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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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Quick Little Catch Up

5 Aug

Happy Wednesday everyone! There has been quite a bit going on, as per usual so I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet. It’s just a little bit of catching up on this past weekend and the start of the week as well. As busy as we are, we are lucky to have such great parties and events to attend so I’m not complaining at all!

But seriously, thank you guys!

But seriously, thank you guys!

Friday evening turned out to be a little bit stressful and a nice dinner with Dan and Melissa was just the cure for that. We went to a new-to-us Japanese restaurant in Wethersfield called Edoichi Sushi & Hibachi Steak House. We enjoyed a yummy scorpion bowl and some amazing sushi which was some of the best I had ever had! It was a nice, relaxing evening which was much needed.

This thing was very tasty and not too sweet!

This thing was very tasty and not too sweet!

The presentation was incredible and the flavor was even better!

The presentation was incredible and the flavor was even better!

Alex’s birthday party was Saturday evening and as always, her party was filled with great food, delicious drinks, and so much fun with some of our best friends. I didn’t really take any pictures because I was really immersing myself in the night and I will take that as a win!

Me and my beautiful friend Daniela, love our almost matching skirts!

Me and my beautiful friend Daniela, love our almost matching skirts!

I believe this photo was taken by Alexandra, love group pics!

I believe this photo was taken by Alexandra, love group pics!

Sunday was spent celebrating our good friend Dan’s birthday. We all carpooled and headed up to the Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts for a Thrill Show which included a variety of different races, demolition derbies, and even some monster trucks. Since we always enjoy the demolition derby at the Hebron Fair, this was a lot of fun and on a much bigger scale than we are used to. We came home exhausted that night but it was well worth it!

It was a gorgeous but very hot day

It was a gorgeous but very hot day

The fire dept guys that attended... Christian, Tyler, Dan C, Justin, and Dan

The fire dept guys that attended… Christian, Tyler, Dan C, Justin, and Dan

I think this is my first panoramic picture ever taken

I think this is my first panoramic picture ever taken

Huge monster truck!

Huge monster truck!

I ended up working from home yesterday since we had a meeting with our Reverend early in the evening to finalize some wedding details. I took the opportunity of working from home and made myself a delicious lunch that I normally would not have had time to make on a normal day. I used my new Nutribullet and blended up some spinach, peach slices, apple slices, cucumber, and raspberries for an amazing smoothie and paired it with the rest of the apple and peach slices for a healthy and surprisingly filling lunch. I also took the time to prepare dinner ahead of time, which was Skinnytaste’s Santa Fe Chicken. It was SO easy and I just basically dumped all of the ingredients into the crock pot and cooked on low for 10 hours. We used the results to make chicken tacos as a celebration of Taco Tuesday! It was so delicious and I will definitely be making it again.

I think that Taco Tuesday will be happening more often

I think that Taco Tuesday will be happening more often

Like I said, life has been crazy but for the most part, it has been amazing. I will try to post once more this week but no guarantees! Have a great day!!

Lucky

7 Jan

Happy 2015! So instead of doing a post on my resolutions for this year, I decided to reflect on the things that I feel especially lucky for having, particularly since I have been feeling very blessed lately. I don’t usually make resolutions because I like to try to focus on bettering myself as a whole, not just certain aspects of myself. Don’t get me wrong, I have so much respect for those who are able to make a resolution (losing weight, quitting smoking, etc.) and stick to it, but I would rather just work on being better overall.

Sounds good to me!

Sounds good to me!

I am lucky… that I am marrying the most wonderful man in the world this year. I can’t say enough how great Dan is and although it’s easy to take him for granted sometimes, I have been reflecting quite a bit lately on just how wonderful he is. This past Sunday, I went out to run a wedding errand with Alex and Carlee, and I came home to a surprise party congratulating me on my new job (more on that later). A ton of our friends were over and everyone contributed food and drinks and it was wonderful. It was so special to be able to celebrate this accomplishment with the people I love and it was even more wonderful that Dan was able to put the whole thing together.

Seriously the cutest ever

Seriously the cutest ever

No words for this.

No words for this.

I am lucky… to have the best friends and family that a person could ever ask for. I have been able to spend a lot of time with my friends lately and it has been so great. There is nothing more important in life than surrounding yourself with good people and I am incredibly blessed to have been able to do that.

Some New Year's Eve fun

Some New Year’s Eve fun

Love these ladies :)

Love these ladies 🙂

A fabulous drink enjoyed at Kate and Jason's apartment on Sunday night.. love spending time with them!

A fabulous drink enjoyed at Kate and Jason’s apartment on Sunday night.. love spending time with them!

I am lucky… to have a body which is healthy and forgives me when I indulge during the holidays. Prior to this holiday season, I had been doing a pretty good job of exercising at least four times a week and watching what I ate but the holidays came and led to very little time for exercise and some unhealthy food choices. I feel blessed that I am able to hop right back on the exercise train with no issues and I am already seeing positive changes.

Today's healthy breakfast: egg sandwich on a sandwich thin with avocado and salsa

Today’s healthy breakfast: egg sandwich on a sandwich thin with avocado and salsa

I am lucky… to be able to enjoy such fabulous meals at great local restaurants as often as I can. I have definitely appreciated local businesses much more in 2014 than I have in the past and for that I am thankful. I love supporting local restaurants and trying all different kinds of food. In fact, Dan and I had a date night last night at Barcelona in West Hartford (one of my faves) and we enjoyed so many amazing tapas such as crispy pigs head and some of the best Brussels sprouts ever.

Every restaurant should have wine flights!

Every restaurant should have wine flights!

YUMMMMM

YUMMMMM

Crispy pigs head, such perfection

Crispy pigs head, such perfection

My first time having crepes, not sure how I lived without them. SO DELICIOUS

My first time having crepes, not sure how I lived without them. SO DELICIOUS

I am lucky… that I will be starting a new job in February. I will be with the same company but will be taking on a different role in a different department. I am looking forward to the challenge and to be able to learn something new. One of the biggest upsides of this new job is that I will have much better hours and no more Saturdays!

I hope you guys have enjoyed my reflections and I hope you can reflect on some things that make you feel lucky.

Five Things Friday: Christmas Crazy!

12 Dec

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe this will be my only post for this week but things have been so busy with Christmas shopping and ALL of the holiday plans. Hopefully next week will allow for more time for blogging.

1. We got our Christmas tree on Sunday afternoon from Cavanna’s farm in Glastonbury. I’m so glad we were able to cut down our own tree so that it will hopefully stay fresh for much longer than usual. We decorated it that evening just in time for Dan’s parents to come over for dinner 🙂

I think it looks perfect :)

I think it looks perfect 🙂

The crockpot beef stew that I made... it was amazing

The crockpot beef stew that I made… it was amazing

2. I am just a couple of small gifts away from being done with my Christmas shopping! Although it feels like I keep adding things to my list, I think I will finally be done by early next week. I made a fabulous trip to Hobby Lobby and Christmas Tree Shop on Tuesday with Jenna followed by a yummy dinner at Plaza Azteca in Manchester. I enjoyed a chicken quesadilla with the works and a margarita that absolutely hit the spot.

Blue drinks are my fave

Blue drinks are my fave

Filled with beans and chicken and so much deliciousness

Filled with beans and chicken and so much deliciousness

3. I wasn’t able to work out as much as I would have liked to this week. With the holiday craziness going on, I was only able to work out Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. I still feel like I’m making good progress and I’m seeing the changes in my body little by little (baby steps and all that jazz).

4. I FINALLY found my ugly Christmas sweater. I really find it more adorable than ugly but I think it fits the criteria. I bought it at Windsor in Buckland Mall while out shopping with Jenna. I cannot wait to wear it to my work Christmas gathering and our annual Christmas party with our friends.

I won't be wearing it with a skirt but it has cute red stripes in the back too

I won’t be wearing it with a skirt but it has cute red stripes in the back too

5. I’m pretty sure that Bears Smokehouse Barbeque owns my soul. We went there last Saturday for dinner and then again last night for dinner with Kevin. I can’t get enough and I never even used to like barbeque. My usual meal of choice has been the Super Spud which is a baked potato topped with mac and cheese, pulled pork (or any other meat of choice), bacon, green onion, red onion, and sour cream. It is most definitely a cheat meal but it’s SO worth it. Needless to say, I am VERY excited to have my leftovers for lunch today.

LOVE OF MY LIFE (sorry Dan) ;)

LOVE OF MY LIFE (sorry Dan) 😉

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with all kinds of holiday goodness!

Workout Review: Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred

27 Mar

I figured since I did say that this blog would include posts about fitness that I should give you a mini review on my most recent workout routine. I don’t usually stick to a particular workout routine for too long because I get bored easily and then I quit all together. The only time that I stick with the same routine is if I start to see results and I’m happy to report that this is one of those occasions!

30 Day Shred

30 Day Shred

I have been doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred for the past week and although it’s early I have definitely noticed some results. My stamina has improved only after a few days and I am able to get through the whole 20 minute workout without stopping for a break. My lower body is definitely feeling the heat and I am very sore every morning but its definitely the good kind of sore! I have discovered muscles in my legs that I didn’t know were even there and my shoulders are already starting to show some definition. The only part which is showing only a little improvement are my abs/stomach but that always seems to be the last muscle group to show up to the party anyways.

The workout itself is a three level system, working from the easiest to the hardest. Since it’s called the 30 Day Shred, they say that you should do each level for 10 days to see the best results. I think I will do just that and hopefully I will see some great results in 30 days (just in time for my cruise!). The level one video starts with a brief warm-up of various arm movements and jumping jacks. It then goes right into the first circuit (no breaks!) and each circuit (there are three) is three minutes strength training (with hand weights), two minutes of cardio, and one minute of abs. The strength training involves exercises such as lunges, squats, and chest presses. The cardio portion is jumping jacks, butt kicks, punches, and jump roping (my least favorite). The abs involve different variations of crunches. I do have to say that I HATE the lunges even though I feel those the most, which is probably why I hate them! I use 2.5lb weights but I have always been a weakling when it comes to hand weights so most of you could probably get by with 5 lb weights.

Jillian and her forever-smiling girls, Anita and Natalie

 

I would definitely recommend this workout to anyone who is pressed for time but really wants to see results right away in order to stay motivated.

Sunday Funday

2 Mar

Happy Sunday! So I know I have taken a slight hiatus from blogging as of late but I promise I’m back! There have been so many amazing things going on in my life as of late (friends 21st birthdays, engagements, etc) that I have just completely lost track of time. I figured I will just pick up with the here and now instead of trying to catch you up on everything. I’m sitting here right now as we speak with a glass of wine next to me watching the Oscars with my fiancĂ©e (he is such a trooper, I know). We have had a great and busy weekend with some wonderful meals thrown in as well.

We made another visit to Krust in Middletown and it is very quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants of all time. I can thank Cait from Cait Plus Ate for that recommendation (as well as for my new obsession with brussels sprouts). I have been there three times now and every single time I have ordered the Sunny-Side Up pizza with baby cabbages added of course! Apparently, fried eggs are amazing on everything (I recently tried one on a Plan B burger as well) and I will definitely be paying more attention to menu items which include eggs in them.

Krust’s Sunny Side Up pizza! Delish!

On a completely random note, but totally Oscars related, how awesome is Jennifer Lawrence? She has more class and grace than pretty much any other actress I have ever seen. She is also completely comfortable with herself which is something which is practically unheard of in today’s day and age. I can’t wait for the day when I can trip and fall (not once but twice!) in front of all of my peers and not even blink an eye.

She fell again! And laughed it right off.. love her! Source: E! News

She fell again! And laughed it right off.. love her! Source: E! News

Another recent obsession for me has been cardio kickboxing. I have been taking my cardio kickboxing “classes” on my Xbox Kinect fitness game at least three times a week and let me tell you, it is a great workout. And tonight, I randomly signed up for a Living Social deal for a month of unlimited kickboxing classes at The Academy of Martial Arts and Personal Development in Manchester. I’m really making a conscious effort to get in shape so I think this is a good step towards that goal.

One thing that has been helping with my effort to become healthier is a recipe that I found on Pinterest which I have been making for lunch for the past three weeks. It’s called Clean Eating Tuna Pasta Salad and I completely obsessed with it. It’s not too often that I can say that I look forward to the lunch I have brought to work every single day but this recipe has done that for me. It is also super easy to make. The main ingredients are whole grain pasta, light chunk tuna, celery, onion, plain greek yogurt and a very little bit of mayo. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy lunch that can be prepped at the beginning of the week and that is also healthy AND tasty!

Alright, I think that is enough random thoughts for tonight and my fiancĂ©e is bugging me to pay attention to the TV. However, I will be back tomorrow 🙂 Thank you for listening to my rambling!