Harness Nature’s Gifts with Planters Peanuts


I didn’t really make resolutions this year, deciding instead to focus on one word: create. It’s worked better than such things usually do for me, though I haven’t given it much thought lately. And I still feel like I have a lot more I’d like to get done than there is year left to do it in.

One perpetual goal or resolution or whatever you want to call it has to do with my health, getting more exercise and finding a way to have more energy.

I always use my birthday as a goal reboot time and start looking toward the end of the year to see measurable results.

Working out regularly is a struggle that shouldn’t be so hard, because I work from home and have a stationary bike in my bedroom. It’s pretty easy for me to make the choice to exercise.

Of course, things still get in my way, just like they do for everyone else (this week it’s a sick girl and a sick me) but I do try every day to get some movement in — especially since I spend most of my day sitting at a desk — and eat healthier (posts about bacon notwithstanding).

My Exercise Routine

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The view from my bike. Yes, sometimes I exercise in flip flops. We’re not judging, right?

I actually kind of enjoy working out, which probably means that I’m doing it wrong. I don’t usually push myself too hard, I watch something on Netflix I enjoy (lately it’s been “Ally McBeal,” because I watched it in college and because Robert Downey Jr. is my boyfriend) and I allow myself a healthy snack when I’m done.

Often that’s a piece of fruit or some nuts.

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Grabbing some peanuts to fuel my after-workout work.

I’m beginning to realize that I shouldn’t just be exercising so that I can eat whatever I want; instead, I should be choosing food to fuel my workouts and my life, to give me more energy and better health.

The motivational speaker Mr. Peanut from a fun new series of Planters videos might call it “Harnessing the Power of the Peanut.”

I’m still working on completely accepting the gifts nature gave me, but at least with some help from Mr. Peanut and some of nature’s other healthy goodies I can be in it for the long haul. Even if I only haul one day a week.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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