|How could you not chuckle at some of these figurines?|
Apparently what comes around, goes around. Recently I've been hearing a ton of accolades about the countless health benefits of chia seeds. I figured I would give in to the hype and try them out. What the heck. (And no, I am NOT being compensated for this post). Thanks to the beauty that is Amazon.com, an enormous bag of chia seeds showed up at my door a couple of days ago.
I haven't had a lot of time to experiment with the chia seeds yet, but I did want to share the picture from a chia drink recipe that I've made the last two nights. This is really for no reason other than the drink looks uniquely cool (in my opinion, at least).
The recipe is very simple. Basically you soak the chia seeds in water or coconut water for about 15 minutes, then add lemon or lime juice and a sweetener (I used honey) to taste. How's that for effortless gourmet?
Now, in other news...
No More Excuses
My workplace just opened up a terrific new exercise facility. They are even offering a variety of daily fitness classes (e.g. Zumba, spin, yoga, etc.). Everything is free for all employees. It is such an amazing and convenient amenity!
I am also very excited for the opportunities it will provide to help keep my workout routine diverse. Case in point: I went on the rowing machine earlier this week for the first time in probably 15 years. It was nice to really use some upper-body muscles for once. I could barely row for 20 minutes before giving in to my aching back and arms.
|Good thing I wasn't in this situation.|
Hello Lord Stanley!
I had a great time at the Blackhawks Convention this past weekend. More on that to come later, but for now here is a quick picture from the festivities:
|I could get used to seeing Stanley every few years...|
Get Your Kicks on Half Marathon #6
I'm about thisclose to signing up for my sixth half marathon of 2013: the Prairie State Half Marathon. I've been eyeing this race since its inaugural running in 2011. It runs through a gorgeous local forest preserve that I've visited many times over the last decade to go hiking or picnicking. I also love the October timeframe, when fall foliage should be in full bloom. (Ahhhh, fall races... sigh!)
Check out this excerpt from an email that I received about the race:
The only thing holding me back from signing on up is that I've been battling a flare-up of tendinitis in my right knee (as opposed to my usually-wonky left knee). Therefore, I'd ideally like to see how things go over the next month or so before committing to another half marathon.
I do have to admit, though, that it is pretty hard to not live my life by the concept of "sign up now, ask questions later"!
Once again I have fallen horrifically behind on all of your blogs. Bear with me as I've got a busy couple of weeks ahead of me with work and the NAAAP Convention next weekend. But afterwards I should be home free. Like a bird! (Extra credit to anyone who recognizes where that quote came from. =D )