London Olympic Games Recap, Day 11!

ZweetSport loves the Olympic Games. It is day 11 of the London Olympic Games and already spectators have witnessed the many trials and triumphs of the competing athletes. Making headlines, swimmer Michael Phelps has completed his run in the London Olympics, leaving him with 22 medals in total throughout his Olympic career, 18 of which are gold. He has officially become the most decorated Olympian of all times. Phelps says he is retiring from his career as an Olympian after the London Games. The world record holder for the 100 meter butterfly, 200 meters butterfly, and 400 meters individual medley was quoted by CNN saying (after the Olympics) “I’m just going to go and do whatever I want to do”. We’re secretly hoping he’ll be back!

An inspiring athlete for ZweetSport was Gabby Douglas, a 16-year-old competitor from our very own Bethesda, MD, stands as the very first African-American to participate in the uneven bar event. Though she was initially expected to receive a medal, she finished in 8th place…out of 8 competitors. But that did not stop her from smiling and maintaining her notoriously positive disposition. She was even quoted by Sporting News stating “I tried to finish as strongly as I could, but some days you either have it or you don’t…I’m going to try to finish on a good note”. Regardless of the results of the uneven bar and for the upcoming beam competition, Douglas will still walk away with two gold medals earned during the women’s gymnastics all-around event as well as the gymnastics team event. Not to mention the multi-million dollar endorsement deals that will be offered to her post-Olympics.

As far as the overall medal count goes, China is in the lead with 32 gold, 19 silver, and 14 bronze, followed by the United States with 29 gold, 15 silver, and 19 bronze, with the UK following up holding 19 gold, 12 silver, and 12 bronze. With 5 more days left in the 2012 Olympic Games, there’s still time for athletes in Track & Field, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Handball, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Volleyball, Water Polo, and more to earn their spot in Olympic history.

Best Way to Start your Day- Amanda Russel’s 2 Secrets

How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day, and essentially how you live out your life, which is why I believe an effective morning routine can make an epic difference in your life.

People always ask me what I do for my morning routine, and so I decided I would share it, in truth I LOVE my mornings, and usually the rest of my days, and I believe it has a LOT to do with these 2 little secrets:

1. Everyday I Wake Up with My 4 Minute Energizing Ritual. This is the BEST way to start your day! All it requires is 4 minutes and it WILL change your day, your energy, how you feel, your body – there’s NO reason not to do this!

2. A Superfood High Protein, Flat Belly Breakfast
Here is my 1 minute recipe for my super starter breakfast (you can add your own favorties or tweak as you like)

-1 Cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt
-Stir in half chopped banana and ½ cup berries
-Add 1 tbsn Chia Seeds
-Sprinkle 1 Tbsn Ground Flax Seeds

VOILA!

Make this routine as natural as brushing your teeth.

They say it takes 3 solid weeks to really get into a routine, so my challenge to you is to really try to do this for 3 solid weeks and make it a regular part of your day!

You will feel AMAZING and your body will quickly see the benefits. It’s a nice little extra boost in your day. I even do this ritual before I go to the gym in the morning – its now simply a part of my morning ritual!

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Love,
Amanda