This post is getting up way later than I was hoping today…we’ve had a hectic morning over here! Mason inexplicably broke out in hives all over his chest and tummy, so I had to pick him up from preschool, and I’m still not sure what’s going on. He hasn’t been exposed to anything different, that I know of, but it could be a virus. With everything we keep hearing about this enterovirus that’s going around, I’m getting a little freaked out! (It doesn’t help that kids with asthma—Mason—are supposedly at a higher risk, and our doctor warned us to be extra watchful…)
He seems to be doing a little better now, with some Benadryl in his system, but we’ll see what happens in the next day or two. (Fingers crossed for NOTHING!)
A few pics from the weekend…
Sunday morning Bloody’s downtown with Brent (my mom was kind enough to baby-sit!):
SO good. I forgot how much I love those things. Also, my tolerance is alarmingly low—halfway through that thing, I was cry-laughing about the fact that red and white makes pink. (It’s not even worth telling the story, but it’s about as stupid as it sounds.)
Mason’s first little friend birthday party (at our neighbors’):
A night at the theater (my mom and I saw the musical Once—amazing!):
And the obligatory baby pic:
He’s super smiley now—we love it!
On to this week’s inspiration…
I’ve been thinking that I need to get more into spaghetti squash, especially given the season. I’ve been trying to cut back on carbs lately, and spaghetti squash can be a great alternative for pasta. Plus, just look how cute it can be!
(Obviously that’s a driving factor for food choices.)
Greatist also put together a list of insane-looking spaghetti squash recipes. I think I’m going to start with this one:
Speaking of seasonal veggies, I just realized that the days of our big summer farmer’s markets are numbered, and I’ve only been down there ONCE this year. That needs to change.
And when I go, I’m definitely grabbing some zucchini, because look at THIS:
–Have you ever tried stair climbing in your own house or office building for exercise? You don’t have to be going fast at all to work up a sweat, and you get built-in recovery time from the trips down. It’s my current cardio of choice (kinda by necessity, while hauling laundry baskets, but ya know…)
5 minutes of stairs makes for a great afternoon pick-me-up.
–You have to check out this superset workout (<—click for the full tutorial with pics!)
I love how Jen supersets exercises that work opposing muscles (chest/back, bis/tris)—she clearly knows what she’s doing!
I’ve been tired lately.
I mean, for obvious reasons (see above re: baby picture), but it still affects my mood, my health, and (grumble grumble) my weight loss efforts.
When I’m tired, I’m cranky, and it feels like the world is out to get me. It’s always on those extra-sleep-deprived days that everything coincidentally goes wrong. I catch myself getting irrationally or unfairly annoyed about things, and I spend the whole day tallying up complaints. “Of course THAT would happen, too—today of ALL days…”
But the other day, I had a thought:
Is it really that everything is going wrong, or is it that my attitude is preventing those things from rolling off my back like they normally would?
Is my day actually any different/worse, or does it just feel like it because of my mood?
Once I stop playing victim to my day and realize that some (or all) of the problem is actually internal, I see that I have some control over how my day ends up going. And I can choose to break out of the funk.
Can you relate?
This week’s challenge is all about balance.
A lot of people overlook balance working in their training, but it’s super helpful both for optimal performance and in everyday life. Adding a balance component to an exercise can also boost the calorie burn, since your body has to recruit more muscles to do the move.
These are all pretty standard yoga poses, but if you’re not familiar, you can find pictures and complete tutorials for how to do all of them here.
Well, that’s it for me. Have a great week!!