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On first glance I thought this article would prove delayed gratification or holding hunger longer helps you make better decisions. It talks about that and goes deeper, it says highly sensitive people with a large and accute appetites make the best decisions. So for our purposes it proves that the detailed body awareness of Pilates helps with decision making. For years I have said that Pilates makes a person sensitive enough to know the difference between hunger and empty, (the nuance of appetite) this article explains why. Thanks Rebecca Clyde for finding it!
While teaching a pilates reformer class at 6 am today I heard myself say “If you don’t work the inside, (I was referencing pelvic floor and postural muscles) you can expect less from the outside.” I believe if you don’t have a clear sense of your inner core it is hard to do any core work. In other words, if your deep core isn’t active and alive – the outside is simply a shell, sometimes a misshapen shell.
The same is true for our headspace, if you don’t have a clear sense of your beliefs and values how can you possibly live by them? What does your shell mean and how easily can it be misshapen?
With Fill Your Cup weight loss, appetite is the core. There are hundreds of weight loss plans and formulas, all of them work if you can muster up the self-control to have an appropriate appetite. The reverse is true, none of them work if you can’t.
So, go inside a moment to the dark, deep center of your being? What do you believe about your body? And how do you wear that belief? Remember, that converting to new beliefs is possible if you want to.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling
With almost every weight loss coaching client there is a conversation early in our work about a binge eating situation usually when they have downtime in life. Since I don’t believe in “free foods or “cheat days” to shove their discomfort into I had to direct people to good choices. It is important that the choices are good for them, for their moments where the indulging is eminent and so I ask for a list.
What are 10 things you can do all by yourself to make yourself calm/happy/full/fulfilled?
For me today (it changes often) here’s my list of good choices rather than taking down time to snack:
1) Spend time improving my garden
2) Chopping vegetables to make something yummy, for later
3) Check the Linked In of my cousin who is rebranding herself and make a positive notes in cyber space
This recipe idea was born from scanning from several internet sites that came up on my smart phone while I was waiting with Andy at the DMV for our truck title paperwork. Normally when I’m waiting in lines in the every-day-adult-job-kind-of-way, I practice pelvic floor work. After all, no one can tell what you are doing. But since I was with Andy all weekend with no kids, I thought “that” was covered so I started asking my smart phone about squash blossoms. We have a raised vegetable garden in Park City that is growing the most incredible blossoms and I couldn’t remember if they were edible or not.
I found that they are edible! So taking some suggestions from Google and then add the Julie-flavors you will recognize from my twitter feed as my favorite ingredients avocado, honey, sweet vinegar, and seeds, I came up with this:
A sliced avocado,
Dressing: any sweet vinegar, light virgin olive oil, sea salt and orange and lemon zest whisked with a half-teaspoon of brown mustard.
Stuffing for blossoms: plain goat cheese blended with honey
I tossed the butter lettuce, a sliced avocado, prosciutto, with dressing whisked from a honey vinegar (I found it at a specialty market in Salt Lake City called Caputos.) olive oil, sea salt, a bit of mustard, orange and lemon zest. Then scattered the stuffed squash blossoms and a few sesame seeds for texture – and a bit more protein – over the top. It was a nutty, earthy, savory, sweet, light and healthy cup.
Traveling can be difficult, schedule a little time each day for your body maintainence. A little core work and a little cardio each day can keep your energy level high and protect your body from injury.
Advanced Pilates students who have good midback and shoulder strength can try this:
It is not hyperbole. I’m not exaggerating. 5 concentrated minutes of core work added to what you already do, will make your body more effective in all those things you really enjoy! Give it a shot. CLICK THIS > Quick Tough Core
One of my favorite students came into the mat class today and told me of her neck pain. I replied, “The simple solution to a pain in the neck is to keep your chin up” “how metaphorical!” another student replied.
It is bio mechanically sound, if you keep your head balanced on top of your shoulders, your neck muscles won’t fatigue as quickly.
It’s also true, that if we bring our perspective on life up a notch, lots of pain will dissipate.
Just a few hours later I was speaking to my son about his last days of Biology in summer school. His study plan for the final had none of the skills I hoped he’d demonstrate. My chin sank, my shoulders hunched in frustration and then my neck hurt. I scolded and scoffed, and then my stomach hurt. It took about 10 minutes and I realized I could choose to look up. I could elect to elevate my headspace. I don’t really know all he’s done in preparation since he’s at school for 5-7 hours a day and spends half his free time at his dad’s house, I reasoned. More importantly if your own mother looses faith in you, that’s more of an issue with the faith of the mother. Well, since I am she, I can affect that piece a great deal.
I looked up.
My neck released. Jared and I printed notes from the website he needed and made a plan for organization.
All in one magical day… Neck pain and the metaphor that fixes it came into consciousness.
It was the last day I could use the Kale I bought at the Farmers Market last weekend. It had started to wilt in the crisper, I took the small bunch of Kale rinsed it in the sink and chopped the kale with my kitchen scissors, I added half of a red onion diced and 3 cloves of fresh garlic. I added a splash of water and olive oil to attempt a cross between steam and sauté for the mix. When the color popped on the Kale and it was deep green I put it into the cup then using the leftover olive oil in the skillet I scrambled an egg for protein on top of my semi-salad-sauté with a shake of garlic salt. It took less than 10 min to make!
But for the crew perfection and expectation bring loads of stress before the launch. The excitement and anxiety balance each other and create a high energy buzz you can feel on your skin. The love of space and awe of the power in front of us is apparent in the eyes of everyone working and reporting on the launch. No one wants their job to be the failure of this majestic experience. Any minor mistake will make the launch scrub, (or stop.) If the weather or orbit window closes, then it’s over for now. With any imperfection a team of approximately 2000 people slump their shoulders and ache with disappointment. I’m told every person feels the immense weight of the rocket on their shoulders, and they really seem to love it anyway.
Imagine a team of 2000 where everyone has different conditioning/training regimen yet mutual commitment to not greatness, but perfection.
To leave the atmosphere requires a velocity of 6 kilometers per second, it costs about $10,000 per pound of payload, and employs over 5000 people for 36 months. (The numbers depend on the payload or what the rocket’s carrying.)
Today the United States launches military and commercial rockets for weather and communications. That investment keeps our GPS’s alive and well, that’s pretty much it for now. This generation offers no good looking astronauts, no missions to the moon or mars, no sexy new frontiers. On the other hand, Wi Fi from the Airplane is incredibly useful, and with in one day of this launch I was using GPS to find my son’s basketball game. A nod of gratefulness seems appropriate.
That leads me to ponder, what is the government’s roll? Besides funding our Wi-Fi from the military budget, I believe it’s to keep us civilized and to protect us from danger. Government protects us from our narcissistic habits by spending our earnings to provide schools, to develop and repair roads, to offer tax breaks on food and on giving to the poor and tax penalties on tobacco. It also protects us from harm, ensures our liberty and all the tenants of our bill of rights are safe.
Whatever size or scope of government you endorse, a donkey or an elephant doesn’t matter here. Consider that civilization and protection from harm is their goal and it’s easy to connect the dots up into the sky.
A civilized country keeps hope and national pride alive. It supports education for what’s possible. So, without a final frontier we have a brain drain, our best and brightest in math and mechanics are making video games and developing shopping apps for our smart phones. Those are individual activities not unifying or creating national pride. They don’t inspire collaboration or connection that improve our civilization.
The Aerospace companies, NASA and the Defense Agencies have a merchandising challenge for sure. Rockets are big, dangerous, expensive and they have to be secure. They can’t run tour busses over from Disney World to touch the rocket. Yet, Aerospace needs to come to the public and show off their sizzle. Obama shut down Space Shuttles in part because I dream of Jeanne didn’t have a modern daughter swooning for an Astronaut. Let’s face it, a GPS Satellite just isn’t as handsome as Major Nelson. The public isn’t attached because they don’t see the eyes of the believers.
The industry needs sexy marketing. Time Life isn’t knocking because no one is offering a story. But there is a rich story here, the awesome magic of nature and science, liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen contained by the collaboration of geniuses safely in a structure and then brought together to make space accessible – that story needs to be told in modern terms.
Yes, launches have thrilled us before, and so have roller coasters, race cars and multiple orgasms and yet those still flip our switches. The difference is with rockets most people aren’t allowed to feel them, the others we can. Aerospace needs to let us close enough feel the magic. When more people feel the force of chemistry, overtake the law of gravity the aerospace world will expand again. Then we’ll have hope, pride, civilization and protection all flying high.