|April 29, 2015||Posted by Carrie under bloggers, books, support system|
Hello friends! It’s the end of April and time for this month’s Blogger Book Club. BTW, if you’re looking for my March review – you can stop now…it never happened. I never finished the book. Oops. Read on and you’ll learn why I’m totally okay with that.
The April theme is Healthy Living Books and I was so excited when I realized that this new book was being released in April with perfect timing for Book Club.
(disclaimer – this post contains affiliate links – if you click through to purchase the book I’m reviewing, you’ll not only support a great book, but also support my blog – thank you)
What You Can, When You Can – Healthy Living on Your Terms by Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone
This is a fabulous introduction to a bigger project and one that exists in the world of social media. I don’t know of another ‘healthy living guide’ that comes with a built in support system and all based around a hashtag – #wycwyc (pronounce wick-wick). Because I’ve been a big fan of the authors for a while, I knew the book would be great and I pre-ordered extra copies to give as gifts…
This isn’t a step by step guide to being fit and healthy. It’s more of a handy tool full of a cheering section that reminds you that every little thing you do towards your healthy goals is an amazing feat.
A quote from the introduction will give you an idea of the no nonsense approach:
“Born from our longing to end perfectionist tendencies and stop the ‘start tomorrow’ mindset, the wycwyc mantra reminds us than doing What We Can When We Can is enough”
Perfect doesn’t exist, we need to stop reaching for that unattainable goal.
The book is divided into 6 main sections with short, easy to digest chapters. At the end of each chapter, there is a short homework task – and most of them include a social media component. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware of the power of social media to unite a community. With Carla and Roni as guides, I’ve been watching the #wycwyc community grow – on their blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (search the #wycwyc hashtag), community members are sharing their goals and successes.
Oh – there’s also a book trailer that is a great introduction to the concept (btw, I had no idea that book trailers were a thing… when did that happen?)
I’ve mentioned before how much I love podcasts and I also love that Carla and Roni have a podcast – of course it’s called What You Can When You Can and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. I love the one morning a week that I get to drive to work with Carla and Roni. It’s like carpooling with my friends who help me to see that I’m doing a good job taking care of myself. (I subscribe to the podcast on iTunes)
I think I’m rambling on and on… but, here’s my short summary – no one is perfect. We are all doing the best we can. We all have things we want to improve on in our healthy living and it’s so much easier to break things down in to small tasks to tackle. We need to forgive ourselves for our mistakes and move on. Healthy living is best done with a community and there’s a fabulous online community out there of like minded #wycwyc’ers that are waiting for you. Go check it out.
Did you read my post from earlier this week – I shared an example of a #wycwyc moment from my weekend.
Your turn – share with me a moment from your day where you did the best you could in the moment. And then go visit Sarah’s Blog and the link up below for more reviews of Healthy Living Books.
|April 26, 2015||Posted by Carrie under exercise, family, food|
Hello friends – I hope you all had a wonderful weekend… just a few Monday Musings tidbits to share
1. I finally got a chance to sit down and pick winners from the Honest Fizz Giveaway – Congratulations to Jody (@Truth2BeingFit) and David (@1froglegs) – check your emails. And if you didn’t get a chance to read my review of this yummy fizzy drink – go check it out.
2. Workouts this weekend – I went for a walk on Saturday morning with my friend, last weekend we went over 4 miles, but this time we got cut short by delivery guys that were early arriving to my house – what’s up with that? I know I shouldn’t complain, but I specifically left early for a walk and then they were early. On Sunday, I got up early so that I could get in a run before spending the morning at Family Education Day at Sunday school with my son. 4 miles at 7 am, home by 8:15 and got my sweaty self to hang out with the other families. And, I was proud of my #wycwyc moment when I packed my own snacks for the morning instead of grabbing a nutritionally empty bagel.
3. Running this week – I’m also proud to say that I fit in 3 runs this week! That’s always a goal of mine and yet it doesn’t seem to happen. But, I did it this week and manged to get over 10 miles of running. So far so good on foot pain and time commitment. Nice balance.
4. Meal planning – I typically do my grocery shopping on Sundays – I find it very hard to plan out more than 2 meals for the week. I know I could easily sit down and plan out more, but I just can’t do it. So, I’m taking it as a win that I even plan 2 and then lunches for the week. It’s a good start, right?
5. I’m still taking advantage of a little extra sleep in the mornings and skipping my early morning workouts. I’m making sure to get in more walking time at lunch, but I do think I need to get back to it soon. Maybe I’ll start with a baby step of 1 morning a week and just do strength training. I need to get back to that.
6. Back to that delivery that interrupted my walk – we got a new mattress and I’m so excited because it was way overdue and I was starting to wake up with aches and pains. Well, the new mattress is a little taller than the old one and Petey can no longer jump on the bed. So, we got him some pet stairs and my son spent time this weekend teaching him to go up. Lots and lots of treats later, he seems to be getting the hang of it. YAY!
6. It’s almost time for the May edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date – next Saturday – join in, it’s lots of fun. Also coming up this week is the April Book Club. And, on Saturday, I’ll be going to the Wanderlust 108 – The World’s Kindest Triathlon – I’m so excited to join Melissa for a 5K (walk for us because she’s injured) and then an afternoon of yoga on the Santa Monica Pier.
Hope you all have a great week!
|April 22, 2015||Posted by Carrie under Running, Three Things Thursday|
Hello everyone! Look at me – twice in one week here on the blog Just in time for a little Three Things Thursday Randomness:
1. Running lately: I mentioned a while back how I’m totally sold on intervals for runs. After reading a post by TriathlonMami about finding the right interval, I was reminded that I do kind of the same thing myself. I just run at intervals that feel comfortable. Lately, I’ve been doing 30 second walk breaks with 2 to 2:30 of running. And I also realized that I’ve never done a mile test. I just assume that I run an 11:30ish mile. In my totally unscientific (yet it works for me) way of running, I decided to see if I could do the Galloway suggestion of run 2 minutes and walk 1 minute and maintain a 12:00 pace. So, last night I did it. I did 3 miles at an average pace of 11:57 with a 2:1 run:walk. And it was challenging, but very doable. Nothing hurt, my feet felt good, my ankles were strong and it was challenging, yet the breaks made it totally manageable. Have I mentioned lately the wonky nerve pain in my ankles when I try to push my pace? As soon as I slow back down, the pain eases up and I’m fine. It’s a weird nerve that runs straight down the inside of my ankle (Doctor has confirmed that it’s only nerves there – this pain has plagued me on and off since the Vegas Half Marathon in 2011 – stupid feet). BTW – I have a running friend that is doing heartrate training and it’s really helping her deal with injuries. I did a few runs with her and had major foot pain after (even though we were running at a slower average pace, I think the consistency of the pace was aggravating to my feet)… interesting how different things work for different people.
2. First World Problmes: The fridge at my office died. I know serious first world problem. It’s really not a big deal to bring my lunch in a cooler bag and I even brought a little container of milk for my coffee, so it’s really fine. The inconvenience is that I often walk across the street on my lunch and pick up dinner options at Fresh & Easy because I can bring it back to the fridge until I go home. Seriously messing with my meal planning (or clearly lack thereof) this week.
3. Reading: I started wearing glasses in 3rd grade. My vision was horrible, I could barely read the bedside clock without them. I had Lasik surgery to correct my vision about 15 years ago. Love it! However, there’s always been the knowledge that the surgery wouldn’t address the need for reading glasses as I got older. I guess I’m older now because I actually need those reading glasses. At first, I told myself that they were ‘painting my nails’ glasses as that’s the only time I needed them. But, then I also realized that I usually read books on my Kindle. It took until my delivery of What You Can, When You Can (by Carla and Roni) to make me realize that when I read a real book, I really do need the glasses. Sigh. BTW, guess what book I’m reviewing for my April Blogger Book Club Book – how handy that the theme for the month is Healthy Living Books. Yay! That’ll be up next week. How did it get to be almost the end of April?
That’s it – random Thursday musings… Hope you’re all having a great day!