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Live to the point of tears-

Part of my philosophy here at CultFit is that I believe that people who engage in a healthy and active lifestyle and folks who don’t, can benefit from sharing stories with each other.

Quick example: If you’re struggling with injury, doubting yourself, stuck in a deep – treacherous training rut and wonder if it’s even possible to live a happy life without fretting over a tedious marathon training plan? It can be refreshing and helpful to hear from people who don’t train like a bunch of “freaks“. What do people do who merely run for fun? How do they relax the temptation to compete? On the other hand, if you don’t fancy running more than a meter, it can be affirming or simply a vicarious pleasure to hear the ups and downs of other people’s lives.

Exploring and surrendering to your own style can help you craft your own plan

Notes:

When all is said and done, the most helpful thing we can do is ask ourselves: What makes me comfortable, given who I really am?

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I’m Movin’ Outside

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away-

Feel free to play along at your desk … This visualization is short and sweet, we promise?!?

Hidden “Inside” all of us lies the basic fundamental keys to understanding the world.

If you are unfamiliar with “Russian Nesting Dolls,” or if you were cool before they were cool … Matryuschka Dolls.  These are the wooden, eloquently detailed figurines, when opened, reveal another pristine doll, inside the doll … You guys understand how they work or you watched a lot of Sesame Street growing up.

The Plan-

Link of the day:  Sleepy Time <—Must Clicky!!!

The Workout-

Rest Day … A gentle Salute to the Sun followed by:

Google Machine – Check!

Search “Crocodile+Breathing” – Got it!!!

Strike a “Dead Man Pose (face down)” – Already there!!!

Breathe.

**This is a fantastic way to wind down the day after work.**

Notes:

Most of the answers we need answered are inside of us, quietly waiting to be discovered.  Take care today peeps and ENJOY!!!


Since We Last Spoke

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.  When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

The one “thing” that keeps us writing is the friendships we have developed over the past year with you, our dear readers.  All of us have different backgrounds, yet we also share a great deal in common.

Grown up chat time amongst close friends.

Many well-intentioned blog-o-sphere peeps common belief is that:  If they buy the right book, find the right workout program, discover the proper weight-loss program, employ the right combination of body spray, dress in the latest seasonal Lululemon colors, eat organic fruit from Whole Foods … While also having the latest gadget, having the best yoga mat in class, chanting the best mantra, eating gluten-free, pressing the right pressure-points while foam rolling and breathing the proper way chomping on a veggie burger?  Everything in their nettlesome lives will be perfect.

Here’s the truth between friends.

If you drink more than a liter of water a day, find nice shoes that fit, and go for a walk daily (even when it’s nasty outside), only THEN will all of our life’s mysteries and problems be solved.

We know you don’t want to hear this next series of thoughts, tough luck!  We, YOU and the peeps behind you.  Spend too much of our day, day dreaming and writing witty blog posts on why our lives seem so oddly out of balance.  We want to make life better for those we love.  We also want to improve the world we call home and give it the wisdom of what we have to offer.  We want to know how to do “something” better and we look to those who will provide guidance.

Here’s the problem:  We spend so much time giving advice to others that we simply forget about ourselves.

The advice we give only satisfies the recipients appetite for so long, then the hunger strikes again.  Wanting better, fresher and smarter advice than the day before.  A vicious cycle begins …

Do you truly want to know how to improve across all areas of your life?  From doing the wash to performing a kipping pull up?

BloomBlossomFlourish

Roll up your sleeves and get dirty …

The Plan-

Link of the Day: From Sea to Shining Sea

The Workout-

Today’s program is likely the hardest one we have ever done.  If you would like to know more about it please email us at:

cultfit@gmail.com

Notes:

You should eat a gluten-free, vegan diet and wash it down with some refreshing coconut water.  Boot camps are for the weak at mind, X-Fit is where it’s at.  Pilates is for soccer moms and Yoga is for, well … If you ever needed advice?  You won’t find it here friends.  Be well today and ENJOY!!!


You are what you eat!

Once again we are very grateful to have Melissa over today from Sweet Wholesome Health with such an inspiring article.  Get the hummus ready and be sure to clean up the mess you left behind toasting your bagel…This is a really good read!

How much time do you spend looking into exactly what you are eating? How closely are you looking?

Ideally everyone that is aware of being healthy would cook completely from scratch and use only ingredients that they grew themselves. Then there would be no guessing as to what and how it was grown but this is impossible for most of us and totally unrealistic. Of course you can grow some things and cook a lot of your meals but not everyone has as much time as they need for what they would like to be eating.

Here are my top 2 tips for finding the best foods in a sea of options at the SUPERMARKET!

  1.  Stop looking at the nutrition facts first. Remember you are what you eat! Start with the ingredients list. If you can’t read or understand what most of the ingredients, it is NOT FOOD and your body doesn’t know how to digest it. There are some really great products out there but you have to look closely to find them. For example my favorite on the go bar is LaraBars. They are delicious, give you energy and only have 5 or 6 real ingredients which means it is all real food yum!
  2. Although the “healthy foods” section is usually way more expensive at supermarkets, there is usually some really good markdowns. The general public stay away from this isle because of the cost so there are always products that the supermarket has to push to sell which means major markdowns! Stock up on these delicious real ingredient foods for when you need something quick.
The key is to always make the best decision possible. You never want to put so much pressure on your food choices that you create extra stress in your body. The stress will do just as much if not more damage. So make an educated decision and enjoy what you have. If you know you won’t have time to make breakfast this week go to the supermarket and buy some LaraBars because at least you know it is real food going into your body even if it isn’t the ideal breakfast.

Always love your body and do the best you can with what you have 🙂


Monday 30 April 2012

You are having many falls, you are losing the fight. Your fame is all noise and commotion. My friend, you are saying you will uplift the world, But what about yourself?-

The Nutrition Equation…

Ever feel overwhelmed by the equation of nutrition (% of fat vs % protein vs % carbs etc)?  Calculating what’s right for you does not mean you have to break out the calculator.  Of course some of you ( accountant types) might enjoy that but for the rest of us that is just adding more painful work into our busy lives.

Here are some ways you can add both fun and more healthy food into your daily routine!

Get out of your comfort zone one baby step at a time.  While you are getting ready in the morning (washing your hair, getting dressed) set a goal for yourself to try something new today.  Don’t change your whole meal…Just add one new ingredient!  Let yourself get excited about it and be proud when you accomplish your goal!

Find out what is seasonal and available right now in your area.  It will be lower cost, very fresh and will support your local farmers.  There are lots of websites out there that can give you this info and a list of farmers markets you can find them at.

Local Harvest <–Like this one here!!!

Get creative!  Whatever local food you chose, take a sec to find a recipe that is going to get your taste buds excited and will be fun to make.  For those of you experiencing spring it can be as simple as trying a new kind of lettuce or leafy green (kale, Swiss chard, arugala).  You do not have to be a master chef to make tasty meals just willing to try.  Leafy greens like kale are packed full of vitamins and minerals and only take a few minutes to cook!

Eating healthier and being healthy is a unique journey for each and every one of us. Take time to discover how YOU are going to get there!
I am so excited to be a part of the CultFit community and to be here to help you “Find the Happy in Being Healthy”! For more information about me and what I do check out www.sweetwholesomehealth.com or my blog at www.adventuresoffoodlove.wordpress.com.

Healthy needs to be more fun!

Melissa Talamini Levine
Holistic Health and Wellness Coach
Sweet Wholesome Health

The Plan-

The Workout-

Listen up, yeah you!!!  Pulled from our “Focus on something” series here at the CultFit archives…

Warm Up thoroughly doing the following:

25 Four Count Jumping Jacks

50 Goblet Squats

25 Perfect Push Ups

10 Perfect Pull Ups

45 Second High Push Up Plank

Who would have thought that Calisthenics were invented yesterday?  Now take a moment to put your honest face on  peeps…If we told you the above was a new P90x extreme workout or some ELITE WOD would you be interested?  Oh look Booby is now the mayor of Whole Foods on Four Square…

Four, Five, Six or Seven times through would be pretty nice followed by an activity you thoroughly enjoy (we went for a nice swim)!!!

Notes:

If you could put down your iThingy in the seat next to you on your morning commute this morning?  We have favor to ask of you…Look in your rear view mirror for a second.  Do you see that?  Say hello to your own worst enemy…Take a long hard look at this picture this morning peeps:

We are going to tackle a serious issue that is all to prevalent amongst our readers tomorrow.  If you have an idea where this going to go feel free to comment to get the proverbial ball rolling…Once again our thanks to Melissa from Sweet Wholesome Health for stopping over and sharing an important message with us today!  Have fun and ENJOY!!!