Saturday, April 25, 2015

An Earth Day Birthday and the Famous Lily

Introducing Robyn Zuzu

As you know from our first daughter, we spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and praying about a name for our children. Naming a child is a huge blessing and responsibility, and we are always sure to take our time.

Once we pick the name, we save it. We pray daily for our baby by name and spend the rest of our pregnancy bonding with our baby.  Now that we have two babies it was a little harder. We'd decided after our first that we wanted to do two things with our children's names.

1. We want them to start with the letter "R"
2. We want to incorporate Christmas into the middle name.

Christmas is a very special time of year, especially for our family as we got married at Christmas time  sooooo, why not?


I first came across the name while looking online at lists of Christmas names and when I realized that Zuzu came from It's a Wonderful Life, I was in love.

Literally in love.

It's a Wonderful Life has a special place in my husbands heart, and a growing place in mine.

So, the research started and here is what I found out.
1. Our Zuzu is not the only one, in fact one Zuzu was a popular Brazilian fashion designer.
2. It is a form of the name Susan (actually Zuzu is a nickname for "Susan" in It's a Wonderful Life)
3. It means Lily in Slavonic

Zuzu is not only fun to say, but it has personality and as each day passed, I couldn't imagine our baby to be named anything different.

She was Zuzu.

We struggled with the "R" name for a while, but when we started looking at meanings, everything was clear and the name Robyn Zuzu was hers.

Robyn, which means "famous" and Zuzu which means "Lily" reminds us of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So, when you meet our Zuzu, may not only your heart be warmed by memories of Christmas, and how wonderful life is but you think about our Lord and Savior.

The Lily of the Valley, Charles W. Fry.

I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll. 

He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. 

2 He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tow’r;
I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His pow’r.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal. [Refrain]

3 He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face,
Where rivers of delight shall ever roll. [Refrain]

Monday, April 20, 2015

Four Ways To Energize Your Day and Clear Your Brain

Good Morning Friends,

Happy Marathon Monday!!! I'm so excited for all those running in the Boston Marathon today. It's such an accomplishment to train for a Marathon, and the 26.2 miles is part of the celebration!
So, congratulations to everyone who lines up at the starting line!!

As you know, I am a Jeff Galloway Blogger. As such, I am given the opportunity to share tips and articles written by Olympian Jeff Galloway. Here is the latest article, hope you enjoy!

Four Ways To Energize Your Day and Clear Your Brain
by, Olympian Jeff Galloway

It's natural to become focused on the big things in life, and worry about outside forces, building stress.  A few simple lifestyle adjustments can result in greater control over attitude and energy, while reducing stress and fatigue.  Yes, you can exert more control over your life, produce positive attitude hormones, and blend together body, mind and spirit by planning and taking action.

  1. Walk or run, one day and a walk (or cross train) the next.  While the exertion will wake up the muscles, you're away from the phone, allowing the mind a little freedom.  Most who start with a blank mental state, finish their exercise session with the day planned, and a few new ways to deal with problems.  Others like to walk/run during lunch hour, while munching on an energy bar.  This can clear out morning stress and prepare mind-body for the challenges of the afternoon.  Many evening exercisers believe that the weight of the day's stress is erased or contained with the after-work workout.  Scheduling these outings gives you control over your existence.
  2. Don't sit--walk!.  The addition of a few extra short walks, throughout the day, will energize the body and activate the mind.  Park farther away from work, the food store, the transit station, etc.  Many of my clients use a step counter for motivation and calorie counting.  It helps to find one that is consistent and reliable (usually @ $30).  Shoot for 10,000 steps a day.  You are rewarded for  getting out of your chair (or  the couch) more often.  These short walks burn fat, which adds up (up to 30 pounds a year!).  The best reward is the head clearing effect, which can power you through the mid morning or mid afternoon energy crises.  Even a 3-4 minute “recess” walk at work, can result in clearer thinking, more energy, and greater self-confidence.   
  3. Eat more frequently.  Each time you eat, even a small snack, you'll boost your energy level. The longer you wait to eat, the more likely your metabolism will slump into drowsiness and laziness.  This also means that you're not burning many calories.  If you divide up your daily calorie budget into 6-9 snacks a day you'll burn more fat (up to 10 pounds a year).  Eat a snack every 2-3 hours, and you can feel better all day.  It helps to choose foods that have (percentage of calories vs total calories) about 20% protein, about 15% fat and the rest in complex carbohydrate.  This combination will leave you satisfied longer with fewer calories consumed.  To experience a fat loss, consumption can be managed through websites or journals.  For more information, see A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO FAT BURNING by Jeff and Barbara Galloway.
  4. Help someone exercise. The psychological benefits are significant when you help someone improve the quality of their life.  Offer to walk (run, hike) with your spouse, parent, friend co-worker, child—or all of the above.  My books WALKING & GETTING STARTED have proven programs with motivation which can lead you  and your “coach-ee” through the training. 
Question of the Day: Do you need to focus on any of these tips? Which one (or ones)?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Why do we get injured? - Jeff Galloway Tips for Running

I hope you've been enjoying all these tips on running from Jeff Galloway, I know that I have.

Motivational Tips.  More Tips.

On Injury. 

When following a training plan its important to know your body. Here are a couple tips from Jeff Galloway on just why we get injured.

1. Be aware of the irritation of weak links.

The key weak links are body parts where my runners tend to experience injuries are these:

  • knees
  • feet
  • calf
  • achilles
  • hip
  • glute
The body parts that YOU need to be aware of are the sites where you are injured or suffer more aches and pains. 

So, if you're sensitive to the first indication or irritation in these areas and take immediate action its possible to avoid injury. 

2. Stress build up due to the way we train. 
  • Training schedule is too intense-not enough rest between stress. 
  • Adverse training components - speed is too fast or has too much, too soon. 
  • Running form - too long a stride, forward lean, bouncing too high off the ground. 
So staying focused on the way one runs and following these guidelines, can often allow runners to maintain a manageable increase without injury. 

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Top 5 Ways to avoid Stress Buildup and avoid injuries

  1. Take walk breaks more frequently and run shorter run segments
  2. Form: shorter stride, feet low to the ground
  3. Slower long runs, with more walk breaks
  4. Avoid Stretching
  5. Be careful when running speed sessions 

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