I’m Glad You Stopped Over

Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself-

The Quite Place   <— If you don’t do anything else during your short visit here today?  Take the time to click this link!!!

Allow us on this lovely and chilly Thursday morning to summarize what many of you are going to do over the next week:

YOU are going to put the very “things” you passionately adore and care about on hold.  With the intent being to fulfill your wishes next year … Hmm the Dreaded New Years Resolution madness is beginning to run a muck here in the blog-o-sphere!

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Do feel like you can handle the truth this morning?

The problem with this logic is that more often than not (like every damn year you do this), tomorrow never comes, the “resolution” you set never comes to fruition and the flickering flame of hope extinguishes.  Most people set off soundly on the right foot thinking that they will eventually get to all the “things” they dreamed of doing.  However, once the New Year rings in and you shake off your cheap champagne hangover … It’s March and the Lambs are roaring in.  Many others,  if they actually do hold true to their New Year plan, either find themselves either physically hurt, worn down or dead by June.  Unable to do the very “things”  they wished upon all winter and dreamed of doing the rest of the year.  Sadly, many fall into a deep, depressive “mood” in which they feel as if they had wasted all the wonderful opportunities they had planned on, like going out for an early run this morning.  When you are full of Vitality, Passion, and Excitement.

*End of Part One*

The Plan-

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The Workout-

Dim the lights (or go outside at dawn), light a candle and find Grace in your Salute to the Sun.

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Hint:  Grace will not normally be found at the “Box” … Just saying peeps.

Notes:

This is YOUR life, not the fake one you live online, not your 9:30 am Power Yoga instructor’s life … YOUR life.  Take control of Your destiny and ENJOY!!!

CultFit Mind


Breeze

The flaws of cyclic existence: Relatives at home, enemies, friends and possessions in the world are the causes of worry for the body and mind. Only virtuous actions can benefit others. Therefore, I will not be attached to these ties and I will cast them away as I would a snake in my lap.

… We can still live free, while living in our current high-tech society by taking the time to simplify our lives.  How?  Physical and Mental De-cluttering.   It does take some time to realize that our material possessions do not bring us the happiness that simple immaterial experiences do … A kiss, A hug, a nice run.  By getting rid of these unnecessary “things” we allow room for new “things” to come into our lives.  Taking part in a regular “spring cleaning” can help us to live every day as if it was a fresh start.

No longer will you be held back by your past…

The Plan-

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The Workout:

Trial Run and Hill Sprints to get the blood flowing … Followed By:

200m Sprint (Embody the word Sprint-Cool)

20 Heavy Double Kb Front Squats (If your pretty little elbows touch your body at anytime?  Start over from zero)

Eight is a pretty remarkable number to shoot for …

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Notes-

Later today we are going to have a good friend over for a chat and maybe some tea.  The lovely Laura Yochelson will be over to talk about her new book ” In the name of BEING WELL, I made MYSELF SICK.”

Be well this morning and ENJOY!!!

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An Eye for An Eye

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable-

You should be an island to yourself, a refuge to yourself, not dependent on any other but taking refuge in the truth and none other than the truth. And how do you become an island and a refuge to yourself? In this way. You see and contemplate your body as composed of all the forces of the universe. Ardently and mind fully you steer your body-self by restraining your discontent with the world about you. In the same way, observe and contemplate your feelings and use that same ardent restraint and self-possession against enslavement by greed or desire. By seeing attachment to your body and feelings as blocking the truth, you dwell in self-possession and ardent liberation from those ties. This is how you live as an island to yourself and a refuge to yourself. Whoever dwells in this contemplation, islanded by the truth and taking refuge in the truth–that one will come out of the darkness and into the light.

The Digha Nikaya

Without you Dear Reader?  CultFit would have shut up shop eons ago!!!  Hope you are enjoying your weekend wherever you are!


Don’t Start Me Talking

If I can bicycle, I bicycle-

Last week we posted a list of links about the perils facing runners when they lace ‘em up and head out for a brisk run  This morning while sipping on some freshly brewed orange tea we decided to put together a list of perils facing cyclist.  Few things in life are worse than getting hit by a car.  Typically driven by a yoga mom experiencing difficulties navigating to the studio with her new iPhone 5.  Unlike runners who are advised to run against traffic, cyclist or at least the law-abiding ones should follow the rules of the road.  Which present a fresh set of challenges to our two-wheeled friends to say the least.  So without further ado … Allow us to suck the joy out of your lovely Thursday morning.

Experienced Cyclist

Injured Courier Warns Other Cyclist

Killed By Hit and Run

Cyclist Hit By Train

Struck By Car

Patience is a Virtue

Cycle Harassment

Cycle Sandwich

Cyclist Knifed a Dude

Cyclist Shot by a Pellet Gun

UPDATE TO ADD CRITTERS TO THE LIST:

Magpie In The Sky

Cyclist Hits Bambi

The Plan-

Click HERE because you know you want to!

The Workout-

Rest Day … The temperature outdoors begs us to go for a Run yet our bodies scream for a morning filled with Yoga and Meditation.  Not in a crowded Yoga Studio …Maybe a trip to the park would do the trick?!?

 

Notes:

If you are a cyclist and see this image in front of you while stopped at a red light?  Consider yourself lucky  … ENJOY!!!


Mirror In the Bathroom … Please Talk Free

We are always getting ready to live but never living-

Please bear with us as we try to draw a parallel between learning to live and failing in today’s hyper-drive, pressure to succeed society …

For many it has become de rigeur for us stress out over every possible challenge that we may face during the day.  We no longer take the time to step back and evaluate the situation.  We simply lack these skills today.  We search for the solution on our iPhone or the Google Machine  and stress even more after the damn system crashes!  Many of the same issues we face today were addressed by generations before us through more naturalistic means:  They took a few steps back and figured the problem out themselves!  Today?  We place too much emphasis on perfection and achieving, more stress and more problems.

A classic example:  I’m running late with the kids, the house is a mess and work is nuts!  Let me look up a quick 10 minute workout I just have to squeeze in … An hour later on Pinterest?  Same problems, More stress!

Part of our hidden agenda here at CultFit is equipping you (our dear readers) with the tools needed to navigate around in our increasingly frantic world.  Think about this:  Does your training program mimic the architecture of YOUR real life, in which you receive varying workouts at different times and in different amounts?  We fully expect you to struggle, make mistakes and learn over time.  Do you?!?

Allow more time for individualism to creep into your program, more failure, find your own solutions.  We already have enough pressure to succeed in life …

The Plan-

Dedication, Passion, Love … Brad Canning poured his soul into this awesome video!  We’re geeks here and this is like LvL 100 Geek Porn!!!

The Workout-

The Warn Up today is of your choosing!  Happy HipsTrail RunSwimming?  Once you finish up, we’re going for a Walk?

A 45lb Plate, Some Kettlebells or even a Heavy Sandbag all work this morning.  Pick one up and let’s Walk!

Farmers Walk, Heartbeat Press, Piston Press, One Arm Waiters Walk, Rack Hold, One Arm Farmers Walk … For ONE mile!

Top Tip:  Allow your breathing to control your midsection (the word “core” is lame.  Yoga mom’s work the “core”.)

**Once you pick the weight up and take your first step?  It stays up the ENTIRE WALK!  Penalty:  10 Goblet Squats.**

Notes:

It really has been a splendid week ’round these parts and we owe it all to you!  You guys are amazing, “special” and most importantly: Authentic!  While we have your attention please take a moment to say hello to our dear friend Somer:  Why Vegan? Vedged Out. If only a handful of the 31,892 peeps who stopped by CultFit yesterday took the time to read her inspirational story?  You would walk away inspired to say the least!

Have a great weekend peeps and ENJOY!!!


Yummy Time With Melissa …

I had a stick of CareFree gum, but it didn’t work. I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality-

Its always a pleasure to have Melissa from Sweet Wholesome Health over for a visit.  Awhile back we were asked by like 400 of you for us to wrangle some delicious quiona recipes from Melissa?  We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Quinoa Salad

This is one of the BEST summer salads because it is so versatile and can be made to suit any taste preference!  It can be served cold (my favorite), warm or hot! Quinoa (actually a seed rather than a grain) is considered a “super-food” because it contains essential amino acids and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus and iron!  It is also very mild in flavor, super easy to cook and much faster to cook than a traditional grain.  It really is one of the best foods out there so go start experimenting and don’t be afraid to think outside the box:)

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 and 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Pepper (to taste)

Optional Ingredients:

  • Scallions
  • Radishes
  • Pepper
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Goat cheese
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Any veggie you like to eat uncooked:)

Make sure to wash, rinse and drain the quinoa several times.  It has a protective coating that will make the water cloudy and if left on it can make it harder to digest.  You know your quinoa is clean when your water stays clear after swishing your hand around in it.  Then place the quinoa in a small or medium pot, add the water and salt, bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer with the lid on until all water is absorbed (15-20 min).  DO NOT STIR THE QUINOA WHILE IT IS COOKING!  Quinoa is very smart.  It has its own system of creating ventilation holes on its own.  If you stir, you will cause it to cook unevenly.  To check for done-ness you can slowly tilt the pot and if water starts to seep out it isn’t done.

When all the water is absorbed remove the lid, turn the heat off and let the quinoa rest for 5-10 min. Then you can fluff with a fork. This is the base for making most quinoa recipes.  To make my favorite version continue reading.

While the quinoa is cooking wash and cut up all the veggies you would like to use.  For example I would use 2 scallions, 4 radishes, 1 pepper, 1 medium carrot, parsley and goat cheese.  Toss them all together in a large bowl and when the quinoa has cooled a bit throw that in as well.  Add as little or as much extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice you would like (usually equal parts is good but you can keep taste testing to find what works for you), then salt and pepper to taste.

You can serve immediately and warm or put it in the fridge for a cold salad. It will keep up to 5 days in the fridge! ENJOY :)

Other ways to use Quinoa!

You can use it in a burrito instead of rice, mix it with ground beef and make stuffed peppers, use it as a base for any sauce you can think of or eat it cold with some fruit and yogurt for an extra boost at breakfast! What are some of your wild and crazy quinoa ideas?

Melissa Talamini Levine

Holistic Health and Wellness Coach
www.sweetwholesomehealth.com
“Find the Happy in Being Healthy!”

The Plan-

The Workout-

Warm Up using our signature Happy Hips Warm Up or a Light Flowing Yoga Series, Followed By:

25m Forward Walking Lunge
25m Reverse- Thread the Needle Walking Lunge
25m Alternating Goblet Squat
25m Waiters Walk

*Roll through this as many times as you like.  If you have any bands?  Use them to pattern loading these movements.

Notes:

Its been a brilliant week peeps and thank you for your continued support!  Seriously, where else can you get tasty, fresh Quinoa recipes?  Fall in love again with the dashing, brilliant man Nikola Tesla and learn all the words to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back“?!?  Just go ahead and say it:  Right here at CultFit baby!  That’s where!!!.  CultFit has always leaned towards your spiritual health and well-being.  Talking about running, lifting, balancing of stuff , doing burpees and anything else you can think is quite nauseating and painful.  We sincerely care about our readers well-being, well maybe not Uncle Mo.  He has a strong penchant for reading about your painful injuries and sob stories.  Anyways, if you guys are in the area and want to meet up with the members of CultFit?  You can catch us at the Glow Run tomorrow night as well as the Corporate Cycling Challenge Sunday morning (the beer will still be cold at 7am …).  No matter what?  Have a great weekend and ENJOY!!!


Thursday 12 July 2012

Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons, madam: that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals-

Talk about kicking the proverbial hornets nest!  If you missed the post from yesterday?  Who are we kidding you didn’t miss anything of actual importance or some groundbreaking new science … or did you?!?

Normally each and every Thursday is a Rest day and we play some silly games, please don’t rush off in a pissy mood!  We will get to them in a minute (better make that 15 minutes … A rant is brewing).

Pop Quiz Time:  Are you reading this post today comfortably in your underwear, due to sex?  The correct answer is yes!  We, YOU, all of the above have adopted such a myopic view of the world that primarily focuses on ME.  Step back and strip away all the layers that bog us down … Last time we checked Uncle Pliny’s parents had SEX (Spoiler Alert) 42 years ago and he is writing this post today due to that one-act, which didn’t last very long!

So if you are still pissed off from yesterday?  Oh well, maybe this will make you feel better:  Are Men Going Extinct…

The answer is YES (If you take the time to read this you will be kindly rewarded)!

Where were we?  Oh standing in line at Whole Foods looking at the fine Chica on the cover of the new Yoga Journal.  Hmm…”I wonder why she’s on the cover?  It would be blasphemous to think it was due to sex!?!
Roll up your sleeves and keep your shirt on!  It’s time to play: “Best Caption Wins Something“!!!

The Plan-

The Workout-

Rest Day = Yoga, A Nice Walk and Some Self Reiki

Notes:

Deep cleansing breath … ENJOY!!!