The Laziest Sunday EVER and This Week’s Goals!

Hi guys, happy Monday! I’m excited for a new week.

I woke up slightly hungover yesterday, so I spent the morning taking it easy and hanging out with the bf. We were starving so we went to our favorite coffee spot and picked up breakfast sandwiches. This is the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had – a plain bagel with rosemary potato eggs, cheddar cheese, and spinach.

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We seriously had the laziest day ever. We spent the rest of the day watching a hundred Friends episodes. We took a break to bake some vegan chocolate chip cookies – super easy and I had all the ingredients. I’m bringing these to work so I’m not tempted by them at my apartment!

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Later on we went to Whole Foods to pick up snacks (I got some pineapple) and ingredients for dinner – our day literally revolved around food, haha.

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We got ingredients to make a Greek salad – cucumbers, super ripe tomatoes, red onion, feta, and kalamata olives. We made a simple dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, and dried oregano. We also got some pita bread and tzatziki. Such a yummy din!

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We were so lazy that we didn’t even go to our friends apartment to watch GoT (we go every Sunday). We decided to pick up some ice cream and watch at our place instead – I forgot to take a pic because I was too excited to eat it ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Such a relaxing, lazy, indulgent Sunday over here… I hope you guys had a great day and weekend! I gotta get back on track with my eating/workouts, so here are my goals for the upcoming week:

  1. Eat clean, healthy foods and do not overeat! No mindless snacking!
  2. Drink 12 cups of water a day.
  3. Exercise at least six days of the week.
  4. Walk 10,000 steps a day.
  5. Get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
  6. Don’t weigh myself until Friday.
  7. Be super productive at work!
  8. Keep a positive mindset ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Hope you guys have a great Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Do you usually make your own salad dressing or buy a bottle?ย 

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

โค Marina

GUESS. WHAT.

Hey hey!!!

I woke up yesterday morning (at 5:00 am) and decided to weigh myself since I haven’t done that in a couple of weeks. And I haven’t lost/gained any lbs since last weigh-in! I stayed just about the same, and I’m totally okay with that. BUT since I’m going on vacation in Spain in just about two weeks, I think I’d like to lose just about two more pounds before then ๐Ÿ™‚ . Expect another weigh-in a week from today!

Then I headed to the gym. I felt like the elliptical again so I did an hour on the elliptical. I somehow had a ton of energy at 5:30 am and was able to push really hard. 700 calories burned woot woot.

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Then I stretched a bit, went home and showered, and my boyfriend kindly drove me to my orthopedic surgeon appointment. My mom (best mom in the world) met me there and hung out with me through my X-ray and consultation with the doc. The doctor showed me my X-rays and said that my healing has been absolutely perfect and that I am ready to DITCH THE BOOOOOOT.

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He said I can literally do anything now, but advised that I maybe shouldn’t run a marathon tomorrow. I think I’m okay with that. Walking feels THE WEIRDEST and my calf muscle has shrunken to a skinny little noodle. But that’s okay – I will get back to normal soon! I’m just so so so happy that I don’t have to wear that boot 24/7 and sleep in it! (I haven’t gotten a good night of sleep in 1.5 months.)

I might still wear the boot at the gym for another week or so. I don’t feel completely comfortable exerting a lot of energy/force with my regular shoe quite yet. I am also going to create a new workout plan (possibly including some yoga classes) soon, so stay tuned for that. But for now, I’m going to go to the gym and do whatever I feel like that day. I’ll continue to include all my workouts here!

My mom drove me straight to work after my appointment, and I grabbed Starbucks before heading into the office.

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I felt like a celebrity walking to my desk; everyone was ecstatic about the fact that I had a shoe on instead of my boot, and it made me so happy to see how much my coworkers notice/care ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I had to do some quick prep for another accessibility test so I didn’t have time to eat anything until noon-ish. I had a Banana Nut Muffin Quest Bar and then was able to get outside for a walk.

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It was great to get some fresh air before an afternoon full of more tests, but my calf muscle completely cramped up on my walk. I was tempted to take a Lyft back to the office (because I was about 3/4 mile away) but I made it back. I think my calf just needs to get used to having a purpose again.

The rest of the afternoon was a blur, but I was able to take a break for a Pink Lady apple around 4:00.

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And I left the office soon after. I headed to a hair appointment and got my hair “glazed” and got a trim. I absolutely love my hair dresser – we can chat forever. My appointment was a solid two hours long, so it’s a good thing we get along so well ๐Ÿ˜‰ . And they have the best tea!

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I got home around 7:30 and was absolutely starving so my boyfriend and I headed to our nearby sushi joint for some drinks and din.

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I got white wine and the veggie combo with a sweet potato tempura roll, inari, and a veggie roll. So much food – I brought home some good leftovers!

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Then we stopped by a friend’s apartment. He has a really cool roof deck so we hung out up there and talked for a few hours. It was a fun Friday night!

I hope you guys have a great day today!!

Have you ever worn a cast? How was it readjusting to normal life?

When was the last time you got your hair cut? And do you dye it or keep it au naturale? 

โค Marina

 

 

 

Day 3 with a Little Hangover

Hiya, happy Monday!!

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend. Mine was great but felt way too short. It’s okay, only five more days ’til the next one…

We slept in a bit yesterday since we stayed out pretty late Saturday night. When we woke up, we headed to Whole Foods because my boyfriend was craving cereal and we ran out. We also stocked up on seltzer cans and other random goodies.

Then I headed to the gym. One hour on the elliptical donezo while watching The Hangover. I had a little hangover so it was sort of appropriate ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Then I stretched and met my boyfriend at Dunkin’.

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Our next stop was GNC to stock up on my favorite Questies. My boyfriend picked up some of these Quest chips – has anyone tried them? I’m skeptical…

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When I got home I had a White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bar. All the chunks.

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Then I showered, chilled, and did my meal planning for the week. Soon after, we headed out to run some more errands and do our weekly grocery trip. We didn’t get home until around 5:00, so yet again I was out and about all day and didn’t bring food/have time to eat what I had planned. As soon as we got home, I cooked up a quick dinner of sesame ginger tofu, lots of brussels sprouts, and Sriracha.

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We went on a post-din walk through a park in our neighborhood because it was beautiful out. My boyfriend picked up an ice cream cone for the walk, but I somehow didn’t get one. Self control!

Then we headed to our friends’ apartment to watch Game of Thrones.

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Our friends just got engaged so we brought over some champagne and chatted about the proposal for a while. Such a cute story ๐Ÿ™‚ I love them and am so happy for them!!

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Here’s my step count from yesterday:

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So as you can see, I didn’t completely follow my plan for yesterday:

Sunday
Workout:ย 60 minutes elliptical and 10,000 steps
Breakfast:ย iced coffee and Quest Bar
Lunch:ย salad
Snacks:ย yogurt and kombucha
Dinner:ย tofu and brussels sprouts bowl
Water:ย 12 cups

Like Saturday, I was out and about most of the day and ate a lot less than I had planned. That’s okay though – I never felt too hungry. Definitely a successful day ๐Ÿ™‚ and a successful weekend! This weekend has shown me that making a plan and taking things one day at a time really helps me to stay focused and stick to my goals. I also learned that I really don’t need to be snacking to feel satisfied. I feel like I’m out of my funk and I’m definitely going to keep up this mindset this week! And expect a weight update in Saturday’s post ๐Ÿ™‚ (I forgot to weigh myself this week). Also expect a foot update! I have an appointment Friday morning so I will *hopefully* be saying goodbye to da boot.

I hope you have a great Monday!

Tell me your or a friend’s proposal story!! I love hearing these.

Have you tried protein chips? What do you think?

โค Marina

Day 1 and the Cutest Pup You’ll Ever See

Hey guys! Happy Saturday to you ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I woke up yesterday morning feeling super motivated to start my weekend eating/workout plan! I headed straight to the gym to jump on the elliptical. I was completely drenched in sweat by the end of the hour – it felt amazing and so detoxifying! Then I stretched for a bit and walked home. Friday workout – CHECK!

I picked up my regular from Dunks on my way to work: toasted almond iced coffee with almond milk. My breakfast was that and a Mint Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar. Yummo.

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For lunch I had a huge salad with baby spinach, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and a light balsamic vinaigrette. I swear the spinach is hiding somewhere below all those toppings…

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I was also able to get outside during the lunch hour to go on a walk along the river and listen to “Orange is the New Black”. I watch the show so I was interested in reading (listening to) the memoir that started it all! It’s interesting but definitely not as good as the show.

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I love getting outside for a bit during the workday! I also had to get some steps in ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Here’s a snap from my walk of the beautiful Boston skyline and a cute lil sailboat. Random fun fact about me: I was on the sailing team in college!

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I spent the rest of the afternoon being productive at work and drinking lots of water, seltzer, and tea, and snacking on this delicious Pink Lady apple.

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I left the office around 4:30. When I got home I cracked open a cold one ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

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And then I started cooking din. I made a big stir fry with sesame ginger tofu, onion, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts. It was SO good and filling. Definitely hit the spot.

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I spent the rest of the evening celebrating my boyfriend’s promotion (!!) with a two-person, three-hour dance party. We do this often.

Oh and here’s my step count from the day. Crushing step goals with the boot… bootyah! (What is wrong with me?)

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So here’s the plan I made for myself for yesterday:

Friday
Workout:ย 60 minutes elliptical and 10,000 steps
Breakfast:ย iced coffee and Quest Bar
Lunch:ย salad
Snacks:ย apple and kombucha
Dinner:ย tofu, lentils, and veggies bowl
Water:ย 12 cupsย 

And as you can see, I crossed off everything and I followed my plan completely EXCEPT I substituted lentils in my dinner for some red wine to celebrate the promotion. Plus my dinner was so big I didn’t even need the lentils… I think that’s an okay switch for a special occasion ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

It seriously felt SO good to stick to a plan and not mindlessly snack like I’d been doing all week. Yesterday showed me that I really don’t need all the snacking to stay full/happy. I feel better already, and I can’t wait for the rest of this weekend! Here’s today’s plan:

Saturday
Workout:ย 60 minutes bike and 10,000 steps
Breakfast:ย iced coffee and Quest Bar
Lunch:ย salad
Snacks:ย yogurt and kombucha
Dinner:ย Asian vegetable stir fry with tofu
Water:ย 12 cups

I’m ready to get out of this funk. Day two let’s go!

P.S. My mom sent me this photo of our dog, Fletcher, in his makeshift thunder jacket.

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Someone told her that if she puts a tight shirt on him it would work well as a thunder jacket that people buy… I just had to share with you guys.

Hope you have a fun-filled Saturday! See you bright and early tomorrow.

Do you listen to books or podcasts when you’re walking/commuting? Please share your favorites with me!

Do you have a dog/cat/any animal that’s scared of thunderstorms?ย 

What’s your go-to weekend snack?

โค Marina

My Weekend Eating/Workout Plan!

Hey guys! Happy Friday!

I decided to sleep in yesterday morning instead of go to the gym… so unlike me! But my boyfriend was still feeling really sick so we decided to set the alarm a little later than usual.

I picked up Dunks on the way to work.

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And ate a Cookies & Cream Quest Bar for breakfast.

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Look at those chunks… (and don’t look at my nails – still desperately need to paint them).

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I really didn’t feel like a salad for lunch today, so I picked up food from our little cafe at work. I got some vegan kale pesto noodles and they were sooo delicious.

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And then I ended up snacking on trail mix and other random stuff I could find around the office throughout the day… ugh.

I took a break from work to meet up with a girl who is interested in my field (user experience/design) around 2:30. I absolutely love talking about my career path and helping others get into this field! Let me know if you happen to be interested ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

I left work around 5:30 and took the subway home. When I got home I read for a couple of hours – I seriously can’t put this book down.

For dinner my boyfriend picked us up sweetgreen salads. I was in desperate need of some veggies by that point (I guess I crave a salad at least once a day, haha). I got the Mexican Corn Elote bowl without the quinoa: arugula, roasted corn and peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, goat cheese, spicy sunflower seeds, and a lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette! I typically make my own salad creations but this signature one is SO good, plus it’s only available during the summer. Gotta eat it as much as possible before they start their fall menu!

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So as I’m sure you’ve been able to tell, I’ve been mindlessly snacking and overeating a lot lately (since last weekend); I haven’t been able to stick to my goals for this week. Of course I am all about trying yummy food, not being TOO strict, and enjoying life… but I have been doing a bit too much of this this week and not feeling my best. I sometimes find myself in these kind of funks, and I’m ready to get out of it. I also feel like I’m being hypocritical writing out my healthy tips and tricks here, and then not always following them myself. So I think the best way for me to hold myself accountable with my eating and working out is to write out a specific plan for each day and follow it completely.

For this weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), I’m going to post each day’s plan here and then follow up with you guys in the next day’s post on how I did. I’m also going to hold off on strength training for the weekend and focus on cardio. I’m hoping to complete each day’s plan 100% and feel so much better come Monday! Here’s today’s plan:

Friday
Workout: 60 minutes elliptical and 10,000 steps
Breakfast: iced coffee and Quest Bar
Lunch: salad
Snacks: apple and kombucha
Dinner: tofu, lentils, and veggies bowl
Water: 12 cups

I will report back to you guys in Saturday morning’s post. I know I can stick to it! Time to finally get out of this funk!

In other news… my sister sent me this BuzzFeed link including the seven new Halo Top flavors that are coming out in a couple of weeks!!! I CAN’T WAIT!! I’m most excited for the Mochi Green Tea! Who else is a Halo Top addict?

I have a pretty open weekend so I’m excited to just chill, walk around the city, and do some shopping.

Do you have any fun plans this weekend?

Do you ever find yourself in an eating/working out funk?

Do you have a sweetgreen near you? I have one a dangerous five-minute walk away from my apartment, so I eat it way too often!

โค Marina

 

 

TGIM

Thank Goodness It’s Monday! I’m definitely ready to start a new week and get back into my routine.

I started my Sunday sleeping in a bit then I headed to the gym. I wasn’t planning on working out but I didn’t have plans and I wanted to burn off some of Saturday’s treats… I did an hour-long hill program on the bike and watched “Crazy, Stupid, Love”.

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Of course I picked up a Dunks iced coffee after.

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And I had a Mixed Berry Bliss Quest bar for breakfast. Def an underrated flavor.

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I did a face mask and chilled for a bit, cleaned, and did some laundry. Then my boyfriend and I drove to Trader Joe’s and picked up groceries for the week. I had to open these for the five-minute drive home…

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We also picked up Starbucks because we were both really tired. I got a tall iced green tea latte that my boyfriend ended up drinking 3/4 of…

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I also snacked on some cereal when we got home. Does anyone else love these peanut butter Puffins?? They taste like Reese’s Puffs but are (kind of) better for you. The boxes also have really cute puffin facts on the back. That is the real reason why I buy it.

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And then we set to work on our cauliflower-crust pizza for dinner. We topped the crust with almond cheese, onions, jalapeรฑos, olives, and mushrooms. It was AMAZING! Best Sunday night dinner.

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I also had some ice cream for dessert… definitely didn’t need it after all the treats I had this weekend ugh. Then we went to our friends’ apartment to watch Game of Thrones and passed out as soon as we got home. This weekend has felt like the longest weekend ever.

So as you can see, I didn’t have a very healthy weekend. It was great to let loose, but I did a little too much letting loose and wasn’t able to stick to my goals. Here are my goals for this week to get back on track:

  1. Eat until I’m satisfied and only eat healthy, clean foods.
  2. Post every single thing I eat here! This really helps to keep me accountable.
  3. Complete my six workouts. I am sticking with this plan until I get my boot off on August 11th. It’s working really well for me and I’m making physical progress!
  4. Drink 12 cups of water a day.
  5. Get 7+ hours of sleep a night.
  6. Don’t touch the scale until Friday. I’ll update you guys on my progress as usual in Saturday morning’s post. (I might start including actual weight #’s and body pics?)

Luckily I don’t have any food/alcohol-related plans next weekend, so I’m going to try to stick to the above goals Monday through Sunday! I feel gross after this weekend and I really want to get out of this habit.

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

How was your weekend? Were you able to stick to your goals, or did you go a little overboard?

What’s your fav pizza topping? Mine is definitely black olives. And mushrooms.

โค Marina

Mindless Snacking, Scorpion Bowls, and a MAJOR Target Accomplishment

Good morning! Happy Sunday.

I started my day (around noon) yesterday with a hot date to the gym with my boyfriend. I was planning on doing my typical Saturday workout but decided to stay on the elliptical for another 30 minutes (60 min total), then just stretched and left. I wasn’t really feeling any strength training, but I got in a solid cardio sesh!

After the gym we picked up some Dunkin (gotta repaint my nails ASAP).

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I also had a vanilla almond crunch Quest bar.

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And for lunch I made some lentils and sprinkled some herbed feta on top (was too hungry to take a pic). We spent the rest of the afternoon running random errands and chilling out. I have to share this with you guys… we went to Target to get a pillow and left with ONLY a pillow – that is such an accomplishment for me. I can never leave Target with only what I planned on purchasing, I always get so many more random things I don’t need.

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Around 6:00, my boyfriend went out with some friends. I didn’t feel like joining/doing anything, so I just hung out in the apartment. I ended up getting kind of bored/lonely and mindlessly snacked on random things I could find: one of my dark chocolate almond butter treats, a couple cherries, a few carrots with hummus, some Enlightened ice cream…

I find that when I’m lonely/bored I start to mindlessly snack. Luckily, I didn’t go too crazy and didn’t have anything unhealthy, but I still shouldn’t have been snacking like that. I feel that I let myself down regarding sticking to my goals on the weekend… I should have gone on a walk, painted my nails, or done anything else to keep myself occupied and distract myself from snacking.

Anyways, I was clearly getting a little stir crazy, so when my boyfriend got back we went to a nearby Japanese restaurant and ordered a scorpion bowl. Oops.

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Then we met up with some of my friends at a really fun bar downtown. The bar has lots of big tables and a huge board game selection. We picked Candy Land, of course.

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I had a few more (sugary) drinks and more random (not so healthy) food throughout the night. I completely let loose, like I did on Friday night. I definitely didn’t need to do this two nights in a row. Not gonna happen again next weekend.

Well, at least I have ONE more day to prove to myself that I can make the weekend healthy – I’m going to start my Sunday with an amazing workout and spend the rest of the day keeping busy and nourishing my body with healthy foods only when I’m hungry! Then I’ll feel great on Monday and report back to you guys on how successful I was ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I hope you guys have a fun, relaxing, healthy Sunday and I’ll see you tomorrow morning!

Do you find that you mindlessly snack when you’re bored/lonely?

Are you addicted to Target? If so, aren’t you impressed that I just got one pillow?!

โค Marina