Good morning and happy Friday!
I had a 6 a.m. client today so I found myself wandering the aisles of Harris Teeter at 5:45 a.m. to restock my breakfast supply that I keep at work for these early mornings.
I left with a Chobani Banana (really liking this new 2% flavor) and two products that I purchased for the first time – Kind Healthy Grains Oats & Honey Clusters and Earth Balance Coconut and Peanut Spread.
All mixed together. The verdict on the new product purchases? Love them. The granola is gluten free, low glycemic and made from an interesting mix of grains including amaranth, quinoa, oats, millet and buckwheat. The coconut and peanut spread is AMAZING. It’s a mix of peanut butter and coconut oil and tastes like the most perfect combination of them both. Sweet, salty, coconut-y and so good. I can’t believe I’m just discovering this stuff. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
And it just keeps getting better! I met a friend for dinner last night at Lebowskis after teaching BodyPump. I had the Jerk Turkey Burger (jerkiyaki glaze, pineapple salsa and pepper jack) with sweet potato tots and a beer. We sat out on the patio and the weather was beautiful. A burger, a beer and good conversation made for a perfect evening.
I got my greens in at lunch yesterday so there was no guilt about my burger and tot dinner. I had a salad with salmon, beets, artichokes, kalamata olives, mandrain oranges, pecans and feta with balsamic.
Now, some random stuff for your Friday entertainment…
Yoga/Workout Songs I’m Loving
Jason Derulo – The Other Side. I love everything he does…Breathing, Whatcha Say, In My Head. Guilty pop pleasure!
Armin Van Buuren v. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
Six60 – Forever. This is the cool down song for BodyPump 85 and ever since I taught it last week I haven’t been able to stop listening to it. I’ve had it on all of my yoga playlists. So good.
– Danielle LaPorte’s recent blog post about the difference between happiness and joy.
I have had a tab open with this post for the last couple of days. I keep going back and reading it again.
– This article from Elle about being in your 20s, figuring out exactly what it is you want to do from a career perspective and then finding a balance between the ambition to do what you love and actually being able to make a decent living.
Still, I had no doubt that I’d made the right decision. I loved the work and my colleagues, and I thought of my relative poverty as the price I had to pay. As a friend said of her own professional choices, “I cared about career success. I didn’t care about security.”
– Relevant’s article “Instagram’s Envy Effect” discussing the real issue of the comparison trap that social media creates. Everyone’s life looks prettier online.
But seeing the best possible, often-unrealistic, half-truth version of other peoples’ lives isn’t the only danger of the Internet. Our envy buttons also get pushed because we rarely check Facebook when we’re having our own peak experiences. We check it when we’re bored and when we’re lonely, and it intensifies that boredom and loneliness.
Have a great Friday!