January Round-Up

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Monthly Recaps

Hehehe... A little gym humor to wrap up the month :)

You’re almost through your first month of 2012 — how did it go? Are you still on-track with the goals you set (whenever you set them)? Are you still exercising on a regular basis? Are you respecting your body by fueling it instead of using it like a trash can? Are you happy? No need to fret if you’ve fallen off the wagon — it happens to all of us! My question to you is: What are you going to do about it now?

Maybe taking a look at my top picks from what I read, reviewed, ate, and listened to this January can tell motivate you to get back on the right path.

The Best Words to Live by:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” –Michael Jordan

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” –Mahatma Ghandi

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” –John Wooden

“Faith. It does not make things easy, it makes them possible.” -Luke 1:37

 

The Best Reads:
My post on goals.

20 Reasons to Start Strength Training. Especially tune in to numbers 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, and 15.

Tabatas! They are one of the best-kept secrets to whipping yourself into shape. And the great thing about them: it takes 4 minutes total, all you need is a stopwatch, and you can do them at home. Here are 10 tabata ideas.

The Best DVDs:
TurboFire

The Best Push-Yourself Songs:
“I’m Shipping Off to Boston”
by Dropkick Murphys

Numb/Encore by Jay-Z & Linkin Park (A little explicit, sorry…)

N***** in Paris by Jay-Z & Kayne West (Also a little profane, sorry!)

The Best Healthy, Go-To Treat:
Almond-Cherry-Dark-Mint-Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

-Whole or chopped plain almonds
-Dried cherries
-A bag of dark chocolate and mint chocolate chips
-Vanilla extract

Directions: Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in a microwave, stirring every 20-30 seconds so it doesn’t burn. Chop the almonds (or don’t, you can keep them whole if you want) and the cherries (if you want), by hand or in a little chopping machine (Cuisinart rocks!) until rough. Mix the chopped almonds and cherries into the melted chocolate and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. The chocolate will start to lump a bit so quickly move it to a cookie sheet and spread it as thin as you can. Put the pan in the fridge for at least an hour before breaking it into pieces.

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