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What I'm Into Wednesday - The Be Smart Edition

You've heard the phrase that doctors make the worst patients? Well, it's true. After almost 2 years of changing and seemingly neverending foot pain, I can tell you that we do indeed make terrible patients. It's taken me this long to truly commit to doing the right things to recover instead of just waiting to feel better.

So this edition of WIIW is dedicated to finally deciding to be smart. 

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I'll spare you the photo and just link to the product instead. I have the worst bunions on both feet (thanks, genetics) and they are the culprit of my foot problems. They result in a serious lack of great toe extension, which is necessary for things like oh running. So instead I pronate, roll over the outside edge of my foot, and avoid hip extension and push off. This leaves me slower and more susceptible to injury. While I can help prevent them from worsening, only surgery will fix them and I'm not there yet. So I finally invested in toe separators. Yup, think pedicure foam but on steroids. They. Feel. Awesome. They create space between my toes, temporarily help align my big toe, and stretch all of the little intrinsic muscles in my foot. If you have foot problems or wear narrow shoes/heels, I recommend these big time!

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Ahhhh the sweet sounds of....jackhammers? Vibrations? What? Yes, we're back to vibrating massage implements. A few weeks ago I wrote about the HyperIce HyperSphere and about how I was too cheap to buy it, so I tried a knock off I found on Amazon. Well, sadly the knock off didn't do the trick. But luckily (through the powers of incessant posting on Instagram) HyperIce reached out to me to help hook me up with a product. And because I love you I made them (ha) give me a discount code to pass along. I got myself a HyperSphere but I also love the Viper foam roller. Whatever you choose, order on their website and us the code LP30 for 30% off! And let the vibrating do it's magic!

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A huge part of recovery is nutrition (see Monday's IG post for more on that) and one of the nutrition products I've been loving most lately is RXBAR. I have to admit, initially I wasn't a fan. But I do love a good bar in general (nothing is more convenient) and I'm a huge proponent of knowing what I'm eating. RXBARs tell you right on the package what is in there. And I've grown to truly love the taste and texture (except blueberry, I just can't get down for some reason). They're usually on sale at Sprouts for $2 and they've become a morning staple!

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We all know the key to life is balance. And while it seems to be in direct contrast with this week's taste post, smell is all about the flipside of the nutrition coin. I think you have to indulge. Pick and choose what truly makes you happy and then enjoy it, guilt free. And what truly makes me happy is donuts. Stay tuned for more on this... but Angelo has started a little project called The Donut Objective. What is it? A neverending search for the most awesome donuts. A blog, a website, an IG may be in the works. But in the meantime I'll volunteer myself to be a donut tester with him. 

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Lastly, a little self promotion! I write for an awesome website called Fitt. Fitt is like if your best friends compiled all of their food, bev, activity, and race suggestions all in one spot. Your one stop shop for all things fun and healthy in your city (or in cities that you may be visiting). I've written about everything from coffee shops to running routes and I've used Fitt to do research for travelling to places like Cleveland and Portland. Give it a looksie and see what you think!

What I'm Into Wednesday - Holy Hell It's June Edition

All of the sudden it's June. And all of the sudden we have an 8 month old, 50 lb puppy. And so once again, we're back to some Arlo related things on this week's blog. But not all puppy filled, so if that's not your jam, read anyway. Because I think I do have your jam as well.

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Let's get the puppy stuff out of the way first. We started using a Gentle Leader with Arlo for training him to heel and to walk on leash without jumping on everyone, eating everything, and laying down for every dog. It's night and day difference. He's an instantly better trained dog. We don't plan on using it forever, but for now it's helping teach him great habits.

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I visited my friends at Milestone Running the other day and Julie had a Hyperice vibrating bocce-sized ball. I borrowed it for about 10 minutes on my foot (where I'm having some residual heel and plantar and calf pain from the marathon) and it's literally the best I've felt in months. So I went to order one, but I'm a little cheap. I opted for an Acumo ball. It's got the massage feature as well as an ability to heat up! That noise of the vibration against the floor is music to my ears.

Taste

Last weekend we went to the North Park Farmer's Market and stocked up on fresh strawberries (cause, duh). Surprisingly, I couldn't eat them fast enough so Angelo had a great idea to mash them up and make them into a jam (told you I had your jam). SO yummy! We literally just did strawberries and a small amount of coconut sugar. I've been eating PB&Js like it's my job.

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I'm lucky enough to have friends in my day to day life that have been there for almost 14 years. Through college, and relationships, and jobs, and various stages of adulting - we've seen each other grow and change. Sometimes life gets in the way of old routine and habits and you stop seeing the same people the same way you used to. I've had two chances to spend quality time with some of my oldest and most awesome friends this week, and it's been fantastic to see them - and a good reminder to make time for them. 

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I don't know if this counts, but I'm doing it. I love that Dirty Water. The smell of a city. Not a "San Diego" city but a real urban downtown. That's why I'm stoked to be heading out to NPSUMMIT 5.0 in Boston tomorrow. We're lucky enough to have a great person watching Arlo for us so that we can fully enjoy being away. So thanks Mona! Boston here we come!

What I'm Into Wednesday - Camp Edition

This past weekend I had the very distinct pleasure and honor to have been an expert at the March edition of Campowerment in Malibu. The low down: Campowerment is summer camp for adult women. A place to inspire women to re-ignite their lives, no matter the stage in life they're at, their professions, marital status, whether they have kids, etc. It's one of the more inspirational and moving experiences I've ever been a part of and is a place that every woman should get to experience.

Naturally, this week's list is fairly camp centered!

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The weather was unbelievable this weekend. Camp takes place at the top of a magical mountain in Malibu and while Friday and Saturday's weather were 85 and blue skies, Sunday and Monday brought this awe inspiring low fog. It literally felt like we were in Ireland. Otherworldly and breathtaking. If you ever want help feeling like you're making life changes, shifts, and revelations, standing on a mountaintop in Malibu in the fog is where you want to be.

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In the few days leading up to camp I was feeling stressed, slightly lost in why I was doing my work, and like I was butting my head against a wall trying to figure things out. I took a break from sitting at my computer to take Arlo for a walk and listen to one of the newer Tim Ferriss episodes with Dr. Phil Zimbardo. Dr. Zimbardo is a psychologist in his 80s who was involved in some fascinating experiments and now focuses his research and work on being less evil and being more heroic. One of the better episodes I've heard recently. 

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Post camp blues are real. And the best cure for blues of any sort is... ICE CREAM! Luckily our car ride home took us through Venice so my mom and I could stop at Salt and Straw. This month they've brought back 5 of their favorites for their monthly rotation. I had Cinnaholic - a cinnamon ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies and the coconut milk based ice cream with marionberries and shortbread. YUM. 

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I'm a firm believer in passing along information and things and opportunities that I'm passionate about. And camp is one of those things. I had the opportunity to go as a lululemon ambassador on a mini-camp retreat about a year and a half ago. Since then I've been hounding women I know to go (including my mom, who finally went this weekend!). The coolest thing Campowerment has been up to is getting a 501c3 non-profit up and running called Give Her Camp to provide scholarships to send women to camp who otherwise couldn't afford to go. I've been actively looking for a charitable cause that speaks to me to start doing some work and fundraising for... and this is it. Keep your eyes and ears open, cause Bodies in Motion 4.0 will be coming and it will be fundraising for this cause.

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The only un camp related thing, but kind of related to camping as it has to do with bugs. The ant problem in our house is OUT OF CONTROL. Partially due to having a dog (hello, dog food), partially due to the heat, and mostly due to the fact that our house was relatively, um, quickly?, built. I've been struggling with how to get rid of them since most pest sprays are nasty and definitely not dog friendly. Enter Pest Soldier! This vinegar based spray has been working wonders and smells good (thank you peppermint oil) and I'm stoked.

It's going to take me a while to quit buzzing from this weekend. From teaching these amazing women, to bunking with some awesome experts, to meal times with a Food Network Star, to being on the Today show (WHAT? Yup, stay tuned.) - this weekend changed my world, as camp always does. It is getting me excited for my own retreat! Just a reminder, 3 spaces have opened up for May 18-21. Do you want in? You even get to blend your own custom wine! Let me know!

And happy Wednesday Campers!