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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.

 

Birthday Weekend Festivities

8 Jul

Happy hump day all! Today I’m doing a recap of my fabulous birthday weekend festivities. In all honesty, I could not have had a better weekend. We fit so much fun stuff in and I wish I could relive it a million times! Even though I had a four day weekend, it flew by so fast and by Sunday night, we were scrambling to do our food prep and cleaning for the week.

Thursday:

I spent a good chunk of the day shopping with my mom which was fun because I picked up a couple of new bathing suits from Target (this one and this one) and she made a final decision on her dress for the wedding 🙂 For dinner that evening, Dan and I went to Krust, which as you guys know is one of my favorite restaurants. We enjoyed a couple of cocktails along with Eggplant Caponata along with a Sunny Side Up pizza topped with brussels sprouts. It was a very relaxing start to a very busy weekend.

This drink was made with Onyx Cranberry moonshine!

This drink was made with Onyx Cranberry moonshine!

It has been forever since I had eggplant, I will definitely be ordering it more often

It has been forever since I had eggplant, I will definitely be ordering it more often

Those brussels were so crispy and delicious!

Those brussels were so crispy and delicious!

Friday:

I was fortunate enough that Dan also had my birthday off so we slept in a little bit and then continued to lounge while watching some TV. Once we got up, we met up with our friend Kevin and walked around town to do some errands and we got my favorite Double Dark Chocolate iced coffee from Daybreak. Dan and I ran some more errands and prepped some food for the evening and then we spent about an hour at the pool at our apartment complex. I had been dying to take a dip and I was lucky we had that free hour to do so. Once we came back from the pool and got ready, we headed off to my birthday celebration! I had a gathering with a bunch of our friends at Arrigoni Winery in Portland. It was honestly one of the best nights of my entire life. Everyone brought an appetizer to share and we all just hung out, ate, drank wine, and listened to live music. I truly recommend that everyone does something like this for their birthday at some point in time. It was so relaxing and there was so much laughter and silliness had! We ended the night at the Diamond where we enjoyed the most delicious chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake from Ben and Jerry’s.

My stomach is growling just looking at all of that food!

My stomach is growling just looking at all of that food!

Arrigoni had so many places for perfect photo opportunities

Arrigoni had so many places for perfect photo opportunities

The group shot! Love these people so much!

The group shot! Love these people so much!

Loving this pic of Natasha also taking a pic :)

Loving this pic of Natasha also taking a pic 🙂

Saturday: 

We spent most of Saturday down in Old Lyme at Jenna’s aunt and uncle’s beach house. It was a little gloomy to start the day but the sun eventually came out and it was another relaxing afternoon and evening. We walked over to Lenny’s on the Beach and enjoyed some cocktails. The night ended with an extraordinary fireworks display which was one of the best that I have ever seen. It was a great day and we love spending time with Jenna and Robbie!

Naturally the only picture I took that day was of the fish bowl we drank ;)

Naturally the only picture I took that day was of the fish bowl we drank 😉

Sunday: 

We woke up pretty early on Sunday and scrambled to go get our grocery shopping done. After that, we met up with Dan’s boss and his granddaughter and headed up to Boston for the Red Sox game. It was my first game of the year and we had perfect weather for it. The seats were also incredible and it was such a fun ending to the best birthday weekend ever!

Such a perfect day!

Such a perfect day!

Hot dogs always taste better at ballparks, I swear

Hot dogs always taste better at ballparks, I swear

I hope you guys have enjoyed my birthday weekend recap. I am planning to post again on Friday (fingers crossed) since I have the day off because my bridal shower is on Saturday and I figured, why not have a long weekend? Although I do plan on spending the majority of the day at the pool so we shall see if I can find the time to write.

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 fiancée (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 fiancée is bugging me to pay attention to the TV. However, I will be back tomorrow 🙂 Thank you for listening to my rambling!