Wait a minute…
Where the heck did October come from? Fall is my second favorite season (behind summer, obviously), but it also means that winter is just around the corner… and, even the hardiest Minnesotan isn’t ready for another polar vortex. Fingers crossed 30 below holds off awhile longer. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what’s been up since Ironman Wisconsin…
A few Seattle friends of ours started a 100-day challenge on September 22, i.e. pick something to work on every single day, whether it be giving up processed sugar, doing 25 push-ups or starting a gratitude practice. In addition to me giving up sweets (see ya, Talenti sea salt caramel gelato! I oddly don’t miss it), Nick and I decided we would read for 30 minutes before bed every single night. I’ve kinda been bouncing between books, but am currently rereading Wheat Belly (it’s fascinating) and thanks to a twitter conversation this week and joining a book club, just added another 10 books to my Amazon wishlist. If anyone has any recommendations, leave me a note below!
The off-season has freed up a ridiculous amount time. It’s quite strange to come home after work and not have to hit the pool for 4,000 yards or get on my bike for 90 minutes of hard intervals (we’re even eating dinner at actual dinner time… some nights). So, what am I doing with all this newfound free time? Working on a few blog projects (so excited about them!), spending Saturday afternoons at vineyards, painting (loving the Sherwin repose grey in our bathroom!), sleeping in until 7a every day(!) and trying to dial back my appetite to normal person proportions (it’s hard).
I cannot get enough biking (in my super awesome Coeur shorts!), even as the days get shorter (this whole sunset at 7p thing… oof). Nick and I have managed to squeeze in a few quick rides in the hour of daylight after work, and last weekend, I soaked up as much 80-degree sunshine as I possibly could. #bikeLOVE (Sorry for the photo overload below…)
In addition to all the bike love, I finally returned to my blissful yoga mat. It feels amazing and awful at the same time. Amazing because yogaaaaahhhhh (and savasana). Awful because dear god, I am so painfully inflexible thanks to all the linear swimbikerun. My hips and hammies… ouchie.
Parenthood. I tear up every single episode. And, who else is sad this is the farewell season?!
SweeTango apples. Have you guys tried these yet?! Another University of Minnesota masterpiece! SweeTango is a combo of the current darling apple, Honeycrisp, and Zestar, and is the best apple I’ve ever had. Crisp and juicy with a tiny bit of tart sweetness. Go get one now because unlike other apples, SweeTangos are only available through early November (until next fall).
Matcha tea. Thanks to my lovely grandma (who turned 87 on Wednesday!), I’ve been a tea drinker for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite memories are afternoon tea with her, drinking out of one of the vintage teacups from her collection. So, when I heard about matcha tea, I had to try. Matcha is ground green tea leaves and is filled with more antioxidants than any other source as well as other super healthy nutrients L-theanins, catechins, betacarotene and chlorophyll. I picked up this sparkling matcha by Motto… pretty good! Next up is mixing matcha in my morning smoothie!
For the past few months (er, maybe this year?!), I haven’t really felt like sparkly self. The distraction of ironman training helped me ignore it, but in all the recent downtime, I’ve had some time to think a bit deeper about why. Well, I have some answers and am taking steps to make some changes (I’ll tell in due time). Just doing this has lifted a big weight off my shoulders; I feel happier, lighter and in control of my life. Because: