Hi, friends! It’s time for this week’s Fueled Up Friday. I loved hearing everyone’s reactions to last week’s post, and I think this series is a keeper. Up this week: springtime in Minneapolis, burpees, and Jeffrey Toobin's book about the OJ Simpson trial.
1. Springtime in Minneapolis
The warm weather is upon us! This week was in the sixties and felt amazing, so that in itself filled me with happiness. But what's really fun about spring in the frozen tundra is the euphoria that overtakes the entire Twin Cities. Seriously--last Sunday it was sunny and beautiful, and driving past Lake Calhoun and through Uptown to get to our house I a) almost hit like fifteen pedestrians because the place was swarming with people, and everyone was just walkin into the street willy nilly, and b) noticed that literally every single person I saw was smiling or laughing. You would have thought you had accidentally wandered into a very popular street festival, but you would have been wrong. That's just the kind of joy that overtakes this city when the warm weather comes. It's the best people watching of the year--every shape, size, color, and style of person you can imagine is just out in the world letting their light shine. Can't be grumpy on a day like that.
The warmer weather also means new outfits have become available! I do NOT like to be cold (great choice to live in Minnesota, I KNOW) so in the winter I really bundle up. All the layers, all of the exposed skin must be covered. So when outfits like this become an option again, I am a happy girl.
Also, can I just say that I like sharing outfit pictures because I like outfits, but I hate taking photos because I can’t figure out what to do with my face, and I’m considering just making this expression in every picture from here on out?
Would you still love me if I did that with my face? Maybe we'll find out.
Burpees are a move that the fitness world loves to hate. Almost every fitness expert cites the burpee as one of the best full-body moves you can do, and simultaneously all the fitness junkies are like "oh NO, burpees, save me! Spare me! Puh-lease!" So, I'll be the first to admit that I've never really done these until recently. Mostly because they involve a push up in the middle, and I find those to be hard enough on their own, let alone sandwiched between some squatting and jumping business. For those of you who are like "WTF is a burpee Hanna, you've lost me already" watch this YouTube video.
So, recently I've been pinning some quick home strength workouts to try to switch it up, and one of my favorites involves this circuit: 5 burpees, 10 squats, 5 burpees, 10 lunges (each side), 5 burpees, 15 sit ups. You repeat that as many times as you can in 20 minutes (or, if you are me, you do it two or three times and then collapse, without looking at how long it took you). I've noticed a few things: 1) burpees are really hard. That reputation is well-earned. 2) I like them. First because they really wear me out and I feel the work in my whole body in a really short amount of time, which is so efficient, and second because I've noticed myself getting better at them really quickly, and that's the most gratifying part of working out. 3) I think they're really helping tone my arms! Hooray for that! I've been trying to integrate more burpees and more planks because they are both simple, fast, whole-body toning moves and I'm starting to notice the benefits.
3. The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
Word on the street is that this book has been turned into a TV series on FX, and I bet that series is awesome but I wouldn't know because we can't keep a television alive longer than a few months in our house. No joke, after having a dead TV in our living room for close to a year, we finally bought a new one on black Friday and broke it a few weeks ago when it jumped off its TV stand, to its death. So I'm reading this book instead of watching the series, and I think that's probably for the best.
I love a good crime story, and the OJ trial is obviously a legendary story. But, having been in the first grade when the trial happened, all I remember about the trial is that the day the verdict came back my first grade teacher made all the kids sit quietly on the carpet square in the corner while she and the teacher's aid listened to the radio across the room to hear the jury's decision. So, I'm learning about it for the first time and I can't put this book down. If I'm being honest, this book was the opposite of fuel for me this week, because it caused me to stay up too late several nights because I couldn't stop reading. But those are the best kinds of books, so it goes on the list.
Happy Friday, friends! We made it! I hope you all had lovely weeks, and I'll be back next week with some recipes--there was a recipe shortage this week because I had SO MANY other things I wanted to talk about! And also because I kept accidentally eating cheese and crackers for dinner.