Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been especially grateful for my Friday Favorites practice this week because it bascially requires me to be looking for positivity in my life all week long. Who doesn’t need a bit more of that right now?
I’m also so grateful I can share some of the things that stand out to me with you so you can try ’em, buy ’em, read ’em or eat ’em!
As usual, drop a comment below to let me know what YOU’VE been lovin’ this week so I can give em’ a shot and share! It’s only fair;)
1. Writing Out My Schedule
At first glance, there hasn’t been a TON that has changed for me on a day-to-day basis since the #stayathome movement began. I’ve been working from home for years and I like to think I’m pretty good at it by now.
That being said, I didn’t realize how much having the structure of leaving the house to go to the gym at night was vital to the way I functioned through the day. Having that hard “stop” was my touchpoint that I planned backward from and kept my eye on the clock all day long.
It’s also worth considering that the general universal vibe right now is “things aren’t normal” (because they’re definitely not) and as that mindset has been the topic of hundreds of conversations and news articles, for a few days, it really impacted my ability to get sh*t done.
Enter: writing out my schedule.
If you need to create a bit more routine in your life, give this a shot! In the morning, map out what you want your day to look like. Plan in general meal times, work times (if you’re working from home right now), playtime, creative time, movie time, workout times, walk times…you name it.
There is nothing wrong with recreating a bit of structure if you need it!
2. Cottage Cheese & Maple Cheerios
Don’t knock it till you try it, guys.
This one just had to make the list because I’ve been obsessed with it this week! It is such a great pre- or post-workout snack since it is lower in fat (depending on what kind of cottage cheese you buy!), higher in quick digesting carbs and gives you a little protein kick! Plus, it is absolutely delicious.
REAL Simple Workout Timing Tips
Why go for a lower in fat meal/snack? Fats slow down the digestion of the other foods you eat ’em with! This means getting in healthy fats farther from your workouts is GREAT because it keeps you feeling full. AND, it’s delicious. Closer to workouts when you want your body to utilize protein and carbs for fuel and recovery more quickly, keepin’ fat a bit lower is key!
Why go for quick-digesting carbs? Carbs can be categorized by how quickly they’re broken down and utilized by your body! In general, most grains and starchier carbs like potato and fruit are broken down more quickly. Foods higher in fiber and volume (like your typical “salad veggies” or cruciferous veggies!) are broken down more slowly and may leave you feeling a bit full and bloated before hitting a workout. Not what you want, right?
Wanna learn a bit more about the three macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fats)? Check out THIS post!
3. Peace Is Every Step
Man, this book could not have come at a better time. Written by world-renowned spiritual leader and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, this short book contains thoughts and meditations on how to bring mindfulness into everyday life.
“Mindfulness” can be such an elusive thing or something that can only happen during a yoga practice or “meditation session”. That is definitely how I used to think of it.
I used to have a TON of trouble connecting the dots between those more intentional mindfulness practices and…you know…REAL LIFE. Or “life off of the mat”.
This book makes finding moments of peace, calm and joy in everyday things (like washing the dishes, sitting at a red light or when we hear the phone ring) feel really accessible and doable.
I’ve been reading a few chapters in the morning before getting out of bed and at night before falling asleep and it has been an amazing way to start and end my day – especially in the current world climate.
4. Voice Text
I know I’m late to the party on this one but this was the first week I’ve ever used my iPhone’s voice text function. MAN, it is fun!
Especially because I can’t hear my friends’ voices in real life quite so often right now, this has added a little bit more connection during all of this #socialdistancing. I’ll definitely take what I can get right now and I’m sure you’re in the same boat!
5. Weekly Workout (Alchemy 365 Edition)
Remember last week when I told you I’ve been doing “team workouts” with my high school friends every afternoon? Well, this week we started streaming workouts from Alchemy 365, a fitness studio that one of my best friends used to coach at when he was living out in Minnesota!
Think about it as a combo of yoga and high-intensity interval training…
Each workout starts with a face-paced warm-up yoga flow that incorporates movements specific to the 20min workout that directly follows. Then, there is a yoga cool down at the end!
The only piece of equipment they use is called a torpedo (sounds sillier than it is, I promise!) which is basically what you’d get if a kettlebell and dumbell had a baby. Although most workouts do include this piece of equipment, a KB or DB will work OR you can do the movements unweighted!
They’ve been live-streaming four classes a day right from their Instagram story and you can learn more about how and when to tune in HERE if you need to switch things up a bit this week! It is a blast!
- If you need to bring more joy into your life, try writing yourself your OWN Friday Favorites list (or, any-day-of-the-week-favorites) through this tougher time. Remember, actively practicing gratitude is the best way to attract what you truly want.
You know how when someone tells you to count all the red cars that is ALL you can focus on and see?
Well, gratitude and favorites work the same way. When you are actively looking for them, you’ll find more of them! I know that whole experiment goes on to ask “well, how many BLUE cars were there” but I just want you to keep your eye on the red this week…or purple…or whatever color works for you;)
- If you’re also feeling like you need a bit more routine in your life, use that same journal where you’re writing down your favorites and use it to map out a timeline of your day.
- Check out Peace Is Every Step and the Alchemy Instagram and let me know if you give either a shot this week! I’d love to hear! And, if you need more home workout inspiration check out the healthythankyoumoreplease Home Workout Guide!