I started off my weekend with some Saturday morning yoga on the Peloton app. I did a 30 minute class with Kristin McGee. It was perfect because it was a Halloween themed practice. Kristin was dressed up as a mermaid and we did all kinds of spooky poses like goblins and pumpkins. It was really fun to be able to bring in the holiday. Apparently there were a lot of chaturangas in those 30 minutes, because my chest and shoulders are still sore! I haven’t been sore from them in a really long time.
I didn’t give out candy this year (we don’t get many trick or treaters at our house anyways), so I started reading Endure (affiliate link) on Saturday night. I’m not too far into it yet but it’s such an interesting topic for me. I’ve heard really good things about so I’m excited to learn more.
Here’s the synopsis from Good Reads:
From running a two-hour marathon to summiting Mount Everest, we’re fascinated by the extremes of human endurance, constantly testing both our physical and psychological limits.
How high or far or fast can humans go? And what about individual potential: what defines a person’s limits?
For years, physiology determined the answer: heart size, lung capacity, and muscle strength. But over the past decade, a wave of dramatic findings in the cutting-edge science of endurance has completely overturned our understanding of human limitation. Endure widely disseminates these findings for the first time: It’s the brain that dictates how far we can go—which means we can always push ourselves further.
Hutchinson presents an overview of science’s search for understanding human fatigue, from crude experiments with electricity and frogs’ legs to sophisticated brain imaging technology. Going beyond the traditional mechanical view of human limits (like a car with a brick on its gas pedal, we go until the tank runs out of gas), he instead argues that a key element in endurance is how the brain responds to distress signals—whether heat, or cold, or muscles screaming with lactic acid—and reveals that we can train to improve brain response.
An elite distance runner himself, Hutchinson takes us to the forefront of the new sports psychology—brain electrode jolts, computer-based training, subliminal messaging—and presents startling new discoveries enhancing the performance of athletes today and shows how anyone can utilize these tactics to bolster their own performance—and get the most out of their bodies.
Sunday morning I thoroughly enjoyed the extra hour of sleep. It felt so good! II had ordered groceries on Saturday afternoon and headed over to the grocery store on Sunday to pick them up. I can’t say enough good things about my experience ordering groceries online with Save on Foods. They have a great system set up and it’s super easy to do. Grocery shopping in the store was super stressful for me back in March at the beginning of the pandemic. Being able to get things online has been a huge anxiety reliever for me. If you’re on the fence about trying it, I highly suggest you give it a try.
It was unseasonably warm in Calgary yesterday, so I decided to wear my white Keds (affiliate link) for probably the last time in awhile. I try to be really careful when I wear them to avoid puddles and dirt to keep them as white as possible. Once the snow sticks around (and the melting with the chinooks) I won’t be able to wear them. It almost felt like summer being able to wear them.
Sunday afternoon I headed over to my boyfriend’s place. I woke Winston up from a nap when I arrived. While he was very excited to see me, I think he did miss the end of his nap. He looked so tired in this photo! My boyfriend lives a few blocks away from Village Ice Cream. Every month they release a few new seasonal flavors of ice cream. The ones for November are bananas foster and stroopwafel. I decided I should try both of them, so I ordered a pint of each of them. When I got home with them and put them in the freezer I realized I was given pumpkin pecan pie instead of bananas foster. It wasn’t a big deal and I’m sure it’ll get eaten too just like the bananas foster would have.
How did you celebrate Halloween this year? Are you reading anything good?
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