Par’s Picks – 22

Hello hello!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend. 

Aside from running the Miami half marathon on Sunday, we are attending a good friend’s wedding the rest of the weekend.  The Sangeet was last night, and the wedding is this afternoon.  I love love!

Anyway, sit back, relax, and enjoy my favorite reads from the week.  I think you’ll agree that I found some good ones!

HEALTH:

7 Ways to Lose Belly FatGuess what…this list doesn’t include doing a million crunches!

4 Reasons Your Diet Isn’t Working + What To Do About ItThis pretty much summarizes my relationship with food…good stuff!

4 Reasons to Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Diet – Agree with all of these points.  Ditch the diet mentality!

7 of the Most Persistent Nutrition Myths – #1 and #7

SELF/LIFE:

Let Go of These 10 Items to Jumpstart Decluttering – I love decluttering and donate/throw away things all the time (much to Vishnu’s dismay!).

Please don’t punish yourself.Love everything by Danielle!

THE POWER OF MENTORSHIP – Such a powerful post.  A must read!

7 Reasons Writing Will Improve Your Life – Personally, I think everyone should start their own blog.  But even if you don’t want to do that, keep a journal.  It’s so important!

When You Start Doing These 15 Things, Your Quality Of Life Will ImproveLiving a better life means focusing on YOURSELF!

The Invaluable Importance of Movement“When something you make doesn’t work, it didn’t work, not you. You, you work. You keep trying.”

Solve Your Problems with Energy Communication

Light is fast; it only takes a moment to let it out. If you accept you are energy itself, and don’t block it with over thinking, doubts, and fears, you will always communicate pure energy and hope. That’s the beginning of a solution to any problem. As the Beatles sang, “All you need is love,” and love is what you already are.

FITNESS:

A Circuit Workout To Get Your Whole Body Toned & Trima great circuit to get your heart rate up.

FOOD:

15 Vegan Protein Sources Vegans/vegetarians CAN get more than enough protein!

GF Black Bean Avocado Brownies – A twist on the traditional black bean brownie recipe.

Gluten-Free Coconut Banana BreadHow delicious does this look and sound?  This will definitely be made at some point during the weekend.

FUN:

29 True Crime Books Fans Of “Serial” Should Read – Serial lovers, this one’s for you!

What It’s Like To Turn 30 In 3 Hilarious Charts – HILARIOUS and so true!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

Year 31

Year 31.  Yikes!  I’m officially IN my thirties. And guess what…it’s not as scary as I thought it would be. In fact, I’m looking forward to what this decade has in store for me. While the obvious stressors will most definitely be present I’m sure, my hope is that the next 9 years are filled with lots of love and simple beautiful moments.

Year 31
Beautiful pre-birthday view!

I shared my thoughts on turning 30 last year, and after rereading that post several times, I thought I’d follow up on what I said and share more about my thoughts on year 31.

Last year, I talked about wanting to take more ownership for the way things turn out in my life but not letting my need for control be the driving force. This is still very much true. In the last year, I’ve continued to learn that there are going to be situations and moments in life where your entire world is turned upside down and there’s nothing you can do about it. And even though that scares me (A. LOT.), I’ve come to realize that I do have a choice. How I choose to respond to the curveballs life throws my way is up to me and me only.

I also mentioned wanting to be more authentic – with others and myself. This is something I work on and think about on a daily basis. And with every passing year, I’ve come to realize something about myself. I love being around people who I can be myself with and vice versa (or at least those trying their best). I know this sounds obvious, but it’s much easier said than done. And just for the record, I’ve been working on my people pleasing ways and am continuing to improve on that front!

Year 31 (2)
More beautiful views from my birthday eve walk!

Year 31

Since the New Year, I’ve been thinking about the idea of connection. Let’s face it, no matter how you slice it, we need other people to thrive in this world. Connection, in my opinion, is not only a basic human need but also a want.

BOLD STATEMENT –> It’s my belief that every single one of us on this Earth just want to feel connected to other beings. It’s the backbone to our existence.

What boggles my mind is why does it then seem like we’re more disconnected than ever. Putting the more global tragedies aside (because they are honestly beyond me), why does it feel like we are losing our way when it comes to personal connections. Why are we connecting more with our phones than with other humans (guilty!)? Why do we hide behind the word ‘busy’ instead of make time for those who are important to us? Why do we not smile at strangers on the street/elevator/etc.? Why do we make assumptions about what’s happening in someone’s life instead of reaching out to them? Why don’t we talk about the not so good stuff happening in our lives?  And the list could go on and on and on.

Honestly, I don’t care about the answers to these questions because no answer is good enough. Period.

The bottom line is we need to connect more. Our happiness, fulfillment, whatever you want to call it depends on it.

So in year 31, I’m making connection a focus (and yes, 2015 is also still the year of calm). Anyone and everyone who knows me should be on alert. Expect emails, phone calls, texts, snail mail, maybe even personal visits (if you’re lucky!).  Even complete strangers will feel more connected to me – smiles and hellos for everyone!

With that, I wish you all a very happy Friday. And don’t forget to eat some chocolate cake today!

Half Marathon Training – Week 12 + 13

When planning my week 12 workouts, I had every intention of following the original script. I even penciled everything into my planner.

Well, as we all know, sometimes it’s not about our plans…

Before I explain, here’s what week 12 looked like:

Monday Arm Burner + 20 minute power walk on the dreadmill
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 3.25 mile run + 1.25 mile walk
Thursday – Rest
Friday – T25 (Speed 1.0)
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 6.5 mile run

So what happened was…

After a much needed rest day on Tuesday, I felt fresh and ready to knock out 4.5 miles on Wednesday. However, about 3.25 miles in, I started to feel pain in what I now know is my Achilles tendon. Almost like a shooting pain that started right above my heel and shot up my left leg. So I stopped and walked the rest of the way home.

When I told Vishnu and my sister about this pain, they told me I needed to rest and not irritate it anymore. So that’s why the next three days were dedicated to not doing much. Speed 1.0 incorporates stretching into the workout so I thought it would be good for my muscles. Plus, I needed to move my body in a different kind of way. Thankfully, I didn’t feel any pain.

That brings me to Sunday. I started my run at 6 pm and felt strong for the first few miles. I even smiled to myself at one point because I wasn’t feeling any pain. Then right around mile 6 I started to feel a dull ache in my left heel, and slowly but surely the pain started making its way up my leg. I wanted to persevere and keep running, but after staying with it for an additional half mile, I knew I had to stop, especially with the half coming up so soon.

And because I want to write my race recap next week, I’m also sharing what this week’s workouts have looked like/will look like:

Monday: Gaiam TV yoga with Vishnu!
Tuesday: Lots of low impact walking
Wednesday: Lots of low impact walking
Thursday: Lots of low impact walking
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: HALF MARATHON!!!

All of my short runs have been replaced with walking. I don’t want to risk injury this close to race day.

In fact, when I talked to Roshni, who’s a podiatrist, she told me to rest as much as I can, apply a warm compress as needed, and take anti-inflammatory drugs to help with the pain and any potential swelling. She also said I should wear sneakers to work. I responded to that last suggestion with a “maaaaaybeeeee!”

Fingers and toes are now crossed for a pain-free/injury-free run on Sunday. My goal is still to run the whole thing, BUT if I start to feel the slightest bit of pain, I’m going to resort to running + walking.

AHHH…wish me luck!!!

And in case you’re interested, here are links to my weekly recaps:

Week 1 Half Marathon Training
Week 2 Half Marathon Training
Week 3 Half Marathon Training
Week 4 Half Marathon Training
Week 5 Half Marathon Training
Week 6 Half Marathon Training
Week 7 Half Marathon Training
Week 8 Half Marathon Training
Week 9 & 10 Half Marathon Training
Week 11 Half Marathon Training

My Inner Shakti Turns 4 + Snapshots

Happy 4th birthday to my blog!

How has it been four years since this post?  CRAZY!

When I first started blogging, I had absolutely no idea this little space on the internet would bring me so much joy.  I knew My Inner Shakti would be the creative outlet I needed to ramble on and on about the things that interest me.  However, I never thought about the opportunities it would afford me.  And I most certainly never thought about all the amazing people it would bring into my life from all over the world.

Thank YOU for everything!  Every single comment, social media interaction, email, etc. brings a smile to my face and fills my heart with gratitude.  As cheesy as that sounds, it’s the truth.  Lots of love to each and every one of you!  I hope our internet friendship continues for years to come!

Snapshots

Not sure why this seemed fitting for today, but I thought I would share some snapshots from my Tuesday.  Perhaps it’s because sometimes I feel like I only stick to topic blogging and don’t really share much from my everyday life.  Perhaps it’s because I love it when bloggers share the bits and pieces of their lives that resemble my own and I want to do the same. 

Anyway, here are some pictures from a regular old Tuesday in the My Inner Shakti household.

I definitely reset my alarm twice this morning!  Thank goodness I live walking distance from the office.

Alarm clock 
I’m going to share more about the Deliver Lean meal plan service I’m trying out this week in a much more detailed blog post.  In the meantime, let me say this – the meals are so delicious and so filling.  More to come!

Deliver Lean Breakfast
I decided to use the first 30 minutes of my lunch hour a little differently today.  Instead of going home, making lunch, and watching TV, I decided to go for a walk!  This will likely become a regular thing.

Lunchtime walk 
The last 30 minutes of my lunch hour were spent eating this delicious salad, drinking this juice (it was surprisingly refreshing), and browsing the internet a bit.

Deliver Lean Lunch 
My new favorite pants (the Sloan fit) from Banana Republic were delivered today.  More to come on these soon because they are amazing and I think everyone should at least try them on.

Banana Republic

Vishnu and I walked over to the new Whole Foods before dinner (this could be trouble!).  I’ve been wanting to check it out ever since it opened on January 14th, and we finally got around to making the short trek over.  You guys, it’s such a beautiful store!  My two favorite things about it are the coffee bar and the hot foods bar – sooo many options!

Whole foods 
Well, that pretty much sums up my day.  Nothing glamorous but just the way I like it!

If you’re a blogger, how long have you been blogging? 
What are your favorite everyday activities?

Par’s Picks – 21

Happy Monday!  I thought I’d change things up a bit and share some of my favorite recent reads.  I try to save ‘Par’s Picks’ for Saturdays but didn’t get around to putting this post together in time.

Anyway, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy!

LIFE:

7 Things Only People Who Suffered From Acne Understand – YES to all of these!  Those of you with clear skin have no idea.

Do These 5 Things Before Bed & Wake Up Happier – Love all of these rituals, especially #5.

The 5 Best Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of – Such cool opportunities!

This could be good. This could be bad. Fact is: You are free to choose.My favorite piece from the week!  Beautiful words!

12 Ways to Turn Your Wounds into Wisdom and Strength – Easier said than done but great points to keep in mind.

Life Lessons From Tina Fey – Love her!

2 Unexpected Lessons I’ve Learned Since Changing Careers – Lesson #1 is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  Love how her explanation.

10 talks you won’t be able to stop thinking about – Can’t wait to sit down and watch all of these!

15 Life Lessons Learned From Primatologist Jane Goodall – All things we know but oftentimes push to the back burner.

LOVE:

10 Quotes From Vladimir Nabokov’s Love Letters That Will Make You Pine For An Old Fashioned Romance – AWWW!

BLOGGING:

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog – A must read for all of my fellow bloggers.

HEALTH & FITNESS:

A Total-Body Strength-Building 5×5 Workout I will definitely be adding this to my strength routine.

The Workout You Need For 2015: Full-Body BurnerA great 30 minute total body strength video.