Do You Socialcize?

13 09 2009

Happy Sunday FitFeaters! 

Hope you are enjoying a relaxing morning so far!  I am posting a little later than usual because I was definitely enjoying a lazy morning myself!  Enjoyed my cup of coffee with the book I’m currently reading, and then spent some time on the phone with a few family members. 

Yesterday was so full of things to do that it flew by way too fast!  I can’t even believe it’s Sunday already. 

Saturday’s exercise consisted of a SOCIALCIZING!!  (That means exercise while you socialize!  I know – I make up a lot of weird words!  Socialcizing, yardio, wogging…  🙂  Hey, whatever it takes to get you all moving and staying active, right?  But you have to admit that when you say you are going to do some yardio, you grin a little!  And we should always be happy that we are fortunate enough to have able-bodies, right?) 

So my Saturday SOCIALCIZING was a 5.61 mile hike/walk with a really good friend of mine and her awesome daughter.  We walked to the Bluffs, did a full loop, and then back.  Socialcizing is hands-down the best way to exercise:  with good friends and some chat time!  That’s today’s ready-made FitFeature:  make social time more about getting out in the fresh air than being based around lunch, dinner or drinks when you can.  I would guestimate that 85% of my “catching up with the girls” outings are built around some form of physical activity (hiking, running, walking, rollerblading.)  Not only is it a time-saver because you are combining two things you might normally do separately, but you are also saving MONEY and CALORIES

I started Saturday off with my “reading glasses” mug filled with my happy juice!  🙂  I was catching up on blog-reading, so I figured it called for this particular mug!

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Before the walk with the girls, I powered up with an extra fruity blended GREEN GOODNESS!!  (I finally found where the text color button was hidden in WordPress!)  This one had 1/2 of a Colorado peach, about 1/4 of a leftover apple, a clementine, lots of romaine, a fist o’ spinach, sprouts and 1/2 an English cucumber.  Look at this blender full of vitamins and minerals:

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Such a pretty green after:

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Rascal goes crazy for my green drinks.  He hears the potato peeler as I peel my cucumbers and comes running to the kitchen for his cucmber treats.  He got a little taste of the final product this time (and while it looks like he’s going to drink out of my cup, I assure you I let him take a smell, then dipped my finger in to let him lick my finger!)  I think it’s funny that he loves veggies.  We don’t give our dogs ‘table scraps’ – but we do give them bites of veggies here and there and occasional fruit.  (FYI:  no grapes or raisins for your dogs!)

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After the long exercise outing, I was ready to eat again (when am I NOT ready to eat, right?)  Early lunch was some leftover Veggie Lasagna from Friday’s dinner.  It was even BETTER reheated!  Ohhhh, so good!  Can’t wait to have some more today! (I’m giving you a side shot this time so you don’t get bored looking at my same foods!  😉  )

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Later in the afternoon I also had another get-together, this time with some wonderful ladies that I used to work with starting way back in 1995!  I love these women and am so glad to still be in touch with them after all these years!  We’ve vowed to get together at least every 6 months, so this was our second “Semi-Annual” event!  Lots of chatting was done by all and we probably could have gone another three hours without running out of topics.  It was a great time!  My eats are unpictured but I had a big glass of white wine, some “Mary’s Gone Crackers” (wheat- and gluten-free) smeared with some herbed goat cheese, as well as some great whole wheat nacho chips with a spoon of DEEE-LISH-USH warm spicy queso.  Can’t wait till the next get-together, thanks ladies for a fab time!

I was feeling really tired when it was time for a late dinner.  It had been dark and rainy most of the day here, which really zaps my energy (I think I must run on solar power, because when the sun is taking a break I just don’t have the same zip!)  So I made a ‘lazy girl burger-n-fries dinner’ by popping a Gardenburger in the microwave, topped it with yellow tomato slices, some mustard and pepper and wrapped it in a “romaine bun”.  My ‘fries’ were red pepper strips. 

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It didn’t QUITE fill me up, so I poured a snack-size bowl of Mom’s Best All-Natural cereal as a little dessert. 

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Alrighty folks, time for me to get busy on this sunny Sunday! 

Drop me a comment:  do you socialcize?  Tell me about it! 

Have a fantastic day!  See you next time!

–Shari B. =)




4 responses

14 09 2009

Hi Shari! Yes, I do socialcize! But not as often as I should! I make weekly running dates with one of my girlfriends, going hiking now and then with other fabulous girls, and try to go to the gym with Sabina around 9pm once or twice a week. It’s soooo much eaiser to exercise when I’m doing it with someone else! I also make race plans with friends so that we can all train together, motivate each other, and then have fun running the race together on race day. Our next race is a 5 miler in late October and I think that there are four of us girls running it – fun!

14 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Woo hoo Carrie! I figured you for a socialcizer! 😉 A 5-miler sounds like the perfect distance right now. I am really enjoying runs in the 3 to 5 mile distance. It seems whenever I train for a half-marathon, I start getting burned out on running and ultimately back off A LOT after each race. Has that happened to you? I’m in a running groove right now that’s working so I don’t want to jinx it with any distance stuff!

Hope you are having a great Monday!

14 09 2009

Yes, that does happen to me too! My last half marathon was on Memorial Day and I don’t think I’ve run more than 5 miles at a time since then! What’s actually more sad is that I haven’t taken my road bike out for a ride or gone swimming ONCE since my triathlon in April. Sigh.

15 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

I hear ya Carrie! My mountain bike hasn’t been ridden since I did the Muddy Buddy… I think that was in 2005?? Maybe 2006? 🙂 I haven’t stepped into a pool to swim laps since my tri either. It happens to all of us I think! Do you have any plans for another triathlon?

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