Favorite Songs of 2014: Waiting Game, Banks and Tremors, SOHN

From now until the end of the year, I’ll be sharing two songs a day that made my list of favorite songs of the year. Conveniently, there were 40 songs that fit on two CDs and 20 days to share them.

To kick off the list–here are two songs that feature work by Christopher Taylor—first as a producer–and then as the artist, SOHN. Continue reading

21 Day Challenge- Do SOMETHING

Hey 731’ers!

I’m not gonna lie: I am in a serious fitness funk this year, and my available pants wardrobe has reduced significantly as a result. I mean really, why is it frowned upon to wear sweatpants to work?? Uuugh. Anyway, did you read Pamela’s yoga post the other day? Not only is she totally bad ass, all doing crow up on a rock and shit, but she points out one super simple behavior modification trick that we all KNOW but then pretend not to know until we’re ready to hear it: just make one small change and do it for 21 days, and see if it sticks. BOOM. Challenge! Accepted!

Consulting with the 731 team, seems like most of us are interested in taking on the challenge, if not for better fitting pants, then in the name of… science? Cookies? We’d love it if you would join us! Don’t be scared. To prevent us from over-complicating ourselves into giving up altogether, this is not a full fitness/diet 180. Here are the rules:

Keep it simple! Pick something you can do consistently without too much trouble for 30 minutes a day, every day. It doesn’t have to be the same something every day. Want to run some days, lift weights some days, and do yoga other days? Or have a crazy travel day planned where you might only be able to squeeze in a few walk breaks? Cool.

30 minutes EVERY DAY. You can do more, but you shouldn’t do less (though some is better than none. Feel me?) Also doing 2 hours doesn’t bank you for 4 days. Sorry. So really, pick something you like and that won’t make you crazy.

Ok, you get ONE bonus square. Fine, fine. Even bingo gives you a free square in the middle. If you have a day that’s absolutely crazy or you have the stomach flu or raccoons have taken over your house, fine. ONE.

Remember it’s a CHALLENGE. Obviously I realize that 21 days starting today carries us right through the holidays, and that will make this hard. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be challenging, now would it? This is an exercise (literal, figurative) in setting side aside time to take care of yourself, and if you can make it through THE SEASON, you’ll carry on right through the drudgery of winter. Also, this body of ours is the only one we’ve got, and I plan to live to 157.

Here are some of our goals:

Jess: “Inspired by Pamela, I’m going to shoot for a minimum of 30 minutes of yoga every day using Yogaglo. I feel like this is doable because I don’t have to put on shoes or brush my teeth. I also have secret goals of trying to run more and use my Nike Training Club app and start kick-box classes, but at MINIMUM, I need to do yoga every day. Every. Day.”

Lyn Marie is shooting for straight up 21 days of yoga in hopes she can mend the relationship with her favorite jeans.

Pamela is also going for 21 days in a row of yoga, because she is a champion.

Haks is pretty active already, teaching 1082 dance classes every week, but she is going to add 30 minutes of yoga to fill in the days she doesn’t see a dance studio.

Noelle: “My plan is to incorporate more non-running activities. I already run 4-5 days a week, but don’t do much else (except dance). So I plan to work in some strength/conditioning (via Nike Training Club which is my new favorite app – thanks Jess) and try to do at least one day a week of yoga. Hopefully this will make me more consistent with my exercise, I tend to have some days where I work out a lot and some where I just sit on my butt. This way I can minimize super lazy days!”

Corianne is going to dance dance dance and test out the true “unlimited” nature of the yoga class pass she just bought.

Tell us in the comments if you’re with us- we hope you are!!- and tell us your plan! We will be checking in on Mondays to see where we’re at.