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Neopolitan Macarons and Recovery Runs

Helloooo!

This week was challenging in terms of workouts because I felt sick for a lot of it…but I managed to get some good walks and weights in to keep me going.

The interesting thing about me and migraines is that when I get a nice workout it actually relieves the migraine better than pain meds.

Believe me, working out is really the last thing I want to, but when I start breathing through my workouts it regulates my breath and blood flow to the brain.

I really enjoyed this second week of heavier weights in smaller reps for Best Body Bootcamp because my muscles were a little more used to the extra push from last week. It felt great to feel the strength continue to take shape, especially in my upper body.

During yoga class I am able to lower myself from plank to floor in chataranga without going to my knees and that feel amazing to be able to do.

Yesterday was also a great test of strength and endurance because my sister and I went on a 6 mile cross country jog, and my muscles were much better at enduring the strain of it. Having good company, good tunes, and a beach view from the bluffs didn’t hurt either though! :)

My sweet tooth was also put to the test this weekend when my sister and I made real French Macarons!

We had been talking about making them for awhile and finally did it.

We made literally melt in your mouth oh my gosh the sugar foment neopolitan ones where one side was vanilla, the other chocolate, and red berry frosting was sandwiched in between.

They were very labor intensive and very picky cookies to make but they were so worth the effort!

We modified a recipe we found on YouTube for a Kirby macarons so I will include the link below.

Also pictures:

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Also HAPPY MOTHERS DAY if you are a mom!!!

Cheers,

Christin Joyful

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30 Day Shoes Challenge Day 2 and Best Body Bootcamp Update

Hello blogosphere!

So today was day 2 of my 30 day shoe challenge…already tempted by some red suede wedges at K-Mart, but I didn’t buy them…yay! Way to go Christin, made it two whole days without buying shoes lol

Anyway, here are my shoes for day 2:

 

I got these online from Charlotte Russe about a year ago. Not terribly comfortable, but not painful either. My only complaint really is that the buckle comes undone from time to time on the right shoe for some reason. Still pretty cute though! I wore these with jeans and a t-shirt today. :)

Now on to my update and check-in on Miss Tina Reale’s Best Body Boot Camp.

 

 This week I spent getting back into working out after being sick last week. I spent some time at yoga to help me ease back into my workouts (there were a LOT of burpees to do this week, and I was a little scared hehe).

The awesome thing about going to yoga was that we really focused on opening up the chest.

Now, instructors and trainers are, no matter what the class or activity, constantly telling their students to lift the chest, and open the chest, and keep your chest up. Why is that, do you think?

Well the simple answer is that it helps keep your body aligned, and helps maintain good form and posture, which, in turn, will prevent injury and ensure you get the most out of each exercise.

However, I believe there is a little more to it than that. There is something that happens in the mind when you open up the chest. Perhaps it is because your chest is where your heart is also stored? Considering this, think about what happens when you open up your heart to someone or something. Does it get easier or harder? How do you feel about it? What changes? How does it affect you, or your thought processes and behaviors to that person or thing?

When I was at yoga that first day back, the instructor kept telling us to open the chest. After the first 15 or so minutes of class, having watched us go through triangle pose into warrior 3′s, she stopped us. She had us stand up straight in mountain pose. Then she asked us where our chests were. She asked us if perhaps sometimes when we are told to open our chests in a pose, are we actually maybe trying to extend an arm back further to achieve this? Or perhaps tilting our chins up higher? Are we moving other body parts instead of our chests?

She had us touch our collarbones and work our way out to our shoulders. she literally had us stand there and really get the feeling of opening just the chest. Then we went through the triangle into warrior 3′s again. This time, having that feeling of an open chest overtook our mind’s struggles to try to get the poses correct. Everyone did better.

This got me thinking about what opening the chest really entails. It is about surrendering your heart to the exercise. Letting go your mind to an extent and just allowing your body to do what you know it can do. No longer over-thinking it and leading with your chest means leading with your heart, and embracing what you are doing.

I decided to use this mentality of concentrating on truly opening up the chest with each exercise and each class I did this week. And it really helped!

By learning to simply lift your chest and let your body do what it can, you let go of the mental blocks you put up that stop you from achieving.

In bootcamp, this is paramount. You never know what your body can do if you never follow your heart, let go your mind, and let your body do what it is truly capable of.

That lesson was one I needed to learn and embrace, and I know I can truly give it my all.

So go ahead, open up your chest, and let go of your mind. Let your body do what it can do without your mind holding you back. Embrace and achieve.

Cheers,

Christinjoyful

 

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Namaste

Photo from: http://www.yogapaws.com/Portals/13108/images/Bow%20Pose.jpg
Yesterday I got to go to a yoga class on my lunch break, and it was awesome! I hadn’t been to a yoga class in probably close to a year, and since I also haven’t been stretching as much or dancing, man was I tightly strung! It was really nice to stretch out my hips and legs and arms and back…ahhhhh! I was able to still do the front splits on my left leg, but didn’t dare try my right because it would have been embarrassing. I need to apply myself and work myself back into a flexible place!

We did LOTS of planks…both regular and side planks, as well as warrior pose variations, crescent variations, etc…my arms, legs and core feel pleasantly sore today! You know, the “good” sore, not the “Ohmigosh I can’t move today” sore. ;)

At the end of yoga classes, they always say Namaste, and give a little bow with hands together in a prayer formation in front of your third eye. My Fluffy has his own version of this, in which he says “Namaste Bitches” which is hilarious probably mostly to me only. I decided to google the definition of ‘Namaste’ because I am an etymology nerd like that, and here is what I found, taken from http://www.livingwordsofwisdom.com/definition-of-namaste.html:

There a many other interpretations of the meaning of Namaste here are a few:

The God/Goddess within me acknowledges the God/Goddess within you.

The Divine in me recognizes and honors, the Divine in you.

The spirit within me bows to the spirit within you.

I greet that place where you and I are one.

I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.

No matter which interpretation you choose you should think of it as a divine blessing that honors sacredness and equality in everyone.

As a Christian, I have to take that with a grain of salt, because I don’t believe that I am my own god or goddess, but if I interpret it as God living in me and fellow believers, guiding us together, then it sort of works? I don’t know. I try to stick to the yoga movements and not concentrate on the spiritual side of it, unless I am using the meditation time to focus on the Lord…I try to apply what I have learned into more Biblical terms. As a Believer, my body is a temple of God, but to say Namaste to a non-believer in my interpretation would not make sense. Hmmmhhmmm…quite the quandary, if I do say so myself. Guess I’ll have to meditate on that some more.

Until then,

Namaste (Bitches). :)

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