I wasn’t going to post today, at least not more than the Motivation In March quote when THIS happened…
I know this is something that women get asked everyday but yesterday was the first time it’s happened to me. And I’ll be honest, it feels like shit. Straight up SHIT. (Sorry Mom, no filter today!)
I was having a great Friday – got in a workout, spent some time working from Starbucks, delicious lunch at home, and a free iced coffee I was enjoying while taking a work break to walk around my neighborhood. I took a quick glance at Instagram and had to do a double take. I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing…
That was the outfit I wore to my cousin’s rehearsal dinner last weekend and it was an outfit that I felt GREAT in. And when I followed it up with this killer red dress for the wedding on Saturday, I was feeling gorgeous! …until this moment.
Now don’t get me wrong. I KNOW I don’t look pregnant, fat or anything of the sort BUT that doesn’t make those words hurt any less.
WHY is it that people think that’s an OK question to ask someone?
WHY is it that even as women we feel it’s OK to ask?
WHY is it that women feel it necessary to bring other women down?
I’m not going to say that was this girls motive because I don’t know what her motive was and I don’t know why she thought that was appropriate to ask me. I would love to sit here and say her comment didn’t get to me, but it did.
As I finished walking home I found myself fighting back the tears. I was texting with a few friends and reminding myself of how healthy, happy and beautiful I am. I was reminding myself not to let one person’s stupid comment affect me. But I will be honest, once I got home, put my coffee down and took off my sunglasses, I shed a few tears. My heart was hurting. But not just for me, for any woman who has ever been asked that question and felt like SHIT after.
With that, here’s a PSA friends…
IMPORTANT PSA: Never, I repeat, NEVER ask a woman if she's expecting!
— Katie Arnold (@talkless_saymor) March 21, 2014
There’s no more fitting quote for today…
Have you ever been asked that question before?
How did you respond?
I’m sure I’m not the only one saying this today…
I feel like I’ve been going for weeks straight without a break (mostly because I have) and losing my Sunday to catch up was definitely hard this week. I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend so I can catch up and get back on my two best feet.
I’ve been trying to find a new workout motivation and despite an exhausting start to the week, I was able to get in some really good workouts. I’m hoping this is a start to a renewed sense of fitness.
2 mile run
20 mins Jillian Michael’s Shred Level 1
3 mile run
Quick Cardio – 3 rounds (see below)
2 mile run
TIU Sleek & Slender Abs – 3 rounds
As mentioned, here’s the Quick Cardio workout mentioned above. I didn’t have time to get in any cardio while I was at the gym on Wednesday, so I did some when I had a few minutes at home before lunch. I completed 3 rounds but even just 1 round would make for a nice little mid-afternoon boost.
What are your plans for the weekend?
How do you get in a quick cardio?
Tomorrow I will hop on a plane and head to Kansas City for the week for work. I’ve got a few posts ready for the week but things might get a bit quieter; make sure to follow me on social media if you want to stay up to date, especially on any cool artists worth checking out.
In gearing up for this trip, I thought I would share my top tips for staying active while traveling…
- Pack your stuff – Simple as that! If you don’t pack your workout clothes, how are you going to get in a workout?
- Plan ideas – Whether it’s workouts you can do in the hotel gym or hotel room, local gyms to try, or a route for your run, come up with a few ideas. It will make it that much easier. Remember it’s okay if your workouts aren’t as long or as intense, the goal is to just stay active and get a little movement in while you’re away.
- Pick a Hotel with a Gym – So many hotels have small gyms these days which make it that much easier to stay active. If you have a choice when picking your hotel, make sure you’re picking one that offers a fitness space, even if it’s just a treadmill – it’s something!
- Give Yourself Extra Time – Even if it’s just an extra 30 minutes to get in a short run. If you don’t give yourself the extra time, then it becomes just another excuse to not stay active.
- Stretch/Yoga – Sometimes the best movement you can get while traveling is some stretching or yoga. Whether stretching out after a long (or short) flight or as a way to wind down from a long day, it’s a great way to get in a little movement.
How do you stay active while traveling?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been pretty good about drinking water. I know the importance of water in a healthy diet and active lifestyle, so I always make sure I’m not neglecting that aspect of my health. As a quick recap, here’s a few benefits of staying hydrated (take from MindBodyGreen’s 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water):
- Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
- Promotes Weight Loss
- Flushes Out Toxins
- Improves Skin Complexion
- Boosts Immune System
1 – Always have a full glass/bottle next you.
It’s so much easier to drink water if you don’t have to make an effort to get up and get it! When I have it next to me, I’m just constantly drinking it, but when I don’t, I have to make a conscious effort to drink water and then it just doesn’t happen as easily.
2 – Track it.
Whether it’s through an app on your phone, a piece of paper or some other way, what gets measured gets improved. I saw a neat trick where someone put rubber bands on their bottle of water for the number of bottles they needed to drink in a day. When they finished it, they’d remove a rubber band. What a fun way to track it!
3 – Add fruit.
If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like plain water, try adding fruit to it. You can add lemon, lime, cucumbers, or berries. It’s a great way to add natural flavor and sweetness to your water.
How do you make sure you get enough water in the day?
I must admit, I’ve been in a food rut lately. It happens from time to time as I find some of my favorite foods and just can’t get enough of them…well, at least until I’ve had enough. And while I LOVE salads, I wasn’t giving myself enough variety and started to burn out. It was time to start changing things up and while I’ve been really good at meal planning, it was time to start planning better with some variety. It was almost like Nasoya knew that when they reached out to me to try their new Tofu Plus.
Sadly there’s no Tofu Plus in a 50 mile radius of me (how sad!) but there is tofu, have no fear! When I got the coupons from Nasoya in the mail, I started brainstorming what I’d like to make. I have a few favorite tofu recipes from over the years but I wanted to try something new – hello, trying to get out of my rut! I scoured the internet and found this recipe for Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu from Oh My Veggies. It was exactly what I was looking for!
And it lived up to the deliciousness I anticipated! I doubled the recipe so I could get a few more dinners out of it. It was so easy, so delicious and I kept wishing for more than 2 pieces of the baked tofu each night (darn, portion control…)!
Thank you to Nasoya for the coupons, not just for me but for YOU too! After loving my dinner so much, Nasoya offered to host a giveaway so you could enjoy a delicious tofu dinner too! (US only, sorry international friends!)
Whether you win the giveaway or not, I highly recommend checking out the recipe linked above, one of the other drool-worthy tofu recipes I have on my Food [Tofu] Pinterest Board or from the Nasoya website. It’s time to change up your meals, friends and break out of that rut!
Are you a tofu fan?
What’s your favorite tofu recipe?
[Disclaimer: Nasoya sent me coupons free of charge for the tofu in exchange for a review + giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own.]
A couple weeks ago I brought my friend Kristen with me to a show in the city. We decided to save ourselves the hassle of driving for this one and picked up the L at a stop not far from her house; on the L ride home we were talking about the gym and fitness. It’s important to note at NO point were we talking about our weight or a NEED to go to the gym to lose weight. Contrary, we were actually talking about how much we ENJOY going to the gym, doing yoga, etc.
The L was pretty empty with only a few people on it and while we were talking, we weren’t talking that loud. Shortly before one of the stops, a girl sitting near us got up so she could get off at the next stop. She looked at us and said “may I ask you how old you are?” I replied with my age and she said “You know you don’t need to lose weight, right? You’re way to young to be worrying about such things.” At this point I was extremely confused. I looked at Kristen who looked just as confused and I looked back to the girl and said “I’m well aware that I don’t need to lose weight” and she said “it’s only what you’ve been talking about for the last half hour…” and she got off the train.
Kristen and I looked at each other again in confusion. Aside from the fact that we hadn’t even been on the train for fifteen, maybe twenty minutes, we didn’t talk about the gym the whole time and like I said, never ONCE mentioned our weight in the conversation. But the whole interaction got me thinking – does going to the gym or talking about going to the gym mean we’re always looking to lose weight? Am I so wrapped up in my enjoyment of fitness and surrounding myself with people who feel the same way that I forget others don’t? Have I forgotten that there are people out there who don’t go to the gym, who don’t ENJOY exercise the way I do, and who strictly see it as a place that people go solely to lose weight? Are we forgetting the ever so important factor of maintenance? Was this girl just out of her mind?
I may never know the answers to these questions but it was definitely an interesting interaction that I felt worth sharing. With that said, I’ve been busy this week, so let’s take a look at that fitness I love so much…
40 mins elliptical
10 mins walk
4 mile run
Strength – chest/triceps/shoulders/abs
3 mile run
Strength – legs
15 mins yoga – TIU yoga
2 mile run
Strength – back/biceps/abs
Did anyone else notice what happened Wednesday? I DID YOGA! It was only a 15 minute practice but it was a good stepping stone to get back into the habit of practicing and to work towards my goal.
How were your workouts this week?
Are you someone who enjoys going to the gym?
I’ve said this numerous times, but when living in LA, I really missed the seasons. Yes, I understand that I can drive to the mountains if I want snow, but I need the season changes – fall, winter, spring and summer. I swear that by not having them, I lost track of time and honestly, I feel like I went through a different kind of seasonal affective disorder, the one that comes by not having them.
When I moved back to Illinois in 2012, I embraced every bitter cold, snowy and cloudy day. I was just so grateful to have winter back in my life. I knew the rainy spring days would soon be here, followed by the hot summer sun and then my ever-so-favorite gorgeous fall. The snow and cold weather didn’t get to me.
I’ve done my best to maintain that mentality this week but I realized on Thursday as I was in a major funk that I couldn’t quite figure out, I’m facing a bit of the winter blues. We’re in a record breaking winter. Snow storms keep coming before we’ve had a chance for the last to melt away and even when we’re not considered in a Polar Vortex, temps have hardly reached 20 degrees. It’s no wonder that we’re all facing a bit of the winter blues, myself included. With that, I thought it’d be good to check-in with some tips for how to deal with the winter woes.
2. Good Nutrition/Sleep – This is important all the time, but if you’re eating crap and not getting a good nights sleep, you’re going to feel like crap. The cold and cloudy weather will do nothing but make this worse, so eat well and sleep at night.
3. Bundle Up! – This might sound obvious, but dress warm! Whether you’re hanging out at home or getting ready to go outside. If you’re always cold, you’re not going to be happy, so wear extra layers, a scarf & hat, and sit under a blanket at home.
4. Go for a walk – Getting outside will do wonders! If the weather is super cold, you really need to limit the time you’re outside, but if you can get out for even a few minutes, this will have huge rewards. Don’t forget to bundle up (#3)!
5. Sun Exposure/Vitamin D – It’s not uncommon for cloudy days to come with the winter weather, but enjoy the sunlight that does come. If that means getting out for your walk or sitting by the window while you work or read a book, enjoy the sunlight that does come out. Also consider taking a Vitamin D supplement (or increasing your intake) on those days when the sun is hiding. (Please note I am not a doctor so consult with your physician for a recommended dose of Vitamin D.)
6. Embrace the Season – I understand this can be hard sometimes, but having a positive attitude is HUGE!
7. Plan a Trip – I know this isn’t feasible for everyone (hello, not feasible for me!) but if you can, do it! If that means getting away somewhere warm now or planning a trip for a few months down the road that you can look forward to, then do it.
8. Hang Out with Friends / Get Out of the House – It’s so easy to hibernate inside our houses and go without seeing our friends, but get out of the house and spend some social time with friends/family. I promise you’ll get a little boost and be happy you did.
9. Wear bright colors / bring bright colors into your home – Whether this be flowers, throw pillows, or the colors you’re wearing, surround yourself with bright colors that remind you that spring IS coming!
How do you deal with the winter time blues?
I’m going to start by saying this is NOT a sponsored post – there was no exchange of money or product or even an email – this is an INSPIRED post, one of those things I was just motivated to write and share, because I want to!
It was a few weeks ago when I was watching TV and ad came up that caught my attention. In fact, it was this ad:
I almost couldn’t believe what I was watching – that it was actually happening and someone was actually trying to inspire women to break away from the feeling that we’re simply defined by the size of our jeans or shirt we throw on each morning, and that we’re more than the number on the scale.
It was for Special K – maybe the best campaign to come from what will you gain when you lose.
And it didn’t stop there:
I used to love eating Special K. It was one of those cereals that was so simply delicious that I’d buy it because I enjoyed it, not because I was trying to lose anything. If it were in line with the foods I eat now, maybe I still would buy it but since it’s not, I don’t. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I ate Special K. But this campaign needs attention – this message needs attention – STOP THE FAT TALK!
This is a movement. Or at least the start of one.
I know we all have our moments. We have our days when we can’t help but want to stay in bed, in our pjs and not let a single person see us. We have the days we don’t feel beautiful or sexy. We have the days when our jeans are fitting too tight and we can’t help but call ourselves ugly, bloated, or fat.
We all have those days but that doesn’t mean it’s true!
We wouldn’t look at our friends and call them those names, we wouldn’t be that hard and mean to those we love, so why are we saying these things to ourselves? Why aren’t we taking the opportunity to love, nurture and care for ourselves even more in those moments?
Because we’re all beautiful. You’re beautiful. I’m beautiful.
And we’re all more than a number!
Obviously, I’m not a doctor. Nor am I really in any position to give you medical advice. I work in the music industry and I discover and work with bands. They aren’t one and the same. But….BUT…I’ve been sick twice this season and while that still doesn’t make me any kind of expert, this is less about “do as I say” and more about “this is what worked for me.” Make sense?
I should also clarify, I’m not one for the doctor. At least not those MD types (sorry, Dr Cuz!) but I do see my chiropractor on a regular basis, including when I’m sick. Actually I see them more when I’m sick and I consult with them about what I’m doing/what’s working/what’s not working/what to try next. You should see a doctor – whether you choose for that to be your MD or a wellness-based chiropractor is up to you, but make sure it’s a doctor who you trust and aligns with your vision of health.
With all the business out of the way, let’s move on to my tips….
1. Allow yourself to be sick – I understand this sounds weird, but by choosing not to take medication when possible, I’m allowing my body to do what it’s supposed. Spike a fever? Great, it’s trying to help flush out those toxins!
2. REST! & sleep! – PLEASE!
3. Fluids – We hear this all the time so LISTEN. I’m all about lots of water and tea but this time around I also tried Coconut Water and I swear this helped me so much!
4. Supplements – I take Viracid, Vitamin C, and increase my Vitamin D to 50,000 while I’m sick.
5. Chiropractic adjustments – boosts the immune system and helps support drainage.
6. Listen to your body – not hungry? Don’t eat! When you’re hungry – Eat. (I’ll take Papa Arnold’s homemade tomato soup any day!)
While I know what works for me and my body when I’m not feeling well, it’s also important to mention that we are all different and what works for me may not work for you…that’s what leads us back to my notes above. Talk to your doctor.
What are your tips to get over being sick faster?