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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??

 

So, it was really windy during my walk to work this morning. Don’t worry, my hair still looks great.

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As most of you know, I live in Boston (Go Sox!). And I love living in Boston (Go Pats!) for several reasons, one of them being that I don’t need a car. First of all, when I’m behind the wheel I’m a menace to the road and will freely admit that. Second of all, I LOVE walking everywhere. Walking is sort of my work-out-without-actually-working-out workout.

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For example, I walk to and from work every day (unless it’s apocolypting outside, which happened a few times this winter). It’s a mile each way, so even if I do absolutely nothing else that day, at least I have 2 miles under my belt. Plus the Whole Foods I go to is located a mile from my work and a mile from my home (literally forming a triangle between the three) so if I go there after work- bam- that’s 3 miles that day. I love it. I pop my ear buds in, whip on some shades, turn up the cool jams and I’m on my way.

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Confession: I have been known to start strutting when a song I like comes on, but INEVITABLY I will trip. I will trip over an uneven sidewalk, a curb, my own feet, whatever. Seriously. I can not strut to music without tripping. Is there a support group for this? Maybe I need to start lifting my knees higher or something.

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I’ll work on it.

The other great thing about Boston (Go Bruins!) is the wind factor. Whomever dubbed Chicago the windy city, obviously never visited Boston (Go Celtics!). Granted, it is not that favorable of a quality in the winter, nor on days like today when my hair looks like someone took a vacuum to the top of my head, but in the warmer months that breeze is divine.

Without it, after walking everywhere I would be a sweaty mess, especially when I’m doing that fast walk/jog thing that I do when I’m running late (or being followed by the Boston Common landscaping truck). And nobody likes to be a sweaty mess when they roll into the office.

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Anyhoozle, my point is: walking is good. If you don’t live in a location where walking as a means of transportation is logical, go for a walk around the block. People tend to overlook walks because our mentality seems to be, ‘well, if I’m not in the mood to run then I’m not going to do anything.’ However, a walk can be just as beneficial – and God knows more enjoyable- as a run for relieving stress, trimming down, giving your joints a break, lowering cholesterol/blood pressure and releasing all those happy endorphins we love so much.

I’m not advocating replacing jogging with walking. Not at all. In fact quite the opposite. Keep running, Forrest, keep running. I’m just saying, finding a way to work in a low impact workout is a great habit to get into.

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mixtape

Welcome back to Mixtape Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Awesome news- there was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal scientifically proving the correlation between listening to good music and having a good workout.

Now, I realize that exactly none of you are currently peeling your jaws off the floor after being gobsmacked by that bombshell of information that just exploded on you, and I know that at least a few of you are currently thinking:

Dear Science,

We already knew that.

Love Always,

Everybody

However, the article is a really interesting read and I highly suggest taking a peek. Turns out that syncing your pace to an upbeat tempo throughout your workout can build endurance faster than listening to boring music/no music at all.

My favorite part touched upon the psychological aspect- pumping up the jams while you’re debating with yourself over whether or not you’re in the mood to exercise can be the biggest motivating factor of all. Similar to a stimulant, the right beat will give you that boost of energy you need to get your butt to the gym.

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And for all you numbers people out there, the article brought in math and ratios and heart rates and oxygen intake measurements and beats per minute along with varying degrees of this and that… I forget the official algorithm but it was something along the lines of:

Exercise + Music = Heck Yeah

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So, now that it is a scientifically proven fact that without a good mixtape, your workout is infinitely more likely to be a drag (if it happens at all), let’s get to the tunes shall we:

This week’s mixtape theme is: SHAKE

Spotify: Shake Mixtape

1. country girl- shake it for me -luke bryan

2. money maker- ludacris, pharrell

3. jump in the line (shake senora)- harry belafonte

4. you shook me all night long – ac/dc

5. shake that – eminem, nate dogg

6. harlem shake – baauer

7. shake ya tailfeather – p. diddy, nelly, murphy lee

8. tambourine – eve

9. get busy – sean paul

10. milkshake – kelis

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"Monday- one day. Tuesday- two day. Wednesday- When? What day? Thursday! The third day." -Joey Tribiani

“Monday- one day. Tuesday- two day. Wednesday- When? Huh? What day? Thursday! The third day.” -Joey Tribbiani

Happy Thursday, all! And welcome to the first installment of The Great 8 List!

Top 10 lists are good, Great 8 lists are better.

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. You’re welcome, blogosphere.

So without further ado, I present:

8 things to think about during your workout instead of how much pain you’re in:

8. If something has been weighing on your mind lately, try thinking about it during the most intense part of your workout. You may find that it provides a perspective free of mental clutter, resulting in a course of action.

7. How funny Kim Kardashian’s face looks when she tries to cry though all the botox and fillers:

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6A.  This is a two parter- if it was up to you, what would you name Prince William and Duchess Kate’s baby if it turns out to be a girl?

6B. And what about if it’s a boy?

5. Try to figure out what monster is going to be the next big trendy thing after vampires and werewolves use up their 15 minutes. Mummies? Frankenstein? Minotaurs??

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4. Smile. The endorphins that get released from even forcing a smile can result in a decrease in pain.

3. Get really into whatever song is playing. Whatever movement you’re doing, do it to the beat, kinda like you’re dancing. (Or, exactly like you’re dancing)

2. If you just broke up with someone/just starting something new with someone/ in the middle of something longterm/ or just single and loving it, think about how absolutely awesome you’re going to look out of revenge/ nervous excitement/keeping things fresh/or for yourself, respectively.

AND 1. If you’ve exhausted this entire list and you’re still in pain, maybe just take it down a notch. Like, maybe just ease up from a 10 to a 9. Go ahead. It’s alright. Nobody around you will notice because everybody else is too busy focusing on whether or not anyone else just noticed that they, too, just took it down a notch.