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Balance is Key

1 Mar

Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve written. Honestly, life has been crazy since getting the puppy and we are still adjusting but everything is great and I have no complaints. I have felt quite on top of things this week which I equate to making an honest effort to go to bed earlier and get more sleep which in turn has definitely made me more productive. Today I wanted to touch a little bit on something which is really important in my life: balance.

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I don’t believe in dieting or restricting myself in any way, shape, or form. If I want to devour three slices of pizza and a few glasses of wine, I’m going to do it, but I might balance that with a tough boot camp at the gym the next morning.

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This pizza from Krust was everything.

It has been a tough lesson for me to learn because for a long time, I felt like I had to restrict what I was eating to try to stay in shape but I realized that it honestly wasn’t having much of an effect so why even bother with such a rigid lifestyle.

There are days when all I crave is a smoothie from The Fresh Monkee and a huge salad for lunch because my body wants all the fruits and vegetables.

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The next day I might have to have a burger and fries and you know what? It tastes damn good and SO worth it.

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Our first time at Mooyah and definitely not our last!

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I think having cheeseburgers is one of our favorite things to do 😉

I belong to a fantastic gym, which is really more like a family, and they have taught me that being strong, both mentally and physically, is better than anything else, and that sometimes enjoying copious amounts of wine is alright and you can always get your butt kicked the next day in boot camp. I plan on sharing more about Mission Fitness in another post but just know that it has become one of the best parts of my life.

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Nothing is better than finishing a 6:00am workout on a Friday. (Photo credit: Matt Mund)

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Yes, I finished this crazy workout concocted by Eric, barely, but I did it!

Ironically, although I speak about not restricting myself and all of that, I did choose to give up most sweets for the month of February. It didn’t exactly work as I indulged in a few cookies here and there, along with some candy that I received for Valentine’s Day. I did manage to not eat any ice cream during the whole month which was huge for me.

I didn’t try to give up sweets in an attempt to restrict myself but because I had been feeling like total crap after the holidays and knew that sugar was the likely culprit so I wanted to hit reset and bring down my sugar intake. I do know that I will probably enjoy a huge bowl of ice cream tonight and it will taste amazing.

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These strawberries have been my dessert every single night this week, SO sweet and delicious!

This post was brought on by several conversations I have heard recently about what people are giving up for Lent. Most of the discussions revolved around food and dieting and although I am not very religious, I don’t think that Lent should be a reason to restrict. I use it as a way to take a step back and look at the things in my life, whether it be food or something else, that don’t add any value and that is where I make my decision to give something up.

My point is, just listen to your body, because it gives more cues than any magazine or TV show or public misconception will, and enjoy that cheeseburger or five mile run or really whatever makes you happy 🙂

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When your best friend asks you to be her bridesmaid, you celebrate!

Disclaimer: This post is all my opinions and thoughts. I am not a personal trainer or nutritionist.

 

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In Total Agreement

9 Feb

Tuesday is usually my least favorite day of the week but since the roads are still pretty yucky here, I get to work from home again today, and for that, I am very appreciative of this Tuesday. Life has been pretty darn wonderful lately so I really have nothing to complain about. I think that Dan and I are in total agreement about that!

Friday evening was spent (unpictured) having homemade pizza at Cheyne and Miko’s. I consider it a great night when I’m enjoying myself so much that I forget to take a single picture.

Dan was sick for almost all of last week so I was very thankful that when Saturday came around, he was finally feeling up to being out and about. Saturday started off with complete relaxation while Dan was out doing the rest of the snow removal at work. I cannot remember the last time I actually took time to enjoy my coffee and mindless television on a Saturday morning. It was so nice!

Saturday relaxation

We had reservations for Taste of Hartford at Firebox in Hartford on Saturday evening and I was super excited. The Taste of Hartford meant that we got a three-course meal for $30.16 each! Firebox is a farm-to-table restaurant which is located in an old firehouse (aka right up Dan’s alley). I will let the photos speak for themselves but I can say that it was one of the most delicious meals we have ever had the pleasure of enjoying and we will definitely be back! After dinner, we had drinks with Dan’s parents and then headed to Brian and Natasha’s house to hang out for a while. I love spending time with so many wonderful people!

Firebox drink

Apple Orchard Fizz (apple infused gin, st. germain, apple cider, lemon juice, egg white)

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Beet salad

Fire Box salmon

Black Pearl Salmon.. that herb sauce on top was incredible!

Firebox ricotta ravioli

Dan’s Ricotta Ravioli.. so rich and delicious!

I was proactive on Saturday and got the grocery shopping done so that Sunday morning was spent cleaning and cooking for the Super Bowl. We had a small get together with SO much food and although the game was not the most exciting one in recent years, it was nice to enjoy time with our friends and munch on all of the yummy food. Our food spread included: Garlic Garlic dip, veggies with hummus, Moe’s guac and chips, Alex’s taco dip, buffalo chicken dip, cheese and crackers, chicken wings from The Diamond, and this skinny macaroni and cheese which I made for the first time.

Superbowl 2016 spread

As I said, I think that Dan and I are in total agreement that our weekends have been so much fun lately, with a good mix of going out and relaxing at home. Balance is definitely key and I think we are achieving that.

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Last night was spent on the couch with a good book and lots of tea

I hope you all have a wonderful week and if all goes well, I will be back on Friday with a Fashion Friday post so stay tuned!