I feel like I’ve been in a million different directions this week. Lots of forms, phone calls, and research. All good things though! Fingers crossed that I can start accepting insurance in the next couple months for my private practice. It’s a lonnnng process…
Any plans this weekend? I am off to IKEA and consignment stores to look for some furniture for our back patio. Riveting, I know.
Let’s jump in to some weekly favorites, shall we?
Fitness: Get a Dog!
Jason and I bought a puppy back in June, a black and white Labradoodle named Odin, and he’s basically the best thing to ever happen to our little family. I’ve had/been around dogs my entire life ranging from Labradors, Bouviers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Pugs, Hungarian Vizslas, and an English Bulldog. It had been a few years since I’ve lived with another dog in the house, and I was starting to feel the itch! Labradoodles are a very spunky, active, and energetic breed, but that’s what we wanted. Suddenly, I always make my 10,000 step goal on my FitBit! Rain or shine (or Arizona summer), we go for walks/jogs in the morning and after dinner, sprint around the front yard, hike, or swim in the pool on the weekends. We were active before Odin, but now we’re hardcore. I’ve joked with Jason that we’ve felt every ounce of summer this year. I’m not the only one who agrees that having a dog is one of the healthiest things you could do! Check out what Harvard Health Publications has to say on how “Having a Dog Can Help Your Heart – Literally.” and this post on Women’s Day with “10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet.”
Food: Trader Joe’s Faves
We used to live very close to a Trader Joe’s, but now we’re kind of in-between, so my trips are less often. It’s probably a good thing! I made a point to stop there this week on my way home from an appointment, and picked up a couple of my favorites: Edamame Hummus, Just Mango, and Ancient Grains Oatmeal. I’m not that person that goes apeshit over hummus, it’s definitely been an acquired taste. I will make an exception for this edamame hummus, OMG. I like it with rice crackers, on toast, as a dip for veggies, or in a turkey sandwich. The mango is delicious, and it literally is “just” mango. I often find dried mango is way too sweet, but this reminds me of fruit leather, and is slightly sour, slightly sweet. Honestly, The Ancient Grains Oatmeal was kind of meh when I made it as just oatmeal. It’s a tad earthy in flavor and full of good stuff like rolled oats, amaranth, quinoa, with sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, flax, and chia seeds. I buy it now to sub for oats in oatmeal cookies or when making oatmeal bread. Delicious.
I’ve been having fun with iMovie the past couple weeks, so I’m thinking of making this a weekly series. Do you have any video requests? Any topics you’d like me to cover on nutrition, fitness, or overall well-being? This week I talked about procrastination, and I how I let that envelope my life for a long time. Then, I learned one simple mantra, that changed my life! Make sure to subscribe to my channel, and give it a thumbs up, please and thank you. 🙂
Another YouTube video, but I’m currently obsessed with this Lianne’s voice. Soulful, smooth, and amazing. Have you ever listened to an artist and want them to sing the soundtrack to your life? That’s how I feel about her. You can listen to multiple songs from her album, “Blood,” as well. Trust me, the whole album is excellent!
I hope you have an excellent weekend. Get outside and enjoy the last bits of summer. Don’t forget to eat your veggies!