Where did June go?
We’ve been so busy around here enjoying our summer, traveling, and wedding planning.
Early in May, we had our engagement photos taken by the lovely Kelci of Kelci Alane Photography. It was such a special experience and if you’re not sure if you want engagement photos, I highly recommend them! They’re also coming in super handy for things like save-the-dates!
Speaking of wedding things, Devin and I took a trip down south to finally see our venue, visit family, and for me to do my dress shopping!
[the oaks of Jekyll]
When it comes to fashion, I’m not super picky, so dress shopping lasted less than an hour. I guess it helps if you have a pretty clear vision of what you want as well. This gave the girls plenty of time for cocktails and lunch (priorities).
The trip down to Florida/Georgia seemed too quick, but before I knew it, I had myself packed up for a 2nd trip, this time to New Orleans!
I had never been to NOLA prior and when I saw that I could attain my Certificate in Weight Management (RD thangs), I jumped on it. And then immediately invited my Mom along for the trip (sorry Devin :/).
Well let’s just say that unless you’re in New Orleans for a raucous weekend, NOLA might not be the place for you. It’s ironic that the certifying body for dietetics chose the corner of Bourbon Street to have their venue for the weight management training.
But, Mom and I made the most of it by exploring the French Quarter, getting our 10,000 in everyday, and trying our best to scope out the delicious food. To give NOLA the credit it deserves, it was a foodie heaven.
Even as an RD, I recommend trying the beignets (I loved Café Beignet so much more than Café DuMonde…). It would be like going to Italy and avoiding pasta! I did try to sneak in a (non-fried) fruits or vegetables when possible.
RD SPECIFICS: If you’re thinking of taking the Certificate in Weight Management, I highly recommend it. I felt like it was one of the best continuing education courses I’ve taken so far and it gave me a variety of tools for working with clients.
Upon arriving home, I got incredibly ill – again another sign I was not long for the land of Mardi Gras. Ever since, it’s been a bit of a struggle getting back into the workout routine. Devin eventually got whatever plague has been going around, so the two of us have been in recovery mode for a few weeks.
Speaking of workouts! What HAVE I been doing?
Well, more lifting lately. I’ve been enjoying morning workouts with Devin at our new gym. While I’m not a heavy weight lifter, my favorites include kettlebells and the TRX.
Also, I just completed a training program with my run coaches, Julie and Lisa. It was a 7 week program that we spent each Sunday morning on the track. I have always had track and speed-work phobia (blame high school track), But these past few weeks have been great for pushing myself. I’ve also seen record times that I’m not sure I could’ve reached by just completing the workouts myself. I highly recommend joining a run group or training program with others. It’s motivating and you get to meet so many wonderful runners!
Julie and Lisa also invited me to demo a few key core exercises for runners and discuss nutrition and race fueling. Key points from the Q&A:
- – Tracking or keeping a journal of what you eat or how much you exercise keeps you honest
- – Make sure to always take Calcium with Vitamin D
- – For workouts lasting over an hour, be sure to take in hydration and fuel every 30 to 45 minutes
(have more questions about nutrition for sports or racing, reach out to me, I’d love to chat!)
So that’s pretty much been my June. No big deal…. Ok yeah, a lot has been going on. I’m glad to finally have a little down time in the evenings to write and get back to this blog I love.