I’m ready for a weekend and a fresh start. I think I ate at least one leftover birthday cupcake every day this week… note to self, stashing them in the freezer does not “hide” them. I also finished up the ice cream in the freezer. Somebody had to do it.
Despite indulging, I did have some healthier favorites this week, both in food and fitness:
1) Kale Chips:
I can’t get enough of these lately! The trick is to dry the kale pieces completely in a salad spinner, massage the olive oil into the leaves and keep the oven on a low heat, around 275-300 so they get crisp without burning (about 20 minutes, flipping at least once). I like to top them with a little salt and nutritional yeast.
2) New dumbbells:
I received these dumbbells as a Christmas gift. It’s so nice to have a heavier pair of weights at home for circuit workouts. I signed up for Tina’s Boot camp and skipped most of the first two weeks as I recovered from the marathon, but now I’m back on track and loving it.
3) Oat Milk:
I recently talked about my love of almond milk. Since then, I came across a study about the dangers of carrageenan, which is commonly added to soy and almond milk (here’s a great post about it in layman’s terms). Even at Whole Foods, I had trouble finding a non-dairy milk without it until I came across this oat milk. I’ve used it in smoothies this week and it’s done the job well.
4) New shoes!
It was time for a shoe update! I was torn between my beloved Brooks Glycerin and the Mizuno Wave Riders I used this past cycle, but decided to stick with Mizunos for now. They’re so light and comfy.
5) Sparkly Headbands:
Sparkly Soul sent me this fun green one, and it was perfect timing for Wednesday’s windy run. It even helped me add my first bit of intensity back since the marathon – a 5.5 mile progression run, with the last mile at 7:02 pace.
I love how snug and comfy these bands are. It kept all the stray hairs out of my face, and added a little bit of color and sparkle! Pretty cute, no?
After a much needed hair
chop cut, the band was especially useful…
Head bands will now be part of my regular hair wrangling running routine!
In addition to providing headbands as one of February’s 5 by the 5th prizes, Sparkly Soul is also offering a wide and thin band of choice for any reader. Use the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway.
Finally, the winners of the Paleo for Athletes books were #291, Lauren (unlikelyrunner) and #195 Lizzie S. Congrats, ladies! Email me your mailing address and I’ll get those sent out.
What are you loving this week?