things that make me smile part 2

I did a “things that make me smile” post a few months back, and I figured it was about time for a new one! I always like to look back and see how my tastes/preferences change unintentionally!

1. Coffee is still HIGH on the list ;). These days it’s hot coffee, in my Mickey mug from Disney and with Aerolatte-frothed milk. Mmmm.

2. Pinterest. Except when people refer to it as “pin-interest”. Where’s the extra “in” coming from?! I did the workout in the below right hand corner of the screen last night and it was a great little cross training session!

3. My new shoesZappos would also be on the list since they surprisingly gave me free 2 day shipping and they were waiting for me on the front porch when I got home! I’m ready to tackle my run tomorrow morning with them ;).

4. Spending $60 to get private port-o-johns and close-up parking (for two people). Oh the things runners do on race day :). I saw the Platinum Package for the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon and figured it would save a bunch of anxiety to get it. Come race day, I’m know we’ll be happy!

This package includes:

  • Guaranteed Parking at LP Field
  • Private Shuttle to the Start Line
  • Access to the Platinum Tent in the Start Line Village
  • Catered pre-race refreshments
  • Private Gear Check
  • Private Port-o-Johns

5. Yoga Body Bootcamp. Still LOVING going to this class every week! It’s always challenging and I always leave it as a sweaty mess.

6. Desserts from Outpost. Outpost is a local coop in Milwaukee… and they have freshly baked gluten free desserts in their bakery! My favorites are the zucchini cupcake with the most delicious cream cheese frosting (pictured below) and their individual pound cakes. So good, and a fantastic treat that we can actually eat and doesn’t have to be baked at home! Their carrot cake birthday cakes are absolutely delicious as well!

7. The Hunger Games Movie! I first read these books last summer after getting a recommendation from a friend and was hooked! I read all three books back to back and recently read through them all again. I’m glad there’s only a little more than a month until the movie comes out! I’ll hopefully be seeing this within the first week it’s in theaters :). I’m also slightly obsessed with the song Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift. Totally didn’t know it was from the Hunger Games soundtrack when I first heard it.

8. Grain-free Bran Muffins from Elena’s Pantry (photo and recipe are from her blog!). Sister just put a batch of these in the oven and they look delicious. I can’t wait to try one because they smell absolutely heavenly!

Well, I think eight random ramblings are plenty for one night ;).

What things are you all enjoying lately?

yoga body bootcamp + recovery

I went to my first Yoga Body Bootcamp™ class at my yoga studio yesterday and it was insane! This was the first time they’ve offered it in their regular weekly lineup and I’m glad that it’s on the schedule every week! They had one actual bootcamp class following the yoga body bootcamp “routine” the morning of my Disney 1/2 marathon and I was disappointed I couldn’t go then. At least had a good reason for not being there, but I still felt like I missed out ;).

Well I definitely didn’t miss out today, and the class did not disappoint! It was an hour long class, broken up with a 10 minute warm up, 32 minutes of 8 interval stations (listed below), a couple minute cool down, another station and then finally 10-15 minutes of stretching and shavasana. Here are the 8 interval stations (in the order I did them). Each station was done for 45 seconds, and then we had a 15 second “cool down”/move to the next station.

1. Sumo squats (jumping/squatting with wide legs)
2. Eggrolls (rocking back and forth on your back with your elbows and knees touching)
3. Monkey jumps/Walking planks (alternated every round, so two total monkey jumps and two walking planks)
4. Pushups/planking while moving on and off of yoga blocks
5. Four square jumps (clockwise + counterclockwise)
6. Oblique leg kicks (alternating left and right)
7. Back extensions
8. Tricep dips (on a bench)

And the final station was with a partner. One person was doing a minute plank on the bottom, and the person on top was doing pushups with her legs on the back of the other partner. Partners then switched and did the other exercise. I think this might have been the toughest because my arms/shoulders were already tired from the walking planks and moving pushups!

Needless to say, I was WIPED! I walked outside with just my tank top on and didn’t want to put on my sweatshirt for the drive home, but figured I should put on some sort of sweat-barrier so the seat in the car didn’t get too much on it. Probably a good choice because by the time I got home I had sweated through even that! But I guess when you’re in a 96* room, that’ll happen after this ass-kicking workout. I loved it. And I will be returning. Maybe every week. I’m so so so glad it fits perfectly in my new Nashville 1/2 marathon training plan!

I was craving something hydrating and fruity when I got home so I threw together the following ingredients in the vitamix. It ended up being delicious and almost like an Orange Julius! Will definitely be making this again!

Hydrating/Energizing Orange Smoothie

  • 3 chunks frozen banana
  • 1 pack tangerine emergen-c (or whatever flavor you like best)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ~3 ice cubes

1. Place all in the blender and blend away.

I was skeptical at first about this combo, with the fizzy emergen-c and milk, but the fizziness went away with the blender and it was very similar to an orange creamsicle. Yummm. I basically spent the rest of the day sitting on the couch watching Crazy, Stupid, Love and Dirty Dancing – a fantastic way to end the weekend!