Just a little over a year ago I started writing these Friday 5×5 posts as a type of organized list. I thought that I’d be posting them every week (or at least every month) but that didn’t really happen. Sometimes, believe it or not, I just don’t have 25 things to talk about. But guess what- today I do! I’m not going to promise that all 25 things are super interesting, but hopefully a few of them will make your Friday a little bit happier, more informed or just give you a smile.
5 Thought-provoking (or just plain great) Posts I Read This Week
1. Cassie, Back to Her Roots: Recommitting To Me
Every now and then Cassie writes a personal, relatable post like this that so many of us can identify with. I found myself nodding along with much of what she write and have definitely been there many times in my life (and continue to be at times!). As always, Cassie has an organized plan on how to make life simpler and happier.
2. Ashley, Coffee Cake and Cardio: Has Technology Caused Us To Become Oblivious?
Ashley wrote this post after making some pretty shocking observations on her commute home from work. So many of us struggle with the issues that she addresses in this post and don’t even realize it! I wrote something related to this problem a while ago- and am still trying to lessen my own addiction!
3. Beth, Beth’s Journey: Part One: The Evolution of My Relationship with Food
Beth is one of those women that I feel like I share a brain with sometimes. We have a very similar history and relationship with food. I really, really appreciate her ability and willingness to be so honest with her readers- and this is one great example of that! I’m definitely looking forward to her follow-up of this post.
4. Annette, Enjoy Your Healthy Life: Bodypump Release 87 Review
First of all, check out how incredible this lady looks at 39 weeks pregnant! She’s still teaching a variety of group exercise classes and is in killer shape- definitely an inspiration! Since I haven’t posted a review of the latest Bodypump release, I figured I’d just share hers with you today. I agree with all of her thoughts on Bodypump 87!
5. Lee, Fit Foodie Finds: Maple Pecan Granola & A Story
The story in the second half of the post is definitely worth reading- but I’m focusing a bit more on the incredible granola recipe. I must make this asap! Just look at it…
5 Pairs of Shoes That I Wear Often
1. Brooks Pure Grit Trail Running Shoes
This is my second pair of Brooks Pure Grit Trail Running shoes. I pretty much wore the tread entirely off my first pair! Even though they’re trail running shoes, I wear them for hiking and trail running. They’re minimalist, mold to my feet really well and provide support where I need it. As an added bonus, they’re pretty snazzy too.
Out of the five pairs of shoes in this list, I probably wear these the least. But, I still like them a lot. I find Toms to be pretty comfortable and easy to just slip on and off. And they’re red!!
3. Merrell Boots
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of winter clothing. I know that I’m in the minority here because people go nuts for jeans and sweaters and coats… but I’d prefer to live year-round in shorts and a tank top. That being said- I love boots. This is my most recent pair and I freaking love them. Not only are they ridiculously cute, they’re also super comfortable to walk around in!
4. OluKai Flip Flops
I’ve probably talked about these flip flops several times on the blog, but I just love them! OluKais are not cheap (I think I paid about $90 for these) but they are worth every single penny. I’ve had this particular pair for over four years and I’ve probably worn them at least 1,000 times. They are still in near perfect condition! I wear them around the house all the time and outside during warmer months. They have good arch support and are just so, so comfortable. I have a few other pairs (in other colors) but these are my favorite.
5. Pearl Izumi Cycling Shoes
I wear these shoes when I teach Spinning class or ride on my bike at home. I’ve been riding clipless (meaning wearing cycling shoes that clip in) for about seven years and can’t imagine doing it any other way. There have been a few occasions where I’ve forgotten my cycling shoes and have had to ride in sneakers and it is not fun. Riding clipless gives you much better control and stability and allows you to shift power by maximizing the upstroke when pedaling (allowing you to “pull up” and incorporate your hamstrings). Overall you’re going to be much more efficient. If you’re an avid indoor cyclist, clipless shoes are a must. Since I only wear these indoors, they last for a long, long time.
5 Random “Things” From the Interwebs
1. My latest article from Diets In Review: Bloggers Expose Themselves Revealing The Naked Truth
I had so much fun researching for and writing this article. It’s definitely inspired me to do my own Exposed post… stay tuned!
I’m such a sucker for Buzzfeed’s lists of “things” and this one had me laughing out loud the whole time.
I’ll be spending a good 15-20 hours working at GABF today and tomorrow. If you plan on going (come say hello) make sure you check out the festival map first so you can go in with a game plan. There’s also a nifty app that you can download to help find your way!
Yes. It will happen.
I know that this is probably a little controversial but I have never been a fan of flu shots. Simply put, I haven’t gotten one in over 20 years (and got really sick right after I got that last one) and can count on one hand how many times I’ve been sick since then. And I’ve had the flu twice. I know certain people that swear by them… yet they’re sick all the time. I think I’ll just stick with what I’ve been doing! And if you are a fan of the flu shot- good for you! It’s just not for me.
5 of My Favorite Profiles on Instagram
It was really hard to choose just five that I enjoy, because I pretty much like to look at everyone’s photos that I follow (which is why I follow them in the first place! I had a hard time not just choosing five that post pictures of puppies because I know that not everyone is a crazy dog lady like me.
Her food is always colorful and looks delicious!
She makes something as simple as a sandwich look like art. Cait, you need to move here and be my personal chef!
I’m sure you’re not shocked that National Geographic posts beautiful photos… but did you know they’re on Instagram?
Mike is one of my favorite male bloggers for sure- but I also love his Instagram feed. He posts beautiful food photos and motivational quotes- a perfect balance!
I had to include at least one puppy-filled profile! Nick is a friend of mine from way back and he has the two most adorable dogs, Finnegan and Willow (his name is a mash-up of theirs). They are best friends and have so much personality. I wish they could come play with Jackson and Lance!
5 Breweries I’m Looking Forward to Visiting at GABF This Weekend
Again, it was very difficult to just pick five for this list. I’ll be visiting a lot more than five!
3. Ska Brewing
Cheers! Have a fabulous weekend!
What are some of your favorite shoes/Instagram profiles/beers, etc.?