplishment for anyone!
Two contestants had to be eliminated, and it was all about the red line. (They do a lot less voting off of people this season…I wonder why.) Jennifer and Chelsea fell below and lost their shot at becoming the Biggest Loser. That left David and Bobby in the mix with Rachel, for the chance at the title, the money and bragging rights. I just don’t think Rachel can lose enough weight to compete with the big boys, as David still has a considerable amount of weight to lose, despite the fact he has already lost almost half of himself! The guys both pulled huge numbers last night…both in the high double digits! How? That I just don’t get.
Next week is the finale, so I am already exciting and stocking up on tissues. Seeing all the eliminated contestants come back shadows of their previous selves, blows my mind.
Wishing my beautiful, smart, artistic, talented (and so much more) soon to be daughter (do I have to say daughter-in-law?) Nicole, a wonderful 27th birthday. Hope your day is as special as you!
January 28, 2014 by Leave a Comment