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So, Sunday I had a fabulous day with fellow n00b vegan diet follower, Mandy! I’m going to be frank…it’s been my experience that it’s not as easy following a vegan diet (or even a vegetarian diet) in the south as I would have hoped, but I really can’t be that surprised. I live in Alabama, which is consistently ranked as the first or second fattest state in the country. Sorry folks, but it’s true…While we do have a decent amount of options for healthy living (Manna Grocery here in town, Whole Foods is about an hour away, etc.), it’s not as readily available as some other areas in the country. I also find that while I’ve met quite a few vegetarians in the south, I’ve only met less than a handful of people following a vegan diet so far (though I hope for that to change).

Thank goodness one of them is the dear sweet Mandy! Mandy is actually a former student of mine…I taught her college speech a few years back when she was in nursing school! And, she was the one who kindly pulled out my drains after my tummy tuck back in December (click here to see that video…it’s pretty gross, but pretty neat if you’re into that kind of thing…and yes, I was still drugged up in the video! haha). I adore Mandy!

I think Mandy’s blog title is fitting (Southern Girl Goes Vegan) because it’s really not all that common here. But, that doesn’t deter her or myself from trying to find the best possible healthy eating for us for the rest of our lives…

ANYWAY…so, Sunday was a get together day. We met up to spend a day eating and shopping. We had a brief pit stop at Starbucks where I got an iced soy chai latte, as well, I was out pretty darn late the night (3:30 a.m.!!!) before and needed a pick me up (no, this isn’t a regular occurrence).

Then we headed out to Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham, which is one of the few vegan friendly restaurants in our area. I LOVE Bottletree. Such a fun, hilarious environment with AWESOME food, with many of their menu items exclusively vegan (did I mention this is rare in the south??)…Mandy had never been before, so she was excited.

We decided we’d get two separate brunch dishes and split them. Wise decision. We’re pretty smart. ha.

Here are some pictures from brunch at Bottletree:

Mandy is all hippy!

Funny sign!

Too funny!

Mandy sips it up!

Okre!

Pickled okre? We're in the south, of course!

Woot!

Holla!

DELICIOUS vegan brunch!

Sweet Delta Slinger: Homemade sweet potato biscuit open-faced with 2 hand-pattied soy sausages covered in vegan mushroom and sage gravy, served with a side of greens. This was soooo awesome and we both gobbled up our portions!

Andre the Giant: A hearty meal of veggies and tofu sauteed in nutritional yeast, served over seasoned black beans and yellow corn stone-ground grits. This was really good too, but we both admitted that the Sweet Delta Slinger won out in this vegan brunch battle. Still worth every penny (both dishes were $7.50, quite a steal if you ask me).

After eating brunch at Bottletree, we headed to Western Supermarkets to try the ever so blog popular drink, kombucha (at the suggestion of fellow Alabama blogger, Matt). I have to admit I was pretty pumped. I’ve been wanting to try kombucha for AWHILE now because everybody RAVES over it (especially Averie at Love Veggies and Yoga).

So, we purchased some and tried them out in the parking lot (no we could not wait). Here’s what ensued:

Kombucha!

Toast...to upcoming nastiness! And man, I look rough!

Ah, we were naive!

Seriously...so nasty!

Yep...I don't have a clue what is in store for me!

So.not.good. I don't care if it's healthy for me...

People. I don’t care. We both thought it was BEYOND disgusting. NO THANK YOU. People make fun of me all the time because I can really stand and eat/drink some pretty gross stuff (my pre workout Brendan Brazier fitness drink comes to mind). No thanks. No thanks at all. I’m fine without kombucha. BOTH types were just plain gross. GROSS. It was like tasting pissy vinegar. Ugh. Maybe it was this brand? I don’t know…but it took us FOREVER just to drink 1/3 of it and then I threw the rest of mine away. Gross. No thanks. Just gross.

We laughed about it though and I’m glad I finally tried it…but, um, no.

After that, we headed over to Whole Foods (the only one in Alabama, sadly) where we spent a good 3 hours shopping for various groceries. Yeah, that’s what I adore about Mandy. She is not a clothes shopper at all (like me). But, man, put us alone in Whole Foods and we could spend all day there! I loved shopping with Mandy. She’s really informed and I think we compliment each other with our vegan diet n00bness. Got some really awesome goodies, and even ran into a long time crush of mine who now works at Whole Foods (le sigh).

My loot from Whole Foods!

Not pictured: Luna & Larry’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Coconut Milk ice cream (in my freezer).

Took a nap after shopping (what can I say…shopping wears me out). Then Mandy and I headed out for a fun run by the lake. We also stopped at an elementary school and did “box jumps” and football drills on their field. I think we did roughly 3 miles and it was super fun. It’s so nice to have a local vegan diet friend. REALLY nice. And add that to the knowledge that fellow candytocarrots blogger and no-longer-vegan-n00b Lindsay has, I feel like I’m building a good support system circle. And that’s key.

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One of my favorite hash tags on twitter is #whatveganeats.  I know a lot of people (myself included) wonder what the heck a vegan eats. Well, since I’ve been following a vegan diet as best as I can since August 1st (with some trial and error, as I am indeed a vegan n00b), I figured I’d post some of the recipes and food I’ve been eating…

•First, I’ve been making as many recipes from Brendan Brazier’s Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life. Let me also say that I have a MAJOR crush on Mr. Brazier. Like, it’s really sad how much of a schoolgirl crush I have on the dude. But, he’s amazing. I totally subscribe to his philosophy on food and nutrition and sport. If I was in the movie Eat Pray Love right now, he’d probably sadly be my guru on this “vegan diet” adventure. Sigh.

But, since I don’t really have permission to post the recipes (I really don’t know how that works in the blog world), I will just say that I’ve made his AWESOME Garlic Oregano Sweet Potato Fries last night and they were so good. So good. I’ve also made his Spicy Sundried Tomato Marina and Zucchini Pasta and Walnut Hemp Seed Burgers from Thrive (see below).

Ooh! I have been consistently drink Brendan’s Thrive Long Lasting Lemon-Lime Drink before every workout (the recipe was reprinted with permission by No Meat Athlete (adore his blog and my friend Mandy just got me one of his awesome shirts). Let me tell you something folks. I’m not going to lie. The drink is NOT pleasing to the palette; however, it works. Big time. I have set 3 personal records (PRs) in CrossFit since I’ve been following a vegan diet and drinking this energy drink (“Nancy,” “Helen,” and my power cleans, for my fellow CrossFit fans).

Post workout I generally mix a scoop of brown rice protein with some of Brendan’s Whole Food Health Optimizer and some glutamine. That seems to do the trick! Love the Whole Food Health Optimizer…just don’t have the funds right now to buy the giant tub! But, it’s on my wish list!

•I tried these black bean burgers from The Front Burner. Verdict? In love. I made enough extra to crumble on top of my super salads for the week. Yum.

•From Oh She Glows (one of my favorite vegan blogs), I’ve fallen in love with her Raw Energy Cookie Bites (seriously folks, these are AMAZING…I have one every day and I even brought them to my CrossFit gym and they were received with open arms; I will warn you that my boss said they looked like cat litter turds…but they taste amazing).

I also, like any good health blogger, have started making Vegan Overnight Oats. Oh my. Oh my. Not only does this oatmeal taste DELICIOUS, but it will keep me satiated for SEVERAL hours after I eat it (and let us not forget the deliciousness that is frozen peanut butter banana soft serve in this recipe). Goodness.

Last weekend I made Angela’s Birthday Cupcake ‘burgers’ with Secret Green Frosting with my friend Mandy and they turned out REALLY well. I will admit, the green frosting was slightly disturbing, but my boss’s young daughter (the same boss who said her bars look like cat litter turds) absolutely LOVED them…and mostly because she thought the icing looked like slimy boogers! haha. Now, I know that’s not a RINGING endorsement of the cupcakes, but they taste AMAZING. They were a little too sweet for me, and I actually only ended up eating one (sending the rest home with Mandy, taking some to my office, and then taking some to my CrossFit gym). Since it was the first “sugar” sweet I had in two weeks, my body kind of went into sweetness overload. One was plenty!

This vegan thing has really done wonders for my sweets cravings, as in, I haven’t had them. haha.

•I did make some Dark Chocolate Vegan Peanut Butter Cups from Love Veggies and Yoga. I love these. A lot. But, it took me a good week to eat one of them, which is a good thing for this sweets lover, believe me. I plan on making a lot more of her recipes, as they look delicious!

•I also made these Black Bean, Mushroom, & Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers from Vegan with a Vengeance and again, they were very tasty. I’m sad I only made two. Dang me and my singleness! haha.

•I also made a really good marinated tofu found in Ellie Krieger’s Small Changes, Big Results. I sauteed sauteed some veggies and ate it up over some quinoa. Delicious.

I think that’s it for now…I will do a post about my daily menu and eats coming up, but for now, just thought I’d share some recipes I’ve tried! Woot!

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Got fitness?

Those ladies aren’t too shabby, are they? They are Crossfitters, and I have this exact picture on my vision board to remind me about health and fitness and strong women!

I figured it was about time for me to do a post on Crossfit.  This post will be LONG but I think it will be worth it, and may even change your view fitness as you know it!  Last month was the 2010 Crossfit Games and I had planned on writing about it then, but I didn’t, because, well, I’m a lazy blogger.  Looks pretty awesome, yes?  Well, I think so.

Now, I will admit, I didn’t know anything about this Crossfit until I met for the first time with a personal trainer back in February 2009.  And I still don’t know that much about it and I’ve been doing it for a year and a half now! Haha. I had been doing strength training classes and running and spinning and yoga.  But, I told my personal trainer at the time that I was looking to try something different and something that would push me beyond capacity.  He said he had just the thing for me.  Little did I know that he was right.   We started one on one training with CrossFit exercises and then eventually I moved to my first CrossFit class back on May 11, 2009 and I haven’t looked back.

I’m a CrossFitter, tried and true.  It’s my primary form of exercise, and still, to this day, I have not found a single type of exercise that pushes me harder and is more dominant than CrossFit.  Perhaps I’m biased, but the winner of the CrossFit games is deemed,“the fittest man or woman on the planet.” That speaks volumes to me.

So, what is CrossFit?  “CrossFit is a strength and conditioning fitness methodology that promotes broad and general overall physical fitness. CrossFit combines weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics. CrossFit says that proficiency is required in each of ten fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.

That’s right.  There are TEN fitness domains.  How many do you cover with your workouts?

And this is to the ladies out there skeptical of strength training: it is not going to make you look like a dude. It’s impossible. Women simply do not have the testosterone to bulk up.  Look at this video of CrossFit women.  They are strong and HEALTHY.  They don’t look like body builders! They are strong and fit.  This is the epitome of health and fitness to me.

Here’s what I love about CrossFit.  The absolute diversity involved.  No two days are EVER the same. EVER.  And CrossFit works all elements of fitness.  I love the camaraderie of group classes.  I love the family environment.  I love how at CrossFit, I want to work to my fullest capacity.  No, I may not be as strong as the person next to me, but the workouts can be scaled FOR EVERYONE. I’m working JUST AS HARD as the strongest person in the class, because I’m working to MY fullest capability.  And that’s what matters. Everyone is supportive and they want to make sure you’re working at your fullest capacity!  You work as hard as you can at YOUR level.  And then you progress…

For example, when I first started, I had to modify my pull ups because I couldn’t do any.  I used a rubber band that helped me pull up (the thickest one they had at my gym).  And as I got stronger, I used a thinner rubber band, until well, now I can do pull ups on my own!  It’s all about progress!

So, we work all elements of fitness.  “CrossFit athletes run, row, jump rope, climb rope and carry odd objects. They frequently move large loads quickly over long distances, using powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting techniques. CrossFit athletes also use dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and many bodyweight exercises.”

It’s intense and I love it.

Here’s where I’m going to get on my soap box.  I apologize if this will offend some people, but this has been on my mind and I have to get it off my chest.

While I appreciate the HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of health and fitness blogs out there, I am willing to bet that a good 80 to 90% of those blogs are simply about running.  Sorry peeps, running alone isn’t going to do it for you.  Running is GREAT.  If you can run, you’re in darn good shape, don’t get me wrong.  And I can assure you that you are a faster runner than I am.  However, there’s more to fitness than just running.  You need to be well rounded.  And adding strength training in to your fitness regime will do wonders for you.  I can run AND I’m strong.  REALLY strong.  And that’s all because of CrossFit.

There  is research out there that suggests that women who ONLY run are at a higher rate of osteoporosis than their strength training/cardio counterparts.  Strength training works…and works a heck of a lot better than cardio alone.  There are so many benefits to strength training.  Increased muscle mass = increased calorie burn.  You’ll lose weight faster.  You’ll be stronger.  You’ll look toned.  Training your muscles helps combat osteoporosis by strengthening your bones.  It helps your cardiovascular endurance. You’re going to age better. Wait, just read this list of the benefits of strength training.

Can running alone do that?  No sir or ma’am.  It cannot.

I’m sure you’ve heard or made the argument, “Strength training doesn’t get my heart rate up.”  Yeah, if you’re standing in the gym curling 8 pound weights.  But, CrossFit is FUNCTIONAL movement.  Believe me, when you’re swinging a 53 lb kettlebell up in the air 50 times or doing 25 pushups after running 800 meters, you’re not only working your muscles but your cardiovascular endurance is THROUGH the roof. Again, that’s why I love CrossFit.  I’m simultaneously working my strength and cardio fitness.

I like this quote: “The notion that holding a heart rate of 180 bpm for twenty minutes on a bike is good cardio whereas holding 180 bpm for twenty minutes in a circuit of weightlifting is of lesser cardiovascular value is widespread yet ludicrous.” —Founder of Crossfit, Coach Glassman

That’s my point.  CrossFit makes you an overall well rounded athlete.  You will excel in running.  Your mile times will decrease because your muscles are stronger and your cardiovascular endurance is greater.  CrossFit athletes are conditioned to be good at all aspects of fitness.  NOT just running.

In fact, one of my favorite quotes about CrossFit athletes over other athletes is also from the founder of Crossfit, Coach Glassman.  “We do your stuff nearly as well as you do, you can’t do ours very well at all, and we can do everything we both don’t do better than you can. Not very humble, I know, but true.”   Yes, harsh words.  But so true.

And, while this post IS about CrossFit…I know it’s not for everyone.  I guess I want to make a point that more people need to strength train in general.  I fully admit I drank the CrossFit kool-aid and sometimes I have complete BLINDERS when it comes to anything else.  But, yes, I firmly believe that CrossFit is THE best form of exercise out there, hands down.  They don’t call the winner of the CrossFit games the fittest person on the planet for nothing.  There is a reason.

But, I am imploring people out there to do more than just cardio training.  Yes, of course, I want you to do CrossFit, but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  But, just work your muscles.  Work your FITNESS. Work your confidence!

I train with CrossFit at Headhunters CrossFit and MMA.  They’re amazing people and it’s an AWESOME gym (the best in town, but I’m biased)!   I started there in September 2009 and  they have been nothing but supportive (they were a GREAT help for me after my tummy tuck by scaling the workouts for me until I was back to full capacity…I firmly believed I recovered so quickly from surgery because CrossFit got me in the greatest shape of my life).

If you want to start CrossFit, go to this website and find your closest affiliate gym.  But, keep in mind, you can do CrossFit on your own simply by following the main website workouts of the day (WODs).  But, I love group classes and I like personalized coaching on form.  Try it!

I will leave you with this video that I love…This basically summarizes all of the things I love about CrossFit.

Update: Just the other day, I did a fantastic workout at CrossFit where I ended up deadlifting 200 pounds (15 times), doing 50 atomic TRX push ups, and THEN running a 7:35 mile. I think it’s important that women understand you can be strong and fast (well, fast for me) and you SHOULD be strong AND fast. We should not lack in one or the other but work hard in both areas! So, get out there and pick up those heavy weights!!

And if you want to read more about my health/weight loss (120+ pounds down)/CrossFit experience, visit my CrossFit blog at Fit Effy! Woot!

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I’d like to now take this time to discuss my two favorite appliances in my kitchen.

First, I’m a relatively new health blogger (though I’ve been personally blogging on livejournal for 10 years now), and from what I’ve ascertained in the food blogging community the MUST HAVE appliance for any of us die hard health nut bloggers is the Vitamix. But, I don’t have an extra $450 just sitting around (and if I did, it’d go toward my “road bike” fund…or massages, lots of massages).

But, but, but…wanna know what I do have folks? And that’s a MAGIC BULLET. No, not the Silver Bullet, pervs. MAGIC BULLET. And, it is indeed magical. A client of my boss got me one about a year and a half ago and I’ve been in love with it since. I started making my yummy green smoothies in them about a year ago and the Magic Bullet works wonders for them. I keep one at the office and I have one at home as well. It blends and grinds just as good as any other blender (save The Vitamix). The Magic Bullet runs about $50, which is a steal if you ask me. I’ve not had ANY trouble with either of my Magic Bullets.
So, yeah. Get one.

Now for my MOST FAVORITE and HIGHLY recommended appliance for your kitchen…

FOODSAVER VACUUM!

This appliance is more than worth its price (which I got mine for $100 as a Christmas present to myself). Look, let’s face it. Salads and greens spoil super fast and bagged lettuces aren’t cheap. I simply empty my salad greens into my Foodsaver containers and vacuum those puppies shut! And voila! My greens last at least a week, if not more! I pretty much vacuum seal EVERYTHING I have in my kitchen, no joke. Veggies stay fresher, longer. Lately I’ve been taking to even vacuum sealing my vegan raw energy cookie bars from Oh She Glows, just because I don’t want to freeze them and want them readily available whenever I want them!

Not a lot of people seem to talk about the Foodsaver Vacuum, but I’m definitely a fan.

So, there you have it. My two favorite and most used appliances in my newly semi “veganized” kitchen! Haha

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In my quest to make the ultimate green monster nutritional smoothie, I have come up with the following deliciousness. This smoothie is amazing and really tides me over most of the morning at work. It’s basically my breakfast, but occasionally I’ll have it for my snack. And I know Brendan Brazier is a big advocate of smoothies. He advocates that we drink good sound nutrition to help with digestion so our body doesn’t have to work as hard to convert our food to energy, so bonus. Here’s what I have so far. Please feel free to suggest changes.

2 handfuls of spinach
6 to 7 frozen cherries
3/4 banana (I always end up eating 1/4 of it, don’t ask)
2 teaspoons organic chia seeds
2 teaspoons organic ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons L-Glutamine (love this stuff and really helps with my Crossfit training)
1 tablespoon dark chocolate peanut butter (nectar of the gods, I swear)
2 tablespoons rice protein powder
1 scoop Amazing Grass chocolate green superfood (love love love)

Here it is. Taken with my cell phone at work, so not the best quality. Yummy in my tummy.

What do you put in your smoothies?

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One of the perks of living in Alabama (having lived in the midwest until I was 22) is that I’m mere hours from both the beach and mountains. This weekend I took advantage of this proximity and headed up to Chattanooga, Tennessee to visit my good friend Meghan (and her lovely family) and go whitewater rafting (Meghan’s husband Paul is a raft tour guide on the river! I’ve gone whitewater rafting a few times before (once even with Lindsay back in September 2009 when she came down to visit me) and I always enjoy myself! But whitewater rafting tires you out, that’s for sure. We had a blast and I got to “ride the bull Superman style” at the best photo opportunity! I love how we’re all so happy in this picture!

Had a blast!

Had a blast!

Row row row your raft! :)

Row row row your raft! I'm cute with my unnecessary sunglasses! 🙂

I only fell out twice! haha

I was STARVING by the time we pulled away from the campground! We had lunch at a hilariously fun deli called, Ocoee Dam Deli & Diner (we whitewater rafted the Ocoee River in Tennessee). Had one of the best veggie wraps I’ve ever had along with some sweet potato fries and a so-so feta pasta salad. Granted, I was starving so anything would have tasted wonderful at the time…but folks that was one of the best “dam” wraps I’ve had in a long time. Yum. Such a fun little place!

Dam delicious lunch.

Dam delicious lunch.

Sunday my friend Meghan took me to Earth Fare. I’d never been there before, but I know many bloggers are big fans so of course I had to go…I might not like clothes shopping, but put me in a health food store and I go nuts! Meghan shares my love for good quality food, so I’m glad she pointed me in the right direction.  And just like Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Trader Joes, and my own little Manna Grocery and Deli here in town…Earth Fare was like the mother ship calling me home. I was in food heaven people.

Since I had a three hour drive back to Alabama, I was limited with my purchases (nothing frozen), but I did score. For example, we all know my intense love of Dark Chocolate Dreams (see my post here about it back in January). Well, I nearly gasped when I walked past the nut section and saw the display that contained this gem:

Peanut Butter Mix Dark Chocolate!!!

Peanut Butter Mix Dark Chocolate!!!

Um, I nearly fainted right there. In my heart, nothing will beat Dark Chocolate Dreams, but man alive, this stuff is AMAZINGLY yummy and I’m sad I only got the one container. HINT to my friend Meghan** I’ve been putting it in my smoothies all week just like my Dark Chocolate Dreams…um, yes please! Sold! Yum! It kind of oddly reminds me of the outer shell of Twin Bings, which is just fine by me. 🙂

I may have already had quite a few bites...

I also picked up some of the blog infamous Crofters Superfood Spread. I haven’t tried it yet, but I suspect it will be delicious…especially paired with my dark chocolate peanut butter. Fun.

And speaking of smoothies…based on Lindsay’s chia recommendations on the blog I ordered a pound of organic chia seeds from Nutsonline.com They arrived today, so I’m excited to put them in my smoothie tomorrow!  Ah, smoothie love!

Nothing better than good times with friends, enjoying nature, shopping for good healthy food…and well, laughing my bootie off! Good times, good times.  🙂

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Ah, pure bliss, yes?

Look. It’s not a secret that I love massages. I would rather get a massage than practically anything else out there. While my friends spend money on clothes and shoes and trinkets…I get massages. There was a time not too long ago when I was getting 90 minute massages…EVERY WEEK. No, that’s not a typo. That’s how much I love massages. My regular massage place had a special of buy 2, get 1 free. So, I felt like I was getting a good deal. I love deep sports massages, but I would always make sure my massage therapist spent at least 20 minutes just relaxing me.

I have maybe spent $300 on clothes in the 4+ years since I started my weight loss journey (and yes, 90% of my clothes fall off me, and believe me, I hear it from my friends). I buy massages, and that’s about it. But, finances got a little tight recently due to my frequent traveling and I reluctantly cut back my traveling. And now, I’m sad to say my last massage was…MAY 1st! GASP!

I’m happy to report in the 4+ years since I started my weight loss journey, and in the 115+ pounds that have been removed from my body, I’ve never had an injury. Like, ever. ***KNOCK ON WOOD*** I’m incredibly lucky. But, I honestly attribute my success in a few things that I’d like to share with you:

1) I make sure I’m sufficiently warmed up before I start exercising. I always cringe when I see people just go full speed into any exercise without sufficiently warming up the body. We’re not supposed to STRETCH cold muscles, so don’t stretch your muscles cold turkey before exercising…but a nice gradual warm up will help.
2) I am a BIG fan of stretching post workout…well, stretching in general. It’s not uncommon to find me stretching at work all day long. I even have an old broomstick that I keep next to my desk to accomplish this task. Most people at work are used to finding me squatting with a broomstick overhead by now when they walk by my office. The new people? Not so much. I like to surprise them. Keeps it interesting.
3) Yoga. I try to take as many yoga classes as I can, though I’ve been slacking in that department recently.
4) Glucosamine chondroitin. I have taken these “joint lubricants” for basically my entire 4+ year weight loss adventure. I don’t think they’re vegan though, if that’s an important issue for you.
5) Lots of strength training. I would say that I do roughly 65/35 (strength/cardio). I strength train a lot and I can’t help but think that I’m less injury prone because of my “strongs” (to steal a term coined by Jen Lancaster). I am always working and training my muscles and therefore I think they’re less likely to get injured. I thank Crossfit for that.
6) MASSAGES. Okay, yes, I know most people think they’re frivolous. But, you’re putting your body through enough punishment with all of your exercising that I feel you need to be kind to it every once in awhile. I’m not saying go full speed and get a 90 minute massage every week like I used to do…but maybe once a month? Every other month? You will see a difference. Massages decrease anxiety, reduce stress, and really can help your sore muscles. I also read somewhere that if you’re single, get massages to satisfy your body’s touch needs. Perhaps that’s why I get so many massages? 😉
7) FOAM ROLLERS.

I purchased my first foam roller not too long ago from GoFit to compensate for in-person massages and I love it so. I got the one below and it came with a nice little instructional how to video.

All of my gyms (yes, I have three different ones: Crossfit, globo gym, and yoga center) have these foam rollers available, but I rarely see people use them and I don’t know why.

With just a cursory search of youtube I stumbled upon this nice little how to video:

So, give foam rolling a go. For less than $25 you can have your very own permanent massage therapist! Such a steal! And your body will love you for it! 🙂

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