There are a few things that are rocking my world right now, so much so that I feel the need to share.
First and foremost, I want to talk to you about my Buca Boot .
This thing is kind of incredible. It’s super functional and SAVES my back from breaking under the weight of my food, computer, books, and notebooks while I bike (I work 12 hour days, I basically commute with my entire life at my beck and call). Plus- let’s be honest- that lil buddy is cute as eff. There has been a fairly gigantic uptick in my bike commuting lately (#homeownership = I live pretty dang far off the beaten path ) and I am SO grateful the Buca Boot helps keep it chill.
Next on the roster of shit to love, is FitQuick.
You know what I’m stoked on? People that put their time and energy into making things that they want to see in the world. That’s what I do with Super Strength Health, and that’s what my friend Holly is doing with FitQuick.
Basically, this is a protein waffle mix. The ingredients include garbanzo bean flour, rice protein powder, vanilla, and not much else. They are vegan, because that’s how Holly roles. They are gluten-free. The taste AWESOME, without any toppings at all, and even better when you add a little banana soft serve, fresh picked strawberries, and peanut butter to jazz them up. My waffle was so appealing that I couldn’t wait to take a bite, as you may have noticed. These jazzed up my breakfast routine as it got a little colder and frozen smoothies seemed just a little less rad.
Lastly, I want to give a shout out to my running shoe, the Mizuna Wave Rider 17.
These shoes have made running about a million times more enjoyable for me.
I’m gonna be honest here, aesthetically, they aren’t exactly my favorite. I will happily wear the free pink fitness stuff that is tossed my way, but I actually paid for these and the cabbage-patch-kid-esque accents are not my favorite. (I can see from the web link that other colors are available, and I am kicking myself slightly for buying them IRL, where there were limited options.) BUT, holy hell are these comfortable. They are light weight, vegan, super supportive, and cushioned in all the right places. My running has gone from about 3 miles a week to about 12 miles a week in the past couple of months, and I don’t think I could have done it without the help of these shoes.
What are you guys loving lately?
- full disclosure! I was given these products to review, but all opinions are my own :)
I am a runner. Not in the sense that I run a lot, although I do sometimes. I am a runner in the sense that I am always going. I run face first into my way of eating, my exercise routine, my business. I move fast, I get shit done. No matter what anyone has to say about me, they certainly can’t accuse me of being lazy. I am productive as fuck.
As I mentioned last week, my end-of-Summer cold forced me to be productive about getting well, as opposed to dominating in the blog-o-sphere and the weight room. For many, many days (okay, five) I was forced to go really slow. I slept a lot. I worked minimally. I moved around like a blanket wrapped sloth. GOD, it was annoying.
In my slowness, I got depressed. I have moved from task to task quickly for about four months, rarely taking days off. I have felt AWESOME in the gym and in my personal life. I have felt light, happy, and accomplished, but I can see now that that was somewhat conditional. To watch my good mood come crashing down at the first sign of illness shocked me, and then I realized: who you become when shit kind of sucks is really good insight into who you are.
While I got well, I spent a little time getting to know myself better. I acknowledged that productivity and accomplishment IS great and it IS gratifying, but it does not inherently change who I am, or dissolve the ability to get sad. If I can only be happy when I’m working, well, then I can’t truly be happy. My goal for this week of slow was to build myself up enough to eventually be okay not doing a damn thing. It kind of worked (I’m outta my funk for now and feeling strong again!) but I am well aware that it will be an ongoing process.
Maybe I should block off some “go slow” time in my calendar.
And now the workouts:
Monday: slow walk around Lake Merritt, which is about 5 miles.
Tuesday: another slow stroll around the lake
Wednesday: 5 sets 5 of what I would consider a medium weight deadlift of 135 lbs. This was pretty far from my regular max effort, but holy shit did it tax me.
Thursday: Feeling a little better! Planned to go on a lake walk again, and got inspired so about ½ of it was a run.
Friday: 5 sets of 5 box squats. (This is like a back squat, but at the bottom you sit on a box for a second, thus destroying your momentum and making everything harder). I used 115 pounds.
Then: 15 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of 10 pistols, 10 push ups, and a 100M sandbag run. I used a 20 pound sound bag and got 8 rounds.
Saturday: Major rest day. I had to wake up at 4:30AM to do some work for KeVita, and was just toast by the time I got off at 2:00PM. Lots of napping and eating on Saturday.
Sunday: Kett and I did the workout “DT” together, and it was crushing. DT is 5 rounds for time of 12 deadlifts, 9 hang cleans, and 6 push jerks. I used a 70 lb. bar and it took me 13:35. OW, my dudes. OW.
While I am well aware that this might not seem like a down week for some, it DEFINITELY was for me. I feel much better this week and am excited to get back to my regular routines!
I have felt super awesome lately. With my body, with my workouts, with my writing, with my creative process in general. I have been going really fast and really hard (seeing clients, blogging, recipe writing, photographing, cookbook editing, event planning, book proposal pitching, Vida Vegan Con day dreaming- all REALLY good and exciting things) and suddenly, I’m just…..unable to move.
Yep. I’m sick. It started last Wednesday night, seemed to get better, then came back immediately. Today is Tuesday and it’s still here. I vacillate between being totally pissed off and laughing at myself. Of COURSE I’m sick! I have lived and breathed the joy of the work (my personal workouts, my work with super strength health) for months. The velocity of it all swept me up, and holy shit am I not a great rest-er, especially when I’m totally psyched.
I needed to be knocked on my ass for a minute, I can totally own that. So here I am. Writing to you from under the covers. Hot damn I wish I was getting up to lift something heavy.
My workouts last week are as follows:
Monday: 5 sets of 5 dumbbell push presses, one mile run
Tuesday: rest day
Wednesday: Tabata sets of sit ups, burpees, and stair runs. Four mile run
Thursday- This is the day I started to really notice that I felt TERRIBLE. I slept all day, drank tea, made soup, and watched a Joan Rivers documentary. I woke up feeling better Friday and…..
Friday: went for a 2.5 mile run/2.5 mile walk. Halfway through my loop I got a phone call and decided to chat instead of sprint.
Saturday: Had some pretty severe insomnia, and woke up at exactly 4:18AM super mad that I couldn’t just SLEEP. Decided to make the best of it by exercising early and went on another run.
People. Let’s talk about this.
My instinct, even after all these years of recovery, all this time living and breathing my process of treating myself awesome, is to GO. I push myself usually just about as much as I can in a variety of ways, exercising being just one of them, because it feels good for me to work, it feels good for me to succeed. But this run (and the run before) was a pivotal mistake. By the time Saturday evening rolled around I was SICK, all over again, and let’s be real, I could have prevented that. Since Saturday I have been forced to sit on my butt, doing not much of anything and that both annoys and embarrasses me. It turns out, I didn’t pick up on cues my body gave me, mostly in an effort to not admit I was falling prey to illness, and it got me for longer because of that.
Well. Aint that some shit.
Here are the lessons I learned:
1) If I don’t pack my days with work I might be able to check in with my body and how I feel a lot more.
2) When I feel terrible, and wake up the next day feeling better, that’s not a cue to go for a run. TRY A WALK, DUDE.
3) I am not infallible. DAMN. what a bummer.
In this time of transitioning seasons, take care of yourselves, friends! A good friend suggested healthy doses of oil of oregano extract, elderberry extract, miso soup with lots of extra garlic and ginger and rest. I’m taking all that, and tossing in some ginger lemon tea and oregon grape seed extract. Hope to be out there running at max speed again soon, but in the meantime, I think I’ll go back to my book.