Happy Friday! What a week it’s been. I’m feeling especially lucky this week, and mood is high. AND, I am extra glad that today is Friday for once, because I actually have tonight and ALL OF TOMORROW OFF at home with Dan. That never happens. I can remember one other time where we woke up together at home an had the entire day and night to do what we wanted with it. Safe to say I’m a leeetle excited.
The weekend plans include pancakes, doggie walks, People vs. OJ, a trip to Ben & Jerry’s (you guys I live sooo close – hoping they have some of the non-dairy flavors?!) and homemade margs and nachos. HAPPY CAMPER HERE.
Before I get ahead of myself, let’s share my faves from this week! I hope that your week was full of things that made you smile, too. It’s always fun to get a glimpse into what’s making someone’s world go round. ?
Health & Fitness Career Moves!
This was a big week for my future as a health and fitness professional! I began studying for my Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification, for one. It’s clear that I’m highly interested in nutrition but with all that I know, I don’t have any training in it. With this certification, I’ll be able to coach and guide others about how to fuel their goals and healthy lifestyle. I’m so excited about it. Thanks to my hubby for sponsoring my education as my 30th birthday present!! <3
Also, I got my first gig as a group fitness instructor and I’ll begin in April! I have been teaching a class twice a week at the local high school for a friend and a few of her coworkers, which has been great, but I’m so glad to be taking the next step and working at a gym. Now I’ve got to come up with my schedule and class ideas. Can’t wait!
It’s always a beautiful thing when new opportunities develop!
Beets Blue HR Monitor
I used to wear a heart rate monitor on every run and for every workout, but fell out of the habit when my Polar watch started acting funky. It was perfect timing when my friends at Beets Blu sent me theirs to try out!
What’s great about this HR monitor is that it’s lightweight and really easy to use. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and you’re good to go. Since I usually run and workout with my phone anyway for music, running app, or a timer, etc, it is nice to have this information right there on my phone as well.
I connected mine to the RunKeeper app so my HR was incorporated into the information about my runs. At this point, I don’t need a fancy running watch right now, so just having my distance, pace, miles, and now with this, HR and calories burned is great.
If you’re looking for a way to elevate your training, I’d recommend trying a HR monitor like this one. Knowing your max heart rate and calculating your different training zones can be incredibly helpful in your running and in your workouts. For example, you can make sure your HR is in the proper zone for a long run as opposed to a tempo run, or make sure that you’re in the fat burning zone for HIIT workouts…and that your HR stays in a safe!
Special Necklaces from Friends
I lucked out in this category this week! I received not only one, but two thoughtful gifts from friends in necklace form!
My friend Tracy gave me this incredible piece and I just love it. It’s a key that says “strength” on it. The necklaces are made by those who are transitioning out of homelessness and looking for employment to improve their situation. The idea is you wear the necklace and embrace the word on it until you find someone else who needs that word as well, and pass it along to them to wear it. It’s special, indeed!
My bestie Ali gave me this adorable elephant necklace that also has a little charm with an “R” on it. I’ve already started wearing it nonstop as elephants are my favorite. As you can see from the sassy photo below, I’m pretty proud of it!
And there you have it! A few of my standout favorites for the week! Happy happy joy joy.
Now it’s off for a workout and day of work before quality time with the hubby! Hope you all enjoy a great Friday and weekend!
Let’s Chat: Do you use a HR monitor? What are you looking forward to this weekend?