I don’t know how else to describe what I experienced recently when I attempted the oft sworn-by de-stressing technique known as floating. No, I’m not talking about putting on water wings and drifting around my local gym’s pool. This is a (supposedly) much more relaxing alternative to meditation. Keep reading for exactly what happened when I stepped into the isolation chamber and if I’d recommend it!
You know, usually I try to keep things light here but as a result of the events in Boston, I thought it was time for a more serious reflection. I was actually on the East Coast coming home after celebrating my birthday weekend when the news broke, and the fear was palpable as I went through airport security. I was only 11 when September 11th happened, so this was really the first act of terrorism against the United States that I’m able to fully process. I felt that a reflection on life was a more appropriate way of handling my sadness than punching a wall or further glamorizing whoever did this.
After reading a particularly interesting article in the New York Times this week about how one’s phone can impact health, I decided to write about this topic. Read on to learn about how lessening your screen time can have a positive impact on your real life relationships, and thereby make your heart healthier.
This week, we’re able to giveaway a copy of one of the hottest diet books out there. The DASH diet was ranked the #1 Best Diet Overall by U.S. News & World Report in 2011 and 2012, and now author and dietitian Marla Heller has turned it into America’s best weight loss plan in The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution. Keep reading for how to enter to win a copy of the book below!
It’s snowing today in Chicago, and it’s instead of “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” it’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Hoth. Yesterday, our windchill drove temperatures into negative numbers, and it put me in the mood to watch a movie. I thought I’d share some of my favorite movies with you, and have some special guests do the same.
I hate New Years’ resolutions, but this year I think I’m going to make one for the first time since I was in grade school. Recently, I’ve been thinking about what I could do to make a meaningful difference in my life. Admittedly, I will never stop swearing, I don’t aspire to run a marathon (the 10k I did without training two years ago nearly killed me), and chocolate and I will never divorce. So, what’s available for me to try?
I’ll freely admit it: I usually gain weight during the winter. Maybe it’s a combination of the holidays, the rich foods we gravitate towards, and the time off from work that causes it. For me, I think it’s because of the darkness and cold in addition to the other three things. This year, I’m absolutely determined not to gain my usual 15 winter pounds, and I’ve found the perfect way for us all to embark on this crusade.
I exercise every morning before work. 6:45 AM I’m inside and going to town on the machines. The people who go at that time are all there to actually exercise, so I don’t mind if it’s busy. I, however, made the horrible decision of sleeping in on Thanksgiving and getting to the gym around 9:00 AM. Dear God. Instead of people sweating on the machines, I was greeted by people laughing, conversing, and standing around texting. GIVE. ME. A. BREAK. This is a gymnasium, not a tea party.