February Favorites

Welcome to my February Favorites round-up! After sharing some products, snacks, and accessories I was loving at the beginning of the year in my January Favorites post, I’m back to share a few more Must Haves!

SweetGreen – I knew that I was going to love SweetGreen after hearing raves from my New York friends, but was still blown away when it finally came to San Francisco. My favorite bowl? Right now I’m loving the Spicy Sabzi.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pore – I loooovvveee this mask. I’ve used this in the past and really enjoyed it, but I also like trying new products so I’ve gotten away from using it regularly. I just reordered it from Sephora and I’ve already fallen back in love.

Origins Charcoal Face Mask Beauty Skin Care Makeup Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger February Favorites

{Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pore}

Sweet Potatoes – I’ve always loved sweet potatoes, but have rediscovered their amazingness lately. From orange to purple – I’ve been adding them to everything!

Barre – From Avant-Barre to Dailey Method, I’ve been loving getting my booty kicked at barre classes lately. I love the low impact side of these workouts, but they still KILL you!

Trade Joe’s Ginger Pear White Tea – I’ve been taking a break from caffeine and love this mellow blend. It smells delicious too which is always a bonus.

What was on YOUR hit list for February? Any reoccurring favorites?

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

Race Training for the Injured

As a long-time athlete, I’ve learned a lot about my body. For the most part, I can tell when I should sit something out, and when I can push myself. I’ve trained and competed while injured many times of the years. Broken collarbones {gymnastics}, dislocated shoulders {volleyball}, and spinal injuries {diving} haven’t done much to slow me down over the years. But what they have done is taught me how to listen to my body and how to train smarter instead of longer/harder.

Race Training Running Runner FitLife San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Leggings & Tank – Fabletics

Active Colorblock Windbreaker – Forever 21

Sneakers – Saucony

Here are a few things that I’ve learned to apply to my programming over the years:

  1. Rest when needed – No matter how careful you are with training, you will hit a wall at some point. You need to learn to listen to your body and realize when fatigue can’t be pushed through.
  2. Recovery is vital – Giving your body time to recover is important, but you also need to think about the foods that you put in your body which also impact your recovery.
  3. Fuel is everything – How you fuel your body before, during, and after training is imperative for keeping your body in top condition. All of your hard work will be wasted if you try to keep yourself going on Hot Pockets and Coke.
  4. Invest in your equipment – Whether that means a bike or running shoes, you want to research what will work best for your needs. Quality equipment can stave off injury as well as help you heal.

Race Training Running Runner FitLife San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

So how have I applied these to my own training? With back and feet injuries, I realized that following a traditional half marathon training schedule wasn’t feasible. Attempting 2-3 runs a week left me in so much pain that I couldn’t get through all the runs and my cross-training.

What works for me is, like I spoke about in my Workout Schedule: Weight Training & Race Prep post, is one run a week. I do either a longer, somewhat slower run, or a shorter, faster run. From a cardiovascular standpoint I’m capable of running 13 miles if I manage my pace, so training is much more about preparing my body to take the intense physical beating. 3-7 miles once a week does just that – My joints and muscles stay in top shape, without being overworked to the point of increasing my pain levels.

Race Training Running Runner FitLife San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

I’m sure by now some of you are thinking – Why do you keep running?

Because I love it!

I started running in my 20’s to get outside when I became utterly sick of the gym, and I quickly became addicted. And I just LOVE racing. I may not be fast, but the excitement and fun and rush of race day is a total blast.

I’d love to try a half triathlon in the future, but for now I’m stick to a few foot races a year. In the past year I ran five – The Guardsmen Presidio 10 Mile Race, the San Francisco Half Marathon, the Women’s Health 10k to benefit the Feed Project, the Golden Gate Half Marathon, and the Kaiser Half Marathon.

Have YOU ever trained for a race or competition while injured? Any tips?

Reminder: I’m not a doctor and I don’t have background on your specific injury/injuries. Please do not take this post as a personal recommendation to you for race training – Please speak to your doctor about what would work best for you.

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

SF Made | Culk Giveaway

I shared a new San Francisco-based company named Culk with y’all a few weeks ago – Plus my go-to Warriors game day look. And today I’m back to offer you a chance to try them out.

It’s giveaway time!

Giveaway Golden State Warriors Culk Sam Culkins Athleisure Basketball Game Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Warrior’s Muscle Tee c/o Culk

Black Capri Length Pants – Banana Republic Factory

Black Blazer c/o Tobi

Striped Pumps – Seychelles {And here’s the open-toed version}

Giveaway Golden State Warriors Culk Sam Culkins Athleisure Basketball Game Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Culk Inc. is here today to offer my lucky, lucky readers a version of the Golden State Warriors Tank that I’m wearing here. Perfect for everything from game day to the gym to cocktails, depending on how you style it.

You can get things started today and will have until Monday, March 20th to join this fabulous giveaway. You will also have multiple ways to join, so be sure to check out the widget below for all of your entering options.

Rafflecopter giveaway

Unfortunately, please note that this giveaway is only going to be open to individuals located in the United States at this time.

Are YOU a fan of shopping local and trying smaller businesses? Be sure to support this SF Made shop and join our little giveaway!

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

What I Ate Wednesday | Tone It Up Nutritional Plan

A few days into the recent Look For Love Tone It Up Challenge I decided to swoop up the Nutrition Plan as well. While I don’t know that I made a single meal 100% from the plan, I have been using it as inspiration to keep things interesting and tasty during the challenge.

Since I’m mixing things up and trying out some delicious new concoctions I thought it would be fun to post another What I Ate Wednesday to share some of my new favorite recipes & dishes.

What I Ate Wednesday Tone It Up Perfect Fit Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Vegetarian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

What I Ate Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: I’ve been on an oats kick lately – Be sure to check out my Coconut Chia Seed Overnight Oats recipe – And have been trying out some tasty new combinations. This week I combined Bob’s Red Mill Quick Oats, Flax & Chia Seeds, Vega Vanilla Protein Powder, and frozen mixed berries from Trader Joe’s.
  • Snack: Trail Mix – Raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds. Or chia seed pudding – I like it with a little lemon juice or vanilla extract.
  • Lunch: Smoothie time! Currently OBSESSED with this combo – Spinach, maca powder, wheatgrass, ginger, lemon, frozen pineapple chunks, and protein powder. My favorites are Vega Vanilla, Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean, Tone It Up Perfect Fit Vanilla Latte, or Sun Warrior Vanilla. Yes, I clearly like vanilla protein powder. I think it’s a bit more versatile than others since it mixes easily with whatever you throw into the blender!
  • Snack: Kale leaves smothered in Sabra Hummus & topped with a cold orzo & veggie salad
  • Dinner: GIANT salad beast w/ romaine hearts, shredded kale, sugar snap peas, celery & carrots w/ an oil & vinegar dressing heavily coated with kelp grains & turmeric. Plus a side of roasted Brussels sprouts & sweet potato chunks. Sometimes I’ll toss everything together but I was starving after Pilates and started eating the salad while I waited for the veggies to roast.

What’s YOUR favorite dish/recipe right now? Did I miss anything tasty from the Tone It Up Nutritional Plan that I should try?

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

Questions with Caity – Partie Tres

Welcome back to the third installation of Questions with Caity!

This post is all about favorites! From activities to entertainment, here are some of my all time favorites.

What is your favorite weekend activity?

Hiking and cooking. Getting outside and having quality time in the kitchen are the two highlights of a relaxing, productive weekend for me.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Yes! A few, but one of my absolute favorites is actually a poem by Henry David Thoreau:

I went into woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Thoreau San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

 

What’s your favorite movie? TV show?

My favorite movie, since I was a kid, is Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Boondock Saints and Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels round out the top three. 🙂

Friends is one of those shows that you can always pick up which is fun, I especially love watching that one during spin class!

What’s your favorite book? Do you have a favorite author?

I grew up rereading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas almost every year, and it’s still one that I love.

I’d say that my favorite authors are also ones from my childhood. My father read my brother and I fantasy books so I have a healthy appreciation of J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, Patricia Wrede, Sherwood Smith, and Diana Wynn Jones.

Favorite color?

Green is my favorite color, but I wear black most of the time.

Don’t miss out on the first two installments of this series – Questions with Caity and Questions with Caity: Partie Deux.

And if  YOU have a question – Just send it over via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram comment, or email at moicontrelavie@gmail.com.

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }