so it’s been a minute + prAna clothing review!

I haven’t really had much to say here lately.  As the weather got nicer, I found myself wanting to spend less and less time in front of a screen and more and more time out doing things.  It was actually very cathartic and made me realize how much time I was really spending invested in this little handheld screen.  So, I backed off.  I started doing workouts for me instead of focusing on what I could prove to people who didn’t really care.  Truthfully, it helped me learn to love working out again.

These past couple of months/this whole past year has been one of the most stressful I have encountered.  Between studying for and taking the GMAT, visiting and applying to business schools, studying for my NASM and spinning exams, teaching spin, coaching Girls on the Run, and actually holding strong on my regular job, it’s been a lot.

Because of all that I’ve been stressed out with, I have had to put marathon training on the backburner.  I’ll do one eventually, but right now I don’t think it’s the best idea.  I’m still running a whole heck of a lot and spinning even more, but the marathon isn’t in my sights right now.  I’ve got a half coming up and may race a 10 miler in a couple of weeks, but I’m very much enjoying just running to run.  I don’t post my paces, distances, or anything about my runs on my page and only share photos when I want to and it is centering me.

Speaking of centering, I have been trying to focus on getting more into yoga, barre, and meditating lately just to clear my mind.  I’m not the best at it, but dang it if I’m not going to try.  Luckily, I’ve got new digs to go along with my centered self.  PrAna is a clothing company on a mission to inspire healthy, active, and free-spirited individuals and I am currently a huge fan of their clothing.  They sent me two awesome pieces, a white mesh sweater that is very on trend and a grey skirt.  The mesh sweater is so soft I could (and have) live in it daily.  The skirt is the perfect blend of comfy and cute, practical enough for real life but comfortable enough to wear around the house.  Just note that sizes do run a little big, so be sure to factor that in to your purchase.  SPEAKING OF WHICH!  Guess who’s got a discount code for you.  Hi, friends.   Use the code S4P17LAL for 15% of your order!  Too good.  Check out their website and let me know what you think.


-sj

 

guys, we need to talk.

egg white frittata

Nope.  Nope. Nope.  I refuse to hear it.  I’m done listening to people not using their brains with regards to their eating or working out.  Stop it.  Just stop.  You are going to work yourself to death trying all these new diet plans and quick fixes to get fitter.  It’s time we take a look at what we’re doing and realize we have the tools for success engrained in us, we’re just constantly ignoring them.

Area 1: Food.

Spoiler alert coming at you right now: You know what foods are good for you and you know what foods aren’t.  I put an apple and a plate of fried chicken in front of you and tell you to pick the one that is better for you.  I’ll be damned if you say the plate of fried chicken.  And if you’re going to give me some excuse about the protein, look at your life and look at your choices.  A plate of fried chicken is still a plate of fried chicken.

Sure, those foods that are better for us aren’t necessarily more delicious, but you know the right decision to make.  When people talk about “balance” in regards to eating, they are talking about keeping the apple on your plate the majority of the time with an occasional piece of chicken or two thrown in for variety.  Not equal amounts apples and fried chicken.  Do you see the difference?  It’s amazing how just thinking these things through and using the knowledge that we already have at our disposal can save us.

Area 2: Working Out


If you miss a workout you will not turn into a ball of flubber.  You will not.  It will not happen.  You will be okay.  If you miss two workouts, you will not suddenly become Violet Beauregarde and balloon.  Use your brain.  If you can’t hit the gym one day, maybe try and aim to walk a little more or stay on your feet.  I was astonished the other day when someone posted on a Facebook group that I’m a part of about hemorrhaging while being pregnant and wondering if she could still workout even if it was just 10 minutes on the elliptical or lifting 5 pound weights.

Hold up. Wait. What.

You’re willing to put your life and your child’s life in danger for a workout?!  A workout. Sometimes we can’t go to the gym or, you know what, some times we don’t feel like working out.  It’s okay.  The world won’t stop, we’ll wake up the next day and we’ll be back at it.  Even if we have to take a couple months off, there’s still time to get back at it when you fully recover and are ready.  Unless you are a professional athlete and your livelihood depends on your fitness, you are working out for fun.  THIS IS FOR FUN.  I can’t stress that enough.  Working out and eating right are only as important as you CHOOSE to make them.  You can let these things consume your every thought in a negative way or you can CHOOSE to make these areas a positive part of your life that bring you joy.

Main take away: Live your life and learn how to make choices.  You inherently know what is right and wrong.  You can tell the good decisions from the bad.  You know which meal is better for you and you know when to sit back and say, “eh, maybe a workout isn’t the best idea for me right now”.

Use your brain to your advantage.  I’m not teaching you anything new here.  I’m just asking you to open your eyes and pay attention to what has always been right in front of you.  It’s that easy if you let it be.

 

also, obligatory picture of Boo doing her new favorite activity which is have me place this turtle on her head.
-sj