An Active, Pumpkin-Filled Day Off!

Hey hey! Happy Tuesday. Hope you’ve had a great start to your week.

I woke up right at 6:00 yesterday morning even though I had the day off (I think this is my new, natural wakeup time and I’m not complaining). I spent the next couple of hours going through emails, doing laundry, and journaling, and then it was time for Barry’s Bootcamp!

I took the 9:00 am Arms & Abs class – SUCH a good/hard workout. For those of you unfamiliar with Barry’s, you spend half the class on a treadmill and half the class on the floor doing strength training. It’s such an amazing full-body workout, and you get pushed really hard by the teachers!! Of course I ordered a Skinny PB Vanilla shakeΒ (almond milk, peanut butter powder, vanilla protein powder, and ice) for after class πŸ™‚ . Twenty-eight grams of protein wowza!

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I drank that in about eight minutes and then picked up a grande Starbucks Blonde roast with a little almond milk!

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I felt super energized after class, so I decided to deep clean my apartment. I blasted T-Swift’s “Speak Now” album (her best album, IMO) and got to work. I feel like the surfaces in my apartment collect SO much dust, so I have to clean them often, meh.

After about an hour of cleaning I took a much-needed shower and made lunch. I had my favorite salad with spring mix, a yummy little tomato (thanks Mom!), carrots, half an avocado, and a light balsamic dressing.

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I spent the next couple of hours just hanging out and catching up on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I made the most delicious pumpkin chai tea – so perfect for fall! And there are little orange pumpkin candies in the actual looseleaf tea πŸ™‚ .

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I snacked on a Cookies & Cream Questie.

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And then around 5:00 I left the apartment to walk to a nearby, super chill yoga class. I love that this class is really relaxing and slow, perfect for when you want a lazy workout/good stretch.

When I got home I sipped on a Brew Dr. kombucha.

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And cooked up a huge stir fry with tofu, peppers, onions, carrots, snap peas, snow peas, bamboo shoots, broccoli, mushrooms, bok choy, water chestnuts, and baby corn. I also had a very unattractive sweet potato on the side.

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I was in a baking mood after dinner, so I made some vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! I mixed pumpkin puree, almond butter, maple syrup, pumpkin spice, and a little vanilla and sea salt in a bowl, and then added in some dark chocolate chips. So easy and SO yummy! (Frankie and I split the missing one below hehe).

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I plan on bringing a lot of these to my book club tonight so I don’t eat them all myself πŸ˜‰ .

I hope you guys have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Have you done any fall baking yet? If so, please share recipes!!

Most boring question ever: How often do you deep clean your apartment/house? What’s your trick to make it fun/manageable?

❀ Marina

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

True Life: I’m Addicted to Trader Joe’s

Hi friends!! Happy Sunday. I hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend so far! I’ve been doing a whole lotta relaxing.

I woke up bright and early yesterday morning and headed to my favorite boxing class with Frankie! I went to this class every Saturday at 9:00 am pre-foot break, and now I’m getting back into it. It’s a 75 minute class – the first 15 minutes are a “warmup” (really hard plyometric exercises that get me dripping sweat immediately), the next 45 minutes include 12 rounds of boxing, and the last 15 minutes are for abs. I feel like this class is the ultimate full-body workout and it’s so much fun.

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I picked up some Starbucks coffee after class – a grande Blonde roast with a little bit of almond milk.

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And when I got home, I made some oats and flax oatmeal for breakfast. I didn’t have any fruit to add to it, though 😦 .

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Then Frankie and I went out to run a bunch of errands (and get some David’s Tea, of course). I got my brows waxed, stopped by Frankie’s new office, and hit up the dry cleaners. It was a super productive afternoon!

When I got home I made a big salad (too big for a regular bowl so had to use a mixing bowl, lol) with baby spinach, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, half an avocado, and a light balsamic dressing.

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Then we plopped on the couch and did some hardcore CHILLING. I felt like we hadn’t done this for a while, and it was necessary. When I got hungry again I snacked on a Double Chocolate Chunk Questie.

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We finally decided to get off our butts and do something else productive, so we drove to Trader Joe’s (a.k.a. our second home). We got our groceries for next week, and it took every ounce of self control for me to not get every single one of these fall items (although I got the pumpkin oatmeal, soup, and Greek yogurt). Nothing quite like a Saturday night spent at club TJ.

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I also got this adorable skull succulent to add to my cactus collection. His name is Petros. (Shoutout to Emily – you inspired me to buy him!!)

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I just had to crack open this Cayennade booch on the way home.

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And for dinner I cooked up two mini sweet potatoes, tons of Brussels sprouts, and some lentils.

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After eating, Frankie and I watched the movie “Bachelorette” and went to bed around 11:00. Solid Saturday!!

This morning we’re heading to my sister’s spin class, and then to an amusement park with my sis and her bf!! Hope you guys have the best Sunday, and I’ll see ya tomorrow.

Have you ever taken a boxing class? Are you a fan?

Tell me your Sunday dinner plan, please!!

❀ Marina

STARSTRUCK and Loving Those Fall Scenes!!

Hey hey! It’s the weekend! I hope you had a fun Friday night and are enjoying your Saturday morning πŸ™‚ .

I woke up yesterday around 7:00 and went on a run. I planned on doing my regular, five-mile loop around the river, but there was a detour so I ended up doing six miles! It was an absolutely gorgeous morning in Boston – it was sunny, smelled like fall, and was in the low 60’s πŸ™‚ . Perfect way to start my weekend.

When I got home I stretched, showered, then took the subway to work. Of course I picked up some Dunks pumpkin coffee on my way in. And I had oats and flax oatmeal with a couple of strawberries for breakfast!

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Lunch was a big salad with baby spinach, carrots, tomatoes, half an avocado, and a light balsamic dressing.

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I went out for a walk after lunch to get in some steps! I can’t even express how happy scenes like this make me. Fall is THE BEST!

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I worked on knocking off lots of items on my work to-do list the rest of the afternoon. And I snacked on a little Jazz apple – I’ve had a bag of these apples in my fridge’s crisper for probably three months and they still taste amazing. What?!

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I left work a little early to go to a nearby yoga class. The studio is really small (just one room) which I kind of liked for a Friday afternoon πŸ™‚ .

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The yoga was great, too – the perfect mix of flow, strengthening poses, and stretching. I also loved how they decorated the pillar outside the studio.

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After class I took the subway to Harvard’s campus for aΒ Jeffrey Eugenides book reading/signing! First, I ate a quick dinner at the sweetgreen nextdoor. I think I’ve eaten sweetgreen four times this week… oops?! I got a salad with arugula, mesclun, basil, cucumber, carrot, cabbage, corn, sprouts, sesame tofu, and spicy cashew dressing.

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I picked up some Carrot Cupcake David’s Tea and then headed to the reading. I met up with a few of my good friends there. The first half of the event was Jeffrey reading some of his unfinished work, and the second half was for questions! Then he signed our books. Our first ever book club book (and one of my all-time favorite books) is his book, “Middlesex“, so we were pretty starstruck πŸ˜‰ .

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On my way back from the event, I snacked on a Blueberry Muffin Quest Bar I brought for my dessert.

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I had a super healthy day yesterday and was finally able to stick to my goals! Let’s do it again today πŸ™‚ . I’m headed to my favorite boxing class this morning! Hope you have a great Saturday.

Have you ever gone to a book reading/signing? If so, for which author?!

What is your Saturday workout?

❀ Marina

Friday Favorites #5

Hey there! Happy Friday πŸ™‚ . Let’s start out with some Friday Favorites from this week…

1. HIKING!!Β I went on Sunday and it reminded me how much I truly love hiking, especially during the fall! There’s nothing quite like working up a sweat while ascending a mountain while your feet crunch on leaves and you breathe in the cleanest air. Excited for lots more hiking this season πŸ™‚ .

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2. Reese’s pumpkins. I know I know, candy isn’t even close to being healthy, but one Reese’s pumpkin per day can’t be too bad, especially during October! I, personally, need to focus on keeping it to only one piece, though…Β The chocolate to peanut butter ration is just too perfect.

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3. The TV show “Nathan for You”. For those of you with a dryer sense of humor, you’ve got to check out this TV show. I literally cannot stop laughing while watching it.Β  It’s about this guy, Nathan, who visits smaller businesses and tries to help them improve in the most hilarious, ridiculous ways.

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4. Trader Joe’s Organic Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal. I’ve been having this oatmeal with fruit for breakfast lately, and it is soooo good. Not only is it really filling, but it has the best texture with flax seeds in it. Perfect for a cool fall morning!

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5. This blogging community! I can’t even put into words how grateful I am to interact with you guys regularly. I really appreciate how you all handled everything that happened in Vegas earlier this week, and I feel like we’ve grown such a warm, nice space we can always come to. Let’s keep this going please!!

Taking things back to yesterday… When my 6:00 am alarm started blaring in my ear, I decided that I needed bed more than workout. So I slept until 7:30 then headed to work to make an 8:30 meeting. I picked up some Dunks on my way in, and had a mug of oatmeal with strawberries!

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After my two morning meetings, I got a day pass to a gym near my office. I did a solid hour on the ArcTrainer (while watching the news/freaking out), a quick stretch, then took a shower.

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When I got back I had the same lunch I had on Wednesday – a salad with spring mix, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and a light balsamic dressing. I also had a Fage Greek yogurt on the side (I couldn’t take a picture because I ate during a meeting!).

The remainder of my afternoon was filled with meetings. I snacked on a Mint Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar…

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And then a ton of other random stuff. There were so many snacks in our office cafeteria yesterday (popcorn, Tostitos and salsa, Teddy Grahams…) so I ended up snacking wayyy too much 😦 . I need to get out of this funk! I usually have much better self control, but for some reason these past several days (hmmm… weeks) have been bad.

At least I had a light, healthy dinner. Sweetgreen just started serving their fall menu!! I got an “Apple Pear Cheddar” salad with kale, mesclun, pears, apples, raw pecans, white cheddar, basil, and a little balsamic vinaigrette.

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I spent the rest of my night chilling and doing lottttsss of wedding planning! We’re currently making our website which is really fun but kinda stressful. I’m excited for our save the dates to arrive so we can work on addressing those and sending them out ASAP!

I hope you guys have a great Friday and start to your weekend!!

Do you watch the news? Does it bother you/make you anxious? I read theSkimm every morning but that’s about it – I tend to freak out about everything, haha.

How are you spending your Friday night?!

❀ Marina

The Worst Feeling EVER and I Found My New Fall Breakfast

Happy Thursday friends!! Almost to FriYAY!!

I got out of bed as soon as the alarm went off yesterday and threw on some workout clothes. My legs felt pretty sore from my run the night before, especially the backs of them (my hamstrings). I am still working on getting back into running shape post-foot break!

I was signed up for a Flywheel spin class so I took some Advil and walked over. I seriously can’t get enough of Flywheel – it is a guaranteed amazing workout and I love the competitive aspect. I’m tempted to buy a spin/barre package there a few months before the wedding…

The one thing I don’t like about Flywheel is that their shower rooms are soo hot/humid, so even if I take a freezing cold shower, I start sweating two minutes after I get out… usually right after I put lotion all over my body. So I’m trying to get into my work clothes a hot/sweaty/slippery mess. WORST. FEELING. EVER.

Anyways, after my shower I hopped on the subway and headed to work. Of course I picked up some Dunkin pumpkin coffee on my way in! I also had oats and flax oatmeal with lots of strawberries mixed in for breakfast. This was seriously the best breakfast ever – so warming and filling. Perfect for a cool fall morning πŸ™‚ .

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It felt good to be back in the office, and the morning flew by. For lunch I had a salad with spring mix, grape tomatoes, and baby carrots with a little light Italian dressing drizzled on top. I also had a Fage Greek yogurt for some protein.

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After lunch I went on a walk in the beautiful fall weather to get some steps in. I started listening to a new book (for my book club): “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made” by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. It’s about an independent film called “The Room”, which was written, produced, directed, and starred by the same person (the main character in the book). It’s actually pretty funny so far.

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By the way, I finished reading “Fitness Junkie” and I do not recommend it. It started out kind of funny/silly but it was hard to finish. Read it if you want a mindless, fitness-related satire, but warning – it was quite a shallow book.

I got hungry for a snack around 3:30 and had a S’mores Quest Bar. I just realized that I didn’t eat a s’more all summer!! What the heck. I need to make a real one before it gets too cold out.

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Then I worked until 5:00 when the design team headed out for a team bonding outing! We went to a nearby restaurant and ordered lots of drinks and apps (nachos, fried buffalo cauliflower, pesto pizza, etc.). It’s always fun to spend time with your coworkers in a non-work setting πŸ™‚ .

After the event, I went home and started watching “The Room”, but I fell asleep about 30 minutes into it. It was so bad that it was good, haha. I need to finish it tonight! I also need to eat a lot better today than I did yesterday… I indulged way too much at last nights outing and after 😦 . 

Hope you guys have a great Thursday!! See you tomorrow for some Friday Favs πŸ™‚ .

Are you an oatmeal fan? How do you prepare your oats? I want the details!!

Have you ever taken a Flywheel or Flybarre class?

❀ Marina

A Snickers as My Pre-Workout ;)

Hi! Happy hump day πŸ™‚ . The conference is finally over, woo! Back to regular hours in the office today.

I woke up yesterday morning and headed straight to the conference, which started at 7:30 am (what the heck?!). I grabbed my Starbucks coffee on my way over.

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And had an Oikos blueberry Greek yogurt with some cantaloupe for breakfast.

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I got hungry a couple of hours later and snacked on a Peanut Butter & Jelly Quest Bar I brought.

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And I finally escaped the booth for a bit to go on a walk and grab some sweetgreen with my coworker/friend, Katie πŸ™‚ . I made my own salad with kale, baby spinach, sweet potato, spicy broccoli, sprouts, sesame tofu, and a lemon squeeze.

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Then it was back to the conference for the rest of the afternoon. My feet HURT from standing at the booth all day, but I made myself go to the gym after the conference! Katie joined me which was extra motivation. I had a Diet Coke and a fun size Snickers as my “pre-workout” – super healthy right? πŸ˜‰ It actually gave me a ton of energy!

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When I got to the gym I changed and hopped on a treadmill. I did this random workout that I found on Pinterest.

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It was great and went by really quickly, and was actually a little over five miles, but it wasn’t too hard. It still felt great to sweat out the day! I was starving by the time I got home, so I just had the same thing I had the night before – an asparagus, red onion, and mushroom stir fry on lentils. So delicious and filling.

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And for dessert I had a Gin Gin!

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Frankie and I spent the night doing some wedding planning (currently designing our save the dates πŸ˜‰ ) and watching “This is Us”! Not the most exciting of days to report to you guys, but that’s the conference life. Happy to be back at the office this morn!

Do you ever have to go to conferences for your work? Do you like doing that?Β I love it and it really switches things up, but it is so exhausting!

Have you ever eaten candy before a run/any workout?

❀ Marina