It’s Fri-yay! Woohoo! I have been a busy, busy bee this week and I’m glad the weekend is in sight. I had a wonderfully butt-kicking workout in spin class this morning and I am ready to take this Friday by storm. I cannot believe how fast time is flying now that the countdown to moving is within 6 weeks! I will be soaking up all of my favorite parts of Boston this weekend and cross a few items off my list of “Must Do”s before I head out. It’s all happening so fast!
Let’s get right into what I’ve been feeling this week:
Drinking Champagne Regularly Could Improve Memory
…Because we all needed another reason to drink more bubbles. A study published in 2013 in the Antioxidants & Redox Signaling journal found a link between drinking Champagne and preventing memory loss. According to the study, Champagne’s phenolic compounds can actually improve spatial memory — the part of memory associated with one’s environment or ability to navigate — which typically deteriorates in old age. The authors studied three groups of eight rats that completed a maze at the beginning of the study, and then six weeks later after daily champagne consumption (can I sign up for that study?). Interestingly enough, the rats showed a higher success rate after the six weeks, showing that the compounds in Champagne may help combat neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Obviously, the authors did not endorse drinking champagne on a daily basis, but felt imbibing one to two glasses a week may still be effective. CHEERS!
Bubbles and Booyah Hint: If you’d like a great bottle of bubbles for under $15 (but doesn’t taste like it), try Vueve de Vernay. It’s typically Blanc de Blanc, a white wine made exclusively from white grapes, and it is a Brut (dry) sparkling wine with a touch of fruitness. It’s not vintage dated, to allow the winemaker the flexibility of including wines from other vintages for balance and consistency (and also keeps the price point low). It’s delightful and I found a bottle at my neighborhood liquor store for $11.99!
2. There are still good people in this world.
After falling 200 yards from the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah, GA, this man (see video below) almost gave up finishing his half marathon, but Sgt. John Cain of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department rushed to help.
The runner, Robert McCoy, kept whispering, “I’ve got to finish this race.” Sgt. Cain helped him to his feet, and supported him until he crossed the finish line. It turns out that Robert, himself a cancer survivor, was running the half marathon in honor of his father, who died of cancer that past April. As a gesture of appreciation, Robert swung by the police station that Monday to give Sgt. Cain his medal. “He deserved it more than I did, because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have finished the race for my dad. He’s the real hero.” But Sgt. Cain called Robert the real hero: “Just his motivation, his dedication, his drive to that race made him a hero in my book.”
Are you crying yet?
After all the horrible things that have happened this past week in Paris, this story gave me a little shred of hope – and reminded me that there is still a lot of goodness in the world. ❤ ❤ ❤
3. Athleta Space Dye Strength Hoodie
Friend and trainer Sarah did an awesome boot camp last Sunday morning at Athleta, with the store being open to her friends for shopping afterwards. We all fell in love with this unbelievably soft and cozy hoodie, which is sweat wicking and comes in super fun colors. I was the hoodie pusher (the Athleta manager told me I should work there) because I told everyone to try it on because it was just soooo cozy. So we all did. And then, eleven of us bought the hoodie, so now we all match in class together. 🙂 It is really soft, and really cute, and on sale! You can also use your Gap Cash to purchase it. You can find it here.
4. Theo Salted Almond Dark Chocolate
I love Theo chocolate anyway, but this dark chocolate bar is out of this flippin’ world: it combines 70% dark chocolate with almonds and a sprinkle of sea salt. It’s sweet and salty and has amazing crunch. All of my favorite things in one bar! It’s completely vegan, kosher and soy free. I may have eaten an entire bar for dessert last night. Whoops! Also, these bars were on sale at Stop N’Shop, so if you live in the Boston area and are jonesing for one, check there for a great price.
5. Gardein Crispy Tenders
These guys are a magical meatless product for when you just don’t feel like cooking. They crisp to perfection in the toaster oven (texture is a big thing for me – they aren’t mushy!) and they taste really good. I personally think these ones are better than the Trader Joe’s version. I ate a whole bunch last night for dinner – six tenders clock in at 300 calories and 24 grams of protein. You can find them in the vegetarian freezer section – I highly encourage you to check them out. YUM!
6. ATTENTION, ATTENTION: MISSY ELLIOT HAS A NEW MUSIC VIDEO!
This is not a drill. I’ve already added this to my running playlist for this weekend’s long run. 😀
Well, I hope that you all have a super booyah-filled weekend! I’ll be romping around Boston soaking it all in. I’ll be hitting the gym for Sweaturday tomorrow to get my sweat on, and I’m looking forward to catching up with my fave Saturday gym gals (the Real Housewives of Medford). What are you guys up to this weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments section.