0 Following 0 Followers

Only runners can understand certain situations. Take a quick poll to compare your runner's personality to others!
The post 6 Runner’s Questions: See How You Compare to Other Runners! appeared first on Runtastic Blog.

(A pack of adhesive mustaches = hours of fun)

Hi friends! Happy almost-Friday! I’m so happy you guys enjoyed yesterday’s podcast episode. Please check it out here if ya missed it! A while ago, I posted some mom confessions (and some hacks) and loved reading all of your comments. For today I have some more confessions to share (my hack game is weak lately but confessions run aplenty).

– The Descendants 2 and Zombies soundtracks are LIT. (Do people still say that?) I think my kitchen dance moves are too, unti
Read More
l Liv covers her face and says, “Please stop dancing like that, mom.” 

– I pack crudités as part of the girls’ lunches even though I know they never eat them. I just want their teachers to know I do try to get them to eat vegetables.

– When I wake up too late to cook a legit breakfast, I heat up Whole Foods breakfast burritos from the freezer and they think it’s the coolest thing ever. P says, “Mama you make the best burritos!” and I’m just thankful Chef Mike did the cooking.

– They’re also convinced that I actually make the Annie’s mac n’ cheese from a box and the compliments ROLL IN. I feel like a chef by boiling pasta noodles and adding butter and cheese powder. On the other hand, when I make beautiful maple salmon with roasted veggies and rice, they act like I served them a dead bug. 

– Sometimes when I have a mouthful of chocolate I tell them it’s cauliflower because dinner’s almost ready.

– The girls insist that I lie with them in bed until they fall asleep, and I was falling asleep so often that something had to change. (I usually work after they’re crashed and it was so.hard. trying to accomplish anything as a half-asleep Zombie.) I put in headphones and listen to a podast or audiobook while I lie there, and after 20 minutes or so, I sit at the edge of the bed and watch Netflix on my phone. #winning

– I told my mom the girls were acting like wild monkeys every time we went to Whole Foods – they literally think it’s an obstacle course – and she told me to make sure to tell them about the new rule. The rule at Whole Foods is that kids have to stay close to the cart. If they’re wandering around and the manager sees, you get kicked out, because you know, Whole Foods is fancy and they don’t want kids being wild and running around. Um, it worked like a CHARM.

– I wonder how long it will take the girls to realize that we go to the car wash when I’m feeling frustrated. Usually, I love hanging out with them and they get along extremely well. On the occasions that they’re bickering a lot or not listening, or I’ve just hit my wall, I say, “Get in the car! Let’s go to the car wash!” and they’re like, “YAY!” and I’m like, “Thank you god for this 5 minutes of silence and clarity to just get my life back together.” The orange lava pours onto the car as we roll through, they cheer, and when we emerge from the car wash, I feel like I can tackle the rest of the day. Needless to say, the monthly car wash membership pays for itself in sanity.

Please share a confession with meeeee.



The post Mom confessions appeared first on The Fitnessista.
Sometimes you crave something sweet when you’re feeling particularly stressed. Sometimes you’re in the mood for a salty snack or want a cold and creamy treat. These cravings are normal, but other times, obsessing about certain foods may mean your body is trying to tell you something.

Talk to your doctor about these, or any other, intense and unexplained cravings:

1. Craving: Water

May Signal: Diabetes

Sure, you could just be a little dehydrated and need a tall glass or two of water. But if you’r
Read More
e feeling thirsty all day every day, it may be a warning sign for diabetes—particularly if you’re also urinating more frequently. When you have diabetes, excess sugar builds up in your blood, forcing your kidneys to work harder to filter and absorb it. If the kidneys can’t keep up, the extra sugar is sent out of your body through urine. The more your pee, the more water your body craves.

Menu Makeover: 5 Food Swaps that Save on Sugar

Read More

2. Craving: Salt

May Signal: Addison’s disease

This is a condition where the glands that are located just above your kidneys—called adrenal glands—don’t produce enough of certain hormones. These adrenal hormones regulate blood pressure, balance minerals in your body and help your body respond to stress. Chronic fatigue, feeling weakness in your muscles and less hunger are some signs of Addison’s disease; so is a new, persistent and extreme craving for salty foods. If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor—left untreated, the condition could cause your blood pressure to drop too low.

3. Craving: Ice

May Signal: Anemia

Though scientists don’t totally understand why, ice-eating (called pagophagia) is common in people who are iron deficient. We’re not talking about chewing the half-melted ice at the bottom of your glass. In some extreme cases, people with iron deficiency anemia consume multiple trays and bags of ice every day. One study suggests that gnawing on ice increases blood flow to the brain, which can provide a quick pick-me-up for those who lack iron. Fatigue is the most common symptom of iron-deficiency anemia.

5 Foods that Boost Your Brainpower

Read More

4. Craving: Dirt

May Signal: Pica

Paper, soap and chalk also make the list of odd cravings that indicate the eating disorder pica, which is a constant desire to eat these and other non-food items. Pica can affect anyone, but it’s seen more often in young children than adults and may be associated with a mental disorder, like autism or schizophrenia. Pica can also occur during pregnancy; in some cases, it may be a lack of certain nutrients, like iron or zinc, that may trigger the unusual craving. Continually eating these nonfood items can lead to poisoning, intestinal problems or infections.

5. Craving: Everything?

May Signal: You’re Dehydrated

Those tummy rumbles may just be your body’s way of saying drink up. Before you grab a snack, sip on a tall glass of water and wait a little while to see if your cravings pass. Plus, keeping your body well-hydrated can help you manage your appetite and weight. One study found the people who upped their water intake by even just one extra cup a day consumed fewer calories, as well as less fat, sugar and sodium.

10 Simple Hacks to Help You Drink More Water

Read More

The post 5 Cravings That Could Signal a Health Condition appeared first on The Leaf.
Transformation of the Day: Natasha lost 100 pounds. She had lots of tests run to find out if there was a medical excuse for her weight gain, but it was just a result of her lifestyle. This mom made a promise to her two sons that she would adopt a new, healthy lifestyle, put in

No related posts.
Weight loss shouldn’t be a lonely journey, but it can feel that way at times. One of those times is when you are dining out but you the only one eating healthy.  Questions about your eating habits, people trying to get you to jump off the clean eating wagon and watching your friends eat what
Related posts:

3 Day Meatless Meal Plan
Energy Balance: I eat a healthy diet, but I still can’t lose weight.
5 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
This post is sponsored by Ezy Dose Kids. I was sent products and compensated for this post. All opinions are ...
Transformation of the Day: Tamar lost 118 pounds. Her motivation was her daughter, whom she never wanted to put in the position to have to care for her due to her unhealthy choices. After 1 year and 6 months of eating healthy food and walking, this 42-year-old feels fantastic. What was your motivation? My name
Related posts:

Jasmine lost 60 pounds
Tiffany lost 57 pounds
Brittney lost 86 pounds
Two summers ago, the USS Houston, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, made way out of the naval base at Pearl Harbor with a special guest aboard. Gerard Butler remembers standing on the deck with the boat’s captain, Commander Scott McGinnis, taking in the view and inhaling the sweet Hawaiian air before experiencing his first submarine dive.

How Action Star Gerard Butler Got Back in the Saddle

“The captain passed me a cigar,” says Butler over coffee
Read More
at the Essex House in New York City. “I decided not to say I’m not the biggest cigar smoker.”

When the captain hands you a cigar, you smoke it.

That morning was the beginning of three days of drills on the boat, and Butler, along with director Donovan Marsh, had been invited aboard to observe as research for their upcoming drama Hunter Killer. The movie’s script, based on the novel Firing Point about a U.S. submarine commander tasked with carrying out a dangerous rescue mission in foreign waters, was approved by the Navy and thus granted them the invaluable opportunity.



The activities onboard included battle station situations, sharpening the response time in case of a ‘man overboard’, firing sequences, and quick surfacing. Butler found the experience and cooperation from the military instrumental in making a gripping nautical thriller in league with previous submarine dramas like Run Silent, Run Deep, The Enemy Below, and The Hunt for Red October.

Men’s Journal: What drew you to this story?

Gerard Butler: I loved the script from the first read; it was just a classic story with great drama, characters, and action. I knew immediately that this would be a great chance to revisit the submarine genre, of which I am just a massive fan. I hope this movie will make people go back and watch those classics again. I remember reading the script and it took me back to some of those stories. I knew that I had to make it. I even had a dream about it before we started the process where I was on a naval base. I took that as a sign.

What is it about the submarine genre that you love?

For one you’re dealing with the highest stakes possible on a nuclear submarine. Not only are you battling with your own mortality, but there’s this looming ability to end the modern world as we know it. I was also drawn to the relationship between the two submarine captains, Captain Joe Glass and the Russian submarine captain. They’re two guys who are able to see the world differently than everyone else. There’s this code—an understanding of the rules of conduct.

Miller Mobley
What was it like being onboard the USS Houston?

I was excited obviously, but I won’t lie there was a moment where I really felt that pressure change and it hit me that I was really diving on a nuclear submarine. You start to hear these strange ringing sounds from the hull, and you’re leaning back to compensate for the angle. I’m not sure if you can really be prepared for that. I slept in the XO’s room, which had two bunks. I would sleep when he was working and he would sleep when it was my shift.

During the drills what did you observe from Captain McGinnis?

I got to see them execute all the tactics and sequences we do in the movie, which was amazing. You could see the camaraderie the captain had with the men. In a way he was one of the guys, but at the same time he wasn’t. He always made sure they were on their toes. I would catch him slightly fucking with them, testing them, letting them know that they had to prove themselves to him.

Speaking of captains, what did you learn from the actual Navy submarine captains you came into contact with?

One thing you learn while spending time with any of these submarine captains is they’re all pretty brilliant. They’re all nuclear physicists. Their minds have to work in a very particular way. I was very impressed by Commander Scott McGinnis, who captains the USS Houston, and his passion was just contagious. He’s able to speak on the phone, talk to me, and deal with a crew member’s problem all at the same time. Even when they’re off duty, most of these captains are finding ways to keep their minds working, playing cribbage or solving trigonometry problems, because they know their mental agility needs to be sharp. I wanted to do right by them.

Did they give you any kind of advice?

One of the things they imparted on me was the fact that no matter how much you plan, a mission will never go how you think. So it’s not just about the planning, but the ability to change the plan as problems arise. Sometimes you have to throw out the rulebook, which is what you see Captain Joe Glass do, because going back to port is not an option.

Did you guys get to let loose at all on the boat?

Funnily enough there was a night that we watched one classic submarine thriller, which I actually love, and I got to sit there with the crew while they yelled how everything onscreen was, “Bullshit!”. I realized that those guys were going to be the toughest critics, and I had to make sure I put in the work.

What kind of drills did you participate in?

Out there in Hawaii we had this wet trailer, which would fill with freezing water up to your chest in three minutes. We would run drills in there, fixing pipes and trying to contain leaks. These tasks would be tough to do if there wasn’t any water coming in, so it gets almost impossible with your nerves going. It was so fucking scary.

How did you bring that commitment to set?

I had our military advisor Captain Caleb Kerr spend two hours with our whole crew so he could express to them the psychological effect that those scenarios can have on a man. That the pressurized water can sometimes even cut through you. That a fire can get out of control in 30 seconds. It is not just that you might get hit with a torpedo and perish right there, there is also the chance you get hit and live the most torturous existence ever for hours as the boat is destroyed. Sinking isn’t just losing a boat; it is losing every soul aboard that boat as well.

Did you start to feel the actors playing your crew start to respond to that?

I started to feel it amongst the cast as the filming went on, because we were spending so many hours in those roles. Instead of just shooting the movie as we needed for the script we did everything that we could to involve every character with what was happening on the screen. So everyone was reacting to the commands that I was giving as Glass.

Courtesy Image
I understand you built a pretty legit control room for the submarine scenes.

Once we had experienced the real thing there was really no other way to go, we were so intent on making the submarine action look real instead of a typical soundstage we built a 15-ton set on top of a gimbal that would allow for jolting yet balanced movement. We could fit the entire crew cast as well as camera in there, while we were all moving around, and shoot the action all in one go. I remember when Captain Kerr finally stepped on the real submarine set that we had built, he turned to me and said, “I wouldn’t be able to tell that I wasn’t on a real sub right now.” That meant a lot to us.

What elements did you want to bring?

Looking at a true control room it is hard to process all the technology that is actually in there, LED screens, digital maps, interfaces with multiple layers of information and we got it down to the button. The same effort went into getting the commands that we were shouting correct as well. For the audience, even if they don’t really understand the commands exactly, they do understand the truth of that moment, because they can see we do.

What are you hoping the audience feels in the theater?

I want audiences not only to just have a great thrill ride, but also to understand what people on these subs have to go through. I mean what they are faced with every day is just incredible. They will even get to see some of the actual guys do it, because the Navy let us film the crew of the USS Houston gearing up and in the water for some of those large dramatic sequences. It is quite a sight to see.

Gerard Butler’s Hunter Killer hits theaters October 26th.