Hey everybody, it’s Tuesday! People tend to dislike Tuesdays, but I disagree with that sentiment, I rather like them. It means I survived Monday.

Anyways kids, today I would like to talk about what happens when you step away from your laptop and go outside.

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Yep. Outside. Apparently there is a whole world out there called “nature” (pronounced like nay-churr, for those of you like me, who haven’t really been immersed in it since last fall and forget what it’s like) Boy, is it spectacular.

Eric and I can be workaholics laptop-aholics. Wait, let me rephrase. Every weekend there comes a point when we belly up to our laptops because we say we have work to do. Which we do. But with the internet just sitting there practically begging us to watch funny dog videos on youtube or look at stuff judgmentally on reddit, it’s not always work that takes priority.

Anyways, on Sunday the weather was gorgeous so we decided to pull our noses away from our computer screens and go for a hike in the great outdoors.

(Btw, we didn’t take a single picture while we were out there, which I’m now kicking myself over, so please be aware that the following photos, gifs and diagrams are improvised.)

Don’t get me wrong, we love hiking, but this first nature walk of the year was a little outside our comfort zone.

First, before we even got outside it took about an hour to figure out how to dress for this activity. I’m still not even sure how that was possible considering this was sort of a last minute idea while we were at his house and the only clothes I had were the ones I was wearing. Jeans and flats. Totally appropriate apparel for a city hike, 110% inappropriate for a nature hike. But that didn’t stop us. Eric was going to change into normal athletic clothes, but in a show of solidarity, he too stayed in jeans.

The next question was coat or no coat? This turned out to be a lengthier decision process than one might think. I believe this sentence came out of my mouth at one point: “I mean, I kinda want my coat because it’s cool in the shade but then again it’s nice in the sun and I guess when we’re hiking we’re going to get hot, but what if all the trees provide too much shade and we get too cold?”  Eric responded with “Yeah, how long is this going to take? Is it going to be dark by the time we get back?” We both paused and thought about that for a second.

Keep in mind it was 2 in the afternoon, and the trail is a little over 3 miles long.

Yeah. We were acting like aliens who had never before walked on planet Earth.

So, how did we end up settling the coat matter you wonder? Answer- we were both so hot from all that discussion and pacing around the room we decided on no coats.

Finally, we embarked on this hike simultaneously over-excited and under-prepared.

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Right away, the steepness of the hill we encountered just to get to the trail posed a greater threat than we anticipated. We turned back to get Gatorade.

Ok, now we were ready.

Once we got to the trail it was great. The path is technically around a “pond” as it’s officially called, but as we hiked around the circumference Eric and I both agreed a more accurate term would be “lake”. “Pond” really doesn’t do justice to this immense body of water.

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You get the idea.

There were a couple times we came to a fork in the path. Inevitably, there was a sunny route and a shady route. Our motto was “follow the water” so we tended to stick to the route that more closely wove around the “lake” which was usually the shadier of the two paths. Next time we’ll take the sunny route. New rule is always take the sunny route. There was nothing wrong with the shady routes per se, but they certainly weren’t the pretty routes. And they certainly weren’t the easy terrain routes either.

All good though. We had the best time once we got going. We were talking and laughing and taking in fresh air the whole way. Once we were almost 3 miles in, Eric even proclaimed that he was down for another couple loops around the lake.

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However, when we arrived back at our starting point a few minutes later and we had to choose between going around again or going back to his place and make smoothies, the latter beat the former by a unanimous vote of 2-0. Smoothies it was.

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The smoothies we made actually turned out super good so I’ll have to post the recipe one Friday in the future. (Not this Friday, because we have a very special guest smoothie-maker this week: my mother!)

Anyways, all in all, Eric and I had a blast. We saw butterflies and birds and we were one with nature and all that awesome stuff. If only we were wearing proper footwear we may have even gotten around the lake more than once. (Seriously, we called it quits after one lap because of the footwear, not because we were both sweaty and tired and hungry.)

So there you have it, friends. That’s what happens when you’re not at your laptop.

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Are you a city, suburb, or country person?? Do you ever feel like a fish out of water when you’re not in your element?

Are you glued to your computers as much as Eric and I? (please say yes…)

 

 

 

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had great weekends! What did you do? I can’t believe it’s Monday already, my weekend flew by.

So, on Saturday I went to an 8am Bar Method class and afterwards I ran a mile to my gym, ran for another 35 minutes on the treadmill and hobbled ran another mile home.

Needless to say, by lunchtime I was STARVING. My boyfriend Eric- who I usually hang out with all weekend- had to do some work for a couple hours, so I was left to my own devices for lunch. I ended up making a turkey and swiss sandwich with sprouts and honey mustard on an everything bagel. So good.

Just when I was thinking lunch just doesn’t get any better than a turkey/swiss bagel, I turned on the TV and Clueless was on Comedy Central.

I KNOW.

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Best movie ever.

I was so utterly psyched with this fitness-lunch-movie trifecta that I found myself at a rare loss for words. And that, my friends, is the story behind why this week’s theme is: Say What??

In other words, songs with gibberish, la la la’s, and made up words in the lyrics.

Spotify: Say What?? Mixtape

  1. waka waka – shakira
  2. black betty- ram jam
  3. crocodile rock – elton john
  4. shoop – salt n pepa
  5. louie louie – the kingsmen
  6. dragostea din tei (numa numa song) – ozone
  7. obla di obla da – the beatles
  8. mm bop – hanson
  9. do wah diddy diddy – manfred mann
  10. brown eyed girl – van morrison

(I actually thought of enough songs for nearly two mixtapes, so there will have to be a Say What Part 2 at some point in the future.)

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This is what I looked like as I chair-danced while I ate my sandwich, watched Clueless, and made this playlist.

Actually, the fact that I was chair dancing and not actually dancing on my feet speaks to how tired I was after my morning o’fitness. I normally dance around the room as I make these mixes. It’s how I test for quality. If a song comes on that makes me want to stop dancing, it gets the boot.

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How was your weekend??

Did you have any good workouts?

Do you ever chair dance? Perhaps in the car, at work, while having lunch, other??

 

Hey there food fans! It’s Friday!

(Food is my first favorite F word)

Hope everyone has been having a great week. And if you haven’t, well, cheer up because it’s almost over.

So, back by popular demand today is Bevan:

Bevan!

Bevan!

Bevan, of Bevan’s Beverages (not a real store yet, but soon will be) makes the best, most delicious, healthiest smoothies you could possibly dream of.

Unfortunately, however, this post comes with some bad news: Bevan’s dad is in the hospital. Everybody please send your good thoughts and prayers to Mr. Mahaney!

But there is still a silver lining to this story: The other day as Mr M was coming out of surgery, Bevan showed up at the hospital with Soul Strength smoothies for her mom and dad. She said that even though her dad wasn’t supposed to have any food the hospital didn’t first sign off on, he instantly improved after drinking this smoothie. It brightened his mood, his outlook improved and as Bevan said, “it was cool and easy on the throat and even easier on the soul.”

It’s amazing what the power of food made with love can do :)

 Soul Strength Smoothie

frozen pineapple

frozen banana

frozen blueberries

2 cups of coconut water

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (vegaone)

1/2 scoop tropical protein powder (vegaone)

1 tablespoon maca powder

Blend it all up and voila, SMAGIC! (yeah that word is here to stay)

 

What’s your favorite feel-good food?

What are you looking forward to doing this weekend??

 

 

Welcome back to the Great 8 List, all!

Why 8 you ask? Well, in addition to rhyming so well with the word “great” (thus providing a catchy title for my countdown) the number 8 is also my lucky number. (The number 2 is my other lucky number, but two items does not a countdown make).

Also, studies prove that absolutely everybody is a little more ADD today than they were yesterday, and a little less ADD than they will be tomorrow. So a Great 8 List has all the benefits of a Top 10, without those last two things that nobody has time for anyways.

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Sometimes when I’m about to collapse in the middle of a workout, I smile. Yeah, I just put a big ol’ goofy grin on my face and I swear it gets some of those endorphins stirring, takes away some of the pain, and I realize that if I’m smiling it means I’m not dying and I’m able to pull through to the end.

Speaking of which, when was the last time you had a good belly laugh? I’m talking about a tears-streaming-down-your-cheeks, stomach-hurting, gasping-for-air, face-so-contorted-you-look-downright-ugly type laugh? Those can be hard to come by, so if you have someone in your life that you can always turn to for one of those, be thankful every day for that person :)

Life is not without tragedy, in fact it’s a surety. Managing to keep a sense of humor is sometimes our last defense. I think a lot of people in Boston are still trying to breathe normally after last week, so I’d just like to remind everyone to smile today, even if you don’t feel like it. It’s more important now than ever.

So with that in mind, today’s Great 8 list is: 8 Quotes on Laughter to Make You Smile.

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8. “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” -Robert Frost

7. “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.” – Kurt Vonnegut

6. “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” – Erma Bombeck

5.  “Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.” -W.H. Auden

4. “Laughter is carbonated holiness.” -Anne Lamott

3. “Laughter is poison to fear.” -George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones.

2. “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” — Dr. Seuss

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–Who in your life makes you laugh the hardest??