Morning! In honor of the upcoming Healthy Living Summit (I leave for Chicago on Thursday), I had a Grilled Banana Sandwich for breakfast:
I first ate Grilled Banana Sandwich (the unhealthy version) in Boston on the Friday of the first HLS, and then I came back home and created a healthifed version of the recipe!
It will always be one of my favorite recipes!
I wonder what kind of recipes Iâ€™ll bring back from HLS 2010 in Chicago!
How to Pick Up Friends at the Gym
This post idea came to me in my sleep! I woke up this morning and thought, â€œI should write about my pick-up tips at the gym.â€ :) I know how many of you are dying to meet more healthy-minded friends. Iâ€™ve actually picked-up many friends at the gym over the years. Hereâ€™s how to pick up friends at the gymâ€¦ without appearing creepy or desperate.
Prepare to dust yoâ€™ shoulders off.
- Pick the right gym: If youâ€™re new to an area and want to meet people, donâ€™t join the small neighborhood gym just because itâ€™s close to your house. If most of the attendees are several decades older than you are, itâ€™s going to be hard to meet friends your age. When scoping out gyms, consider all the factors: location, atmosphere, price, and friend potential.
- Listen to earbud cues: Donâ€™t stroll around the gym blasting music. It makes you seem unapproachable. Similarly, if a potential friend has her earbuds in, donâ€™t interrupt her â€“ she doesnâ€™t want to chat. Some people use the gym to socialize, and others use earbuds as a â€œNo talkingâ€ sign. Be aware of your signals and others, too.
- Donâ€™t forget about the employees: Become friendly with the trainers and receptionist. They are potential buddies, too!
- Take classes (and show up a little early): Find a class you enjoy and attend it regularly. Youâ€™ll become a familiar face and other regulars will notice. Say hello to people when you walk in and ask them how their weekend went â€“ be engaging! By arriving earlier, youâ€™ll have more time to talk.
- The best opener: I always open conversations with a stranger with a genuine compliment. â€œI have those sneakers, too. I love Brooks â€“ arenâ€™t they great?â€ or â€œI love your ring â€“ when are you getting married?â€ Itâ€™s hard to turn down a compliment. :)
- Take it outside the gym: Once you establish a connection with a gym buddy, try to move the friendship outside the gym after a few weeks. This will probably happen naturally, but if it doesnâ€™t, jokily saying something like, â€œWe should probably hang out outside of these crappy fluorescent lights and yoga pants one day.â€ Go for a post-workout smoothie or coffee. Or suggest trying out a yoga studio or going for an outdoor run.
Have you made friends at the gym? Whatâ€™s your pick-up line?