Mental Strength: Finding Your Resolve

We have all been there before…

Woman lying on the boardwalk

Staying Devoted Ins’t Always Easy

Situation A: Its been a whole month and a half since I set out to get in great shape for the new year… It has also been an entire month since I’ve been to the gym. I went for two weeks straight and then my work started creeping up, I have to handle my taxes… But wait! That was my resolution… I can’t back out now! There’s still time left and I spent a hundred dollars on my new gym gear. Ok. I’ll go out tonight! Let me just- oh! The phone… I guess I don’t know whether that’s really and truly saved by the bell… Not in the long run…

Situation B: I’m trying my best. I’ve been going at this steady for a long time now. I’ve developed results and I can see that I’m looking and feeling better, but l’ve been feeling the same now for too long. At the beginning, results took on fast. Now I seem to be stagnated and can’t get any further. I’ve stayed true to my regimen and have blown past my friends… now they’re all catching up to me… Come on, let me get more than just 12 reps of this weight…

If its situation A, situation B, C, or D, it doesn’t matter. You are not alone. Not in the very least. Working out is hard. Staying fit is no easy task. What you need to find here, or in any task whether it work, family, project, or health itself, is to find Resolve.

Above all else in your journey to Wellness, the first and number one priority in your list should always be mental strength. Well it may not be something you can search for itself, you can develop it in yourself and apply it to any ongoing endeavor. In my case, I use mental strength to enforce the platform of all my activities: Fitness, and General Health.

How do you find mental strength? There are a variety of tactics, practices, and tricks which will help you develop the capacity for mental strength, or mental toughness. In the end, all of these means represent an end which is a change in perception, and a way of viewing things- circumstance, obstacles, opportunities, which can help you surmount any momentary “delay”, and help you recognize that something like this is not so much a delay in itself, but a feeling, which can be translated into opportunity.

Find your resolve. Its right in the way you look at things.

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The Fit Couple’s Valentine’s

Heart bench press weights

Lift your love life high

Flowers, Chocolate, A drive up to a beautiful view over the city… What are some other romantic ways and ideas to celebrate with your partner, or to enjoy a night with a special someone you just met? Well, I would start with breaking the cliche. I would start with being original.

Sure you can bring her a box of chocolates, or lay out some flower pedals on the bed, and really, if you start to make this a tradition, your significant other may just start to hold you in her heart as some kind of casanova. My one piece of advice if you are to start a tradition, though, is to be able to keep it mobile. While you might enjoy the bed of pedals and a romantic movie, all set out and laid for you every time, don’t be afraid to take it to Hawaii, or even Sweden, if the bonus allows.

What I’d really recommend though, as I said before, is doing something original, something unexpected.

What really brings couples together, is a joint endeavor, a mutual project. Something that when you are home together, you are united in completing, both working on the same thing, a part of the same journey. In this case, what has always been a pleasure and amazingly bonding thing for myself and my significant other, has been our mission to life a healthy lifestyle together.

Nothing has brought us closer together, and made other areas of our life more exciting, than getting fit together, and reaping those benefits. There is more than one side to getting fit that makes it a great endeavor to go on to with your partner.

On one hand, with optimal health, and ever increasing physical ability comes a whole new area of exploration and physical will. You can, in truth, be limitless. When both you and your partner have achieved a hardy athleticism, you will both feel great, look great, and be impressed with each other, which will turn into a new flame in your relationship. While this is the ideal in a relationship bonded further through fitness, there is still even greater joy on the path to getting there.

Dedicating yourselves to each other, to a common goal. There is nothing to build up a relationship than supporting each other and being united in a common goal. You will find by working alongside your partner and enjoying the activity along the way, you two will be bonded closer and your connection will grow deeper day by day.

While it doesn’t have to be a bland trip to the gym if you aren’t intrigued by it, find a mutual activity, or try a few just to see what you like! Any type fitness will be great, try buying a bike!

This Valentine’s Day, unite yourself with your lover for fun, or for the longterm. Deepen your bond by getting active, and setting a goals to get better in shape.

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Valentine’s Day: A Romantic Treat

Cocoa is an amazing antioxidant

Keep it sexy with your Super Food friend: Cocoa.

Here it comes… Tomorrow is that one day of the year you’ll spend in full attention of the one you love. Well… maybe not the one day, but certainly the day designated to do so…

What will you do on Valentine’s Day? Many dread the arrival of Valentine’s Day. No, I’m not talking about the reason you are thinking, not because they are dateless, or feel unprepared, because regardless of whether you are either of these things, you will fear one great oncoming of this famous day: the temptation of eating chocolate.

Temptation? Yes. Risk? Let’s see: Sure, if you’re buying some of the prepackaged stuff. You may find that many of these over the counter options contain the usual things you want to avoid: Saturated Fats, Partially Hydrogonated Oils, huge amounts of sugar, but let’s see what else you have in store for you. What are some alternative options that can spin this temptation into a trip to good health.

First of all cocoa itself is good for you. Cocoa is a natural antioxidant, usually containing flavanol (sound like flavor?) which promotes blood circulation to the brain and helps prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s, helps keep low cholesterol, and generally, promotes a healthy body. So, if you’re not getting the over the counter stuff with preservatives, “enhanced” with sugar, and corn and high fructose syrups, you are getting antioxidant benefits that… might just spice up your love life.

So how do we look at the Valentine’s Holiday? When you know there are benefits to be found about the great cocoa, there’s a lot more possibility. In my humble opinion, we should see Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to get a closer look, and enjoy, some great Super Foods.

On Valentine’s Day, everyone’s looking for an activity to share. While it may be too late that I recommend you to prepare something to present to the one you love, here is a recipe which you can both enjoy, and be not just guilt free, but proudly proactive.

Valentine’s, now, is your chance to get on your Super Foods. AKA: Raw Cocoa, Almond Butter, Coconut Oil, Peppermint Leaf. Antioxidants and powerful stuff in each. There are hundreds of ingredients here you can combine into your mix. Here is a great example of a recipe I found on WordPress.

I give full credit here to “Eat Clean Health” for inspiring me with this great recipe. Here’s how you put it together:

Using low heat, melt a single cup of coconut oil. After:
Blend 1 cup of Raw Cocoa, a few pinches of mint leaf, and the coconut oil together. After:
Add 2 cups of Almond Butter on top, mix in. Then:
Simply spread the mix out of to a tray, and place it in the freezer for 1 hour.

If you’re not into freezing, see what you can’t bake up using all these great Super Foods.

Get the most out of your Cocoa this Valentine’s Day, and be proud of your productivity. Plus, being healthy is a complete turn on. ;)

Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day:

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Here it comes… Tomorrow is that one day of the year you’ll spend in full attention of the one you love. Well… maybe not the one day, but certainly the day designated to do so…

What will you do on Valentine’s Day? Many dread the arrival of Valentine’s Day. No, I’m not talking about the reason you are thinking, not because they are dateless, or feel unprepared, because regardless of whether you are either of these things, you will fear one great oncoming of this famous day: the temptation of eating chocolate.

Temptation? Yes. Risk? Let’s see: Sure, if you’re buying some of the prepackaged stuff. You may find that many of these over the counter options contain the usual things you want to avoid: Saturated Fats, Partially Hydrogonated Oils, huge amounts of sugar, but let’s see what else you have in store for you. What are some alternative options that can spin this temptation into a trip to good health.

First of all cocoa itself is good for you. Cocoa is a natural antioxidant, usually containing flavanol (sound like flavor?) which promotes blood circulation to the brain and helps prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s, helps keep low cholesterol, and generally, promotes a healthy body. So, if you’re not getting the over the counter stuff with preservatives, “enhanced” with sugar, and corn and high fructose syrups, you are getting antioxidant benefits that… might just spice up your love life.

So how do we look at the Valentine’s Holiday? When you know there are benefits to be found about the great cocoa, there’s a lot more possibility. In my humble opinion, we should see Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to get a closer look, and enjoy, some great Super Foods.

On Valentine’s Day, everyone’s looking for an activity to share. While it may be too late that I recommend you to prepare something to present to the one you love, here is a recipe which you can both enjoy, and be not just guilt free, but proudly proactive.

Valentine’s, now, is your chance to get on your Super Foods. AKA: Raw Cocoa. Mix it in with Cranberries, Natural Peanut Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Peppermint Leaf… Antioxidants and powerful stuff in each. There are hundreds of ingredients here you can combine into your mix.

Get the most out of your Cocoa this Valentine’s Day, and be proud of your productivity. Plus, being healthy is a complete turn on. 😉

Enjoy!

The Healthy Guide to Valentine’s Day

This is a timely post. Good idea, everyone!

The Beaumont Blog

Healthy Guide to Valentine's Day This Valentine’s Day, skip the standard dinner for two in favor of a more unique celebration of your love – and burn a few calories in the process! Follow our guide to a healthy, active day sure to sweep your sweetheart off their feet.

Breakfast in bed

Start the day right with a deliciously filling breakfast to energize you both for the day ahead. And what better way to eat breakfast than in bed? Surprise your sweetie with a beautiful spread of fresh fruit, warm cinnamon-maple oatmeal and an egg white omelet stuffed with spinach, tomato, and caramelized onion. Top with avocado for a creamy, dairy-free alternative to calorie-laden cheese.

Take a hike

Resist the urge to crawl back into bed after that delicious breakfast (or don’t—kissing burns 2-5 calories a minute!). Take your loved one on a cozy morning hike through the woods. Bundle up, bring a camera and…

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Inside the Christmas Tree

I know this is a big past, but l have to give some love to the tree in Delray Beach. This is truly a beautiful sight, and hey, who isn’t ready for next christmas already? Hmm?

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Delray Christmas Tree Lighting

Last December, I went to my first Christmas tree lighting in Delray Beach. One of my friends from Junior League, Gillian, had invited me out with her and some of her friends. Atlantic Ave was bustling with holiday spirit, as children excitedly waited for Santa’s descent.

Lucky for us, we got outside seating at Tryst. As we waited for the lights to burn bright, we enjoyed wine, cheese and other finger foods over stimulating conversation. It was a fun night, which we capped off by walking over to the tree for a closer look.

One of the girls started talking about going inside the Christmas tree. I could feel my face crunch up in confusion mixed with interest. I had been living off of Atlantic Ave since 2010, and I never knew I could explore the inside of the Christmas tree. This is the moment I realized…

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What did I Just DO…..?

Ok, l know l just blogged a similar post, but this is to prove a point!

Let’s go, get ‘syched!

Xine's Battle of Her Bulge

ex cf games 2014 Short blog post tonight. I did something rash and impulsive and probably crazy.

I signed up to participate {ok ok COMPETE} in the CrossFit Games. Yeah.

If you don’t know what I have just done, I have signed up to do 5 mystery WOD’s that are designed to find the best of the best CrossFitters across the world. The best over the 5 weeks will advance and eventually there are finals and really toned, fit and intense people will compete against each other. I am under no illusions, I won’t advance. Heck, I bet there will be some workouts I will have to scale 100%. But I will still try. So why I am I doing this? I am doing it to push myself. To see what I can really do. It’s an experience! It could be fun? Who knows.

I don’t want to advertise this. I want to…

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The CrossFit Diaries: Harder than it Looks

Crossfit. My Bread and Butter. …or eggs and toast?

Read on, you decide.

Ramblings of a West Point Dropout

Everyone is prepping for the CrossFit Open at the gym. I had no plans to participate. Seriously, I just felt like I was too new to get into it and figured that I would rather just do it next year. Then they had a post attached to yesterday’s workout talking about how everyone should take part and reviving the spirit of competition. So now I’m signed up. Screw it, I’m just going to go as hard as I can and see where I end up. It’ll be interesting to see where I fit in the bigger picture. Here’s last night’s workout, which was deceivingly difficult.

Strength/Skill:

4 Rounds:

a. Barbell Bent Over Row x 8 reps

b. Weighted FLR Hold x 45 sec

c. Double Unders x 30-50 reps

Workout of the Day:

Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:

5 Heavy Thrusters

8 Lateral Burpees

*…

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