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Sometimes, life just kicks you in the butt (especially if you choose to live in NYC), and as much as you want to just push on and keep accomplishing things, you just don't have it in you.
If I've learned anything over the past two years, I've learned that self care is really important. Sometimes, that might mean canceling plans. Sometimes it may end up with you alone on a Saturday night. But it's nothing to feel "lame" about. For your survival as a human being (as opposed to becoming a work/eat/sleep zombie), you have to prioritize your mental health.
Matt bought me a Garmin watch for Christmas, and I've been running with it for the past month. The fact that I don't have to hold my phone in my hand while I run anymore makes me really happy. The accuracy of the pace/GPS is second to none, and the heart rate monitor has taken my training game to a whole different level. I'm currently using this to increase my cardiovascular endurance by doing my easy/long runs to a heart rate below 140bpm.
January is a wrap! How did it go for you? Were you able to make progress on some of your 2016 goals? At the beginning of the month, I decided that I wanted to try going meat-free again.
Backstory: I stopped eating meat when I was 8 years old because I really loved animals. When I went to college, I decided to go full vegan. I loved it for a while, but about 2 years ago, I started questioning my thought process behind it and wanted to give meat another go. I added dairy, eggs, chicken, and fish back into my diet.
Looking for an afternoon pick-me-up snack? I've got something for ya! These raw vegan treats are naturally sweet, and the lemony zest makes them super refreshing.
Not to mention, all you need to make them is your hands and a blender or food processor.
Talk about a birthday to remember! I have never seen this much snow in my life, much less all of it coming down in 24 hours!!
New York City got around 26 inches of snow on my birthday -- Thanks, Jonas! I'm feeling really thankful for my friends after this weekend because they braved the storm to celebrate me. We had brunch at one of my favorite spots in the city (Black Forest) and then headed over to Fort Greene Park for hours of sledding.
Want to know how I spent my MLK extended weekend? In spin class! The gym I go to in Brooklyn is gloriously affordable ($20 a month!), but the classes are laughable. Absolutely not worth my time. So I haven't really been to many classes since moving here two years ago.
1. Add some competition
It's no secret that if you're at all competitive, adding a competitive aspect to your fitness routine will boost motivation -- heck, I think that's one of the primary reasons that CrossFit is such a huge thing. It basically turns being fit into a competition. A lot of classes these days (like Peleton spin classes) have added a competitive leaderboard to motivate their students to push themselves harder.
Getting started on a new, healthier diet in 2016? You're in luck. I've compiled the top 5 most popular recipes on SweatStretchEat.com. Try one this week, and let me know what you think!
- I'm so glad I wore this jacket. It's cold today!
- Waiting for the GPS to connect... aannnddd let's go!!
- Oh no, a lady with a dog. A dog she has no control over. I think I hate that dog as much as Morton does. We should probably cross the street.
- Nope. Not crossing the street because Mort decided to poop. Pause GPS watch. Well... I guess I'll stand between this lady's crazed dog and my pooping one. Hopefully this won't be a scene.
According to my iPhone, last night was the "coldest night of the season." Now, I grew up in Houston, TX. I had never really experienced anything colder than 30 until I moved up to the northeast two years ago. "Feels like 5 degrees" means "feels too cold to be alive" to me.
I think I was trying to channel thoughts of summer when I decided to make veggie tacos. It was such a light and summery dish, and it made me really happy.
Matt and I have been watching a lot of Chopped lately on Netflix. The other day we were watching an episode in which two out of the four contestants were recovered alcoholics/substance abusers. It was pretty beautiful to hear their stories -- both of them were using and abusing for a long time. And it wasn't until they hit their "rock bottom" that they felt truly empowered to move in the opposite direction.