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Sunday Splash: fall vibes & fitness

Who’s ready for bed? Everyone, hands up?

I’m definitely exhausted in the best way possible—this past week was filled with lots of fun, family get-togethers, relaxation, & yummy food. BTW, we still have TONS of Nutella-stuffed Nutella cookies in the fridge. I might have gotten a little carried away & made way too many.

This year, I went for a run before our Thanksgiving get-togethers & it felt SO good. I definitely want to make it a tradition. Fresh air, fall leaves & endorphins? YES PLEASE!

I’m still not a fan of running on the treadmill (any tips here?) but running outside is hands-down one of my favorite ways to workout. I usually shoot for 1-2 runs a week, and I go to the gym on the other days.

Fall vibes & fitness have been our theme lately.

We shoot for daily workouts, & usually hit 5-7 workouts a week. I’d love to say it’s 7 days/week every week, but being real here, that doesn’t always happen. If I miss a day, I try not to dwell on it too much, & instead I focus on hitting it hard the next day.

A few things that help us reach our fitness goals?

  1. HABITS: during the week, we go to the gym as soon as we get home from work. This trigger helps SO much with consistency. During the weekend, we try to get our workout in, in the morning, before we head off to any weekend plans. This way we don’t miss it by getting home too late/coming home exhausted.
  2. BUDDY SYSTEM: we go to the gym together, whenever we can. This helps with accountability & motivation.
  3. BCAAS: BCAAs feed our muscles and protect them, so we burn fat (not muscle!) while we work out. SO important. They’re essential amino acids—meaning our bodies can’t produce them on their own so they need to come from our diet. It’s best to take them 3x per day—before your workout, after your workout, & before bed. More details here. Oh & update if you’re following JOYFETI on IG, I can swallow two BCAAs at once now. Small wins, guys! LOL. I take these vegan BCAAs, which I’m about to take again right now.

I just finished drinking my peppermint tea & I’m off to get ready for bed & pop 2 BCAA pills. Popity pop.

Sweet dreams!

<3,
Bita

+ if you’re a runner, find out how to find the right pair of running shoes for YOUR feet (+ an interview with A Runner’s Mind)

+ check out the JOYFETTI playlist: energized—it’s perfect for working out!

[ the vegan BCAAs I take ]

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Sluggishness sucks—here’s how to avoid it

You know that feeling when you’re awake but you don’t feel fully awake?

It’s kind of hard to explain.

It’s kind of like this weird, in-between state where your body’s up but your mind & eyes are still half asleep.

Either you totally get me, or you’re thinking I’m completely nuts… LOL. Either way, I’m sure we’ve all felt sluggish at one time or another, right?

I use to wake up feeling this way, way more than I would’ve liked, so I tried different tactics to avoid the feeling. In my opinion, it’s way better to try to prevent it than to try to get rid of it, because getting rid of it is much harder.

Here’s what works for me:

Quick ways to avoid sluggishness during the day:

Start the day off right

This is key. For me this means drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning & having a nutritious breakfast (for energy). The past few weeks, I’ve also been having cold brew coffee with almond milk. I love starting my day with a morning workout, but lately, I’ve been working out after work or during lunch instead.

Take a walk outside

Getting some fresh air & moving your body makes such a huge difference. I try to take 2 walking breaks during the day while I’m at work.

Ice roll after the shower

I loveeee ice rolling after I take a shower in the morning—before I put on my makeup. It wakes me up because of the iciness, & it also makes my makeup go on smoother. This is the one I use. I keep it in the freezer, & I roll it over my face & neck.

& that reminds… THIS MIST!!

I’m OBSESSED with this mist! I put it on right after I’m done putting on makeup, & sometimes randomly throughout the day. It’s super refreshing, & it gives me a little glow. My friends have noticed it too ; ) It also smells really good! I spray it over my face and sometimes on my chest. I wrote a full blog post about it here, if you want to check it out!

Drink up—chug, chug, chug (your water)

So you stay hydrated : ) I kind of make a game out of it. In the first few hours of the day, I try to drink a glass of water every hour. It’s super fun going to the bathroom every 45 minutes (joke), but it’s worth it. It makes me feel so much more awake. Plus, it’s good for your skin & wellbeing.

If you only try one tip, try this one.

I’ve also noticed when I get headaches, it’s usually because I didn’t drink enough water. So for me, it’s also a way to prevent headaches. WIN!

Keep the music going

Pandora… Spotify… YouTube, you get it… Here are some JOYFETTI playlists if you want to check ’em out.

Flip the sticks in your diffuser or light a citrus candle

When I was in middle school, I remember this one night, I was staying up super late, studying for finals, & I laid out a bunch orange peels on my desk to help me stay awake. I read that citrus smells could do that. It worked, to a certain point. I still use this trick today, but usually with diffusers or candles ; ) I light a candle or flip the sticks in my diffuser. When you flip the sticks it makes the scent stronger, kind of like you just opened it.

If you can’t light a candle at your office, or don’t feel like putting a diffuser on your desk, check out these cute, mini scent pods—they’re portable aromatherapy pods, & the eucalyptus scent smells amazingggg! It’s relaxing and refreshing at the same time. I’m a big fan!

With that, I’m off to wash my face with grapeseed oil, shower & climb into bed. Happy (almost) FRIDAY!! : )

<3,
Bita

[ bkr heart water bottle (similar) ]


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