Good morning, friends!
I hope your day is off to a beautiful start!
The star of this morning’s breakfast was this baby:
Have you heard about Biscoff Spread?! Well, if not, it’s butter cookie-flavored spread. For real. And it’s out of this world. I found it at Stop & Shop yesterday afternoon (near the peanut butter) and haven’t been able to keep my fingers spoon out of the jar. It’s so damn delicious! I give this jar the weekend before it’s gone. (As I was writing this post, I stumbled upon a coupon for a $1 off Biscoff Spread. Yep, I just printed it. I’ll need more soon.)
Three Questions Thursday
It’s Three Questions Thursday! Here are some new Q & A’s!
I am having trouble getting the color red and yellow in my diet. I am not a fan of tomatoes or red bell peppers or pretty much anything that is red. Would you happen to have any ideas on how I can incorporate any other vegetable colors (besides green) into my diet or even “sneak” them in?
Great question! I think your best bet is incorporating different kinds of veggies into cooked meals to give them a different flavor. I immediately thought of omelets, quiches, and frittatas. They’re a great way to add veggies (red and yellow included), and almost anything goes with eggs. Plus, if you chop up the veggies nice and small and add some cheese and herbs, you might not even taste them. A vegetable lasagna or pasta dish are some other ways that you can incorporate veggies. If you want to try a homemade sauce, I love this one for Roasted Tomato Sauce). It’s red, but I swear it’s delicious!
For other colored veggies, like orange and purple, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, and eggplant are some of my favorite vegetables. Check out my recipe page (under the Vegetable heading) for some tasty ideas!
What type of foam roller do you use and where did you buy it?
I bought my foam roller from my local running store, but you can find them at most sporting goods stores or online. The one that I own is from Power Systems and it’s 12 inches long (6 inches in diameter). There are also 18-inch and 36-inch foam rollers. All of them are great options.
I actually prefer the longer foam rollers because you can roll both sides of your body at the same time (glutes, quads, etc.). The short foam roller saves space because it’s smaller, but you can only roll one part of your body at a time.
I just joined our YMCA on Monday. I am very excited and very nervous. I worked out on Monday and felt great. I have always wanted to join a gym, so I’m glad I did. But, I’m still afraid of people staring at me or not knowing what to do when I get there. Do you have any suggestions to help me feel more comfortable when I am there?
Very exciting! Joining a new gym is a great way to jumpstart your fitness routine and motivation. However, I agree that it can be an intimidating and daunting place. Keep in mind that the gym isn’t just for “fit” people. It’s for everyone— no matter what your fitness level, shape, size, age, color, etc. Remember, you’re one of the many different kinds of people who use the gym, and you’re all there to make yourself healthier, and that’s what is most important.
Most people who go to the gym just want to get in, get their workout done, and get out. A lot of the time, people are so focused on themselves and their workout, they’re not paying attention to others around them. However, if someone stares at you, don’t worry about it. In fact, stare right back and smile! Who knows? Maybe they’re curious about your workout or are motivated by your desire to get fit? Most people aren’t going to care about what you’re doing at the gym. If anything, use those stares as motivation— show people what you are capable of!
The gym might be a little overwhelming at first, but remember that everyone started out as a newbie at some point in their lives. Most gyms offer an orientation, so sign up for one. It’s a great way to get to know the gym, and sometimes, the staff will even start you on a fitness program. And don’t be afraid to try something new! Check out the group exercise schedule and see if any classes look fun to you. Again, you don’t need to be fit to take a class— they’re for everyone. Before class, just let the instructor know that you’re new, and they’ll show you exercise modifications if you need them. Group exercises classes are also a great way to learn the basics of exercise. Most instructors talk nonstop and add in tips and advice throughout the entire class.
Lastly, if it’s an option, recruit a friend or family member to join the gym with you. Having a gym buddy is a great way to stay motivated and stick with it, but it’s also really nice to have a friendly face at the gym to make you feel more at ease.
Question of the Day
What advice to do have for someone who is new to the gym? What should they know?