We’ll start this week’s check-in with a confession: I started my own winter wellness challenge on January 2nd as I woke up on New Year’s Day with a hangover! I ended up throwing a New Year’s Eve party and all of my wildest/craziest friends (yup, gonna blame them!) attended so… it ended up being a late one. In fairness, I had originally planned on starting this whole thing next Monday, after we’d all had time to decompress from the holidays, but I thought to myself about how nice it would be to have a full three months of wellness… so, I did it. On Monday, I had a big bagel and lots of gatorade, didn’t even consider the gym, and loved every second of it. That being said, I hit most of this week’s goals pretty nicely this week and as I write this, I’m feeling pretty great.
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Monday – laid on couch in misery. Movie marathon, which, if you are curious, included a rather eclectic mix of The Holiday, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Florida Project and Bladerunner 2049.
Tuesday – treadmill workout at Equinox! I really, really LOVE Aaptiv’s workouts – they turn a regular old treadmill run into something more like a Mile High Run Club class. This is particularly important to me as I am bad at working out alone (at least as I get back into the swing of things), but sometimes miss the window for signing up for class. It’s nice to be able to take a “class” anytime you want to. I did the “Run One, Jog One” workout and it was pretty challenging for me. I was simultaneously proud and sad. Proud of myself for running for twelve minutes straight (twice!) but sad as that used to be super easy for me. Oh well, part of this challenge is owning up to our flaws so that we can move on and improve. Onwards and upwards!
Wednesday – took a lunchtime Alignment Flow Yoga class at Equinox. My hips and calves were TIGHT from running and this was just the thing. I felt amazing afterwards.
Thursday – i was so lazy with the snow! I had booked a spin class but ended up deciding against leaving the apartment so I did this (brutal) arms + abs circuit from BBG. For only 28 minutes (and all body weight), this circuit is TOUGH.
Today, Friday – barre class at Equinox!
Alarm Clock: I ordered this one!
Dry January Update: This week was a cinch. After the holidays with my parents (so much wine) and hosting a (rather epic if I do say so myself) New Year’s Eve party, alcohol looked gross. I did go out on Wednesday night and was delighted to see that Soho House has some really yummy virgin cocktails. I ordered one and didn’t feel like I was missing anything. The only time I was a tiny bit sad was last night, home alone in all the snow… so I took a bath and poured myself a big old goblet of pomegranate kombucha!
Try Something New: This too was effected by yesterday’s snow. I was going to do an infrared sauna treatment but I was stuck at home. Not sweating this too much as trying something new is going to be a consistent challenge for us, every week – it’s the key to staying consistent!
Protein Packed Breakfasts: I did great with this one! Greek yogurt + honey + raspberries every morning.
This Week’s Wellness Links:
(Back when I did my old “Fit Files” column, you guys loved these… so I thought it would be fun to reference articles I referred to/loved this week.)
- A new wellness website you’re going to be obsessed with!
- While I’m not doing the Whole30, these recipes are great as they are a) nutritious and b) can be made in advance.
- My go-to broccoli/arugula soup. I love it because it’s basically like eating pureed salad. And it’s so good – even if you decide to eat it cold!