Let me tell you how rocky last month was for me. Late nights, uncontrollable snacking, lack of motivation to do my exercises, and lack of focus during my meditation. I felt I was on a downward spiral. So what did I do to turn it around? A little practice called “going back to kindergarten”.
I love making themed workouts. Almost as much as I adore doing themed workouts. Last month, I started coaching online Zoom workouts for my old CrossFit box, South Island CrossFit during the coronavirus shutdown. And I decided if I’m going to lead workouts, I might as well have some fun. So I implemented Fandom Fitness Fridays. And today, my first and probably most dear to my heart fandom- The Legend of King Arthur.
Michael Pollan may not be a nutrition expert, but as a journalist, he does have ways to get straightforward answers to an ever-increasingly popular, and utterly confusing question- What should I eat?
The current environment and situation we are all dealing with has brought some frustrations and anxiety to our lives. While some stores won’t let me use my own containers (for bulk food), or even my own bags, and some stores don’t pack the groceries the way I’d prefer to conserve plastic, I have to remember I can compensate in other ways.
Yes, it’s frustrating, but I try not to get upset over policies and protocols different stores are practicing. Managers are just coming up with ways they feel can keep their employees and customers safe. We’re all in this brave new world together. Everything is an experiment. I’m just grateful they are OPEN.
I’ve considered skipping this idea for Easter, because I can imagine some push-back that I’m not being careful enough. But if you do take precautions (wearing gloves, a mask if necessary, stay out of the roads), I have an excellent idea for adults to make a difference in their community, clean up the planet, and maybe have a little fun.
In 2016, a phenomenon started in Stockholm, Sweden and quickly gained popularity in Europe and beyond. They call it “plogging”, which was derived from the term plocka up (pick up) and jogging. So, basically, jogging while picking up litter.
My husband started plogging, or at least plocking (picking up litter while walking) when he started going to the playground down the street to work on his pull-ups. It was a special way to get a little more walking in, while making a significant difference in our community. I loved it, and joined him for a couple plocking workouts. Both times we over-filled our bags, but the neighborhood looks terrific.
It is unfortunate, to me, that we do tend to have to repeat routes every now and then, as trash gets littered throughout the side streets nearly every day. But this does give Chris and I an excuse every week or so to cut out the strenuous exercise programming, go for a walk, and keep our area nice and clean.
Conservation Easter Egg Hunt
Since the wonderful world of quarantine and social distancing, we haven’t done as much plocking as we’d like. Sometimes we see garbage on the side, and in days past, I’m pretty sure I would just pick it up. Not anymore.
But the trash isn’t going away. And even before coronavirus, Chris and I would always wear gloves to go plocking. One time, we found a bag with a FISH, a whole fish in it. Yeah, you need gloves. But if we want to be extra cautious, we can wear masks, too.
So, I have a handful of plastic bags I was not “allowed” to avoid (repeat mantra “I’m grateful they are open, and they are doing what they feel is best to keep their employees and customers safe”). And our neighborhood could use a good plocking.
So, this year, instead of an Easter Egg Hunt, Chris and I will be going on an Easter Plocking Hunt. What goodies will we discover? That’s the excitement of the Plock.
We also up our game of exercising while plocking by picking a particular piece of litter (say, plastic bottles), and do a quick set of exercises whenever we find that trash on our hunt. Sure, we may look silly to some people driving or walking by (safely 6 feet distance) and they see us randomly squatting, doing jumping jacks, or butt-kickers, but this is also why we work out together. It doesn’t phase us when we are BOTH doing the exercise.
So, join me this year on a conservation Easter “egg” hunt. Let’s clean up our communities, living green, and training positive.
At ZooFit, we don’t just celebrate Earth DAY, we celebrate the earth all month long. (Remind me to share with all of you my Earth and Ocean Month presentations I have online…) In honor of a whole month challenging ourselves to do our part to care for the planet, this month’s workouts are all Conservation Hero WODs. Read More “ZooFit Earth Month Workout: Conservation Hero WOD “Lawrence Anthony””
I had a little fun this week learning how to EDIT VIDEOS and even add text to them! OOOOOOHHH! A whole new world has opened up for me!
So, I’m starting yet ANOTHER fun new project that I hope continues and I grow in developing- Small Kitchen, Great Meal. This was really just a tester video, but I’m actually pretty happy with it, to be honest. Read More “Recipe of the Week: Red Pepper Pesto Pasta”
When I was getting my group fitness certification, we studied the many components of fitness (Agility, balance, coordination, endurance, flexibility, strength , power, speed, etc). Not that ANY of the components are my strong point, but one of my weakest areas is that of agility. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- Agility Ladder Drills”
For the last workout of January, I wanted to give everyone one final version/modification for the Conservation Hero WOD I posted at the beginning of the month, Running the Zoo. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/30/20: Rowing the Aquarium”
My husband showed me this incredible documentary YouTube video about a man who ran a marathon in 24 hours. A different type of marathon, this was actually focused on how productive the man could be while running one mile every hour for 24 hours. He actually ran 3 miles the first hour, then set to do his “To-Do List” after completing a mile each hour. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/14/20: Productivity Workout for Writers”
For those with a busy schedule, one of the best meals to make for your lunch or dinner is the one that takes very little time to prepare. That’s why I absolutely adore these Greek Wraps. The prep for this quick meal is, at most, 15 minutes. But you can meal prep and slice and dice veggies as well as make the tzatziki sauce beforehand, and have this as a quick grab-and-go meal all week.
Nutritional Information: Serves 2
Serving size- 1 wrap: 264 calories, Carbs: 20.2g, Fat: 9g, Protein: 14.3g
- 1 cup yogurt
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp capers
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 4-6 tortillas
- 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 4-6 red or green lettuce leaves
- 1 cup hummus, grilled chicken, or your choice of protein (beans, egg, tuna, tofu, etc)
- 1 oz shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
- Make the tzatziki sauce. Mix the yogurt, lemon juice, capers, and black pepper in a medium bowl
- Place a tortilla wrap on a plate and place a lettuce leaf. Load the tortilla with your choice of veggies. Top the veggies with a ¼ cup of your choice of protein (hummus, chicken, etc).
- Spoon the tzatziki sauce over the veggies. Roll the tortilla to enclose wrap, and enjoy.