Friday, November 16, 2018

Fast Friday

It's the beginning of the weekend again. Here's our Fast Friday post!

On Sunday we went over to my Uncles house to celebrate my cousin coming home from his mission.  M spent most of the time playing with their dog. This dog was so sweet and let M put these glasses on her over and over for an hour or so.

Monday was my mom's birthday! So our whole family got together for dessert on Monday evening. We took a picture with her and all the grandkids because it's been a long time since we've had them all together.

We spent some time at the park this week even though it wasn't super warm. We all needed some fresh air and I needed some vitamin D! So we bundled up and went out. We were all much happier afterward too.

M lost her first tooth the other day!

I've been working on eating more Veggies because I don't really care for them but I know I need them. So I asked my followers on Instagram to DM me some of their favorite veggie recipes to try and these carrots were one that someone sent in. They were pretty good, I thought, but the only one who agreed with me on this was M. So we will probably keep these to lunchtime veggies so I don't have a lot of people complaining. If YOU have a favorite veggie recipe, send it my way or leave it in the comments!

While I was cleaning the house this week I saw this little gem on the stairs. The girls can turn anything into a bedroom for their toys. I love how they get creative!

I was able to get some running in this week. Not a lot but more than I have so that's a step in the right direction. 3 miles on Saturday, 2.5 miles on Thursday. So It might be pretty small but it's progress 5.5 miles this week!

Do you like vegetables or have a favorite vegetable recipe?

Has it started snowing where you are yet?

Who has a November birthday?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Creating a Killer Workout Playlist

A great playlist can change everything.  I've always been someone who loves music. I don't really play any instruments or sing or anything. I took piano lessons as a kid but never really kept it up enough to actually be good. But, music has always been something that I turn on when I'm feeling sad or confused or happy or all of the emotions.  It's amazing how fast a song can turn your mood around or how you can connect with certain songs and lyrics.

Working out is no exception to this.  Sometimes a good workout playlist can get you through your workout or even just make your workout that much better. The other day while I was doing my strength training workout, the coach from Aaptiv had put together an awesome playlist that made me enjoy my workout even more. Did you know that when you smile while you're working out you do better?  It's 100% true. When you're smiling and enjoying your workout and when you're having fun doing it, you work harder and more efficiently and you do better!

My first thought when I decided to talk about your workout playlist was to share the songs I like to workout to, but then I thought that it wouldn't be much help to you if you don't like the same music as I do. So instead I want to give you some tips on how to create the best workout playlist.

When creating a playlist, obviously you'll be looking through the music you like and listen to the most. My first tip is to find what kind of music really pumps you up and makes you want to move.  Usually, this is the music that also makes you the happiest.

If the tip before still seems too broad, narrow it down by which music makes you feel depressed, or angry. Those would not be the genres to start with.

Make a list of your favorite songs from your chosen genre. Make it long enough to get you through your workout without a lot of repeats and with being able to skip songs you're just not feeling that day.

Change it up every couple of weeks or so. Sometimes adding new songs or just different songs will help your workout keep feeling fun and fresh instead of feeling normal or boring.

Put it on random this will help you feel like it's less repetitive every time you get out.

Have a cooldown/stretching playlist too with calmer music.

Those all seem like pretty obvious tips but sometimes when you stop to think about it, it really is that simple. Here's an example of the songs I like to workout to.

Counting Starts -- One Republic

Danger Zone --

Light Em Up -- Fall Out Boy

Billie Jean -- Michael Jackson

The Way You Make Me Feel -- Michael Jackson

Golden Years -- David Bowie

I Had You -- Adam Lambart

All this being said, I do not always listen to music during a workout. Especially while I'm running. It's not always safe to run on your own with music, and I feel like it kind of makes you reliant on music which you also don't one. But every once in a while, it is nice to have something to push you along.

Do you run with music or have a go-to playlist?

What is your favorite genre of music?