FUEL- MUSIC + FOOD

FUEL- MUSIC + FOOD

What makes a good workout?

No, it’s not the head-to-toe matching athleisure getup or the mirror selfie with the perfect lighting (eye roll)… Chances are it begins with your fuel.

Food and music are the big ones for me.

Let’s start with food.

I’m your typical lazy girl with not a whole lot of patience when it comes to meal prep. Ok, zero patience. What I want in a pre-workout snack is quick and easy… And tasty of course. My go-tos are Cliff bars and smoothies. Although I recently learned on a team hike from one of our leaders that I shouldn’t eat many Cliff bars if I want to poop on Mount Kilimanjaro during our 8 day hike.
*Side note: Hikers tend to have this weird comfort when it comes to talking about BMs. Sorry not sorry.

My smoothies tend to follow the same pattern: A couple blobs of Greek yogourt (vanilla’s my fave), any kind of frozen fruit, a banana if I happen to have one at the time, a scoop of whey protein and a splash of water to make it nice and liquid-y. Thirty seconds later in my Magic Bullet and I’m ready to rock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff bars, for me, are just an easy-to-grab-running-out-the-door kind of thing. I’m sure there are other bars that have less sugar, the proper amount of fibre and are overall healthier but they’re delicious and do the trick for me and my fussy low-blood sugar bod. Now, let’s all say a little prayer that they don’t screw me over on Killy.

Let’s dive into music.

Looking at me you may not expect that my all time favorite genre of music to work out to (and to listen to in my car… And on the dock…) is Latin dance music. Sean Paul? Yes please. Pitbull? Oh Hell yeah. Don Omar? Daddy Yankee? Yaaaaas.

Like books, taste in music tends to be pretty personal but I’m always up for recommendations. Over the past year or so I’ve expanded my taste in genres and (GASP!) completely stopped listening to Country music (yes, Mary Anne knows this- no, it hasn’t negatively effected our friendship). Maybe once bro-Country becomes extinct I’ll get back into it. Until then I’m wide open to new artists/bands/styles of music so if you’ve just discovered your new fave then pass it along my way! I’m working on a few playlists for our trip and would love some help. I started my Killy playlist with a theme but now it’s just a shmorgasbord of genres, tempos and moods.

I’ve made the playlist a collaborative one so if you’re a Spotify user, please please, PLEASE search Vicky Castledine, find my ‘Killy’ playlist and go nuts. The more the merrier!

-Vicky

Vicky Castledine

Vicky is a Content Marketing Manager from Monday to Friday and a trail runner/ book lover/ dog hugger/ wilderness explorer after 5 PM and on weekends.

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MUSIC TO CHILL TO

MUSIC TO CHILL TO

 

Going for a solo nature walk? Driving? Hanging by the fire with a glass of wine and need some musical ambience? Here’s a quick list of some of my all time favorite songs to chill to as well as a few new goodies that I’ve recently discovered.
Enjoy!

Hold You In My Arms- Ray Lamontagne
(Ray’s voice is what I imagine drinking scotch is like for people who actually enjoy scotch.)

All My Days- Alexi Murdoch
Breathe- Alexi Murdoch
(I love me some Alexi Murdoch.)

Library Magic- The Head and The Heart
(Shoutout to my BFF, Meisha, who introduced me to now one of my fave bands at Osheaga in 2013.)

The Trapeze Swinger- Iron And Wine
(For whatever reason I ALWAYS listen to this song when I travel. Plane, train, whatever it is; this is my jam.)

Perth- Bon Iver
(I was late on the game with Bon Iver but got SUPER into their latest album, 22 A Million, this past Summer. Perth is from their self titled album.)

On The Nights You Stay Home- Donovan Woods
(This one gives me feelings of nostalgia. Not sure why.)

Lentil- Sia
Breathe Me- Sia
(I couldn’t make a playlist without my all. Time. Favorite. Artist. Breathe Me always makes me cry and seeing her sing it live in October turned me into a complete basket case. It is, however, an insanely relaxing song. Same with Lentil.)

You Will Become- Glen Hansard
(Swell Season, anyone? Another one of my all time fave voices on the planet. I could honestly do a never-ending blog post on this man alone.)

High By The Beach- Lana Del Rey
(Can’t go wrong with a little LDR. Shout-out to my soul-sister/skeleton twin, California!)

Helicopter- Deerhunter
(A newer find for me. Super relaxing song.)

Coffin Nails- MF Doom
(Super weird/cool band I just discovered this past Summer through a YouTuber I follow.)

Home- Gabrielle Aplin
(I used to listen to this when I was travelling and feeling homesick to apparently torture myself- What’s wrong with me?! Still a beautiful song.)

If you’re a Spotify user, you can find this playlist under my account!

That’s all for now, folks!
Vicky

Vicky Castledine

Vicky is a Content Marketing Manager from Monday to Friday and a trail runner/ book lover/ dog hugger/ wilderness explorer after 5 PM and on weekends.

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