things i’m digging…

Posted on May 8, 2012 in Lifestyle

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!

 3. Quinoa.

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.

4.Nuun Tablets.

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.

What are you digging?

11 Comments

  1. My loves:

    Vegetarian lunches, specifically, quinoa with roasted zucchini, summer squash, mushroom, red onion and garlic topped with goat cheese. I flirt with the idea of going vegetarian but love a good burger every now and then and have a fiancé who is so not adventurous and won’t consider having a meat-free dinner. Solution: vegetarian lunches!

    Looking up homemade cold-brewed ice coffee tips and tricks (so I don’t have to go broke at Starbucks or replace my broken coffeemaker). Next project: making my own vanilla syrup for it.

  2. Doug and I watch documentaries on Netflix, too. He’s really into historical stuff, so we watch a lot of that type. Some are amazing, some not so much. And obviously these days I’m into pregnancy/baby related ones. I also always like documentaries about the earth and planets.

  3. LOVE this list! Great minds think alike. Watched some fab documentaries this winter break…and you’ve reminded me to pull up the latest offerings. Fun to watch with my kids too, b/c we can pause them and they can ask questions.

  4. OMG! I am obsessed with documentaries on Netflix! In fact, I just started watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead JUST LAST NIGHT! I even brought my Kindle fire to the office with me today so I could listen to the rest of it while I work! It’s just so funny you mentioned this because I was totally going to mention that documentary in my own blog today. ha! I like most of the health, social documentaries they have to offer on Netflix. Always something new to learn!

  5. It was love at Food Inc… We have been watching documentaries on Netflix ever since. I especially love finding a new food one that I haven’t seen before. It’s exhilarating! And thanks for the heads up on the you tube work outs. Love that idea. Have a great day!
    -Emily

  6. Ooo thanks for the tip on the Nuun tablets – I’m going to have to search those out.

  7. I LOVE your little chart! :)

  8. I also love youtube workouts and quinoa!! Cold quinoa salads are some of my favourite.

  9. Never heard of nuun tabs! Tanks!! Did you know that Netflix intant also has workouts? I relly like the Crunch series of yopi type workouts. They can really kick your butt!
    We bought a juicer after watching Fat, Sick! Although we didn’t go juice only!

  10. I put a sticker on my calendar every day I exercise and it is really motivating. The thought of having to skip a day and have this glaring empty spot really keeps me on track. Who would’ve thought the gold stars of kindergarden would still work now?

  11. Orange Nuun is my FAVORITE! It’s like a special treat after a workout. Love Nuun! And, maybe this is TMI, but I really feel it helps my body better utilize the water I drink. Instead of having to run to the restroom every hour, my body regulates itself much better when I drink a Nuun tablet once a day.

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