Wow, what a perfect fall weekend. Just what we needed.
There was some Saturday morning tailgating (involving Bloody Mary’s—SO. Good.)
In the afternoon, I got to do some shopping. I finally spent some time in the new Nordstrom Rack, and I was actually kind of disappointed! I felt like an old lady, turning up my nose at all the crazy new trends. (Which I’ll probably be wearing next year…) But I did find a really soft, long black zip-up and a purple Zella hoodie that I’m thrilled about.
Sunday was church, football, hanging with my dudes…
and team teaching my first BodyFlow class! I thought my tracks were a total disaster, but the instructor I was teaching with insisted it went great.
You know how that goes—you do something perfectly in practice, and then when it really counts…not so much. The mic wasn’t fitting right (which caused me to start my first song late, and distracted me the entire time), the lady in the front row was facing the wrong way (which made me panic, thinking I’d forgotten to turn everyone or something), and my mat was sliding all over the place (so embarrassing!). At one point, I think I said something to the effect of “place your foot—hand—elbow…what is this body part?!”
Anyway. I got through it, and I’ll never have to teach a song in front of a live audience for the first time ever again! The instructor was extremely encouraging, and invited me back again later this week. Hope it goes better this time! (I’m sure I’m just being a perfectionist…)
Now, on to this week’s inspo board!
Important question: do you call it a crock pot or a slow cooker?
I think I use both, for some reason—maybe a little more crock pot. (Also, crock pot is one of those words that starts sounding ridiculous the more you repeat it. Crock pot crock pot crock pot crock pot…)
Anyway, whatever it is, the weather is calling its name right now.
The first two recipes are ones we’ve made and loved multiple times around here, and the third is something I want to try.
(I add ground beef to ours)
(Extremely husband approved)
Two words: cream. cheese. (Remember, fat is our friend! haha)
Aaand, in honor of this week…
–I thought this was a clever workout (and I just realized I never say the word clever). All you need is a chair!
–If you’re looking for a multi-day strength program, take a look at the one I posted last week. It incorporates the benefits of compound (multi-muscle-group) movements (higher intensity, less time-consuming) but also includes some isolated (single muscle) movements, so you can use heavier weights the whole time without dying.
You know those articles that are called, like, “10 things everyone does wrong in the gym” or “5 things most women don’t understand about fat loss”?
I can’t resist those stupid things. I read them constantly, to the point where I never learn anything new anymore—and yet, it’s weirdly comforting to not learn anything new. Like “ok, phew, at least I’m not doing those things wrong.”
It’s like I have this paranoia that there are SECRETS out there about fitness and weight loss that I haven’t heard about yet, that could change the whole game for me.
But the more I read, the more I realize that there really aren’t secrets. Not monumental ones, anyway. The most thoughtful, well-researched people in the industry always seem to end up back at the same, boring basics: eat real food. Easy on the sugar. Work out, but not too hard. Sleep. Manage your stress.
Stuff that no one even thought about years ago (because they’re such common sense), and now, they’re our biggest problems, and we do everything we can to justify our way out of them. I can eat all the sugar I want as long as it’s natural sugar! 9 hours of sleep a night is for lazy people—I was up at 4 AM to work out! Stress means success!
Meanwhile, we’re more than happy to get caught up in all the minor details—how many grams of protein do I need per day? what’s a serving size of nuts look like? should I limit my fruit intake?—which are meant to help but sometimes just distract us from what really matters.
You know, the boring stuff.
Sometimes I wonder if we’d all be a little healthier if we weren’t trying so hard to be healthy?
Everyone’s fav exercise and five of its cousins…
Single-leg push-ups: One leg lifts off the floor behind you as you go down. Alternate legs with each push-up.
Diamond push-ups: Thumbs and index fingers are pressed together on the floor, creating a diamond shape. (To bring more of the work into the triceps.)
Isometric push-ups: Hover at the bottom of the move for a few seconds (maybe count 1-2-3) before coming back up.
Push-ups with shoulder taps: Pause at the top of the move to tap the opposite shoulder.
Slow negative push-ups: Lower as slooowly as possible and then shoot up to the top.
Have a great week!