Monday, July 23, 2012

Hot Pink Pants!

Most of you reading my blog and following me on Facebook already know that I'm a health and wellness coach, but did you also know that I recently became a Sweat Pink Ambassador? I am super excited about this! You are probably thinking to yourself, "What on earth is Sweat Pink? And what is an Ambassador?" Give me a few moments to tell you about this amazing group and why I am so excited about it!

Sweat Pink is a movement started by the lovely ladies of Fit Approach - cousins Jamie Walker and Alyse Mason Brill. From the moment I read their mission statement, I knew this was a group of women I was going to love!

Fit Approach Mission:
We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We've learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we're also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We're convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We're all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We're all for looking great and feeling even better. We're committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick. 

How do we get there? We climb. We journey. We balance. We reward.

How awesome is that mission! It's like they had pulled my thoughts from my brain. And then I found their statement on what they look for in their Ambassadors: Do you have a passion for inspiring others on their journey to health? Do you believe that strong is the new skinny, pink is the new black, and that a positive attitude and whole foods are a healthier route to happiness than self-loathing and 100-calorie snack packs?

Seriously, it's like they had me in mind when they wrote this stuff. I mean, that's ME they're talking about! I share their philosophy both in my personal life and with my clients. I had to get involved! So I applied to be an Ambassador, and I was accepted. Yay! I am thrilled to be able to integrate the mission of Fit Approach into my coaching work with clients.

To celebrate, I bought myself a pair of hot pink workout pants! They don't quite match my pink shoelaces, but it's close enough. I wore them to one of my favorite local run/walk/bike paths, and got LOTS of stares from people. It made me slightly uncomfortable, but also felt pretty awesome. Next time I'll wear my Sweat Pink tank so people know what's up. I'm not sure the photos truly capture how bright they are, but thanks to my boyfriend for being my fabulous photographer. Check out some of the pictures below.

Getting in to Tree pose.
It's the perfect pose when surrounded by Oaks trees!

Doing some dips.
Working those triceps!
Push up time.
Soaking it all in, sitting on my favorite rock in the shade of a big Oak tree.

Get out there, and Sweat Pink!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Two Sides to Everything

I promise, the Golden Gate Bridge is behind me,
even though you can't see it through the fog!

Rocking the Sweat Pink shoelaces!
Downtown SF is behind me, you can see how sunny it is!
If you live in San Francisco, you know what meteorologists mean when they talk about "micro-climates." Some days it seems as though each neighborhood in the city has it's own weather. And even in one area, the weather can dramatically change in a matter of minutes! The two pictures above were taken at Crissy Field (by my lovely sister, Kathryn) with just seconds between each shot, but you can see the dramatic differences in the weather. When I got home after our walk, I started to think about weather changes, and how they affect me. Do they affect you?

When it's foggy, cold and windy I want to stay inside. The word hibernation comes to mind. My couch just looks so tempting to curl up on. I'll make myself a cup of tea, and for meals I tend to crave warm soups. However, I know that I need to get outside and move my body, even on a foggy day. It makes me feel better both mentally and physically, even when the weather isn't ideal. But dressing for a workout in the windy, foggy weather is tricky. It's humid because of the fog, and the wind is cold, but the actual air temperature is usually in the 50s. I know I'm going to sound like Goldilocks, but long pants get too warm, and shorts are too cold. A t-shirt is too cold on top, but anything heavier than a light long sleeve shirt and I'm way too sweaty. Sweat + Cold Wind = Bone Chilling!! Unless it's really cold, I usually will go for capri-length pants and a long sleeve workout shirt. Most of the time that keeps me comfortable, provided I don't take too many walk breaks during my run and cool down.

To contrast the fog, on warm and sunny days I feel full of energy! Waking up to a sunny day immediately puts me in a good mood, and the day seems to hold so much promise, it's so open to possibilities. Getting outside, I feel happy from all the Vitamin D, and I crave cooling foods like fruit and salads. Dressing for this weather is much easier, especially now that I live on the Peninsula (south of San Francisco) and the weather changes aren't quite as dramatic. Being summer, I typically pull on shorts and a tank top and I'm good to go!

It is important to pay attention to our moods and notice the changes. Be aware of what is going on around you, and notice if anything in particular sparks a change in you. It can be a change from a dark mood to a lighter one, energetic to sleepy, any shift. Sometimes these shifts will be related to the weather like I talked about in this post, but they also might be related to the food and drinks you're putting into your body. Getting to know your body and how it reacts will help you to know what it needs and how you can best support yourself.

For more blog posts from me today, check out the guest post I wrote for Sarah at the blog My (Mostly) Healthy Life. It's all about eggs!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hidden Greens Smoothie

Hidden Greens Smoothie
This smoothie came about as a result of my looking around and asking, "What do I have in my fridge that is about to go bad, so I need to use it soon?" I almost didn't post it because I know the color does not make it look appealing, but I promise it's really tasty!

We get greens in our CSA box every week, and buy fresh berries from the farmer's market. And sometimes we just get overloaded with produce. I keep the berries out as long as possible, but just before they get mushy I'll wash and dry them, and put them in the freezer. That way, I have berries in the house even when I didn't get to the market. When it comes to smoothies, the bonus of having frozen fruit is that you then don't need to use ice cubes! For this smoothie, you can use fresh or frozen fruit, either will work fine.

Put in your blender (I have a Vitamix) and blend until smooth:
3 Leaves Kale
2-3 Leaves Beet Greens
4 Strawberries
5 Blackberries
1 Banana
Grated Ginger (to taste)

Cheers! To your health! :-)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Intentions

Vacationing in Maui, 2011
In turning my calender to July yesterday, I realized something. It's officially summer, and I haven't set any goals or intentions on how I'm going to use the time! While reading the blogs of a few friends of mine, I came across people who have done a summer bucket list, or listed their intentions. I love the idea!

While I was in school studying nutrition and health coaching, we were taught to look at all aspects of life: relationship, career, physical activity, and spirituality in addition to diet. I've set intentions for all of these in my list. However, I also wanted to keep it realistic, so while I'd love to go on an exotic vacation this summer (see photo above) I know that's not going to happen. I'll save that one for the long-term bucket list! :-)

What's on your intention list for this summer? Be specific! And then write/print it out and hang your list where you'll see it every day.

Lindsay's Summer Intentions:
- Eat fruit and/or vegetables at every meal. (d)
- Make a green smoothie for breakfast at least twice a week. (d)
- Eat less beef/pork/chicken, and when I do, choose organic. (d)
- Cook at home more often than eating out - don't let the fresh produce go to waste! (d)
- Cut down on wheat/dairy products. (d)
- Yoga at least 2x per week. (p)
- Run at least 2x per week. (p)
- Bike rides (by myself or with friends) every other week. (p)
- Drive leisurely from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Highway 1. (s)
- Attend a weekend yoga retreat in a relaxing setting. (s)
- Turn off the tv and computer 1 hour before bedtime. (s)
- Spend time with my sister, who is in town until August. (r)
- Visit Yosemite with my boyfriend at least once. (r/s)
- Have a "date" with my boyfriend once a week. (r)
- See each of my parents at least once a month. (r)
- Create outlines for nutrition workshops. (c)
- Continue weekly blog posts, expand beyond recipes. (c)