Once in a Blue Moon

Full Moon
Full Moon (Photo credit: Mugunth Kumar)

Whatever it is you do only once in a blue moon, tonight’s the time!  This being the second full moon of the month, makes it a blue one.  Thanks to our wonderfully peaceful and spiritual friends at Go Gratitude, I just learned that it is also a double dragon full moon.  Double dragon, because this is the year of the water dragon and this final August moon is connected to the fire dragon. Additionally, this double dragon blue moon is said to have a big, fiery, soul healing heart.  Stacey Robyn of Go Gratitude suggests that in the weeks and months to come it is “vital to create space each day and ease into new energies.”   What a great night to get outside and connect with the moon and the stars while considering what new energies we are about to enter into while basking in the light of the “once in a blue moon”.  Feel free join the next 42 day cycle, HeartFire Gateways at www.HeartFireGateways.com  The last 42 day journey they offered was all about love and gratitude and the benefits were enormous, at least for me.  When you go to this site, the first page will ask you if you would like to make a small donation but if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can skip it (though some may want to reap the extras for the donation).   In any event, make sure to do some of those things you only do “once in a blue moon.”

I will be at the TFC for both Ellen’s SilverSneaker’s class at 10 and my own at 11:30, and yes, I will be at the gym for tomorrow’s 9:30 class.  THE GYM IS CLOSED MONDAY FOR THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.  I can’t remember EVER being off on Labor Day…this year, it’s a once in a blue moon event!  Happy holiday weekend Friday, everyone.

Meet Pepe and The Bandit

Pepe
Pepe (not THIS Pepe but close!)(Photo credit: DavideProd)

One of my neighbors, Joanne, is moving into a condo that only allows 1 small dog.  Big problem is…she has two small dogs and is hoping someone will rescue them, so they can remain together.  Both male, chihuahuas, Bandit is 6 with a very sweet temperament (I can attest to this).  Pepe is 7 and is a little more cautious, but once he knows you, he’s a doll.  They are both healthy, vaccinated and neutered.  While they are still living home with their people, (next 2 weeks) you can call Joanne directly at 954 864 6291, if you are interested in meeting these guys.  Or, you can gothrough Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue… email or call Sheri Caldwell at gratefulpaws@bellsouth.net (website is gratefulpaws.org) phone # is (day) 954 554 3332/ (eve) 954 462 8840.  Please share this with everyone.  The Joanne and her husband, Steve are hoping for the miracle of keeping both boys together.

Also on the local level, if you are interested in learning a little more about life on a plant-based diet, come out to the Coral Springs Northwest Regional Library (3151 N. University Drive) on Saturday the 8th of September and see a short film, with a question and answer session by M. Butterflies Katz, a vegan for the past 30 years.  Her cookbook will be sold for $20.00 and food companies Tofurkey, Daiya, Alternative Baking Company, Virgils Root Beer will be participating  and animal free toiletries will be available for purchase.  To reserve a spot at “It’s Easy to be Vegan” send an email to veganpoet@hotmail.com.

Once again, if you know anyone that might be interested in the pups or the vegan event, please share this entry.  And don’t forget to celebrate Vegan Thursday…consider that meatless meal…or two…or 3!

 

Let’s All Get a Little Nuttier

Pistachio nuts
Pistachio nuts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please don’t stay away from nuts because have a lot of calories.  Nuts are an important part of our daily diets for so many reasons.  This morning, let’s take a look at the pistachio.  A one-ounce serving equals about 49 nuts and has as much potassium(290 mg) as an orange and 3 grams of that all important fiber.  Along with 30 other nutrients (wow!) that one ounce serving will give you close to 50 nuts at about 170 calories.  They are proven to lower blood pressure and heart rates.  Eating nuts about an hour before a meal is a great way of staving off hunger and curbing calories consumed at that meal.  So, while keeping in mind portion control, let’s all work on getting a little nuttier!

 

Where do You get YOUR High?

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that participate in any type of endurance aerobic exercise, can attest to the positive effects on their moods.  “Exercise high,” or “runners high,” has long been recognized as a by product of the hard work.  Not only do we feel happier, but also less pain (analgesia) and have always associated this with the release of endorphins.  Studies done on humans and animals as well, are pointing to endocannabinoids as the more likely suspect!  These studies, done on humans, dogs and believe it or not ferrets, have found that endurance exercise increases the concentration of endocannabinoids in the blood which produce euphoria, similarly to the way the active ingredient in marijuana does the same.  Interestingly enough, these elevated levels were found in the humans and dogs that ran, not walked.  (Neither form of exercise had the effects on the ferrets, so they have to find their own road to euphoria!)  Take away message, get moving a little faster and keep it up!  You’ll not only be on the road to a happier body and mind!  Endocannabinoids.  I am off to get my daily dose.

 Before I do, though, I want to remind you that I plan to be at Tamarac Fitness for 10, 11:30, 6 and 7 o’clock classes.  I say plan, because sometimes it’s beyond my control. Should bands of rain come through during the day and flood the lot…I don’t know.   As for yesterday, I was in agreement with Ron to close the club.  I apologize if you ventured out there to find it closed.  I STRONGLY believe that sometimes the healthiest place to be is HOME (not just for me, but for EVERYONE!)  I have a tremendous respect for Mother Nature and know that she is bigger than us.  It would kill me if someone drove out knowing we were open and got hurt as a result of the weather!!!  If you are a fitness fanatic, days like yesterday are perfect for pulling out that old exercise video whatever it is.  I dimmed the lights, lit some incense and pulled out my mat and P90x yoga video.  Damn, that is always a great one and half hour workout, and one I don’t get to do often.

Keeping good thoughts for the people of the gulf states as Isaac makes his way there.  Please, Isaac…try to stay the gentle man you were to us in southern Florida.

Tamarac Fitness Center CLOSED Today, Monday August 27

https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT_FYpcZTY66MxoK5gi4Wxb_yIMrHJ9r30ThNgDyYGBr1NU4cAPeQIn light of the amount of rain that fell yesterday and last night, and what might still fall today, along with the gusting winds, tropical storm watches and tornado warnings, Tamarac Fitness Center will be closed today, August 27.  While I was going to teach mine and Ellen’s classes this morning, keeping me in one place for the whole morning, it didn’t make any sense to me to have everyone driving to get there, so I was glad Ron was in agreement when we spoke earlier this morning.  Exercise is one of the most important things in life, but I am a big believer in SAFETY FIRST.  You can always get some exercise inside the house, or take the day as a rest day.  If you are one of my students, I will be back at the gym tomorrow at 10am to sub Ellen’s SS class, at 11:30 for my own SS class and back at 6 for cardio/strength and 7 for Pilates/yoga mix.  Take today to be grateful that for us, Isaac was a gentleman.  Let us all keep good thoughts as the storm heads (now) over Tampa (stay safe Kyle and Nicole) and then makes it’s way up towards the gulf coast states of.  Please stay gentle, Isaac.

To all the teachers and students that don’t have school today (for some it was a first day) ENJOY your “storm” day. All public schools in Monroe, Dade and Broward counties are closed today, as are most private schools as well.

Always remember one of the important lessons young and wise Matty Stepanik taught us during his way too short life…and that is to remember to play after every storm.

 

All Dressed Up

Miami Dolphins logo
Miami Dolphins logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight our big boys of Miami get all dressed up and go out for a dress rehearsal.  Around our house, it’s Publix, yard work and dinner at kickoff.  Now that we have named our starting quarterback, let’s see what our boy Ryan Tannehill can do.  Yesterday, I found myself engaged in several conversations about nutrition and how what we eat effects us, and this morning I find myself wondering about the eating habits of our Miami Dolphins.  I remember a conversation I had many, many years ago, with a then Dolphin player who worked out at Tamarac Fitness Center.  He said that he could always tell which teams focused on nutrition by the way they played the second half of the game.  He expressed that everyone comes out energized, but the more healthy teams/players were still strong in the second half.  Makes sense to me.  I just read an article about the University of Central Florida football team; specifically how they are putting a lot of attention into their nutrition with hopes of developing a stronger defense.  Perhaps our Dolphin’s defensive coaches, who are working hard with the players on the field, need to get outside the box and think kitchen, too!  Over in Texas where they do everything big, I am following the Houston Texan’s Arian Foster who adopted a vegan diet this year.  While he doesn’t think this is such a big deal, the team’s dietician thinks he could be “on the cusp of a new way of eating for NFL players.”  So I’m not just excited about tonight’s Dolphin game, but also excited to see how dress rehearsal goes for the Texans when they play the Saints this weekend.

Funny…this game of football. For me it has definitely been an acquired taste, but it keeps growing on me….

Holy SWEET Cow!

Thanks for some great responses to yesterday’s entry about finding motivation.  If you are looking for some motivation (who of us isn’t??) please go back and read yesterday’s comments, including a great article Carol posted, filled with some tips to get you going!

Salers Cow. Milk and meat from cows and other ...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I write this morning, I am shaking my head, as I often do, after reading the morning paper.  Sure, there are lots of things that make me go HMMMMM???? but I do try hard to stay on topic, so I am zeroing in on an article I read about what’s happening in the beef industry, and really, this stuff can’t be made up.  In Kentucky, a farmer who says corn is just too expensive to feed his cattle and end up on the profit side, he is supplementing his 1,400 cows feed with a high calorie source.  Candy.  And he is happy that it is, in deed, fattening up his cows quite nicely.

This morning I also read a very informative article about how trans fats work to not only destroy our vessels and arteries and wreak havoc on our internal organs, but they can actually negatively impact our moods by ramping up anger and aggression.  This is important for us to know for ourselves AND for our children.  Sending them off to school after eating packaged items like sugary filled, trans fat laden “tarts” or sweet rolls, you might just be fueling not only poor academic performance, but also fueling bullying behavior.

On a very hardcore level, there is so much evidence to support that a diet high in animal products, makes us more aggressive.  Without going into all the gory details, regardless of how well animals are taken care of while being raised for food, their last day is never, ever a very good one.

These are just a few reasons to continue to embrace your fresh foods.  Mother nature gives us fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds, all of which, like the good mother herself, nurture our bodies from head to toe.  From a personal perspective, not only did I have those great blood work results but there is no question I am a much more content, peaceful soul now than I was before I embraced a mostly plant-based diet.  Even if this is strictly a mental thing (which I don’t believe) it is a comfort to know that there was no suffering involved with the food I put into my body.  In yoga, we call this “do no harm.”  This is a concept that goes way past the studio.

Here’s to Vegan Thursday and a day of NO HARM.  Thanks for taking the time to read this and ponder the contents as they relate to your life…and remember, we are what we eat!

Before I sign off, I have to say it was great hearing from both kids last night and catching up on their latest goings on.  Keeping good thoughts for the many things you both have going on.  It’s a big wide wonderful world and we are so happy you are digging your teeth into it!  Keep us posted on all. 

Where do YOU get YOUR Motivation?

Two views of local Extension leaders drilling ...
Two views of local Extension leaders drilling in physical exercise in middies and bloomers, ... (Photo credit: Cornell University Library)

Sometimes at the end of a work day, it’s really easy to lose motivation for a workout.  While you may bring your workout clothes to work and plan to hit the treadmill running or participate in your favorite class, but as the day goes on, home starts calling you and with each passing hour, your couch starts to look better and better.  First, remember what your long term goals are and focus in on them.  Ask yourself if you would rather lounge around or fit back into that sexy dress you have front and center of your closet, waiting patiently to be worn to that upcoming event.  Visualize how you will look and feel when you can zip that zipper up, again.  Then, commit to just getting in a good warmup at the gym.  If you still too exhausted once you finish your warmup, you can always go home.  Chances are almost 100% that you will decide to stay and complete your workout, having overcome your obstacle of the day.

Look at endurance swimmer Diana Nyad.  She may never, ever complete her incredibly aggressive goal of swimming from Cuba to Florida, but as she celebrates her 63rd birthday, she is looking damn fit, for the trying.  And who knows, maybe the 5th try will be the charm.

Let’s all get busy setting some goals and then always remember, it’s the journey, not the destination. If you have some motivational tips that have worked for you on those days you would rather not workout, please do share!