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

 

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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