2011 WOW project & Tumblr

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Hello everyone, I am looking at being a part of a few projects in the new year. I will be blogging about them over at my tumblr blog – please stop by and let me know what you think.  I may revamp this blog here with the start of the new year.

 

Happy Holidays everyone!

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2011: The Year to Inspire!

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We all know the power and passion of a personal testimony.  How hearing one person’s journey can really motivate us and inspire us to doing great things in our own lives.

I will add my own quick testimony here, and why I’m doing this:

Back in 2005 before running and before Beachbody, I was overweight at 255 pounds.  I had fallen into a depression, was often sick, unmotivated, and just not happy with much that was going on.  The extra weight had put stress on all aspects of my life, not just the health side.  I found myself relocating to Colorado, and I was reintroduced to running and rekindled my love for the sport.

Over the next 4 years, running helped me get in shape and change my outlook on life.  I still found myself having difficulty getting below 220 with running alone.  Then a friend introduced me to P90X and Team Beachbody in August of 2009. I decided to become a Beachbody coach, not only to inspire others, but to keep myself accountable.

My 2005 unhealthy self:

By December of 2009 I was a P90X grad and half way through Insanity when I ran my 7th marathon in Vegas.  Even though my longest run was only 15 miles, I felt confident that I could PR my course record of 4:31 and possibly my PR of 3:50.  Little did I know that I would shave 30 minutes off my PR and end up with a 3:20!  I was ecstatic with the results.  Now almost a year later, I’m looking toward 2011 excited to share the journey with others and help them achieve their goals.

I see 2011 as a year to not only improve myself and set new goals, but to also work on reversing the trend of obesity in the US.  A recent report predicted that in 2020 75% of Americans will be overweight.  This reduces the average lifespan by 8 – 10 years.  You can read the whole report here

So, here is what I’m thinking, the more testimonials, the better.  Not only will this get you in your best shape, but you may inspire others to do the same.  By changing your own health, you may impact the decision of someone else to also change theirs.

My P90x Journey:

 

 

 

 

We all love contests, competitions, etc, so here is what I’m thinking:

Here Are The Rules:
* Each participant must sign up to be a coach with me on my BeachBody Team. (This will give you a 25% off your program & Shakeology! + the coach enrollment is waived until Dec.31st!)
* Each participant must purchase and commit to a Beachbody program for 90 days (Power 90, P90X, TurboFire, Rev-Abs, Chalean Extreme,  Body Gospel, Brazil Butt Lift, Turbo Jam, Hip-Hop Abs etc) If you decide to do a 60 day program, just do phase 2 again. I’m doing Insanity – and plan to follow it up with Insanity:Asylum.  If you want to join me, I have a Facebook event set up here
* Each participant must commit to 90 days (3 consecutive  monthly orders) of Shakeology Home Direct.  This is essential, since 90 days of Shakeology will really have an impact on your health, and how your inner body works. We often forget about that when we are doing a workout program.  Shakeology makes it simple and takes the guesswork out of the equation.
* Each participant  must send me a Before picture and After picture with date as well as certain measurements and weight.
Why Do This?

* You have decided you are ready for change.  You are committed to make it happen.  You have wanted to succeed in this area for a long time…and now is the time!
* You will inspire others to do something as well, and maybe even want to help someone in their own journey!  By collecting testimonials, you might be the inspiration for someone else to change their life and live healthier.
*  You want to wear a smaller clothes size, or be able to play with the kids w/out getting winded, or lower your chances of heart disease and diabetes.
*  I’m thinking some prizes should be in order for the FIRSTSECOND place.  We’ll have the contest open up to the fans of the 1MileFitness page.
If you are serious about this, and want to be a part in this challenge…please message me on Facebook or email me at  1MileFitness@gmail.com  and we will set up an interview and get your order in.  Sign up Dead-line : December 21st , 11:30 pm. (so you know you will be guarenteed to get your program and shakeology by Jan. 1st!)
Here is to your Health and inspiring others to make the journey too!

New August 1MileFitness newsletter

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I have put together the first 1Milefitness Newsletter for August. I tried to get a few useful things in there. So it pretty much goes over some of the happenings with Beachbody. Other articles include, a success article, motivation, recipes, transformation stories, the move of the month, just to name a few things. I would love your feedback, and if you can think of anything to include. Contact me if you want to write something for the newsletter to share with others your fitness journey.

Enjoy the last few days of July!

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The 1Mile Pile Driver

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Beachbody has launched the 3rd volume of the P90X One on One series.  This series is a new monthly workout with Tony Horton, the creator of P90X.  Volume 3 is centered on fine tuning the workouts that will be included in the next P90X version called MC2 (Muscle Confusion 2).

The first episode of Volume 3 is called Chest, Back, & Balls.  I’m waiting for mine to arrive, as soon as it does, I will create a blog entry.  Here is a quick video about the first episode:

To kick off the 3rd volume, Beachbody has come up with a contest for people to create a P90X inspired workout.  I created a workout called the 1Mile Pile Driver.  It pretty much is 3 exercises in a circuit that you could do 10 reps in 3 sets.  You can adjust the reps and the weight used.  Here is a breakdown:

1) Calf Raises with dumb bell curls.

2) 10 second sprint with dumb bells.

3) Squats with arm and leg left

You can view the video and vote on it at http://bit.ly/1MilePileDriver.  Voting is open until July 26th, I would love to hear what you think of the exercise and if you like it, vote on it.  The winners may have their video show up in P90X MC2 or a future one on one workout.

Some of the workouts included in the 3rd volume of One on One will be included in P90X MC2.  If you get all 12 videos in the series you will also get a 50% off coupon for P90X MC2 when it is released.  Check out http://bit.ly/P7P90X1on1 for more info.

HIIT

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High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT, is something that I have only recently started hearing about. HIIT is an exercise strategy that is intended to improve performance with short training sessions. The benefits of this are increasing cardio vascular strength and burning fat in a short and intense workout. I’ve done Interval training while running, of course not enough, I enjoy my tempo runs more than the short bursts of speed. But, I do know the benefits of running at faster speeds. If you don’t train to run fast, you won’t run fast.

But back to HIIT… I’ve been doing Insanity for a few months now, and love the intensity and workout that I get from it. So these workouts are Intense, and the intervals during those workouts probably go a little longer than what HIIT mentions.

Here is a great article from Spark People that talks about HIIT – . I will quickly summarize it here.

  • HIIT trains and conditions both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems.
  • HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn during your exercise session.
  • HIIT will improve your athletic endurance as well as your fat-burning potential.
  • What is different about HIIT is that high intensity intervals involve maximum effort

One of the biggest things that I like about what High Intensity Interval Training is that it is designed to boost cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and fat loss, while not losing muscle in the process.

I’m currently in a program of a P90X/ Insanity hybrid program as I prepare for the TransRockies multi-day multi-stage race.  I plan on adding in some HIIT workouts in my Hybrid with Beachbody’s new program Turbo Fire that centers around HIIT workouts.

Turbo Fire is an update to the hugely successful Turbo Jam workout series that was released by fitness trainer Chalene Johnson.  Turbo Fire states that these exercises will burn up to 9x more fat and calories than regular cardio does.   The routines will be set to music specifically designed for the workouts.

There is also the After-Burn affect, which states that due to the short bursts of  intense exercise with quick recovery periods your metabolism will go into overdrive.  Turbo Fire says its workouts enable you to burn fat at an accelerated rate for a full 24 to 48 hours after the workout.

Here is a quick video of what the feel and flavor of Turbo Fire will be

I will need to determine which workouts I add into my schedule, there are 3 workouts in the Standard edition specifically for HIIT, a 15, 20, & 25 minute long HIIT workout.  So, I will probably be adding these, but I will probably also supplement with Fire 45 & Fire 55 Workouts.

I will post more here when I try them out.

From first glance, it looks like the program may have a little something for everyone, from increasing Cardiovascular strength & Endurance, to shedding some extra fat with the After-Burn affect.

Here is where you can view some more info and pick up a copy and see what Turbo Fire can do for you.  TURBO FIRE!

Zelda & LOST…

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I have been a big fan of Zelda since it was first released back in the 80’s.  Each game was filled with puzzles, mystery, and just trying to figure out what the heck is going on in each game.  We would learn a little more about the history and game play from the wise inhabitants of the land.  It was always a quest to save the land from evil and restore peace.

Our main character, a candidate of sorts is always chosen into the role of protector of the lands.  Usually chosen at a young age, he is set through trials as he struggles with the huge task at hand.  Link, is sent on crazy missions to defeat bigger than life foes, until he ultimately comes face to face with Ganon, the powerful mastermind of evil.

Not every game in the series is the straight forward Link vs Ganon & save the princess.  Sometimes he ends up having dreams of other lands, visiting far away lands, traveling to parallel universes and he even travels through time.  Our main character always has a childlike innocence and in most of the games.  But, he is powered by an unwavering courage that he receives from a third of a powerful artifact called the triforce.

Well, I am now a big fan of the show LOST.  Over 6 seasons we have learned more and more, each season takes us in a different direction as answers and more questions are trickled on the viewer.  We have come to know characters in the show that have struggled to find their way in life and to survive on this island of mystery.  It has always been a battle between two forces, whether it was science & faith or good and evil, the struggle has been there.

As the seasons progressed, the viewer has come to learn that it has been a struggle between 2 brothers.  One of light, Jacob, that is tasked to protect the island, and the other of dark, that is trying to escape the island.  It appears that our characters that are LOST on the island have been brought there for a reason.  That reason, for one to become the new protector of the island.

Now, I’ll get to something that caught my eye in the latest episode, entitled “Across the Sea.”  We finally get the historic beginnings of the struggle between Jacob, and the Man in Black.  We find that they are brothers, but it seems that the second baby may have been unexpected.  So there is a struggle between the two, one is happy being on the island, the other wants to leave.  The second brother seems to be much more in tune with the island, and a much better suited candidate to be the protector of the island.

The two boys are shown the source of the islands power, a cave of golden light, that seems to be only located by the island’s chosen one.  When I first saw this cave, the very first thought that came to mind was the Sacred Realm in the Legend of Zelda series.  This is the special place that is hidden away from the world, where the most powerful artifact is hidden.  This sounds very much like our LOST island….

So, to keep this posting from becoming a novel, I will list a few similarities that I first noticed.  I’m sure I’m probably missing a bunch since my history of Zelda is a little rusty, but here is what I found from refreshing my memory of the history of Zelda’s “Golden Realm” and how it may pertain to LOST.

Here is a bit of dialogue from LOST’s “Across the Sea” that sparked this thought along with the vision of the golden cave.

BOY IN BLACK: What’s down there?
MOTHER: Light. The warmest, brightest light you’ve ever seen or felt. And we must make sure that no one ever finds it.
BOY IN BLACK: It’s beautiful…
MOTHER: Yes it is. And that’s why they want it. Because a little bit of this very same light is inside of every man. But they always want more

JACOB: Can they take it?

MOTHER: No. But they would try. And if they tried they could put it out. And if the light goes out here… it goes out everywhere. And so I’ve protected this place. But I can’t protect it forever.

So, here are a few other things that come to mind, I’m sure there are more:

In Zelda, The Sacred realm was one of midday golden skies rather than blue and allowed spirits to roam free as they pleased across its plains.

In LOST, we know that spirits roam around the island freely, also known as the whispers.  Those that are the candidates seem to be able to communicate freely with them.  This is another reason that it looks like MIB is a candidate, since he can see the spirits, whereas Jacob couldn’t.

In Zelda, At the heart of this magical realm sits a mighty temple,  the Temple of Light.  The master sword is laid to rest here.

In LOST, we see a mighty temple that is in ruin.  We find the dagger that belonged to MIB here.

In Zelda, there is a magical sword called the Master Sword or the Bane of Evil.  It is the thing that is necessary to destroy evil.

In LOST, we find that there is a dagger that is the only thing that can slay those that seem to be immortal.

In Zelda, people try to get to the Sacred Realm to find the Triforce, but it seems to be impossible to find and is hidden away.

In LOST, the island is pretty much impossible to find, unless you are brought there or have other secret means of finding the island.

In Zelda there is a mirror to travel between realms.

In LOST, a lighthouse is used to view the candidates that are destined to come to the island.

In Zelda, our hero is chosen at a young age and is destined to save the land.

In LOST, it seems that our candidates are predestined, and the island leaders are chosen at a young age.

In Zelda, the evil Ganon is trapped in the Golden Realm, unable to escape.

In LOST, MIB is trapped on the island until all of the candidates are dead.

Not to mention, time travel, parallel universes, mirrors, volcanos, mystical artifacts, and a whole host of other things seem to appear in both worlds.

I don’t know, from the golden light of the interior of the island, we may have found the triforce.

Body Worlds: Exploring You

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I was fortunate enough to witness the Body Worlds exhibit at The Denver Museum of Nature & Science yesterday.  All I can say is WOW, what an exhibit.  A Huge Thank you to Rhiannon Hendrickson, the Communications Manager for the Body Worlds exhibit.  She had contacted me and asked me if I would like to blog about the exhibit, and then she set it up for me to attend this one of a kind, Must see display of Human Art.

Yesterday morning, I had ran a 5K race in Longmont (Race report to follow), afterwards, I made my way to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  After living in Colorado for 5 1/2 years, I’ve never been to the Museum, it has some great displays, and you are greeted by a pair of dinosaurs as you exit the parking garage.  Hanging outside the entrance is a banner for the Body Worlds Exhibit:

I soon picked up my press packet and ticket, Thanks for the book Rhiannon, I’m sure I’ll have hours and hours reading it from cover to cover.  Just flipping through the book, it is overflowing with pictures of the exhibits, the process of plastination, anatomy, and a lot more, that I’ll need to dwelve into.  Of course this book isn’t a substitution for exploring the exhibit, but it will further enhance the experience with more insight into how the exhibits were created, and there are more pictures of exhibits that weren’t at the Denver Museum.  Check out the book HERE. The Book online is the 2005 edition, the 2009 edition is available at the exhibit.

So, I then got my ticket and had about an hour until my alloted time, so I checked out some of the other great sights at the museum.  I brought along my Flat Stanley that I’m having tour around for a 2nd Grade class and got some great shots with mummies, mars rovers, wild life, caves, dinos, and more.  It was a fun way to build the excitement for the Body Worlds Exhibit.  Flat Stanley, even got a picture at the Body Worlds store 🙂

So, I lined up and we started to go into the exhibit.  The Denver Body Worlds is called the Story of the Heart.  My first experience into Body Worlds was the sound of the beating heart, rhythmic and steady, beating.  The room was bathed in red light, and then I saw my first experience of Body Worlds, the human heart.  It was the first time I’ve seen a heart other than on the TV.

I seemed to be mesmerized to it, and was drawn to it.  Maybe it was the mixture of senses of the beating and the red light, but I was amazed.  This organ pumps 1800 gallons of blood per day through the body, and that alone is amazing.  As with almost every organ exhibit, I was in awe at the number of blood vessels around the heart, I know they are there, but seeing it all together, it was something beautiful.  I’m going to give it a cool nickname, I think of the heart now as “The Coral of Life.”

The Heart. Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany, http://www.bodyworlds.com

After, I could be drawn away from “The Coral of Life”, I continued on to a few other displays, showing how much blood is pumped daily, and a fact that there are 60,000 miles of arteries, veins, & capillaries in the body.  It is amazing that everything fits together in the body.

The exhibit was broken down into whole body plastinates, organs, systems, reproductive, digestion, & skeletal.  The whole body displays were situated to fully capture the body in action.  Here is one of the displays called Limber Gymnist.  Not only does this display show the elegance of the body, but the complexity of the human organs.  There were many amazing full body displays like the praying skeleton, holding a heart while praying, The Archer, The Hurdeler, The Walker, the Juxtaposed Couple at the end was amazing.  There were many more, you will just need to see the exhibit to fully appreciate the work of art of the human body.

The Limber Gymnist with Organs. Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany, http://www.bodyworlds.com

The exhibit also had many organs on display, some healthy, some not so healthy.  Smoker’s lung, clogged arteries, diseased organs, even something called a “Smoker’s Leg” were on display, along with many others that you would just need to see to believe.  It just goes to show that so often we take for granted our bodies.  For smoking alone, each cigarette shortens a human life by a minute.  Each year 5.4 million people die from smoking alone, and smoking 20 cigarettes per day will produce 5 FL OZ of tar in one year.  Those statistics are tough to look at, and know that they could be prevented.

The exhibit also showed the reproductive system and chronicled the journey of life through childbirth.  It is truly amazing how the human body is developed and how quickly life is brought into the world.  The complexities of the human body and how all systems work as a team is a miracle in itself.  The whole Body Worlds Exhibit brings all of this together, the journey of life, the importance of caring for the body, the effects of poor treatment, the gracefulness of the body, the complexity, & the art.  When we stop to think about this gift of life we are given, it opens our eyes to what are we doing with this gift.

There was a cross section of an obese man at 300 pounds.  you could see that fat encased the whole body and was pressing on all of the internal organs.  The man in the exhibit died at 50 due to heart failure.  Obesity increases the risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, stroke, and some forms of cancer.  Just seeing this display was making people realize what we do to our bodies and how some of our actions and choices directly impact the quality of our life.

Here is a body scan of a 250 pound woman next to a 120 pound woman to give an idea of how obesity is affecting us.  Check out The New Wellness website for the story.

Body Scan of a 250 pound woman and 120 pound woman.

I heard people saying, I wish this person could see this exhibit, or I wish I could show the smoker’s lung to my dad.  The body Worlds exhibit is truly a journey into self awareness.  So many people know that their actions are bad, but when you see it in person and witness the effects, it brings it home and makes it more real.

Body Worlds also showed some of the ways that we can survive as humans by utilizing science.  There were a few artificial organs along with videos showing how they worked and how they helped people live.  It was very interesting to see these pieces of equipment, working as a human organ and sustaining life.

The exhibit was created by Dr Gunther Von Hagens, he invented Plastination back in 1977 to preserve anatomical specimens.   The book goes over the process, so I will need to read up on it.  It does say that the process for an entire body is about 8 steps and takes 1,500 working hours and about a year to complete.  This is a painstaking process that produces amazing results.

Dr Von Hagens with Rearing Horse with Rider. Gunther von Hagens, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany, http://www.bodyworlds.com.

“BODY WORLDS teaches visitors about the fragility and importance of the body and makes people aware of their own mortality. To my surprise, it also inadvertently inspires religious and philosophical reflection and insights” ~ Dr. Von Hagens.

As the people say, it is an experience for young and old alike.  You never know what you are going to see next.  To see the human body in all of its splendor and awesomeness is a real treat.  If you get a chance to see this exhibit, I highly recommend seeing it and experiencing it for yourself.  It will open your eyes to the human body and bring textbooks alive.  Seeing the human body in this way makes you want to take better care of it.  How all of the different systems work together in accordance is like a symphony.  Each part of the body plays it’s part and makes it’s own music, but when it all comes together it is a real marvel for all of the senses.

If Body Worlds comes to your city, I highly recommend going and experiencing it for yourself.  If you can’t make it, the book HERE is a great overview of the exhibit with some of the behind the scenes action of how plastination takes place and is a great book to relive the experience and heighten the enjoyment of it.

As a runner, it was amazing to see all of the muscles working together and to learn more about how everything works.  This exhibit also had an exhibit showing an action that most of us take for granted, walking.  It showed just how much goes into some of the actions that we don’t think twice about.  It makes those athletic feats of marathons, Ultra Marathons, & Triathalons that more grandoise.  To think of the amount of blood that is pumped through the body during exercise and how it finds it’s way to all of the right locations to sustain the body is amazing.  Pro Athletes actually pump 17 pints per minute whereas someone with “ordinary” fitness pumps about 11 – 13 pints per minute.

After exiting the exhibit, there is more information on if you want to donate your body to plastination, so here is the LINK with more info.

Throughout the Body Worlds Exhibit was not only great information, statistics, instructional videos, and displays that were beyond words, there were also moving quotes.  I finish this entry with the final quote next to the last display the Juxtaposed Couple.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Have a great day, and take care of your body and it will take care of you.

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