Top 5 Things I’m Obsessed With…

Cathy Hale Lululemon

Cathy Hale LululemonI think we all suffer from short-lived or long-lived obsessions. I remember back in the day when I just couldn’t stop watching Real Housewives or eating blueberry muffins or stumbling on StumbleUpon. Yikes! Here are my Top 5 Obsessions going into 2015. Chime in and let me know what’s floating your boat.

#1 – The Food Network – Heaven help me, I can’t stop watching Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay and Cutthroat Kitchen. I was also glued to any Holiday Cooking competition too. You’re gonna make cookies, cakes, gingerbread houses, salted porks? I’ll watch it. I am not a foodie. In fact, I’m the opposite of that. (Oh yes, I am loving Worst Chef in America too!)

All of the judges and the amateur and professional chefs just blow my mind. Alton Brown is highly entertaining and admittedly, I do root against Bobby Flay, although he always wins. Will my new passion for watching people cook actually motivate me to cook? Time will tell.

#2 – Lululemon – I know, I know. I’m a few years late to the Lulu party, but I made it. It’s a splurge for me to shop “The Lemon,” so I’m not sporting every outfit they construct. It’s crazy how comfy and cool their workout gear is and now that I’m also obsessed with Pure Barre, (see #3) I have a great reason to wear it 24/7. The wild tank is my favorite top at the moment. I had trouble deciding on a color, so I got them both.

#3 – Pure Barre – All of my friends and family know that Pure Barre will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m recovering from a debilitating L5 herniation which pretty much ruined my physical life.  was down and out — literally — for months coping with tremendous pain that never stopped. There wasn’t a comfortable position or a miracle cure. I opted not to have surgery and waited it out. As soon as the pain lessened enough for me to walk normally, I started working out.

I felt the only workout option I had that would protect my lower back and help me regain my strength was Pure Barre. Pilates was too much pressure on my back and I have no flexibility to do yoga again, which I had done for many years. My Pure Barre Lakeway family means the world to me and they’ve given me back my life. Awwwe, tear.

#4 – Big iPhones – I have iPhone 6 Plus envy. Over the holidays when I caught up with my friends, I noticed they are all sporting the huge phones. Even the dudes! I missed the memo. Are flip phones making a comeback too? My small phone which once seemed hip, now seems like a snooze. And I carry a GIGANTIC purse at all times, so I can pack multiple huge phones with ease. Now that I signed a 23-year contract with AT&T for my new (sad small) iPhone, I’ll just have to wait until they go back out of style. Dang it.

#5 – Buffer – The owner of Lake Travis Lifestyle turned me on to Buffer and it is great. I’ve used so many different social media platforms over the years and Buffer is now my favorite. The user interface is simple and I’ve never experienced one glitch (unlike Hootsuite) where a link won’t pull an image or Twitter handles don’t populate. Exit stage left super annoying hiccups that waste time. I’m using the freebie version of Buffer and it does everything I need it to do. You can save time and your sanity in 2015. But beware, it’s addictive. 😉


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