As places to eat lunch in the summer go, this spot isn’t half bad:
I stopped by these insanely pretty local gardens over lunch to scout out a location for my next prenatal fitness class. I’m planning a barre-style class, and none of the girls have tried barre, so I’m pumped to introduce them to it!
Originally, I was thinking about using this sweet Thai shelter (yes, this is a real thing we have in this city–crazy right??), but the railing ended up being a little lower than I thought. Too low for barre.
Plus, it’s a pretty popular spot in the gardens, for obvious reasons, and I was slightly worried about ruining everyone’s touristy photos–who wants a group of super preggo chicks doing plies in the background?
Luckily, I found an even BETTER spot–the railing on this bridge was the perfect height, plus the area was much more secluded and nature-y.
There’s even a wooden platform nearby that juts out over the water a little bit–perfect for warm up/cool down!
As long as the weather holds out, we’re all set to have an amazing class on Thursday! I can’t wait!
In other news, my last day of work is next Thursday. (Already??)
While I’m completely thrilled to kiss that annoying morning/evening commute goodbye, I’m not so excited to give up my daily podcast habit. For the past 10 months, I’ve spent at least an hour a day (and sometimes closer to two) listening to podcasts in the car.
Every week, I’d load up the latest episodes on my iPod, and I’d actually wake up excited for my commute the next morning, knowing I had fresh entertainment for the drive. I even subjected the husband to a few episodes on roadtrips.
It was getting to the point with a few of my favorite podcasts where I felt like I was real actual friends with the hosts. Ha!
Plus, I guess there’s the perk that I’ve learned a crapload of random things about health and fitness.
Anyway, in honor of my pending Podcast Breakup Party, I thought I’d share a few of the shows that have helped keep my road rage in check over the last 10 months.
Shows I never miss an episode of
If I had a new episode of every single podcast on my list, I’d listen to the BB one first. It’s so much fun to listen to Liz and Diane banter, and they also have a ton of great info about health and wellness from the Paleo perspective.
My second favorite podcast–and a really, really close second at that. I find Sarah and Stacy super inspiring (they’ve each lost over 100 pounds going Paleo)–plus, again, I’m all about the fun banter. I also love that these women are moms, which means they can cover topics I’m interested in now (like pregnancy and breastfeeding) from the perspective of someone who’s been there personally.
Sean Croxton–the guy who starts out every single podcast with “Yooooo what’s up”–just sounds like a cool guy to hang out with. He’s also extremely humble, despite his wild success online, and an excellent interviewer. He’s very gracious with his guests, always making them feel (I assume) like a million bucks, and always coming off as genuinely excited about the show topics. Sean’s also a huge advocate for JERF (just eat real food).
Ben was one of my first podcasts ever (sorry that sounds weird), and he’s still one of my go-tos. I haven’t been as loyal lately, since he inexplicable lost the hilarious cohost I liked (?), but I still think of him as one of the top health/fitness podcasters out there. Ben’s all about life, fitness and nutrition “hacks” that allow us to be the best physical specimens on the planet.
Shows I like, but don’t listen to regularly
I don’t actually listen to JM that much anymore, since her content has started to veer away from my interests in recent months. It’s funny, she’s actually pretty open now about the fact that she’s bored with health topics and not really that interested in fitness–she’s much more into helping people find happiness and success, and just sees health and fitness as tools in that process. Which is fine…but I still love the health and fitness topics!
Also, I’ll be honest: there’s a little too much boring banter with her wacky cohost for my taste.
So even though I’m kind of off the JM train now, Jill’s was the first podcast I ever got really into, so she deserves a shout-out.
Chris Kresser is a genius. He knows his stuff when it comes to debunking nutrition/wellness myths, and he has a very approachable way of explaining things. (He’s also the author of the Healthy Baby Code–aka the primal Bible for pregnant women–which I would totally devour if I could afford it.)
This podcast is chock full of good fitness info, but…it’s kind of dull. When I’m used to the zinging personality of shows like Balanced Bites and the Paleo View, it’s hard to transition to something that feels more formal and scripted. But Kira definitely knows her stuff and has some great ideas about fitness!
Here’s another one I appreciate, but don’t listen to much anymore. I think the biggest reason I don’t connect with this podcast right now is that I don’t do much running anymore.
BUT Sarah and Dimity are awesome, with loads of great podcasty personality, and I highly recommend this one to any mother runners.
Brand spankin new
Exciting new shows I just discovered!
I already love Katie’s blog, and now she’s taking the dive into the podcasting world! I haven’t had a chance to check out her first episodes yet, but I have a feeling I’m going to be a fan.
Oh, and in addition to this whole blogging/podcasting/small business thing, did I mention that this woman also somehow has FIVE KIDS under the age of 7 AND is a practicing doula??
—Katy Says (with Katy Bowman)
Katy is an expert on alignment and maintaining health through good body mechanics, and she basically spews genius everywhere she goes. I’ve specifically read a lot of what she has to say about pelvic floor health for women (#joysofpregnancy). So thrilled to see she has a podcast now, too!
Even though I’m losing the daily podcast habit, I don’t plan on giving these guys up completely. I’ll just be listening to them on Target trips (potentially over the sound of crying/whining children) instead. Ohh boy…
Do you listen to podcasts?
If so, do you have a favorite?
Any barre teaching tips for me? (This’ll be my first shot at it!)