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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.

 

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!!

Weekend Getaway to Newport, RI: Part Two

14 Nov

Happy Friday! I’m excited to share with you guys the rest of our trip to Newport. It seems like we fit in SO much stuff in a little bit of time (my usual style).

After we had checked into our hotel, we got ready for dinner and headed over to The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar for dinner. Neither of us were extremely hungry so we decided to just split a few appetizers. I started off with a Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale which was very refreshing and not as heavy as I thought it would be.

Sometimes a beer is just what you need

Sometimes a beer is just what you need

As for the food, we wanted ALL the seafood on that particular evening. We ordered the clam chowder which was so creamy and full of huge chunks of clam. I never order clam chowder but I knew I had to try it since we were right on the ocean.

Bowl of creamy deliciousness

Bowl of creamy deliciousness

We also had the Bag of Doughnuts and those were my absolute favorite. They were huge seafood fritters with a lot of seafood and very little breading which isn’t something you get very often.

That sauce on the side was heavenly

That sauce on the side was heavenly

We also shared the Surf and Turf sliders which were steak sliders topped with lobster meat so obviously those were perfection and I wish we had more of those because two were definitely not enough.

The presentation was amazing

The presentation was amazing

After dinner, it was still pretty early so we headed over to Brick Alley Pub to watch some football and have a drink. Dan went with Yuengling and I was craving something salty so I decided on a dirty martini which was SO good.

Those olives though :)

Those olives though 🙂

There was also a hilarious sign in the bathroom that I HAD to share with you guys.

Hilarious

Hilarious

We headed back to the hotel to catch up on some of our TV shows on my laptop and get a good night’s sleep which was VERY needed after a crazy weekend. I woke up very refreshed the next day and couldn’t wait to explore more of Newport. We started our day by sitting outside on the grounds of our hotel for a little while which was so peaceful and beautiful.

It was the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at.

It was the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at.

It was a perfect day

It was a perfect day

It was still a little early for lunch so I went to another spot that Caitlin had recommended, Keen-Wah Superfood Eatery. After the martini and the beer the night before, I was craving some green juice. I had the Green Lemonade and I drank it SO fast because it was amazing. We also had to try the deviled eggs because hello, name of this blog, and they are my favorite.

I'm going to try to replicate this at home - romaine lettuce, green apples, and lemon, SO easy

I’m going to try to replicate this at home – romaine lettuce, green apples, and lemon, SO easy

These were so fresh and unique

These were so fresh and unique

We walked around and did a little bit of shopping, mostly Christmas related, before deciding we couldn’t wait any longer for lunch. We headed back over to Brick Alley Pub and our experience was nothing short of amazing. We started with the nachos which several people had recommended to us and they were perfect, with so much cheese and a lot of jalapeños which Dan was very excited about.

There were chips buried under all that, I promise

There were chips buried under all that, I promise

I had the Lobster Reuben which was pure genius because who even thinks of something that amazing? Dan had the Corned Beef Reuben. Both of our sandwiches were SO stuffed and so tasty. I can’t wait to go back there because there are about ten different things I want to try.

SO much lobster!

SO much lobster!

We did a little bit more shopping and then we ended our day with a trip to Newport Storm Brewery. Dan had never been to a brewery before he was very excited. We had such a great time and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single beer that I tried. My favorite was definitely the Winter Porter because I really enjoy a nice winter beer.

I was obsessed with these glasses, and we got to take them home!

I was obsessed with these glasses, and we got to take them home!

It was a perfect end to our trip to Newport and I’m so glad I was able to share it with you guys!