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August 29, 2011

I joined the Dark Side.

Weekends go soooooo fast! After my relaxing night at home with a pizza, a little wine, and a book on Friday, I was ready to get out on Saturday. So here is a recap of my semi-healthy and super-fun weekend…

I enjoyed trashy magazines while getting my hair done (guilty pleasure) and stopped by the beer shop on the way home. Woohoo for fall ales, Oktoberfests, and pumpkin beers!

I then stopped at the pretty grocery store for lunch stuff. Delish! Even Kevin liked it.

After a few hours of boating, (no pics to share), I made the most awesome lasagna for dinner. It was waaaaay better than restaurant lasagna, and it was vegetarian and cheap. Winning!

We then went out around 10 p.m. and had a unique experience. For a buddy’s b-day, the group of us rented a cabana at a rooftop club. Then, believe it or not, we saw Bret Michaels. I didn’t believe it at first until his bodyguard escorted him away from the crowd. So crazy!!!

Can you see his headband??? Did you notice that I joined the Dark Side by going brunette???

Yup – that about summed up my Saturday. It rocked. Sunday on the other hand = chores and grocery shopping, but at least I got leftover lasagna and frozen yogurt!

Even if I had to eat it all by myself since Mr. No Sweets didn’t want any.

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

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August 19, 2011

I Love Friday (And Other Things…)

Hellooooo! I’m so happy that it’s Friday, I want to share some of my happy with you all. Although a video of my happy dance might make you chuckle, it wouldn’t be as enlightening as another Things-I’m-Loving post.

Here’s what I’m loving as of lately…

1. This hair color. I’m getting my hair done next weekend, so what do you think of this?tresemme model

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2. My new shoes! I know I already talked about them in my How to Buy Shoes post yesterday, but they make me that happy!

3. Grapes. I know, it’s a lame one, but I love ‘em. I got these organic ones free with a $5 purchase this weekend. Free grapes taste better than regular ones.

4. Target clothes. Seriously, I got the skirt, top, and shoes for under $60. Then again, I have a health/fitness blog, not a fashion blog. I know my limits.

5. My birthday weekend. Yup, I’m celebrating a couple days early. Who celebrates on a Tuesday?

What has been making you happy lately?

July 15, 2011

Resistance Bands & Other Randomness

Today’s post is all over the place.  Luckily, at least I won’t be all over the place this weekend.  I was gone at least three weekends in a row and hosted company last weekend.  I was about to go out of town again this weekend, but I’ve managed to talk Kev into just staying home.  Woohoo!  I have too much work to do around the house for a pajama day, but hopefully I’ll indulge in at least a little good ole’ fashion laziness.

First, I want to talk about resistance bands.  I mentioned them in my most recent workout post, and I want to share why I like to incorporate them from time to time.  They’re not better than free weights, but they have noteworthy benefits.  One of these benefits is great for travel season – they fit in your carry-on!

This BodyBuilding.com article brings up another resistance-band bonus:

With your resistance band training, every part of both the concentric and eccentric part of the exercise has resistance, resulting in better range of motion strength and more complete stimulation.

The article also says that many people who strength train give the eccentric part of the exercise significantly less attention than they should.  It also offers some exercises that incorporate the bands (some good, some not so good, but that’s just my opinion).

FitSugar.com mentions another added benefit:

You’ll find that when using resistance bands, it’s easier to target smaller muscles and also mimic real-life sports scenarios. Because the bands offer tension in all directions, you can use them to mirror the movements you make in your sport and strengthen those muscle groups.

FitSugar doesn’t go into any further detail about this type of training, but I’ll fill you in briefly.  Exercises that strengthen your muscles in ways that make you stronger and better prepared for real-life activities are called functional exercises/movements.  Who really bench presses their bags of groceries?  Resistance bands help you practice functional movements, and they often help strengthen your stabilizer muscles at the same time.

On a side note, here’s a video to a few of my favorite functional movements. I really like the last exercise.

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Next topic: Packing your lunch gets annoying.  Seriously.  After a long day of work, an hour+ commute, unpacking and re-packing the gym bag, cooking dinner, and assisting with some of the dishes, the last thing I want to do is prep more meals.  However, here’s my secret.

lunch

Too Bad It Can't Go In My Lunchbox

Okay – I actually only have a beer when packing my lunch on rare occasions.  Nevertheless, it helps!  I hear wine helps too – gotta try that next time.

Also, I made my first batch of overnight oats in a jar last night.  Milk, oats, cinnamon in an empty peanut butter jar, and I have sliced strawberries ready for topping in the morning.  I can’t wait to try this after my workout when I get to the office!

overnight oatsI didn’t like my first and only other experience with overnight oats, but I’m willing to give it one more shot.

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Finally, I want to discuss something that’s surprisingly cool.  If you shamelessly leave the gym like this:

curlers

Will one thumbs-up be enough?

You arrive at work like this:

hair

Nope - I give this two thumbs-up for sure!

Happy Friday!

What are your plans for the weekend?  Will you be out having fun or getting in extra pajama time?

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