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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.

balance-quote

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.

krust-pizza-2

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.

steak-salad-2

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

mooyah

Our first time at Mooyah and definitely not our last!

dan-mooyah

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.

mission-picture

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

mission-workout

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.

strawberries

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 🙂

drinks

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.

 

Five Things Friday: The Little Things

5 Jun

Happy Friday guys! Two posts in one week feels like quite an accomplishment right now with all of the craziness that is my life right now. It’s definitely the little things that get me these days (hence the title of this post). I wanted to share a few random things with you guys to kind of update you on what I’ve been up to lately.

  • I love naan pizza. It is something that I have seen on a few other blogs and since we love pizza (I mean, who doesn’t?) According to Wikipedia, naan is a leavened flatbread that is mainly found in Asia. It can be used in many different ways but the way that most Americans use it is for pizza. Last night we used the garlic version made by Stonefire and topped it with some jarred pizza sauce, fresh tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, and some minced garlic. It was incredible and so easy! We just popped it in the oven at 350 for about 10 mins and it was all done! I highly recommend it for those who are looking for a quick and delicious meal.
I love that my pizza was kind of shaped like a heart

I love that my pizza was kind of shaped like a heart

  • I’m also really loving Old Navy lately. I would love to be able to shop at cute little local boutiques but that is just not in the budget these days. I have found so many cute and affordable items there lately. I mean a TON of stuff. I plan on going back this weekend as I may or may not have several amazing coupons burning a hole in my wallet 🙂
That jean jacket and the dress you can't really see underneath are both from old navy and I love them!

That jean jacket and the dress you can’t really see underneath are both from old navy and I love them!

  • This Saturday we are looking forward to some pre-wedding festivities for our good friends Kaitlin and Quentin. Kaitlin’s bridal shower is on Saturday and Quentin’s stag party is Saturday evening so we are both heading out to the Litchfield area to celebrate. Their wedding is just about one month before ours! I could not be happier for these two as they are absolutely adorable together.
Aren't they just the cutest ever?! (pic stolen from kait's facebook) :)

Aren’t they just the cutest ever?! (pic stolen from kait’s facebook) 🙂

  • I would really love to fit in a couple of good workouts this weekend, including hopefully a hike. We went on a hike a couple of weekends ago with our friend Natasha and her sister’s adorable puppy Flynn. It was so nice to be able to get some fresh air and just relax. I could definitely use a little bit of that relaxation right about now.
Clearly the puppy is the cutest in this bunch

Clearly the puppy is the cutest in this bunch

  • We are hopefully making our first trip of this year to the Coventry Regional Farmer’s Market! It sounds like this may be the last year for this particular market so I really want to try and go as much as possible. I already saw the list of what most of the vendors will be bringing since the market sends out a weekly newsletter and I am so looking forward to getting some goodies. I’m hoping to pick up some of my favorite Pure Love granola, strawberries, duck eggs, and some pork to stock in our freezer. Wish me luck!

That’s all I have for you today guys! I hope you have a safe and fun weekend!

Late Weekend Recap: Steak, Shopping, and Starbucks

29 Apr

Happy hump day! I regret not being able to finish up this post Monday or yesterday but I do not regret spending that time getting a TON of stuff checked off of my wedding checklist. But, alas, I am back today and looking forward to sharing a few fun aspects of this past weekend.

wedding planning ecard

Friday evening, we had dinner with our good friends Dave, Melissa, Cheyne, and Miko. I’m telling you, there is nothing like a dinner full of fun and laughter to start off a weekend. We went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner and it was my first time dining there. I had the Special Sirloin and Old Bay Lobster combo accompanied by a baked potato. I also enjoyed two fabulous cocktails, the Aussie Rum Punch and the Huckleberry Hooch Moonshine cocktail. The meal was delicious and it definitely satisfied my steak and potatoes craving that I have not been able to shake.

outback rum punch

outback steak

I started off Saturday with a quick Jillian Michaels workout followed by a two mile walk with Dan around the center of town. We were ravenous by the time we were almost home so we stopped at Starbucks where I enjoyed my favorite Passion iced tea and my first ever Spinach, Egg White, and Feta wrap. Bloggers everywhere have raved about this wrap and I would have to agree, it was so yummy!

starbucks wrap

We spent the rest of the day making an attempt to get some wedding-related tasks completed and we were able to get our registry at Macy’s set up and I also have an idea of what I would like for my flower girls dresses. As a reward for getting things done, we went to Market Grille for a late lunch. This place always seems to be the lunch spot after doing fun wedding things and I’m not complaining! Dan and I both enjoyed their turkey burger with a fried egg added, and I had their Blackberry Moonshine Mojito (made with Onyx moonshine!) as a delightful afternoon cocktail.

onyx mojito

market grille burger

I was SO happy that we had some free time on Sunday and we were finally able to help our best friend Alex get some chores done at her new house. It is coming along wonderfully and I am very excited for her housewarming party this coming weekend.

That is all for today folks! Stay tuned, I am expecting my next Stitchfix to arrive today so it’s looking like there is a Fashion Friday post in my future! 🙂 Have a great day!

WIAW: A Day in the Eats

4 Mar

Happy hump day! I’m super happy that it’s Wednesday because it’s practically my Friday. I have jury duty tomorrow which I’m actually excited about (I’m weird) and then I have Friday off. I figured I would share yesterday’s meals with you guys so you can see what I’ve been eating lately.

I eat the same breakfast every single day and surprisingly I’m not bored yet. It’s always a Yoplait Greek yogurt with whatever flavor of Pure Love granola that I have open that particular week. Yesterday it was a vanilla yogurt with gingerbread granola which was a very tasty combo that I will definitely be eating again.

wiaw breakfast

In my transition over to my new job I also had to change the timing of my snacks and lunch. I usually bring the same snacks each day which include a bag of baby carrots and sliced cucumbers, a bag with one serving of Goldfish, and a banana. I ate these yesterday at around 11:00 but I was still starving for lunch by 12:30.

wiaw snacks

My lunches do tend to vary although the past two weeks I have stuck with sauteed chicken breast, black beans, and brown rice. It really fills me up and since I buy the rice that has some spices in it, I don’t find it to be flavorless or boring as rice usually is.

wiaw lunch

Last night’s dinner was a little out of the norm since we ended up going to Giovanni’s very last minute with our friend Sarah before she and Dan went to a fire department meeting. I had the most delicious honey BBQ chicken salad which I will definitely be ordering again.

Obviously ranch dressing on the side :)

Obviously ranch dressing on the side 🙂

After that insanely huge salad, I didn’t anticipate that I would be able to work out on such a full stomach. But I went home and let my stomach settle for a bit and got right to it! I did about 30 minutes of Jillian Michael’s Banish Fat Boost Metabolism and didn’t even get a cramp until the tail end which is when I knew that it was time to stop 🙂 I’m proud of myself for getting my exercise in even though I had a big dinner.

Not too shabby

Not too shabby

Alrighty, time to get to work and get this day over with so I can be that much closer to my long weekend!

Five Things Friday: Crazed

27 Feb

Happy FriYAY guys! I was pretty crazed this week due to the fact that it was my first full week out of training at my new job and although it went VERY well, I was pretty stressed so when I got home most evenings, I just really didn’t feel like writing. I spent most evenings working out and then vegging out on the couch with my DVR and a glass of wine. That being said, I have a few random things to share with you guys.

1. We have enjoyed some fabulous meals this past week. I have to say that my new hours really make it a lot easier to make dinner together and eat at a normal time. Sunday night, we made a quick trip to Whole Foods and picked up some yummy shrimp cocktail and cheese and crackers to enjoy while watching the Oscars. Tuesday evening I was way too tired to even think about dinner so we enjoyed an impromptu date night at Aroy Aroy which is a new-to-us Japanese/Thai restaurant in South Glastonbury. The food was a little pricey but it definitely hit the spot. Last night we had one of my favorites, BLTs with added avocado and an absurd amount of sweet potato fries on the side. I swear I could eat that meal every single night, it was so yummy!

I swear I will never give up wine and cheese

I swear I will never give up wine and cheese

Crab Rangoons, amaaaazing

Crab Rangoons, amaaaazing

Salmon avocado roll

Salmon avocado roll

I can't remember the name of this roll but it was crazy and I loved it

I can’t remember the name of this roll but it was crazy and I loved it

Bad lighting but great sandwich

Bad lighting but great sandwich

We didn't even finish all of these!

We didn’t even finish all of these!

2. I have finally decided to try out Stitchfix and I am very excited. I have been reading so many other blogs and have seen so many success stories with it that I decided that I had to try it for myself. Plus, I’m in need of some new spring clothes and haven’t really been in the mood to shop lately so this seems like the perfect solution! For those who are wondering exactly what Stitchfix is; it’s a styling service in which you fill out a style profile on their website, pay a $20 styling fee and then your styling profile is assigned to a personal stylist who creates a fashion “fix” of five items that are sent to you in the mail based on what you have indicated in your profile. Mine is scheduled to arrive on March 5th so I will definitely be posting about my first experience!

3. We are starting (and hopefully finishing) our save-the-dates this weekend. Finding all of the addresses has been my biggest source of anxiety in the wedding planning process thus far and I will be breathing a huge sigh of relief once we get these things out in the mail. We are also hopefully going to add more items to our registry this weekend too which would be another check off the list. Shout out to my maid of honor Alex and bridesmaid Natasha for picking their gorgeous dresses this past weekend so that is another important thing that is all done which is great.

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4. Jillian Michaels is becoming my new best friend. Although I don’t necessarily agree with her methods on The Biggest Loser, I am absolutely without a doubt loving her workout videos. There are so many to choose from which makes it impossible for me to be bored and I feel like I’m working so many different muscles each day. My favorites right now are the 30 Day Shred, Kickboxing Fastfix, and the newer-to-me Trouble Zones. Basically this means that I love all of the ones which incorporate weights into the workout because I feel that those are what is changing my body the fastest. I am honestly loving the strength I have been feeling within my core and just throughout my body as a whole. I still feel like I have a lot of work to do but these videos are definitely helping me to get where I want to be.

5. My goal of trying out one new recipe each week has been quite successful. This past Sunday I had Pinch of Yum’s Crockpot Queso Chicken Chili cooking all day long and let me tell you, it was amazing. The leftovers the next night were perfect to scoop up with some wheat thins and tortilla chips would have been even better. I’m not sure I’m making anything new this coming week but every single evening is pretty busy so I don’t think I will have much time to cook.

The crockpot is an amazing invention you guys

The crockpot is an amazing invention you guys

I definitely had seconds (or thirds) of this stuff

I definitely had seconds (or thirds) of this stuff

That’s all I have for you guys today but I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Workout Wednesday: My Favorite Workout Videos

21 Jan

Happy Wednesday! These past few days have been crazy since I am starting my new job on Monday (a week early!) and the wedding planning has been very hectic. For a while now, I have been wanting to share some of my favorite workout videos. I know a while ago I shared a post about my five favorite workouts overall but lately due to time constraints, I have found myself relying quite a bit on workout videos at home. Also, the recent frigid weather has made it nearly impossible to get up in the morning and drive to the gym. Surprisingly enough, I have been able to find at least a small amount of time each day to get in a workout but I justify it by including it as part of the “wedding planning” (LOL).

1. Jillian Michael’s Kickboxing Fastfix

jillian michaels kickbox

I absolutely loveee this video and it honestly is probably my favorite ever. It combines a good variation of cardio kickboxing with strength training. It is divided into three 20 minute workouts, with each one focusing on a different area of the body (upper body, lower body, abs) and you can either do just one, two, or all three. To be completely honest I usually do the upper body segment (my favorite one) followed by ten minutes of my own ab work since I usually don’t have a full forty minutes set aside for exercise each day.

2. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 for Xbox Kinect

This “game” is filled with so many different types of workouts that there is literally something for everyone. It has cardio aerobics, dancing, kickboxing, yoga, etc. The only reason that I don’t use this for my workouts as much as before is because the sensor on my Xbox Kinect seems to interfere with the sensor on my Polar Fitness watch. You obviously need to own a Kinect to use this as a workout tool but if you do, I definitely recommend it, if only just for the variety it provides.

3. Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred

30 day shred

As you can tell, I am a big supporter of Jillian Michael’s videos. The main reason being the fact that she gives a full body workout in a matter of twenty minutes. This video is no exception and I love how exhausted and sweaty I am by the end of this video. There are three different levels and although I have only done level one, I plan on starting level two this week and if level one is any indication, it will probably leave me dead-tired. This video uses three different circuits which have 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. I absolutely love this set up and I wish all of her videos were like this.

4. Insanity Pure Cardio

I will fully admit that I have to be feeling reallllly good to pop this DVD in because it is very difficult. It is my favorite Insanity video because there is no repetition but it also means that there are no breaks. This makes it another video which can be completed in just under 30 minutes which is perfect for when I have very little time. The rest of the Insanity videos take at least 45-60 minutes to complete and I don’t usually have time for that. There isn’t really much to explain about this one except for the fact that it really is pure cardio, including things like burpees, jump squats, high knees, etc.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I recommend any of these videos for a great at-home workout.

What are your favorite workout videos?

Do you prefer working out at home or at a gym?

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!