Motivation Monday – Man runs 7 marathons on 7 Continents for his wife who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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With minimal training, an unlikely athlete takes on the World Marathon Challenge — seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.  A devoted husband has completed seven of the world’s toughest marathons in seven days for his childhood sweetheart.

Ted Jackson, 42, from Surrey, has ran 182 miles through the icy blizzards and desert terrain for his wife, Sophie, 40, who suffers from multiple sclerosis – an incurable neurological disease.

The father-of-four, has raised more than £160,000 from running the marathons in seven continents, which took more than 45 hours to complete.

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Train, Eat, Rest & Repeat – Benefits of drinking coffee before exercising

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The study basically simulated your average morning: a mug of coffee to wake up, a little gym time, another cup with breakfast, followed by lunch. Fourteen participants completed two moderate workouts on a stationary bike: one where they took caffeine (equal to two 8-ounce cups of coffee or 4 cups of black tea) 90 minutes before the workout, and one where they took a placebo. When caffeinated, the participants reported the ride as way easier than it was without the stimulant.

Coffee before Exercising:

1) Enhanced Performance 

Time and time again, caffeine has been proven to be a powerful ergogenic aid – that is, something which contributes to improved performance during high intensity exercise. 

Studies reveal that after caffeine consumption, athletes can train for much longer and with more power/speed.

2) Boosts Focus

A pre-workout cup o‘ Joe can also boost mental focus during exercise.

Combined with the increase in endurance and power/speed provided, this can lead to extremely productive workout sessions, as you huff and puff with the seeming intensity of an international athlete.

3) Accelerate Fat Loss

Another benefit of taking a cup of coffee prior to lacing up your trainers is that caffeine is proven to provide a range of fat loss benefits.

Coffee can help burn fat as, during exercise, it causes the body to use fat cells for energy as opposed to glycogen.

What’s more, a caffeine intake correlates with increase metabolism, which forces your body to burn more calories during the day, and it also suppresses appetite, satiating those cravings which are oh so bad for your waistline!  

4) Diminished Muscle Pain

Studies also show that a pre-workout injection of caffeine can lead to decreased muscle soreness when exercising.

So whether you’re pumping iron or racing down the tarmac, a cup of coffee will help you perform more reps and allow you to run for further with less muscular pain, resulting in a much more effective workout.

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Survival of the Fittest – Blue Eyes might lead to Alcoholism

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According to Yahoo News, people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a genetic one. 

Reporting in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, the researchers find that among European-Americans, those with light-colored eyes — described as ones that are green, gray, and brown in the center — have higher rates of alcohol dependency than Euro-Americans with dark brown eyes; that link is strongest in blue-eyed people. 

“We still don’t know the reason,” researcher Dawei Li says in a University of Vermont press release, but they do know that the very genes that determine eye color are situated along the same chromosome as genes that are known to be linked to alcohol dependency. 

It’s not the first time the eye color-alcohol link has been found: A 2000 study arrived at a similar conclusion, noting that among one sample set of women, dark-eyed females averaged 4.91 drinks in the last month to light-eyed females’ 5.78. 

Blue eyes also correlate with other attributes, including lower pain tolerance and higher competitiveness, reports Medical Daily. “This suggests an intriguing possibility — that eye color can be useful in the clinic for alcohol dependence diagnosis,” says lead researcher Arvis Sulovari. The researchers say these findings could help us better understand the roots of not only alcoholism but other psychiatric illnesses as well.

Check out our article on How to keep your Eyes Health

Case of the Mondays – Do you have Bitchy Resting Face?

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What is Bitchy Resting Face? Urban Dictionary describes it as a bitchy alternative to the usual blank look most people have. This is a condition affecting the facial muscles, suffered by millions of women worldwide. People suffering from bitchy resting face (BRF) have the tendency look hostile and/or judgemental at rest. Their expression does not necessarily reflect how they are feeling inside. BRF can ruin friendships and first impressions, start fights and kill an atmosphere.

“I think Deborah hates me!!”, “Nah don’t worry Susie, she just has a nasty bitchy resting face”

“That customer just lectured me on customer service and threatened to take her business elsewhere! What did I do wrong?” “Prob just your BRF”.

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Happy Ceviche & Tapioca Day – How to Make Great Ceviche

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Tapioca Day is dedicated the starch that is extracted from Manioc, otherwise known as ‘Cassava’. This plant is most commonly known as the source of the translucent beads in Tapioca pudding. But while this is the most commonly known use of this substance, it has cultural significance around the world. It’s origins can be found in Brazil, where the cassava plant is called the mandioca, and it’s extracted starch is called Tapioca.

One little known fact about the Tapioca starch, is that when it’s extracted from the green branched variety of the plant, it is the source of a potent cyanide based poison, and must be processed to remove this before it becomes edible. Once this process is completed it is processed in different ways, which produces the spheres, flakes, or sticks.

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Ceviche, also written as cebiche or seviche, has long been a source of pride and even national identity in Peru. The cultural importance of the dish, which at its simplest consists of fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juice (typically lime), prompted the Peruvian government to recognize ceviche as part of Peru’s national heritage.

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Weekend Inspiration – All you need is Love (Beatles)

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Are you too Nice to the point where you’re a Pushover? Being Too Nice might lead to Depression

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The dictionary defines the word Nice as an adjective to be pleasing; agreeable; kind. Characterized by, showing, or requiring refined manners, language, etc.

Being too nice means you’re at a point where people take advantage of you.

There is such a thing as being too nice, too giving and too caring. To overcome depression you must stop the habit of bending over to gain people’s approval. I know, it’s easier said than done. But no one said it’d be easy.

Those who are affected by depression tend to be people-pleasers. And yet, ironically, quite often their actions are viewed by others as selfish and self-centered. For over three decades I believed in that crap myself. I believed I was selfish and self-involved. I was convinced I had nothing to offer. I also thought that it didn’t matter what I thought. That my opinion was less important than anyone else’s. It seemed as if I was always living someone else’s life. Check out the whole article about depression with the link below:

http://wakeup-world.com/2015/06/18/being-too-nice-can-contribute-to-depression/

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be nice to people but don’t be a pushover.

Do you ever feel like you’re too nice to people?

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Throwback Thursday – The Times They Are A Changin (Bob Dylan)

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You’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin‘.