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I had some vacation days to burn through so I took today and yesterday off because I thought I might need a little break after Columbus. SO GLAD I did that since I wasn’t super motivated on Saturday and Sunday.

All of this means I don’t have a ton of exciting things to write about unless you want to hear a detailed account of how I dusted every surface of my house yesterday or the ins and outs of my Eureka Steam Mop.

I’ve been cooking, but mostly simple food (though I also made 2 recipes from this book and they were AMAZING!) I’ve been catching up on my DVR, but mostly bad reality television. I’ve been doing some yoga and I’ve been reading books (HOLY HELL this book is GREAT!) I’ve also been taking some bubble baths and today I’m planning an epic nap.

It feels good to be focused only on things that are restful to my mind and body. Now if only I could figure out how to live this way full time! :)

The Week In Workouts

The Week In Workouts

I’ve been switching up my fitness, so I thought I’d pop in on Sundays and share what my workouts have looked like each week. I’m on a mission to find a balance of things I love, that make me healthier, and that overall just feel right.

Here’s what happened last week:

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Sunday

Started off on Sunday with a super sweaty 90 minutes of Bikram. I knew this may be my only super intense workout for some time with my travel schedule so I really put in 110%. Oddly enough my calves were so sore for the next few days. Weird. I don’t think of any of those 26 poses particularly crazy on the calves, but that was the story.

Monday

Monday was a long one — I was up at 3:45 to catch an early flight to Columbus, Ohio. I got into town about 5:30 EST so it sort of felt like I had been going for a full day by then but I busted out my Tabata Timer and did some Tabata Squats and Tabata Push Ups. Not particularly crazy and very short, but at least I felt like I was doing *something.* I figured I’d get in a workout the next day.

Tuesday

I didn’t end up going to bed until after midnight (darn time change!) on Monday and woke up about 6 on Tuesday morning and really wasn’t feeling heading down to the hotel gym. After working a full day I still wasn’t feeling like hotel-gym-ing it so instead I opted to go on a long walk and play tourist. It was much more fun! I headed out for about 2 hours by myself and got to know some new places. Super relaxing until I got caught in a total downpour without an umbrella. :)
Not super good at predicting Ohio weather apparently.

Wednesday

Wednesday was more of the same. I was out late that night meeting up with blog reader Meg (HEY GIRL!) and playing a riveting game of music trivia at a local bar, so I was um…not in bed early. I don’t know why, but I found the time change particularly difficult this trip. For some reason when I fly somewhere that is 2 hours ahead it is pretty easy to adjust, but 3 hours ahead just wrecks my ability to be asleep before midnight. No workout on Wednesday.

Thursday

Thursday morning I woke up at 6am and my first thought was “Holy hell I’m going to be up for the next 21 hours.” It wasn’t super Fitness Motivating…you know what I mean? I decided I was going to do 100 Burpees for time. I got to about 40 and was like SCREW IT. :)

Friday

I got home about midnight on Friday morning and then was up for the day when Garrett’s alarm went off at 5:30. My plan was to go to yoga at 9am but at 8:30 it seemed very difficult to think about changing my clothes. “I’ll just go at noon,” I thought. Though at 11:30 I felt the very same way. I ate some mashed potatoes and watched a marathon of Real Housewives episodes while occasionally putting away some clothes or throwing things from the washer to the dryer. The 4pm yoga class came and went, as did 6pm CrossFit. I just WAS. NOT. INTO. IT.

Saturday

My friend Kari asked me if I wanted to go to spin at 8:30 and I declined, thinking that this would seem very early on Saturday morning. This was a good call, as I didn’t even get out of bed until 10. You guys! It’s like I caught “The Lazy” when I went to Ohio. Apparently I needed a little more time to get back into the swing of things.

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I’m glad I front loaded my July workouts because last week was kind of a wash. I’m looking forward to next week since it will be back to business as usual. I’m trying to listen to my body and this week it has been telling me to chill the heck out, it is tired! Can’t wait to see what it says next week.

How were your workouts this week? Any PRs? Big accomplishments? Do tell….

Fun Things To Read On A Friday

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Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey folks! I’m home from a week on the road that was simultaneously exhausting and energizing! I worked my tail off, met LOTS of fun peeps, explored a new city, ate and drank like a tourist, and definitely did NOT get enough sleep. But isn’t that always how travel goes?

I’m back home this morning after a flight that landed at midnight last night (OOF! 3 AM Columbus time, and let me tell you IT FELT LIKE IT!) so today will be mostly filled with dog snuggling, laundry, napping, yoga and tossing around some barbells with my babe tonight. I am so SO happy to be home!!!

While I was gone I found out that I was assigned to a 3 month work project that will require much more of this kind of travel in the future. I am excited about it, but I also feel like that means it’s even more important to enjoy this kind of downtime at home while I have it! I’m off to have a relaxing weekend and wishing the same for you.

In the meantime, let’s get to the Fun Friday Reads:

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*Allie knocked it out of the park this week (as usual) with How To Be Stylish On A Budget. I will always ALWAYS love reading posts like this!

*Are you ready for some serious inspiration? 5 Great TED Talks for Athletes. WOW!

*Speaking of awesome athletes — if you are a lady (and I think you are!) please read Unapologetically Strong. I really REALLY love this and I think it is a bit of a culture shift for us gals.

*I really liked this two-part post that Chris Kresser did about how the Acid-Alkaline myth is flawed. So smart and well-researched! Acid/Alkalinity is such a buzzword right now so I really appreciated how it helped me understand the concept better and decide what is real and what is pseudo-science.

*It wasn’t that long ago that grocery stores didn’t have shelves lined with all different non-dairy milks. Now they are everywhere. But are they all “good for you?” I liked Lauren’s take – Non Dairy Milks: Think Twice Before Buying

*And while we are getting all alarmist (ha! :)) did you read The Truth About Bagged Lettuce? (I got this via Nom Nom Paleo last week. Have you pre-ordered her cookbook? GET ON THAT! I can’t wait for it!)

*Need a forehead smack of awesome? Check out 5 Food Prep Tips So Simple I Didn’t Even Know.

*This post on A Practical Wedding about friendship breakups and the aftermath really hit home for me. Why *do* we never talk about this kind of stuff? Are you a community or BFF kind of person? Such interesting comments there!

*I’ve mentioned before my own ideas for moving toward more natural skin and body care, but this week Mark Sisson mentioned specifically the 5 Chemicals In Cosmetics You Should Avoid. I thought it was super helpful and easy to understand.

*Well this is a productivity win: 12 Apps To Help You Get Shit Done

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Well that’s all I’ve got for now! I’m off to pup-snuggle (and let’s be real, make another pot of coffee) so have a great weekend friends!

On Fearing Change

Maya Angelou

Change is scary!

Oh, if you were looking for a newsflash, I apologize. :) That statement isn’t news to anyone, but what I do think is somewhat newsworthy is the brain’s tendency to get comfortable with the familiar. It happens so quietly that sometimes we don’t even realize that we are making that judgment. In the quest for better health, better relationships and better living I think it is important to make the distinction between what is familiar and what is actually productive.

I heard someone say the other day that people rarely change when things are going right, but instead when things are going wrong. If we know this to be true then unhappiness is not a crisis, but rather an opportunity. I like that little mind trick. Unhappiness can be a speed bump or a springboard. The key is to choose which one you want it to be.

Recently // Currently // In The Queue

We haven’t had much book talk around here lately — let’s remedy that! Here’s what I have recently read, what I’m currently reading, and what’s in the queue.

Recently

I’ve been on a bit of a non-fiction kick lately, clearly:

1. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon — Billed as 1 part Science, 1 part Traditional Wisdom, 2 parts Cookbook, I really loved this insight into the Weston A Price school of thought.

2. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg — Billed as modern day career advice mixed with memoir, I thought this book was insightful and interesting and helped me ask myself questions that illuminated what I want in my own career.

3. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity — A detailed guide to taking care of business in a foolproof way. I loved just about every page of this.

Currently

While I’m traveling I intend to full immerse myself in some distracting fiction and a promising memoir:

4. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker — A coming of age tale with beautiful writing? Right up my alley!

5. World War Z by Max Brooks — While I am generally not into zombie stories, I hear this one goes so much deeper and that the movie obliterated the book. Best read it first.

6. My Life in France by Julia Child — Our book club pick this month and I could not be more excited to dig in!

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And here’s what is waiting for me at the library:

7. The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability by Lierre Keith — I hear some really interesting facts about this book recently that made me really think. Curious to finally read this book after hearing so much about it over the years.

8. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson — What is not to love about Kate Atkinson? I’ve heard so much about her unique new novel. Curious to see if I’ll love it or hate it.

9. The Round House by Louise Erdrich — Intriguing plot? Amazing Writer? Yes please.

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What does your Currently//Recently//In The Queue look like?

A Week of Travel WOD Ideas

Travel Wod Ideas // Holly Would If She Could

On the road but still want to get in 4-5 workouts? I know the feeling. While I’m out of town this week I thought I’d leave you with some links to seriously awesome travel workout inspiration.

In case I can’t find time to get to a CrossFit box on the road I want to be armed with some ideas for how to squeeze my fitness in. While I definitely enjoy a relaxing vacation with no workouts at all, when I am traveling for work (as I am this week) I like to kind of keep my routine in place. If you are similar, I hope this helps!

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1. Rise and Shine (via Carrots + Cake)

Air Squats and Burpees and Hand Release Pushups, OH MY!

2. 100 Travel CrossFit Wods (via CrossFit Steele Creek)

Whatever exercises you do or don’t feel like doing (WHAT? You’re traveling, you are at liberty to cherry pick, I think!) there is probably a workout that includes them on this list.

3. Road Wods (via New Species CrossFit)

New Species CrossFit has a list of WODs that even utilize things like your suitcase! Love that. (Uh, except my suitcase weighs like FIFTY POUNDS! hahaha)

4. Home WOD (via WOD Daily)

I can see doing this in the hotel gym with the treadmill.

5. Have you seen this CrossFit Travel App?

DOWNLOADING IMMEDIATELY!

 

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How do you keep up when you are on the road? Do you have a favorite travel wod? Hotel gym circuit?

Weekend Wear With Almay

This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and Almay.

I had the opportunity to share this Almay-sponsored video series from BlogHer called ‘Different Occasions. Different Looks. Always Pretty.’ It features Kate Bryan from The Small Things blog, and I have mentioned many times before how much I love her tutorials! She is a savoir to ladies with fine hair, FOR REAL.

In this video, she shows a Weekend Wear Look with some awesome looking product from Almay. I am fascinated by BB/CC/DD Creams and I have been letting my fingers do the walking through the drugstore aisles lately because it is summer and sometimes I JUST DON’T WANNA wear a full face of foundation. Kate’s look is giving me some food for thought (and fuel for an impulsive trip to Target, I can not lie!) Check it out.

The Week In Workouts

The Week In Workouts

I’ve been switching up my fitness, so I thought I’d pop in on Sundays and share what my workouts have looked like each week. I’m on a mission to find a balance of things I love, that make me healthier, and that overall just feel right.

Here’s what happened last week:

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Sunday

I did a 75 minute Bikram class on Sunday and I was sort of surprised that all weekend I really looked forward to going to that particular yoga class. I’ve been doing a class at 4:30 on Sunday afternoons and it has been a nice transition from Weekend Mode to Back to Work Mode. By the time I’m done, home, showered, and eating dinner I’ve kind of been winding down for a few hours and thinking about what I want the next week to look like. I’m generally not dying to start any projects or tasks so I just come home and relax. It’s been calming and it has been helping me start my week a little more intentionally. That probably sounds silly, but it’s true and I’m liking it. I anticipate continuing it.

Monday

Do you know what today’s workout had in store? My FAVORITE — Bear Complex! Plus some other crazy stuff.

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Garrett sent me this picture right before we worked out and it made me laugh. I hadn’t done Bear Complex since February, and instead of using the same weight for all 5 rounds, we increased weight each round which was tough! Bear Complex is a 5 lift complex that starts with a Power Clean, a Front Squat, a Push Press, a Back Squat and another Push Press. That is one rep. You Do 7 Reps each round. You complete 5 rounds. So yep, if you do the math it’s 35 reps per round, 5 times through. SHEEEEEESH.

If that made no sense, here is a video of the adorable Jen Sinkler demonstrating it. PS — are you reading her site? Because it is awesome! Serious girl crush. Increasing weight each time was RIDICULOUS. I started at 65lbs, then did 75lbs, 80 lbs (where shit starting getting HEAVY), 85 lbs, and then 90 lbs. 90 lbs was ugly. Real, real ugly. You are also not supposed to put the bar down and rest throughout each round of 35 reps, so at the end my grip strength was BLOWN. Also, on my last rep at 90 lbs I may have missed the shoulder press and bonked my head with the barbell. LAME :)

After the Bear Complex we did a 400m Zercher Sandbag carry. You essentially make a little forklift out of your arms and place the sandbag right there in the crook of your elbows. I don’t remember how much the sandbag weighed, but it felt heavy walking a quarter of a mile with it. It was a good core stabilizing exercise and was a total upper body workout! Harder than I anticipated, for sure. After that, we did a 200m walk holding a 65lb barbell overhead with a wide snatch grip. YIKES. My shoulders no-likey. But in the end it was a really great day of work!

Tuesday

On Tuesday I set my alarm early to hit up a 5:30am yoga class. When my alarm went off I was SUPER CRAZY tired and so dehydrated that it felt like I had spent my Monday night out drinking on the town. (Uh, spoiler alert: I didn’t.) So I went back to bed! I KNOW. Crazy. Except not really, because I’m trying to be a little nicer to myself and sometimes that means sleeping in until 6:30 and letting dry shampoo save your work day. REST DAY, for the win!

The combo of hot weather, CrossFit and hot yoga has made me pay a lot of attention to my levels of hydration lately. A couple of weeks ago I picked up this coconut water/electrolyte mix and I’m kind of obsessed with it.

OMG my new obsession!

Read more about it here if you are intersted.

Wednesday

Wednesday was just about THE WORST day at work — I needed a “Mental Health Day” when I got home and the CrossFit WOD on tap involved eight 400m sprints. I just wasn’t feeling it. I was kind of bummed because deadlifts were also on the menu, but I just could not muster up any desire to run after such a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I ended up going to a Bikram class and it was great. Just what the doctor ordered. Also: sweaty. But that’s a given, I guess.

Thursday

Woke up bright and early and met my friend Heather (hi Heather!) at the box. We’ve been trying to squeeze in at least one 6am workout per week together and it is so fun to have an accountability buddy. Of course, when I read that the workout was going to involve Bar Facing Burpees (Top 3 on the list of exercises I hate) I may have given her the side eye. :)

The first 15 minutes was set aside for working on Bar Muscle Ups which HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, NO. No I can not do those even a little bit. So I worked on my kip, which I so rarely work on. Funny, because it totally hasn’t gotten any better with all of that NOT working on it. Weird. :) (It was a lot of work like this. Bonus video of my boyfriend Jason Khalipa. :)) I guess I should do that more often.

Anyway, after that the workout was as follows:

6 Minute AMRAP of:
5 Full Squat Snatches at 85lbs
30 Double Unders

Rest 2 Minutes

6 Minute AMRAP of:
5 Shoulder to Overhead (I did a push press) at 85lbs
10 Bar Facing Burpees (I look silly and uncoordinated doing these)

I managed to eek out 3 rounds + 1 rep on the first AMRAP and 3 rounds + 5 reps on the second. I actually really enjoyed this workout because it was hard and short. Those snatches felt heavier than I thought they would, but the bar facing burpees felt easier than I thought they would. So…win? I don’t know. It was nice and I had tons of energy all day at work!

Friday

Friday I had the day off from work and I was so excited to just do what I wanted! Turns out, what I wanted was to start the day with a 90 minute Bikram class. Ah, to just be able to get up leisurely and go to yoga at 9am. WHY AM I NOT A LADY OF LEISURE? It was a great class because I feel like I’m seeing so much progress every time. Gotta love that when you are doing something new, right?

It was a great workout session and then I went home and showered and Buster and I met up with Garrett on his lunch break and we took a 40 minute walk around the Capitol. It was gorgeous and felt like such a leisurely treat in the middle of the day.
The excitement, it cannot be contained.

I relaxed for a bit after that and watched Orange is the New Black on Netflix. Have you watched it? So good! (Though not surprising considering how much I LOVED the book.) Good thing I got in some relaxing because Garrett + I ended up going to a 6pm CrossFit class together when he got off work.

The wod was as follows and I have to admit, I kind of phoned it in after all that activity already:

LIFT
Front Squat: 5-5-3-3-1-1 (95lbs, 115, 135, 145, 155, 165)

METCON
15-12-9:

Hang Power Cleans (I scaled to 75lbs bc I was tiiiiiired)
Ring Dips (I scaled to doing dips on a box because no chance in hell I can do ring dips)

Saturday

Saturday morning I was up bright and early and headed out to a Spin Class with my friend Kari. The class was called “Music Video Saturdays” and I was curious as to what the hell all of that meant. It ended up being an hour of super fun interval mixes set to specific music videos. I little Pitbull, Britney and Rhianna can really make an hour of intense bike riding go by fast. I’m still learning how intense to go when I spin and there are so many things to monitor with respect to watts, rpms, blah blah blah — so it is fun, but definitely not something I feel I’m a pro at. Great way to start the morning though.

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I feel pretty good about this week’s workouts as well as the month so far. In 20 days I have managed to fit in a workout on 16 of those days — and I’m definitely getting in full, non-active rest days as well while trying to balancing the intensity with CrossFit and Yoga.

I purposely front loaded some activity this month because as I mentioned I am off to Columbus next week and I am still unsure what the workout situation is going to be there. It’s pretty long work days and hotels and well, many reasons to NOT workout you know? We’ll see how it shakes out.

Any PRs for you this week? Awesome workouts? Do tell….

Fun Things To Read On A Friday

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I saw this on Civilized Caveman’s Instagram feed this week and it cracked me up! This is exactly the difference between Garrett and I in the morning. I am a REALLY ANNOYING morning person and once I’m up – well, I’m pretty much ready to face the day. Garrett takes a little warming up. I have the day off today so I’m up and puttering around the house with the Pandora Remix station blasting and Buster and I have already had a little dance party. Garrett is still rolling his eyes at us whispering “My Preeeeeeecious” as he holds his cup of coffee.

Anyway, enough about that! Shall we talk links? Yes, let’s do that:

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*Check out 25 Mind Blowing Food Prep Techniques to Save You Time & Frustration (The fishing out eggshell tip actually *did* blow my mind.)

*I loved the concept of Productivity Shaming. Well, I didn’t love it but it certainly was eye opening. Holy hell can I relate to this: Hey Overacheiver – 5 Reasons Why Your Productivity Doesn’t Equal Your Self Worth. (I especially liked #3.)

*Tangentially related: Perfectionism and indecision masks the fear we’re not enough on our own. We have lived here for over 4 years and the walls are still white in my house. It definitely goes deeper than paint.

*Wellness Mama threw down some real perspective this week about why she strives for health. So true. I strive for health so that when I am 86 I can do this.

*Wanna scratch that summer reading itch with something delicious? Check out these food essay recommendations.

*I must really love Love Triangles because most of my favorite movies are on this list: 25 Essential Love Triangle Movies

*Fellow nerds — HOW AWESOME IS THIS? (Cliffs Notes: SUPER AWESOME. I want to take all of them!)

*Can we talks books for a second?
I’m super curious about this book and am going to try the lettuce tip she shares here.

Also, I finally got to check out this cookbook and HOLY MOLY it is like 900 times more amazing than I thought it would be. I’m literally chomping at the bit to cook from it. Review forthcoming when I’ve made some of the recipes as they all look awesome.

Buster loves @healthbentsays book already! #paleo dog
Plus – Buster Approved! I love this picture because it shows how small Buster really is. Most folks who have seen his picture are suprised at how small he is in real life. Here he is with a cookbook for scale. HAHA

*I’m going to be in Columbus, Ohio for the next week for work so I am going through this slideshow with a find toothed comb. I WILL ONLY PACK ONE SUITCASE. I WILL ONLY PACK ONE SUITCASE.

*Speaking of travel, that means lots of time for book and magazine reading. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Did you see this great list of Totally Amazing Magazines We Should All Be Reading? Four of my favorites are included! Also in my top faves? Fast Company, Sunset and Vanity Fair.

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If you have any reading material recommendations feel free to let ’em rip! I’m all ears for good stuff to read while I’m out of town. Hope you all have a great weekend! We’ll just be lounging, running errands and the like. What are your plans?

Practicing Tolerance

There is a pose we do in my yoga class called Supta Vajrasana that, for me, is basically next to impossible. If you look at that picture the woman’s ASS IS ON THE FLOOR. That was maybe something I could do when I was a child, but as an adult? Well, it’ll take some work.

Supta Vajrasana
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But that’s why I’m liking this infusion of fresh skills in my workout routine. Challenge is kind of exciting! And what I’m loving with yoga, as I do with CrossFit, is that it is a constant reminder that we all have different bodies and different capabilities.

Last night as we got into this particular pose the instructor nonchalantly mentioned that this was a healing pose. For those of us who can’t do it, or need to modify, you generally just stay sitting up on our knees and breathe while staring at yourself in the mirror. YEEEEESH! That’s a whole lot of looking at myself and at first it was a bit uncomfortable. But as I continued to stare at myself, she went on to say that while you may feel like you are doing nothing by just sitting and staring, you are practicing tolerance of your physical body and its limitations.

Practicing tolerance of your physical body and its limitations. It was like a lightbulb. And all of a sudden I understood why this was indeed a healing pose.

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