Whewwwww! We’ve made it to the end of the week! Ms Booyah over here is wicked tired, it’s been a busy, busy week this week. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m definitely looking forward to taking it easy and relaxing this weekend.
Here is what I’ve been feeling this week:
I finally accepted my fate at a fair redhead, and bought a sunshade for the beach. I know, I know, it’s the end of August, but after that very snowy winter we had here in Boston, I’m going to use up those Beach Days for all they are worth until it is simply too friggin’ cold to be outside in a two-piece. I can’t last in direct sun for more than three applications of sunscreen, before no amount of SPF 45 can save me from getting burned. I picked up this dope sunshade from my favorite place to shop (AMAZON! That prime shipping is solid!) and I am so pumped to bring it to the beach this weekend. Especially because I am getting up at the crack of dawn to get a good spot. 😉
2. Lululemon CRB
I’ve been writing these Friday Faves posts for a long time, and I’m not quite sure how this one slipped through the cracks, but I don’t believe I’ve ever professed my love for Lululemon Cool Racerback tank tops. These suckers are the best! They are thick, sweat wicking, cover your bum, fitted (so they don’t make you a flasher when you do inversions, mountain climbers or impromptu cartwheels) and come in really friggin cute colors, so you can wear them in real life too (all I pack when I go to warm climates is Lulu, because I’m a sweaty mess in humidity, but also because Lulu is cute enough that you can get away with pretending they are real clothes and not athletic wear). These tank tops are the only things I wear consistently, and for every exercise: cross-training, lifting, running, yoga, cycling, life. They work for everything, and because they don’t have a built-in bra, you can adjust the level of support for your girls according to each activity. Lulu insider hint: if you’re going to get one, wait until the new Fall colors come out. 😉
3. Morning Coffee Essentials
Ikea French Press, $8.99
There are few things in life I like more than coffee. Every morning, I start with a big whopping cup of java. Before I’ve had a sip of coffee I’m completely mute – despite working out, and being a morning person – L runs on coffee. I’m sure that all of you can get a pretty good sense from my blog that I am far from introverted – but I need a good cup of joe in the morning to get to my default bubbly state. My sister and bro-in-law have gotten me hooked on using a French press instead of a drip coffeemaker. I recently got a new teapot (to replace the sad, old crappy one that broke) and a good coffee grinder. This teapot is bright, cheerful and a friendly face to see in the morning. I found it at Target (where it was cheaper than it was on Amazon – yeah, deals!):
…and, I got this coffee grinder on clearance!! It’s on sale online, too. You can find it here: KitchenAid Coffee Grinder, $23.99.
The teapot works like a charm: it takes about 10 minutes for water to boil, and the whistle is loud but not annoying – I could hear it clearly from another room. I was delighted to find, when returning to the kettle 30 minutes later to refill my green tea, that the water was still hot. The coffee grinder is awesome – you can remove the grinding cup to thoroughly clean it out, and I feel like it’s super powered – it blasts through coffee beans in no time. You can also use it to grind chia seeds, flax seeds or whole spices without any coffee contamination since it’s so easy to clean in between uses. I need these things in my life, otherwise…bad news bears.
4. Athleta Sonar Capris
I’ve been disappointed in Lulu’s running pants lately (what happened to all the running capris with side pockets, HELLO) but I’ve heard pretty awesome things about Athleta (cough Sarah cough), and I checked them out last week, when I fell in love with the Chatarunga capris. I loved these pants, too but didn’t want to overwhelm you guys with too much Athleta at once. 😉 These pants have a reflective back zip pocket that can fit an iPhone 6 (!!!), are compressive and sweat-wicking and come in fun colors (check out that orange and bright blue). What more could I possibly want in a running pant?
5. My Return to Yoga
I let you in on the fact that I’ve finally returned to yoga after a too-long hiatus on Wednesday. Well, I went again last night (even though I was tired and feeling blah after my long week), and Oh. Em. Gee, you guys! YOGA IS SERIOUSLY THE BEST! Everyone needs to do this. Why? Let’s review why yoga is so flippin’ glorious, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic:
Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
Improved fitness. Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.
Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.
In my experience, despite how I feel walking into the yoga studio, I always leave with a sense of calm and serenity that is unparalleled from every other physical activity I do. Not even running helps tie my body and mind together as one as much as yoga does. It completely shifts your focus and perspective. Learning to connect my breath to movement helps me in all my other workouts: training and running especially. Plus you will stretch muscles and tendons you didn’t know you had. The best thing? I’m not Gumby: some of those poses are really hard for me to get into or hold, but it doesn’t matter – it’s about you. Yoga is the one place where you can close your eyes, shut out everything else and just focus on how you feel. So please everyone – go to yoga! Try it out, find a studio you like, watch YouTube videos, whatever. Just find a way to incorporate a little yoga into your weekly routine. Your body will thank you.
What are you guys up to this weekend? For me, it’s relax, beach, and creating some yummy food for all you Booyah Peeps. Tell me what you’re up to this weekend in the comments!