Shaking It Up

I am so glad it is Friday…and not for the reasons you would think.

Confession: I am so glad it is Friday because that means it is almost Monday – which is the first day of school.

I apologize for breezing past your weekend but if you have children who have yet to start school you understand, sympathize, relate and share in my excitement.

I also apologize for having no food photos to share with you from Rosh Hashanah. I was a bit preoccupied with the holiday and didn’t get a chance to take pictures.

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Although I did manage a shot from last night at my aunt’s house. She is known not only for her delicious food but her gorgeous table arrangements always featuring fabulous flowers. Please note the pot of honey to the right.

So. Now that it is Friday, my mind is already up to tomorrow’s long run. And while I am still looking forward to this weekly run, I truly intend to shake up the work out routine, far beyond just bringing in more speed work.

I really do need more cross training days; or what I refer to as mish mosh days.

My idea of mish mosh is something like I did yesterday morning:

  • 1 mile warm up run
  • 10 minute elliptical – random setting varied resistance
  • strength training (legs)
  • 15 minutes elliptical – random setting varied resistance
  • abs
  • walk to cool down

For many of you, this is what your workouts look like often. For me, as a running lover, this is a few and far between occurrence. Since freezing my Lifetime Fitness membership, I don’t vary my routine enough and it is time to bring on some change.

Not only to avoid injury, but to avoid burnout and boredom.

Yesterday I felt a bit rejuvenated which made me see that I was really approaching the burnout mark.

I love routine but I think I have taken the run routine too far in that lately it really is all I seem to do.

Wake up, eat, run…wake up, eat run….wake up, eat, run…

Listen, I am a strong advocate for routine. We learn it from an early age and pass it on to our kids. We thrive from routine because it helps the mind organize and rest easy knowing what comes next.

But, there is wiggle room for us bring in some variety without losing the true meaning of routine.

I mean, we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day but vary the foods we eat, yes?

And, we keep up our personal hygiene regimen yet change up the products often, yes?

Speaking of personal hygiene, I added a new shampoo/conditioner to my routine:


Yes To Cucumbers is a hypo-allergic, dermatologist tested, natural shampoo and conditioner line perfect for highlighted/color-treated hair. Cruelty free and free of parabens and those harsh chemicals we are supposed to avoid, I have been very happy with the results after using these products.

I am not easy to please when it comes to shampoos and haircare products so Yes To Cucumbers must be of quality. With a minimal ingredients list, Yes to Cucumbers contains cucumbers, aloe vera, green tea and spirulina.

Bonus: Not pricey at all and is sold at Target.

I have yet to try out other Yes To… products but I do know they have full product lines for hair care and skin care products.


Since I am shaking things up, I may pick up one of their facial moisturizers this weekend when I am in Target.

And while I am on this shake up kick, I have thought about possibly eating more soup.

I don’t like soup. I know I know, all of you people love soup and can’t get enough soup blah blah blah.

It’s not that I hate it, I just have no real love for it.

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Did you hear about this? Campbell’s in a Kcup? Interesting.

It seems you will be able to brew your soup to pour directly over dry pasta and veggies.

Brewing soup just like we brew our coffee?

Click here to read the full article.

I mean, really, you can’t make soup fit into a routine any better than this.

But will it taste good?




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  1. says

    I’m not too sure about that soup thing! Seems like it would taste a little like coffee from your maker. hmmm. I’m the same way with the elliptical. I know I need it but it doesn’t give me the rush like running does.

    • Support says

      Agreed. The article claims it won’t taste like coffee but who knows. Interesting concept lol…I hate the concept of the elliptical but once I am on it and break it up as well as always do random setting and vary resistance, it really isn’t all that bad. At least it wasn’t yesterday lol.

  2. EZTWINS says

    Interesting soup idea – curious to see how it tastes. Loved your aunts flowers and honey jar. So cute. Keep up the cross training. Good for your body to mix it up. Have you been spinning lately?

    • Support says

      I haven’t been spinning at all – hopefully I will bring that back when I decide to unfreeze my gym membership

  3. says

    When I Went to visit my boyfriends family, his mom got me a little basket of toiletry things in case I couldn’t take my own on the plane, and she got me some of the Say Yes face wipes. I LOVE them!

    • Support says

      That is so so sweet of your boyfriend’s mom – I would love if someone did that for me when I was visiting!

  4. says

    I have to try mish mosh. If I got to the gym instead of running I typically warm up on the bike then elliptical for 45-60 minutes then maybe some weights if not just leave. And there is usually nothing interesting on the tv channels at Golds Smithtown. And my good headphones broke. So instead of dealing with all that I think it’s time for mish mosh and mixing it up. Thanks for the idea!

  5. says

    Haha, it’s okay if you wish it were Monday, you have legit reasons! 🙂
    Happy New Year! 🙂 My bestie celebrated last night and I love hearing about Jewish traditions – namely, the food! Challah FTW and latkes make me die they are so good (hanukkah, i know!).
    Yay for switching up your routine and enjoy your long run tomorrow!!
    GROSS to soup from a K cup I wouldn’t ever try that. Bleh.

    • Support says

      I love the raisin challah dipped in honey and oh my, latkes are the best! Topped with applesauce…can’t wait now for Hanukah, which just so happens to begin on Thanksgiving. Crazy early year this year..

  6. says

    Isaw that soup article on Yahoo the other day…That will be one small bowl of soup! The reason I dont like the Keurig is because you get such a baby cup of coffee. I can’t imagine filling up from that!

    • Support says

      I have learned to run each Kcup through atleast 2 times and sometimes I even do a third!