Monday, April 13, 2009
Yes, this is a beauty blog. But you know what? There are things that keep us beautiful on the outside, but require a lot of work and effort on the inside. One of those things is working out (aka hittin the gym, pumpin iron, etc..hahaha).
In many of our communities today (especially us island folk!), diabetes seems to be as common as the cold--and for the sake of droning on and on about the consequences and horrible effects of the disease, I'll spare you some time and urge you to do your research. You know how bad it is. I know how bad it is. I don't want it, and neither should you. This is one of the big factors in why I have to push my lazy bum to get to the gym. That, and the fact that I feel that working out and exercising consistently, leaves you with healthier skin--thus, a better base for makeup :) (I'm sure that by this point, readers think that I pile the stuff on day after day--which is why I plan to start posting real photos to prove this thought untrue). Sure it does numerous other fine things for our health, but why not start with the basics, right?!
Alright. So gym is good. Disease is bad. Getting to gym can be difficult. Getting on treadmill, even worse. The last thing I want to do--at any point in the day--is throw on some spandex and hop on a treadmill. Work requires me to spend long hours on my feet--so throwing on some runners and moving at fast paces on those same two feet does not sound at all appealing. Ever. But it's necessary, and for that, I need a boost of energy. Yes, help from outside of my steadfast will. Recently I have turned to one of my favorite new teas--Oolong Ti Kuan Yin (or Iron Goddess)--for energy. This stuff is genius. It offers such good clear energy, and it isn't at all grassy tasting like some green teas are (it tends to lean towards the green tea family). Apparently it's very good for flushing fat, so I shall keep you updated with whether or not this is true. If I don't feel like chugging hot liquids, my next (and possibly favorite) trick, is my newly found EBoost effervescents. Oh me, oh my. Energy? You've got it. After letting one of these dissolve in a glass of water, I get so vitamin B12-ed up, I could run a marathon! Thanks to my new fervor for life, some of the family is now also hooked on this stuff. Although difficult to find in many places, you can usually find it at the cash wrap in Borders of all places). Try it, and you too will be running like someone's chasing you.
I understand and respect the fact that many people choose not to consume tea-based products, and for that I have one last standby. Advocare (the nutrition line) has a product called Spark which I have used on and off for years. It's perfect for all of the above mentioned tasks, and is made up of tons of vitamins and minerals. What I prefer about it (in contrast to energy drinks and supplements--all of which I tend to hate, and have way too much sugar), is that it gives you all of the benefits, but doesn't leave you feeling as though it's dropped you off of a mountain once the energy fades. Now is probably the time to throw in the reminder about water. Also a non-caffeinated beverage, it's probably the greatest thing you can consume--in copious amounts throughout the day.
So, moral of the story is...do what you can to stay active. It will pay off in the short term with clearer skin, but also in the long run with those health traps you won't regret avoiding.