Gung Hey Fat Choi!

Happy Chinese New Year!

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I started the new year off right- with a 20 minute meditation. My intention is to live today fully with happiness, kindness and gratitude. I hope to bring this with me for the year to come.

This is the year of the horse: the year I was born. I have a feeling this is going to be my year.

Happy New Year to everyone! May the horse be wonderful and prosperous for you. 🙂

Namaste.

Checking In

Life has been hectic these past few weeks!

It’s almost the end of January and I’ve been flip flopping with my resolutions. I spent the second week of the year not really doing much, so my workouts and my business suffered. But the important lesson I’ve gained from that little break is that persistence and patience is key. I didn’t fail on my resolutions! I only would have failed if I gave up completely and decided that because I missed a week, I should just give up.

I’m definitely not giving up. How about you?

Namaste!

I Sit Too Much

This morning, I was emailed an article about sitting from a friend who’s a Postural Realignment Specialist- guess what? It’s not too good for you. When I had him analyze my posture, he found that one of my shoulders is pinched, I’m slightly knock kneed and I slouch a bit. And that’s unfortunately when I think I’m standing up straight. This mornings email about sitting really reminded me of how much I’ve been sitting compared to before I moved- and how much I need to keep up with my posture exercises.

I’m still adjusting to Maine weather, and I’ve certainly spent more time indoors than I’d like to admit. I’m definitely planning on spending lots of time outdoors come Springtime- especially with working the land, getting the garden and greenhouse set up and getting the cabin built.

Some suggestions he has include watching television while standing or doing some exercises, mainly doing standing exercises as opposed to stationary cycling (unless you’re wheelchair bound), going for walks, or getting a standing desk. He even says that standing 20 minutes for every hour sitting at a desk working would make a difference.

It’s noon and I’ve been testing this theory since I woke up around 8am. I’ve taken it farther, by only sitting 20 minutes before getting up to do something. So far, my apartment is tidier, I’ve done squats, lunges and wall push ups and I’ve been drinking a lot of water. I did watch a movie while exercising, so I don’t know how well I’ll do when trying to read. Overall, in order to improve my health, I think I’m gonna get up and move around more.

Here’s the article:
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12218/5-easy-ways-to-sit-less-feel-better-live-longer.html

The Benefits of Chicken Soup

It’s a warm day in Northern Maine- almost 40 degrees! A nice break from the -30 degree lows we had two days ago.

How do we survive such cold weather? Lots and lots of homemade soup. My favorite is chicken- but I have been leaning towards more vegetarian options these days. (Mainly due to the cruelty involved and the unhygienic methods of processing meat in general- I am really looking forward to getting the homestead up and running so I can produce my own food!)

Anyhow, hot soup hydrates you, offers loads of vitamins and minerals, aids in digestion and offers warmth on a cold cold day.

Basic Chicken Broth Recipe:
1 chicken carcass or whole chicken, depending on if you wanted to boil or roast the meat.
1 bulb of garlic or lots of garlic powder (fresh is preferred)
Fresh herbs such as parsley, rosemary, etc
Salt (himalayan or sea)
Fresh ground black pepper

Bring to a boil with enough water to cover the chicken. Add herbs and spices and simmer for as long as you like. To serve, add some cut up carrots, potatoes and onion (let simmer to soften).

A couple of excellent vegetarian variations:

Ginger-garlic broth (served with scallions)

Vegetable broth (onion, celery, carrot, potato, etc… use your imagination!)

The addition of different herbs and spices really boost the nutrition of these soups- which adds to their immune enhancing properties. Garlic and ginger are both antibiotic and open up the sinuses; black pepper and ginger stimulate digestive juices and aid stomach ailments. If you eat meat, the boiling and simmering dissolves the calcium and minerals from the bones into the broth. Overall, soup is a great nutritious asset to one’s diet!

Happy soup making! I hope you take the time to enjoy a warm mug of medicinal broth.

Welcome 2014!

While I did not have a great night last night (every new year’s eve ends up being kind of crappy, at least for me) I am determined to make today and this year the best it can be.

I don’t like formal resolutions. At least, not for New Years. As I said before, too much celebrating usually results in a sick and unmotivated Bonnie for the first day of the year. So I’m doing an unofficial “more” and “less” list. It’s too much for me right now to say “I’m going to lose twenty pounds this year” or “I’m going to give up sugar” – so I feel like it’s simpler to strive to do more healthy things and less unhealthy things.

More of… in 2014:
1. Writing
2. Fruits
3. Veggies
4. Exercise
5. Crafting
6. Yoga
7. Breathing
8. Smiling
9. Love
10. Peace

Less of… in 2014:
1. Movies
2. Sugar
3. Alcohol
4. Doing nothing
5. Feeling inadequate
6. Slouching
7. Procrastinating
8. Worrying
9. Hate
10. Fighting

I think these small goals will be easier to complete than big, scary goals. Plus, if I do enough of them, maybe they’ll add up to my achieving those big, scary goals without even trying. 🙂

Happy 2014 to everyone! I wish you all peace and prosperity in the New Year.