Normal Things…Done in a Not So Normal Way

Floating around in zero gravity may sound like a blast, but it can actually present a lot of challenges to things we do everyday here on Earth with little to no thought. Here are a few ways that astronauts on the International Space Station complete normal tasks in orbit:

1) Washing Hair

You can’t just have a shower on the space station because the water would come out of the faucet and float all over the place. In this video, NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrates how she uses a bag of water, no rinse shampoo, a towel and her comb to wash her hair.

2) Drinking Coffee

Believe it or not, there are special cups used on the space station to drink coffee from the new ISSpresso machine. I mean, you wouldn’t want hot coffee floating around in the air…would you? Previously, astronauts drank coffee from plastic bags, but let’s face it, that sounds pretty unenjoyable. Now, there are zero Gravity coffee cups, and an Italian espresso machine aboard the International Space Station! These cups were created with the help of capillary flow experiments conducted in space.

3) Sleeping

There’s nothing like crawling into bed after a long day, but astronauts can’t exactly do that while they’re in microgravity. Instead of beds, crew members use sleeping bags attached to the walls of their small crew cabins. They are able to zipper themselves in so that they don’t float around while they’re asleep. This may sound uncomfortable, but some astronauts, like Scott Kelly, say that they sleep better in space than they do on Earth!

4) Exercising 

Exercising in general is an important part of a daily routine. In space, it even helps prevent the effects of bone and muscle loss associated with microgravity. Typically, astronauts exercise two hours per day, but the equipment they use is different than here on Earth. For example, if an astronaut wants to run on the treadmill, they have to wear a harness and bungee cords so that they don’t float away.

hero-forhire submitted: 

 Hey there! So, this is my journey so far:

I am 5ft 2, and started at around 177 pounds. Back at the end of April, I met a guy online who really wanted to meet up, but I just couldn’t get myself to do it….and that was when I realized just how unhappy I was with my weight.

So, rather than just binge eating on whatever I want everyday, I eat healthy 6 days a week (around 1,200 calories) and have 1 day where I don’t count calories. I try to go to the gym when I can, but honestly, I live in the city, so I already walk everywhere, and the job that I got in July requires a lot of physical work, so I don’t get too mad at myself if I miss the gym.

In the first photo, I was also a size 13, but it was getting tight. In the last photo I am a size 11 and around 148 pounds. It was taken about a week ago, and I still have a bit of a way to go, but looking back on how far I have come, I don’t think I will be giving up any time soon. (That’s my fitness blog!!)

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Losing weight in a HEALTHY manner

findyourinspo submitted: 

 Height: 5 feet 4inches

Weight: 70kg (before) 66kg (after)

Time frame: 1 month

I know this isn’t the most dramatic of weight changes, and I know that I am not finished. But I am so, so proud of this photo, because this is the first time I’ve lost weight in a HEALTHY manner, through clean eating, and regular exercise. Before this I used to not eat for long periods of time, and then binge, that approach made me unhappy, huge and destroyed my self-confidence. This photo shows that I am past that dark stage and have come into the light.

My aim is to look like I weigh 60kg, but my main goal is muscle gain, so I’m trying my best to move away from the scale, so it can’t dictate me any longer.

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Okay, get ready for a sappy post. 

 It has taken me 24 years to love my body. I’ve spent my entire life looking in the mirror and hating what I saw. I could pick apart a million different flaws. Lately, something changed. I look in mirrors, with the intention of reverting to my old, self-loathing mindset, ready to find a reason to dislike my reflection. The thing is, though, is that, even when I want to, I can’t really do that anymore. I look in the mirror and I see physical and mental strength. I see a body that I’ve worked tirelessly for the last 3 years to build. I see muscles that are capable of moving weights I never even imagined I could lift. 

 Am I perfect? Hell no. Of course there are things I would change about myself, if I could. I know that, however, everything I’ve accomplished athletically and aesthetically are 100% the fruit of my own efforts. I will wake up early to train or squeeze in a lift between a busy day of clients. I don’t spend as much time going out and getting drunk, because I have goals. I want to show myself what I’m capable of achieving. Even when I feel like shit, I tell myself to suck it up and I go lift anyway. I will do whatever it takes to be better.

There have been so many days when I’ve wanted to quit, or when I felt like I wasn’t progressing as quickly as I would’ve liked. I still have a lot to learn, and this is by no means the end of my journey; I’m only just getting started. I want to test the perimeters of my physical being. I fucking live for that. I just want to push my body to its farthest limits. Finding self-love has been a long, uphill battle, but I finally feel like I’m getting there.