Book Review – 10% Happier by Dan Harris

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When I purchased the book I did not make the connection about who Dan Harris was.  He is an ABC News Correspondent and anchors Nightline.  I picked it up Audible as it was “recommended” to me.  I have to say I have really enjoyed the book.  He is an excellent skeptic.  I love self-help but I often feel like Echart Tolle and Deepok Chopra over deliver and reach a little too far in their message.  It it really possible to live 100% in the moment? I Who would ever save any money for retirement?

I know their message is a bit more than that but in this book Dan Harris takes us through his struggles with his “Monkey Mind.”  The self-doubting a*&hole of a brain that perpetually puts us down and makes us doubt every decision and worry incessantly about things beyond our control.  He dives into the self-help realm with an open and skeptical mind and eventually find his way into meditation.

I really related to him and found myself jogging along with my headphones and laughing out loud.  It’s been one of the most well-written books I’ve listened to this year.  Definitely worth a read/listen.

 

Battling the Heat

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It’s May in South Florida and summer is threatening to unleash its full vengeance. I longingly looked up temperatures in Fargo today. They have a huge marathon every year in May. Added that one to Google Calendar. Just a possibility. I like to keep my options open. It’s been hard to have to wait to go run once I get home. My resolve weakens, my hunger intensifies and I start thinking of reasons not to go. However, I will press on.

I make sure that my brain and calendar know that running is non-negotiable. It takes some time for my body to remember how to suffer like this.

Thought I’d share my top 3 strategies for beating the heat:

1.  Plan out your evening carefully.  Running around 6 puts my entire night time schedule behind.  It means that when I get home from work, I put in some prep time on dinner so that maybe while I’m running the dinner can cook or at least make it easy to plop in when I get home.  I plan everything out a week in advance.

2.  When I come home, I change into running clothes even though I won’t be running for a couple of hours.  Half the battle is getting into the sports bra.  Once it’s on…your’re committed.

3.  Drink lots of water but stop about 1 hour before running or you’ll slosh like a barrel of water.  I keep one of those Tervis Tumblers on my desk at work.  I continually refill it with a gallon from my refrigerator. It’s amazing how cold it keeps your water.  I try to do three at work and 1 more at home.  It’s amazing how much being hydrated improves my hot running.  I don’t have those intense longings for water or spend most of my run dreaming about the ice water I’ll have when I get back.

Don’t let the heat be an excuse.  Lots of people run in the winter on ice and snow.  It’s my turn to show how tough I can be.

 

Bigger Breakfast, Smaller Dinner??

Muscly fella for blog From June to October of 2012 researchers at Tel Aviv University recruited 93 overweight and obese women to participate in a three-month, 1400 calorie per day diet.  Half of the women were assigned a breakfast group which meant that they consumed 50% of the allotted calories at breakfast, 36% at lunch and 14% at dinner.  The dinner group did the opposite, 14% of calories at breakfast, 36% at midday and 50% at dinner. Over 12 weeks the breakfast group lost an average of 19 pounds and the dinner group lost an average of 7.9 pounds. This probably isn’t ground breaking news to anyone.  It makes sense that when you eat earlier, your body has more time to burn those calories off.  I don’t generally wake up starving and it takes me a couple of hours to get hungry.  At work, I’m busy so, my lunch isn’t usually big or substantial.  Then dinner comes and the feedbag is strapped on. In the past month I’ve have decided to focus some energy into changing this. Breakfast still is coffee and something liquid.  Usually a smoothie.  I can’t really stomach solids too early in the morning.  As for lunch, I’ve started bulking it up with salads with cheese a handful of nuts and a fruit.  I have noticed that I don’t get that 3pm fatigue and that I’m not ravenous when I make dinner.  I can get through the cooking process without inhaling tidbits as I go.  I can be more controlled and mindful around my dinner.  I’ll see if it produces any results.