Loving: Trying some new fitness classes (e.g., pilates, cardio kickboxing) during the dead of the winter. Mentally, it feels fabulous to change up the routine. Physically, it feels great to work some different muscle groups.
Not Loving: The killer soreness that I get from targeting those unused muscle groups. After the boxing moves, my deltoids and back announced, or rather, screamed their presence with authority. When it comes to pilates, they might as well just call it what it really is: a core workout on steroids.
|Popeye could probably use some bicep exercises to balance out those gargantuan forearms, too.|
Loving: My slow cooker for making soups and stews during the dead of winter. I've been using this tomato vegetable soup recipe as a foundation, and tweaking it in various ways (e.g. varying the types of vegetables, and/or adding in things like beans or meatballs or pasta). The leftovers are great to have around, too.
Not Loving: Washing the stoneware piece of the slow cooker after using it. The stoneware fills up nearly my entire sink, plus it's heavy, bulky, and awkward. (I've tried using slow cooker liners, but they are not a magical solution. The stoneware still requires some cleaning afterwards.)
|Even the monkey looks unhappy washing dishes.|
Loving: Silver nail polish. I think it strikes a nice balance of being unique without going over the top.
Not Loving: How dry my nails (and skin and hair) have been during the wintertime. Blech. I could use an industrial-powered humidifier on full "superblaster" mode.
|I got my bottle of silver polish at a swap drive. Truly one woman's trash is another woman's treasure!|
Loving: One of the dietary improvements I've been trying to make is to reduce my sodium consumption. I've had some success with my at-home cooking habits. Surprisingly, many of the changes have not been too difficult to implement.
Not Loving: Reading the nutrition labels on packaged goods. Nearly falling over at some of the stratosphere-scraping sodium numbers. On many an occasion, smelling salts (no pun intended) would have come in handy.
|Yeah, yeah, yeah...|
Loving: I found a blend of almond/coconut milk at the grocery store today and decided to give it a whirl. I used it to make a smoothie and thought it produced a wonderful blend of flavors!
Not Loving: Speaking of nut-based foods, and being the usual late bloomer that I am when it comes to trying all the popular foods, I finally got a jar of almond butter. I promptly discovered that I would prefer peanut butter over almond butter anyday.
Loving: The daily sports reports about MLB spring training. I'm not much of a baseball fan, but hearing the words "spring training" gives me hope for temperatures above freezing!
Not Loving: Tuesday night's awful plight of injuries to Patrick Kane and Derrick Rose. It's going to be a tough ride to the finish line for both Blackhawks fans and Bulls fans alike.
|I can only hope to see Kaner later this year in all of his playoff mullet glory.|
Loving: Registering for several races based on entirely non-goal-oriented reasons (e.g., the swag). What's on the list?
- Cinco de Miler (I want the cool race shirt and sombrero medal).
- The Race to Wrigley 10K (I wanted to honor Ernie Banks, and Wrigley Field is the only Chicago sports stadium in which I have not yet done a race).
- Fort2Base (the 10 nautical mile distance is right up my wheelhouse, and I am intrigued by the military theme).
(By the way - I just found out about the inaugural Deep Dish Dash 5K. Participants get a pizza-themed race shirt, plus deep dish pizza at the finish line. Interesting concept. However, I am all about efficiency when it comes to deep dish. In lieu of first going through the formality of running a race, I'd rather just eat the pizza from the outset, haha.)
Not Loving: Finding the motivation to get my tush in gear and do speedwork on a regular basis. I do want to break my nemesis 5K PR. I haven't solidified any target 5K races yet for this year, though.
Tell me what things you are loving and not loving these days!