I try a lot of different things and usually I keep them to myself but I think I'll start a Favorite Things post each month from the month before just to share. Some of you may find it useful and some of you may think that I think entirely too much of myself to ever believe that any of you would be interested in what I like. Either way, here is a short list from August.
Dark Chocolate Medley
What can I say. They're delicious and not too horrible for you. After embracing my new lifestyle, these fit the bill for occasional snacking. Nuts are always a great snack and the dark chocolate, while good for you in moderation, makes it feel like you're cheating a little.
Full disclosure though...I usually only eat a few of the dark chocolate pieces. I've never been the biggest dark chocolate and a few pieces is usually my limit. They're honestly the right size for me. They're tiny and give you the right amount of flavor. By the end of the bag, I usually have a decent amount of dark chocolate chunks left and give them to my husband who is a hardcore dark chocolate lover.
For those who know me, I'm an avid music fan who is disillusioned with the radio and how stations pick and choose music. It's all a business and numbers game and the music is what suffers. Oh...and my ears, they suffer too. For years I've turned to a lot of Red Dirt Country. Red Dirt is what they use to describe country music from Texas that isn't exactly mainstream. So if you've heard of Reckless Kelly, Josh Abbot Band, Eli Young Band, Casey Donahew Band, JB and the Moonshine Band, Turnpike Troubadours, then you know what I'm talking about. Believe me, this is not an exhaustive list there are others who get lumped into the Red Dirt category but aren't like Tyler Childers.
I digres,s so lets move on to the main point. Koe Wetzel was never on my radar and thank God for Amazon Music or he never would have been. I love him and his music. He has a very "outlaw" feel and his music feels the same way. Can not recommend his music, or the music of anyone I've listed above, enough.
The Museum of Life & Science in Durham, NC
The Museum of Life & Science has always been my stomping ground. I went A LOT as a kid and then as a high schooler, we had prom there every year. With all the museums closed recently, I still wanted to take my kids somewhere different for my sons birthday. I knew The Museum of Life and Science had a large outdoor area that was still open and, big bonus, they had dinosaurs. The kids had a blast but I will be honest, between it being hot as Hades and the staff, no fault of their own, being mask Nazis the experience could have been a littler better for us adults. However, the kids had a blast so that is all that really matters.
Manna Water Bottle
I'm trying to do the responsible thing and drink a ton of water. My goal at this point is 64 ounces a day. For someone who doesn't usually drink water, this is a big goal and as soon as this becomes easier, I'll bump it up a little. This bottle, I found it at Marshall's, has been a life saver. It is 32 oz. so I know I have to drink 2 a day to reach my goal. It's metal and keeps ice and the water cold, because who wants hot water?
As I'm changing my lifestyle, my new goal is to eat every 3 hours. This helps my metabolism stay up and running. This app is a game changer because I don't have to think about when to eat. It does all the math and timing for me.
Yes.Fit is how I'm going to get off my lazy butt and do something. It's an app that lets you run races at your own pace. You pay a fee upfront when you register for the race. The fee depends on what rewards you want to get when you finish. For my current and first race, I chose the t-shirt because it was funnier than the medal but you can totally get both if you're looking to spend that much money.
I'm currently working on the Tombstone Virtual Race and it is 28 miles. It keeps me motivated to walk 1-2 miles a day. After each walk, I log the miles in on the app. Once I reach 28 miles, I'll get this awesome t-shirt on the right. I have found that it is a great way to be held accountable for your exercise and it has really helped me be consistent. I started this at the end of the month so I'm not too far away from getting this baby shipped.
There you have it. These are a few of my favorite things from the month of August. Hopefully you found a few nuggets in this list that will be useful to you. I'm also thinking about starting a virtual running club for those who are interested. Let me know in the comments!