I’ve been working on a post on routines and habits this week but it isn’t ready. It’s tricky to find the right balance of helpful and preachy, and I haven’t found that balance yet.  The question of what would be interesting to someone else versus what is me just writing about myself is constantly running through my mind. You would be amazed at how many drafts I go through. So instead, I’ve included an awesome workout that was shared with me recently. I plan to do this one today. I’ve also included my weekly obsessions below. I ask that you get outside this weekend and enjoy what is in front of you and all around you. It is absolutely beautiful out. Make the most of the weekend and find time to do something that you would really enjoy. It’s summer (unofficially)!

Jump Rope Workout:

What you need: Jump rope, set of heavy (what you would consider your heavy) dumbbells, access to an assisted pull-up machine or pull-up bar…and a smiling face 🙂

Work through each round before moving to the next.

[Update– while completing this workout I made the following adjustments and would recommend these to make it a little harder. First, do a minimum of 50 jump ropes but don’t stop until you fail (i.e. Trip yourself with the rope). Second, do 12 reps of each exercise instead of the gradual reduction per set. Finally, do four sets per round instead of three. While the workout was fun (I forgot how much i love to jump rope), I think it needed a little more.]

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes
12 Weighted Squats 12 Pull Ups 12 Dead Lifts 12 Plyo Lunges/leg
12 Push-ups 12 Plank Rows/arm 12 Shoulder Press 12 Hanging Knee Raises
12 Bicep Curls
50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes
10 Weighted Squats 10 Pull Ups 10 Dead Lifts 10 Plyo Lunges/leg
10 Push-ups 10 Plank Rows/arm 10 Shoulder Press 10 Hanging Knee Raises
10 Bicep Curls
50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes 50 Jump Ropes
8 Weighted Squats 8 Pull Ups 8 Dead Lifts 8 Plyo Lunges/leg
8 Push-ups 8 Plank Rows/arm 8 Shoulder Press 8 Hanging Knee Raises
8 Bicep Curls

So what am I obsessing over this week?

Podcasts: I was late to the Podcast scene.  I started listening to podcasts about a year ago and have been hooked ever since. I find listening to podcasts during my morning commute really gets my brain going. I’ve also started listening to podcasts when I run on the weekends to distract my mind from what my body is doing. A few good podcasts will get you through eight to ten miles. Here are a few of my favorite podcasts:

For one time enjoyment:

Missing Richard Simmons: I know what you are thinking and I thought the same, but I was hooked after the first episode. This really is an interesting story.

For continual enjoyment:

Planet Money and How I Built This: These are my top two NPR podcasts. NPR podcasts are my staples.

The Chalene Show: I love Chalene. She is focused on health and wellness and all things to better yourself and your life.

More Perfect: This is my all-time favorite podcast, but there were only a few episodes that aired last summer. It is focused on the Supreme Court, and just really well done. I stay subscribed hoping that one day a new episode will appear. Fingers crossed that this happens.

Others that I subscribe to include The Tim Ferriss Show, The Ultimate Health Podcast (but I really can’t stand the guy’s voice), Grammar Girl, and Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel (which isn’t out until October, but I am obsessed with this woman, her life and her work. I find her fascinating. Maybe she will make next week’s obsession list).

Setting Monthly Goals: Last year I set out to complete a competitive 5k each month. This year I aimed for balance but have secretly been pursuing monthly goals…maybe not so secretly. I believe in having something to work towards…something to keep me motivated. Breaking it down into more manageable pieces (such as months) helps to keep me focused. Goals that are too large can be daunting and seem impossible. This month my goal is to run a consecutive 10 miles. It looks like tomorrow might be the day it happens. [Update June 6, 2017: I completed the 10 mile goal on Saturday. It was the warmest day so far and the last two miles were questionable if I would make it, but I did. I was determined.]

Popsocket: I am obsessed with this thing. If you have no idea what I am talking about check out the link below from Amazon. I used to drop my phone all of the time, but this thing has helped me plus my snapchat selfie game has improved. Added benefit, you can use the popsocket as a kickstand for your phone. I love it, and don’t know how I lived so long without it.

Link to Popsocket on Amazon

Have an awesome weekend!