1. YouTube Workouts.
I seriously needed to dance it out when I got home from work the other day, so I did some searching on YouTube and pulled together a playlist of my favorite Zumba videos. And now I’m totally hooked to finding workouts on YouTube! I love it because I can totally customize it. Want to learn some hip hop dance routines? It’s out there. Want to do a kettlebell set? It’s out there, too! Fun. And free!
2. Documentaries on Netflix.
We have really been into watching documentaries on Netflix lately. So many good and interesting things to learn about. We’ve recently watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (some interesting points, but a little too fad diet-y for me), 180° South (LOVED it! Made us want to pack up and travel.), Food Matters (made me want to eat more raw foods), Food Fight (made me think I should really try to focus more on local foods) and the Prohibition series (really interesting, but a bit tedious to get through). There are so many more on there I want to see. I love learning!
I’ve been eating quinoa off and on for a few years, but ever since I found out quinoa was a complete protein (thanks to my nutrition class this semester) I’ve been downing the stuff like it’s my job. I’m absolutely loving cold quinoa salads in particular. Such great flavor and so incredibly good for you! And once they are made, so easy to just grab and go from the fridge.
My sister has sworn by these hydration tablets for a few months now, but I finally got around to trying them this past weekend and let me tell you, it was love at first sip! They are a great way to get the electrolyte benefits of sports drinks without the added sugars and carbs. The flavors are great and they are so easy to use—just drop a tablet into 16 ounces of water, wait a few minutes and you’ve got a sports drink! I like them so much, I bought a lifetime supply (that, and they were on clearance at my grocery store). They will be perfect for long hikes in the hot summer heat and to use during our Avon Walk next month in Chicago. Yay, Nuun!
5. My May reward system.
Seriously kids, this plan is working like a charm. I am hydrated, exercised and accountable for my food. It’s amazing how much motivation comes from the thought of possible losing a dollar. I actually got up, dragged Babyface off the couch and went for a walk at 9pm on Friday night between thunderstorms because I so desperately wanted my gold star and my dollar for the day. I want a gold star EVERY DAY. Yes, I realize I have the same motivating factors as an eight-year-old. What of it? It works.