This Week in Wellness (Links!)

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I’ve actually been dealing with a summer cold, but I pretended I didn’t have one because I really, really, really wanted to go with my boyfriend to his boss’s lake house in Connecticut yesterday. It was so fun—and I even tried wake boarding for the first time! Here’s the view of the lake from yesterday:

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It looks like something out of a painting, right? SO beautiful. (Maybe I should actually try to paint something based off of this photo…) Today, I tried to rest a bit, got a haircut, and cooked tofu and a bunch of veggies for salads for the upcoming week. It was pretty windy when I took this photo, but it gives a sense of what my style cut looks like:

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Unfortunately, I’m still feeling pretty sick (I guess that’s what I get for trying to do water sports this weekend). I’m definitely going to try to load up on sleep the next few days in hopes that it’ll help me kick this cold. Here’s what else is on my radar right now:

Have a well-intentioned week!

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This Week in Wellness (Links!)

How was your long weekend? Mine was great; I went to Boston with my boyfriend to visit some of our friends there, and we packed a ton into the weekend, going to Crane Beach, watching a Red Sox game, and hitting up some of the local bars. Here are some of my favorite snapshots from the weekend (but please keep in mind that, like the good New Yorker I am, I’m not a Red Sox fan—but it was still fun to see Fenway!):

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Luckily, we got back around 4:30 p.m. today—so I had time to squeeze in a work out, make my forbidden rice ramen in peanut sauce, and get some things in order before the start of the work week. Here’s what’s on my health and wellness radar for the next few days:

Have a well-intentioned week!

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This Week in Wellness (Links!)

This weekend has been a fun but busy one for me! I’m currently in Charleston, South Carolina, visiting an old friend (which you may already know if you read about my genius fit traveling tip). We’ve packed in a lot of fun stuff so far this weekend, including shopping on downtown’s King Street and eating at Husk, a local restaurant with a James Beard Award-winning chef. Here’s the yummy catfish that I got for dinner:

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Soon, my friend and I are going to head out for the beach—but first I wanted to share some of the links that have me inspired to focus on certain health and wellness goals in the upcoming week:

Have a well-intentioned week!

 

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This Week in Wellness (Links!)

Hi, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the summer solstice! My weekend was exhausting but great; on Friday, I went to a nearby camp with the Girl Scout troop I volunteer with, and we got back home earlier today. We packed tons of activities into the trip, including fishing, arts and crafts, and of course, s’mores making. Here are a few photos:

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One of the things I’ll be focusing on this week is catching up on sleep—seven-year-olds aren’t too concerned with making sure they’re quiet in the morning so you can get enough shuteye! Here’s what else is on my health and wellness to-do list this week:

Have a well-intentioned week!

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This Week in Wellness (Links!)

This weekend flew by—probably because I had so much stuff to do! I volunteer with a local Girl Scout troop, and we had a meeting on Friday. Then, on Saturday, I helped throw a bridal shower for a friend. And right afterward, I hopped on a bus to Atlantic City to see one of my favorite bands in concert: The Avett Brothers. If you haven’t heard of them, I highly suggest you listen to their music. It’s great—and they’re a ton of fun to see live. Here’s a photo from the show:

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After all of that running around, I wasn’t in the mood to do too much schlepping around the city today. I tried to take advantage of the opportunity to get ahead on work a bit since I have a fun challenge coming up: going to a fitness class every day this week! Here’s a brief rundown of what other goals I have right now:

Have a well-intentioned week!

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Have You Ever Talked Back to a Fitness Instructor?

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This morning, I tried out a new cycling studio in my neighborhood. Now, I take my fair share of cycling classes. (Not to toot my own horn, but at Flywheel, a studio chain where you can see how your performance stacks up against other people in the class, I’m consistently in the top five women.) But this class was hard. It made sense because I was feeling low-energy and the entire 45 minutes were spent at a pretty high resistance (I’m much better with sprinting at a moderate level of resistance).

So I’m sitting in this class (did I mention there were only three people?), and the instructor kept barking at me to increase my resistance and to go faster (all while improving my form). At one point, he even turned up the resistance knob on my bike himself. And then he crouched down to get closer to my pedaling feet and started saying, “Come on—more speed, more speed!” Now, I get it. A big part of being a fitness instructor is motivating people to push themselves harder than they would on their own. But I couldn’t go any faster. At least not at the super-high resistance he’d turned my bike up to. And maybe I was cranky since it was so early in the morning and the class hadn’t started on time, but at one point after the instructor told me to, again, go faster, I said, “I can’t go any faster!”

I know, I know—you’re not supposed to say the words “I can’t” in this kind of setting. Ever. But when you’re not in the right mood for this style of motivation, it’s actually kind of demoralizing to be giving a class your all and have the instructor sitting there, acting like you’re holding back on them. Anyhow, not my finest moment. But it got me thinking about how this is probably the first time I’ve ever given lip to a fitness instructor. Normally, I do my best to follow whatever they say to the letter (what can I say—I’m a good student).

I’m curious: Have you ever talked back to a fitness instructor or spoken out in a group fitness class? Share your story in the comments!

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This Week in Wellness (Links!)

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I hope you had a good weekend! Mine was absolutely jam-packed—I spent part of it in Miami at a bachelorette party and part of it in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area for another friend’s wedding (’tis the season, I guess!). I had a lot of fun, but I’m really looking forward to relaxing as much as possible the next few days. I think I’ll also be eating lighter, fresher meals and avoiding alcohol for several days—I had enough indulgent food and booze this weekend to last me for a while. Here’s what else I have on my health and wellness to-do list this week:

Have a well-intentioned week!

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My First Run in Almost Seven Months!

I was allowed to run today for the first time since Halloween! (I have heel spurs, which sidelined me for a while.) Luckily, it was a beautiful day, so I took advantage of the opportunity to log a few miles outside—and even convinced my boyfriend (usually a pretty vocal anti-runner) to come along. We biked to Prospect Park, then did a 3.35-mile loop around the park, walking most of the way but jogging slowly for a few stretches (after all, I have to ease back into running). Stopping to take photos along the route helped me pace myself. Here are some of my favorites. I particularly like the shot of the swans—I don’t think I’ve ever seen a baby swan before!

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And then here’s my boyfriend and I taking a post-run selfie. He was so, so happy to be done with our run. I’m kind of shocked I convinced him to come out at all.

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Here’s to going on more runs soon!

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This Week in Wellness (Links!)

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all having a lovely Memorial Day Weekend. This week, I visited Maryland to attend my brother’s graduation ceremonies at the University of Maryland. Here’s a couple of photos of me with the graduate (the two ceremonies were held on Thursday and Friday, in case you’re wondering why I’m wearing different outfits!):

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I stayed at my parents’ house in Gaithersburg, MD, while I was in town and took the opportunity to go through some of my old stuff. I ended up finding a lot of the artwork I created while I was in college. Here are a couple of my favorites:

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Definitely not anything pro-level, but they were a lot of fun to make! Seeing them again reminded me how much I enjoy painting and drawing (and how relaxing it can be), so I think I’ll make a point to sign up for some kind of class back in NYC soon (I find I make things like this more of a priority when I’m taking a class on them). Here’s what else I have on my health and wellness radar this week:

  • Make this yummy-looking (and healthy!) cake batter smoothie. Did I mention I got a blender recently? Can’t wait to try lots of fun new recipes using it!
  • Remind myself that “reverse-progress” isn’t always a bad thing. I’m loving these before-and-after photos women posted of themselves after they stopped obsessing about working out and gained a little weight.
  • Do more research on Emotional Freedom Technique. I found this woman’s story about how the technique helped her lose 30 pounds (it involves tapping different “energy meridians” on your body) incredibly compelling.
  • Use these smart tips to get a better night’s sleep.
  • Consciously avoid calorie counting. I love The Real Life RD’s recent post on how it’s impossible to ever know exactly how many calories you’re consuming or burning—and how the best strategy is to make an effort to listen and respond to your body’s hunger cues.
  • Sign up for an outdoor yoga class. I took a couple of these last summer, and it really helped energize my yoga practice to get a change of scenery.
  • Get a haircut! And I’m definitely going to follow these tips on how to avoid a hair salon nightmare.
  • Try this pool workout (I’m going to Miami on Wednesday for a friend’s bachelorette party!).
  • Share this moving post from Cakespy about eating disorders. Now, Jessie Oleson Moore is an incredibly popular dessert blogger. But Jessie actually has a history of disordered eating—and took her a long time to get to a point where she felt like she deserved to eat and enjoy delicious things without guilt. Such an important message to spread.

Have a well-intentioned week!

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#TastyTuesday: Delicious Pasta That Contains Antioxidants

If you’re as obsessed with forbidden rice as I am, then I have three words for you: forbidden rice ramen. This product from Lotus Foods comes in blocks like the ramen noodles you ate in college, but it gets an antioxidant boost from being made with black rice—and it’s ready to eat in about 10 minutes (the packaging says it cooks in four minutes, but it definitely took longer than that for me). Here’s what it looks like:

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I’m guessing that many of the nutrients that come in forbidden rice are lost in the processing—this has virtually no fiber, for example—but the texture and nutty taste were so good that I don’t really mind (plus, each block of ramen does have six grams of protein). I made a batch on Sunday, sauteed some chicken and veggies in sesame oil, and tossed it all in a sauce made from more sesame oil, vinegar, powdered peanut butter, and some Sriracha. Then I topped the whole thing with bean sprouts and a drizzle of Sriracha. Take a look:

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I’ll definitely be adding this dish to my regular rotation. I love when non-recipe recipes (things you make just by gut and taste without really measuring ingredients or following instructions) turn out so well. Do you have any favorite recipes? Share them in the comments—I’m always looking for more!

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Well-Intentioned is Now on Bloglovin!

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 2.44.12 PM A proper post is coming later today, but in the meantime, I wanted to share the news that you can now follow my blog with Bloglovin. If you haven’t checked out the site yet, it’s a fun and easy way to keep up with the latest posts from all of your favorite blogs. Some of the sites I follow on it include Smitten Kitchen, Cup of Jo, and Oh Happy Day!—and I also discovered some fun new blogs on Bloglovin, like Peace Love Nutrition and IHeart Organizing. I hope you’ll create your own feed and follow me!