“F*ck That” – A Guided Meditation

(c) johnhain, pixabay.com

(c) johnhain, pixabay.com

I am not really big on meditation. I get really fidgety, and my type-A brain can’t be quiet for long periods of time. This is why I have to have music on to fall asleep, for example (it’s really soothing spa-type music, but still). My brain needs to be occupied in some way in order for me to relax. Continue reading

Recipe Roundup: An Irish Breakfast

I saw this post by Kara Lydon, aka the Foodie Dietitian, on Twitter earlier this week.  She’s been writing about her travels through Ireland, which of course is the second best thing to writing about travels through Scotland, in my humble opinion.

You should definitely read her post, because she talks all about the restaurants she visited and all the sights she saw.  It’s wonderful! Continue reading

Photo Diary: A Day in My Life

 

What I woke up to this morning. She partied hard last night, my friends, and raided both the yarn basket and the garbage. Whew. What a time. Continue reading

From the Archives – Article Review: “Intuitive Eating” and Being Out of Control

(c) PublicDomainPictures, pixabay.com  This really has nothing to do with intuitive eating. I just love the face!

(c) PublicDomainPictures, pixabay.com
This really has nothing to do with intuitive eating. I just love the face!

I’ve been thinking a lot about intuitive eating/mindful eating lately – paying attention to what I’m eating instead of reading or watching TV whilst chewing, noticing where I am on the hunger/fullness scale and eating when I need to before I get all shaky or stopping before I get all bloaty.

So this article by Emily Fonnesback, a registered dietitian, was right up my alley. Even the title is awesome:

Intuitive Eating: Do You Feel Out of Control? Congratulations, You’re Normal!

Hilarious, right?

She opens the post by talking about how once we start eating intuitively – not categorizing foods as “good” or “bad,” no longer dieting, following the whims of our taste buds and feeling free to eat without judgement, we will probably start to feel out of control: Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Workout: A Routine to Make You Feel Strong and Sexy

(c) geralt, pixabay.com [6], text added by HealthyEmilyIf you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I love themed stuff. Whether it be a Pinterest board, a super festive holiday outfit, or a punny menu planned around an event, I am all for it.

While I know some people who hate Valentine’s Day, I am not one of them. Even if I’m single, I’m all about dressing in pink and red and binging my favorite romantic comedies all day (or, alternatively, every single Valentine’s Day episode of The Office). It’s just fun.

I thought I’d share my favorite Valentine’s Day workout videos with you. There are three of them, and all together, they make up a 40 minute long routine that covers all the bases (cardio, strength, and mobility). And they’ll get you in the red, pink, and sparkly heart covered mood.Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend, a girls’ weekend, or hanging out and watching Netflix by your lonesome this weekend, you can still feel strong and sexy. Because we are!

So here we go:

We’re going to start out with a little Zumba. This is a beginner’s routine, but it’s easy to modify the movements to more advanced versions if you’re a Zumba pro. Either way, few workouts will make you feel as sexy as a booty-shaking Zumba fest. This video is about 14 minutes long.

Next up is a little cardio kickboxing. The video is led by Denise Austin – I like her a lot as a teacher. Her moves are easy to follow, and she isn’t as annoying as many teachers are.  Channel your inner (or outer) superhero for about 22 minutes.

Last, we’ll end things with a little of my favorite type of workout: yoga. This brief routine is only 4 minutes long, and is focused on moves that open up your heart (yeah, it’s cheesy, and yeah, I love it). It’s perfect to stretch out and cool down.

So, this workout is dancing, fighting, and opening your heart – pretty much a standard Valentine’s Day by any measure 🙂

Want more??(c) PeteLinforth, pixabay.com [2]

If you’re looking for some fun partner workouts -also very Valentine’s Day-ish, and you can do them with your S.O. or your BFF – check out these plans:

Buddy Up: The Partner Workout

Six Challenging Partner Exercises (all body weight movements!)

And if you’re looking for some great themed workout music, this post has 10 awesome playlists that are themed-within-the theme (i.e. for single ladies on V-Day, soul music, “crooner classics,” 80’s music, etc).

What are you up to this weekend? Are you on the pro-Valentine’s bandwagon, or are you of the anti- persuasion?

P.S. You can also find these, as well as my other favorite YouTube workouts, on my channel.

Review: Gluten Free Quaker Instant Oats

Oh my gosh, you guys.

OH MY GOSH.

I was innocently strolling through the supermarket with my mom, shopping away, once seemingly unimportant day two weeks ago. We headed down the oatmeal aisle so my mom could get her usual multi-flavor pack. I wistfully looked over the aisle, thinking, I wish Quaker would come out with some gluten free oatmeal.  Gluten free brands just don’t live up.

And guess what my wondering eyes beheld? Continue reading

From the Archives: In Which I am Quoted…Plus, Valentine’s Day Goodies

© Kirsty Pargeter - Fotolia.com

© Kirsty Pargeter – Fotolia.com

I am heartily ashamed of how long it’s been since I posted here.  In my defense, I have reached the stage of early semester exhaustion in which I no longer wear makeup or real shoes.  It’s fake Uggs and a naked face for me pretty much every day.

From here, I can only descend into wearing sweatpants outside of the house.  It won’t be pretty. Continue reading