I like Wednesday’s and I have a few things I wanted to share that I am currently loving!
My new sneakers: I finally decided it was time to bite the bullet and get new ones. My current sneakers have 5 holes in them! They also smell.
They fit perfectly! Love them.
New boots: I didn’t own a pair of “dress up” boots and fell in love with these the very minute I saw them! They were half off so I figured it was a great deal.
I love perfume. I think smelling good should be a law. Yes, I said a law! Haha Who doesn’t like to smell good right?! I finally ordered my favorite perfume! I hope it lasts me a little while!
Lastly, I have been loving Ritz crackers. A plus: The new holiday packaging and the holiday cracker shape! So cool!
Hello everyone! It is Holiday Week. Thanksgiving is in just a few days!
To get myself even more into the spirit, I decided to participate in “Elf 4 Health!”
If you aren’t sure what the heck I am talking about, you can read about it here!
My first Elf Friend is Dixie! So far she has been a fantastic elf! She emailed me right away and asked me a bunch of friendly questions. We have plenty to talk about and her tweets are the sweetest! I am already excited, happy and eager to continue with the challenges and emails! It couldn’t have started off any better!
The rest of time has been spent at work, at the gym, or with family & friends. I am beyond excited for Thanksgiving and a short little break from work. Are you going out shopping on Friday? Do you have any special traditions for the holiday?
I hope you all spend it with loved ones and eat lots of yummy food! My favorite Thanksgiving food is Pork Pie! I am always surprised at how many people don’t know what it is.
Okay and dessert isn’t all that bad.
Here are some “lately” pictures and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! xoxo
Best way to start the morning! Elf 4 Health Day 2!
Hello everyone! It has been a while. What is new?
Can you believe it is already the end of November? I remember summer, like it was just yesterday! I will never stop saying “time goes by way too fast!” Because, well, it really does!
It has been the same around here. Work, the gym, family and friends… Not much has changed.
I really believe July will be here before I know it, and I am not sure which direction I want to go in. That is probably my biggest “fear” right now. But it isn’t even a fear really, just something I think about daily. I feel like I need some kind of idea… you know?
But I know with the drive, devotion, and motivation I have– I will find something.
My gym sessions have been great! I try and put everything I have into each one of them. You don’t have to perfect but you ALWAYS want to give it your all. One of my favorite quotes has to do with not comparing yourself to others or trying to be better than everyone else. Instead, just trying to be better than who you were yesterday!
My diet needs work. However, I think I am looking okay for not making the best decisions about food. As you know, I have always had a battle with the balance between food and exercise. For once I am not completely obsessing about calories and food intake. I am kind of just… living, being happy and enjoyin Read more »
Hello everyone! What has everyone been up to?
It has been a busy couple of weeks! I had my friend’s Wedding the weekend of October 12/13.
A lot of memories to be had. It turned out to be a great wedding!
Absolutely beautiful! From the Ceremony right up until the reception. <3 <3 <3
It was a great weekend!
This past weekend was also busy and fun! Drinks with a college friend, pizza night with my roommate, movies (twice!), breakfast with my parents and brother, apple/pumpkin picking, and an ice cream date!
Both were pretty good movies! Carrie wasn’t scary at all though.
I got to finally go apple and pumpkin picking! My roommate and I went to Macks Apples! I think we did a great job with our selections. It was the PERFECT weather!!
What a pretty day! Perfect-fall outdoor activity to do over the weekend. Take advantage guys! You can never have enough apples.
Happy Wednesday, Hump Day, and WIAW all!
How is everyone doing? Are you excited to see what I have been eating? Ok, ok, contain the excitement!
It was a good day of eats! Here they are from bottom to top!
Breakfast has been boring and consistent. Coffee and cereal!
Snack Therapy has it right when she talks about her Food Ruts. I am the same way! I definetely get into food ruts! My Lunch Ruts have been Veggie Sandwiches, Food Should Taste Good chips, and veggies!
I think that this mid Afternoon snack will be around for a while…
My usual protein shake after my work out! It helps to keep me satisfied till dinner. It also gives me some extra protein.
Last but not least, dinner! Probably my favorite meal to cook.
I made pasta and topped it off with this mix:
I posted the recipe here!
Now… link up! I want to see what you ate. I love learning new recipes or ideas on how to keep a healthy balance!
I LOVE lately posts.
You can bullet or “list” your life as of now in a quick, short “blurb!”
This week flew and one of my good friend’s wedding is 10 days away! Almost done with the stress of having to fit in a dress (bridesmaid stress!!) But it is worth it, I can’t wait to see these ladies! It seems like it has been forever! <3
What a beautiful bride to be! <3
and what a fun bachelorette party it was!
I can’t imagine what the wedding will be like! So excited.
Some “health” related thoughts my head has been spinning with:
1. How do you encourage kids to eat healthy or eat in general? Between fussy eaters and kids who want nothing to do with food, how can we get the essential nutrients in their bodies! (This question could be related to any age…….. but I always think of kids first because in my opinion, they are the fussiest!)
2. How do you encourage and force yourself to stay away from the “all or nothing” mentality. I think a lot of us struggle with this and in the end it is much more harmful to our bodies but also to our minds! What strategies, tricks, or discussions help you the most with this struggle?!
This was my “lunch” today! Although I would much rather call it my “second meal” as I have been sticking to the “5 small meals a day” plan! I loved it. A whole wheat-hummus-veggie sandwich, olives and carrots!
This has been my office lately, a mess! I tweeted that I don’t care if my office is cluttered and messy but my apartment is a different story! I have to do the dishes, make my bed and be clutter free. Why do I feel differently at work! Who knows. Go figure.
It is almost the weekend! Does anyone have anything fun planned?! What are your go to cheat meals for the weekend? I try my hardest to stay healthy all week and have weekends for fun! It works best for me. With fall here pumpkin muffins are always my go to! Have you tried the chocolate-chip-pumpkin muffin from Great Harvest?! It is to die for! Kath Eats Real Food I am sure you will appreciate this!
Here is what my fall has looked like!
Old schooling it with my brother (was using a scooter!) Beautiful Foliage!
It was such a nice day out, weather has been perfect!
More eats! Been on a olive and hummus kick lately. What have you been craving?
Workouts have been awesome. A good mix of stretching, cardio and weight lifting. I got to work out with my brother on Wednesday! It was a nice change since I usually workout alone! Do you use stretch regularly?
This weather makes me happy.
My dinner on Wednesday night before playing Trivia with my dad on Wednesday night at JW Hills! 2 pieces of whole wheat bread, avocado and two fried eggs on top! Celery on the side!
and being silly with friends! ahha
Last question.. do you think it is better to be over qualified or under? What if someone goes to law school, graduates, and can’t find a job in their field? Then has to take a job at an office with individuals that only have an associates degree? How does that make them feel?
Okay this will be the last thing, I promise. Love has been on my mind so here is a “love” quote for you. It is rather long! LOL
I may have not found the love of my life yet. However, when a couple is truly in love, it makes me so happy inside. I love it!
“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.” ― Bob Marley
Do you ever get weird or wacky cravings? I think it is normal to have cravings! Or I could be completely wrong. Who knows?
Maybe there is a healthier alternative to receive the satisfaction of said craving……
For instance, a cuisine that I know many Americans crave is Chinese. I know that it is one of my brothers favorite cuisines! For me? Not so much. However, I still love coming up with alternative HEALTHIER meals for people!
How about grabbing a big old whole chicken the next time you are the store! Place it in a crock pot with seasoning, oil, and your favorite vegetables and you got yourself part 1 of a healthier alternative Chinese dinner!
How about you boil some water (1 cup), add in some brown rice (1/2 cup) and give it a little oil (1 Tablespoon) and seasoning. Put it on low and wait about 20 minutes. Chop up some green pepper and onion and throw that in the pot! Cook another 20 minutes on low and viola! Part 2 on a healthier Chinese dish!
Okay so it isn’t really Chinese at all…..
But I did think of Chinese after cooking/eating this dish! So…. it could satisfy you if you are craving some greasy Chinese and it may save you a cheat meal!
What do you guys think?!
What do you do when you are craving something? Do you go right for what you are craving? Or do you try and think of an alternative? Please share!
Hello everyone! How was your weekend?! Mine was great! Relaxing but also pretty busy.
Friday night I ate dinner at my Uncle’s pizza restaurant (after my last workout of the week of course.) Yes, I eat here a lot. It is delicious, affordable, local and family based. How can I not?! I had a slice of Roni Pizza and some seasoned waffle fries! I am bad at taking pictures and I want to blog more of my food!
I just relaxed for the rest of the night and watched lifetime movies!
Saturday I was supposed to go to a seminar for work. I woke up early and everything! Guess what?! Yup, it was cancelled.. It didn’t bother me though! It forced me to be up and ready for the day! So, instead, I met my mother and brother for coffee!
I also went grocery shopping with mom! I spent a lot of money this week.. but I also stocked up on a lot of pantry items! I will have a lot of food carried over the next few weeks. Speaking of groceries, food buying and cooking.. I discovered a new favorite blogger! Cait over at Cait’s Plate!
Why is she a new favorite?!
Soooooo many reasons. As you know, I have had issues with food/exercise balance. I think many of us have! Just a year ago I was very under weight. I have quickly put the pounds back on this past year.
Now I work out just 5 days a week with a healthy balance of cardio and weight lifting. It is working out very well. My food intake was a little toxic this summer with the increase of alcohol. However, I am getting back to normal now.
I love love love cooking, feeding people, baking, EATING and anything else that is food related. But I also like to keep myself healthy and in shape. Therefore, finding the correct balance of the two takes time, work, patience, creativity, and education.
Although I love to be active I truly think my passion from all this.. is in the kitchen. Why I am LOVING Cait’s Plate! She has amazing food photography, recipes, and happiness in her blog!
Her whole philosophy about food and exercise is mine to a T. She explains how you can enjoy your food without the guilt. You just have to teach yourself how to eat! Cook, play around with food, and experiment in the kitchen! Food isn’t meant to make you feel mad, sad or guilty! It is meant to nourish you and make you happy!
So many individuals think they have to starve themselves or go on crazy diets. Believe me, I know with the media today it isn’t easy to get the correct information… I have been down that road!
But trust me.. once you do find out the correct answers to food and become healthy instead of just “skinny” you become so so so much happier. You will know when you get there!
Lastly, why I love Cait’s Plate! even more is because recently she has been writing a series on “Healthy Eating On A Budget.” As you know, I am on a tight budget right now. I am serving with Americorps Vista and we live with very little money!
Just because I am on a tight budget doesn’t give me any excuse to eat take out, fast food or ramen noodles everyday! I want to prove to individuals that eating healthy (no matter what) is doable. You have to put the time, creativity, and knowledge into it!
Cait’s Plate! is here to help me out! I would love to do a series like this. In my next post I would love to share with you my groceries, meal ideas, etc.
For now.. brainstorm what kind of meals you would like to see!
Okay for the rest of my weekend…. I went to the Nascar Races with my roommate!
It was such a beautiful day!
Also, a ton of people!
Later that night I went to the Outback with my family for my Dad’s 50th birthday! 50?!?!/ So crazy.
I got a salad…
Steak and buffalo shrimp. So yum!
And last but not least.. the birthday boy! He is sooo adorable. I love him so much!
The rest of the night consists of my computer, The Emmys, and this snack (also ate an apple :-)) they are so juicy right now!!!
What did you guys do this weekend? Where does your “healthy living” passion lie?
Happy Friday everyone! I am sorry I haven’t been consistently posting, I am trying to post at least 1-2 times a week. How has your work week been?
I have been alone a lot in the office this week..
.. sad face.
However, my manager and I had a marketing meeting early in the week and came up with some new/great content! At least I am learning some new stuff!
Also… this weeks weather has been CRAZY. We hit 95 on Wednesday, 50 this morning, and has been stormy the last few days. Talk about NEW ENGLAND. We are a bi polar state weather-wise, guaranteed. We can’t make up our mind!
So what have I been LOVING this week?..
My absolute LOVING father. He is so cute, understanding, sweet, supportive, and overall the best dad in the world! Although we don’t always see eye to eye.. I wouldn’t trade him for anyone else. My future hubby is going to have some competition…. for the best guy in my life.
On Monday I got to garden! I was soo excited. During my Americorps-Vista service year we have to spend 4 days doing community service. So 9/9 was our first one! I love being outside and the weather on Monday was PERFECT for gardening! I couldn't have been happier!
I also met some awesome people! A friend took this picture, she did a great job! You can tell I got really into it! Hoeing away.
I have also been loving HIMYM of course. I think I already mentioned this. I am officially done watching the 8th season. I am ready for the 9th and final season to start!
September 23.. hurry up already! But I am also extremely sad it is ending… boo hoo…
I HONESTLY have come to the conclusion that I prefer my home cooking versus going out for food. I am sorry, but I have had a lot of experience in the kitchen and I know what I am doing. I love cooking, I love food, and I would much rather cook than go out! I just can’t justify how much I spend/how good it tastes when I CAN DO IT MUCH BETTER for cheaper! Hehe
I love love love love love food/home-cooking!
I have also been looooooving being a Vista! I love the people I have met and how I am obtaining work experience! Yay!
& this is the view from my CEO’s office! Nice ay?!
Last but not least… I will always always always love my think thin bars. They are so filling, delicious and some what healthy. You can’t beat em! I have also been spending $1.00 at Market Basket versus $1.50 at Hannaford. So.. I guess Market Basket isn’t all that bad.
My favorite kind has actually been Brownie Crunch. Weird.. Maybe I will try and come up with a healthy dessert using Thinkthin bars… hmmm… (To Be Continued…)
So.. what have you guys been loving?!
This week has gone by pretty fast! It is already Thursday!
It has been a busy week. Work, the gym, cooking dinner, and then catching up with HIMYM to end the day! Obviously….
Here are some pictures to recap my week!
This was my view on my drive home from the gym one day this week. <3 So pretty!
This is my friend that likes to hang out in the yard and wait for me to come home… he is such a cutie isn’t he! He was obviously eating his dinner…
This is my booty.. I got new work out pants! Do you like?!
This is a picture of part of my “office.” I have A LOT of papers hanging up. Don’t ask me why, I just seem to like it that way!
This was one of the dinners I cooked this week! Homemade potato fries and a bean/veggie stir fry! My roomate Riley loved it! Thanks for enjoying it girl!
Lastly, this is just simply me! So glad it is Thursday! Keep on smiling people!