I am absolutely ecstatic to announce that my hiatus from running has finally ended, and although I’ve only got about 3.5 miles under my feet so far this week, the ankle feels good as new, and I’m ready to take on my own personal trail turkey trot tomorrow.
I know I have been pussy footing around getting back into running. Erring on the side of caution in order to push back my return to doing something I love so much, going mildly psychotic in the meanwhile,and growing more and more irritable as the days went by.
I have to be honest though… I probably could’ve started back a week earlier, but I was scared.
First of all, I only started running in April, so I know how bad it sucks when you first start running. At least for me it did. It’s uncomfortable, your lungs hurt, your legs hurt, your pride takes a beat down, it’s time consuming… Starting running and sticking to it takes balls.
Since I have been injured, I have been counting the days I’ve gone since running, knowing each one that passed would make my “comeback” that much more like starting all over again.
It’s effective. After I first started Crossfitting, this chick, who couldn’t even do 5 girl-style pushups started doing regular pushups within 2 weeks…and lots of them too. I saw muscles, I had innate strength for daily life.
It just freaking works, you must have faith in the methodology and the programming. If you’ve been trying boring treadmills and elliptical and traditional strength, bodybuilding routines and have gotten burnt out and bored and haven’t seen results, give Crossfit a try. The reasons why and how it works are found at the official Crossfit site.
It doesn’t take very long. The longest Workout of the Day (WOD) I’ve ever done took me about 30 minutes and that was only once. So, it’s effective and it’s quick – WIN!
It’s not boring. Every WOD is different. Even if I’m doing the same one I did 3 months ago, it’s still different because I’m lifting more, jumping higher, running faster, running longer distances, etc. So you never truly repeat the same work out twice.
And, it’s so intense that for those 10 or 15 minutes you’re WODing you cannot focus on anything else on your mind. If you’re worried about something, or your mind wanders, or if you can’t turn off all the ideas in your head, you’ll get a reprieve during your WOD. The result is better focus and increased concentration in other areas of your life.
Remember in your childhood you receiving about getting a present from Santa Claus? Perhaps, you still do? Then you should definitely come to Belarus, the country, where people celebrate not just one, but two Christmases!
How is it possible?
Today most of the world lives according to the Gregorian calendar. The Orthodox Church, however, still adheres to the old, Julian calendar. This is why all holidays are celebrated with the 13-day delay.
Most of Belarusians are Orthodox Christians, but the share of Roman Catholics and Protestants is also very significant. That is why major religious holidays like Christmas and Easter are marked as non-working days in the official calendar. People are free to choose which one they want to celebrate.
In Belarus, the ritual of Christmas is therefore closely tied with the folk holiday of Kalyady, with people not only going to church, but also observing rituals of pagan origin, with both traditions fused into a single fest. In the present Belarusian language the word Kaliady describes the whole period of Christmas celebrations. Continue reading “Christmas and New Year in Belarus”
It’s about time you were taken more seriously—that you gave your own self a raise and promotion, and that you gave yourself more power in the workplace. It’s easier than you think, too—just start embracing “green think,” and quickly discover that your fellow workers will begin to think the world of you as you think more of the world.
Maybe you are tired of working for “The Man” and are contemplating branching out on your own and becoming your own business person. This may involve selling a green product or service—such as eco-friendly beauty products or even a green home-cleaning service.
Either way, by going green in business, you essentially are promoting yourself to the status of a company owner, and because green goods are in high demand these days, you can expect an economy-driven pay raise as well.
If you’re not crazy about the idea of assuming the risk of running your own business, maybe you’re still tired of being stagnant in your role and want to breathe new life into your job: Just consider what you can do to make it easier for future generations to “breathe” easy in a constantly changing world.
Today is my ridiculously long day, but it feels great to be getting back into the swing of things. Who knew how little time off it takes to get completely a little rusty when it comes to studying?
Usually on Fridays I do a “things I love” post, but I have procrastinated on putting this post together, so I’m going to have to skip it this week. Bad blogger.
But maybe I’ll do one tomorrow since I’ll have more time?
Anyway. I thought I would just ramble about something that has been on my mind today.
I have always considered myself a realist. I wouldn’t describe myself as overly pessimistic, but I tend to have a “hope for the best, plan for the worst” mentality. And I come by that mentality honestly. I am not one of those people that have things come easily for them. A lot of times it feels like I have the worst luck- if something can go wrong, it will.
Y’all asked me to post about how my experiment with putting my teenage son on his own food budget is going. Tonight was our first stab at it, and the testing ground was perhaps the most challenging of all: Wal-Mart. Yes, I turned my 14 yo son loose on a Wal-Mart with $45 and his own shopping cart!
I would call tonight’s shopping expedition a smashing success. I fussed at the teenager to make a list, informed him he had to buy his own milk, juice, fruit, pasta, and what-not. I figure I can cover him on things like condiments and margarine, but he is *SO* on his own with the milk.
Yes, he objected to the milk idea, but I held my ground then pointed out an obvious benefit: with his own milk he won’t hear me throw a fit when he decides to drink a tall glass of it at every single meal and snack time.
I guess it was a huge eye-opening experience for him in the dairy case, since he only bought himself a half-gallon instead of a full gallon!
I went grocery shopping yesterday with my teenage son, since he’s been grumbling that I don’t get him enough of the foods he likes.
Big mistake. Actually, BIG MISTAKE. Things kept “jumping” into the cart when he thought I wasn’t looking.
By the time I got to the deli counter (and was quite happy to see all the sale signs) I was getting quite fed up with my son’s antics. He was bouncing into the chip aisle, the pop (soda) aisle, and through the freezer aisles as I waited for the lady to slice up all the cheeses for me.
It was then I got this “brilliant idea.” I am going to stop grocery shopping for my son completely! Instead, I am going to give him the money I would usually spend on his food (he for some strange reason is a vegetarian) and then I will let him get his OWN grocery cart and buy his own groceries.
By incorporating natural elements into your living space, you can create an environment that is relaxing to you and your family. Small changes to your decor can add ambience and character to your home.
Bringing the outdoors in can be done on a large or small scale, and can be suited to any budget.
Earth-Toned Color Scheme
An easy way to create a warm and inviting home is to choose an earth-toned color scheme. Because earth tones complement one another, you do not have to choose a single shade for your living space.
If you are choosing an earth tone for your walls, consider the size of the room. Lighter tans, grays, and greens suit a small room well, while deeper shades work better for larger rooms.
You can create definition in a space by choosing a light tone and a dark tone. By using two complementary tones together, you will prevent your living space from looking drab.
Everyone’s heard of the so called ‘carbon footprint’. But what exactly does it mean? Basically, it’s the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by a person, organisation/business or event.
The drastic increase in the emission of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is the main cause of global warming, also known as man-made climate change. There are certain things you can do to lower your carbon footprint. By doing so, you’re helping the planet more than you may think.
Before I go through the ways you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, it’s essential to understand that CO2 is a consequence of burning carbon-based fuels such as gasoline/petrol, diesel, kerosene, coal, oil and gas.
The goal is to reduce the use of devices which are powered by carbon-based fuels. I know it sounds daunting but as they say, starting is half the battle. Here are 5 tips that will help you get started:
There are more green apps than you may think. Apparently, apps on how to be green or related to green matters are a bigger deal than usual. It is probably not a sign that people are going to give up their cars for bicycles and stop eating Brazilian beef, but an interest in green matters is better than nothing.
It was difficult to compile a list of the best green apps because there is such diversity, plus there are a lot of good ones. Nevertheless, here is a list of some the many good ones.
This is an app that tells you if seasonal foods are currently in. It is really nice when you have things such as apples that were grown down the road instead of coming from Spain. This app will tell you when your countries foods are currently in. You will find that your local supermarkets even have these foods in stock.
Good Guide (iPhone)
This is a rather nice app for finding out how green and ethical your current products are. It has over 70,000 products and gives you some very interesting and worrying facts, such as how a bag of cement is responsible for its own weight in CO2 emissions. It is a vital app to have for people who actually care.