MY FAVORITE FOODS and a Rainy, Stuffy-Nosed Tuesday…

Happy Hump Day!

Halfway through the week, woo! I hope you guys have had a great week so far, and that it isn’t as gloomy outside where you are as it is here in Boston. Meh.

Frankie had to wake up at 5:00 am for work yesterday morning 😮 and unfortunately I wasn’t able to fall back asleep until right before my own alarm went off, at 6:20. I woke up feeling pretty groggy (I’ve had a slight cold all week), but I still made it to my sister’s 7:00 am spin class! I would never miss my Tuesday morning spin with her (unless I break my foot or something crazy like that 😉 ). The theme of the class was “Kanye, Kendrick, Kygo, & Kaskade” so it was a super motivating playlist and a super sweaty workout!

I took the subway straight to work and showered at work. Then I had my Starbucks coffee and GOLEAN cereal with half a banana and vanilla almond milk. I love banana in my cereal.


For lunch I had the same salad as yesterday – spring mix, half an avocado, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and a light Italian dressing. I make such big lunch salads that they take me like 30 minutes to eat.


Another super busy afternoon at the office, but I was able to get out for a short walk. I also took a break to snack on a Dark Raspberry Truffle No Cow Bar. My nose was so stuffy at that point that I could barely taste it, though 😦 .


After work I headed to a hip hop yoga class downtown. It was only 45 minutes long, but it was fast-paced and really challenging! I love doing yoga to hip hop – makes you feel very badass 😉 .


When I got home I had a GT’s “Gingerade” booch. PS I just realized that I haven’t drunk diet soda in like a month… kombucha FTW!


And then I cooked up a dinner of Sriracha-drizzled tofu, crispy brussels sprouts, a sweet potato, and some mushrooms. I could eat mushrooms every day and never get sick of them! They are definitely in my top five favorite foods ever.


I spent the rest of the night doing more wedding planning (of course), reading “Fitness Junkie” (almost done with it!), and watching “Sex and the City 2” . I went to bed at 9:30 with the hope of waking up feeling much less groggy/stuffy.

I hope you guys have the best hump day! See you bright and early tomorrow.

What is your favorite food in the world? As I said, mushrooms are up there but I think my favorite would have to be some cheesy pasta… or really thick, creamy vanilla bean ice cream… or sweet potato tempura sushi… okay I can’t pick one.

Have you ever done a hip hop yoga class before? What are your thoughts?!

Random question: How do you guys take good looking photos of food/anything when it’s nighttime? My lighting is awful but I’m not really sure how to make things look any better…

❤ Marina


Juice Cleanse Results and a Spin Class on a Bus???

Happy Tuesday people! I hope you had the best Monday and start to a fresh, new week. I sure did!

I woke up yesterday morning feeling amazing. For those of you who haven’t been reading lately, my fiance and I did a three-day juice cleanse Friday through Sunday! We really needed a detox (both mentally and physically) post-Spain, because we indulged to the extreme. I’ve done the Juice from the Raw cleanse before and loved how I felt after, so I decided to do the same one again. Here’s my brief recap:

Day 1 (Friday): Definitely the hardest day. I was going through major caffeine withdrawals and felt like I couldn’t focus like I normally can. It was especially difficult at night, when my fiance and I were talking each other into just quitting and getting a bottle of red and some sweetgreen. But we pushed through!

Day 2 (Saturday): Not bad! We kept busy so I didn’t have much time to think about how I was feeling/if I was hungry or not. We also had a little bit of black coffee in the morning, which helped a ton.

Day 3 (Sunday): Also not bad! Especially because we knew it was our last day. We *almost* ordered sushi for dinner, but we decided to just push through because this was our last day. And I’m so glad we did!

All in all, this was an amazing cleanse experience, and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for a mental/physical detox, a kick-start to healthier habits, or just some extra motivation. It was definitely challenging, especially at night, but it was well worth it. I woke up yesterday morning feeling super light, energized, and recharged. I didn’t even think about food throughout the day, and when I was eating, I truly enjoyed every bite. I also had zero cravings for anything unhealthy! It was a very successful cleanse, and I’m excited to keep up the healthy habits 🙂 .

Anyways… yesterday I headed to the gym as soon as I woke up. I did an hour on the elliptical while watching “Jersey Shore”, stretched, then headed home to shower before work.


I picked up Starbucks and drank that while having my first post-cleanse meal: Kashi GOLEAN cereal with strawberries and vanilla almond milk, of course! I figured this would be easy enough on my stomach, and certainly filling.


The morning whizzed by and before I knew it it was lunchtime. I had a big salad with spring mix, half an avocado, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and a light Italian dressing.


After lunch I went on a short walk to get out of the office. I listened to Kaitlyn Bristowe’s “Off the Vine” podcast. I love her.


I spent the rest of the afternoon in meetings and snacking on this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No Cow Bar.


And at 4:00 my coworker/friend and I took a BikeBus class through our company! This was absolutely insane – I’ve never done anything like it… you get on this normal-sized bus full of spin bikes nailed to the ground, get harnessed in, and take a freaking spin class while the bus is driving around Boston! What the heck!


It was seriously the most fun I’ve had in a while. I was smiling/laughing the entire time and I actually got a good workout! I hope my company brings BikeBus back soon 🙂 .

I left the office after class, and headed home to crack open a booch and do some more wedding planning. Now it’s photographer-searching time…


Around 7:30 I cooked up a stir fry with tofu, asparagus, onion, and crimini and shitake mushrooms. I also had a sweet potato on the side. I sure did miss solid food.


I spent the rest of the evening wedding planning, reading, and blobbing out on the couch. What could be better for a Monday night? Although I have to admit I do miss Bachelor in Paradise…

I hope you guys have the best Tuesday ever. After we get through today it will be half way through the week! 😉

Tell me the weirdest workout class/fad you have ever heard of! BikeBus is definitely up there for me…

What do you do when you need a mental/physical detox?!

❤ Marina

Juice Cleanse Day 3 and PUMPKINS!

Happy Monday friends! Who else is pumped for a new week?? I’m so excited to finally be done with this juice cleanse and to eat food again!

Yesterday my fiance and I woke up around 7:00 and drove to my mom’s house in the suburbs. My mom and I did a 9:00 am hot yoga class then picked up some coffee! I love the studio in her neighborhood – it’s a pretty small room but I love the paintings of yoga poses on the walls.


My mom, Frankie, and I spent the rest of the morning drinking coffee, talking about our recent vacas (she was just in Jackson Hole, Wyoming!), and doing some wedding chatting/planning. Best Sunday morning ever 🙂 .


Frankie and I left around 12:00 to see another potential wedding venue – a “castle” outside of Boston with the most beautiful architecture and decor. Another fav… AH! My goal is to decide on a venue by the end of September.


We stopped by Trader Joe’s on our way home (duh) and did our grocery shopping for the week. It sure was tough being in Trader Joe’s on the third day of a juice cleanse, but we somehow survived. Plus I bought three little pumpkins for our apartment 😉 .


And somehow it was only 1:30 pm by the time we got back to our place. I felt like we had a full day already! I chilled for a while – I showered, applied a face mask, and did some laundry. Then I headed out again to grab David’s Tea “Blueberry Muffin” iced tea, do a little shopping at LOFT (I bought this dress and this shirt – both on sale!), get a mani/pedi, and run a couple more random errands (like buying Whole Foods cupcakes for my coworker… I wanted one SO badly!!).


OPI’s “Big Apple Red” is my all-time favorite fall polish.

Later in the evening my fiance and I started watching the Netflix series “Atypical”, and of course I fell asleep 15 minutes into it. So no review yet.

I can’t wait to eat food again today! I’ll give you guys a little recap of the cleanse and talk about how I feel in tomorrow’s post.

Here are my health/fitness goals for this week:

  1. Keep up the clean eating! I’ve eaten perfectly clean since last Sunday (September 10th) and I don’t plan to break this streak anytime soon!
  2. Workout at least six days this week.
  3. Walk 10,000+ iPhone steps a day (my foot is feeling much better!).
  4. Drink 12 cups of water a day.
  5. Sleep at least seven hours a night.

I hope you guys have the best Monday and start to your week!! See you tomorrow.

What’s your favorite clothing store? I think mine is Zara but I love LOFT and Banana Republic for work clothes!

What are one or two of your goals for this week??

❤ Marina


Juice Cleanse Day 2 and Some Wedding Venues!!

Hey guys! Happy Sunday 🙂 .

I slept in a bit longer than usual yesterday morning – juice cleanses make me sleepy! When Frankie and I woke up, we decided that we were going to get a liiiiittle bit of black coffee, and mix some of our first juice (cashew coffee milk) in with it. It tasted amazing and boy did I feel energized/back to my normal self.


Then I headed to a 10:30 am cardio pilates class (which I probably had way too much energy for). It felt great to sweat a bit and do some core-strengthening moves. I picked up some DavidsTea after class. I got “Pear Blossom” – SO yum! I love how I’m able to warm up with some herbal tea on this cleanse.


After class I went home, took a quick shower, then Frankie and I viewed two potential wedding venues! The first was a hotel, and the second was a library – both in the heart of Boston. Let’s just say we have a lot of thinking/budgeting to do 🙂 . And some more venue viewings, of course!


Then we headed to our friend’s TV show pilot viewing at a movie theater! It was so much fun and I’m so proud of him and the amazing episode he created all on his own.

We drove home and spent the rest of the night doing lots of wedding planning and TV-watching. Juice cleanses are exhausting 😉 .

This morning I’m headed to a hot yoga class with my mom. I haven’t seen her in a long time so I’m very excited!! Hope you guys have the best Sunday ever.

If you’ve had a wedding, how the heck did you choose your venue?! 

What’s your Sunday workout? Or is Sunday a rest day for you?

❤ Marina

Juice Cleanse Day 1!

Happy Saturday friends! I hope you have some fun things planned for this weekend.

As I mentioned in my last post, my fiance and I started a three-day juice cleanse yesterday. We are doing the Juice from the Raw “Whenever Cleanse”. I’ve done this one before and I had a good experience (minus being cold all the time from the cold juices). Plus there was a sweet Groupon deal for it 😉 .

So I woke up yesterday morning, packed four of my six juices to drink during the workday, and headed to a spin class at Recycle Studio! It felt great to kick off my cleanse with a sweat sesh. And I love this studio – they have such fun art and mantras on the walls!


I showered at the studio and headed straight to work, and immediately chugged a bottle of water and started on my first juice: “Cashew Milk + Cold-Brew Coffee”. This one was by far my favorite – it has a tiny bit of caffeine, a creamy, nutty consistency, and kept me full for hours. I drank this at 9:00 am.


I didn’t start to feel hungry again until around noon. I grabbed juice #2 out of the fridge: “Pine-Apple Mint”. This was the best tasting juice ever, but it was super sweet. It also left me feeling pretty full after drinking it!


I was SO cold by that point, so I went for a little walk outside in the sun. I came back into the office feeling much better, worked until around 2:00, and then I started to feel a little hungry again. So I had my third juice: “Sweet Greens” (I wished I was eating a sweetgreen salad instead 😉 ). Another extremely delicious juice! I could definitely taste the celery, which I loved.


I drank juice #4, “Spicy Lemonade”, before leaving the office (around 4:00). It was really yummy and I could definitely taste a hint of cayenne, but it didn’t make me much fuller.


I stopped by the jeweler to pick up my resized engagement ring on my way home! So glad it now fits and I can wear it on my ring finger 🙂 🙂 .

Back to the cleanse… I got home around 6:00 and cracked open juice #5: “UpBeet!”. I feel like I’m the only one who loves beets/beet flavored anything, so this juice made me and my tummy very happy. My fiance, on the other hand, wasn’t the biggest fan…


I did some major relaxing for the rest of the night; I read, chatted with my mom on the phone, finished unpacking from Spain (I know…), watched “Life of Kylie” (I also know…), and did a little more wedding planning. Around 8:00 I decided to have my last juice: “Detox Greens”. It was yummy, but by that point I didn’t even want it. I was pretty sick of juice, haha.


And then I went straight to the bathroom to….. brush my teeth! Lol. Juice cleanse day one – CHECK!

I was actually never really hungry throughout the entire day. I was more just cold and tired. I was SO tired, actually, and I had some trouble focusing. Today has shown me that I guess I do rely on my one cup of coffee per day… I should have weaned off of coffee a bit pre-cleanse. Oh well. I might have some black coffee tomorrow if I feel like it (the cleanse instructions say you can do that, if necessary).

I will also probably be doing chiller workouts this weekend, like pilates and yoga. Crazy workouts while on a juice cleanse are not suggested, and I definitely don’t want to push my body more than it’s already being pushed. Two more days to go, woohoo!

Frankie and I are excited to look at some more wedding venues this weekend. I hope we find the place of our dreams soon!! Have the best Saturday, and see you guys tomorrow!

Have you ever done a juice cleanse? How was your experience?

What is the one thing you’re most excited for this weekend?

❤ Marina

Friday Favorites #2!

Hey guys, HAPPY FRIDAY!! We made it through the week!! I’ll start today’s post with some of my random favs from this past week.

1. This lululemon Instagram post. I saw it yesterday and I just love the life hack in the caption – not only pertaining to running, but pertaining to any morning workout! My favorite thing to do as soon as I wake up is to go and workout, prior to checking any emails/blogs/social media. For sure the best way to start the day.


2. Piper Wei Natural Deodorant. I was a little skeptical at first (you have to put a pea-sized amount of this gray substance on your finger and rub it on your armpit…) but it works well and smells amazing! I’m all for using as many all-natural products as I can.


3. Kashi GOLEAN cereal, obviously! If you’ve been reading my posts this week I’m sure you know this one… It tastes so good, has 12 grams of protein per serving, and mix it in with some fruit and almond milk and you stay full for hours! I eat breakfast around 9:00 am and stay full until 12:00-12:30.


4. The book “Fitness Junkie” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. I just started it and it’s really funny/related to fitness! It’s about a successful businesswoman in NYC who is being pressured to lose weight, and it highlights society’s current health obsessions and fads. I’m loving it so far!


5. Spin classes! I’ve always been a spin lover, but I’m recently getting back into regular spin classes (2-3 times a week). There’s nothing quite like pushing yourself while pedaling to the beat of some great music in a full class. Those 45 minutes speed by.


Now let’s chat a bit about yesterday! Since I was out so late at book club on Wednesday night, I decided to prioritize sleep over my morning workout. I slept in until about 8:00 am (wtf?), then showered and headed to work. I had Starbucks coffee and of course a mug of GOLEAN cereal with half a banana and vanilla almond milk for brekkie.


For lunch I had the same salad I had the day before – spring mix, avo, carrots, tomatoes, and a light Italian dressing. Such a good combo!


Then I went on a (slow) post-lunch walk to get outside for a bit. My foot is still hurting a little, but it has definitely gotten better since I got home from vaca!

I had another meeting-filled afternoon, and took a break to munch on a Lemon Meringue Pie No Cow Bar. This was my first time trying this flavor and WOW it was good! I think it’s my new fav. There are little crunchy pieces of lemony goodness in it.


At 4:00 I went to my company’s yoga class! So I was able to get my sweat on later in the day 🙂 . Then I left the office to meet my fiance to get my ring resized (it was a little big so I was wearing it on my middle finger, haha).

We headed home and I cracked open a Brew Dr. kombucha. So refreshing on a humid, muggy evening.


And I cooked up a big din of tofu, a sweet tater, baby spinach, and green chili and cilantro polenta.


I spent the rest of the night working on some wedding planning (!!) and catching up on more Bachelor in Paradise.

Frankie and I will be starting our three-day juice cleanse today – we wanted to do this as a mental reset after our extremely indulgent Spain trip. Wish us luck! I hope you guys have the BEST Friday and start to your weekend!

Do you typically prioritize sleep or exercise? If I get at least 6.5 hours of sleep, I’ll prioritize a morning workout!

Tell me one or two of YOUR Friday Favorites!

❤ Marina

An Amazing Surprise!!!

Hi friends! Happy Thursday!

I woke up bright and early yesterday morning and headed straight to the gym. I did an hour-long “mountain peak” program on the elliptical while watching MTV, duh. It went by fast and I felt super energized after!

I picked up my usual Starbucks on my way into work, and had the breakfast I’ve been having all week: GOLEAN cereal, strawberries, and vanilla almond milk. It’s just so yummy. (Does anyone else look forward to tomorrow’s coffee/breakfast the night before??)


For lunch I had a salad with spring mix, a whole avo, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and a light Italian dressing.


I got out for a short walk after lunch – it was a calm, beautiful, 80-degree day in Boston. But hey, where’s fall?!?


I had a meeting-filled afternoon but was able to take a break and snack on a Mint Chocolate Chunk Questie to keep my hunger in check.


I left work around 5:00 and took the subway straight home to drink a Brew Dr. kombucha and finish my book before book club! I finished it just in the nick of time 🙂 . And I freaking LOVED this book: “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett. Read it.


I cooked up a quick dinner before leaving for book club (if I go to book club hungry I will devour the entire table of amazing treats – see two images down). I made a big stir fry with tofu, asparagus, shrooms, and red onion. With a side of polenta! 😛


Then I left for book club. It was SO much fun. Not only did we have a great discussion about the book, but everyone surprised me with a card and champagne to celebrate my engagement!!! So of course I had to have a small glass of champagne. So sweet. I love my book club so much ❤ ❤


My engagement has been a true reminder of how grateful I am for my friends, fam, and you guys! I have received so many sweet cards, texts, gifts, messages, etc. and I am beyond happy to have such love in my life.

Anyways, on a less sappy note… I left book club super late (for me – 10:45 pm) and I took a Lyft home. As soon as I got home I went straight to bed. Best. Wednesday. Ever. I hope you guys have an amazing Thursday!

What is your favorite book of all time?

Does it still feel like summer where you live?!

❤ Marina