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Olympic envy

Posted in Live by Sarah on July 31, 2012

Is anyone else experiencing Olympic envy?? I have mentioned this before, but I didn’t pass Phys Ed until my senior year in High School. How pathetic. I was too busy partying with friends and chasing boys to get involved in sports. Little did I realize the incredible potential I possessed deep down inside of my body and soul, that is a natural coordination, strength, and a competitive side. Now that I am fit and workout regularly, I wonder what could have been had I applied myself and gotten into sports. Maybe I would have tried out for teams, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten into so much trouble, maybe I would have received a college scholarship! No sense in looking back or living with regret. I made some great friends and created some really fun memories. Although seeing these young athletes go for the gold this weekend does make me curse my own name, I am so incredibly proud of them and inspired to be the best I can be. I have surrounded myself with like-minded friends who like to be active, and just yesterday I bought a volleyball net and played a ridiculously fun game of volleyball! It’s never too late. Get outside and play like you are in the Olympics!

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History of the Olympics

Posted in Live by Sarah on July 30, 2012

HISTORY OF THE OLYMPICS

Did you know?

According to record books the first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC!

History of the Olympic Games

The Ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece thousands of years ago. Back then, the Games were held in honour of the God Zeus. The aim of the Games was to show the physical qualities of the athletes who competed and to encourage good relations between cities across Greece.
At first, the Ancient Olympic Games lasted just one day, and had just one event – a running race. Over time, the Games were extended and lasted up to five days. Only men were allowed to compete and only unmarried women were allowed in the stadium to watch. Some women were so keen to watch the competition that they dressed up as men and sneaked into the stadium!
Winners at the Ancient Games had two victory ceremonies. In the first ceremony they received a palm branch and had red ribbons tied around their hands and head. At the second ceremony, an olive tree wreath was placed on the winner’s head.
According to history books, the Ancient Games were banned by Emperor Theodosius in 393AD because he didn’t think they were fitting for a Christian empire.

The Modern Olympic Games

How did they start?

More than 1500 years later, a young Frenchman called Baron Pierre de Coubertin decided to create the modern Olympic Games. He thought that the Olympic Games should be about bringing together sport, culture and education.
In 1894, he founded the International Olympic Committee and together they started to organise the first Olympic Games of modern times.
It took them just two years, and in 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. A total of 241 athletes from 14 countries took part and the winners received a silver medal and an olive branch.

When did women first take part?

At the first modern Olympic Games there were still no female competitors – in fact women didn’t compete until the next Olympic Games, which happened four years later in Paris.

The Olympic Games today

The International Olympic Committee still oversee the organisation of the Olympic Games, but now the the summer Games are held in a different city every four years. The last Olympic Games were in Beijing, China, in August 2008.
The Games today are much larger than they used to be, and they last much longer – in Beijing they lasted 16 days and athletes competed in 28 different sports!
In Ancient Greece, the Government and wealthy and famous Greek citizens paid for the Games. Today, the Games cost much more money and they have got larger sponsors, or companies that pay to be involved. These companies help to fund the cost of the Games.
Since 1968, each Summer Olympic Games has been followed by a Paralympic Games for athletes with a disability.

What about the Winter Olympic Games?

When the modern Olympic Games first started, only summer sports were included. In the 1920s, snow and ice sports became popular and so, in 1924 the International Olympic Committee decided to hold the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. The Games were popular, with 258 athletes from 16 countries taking part.
Now the Winter Olympic Games happen every four years. The last Games were in Turin, Italy in 2006 – more than 2500 athletes competed, representing 80 countries including Madagascar, Brazil, and Thailand!

I vow to….

Posted in Live by Sarah on July 30, 2012

I absolutely LOVE this!

Give me a break

Posted in Live by Sarah on July 26, 2012

I was walking my dog the other day and grumpy about something. The sky was mostly overcast (probably adding to my mood) except for a break in the clouds in the distance. And through this break came the most amazing ray of sun – determined to shine. I stood and watched this scene for a good 5 minutes.

A break in the clouds – what a great analogy. It is what we need to look for when we are stuck in a mood, attitude, or place that takes us down. We need to find a break in the clouds when things are difficult, challenging or fatiguing. We need to be optimistic – focused not on gloom – but on opportunities and possibilities.
Consider these:
1. You are stuck in what appears to be an infinite waiting line. The break in the clouds may be the people you meet on either side of you as you are stuck waiting – meet them, talk to them, share some time with them.
2. You planned an amazing barbecue and Mother Nature decided that day was better covered in windswept rain instead of sun. The break in the clouds may be that the tighter quarters forced everyone to visit more personally, or the great games it forced you to take out of the garage that were the hit of the party.
3. You are heading to a family holiday dinner and are dreading the event. The break in the clouds may be your invitation to a good friend to join you that may change the entire dynamic of the day – for everyone.
4. You are working with a total Debbie Downer type personality – she complains about everything and always find the negative. The break in the clouds may be to ask for a promotion or transfer – bringing you to a new opportunity and the ability to meet new people.
I was stuck in a mood that was affecting everything I was doing and thinking. I needed the break in the clouds – a walk outside with an adorable dog – to remind me that no matter how overcast life sometimes seems, there are always small breaks – positive things – that can both end the gloom and improve our focus. Getting outside allowed me to see the break in the clouds, which turned out to be my ‘break in the clouds.’
Nature is an amazing teacher. When all seems dark, there is always – someplace – a glimmer of something extraordinary. Nature doesn’t broadcast the extraordinary; instead, we have to pay attention and watch for it.
The same is true with life. When things are tough, there is always something right in front of us to mitigate the challenge – we just have to choose to be patient, present, responsive and optimistic enough to see it. There is always a break in the clouds.
Good news should always be shared. And learning to find thebreaks in the clouds– of seeing opportunity and possibility in all that happens – is very good news. Please share this with someone who can benefit from it.

RAINBOW CHICKEN SALAD

Posted in Eat,Learn by Sarah on July 26, 2012

RAINBOW CHICKEN SALAD

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lb. Organic Free-Range Chicken, Cooked
  • Green, Red, Yellow, Orange Bell Pepper
  • Celery
  • Jicama
  • Carrots
  • Green Onion
  • fate free or lite Mayonnaise 
  • Sea Salt & Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • Oven-Roasted Pecans, Walnuts or Sliced Almonds

Optional Fruit Add-Ins

  • Purple Seedless Grapes, Sugar-Free Dried Cranberries, Green Apple, Raisins

Directions

1. Choose whatever method you prefer and cook the chicken. When making a chicken for the shredded meat (as opposed for the presentation), I use the pressure cooker. It’s done in 20 minutes.  Chop or shred chicken and place in a large mixing bowl.

2. Lay out nuts on parchment lined cookie sheet and oven roast at 350º F for 10 minutes or so. If using pecans or walnuts, you will chop once roasted and cooled.

3. Get a sharp knife and cutting board out and begin chopping all your veggies. I like to really bulk up the salad, so I use a lot of veggies. If using fruit, dice it up now as well. You decide how much you want to use. Throw veggies on top of the chicken.

4. To the chicken and veggies, plop two large dollops of mayonnaise on and mix. Add as much mayo as you desire. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Finally serve and top with roasted nuts. Enjoy!


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