Fasting in Prison Camp

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They say fasting has benefits for the mind, spirit, and body. Many people have to fast for medical procedures and some do it for religious reasons. I did it fit none of those reasons, but I still experienced the benefits of a cleansing fast.

My fast was purely accidental. Since I missed the 3:30 pm short line (the food line for food service workers), I decided to fast. I found that if I didn’t think about food, I wasn’t hungry. I had been practicing a lot of vibrational states. and a lot of it became stronger in my mind. I had happier thoughts because of it. In this lower physical state, I learned to make myself happier. This state also helped me understand my inner demons.

Now that I understood them, I could get rid of them and free my mind for the real God within. I began to feel that people were important, their happiness was too. I also understood that some people are miserable and by getting angry with me, they are only reflecting themselves. In order to have the meaningful conversations and relationships I wanted to have I had to reflect how I feel about myself. I allowed my words to express my feelings and obtain what I wanted in life as I wrote it on paper.

After twenty-four hours, I was happier than I’ve ever been. It was because I fasted, looked at my problems, and forgave those I needed to forgive. My fast also helped me remove anger and hatred from my body and mind. My yoga teacher informed me that what I had done was cleanse all my emotional baggage. The vibrational states sent chills down my body and I felt strong sensations in my left hand and up my left arm that day. I had them strongly and sporadically. Off and on, my left hand would get cold and I had a sensation, but my face and body felt normal.

Next day after fasting, I stopped eating my fourth meal and had one of the best workouts I had ever had in prison. I still ate a snack after I returned from the library. I think I will get stronger because of eating less.

New Exercise Routine–Building Cardio Without Running

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Cardio Routine: Squats

Cardio workouts are known to help people strengthen their heart and lungs. It also helps the muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. Over time, your body gets used to your fitness level and your endurance has increased! With these types of benefits, I have been trying to workout more. For some reason, as soon as I get home, I don’t workout. Instead I make a ton of excuses like:

  • I’m too tired
  • I don’t have the money for a gym
  • I can’t run to build my cardio

Finally, I came up with a solution to workout at home, which of course, cost NO money at all and I’m actually getting a good daily workout. After googling, “how to do cardio without running” I found a site called http://www.shape.com. They had some GREAT exercises in their article called “No-Running Cardio Workout You Can Do at Home”.  The article has like fourteen different exercises, but I only did four.

Here are the four I did:

Squat Jumps
Squat down and up straight up, arm over head.  Do 10 reps.

Pilates 100
“Lie face up with your knees and hips bent 90 degrees, hands by your side. Lift your head, shoulders, and upper back off the ground, and begin to pulse your arms, taking long, deep breaths (inhale for 10 counts, exhale for 10 counts).

I did this 20 times.

Mountain Climbers
“Come into a straight-arm plank position with your hands directly below your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from neck to your ankles. Lift your right foot and drive your right knee up into the center of your body. Quickly switch legs, driving left knee up into the center of your body. Try to keep your hips level and your shoulders directly above your wrists. Do as many as possible for 1 minute.

Actually I did this 20 reps, instead of one minute. I counted my right coming up and my left coming up as one rep.

Squats
Bend your knees, drop down and come back up with no weights. I did ten of these.

 

Believe it or not, I was very sore the next day. Then two days later, I was still sore.  Again, I didn’t use any weights and it only took me twenty minutes.

What do you think about this routine? Please leave your comments below.