Happy Friday, all! Another week done…wish I could be giving a little fist pump in the air with you all, grateful that another work week is finished, but I’m giving more of a twiddling-my-thumbs pump, thankful for the clients I do have but wishing I was a little more tired from work if you knowwhatImean. At any rate, I’m grateful to be alive and well and with some fun moments to look forward to this weekend!
It’s the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving here which means a few fun dinners to celebrate with friends. It’s more of a weekend celebration in Canada where it seems people choose the time that works for them to have a meal, whereas in the States you know that most American families will be sitting down together on the same Thursday in November sharing a meal and watching football. Thanksgiving was always the holiday where we got together and I have so many great memories of time with family, playing football outside, and lounging around until late in the evening. I get nostalgic this time of the year and miss family and the “bigness” of celebrating this holiday (in fact, my parents would probably prefer we visit at Thanksgiving instead of Christmas, but they have more time off to connect in December). At the same time I love remembering my first Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with my best friend’s family in Vancouver and enjoying the same feelings but with a new family. So this weekend should be fun – a time tonight with friends to celebrate and a time Sunday to celebrate with a friend’s family – always nice to be included in family dinners.
The Annual Turkey Bowl and crowded kitchens! Speaks “Thanksgiving” to me!
Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? Is it a big deal to celebrate this holiday to you?
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For weeks it’s been the same. Daily checking. Waiting, anxiously. Wishing there were deliveries on Sundays (I know mom, the mail doesn’t come on Sundays ). I’ve been checking the mail constantly since I placed a special order a few weeks ago and today I let out a “Whoop!” (right in front of another man checking his mail…I smiled and waved). My RoadID! I’d read about this product on several blogs and gradually realized that, as a self-proclaimed “low-maintenance runner” who hates running with a phone, ID, or anything remotely bulky, I should be smarter on the road as I’d begun to run longer. Sometimes I’d be out for 2+ hours on a long run, and although I usually stay on paved trails during daylight hours, sometimes I change my mind mid-run or am out while Mikey’s at work and doesn’t know where I am. You might be able to deduct that I’m not a paranoid person, or really even a cautious one at that, but having a RoadID just makes sense to me. And today, I finally got it – right in time for the cold, rainy season of running…perfect.
But weather aside, I’m super thankful to have this product and wanted to show it to you!
Blurry, but you can see the item itself and “RoadID” logo; on the other side is a small, laser-engraved band that has my name, husband’s cell number, home phone, and a motivational phrase of my choosing – “Life to the Full!”
I am excited about running with this on and worrying less about taking a phone or some form of ID with me. It won’t cause me to be reckless on my runs or change the plan every time I step out the door, but I know I will run easier and with more confidence, a great safety to have on the road.
Do you have a RoadID? What do you think of them? As long as it can help bring me back to this crazy character if there’s an accident, I’m happy:
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I’ve seen this fun fitness survey on a few blogs including Tina’s today and thought Friday would be a great day to involve the words “fun” and “fitness” – who doesn’t love some alliteration at the end of the week?! Enjoy the random questions and feel free to use for your own blog too!
5 Things I Can’t Live Without:
My Vibram Five Finger shoes – a new love!
A jump rope – perfect for on the road and days I actually don’t feel like running, like today when it’s cold and rainy out. Jump it up!
My TRX – another one of my absolute favorite tools.
My $10 no-brand watch – great for timing my runs, telling my clients “20 more seconds!” and fits my small wrist perfectly.
A hair tie – most needed for when my dreads get too hot or get caught in my jump rope mid-jump; these puppies need to be tied down!
Favorite Pre/Post-Workout Snack:
That’s easy for me – like so many others, my body loves 1/2 banana with some almond butter. Occasionally I’ll have it smeared on a piece of toast, but more often than not just as is before a workout. Afterward? Depends on my workout – after a long run I usually eat a dried cherry or two for some immediate sugar and then want water, not eating until after an ice bath/shower. Then I’ll either go for a green smoothie or some cereal or oatmeal with protein powder for recovery. After a hard, long hike or backpack, it’s all about burgers and fries for Mikey and I – and often a cone!
On My Fitness Bucketlist:
I can’t say I’ve ever thought through this super consciously, but at the same time I know that I want to do a long distance race for the sake of the challenge and completion. I’m eager to run a marathon simply by myself on a weekend or train for and run a 50 mile trail race with Mikey. These are things I would love to accomplish but not in the traditional training regimen and sense of fanfare that I read about (and enjoy reading about!); I’d rather run it quietly solo and celebrate with Mikey via dinner out afterward.
Must-Have Tech Tools:
Not much, really! I like and try to be a low-maintenance athlete – Vibrams as lightweight shoes for running rotating between my old running shoes, my beat up watch, my sandbag kettlebell…nothing I have is too techy! I wouldn’t choose not to use a Garmin watch if I had one or another piece of gear like that, but since I don’t I make do and enjoy not needing much to get a great workout in!
Top Exercise Gear:
Give me a good tank top with built in bra top (love these shirts for running/working out since I don’t need too much support there!) and a pair of capris and I’m good to go! In the winter, my running gloves and running tights are must-haves and with the weather being usually more cold than warm here, I love a hair band to go over my ears.
For running: “Easy. Light. Smooth. Fast.” I got it from my favorite book, “Born to Run.” If I can convince my body on a long run that it’s easy, that I feel light, that I’m moving smooth, and that I’m fast, the run goes by a lot easier!
For working out: “You won’t regret it.” As I’ve said before, no one EVER finishes a workout and then says, “Boy, I wish I didn’t just do that” like they do after an unplanned snack attack, a lounging day, or a choice to watch TV instead!
Next Big Exercise Goal:
To be honest, I’m not a huge goal-setter. I like having more of a direction than a goal, so for now my “exercise goal” means continuing in the direction of consistent movement and healthy eating. It might seem small and vague to you if you’re a goal-setter and planner, but I really take things day by day and look forward to staying consistent and being regular in my fitness and health choices. I do have a long race/run in the back of my brain for at some point, but nothing specific or mapped out.
Running – that one’s easy for me. There’s something about heading out on a long run that feels like a journey or adventure to me – just me, my body, my breath – and leaves me feeling alive and like I can accomplish anything. Second to running would be jumping rope for sure.
Then again, cardio in the form of hoola hooping while MC-ing a wedding is pretty great too.
Favorite Strength Move:
SO many to choose from! Let’s see…I’m a forever-fan of the following: squats, push ups, and burpees with many variations. I love all these because they are great measures of strength, you can do them anywhere, and you can modify them to make them harder or easier with extra equipment and a million different variations! Plus, they all get your heart rate up and work more than one muscle group at once. #bonus
Quick! Got a favorite tech tool for fitness/workouts? How about a motivational mantra that never fails? A go-to post-workout snack? Lay ‘em on me!
Thanks for stopping by and have a a fantastic Friday (again with the alliteration ). Enjoy your weekend – may it be full of moments where you live well and truly ARE well in your being,