I hate when I go to write these posts and I wasn’t a perfect angel. But I guess that’s part of the wellness challenge. We can’t all be perfect angels all the time. That would be boring. 😉 This week was a mixed bag. The good: I got in all of my workouts, despite going to Charleston for a few days. The bad: I could not stop eating. Literally. I don’t remember the last time I was so hungry, and all I wanted was carbs, carbs, carbs. Bagels. French fries… total carbohydrate monster. What the hell? I was confused at first and realized later that it was PMS so that made more sense, but oof. My skin was also a mess. So this was not my best week, nutrition-wise and we will just crack that up to PMS and focus on the good part: workouts!
As an aside, I keep getting asked to do a post about my favorite Aaptiv workouts. I am not planning on doing it as it would be a really boring post. I do a lot of the stretches and pretty much do the same treadmill workout over and over again: Just Push It. I like the classic rock mix, it’s flat (I hate hills), it’s only 25 minutes, and it totally kicks my ass. If I’m having an off day I will do the beginner version (max speed 6.2 or 6.4), if I’m feeling good I’ll do advanced (max speed 7.0 or 7.2). I don’t do the yoga or strength workouts as I need a visual aid.
How did you do this week!? This post is my favorite every week as I love seeing your comments and how everyone else did – you guys keep me on track! 🙂
Friday – 25 minute (Just Push It on Aaptiv) treadmill run + stretch.
Saturday – active rest – got in over 1,500 steps while in Charleston.
Sunday – day off but walked a lot.
Monday – Evening Y7 Yoga Class
Tuesday – regular old 20 minute treadmill run
Wednesday – Sky Ting Yoga Class with my friend Mollie.
Thursday – 25 minute (Just Push It on Aaptiv) treadmill run + stretch.
Meditation, Protein Packed Breakfasts: A mixed bag, again. Meditation was on track but I had a few breakfast meetings this week where I had something carb-y… and in Charleston, we didn’t want to go get groceries one morning so I had leftover pizza for breakfast that day. Oops. Cheat day. I remembered the importance of starting with a healthy breakfast this week. It keeps you full and for whatever reason prevents you from craving carbs all day.
Trying Something New: My something new this week was really cool! I did an essential oil treatment with Paul Kepisty! He is Gwyneth Paltrow’s acupuncturist/herbalist and her PR agency set me up with an appointment with him as a part of my review of her new bath soaks, which they developed together. There will be more on that to come but it was pretty awesome. He was able to assess a lot of things by my pulse (and looking at my tongue) and put together a treatment from there. Really cool stuff!
Morning Workouts: I stayed on track with this goal. I like working out in the morning SO much better. Getting up early will always be a stretch for me but it makes the day ahead amazing. Yesterday morning I had a little blog emergency (I messed up an email and coded a post incorrectly) so I didn’t get to the gym until 9am which felt so late.
This Week’s Healthy Links:
- Loved hearing about Merritt’s experience with Whole30.
- How pretty is all this blush activewear??
- My favorite leggings are back in some really pretty seasonal colors.
- Advice from Blake Lively’s trainer.
- Makes me want to have green tea after my meals.
This week’s challenge!
- Get to the gym five times between now and Friday’s check-in.
- Try something new (this is an ongoing thing!) It can be a new class, a new wellness treatment, a new face mask… even a new recipe! Don’t stress, this one is meant to be fun.
- Meditate every day, eat a protein packed breakfast, and add to your gratitude jar.
- Treat yourself! Choose your own treat. It could be fresh flowers, it could be a new pair of workout leggings, or maybe a massage. Do something nice for YOU!
photography by Trent Bailey.