Sunday, July 10, 2016
Heyyyyyy, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 🙂
Just wanted to share some photos from the weekend as well as this past week to show you guys what we’ve been up to lately…
At a barbecue yesterday afternoon, Qman got a really good look at our friends’ (cold, not-in-use) fire-pit. Haha! Too cute!
Quinn is a natural at Polish Horseshoes. He understood what to do right away, which was quite entertaining to watch while the guys tried to play a game! 😉
Quinn and I spent this morning playing with cousin Matthew and all of his cool toys!
That tongue! <3
Seen on my run: Pug on guard. This sign definitely made me smile!
We had friends over for dinner on Friday night and they brought Strawberry Shortcake. We loved it so much, we brought the same thing to a barbecue the next day and it was a huge hit with everyone!
My new favorite breakfast: Veg + eggs. Last Sunday, I sauteed a bunch of baby spinach, zucchini, and shredded Brussels sprouts in coconut oil and then reheated it during the week before topping it with a couple of fried eggs. So delicious, so nutritious.
I made a Desi Linden shoelace bracelet! Clearly, my middle name is “crafty.”
I’m ramping up my mileage in preparation for a 10-mile race in just a few weeks, and I realized just how much I missed the solo time. There’s nothing better than a long run and a podcast.
It was too hot for pugs last week, so Murphy enjoyed cooling off in Quinn’s pool. Remember the time we put the pug in a cooler?
Speaking of the pug… He’s going to have his first experience with boarding later this week. We’re heading to Seattle on Wednesday, and Mal and I totally dropped the ball on asking our dog sitter to watch Murphy. I really don’t know what happened. It slipped our minds/we assumed the other person got things squared away, so, long story short, our usual dog sitter wasn’t able to watch the pug on such short notice. We eventually decided to board Murphy at his vet’s office, which everyone assures me is going to be just fine. Murphy’s never been boarded before, so I’m a little nervous about how he’ll handle it. His vet is great, but the thought of leaving him there breaks my heart. *sigh* Murphy’s going to be totally fine, right?
Over the weekend, I tried Dreaming Tree Sauvignon Blanc and really liked it. I’m not usually a huge fan of California Sauvignon Blancs (I’m more of a New Zealand gal), but I wanted to see what the Dave Matthew’s wine was all about. This one was fresh and crisp with hints of grapefruit and lime– just how I like my whites!
My aunt makes these adorable chocolate boxes called The Dog Pound, and she gave me one for my birthday, so I just wanted to give her business a little shout-out. The Dog Pound comes with 16 Chocolate Lab medallions and it’s super cute– perfect for the Lab lover in your life!
On Saturday, we did “Zeus” at CrossFit. It was probably one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done. The combination of exercises kicked my butt and, wow, I am sore today.
I had my blood taken before my Entyvio infusion the other day and things are looking up! Maybe the Entyvio is finally kicking in because my inflammation numbers (i.e. CRP, SED) are some of the lowest they’ve been in YEARS!!! And my platelets are in the normal range, which is a first in a lonnnggggg time! Let’s hope my heath continues to improve!
I am Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified! Woohoo! I loved the program and can’t wait to put my certification to good use! Exciting news coming SOON!
Questions of the Day
What’s the craziest/coolest thing you’ve ever seen on a run?
What’s your favorite dish to bring to a summer get-together?
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Research of the Week
Omega-6 fats hinder incorporation of omega-3s into red blood cells. Saturated fats augment it.
Performing “light physical activity” while working or studying increases productivity, mood, and focus.
Receiving real-time bite-count feedback throughout a meal reduces overall food intake.
Researchers just discovered a fatal flaw in fMRI software that invalidates almost every brain imaging study ever done.
Texting on your phone provokes a novel rhythm in your brain waves.
New (and Old) Primal Blueprint Podcasts
Episode 106: Bethany Hamilton — This episode from the archives features an inspiring discussing between host Elle Russ and surfing champion Bethany Hamilton. Despite loosing her arm to a 14-foot tiger shark at age 13, Bethany was back in the water a month after and took home her first national surfing title a little over a year later. Get yourself a daily dose of inspiration and give this episode a listen.
Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.
- Why Fear May Be Blocking Your Primal Path? (and How to Overcome It)
- 10 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Monounsaturated Fat
Interesting Blog Posts
We’re all tired of hearing how much better the French are at eating, but these are some decent rules.
In physical culture, what’s old is new again.
This dog can sniff out antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals.
Man punches bear (and wins).
The Vatican’s full of winos.
Before your next deadlift session, listen to the Icelandic soccer team’s Viking war chant.
The bears of Brook Falls, Alaska, are loving the salmon run. Watch them transport large amounts of EPA and DHA to their red blood cells on live video.
Stone-age shamans had elaborate funerals.
- Take that baby octopus home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a little mirin, some doenjang. Baby, you’ve got a Korean octopus stew going!
- The Greeks are best known for their lamb, but their pork tenderloin ain’t too shabby.
One year ago (Jul 10 – Jul 16)
- 5 Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Workout Buck – How to be efficient.
- Take the 1000 Day Challenge – You’re about a third of the way through. How you doing?
Comment of the Week
“How about a combination of adventurous tasks? Spelunking while eating ghost pepper-marinated gizzards and yodeling? If that doesn’t bring forth new perspectival horizons, I don’t know what will.”
– Agreed. That is a legitimate example of adventure, Alex.
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