What I Learned – The Weekend Review

Hi lovelies!

I hope you’re all having an amazing weekend. The weather here is perfect, and I’m…. sitting at my computer in my dark dungeon of a basement cranking out work. But I’m grateful – I have some big things coming for you very soon (how’s that for mystery) and my husband took the boys out for the day so I could have time to focus and make progress. Checking things off lists can feel glorious when you’re a habitual procrastinator.

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I’ve been a scattered bundle of nerves lately, which has contributed to my lack of focus on everything else. Next weekend I’ll compete in my first powerlifting meet in Omaha and I’m trying to remind myself that it’s supposed to be for fun. Most of the trepidation is due to having little idea of what to expect, so I’m looking forward to just doing it (insert Nike swoosh). I’m not sure I’d ever feel like I was completely prepared, so I’m going to just go in and do my best. Eeeeek!

Training

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Since I’m prepping for my meet, my lifting sessions have been focused on getting me ready. My hip has been bugging me so I’ve been playing with trying conventional deadlift instead of sumo deadlift. It’s been awhile since I’ve pulled that way and it feels strange but good!

Pumpkin Everything

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It’s officially fall and I don’t care if it’s been 85 degrees, I’m ready for pumpkin spice everything. Yeah, I’m a basic bitch. I just need some Uggs, right? I found a few great recipes to pumpkinify my life. These protein pumpkin pancakes from Muy Delish are ahhhmaaaazing. You need them in your life. I’ve also been adding a few tablespoons of pumpkin puree to some hot milk and mixing it with pumpkin pie spice + coffee. It’s not quite Starbucks but it’s healthier and satisfying to boot. Yum.

Reading List
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I managed to break my web site this week, so I spent most of my time trying to fix it instead of writing new content. However, I did read great thoughts from some other bloggers. Check these:

How to Weight Train Without Getting Hurt – Bryan Krahn
I’ve injured myself way too many times. I wish I’d read these thoughts years ago.

2 Essential Lessons that Dissolve Stress – Kia Khadem
There’s some major wisdom here about the expectations we put on ourselves. A big part of a healthy life is our emotional health.

3 Reasons to Include Cardio in Your Lifting Program – Tanner Baze
Cardio has become the red-headed step child in fitness. It’s still important for your overall health and burns extra calories to boot. If you’re a weightlifting junkie like I am, you may fall into the habit of letting it go entirely. Here are some strong arguments for incorporating it into your weekly routine.

If How You Eat and Work Out Doesn’t Make You Feel Good About Yourself, Read This Now – Nia Shanks. When I first read Nia’s blog, a light bulb clicked on. Her voice is one that helped me find a healthy place in my own fitness journey. Our fitness practice should enhance our lives, not be a ball and chain. She should mic drop at the end of this.

6 Habits of Successful, Long Term Dieters – Eric Bach on Adam Pine’s site. I’ve used all of these strategies for my own fat loss. They’re simple and they work. No hocus pocus needed.

33 Things I Do Almost Every Day That Make My Life So Much Better – Money Saving Mom
There were so many things on this list that spoke to me. Little gestures of self care like lighting candles in the house, getting up early enough to have some quiet moments alone before the kids are up and running around, and learning to create time blocks so that our days are more organized. Life can feel hairy and out of control, but small changes in what we do during our days can lead to better overall feelings. Self care is really important for our overall well being. Read her thoughts and find new ideas to breathe some new life into your own days.

So with that, it’s time to get out of my basement and find some sunlight. It’s a perfect day for a walk! Have a great weekend everyone!

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