I’m writing to you from sunny Santa Monica where I will be for the next few days. I’m here to visit some of Neil’s family and also to go to Expo West this Saturday — something I am BEYOND EXCITED about. I first went in 2014 on the East coast and it was one of the most magical places I’ve ever been. I’ll be sure to recap it next week!
Before I jump into my favorite things from this week, I just wanted to address some of the comments from my previous post on my fitness challenge results. There was some concern about the number of daily calories I was allowed and that it was on the low side. When we started the challenge we were asked what our goals were — primarily either to lean out or get stronger/gain muscle. Since I had been going to town on some sweets, I chose to lean out some, meaning that my daily caloric intake would have to be lowered from what it normally would be.
My daily goal was good for the 4-weeks and my results were awesome. Will I continue to only eat 1350 calories every day? No, but it was appropriate for the short time I was in the challenge and I will now play around with amounts and types of food as I continue post-challenge.
I apologize for anything that may have been triggering and if anything I wrote was misleading. I figured out my eating schedule and didn’t feel like I was restricting or wanting for more throughout the day. If I had, I would have tweaked my guidelines to adjust for that. I appreciate all your comments and concerns though and am happy that this is a forum where we can all share ideas and philosophies.
Now — onto the favorites!!
1. Fawen Drinkable Soups
The lovely people at Fawen sent me some of their drinkable soups last week and I finally got around to trying some this week. The ingredients are simple, whole, and everything you’d expect to find in soup. I took the sweet potato and red lentil with me as I was running around and it was a great snack to hold me over between breakfast and lunch.
You can have them room temp or cold if you’re having them on the go, but they’d also make a great base for a warm option and mixed with other things to make a bigger meal. Right now they are only in the Northeast, but hopefully they will expand since they are so good!
2. Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit
I saw these shoes when they were first released and immediately fell in love with them. For awhile, I feel like bright neon shoes were all the rage and I am a black/white/gray girl all the way. The trend seems to have shifted in my favor and I just snagged these beauties as my new training shoes.
They are a dynamic training shoe designed for HIIT and Crossfit-type workouts that still allow for some comfort when running. I wouldn’t use them for exclusively that purpose, but short stints of it feel fine. The base is firm and flat, making it ideal for firmly planting your foot while lifting weights. Basically, I love them.
3. The New Primal Date & Rosemary Chicken Jerky
I was also sent a sample of this jerky and I wanted it because a) there’s rosemary in it and b) I like the chicken over beef option for jerky. It’s sweetened with date sugar and has a nice, fresh taste. I’d definitely buy some!
4. 500-point Sephora Gift
I have an absurd amount of points at Sephora because I just let them stock up over the years. I never see a gift that I really want when I check out, so I just save the points for later. This week when I went to restock my mascara, I saw this gift set by Benefit and actually like a lot of the products in the set, so I got it!
It has my mascara I already use, a pore-minimizing balm that I’ve used before, a bronzer, and some brow-gel (something I use daily anyway). I’m super pumped to use everything!
5. Santa Monica
I love coming out to CA. The weather is always beautiful, the food options are amazing, and it’s super nice to hang out with family. The next couple days will be a welcome vacation from the bustle of normal life — especially since the temps are supposed to drop in Chicago this weekend.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and if you want to follow along during my trip to Expo West, check out my Instagram stories! Let me know what you’re doing in the comments!