I was never a runner. I hated running. I was one of those people who only ran “if a bear was chasing me”.
Then I got MS. Now I can’t run. Physically can’t. I don’t have the balance required. My muscles can’t move fast enough. I have foot drop, which means I trip over my own toes while walking, much less running. My muscles can’t react fast enough to cushion the blows of the foot strikes - try running without bending your knees and you’ll see what I mean.
I often say that if I magically gained back the ability to run, I’d go full-tilt until I collapse. I can’t run with my daughter, and that kills me.
So if you can run, do. You never know when you won’t be able to ever again.
For best flavor let ingredients sit for a few hours before serving.
I make these on large water bottles for the gym
You can serve this for outdoor summer parties (picnics, fourth of july, garden weddings etc)
This is significantly lower in calories than juices, soda
Adding a bit of flavor to water can make it easier to drink more water than usual (sometimes it’s hard to drink 8 glasses of plain water a day)
I *think* if you are on the Weight Watchers Program fruits & herbs have 0 points (so it’ll count as if you’re drinking plain water) *I don’t know if they changed this points rule…please double check :)
The photo on the left is of PNB dancer Chelsea Adomaitis warming up before a show. Taken by Lindsay Thomas.
The photo on the right is the grotesque result of photoshop. I have seen this image a few times on facebook, but I only realized how distorted it was when someone pointed out that it was photoshopped. Her foot has been made to look more winged, her body thinner. Her strong shoulders are disproportionate to her now deformed waist.
The original photo is of a strong, talented, slim, healthy dancer. The altered image is a reflection of the constant pressure towards unattainable ”perfection”. This is the first time I have seen proof of a popular photoshopped ballet photo, but I do not doubt that many photos have been “doctored” in the same way. This is not OK.
Each day, take a photo of you doing the yoga pose.
Some of these will be challenging. The point of yoga isn’t to be immediately flexible and capable of doing everything. If you cannot do something, do it simply to the best of your ability. The more you practice, the easier the harder poses will become.