This week was unique in that the past week I was using EVERY free moment I had to study for exams so naturally, I basically took this week “off.” But I’m baaaaaackk!!!! I know, I know…you missed me. Here’s this week’s poor attempt of an update:
What’s In My Fridge: the same stuff as two weeks ago, but a lot less of it! However, I think I might try to make my first chilli batch of the season tomorrow for game night! I did have some cereal with raspberries this morning for breakfast…not my favorite like eggs and toast!
What I Read: The ususal, some cool articles for clients and people interested in fitness.
How To Gain Weight the Healthy Way, greatist.org ( I love this blog!)
Exercise and the Brain: Something to Chew On, NCBI (combining my two favorite loves…exercise and the BRAIN)
Female Strength Training Myths that Won’t Die, niashanks.com
A Blog Post with a Really Long Name by jcdfitness.com
…just to name a few. I also looked into high-quality training programs to increase my speed in the run…but as all is true: You can’t be disappointed by the results with the work you didn’t put in. I’ll eventually have to start ACTUALLY running again someday before this beast of an event is in my face.
What I Learned:
There are three main layers of information processing in the cortex of your brain.
1. Supragranular Layer = processing
2. Granular Layer = input from all the nerves
3. Infragranular Layer = output
So, basically…you have the urge to punch someone in the face…the urge is relayed into the granular layer. The cells of the granular layer excite the cells of the supragranular layer to make a decision,
“probably not a good idea. But maybe…I mean, he said something so ignorant that if I punched him in the face it would show him, but then I could get charged and go to jail and then I wouldn’t be able to go to that sweet concert tonight so maybe this will have to wait until Monday when there is no sweet concert to go to and a night in jail might be nice because my roommate is really bothering me right now”
and that decision excites the cells of the infragranular layer to tell your arm to “simma down’na.”
Don’t they all kind of look like sea creatures? I think so…
While in my google search, I was also reminded of how absolutely HORRIFYING these things can be. I literally think I’d poop myself if I ever came face to face with one of these guys (you know, while diving 3 miles below like normal,) and my cortical layers wouldn’t even get a chance to talk about it.
But then…there are some pretty adorable ones as well.
Who Inspires Me: I met quite a few people who inspired me this week. I made a friend with a girl who has written an entire book. Okay, so we all read books all the time and somehow, someway, somebody writes them. BUT when you meet a young woman who is a first-generation american born to parents who won’t settle for anything but her being an electrical engineer…this is pretty impressive. She sent me the first 15 chapters of her 950 page book that she wrote in the mountains taking a year off from school and although it isn’t on par with my favorites, its still good and its still pretty freakin’ awesome. I mean, come on…she wrote an ENTIRE book! I think a 40 page book would make me feel like a BAMF. I got nothin’!
I also met another young woman persuing her PhD in Neuroendocrinology who had a baby at 20. She is vibrant, strong and pretty smart so I also thought this was pretty impressive that she didn’t let society give her a life game plan and that she is making something of herself for both her and her daughter, (like someone else I know…)
Instagrams from this week: Follow me! kollom
Motivational for next week:
Also, check out Nike’s new ad/line campaign. Pretty cool! Not a huge fan of the wear, but the idea is awesome. It would be SO cool to work for this company.
“Pursuant of the ancient art’s mission: to arrive at enlightenment through perseverance, endurance and patience…as they ascend.” Nikeinc.com