DietsInReview needs interns in Wichita, Kan.

Diets in Review needs interns!

Are you excited? I could WRITE IT LOUDER if you need to be more excited.

DIR Director of Publishing Brandi Koskie emailed me last week asking if I knew any journalism students and/or health-fitness-nutrition interns with a strong background in writing. I’m known for knowing journalism students.

(Yes. She asked last week. I’m a bad friend.)

DIR needs at least three interns, but the number is not definitive. Brandi requested the interns also have an inclination for healthy living, a propensity for social media and are interested in getting published (while running errands). Schedule is flexible.

I love her job descriptions.

Interns will be responsible for writing and publishing articles for DietsInReview.com and EduInReview.com as well as researching stories for the writing team, doing social media for both sites, office management, learning and contributing to the SEO strategy and holding Brandi’s umbrella on rainy days.

That last part might not be a joke ;)

Interns will benefit from this opportunity because they will write and publish on a leading healthy living website as well as get hands-on experience in digital publishing. Interns will also learn best practices and trends for writing, SEO and social media.

(Brandi taught me SEO, in a quick lecture, but I absorbed the information well. If I didn’t already have an amazing job, I would totes work for Brandi. I almost did once, and then I didn’t, and I kinda regret it. Point is… you should jump on this opportunity.)

If you want to work for DIR and Brandi (and with my friend Dana!), you can reach Brandi on her contact page. You do not need to provide a formal resume if you have a complete LinkedIn page (which you should), but writing samples are always welcome.

Get your job on!

skinnyshae: Blog Explorer

I have been a horrible blogger in the online community. I apologize.

To make up for my lack of communication across the Interwebz, I went exploring. :)

Here are a number of awesome things I found…

1) It’s Dana’s (@ my little celebration) “bertday.” Gotta love her!

2) Run Street has an entire page for slackers: The Slacker’s Guide Series. “How to Stick to a Running Program?” Yes, please. Guide me!

3) My friend from THE VERY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EVER (Kindergarten), Sami Jo has a great blog just celebrating the things she loves like air conditioning units. Check out Samiwaslike!

4) Betty from The Betty Life loves all the same things I do. She just does them better. :) Her health and diet tips and recipes are AWESOME. And she travels!

5) I posted some Natural Food Remedies from one of my journals a bit ago, and upon reading it, the Savvy Sister commented her thanks, and gave me the opportunity to stalk her blog. I  L.O.V.E. it. Read her about page for some SERIOUS good feelings.

6) Swanson Health is looking for bloggers to review some of their products for FREEbies. I so totally want to do that. However, who knows when I’ll have time to review :( Stupid GRE.

6 1/2) Math is still impossible. That’s not blog related, but it is true. Sigh.

7) A Foodie Stays Fit posted a few days back about trying to get back her “workout mojo.” Since I often lose that thing, I decided to add her to my reader. If she’s got the tips, I’ll eat them up!

8) Another blog I stole from Dana :) Hungry Runner Girl, I am a big fan. I love all types of food, even if someone else has to cook them for me so they taste good, but I’m not the biggest fan of running. She loves both! It’s craziness!

Does it feel weird to only have eight things? Yes.

Because of yoga, I enjoy things that come in 3s.

But, because of attempting to work out and count calories, I enjoy things divisible by 10. (Also because of studying for math. Tens are the only things I can do in my head.)

Eight things feels odd, but I need a little disruption in my life so odd I shall be!

Check these bloggers out kids. Help me make peace with my lack of exploration. :)

“Workout dates” – Advice from Livestrong

Date night!

 A date with yourself, of course! Who needs a man? Or a woman… I don’t judge.

Livestrong fitness writer Renee Roberson wrote a great article on dates. However, instead of dressing up in heels, eating an extravagant dinner and giving your guy or gal a peck on the cheek at the end of the night, you will dress down in gym shoes, eat a peanut butter power bar and kiss the floor at the end of the…

You guessed it!

Workout.

A Date with Yourself by Renee Roberson for Livestrong

According to the article, sticking to a workout routine can be tough. (I could have told you that.)

As it gets harder and harder, you may need to change your mindset, especially, if after six months, you haven’t bought that new pair of jeans you promised yourself.

The article suggests we get creative with exercise by making regular “workout dates,” so we look forward to our workout as opposed to dreading the very thought of it.

(This ought to be good.)

Set Lifestyle Goals
Getting healthy doesn’t mean scaling down to a certain weight or running a six-minute mile.

(Oh, thank God!)

Kevin Asuncion, certified personal trainer and cofounder of Movemo Fitness, advises exercisers to focus on building a body that can accomplish things they want to do, such as backpacking with friends without feeling winded.

(I want to exercise with Ashley without feeling slaughtered. I picked a fit workout buddy.)

“By training toward being better at the things you want to do in your life” you’ll be more likely to stick with them, Asuncion said.

One fitness enthusiast, Sheila Viers, carves out an hour every day for “me” time, and in her “me” time, she works out (or journals or meditates).

(Me time? What is this thing you speak of? And why are you wasting it on exercise?!)

 Solo Sessions

Reward yourself for sticking with your workout by:

  1. Water aerobics at your local gym followed by hot tub time.
  2. Jog to your local shopping center, and then buy a smoothie.
  3. Download a new album, but don’t listen to it until your workout.
  4. Zumba for two week, and then buy some fancy workout clothes.
  5. Take a yoga class, and then enjoy the time allotted for person meditation.

Bribe Yourself
Schedule something to look forward to post-workout, such as a weekly massage after a tough spin class. Keep in mind that not everything you accomplish while exercising is related to fitness. Working out by yourself gives you the chance to mull over problems at work or home, or to reconnect with yourself away from the usual distractions.

(OK. I could get in to that.)

According to physical therapist and fitness instructor Elizabeth Lombardo, the key to meeting workout goals is to find something fun for you.

(And WHAT am I doing? Insanity… of which nothing is fun.)

Get Outside
Researchers at the University of Essex in England said the positive outcomes of green exercise on physical and mental health are clear. Design your workout around ecotherapy, which is the practice of connecting with the natural world to alleviate anxiety and improve your mental state.

(I do not like running around my neighborhood because people stare. I do not like jogging or biking in the park or along nature trails because I might be kidnapped or killed. I am paranoid. The gym is safe. MY gym is safe. Therapy needed? Quite.)

(But for the sake of the article…) Instead of hitting the treadmill, take your jog outdoors. Explore a nearby greenway on your bike. In warmer weather, use an outdoor pool to perfect your breaststroke instead of swimming laps indoors.

Motivate with Music or Media
Music can be a great motivator and a distraction that makes your workout go by faster.

(Also advice from Dana @ my little celebration.)

The point: If work, school, home, whatever leave you too little time to stay-up-to-date with sports, news or music, turn on the technology. Catch up with ESPN, NPR or your iPod.

(At the YMCA, most treadmills and stationary bikes are set up with televisions. While I cannot use the earphones because they electrocute me, it’s nice to watch a soccer game or read the ticker at the bottom of news casts while I’m jogging in the most dreadful manner.)

I like this article.

Why?

Because it offers some advice… while advice I’ve heard before… about how to make a workout less something hated and more something fun.

I need to fall in love with my workout. I just need to learn how to do that first.

While I’m not so sure making a “workout date” is going to work out (Ha!), a little of this-a little of that might.

Here’s hoping!

Insanity workouts and yoga with friends

Busy, busy, busy!

I have been a busy girl. Work, teaching and WORKING OUT!

I am doing a good job! I have not missed one workout yet. Go me! I may or may not do my Insanity workout today… I mean, I did do yoga this morning.

With friends!

Dana from mylittlecelebration visited her friend in Wichita and came to Power Yoga this morning at the YMCA, which went great.

You know, sometimes, yoga really sucks and is unnecessarily painful. (Yeah, I know, mostly because I’m out of shape.) Today, however, yoga was powerful. I feel like I could take on the world.

Maybe the universe. Who knows?

I did an arm balance! I’m never strong enough to lift my body only on my arms. Today, I had that strength.

I went deep into Reverse Warrior (without support), completed one Bird of Paradise (without falling over) and did this little number…

Dana took the photo on her nifty phone camera, which made it all old-fashioned-y. :)

I’m doing Downward Dog, and Jill, the yoga instructor, is doing some kind of weird yoga move. I could almost lift my hands off the floor! And it felt wonderful on my back.

An hour and a half of pouring sweat on my yoga mat. If I skip Insanity today, I’ll do it tomorrow, which is technically the “rest day.”

I don’t feel bad about missing it today. (Had yoga gone badly, I would feel bad.)

Diet-wise… Well, I’m struggling. At Buffalo Wild Wings, I attempted to eat well and ordered a hot chicken wrap. It didn’t taste awesome so I just picked out the chicken (and munched some of Husband’s spicy garlic wings). I did… have… a… Blue Moon, and it was amazing.

My tummy filled up so I stopped eating and drank an entire glass of cold water. That should have been the end of it.

But Husband and his friend wanted… oh, goodness, I cannot admit it… ice cream from Baskin Robbins. World Class Chocolate to be exact.

I suck.

But, otherwise, I’ve been doing well! Working out and eating right and cutting back on caffeine for my health.

But THAT is for another day. Or, perhaps, later today.

What is the weirdest yoga move you’ve ever seen?
That one.

Finding workout motivation (from a workout-aholic)

It’s a re-blog! My friend Dana over at mylittlecelebration did me a great honor by letting me repost her blog on skinnyshae.

Working out. It isn’t everyone’s joy in life, right?

Let’s face it. We can’t all be 5 a.m.-risers that just can’t get enough of long runs, weight lifting, cardio classes and endorphin highs.

But, if you haven’t already guessed from reading my blog, I kind of am that type of person.

Dana from mylittlecelebrationFortunately for me, I was born to perhaps two of the most active parents on the planet who have kept their bodies in incredible shape throughout their lives. And along the way, they’ve taught me about the importance of taking care of my body and living healthfully.

The reason I write this post about workout motivation is because working out is easy for me, but I realize that it’s not that way for everyone. And I figure that if I share what gets me excited about exercise, and maybe you do the same, then we can all be inspired to be more active, more often, and have more fun doing so.

Dana from mylittlecelebrationAnd another reason I felt compelled to write on this topic is that I have lots of friends who absolutely dread going to the gym, and the last thing they want to do is jump on a stationary bike for spin class or lift weights.

So, it got me thinking, “If we all want to be healthy but don’t all share the same enthusiasm for it, then we should help each other out by sharing what motivates us toward health through exercise.”

Sounds like a good idea to me.

How I came to love being active

Somehow, whether it be because of my upbringing or lifelong love of athletics, I simply LOVE working out. And it’s seemingly always been that way.

Dana from mylittlecelebrationWhen I was 5, I started playing tee-ball. I was one ponytail amidst a sea of bull cuts, and I loved it. The sunshine, the uniforms, the free pop and candy after every game, the mass amount of sunflower seeds…what wasn’t to love?

I continued climbing the baseball ladder to slow pitch, machine pitch, and eventually fast pitch where I started pitching, thanks to the encouragement of my dad who was my catcher many nights while I practiced.

I stuck with it until high school and dropped it to pursue other sports. I tried my hand at track and volleyball in middle school. And even though I didn’t continue with them, I still enjoyed the active aspect of them both.

I’ve also been dribbling a basketball since I was itty bitty; before I was ever strong enough to shoot a free throw. And I continued playing through grade school, middle school and most of high school.

I started playing soccer in high school and it quickly became my favorite sport. I just loved all the running, and that the field was so big that no one could really tell if you messed up.

The Transition

But even after sports were no longer in the picture post-high school, I still made a poignant effort to stay active and take care of my body no matter how busy my life became.

I joke about it with my husband now since we have somewhat different exercise mentalities. But before we were married, my absolute ideal Saturday morning looked something this:

  • Wake up at 7:30
  • Drink some water
  • Put on workout gear
  • Go for a 5-7 mile run or workout at the Y
  • Get back home
  • Whip up some pancakes
  • Have some coffee
  • Do a little reading
  • Shower
  • And get on with the rest of my day by 10 a.m.

Super productive, right? Call me crazy but that was my paradise.

I don’t do that so much anymore now that I’m married because leisurely weekend mornings with my husband are much more appealing to me, especially since our Monday-Friday can be so busy and tiring. But, I do still enjoy my weekly morning workouts – just not at 5 a.m. like I used to.

The point of me sharing this is not at all to boast about my almost nauseating energy and excitement for exercise and all-things health.

But rather to inspire others who don’t find exercise enjoyable. As well as to seek out your tips and advice on what inspires and motivates you to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle.

So let’s call this more of an open forum rather than a one-woman blog post, shall we?

Now when it comes to exercise, my mentality is pretty simple: Just do it. You’ll feel better.

I can honestly say that I feel better when I workout. And here are a few reasons why.

It gives me more energy. It helps me maintain a healthy weight. It helps me build strong muscles and keep my heart and bones healthy. It helps my body burn more calories so I can enjoy more delicious foods. The endorphins make me happy. It’s a stress reliever and mini escape. It allows me to be outdoors more often. It gives me confidence. And, I feel plain lousy without it.

Exercise is just a part of who I am. And I’m sure there are a lot of reasons for why that is, but the thing is, it’s mostly because I’ve chosen to make it that way. And I think that’s the key thing when it comes to anyone’s exercise regimen: you have to choose to make it a priority or it won’t be, and it will begin to fall to the wayside.

Tips

So, here are some tips that may or may not be new to you, but are always good reminders to help re-motivate you to work out:

  1. Get your workout clothes ready the night before for morning workouts or evening workouts, so you it will be less of a hassle to get ready.
  2. As soon as you get up, before you can talk yourself out of it, put on your workout clothes and go.
  3. If you take the time to workout, don’t waste your time! Push yourself every time and try and stay in that mentality, making every minute you’re moving worth it – otherwise, you won’t get results!
  4. Find a workout partner to ride to the gym with, run with, do yoga with, whatever. Just find someone to make your workouts more enjoyable and consistent.
  5. Have a good playlist and make sure your MP3 player/ipod is fully charged. And make new playlists frequently so you don’t get bored of of the same old music.
  6. Switch up your workouts: take new classes, run new routes, try new lifts – whatever it takes to keep you from getting bored.
  7. Set mini goals, whether it be to do 20 push-ups, run 5 miles, become more flexible, or look better in a swimsuit. Find what motivates you.
  8. Track your workouts and estimate how many calories you’re burning each week. Every time I write my accomplishments down on paper, I remember why I worked out in the first place! I don’t sweat in vain! I sweat to keep my body healthy and feel great!
  9. Sign up for a race. It’s a good way to motivate yourself to a goal.
  10. Check out Web sites like self and womenshealth for workout ideas.
  11. Wear the right gear! It doesn’t have to be expensive – I get most my clothes from TJMaxx and Target  – but invest in yourself. When you look good at the gym, you’ll feel good. And you’ll be more motivated to workout hard.
  12. Step outside of your comfort zone. If yoga scares you, try it! If Zumba doesn’t seem like your type of thing, give it a go. You’d be surprised how changing it up and trying new things can give you a refreshed excitement for working out.

Now, add your tips!

Qs:
What motivates you to workout?
What is your favorite workout of the moment?
Running outside and using resistance bands.
How do you get out of a workout rut?
Make a new playlist, run a new route, try some new lifting/resistance moves, do an all abs and cardio day, or challenge myself to increase weight or reps.

Those were Dana’s… these are mine:
I have no idea!
Yoga. Forever and for always.

Workout rut? I suppose I need to get in to a workout first, huh?

Oh, I am DEPRESSING! Aren’t I? Well, Insanity was painful this morning. I cried a little, ended with a weak finish and decided to hate my computer because it’s the only thing around to hate right now. And I just need to hate something. (Side Note: It’s going back to Ribbit Computers so they’ll really ACTUALLY fix it this time.)

I have a Q for you: What do you do when you feel like you can’t do it? Unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer.

No tornado… yet (in Kansas)

It’s tornado season in Tornado Alley!

As a Kansas native who has survived a tornado (as a baby – I don’t actually remember it), you could assume that I no longer fear tornadoes.

You assume incorrectly.

I am TERRIFIED of tornadoes. Thunder, rain, hail, lightning – give me all you’ve got! Wind? Pssh! No big!

Put all those things together and make ’em spin around really fast?

Pee my pants scared.

Since 4 p.m., a tornado watch has been in effect and a “potentially dangerous” severe thunderstorm warning has also been in effect -a deadly concoction I cannot quite stomach.

What did I do?

Left work an hour early, got a few errands done before the storm came in and packed a suitcase with underwear, socks, shoes and T-shirts. Toothpaste, too. Just in case.

So what happens?

Shining sun through sparkling leaves
skinnyshae's front yard after a rain storm
My front yard! Well, some of it. That river is my drive way :)

I am sure I angered Husband greatly :) when I woke him up early because I was scared. I feel badly about it.

I do this every time a severe thunderstorm, tornado watch or tornado warning happens, and I’ll never change. One day, my paranoia will save our lives. I hang on to that.

Dana @ mylittlecelebration saw a tornado, which officially inducted her in to Kansas for reals. (You can be born here and never join this club!)

UPDATE: Seven people were killed in Oklahoma and Kansas due to tornadoes and severe winds. Read a story here. Send your prayers to those who have lost in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

On a much lighter note: I’m probably NOT cutting my hair. Gah. I’m so fickle.

Another light note: Dinner tonight consists of delicious roast chicken thighs with roasted potatoes and lightly roasted green beans, as well as crescent rolls with White Stilton Cheese with Blueberries baked inside for ooey gooey goodness!

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Golden Potatoes and UnCut Green Beans
The flesh-y colored triangles are the chicken thigh bits. We ate most of them before leftovers made it to this container.
White Stilton British English Cheese with Blueberries baked in Pillsbury Crescent Rolls dusted with sugar
Little bundle of all things happy!
White Stilton British English Cheese with Blueberries baked in Pillsbury Crescent Rolls dusted with Sugar
I cannot get enough of this cheese! In these rolls! Lovely little nuggets.

Jealous? Check out my recipes! Don’t believe everything I create (or change completely from the original), make it your own! Also. I am NOT a good cook so my advice is to be taken with a grain of salt.

And yet another light note: I love my summer job! I’m having so much fun working with the people and working on the website and content! I have a uber awesome job.

Summer’s (not) lovin’ (my hair)

Stealing Dana’s hairstyle didn’t quite work out for me in the end.

summer hair style long
Step Bun!
summer hair style long
End result... no pins.
summer hair style long from Dana
And then I noticed that dent in my hair...
summer hair style long
But I got over it and smiled for the darned camera.

Well, folks, after much deliberation, I have decided I am going to cut my hair off. It’s too hot! Even after I decided that I looked OK with this hair, I put it up anyway because of the heat!

Summer requires short hair! (And thanks to the advice of friends.)