Greetings, friends! I don’t even know what day it is at this point. Life has certainly been a whirlwind lately and seems to be continuing in that direction. With group fitness class debuts, lots of work, travel, blogging and fitness conferences and even more upcoming travel, I’ve been go-go-go for about two weeks non-stop. Because I take any free moment not teaching classes or preparing to teach classes to work on the computer, I feel like I haven’t really been “done with everything” I need to do in a while. I guess that’s just how it goes.
That being said, on Monday of this week, I did get to spend a little fun time out in the sun with Dave and his coworkers for an end-of-season celebration for the employees of the champion Golden State Warriors at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I tried to put my phone away (outside of taking pictures on it) and enjoy the few hours we were there. I had seriously considered skipping out on the day due to the fact that I had so much going on, but I was able to get some of my classes subbed, and I’m glad I went.
A short day-trip to Santa Cruz armed with coconut water
After getting back on Sunday afternoon, unpacking and staying up late to work on the blog and various projects, I was very tired when I woke up just before 6 a.m. on Monday morning. I think my lack of sleep caught up with me, because I had that “heavy-tired head” feeling if you know what I mean. As Dave and I were leaving our house, rather than grab extra caffeine to wake me up, I actually reached for a liter of Naked Juice Pure Coconut Water. As a Naked Juice Ambassador, I’m lucky enough to get a sampling of products here-and-there, and I was so happy to see that coconut water was the latest delivery, arriving to my doorstep while I was gone in LA. I needed it!
You see, I’ve been relying on coconut water for hydration long before it was cool. In fact, I started drinking coconut water during tough workouts back in the days when a lot of grocery stores didn’t even sell it. It was rare. Not so much now. You can find coconut water everywhere, and I’m always replenishing my stock.
Nonetheless, I’ve found that oftentimes the hunger or fatigue we feel can be more from dehydration than it is from lack of sleep. In my case this week, it was both. But don’t you know, that chugging some coconut water brought some new life to me. I brought this water on the bus-ride to Santa Cruz and instantly felt a little better. Perhaps the flights and workouts from my time in LA for IDEA BlogFest and IDEA World Fitness Convention took it out of me more than I knew. My body needed extra liquid.
Fun in the sun at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk on a weekday
Our trip to Santa Cruz wasn’t long at all, but was just what we needed. We had a private and covered area as home-base for employees and guests. And after a welcome from the president of the Warriors, our group was set free to wander the boardwalk with some ride tickets and arcade credits in-hand. We played a few games, won a little toy for Rudy and then took on the big wooden roller coaster. (Which I have ridden before when Dave and I took our first trip to Santa Cruz a couple of years ago.)
Once we’d taken in the beach-side theme park entertainment, we joined a group for lunch back in the private area. Although typical BBQ fare was available, I selected the vegetarian option of garden burger with salad, as well as a cold glass of chardonnay (wine on a Monday, why not). I was already well-hydrated, so figured a little vino couldn’t hurt.
We hung out for a while with some of Dave’s coworkers, hit up the candy store for saltwater taffy and chocolate, and then caught a ride back home in the early afternoon with a friend, instead of the bus. It was a lovely outing, which I almost missed because I was tempted to stay home and work. Once we arrived back to Walnut Creek in the late afternoon, I was back on the computer catching up as best as I could, but was totally fine with calling it a day before it all got finished. Why? Because I needed that little outing with Dave more than I needed to cross things off my to-do list.
Introducing the tasty Naked Juice Pure Coconut Water
Back to the product at hand. My extra energy on Monday came from being hydrated by this new 1 liter Pure Coconut Water, which is not only Organic and Fair Trade Certified, but it’s also full of potassium and electrolytes and tastes great. I would know, because I’m somewhat of a connoisseur when it comes to coconut water and have tried nearly every product out there. So you can believe me when I say that this Naked Juice coconut water has just the right flavor and is very smooth.
And why does it matter that it’s Fair Trade Certified? That means that the Naked Juice company provides a fair premium to the coconut farmers they buy from, so that those farmers can reinvest in their local communities and in their harvests. These farmers then have better living wages for themselves and their families, which is very important and another reason to want to buy a product. For more information on what it means to be Fair Trade, visit Fair Trade USA. This isn’t always something I look for, but I like to be empowered with the information and may research it more.
That’ll do it for today, my friends! This morning, I’m coaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory Fitness, doing some work, taking the little Rudster to the vet for some more puppy shots and cramming for my debut of teaching BODYPUMP 94 tonight. I’m also teaching a freestyle core class after that, which may look similar to this core routine. Quite the day! I hope your day is awesome, and I’ll see you back here for tomorrow’s “Friday Favorites.” And if you play your cards right, there just may be a giveaway involved.
**Disclaimer: As an ambassador for Naked Juice, I was compensated to write this post and given product to try. However, all of the thoughts and opinions are totally my own. Thanks for supporting the lovely folks at Naked Juice.
Questions of the day
Do you ever look at the labels of what you buy to find out how/where it’s made?
How do you stay hydrated?
When’s the last time you got outside to play?