HALLOWEENTOWN and a 4:00 am Wake Up?!

Hi friends! Happy hump day! This week is sure speeding by for me.

I woke up at 4:00 am yesterday because Frankie had an early flight to Chicago for work… but LUCKILY I was able to go back to sleep for another couple of hours. I woke up again around 6:30 and headed to my sisters spin class! The theme was “One Direction, Odesza, and Oliver Heldens” – so much fun and such a great way to start my day.

After class I took the subway to work, picked up Starbucks, and drank my coffee and ate maple brown sugar oats for brekkie.

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I had a meeting-filled morning, and then it was lunchtime. I had a salad with baby spinach, baby carrots, half of a tomato from my dad’s garden (so good!), and a light balsamic dressing. I also had a low-fat vanilla yogurt and a Jazz apple.

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I powered through work for the rest of the afternoon, and snacked on a Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar.

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And then I took my company’s yoga class at 4:00! I was definitely needing some stretching; I haven’t been doing as much yoga as usual so I gotta get back to my happy place of 2-3 yoga classes a week.

I stopped by the grocery store on my way home to pick up some produce, and when I got back I sipped on a GT’s Synergy booch.

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And cooked up dinner: a giant sweet potato with Brussels sprouts and red onion. It was so delicious and super filling!

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After eating, I lit my “Sweater Weather” candle and watched “Halloweentown”. Yup… fully taking advantage of Frankie being away πŸ˜‰ (he came home at midnight).

Yesterday was another super healthy day! I stuck to all of my goals again woohoo πŸ™‚ .Β I’m adding one more goal to my list: Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I completed this both Monday and Tuesday!

Hump day let’s go! I hope you guys have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

How many hours of sleep do you typically get a night? Do you wish you could get more?

What’s your favorite Halloween-ish movie?!Β Mine is def “Hotel Transylvania” and I’ve seen both movies way too many times…

❀ Marina

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Checking Boxes and Crushing Goals, Monday Style

Hi! Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re having a smooth start to your week.

I woke up yesterday morning and headed to the gym. It was certainly a struggle to get out of bed (like it always is for me on Mondays), but I forced myself to get up. I did 60 minutes on the ArcTrainer, stretched, showered, and was off to work.

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For breakfast I had a grande Starbucks Blonde roast with a little almond milk and a bowl of maple brown sugar oatmeal.

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Lunch was a salad with baby spinach, baby carrots, half of a tomato from my dad’s garden, light balsamic, and a pumpkin Greek yogurt! Best. Yogurt. Ever.

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After lunch I went on a half hour walk! And the rest of the workday flew. Luckily I don’t have too many meetings this week, so I can work on crossing off items on my to do list and get some actual designing and report-writing done! Before I knew it it was 5:00 pm so I snacked on an Apple Pie Quest Bar and then left the office.

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I got home, changed, and then walked to meet one of my best friends for a 305 Fitness class! I’ve talked about this class before, but it’s basically just a big dance party in a dark room with disco lights. And it’s a sweat-dripping, heart-pumping workout. What could be better?!?

I was starving by the time I got home, so I sipped on a Pink Lady Apple Health-Ade kombucha and started cooking dinner.

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I made a quick, simple, carb-filled dinner: butternut squash “zigzags”, broccoli, cauliflower, and Sriracha.

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After din I took a shower, put on a face mask, did some laundry, and had some quality couch time with Frankie. We watched “Shark Tank” and went to bed nice and early.

So I had a super healthy day yesterday and was able to stick to my goals!

βœ…Β I exactly followed my food plan for the day.
βœ…Β I did TWO workouts and pushed myself during both.
βœ…Β I drank 12 cups of water (3 were tea, 2 were kombucha πŸ˜‰ ).
βœ…Β I walked 10,716 iPhone steps.
βœ…Β And I stayed super positive!

I’m ready to crush the rest of this week and start feeling like my healthy self again πŸ™‚ . I hope you guys have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you in the am!

How many cups of water do you try to drink each day? Do you drink it in other forms (tea, seltzer, fruit-infused), or just straight up water?

What was your Monday workout?!

❀ Marina

NEW WEEK NEW ME!

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

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

We picked up some Dunkin pumpkin coffees after class.

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

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Took these babies home for salads this week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

❀ Marina

A Quiet, Cozy Saturday with the BEST Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Hey friends! Happy happy Sunday!

Frankie and I have been enjoying our weekend dog-sitting at my mom’s house in the suburbs. It’s been so relaxing and we’ve been doing some major wedding planning πŸ™‚ .

We woke up at 6:30 yesterday morning, packed up the car, and headed to my mom’s. We picked up some pumpkin Dunkin coffees on our way.

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When we arrived we hung out with the pooch, Fletcher, took him on an walk, and spent the next couple of hours addressing our save the dates! I had some GOLEAN cereal with almond milk for breakfast.

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When we needed a break from writing addresses and putting on stamps, we went to the local Saturday farmer’s market. We picked up some pumpkin spice soy lattes from a nearby cafe.

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And we split this amazing vegetable hummus wrap.

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Fletcher was super hyper when we got back to the house, so we took him to a nearby baseball field and played fetch and ran around with him for a while. He was pooped by the time we left.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out, snacking on my mom’s amazing snack collection (I ate way too many banana chips), and doing more wedding stuff.

We wanted a squash-related meal for dinner, so we decided to make spaghetti squash. We cooked it in the microwave while preparing the rest of the recipe: sautΓ©ing minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and broccoli florets. When the squash was done, we scooped out the insides and mixed that in a big bowl with the broccoli, and added lots of spices and some parmesan cheese. We put all of that back into the squash “shells”, added some fresh, grated mozzarella on top, and broiled that until the cheese started turning brown. IT WAS SO YUMMY and so easy!

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My bowl:

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We went to bed pretty early, since this one was pooped as soon as the sun went down πŸ˜‰ .

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I hope you guys have the best, most relaxing, healthiest Sunday! I’m off to a nearby 60-minute spin class this morning to kick off my Sunday. I’m planning on using today to kickstart a healthy week by only eating clean foods only when I’m hungry (no snacking)!!

Do you like spaghetti squash? How do you usually prepare it?

What’s your Sunday night dinner plan?

❀ Marina

Okay NOW Summer’s Over and Help Us Plan Our Dinner!!

Happy weekend guys!! I hope you have something relaxing and fun planned for your Saturday πŸ™‚ .

I woke up around 6:00 am yesterday and went to a spin class! Felt good to get my sweat on. Then I went to work and picked up some Dunks pumpkin coffee, and I had my regular flax oatmeal with strawberries for breakfast.

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The morning flew by! For lunch I had a salad with spring mix, half of a red bell pepper, half of a slightly-too-ripe avocado, baby carrots, and a light Italian dressing. I also had a Fage 0% Greek yogurt to get in some more protein!

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The afternoon went by a little bit slower – I had a meeting-less day which was nice but sometimes I like to split up my screen time with some human interaction πŸ˜‰ . I snacked on my fav Chocolate Banana Bread No Cow Bar around 3:30.

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And sipped on lots of lemon seltzer throughout the afternoon. I was on the verge of snacking on some candy or trail mix, but I resisted and opted for bubbly water instead. Plus, my company has this fun machine.

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I left work a little bit early (yay Friday) and took the subway home. I consider it officially fall when we take our AC’s out of the windows and I pack my summer clothes into a box and unpack my warmer, winter clothes!

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I took a break from all the packing to sip on half of a Gingerade booch.

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And to cook up a quick stir fry of tofu, red pepper, onion, and carrots. With lots and lots of Sriracha.

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Frankie and I spent the rest of the evening enjoying some red wine, snacking on some veggie sticks (a.k.a. “healthy” chips) and a little chocolate, and watching “Nathan for You”.

We’re leaving to dog-sit this morning – I’m super excited for a relaxing weekend away from the city. I can’t wait to hike, cook some yummy fall meals, and work on addressing our save the dates! Plus, I’m in need of some serious golden retriever time. Have a great day πŸ™‚ .

Have you packed up your summer clothes and AC’s yet?

What should Frankie and I make for dinner tonight?!Β We’re thinking squash soup?

❀ Marina

Friday Favorites #6!

Hi hi! TGIF! I wanted to start off today’s post with some Friday Favorites, of course. Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

1. THE WEATHER! I know I keep talking about this (and so does everyone) but what is better than crisp fall weather?! And this week it finally arrived in Boston. Yesterday was actually almost too cold! But I am so excited that it’s finally feeling like fall.

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2.Β “The Given Day” by Dennis Lehane.Β This was my pick for our new book club book and I’m really enjoying it so far (although our book club books have a 500 page limit and this one’s 720… oops). I love that it takes place in Boston at the end of WWI – so cool to learn some history about my city!

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3. Bath and Body Works fall candles! I picked up two this week – “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin ” and “Sweater Weather”. They smell so strong and amazing and make my apartment feel so fall-ish! I love burning a candle as soon as I get home from work, as a little comforting treat πŸ™‚ .

4. Vegan pumpkin cookies. I mentioned making these in this blog post, and I ended up bringing them to book club and they were a hit! They’re super healthy and have the perfect amount of pumpkin taste. Plus the texture was awesome. Definitely will be making these a lot this fall/winter!

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Sooo pretty much all fall-based Friday Favorites from me this week πŸ˜‰ .


I woke up yesterday and went on a nice five mile run, averaging about 8:30/mile. Finally getting some of my speed back since breaking my foot! It also felt so refreshing to run when it was in the low 50’s and breezy.

When I got into the office I enjoyed a Dunks pumpkin coffee and a bowl of flax oatmeal and strawberries!

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For lunch I had a salad with spring mix, carrots, tomato, avo, and a light balsamic, with a Greek yogurt on the side. I’ve been having a variation of this lunch every day this week and it’s been really satisfying!

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I got out for a walk after lunch and met Frankie for coffee (well, I got a green tea)! He had a meeting near my office πŸ™‚ I love seeing him in the middle of the day!

I spent the rest of the afternoon working, and took a break to snack on a little too much Halloween candy from the office 😦 .

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I went home around 5:00 and just read and chilled. Frankie picked up sweetgreen salads for us – I got their new fall bowl, “Curry Cauliflower”, with arugula, quinoa, roasted curry cauliflower, herb falafel, cilantro, cabbage, raisins, hot sauce, and cucumber tahini yogurt dressing! It was SO good and it felt good to nourish my body with that healthy salad after a little too much candy earlier in the afternoon…

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Hope you have a fantastic Friday and start to your weekend!! I’ll be dog-sitting πŸ™‚ .

What is your #1 favorite Halloween candy? How do you stop yourself from eating ALL of it?!

Tell me one or two of your Friday Favorites πŸ™‚ .

❀ Marina

 

FINALLY My Favorite Weather!!

Hi friends! Happy Thursday.

I didn’t get to bed until around 11:30 on Tuesday night (so late for me πŸ˜‰ ) so I decided to sleep in a little yesterday morning instead of do a morning gym sesh. So I woke up and headed straight to the office.

I picked up a Dunks iced coffee with one pump of pumpkin syrup on my way in.

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And had flax oatmeal with lots of strawberries mixed in for brekkie!

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After my two morning meetings I took a gym break. I did an hour on the ArcTrainer while listening to Kaitlyn Bristowe’s “Off the Vine” podcast. So. Funny.

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Not sure what I was watching on TV lol……

I showered at the gym, then got back to work. For lunch I had a big salad with a lettuce mix, baby carrots, a super ripe tomato, some avocado, and a light balsamic vinaigrette. I also had a Fage Greek yogurt for some protein.

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At 4:00 I went to my company’s yoga class! It was super fast-paced today and it was fun to flow alongside my new team member πŸ™‚ . After class I snacked on a Vanilla Almond Crunch Questie.

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And then I walked home. It was my FAVORITE weather in Boston last night – overcast and high 50’s.

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I also made a stop at the library to pick up my new book club book! When I got home, I sipped on half a Gingerade booch.

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And made a very comforting zucchini pasta for dins! It was so quick and simple, and exactly what I was craving; whole grain penne, steamed mini zucchinis, and a little vegan butter and parmesan!

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Then Frankie and I caught up on “This is Us” while drinking pumpkin beer and snacking on some Halo Top. Not much else going on over here – it was a quiet hump day. Hope you guys have been having a great week – almost to the weekend!!

What is your absolute favorite weather??

Pizza or pasta?

❀ Marina