Caffeine Water?!, the BEST Spice, and this Week’s Goals

Hello hello! Happy MONDAY! Hope you guys had a great weekend.

Yesterday I woke up around 7:00 (I “slept in”!) and tried this caffeine water drink. It tasted delicious (not too sweet) and gave me the boost I needed to get out the door for a run.


I did five miles along the river (~8:30 min/mile average). It was a gorgeous day in Boston and I couldn’t stop smiling.


I ended my run at a bakery/restaurant and met up with Frankie and his family there. We chatted for a while, then we said our goodbyes and I picked up some Dunks pumpkin coffee.


I was starving by the time I got home so I cooked up two eggs and a ton of veggies. I have days when eggs completely disgust me, and other days when I’m craving them like crazy; yesterday was the latter.


And I used this “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning. SO. GOOD. You need to buy some right now (but it actually made me wish I was eating an actual everything bagel… I’ve been thinking about one since).


Frankie and I chilled and watched TV for a while. It felt really good to just do nothing – we had been running around/entertaining all weekend. I snacked on one of the apples we picked yesterday and also a few unpictured baby carrots.


After a couple hours of hardcore chilling, I made myself get up and go to the grocery store. Our fridge was literally empty so it felt good to restock for the week! I snacked on this Blueberry Cobbler No Cow Bar when I got back.


And around 5:00 I walked to a yoga class downtown. I walked through Boston Common which looked just gorgeous – I love weeping willows!


Yoga was exactly what I needed for my Sunday evening. The class was called “Sunset Chill Flow chill flow”, and it was full of detoxing twists, breath work, a lavender oil massage, candles, and chill music πŸ™‚ .

When I got home I roasted some butternut squash and red onion drizzled in coconut oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I also spiralized a zucchini and put all of this together in a big bowl (yes, I ate everything you see in this picture haha).


And for dessert I ate two dark chocolate-covered champagne gummy bears that Frankie’s mom got for us πŸ™‚ . I spent the rest of the night meal prepping for the week, watching the new Kardashian’s ep, and cleaning the apartment. It was the best Sunday and I feel refreshed and ready for a new week. Here are my fitness goals for this week!

  1. Stick exactly to my eating plan each day. No mindless snacking!!
  2. Drink 12 cups of water each day.
  3. Do at least six cardio sessions this week.
  4. Do at least three yoga/strength sessions this week.
  5. Walk at least 10,000 iPhone steps each day.
  6. Sleep 7-8 hours each night.
  7. Think happy thoughts πŸ™‚ .

Hope you guys have a marvelous Monday!

Do you like to spiralize your veggies? What do you usually spiralize?Β Zucchini is my fav! So easy, too.

Tell me one or two of YOUR goals!

❀ Marina



Happy Monday guys! I don’t know about you but I am SO ready for a new week/fresh start. Last week was long, unhealthy, and stressful. I am definitely ready to crush some new goals, which I’ll talk about at the end of this post.

Fletcher woke me up bright and early yesterday so I fed him and took him on a walk around the neighborhood. By the time we got back, Frankie was just waking up, so we chilled for a bit then headed to a 60-minute spin class at a studio near my mom’s house. It was SO much fun and the playlist was incredible.

We picked up some Dunkin pumpkin coffees after class.


And then we stopped by my dad’s house (my parents are divorced so he lives in the town next to my mom, where I grew up). He was out of town so he wanted me to pick his ripe tomatoes πŸ™‚ .


Took these babies home for salads this week!


Then we picked up Fletcher and took him to a nearby baseball field for some fetch. He is a strange golden retriever – he doesn’t really “retrieve”. Rather, he’ll go get the ball and then try his hardest to make sure you can’t get it back.


He’ll also just sit there trying with all his might to tear up the ball.


After he was tuckered out, we drove home, took showers, and had breakfast. I had a bowl of GOLEAN cereal with almond milk, heated up in the microwave for 30 seconds πŸ™‚ .


And soon after I had a Black Cherry Chobani with a banana.


We spent the afternoon watching “Friends” and wedding planning. We took a break to grab some pumpkin spice coffee from Bruegger’s (so good)…


…and to get a car wash. Who knew car washes are $20 now?!? (And please excuse our dusty dashboard.)


When we got home I snacked on a Fudge Graham Zone Bar.


And I had too many handfuls of banana chips, pistachios, cashew clusters, and spoonfuls of Justin’s maple almond butter. My mom always has the best snacks and I definitely snacked way too much throughout the weekend 😦 .

For dinner we picked up B.GOOD. I got their Spicy Avocado & Lime bowl withΒ kale, sautΓ©ed veggies, avocado, black bean and corn salsa, grape tomato, queso fresco, lime, cilantro, chipotle puree, red pepper vinaigrette. We also got some sweet potato fries.


It was so good and filling, but of course I had to top off my day of nonstop eating with a Chipwich when I got back to my apartment…


Ugh. I was in the “it’s Sunday, I don’t have anything to do besides eat” mindset. Not good. So instead of moping around, regretting yesterday’s (and pretty much this entire past week’s) decisions, I am making a plan to get out of this unhealthy streak. Here are my fitness goals for this week:

  1. Plan my food for each day the night before, and STICK TO THE PLAN! (This is a new thing I’m going to try to avoid mindlessly snacking and overeating!)
  2. Exercise at least six days this week, and push myself during workouts.
  3. Drink at least 12 cups of water each day.
  4. Walk at least 10,000 iPhone steps each day.
  5. Keep a positive mindset and take one day at a time!

Can’t wait for a new week and a fresh start! Ready to detox and crush these goals and feel amazing come next Monday. Hope you guys have a great day!

For those of you with a dog – does he/she actually play fetch?

Tell me one or two of your goals for the week!

❀ Marina

Some Monday Goals and a GOLDEN RETRIEVER!!

Happy Monday peeps!!! I hope you had the best weekend, and for those of you going back to work today… stinks to be you πŸ˜‰ . Just kidding, I hope you have a productive day!

Yesterday was the best Sunday. I woke up around 6:00 (I tried to sleep in a little later but was stressing over some wedding planning-related things, haha) so I went on a nice, long walk and listened to “The Disaster Artist”. Boston’s starting to look fall-ish, but it was still too hot out to get the full autumn experience.


I picked up coffee for myself and Frankie and drank that with a Greek pumpkin yogurt for breakfast. This was my first time trying this yogurt and it was SOOO GOOD!!!! The perfect amount of pumpkin flavor and so creamy and filling.


Then Frankie and I walked through the rain to my sister’s spin class. The theme of today’s class was “Nelly, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Flo Rida”. It was lots of fun and a great sweat.

When I got home I showered, did a face mask, did some laundry, and made a big salad with spring mix, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, half an avocado, and a light Italian dressing.


Around 2:00 we left to pick up my sis and her boyfriend and go to my mom’s house in the suburbs to chill with my mom and her boyfriend! We did some wedding planning, watched TV, did some wine tastings, and took this little pup on a walk.


I snacked on a Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar when I got hungry.


For dinner we drove to an amazing nearby sushi restaurant and met up with my jolly godfather πŸ™‚ . I got miso soup, and Frankie and I split cucumber, avocado, and shiitake rolls.


Then we drove home and headed straight to bed. Such a lovely Sunday!

I’m excited for a new week and some new goals, including eating as cleanly as possible (and only when I’m hungry… no mindless snacking!!) and working out at least six days and really pushing myself!

I’m so excited to have today off from work – I’m going to an early Barry’s Bootcamp class and then hopefully deep cleaning the apartment and doing more wedding planning. I hope you guys have a great start to your week!!

P.S. Guess what guys… there are now Snickers Protein bars!! So now I can’t feel as bad about having a Snickers as my pre-workout πŸ˜‰ .

Would you try a Snickers Protein bar?!

Tell me one or two of your goals for this week!

❀ Marina

Getting Back on Track!!

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you guys all had a fun, relaxing fall weekend. I had so much fun in New Hampshire but now it’s back to the grind…

Frankie and I slept in until around 9:00 yesterday morning which felt amazing. It also felt amazing to wake up on the top of a mountain to the sounds of birds chirping. We ate freshly-baked ginger lemon scones for breakfast and sipped on some strong, delicious coffee.


Then the four of us (me, Frankie, and the couple we were staying with) left for a hike. It was about an hour long and it felt like fall outside!! High 50’s with lots of foliage πŸ™‚ .


We worked up quite a sweat on our hike, so by the time we got back to the cabin we were all starving. We had some of the leftover pumpkin pasta that we had for dinner the night before.


And then we all packed up and headed back to Boston 😦 . We were so sad to leave. But it was such a fun, relaxing getaway! We grabbed some Dunkin pumpkin coffees on our way back.


We got back around 3:30 and I unpacked a bit, showered, and snacked on a super crisp apple.


Then I headed to work event – I’m running our design team’s booth at a customer event. Last night was just a reception, but today and tomorrow are going to be 12-hour days!! Luckily it’s at a hotel in Boston, so I don’t have far to travel πŸ˜‰ . I had a Chocolate Banana Bread No Cow Bar while setting up our booth.


And I had a couple of the apps passed around at the event (and made some pasta when I got home). The event went really well and I’m ready for today and tomorrow!

I feel like I’ve been in kind of a clean eating/exercise funk since going to NYC last weekend. Indulgent weekends away often throw me off, but I should be able to get back on track come Monday, which unfortunately didn’t happen for me last week. So, I’m going to focus and try really hard this week to get back on track! I’ll be posting every single thing I eat and all of my workouts on here to keep myself accountable πŸ™‚ . Monday let’s go!!

Hope you have a great start to your week!

What do you do when you are in an eating/exercise funk?

Do you like hiking? Any plans to go hiking this fall?!

❀ Marina

Friday Favorites #4!

Hi friends! Happy, happy Friday! I am SO glad that this week is over (it was a rough one for me) and I’m ready for the weekend. Let’s start out with some Friday Favorites from the week…

1. RUNNING!!Β I went for my first run in three months on Monday, and it felt incredible! I’ve missed the feeling of just walking out my door and running wherever I want while zoning out/listening to music. I am going to take things easy getting back into it (one or two 3-5 mile runs a week), but I am so happy to be back out there!


2. Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Syrup. I’ve been getting one pump of this in my morning coffee and it makes me soooo happy that it’s finally fall! I love pumpkin anything and just one pump of this syrup makes my coffee amazing, and it’s only about 50 calories. So worth it.


3. My J.Crew Factory “wool sidewalk skirt”. I have this skirt in black and gray and I wear one of them at least once a week. They are so cute, fit perfectly, and are really comfy. I’ll probably get another one for fall… maybe the cabernet color?? (They look super cute with black tights!)

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4. Having seltzer next to me on my desk. I’ve been struggling with a bit of mindless/stress-induced snacking, but I find that having a yummy flavor of seltzer water next to me helps out a lot! Having something a bit more “special” and filling than plain water has helped me to avoid reaching for the trail mix after lunch.



5. “This is Us” being back!Β I know I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but boy am I excited for “This is Us” to be back! Makes Tuesday nights the best nights, in my opinion πŸ˜‰ . For those of you who don’t watch, catch up on season one so we can talk about season two!!


Yay for Friday. Now let’s take it back to my day yesterday… I woke up literally one minute before my alarm was supposed to go off (why does this always happen to me?) and headed to a Flywheel spin class. Both Frankie and I felt so much better yesterday than the day before – woohoo! We’re on the mend.

Flywheel was tons of fun and a great sweat, as usual. After class I showered at the studio and headed straight to work. I picked up some Dunks pumpkin coffee on my way in, and had that with some GOLEAN cereal and a little coconut milk.


At 11:00 I got a flu shot… OUCH! I hate shots. But it really wasn’t too bad. I love that my office brings flu shots to us – makes it so convenient!


For lunch I grabbed a “Vegetarian Deluxe” salad from Au Bon Pain, with romaine and field greens, roasted peppers, kalamata olives, feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, chickpeas, and red onions. I didn’t even need a dressing! If you haven’t noticed… yes, I’ve been buying lunch every day and I’m not proud of it. We just never got a chance to grocery shop for the week with our NYC trip and everything. BUT this is not gonna happen next week!!


I had a productive afternoon at the office, and snacked on a Chocolate Peanut Butter Questie when I got hungry, around 4:00.


Then I left work to head to a 5:30 hip hop yoga class! It was so much fun and such a great workout/stretch. My left arm felt super sore in my first downward dog and I couldn’t figure out why… Oh yeah, my flu shot πŸ˜‰ . I love the sign outside the studio.


And here’s the beautiful studio. I absolutely love this space (can I get married here πŸ˜‰ ).


I decided to walk home from yoga because it was such a beautiful day in Boston – finally not sweltering and humid! When I got home I cracked open a Cayennade booch.


And I made a very simple dinner: a sweet potato, some brussels sprouts, and mushrooms with some lentils on the side.


I was craving something sweet so I made Quest Bar cookies! AKA I cut up a Quest Bar and baked it in the oven at 325 for three minutes, then flattened each piece down a little with a spatula and baked for another three minutes. They seriously taste like warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies!


Frankie went to see another wedding venue near his work while I was at yoga. He loved it and this makes our decision even more difficult! When he got home, we snacked on some of those cookies while watching Comedy Central.

I’m so excited to finally pick a venue and have a DATE SET! Hopefully we’ll know our wedding date by the end of the weekend. Then, I want to make some specific goals to achieve before the wedding πŸ™‚ .

Have the best Friday ever, and see you tomorrow morning!

Do you ever wake up a minute before your alarm is set to go off?

Another question about sleep timing that I’ve been thinking about lately – do you go to bed/wake up at the same time every day? I hear this is good for you, but I have yet to accomplish it…

❀ Marina


NYC Weekend and My Goals for This Week!

Good morning and happy Monday friends! I apologize for a post-less day yesterday and for this one being a little bit late, but my weekend was crazy! Here’s to a fresh new week with fresh new goals πŸ™‚ .

So Saturday I woke up and went to a Soulcycle “Survivor” (one-hour) class! The studio was so much bigger than the ones in Boston, and everyone was so into the class – I loved it.


I picked up my first PUMPKIN coffee of the season on my walk back to the hotel. I get a medium Dunkin iced coffee with one pump of pumpkin syrup and skim milk. YUM!


Then I went back to the hotel, showered, and headed out to brunch. Frankie and I met his sister and her boyfriend at a mediterranean restaurant in Brooklyn, where they live. It was great to catch up with them and the food was unbelievable. We all split the mezze platter with this delicious garlicy flatbread, hummus, tahini, olives, pickles, tabouleh, onions, beets, potatoes, watermelon, etc…


The walk back to the subway was beautiful…


We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the hotel. I snacked on a Blueberry Cobbler No Cow Bar and some nuts to hold me over until the wedding dinner.


Then we started getting ready for the wedding! It was a black tie event so Frankie needed some time to get into his tux πŸ˜‰ . There was a cocktail reception at 5:30, then came the ceremony, then another cocktail reception, and then the dinner/dancing! It was the most beautiful and fancy event I have ever been to. And it was so exciting seeing two of our friends tie the knot!



The dinner was delicious – we started with caesar salads and my main course was a vegetable pasta dish.


Look at this adorable dessert tray! Sadly I didn’t try the cake – major regrets.


There was a photo booth that Frankie and I frequented several times. Definitely need to have one of these at our wedding.


It was such a great night. We didn’t get home until around 2:00 am and went straight to sleep.

Now for my Sunday! We slept in a bit and then headed to our favorite NYC brunch spot – The Smith. We started our brunch with some bloody marys.


And then we ordered so much food. We were starving and a little hungover, so we started with some shishito peppers and mac n cheese (they’re known for this).


As my main (not that I needed any more food), I got the truffled local mushroom toast – ciabatta, fontina cheese, sunny up egg, and Frankie got the ranchero scramble. Too. Good.

img_3975.jpgAnd then we just had to get some donuts on top of that… I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures (I was probably just too excited to eat them) but we went to our fav donut place in NYC. And I also got a matcha latte with coconut milk.



Frankie’s judging.

Then we went to see a movie, because we had to check out of our hotel and our bus wasn’t leaving until 4:00… and the only movie that worked with our timing was LEGO Ninjago… let’s just say I slept the entire time.

After the movie we picked up our bags and headed to the party bus. We rented a bus with some other wedding attendees who live in Boston, and we spent the five-hour ride talking, napping, and eating more snacks. I was so ready to go home πŸ™‚ .

It was a wonderful weekend in NYC, but as you can see we indulged like crazy. I’m excited to get back into my routine and healthy habits again. Here are my goals for this week:

  1. Eat completely clean! Even on the weekend!
  2. Drink 12 cups of water a day.
  3. Exercise at least six days this week.
  4. Walk at least 10,000 iPhone steps a day.
  5. Get 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
  6. Stay positive πŸ™‚ .

I hope you guys have a great start to your week!! See you tomorrow.

Have you had any fall- or pumpkin-flavored things yet, or are you waiting until it gets cooler out?

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

❀ 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 πŸ™‚ .


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 πŸ˜‰ .


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?Β 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