The Longest Day of the Year

Kicking off Summer 2012 with a heat wave sounds great to me! I love this time of year, when you get daylight before AND after work. Somehow, it’s not quite so hard to wake up for yoga at 5:30am when the sun is already shining and it’s a balmy 90 degrees outside.

For this reason, summer is great time to get started forming those healthy habits you’ve been avoiding! The weather is better for outdoor activities, you should have more energy thanks to the extra vitamin D and fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables never tasted so good.

If you start now and form the habit, come February you probably won’t even notice how terrible you feel as you try to scrape the ice off your windshield in the pitch black darkness so you can drive to the gym, wondering if it’s actually 4am or 4pm, or if it even matters…Yay for summer! right?

Please note that there is BROCCOLI on the pizza my niece Halle is diving pig-tails first into. She’s totally taking part in the summer health kick as well:

HAPPY and HEALTHY SUMMER!!!

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How is Sunday the first day of the week, and also the weekEND?

Something to ponder. In Costa Rica, the calendar had Monday as the first day of the week, somehow it just seems more logical.

While I haven’t been the most productive blogger lately, I have been loving reading and getting inspiration from other peoples blogs, you know the people who actually write in their blogs and are probably productive members of society too.

An old friend from home wrote a very eye-opening blog post this week about the importance of listening to your body. A great reminder that life isn’t a one-size-fits all deal, and you have to do what’s right for YOU… or else! ( and by old friend I mean someone I’ve known for a very long time not someone old in years. Do ‘old’ people even blog?!)

Another friend who recently started her OWN business Zesty Living just hosted her very first wellness workshop here in Boston. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it, but am very much looking forward to the next one! Luckily she posted a recap on her blog (Healthy Chicks), so I can still get some great tips about eating wholefoods and avoiding the diet trap there.

With such busy weeks, the past few weekends have been spent getting some much needed sleep and downtime. I’ve been working out every day during the week, and taking the weekend off. Weekly workout schedule has gone something like this:

Monday: 6am Power Yoga, 3 mile run at lunch

Tuesday: Lift at lunch

Wednesday: 6am Power Yoga, 4 mile run at lunch

Thursday: Lift at lunch

Friday: 3 mile run

I am missing my long runs on the weekends, but honestly my legs have not felt right since the 1/2 marathon last month. Despite the regular yoga practice, I am all of a sudden having knee pain, IT pain ,achilles pain, quad pain, etc. I am usually NEVER injured, so I’m not quite sure what’s going on. I plan on making a stop in the New England Running Company today for some brand new sneakers, maybe they will help! Or maybe I’m just getting old (can’t be true. I’m still blogging…occasionally)

Oh, and by the way

Happy Sunday, especially to all you Dad’s out there ❤ There was a very moving story about a single dad on NPR Friday morning, it’s a very appropriate Father’s Day tribute.

When Life Gives You Lemons…

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When life gives you lemons, you can try to make lemon bars from scratch. And fail miserably:Image

Then you can forget the lemons, and just enjoy a glass of vino instead:

 

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It happens.

 

The weekend was very productive,despite the failed baking fiasco- I will also note that despite looking disgusting, the lemon mush actually tastes delicious! Although my long, short week was followed by a short, short weekend, I am happy that the apartment is cleaned, the dog is groomed and I even fit in a fun 6 mile run with great friends today between rain showers!

 

I thought I might enjoy my wine while catching up on some TV shows via On Demand tonight, but Mango (ever the remote control hog) had already occupied the couch and insisted on watching the Celtics game.

 

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#1 Fan!

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So, while he watches the game I plan on writing out my workout and eating plan for the week. I’m seriously debating going to hot yoga at 6am tomorrow, I couldn’t think of a better way to start out a Monday. BUT I’m still seriously overtired, and I may or may not have fallen asleep in a Downward Dog pose in last Friday’s class ( this has happened to me before during shavasana,but never upside down balancing on my hands) . Maybe if I stop blogging now and get to bed the chances of me falling asleep and plunging face first into the hardwood floors in class tomorrow will be a little less likely…

 

On that note, good night… And go Celtics!!!

 

Long, Short week

Did anyone else experience this? It was a short week with the holiday Monday, but I felt like it just went on forever. This might be due to the fact that I hardly slept, at all. I did the power yoga classes in Waltham at 6:15am on Wednesday and Friday. I love how doing yoga in the morning makes me feel, but having to wake up at 5:15am to get there is quite a commitment. I’m finally turning into less of a monster more of a morning person, it’s the late afternoon where the over-tiredness really kicks in, and I’ve been totally lagging and craving sweets and junk food by 3pm BAD.This feeling, and the average of 5 hours of sleep I’m getting (http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/lack-of-sleep-weight-gain) counteracts many of the benefits I’m getting from yoga and working out, so I definitely need to work on this!

The problem is, there is just so much I want to do! My commute and work schedule makes for long days to start with. A normal day I leave my apartment in Boston at 7AM and I get home at 6:30pm, so if I want to do anything fun (ie actually live my life) I have to fit it in before or after work, and this week I just tried to get the fun in before AND after. As aforementioned, the before fun was yoga, and the after fun included:

Wednesday night: YAPPY hour at the Liberty Hotel. Swanky hotel, fun outdoor bar, music, mingling AND you don’t have to feel guilty about leaving your dog home all night while you go have fun. Mango seemed a little nervous and out of his element at first but after a few Gin&Tonics special dog treats, he loosened up and had a great time! We’ll be going here a lot this summer.

Thursday night: 1st KICKBALL LEAGUE. Yes, I joined an old-school kickball team with a bunch of people from my company and will be playing Thursday nights this summer. I’m sure there will be plenty of photos to share, in fact this might warrant it’s own separate blog. Randomly, the bar that hosts us post game is a COSTA RICAN bar in Waltham called Boca Bar. I felt instantly at home, and look forward to a weekly Imperial, gallo pinto and dancing to latino music.

Friday Night: We got our Tequila on at Mija in Faniuel Hall with dog park friends. We’ve met a great group of neighbors from the park, and after months of standing around together in rain, sleet and snow trying to force our dogs to play and waiting for them to relieve themselves, we’ve all kind of bonded and even go out drinking without our dogs sometimes (it’s rare that our dogs go out drinking without us though).

So this has been my crazy long short week. Luckily, I got plenty of sleep over the long Memorial Day weekend last week. Ross and I stayed at a B&B in North Conway called the Buttonwood Inn. There is a blog post coming dedicated to this very special place, stay tuned.

This well-deserved lazy Saturday (I’m sorry, but I am SO happy it is raining right now) is going to be spent running errands, cleaning and catching up on that sleep thing.

Do you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night, or do you have more of a ‘Carpe Diem, you can sleep when you’re dead’ routine going?