Azul, Azure, Bleu, Bluest Sky

La Roux…

Nothing hurts more than unrequited love.  All the things that hurt us will dissolve in time…

I love to go outside and do my exercise.  Lately, the days have been filled with blue and grey skies, and whether the sky is blue or the sky is grey, I become one with nature.  There’s something peaceful about walking, jogging, or running outside.

Have you ever heard of cortisol?

Here’s the definition:

Cortisol, known more formally as hydrocortisone (INN, USAN, BAN), is a steroid hormone, more specifically a glucocorticoid, produced by the zona fasciculata of the adrenal cortex.[1] It is released in response to stress and a low level of blood glucocorticoids. Its primary functions are to increase blood sugar through gluconeogenesis; suppress the immune system; and aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism.[2] It also decreases bone formation. Various synthetic forms of cortisol are used to treat a variety of diseases.1

Well, this hormone, as you can see, controls our metabolism and if there’s stress in our lives, then cortisol can make us fat.

When I go outside, I de-stress.  I feel great, just watching all the greenery around me.  Now today I did jump over a snake before I realized it was a snake.  I tried to take a pic, but the little sucker slithered away before I got a chance. If you’re scared of snakes, don’t run where snakes are… since that won’t help you…

Find a peaceful place to go where you can find and enjoy beauty. Try to get outside often, whether it’s to walk even if it’s not a vigorous walk.  Remember the key is to de-stress.

Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Find a place of beauty:  A beach, a park, a hiking area, a lake.

2. Walk or jog peacefully… let your mind relax and breathe in the fresh air.

3. Take deep breaths… take it all in.

4. Dream.

5.  Listen to your favorite beats.

6.  Do stretching exercises to keep you from being tense.

7.  Try to think of good thoughts: what you appreciate, things that make you laugh, what’s good in your life.


Today’s workout:

Light jog, light uphill run, walk down hill, varying speeds, total 1 hour.

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