Are you watching the Olympics? I have been, and it's so exciting! So many records have fallen! So many dreams have come true! I have to say, there are plenty of problems with having the Olympics in Rio and with the International Olympic Committee in general, but I am celebrating the athletes here! They have literally worked their whole lives, training their bodies and minds, to arrive at this destination. Their dedication has inspired me to get back to running! I don't know if I will ever be an Olympic-level elite athlete, but I know that I don't want to be done yet. Right now my body isn't too happy that I am trying to return to exercise, but I know what it can do. Also:
Sometimes life just happens! I do recognize that I have a lot of other things going on in my life, so I might not be able to get into hardcore training now, but I at least want to establish a base again. Also, all of the mental health benefits of exercise will probably be really helpful this year too. So I'm going to go for it because I literally have nothing to lose! :D
That being said, I'm starting RA (Resident Assistant) training this week at my school! It should be interesting and maybe it will be fun, and I will do my best to post here over the next two weeks.
USA! USA! USA! I wish that we could get into the mentality of sportsmanship more often; I bet the world would be less complicated as a result. And now for the news!
- This is a little delayed, but now all GMO foods need to be labeled! I don't see anything wrong with knowing more about the things you're eating.
- Everyone noticed the crazy circular purple bruises on Michael Phelps's arms and back, and now we all know about cupping. I think alternative medicine is interesting, and if possible, it might be a good complement to traditional Western medicine. However, there are certainly illnesses and conditions that require the assistance of a trained physician. I don't actually know if I could deal with all of the bruises from cupping myself!
- Also: check in for Rio updates and medal counts! (Or follow along with my tweets. Or actually follow @Lesdoggg because she's funnier than me.)
- There are many reasons why eating animals hurts humans and our environment.
- You know those tortilla chips I mentioned in the tweet above? Yeah, I binge ate them. No, it didn't make me feel good. But it happens to all of us. I found this article helpful and inspiring.
- Female athletes are just as dedicated, talented, tough, and capable as male athletes. Some of the news coverage of them has been lacking. Also, some peoples' attitudes have been lacking. But that hasn't stopped them from dominating! So proud!
- A brilliant idea! This high school cross country team gave shelter dogs a run or walk during their practice!
- One of the biggest questions vegetarians and especially vegans are asked is, "Where do you get your protein?" Well you actually don't need as much as you think you do anyway.
- It's kind of hilarious that the internet has latched onto the death of Harambe, the gorilla who was killed after a child fell into his exhibit at the zoo. I think it's kind of random and funny, but it has been a reminder of a pretty serious situation of the purpose of zoos and the quality of life animals have there.
- I just have the Olympics on my brain, all day, every day nowadays! XD I'm excited for the running events!
- This recipe is NOT helping me get back in running shape.
- Well this recipe has bananas and that makes it better too, right? And chocolate is good for you!
- I guess it's a baked good kind of day. Blueberry Brownies? Why haven't I thought of this?!
- These Almond Coconut Granola Bars look like something I need to make in bulk before school (eek!) starts in 3 weeks.
- Bonus: No-Bake Brookies! (Brownies/Cookies mashed together) (My recipe post later this week is going to be awkward because it seems like this is definitely a baked good kind of week... oh well! :D)