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Welcome to Mixtape Monday! Where every week Commitness to Fitness makes a brand spankin’ new workout themed playlist for your listening enjoyment.

In my opinion, having good music is 90% of the motivation battle. If the music is bad or overplayed, my workout is painful. Yet if there is no music at all, that, my friend, is my workout’s death sentence. In other words, whatever exercise I’m doing will literally come to a screeching halt if my electronic music device dies. If I have weights in my hands, I will put them down and promptly exit the gym. If I’m on a run, I will stop dead in my tracks and start walking home like Forrest Gump when he decided he didn’t feel like running anymore. The music is just that important, you know what I mean?

Today’s mixtape theme is: MOVE

move mixtape  

1.break my stride-matthew wilder

2. move like you stole it – zz ward

3. bust a move – young mc

4. i feel the earth move- carole king

5. movin out – billy joel

6. move that body -nelly

7. move this- technotronic

8. the way you move – outkast

9. moves like jagger- maroon 5

10. watch me move- fefe dobson

Spotify: Move Mixtape

It’s Foodstuff Friday!

Because we all deserve a little indulgence at the end of the week.

 

Today’s recipe is my all time favorite cocktail, The Aqueduct:

aqueduct

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz white Curacao or triple sec
  • 0.5 oz apricot-flavored brandy
  • garnish: orange or lime twist

Procedure:

Simply combine ingredients in shaker and add ice. Shake shake shake.  Strain into chilled cocktail glass, add twist and enjoy.

Its divine.

I’m pronouncing the title in my head like “wor-KOUT-fit”. I think its catchy. ANYWAYS, lets talk about workout outfits for a moment.  The workoutfit has experienced a remarkable evolution in a very short time span.

1950s:

50s

1960s:

It doesnt look like anyone worked out in the 60s. See kids, drugs are bad.

1970s:

70s

1980s:

80s

1990s:

Umbros!

Umbros!

Aaand the aughts/teens :

2000s

Today it’s allll about the yoga pants. Which I love, by the way. They’re flattering to just about any body shape, as long as you wear the right size. The problem is- no matter how curvy or how skinny you are-  when you wear yoga pants that are too small, we can see your butt through your pants.

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Yup. We can all see your butt.

I’m not trying to shame anyone, because I have totally been guilty of this in the past. You probably don’t even realize its happening. I certainly didn’t, until my mother pointed it out one day when we were on vacation together.

But, that’s just what moms and blogs are for. Which is why I’m reminding everyone that its important to do a quick check in a full length mirror -in natural light -before you go out into the world. The world does not want to see your booty. I’m sorry. And you’re welcome.

 

 

So, even though springtime in Boston is a little more The Day After Tomorrow type apocalyptic snow covered wasteland wintery than one might like, it’s a fact that summer is right around the corner. Aka bathing suit season.

Ughh jogging. Perhaps some people are lucky in the sense doing some toning work is all they need to stay fit, but I need the cardio aspect to actually lose weight. Over the winter I managed to get on the treadmill a hand-full of times.

And by a hand-full of times I mean it never happened. Well, it happened once but I was jogging so slowly I’m not sure it counts.  I could have walked at that speed to be honest. The thing with jogging- besides the inherent agony-  is that I am not a pretty jogger.

I sweat profusely from every pore of my body. I get ridiculously ugly when I run. My face turns neon red, sometimes purple, my hair gets drenched from full on head sweat and my face must wear a ghastly expression judging from the way people grimace when I shuffle whiz by them. Oh and this transformation takes all of a half mile, running at a 10 minute pace, to complete.

To all of you who manage to stay pretty while running: How??? Is there a secret I don’t know about? A breathing technique? A mind trick – Jedi or otherwise?

One time last summer while I was on a run, I literally had a woman ask me if I was ok as I jogged in place next to her waiting for the light to turn green. Yes, yes, I’m fine. Nothing to see here folks but a perfectly normal person out for a jog who just happens to be a color you have never before seen in nature. Nooo biggie.

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