Still Alive, Thanks For Asking

Hi there!

I guess I’m kind of all or nothing. I either blog every day for a year, or I don’t blog at all for 2 months. Hakuna Matata.

It’s interesting to see what people have been reading while I’ve been away. Stitch Fix Reviews are always popular, and it seems like some of you guys like workoutsrecipes, and/or cats. That works for me!

Because it’s weird to take 2 months off and not explain it, here’s what I’ve been up to: Andrew and I moved to Campbell from LA, it’s nice. We both started new jobs, they’re great. The Kevins are still here.

kevin

…But enough about me. What have you been up to? Good summer? Good vacation? Good hike, meal, yoga class?

 

Speaking of yoga and brilliant segues!

 

One of the things that reminded me I had this thing called a blog after 2 months in the first place was finding a great yoga series on YouTube and wanting to share it with you. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a 30 Days of Yoga series on the Yoga with Adriene channel. Oya, and this is not a sponsored post, I’ve just really liked the series so far.

Two thumbs up from me. Adriene is laid back and likable. She’s specifically awesome as an online yoga instructor. Each day’s video lesson is between 15 and 30 minutes long, so some days I’ll do two videos, some days I’ll just do one. I think I did three last Sunday. Yoga feels great after a move.

My current yoga level is tight-muscled beginner at best, but I think Adriene’s videos would be satisfying for a more advanced yogi, too.

 

Yoga and running have been my focus on the workout front lately, so what’s been happening on the food front?

 

Andrew and I tried Blue Apron. It probably won’t become a super regular thing for us, but we both liked it and agreed we’d be down to do it once a month or so. We already like to cook and enjoy coming up with meal plans each week, but if you’re someone who doesn’t want to have to think, Blue Apron would be a great way to maintain a good rotation of healthy, satisfying dinners.

We received two deliveries, for a total of 6 meals. Even the recipes that weren’t our favorites (shrimp and grits) were still successful meals. The seared pork chops (below) were one of our favorites. The three cup chicken was also good.

blue apron seared cod

 

Campbell has a happening Farmers’ Market, and we’ve been attending weekly. Sadly, however, this has not been a great year for peaches. Has anyone else found this to be true? I have a hard time believing the mealy peach phenomenon is unique to Campbell. We did find a good meat guy, though.

 

And now a little something for the Stitch Fix reader segment. Take a peak at some killer wedding coordination between Andrew and I earlier this summer. Our first wedding attended as a married couple was super fun. You continually notice how much work went into the wedding you’re attending.

wedding ware

 

In other news, Andrew just handed me a cookie. A TJ’s Maple Leaf cookie. Whoop there it is.

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Cheers and Happy Friday!

 

Amy

 

 

Question: Andrew and I haven’t found a gym up here yet. Has anyone heard of Fitness Evolution? Is it seriously just $10/mo? Watch’s the catch?

Sleep Yoga

Ten Productive Things to Do on a Rest Day

Today’s post is coming to you from the beautiful Bay Area, where I’m spending a few days with my family before meeting up with some girl friends for a ladies weekend. Yesterday was all about parental bonding, and today it’s all about the siblings. I can’t wait to see both my sister and my brother today!

 

There’s a lot going on today, but there’s one thing that’s purposefully not happening. A workout.

 

Rest Days

Rest days are insanely important. They help prevent overuse injuries and mental burnout. Rest days, like when you’re sleeping, are the time when your muscles get to rebuild and grow stronger. The inflammation that naturally occurs during your workout has a chance to ease and subside on a rest day. If you continuously workout without giving your body a chance to heal, you’re at a greater risk of injury due to altered flexibility which leads to posture and muscle compensations.

The number of rest days that are needed depends on the person. Listen to your body! You’re only hurting yourself by overworking your muscles.

With all of that said, you certainly don’t have to spend your entire rest day camped out on the couch to reap the benefits. Here are some ideas of things to do on your next rest day.

 

10 Productive Things to do on a rest day via amym4gic.com

1. Take a walk – Rather than letting your legs stiffen up by sitting all day, shake them out with some light cardio by taking a walk, and enjoy the fresh air while you’re at it.

2. Take a yoga class – This is a favorite of mine, especially after a day of running or spinning. I always feel great after a yoga class.

3. Meditate – Meditation has been shown to have countless positive effects on the body and the mind. (Here are four free apps to help get you started.)

4. Do laundry – If you’re working out often enough to be taking rest days, you’re probably accumulating quite a pile of dirty workout clothes. Just saying.

5. Stretch – It’s a good idea to stretch every day that you workout, but it’s worth investing a little extra time to limber up and breathe it out at least once a week. Tara Stiles has some good stretching YouTube videos.

6. Foam roll – This is another one that I recommend doing on a daily basis, but an extra 20 minutes with your foam roller a couple times a week will do quite a lot in the way of reducing muscle soreness.

7. Clean your yoga mat – Seriously, take a look at it. It’s probably overdue.

8. Watch a nutrition documentary – Since you’ve already decided to honor your body with a rest day, why not honor your brain with some health knowledge at the same time. (Check out one of my faves here.)

9. Meal plan or prep for the week – People who meal plan spend less on groceries and eat healthier than those who don’t. Source: science. (Here’s my complete guide to meal planning.)

10. Plan out your next four workouts – I refuse to step foot in a gym without a game plan in mind (and also written down). It’s too easy to lose steam and motivation while roaming aimlessly from machine to machine with no set plan. But if I know exactly what I’m doing and in what order, I can zone out and focus on getting it done.

 

Question: What’s your favorite way to spend a rest day?