Can I Give More?

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“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”

 -Paul Tergat, Kenyan Professional Marathon Runner

I think I’ve fallen in love. My Jump Off the Ladder challenge of running at least 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week was hard the first week, but this week I feel amazing. Yesterday, my day was jam-packed full of work, and then I had rehearsal for a play I am in: Comedy of Errors (by Shakespeare, of course!). So early on yesterday, I knew that I wouldn’t really want to go running after all the festivities, especially with all the rain I’ve been getting this last week. Thankfully, my challenge pushed me forward, and I wrote a reminder on my wrist that I looked at throughout the day: No Excuses.

I asked Schofie to go running with me and soon we were off. I started off jogging and said, “I feel like my body could do this forever!” Soon I was eating my words. I got about three “side-aches” throughout the run, but I ran farther than I ever have before! Unfortunately I didn’t track it with my phone, but we think he and I ran about double the distance of what I ran last week, and thanks to a new neighborhood route, it wasn’t boring at all. I didn’t bring any music with, but Schofie was an excellent coach. Towards the final home stretch, he reminded me,

“Right now your heart rate is through the roof, and you are burning lots of calories, but you’re hitting that place where you feel you can’t quite go on. If you push past that point, that’s where you’re really going to see a difference!”

I drink your mowed lawn grass clippings.

Ok, not really. Although I’ve tried some teas that taste like it.

On my year-long road to health, I learned to fall in love with the benefits of tea. I spent about two weeks detoxing from an average of five cups of disgusting “work-coffee” a day. Five cups. Seriously? Of ground-ridden, cheap, nasty coffee? Why?!

It was free.

It was free and kept me going. What a terrible reason to drink something. Now, I’m not going to get into the coffee vs tea debate, (Really, can’t we all just be friends?) however, when I decided to invest in some Jasmine Green Tea from Earthfare I found that I loved tea. There are so many different flavors and it can be delicious served hot and cold. I also found out there were too many benefits I just couldn’t pass up. (Special thanks to these guys for the info)

  • Tea keeps you hydrated
  • Packed full of antioxidants
  • Can greatly aid weight-loss
  • Improved bone mineral density and strength
  • Green tea’s antioxidants may help stop the growth of cancer!

Not to mention it can come in really adorable teacups.

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CAUTION: Do not Google “cute teacup”. It will result in millions of Teacup Yorkies, and death-by-happiness.

WE’RE STARTIN’ TO SMOLDER – RENOVATION STYLE!

Sometimes, you just need a little lift. 

Something that pushes you. Excites you. 

It’s like when I was a kid and my mom would re-paint her bedroom, and re-tile her bathroom, and  re-decorate every month… or when she’d hold out for the Estee Lauder deal where she buys foundation and gets the extra crap included. Sometimes, we all need to feel a little extra sparkle. So, welcome to the new Incense and Sounds. It’s sharper, hopefully a little more organized, and quite frankly, I love it.

What do you think? 

Like the layout? Hate it? Comment below. 

Got a new Vegan/Vegetarian recipe you want to share? Hit me up! Rhed’s got her renovatin’ pants on and things are gonna get interesting…We’re about to make some changes around here folks, so stay tuned!

PEACE, LOVE, and of course, Estee Lauder freebees.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend…

I am becoming a consistent writer.

There. I put that positive statement out into the universe, so it must come to pass eventually… right? I haven’t  posted anything in quite a while due to the flooding of my apartment resulting in a dead laptop. (May he rest in peace.) I am typing this on my husbands laptop that I was able to snag some time with. Bloggers, please tell me I’m not the only one who gets to the computer and thinks, Man. I’m boring. I have nothing to write about except how my fish’s eye is cloudy , and though he’s on meds he keeps running into the tank wall ’cause he can’t see. And though I really feel bad for him….it is kind of a little funny…Then I contemplate what a terrible person I am, and search for a new subject, Well, this is mainly a health and fitness blog now, so I could talk about my new Orange Julius protein shake I concocted…Naaaa…. Today it’s all about the MUSIC.

That’s right folks, welcome to the newest segment of Incense and Sounds:

Sonance Moments

“Sonance” as in “a sound”. Pretty catchy eh? It is here that I shall dissect gorgeous (and not-so-gorgeous) sounds and give you my thoughts on such. We’ll talk about artists, lyrics, redeeming qualities, and why I think a song could perhaps be improved (or just why I flat out hate it haha).  So, without further adieu, I give you:

Simon & Garfunkel- Sound of Silence

Ahhh, this should be on the favorites list of every free-spirit out there. This beautiful classic was written in 1964 by Paul Simon in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The raw beauty of these two gentlemen never gets old. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are excellent storytellers, and in this tribute, they do not disappoint. Every time I hear this song I cannot help but get quiet and simply listen. I didn’t always grow up appreciating folk music, but as time went on, I couldn’t help but fall in love with modern Rock & Roll’s roots. The acoustic guitar gives such a raw, earthy quality to this song, mixed with Paul’s raspy, vulnerable voice and Arts incredible harmonizing, it’s no wonder this song helped propel them to international stardom.

I leave you, dear ones, with this quote by Simon after it was mentioned he had some difficulty writing the lyrics, “The main thing about playing the guitar, though, was that I was able to sit by myself and play and dream. And I was always happy doing that. I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I’d turn on the faucet so that water would run — I like that sound, it’s very soothing to me — and I’d play. In the dark. ‘Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again’.”