All Over The Place + A Heart Pumping Playlist
I don’t know about you guys, but I am so happy Friday is here!
I have been a little discombobulated lately and as a result, my blogging schedule has been off (which is driving my type A personality crazy).
Seriously, my eye has been twitching quite a bit and it’s starting to freak me out.
I think I am having a hard time catching up this week because this past weekend wasn’t as productive as usual for me.
I typically do all of my cooking and photography on the weekends and Saturday was spent trying to master a gluten-free banana cake for the second time, and it was a failure…again.
I know it doesn’t look that bad and actually, it didn’t taste horrible, but I only share things on my blog that I really like and I wasn’t crazy about it. Some desserts just aren’t worth the calories and this was one of those. Oh well.
I guess I’ll have to stick to donuts when I attempt gluten-free baking from now on. Those were definitely worth the calories.
Then on Saturday night and all day Sunday, I was on call at my second job (which I think is the real cause of eye twitch) and since I live thirty minutes from the hospital and didn’t want to drive back and forth every time I got called in, I decided to set up shop at a Starbuck’s down the street and get some blogging done.
However, I found it very difficult to concentrate after being forced to listen to some random girl’s extremely loud conversation with her bank regarding the failure of her debit card to make her Starbucks purchase.
Starbucks was nice enough to give her the drink for free but she still felt it was necessary to sit next to me and yell into her phone about how rude the last customer representative was to her (apparently, it’s an on going problem).
So productivity wise, my weekend was pretty much shot, but I’m trying my best to suppress my Superwoman Syndrome (as Sam calls it) and just relax instead of worrying about how many times or what day I post every week.
In addition to my blogging schedule, my workouts have been all over the place as well. I have been doing Ramona’s DVD pretty consistently for the past several months but I decided to change it up and try something new this week.
Although I missed a workout on Monday because one of my friends from Texas (whoop!) called to chat and catch up on things, I managed to get one in on Tuesday with the Surfer Girl Workout from the Tone It Up Girls Beach Babe DVD (review to come soon!).
If those bodies don’t inspire you, I don’t know what will!
Then on Wednesday, I got outside for a twenty-minute run which included a quick stop on my favorite street to take a picture of the vineyards on the hills. I love seeing them on my run but I’m pretty sure my neighbors think I’m a total weirdo for taking pictures of them.
After my run, I went back home and did a couple of rounds of Workout 3 along with an Ab Burner from Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up program.
Even though I signed up late, I was really impressed with Workout 3 and I plan on trying to stick with the rest of Gina’s program for the summer. The Renegade push ups were killer!
While we’re on the topic of fitness and because I am all out of recipes to post, I thought I would share my current favorite playlist for some heart pumping cardio. They are all hyperlinked to YouTube videos incase you haven’t heard them before and want a preview.
Heart Pumping Playlist
- The Naked and Famous by Young Blood
- Safe and Sound by Capital Cities
- The First Drop by Rise Against
- People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson
- San Francisco by The Mowgli’s
- State of Love and Trust by Pearl Jam
- Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
- Rearviewmirror by Pearl Jam
- Dig by Incubus
It’s an interesting mix but most of the songs have really energetic breaks in them to help give you that burst you need to keep going.
Especially State of Love and Trust by Pearl Jam. It’s one of my all time favorite songs to run to.
Plus, I am in love with Eddie Vedder (shhh…don’t tell Brandon!).
Has anyone ever listened to his Ukelele Songs Album? I love it, it’s so peaceful and I immediately feel like I am lying on a beach in Hawaii when I hear it. Swoon.
By the way, the giveaway for Ramona’s DVD is officially closed and I will be emailing the winner later today!!
In other news, Brandon has been in Germany all week and comes home tonight and I can’t wait to kiss that handsome face!
Have a great weekend!
What is one of your all-time favorite songs to run/workout to?
Regardless of how it tastes, your food at least looks fantastic. That counts for something, right? ;) I never knew about that Kelly Clarkson song–it’s great! My favorite song to run to right now is Clarity by Zedd. Love the beat, love the lyrics, and something about is just able to keep me moving during those times that I don’t really want to.
Thanks, it looked good but it has to taste good too!
Also, Charlotte had the Kelly Clarkson song up on her Mixtape Mondays and I thought it was perfect! I’ve been loving it! I’ll have to check out Clarity, I’m not sure I’ve heard it before.
I hate when my eye twitches! Stress at work definitely does it to me! I can sympathize, so I hope things slow down for you soon. Bummer about the gluten free banana cake because it does look really good! I’m a big Muse fan, so I like working out to their stuff. It keeps me motivated!
Thanks Holly! It’s weird how our bodies respond to stress. I like Muse too, I’ll have to revisit them for a future playlist!
I love the TIU girls workouts, especially the ones for the booty!! The Summer Shape Up program looks good, too.
My favorite running song is The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars. There is just something about that song that gets me moving faster, every time!!!
I know, I did the booty one last week and was nice and sore after! :) I love 30 Seconds to Mars and didn’t even think to add them to a playlist. Thanks for the suggestion! :)
I LOVE that playlist! (i seriously can not get enough of that kelly clarkson lately) and that banana cake looks pretty darn delicious. also- my eye does that twitchy thing too sometimes!! i dont know what it is- i usually chock it up to being tired, but who knows. have a great weekend!
That song is the perfect energizer, thanks for putting it on your Mixtape Mondays and giving me the idea! I think the twitching is from stress but I’m hoping sleeping in a few hours tomorrow will cure it. Have a great weekend too! :)
You’ll get that banana cake…keep tryin! ;)
And I am in love with Pinks “Try” right now. Its something about that song that just pushes my to never give up in the gym. When I am wasted, I got one more rep in me because of that song.
Yeah I know its about something else, but I kinda modify the meaning in my head lol :)
Enjoy the weekend!
I “follow” the TIU chicas. Loosely. I stick with it for a week and then life blows up in my face or I forget. Ha. But I do like their workouts and nutrition program. I keep saying this but I will stick to the program starting , uh….tomorrow. :)
I love it when the husband returns from work trips. It’s kinda scary being home alone without him. Every noise gets amplified and when it worries the fur children, it makes me hide under the bed with a baseball bat.
I love when you post the ecards. They make me laugh :)
Oh, and your playlist rocks. I really enjoy about half of who you listed there.
Every time I read your blog I really start to think we are the same person. OCD, Type-A personality (eye twitching included). And then there is your love of good, healthy, clean food. And fitness. Plus you’re SaraH with an H and I’m Sara with no H. SO CLOSE :). Hope you have an awesome, productive but restful weekend!
Love the randomness! Has Brandon been away for work? If so, doesn’t seem like such a hard place to go… Our boys and the fun places they get to go! :)
Yep, he was there for work. He has been to so many amazing places, I’m always jealous. Because I’m relatively new at my job it’s hard for me to get time off but I’m hoping to go with him somewhere cool next year. However, if he was in Puerto Rico, I might have to quit my job and go. I need a beach vacay so bad! :)
Your food always look amazing! Those beach girls do provide crazy motivation to get in a good workout and eat healthy! Ha people who have loud and annoying conversations on the phone in public places always make me laugh. Like do you not realize that everyone is listening to you and you are making yourself sound like a crazy rude person?
Oh my gosh, I kept looking at her like “really?”. All she had to do was walk outside! It wasn’t hot or raining…there was no excuse. :) Have a great weekend!
I have yet to try any of of TIU girls workouts…but everyone raves about them so curiosity is starting to get the better of me. And even if you weren’t thrilled with the taste of that banana cakes, it sure looks amazing ;-)
I don’t think I would do their workouts everyday as it might get boring but I like them when I want to mix things up. Yeah, it’s a bummer that cake didn’t taste as good as it looked.
I would no worry about the cake (looks yummy)… or the frequent blogging… it’s hard to keep a blog up when you work full-time! Eye twitching is stress for sure. Mine does it sometimes too and its always if I am super stressed. Try a little meditation, it helps me a lot. :)
Sorry to hear about your banana cake fail but it still looks amazing!
I have superwoman syndrome sometimes too, it comes from my mum. Why do 1 thing at a time when you can do 10? (I’m also a bit OCD too, I think they go hand in hand.)
I love Pearl Jam, they are one of my favourites (along with Eddie!). I’ve bookmarked this post so I can add to my playlist with some of your suggestions :)
Eye twitches are ususally the result of too much caffine. Cut it out all together and it will go away!
Thanks for the tip Rachel! I don’t drink coffee at all but I do drink green tea so I wonder if that’s contributing to it.