Because this weekend got away from me, I didn’t get to share a 7 Tips post or plan a Motivation Monday post for tomorrow (but I’ll still post some motivation to The Lyons’ Share Facebook!). Instead, I hope you’ll enjoy hearing about 7 healthy things I did this weekend. Some of these are tips, so hopefully you’ll forgive me for slightly deviating from the schedule :). Once you read about my weekend, please share what YOU did to be healthy this weekend in the comments below!
- Ran the “Run or Dye” Color Run. I’ve mentioned twice before that I think mixing up your workouts and doing something to make them fun is helpful in preventing mental burnout and keeping you excited about working out. Well, I’ll admit that when I organized the Color Run for work, I wasn’t super excited about the prospect of having people throw paint in my face as I was running in 90 degree weather … but, it turned out to be fun! More fun for me was seeing my colleague, who just recently started running, complete her first 5K and get that great energy rush afterwards. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a fun race!
- “Caught up” on sleep. This article from the New York Times this week scared the living daylights out of me (cancer? depression? immune deficiency? brain functionality? diabetes? stroke?). I know that one of my most unhealthy habits right now is being sleep-deprived during the week, and honestly it’s been more than 10 years since I have consistently gotten 7+ hours of sleep per night (with the exception of our honeymoon and our Asia trip last summer). While I don’t think you can completely “make up” sleep in terms of health benefits, sleeping a bit extra on the weekends helps me feel refreshed and ready to take on the next week. I slept almost 10 hours on Saturday night, and it was glorious. I’m also going to do what I can to make sure I’m prioritizing getting as much sleep as possible this week.
- Tried a new green smoothie recipe. I needed to use up some cantaloupe, a cucumber, and some spinach, but wasn’t super hungry, so I created this “snack smoothie,” which I posted on Instagram (follow me @thelyonsshare). Coming in around 150 calories, 11g protein, 3.5g fat, and 19g carbs, it was a great nutritional choice and filled me right up!
- Went for my first real bike ride in almost a year. I love spin classes and do them frequently, and I love my road bike, but I honestly get a bit scared if I haven’t ridden in a while, and let my bike collect dust in the garage more than I wish I did. When I realized that an annual bike race for diabetes is coming up soon, though, I knew I needed to get out my bike and take it for a spin … and I’m so glad I did!
- Wore sunscreen. In general, when I’m exercising in the sun, I’m fairly good at wearing sunscreen – I got burned far too many times as a child (sometimes on purpose, since all my friends were getting tan and I knew that my skin only had two shades … white or red!). My dad’s bout with melanoma also scared me into wearing sunscreen more diligently. But, I’ll admit that I’ll occasionally say something like “it’s 6:30am, I won’t get burned” or “my face lotion has sunscreen in it.” That’s not a great idea, so I’m glad that I loaded up this weekend.
- Relaxed. In general, I’m not a big fan of TV, but hanging out with Kevin last night and doing pretty much nothing besides cooking dinner and watching a few shows (Arrested Development, Chopped, and Friday Night Lights!) was exactly what we both needed.
- Cooked a new dinner. Speaking of cooking, I made a “Summer Vegetable Bake” last night that was delicious, light, and refreshing. Even Kevin commented on how summery it tasted! Recipe may be coming up on a future Foodie Friday!
Now that you know what I did this weekend, I want to hear what you did! So tell me in the comments … what is one (or more!) healthy thing you did this weekend?