BODY JOURNEY WEEK 2 Adopt an active lifestyle

Dear Water Your Soul Bloggers! I just can’t believe that one of our six weeks has past so quickly! I certainly hope you enjoyed “NICE”, in The French Rivera and as a bonus I want to start with something that we ended with: Food. An authentic Basil Pesto recipe: From Ile de Pain, by Liezie Mulder in Knysna,  South Africa

Ingredients:

2 garlic gloves (blanch them first to make it easier to remove the skins and to mellow the flavour)

2 cups lightly packed basil leaves (about 2 bunches)

Half a cup of extra virgin olive oil

Quarter cup of pine nuts, lightly toasted in a hot oven to release the essential oils

Quarter cup of finely grated Parmesan Cheese for easier integration

Pinch of coarse salt

Milled black Pepper

Method:

Pulse the garlic and Basil with enough olive oil in a food processor if in a hurry but rather use a mortar and pestle to put more love and caring into the making of your own pesto! Add the pines nuts and pulse again. Now scoop into a bigger bowl and add the cheese…stir until blended. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Add more extra virgin olive oil if you wish: you need just enough to bind the pesto and give it an oozy consistence. The grand finale: Add a drop or two of freshly squeezed lemon juice to give it a little zing!

Remember to always cover your pesto with a thin layer of olive oil if you don’t use it immediately!

Uses:

Spread it on a crostini or bruchetta or drizzle it over grilled fish or roast chicken. You can even toss it with fresh pasta or roast veggies!

I bet you will try this when you get up from this blog session – I am certainly going to…

NOW – enough about food for the moment! Just remember to always taste and enjoy each bite you put into your mouth and be very particular what you do put into your mouth!

We are heading for Monaco taking a bus from NICE and driving all the way along the Mediterranean Coastline…isn’t it beautiful from up here…? Monaco was at first a Greek settlement and later taken over by the Romans. It was bought from the Genoese in 1297 by the Grimaldis who in spite of bitter family feuds and at least one political assassination, still rule as the world’s oldest monarchy. Monaco covers 1.9 sq km and is thus smaller than central park in New York. Gossip says that you can only buy ground when you are accepted and then will have to personally occupy this ground for at least six months of every year.  Price Albert II reigned for 55 years and was married to former film star, Grace Kelly who tragically died in 1982. The children: Prince Albert and his sisters: princesses Caroline and Stephanie remained a focus of media attention as you all will well know!

But we are coming to Monaco for a reason: the second part of the BODY JOURNEY and as have said this will be where we learn how to adopt an active lifestyle in order to keep our metabolism going and burn excess fat and built muscle to sustain our postures and energy levels. So we will stop with the bus at the well known Grand Prix track in Monaco which always takes place in May and the Monte Carlo Rally in January. So those of you who came along to go and SIT in the Grand Casino of James Bond film legend…it unfortunately won’t happen. We will walk along the track and stop at various intervals to hear some of the most common things you can do to keep your body in shape!

As we stand on the Starting Line of the race…can you imagine how one would feel to drive around this track with all the people along the roads cheering you on! Oh Wow, we should really come back in January!

Patience, Persistence and Perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success in your battle to lose weight and be healthy! Start slowly but keep on going…you need to build up a heart-rate where you are still able to keep a conversation going with us on the track. Our first short stop is at the Grand Casino – so let’s get the heart-rate going and make use of your arms to help you with the increased walking pace. Ok Take 5’…

Grand Casino:

A Casino is mainly a place where you take a chance to gain something …in this case money? How many times have we not gambled with our health? Taking pills and medication to lose weight suddenly without even researching deeper to find out what the long term implications are when taking it. Maybe it’s time now to stop gambling and to start doing what we know is right! Yes, I hear you – it’s easy to know but to comply with the knowledge and to stay motivated when you don’t see results is a total other ball game! From today no more gambling with our health – just straight forward cardio – vascular exercises, ok?

We’re on the road again towards our next stop, so talking about cardio- vascular, let’s get the heart-rate up again. You will ask me now while we walk along this track what should your heart-rate be and to be little scientific it should be 220 – age = Maximum heart-rate and you should exercise at between 65% – 75% of that specific heart-rate. But keep to the guideline about being able to have a reasonable conversation with someone while exercising and you will not be far wrong!

We pass close to the Palais de Congress, which is where the rules of Monaco are made and just as you need rules/laws to govern a country you will also need rules/laws to govern your own body:

Choose an exercise that you will keep on doing in summer/winter/spring/fall

Always good to have a friend to exercise with that to try it on your own

Wear the correct clothing for the type of weather and exercise you are about to do

Drink enough water – I know that by now you are already drinking you 2 Litres a day, correct?

After a short start – do some stretches and when you have done your 30 – 40 minutes repeat them, stretch all the major muscle groups of the body to firstly prevent injury and secondly to prevent stiffness the next day. So stretch the Quadriceps (front of the upper leg), Hamstrings (back of the upper leg), Gastrocnemius (calves), Shoulder Girdle, Hip Girdle, Back (upper and lower) and Neck, Arms: Biceps (front of the upper arm), Triceps (back of the upper arm). Well done – now we are stretched / hydrated and our heart-rate has risen to healthy levels.

As we take the stretch towards the Port de Monaco we just enjoy the wonderful colour of the sea and seeing water and hearing water always brings a kind of calmness to me and hopefully to you as well. We must learn to take life easier. To stop and smell the roses more often and to manage our stress levels diligently. Stress is the factor that causes more pain physically and psychologically in people than anything else. It is also the major cause of heart disease…did you know that someone can have zero risk factors (overweight/diabetes/high blood pressure/inactivity/poor lifestyle/ family history) and still have a heart attack because of the effect that stress has on your Body / Soul / Spirit! So please as we walk past the Port on our right – just drink in the calmness, take a deep breath and let go of unnecessary baggage in your life. It just makes your effort to exercise so much harder and your ability to stay focussed on an active lifestyle so difficult!

We reach the turn- around point seeing the Musee Oceanographique on the hillside of Monaco, we recall that Prince Albert I used his gains from the casino in Monaco to do something for generations to come and built a unique Aquarium where Jacques Cousteau established his research centre and gave us all a chance to see the beauty of what lies beneath the sea! What are you going to do with the money you are going to save when you stop to buy quick weight cures for the new season coming?

Going all the way back , we pass the Place du Palais – yes that’s where Princess Grace use to stay before her death in 1982. We all receive enough grace everyday to do what we have to do and tomorrow will be no different! God wants you to receive His grace for you every day and live the kind of life in firstly body where He will feel comfortable to be with you! May the grace of God keep you save from the harms of life and may He be the wind in your backs that will urge you to finally submit to God’s Way in your life!

I will see you here again next Friday…let’s see who will be at the finishing line first…come on I am running on my own …where are you? That’s better…hey, wait for me…!

Elizabeth D.

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