IDEA World Fitness inspired me in so many ways. There was food blogger Laura Klein who gave me great ideas on how to step up my food photography. Jillian Michaels made me ponder the question WHY NOT ME? How I as Health Coach fit into the changes with the Affordable Health Care Act became more apparent after understanding all the programs it supports.
I also go to try A LOT of new cool things, some of which I want to share with you. Which gave me the idea to do a My Favorite Things post each month. I want to share with you things that I am loving at the moment. I want to share things that will make your life easier, your workouts better and overall make you feel healthier. Some of these things I may receive for free, some of them are purchased with my own hard owned cash. But it won’t make the list unless I really love it or think YOU might really love it.
Ready to hear what’s making me happy this month?
- Leslie Sansone Just Walk: Mix & Match Walk Blasters. I received a copy of this DVD in my Blogfest goodie bag. I must admit I was skeptical about a workout based on walking. My curiosity finally got the better of me when the humidity and heat were too much for an evening walk. This DVD features 10 mini workouts that can be done in any combination or you can choose one of three planned workouts. It is more than just walking but it’s all low impact making it a great tool for regular walkers, those new to fitness or anyone who can’t do jumping or hoping high impact movements. I use it for 10-minute activity breaks on days where I am at my desk. Sansone’s patient and easy to follow style is perfect for me and my two left feet.
- Larabar Renola Coconut Cocoa – I am in love with this low sugar and gluten free granola! I brought some with me to IDEA World Fitness but I shouldn’t have bothered. They were handing it out at the Expo! I may have made multiple daily visits to their booth. I had it for breakfast on top of Greek Yogurt before bootcamp. The combo was the perfect to keep me energized and my blood sugar stable. Did I mention it comes in single serving packs so it’s perfect to grab and go?
- Lorna Jane Active Wear – I had heard of this Australian brand before Blogfest but I had never worn any of their clothing. We were pleasantly surprised on the first morning with lovely Lorna Jane tank tops at our seats and a visit from Lorna Jane Clarkson herself! She was amazing and I am now totally in love with her, her philosophy and her clothes. The tank is soft with just the right amount of stretch. It forms to my cuves but not in a way that shows off bulges (like my insulin pump) that I might prefer to hide. My favorite part is the messages. What do you think?
- The Spiralizer – I’ve wanted to get one of these ever since my friend (and client) Stephanie started to tell me about her noodle salad creations. I was spurred to action when she agreed to share her Garlic and Dill Cucumber Noodle Salad recipe on the blog. I know this kitchen tool looks a bit odd but it really works! I’ve been working my way through the cookbook that came with. It’s easy to do with so many “noodle worthy” vegetables at the farmers market right now. You don’t have to order from the infomercial either, just hit up Amazon. (Always LOVE the almost instant gratification of Amazon Prime!)
I want to know what YOU are loving this month (and every month). I need your ideas and suggestions too! This month I need help being distracted. As we move to fall with its shorter days and cooler temps I will probably be spending more time on the treadmill and elliptical. I have to have something to watch to get me through my time and I am almost out of Mad Men episodes. What TV series do I need to watch to help me get through my indoor cardio session?