Friday, June 23, 2017

Five Friday Favorites

The countdown to our annual family vacation in the USA is picking up speed! The good news is that we are less than one week from our departure. The bad news is that getting things organized is distracting me a little from blogging.

To make up for a couple missed FWTFL posts, I'm breaking it down into Friday Favorites:

1) Running - I'm loving the fact that I can now add running as an official option for my strength training warm up. It's a short little run, but I can do it without intervals. I've seriously come to appreciate all the small running moments because last year I thought my running days were o-ver. So, these little runs are super exciting for me right now!


2) Supersets - Strength training days are all about these lately and I love it (I talked about them in this post). My workout feels like it takes half the time, but my muscles feel like I was working out for hours! I'm also loving that the weight I'm using on the leg extension machine is not bothering my knee. Crossing my fingers that my quad muscle is getting stronger in that leg to help my knee even more.


3) 24-Hour Fast - The goal of a one day fast is to make it at least 18 hours, but 24 hours if you can. I started my fast at 6PM on Tuesday, after I enjoyed my last meal of the day, and made it to 22 hours. I broke my fast a little after 4PM on Thursday with a snack while I was making my favorite buffalo chicken quinoa dinner. This was my longest and best fasting day so far. If you haven't tried intermittent fasting, here is a great video from Yuri Elkaim, the author of The All-Day Fat Burning Diet:





And if you've been wanting to sign up for the FASTer Way To Fat Loss program, use my affiliate link (here) to join and start carb cycling with me! 

4) National Smoothie Day - I did not have a smoothie on Wednesday (June 21) because I was out of spinach and Greek yogurt. I did make an acai bowl today for a belated National Smoothie Day celebration. I happened to find acai super green pre-made packs at our local Just Green shop, so I whipped up a bowl for me and a bowl for mrC. Today's toppings were granola, almond butter and goji berries. I'm still working out how to get the consistency just right, but this was my best one so far.


5) MY new dress - As in designed by me! I took a dress design that I like to a tailor in Shenzhen to have a new dress made. I picked out the fabric and told her what I liked. She did all the work and I'm thrilled with the final result. This dress is all about comfort, which is 100% me.

Other OOTD details sunglasses (here), shoes (here) and purse (here)

What are you loving this week?


I'm linking up with Lacey and Meranda and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0!


And also with Nicole for the Fit & Fashionable Friday link-up




15 comments:

  1. Adorable dress! I am all about the supersets in the weightroom. I don't like any of that waiting around business :D

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    1. Me either! I like to keep things moving.

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  2. The dress is so cute! You should join me for #FridayFashionFlair om Insta ;-) I should go back through your archives to learn more about your knee issue...I totally lost track of you for awhile and don't know (or remember?) the details. I have never had knee problems. Ever. But the last 10 days or so have been so enlightening (and not in a good way). ugh. Onward!

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    1. I'll try to remember Friday fashion ;) I hope your knee is nothing serious. It stinks not being able to run.

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  3. That's great that you are able to add a little more running into your workout. Super cute dress I am loving my summer sun dresses in this heat

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    1. Dresses are definitely cooler when it's hot!

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  4. I love that dress!!! How fun that you can just go and have one made.

    Every day is smoothie day at my house!

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    1. It's really fun, especially if you know exactly what you like! Super easy if you have a copy or a photo.

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  5. Oooh, that dress is super cute!

    Not a fan of intermittent fasting myself, but everyone is different. I do do a one day fast once a year for religious reasons. It makes me tired & cranky!

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    1. The busier I am, the less tired and cranky I feel, until near the end anyway ;)

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  6. I love that you designed your own dress! I like to sew and each summer I tell myself I will make one but I never do!

    I don't think I could do that fast. Do you eat a specific meal as your last meal so it holds you over till the fast is over?

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  7. Love the dress! I'm also a fan of supersets - and smoothies? Always!

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  8. Supersets are my favorite for strength workouts! Straight sets are boring...circuits are complicated if you're at the gym because someone might jump in on your equipment...supersets are just right.

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  9. Yay for a little more running! Your dress is so cute!

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  10. Love your new dress and am so happy you are able to add in more running.

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