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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Runnin Down a Dream...








Nourishment for the Soul

chicken, zucchini, beans, hummus, seaweed

Larabar- running food

chicken, cabbage, hummus, nutritional yeast, red pepper

It's in the Simple Things...

At this point you can see I really enjoy going to the park, I go there pretty much daily, sometimes to walk, sometimes to study or read, lay in the sun, meet friends, you name it! WHy do I love it so much? Well, I really find solace and peace in getting away from all the things that seem to dominate our society these days, i.e. computers, T.V.'s, commercials, phones, text messages, ipods, and the list goes on...and yes, I do in fact use these things, but I know my limits and have come to terms with the fact that sometimes Im a better person when I am not glued to these modern devices to make our lives "easier" or more "convenient"...sometimes I wonder, in world with so much information out there and all these modern inventions, well why the hell is there such a communication barrier? Yeah, I know what you're thinking, "it's because everyone is text messaging!" When did we stop listening to others, when did we stop saying hi to a person walking by us on the sidewalk, why are we incapable of talking to people to convey how we really feel instead of having to resort to posting it on a public internet social networking site?
Sometimes I really just crave living pure and authentically, like moving to Thailand and living on a beach practicing acupuncture and eating phenomenal cuisine, making real human connections and going to bed each night feeling whole and complete...ahh so nice!



SOUL MATE

SOUL: The animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity.
MATE: a companion, comrade, fellow worker, chum, buddy or pal

SO, what do you think of SOUL MATES? I think we grow up with the notion that we will (hopefully) find our soul mate, get married, have children and live happily ever after...now don't get me wrong, I think this all sounds fantastic and all but do you ever stop to think that maybe you have many soul mates? That maybe perhaps soul mates don't have to come in the shape of a lover, a romantic partner, a sexual partner? I really believe that we have other forms of soul mates circulating throughout our lives. I can think of 5 people right now at this moment that I would consider soul mates. The people you havent talked to in years, but when you do it's like you just talked yesterday, the friend that you can just look at and you don't even have to say anything, almost like you both have ESP with one another, or the person you just met and you know for sure you know that person from somewhere or there is just something that instantly magnetizes you to that person...I can't really explain these phenomenons but I for myself see these people in my life as soul mates...

Personally I think yes, of course there is one if not many out there for all of us, but what is really monumental to me is once we strip away these ideas of what we think "the one" looks like or what" we should" be doing, i.e. getting married, having kids, going to a 9-5 job, we open ourselves up to what really is out there, whether that be meeting the one or getting married or whatever...because you see to me discovering love within yourself sets you up to fully embrace the love of others and in turn to give love away with no limits or conditions, and when you reach this level of freedom, not bound by labels or expectations, love will begin to take flight and you will begin to see it in more forms, far more vast than what we think it exists in...so in the end if you have tapped in the deep reservoir of love inside of yourself then it truly does not matter if you ever find the one or get the ring or have the kids...if you do however, it is all really just icing on the cake...and honestly I don't believe that love is to be "found", it is in us all, but for some reason we tend to run from it, hmmm, humans are funny creatures, so instead of running from the very thing we all truly crave the most out of life, why not embrace it and be open to it, what do you have to lose?

Monday, April 26, 2010

R-R & R

Yeah, that's right, REST, RELAXATION AND REJUVENATION! I successfully finished another term in school on Saturday! All the papers are in and everything is signed off...and I officially have less than a year til I am a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. Sooo stoked! Anyways, this brings me to the topic of resting and supporting your bodies rejuvenation process. I am gradually improving on this...Lately I have been going on all four cylinders and by the time 8pm rolls around, Im pretty much toast! So, listening to your bodies cues during busy and stressful times is key. Often times I feel like I "need" to go out and do something or I "have" to go get this done. Well, in all honesty, I really don't "have" or "need" to do anything. Taking care of ourselves is of prime importance. Tomorrow is my first day off from work and classes for well...it's been a while. I'm going to go have lunch with my Mom and other than that there is nothing planned. So, Im going to just chill out, or at least do my best. even on days off sometimes I find myself running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
I was working up in Boulder today and met a woman who thought I was 38! No, I don't think 38 is "old" but I am 28...this really just humored me more than anything. She said I was very wise for a 28 year old, and I said well yeah, I think some of us have lived many lives. Lately, I've been thinking of all the random people I meet on a daily basis, in the grocery store, at the park, in the gym, wherever! I've realized none of this is by accident, you never know who or what is going to put in your path next so be present in the moment.
Lately, I have discovered a new passion in my TCM world, I've come to love working with women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or who have just given birth. Recently, I have been treating quite a few women in these situations and I just really enjoy it. It makes me appreciate the whole process a lot more, the creation, nesting and birthing phases of pregnancy simply just marvel me still. There is something really cool about being a part of such a beautiful evolution...

Fuel for the Journey

It's been requested that I put more food pictures up so here ya go!

cabbage, asparagus, scallion, carrot, seaweed, avocado


Cabbage Wraps- chicken, hummus, red pepper, seaweed, kidney beans

Attitude is Everything

The Dalai Lama was once asked if he was ever lonely. He said "No". When asked what he attributed this to, he responded, "I think one factor is that I look at any human being from a more positive angle; I try to look for their positive aspects. This attitude immediately creates a feeling of affinity, a kind of connectedness."

This is an excerpt from a reading of mine recently and I just think it is too great not to pass on.

Monday, April 19, 2010

WELLNESS



A HEALER INFLUENCES WELLNESS
YOU CANNOT INFLUENCE WELLNESS BY LOOKING AT ILLNESS
WELL-BEING IS DOWNSTREAM
HEALING IS UPSTREAM
WELLNESS IS FLOWING WITH THE RECOVERY THAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR
THE MOST POWERFUL HEALER IS THE ONE WHO CAN VISUALIZE WELLNESS IN THE STRONGEST OF WAYS
YOUR BELIEF IN THE WELLNESS, THAT IS THE TRUE POWER OF A HEALER.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Live Your Love...Love Your Life



Yeah, Im pretty much loving life right now, not that I wasn't before, but I just feel on fire right now, it's pretty cool actually:) All of a sudden I just feel so "in it", and really know that all is well and I am just where I am supposed to be and am sooo thrilled about my future. Call me crazy but I simply just feel incredible!
I made a formula with some raw herbs the other day, the formula is called Gui Pi Tang. It is probably my signature formula. Makes me feel awesome! There is something so pure and authentic about making your own herbal decoction...it's very cool! It is also the most effective way to administer herbs too. This classic formula tonifies Spleen Qi and nourishes Heart Blood, it's great for people like me in school who over-think:) SOme herbs in it that you may recognize are ginger, licorice, longan berries, jujube fruit, and astralagus.
I went out to dinner last night for my good friend Natasha's birthday and had a blast. We were laughing so hard tears started streaming out of my eyes! It was probably the best therapy I've had in a long time! ANd to tell you the truth I really have no idea what we were laughing at. I do think laughter is great medicine and if you have not had a good laugh in a while go out and get one!:)We ate at a place called Shish Cabob, family owned and very good food. I had some really tasty soup, I wasn't really incredible hungry but I helped my friend Amy eat some of her chicken schwarma- delish! I also brought home some of their homemade hummus, and this stuff ma very well become my new favorite! Apparently the governor comes in all the time to get a stash of the hummus. Hummus is definitely a major food group for me:)
Well, this term is almost over and boy oh boy does it feel awesome, this was an intense one for sure, mainly because of the proficiencies. SO I am thrilled to have the summer to just take it easy and enjoy. I'm thinking I will get on a plane to jet somewhere this summer, gonna let that one unfold as far as where...
The trees are blooming and everything is getting really green around here, I love this time of year. So beautiful. I really love Colorado for this reason, we have all the seasons and I just am fascinated by the cyclical rhythm of nature. She knows what she is doing despite us trying to go against the stream of life.
One big thing Im really practicing daily is the Law of Attraction, and WOW! More will come on this subject, but I can honestly tell you that is a major reason of why I am feeling so hot right now.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Let the Tan Lines Begin...



Yep, it is that time of year...Tanline city baby! I went out to the park today to read and study and got some pretty wicked tan lines...at least Im no longer wearing my spandex cycling uniform anymore:) that made for some really crazy lines.

So, I got my new book in the mail today! I ended up reading the intro and the 1st chapter and absolutely love it! I had to literally make myself put it down. Ha! I never thought I'd say that:) Anyways, I couldnt have received this book at a more perfect time. Recently I have really been consciously been embarking on the deeper spiritual element of movement, exercise, working out, training, whatever you want to call it. I think it always has been a spiritual experience but lately I have just seemed to tap into it at a deeper level and it's pretty cool. Like I have stated before, it is just another symbolic entity that reflects the broader picture of life and your inner being of consciousness. Im still learning but that is what is so awesome about this and everything else in life. When we cease to learn, we cease to live.
Here is a little quote from my reading today..."the cyclist works with the wind by drafting behind a team member, the skier refuses to "conquer" the mountain and chooses, instead, to blend with its contours and undulations. You will discover that you gain wisdom by going with the way of nature, instead of opposing it egotistically. WHen you learn to cooperate with the way things are, instead of insisting on controlling or manipulating situations to your individual wishes, you begin to feel the fluidity and flexibility within your physical activity and the effects of this flow on all areas of life."

This part is in reference to the Tao te Ching, which is one of my favorite books by the way:) Anyways, I am super stoked to dive into this book. I realized today that I am probably reading maybe 4 different books other than school stuff right now! Ahhh! So many books, so little time...nah, there is plenty of time.

Let's get this party started!

WOD-

Warmup
Prone Cobra 60-90sec

Front Squat with Push Press
Chinup

RDL
DB Pushpress
Barbell Split Squat
Split Stance Single Arm Cable Row

Finisher- Leg Matrix
20 bodyweight squats
20 dynamic lunges on alternating legs
20 lunge jumps
20 jump squats

My legs are pretty famished from all of last week and yesterday's run, however, I believe movement is the best medicine. Energy follows movement so that's exactly what I'm going to do!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Make Your Someday...TODAY!!!

Today was nothing short of amazing! It was absolutely beautiful out, lots of sunshine! I am such a sun worshipper, I really do feel energized with the sun and feel best and most alive in the summer. Maybe it's the vitamin D? Anyways, it made for a very enjoyable day. I ended up going out for a "little jog" and ended up running 6 miles. I think I was just in the moment and enjoying the beauty I didnt realize that I had gone out 3 miles, then I had to go back! It was great, I didnt even listen to my ipod which I typically do, all i could hear was my breathing and the sounds around me. I did however listen to a lecture on the way back which was very inspiring and motivating. I then had the idea to listen to books or lectures on my ipod while I exercise...we'll see, I dont think in most cases I will really be able to focus on a lecture during the trainings.
All of a sudden today I was being bombarded with new ideas and goals and just a really great zest to get out there and make things happen. I remembered my days when I was a kid playing tennis and how much I loved it, Jennifer Capriati was my idol and I really did want to become a professional tennis player back then:) Well, I think this summer Im going to re-visit my old passion for tennis and go hit some balls! I'm also thinking I really want to travel to Thailand in the next year or so...it just seems like such an amazing place, they call it the "land of smiles"...
Right now Im really getting back to manifesting abundance and positivity in my life. One of the main things I am really tapping into is just accepting me and my life as it is right at this moment...Im learning that I cannot create more of what I want until I fully accept where I am at right here, right now...there are definitely things I want out of life, for sure...but really how will i ever be content with any of that if i am not fully content with where I am at currently. It's kind of a new way of perceiving life for many, and it's not for everyone, but it truly makes sense to me. JUst think of all the people who have the job, the car, the wife, the money in the bank, you name it...but they are miserable...contentment really resides within us all, but we have to go inside, yes it can be scary at times, lonely, dark, and painful...it's all part of the journey though

Friday, April 9, 2010

ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF CALCIUM!

One of the many "disputes" I get into with nutrition is that we "need" to or "have" to consume dairy products in order to get the calcium our body needs. Well, this simply just is not true. I personally think most dairy products are void of nutrition, thanks to the modern practice of pasteurization and homogenization. These processes strip the food of most of it's raw nutrients. Raw dairy is the way to go, unfortunately it is a pain to obtain, although you can buy shares at local farms. Regular dairy consumption may lead to many allergies, asthma, digestive issues, and the list goes on. The average milk contains a high percentage of phosphorus which in high amounts actually leaches calcium out of the bones, diet soda also does the same thing. I believe everything in moderation is ok, but there are other sources to obtain calcium in the diet without using supplements. Here is a short list of calcium rich foods-

Turnip greens, cooked 1 cup 249
Tempeh 1 cup 215
Kale, cooked 1 cup 179
Okra, cooked 1 cup 172
Bok choy, cooked 1 cup 158
Mustard greens, cooked 1 cup 152
Tahini 2 Tbsp 128
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup 94
Almonds 1/4 cup 89
Almond butter 2 Tbsp 86

Monday, April 5, 2010

Don't fear what you don't know, just let that be your room to grow. -Ben Harper

Dial it in Baby!

Well after last night's sushi feast, I have plenty of glycogen in the tanks so today will be a great workout!

Plank on Swiss Ball 60-90sec
Russian Core Twist10 each side

Deadlift 6 rep 145lb
Military Press 6 rep 35lb

Forward-Back Stepover 15 rep
Incline DB Bench Press 15 rep 35lb
Single Leg SHELC 15 on each leg
One Point DB Row 15 on each arm 3olb

Finisher-
Lots of squat thrusts/tuckjumps/bodyweight squats

I'm pumped!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!





Get the Blood Moving!

Metabolic Conditioning Circuit-

Walking Lunge
Alternating Step Up
Prone Cross Toe Touch
Kettlebell Swing- 25lb
Sprints
Single Leg Squat Thrust
Pushups
Static Squat In-and-Out Jump
30 sec interval for each exercise, Repeat at least 3x

I successfully felt like I was gonna pass out and had snot coming out of my nose. All in all it was a great workout. I definitely got some steam out!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Energy through Motion

SO, Im going to check out a new book, Working Within- Working Without: The Tao of Inner Fitness. It sounds awesome and was brought to my attn by a friend. Fitness and exercise is indeed a journey for me, it is so much more than how much I can lift, what the scale says, how fast I can run....it's about going inside, getting pretty uncomfortable at times, digging really deep and transforming my thoughts and perceptions...in a nut shell. ANyways, today the workout is-
Woodchop on cable 50lb 8x3 on each side
Plank 60sec
DB Squat with offset load 50lb
DB Alternating OH Press 35lb
SL BentKnee DL 45lb
Chinup
Alternating LAteral Lunge 20lb
2point DB Row 40lb
This is my last week in this phase, so next week it's gonna get serious! Im so ready too. One of my latest goals is to really improve with my chin/pullups. I feel incredible when I do them on many levels, but honestly they are tough. A huge part of it was mental though. Before I begin I say a little affirmation or positive motivating thought. And I just focus, focus, focus.

Boulder Boulder


Yesterday I headed up to Boulder to do some work at a the Pearl Whole Foods. As I was driving down highway 36 I was awestruck with the beautiful view. I really miss riding up there. Boulder and the surrounding areas probably have some of the best and most challenging rides in the state. Stuff that will get you out of your comfort zone...QUICK! It turned out to be a fantastic demo, that store is insanely busy and I ended up selling out. I was feeling extra motivated yesterday and said to myself, "I'm gonna do this!" That's all it really takes. Fake it til you make it. Just get in, get it done and get on with life.