Favorite things of the week

Everything about this is amazing.

Everything about this is amazing.

First off: music. My friend Rachel played this song for me 2 weekends ago while we were in Tahoe, and I thought it was really cool, but I listened to it on a different level this last Saturday night and I LOVE IT. It’s amazing. It’s nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards in the category of “Best Song with a Message,” and it definitely deserves to win. Listen to it hereΒ over and over and over again and then watch the music video and prepare to have your heart broken.

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I don’t know if the fact that he used an entire pack of PostIt flags makes it obvious, but Ben recently went ham reading this book. He flagged chapters he thought would be particularly applicable to me and I’ve been reading them whenever I have time. It’s a really great book! It explains the ideas of Paleo and Primal diets really clearly and well. The weight loss chapter made the really good point that if you’re trying to lose fat, you should limit your consumption, which is obvious, but something I didn’t think of. This led me to cutting out my Bulletproof Coffee breakfast and trying intermittent fasting again. I tried this type of fasting during my sophomore year; you restrict you eating to an 8-hour window and fast for 16 hours. This usually means I eat lunch around noon or 1 and can eat until 8 or 9. Luckily, you can drink coffee and tea during fasting hours! I’m excited to see how this impacts my health and weight, especially in conjunction with starting to lift weights.

Picture from somewhere on Google

Picture from somewhere on Google

I mentioned in a post last week that I decided to start lifting weights to help me along in my health goals. I started last Friday and went again yesterday, and I’m loving it so far! I’m glad that I’m not totally starting from square one; it would be a lot harder if I didn’t already have some strength from yoga and my job. It makes me feel really good, even though my arms feel like jelly afterwards! Because of weight lifting, I need to adjust my weight loss goals; I’ll be losing fat but gaining muscle, so the scale won’t move the way it would have if I wasn’t doing strength training at the same time. Overall, though, it’s not really the number on the scale that I care about; I just want to be healthy and look good. Adjusting and measuring my goals is something I’m researching now and will have to continue to figure out. I’m really enjoying it so far.

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