Hey guys! It’s inspo board time!
But first, a few pics from the weekend…
–For the first time ever, we actually RAN OUT of candy on Halloween and had to close up shop early. Oops.
(The Annie’s were actually the first to go!)
It’s too bad, because I had planned on us going to a candy trade-in party at a local clinic on Saturday. We had nothing to give!
–As you all know, the day after Halloween = CHRISTMAS! I’m one of the people who loves that trend, so I was thrilled to see that Starbucks already started serving drinks in their festive red cups.
–Also on Saturday: I hit my creativity quota for the day with this DIY diaper box turned “train station/dual helipad with a road on the roof and random inexplicable ramps.”
Complete with wall graffiti, courtesy of Google images.
–I love love LOVE the rare occasions when Mason does this:
–Oh look! A tired-eyed baby, resisting his nap as usual.
We’re struuuuggling with the whole daytime sleep thing right now. But I’ll spare you the details. Let’s get on to the inspiration!
Julia Childs goes paleo!
The creaminess comes from mashed squash and coconut cream—I’m intrigued!
This one-pot wonder has been floating around the web for over a year…maybe it’s time for me to finally try it!
What an awesome combo!
Our gym is hopefully getting barre classes at some point, and I’m so pumped to take and/or teach them!
–Check whether you’re using heavy enough weights.
One idea: find the heaviest dumbbells you can do 3 reps of and cut that weight in half. So if I can do 3 reps with 30 pound weights, I should be using 15’s on a standard 12 reps/3 sets cycle.
A few weekends ago, our family was on a 3-hour road trip. I looked back at Mason and thought: isn’t it crazy that every time he gets into a car, he has no idea how long he’ll be there? A five minute trip to the grocery store and a 4-hour trip to Grandma’s both start the exact same way (plus or minus a ton of stuff in the trunk).
For some reason, it always amazes me that he doesn’t seem to care. He looks out the window, he dances to the radio, he watches episodes of Mickey on the tablet.
I mean, yeah, he’s a toddler…but can you imagine not knowing something like that, ever? It would drive me insane.
I think we’re all generally a little too obsessed with destinations in life. We’re not comfortable not knowing where we’re going, and we want to know exactly how long it’ll take to get there. If it ends up taking longer, or we get rerouted, we’re completely flustered and upset. The world’s out to get us again.
And sometimes, if the road looks too long from where we’re standing, we’re not motivated to even start. It’s way easier to just stay home.
This is exactly why we have phrases like “see where the road takes us” and “enjoy the ride.”
Maybe we don’t always need to know where we’re going. Maybe we should stop trying to see the destination from here, and just look out the window.
Maybe we’ll end up somewhere even better than we thought?
Weights and reps aren’t the only variables you can mess around with in strength training. There’s also tempo—aka how fast you lift and lower, and whether you hang out for any length of time in between.
That’s what this week’s challenge is all about!
Whether you do this challenge or not, I highly recommend playing around with tempo sometime, just to see how it affects you.
How does it feel to rise up out of a squat super slowly vs. bursting up in one count? Which tempo do you like the best? What’s the most challenging?
Have a great week!