Five Friday Faves

I’ve been down and out this week not feeling well (these darn sinuses!) However, I couldn’t miss my five Friday faves! 

  1. Bar Rescue. We watch this show whenever we can on the Spike TV App (we don’t have cable anymore) and Jon Taffer is the guru of rescuing failing bars. He’s amazing to watch. 
  2. 13 Ways Of Looking at a Fat Girl. I am finishing this book and I love it! A really quick read that is hilarious! 
  3. Silly Kitty Pics!   

Five Friday Faves

The weekend is finally here! With it I have five new Friday faves to discuss: 

  1.  Bosch. It’s an Amazon tv series that just is in its second season. We just finished it last night and it’s fabulous! Try it out if you have a weekend to spare! You could watch the whole thing (if you really want to) 
  2. Starbucks Mobile Orders. I use this everyday on the way to work. You order your drink on the app and pay ahead so that when you get to Starbucks your drink is ready for you and you avoid the line! 
  3. Unroll Me. For all those emails you don’t want anymore and need to unsubscribe, this app will allow you the option to keep or unsubscribe for such emails. It’s amazing! 
  4. Politics and Prose Bookstore. I LOVE this bookstore and live a block over from it. I went there today after work and got to sit in on a book event. The atmosphere is so calming. I will never not love being able to go in there. If you’re in the DC area, visit the store. It’s a DC staple! 
  5. Rainbows. I got to see a beautiful rainbow yesterday on the way home after torrential rain. It’s proof that there is beauty after a storm. 

 

Have a great weekend! 

Nutritional Check In & New Goals

About a year ago I decided to hire a nutritionist. My reasons were two fold:

  1. I wanted to learn more about nutrition and how it factors into overall health and weight loss (fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise) 
  2. I wanted to lose more weight and tone up. 

I went on the Internet and searched for a while and found Jaime. Reading the reviews of her clients sold me immediately. Her site can be found here Nutrition CPR

When I started working with Jaime, I eas training for my first half marathon last October (the Philly Rock & Roll 1/2). She helped me to fuel for each run and workout without feeling like I wasn’t being deprived or starved. 

Since I’ve been working with Jaime, I’ve lost weight, toned up and also gained a considerable amount of knowledge about carbohydrates, sugar, protein and gluten. Gluten is a particularly sensitive issue for me since my sister and father both have Celiac disease (as well as multiple cousins and extended family). I have cut out all the majority of gluten (pasta, bread, dressings, sauces, etc.) with the support of Santosh who had also been on board. It’s been a process but I have to say I have seen the benefits of it for both of us. More importantly, I feel a LOT better. 

With my 30th birthday approaching, I reached out to Jaime ( I try to talk to her once a month) to tone up more. Our conversation gave me the following goals for the next 6 weeks: 

  1. Limited sugar. Read the ingredient list and if it’s one of the first 5 ingredients it’s a no go. Which also means: 
  • No additional sugars in syrups, sauces, drinks, etc. 
  • Limited to NO alcohol
  • Eat lots of protein (it makes you fuller faster before eating carbs)
  • Watching the carbohydrates: limited potatoes, limited rice, etc. Read labels to see the carbohydrate and sugar content. 

Cook at home as much as possible and.. Drink lots of water. 

So I have my work cut out for me and I’ll be checking in with Jaime and also writing down my process here. I’m also going to be on MyFitnessPal so I can see my meal intake each day. Seeing the numbers in front of you helps.

Do you have nutritional goals? What are they? I’d love to hear them! 

      Hey Spring… You Can Come Out Now..

       
      It’s Tuesday, April 5th and it’s 28 degrees outside! Where is spring? I’m ready for warmer weather where it’s the perfect balance of warm but not DC Summer’s hot. 

      This weekend was a lot busier for me that usual (which I’m not complaining about!) I went and took yoga on Saturday with my girlfriend Kristina at Epic Yoga and then went to a first time home buyers class with Santosh. Yes we are getting everything ready to start looking! I’m excited and nervous (but a good nervous) at the same time. I then went up to friendship heights with my girlfriend Kerie and got all new makeup at Mac. I really like it it’s just a new adjustment to put on new makeup and get into a new habit of using this makeup compared to my old one. 

      This was my second attempt at doing it myself (compared to the woman who did it in the store):

        
        
      Sunday, Santosh and I went to visit Santosh’s parents, ran errands and came home to prep for the week. I baked the oatmeal cranberry bars (which have become a favorite of ours) and the oatmeal no bake bites. I also tried for the first time one of Santosh’s mom’s recipes and it turned out so well! 

      The recipe includes: 

      • 1 onion
      • Cumin
      • Puréed Tomatoes (1 can)
      • Turmeric
      • Dal Masala
      • Salt & Pepper
      • Lentils 

      Sauté the onion in a pan with a little olive oil and cumin until the onion becomes clear. Add in the puréed tomatoes, turmeric, dal masala and salt and pepper. If you have lentils that cook really quickly, add them directly into the same pan. If you have lentils that cook longer, put them in the rice cooker and once cooked, add them into the pan for a few moments. 

        

      Cooking this weekend reaffirmed for me how much I enjoy cooking and how important it is for me to continue the habit of doing it. I am going to make an conscious effort to keep my word to myself and Santosh for us to cook. 

      What habits do you notice that you would like to keep or change? 

      Five Friday Faves

      It’s Friday! The end of the week is here and it’s my day off! Each Friday I want to focus on five favorites I have from the week as a way to end the week on a positive note (regardless of any struggles or events that take place).

      My Five Friday Favorites are:

      1. The School of Greatness Podcast by Lewis Howes.

      Santosh introduced me to this podcast, which is run by Lewis Howes, who is a former professional athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur, motivational speaker and motivator. His podcasts focus on striving for greatness and features people from every aspect of life who are striving to be better themselves and in turn help others around them be great. The podcast I’m featuring is his interview with Dan Harris. I’ve read Dan’s book, 10% Happier  and loved it. It actually got me thinking about meditation, which is one of my goals for April to execute.

      2. Amazon Dash Button.

      I have to admit that Santosh is a lot further ahead when it comes to technology and finding neat things for the apartment. He introduced me to the Amazon Dash Button for Maxwell House  which will actually re-order coffee for you when you click the button. Isn’t that amazing!? It’s through Amazon prime, so we got coffee delivered today for only $5. Amazing! We also got a Cottonelle button to help avoid running out of toilet paper. The entire concept of the button blows my mind. There are buttons literally for everything. EVERYTHING.

      3. Teavana Tea

      I have fallen in love with Teavana Tea. I used to not be much of a tea drinker, but going into Teavana has changed that. Instead of drinking tea out of a tea bag, you get loose tea, which can be re-steeped up to 3 times before tossing it (which saves you $$$ over the long run) and it tastes and smells so much better. Full disclaimer:I smell everything prior to eating or drinking it. Currently, I’m drinking Peachberry Jasmine Sutra and Weight to Go which is mixed with Dragonfruit Devotion. So Yummy!

      4. MeisterTask Program Management Tool

      Santosh introduced me to a new tool that can be used on the phone, computer and iPad which allows us to both share projects, tasks, and ideas and also assign them to ourselves and each other. You can create due dates for each task or project and be able to track what you’re working on. It’s called MeisterTask and it will sync with your Google Calendar so you’ll have it show up on all your devices.

      5. Dancing with the Stars TV Show

      I have been a fan of the show in the past and fallen off. But this season, I enjoy watching the show later in the week or on the weekend to see all the amazing dancers on the show. I have my few favorites, especially Wanya Morris from Boys II Men (I’ve been a fan of that group for such a long time and I have the cassette tapes to prove it). He is doing great this season! I can’t wait to see where he goes from here. I’m rooting for him in the long run. That being said, there are some other great couples on the show and I can’t leave out my absolute favorite professional dancer, Mark Ballas. I could watch him dance all day long.  He is AMAZING. Sidenote, he also is a singer and his song “Get My Name” is a Jazzercise song that I love putting into my sets.

      Motivational Monday

      Monday mornings are always an interesting transition back into the week. I feel like I ask every Monday “where did the weekend go?” (And what a great weekend it was!)

      Saturday I got to go to Jazzercise and spent the remainder of the day relaxing and catching up on life hack Bootcamp homework as well as tv shows I’ve been meaning to watch. Sunday I taught class and then Santosh and I went downtown to meet friends to walk around the cherry blossoms.  

      This is huge for me because in the entire time I’ve lived in DC I have never gone down to the cherry blossoms (tragedy I know). So it was a big moment for me! Here are a few pictures (they don’t do they any justice) from us all walking around the tidal basin: 

        

       A picture of the group:

         

      Santosh and I: 
       

      Now that being said, about the weekend.. I have a new goal. Instead of focusing on where the weekend went, I’m going to have a motivational/inspiration for my Monday’s to focus on for my week. What will I focus on this week to motivate myself and as a result possibly motivate others? 

      This week I’m going to focus on being in the moment. So many times I miss out on what’s going on around me as I am already thinking/worrying about what’s next, about what I have to accomplish, etc. So I will take more time to appreciate the time with people, the conversations, the quiet moments and the love I have in my life everyday. 

         

      Weekend Wrap-Up/Hello Monday

      This past weekend flew by in a blur! I went home to NJ to see my niece compete in her very first dance competition. It brought up so many memories for me. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 and I tried Tap, Jazz, Irish step dancing, clogging, ballet, and I competed with my sister for 8 years). 

      Dancing shaped a lot of who I am and I am proud that my niece gets the chance to experience what my sister and I both did. 

      This was my shirt for the competition:

         

      Being an aunt is amazing. Every time I get to go home and see Haleigh it’s a gift. She’s such a sweet kid with a lot of personality and some sass (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) She’s so smart as well.  

      I am grateful for the games we get to play, the books she is now reading to me and fun artwork we get to do together like this:

       

      She reminds me of what’s worth fretting over and what isn’t. 

      Hello is this on?  I’m back! 

      So I know I’ve said this before… it’s been a crazy few weeks and with all of the things I’ve fallen behind on… Blogging has clearly suffered. Well not anymore! I will be making drafts to ensure that posts go out regularly. 

      Today the entire metro shut down. Talk about something both dramatic and drastic. I don’t think anything like this would be done except in the event of a zombie apocalypse. I got to work from home is good and bad with Mandy constantly wanting to be my assistant and then sleeping on the job. 

      I got a quick workout in with a circuit I repeated five times (I owe credit to santosh for giving me the idea) in which I did jumping jacks, full body squats, crunches, arm raises with a bag of potatoes (we don’t have kettlebells in the apartment) and push-ups. Within the of the circuit at 30 minutes I was drenched! Goes to show me that not everything has to be done for a duration of time and I don’t always need a machine to do my workout. I did this in my apartment! 

      This is going to be a short post as I’m already in bed and really looking forward to going to sleep. I will be irritant more tomorrow!

      Time to Cheer! It’s Thursday

      I write this sitting down after a LONG day. But it was a productive day! By the end of my work day I felt like this:

        

      I got to workout on the elliptical and the treadmill, 35 minutes on each.  Here is my step count after that: 

        

      Slowly I’m focusing more time on my homework for lifehack and elite blog academy since I have time again! It’s amazing what having structure in your day. Now to continue it and make it a permanent habit! 

      What habits have you found that have been successful? 

      More to come tomorrow! 

      Monday you came too soon.. 

      Monday morning is here already? I swear  the weekends fly by quicker and quicker. That being said, we had a good productive weekend! 

      Saturday I went for a four mile run (my quads are reminding me why I need to run more often) and it felt really good to run outside. It made me realize and accept I need to be better about scheduling time to run. 

      Sunday we knocked out a lot! We went to Peets Coffee where there was a lot of love in my latte and then to Wegmans (only my second time being there). 

        

      We took care of laundry, groceries and meal prep (inclusive of chili in the crockpot, quinoa salad, quiche (with spinach this time) the same oatmeal and cranberry bars I made two weeks ago mentioned here and the no bake peanut butter bites.