It’s Friday!!!

And normally at this blog Friday means it’s time to talk about FOOD. But I feel like doing something a little different today. And since it’s my blog and I make the rules, that’s whats going to happen.

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Rather than my usual Foodstuff Friday post I’ve decided to do an inspirational blog round up instead. Now, for the record, I could LITERALLY include just about all of the blogs that I read.

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(Because I only read awesome blogs.)

But I’m only highlighting three today. These three have recently featured posts that have just really stuck with me over the course of this week:

Fun.Fit.Femme.

(Technically there are 2 posts):

Sara’s Post: On Failure

Natalie’s Post: From 13.1 to 26.2

If you’re looking for some inspiration or some renewed motivation for your workouts (or just in life in general) read these posts. Sara and Natalie talk about how running is not all PR’s and runner’s highs. You can train and train and still get a face full of disappointment on race day. Or you can do a run that you’ve done hundreds of times but suddenly be unable to finish without walking. But rather than letting the “I suck” voice get too loud, quiet it with a: “Well, I may not have achieved ___, but I did achieve ___, and I’m going to do better next time.” In other words, forgive your awesome self and move on to the next challenge even hungrier than you were before.

Work In Sweats Mama:

Nicole’s post: Help End Child Hunger

Ending child hunger sounds like a tall order, but Nicole has a way of rallying you so that you seriously feel like it’s possible. That’s some really good rallying!! I love this post because it not only brings awareness to the cause, but she includes ways you can actually help. And she’s not talking about child hunger in third world countries, she’s talking about the 1 in 3 kids in these United States who aren’t getting proper nutrition. Millions of kids who depend on school lunches during the year go without meals during the summer.  Go read, you’ll want to help.

Seize The Latte:

Lillian recently posted about some pretty traumatic news. But that’s not the inspirational post I’m referring to, although it deserves to be here too.  However, I’m referring to the post she wrote a few days after receiving this terrible news.

Lillian’s post: The Health Benefits of Gratitude

It is SO easy to curl up into a ball, curse the world and completely lose your faith sometimes. But rather than taking that route, Lillian decided to strengthen her faith and be thankful for everything that she does have. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further my friend.

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Alright, that is it for me.  Today it’s about giving the aforementioned blogs the spotlight and credit they deserve for being great.

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Have a spectacular weekend!! And happy Father’s Day to all the dads!!

What are you doing this weekend?

Anyone currently lacking motivation? What do you do when that happens?

What’s your favorite thing to read for a little inspiration?

 

 

Happy Thursday!

Man alive I’m happy it’s almost the weekend. I have spent this week with my nose glued to my iphone. Nope, not because I’m that popular. Nope, not because I’ve been sending scandalous photos to people on Snapchat. It’s because I have been playing Candy Crush Saga.

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I didn’t even know this game existed until last weekend when Eric mentioned it’s sweeping the world and officially more popular than Angry Birds.

And I didn’t even download it until the lovely Amanda mentioned it in her post on Monday and I was like “huh, let’s see what all the fuss is about. It can’t possibly be as addicting as Angry Birds.”

Oh.

My.

Gosh.

You guys.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, download it. Give it a whirl. Warning: Crack is less addicting.

I would make this intro longer, but I’m candy crushing it at the moment, and I don’t want to lose my groove.

Top 8 Signs You’re Already Addicted to Candy Crush

8. When you close your eyes you see falling candy on the back of your eyelids.

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7. You only pay attention to people in 25 minute increments while you wait for more lives.

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6. The Destiny’s Child lyric “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly” has an entirely new meaning.

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5. You rearranged your iphone apps so that all the colors line up.

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4. You try to get everyone you know to play it so they understand what you’re talking about.

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3. This photo makes you really happy:

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2. Whether you considered yourself religious or not before you met this game, you are now:

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So, do you play Candy Crush?

What’s your favorite app game be it video game, card game, word game, or other?

 

So I mentioned on Monday that I watched the French Open on Sunday. What you do not yet know is the role tennis has played in my life over the years.

You see, I come from a family of exceptional tennis players. Exceptionally competitive, that is. Remember the ping pong tournaments? Practice for the courts. Also remember how I mentioned that I do a lot of trash talking in ping pong? Well tennis is a whole ‘nother racket sport entirely, my friends. I don’t even try talking trash, because then you could retort with something like “oh yeah? I bet my baby sister could kick your butt” and you know what, that’s probably an accurate assessment.

I love tennis, but the sport does not come naturally to me. The concept of getting a furry neon ball into a very specific space that is 50 feet away from me and protected by a waist-high barrier, aka “the net” is like asking me to skydive and land on the Empire State Building’s observation deck. Depending on how the wind’s blowing- I’m just never going to hit it. If possible, I like to make sure I have two courts side by side to use, because the person playing against me will probably need to run onto the adjoining court in order to return my shot. I mean, you don’t have to play the “out” balls if you don’t want to, but we’re not going to have many rallies if you insist on being a stickler like that.

Growing up, every Thanksgiving and every Mothers Day weekend we would play a family game of tennis. I am not kidding when I say they had to draw straws to decide who got stuck with me on their team.

Like, just to paint you a mental picture here:

My mom- her net game is famous, her victory dance is legendary.

My dad- a year round tennis/paddle tennis player.

My brother- natural athlete, can pick up a piece of athletic equipment for a sport he’s never played before and dominate.

My sister- at 12 she was playing against boys on the varsity team at my high school.

Me-

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Of course we’d just play for bragging rights, but bragging rights are a big thing in my family. I still haven’t lived down the paddle tournament of ’01 when my hands were too cold to hold the racket properly, which led to a loss of epic proportions for Team Charlotte. Using cold hands as an excuse around my fam is the equivalent of being the 1953 armistice in the eyes of North Korea. It’s invalid.

If you are cold, it simply means you’re not running around the court fast enough. Or so my mom says.

So on my side of the court there’s usually a lot of this:

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And this:

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Aaand this:

ADAM PALLY, ELISHA CUTHBERT

Meanwhile on the other side of the net, there’s this:

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And occasionally this:

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Therefore, I have nothing but total awe and respect for the pro tennis players of the world. It is very hard to do what they do. Unfortunately for all the regular tennis players, I LOVE to play. So you might meet me on a court one day. If that’s the case, I look forward to meting your baby sister.

How do you feel about tennis- yay or nay? Are you good?

Whats your favorite racket sport?

Random question- do you watch the Voice? Did you watch last night?? (I’m so psyched with the results!)

 

Hey guys! Lets talk about butts today.

Between you, me and the rest of the internet, my glutes are SO SORE today. I can’t sit down. Well, I can but then it’s hard to get up. And once I’m up it’s hard to walk. Stairs? Nope. I’m having a first-floor-only kind of day.

Bar Method on Sunday kicked my butt into next week. Literally. And now that I’m here I find myself in pain and unable to move without wincing.

Amazingly if you Google “kick your butt into next week” Bar Method comes up in the image search. I kid you not.

If I was Chris Traeger I’d be all: “My butt is LITERALLY so sore right now”

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Chandler Bing: “Could my butt BE any more sore”

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Karen Walker: “Honey, whats this? Whats going on here? Whats happening, why won’t my butt let me go up these stairs?”

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Jerry Seinfeld: “Whats the deal with butt exercises?”

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Elle Woods: “You helped me go from a size 6 to a 4 with Brooke’s Butt-Buster workout.”

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Ok that last one was just a slightly misquoted line from Legally Blonde, but it’s topical and it’s been in my head since I woke up this morning. Bar Method is a butt-buster workout. Y’all need to get in on this.

The exercise we did Sunday had us with our backs to the barre as we slid one foot along the wall behind us at a diagonal in small pulsing motions. It doesn’t sound hard when I type it out, but it’s SO HARD.

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But it doesn’t stop there. Almost every exercise we do in that class works the glutes in one way or another. Your posture is the most important factor in making sure each exercise targets the muscle(s) it’s supposed to, and the teachers are amazing at making sure you’ve hit it.

But the reason to do glute work goes wayyyy beyond having a cute behind.

Since I know that if there’s one reason you come to this blog, it’s for all the cold hard facts and scientific information I throw at you, behold the following article. This is a really interesting read on the importance of strong glutes- especially for all you runners- in order to avoid injury in your hips, knees, ankles, calves, lower back, posture and basically all the muscles and joints in your body today as well as later in life:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/when-the-diagnosis-is-dead-butt-syndrome/

Do you do butt exercises?

Which ones?

What was the last workout you did that made you painfully sore for a couple days?