Sincerely Seven: Week 26

I guess we are halfway through the year now at week 26?! The year has been so crazy and I cannot believe it’s already halfway over. I hope you’ve had a great 6 months (lol who am I kidding), but here’s to hopefully 6 better months ahead.

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  1. My lady hero of the week is Rebekah Jones of FL. This queen was the manager of Florida’s COVID dashboard and was repeatedly asked by the state to manipulate data so it would look like there were less deaths/cases and they could move into phase 4 of reopening. She said ‘no way’ and has not been quiet about the loss of her job from this incident. Here are resources you should use even though some states are pushing to reopen regardless of case totals (here, here and here).
  2. PLEASE think twice before attending a large gathering, even with family. 
  3. On this week’s Work in Progress, filmmaker Oge Egbuonu discussed her new documentary (IN)VISIBLE PORTRAITS, which explores how black women are the most oppressed individuals of all. I watched the film and it brought me to tears. Please consider renting or buying to support this independent film. Egbuonu also recommended a book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy a Degruy which I cannot wait to read!
  4. If you need any Fourth of July desserts, I would recommend this tasty blueberry pie from Preppy Kitchen. I made it a few weeks ago and it was delicious (even with Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust)!CAC82F01-D58A-45AF-A5BD-D1392173D80E
  5. Here is a piece highlighting 3 black artists who became viral on Instagram during recent protests. Please support these artists with a follow on Instagram, as well checking out their shops or chosen organizations to donate to.
  6. For any Animal Crossing fans, in case you missed it, it was announced this week that we get to swim on July 3rd!! To say I’m excited is an understatement, tbh.
  7. If you’re into Disney films like myself, Disney+ released a series, Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2. It’s really interesting to see  all the complexities behind the scenes that go into making a full length feature animation film, would recommend the watch!

Here’s to the last few days of June and a happy Fourth of July weekend ahead!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

 

Time to Sweat: obé fitness

When quarantine started and I could no longer go to the gym, I decided to try a new online program for my fitness routines. A friend gave me a code for 1 month free of obé fitness, and I figured ‘it’s free for 30 days, why not give it a try?’ And I am so glad I did!

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obé fitness is an online platform for fitness classes, covering pilates, yoga, H.I.T., dance cardio and more. Most classes are only 28 minutes, with some that are closer to 50. They also have quick 10 minute classes for stretching, abs, yoga, and dance. I love their live classes on the main home page, it’s so fun to participate in a class in real time and even get a shout out from the instructors as they read through the list of class participants. There is also a saved list of ‘on-demand’ classes in case you can’t make it for the live classes. I have several saved that I love to repeat over and over!

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The thing that keeps me coming back are the instructors. I love doing yoga flows with Eve, pilates with Mary and sculpting with Peter. They are very passionate about fitness, and I know you might be rolling your eyes, but it’s true! Since it’s online, they really take the time to explain posture, etc of the moves so you’re doing them correctly to get the best results.

The other thing I appreciate is that not once during the workouts do they say, ‘imagine yourself in a bikini this summer!’ or ‘get those abs to look sexy!’ I personally cannot stand fitness videos and instructors who prescribe to these notions about women’s bodies and believe that the reason people work out is to be ‘hot’ and ‘skinny.’ They also encourage the posting of ‘sweaty selfies’ after class which I think is a fun way to get people sharing not so perfect pictures of themselves online.

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I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been tracking my progress with this program, mostly because initially I wasn’t expecting to love it so much. While I don’t workout to lose weight, but to have a healthy mind and body, I have noticed a difference in my body, seeing a bit more muscle/toning, versus soft areas. I can tell my ‘strive for 5’ workouts are working!

Are you apart of the obé fam? If not, would you ever consider joining an online fitness program? I really would recommend, especially while we’re all still indoors!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

 

How’s the Year Going?

For New Year’s I made some goals for myself to work towards in 2020. If you need a refresher, they can be found here. Since I don’t have much going on, I thought it might be a good time to check in and reset if needed.

  1. Save money– still not going well. There’s always something I need to buy, or correctly, want to buy.  It’s a sickness, but I have been trying to think through purchases a bit more before I make them. Baby steps, right? Since quarantine, I’ve been worse at purchasing things that aren’t exactly necessary (like loads of books, outdoor furniture…), but I did put my tax refund and stimulus check towards my debt, so here’s to trying! I think my savings goal was a bit over adventurous, best to work on my debt before I start saving too much.
  2. Read more- I’ve read 17 books so far this year, I would say I’m doing fairly well with this one! Might go above my goal?
  3. Make friends– hah, nope. I was trying to be friendlier at work to people I don’t necessarily work with, and I tried to join a book group on MeetUp but then pandemic happened so haven’t made any progress here. Since in quarantine, I’ve been trying to facetime with those people who are my friends?
  4. Make 5 difficult recipes– I made a roast chicken! It was SUPER gross and I almost vomited like twice, but it was super rewarding in the end. And tasty! I tried a new cinnamon roll recipe but haven’t done much cooking other than instant pot and easy meals. It’s hard to be adventurous in the kitchen when only half the grocery store is stocked.
  5. Be present– I was doing fairly well with this one, but quarantine and tik tok happened and my screen report makes me cringe every Sunday morning (can we just agree Apple should stop doing that until this is over?).

Did you make goals for the year? If so, how are they going? Is quarantine impacting them, either positively or negatively? I’ve love to hear about it in the comments below!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann