The other day I was at the grocery store and I ran into a woman who comes to one of my step classes. I looked her straight in the face and said hello. She stared blankly at me for several (long) seconds before I (finally) saw the hint of recognition in her eyes.
Turns out she didn’t recognize me because I was showered, made up and wearing non-exercise clothes!
The whole episode made me think that (1) maybe I need to ‘dress up’ more often and (2) you all might like to see what I wear when I’m not in my Lululemon‘s (all the better to recognize me when we meet in places other than the gym!).
I thought it might be fun to write the occasional post that has nothing to do with exercise and clean eating. A post to share with you my non-fitness interests, including what I’ve been up to when I’m not in the gym. This will be the first installment. Feel free to tell me what you think in the comments section below!
This past Wednesday, I had the day off work, and rather than spend it at home, in front of my computer, I got dressed up and attended a local ‘mompreneur’ event (hosted by momcafe Tricities) called “Evolution, Re-creation and Re-invention”. After a light breakfast and some socializing, two local business women shared their stories and insights about changing directions in their careers and starting new businesses. I left with some great ideas about moving forward in my own life and have already started to create my ‘five year vision’ (hint, it involves more writing, some public speaking and moving my blog to self-hosted!).
I traded in my spandex tights for cotton (In Wear), a leather mini-skirt (Esprit), grey turtleneck (Kersh) and pink handknit, beaded scarf (in honor of pink shirt day; the pattern is Rose Lace Stole knit in Jojoland Melody’s fingering weight sock yarn). I clean up pretty well, if I don’t say so myself!
One of my goals for this year is to read more frequently. Books that is. Not blog posts or Facebook status updates. I have a tall stack on my bedside table and I’ve been enjoying tucking into a book before bed most nights this winter. Amazing how it helps with my peri menopausal sleep issues…
For Christmas, my husband gave me a copy of the newest Diana Gabaldon book, The Scottish Prisoner. Diana’s the author of the wonderful ‘Outlander’ series that has occupied much of my reading time (and daydreams; Jamie Fraser makes my heart pound) over the past few years. If you’re not familiar with this series, it’s historical fiction, romance and time travel all wrapped up in an amazing attention to character and detail. I’m about half way through and loving how it fills in some of the backstory left out of the previous six books.
I’ve also been reading Working Out Sucks (a very tongue-in-cheek title), but since my focus today is on non-fitness activities, I’ll leave the description and review of that book for another day (although you can read my Amazon review here if you just can’t wait).
My knitting has been getting a little more attention as of late. I’ve just finished a pair of socks for my youngest son; purposefully made a bit too big because kids outgrow socks faster than I can knit! And I cast on for a new, long, drapey wrap for me as well. Not enough done to warrant a picture, but the yarn is the most beautiful, rich purple I’ve ever seen!
Saturday night was ‘treat’ night for me. I picked up some fresh dough from my neighborhood Italian bakery and made pizza for dinner. Mmmm. Roast veggies, chicken breast and a little feta on top for taste! Dessert was a slice of bakery pound cake, topped with fresh berries and ice cream (for the kids only; ice cream upsets my tummy 🙁 ).
Hope you had a wonderful week and you’re rested and ready for Monday! We’ll be continuing the weekend at our house; teachers are on strike for at least three days beginning tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Did you do something special this week? I’d love to know what YOU’RE up to! Comments below please.