WHEN THINGS CLICK...
I don't know about you guys but, by some miracle, sometimes, things just click into place. Something that you might have been struggling with for months or years just all of the sudden makes sense and becomes a little easier. It's not often this happens but when it does, its quite a sigh of relief.
For me, recently, this has been fitness and eating healthier. Sure I have gone through stints here and there with a new fitness routine or a new eating habit but it has never really made sense and lasted the way it is recently. Of course, there is the inherent fear that things will go back to the way they used to be but something about this time feels different. I don't usually share health things on here, I have been known to write about a cheese plate or two, but I thought that maybe some of you could relate.
First of all, exercise. I have been doing ClassPass now for 5 months. I used to go to the gym maybe once a weekend and put in 40 minutes of mild exertion of the elliptical. I didn't really sweat and I didn't really feel that much better afterwards (all the while paying $60 a month). With my ClassPass classes I get what people say now when the want to workout. It doesn't seem like as much of a chore anymore but I treat that I am giving myself (even I laughed at that last sentence as I wrote it) Sure I'm still sweaty-scowling at the spin instructor as we go up another hill but the feeling at the end is so worth it and that's what I like to focus on. I also like that with ClassPass I can do a supercharged spin class one day and a more zen power yoga class the next. It's all about that cross-training and booking what feels right for me that week. My next goal is next is to somehow figure out how to keep working out when I travel for work. I am really good when I'm in SF but the minute I get on the plane and fly to NYC or LA it goes right out the door. I can use my ClassPass in other cities as well so that's what I am planning on trying next work trip.
Ok, so I got the working out in a good place and have been doing it for awhile now but the eating thing is my achilles heel. I know lots of friends who are super dedicated to working out but aren't seeing the results because when they go home they don't really pay attention to what they eat (me included) So it was time to crack the code on this. Last week I was vegan. No really, I was. For five whole days. I watched a documentary and decided to try it out. What I found was that I was hungry all of the time and eating a lot of starch to try and get full. Then I listened to a podcast featuring Kelly LeVeque, a celebrity (and regular person) nutritionist that had just come out with a new book, Body Love. After listening to the podcast, I immediately ordered her book (marketing in action people) This weekend I read the whole thing in one sitting and immediately placed my Whole Foods order with high hopes. I don't know how this week is going to go but I am excited to keep feeling great. The vegan week did give my body a reset and made me realize just how few veggies I was getting in my diet. The whole premise of Kelly's book centers around the Fab 4: protein, veggies, fiber and fat. She recommends a fruit-free smoothie in the morning and continuing to follow the Fab 4 later in the day. I like that she comes at it from a scientific level and really focuses on teaching skills that you can apply to any meal. I will check in soon on my progress with this program!
Ok, now on to the fun stuff. I wanted to share a few things that I bought to make all of this nutrition and working out more fun. Click the little + signs below for the links. An awesome company called RumiX sent me leggings to try out. You may have seen them on my Instagram here. They are made out of recycled bottles and come in lots of fun patterns. There are even awesome maternity leggings for all of those expecting mothers out there. I swear that having fun pants makes me workout harder (and they look extra cute meeting friends for brunch after) A few other favorites...I'm a big fan of a good long-sleeve to get you to-and-from the gym. It packs up easily in your gym bag but provides enough warmth to get home. I also finally caved and bought my own yoga mat after deciding that yoga was for me. This one was relatively inexpensive from Amazon and has these nice little lines to guide where your hands and feet should go. Perfect for a beginner like me. I also recently bought this little individual blender to make my morning smoothies. It is perfect because it requires so little cleanup and is unexpectedly powerful. Lastly, I had been searching far and wide for a good protein powder to make my morning smoothies with. I absolutely detest stevia so I was glad to see this didn't have any stevia in it. It tastes so delicious I ordered it in vanilla and chocolate.
Hope you guys enjoyed the little update. Any fitness or nutrition tips that you have been able to integrate into your lifestyle for the long run?