Playlist Thursday: Songs that Help You Zone Out

I feel honored because today`s Playlist Thursday theme was suggested by me, when I had to see that there was still no upcoming theme yesterday. I chose this, because I am still in the middle of midterm seasons as I shared yesterday and just need to get out of my routine and relax. At the same time, I will listen to these on a long run, when I want to turn my brain off and just have a background soundtrack. Thank you to the Pavement Runner for featuring the idea.

As always the rules are to post one current song, an old one and something to consider. You can enter your playlist into the catalog or view other blogger`s posts there! And as always I`d love to hear your chosen songs in the comments!

Something Old

Artist: The Beatles

Title: Let it Be

Side Note: I got to take a look through a friends CD collection last weekend and found some great oldies to listen to in my car when I get tired of listening to commercials or waiting for good songs to come up. On one of the CDs, Let it Be is song number six and it has been playing on repeat on my commute!

Quotable: “When I find myself in times of trouble”

Something Current

Artist: Loreen

Title: Euphoria

Side Note: You don`t know this song? It`s from the Eurovision song contest. I didn`t like it at first I must admit, but then I heard it on a party and after that it was stuck in my head for days. A beautiful song, I believe.

Quotable: “We are here, we are all alone in our own Universe”

Something to Consider

Artist: Adele

Title: Make You Feel My Love

Side Note: Another fabulous song and one of my favorites. Adele has a beautiful voice and to this song I can really shut down and calm myself.

Quotable: “And the whole world // is on your case // I could offer you // a warm embrace”

 

Be Happy!

+ For the time being, with all of my studies and one last week of deadlines and midterms I will remain a little MIA. But I have happy news, everything is going very well right now, just today I got back two excellent assignments and could not be happier because I know that the hard work really pays off. I rewarded myself with a necessity: a wool beanie and matching mittens from H&M.

+ On another note I want to tell you about the zero calorie advent calendar hosted on Mollie`s (PT Mollie) blog from December 1st, 9am GMT on. It is the perfect advent calendar for all of us sports enthusiasts, and those who love to live their life in a healthy way. Two more of my favorite bloggers from London Becca (From Snickers to Marathon) and Christine (Diary of a Dashing Fashionista) have worked hard to make this very special holiday series possible. One of my recipes will also be part of the advent calendar as well as plenty of workouts, motivation, business offers and more from many participants. Everything will be online for one day only so starting December 1st, check back daily at 9 on PT Mollie to find new ideas and offers! Also look out for the hashtags #0calendar and #FatFreeXmas on Twitter and Facebook.

 

2012 Gift Guide for Runners & Athletes

For the last part of my gift guide I put together some stocking stuffers for the athlete in your life.

1. Book: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, 2. Body Glide anti-chafe balm, 3. Nuun active hydration replenishes, 4. RoadID safety wristband, 5. KT Tape elastic athletic tape, 6. Nathan Power Shower Wet-wipes, 7. Batiste Dry-shampoo, 8. Grabber toe warmers, 9. Nathan VITAband, 10. Wordlock, 11. Sparkly Soul running headband, 12. Gymboss Interval Timer, 13. Blistex lip balm, 14. Lärabar fruit and nut food bar, 15. iTunes gift card, 16. The Stick marathon massage stick

Playlist Thursday: Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, the Playlist Thursday theme is “Songs that remind you to be thankful”. The rules are to post something current, something old and something to consider, as always. More details can be found on the catalog page, linked to above.

I wish you all a happy thanksgiving and hope that you get the chance to celebrate with your friends and family. Be thankful for them!

Something Old

Artist: Louis Armstrong

Title: What a Wonderful World

Side Note: This is a classic. It reminds you that all the things to be thankful for are there, right in front of you. All you have to do is open your eyes and appreciate and be thankful.

Quotable: “And I think to myself … what a wonderful world”

Something Current

Artist: Estelle

Title: Thank You

Side Note: This might not be the best fit message wise, but the title counts too, right?

Quotable: “So far apart // I just don’t know // What drove us apart in the first place”

Something to Consider

Artist: Talking Heads

Title: Thank You for Sending Me an Angel

Side Note: Another oldie, and one with a really good intro, don`t you think?

Quotable: “I, you can walk, I walk in circles ’round you  // But first show me what you can do”

2012 Gift Guide for the Techie

For today`s gift guide I covered the techies. I myself am a sucker for technology, pretty cases, fun gadgets, new technology. I love it all. My favorite from the set below would be the Michael Kors bag as it seems to hold a ton and would be very practical for studying and work. I also love the USB sticks or ear muffs and for a long day, that extra battery for the iPhone would be perfect for me, too!

Kate Spade Headphone Earmuffs, Apple iPad Mini, Kate Spade USB Ring, Horn iPad Speaker StandMichael Kors Jet Set Macbook Tote, Marc by Marc Jacobs Bunny USB Keychain, Bobino Cord Wraps, Power Mate Plus for J.Crew backup iPhone battery, Olloclip iPhone lens, Agloves Touch Gloves, Tree-t Headphone Splitters, Livescribe Smart Pen to Computer

2012 Gift Guide for the Home

Today, my gift guide is a home related one. I stuck with metallic and neutral shades, christmas scented candles, a serving set with bells, a cozy blanket or just some bottled glitter…

Diptyque Myrrhe Candle, Jayson Home Gold Feather Tray, Zara Home Napkin Rings, Anthropologie Serving Set, Design Within Reach Organic Cotton Knit Blanket, Jayson Home Bottled Glitter, Maison Martin Margiela Matriochkas

2012 Gift Guide for Him

 

This is something for the fashionable and cool man or rather men in your life. Golden cufflinks for the husband, a guide-booklet for the father-to-be or an iPhone case for your brother. I would find something on here even for the hard cases like my father who would for example love the watch. Jack Spade iPhone Case, Luis Morais Bracelet, Mougin & Piquard x J.Crew Watch, Lanvin Bow Tie, Brooks Brothers Book, Lanvin Cuff links, Illesteva Glasses, Richard James Wool Beanie

2012 Gift Guide for Her

This week is going to be one of gift guides, I will start with a gift guide for her, continue with one for him, the home and the techie and finish of with an athletes gift guide. I hope you enjoy my picks and I would love to hear any further recommendations that you may have!

For the women in your life: your best friend, your wife, your girlfriend, mother, daughter or neighbor!

Smythson Eat, Drink and Be Merry Notebook, Maje Eiffel Tower Christmas Sweater, Eugenia Kim Wool Beret, Anthropologie Anouk Lace Briefs, Kate Spade Glitter Bow Belt, Ban.do Crystal Crush Bobby Pin, Clarisonic Aria Cleansing System, YSL Arty Ring, The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter

Thoughts on Weightlifting for Women

“The myth that women shouldn’t lift heavy is advanced only by women who fear effort, and men who fear women”

What do you think about this quote? Have you been lifting heavy weights as a woman? If so, why, if not, why not? To be honest, I was always rather intimidated by all the men in my gym, occupying the heavy weights section. I am scared of using bad form or looking like a fool on my first few attempts. But every time I see a brave girl in the weights and heavy machines area of my gym I feel like I want to try the same.

Now what I`ve got to do is find myself a trainer who will walk me through the basic movements, watch my form, give me tips and encourage me to try lifting things that I`m not used to lifting. At home, my only weights exercises are with dumbbells of a few kilos (really more like two or three). Sometimes I see pump group classes with a lot of women – more so than men. I think it sometimes takes a group to feel strong and try something new.

The fact is that lifting heavy weights does not automatically make you bulky. It takes a lot more for that. Lifting makes you strong, defines your muscles and can make you a better athlete all around. The positive side, and which you can read more about here is that weight lifting can be fun, it is not hard to learn, it is a fast type of workout so it`s perfect for a lunch-break session or a quick round at the gym before or after work and according to Nia, it increases self-confidence.

This is the workout that Tribesports has created for all of you girls who want to try out some weights. For the others, maybe a few sessions in pump will be a great start or the next time you are at the gym why not ask your instructor to assist you and give you tips for the weights section? Please keep me updated if you go and try it out!

Click on the graphic above to get to the detailed workout.

Playlist Thursday: Cool Down Songs!

This week, thanks to Jenny over at Simply Be… Me, the theme for the Pavement Runner‘s Playlist Thursday is Cool Down Songs. Here is my list, I would love to hear your songs. You can also share them in the Catalog.

Something Old 
Artist: Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
Title: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Side Note: Such a beautiful song isn`t it? Another one of my favorites and always on one of my cool down playlists.
Quotable: “And the dreams that you dreamed of, // Dreams really do come true.”
Something Current

Artist: Jason Mraz
Title: The Freedom Song
Side Note: I`m Yours is my favorite Jason Mraz song, I used to listen to it on the radio being driven to school every morning by my dad when I still lived in Washington. I absolutely love his new album so I had to include a song from there.
Quotable: “And when I feel good, I sing // And the joy it brings makes me feel good”

Something to Consider
Artist: Owl City
Title: Fireflies
Side Note: This is not one of my personal favorite songs but it was plaid in the cool down phase of a very good spinning class I went to, when our teacher asked us to close our eyes and think about our goals that we had and whether we accomplished what we wanted to.
Quotable: “You would not believe your eyes // If then million fireflies // Lit up the world”