All posts tagged: health

A WeCap: Whole 30, Yoga and Blossoms

I’ve decided Sundays are going to be my week’s recap…now known as a WeCap. Enjoy! Normally I try to keep some type of theme in these posts…but so much has happened over the past week that I can’t even imagine thinking of weaving all of these things in smoothly. Soooo, I’m not going to try because I… …don’t give a ship. OK. So first thing on the docket: today marks the end of week 1 in our attempt at Whole 30… and WHOLLY hell (definitely using that has the headline in the future), it is not for the faint of heart. It isn’t even the fact that I can’t eat bread. It isn’t the fact that I can’t eat cheese. What makes Whole 30 so difficult is the fact that I have to cook each meal to stay on plan. On Whole 30, you have to avoid certain foods, one of them being sugar (besides sugar in fruits/veggies)….and I don’t know if you know…but sugar is in EVERYTHING. On a usual week, I am able to go …

Oh Bra-ther!

Last week, I got a fun email from Lauren at Chelsea Collective inviting me and some girlfriends to come to the Get Fit with Brooks and Moving Comfort event. I was really struggling with a strong case of the “Mondays” as I read the email but I saw “bra fitting, manicures and runnings shoes”… so clearly, I was in. On Sunday morning, Sarah and I ventured out to our old stomping grounds: Tyson’s Corner. It has been awhile since I’ve been to this massive mall…or any mall in general. These days, I can buy anything I need online.  Just yesterday, I received a veggie-spaghetti maker AND a Birch Box order in the mail. Yes, I can shop from the comfort of my home with no judgement and more importantly, with no pants on. When we got there we realized, not much has changed. We passed by the movie theater. There are still a ton of teenagers loiterings and flirting with each other. We passed by the Gap. Their displays are still adorable. We passed by Hollister. They still haven’t gotten an electrician to …

Bum foot, Bangs and a Butt Load of Cookies

Yikes! My first time in about 6 months that I’ve gone longer than 6 days without posting. I try pretty hard to stick to a blogging schedule (for my own good…and for you dedicated readers out there…hi mom!) but sometimes, I just can’t. But that is life… plan, be surprised, move forward…repeat. Which takes me to my first update for this week… Turns out that little ache in my pesky foot is a stress fracture. Surprise! It was really crappy piece of news to be delivered especially before 2 races I was REALLY looking forward to. The prognosis is a minor stress fracture. I also learned that my navicular bone is abnormally large which is ironic because my foot is so tiny. But you do know what they say about large navicular bones right? 😉 Yeah, me either. I knew the mechanics of my body were just wrong! These tiny feet weren’t meant to hold my frame! So I’ve been booted for a few weeks but hopefully with some rest, the boot, and some new orthodics …

Feeling Strong and Comfy (Review)

Hi friends! A lot has happened in the last week: I joined the DC Triathlon Club and became a member of their 2016 New Triathletes Program. I added two Triathlons to my race calendar (Peasantman, Sprint and Rock Hall, Olympic) I became an Fitfluential Ambassador, YAY! Annnndd most importantly, we finally got Super Smash Brothers for N64 (and have been glued to the TV ever since…like literally, having cables on the controllers restricts how far you can sit away). The addition of 2 new races has meant changing my training a bit to start re-incorporating more biking, swimming and circuit training back into my weekly routine. It was fantastic timing because my friends at Lipton Publicity sent me some goodies, including a TKO Jumprope. Jumping rope has always been one of my favorite pieces in circuit training. Aside from providing a great cardio workout and getting my heart rate up quick, it also has benefits in coordination, strength/stability training (especially for ankles and knees), and of course, is just plain fun. As I hop, hop, hopped along, I was taken back …

Going Head 2 Head with the Dreadmill

I’ve been trying so hard to not run on a treadmill while training for this half marathon. But when your town looks like this: You may have no choice. After Jonas came and ruined DC (and pop music), I was forced to run my first ever long treadmill run. It was torture. I’ve never been a fitness watch watcher (although my friends at TomTom did send me a new TomTom Spark + Music watch that I’ve been using…review up soon!) and I know exactly why. It’s because watching your mileage or time tick…tick…tick…is horrible (for me at least). I tried hard to look away but it was like watching a TLC marathon of Say Yes to the Dress…horrible, yet I just couldn’t stop watching. And so as I ran 8 miles to nowhere, I tried passing the time like anyone does on a treadmill. I listened to music I watched Netflix I finally got around to actually reading the rules of playing Settlers of Catan I started doing my taxes I read a classic literary novel I realized after …

Working on my 1-Pack

A few weeks ago, I posted about how I’ve been yoga-ing more to help with my half-marathon training.  Well, I’ve spent a lot of time working out with YouTube and figured it might be time for some real human interaction. So, Sarah and I braved the first snow DC has seen this season and headed to Core Power Yoga in Clarendon.  We decided to attend the Core Power Yoga 1 class which is specifically aimed at novice yogis like ourselves. In this class, there is no heat added (as there is with the higher level classes). We also noticed that this class was free! I’ve mentioned before that Core Power Yoga offers 1 free week to new students but right now, they are also training future yoga instructors by letting them lead the Wednesday beginning class. Perfect! When we got to the studio, we were greeted by the friendly staff along with all the other yogis who decided to head up despite the inclement weather (go ahead, make your jokes about what DC folks call …

Just Run With It

I feel like our weather has been like Britney Spear circa 2007: bat shit crazy. (And I say that will all due respect to my main girl Britney… I actually think she produced some great tunes during this time of turmoil. Blackout has got some hot jams.) The mild and then freezing weather made for some interesting workouts, but all in all, a good week of training. Actually, I had a couple awesome runs. Thursday- Run to Friends You know that runner’s high people talk about? That euphoric feeling during or after a difficult or long workout? The feeling of being in absolute bliss even though you are pushing yourself to the limits? Yeah, me either. In fact, Thursday’s run was a 5 mile go that started off terrible. But one thing kept me going: Trivia. Every Thursday  I head to Mr Days in Clarendon with friends for our weekly trivia night. Its a time for all of us to catch up, drink beers for $2, tell horrible jokes and guess at a lot of trivia questions.  I …