Friday, September 28, 2012

New Habits

When it comes to habits I want to develop or want to break, the list is endless. Take the task of healthy living, for example. This consists of tons of habits in itself. Going to bed earlier, working out more, eating more vegetables, skipping dessert, etc. Just listing it all out sends my head spinning. It's no wonder that every time I give myself the task of "being healthier" that ultimately something breaks down and I fall into old habits.

Months ago I read a post on one of my favorite blogs the No Meat Athlete. Matt wrote a post titled Limitless. I highly encourage reading it, but basically my take away was that rather than try to conquer numerous goals at once, just take a month at a time to adjust to each new habit. As Matt stated, if you change one habit a month, then in three years you'll be up to 36 new habits.  Heck, after a year you'll have 12 new habits!

The post really resonated with me, but there was always some excuse not to try something new, to hold on to old habits, or to the need to try to correct everything all at once. With October starting Monday, I feel ready to tackle a new habit. Even now, knowing that baby steps are the key, I find myself unable to pick one habit for October. Do I want to bring my lunch every day or do I want to wake up earlier? Should I try to foam roll each day or do I want to start by kicking my soda habit? So many decisions!

Right now, my thoughts are to start waking up earlier. It's no secret that I've struggled with becoming an AM gym-goer, but it's something I really want to conquer. I know that preparing everything the night before doesn't cut it. Classes help but still doesn't always give me the push that I need. Even knowing that is my one and only chance to get in a workout doesn't do the trick.

In the spirit of baby steps, I will take one Monday morning. I will simply wake-up one hour earlier. I don't have to go to the gym (though there is a spin class I'd love to attend), my primary goal is just to wake-up. I'm hoping that just forcing myself to get out of bed will be a step in the right direction. I mean the choice between snuggling in bed with Rob or getting out of my warm bed to push myself through a workout is a hard choice. If I'm already out of my comfy bed, maybe it won't be so hard of a choice.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Show House

On Monday, I went to a General Membership Meeting for the Boston Junior League. I can't believe this is already my 5th year as part of the League!

I primarily joined the Junior League as a way to meet women in the city and to have the opportunity to attend fun events at exciting places around the city. As a member I found that hands-down my favorite part has been the community service aspect!

Each year JLB members are given a placement and become part of a committee with a specific mission. I've always been a part of one of the community service committees and taken away so much from each placement. I worked a personal shopper for Dress for Success Boston, and eventually lead this committee for two years. I also served as part of the League's Kids in the Kitchen initiative, and this year I am on the Healthworks Foundation placement. While each of these placements had their own goals, they all ultimately are geared toward improving the community. What's not to love about that?

The League is a non-profit and hosts a variety of fundraisers to help it fund the volunteer training and operation costs that go into these and other community projects. This year, the Junior League of Boston is bringing back one of its most popular fundraisers, the Show House!

Ever since I joined the League, I've heard about Show House, but this is the first time they've held one since I've been a member. The basics of this Show House are that 35 designers have donated their time to transform a historic home in Newton. Each has decorated a space in the home, and for one month the house is open to the public for viewing! If you're in the Boston area Oct. 16th- Nov. 18th, buy a ticket to see the house and to support the Junior League of Boston!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Snack Attack

This morning I went to a 6am Body Pump class. As I was leaving my apartment, there were three people coming home from their night out on the town. I have no idea what these people were doing out so late on a Wednesday night, but I'm sure they have some epic stories. In a weird way it inspired me to continue the morning workout routine. I mean, if I'd stayed in bed, I would have missed seeing these party people.

Anyway I live in a high foot traffic area, so often promotions people will be passing out samples on my way to the train. Who doesn't love getting free samples of new products? They're especially nice when they are from brands you already love or are products you've been curious about. Last week, I managed to score Larabar's Über bars and Kind granola!

The sample Über bars were about half the sized. They are all natural and made from whole fruits and nuts. They actually remind me of Kind bars because both are made with whole nuts. One of the fun things about Larabars are the flavors. The Über bar flavors I got were "Cherry Cobbler" and "apple Turnover." Obviously these are much healthier than their namesakes. I'm not a huge fan of charries but I really enjoyed the cherry cobbler as a snack. I thought the mix of sweet and salty was spot on. I was expecting to love the apple turnover, but it was just ok. Maybe it needed some more of the spices that make apple turnovers and apple pies so yummy? Both were great snacks because the protein and fats helped curb my hunger until my next meal. They also make a Bananas Foster flavor and a Roasted Nut Roll flavor. I'd probably try the Nut Roll kind and would eat the cherry cobbler one again. I think I prefer Kind Bars or normal Larabars, just because those flavors are more my taste. I'm pretty obsessed with the Cashew Cookie and Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars, so until they come out with an Über bar featuring chocolate, it wouldn't be my first pick.

I actually hung onto the Kind Granola for a little while. I either had other snacks packed or just wasn't in the mood for it. This morning, I needed something to carry me over until lunch, so I dove in. Granola isn't really a staple in my diet because most packaged kinds have so much sugar and just taste okay. I instantly really liked the Kind Granola! It was lightly sweetened with honey and bits of coconut, and it had just the right amount of crunch. 

I looked at the nutrition facts and was pleased to see only 6 grams of sugar per serving which is 1/3 of a cup. I know other granola brands are 1/4 cup serving sizes and have more sugar, so Kind granola is definitely a good option! I had the Oats & Honey Clusters with Toasted Granola, but I really want to try their Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters! The Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds and the Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Clusters also sound delicious. 

With the $1 off coupon, I will definitely be picking up some Kind granola to sprinkle on yogurt or eat as a snack on its own! Yum!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Love for the BAA

Registration for the Boston Marathon opened yesterday. Runner's World reported that the BAA received 2,300 applicants in the first 24-hours! Mind you, with the rolling applicant system, these are people who have beat the qualifying time for their age groups by 20+ minutes! Holy cow!

I actually spend an evening with the BAA (and like 50 others) at a training clinic for their upcoming half marathon. They reviewed the course, a BAA trainer spoke about preparing, and then they did Q&A.

After seeing their plans last time, I was relieved to hear that they only expected 1 or 2 people in the room to follow their Advanced plan. It was geared for more of the individual who was gunning for some prize money. Definitely not me!

Another treat? The president of the BAA spoke. I thought he was awesome! Well spoken and funny, and yet humble and appreciative of all the runners' support.

I think the biggest takeaway for me last night is that the course is HILLY! I've run it before, but back then I lived in a hillier area. Now my runs often happen along the esplanade, which is quite flat. With a month remaining, I will be getting in some hill work!