Non-Acai Bowl For When You Have a Summer Cold That Feels Like Death

Non-Acai Bowl For When You Have a Summer Cold That Feels Like Death

1/4 c. coconut milk
1/2 banana
2 whole strawberries
3/4 c kale/spinach mix
1/4 c frozen blueberries or cherries
1/2 c frozen mango
1/2 c frozen pineapple
(can also add protein powder, acai smoothie packet in lue of blueberries, more green things)

Blended in my new birthday Vitamix (variable 1 – 10, then high for 40ish seconds). Makes a very thick sorbet consistency – therefore may need to be pressed down and/or scrapped depending on the blender.

Topping (creativity a plus)
1/2 banana sliced
3 strawberries sliced
hand-full of blueberries
GFC Granola (any granola will due, my favorite is KIND brand)
Coconut shavings
Agave or Honey drizzle (optional, well, it’s all optional really)

Serve Immediately and hope your children stay distracted by the Teen Beach Movie playing on Netflix.

Ready to Run

I am a runner.  I finally feel comfortable saying it, but it has taken me a very long time.  Like about 12 years (which happened to include 1 marathon, 5 half marathons, and countless 5K’s).   Growing up I never considered myself an athlete.  I was a dancer, a cheerleader, and a gymnast but not an athlete.  Running was always a challenge for me.  In fact I remember one Spring before an ill fated stint as a softball player my Dad actually had to teach me how to run.  I think I did more of a frolic.  But when I was 26 I decided I wanted to run a Marathon so I started training.  I started with a 5K and went on from there.

In my years of running I’ve figured out a couple of things.

*Keep moving.  You won’t get better unless you put in some training time.  But you can do it.  You might be slow.  You might have to walk at first, but you can do it.

*Find a running friend.   They keep you accountable and give you some entertainment and motivation while you run.  I have had some of the best conversations of my life while running.  Nothing strengthens a friendship like miles under your feet.

*Ignore that voice in your head that tells you to stop.

*Get professionally fit for running shoes.   You can’t pick out ones that you think are cute and just go for those.  You need someone to watch you run and fit you in the right shoe.  For reals, you will save yourself so much pain and money if you go to your local running store and have them help you.

*Listen to some tunes.  It really helps keep you going when you are feeling tired.  But only wear one earbud otherwise you won’t be able to hear other runners or bikers.

*Don’t wear cotton shirts unless you want a rash.     Get yourself a cute workout top.  You can get them for as cheap as $10at Costco.  Don’t workout in old t-shirts unless you like chafing.

*Sign up for a race.  They are so much fun and give you a goal to achieve.

I’m currently getting ready to run the San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon next week.  Over the last couple months, I have been training with two fabulous ladies, who I adore.  They’ve turned my onto some great gear and I have shared with them too.

Here are some of our favorite things:

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(Sweaty, sweaty selfie)

 

VSX Incredible Sports Bra

This bra is AMAZING!!!  It does everything you want a sports bra to do. But it also looks so good. No uniboob!   Seriously, I feel so cute in it.  Great patterns, great colors, and great cleavage.

SPI Belt

It’s not a fanny pack, it’s a SPI Belt.  I use it to stash my iPhone, ID, and cash.  It doesn’t move around.  It doesn’t dig in.  It is my most favorite bit of running gear ever.

Simple Hydration Water Bottle

I don’t always run with water.  But when I am going to be out for while or it is really hot it is essential.  I love my new water bottle.  It can go anywhere.  I often put it between my hip and  SPI Belt or in the back of my sports bra.  It is the perfect size.  Not too big or too small.

Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop II

I will wear shorts for 3-5 mile runs, but when I do anything over 5 I wear crops.  Lulu makes my favorite ones.   They are so wonderfully tight and light.  It almost feels like being naked, but better cause nothing is moving around in these babies.  I wish I could wear them all the time.

 

Get Running!!!

 

 

Seven Weeks Till Summer

The time to start has come … again. And frankly, I’m over with starting over, I’m done with not being done, and I’m finished with beginning … the redundancy makes me ill. Nevertheless, I find myself at the starting line once more.

Now, a little self-talk: enough with the defeatist attitude Erin, the life is greener anywhere but here bull***t, and the I’ve already lost before starting rhetoric must end this instant.

Ok. Better.

The deal is this: I readily accept fitness, I welcome tightness, and I want full body strength. I need health. I need energy and mental wellbeing. I need to feed my body good things and work it the way it was intended (i.e. more than a little and less than a lot). I must  push-on towards the muchiest version of myself.

I have 7 weeks until the first day of summer, enough time to pull it together for some intense (not gonna lie) shizzle (are people still izzle-ing? if not they should, because it’s awesome).

I must make this clear though – over the next few months you are going to hear a lot about getting ready for  bikini season. I do not want to be another voice among the many saying you are gross in less than an overcoat if you aren’t a certain size or heaven forbid you have certain unseemly textures to your skin. The whole thin-obsessed culture we live in is effing ridiculous.

Here’s the real deal – last week I wore a bikini to the beach, when I bent over to pick up sand toys or sunscreen-up my kid a decent fold of stretch-marked skin hung over my bottoms, also my thighs rub generously when I walk, and neither of these things make me unsuitable for bikini wearing. The only prerequisite for bikini wearing (or anything wearing really) is a body. I do not want my goals of fitness and health to be mistaken as goals of striving for an ideal body, which in my case would be a thinner body.

There are no ideal bodies.

There are only bodies.

Body confidence means being present and grateful in the body I have right this very moment, without making excuses or expecting more than what my current body offers to me. My body does not owe a standard of beauty to anyone, ever, without exception.

Seven weeks from now I plan to have a healthier body, I will not have a more valuable, lovable, or beautiful one.

I constructed eating and exercising guidelines, taking hints from all of my favorite health gurus (Tone It Up, Bob Harper, Paleo), as well as, listing specific dates between now and June 18th (my birthday) which will provide challenges for following said guidelines. JR suggested I do this, and like most every other suggestion she’s had for me over the tenure of our friendship, she has proved to be right once more. She also suggested I keep a journal of my progress. I will try.

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In order to celebrate my body’s capacity for health and fitness we are re-releasing our Weekly Plan Printable updated in color and font with the same superior design including tear-away shopping list, 5 meal structure, water goal bubbles and workout section.

Until next time, keep hydrated.

-Erin

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE: two thirtysomethings weekly plan

What the **** is a Girl Push Up?

For most of my life I have only done girl push ups.  You know, the type you do on your knees. Through years of dance training, cheerleading and gymnastics I never ventured to try a real push up.  Growing up in P.E. I remember being told by my teacher that I didn’t need to do the boy push ups, I could just go ahead and do the girl ones.  And from then on,  I never really tried to do a traditional push up.  Sad to say, I kind of assumed that they just weren’t for me and I probably couldn’t do them.  I hate that.

Then one day it occurred to me that I found the idea of a modified push up being called a girl push up deeply offensive and stupid.  Girls are strong.   The underlying message of labeling a modified exercise for females  sends a terrible and disempowering message to half of the population.

Last  summer I decided I wanted to be able to do real push ups.  I was determined.  So last June I challenged myself to be able to do 20 pushups straight by the end of the month.  Guess what, I could totally do it.  I started with just 3 and slowly built up.  I found this great 30 Day All Body Challenge on A Champagne Dream and used it all month long. I loved it because it had more than just push ups in it.   It starts out really easy and slowly builds.  By the end of the challenge you will be doing 20 push ups, a 2 minute plank, 100 squats and 100 crunches. Most nights I got it done while I watched TV.  (Exercising while watching Real Housewives somehow reduces my guilt over watching terrible television.)

 

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It’s the start of a new month.  I’m starting the challenge today.  Anyone want to join me?

 

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Travel Love

I love to travel. And I really love to travel with this guy.

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Some day the two of us will travel alone again. But soon we are leaving for Thailand with our two kiddos. Yeah for travel!!!! Boo to 20 hours of flying with a five year old and and 2 year old. But I won’t let 20 hours of misery stop me. I’ve got a trip to plan for and I love planning for trips. So here is what I’ve been obsessing over this week.

1. Finding the Perfect Travel Bag

I’m in my 30s and I’m a stay at home mom. On the regular, I don’t need to shlep around laptops or files, so I don’t have a backpack, attache, or messenger bag. (What I do have are some very nice purses.) But traveling with two littles means bringing lots of snacks and toys and small bottles of alcohol. So I need a travel bag.

At first I was considering a back pack. I spent hours, and I mean hours, browsing sooooo many websites. But I was underwhelmed. Nothing seemed quite right. Everything I liked required lots of unbuckling. Kind of a pain when you have an angry toddler demanding dried mango. I need zippers people. But if you don’t have an angry toddler. I think this backpack is lovely.

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Somehow I stumbled up Fjall Raven. A lovely outdoorsy company from Sweeden. And they make a tote bag that is also a backpack. And it has zippers. My mind is blown. So, I got the Totepack 1. It is perfection.

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2. Purchasing Yummy and Healthy Snacks

I know some people say that on vacation you should just eat whatever you want. Well it just so happens that I want to eat healthy food. Also if I just eat whatever, I feel so gross and have major tummy trouble. No fun. So I always bring food. Snack food is especially easy to pack. At meal times I will be eating lots of fresh Thai food. But if I need some good snacks I’ll be prepared. I’ve picked up Lara Bars, Kind Bars, Justin’s Almond Butter, Pistachios, Dried Mangos, and Dried Cranberries.

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3. Planning Some Good Workouts

Again, I actually like working out on vacation. I love running on vacation. My local green belts are beautiful but getting to run on a beach or through a new city is amazing. So I’ll be running a lot while I’m away. But I also like doing other workouts. Here are a couple good ones.

And this is my favorite do anywhere workout.

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Don’t worry, I’ve also been loading up my kindle with some good books. Mama needs some downtime.

J.R.

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LC’s Overnight Oats

Do you guys remember the Hills, or even better, Laguna Beach?  I sadly wasted a few hours of my life watching the love triangle that was Stephen, Kristin, and LC.  I personally was rooting for LC.  Any girl that also goes by her initials has my allegiance.

LC Knows Best

Well LC grew up and who would have guessed now runs her own lifestyle website.  She has surprisingly delish recipes that are clean, simple and yummy.

I just tried out her Overnight Oats.

You can follow the link above and LC tells you all you need to know.

But maybe you don’t want to do that, so I’ll put them here too.

1.  Grab a jar or container with a lid.

2.  Add 1/2 cup rolled oats

3.  Add 2/3 cup almond milk

4. Mix in 1/2 cup yogurt

5. Stir in a  pinch of cinnamon

6.  Put lid on and let chill in your fridge overnight.

7.  In the morning add some fixings like apples and honey or bananas and peanut butter or brown sugar and raisins.

 

Thanks LC!

Every Mom’s Favorite Nerd // John Green

Last week the interwebs were blazing with this vlog by John Green.

Do you know who this guy is? If you have a teenager, I bet they do.

John green is a Young Adult (YA) author and 1/2 of the vlogbrothers. Together, John and his brother Hank have created a culture for people (but mostly teens) that celebrates being awesome. And pretty much anyone can be awesome. Especially Nerds.

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John Green is a boss. End of story.

I want my kids to be John Green fans. I want them to subscribe to his channel.   John and his brother talk are smart and don’t talk down to kids.  They expect that people actually care about politics, health care, equality, and Harry Potter.  In a celebrity crazed culture. I would rather my kids follow John Green on twitter than Justin Timberlake. And I really, really, really like Justin Timberlake.