Happy Friday! I’m having a lot of fun writing these posts, and I’m so happy you’re reading them. Whoever you are, out there, thank you! Any plans for the long weekend? I think we might go to my parent’s house, hang out by the pool, and continue to work on house projects (the list never ends). In the meantime, let’s get started on some Friday Favorites, shall we?
I shot my first video for the blog talking about my favorite, healthy items to buy at Costco. There are so many healthy picks at Costco, but it can be overwhelming at times. My mom and I always joke that we could eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner there while roaming the aisles on a Saturday and grabbing free samples. Despite everything in bulk, Costco seriously has topnotch brands often at great prices. I always go for produce (which is often local), the meat department, dairy products like cheese, and also eggs. You don’t need a 5 lb. bag of caramel popcorn, so don’t buy it. In fact, you’ll be doing yourself a favor! Let me know what your healthy picks at Costco are in the comments below.
I love walking. Always have, always will. It was my first love when I started my weight-loss journey over 8 years ago. I think it’s also an underrated form of exercise. On a daily basis, I strive for 10,000+ steps a day, which is easy to achieve when you lace up your shoes and walk everywhere! I walk my dog in the morning for about 2 miles (we’re working on increasing), park my car far from any buildings or shops, take walking breaks throughout the day, and then also walk my dog for another 1-2 miles at night. It’s free, you can do it anywhere, and if you pump your arms and move your feet at a quick pace, you’ll really feel it. Walking also has a lot of health benefits too, check it out below.
A recent study using three groups of women tested the effects of various forms of “distracted” snacking. Eating while walking, watching TV, or having a conversation. The results showed that among women who were currently dieting, eating while moving had the most effect, causing those women to eat more later on in the day than the other participants.
Of course, there are times in life when we must eat in the car or on the go, but use those precious minutes wisely. Savor your food, understand that it is a meal, and then move on. If you find that all of your meals are on the go, take a step back and figure out how you can plan your day. Could you get your oatmeal ready the night before and eat at home? If you got to work a bit earlier, could you eat before starting your day? Also, think of how unsatisfying it is to eat behind a steering wheel, walking down the street, or sitting on a busy. That’s a motivator for me at least!
After 12 years, I’m finally going to see Wicked! I’ve read the book, know the words to all the songs, but just never quite made it to Broadway or any other traveling tour to see it. Finally, finally, it’s coming to ASU Gammage, and we bought tickets. I know I’ll be singing all the songs for probably the next week.
Have a great weekend!