Stress, yes stress, I believe is the primary catalyst for change. A necessary part of all life that initiates the need for growth and development. While there are some many fascinating and necessary situations that life holds to witness the importance of stress, both in us and the world around us, sometimes that stress is more than we can bare at the time.
I recently had an experience regarding overwhelming emotional stress brought on by the joys of raising children. At one point I described to a friend that the situation had made me feel like I had been kicked in the metaphorical balls. For two days I could feel myself falling further and further into the black hole of misery.
I noticed at first my temper was short, very short, which was unlike me. I shrugged this off as being angry about the situation and went on with my day. Exhaustion soon found me, and again I was quick to blow off the next clue that something might not be right. After all I was under a tremendous amount of emotional stress, and this is normal right?
The next morning getting out of bed was the most difficult thing I had done in long time. As I dragged my body over to my writing station, I could feel the weight of the world crushing down on top of me. After 9 hours of good sleep, all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. I was so tired I couldn’t drink my coffee.
This was not like me. Although I know depression is a normal reaction to emotional stress it’s very easy to fall into the sleep trap. The feeling of being increasingly cold didn’t help.
As I sat at my writing station fighting to keep my head up I could feel my body, buried under the weight of the world, make a small request for a drink I use to rehydrate after a big workout. Reluctantly, I made my way into the kitchen and choked back the Vitamin C rich concoction.
I can’t believe how hard this concept has been for me to put in writing. There is so much taboo around spending money or not spending money, that I’ve had a hard time knowing where to start, and what is too personal to share.
Finances are an incredibly personal, and delicate matter. Everybody has a financial situation whether that be a good one, or a bad one. With that said, I have not the experience nor the education to help anyone correct a poor financial situation, but I do have the inspiration to share some of my recent observations in the adventure to shape our own financial future.
Yup, you read that right, The Ice Cream Workout.
I know, I get funny looks or people laugh at me when I tell them I've been doing an ice cream workout every morning. Most people think I'm being sarcastic in some way, or I'm am having a bowl of ice cream every morning, but that can't be further from the truth.
The fact is that I'm tired of all the additives in food, and the more I stray away from them, the more my body reacts, causing me spend endless days with nasty headaches, every time they find their way back into my food. I could ramble on about all day about food labeling, but you're not here to listen to me whine. You want to know what working out and ice cream have in common!
If you've ever worked out at a gym then there's a good chance you're familiar with medicine balls. Medicine balls, are heavy various sized balls, used in a floor or bench workout to maximize core strengthening.
My core is the one place I need to focus on strengthening, and the one thing I was having problems making from scratch due to lack of time was ice cream. It was a match made in heaven. It just so happened that years ago I bought a camping ice cream maker. This is a ball you fill with salt and ice in one side, and ice cream mixture in the the other.
I do a three day rotation with a week off once a month. So for three weeks straight the first day I do arms/chest, the second is leg day, the third is back.
The ice cream maker works best if it's being rolled and the more enthusiasm you roll your ball with the better your ice cream, and the better your workouts! I really love this part. I know that if I have good firm ice cream after I'm really going to feel this workout the next morning. In fact this workout has really surprised me. 8 years now I've been trying different workout videos, going to classes, going to the gym, even building my own gym and this has been the most effective workout I've ever had. With a little creativity and a less than a half hour every day, I've been able to isolate every muscle group in my body.
Most people assume I eat the post workout ice cream, and I will have to admit I sample it but I don't eat it. I put the whole 2-4 servings into the freezer for later when it can be enjoyed with the company of my loved ones.
If this is something you think you'd like to try but need to suggestions on how to isolate your muscle groups please let me know and I'll put together a quick and easy workout program with pictures.
Hi, I'm Cyndi Bird, hobby homesteader, aspiring writer, amature photographer, art and craft enthousiast and wanna be cook.