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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Health of the Soul 89

Victory in your soul should be glorious in every area of life. Be inspired by Divine instruction

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Health of the Soul 88

Sing a song to your soul to construct you life and not destruct to a dark place. Words have power chose them wisely.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wellness Wednesday

This Wednesday, I was debating over what small change, to better my health, would I make today... I had a few on my mind, but couldn't narrow it down.  Then I went to my daughters' school to volunteer, one of the kids asked me, "Mrs. Thayer when are you coming to read to our class?"  There it was staring me right in the face... Reading!

Remember the old saying, Reading is fundamental!  Well, it is, at every age.  I find that I usually only read to my kids or on airplanes for my own enjoyment, but I'm not a consistent reader.  I make reading a priority with my children, but not for myself... hmm!  You're never too old to stop learning or reading for that matter.  So, this Wednesday  I will be picking up a book and reading for my own enjoyment and sanity.
I challenge you to read... turn off the technology (unless you're reading on your e-reader) and pick up a book, magazine or a newspaper; fiction or non-fiction, historic or present time, it doesn't matter... Read, my friends... If you have kids in your house, not only read to them but lead by example too.  Reading not only improves your vocabulary and your knowledge base, but it also allows your mind to release the stress and worries of your own life, which is very calming and healthy.  Become a member of your local library, or read books on an e-reader which is good for the health of our space, but cutting back on the amount of paper used.  Once you finish a book, pass it on or donate it.  Reading while working out can help to pass the time during cardio sessions, so bring your latest page-turner instead of your tunes.  Read before bed, read in the morning, read on your lunch or coffee break, anytime is a great time!  If you have any book recommendations... comment below, or check out my Readings tab or some Healthy Living reading suggestions.  Stay well, and read this Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Health of the Soul 87

Stir your soul to face the day with momentum and progression. Go forward the only option.

Mexican Quinoa

Missing my recipes?  Well, I have a new one for you, Mexican Quinoa!  I made this last night for Meatless Monday.  I just threw this together for a quick dinner after swim lessons.  I loved it, my husband on the hand, not so much... He really doesn't care for the texture of small grains, like quinoa or couscous   You can serve it as a meal like me, as a side dish, or over a bed of lettuce.  If you're looking for a way to spice up quinoa (literally), this is a fun recipe for you.  Enjoy!

Mexican Quinoa
serves 4-8, time 20 min

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cup water
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1/4 cup salsa
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried thyme
salt & pepper to taste
shredded cheese to sprinkle on top

In a small sauce pan, combine water, a little salt, and quinoa, bring to a boil.  Then drop heat to a low simmer, and cook for about 10-15 min, until water is absorbed.  Transfer cooked quinoa to a serving bowl.  Toss with salsa, black beans, corn, lime juice, cumin, thyme, and cilantro.  Serve... I then topped it with shredded cheese, with a side of blue corn chips.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Health of the Soul 86

Every part of your soul must be in agreement to be productive and prosperous. Allow your will, mind, and emotions to be free and operate in truth.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Health of the Soul 85

Seasons of life will change.  Your soul must adjust to natural and environmental changes.  Love will change conditions of mind and emotions.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Health of the Soul 84

Seek discipline in your soul to achieve academic success.  Life will never be stagnant

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Health of the Soul 83

Enrich your soul as you fellowship with family and friends.  Your emotions and expressions of love are beneficial.

Wellness Wednesday

So, it's Wednesday... What are you doing for your wellness today?  What small change will you make for the betterment of your self, soul, or space?
Today, my youngest daughter  Mia had a field trip to Flasky's Farm in Middletown.  After fun hayrides, a silly soybean maze, and pumpkin picking, we headed into their produce market.  I picked up some Flasky's apples and squash.  Then it hit me, I really need to buy more local fruits, vegetables, and products.  I do try to buy some local produce from my area Safeway or Whole Foods, but those sometimes aren't that local, they are usually shipped in from New York or New Jersey.  So, today's wellness Wednesday tip is to buy your produce from local farms (or farmers market) and buy produce that is in season.  First of all, I noticed the prices were much cheaper than the "sale" produce at the supermarket.  You are reducing pollution in the environment because the food is not shipped/trucked far distances to super markets.  Best of all, you are supporting the local small farms and farmers.  Buying local produce is healthy for your Self, because your eating more fruits & veggies, and healthy for your Space, by reducing carbon footprint and supporting local economy.

For my Delawareans (& those near by), here are some markets & farms to stop by, and get local produce and products...
Haldas Market
Wilmington, DE

Newark Natural Foods Co-op
Newark, DE

New Castle Farmers Market
New Castle, DE

Flasky's Farm & Produce Market
Middletown, DE

Willey Farms
Townsend, DE

Fifer Orchards- Farm & Country Store
Camden-Wyoming, DE

Manna Organic Farm
Seaford, DE

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Health of the Soul 82

Soul is in a fight.  Your soul is to be expression of light of goodness in the earth. Fight for health and wholeness.

P90X Week 13, finally!

Finally... Thank you, Jesus!  I am finished Beach Body's P90x!  How was it?  Well, I'll get to that... first how was my final week?

Week 13 was fantastic, for two reasons... 1. It's the last week, I could see the end of the tunnel and it made each workout easier.  2. The workouts were all of my favorite (easier) workouts.  Monday started with Yoga X, which was great because I skipped my YMCA Body Flow class for a play-date in PA.  Tuesday was Core Synergistic, this workout is by far a great cross-training workout that will stay in my workout rotation.  Wednesday was a beautiful day weather wise, so the family and I went for a walk around Glasgow Park, then I wrapped the day with KenpoX and a new episode of Law & Order SVU (bonus).  Thursday, I did XStretch without the video, but with the app on my phone.  I turned on the Soundscapes music channel on my Fios TV, and stretched out my body.  Friday was CardioX, I think I burned more than my average 400 calories that night.  I was pushing it!!  Saturday, after a DSU football game, and a mile walk to/from my car, I worked hard with YogaX. Sunday was XStretch, another much needed relaxing workout after my kids were hyped up from a birthday party (thanks Deb!).  And that wrapped week 13... It was a great week, I love the line up of workouts and like I said earlier, I found new energy because it was my last week.  Well, what about the photos... here you go... Week 1 to Week 13
Week 1
Week 13

Overall, I genuinely enjoy P90x!  It's a great full body workout, focusing on all aspects of fitness.  I prefer the Lean program.  I'm not trying to loose weight or build big muscles, the Lean program keeps me toned, and well, lean.  There were days I cursed the TV, there were days I didn't feel like working out, there were days I couldn't get enough and wanted more.  The P90x app is great if you're traveling or you just don't want to listen to Tony's wise cracks anymore.  This time around, I wasn't looking for major results, so I did not take measurements or track my weight.  I just wanted a great workout I could do when I couldn't get to the YMCA.  I did set small goals throughout the program, one was to do all of the push-ups in all of the videos, and I achieved that during week 12, yay!  My waist and hips are smaller, there's more definition in my arms, abs. back, and I honestly gained 2 lbs of muscle weight (i'm assuming).  I totally recommend P90x to anyone who already has a decent fitness base (bc it's hard), especially if you're looking to loose weight, get tone, build muscle, and/or increase your fitness ability.  Beach body also has great meal plans you can follow with recovery drinks and supplements.  What's next for me?  Well, I'm going to get back to running more, time to start training for the Delaware Half Marathon... I never thought I'd say this, but these 2 days off from P90x, and I realized I miss the workouts already and my personal basement time... So, starting next week, I will be adding P90x Lean back into my workout schedule, not full force, but as a supplemental workout to my running and YMCA workouts.  Check out Beach Body, and try P90x... "Do your Best, and Forget the Rest!!"  Stay fit, my friends!!

To see my journey in P90x land, check out my other posts...
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4 & 5
Week 6
Week 7 & 8
Week 9 & 10
Week 11 & 12

Monday, October 15, 2012

Health of the Soul 81

Seas roar, waves roll in and out of the shore.  Soul rest on the wave of divine instruction and apply to knowledge.  Be inspired.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

"I'm a Boss" for Health?

Did anyone watch the BET Hip Hop Awards?  More specifically, Rick Ross's performance?  Self Soul Space is not a blog that critiques or criticizes Hollywood, or HipHopWood, if you will.  I am a fan of most music, but I love Hip Hop and R&B, especially when I'm working out, just in case you didn't know.  Anyway, back to my question... Rick Ross on the BET Hip Hop Awards? I love Ricky Rozay's music, his "Boss" mentality, and self confidence.  But I wonder, if performing with his shirt off is necessary and a good example of healthy living for the fans that love his music.  It's no secret, Rick Ross is not a small guy and has had some major health issues in the past year.  But why does it seem like, after 2 separate life threatening situations, he has not changed his way of life?  Back in October of 2011, Rick Ross had to cancel some performances after suffering a seizure on a plane.  In April of 2012, he cancelled two more performances due to seizures again.  After his recent health issues, he reassures fans of a clean bill of health.  However, in a Rolling Stone Article this past August, Rick Ross attributes his seizures to "smoking too much weed", 'green caviar' as he called it, hmm... healthy?  On a more positive note, he named his recent hit Diced Pineapples, after the fact the doctor told him to add more fruit and water to his diet, pineapples became a favorite... it's a start, even though the lyrics have nothing to do with eating healthy.  How come he hasn't cut down on his caviar intake, hired a trainer and/or a nutritionist to help lead him on a path of good health?
Or maybe he has... Why is he not advertising or promoting a healthier lifestyle after two seizure incidents?  I get that it's not cool to rap about eating healthy, working out... but why not promote it off the stage, lead by example.  This just doesn't go for Ricky Rozay, but all of HipHopWood.  Black Americans dominate the world of Hip Hop... 14% of Black Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes, over 44% of Black men and 47% of Black women over the age of 20 have cardiovascular disease (heart disease), and childhood obesity is on the rise, especially among Black youth.  Don't forget that Heart disease is the leading cause of deaths among Black Americans, especially women.  That being said... Why isn't the industry, mostly populated by Black Americans doing something about it.  They can speak out on politics, promote luxury cars, rap about the good and/or hood life... However, there is no good life without good health.  I challenge Black celebrities and Hip Hop Stars, like Rick Ross, to promote good health, clean eating, and physical activity to all of their fans, young and old, more importantly lead by example.  Be a "Boss" for a Healthy Self, Soul, and Space.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Health of the Soul 80

Position palms of your hands toward heaven; submit your soul to divine instruction in every situation.

Wellness Wednesday

This week, for Wellness Wednesday, I am making one more small change to better my health.  Last week, I started switching 1 non-water drink for water... Mainly, I've been switching my 2nd cup of coffee for water.  I already drink a lot of water, but there were days, where I was slacking.  I have found that making this change, I feel more hydrated and energized throughout the day.

This Wednesday, I decided to wake-up 10 minutes earlier, so I can have a moment to meditate, stretch, and get ready to start my day on a positive note before I have to wake the tired, whining kids.  That being said, because I love to sleep, I am going to get my butt in bed at least 10 minutes earlier at night.  I might not fall asleep right away, but taking an extra 10 minutes to rest, will help in my overall energy levels in the morning and throughout the day.  During both 10 minute segments (am & pm), I am going to keep the TV and phone off, and let my mind and soul be still.  This morning's 10 minutes, my first try, I did not hit snooze and I up right away, stretched out my back and legs, drank some water, sat in lotus pose while I thanked God for waking me up this morning... And then I had to pee.  After that, I got dressed, in peace,  I thought about what I have to do today, without the tired little monsters... It was refreshing.  I hope I can keep this up, like last week's water substitution. Now, I must "hit the hay", so I can attempt my new routine tomorrow.  Try my Wednesday wellness tip, and share how it's helping your health.  Good Night!

For better sleep & bedtime habits check out: Good Night, Sleep Tight!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

P90x Weeks 11 & 12

I can see the light at the end of a tunnel... I am almost done, thank goodness!  So, weeks 11 and 12 of Beach body's P90x was challenging.  Silly me, for thinking it would get easier. Most days, were double workout days, P90x and YMCA classes/ or Running... Crazy, right?!?

Week 11: I started the week with a 3.25 mile run outside at Glasgow Park in the afternoon, then Chest/Back & Ab Ripper X in the evening.  I truly hate chin-ups, and push-ups!  CardioX on Tuesday, was rough.  Wednesday, I skipped Ab Ripper X after Shoulders/Arms because the season opener of Law & Order: SVU was coming on... It's my favorite show, I've seen 98% of all L&O episodes, Original, SVU, CI, LA... all of them!  Thursday, is my new favorite day of the week, why? Les Mills Body Flow in the morning, the YogaX in the evening.  I am at peace all day, and feel stretched and relaxed!  Core synergistic on Friday was cool, I survived.  Saturday, I skipped my morning run with BGR, my body just said NO!  So instead, I kicked my own butt with KenpoX and added a bonus Ab RipperX.  Sunday, was a much needed rest day!  Sorry, I forgot to take a photo this week, but I did take one at the end of week 12.

Week 12: This was a busy week for me, in workouts and in normal life.  Monday, I went to my favorite Les Mills Body Flow class, then I skipped meditation for a 2 mile run instead.  Monday evening, I had a migraine headache, and went to bed at 7:15pm... so, Yes, I skipped my p90x workout.  But on Tuesday, I made up for it, I busted out the scheduled CardioX, then moved right into Chest/Shoulders/Triceps and Ab RipperX.  I was feeling so juiced, I banged out all of the push-ups (a first, yay), and an additional 20 Mason Twists!  On Wednesday, I was still feeling good and went for a 2.5 mile run.  That evening, I only did part of Back/Bicep, so I could watch the first Presidential debate.  Part of living a healthy lifestyle, means knowing and understanding the politics that run our country and how it effects you and your family.  My favorite day of the week, went a lot like last week, Body flow in the morning, then YogaX in the evening... This was a much need pre-stress reliever for the weekend ahead.  On Friday, I skipped another P90x workout because after working a 14 1/2 hour day at the Delaware Auto Show (in 3" heels), my body spoke and said NO.  Please understand, I'm not making excuses, because I feel like I always make up for my missed workouts... And I did on Saturday, I kicked butt in KenpoX then moved right into Core synergistic (from Friday).  I felt great, and needed those punches and kicks to relieve some more Auto Show stress!! Sunday, I headed back to the Auto Show, and ate a piece of Desserts by Dana's Red Velvet Car Cake... it was so good, and I was so happy I burned some extra calories Saturday night.  Sunday evening, instead of resting, I stretched out my body with XStretch, standing in 3" heels for 30 1/2 hours in 3 days, my body needed it.

Here's my photo from week 12, Jordan loves to photo bomb my p90x photos.

Guess what's next... Week 13, my last week of P90x... I am so ready for it!  Wish me luck to finish strong!!

Health of the Soul 79

Your soul should be tempered everyday. Temperance will guide your actions for good and not evil.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Health of the Soul 78

Speak to your soul in agreement to be restored to unity within your mind.  Be in unity with self, family and friends to move forward in peace.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Health of the Soul 77

Music is good for the soul.  Songs that speak to your spirit, mind and body will help bring health and healing.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Health of the Soul 76

Everyday is an opportunity to set your soul in a blissful place.  Be in obedience to the spirit that instructs you to do good.

Health of the Soul 75

Your soul can be refreshed with showers of blessings from above.  Be under the waterfall today.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wellness Wednesday

Every Wednesday I try to make one small change to better my overall wellness.  And, I thought... why not share these small changes and other wellness ideas every Wednesday.  Not all of my changes have been physical... some mental, some environmental, and even some have been superficial, but the idea is to improve my well being.  I make the change, and keep it in place.  I don't stop on Thursday, I continue to build and improve upon my small wellness changes.

Today's Wellness Wednesday tip, is to swap out 1 non-water drink for water.  Just 1, 8 oz glass substitution.  Usually, on a damp foggy morning, like it was today, I'll put back 2-3 cups (big cups) of Starbucks coffee.  Instead, I only drank 1 cup, and swapped out the second for water.  Plain old, water.  And you know what, it's 2:15 pm, and I don't feel my normal afternoon crash coming on!  Adding more water to your daily beverage consumption will also help to flush out your body, keep you hydrated and less thirsty, help with digestion, and in time will help to clear up skin blemishes while improving dry skin (winning).  So, instead of reaching for a 2nd can of soda, cup of coffee or tea, glass of juice, beer, wine, or cocktail, drink a glass of water!  It can be flat, tap, bottled, sparkling, filtered, ice water, hot water, with a slice of lime... however, you like it... have a glass of water!

For more tips and ideas on how to spice up and increase your water consumption, check out Got Water?  Drink up!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Health of the Soul 74

Soul submit to authority every day to have confidence of a controlled end.