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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.

 

Marvelous Monday!

31 Mar

I can’t believe how quickly this weekend flew by! That always seems to be the case on the weekends when I don’t have to work since they are filled with ALL the fun. This weekend was no exception as it was packed with great food, fun, and friends!

Marvelous is… my UConn Huskies making it to the Final Four! Friday and Sunday’s games were clearly the highlight of my weekend. For dinner Friday night we had some leftover pizza with a salad that we ordered from Giovanni’s. A couple of our friends also came over and we watched UConn defeat Iowa State and then we headed over to the Diamond for some drinks. The next game was on Sunday afternoon and since we had dinner plans with Dan’s parents later, we invited them over to watch the game. The game was exciting and I am beyond excited that my Huskies have made it to the Final Four!

I love the emotion in the picture! Source: courant.com

I love the emotion in the picture! Source: courant.com

Marvelous is… Alex’s Lia Sophia party on Saturday night! Alex hosted the party at her mom’s house in Tolland, CT so I drove myself and a few of my girlfriends up there (about a 30 min drive). I knew it would be so much fun since Alex throws the BEST parties and I love spending time with her mom. Our Lia Sophia advisor Denise is becoming a great friend to us since we have had SO many parties (and more to come!). I ordered two pairs of earrings and a necklace that I have had my eye on for a while now. The food was out of this world and I definitely ate way too much. I brought Tastefully Simple’s Garlic Garlic dip and others brought appetizers like Beer Dip, Skinny Taco Dip, cheese pinwheels, and so much other stuff that I can’t even remember! It was a great night and so much fun to spend time with my ladies.

Jasmine necklace.. so pretty!

Jasmine necklace.. so pretty!

 

Marvelous is… spending some quality time with Dan during the day on Saturday. We both woke up pretty early and decided to get in a quick Saturday morning workout. We actually went to his gym and he added me to his membership (2 people for $10/month!) so now I belong to my gym (Cardio Express) as well as his gym. His gym is right around the corner from us and that will hopefully help to motivate me to go in the morning before work. I love my gym but its farther away and I can’t always get there when I want. After the gym we had plans to finally go see the movie Divergent. This movie was much better than I expected and it followed the book completely. Dan enjoyed it as well and it was just really good to get some time together out and about since he is starting a class for the fire department this week so that means a lot less time together for the next couple of months.

Oh ya know, just a normal Friday night selfie... weirdos!

Oh ya know, just a normal Friday night selfie… weirdos!

Well that’s all for this Monday. I hope everyone has a great week!