Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July Highlights

Whew, it has been a long time since I've posted, and July is already nearing its close.

In a nutshell, I've been playing a lot of Pokémon Go this month (my computer just auto-corrected the "e" in there, wow!) since it came out in early July.  Since I downloaded this game, I've been more casual on my morning runs and taking the appropriate walk-breaks to catch the creatures I've known for... wow... close to two decades.  Running is excellent with this game, because before you know it, you've gone the 2k, 5k, or 10k needed to hatch eggs and hopefully encountered a lot of new Pokémon or PokeStops along the way.  Let's just say I hardly use the treadmill anymore, and I have a gnarly PokeTan now.

I should add that my playing has slowed way, way down over the past couple of weeks because I got what I wanted:
Right around the corner from my house!  It was meant-to-be!!

Anyway, I'm still on a strength-training kick.  I usually go to the gym for this, but when I can't/won't, I use these Performance Health Thera-Bands.  These things are pretty amazing -- they have multiple slots where you can anchor something (a door, yourself, etc.) so that you can customize the length/resistance of the band, unlike conventional resistance bands that have the handles built-in.  Also, you can step on them more securely than a tube-shaped version.  I've also been using them to stretch.

These would be excellent for travel (like I do that anymore, hah!) since they roll up into a pretty small ball.  They are also latex-free for anyone who is sensitive to that.

On the consumable goods front, I'm a bit behind in reviewing these things that came in the mail.  First up is the Skinny & Co coconut oil I received (pictured below, left, in a cute sample size).  It tastes and works like other coconut oils I have used, though I've been pouring coconut oil onto cotton pads to help with diaper rash (my son's, not mine!).  It' products are high-quality, raw, and wild-harvested, so definitely check them out if you are looking for a wide array of good coconut-based products. (Discount code: SKINNYCO15)

Fun fact: when Tuesday as born, we were using coconut oil in the hospital so that all those sticky first diapers weren't quite so sticky, and it worked!  However, the nurses frowned upon this since you never know about allergies, which is true, but if you're going to mess up, no better place than the hospital, I guess.

Finally, I got to try CitraGreen, which kind of reminds me of other fizzy tablets that I've tried during races.  It contains B-vitamins, electrolytes, and antioxidants, and is pretty tasty after being fizzed in cold water (which did turn a light green eventually after I took the picture).  I liked the flavor and would definitely pop in another tablet the next time I'm feeling run-down (which is... often!).  This is a good, affordable (~$12/pack of 10 tablets) alternative to my former latte habit.

Anyway, I should have more time to post now that I've crossed a major hurdle that has been on my back for the past few months.  I'll go into that more in my next post, which I'll commit to getting up soon!

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided samples of the aforementioned products to review but was not otherwise compensated to provide a positive review, so the opinions posted are my own.