5 Random Thoughts II

This was a fun conversation-starter post back in December so I’ve decided to do another round of Five Random Thoughts. If you guys like the weirdness, maybe I’ll make this a monthly occurrence on the blog?

How does Kylie Jenner live a fully functional life with those fingernails?!

I recently let my nails get super long. At first it was a byproduct of laziness but then I had a big event right around the corner so I figured I’d just keep them long so I could rock a next-level manicure at Boston Winter Ball. IT WAS DEBILITATING.

Typing? Forget about it. You can’t hit a key without also hitting every other motherfucking key around it. My backspace button literally has a hole in it now from overuse. The only option for getting around this handicap is to type with the tip of the fingernails. To do this, you have to meerkat your hand position (yes, I’m using meerkat as a verb, and yes I’ve provided a picture for visual reference) and then locate your nearest pair of earplugs because it will sound like said meerkat is noisily tap dancing on your keyboard. Everyone around you will hate you. 

And don’t even get me started on the safety hazard of putting in my contacts each morning. I felt like Edward Scissorhands trying to coax the lenses out of the case with the fleshy part of the side of my pinky finger so as not to slice them in half and then fourteen hours later when I actually got the damn thing on my finger I’d say the Lord’s prayer as I brought it to my eyeball precariously balanced next to my Wolverine claws.

Yet Kylie Jenner’s acrylic nails are never less than four inches long. How. Does. She. Live.

I have never spelled “amateur” correctly on my first try.

Sometimes I butcher it so badly that spellcheck doesn’t even have a suggestion for me. It’s just like “sorry, girl, you’re hopeless.” Granted I’m a fairly poor speller in general, but “amateur” is just particularly impossible. My nephews (well, technically Joe’s nephews but whatever I like to pretend because I’m creepy like that) are 8 and 9 years old and they said that spelling isn’t really even taught or emphasized in school anymore because of computers, which I actually love. (Says the girl who can’t spell to save her life.) Amateur, amature, amachure, amateure–instead of correcting me how about congratulating me on my highly developed level of creativity?!

I think I like editing outtakes better than my actual videos.

Every couple months, I go through my computer deleting pictures/videos I don’t need and transferring the rest to an external hard drive to free up space. While sorting through all the raw video footage I’ve amassed since venturing into the world of YouTube, I decided to put together a quick outtake/blooper reel for the channel.

Waaaay more fun than editing the actual workout videos haha. This one is more cutesy than funny, but if my YouTube subscribers seem to like it then maybe I’ll do another with all the meltdowns and f-bombs. 😉

VH1 peaked in 2008.

Am I aging myself with this one? I think as far as reality tv goes, Bravo is really having a moment, but humor me and reminisce (<–another word I never spell correctly) on VH1’s programming from like 2006-2009. Straight fire. You had Rock of Love–and what’s not to love about Brett Michaels mispronouncing “diabetes” 700 times an episode?! Then there was Flavor of Love which birthed I Love New York, and God bless Tiffany “New York” Pollard for showing us all that clear bra straps are not, in fact, invisible.  

For the record, New York is one of my top five reality tv starts of all time and I will fight you on that if you disagree. She’s a national treasure, dammit.

And then as if those three shows weren’t glorious enough, they combined the best of the best from them into Charm School and I Love Money. I mean the spinoffs were endless and my college years were better for it.

I think I’m finally ready to embrace Instagram stories.

When IG stories first came out, I was annoyed and adamantly Team Snapchat. How dare you, Insta! I think we can all agree that while imitation may be the most sincerest form of flattery, it’s also the most annoying. And who has time for two Snapchats? I can barely remember to update one. I’ve been refusing to use Insta stories for months but the numbers don’t lie. Snap views are way down, Insta views are way up, and from a business standpoint, I really should focus on IG stories. NoooOOOoooOOoOo. I remember when emojis first came out, I thought they were the dumbest things ever. Now I feel like I can’t fully express myself without them. So hopefully IG stories is the same way and a month from now I’ll be obsessed. TBD.

Wow did we all just get a little bit dumber reading this blog post? Perhaps.

IG Stories vs SnapChat–which team are you?

Favorite VH1 reality tv star from the glory days?

Long fingernails: yay or hell to the nay?

What word/s can you not spell to save your life?

You Can Help End Nutritional Poverty

When you sign up for the MegaPledge, MegaFood will donate a bottle of their whole food-based multi vitamins to someone in need. In addition, you'll get a coupon for $5 off a bottle of your own AND you'll be entered to win a kickass wellness retreat.This post is sponsored by MegaFood. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

Throughout my partnership with MegaFood, I’ve talked a lot about the quality of their whole-food vitamins and supplements. But the product is just one reason–albeit a big one!–of the many I feel so passionately about working with this brand. MegaFood’s mission is simple, yet huge: to improve lives. Last year they partnered with three New England retailers to establish community gardens in areas that lacked access to healthy food, and this year they’re taking it a step further with the MegaPledge.

For every pledge made, MegaFood will donate 1 bottle of Multis (up to 20,000) to someone in need. They’ll also make a donation to Wholesome Wave equivalent to two servings of fresh fruits and veggies for someone living with limited access to nutritious food.

Sounds great, right? Let’s back it up a bit so you can fully appreciate how awesome this initiative is (for those in need and you) … When you sign up for the MegaPledge, MegaFood will donate a bottle of their whole food-based multi vitamins to someone in need. In addition, you'll get a coupon for $5 off a bottle of your own AND you'll be entered to win a kickass wellness retreat.

Findings reported in July 2015 by the Center for Disease Control show that, in general, Americans do not consume enough of the right foods to get all the essential nutrients needed to maintain optimal health. Even someone who shops at Whole Foods, eats vegetables with every meal and visits their local farmer’s market on the weekends could have nutritional deficiencies, so it doesn’t take a huge leap of the imagination to understand how beneficial a multivitamin could be to someone lacking the resources to access quality food. I think it’s important to acknowledge that, to a certain extent, eating a nutritionally dense diet is a privilege not afforded to all.

Yes, it is possible to eat healthy on a tight budget. But if you live in an affluent area with lots of dining and health store options; make a comfortable living financially; and have access to information on what it means to eat healthy in the first place (education is so important!), you’ve sure as hell got an easier go at it. I remind myself all the time to be grateful for having the means to make food choices based on what I want and is best for my body, rather than on budget. (Although my bank statement would argue that I probably should consider budget more often–good lord do I need to chill out on the Sweetgreen and Dig Inn!)

Wholesome Wave is a non-profit dedicated to making fresh fruits and vegetables available to everyone regardless of income, and shares MegaFood’s vision of curing nutritional poverty. That’s where the MegaPledge comes in!

How to Get Involved

  1. Pledge to fill the nutritional gap in your diet by taking a MegaFood Multi. You can make your pledge HERE.
  2. In return, the first 20,000 pledgers will receive a $5 coupon to use on any of MegaFood’s multivitamins and will be entered to win a year’s supply of multis as well as an amazing wellness getaway (ummm yes, please!).
  3. For every pledge (up to 20,000), MegaFood will donate one bottle of Multis and make a donation to Wholesome Wave equivalent to two servings of fresh fruits and veggies for those in need.

So obviously a year’s supply of vitamins and a wellness getaway are kickass prizes, but guys. Seriously take advantage of that $5 coupon! The quality of MegaFood’s line of products is next level. The supplements are made from whole foods, which MegaFood gets fresh from authentic farmers like Uncle Matt’s Farm and Foxy Organic. Each year they buy more than a half million pounds of produce from these farms–say whaaaaa. It then takes over 236 hours for each batch of supplements to be made because it’s a slow process that optimizes nutrient content. With this exceptional quality, comes a little extra cost. MegaFood will never be the cheapest option on the shelf, but it’s worth it–especially armed with your $5 coupon! 🙂 When you sign up for the MegaPledge, MegaFood will donate a bottle of their whole food-based multi vitamins to someone in need. In addition, you'll get a coupon for $5 off a bottle of your own AND you'll be entered to win a kickass wellness retreat.

Head on over to MegaFood to make your pledge. As simple as that you’ll be helping to get a bottle of multis and fresh fruits and vegetables in the hands of someone in need. I’m excited to be a part of this initiative and hope you all will join me!

Full Body HIIT Workout – No Equipment Needed (15 Mins)

Happy Valentine’s Day! This morning Crane + Lion stopped by Btone to surprise my last class of the day with free leggings–how sweet is that?? Everyone got to pick out a pair in the color and size of their choice. Talk about a great start to V-Day!

Full Body HIIT Workout – No Equipment Needed (15 Mins)

This workout is split into three tabatas. A tabata is 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. We’ll alternate between two exercises during each tabata. To finish the tabatas, we’ll hold a 60-second plank, moving between hands and forearms every 15 seconds. In total, this workout will take you 15 minutes.

15-Minute HIIT Workout - total body, no equipment needed. You'll do three tabatas with planks after each

Tabata 1

  • Breakdancer Kicks | Start on all fours, hands under shoulders, knees under hips and hovering (plant the balls of your feet on the floor and lift the knees a couple inches). From here, you’re going to kick your right leg across your body to the left as you flip your torso to face the ceiling and take your left hand off the floor. Twist back through center and immediately over to the other side, kicking your left foot across your body and you flip and take your right hand off the floor. Confused? Watch the video for a visual; it’ll help more than a written explanation.
  • Low Push Up with Jacks | Start in a plank position with hands under shoulders. From here, rock forward a couple inches so that your hands are under the rib cage. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees and hold low push up position. From here, jump your feet out wide and then back in together. If you have the upper body strength, press right back up to straight arms. Otherwise, drop your knees to the floor, straighten the arms, and then lift the knees back up to starting position.

60-sec Plank

Start in a high plank position and every 15 seconds switch to a forearm plank or back to high plank.

Tabata 2

  • Sprinter Lunge Hop | Start in a low lunge with your right foot forward and your left fingertips on the floor. From here, stand up, bringing your back left knee up and into your chest as you hop off the right foot. Land softly on the right foot, shooting your left leg right back behind you inot a low lunge. Alternate sides each work interval.
  • Clock Crunches | Start in a seated position with your fingertips lightly on the ground behind you for support. Extend your legs straight out. From here, keeping your legs straight, you’re going to circle them over to the side, up, down to the other side and back down to a hover. Think of your feet as the hands on a clock. At 6 o’clock, your torso will be reclined back at a hover; at 12 o’clock, you’ll lift and crunch your torso up and in, bringing your body into a “v” shape. Fair warning: these can be uncomfortable if you have tight hips (bend your knees slightly to make it more manageable). Alternate directions each work interval.

60-sec Plank

Start in a high plank position and every 15 seconds switch to a forearm plank or back to high plank.

Tabata 3

  • Squat Jack to Plank | Starting in a low squat position with feet wider than hip’s width, jump your feet in close together (stay low!) and then back out wide. Next bring your hands to the ground as you jump your feet back into a plank. Jump the feet back up to the outsides of your hands, landing in a low, wide squat.
  • Lunge Stomps | Start in a low lunge position with your right foot forward, knee bent at 90 degrees and stacked directly over your ankle. Ball of the left foot is planted on the floor behind you, leg is long but knee is soft. From here, you’re going to press off the right heel as you shift your weight into the back left foot enough to lift your right foot off the ground, slightly kicking it forward in the air before landing back down in that starting low lunge position. The slight outward kick will help you land in a knee-safe position with the right heel stacked under the knee (you don’t want the knee to ever be farther forward than the toes). Alternate sides each work interval.

60-sec Plank

Start in a high plank position and every 15 seconds switch to a forearm plank or back to high plank.

WEARING | leggings c/o Sweaty Betty (old but Terez has a similar marble print) // adidas neo sneakers

If you have Valentine’s plans today, I hope they’re wonderful! Nothing fancy planned over here, but I think Joe and I might venture into Chinatown in search of cheap foot rubs tonight. #romance

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