FRIDAY FAVORITES #1

Hi there! Happy Friday, my friends! 🙂 How has your week been? Mine’s been pretty interesting. Did my first lap swim in almost THREE DECADES!! And, I didn’t drown. #bonus  Which also means I’m still around to share some of my favorites from this past week. #bonusforyou 🙂

Snack Attack

Two words –  kale chips.

Friday favorites Kale chips

I’m pretty much always late to the party when it comes to delicious snacks but I’m glad I finally decided to knock on the kale chips’ door. YUM! So far, I’ve basically inhaled the Zesty Nacho and the Mango Habanero kale chips from Rhythm Superfoods. I need more. Stat.

Hydration

Yeah, yeah, I know I did a post about infused water already but seriously, I can’t get enough.

Friday favorites infused water

This one is strawberry lemon basil. It’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s possible that I’m having too much fun with this but hey, at least we’re staying hydrated!

But seriously, let’s talk about coconut water.

Friday favorites coconut water

Coconut water apparently has all of these awesome benefits – more potassium than a sports drink with way less calories and sugar, natural electrolytes, and it’s a natural way to rehydrate (besides plain old H2O, of course). If you know me, though, you know that I’m not a fan of coconut. Unless it’s on a Samoa Girl Scout cookie. I just tried this peach & mango version and am impressed! It actually tasted more like peach and mango than coconut! I think I’m going to add it to my rehydration game when regular old water gets boring. 🙂

Nut Butter!

OMG.

Friday favorites cashew butter

Cashew butter. I seriously <3 almond butter but this stuff……I just can’t even. So smooth and creamy, so rich, and so very very delicious! I use it wherever I would use almond butter – which is pretty much everywhere. And, get this, I recently learned I can make MY OWN and it’s easier than almond butter! Want to know how? Erin over at Erin’s Inside Job recently shared an amazing recipe that is likely going to become my go-to. *swoon*

Beauty Essentials

Okay, so if you’re new around here (which, of course you are because I had paused blogging for a bit and blew up my previous one) and you don’t follow me on Instagram, you don’t know that I’ve been growing my hair out. I’m finally to the point that I can pull my hair back into a little baby ponytail! Whoop! I mean, I still have some strands on the sides that are trying hard to catch up – can anyone else relate to HOW STUPID HARD it is to grow out a pixie cut? – but still, I can get most of them in!

But, small ponytail holders are too thin and big/thick ponytail holders are just too big. But these are JUUUUST RIGHT!

Friday favorites ponytail holders

They’re comfortable, they don’t pull on my hair, and, best of all, they actually HOLD my hair back. I have fine/slick hair so some ponytail holders don’t work because they either slide right out or they stick/grab and pull my hair out. No bueno! 🙁 But these don’t do that! #winning  And, they come in fun colors. Trust me when I say the three that are missing are fun. I mean just look at the ones that are still there! F.U.N. 🙂

Fitness

I know I mentioned it up there but I’ve started swimming. When I was a kid, I was on a community swim team until the chlorine in the pool caused my eyes to practically seal shut. My sister and I were both miserable. We would leave that pool and our eyes would be so tired and red and leaky. Ugh. We lasted 2 weeks, I think. Needless to say, we were pretty good swimmers. Of course, that had a whole lot to do with the woman who taught us to swim – Mrs. B.

Mrs. B. was scary. And sometimes mean. And SCARY. And I swear she had at least 5279 cats in her garage/shed where the bathroom was. She had at least double that amount of litter boxes all over the place. Did I mention she was SCARY?! My mom was babysitting one summer and she took all of us kids for swim lessons so she could take us to the pool and be confident in our abilities. Well, one day, we were swimming from one side to the either and Mrs. B (did I mention she was not a small woman? no? yeah. not small. not small at all.) threatened to JUMP IN ON one of the kids if she touched the side of the wall. I think this kid might have been 6 years old at the time. TERRIFYING! Needless to say, she didn’t touch the side and we ALL became master swimmers.

And now, nearly 3 decades later, I’m swimming laps again.

Friday favorites swimming
No, those are NOT bags under my eyes – they’re goggle marks. Sheesh.

Why did I suddenly decide to get back into the pool, you ask? Well, good question. I’ll tell you. Because, I cannot run right now. :/ I have an overuse injury to my knee (hmmm…a runner with an overuse injury. imagine that. #cantstopwontstop) and I have to rest it. And, the elliptical is NOT my jam. I mean, it’s okay but it’s not running. And it doesn’t make me feel like I’m really working out. Nor does it really get my heart rate up. And swimming definitely does that. And swimming also helps to increase my water consumption (see also, hydration). HAHA! I crack myself up.

So, that’s it. That’s what I’ve been loving this week!  Fun, huh? 😉

Questions:

  • What are some of your favorite things from this week?
  • Have you ever had an overuse injury?
  • Pool – for lounging around or lap swimming?

 

 

 

1 COMMENT

  1. babydollsbloggie | 7th Oct 16

    I was just thinking about getting back in the pool and incorporating some lap swimming as cross training. It hasn’t been 30years, but it has been at least 8fir me. Not a big fan of swimming but you can argue the benefits!

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