hello weekend: how heavy is your purse?

foggydress_purse I forgot to include my trusty phone, not pictured above b/c it was charging at time of photo shoot

Finally it’s the weekend! AKG will be officially finished with his first week of finals in graduate school. Everyone give him a cyber-hug. This weekend we’ll be hot-potting, sleeping in (except Sunday–darn 9AM church!), and watching the Hobbit!! And hopefully mailing out Christmas greeting cards.

Monday morning I read an article on the Huffington Post, and I’ve been thinking about it all week long: Why Your Purse Is Giving You Back Pain….And 11 Ways To Fix It. After reading it, I realized many things; I carry way too much in my purse (see pic above–I usually have a book in my bag as well), and I have horrible posture while carrying it! The author had some great suggestions to remedy the shoulder/back/neck pain that comes from carrying heavy bags, like don’t text while carrying a purse“Sometimes it’s the double-duty of texting and looking down that causes the curve in your neck to get lost and get flat.” Another tip is to make sure your bag isn’t too long or too short“You want to be able to swing your hips and your shoulders freely without being bumped by the bag.” <– This one sounds like a no brainer, but it makes a huge difference. I noticed that when I carry a purse, usually the arm not carrying the purse will swing, but not both. So I tried consciously swinging both arms and it really made a difference for my back! Switching up which shoulder carries the bag is a tip I already knew about, but something  I don’t do often enough; it’s almost always over my right shoulder.

How heavy is your bag? What do you  carry, that you think you don’t need in there? I’ve stopped carrying my book, and I need to do more dump-out-the-contents-of-my-purse-to-see-whats-in-there type of inspection, so I can find surprises like that blush colored Stila nail polish^^ I’ve been looking everywhere for (of course it would be in my purse). Hope that article will help lighten your load, as it (literally) did for me. Have a great weekend!

hugs, hanalei

Hello weekend

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You guys, I just love fitness classes. It gets me out the door at different times of the day and makes me work my but off! The only class I’m still iffy about is my yoga class. Granted, I’ve only gone once since getting my gym membership a few weeks ago…but this teacher was sort of yelling at us. In a gentle-pushy-voice-sort-of-way. Like, “Reach, reach, reach, reeeaacchhh! You’re not reaching! You gotta reach!” I was thinking in my head, “What do you think we’re all doing!?” I just didn’t feel relaxed, and at the end of class I was ready to go. I think I’ll try a different teacher next week.

Have a great weekend! We’ll be spending ours with family and my cute baby nephew.

PS–My friend recommended a great app that you’re probably all using already…tracks your periods and ovulation, and other stuff. Just in case you wanted to track that sort of thing… (also find it on itunes) 

let’s workout: getting my first gym membership, yipee!

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Remember when I had a mini workout room in SF? And miles of breathtaking parks with enchanted Redwood forests (see above) to run through? Sadly, I no longer have either of those things. I found a nice running path last week, but there are no trees to shade me, and the sun just leaves me dripping in sweat. Not that I’m complaining about So Cal weather, because I love it! But when Austin’s school offered a huge discount for LA fitness, I went ahead and got my very first gym membership. Here’s to getting more workouts squeezed into my week!

hugs, hanalei

PS-If you’re reading this at 8:30 am, I am most likely in my first ever cycling class…I hope I come out alive.

Photos of me: by Liz Stanely
Outfit from Old Navy

eat: things that your health-nut (pun intended) friends make

foggydress_pbI am slightly jealous of people who can whip up recipes off the top of their head. I’m also slightly jealous of people who know how to make recipes healthy. In this case, my nurse/high school/half-Asian/track & field BFF Anna does both. She recently made some of this healthy and oh so creamy cinnamon peanut butter!! I begged her to share the recipe.
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weekend wardrobe

Last weekend, I went on a mini backpacking trip to Castle Rock Park. After being an avid runner for about 15 years, I finally broke down and purchased a cold weather sports sweater. I never needed one in So Cal, but how did I survive all those winters in Utah without one? OH yeah, I just didn’t run. Well Costco has a way of getting you to buy more than you went in for, like this turquoise sports jacket (only $20!) and the blue sports shirt (only $10!), below. So now I finally have decent exercise clothing that isn’t 100% cotton (that fabric stains and can get so HOT).

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Having athletic clothing makes SUCH a difference, ladies and gents. Make sure your closet is well stocked for your summer outdoor adventures.