Olympic Thoughts

Have you guys been glued to the Olympics all week like us?  It’s the best, right?

While I love all of the sports going on, there have been a few things that have bugged.

1.  I hate that the flame is hidden in the stadium.  Can you imagine going to the games and not having a ticket to an event at that venue and NOT being able to see the flame?!

2.  NBC is just…ugh.  Their coverage often feels like we’re watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and it’s just, ugh.

3.  Why are there so many empty seats?  Did you hear about the ticketing problems?  Such a bummer.

4.  I know nobody can control the weather, but London itself just isn’t screaming summer games to me.  Women’s volleyball in 55 degree weather?  Yikes.  Also, the rain.

Nothing screams “Summer Games” more than spectators in long sleeves with umbrellas.

Anyway, on the highlights:

1.  Gabby Douglas!  Did you know her last name is an anagram?!  It spells USA GOLD.  BOOM!

2.  Phelps becoming the best Olympian EVER, obvs.

 

3.  Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin.  These two are so talented and so cute – how can you not love them?!

4.  THIS GUY!

 

Other great things:

Olympic Divers on Toilets

The best names at the Olympics

Olympic sports that should be combined

A gold medal winner takes the subway – awesomeness ensues

Olympians who post pictures on twitter

Amazing multiple exposure shots of athletes in action

Medal Count Map

A backstage tour of Olympic Park

Where the Athletes hang out

Lastly, our dog is not a fan of Olympic Trampoline

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Have a great Saturday!

 

Olympics Entertainment & a Giveaway!

Did you guys have a good weekend?  We spent ours cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping and watching the Olympics.  I’m trying to be as ready as possible for Chris’ knee surgery on Wednesday, and am feeling pretty good about where we stand now that all of the house cleaning and errands are finished!

Watching the Olympics this weekend has been so entertaining.  I’ve found the most entertainment in fencing and water polo, surprisingly.  I still enjoy the obvious marquee events like gymnastics and swimming, but the more underrated sports have been just as exciting, if not more exciting!  The fencers crack me up with their enthusiasm every single point.

Image via Zimbio

With all of this sports watching, I’m anxious to start working out again.  I’ll admit that it’s been hard to keep up with working out when my partner has been injured.  I know that’s a horrid excuse, I just lost all motivation when Chris got his bum knee.  One of the things I’d like to do most in the coming months, is yoga.  I’m on the prowl for a good yoga deal via groupon or living social.  Let me know if you guys know of good locations in the Raleigh area!

I recently downloaded a new app called SlimKicker to help get me more motivated.  Have you guys heard of this?  It’s so neat and dare I say, FUN!

SlimKicker is a calorie counter AND game (kind of like Livestrong) that turns your fitness and food goals into a game with points and rewards!  How cool is that?  You collect points by tracking your healthy calories and food and then finishing personal challenges, like quitting pizza for a specific amount of time.  You can even upload a photo of your personal reward (a movie you want to see, a cheat food, a tasty beer, an iPad, whatever you want!), and they’ll remind you to give yourself the reward when you reach a specific amount of points!  Bonus?  They have a calorie count database of foods, too!  I love interactive tools like this  Eating right and working out is a challenge in itself, so I think it’s a great  idea  to put some fun and prizes into the mix.

Speaking of prizesSlimKicker would love to reward one of YOU with a handy-dandy heart rate and calorie monitor!

How to win:

Leave a comment (comment bubble is up near the top of this post) with your suggestion of a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge!  Try to make it 1-2 sentences!  On Monday, August 6th, the kind folks at SlimKicker will pick their favorite comment to determine the winner.  U.S. Residents only.

Good Luck!!

Sports & Shrimp

Have you guys been enjoying the Olympics?  We have been glued to the TV all day and have enjoyed every single second of it immensely.

We started the morning watching all six hours of the cycling road race.  Yes, six hours.  We recorded the live feed at 3am, so while NBC was on a major delay, we tuned into what we recorded to catch the action.  I actually really enjoyed watching the cycling, and I hate that NBC is choosing to show the big stuff in primetime.  We’ve been peeking into certain events online because we just don’t want to wait for the syndicated version.

I know this is the worst quality picture, ever, (that’s what happens when you take a picture of your TV), but omg, this made us laugh:

Speaking of laughing, this list of the best names in the Olympics had us crying with laughter last night.  Please read the list – it’s the best.

The rest of our day today was spent watching fencing (the Italians were so animated and entertaining), volleyball, swimming, archery, rowing, table tennis, badminton, handball, and mens doubles tennis.  I’m sure I’m forgetting about six other things – we’re on overload. One big thing I’ve noticed today?  At at lot of the events with spectator stands, there are a lot of empty seats.  What’s up with that?

I finally pulled myself off the couch to try a new recipe for dinner this evening.   Because what’s more American than a big plate of cooked spinach and Shrimp in Hoisin sauce?  ;)

The meal was meh, but that’s because I’m weird about texture.  My husband loved it and inhaled it, so trust me when I say it was me, and not the recipe.  When I cooked the shrimp, they got a lot smaller than I expected, and I’m not the type to usually plow through a plate of shrimp for my meal.  I like it, just in small quantities.  Also, I usually love spinach like it’s my job, but I struggled to choke it down.  It was too strong for me tonight.  The strawberries were delicious, though.

 

Recipe is here.

Go World

I just love the Olympics.  It feels like one giant world hug.

I love being part of something that the entire world is part of.  Everyone is tuned into the same thing, at the same time, and it’s awesome.  I love hearing stores about athletes I would never know about, learning their stories, their challenges, and their triumphs.

I’m cheering for Team USA, but really, go world.