I’m obsessed (Five Things for a Monday)

Let’s lighten it up around here, shall we? I feel like I’ve done a fair amount of reflecting and taken you along for the ride, but it’s Monday and I feel like I’ve had one of the most Monday-est Mondays around, and I need a little joy and brevity.

And I’m taking you along for the ride. So without further ado, five things I’ve been obsessed with lately:

1. Hawaii 5-O

My best friend got me hooked on this earlier this winter and then we both got in deep…way, way deep. (The number of times I’ve considered – read, looked up the cost of – flying to Hawaii is not a number of times I’d care to admit to anyone, especially the internet.) I fell in love with the show, especially the humor, the friendships that formed and how each person’s strengths and weaknesses made the perfect team.

And it doesn’t hurt that Steve McGarrett is easy on the eyes, am I right??

Another highlight – it was a cop show that had a substantial amount of character development and yet, it didn’t focus on romantic relationships to drive that development. We saw significant others occasionally, but there was no big romance that drove the show… a refreshing change from many other shows that dominate TV. Not that I’m against romance, but I love seeing friendship and personal growth and careers at the forefront, rather than relying solely on another person to make everything better/fix you/etc.

We just finished season 7 on Netflix, so now we’re in this waiting game – season 8 is in progress and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out – but we don’t have cable, so waiting is what we shall do. And until then, I’ll continue to think way too much about the Five O’hana – and consider another show that could help fill the void. (Any suggestions??)

2. Health & Wellness Podcasts

Surprise, surprise. (Ok, well, can we all at least feign surprise?) Health and wellness is undeniably an ongoing interest/obsession for me, but it’s been an even more constant theme recently. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means and how I’m striving to be my best self, but for the sake of the post – let’s just chat about what I’m listening to.

Some of my recent and/or long-time faves: PaleOMG Uncensored with Juli Bauer, The mindbodygreen Podcast with Jason Wachob, Run Selfie Repeat with Kelly Roberts, Run Eat Repeat

And on my TLT (“To Listen To”) list, comprised of new-to-me podcasts, as well as old favorites I’m just laughably behind on: Foodist with Darya Rose PhD, Dr. Ruscio Radio: Health Nutrition Functional Medicine, Personal Best, Ali on the Run Show, Another Mother Runner, I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein, Pursuing Health with Julie Foucher, Namaslay, Balanced Bites

3. Turnips

Hang in here with me. I loooooove turnips(!!!!) and especially when made via this Peanut Butter Fingers recipe. A little bit of ketchup (or occasionally ranch, for this Midwestern gal) and I swear they’re the BEST fry replacement. Most times, I even like them better than fries and crave them. They’re a key reason why I’m seriously considering investing in an air fryer. … I mean, could you imagine?

Turnips and I are in the middle of a full-on love affair and you’re welcome to join the party. Give it a shot, and I have a feeling you won’t regret it.

4. What Makes Us Country – Luke Bryan

Somehow I missed the memo that my forever hashtag-MCM Luke Bryan released new music in DECEMBER. WHAAAAAT. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this dreary January, and now imagine the inevitable constant streaming that has followed.

Fave: Most People Are Good. This song just makes me want to drive down the highway in Tennessee or North Carolina with the windows down in summertime. Specific, I know- but ya feel me??

I love this new album (not surprising) and I’m debating a summer tour date, since I’ve never seen him live and it’s time to take this love off the internet and into the real world. It’s on my 18 in 2018 to go to a country music festival… so clearly, I gotta pick one where he’s headlining, duh.

5. Yoga

Coming off of my Boston trip, I’ve had some tweaks of knee and ankle pain again. Frustrating, to say the least, as I’m finally coming off nearly a year of PT – but I’m trying not to stress too much about it. Instead, I’m making my focus proactive, and that means backing off cardio and weights and heading back to the mat.

In fact, I’m posting this after my first yoga class back at Core Power Yoga. I did a brief stint at the studio close to my house last fall and really loved it – but my attention waned, my focus shifted to a dedicated PT regimen, and before I knew it… well, here we are.

Walking back into the studio was such a welcoming experience! I seriously love the atmosphere and community – it feels like coming home and I can’t wait to make some friends and fully immerse myself.

I’m thrilled to be back and am looking forward to getting into a more balanced, active routine.

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And there you have it! Five things for this Monday – a little dose of much needed joy to kick off the week. What have you been obsessed with lately?

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