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Playing in the Park

So yesterday was beautiful outside so Ryan and I went to the park for a little outdoor workout session.

Some “rock climbing.” And some nice graffiti too…”FREE.”

Some handstand holds and push ups maybe? 🙂

We compiled a few things into a video for one of the Under Armour What’s Beautiful challenges. The challenge was to come up with an excuse to not accomplish your goal and then show yourself defying it.

My excuse was “noise” – doubts and negativity from other people and my own self doubts.

But I overcome all the noise by putting on my headphones and focusing on my workout!

P.S. Can I just say I love to swing on the monkey bars!?!

The Difference between Diet and Lifestyle – Part I

You’ll run into people who have adopted a new eating/exercise plan who will claim they’ve made a “lifestyle change.”

But have they really?

Because I change my diet and exercise program doesn’t mean I’ve changed my lifestyle. I’ve changed my diet numerous times throughout my life and I’ve even changed my opinions about what is HEALTHY, but I’ve NEVER changed my lifestyle.

My lifestyle has always been one focused on health and activity.

Even on vacations the things I want to do the most revolve around this.

Farmers market – FRESH, LOCAL, ORGANIC

Hiking along the beach looking at the tide pools.

Barefoot is better.

So next time you think about saying you’ve changed your “lifestyle” because you’ve adopted a new diet, take a really good look at whether or not things have truly changed. Have you truly changed your “lifestyle?”

And if you haven’t changed your lifestyle, do you really think you’ll be able to stick to this new healthy diet if the rest of your life doesn’t reflect the same beliefs?

Absolute Randomness

So today all I can think about is the random discussions and facts that I’ve had this week. So I’ve decided to include them all here. I apologize that you must see this glimpse into what goes on in my brain on a regular basis.

Yesterday I was very amused by Candy and my shoes. So much so that I actually took pictures. Candy was wearing her new school Vibrams and I was repping the old school Converse.

New School


Old School

Ever since Ryan bought his first pair of Vibrams over a year ago, I’ve told him I would NEVER think of getting a pair…I must admit defeat in this battle though…I really want a pair like Candy’s!

BUT Converses are still the bombdiggity!

On to more randomness…

Some random topics I’ve thought about this week:

  • Is being obsessed with eating healthily a disorder? According to Steve Bratman it is! He called this healthy eating obsession “Orthorexia.” He defined it as “an obsession with healthy or righteous eating.” He says it refers to people who “create severely limited diets in the name of healthy eating.” For more information on Orthorexia, click here. What do you think? Is orthorexia real?
  • Do people really believe they are being healthier when they eat candy with less fat in it?

Maybe I should have gotten twizzlers...they have no fat...

  • Uhm…what…the…heck…Edible Spray?
  • Recently I’ve had numerous discussions about the safety of Crossfit and even extreme heavy lifting. One of the articles I was sent had to do with rhabdomyolysis. I personally don’t think this is a reason to not do Crossfit or any other intense workout program (I’ve known people who’ve gotten this from P90x). It is something to be aware of though. Anytime you go from doing nothing to working out intense 5-7 days a week, you have to understand the risks and potential consequences. I mean…there are risks to starting any intense workout routine and you should be aware of them. What do you think?
  • Why are people so unwilling to question what their doctors tell them?
  • Why do like 90% of the men you see in the gym not perform a full range of motion when they lift? My only guess is that they so concerned with the amount of weight they can lift that they don’t care if their lift is actually good.
  • Will P90x2 be as good as P90x or is BeachBody just trying to sell more products?

AND the last piece of randomness I would like to include is the Burpee workout Candy and I did the other day. It is 210 burpees in 20 minutes. If for any reason you don’t hit the specified number of burpees in the minute, you must finish the remaining burpees in the next minute, but you can’t move on to the next set of burpees once you’ve finished the specified amount. You must wait until the next minute.

We wrote it down because we didn't think we could memorize it.


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