Fitness

Moving the body to clear the mind.

Eager pollinator.

Eager pollinator.

Pines throwing that pollen.

Pines throwing that pollen.

The road ended here.

The road ended here.

Twin bent pines

Twin bent pines

Raccon?

Raccoon?

More scratching.

More scratching.

Someone has been doing some scratching.

Someone has been doing some scratching.

Notice the three separate animal tracks?

Notice the three separate animal tracks?

Nearby field currently laid out.

Nearby field currently laid out.

A walk into nature.

A walk into nature.

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Who knew about kudzu? The Chinese for one!

Harvard study showing 30-40% dosage of active kudzu reduces binge drinking. This is much greater than the average 1% active ingredient in supplements found over the counter or online. http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2005/05.19/09-kudzu.html

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The battle against the bulge.

Yesterday I listened to an interview with Dr. Lustig where I learned of not only exactly how littered our foods are with fructose, but exactly how the three primary sugars are combined as they are introduced by manufacturing companies. In his book Fat Chance he also discusses the misconception that a calorie is a calorie. I hope to sit down and read this book to delve deeper into the actual science of how our bodies process what we consume. The most favorable sound bite for me in the interview? “If you read the ingredients on it, its not food.”

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Start of a day’s work

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The trunk of a 30ft tree cut down this morning with about 120 axe blows. No, not consecutive, I’m definitely not in my 20’s anymore! Chuckling to myself as I realize I would have barely broke a sweat back then I emphasize to myself “One step at a time”.

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Fitness – body, mind, spiritual

   Reflecting back on my life and the oh so many ways I have used to be in my best health and state of fitness I realize none of them had anything to with a gym. So what you say? There is a major difference between the personality of someone who steps up and chooses to grab hold to a shovel, axe, rake, hoe and places their will upon the world that surrounds them, making that connection with it; and those that step into a room dedicated to merely moving things with your body in isolated movements, turning your thoughts towards inanimate objects and specific muscle groups.
  So instead of stepping in, I intend on stepping out in order to return to a fitter state of being. Notice I didn’t say to lose weight, get buff, or find peace of mind. When we find things have gone off kilter in our lives the immediate reaction is to fix it NOW! Take that breathe, get over that smack of shock, realize it didn’t happen immediately and can’t be resolved that quickly either. Allowing ourselves to set realistic goals, making the journey enjoyable is the key to making positive, sustainable changes in our lives.
   A quote I read from the Dalai Lama this morning spoke of how fear, doubt, stress tears down the immune system while happiness and peace boost overall health. Facing life with humor and a smile from the heart then already gives you a headstart on a positive path. Learning to forgive others and ourselves allows the negativity of memories to lose oppressive weight and gives us the freedom to move forward.

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