Good morning! The Linsanity in NY continues and last night I got even more caught up in the wave. I went to Madison Square Garden after work to see if I could score a pair of KNICKS tickets in a reasonable price range for me and my bro. The scalpers were out in full effect and laughed in my face when I said I was looking for a pair at $100 each. My brother monitored Stub Hub to see if prices would drop at tip off. Alas, they don't. They drop off the website entirely at game time, actually! At 7:40PM I went home to follow it on Yahoo (thanks, Time Warner Cable) and Lin dominated again but this time as the master of assists.
Who doesn't LOVE this guy?
Jeremy Lin's triumphant story is causing people to reach out and claim him. Asians and specifically the Taiwanese community because of his ethnicity, anybody associate with Harvard because it's his alma mater, underdogs in any arena because Lin was 4th string on the Knicks and cut from two teams, Christians because Lin is a devout lover of the Lord, New Yorkers because he is a Knick, and me, because Lin shares my name and the beautiful bit of branding my friend thought of a few years ago when I was blogging under 'Write it Out'. Hey, Linds, what about 'Lindspiration'?
Jeremy Lin, if you ever want to blog at this address I will give you my password. The Lindspiration in me bows to the Lindspiration in you.
When I see someone coming into their greatness, thriving, growing and leading others after being told NO so many times, I get so emotional. I just spoke to this during an intro in intenSati class last week. The value of saying YES to yourself is something I learned in intenSati -- this development of a strong, inner YES. There is also a saying that NO is really NOT YET or that "Man's rejection is the Universe's protection", which I often take comfort in if there's a NO that is just not changing. It must not be meant to be and there's a protective element there -- I am being taken care of and can be grateful!
Last night I also had this thought about what it would be like if Jeremy Lin's streak ends and he stops playing such phenomenal ball. Would crowds and fans just abandon him? His rising star is more like a comet right now and this means commercials, product endorsements, etc, but everything would change if he flops or becomes average by NBA standards.
It sounds like because of his faith he would be okay and trust that's part of God's plans. I have't listened to interviews with him in the last 1-2 days but I bet he's just taking this all a day at a time.
My guess is he's not a flash in a pan. Lin is here to stay.
In entirely other news, I have 10 tips to encourage healthy eating that are working for me. I wrote them last night when I was going to sleep and reflecting on what's working for me these days in this arena. I like and suggest taking those kind of "what's working" inventories, even if it's just 5 minutes:
1. A great after dinner snack that is sweet and yummy is a banana. Mash it up and cook it in the microwave with a little bit of soy milk and cinnamon. Definitely a comfort food!
2. Kale can be rough. Ha. What cuts some of the bitterness for me is a fig vinegar I use along with the olive oil. The brand I like is called Vincotto.
3. Giving up gum and diet coke (I am two weeks off both except for half a glass of diet coke that I rejected in my body once I gulped it!) has been the BEST thing I've done for my digestive track and teeth in a long time. I was chewing a pack of day and drinking a can (or 20 oz bottle, eeeeksss) daily. I think I'm down half a size of bloat but more important, I swear, I am feeling more feelings, gut instincts, intuitive flashes and a deeper breath. It's amazing.
4. Citrus fruits this time of year are exactly what my body needs. I eat a grapefruit or orange every day at around 4pm. I think it has uplifting qualities because it's so bright. My friend had this quote on her Google Chat, "A grapefruit is a lemon that saw an opportunity and seized it." Something like that. :)
5. Probiotic yogurt drinks like Coffee Russian Kefir (or plain if you want less sugar) are great. Not sure whether it's a placebo effect or not but there's something positive going on with my digestion.
6. My cooking has become a much more pleasurable activity since I purchased the CUISINART 4-in-1 over the holidays. The thing browns, steams, roasts or slow cooks. My coworker delighted in my description of it and thought I was saying I'm the "foreign one" in my kitchen, which is how I typically feel at the start of an attempt to cook. Alas, it's the 4 in 1 (does those 4 things) and makes my life easier, which ups my motivation in the kitchen.
7. Having friends over for meals is an obvious way to enjoy your food more and stick to a healthy plan. Just remember to invite the ones who are on a similar, healthy path as you.
8. I email my food diary every day to someone each day so nothing I consume is secret. Love this. Why? Because it smashes that denial so many of us have that if you eat something in a hasty or sneaky fashion, it doesn't really count. If a tree falls and nobody hears it, did it fall? I don't know. I don't even know if that's the right saying. But, if you eat something and nobody sees it, you're still increasing your caloric intake. Timberrrrrrrrr...
9. I find a little cheese goes a long way. In other words, I used to eat egg white omelets or just a plain burger patty. Now, I sprinkle some parm cheese, goat cheese or brie and it just zings the whole meal up to another level. Makes me happy.
10. I only buy groceries for 3 days. For whatever reason, a bag of produce in my fridge gets eaten in a few days but if I bring in 3-4, I am overwhelmed and after a day or two, I'm done. It's this quirk but I share it bc maybe you or someone you know has this same thing. I kept buying groceries for the week and by day 3/4, I was done. Shopping 2-3x a week is a little hard but I'm close to a few places, so it works. Think this may have to do with setting smaller more manageable goals and expectations.
That's it. Jeremy Lin, I am putting my faith in the Universe granting me an interview with you sometime soon! I dedicate this song to you:
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