A Little Blogging Break

Hey guys!

I think I’m going to take a little break from blogging. I’ve been feeling stressed with work and wedding planning, and writing my blog posts has become more of a chore and less of an enjoyment. I don’t want to feel like this, because I truly love blogging and connecting with this community.

So, I think I’m going to take a little break. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop writing and reading and commenting on your posts completely, but I’m not going to be blogging every day. Maybe this break will only last a week or two, or maybe it will last until the end of the year. I just want to take some time to prioritize work and wedding planning and my general happiness ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I hope you understand! And of course I’m still here if you want to talk.

Have you ever felt the need to take a blogging break? Did you end up taking one? Did it help you?

โค Marina

 

I’m Back!! With Some BIG News!!

Hello friends!!! I’m back in the US and I’ve missed you guys/blogging a whole lot!!

Of course I want to tell you a bit about my Spain trip, but I won’t go on for too long ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I’ll start by telling you the #1 part of my trip…

I’M ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Frankie proposed to me on September 3rd on the balcony of our Airbnb in Ronda, Spain. Here was the view.

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I am beyond happy to be engaged to the love of my life! Let the wedding planning commence ๐Ÿ˜ฎ .

Back to the start of our trip… We began in Seville for my friend’s wedding. I met up with a group of my best college friends and we all stayed at an Airbnb together. Seville was beautiful but SO HOT. We had lots of amazing food…

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And my friend’s wedding was the most beautiful wedding/event I have ever been to. The ceremony was in a church and then we took a shuttle to this incredible, remote venue.

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We ate more delicious food and danced until 3:00 am! It was such a great time.

Then Frankie and I parted with the group and took a bus to Ronda (where he proposed)! Ronda was the cutest little town I’ve ever been to, centered around a beautiful bridge (pictured above) and lots of cute tapas places.

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We got the best vegetarian paella.

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And had some good setups on our balcony ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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Our next stop was Malaga. Frankie studied abroad there in college, so it was easy to get around and feel less like tourists. Lots of shopping, hundreds of tapas restaurants, gelato shops, and the shiniest, cleanest streets (they clean them every morning at 6 am!). This was our Airbnb’s nightly deck setup ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

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Here are some more food highlights…

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And we stopped by the market in the center of town. SO YUMMY! I was in heaven. I’ve never eaten so many olives in my life.

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And we flew back on Saturday! By the time we got back I was really missing home and was ready to get back into my routine. I indulged more than ever on this trip, but didn’t regret a second of it. It was seriously the most amazing food and wine and I had the best time with my friends and now-fiance ๐Ÿ™‚ .


Now let’s chat a bit about my Sunday back in Boston! I woke up super early because of jet lag (which I’m not complaining about) so I unpacked a bit and then headed to my sister’s spin class with Frankie. It felt sooo good to push myself and sweat a ton – I feel like I hadn’t done that in forever (we did some hikes and lots of walking in Spain, but nothing crazy).

After spin we showered and got ready to see one of our potential wedding venues! We want to pick a place as soon as possible so we can get one of our preferred dates next year. We picked up some Starbucks on our way. I sure missed American coffee with almond milk.

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And I snacked on a Dark Raspberry Truffle No Cow Bar in the car for breakfast.

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We loved the venue! But we can’t fall in love with it too much yet because we have many more to see ๐Ÿ™‚ . We stopped by Trader Joe’s for LOTS of grocery shopping on our way home. Of course I had to crack open a Cayennade booch before we even left the store (this flavor is soo good and has quite the kick).

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And when we got home I made a big, simple salad: baby spinach, the ripest tomatoes, carrots, and light Italian dressing. In a mixing bowl because it was too big for a regular one ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

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And then I went to a waterfront yoga class with my sis! It was so nice to do some yoga after such a long break from it. And it was nice and chilly in Boston, so the class was refreshing and the perfect way to kick off a new week!

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When I got home I cooked up a big stir fry with peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, bok choy, broccoli, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, snow peas, sugar snap peas, baby corn, and sriracha tofu. It truly hit the spot.

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And I spent the rest of the night sipping on peppermint tea and watching “Shark Tank” with Frankie. I still need to unpack… oops.

SO it’s been quite the past couple of weeks, but I am so happy to be back home and back into my routine. As I said, I had the most indulgent vacation and I need to get back into being healthy! My fiance and I are planning on eating super healthily and plant-based this week, and may challenge ourselves to a three-day juice cleanse this weekend (not to lose weight, but for more of a mental reset). My friend in Seville convinced us ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Here’s to having the healthiest week ever! Hope you guys have a great Monday.

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

If you’ve had a wedding – how did you plan it?! Did you get super stressed?

โค Marina

A Trip to Eataly and I was Naughty…

Hi guys! Happy hump day!

I woke up right at 6:00 yesterday morning with tons of energy (what??) so I hopped out of bed, put my workout clothes on (that I leave out for myself the night before), and headed to the gym. I did a one-hour hill climb on the bike. My legs were super tired from Monday’s activities but I pushed through!


I’m still wearing my boot for workouts but I’ll probably start wearing my shoe starting next week! I’m just so paranoid that I’m going to somehow slow the healing process if I tweak my foot in some way. I’ll keep you guys posted on how that goes. This week I’m going to keep alternating between the elliptical and the bike every morning, and maybe I’ll do another yoga class this weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

I drank my usual Starbucks when I got into the office and ate a Peanut Butter Supreme Quest Bar. I’ve been loving PB-flavored anything lately.


For lunch I had a salad with baby spinach, a couple handfuls of strawberries, the ripest avocado, carrots, and a light balsamic drizzled on top.


Then I got out for a little walk. I usually do this loop that starts along the river – it’s about 1.5 miles and it’s beautiful. I love getting outside in the middle of the day, otherwise I go a little crazy ๐Ÿ˜‰ . The rest of my afternoon was filled with meetings and a little too much snacking (I was a bottomless pit yesterday for some reason). Naughty Marina…

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I left work around 5:00 and met my sis at Boston’s Eataly to find a birthday present for my dad. He has absolutely everything so he is the hardest person to get gifts for! But he loves cooking, so we were able to find some crazy, two-foot long pasta and this interesting-looking ginger olive oil.

Then we met up with our boyfriends and all headed to my dad’s birthday dinner. We went to this authentic sushi restaurant where we took our shoes off and sat in a private area. It was… okay. Haha. They didn’t have the best veg options but I ate some edamame and other veggies, and split the veggie roll with my bf.


I’m ready for a super healthy hump day with no mindless snacking like yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you have a good one! See you tomorrow.

What’s your fav kind of sushi roll?

Have you ever been to an Eataly?ย The one in NYC is much larger/more well-known, but I’m loving the one in Boston.

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

 

 

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

Good morning! And happy AUGUST!! Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit. (<– Does anyone else say this right when they wake up on the first day of a month? Or am I just very weird? If you say it you supposedly get good luck for the month.)

I started my day yesterday at the gym doing my Monday workout: 30 minutes on the bike, arms, and butt. It felt good to sweat after my weekend indulgences…

I drank some detox tea throughout the morning, and didn’t really get hungry until later in the day. During lunch I grabbed a Dunks iced coffee and sat outside and read for a while. It was BEAUTIFUL out and my book is impossible to put down. My kind of Monday lunch break.

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When I got back to my desk I had a Mint Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar. Yummmm.

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I didn’t feel like being in an office and working at all yesterday, but I pushed through and was productive. I love my job and being at work but sometimes I just have those days where I would rather be outside/doing anything else.

When I got home I snacked on some carrots and hummus and raspberries.

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For dinner I heated up some of the leftover cauliflower pizza I made last night and a brown rice dish I made. It hit the spot.

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I spent the rest of the night chilling and watching The Bachelorette. Still not a fan of this season, but I get serious FOMO if I miss an episode. Ridiculous, I know…

As you know, I talked a lot about how much I was indulging the past several days. So I wanted to now talk about the best ways to get back on track after a few days (or a week, or a month…) of slipping up/overindulging:

  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself. This one’s important – you can’t keep putting yourself down for going off track. That won’t get you anywhere!
  2. Set short-term goals. This is what I did in yesterday’s post. Setting myself goals for the week helps me to follow a plan and feel motivated.
  3. Understand why you went off track in the first place. For me, I have trouble sticking to my goals on the weekends mostly due to social events. It’s important to know what influences you to go off track so you can try to prevent future slip-ups.
  4. Find a way to be accountable. For me, writing about everything I eat and my workouts here really helps. Another idea is to get an “accountability partner” or someone who can help to keep you accountable to stick to your goals. It’s hard to do this on your own!

I hope these tips help you if you feel like you’ve slipped up recently. I am trying to take them into consideration as I get myself back on track for the month of August!

Hope you guys have a lovely Tuesday and start to a new month!

What do you do to get back on track after overindulging/skipping workouts/losing sight of your goals?

Any exciting things happening for you this month? I’m going to Spain on the 30th and I couldn’t be more excited!!

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

 

Let’s Make Next Weekend the Healthiest Weekend EVER!!

Hey hey! Happy Tuesday. I hope you’ve had a good start to your week!

It was so hard for me to wake up yesterday morning; it was gloomy outside and all I wanted to do was keep sleeping in my comfy bed. Mondays are rough. But I somehow made myself get up and go to the gym to get my workout in!

Thirty minutes on the bike and arms and butt donezo – I’m doing the same workout plan as I did last week, since that worked really well for me!

My 2-pound ankle weights finally arrived in the mail, so I brought one to the gym to put on my left ankle to make things more even (I think my AirCast weighs 2-3 pounds). It worked out perfectly for my butt routine and it was so comfy that I barely noticed it!

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was quite the indulgent couch potato on Sunday. So I started my Monday with some detox tea (and had several more cups throughout the day), and really didn’t get hungry until lunch. This tea is so good and really seems to give my body a reboot.

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Around lunchtime I got a HOT toasted almond Dunks coffee with almond milk (because it was chilly and rainy out) and had a strawberry cheesecake Quest bar.

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Work went by super quickly because I had a lot of emails and tasks to catch up on, and then I went to Zumba at 4:00! It was a lot of fun, even in the back flailing around with my boot ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

I got home and cooked an early dinner, since I was finally hungry. I made a simple nourish bowl with tofu, brussels sprouts, lentils, and Sriracha:

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After din I did some laundry, put on a face mask, and watched the Bachelorette. I have a Birchbox subscription so I like to try out the different masks they send me!

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I wanted to talk a bit about weekday vs. weekend mindsets. I know that I am much better at sticking to my goals on the weekdays, and much more lax/carefree on the weekends. I’m not saying that splurging a little is a bad thing, but when it starts to mess up your progress from the week, it can get pretty frustrating. So why do we do this?

  1. We have more free time on the weekends.
  2. We have more events involving food/alcohol.
  3. We’re burnt out from being so strict during the week.
  4. We see others splurging on social media.

I’m sick of having a perfect week only to go crazy on the weekend and feel awful on Monday. I want to break out of this cycle! My goal for this weekend is to stick to my goals like I do during the week. Who’s with me? And what can we do to make this happen? Here are some of my ideas:

  1. Keep busy. Try to spend less time at home watching TV on the couch and more time outside/doing things that don’t involve food, like:
    1. Going on a walk
    2. Painting your nails
    3. Reading a book
    4. Writing
    5. Cleaning your house
    6. Doing a face/hair mask
    7. Calling a friend
  2. Plan ahead for splurges. If you have brunch plans, maybe look at the menu ahead of time and pick out something healthy you’re going to order. Also make time to go to the gym before brunch, and eat lighter, healthier meals the rest of the day.
  3. Don’t have an “all or nothing” mindset. If you have one unhealthy meal, don’t blow the rest of your day/weekend. Get right back on track after the slip up. (I really struggle with this one.)
  4. Think about Monday morning. Imagine howย happy you’re going to be come Monday morning if you stick to your goals on the weekend. I mean, what’s worse than waking up stuffed and exhausted at the beginning of a new week?

I’m excited to try these ideas out this weekend, and hopefully will be reporting back to you guys on Monday morning feeling fresh and amazing!

Enjoy your Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Do you find that you eat really well and stick to your goals on weekdays, then go crazy on the weekend?

Any other tips to share with me on how to stick to your goals on the weekend?!

โค Marina

 

I Weighed Myself…

Good morning, and happy weekend!

I hope you guys had a great rest of your Friday. I decided to work from home because I didn’t have any in-person meetings, plus so many people from my team were on vaca.

So I started my Friday trying to sleep in a little (someone decided to chainsaw slabs of wood right outside my bedroom window at 6:00 am so I just got up and went to the gym). My foot felt totally fine so I figured I’d go and get my regularly-scheduled Friday workout in: 30 minutes on the bike, arms, and butt. I had such a good workout and my foot didn’t bother me the rest of the day! BTW – seriously contemplating trying this machine out. Has anyone tried it before/were you embarrassed/please tell me all about your experience:

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After the gym I walked over to my boyfriend’s office and met him for an early lunch. I felt kind of gross and bloated from Thursday’s wine and late-night snacking (I guess that was my “cheat” of the week :/ ), so I didn’t even feel hungry at that point. I just sat and talked to the bf while he ate, then grabbed a Dunks iced coffee on my walk back:

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I ran a couple of errands on my way back to my apartment (stocked up on Questies!) then worked for the rest of the day. I find that I can work from home pretty well as long as I eliminate all distractions (phone turned upside-down, TV off, no Facebook or Gchat, etc.) so I got a lot of work done (while snacking on the below Quest bar (my favorite kind)) and signed off right at 5:00. And the weekend started!

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For dinner I made a massive salad with baby spinach, carrots, tomatoes, apple, tofu, and balsamic. I also topped it with some garlic hummus. I couldn’t even fit it into a regular bowl so I just used a mixing bowl…

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I ate this yumminess with a tall glass of caffeine-free Diet Coke while watching the movie “Butter” with my boyfriend. I also painted my nails, because (as you can probably tell from my recent photos) my nails were looking pretty chipped. Are at-home manicures my new Friday night tradition?? (Living on the edge over here.)

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Friday morning I weighed myself for the first time in a while. As I mentioned in a previous post, I don’t weigh myself often at all (maybe once every week or two). I used to weigh myself every morning as soon as I woke up, but I’ve come to realize that that wasn’t helping me mentally nor physically. Although the scale helps to keep you on track, I don’t think it’s useful as an every-day tool, since your weight fluctuates all the time and for so many different reasons. I think the most accurate way to use a scale (for both mental and physical progress) is to weigh yourself every week on the same day of the week, around the same time of day. But that’s just my opinion.

Anyways, I decided to step on the scale yesterday because I can’t really remember the last time I weighed myself. My mind has been elsewhere (on my injury) and I didn’t want to go through the process of taking my cast/boot off just to step on the scale. But yesterday I kinda wanted to see if this injury was making a difference on my weight (I have been feeling normal/even leaner than I was pre-injury, but I wanted to see what the scale had to say)…

I’ve lost about three pounds since breaking my foot! I was a little bit surprised, but mostly happy because what I’ve been doing has really been working. This is proof that diet is a million times more important than exercising when it comes to weight loss. I have been the least active I’ve ever been in my life, but also eating much better than I usually do, and look what happened! I am so glad that I’m seeing this progress and I can’t wait to keep it up and become both leaner and healthier during and post-injury ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Even though it’s only been a few weeks, I feel that my relationship with food has completely changed. Pre-injury, I counted every calorie and planned my meals around how many calories I had left in the day. I pushed myself to eat more even if I wasn’t hungry, and I cut myself off from eating and went to bed hungry if I didn’t have any calories left. Of course I still had my many cheats/days when I went over my calorie allowance, but I was really strict on myself and focused more on the numbers rather than on how my body felt.

When I first became injured, I was still counting calories like this. I quickly came to realize that I was often pushing myself to eat when I wasn’t hungry just to reach a certain number of calories. I was getting stressed about eating a certain number every day rather than just listening to my body and eating when I was hungry and stopping when I was satisfied.

So I stopped. I stopped focusing on the calorie numbers and started focusing on how I felt, just like how I stopped focusing on the number on the scale but more on how I felt/looked in the mirror/how my clothes fit. I am not saying that I completely disregard the amount of calories in everything I eat (I’m not going to choose a piece of cake over a salad for lunch), but I don’t tally them up religiously like I did pre-injury. My body is a natural thing! I need to treat it naturally ๐Ÿ™‚ . This injury has truly been a blessing in disguise in that sense.

So my post-injury plan is to continue this mindset:

  1. Focus less on crazy, calorie-torching workouts, and more on how I nourish my body with yummy, healthy food.
  2. Focus less on the numbers, and more on how I feel!

Hope you have a super-duper Saturday. I’m heading out on a mini road trip this morning!

What are your thoughts on calorie-counting? Do you do it? Do you think it works for you?

How about weighing yourself? How often do you do it?

โค Marina