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Thumbs Up Thursday- Coconut Style

Hi friends! Happy Thursday! How is everyone doing? I am feeling unnecessarily stressed for whatever reason. I have a feeling hot yoga will remedy that this evening. I skipped attending this past Tuesday and instead left my conference and came home and SLEPT. It was glorious. Presenting always seems to take a lot out of me, and I hadn’t been drinking as much water as usual due to being at the hotel. So, today is hot yoga day πŸ™‚

In other news, I’ve been acting as a running coach of sorts! On Monday we got a little break in the conference so my co-worker and I went for a run around congress park. It was really fun! My co-worker says that she will only run “if she is being chased” so I was surprised when she suggested we run together. She did incredibly well! We ran for a mile, walked for a tenth, ran another mile, walked for a tenth and then ran another half mile. She did WAY better than I did when I was first starting out. Maybe she will stick with it! πŸ™‚

My bestie Christina and I met for a run yesterday at the local park in the cold rain. It’s super hot today; upstate NY is schizo. In any event, Christina trained for and ran her first 5k back in December but then kind of fell off the wagon. I drafted a running schedule for her to follow to get back into 5k shape for the Freihofer’s Run for Women on June 5. She did great! We ran two miles together (which her training plan called for) and caught up on things. Me and Christina after the two miles in the rain.

We ran into some geese and their babies. Geese are probably my least favorite bird (I love birds but Bailey tries to eat their poop, it’s nast) but the babies are soooo stinkin‘ cute.

Actually, I wouldn’t call these guys babies. More like teenagers! The mother goose was hissing at us as I tried to take a picture. I have never seen one hiss! Too funny. After Christina left I ran another mile. I’m kind of all over the place with running lately and I’m excited to start following a training plan this Sunday (for my upcoming 15k and half marathon… woot!)

So today’s thumbs up Thursday relates to a product I have been using for well over a few months now:

Coconut Oil. Coconut oil can serve many functions… coconut butter, smoothies, sauces…


Nutritional Stats:

However, my use of coconut oil is not for nutrition. Nope, not I. Well, not that I’m opposed to it. I just haven’t gotten around to cooking with it yet. What do I use it for, you ask? MOISTURIZER! I first saw these lovely ladies using coconut oil as a body moisturizer and I have to say, it piqued my interest. I purchased this container for ten dollars at the local health food store and it does not disappoint!


As you can see, the texture is hard but not too hard, meaning that I can break it up with my fingers to use as a moisturizer. When I first opened the jar I was surprised to find the solid consistency- I was expecting oil! It does tend to soften up if I don’t use it for a few days (I don’t bring it along while traveling, as it’s fairly large).
So how does this fare as a moisturizer? It’s awesome! A little bit goes a long way and it makes my skin uber soft. Surprisingly, there really isn’t an overwhelming scent to it. And I have to say, I love the ingredient list: organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil. That’s it! It doesn’t get more natural than that.
I give the coconut oil as a moisturizer two thumbs up! I have read on some blogs that people do not use moisturizers, which I find hard to fathom. My skin is dry but not super dry, and I would feel crackly if I didn’t put something on my skin! I have seen lots of other uses for coconut oil on other blogs- as a conditioner, face moisturizer (I’m not that brave) and cuticle softener. Like I said earlier, I’ve had the oil for well over four or five months and the jar isn’t even half gone. Pretty good ten dollar investment if you ask me. What are your thoughts on coconut oil? Would you ever use it as a moisturizer?
Enjoy your Thursday and I’ll see y’all tomorrow with a photo Friday post!

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Thumbs Up Thursday- Yogitoes!

Hi friends! I hope your Thursday is going well! Mine is zipping by! I’m trying to finish up the last of my three presentations- it’s a doozy! I took yesterday as a rest day and it was fantastic. I met my friend Kara at her house for dinner and drinks, but was able to squeeze in a mani/pedi before for 35 dolla! Ah, bliss. I picked a light lavender color but it kind of looks bubblegum pink. Oh well, it’s still springy! Unfortunately, I already have a chip on one of my nails. Without fail, whether I do it myself or go to a salon, this always happens so quickly! Grr. I love the look of nail polish but the chipping=high maintenance, which I am not. What about you? Do you wear nail polish or not so much?

Tonight’s plans WERE to do a hill repeat workout (Ragnar in one week, eek). I’m seriously getting addicted to hot yoga though and may just get a 3 miler in after work and then head to class after that. It’s okay though, I could be addicted to worse things πŸ™‚

Speaking of hot yoga, this brings me to my Thums Up Thursday item of the day: yogitoes!!
During my first hot yoga class I was a hot mess (literally). I had brought a regular old bath towel to put on my mat. Yeah. I was slipping and sliding all over the place. I looked over in envy at the girl in front of me, who appeared to have a towel that was specifically designed for her yoga mat and that stayed in place! After class, I became a girl on a mission to get one of my own! Luckily, I didn’t have to look very far, as my yoga studio sells them at a very reasonable price. What’s the secret to yogitoes? There are little almost plastic like nubbins on the bottom of the mat, so it literally does not move during the entire class.
I’ve tested it out twice and am thoroughly impressed. It made concentrating on the postures SO much easier, since I didn’t have to worry about the towel sliding everywhere and skidding off of the mat. I especially like the little guy on my towel- it’s a good focal point when I’m trying to focus on the postures and not faint.

Apparently he/she/it is ganesha, the God of knowledge, wisdom and wealth, Lord of success and destroyer of all obstacles. The mat is machine washable and I think you can even put it in the dryer, although I didn’t.
Today’s verdict- two enthusiastic thumbs up!!
What are your thoughts on hot yoga? Have you tried it? If not, would you?

One last thing- Julie over at Julie’s Running Blog is hosting a sweet giveaway in celebration of having 100 followers. It doesn’t surprise me that she has so many followers; she is so sweet and encouraging and a great runner to boot! Go check out the giveaway! πŸ™‚
Have a great evening πŸ™‚

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Thumbs Up Thursday- Juice Beauty Edition

Happy Thursday Friends! Today is technically my Friday, since I’m taking a half day to drive down to VB to help Bri pack up the place before he leaves for training. I can’t wait to see him! πŸ™‚

Yesterday’s run was interesting. I decided that I needed to get a few trail runs in before the Ragnar Relay, since one of my runs was going to be entirely on a trail (that is, until the race directors decided last night to add 8 miles to the race and change ALL of the legs, less than a month out… WTF Ragnar, wtf!). Anyway, I found out that there was a trail less than a mile from my house, and that there was virtually no way to get lost, since the nature preserve was enclosed by four roads, like a square. Sweet! After work I set out in my new trail shoes and running capris (love them, btw), intending to get in four miles. About a mile in I was feeling nice and exerted, as this trail has a lot of HILLS! Anyway, I get out about two miles and then turn around to head back towards the direction I came from. Yeah. a half mile later and I have no idea where I am. Blair witch kept running through my head (I’m weird!) and I didn’t want to be stuck in the woods after dark. So I hightailed it to the nearest road, which was about a half mile from my car and up a MAYJAH hill. I used one of Lily’s tips and pumped my hands like I was pulling myself up a rope. I felt weird but it really helped and I was able to get up the hill no problem! So thanks for the tip, Lily πŸ™‚ So it ended up being a three mile run, 2.5 on trails. Next time I plan on bringing some pepper spray, for safety purposes. I run without my iPod so I’m aware of my surroundings and all but I would just feel more comfortable with some sort of protection. If you run alone, do you carry protection with you?

On to thumbs up Thursday- Juice Beauty Edition. I first read about Juice Beauty products on Gina’s blog. I am very protective of my skin and try to take good care of it, so naturally a more “natural” facial moisturizer without all of the yucky chemicals piqued my interest. I headed to Sephora and came home with the Juice Beauty Green Apple Moisturizer with SPF 15.

From Sephora’s website:
Green Apple Moisturizer SPF 15
What it is:
A nutrient-rich daily hydrator that offers SPF 15 sun protection.

What it is formulated to do:
Juice Beauty Green Apple Moisturizer SPF 15 offers a bevy of skin benefits. It guards the complexion against UV damage with a chemical-free, full-spectrum SPF shield. A brightening, hydroxy-acid complex of certified organic apple and lemon juices, age-defying peptides, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, co-enzyme Q10, and vitamin antioxidants revitalizes and restores skin. The result is optimal antiaging power that keeps skin youthful and healthy.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
Petro-Chemicals
Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This advanced skincare essential contains pure essential oils of mandarin, may chang, and ho woodβ€”concentrated sources of nourishment.

I have combination skin type, meaning that I tend to break out along my chin, nose and forehead. Overall, my skin is pretty dry. I have been using this facial moisturizer consistently for about three months and I have to say, I love it! It is fairly pricey at $38, but I think it is a great investment- proper skincare is essential! I use one tiny pump of it after washing my face. It smells fantastic, like Trix (remember that cereal? hahaha). My skin is super soft and I am not breaking out as much. I used to use Oil of Olay and while it worked fine, I am really happy that I made the transition. I eat organic foods, so shouldn’t I try to use products made with organic ingredients if they are going directly onto my body? The product has Sephora’s “naturally sephora” green seal of approval, which isn’t exactly a USDA organic seal of approval but is still legit nonetheless. Do you use green products? If so, which kinds?
The only negative that I can think of is that it may make one’s skin look oily if they don’t have normal-dry skin. Overall, this is a fantastic product that smells delicious and really hydrates your skin. Plus, it has SPF 15 to boot! I give juice beauty green apple facial moisturizer two thumbs up! What are your thoughts on skincare? What facial moisturizer do you use?
Well friends I’m off to VB! Have a great Thursday πŸ™‚

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Thumbs Up Thursday- Who Got the Booch?

Hola bloggies! Happy Thursday…the weekend is almost here! Does anyone have any fun plans coming up? I’m heading to a dance lesson tonight with my dad and stepmom so we can work on our father daughter dance, which is too funny. I think my dad is nervous about the dance, which is why my stepmom is insisting on lessons. I think. In any event, I am torn between two songs- Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl” and Billy Joel’s “Lullaby (Goodnight my angel).” Then my dad mentioned version of “What a Wonderful World” by Katie Melua. It’s beautiful! We may end up going with that one. If you’re married/getting married, what father/daughter song did you end up choosing?

So today brings us to the first edition of thumbs up (or down) Thursday. I have been trying some new products that I want to share my experience with. Today’s selection: Kombucha! What is kombucha? It’s pronounced kombooch-a, so whenever I think of it that song from the nineties (who got the hooch? baybaaay) always pops into my head. That’s an annoying aspect of it πŸ™‚ The company describes kombucha as “a handmade tea that is delicately cultured for 30 days. During this time, essential nutrients form like: Active Enzymes, Viable Probiotics, Amino Acids, Antioxidants, and Polyphenols. All of these combine to create an elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality.”

Hmm, sounds good to me. Apparently, Kombucha also supports digestion, metabolism, immune system, appetite control, weight control, liver function, body alkalinity, anti-aging (all over that), cell integrity and healthy skin and hair (sign me up!). Basically, a miracle in a bottle. I don’t know how much I buy into it but I was intrigued enough to try it when I saw it at the health food store the other day. A few other bloggers have raved about the booch on their blogs so I finally bit the bullet and dropped the $3.99 for a bottle of it.

After debating the many flavors, I purchased the synergy organic and raw raspberry flavor. I shook it up (big no no) and it proceeded to explode slightly in the car. So far, the booch was a major fail. Anyway, I got back to the office and realized duh, you aren’t supposed to shake it. I tentatively sniffed the drink and was overcome by the scent of vinegar. At this point I was highly skeptical. I took a few sips. The verdict:

Two very enthusiastic thumbs up! After the initial shock from the vinegar-like smell, the drink became incredibly refreshing. So much so that I mosied on over to the health foods store today to purchase four more bottles. I am currently drinking the strawberry serenity flavor and it is even better! This habit is going to get expensive!

Drink stats (per bottle):

  • 75 Calories
  • 16 grams of carbs
  • 8 grams of sugar
  • 25% daily folic acid requirements
  • 20% Vitamins, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12
  • Tons of Probiotics and Antioxidants

Has anyone tried Kombucha? Would you? Any thoughts on all of the drinks claims?

Have a great rest of the week! πŸ™‚

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