W.O.W. – SUNNY SUNDAY 04/12/15

“Sunny” – What would a Health Blog be without some uplifting, inspirational anecdotes and mantras?

To sail is necessary, to live is not”.

 

This quote is from an anonymous ancient Roman scribe.

In case anyone is fluent in Latin –  or perhaps attended Catholic school [cringe] such as myself and knows the infamous dead language – the original quote read as:

“Navigare est necesse, vivere non est necesse”

Whatever language you prefer, the message is the same.

Its point is that, while we do not have control over whether or not we came to be on this Earth, we do have control over what we do with our time and energy once we are here.

More importantly, it’s a brief reminder that what we choose does matter and, quite frankly, if we look throughout time, even when travel was not safe or even understood, we as humans appeared to have an innate drive to explore…to be taken from the ordinary world in which we know and see something else… to be a part of something else…

I’m challenging you Misfits:

Are you doing that? Are you following your human yearning to escape the mundane every now and again?

There will never be a perfect time to get away from your daily activities…the bill paying, the packing of school lunches, the laundry…there will always be something or someone beckoning your attention.

What an incredible age in which we live that we have programs such as Google Earth, high-tech GPS devices we can strap to our wrists, and lightning fast satellite coverage to link us to the these applications at all time…

But think about it… think about the lengths to which the Explorers went…or the original Homesteaders… YEARS it would take them to get from East Coast to West Coast…YEARS it would take and crazy dangerous voyages to reach parts unknown…parts that were thought to have sea monsters and possibly lead to that conspicuous place where you would sail right off the edge of the Earth…

But somehow, we went.

We understood there is more to life than comfort and routine.

Otherwise, it is not LIVING.

You don’t have to go far. Maybe you learn to practice more Mindfulness and Meditation and get away that way. Maybe you switch the furniture in your house or take a different route to the grocery store. The point is to see something new; to put yourself in a position to be changed, to be new.

Remember, living is a VERB.

So get out there, Misfits.

And, Sail.

 

Have a Sunny Sunday!

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

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W.O.W. SEASONAL SATURDAY 04/11/15

“Seasonal” – Take a look at how to stay active and make delicious food choices no matter what the temperature is outside

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Hello Spring!

For some of us this time of year means Spring Break with the kids [which is rarely a break for us parents].

As we saw in Monday’s post, this time of year also signifies Tax Season. With this in mind, may I recommend some Spring Cleaning? Followed by donations and a tax deduction!? Cleaning also burns calories so this is a win-win.

Okay, so let’s say that you are in the 95th percentile of the population for whom the thoughts of family trips to the beach, closet-organizing, and tax-paying sound absolutely repulsive… what options are you left with?

May I direct your to the absolutely awesome site directed by DTE Energy called Active in your City.

This site houses every ZIP code imaginable and all the active pursuits reasonably achieved in each area.

it’s a great way to find hiking trails, bike routes, camp sites, fishing reservoirs, City parks, tennis courts, rec centers, and the like.

Anything to get you outside and soaking up a little sunshine before the heat and humidity drive us back indoors as oppressively as the snow and ice did.

Have a Seasonal Saturday!

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

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W.O.W. – FUN FACT FRIDAY 04/10/15

“Fun Fact” – Self-explanatory…

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Alright, Misfits, here it is. The Fun Fact you’ve been waiting for since since I made you do your taxes Monday

Please be aware, this is an extremely brief rendition of what I am told is an extremely complex economic situation that certainly we as lay persons can’t possibly full grasp…

According to PBS sources, the bottom line is this: Income Tax is directly tied to that wonderful era in our country’s history known as Prohibition.

Prohibition, as you may recall, was that time in America circa 1920 where the government decided it was in everyone’s best interest to outlaw the manufacturing and sale of Ethanol… AKA – no more Alcohol!

The intended goal of Prohibition [or so we are told] was to increase profits for industries such as Theater, Clothing, Real Estate, Home Goods, and Restaurants as folks would find other hobbies in which to engage and neighborhoods would improve without the SIN of alcohol.

The – result – was – disastrous.

Absolutely disastrous.

NONE of the aforementioned goals were obtained. In fact, much the opposite; people were thrown head first into poverty as hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost both in the closing of breweries, distilleries, and saloons as well as the elimination in need for barrel makers, truckers, waiters and other related trade jobs.

Then! ON top of all that despair, the Feds had essentially bitten off the hand that feeds them because THEY were now out the $11,000,000,000 [yes, that many zeroes – 11 BILLION] in tax revenues generated by the manufacture and sale of alcohol.

So you know what they did?

They began to rely heavily on Income Tax to supplement the deficit THEY CREATED.

*hangs head*

Keep in mind –  the premise of Income Taxes is based on Income – meaning people have to have jobs to contribute to this tax money pool, right? Hmm… but you just nixed thousands of jobs?

Right…. Well let’s just say that I don’t think we should be surprised by that little ditty known as the Great Depression coming circa 1929…

Chin up, we could always be in North Korea .

That’s it for MissFit’s *Faux Pas*  Fun Fact Friday,

Now go pay your taxes and have a drink… You may as well.

c/o prohibitionclt.com

c/o prohibitionclt.com

 

 

Until next time,

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

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W.O.W. – THERAPEUTIC THURSDAY 04/09/15

“Therapeutic” – Gain insight into your Actions [sometimes called ‘behaviors’] and how they may be functioning as a direct result of Thoughts and Feelings

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Let’s do a quick little Self-Test. Answer honestly, no one can see your responses unless you choose to share.

In the last 30 days, have you:

  • Felt just chronically tired?
  • Felt bummed out?
  • Had little aches and pains every which where?
  • Had trouble falling asleep?

If you answered “No” to any of these, you are a big fat liar.

All of have had at least one day/night where at least one of the above was true.

What if I told you that without any medication – hell – without even looking at you I can tell  what is wrong AND how to fix it?

* PAUSE for gasps of disbelief *

I’ll give you a hint

picture c/o pregnancytips.org

You, dear Misfits, need to have an Orgasm.

Either at your hand, or the hand of someone else; you need to visit O town.

[sorry, Mom, that was probably awkward]

Let’s continue:

According to Jennifer Bass at the Kinsey Institute Kinsey Institute, reaching orgasm releases TONS of beneficial biochemicals [like Oxytocin and endorphins] that aid in reducing symptoms associated with Insomnia, Depression, Fatigue, Anxiety, and Pain.

The notion of pain relief has been extensively studied. And the verdict is in. Ladies…according to our fellow female Beverly Whipple, a famed Sexologist [yes that’s a real job, Guys] and professor emeritus at Rutgers, “when women masturbate to reach orgasm, the pain tolerance threshold and pain detection threshold increased by 74.6% and 106.7%, respectively”.

A little humor to kick off the good times…seven…seven…seven…

 

Have a Therapeutic Thursday,

Until next time,

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

picture c/o pregnancytips.org

W.O.W. – WORK IT OUT WEDNESDAY 04/08/15

“Work it Out” – Get over that mid-week hump with the added gusto of a new work out move. Some moves may be borrowed from the Kama Sutra. Possibly.

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Today’s workout move goes by many names, but is quite simple. Some call it the Warrier II, some call it Virabhadrasana, and still others call it a standing lunge pose.

Yoga_WarriorII_02_300x350Perhaps you know it by something else entirely – feel free to write in the comments below and I’ll mention you in next month’s newsletter!

When done properly, this pose feels amazing and doesn’t require advanced yoga knowledge or flexibility.

The pose is intended to be held for approximately 5 breathes [1 inhale, 1 exhale = 1 breathe], which should last you about 30 seconds. Another 5 breathes are then done with the opposite leg bent. ONE MINUTE. That’s all this move takes you!

And check out all the benefits you can get in that one minute…

Warrier II works your hamstrings, glutes, quads, biceps, triceps, and core:

The core is being engaged as you work to hold your balance in the pose and structure your breathing.

Your hamstrings, biceps, and triceps are getting lengthening conditioning as you focus on stretching in two different directions. This is great for toning those areas.

Your glutes are getting a workout as they stay in a contracted position – you may even feel a small burn the lower you sit in your lunge. Be as low as you can holding for the 30 seconds. You are welcome to hold longer or do more reps, just make sure your form does not suffer. Quality over Quantity every time.

There are a few keys points to getting the most out of this move.

First of all – Align the parts of your body as shown in the picture – paying special attention to your knees. You never want your bent knee to go over the imaginary line drawn up from the tip of your toes; this places undue stress on your knee joint and can cause damage.

Secondly, as an ideal, do this barefoot on a yoga mat or other spongy surface. It can be very difficult to maintain your balance if you are wearing socks and on carpet; and if you wear shoes, they almost help you too much and you will lose some of the benefit to your core as the traction on your shoes will assist in balance.

However *please note* if you try it with shoes and it allows you to actually DO the move properly and you want to work your way up to removing the shoes then DEFINITELY do that.

The point is to meet yourself where you are at. Do what feels good and rejuvenating to your body and allows you to incorporate it into your days.

Namaste,

~Miss Fit

 

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W.O.W. – TRENDING TUESDAY 04/07/15

“Trending” – Every time we turn around there is some other diet that will give us our dream body, some food we simply MUST avoid, or some piece of equipment we MUST buy… stay on top of what’s trending and get tips for thinking critically about marketing ploys.

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Many of you saw the Trending item I posted 2 weeks ago about the possibility of a brand new, recycled food source that could reduce waste and generate income. Pretty impressive.

This week’s Trending item is a bit on the lighter side.

This video is BLOWING UP YouTube right now.

Hello, treadmill delight!

As we enter the second fiscal quarter [for my financial Misfits out there] or Spring for my Misfits who live in a place with an actual change of seasons [unlike Phoenix, AZ], it is hard to believe the year is 25% over!

If you signed up for a gym in January and haven’t gone much, take a look at a few of these videos for some more inspiration.

The gym doesn’t have to be boring!

Working out doesn’t have to be something you dread. Find a way to make it fun for yourself and your spectators…

By the way: Laughing burns calories, works core muscles, and reduces anxiety…

If you are sitting at home surfing the internet or Direct TV for entertainment you are missing out.

These are real people! Doing god-knows-what on treadmills in YOUR HOMETOWNS.

So take a walk outside… people are doing this in their garages and livings rooms… get to the gym and walk a mile or pump a little iron while you are there trying to blend in [the paparazzi that you are]. At the end of it you will have burned calories and upped your odds of catching the next YouTube sensation!

Just be safe. Don’t be the guy who brings roller blades to wear on the treadmill.

MissFit is released of all liability for anyone or anything lost or damaged as a result of this article generating intense motivation to be the next YouTube sensation.

Get moving, Misfits, to the beat of your own drum or otherwise.

Just remember – tripping on a treadmill hurts, but Couches kill.

Happy Trending Tuesday,

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

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W.O.W. – MAKE IT HAPPEN MONDAY 04/06/15

“Make it Happen” – Start off the business week with positive reinforcements, tips and tricks for helping yourself be successful in work, wellness, and wealth.

It’s April.

Uncle Sam’s favorite time of year…

IF you have not completed your taxes yet, Make it Happen.

There is only one more Monday left before you will need to file an extension or possibly risk the dreaded audit.

Let’s be real – neither you nor I can find anything specifically written about why it is a law to pay federal taxes. But we do. OR we understand bad things may happen if we choose not to.

In fact – Spoiler alert – Fun Fact Friday is going to shed some light on just WHY it is we pay income taxes and a few of the key players in how that all came to be.

But for now, Misfits, let’s talk Action.

If you have not done your taxes, take a few moments today and make a short list of what you need before you can officially say “I’ve done my taxes”.

Do you need to collect old receipts?

Jump on to TurboTax?

Hire someone?

Depending on the complexity of your home and work life, you may be able to just go online and use the forms offered by one of the software companies [such as TurboTax]. For others, paying a few hundred bucks and having a trained professional handle it is the best way to go.

Keep this as STRESS-FREE for yourself as humanly possible. It’s not worth getting flustered over – no matter what your state of affairs.

The bottom line is that whether you owe or you don’t owe – you are getting  $$ money $$

Here’s the deal:

If you get a Refund – this means that the Feds were holding on to YOUR money for an entire year and they are finally giving it back.

If you Owe – this means that YOU held on to an excess of what the Feds believed you should have. You had “their money” in YOUR Savings Account, collecting Interest…And now they want to have back the principal amount – BUT you made interest on THEIR money.

I’m not going to get political on ya’ll, but see it for what it is and make sure you check back Friday for more on the scoop.

Most importantly:

Don’t sweat it, the whole thing is sort of nonsense anyways; Stay calm. Make a simple list of what you need to do to submit everything, and sit down and do it.

 

Just Make It Happen.

Stay Well,

MissFit

 

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