Monthly Archives: July 2014

What I’m Loving Wednesday: 7~30~14

  1. This very true article by Kayla Itsines. Kayla is a trainer from Australia that my sister originally told me about and then I recently read about her on the popular blog The Skinny Confidential.
  2. Zico Chocolate Flavored Coconut Water: I was scared to try it because previous coconut waters I’ve tried haven’t tasted that good, but this was delicious. It tasted almost like chocolate milk, but without the dairy (a lactose intolerant persons dream). Plus, it will be a great after workout hydrator or when you are very dehydrated (aka hungover). Coconut Water
  3. This adorable Fitbit holder by Tory Burch.                                                                                Tory-Burch_Fitbit                                                  (Photo: toryburch.com)
  4. My new shoes I bought on Sole Society for $20. Yup, you read that correctly $20. Boy do I love sales. (I checked and now the shoes are back up to $34.95 but maybe they will go back down again. Also, I recommend getting a half size up if you do order them)
  5. Packing. This one is more of a love/hate relationship I think. The actual process of packing is terrible but getting ready for a trip or a weekend away (Hey Bill, see you tomorrow!) is one of the most exciting things!
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A Fit Friday to be Proud of! (A Few Days Late…Oops)

I’m sorry I’m just putting this post up now, I had it all drafted and then got so busy this weekend, so better late than never!

I’m happy to announce that after last week’s embarrassing “I didn’t workout at all” post I can now successfully say that I accomplished my workout goals for this week! Woohoo! And you know what? Even on the days I said I was going to go but then got tired (read: cranky) I still went and was happier that I did. Which is basically what everyone always says about working out. Isn’t the go to quote “your only bad workout is the one you didn’t do”? Or something like that.  Well I get it. As Nike says “Just do it”.

Friday: Didn’t happen..

Saturday: ^ Same

Sunday: IT HAPPENED! I worked out! Here is the workout I did at my parents house. You can do this workout anywhere you have a floor and a spare 20 minutes or so.                                                              Workout

Monday: It was Monday…

Tuesday: I finally made it to a boxing class and let me tell you, wow. I had taken kickboxing classes before and they was not like this. I’m pretty sure one of the men taking the class was a boxer, or trying to be one (he had boxing shoes on). Everyone in the class knew what they were doing and were in fantastic shape. It was one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken but I plan to go back next Tuesday! It was very fun and exciting and I knew I was getting a good workout, and not even just because I’m STILL sore.

Wednesday: I physically couldn’t do anything after Tuesdays class.
Thursday: I finally tried Pilates! I had tried yoga in the past but had trouble getting into it because I found it to be slow. Maybe I’m taking the wrong type of yoga classes but Pilates was the happy medium I was looking for. You’re still stretching, which is what I like about yoga, but I felt like my muscles got more of a workout and it was faster paced so the class flew by.
This week I also didn’t take a cab once so each day I walked 3 miles altogether going to and from the train. All of the walking is definitely a huge plus of living in the city. Basically no matter where you’re going you get a mini workout in!
And to end this post, a super sweaty screenshot of the SnapChat I sent my friends after the boxing class on Tuesday…                                                                                      Sweaty
                                                                    #notcute
Have any of you ever taken a class that just left you so sore for days? Did you go back to it? What do you think about yoga versus Pilates? Do you like both or are you more partial to one class over the other?

The Introduction of: What I’m Loving Wednesday

On many of the blogs I follow they do “What I’m Loving Wednesday” posts and I think they’re such a good idea.  This is a great place to share not only things I personally have been using (and loving) but also things I’ve read on other people’s blogs that I think my readers would like to know as well. Each Wednesday I’m going to try to put up a list of 5 things I’m currently loving:

  1. This article on how to breathe when running because I seriously struggle with it and so I will pass along this information to my fellow gasping-for-air runners.
  2. The daily news email I receive from The Skimm is the bestttt. I’ve already recommended it to so many people so you know I am truly a fan. Monday- Friday they email you a one page email with what you need to know in the news lately, all written in a tongue and cheek way that keeps you (or at least me) interested.                                                                                                                                            the skimm
  3. These sandals of mine from JCrew Factory. I love them so much I had my mom order a pair for herself as well. They were such a good price, they’re extremely comfortable and they go with everything. What other reasons do you need?                                                                                                                    Sandals                                                                                                        #Proof
  4. The new app I bought for my iPhone from the owners of A Beautiful Mess blog.  It’s called Party Party and I downloaded it in the app store. It’s basically a photobooth on your phone, I mean seriously who doesn’t love photobooths?! I got it last weekend and used it a little but I plan to really utilize it this weekend at my friends birthday. Click here for a full description.                                                                     Party Party
  5. Lastly, this article I read entitled “Networking for Introverts”. I definitely tend to lean towards the awkward/shy side on occasion, especially when it comes to work so these tips are something I will strive for.

Flea Market Love

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m using this weekend wrap up post to also introduce a new section to the blog! I’ve been enjoying blogging and having the Instagram more than I thought I would, but I feel like I’ve had no sense of organization. I’m going to try to use this as my basic format till I get the hang of things:

Meatless Monday
Tuesday Trends
What I’m loving Wednesday
Fit Friday                                                                                                                                         Then for Thursday, Saturday & Sunday whatever sparks my mood at the time!

I’m sure you’re looking and thinking to yourself “Tuesday Trends”? I thought this was a health and fitness blog? Well fashion, beauty and trends make me happy and being happy is healthy! And if this doesn’t seem to be working then I’ll stop and try something new because that’s what blogging is, a learning experience. You have to see what works and what doesn’t until you get into your groove.

So for the introduction to this Tuesday Trends here is a photo of the amazing ring I found at a flea market this weekend with my mom!
Flea market ring                                                                                           I think I need to work on the hand shots…

I saw it and instantly loved it,  even more so for $10. The quality is really very nice for costume jewelry, its a pretty solid and heavy piece. My mom and I were on the Upper West Side on Sunday (where we found the flea market) because we were seeing Swan Lake at Lincoln Center for her Mother’s Day gift. It was such a beautiful show. The dancers are so incredibly talented and make it seem so easy, plus those costumes are stunning.

I know I’m out of order here but Saturday I had a pretty fun day as well! My mom, one of my sisters, one of my friends from school and I went on a cupcake tour of the city! Oh I know, the complete opposite of being healthy but we had such a great time. I found a Groupon for it through a company called Great New York Tours. Our guides name was Chandler and he was very knowledgeable about different fun city facts. Did you know there’s one privately owned street in Manhattan? Me neither! But it’s owned by NYU and if you’re ever on the Lower West Side I would definitely check it out. It was beautiful and you didn’t even feel like you were in the city. For the tour we went to  3 cupcake places, a macaroon place, a milk and cookies shop (coincidentally named Milk and Cookies Bakery) and a Gelato place. I wish they had given us cards for all of the places because I don’t remember them all. I do remember where this delicious cupcake was from though, Molly’s Cupcakes.

Cupcake                                                                                             This is a vanilla cupcake with brown sugar frosting…deeeeelicious!

Did any of you do anything fun this weekend? Have you found anything special at a thrift store or flea market recently? What is your favorite dessert that you wish you had a healthy option for?

Fit Friday: 7-18-14

Oy. That’s basically all I can say for the past workout week, or should I say lack of working out week? It feels like life just got in the way this week and I could not make it to my workout classes. I know that sounds like a very poor excuse but sometimes it happens.  I think I’m at the point where I need to suck it up and if I have something after work I need to wake up in the morning to workout, which I have yet to be successful at. I don’t know if it’s just me or not but when that alarm goes off at 5:00am I always choose sleep and then regret it later on when I’m tired anyways.  I wasn’t completely lethargic though, which is better than nothing. I walk the 1.5 miles to and from the train every morning, a few times I even ran it (not on purpose I was just late haha).

This week I’m not going to make a schedule I’m just going to say that I will workout three times this week. Maybe with a little less pressure I will actually do it and can make ya’ll proud! Am I allowed to say ya’ll even if I’m not from the south?

If you’re like me and having trouble getting started here’s a great workout from Fit Sugar’s 21-Day Flat Belly Challenge. In place of jumping rope you can do any heart pumping exercise, such as running in place, jumping jacks, high-knees, toe taps, ect. Good luck!

How are you guys doing with your workout commitments? Do you find it’s harder to workout when you have a set schedule or when you just say I want to work out 3-4-5 times this week? Have you found any great new workouts lately or any new moves you’re finding to be effective? 

Mango & Avocado Salsa!

Mango & Avocado Salsa

This weekend Bill and I went to a BBQ at our friend’s house, so naturally I wanted to bring something with us (you taught me well mom). The only issue was that we were all going to the beach first and then to the BBQ, stopping at a grocery store in between though thankfully.  This eliminated many, many options of things to bring with me. I obviously couldn’t bring something to the beach since it would be sitting in the hot sun all day (ew).  I also couldn’t bring anything that was too time consuming because I couldn’t make it before hand.

After countless searches I finally came upon this Mango & Avocado Salsa that I used for the base idea of the salsa. I left out a few of the ingredients but overall it was the perfect easy, yet cool and refreshing dish to serve as an appetizer. With some help from Bill (thanks bubs!), I was able to chop up all of the ingredients pretty fast and join everyone outside before all of the other appetizers were gone!

Ingredients:

-1 mango, peeled and diced (One of my friends showed me this great tip on how to cut mangos, click here to see a youtube video with the same tip. I recommend skipping to 0:45 seconds and then watching the two different ways)

-1 avocado, peeled and diced

-1 plum tomato, diced

-1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

-2 tbsp fresh lime juice

-1/4 cup chopped red onion

-1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients and serve! Feel free to let it sit in the fridge and marinate for a half hour first.

Introducing: Cheap, Chic..and Healthy!

I’ve really been enjoying looking up recipes and trying to recreate them in my kitchen, however I feel like a lot of the time I see a recipe that looks delicious and then realize how expensive it will be for me. I’m still in that phase in my life where cereal for dinner happens and every deal is a huge plus. That’s why I decided to add a section to my blog that compiles all of my “Cheap, Chic and…Healthy” recipes, as well as anything else I can pass onto you guys. The recipes will also be organized in the Recipes section, but these special inexpensive recipes deserve their own space.

For most people this meal will seem like common sense, but for someone like me who is a complete kitchen amateur I was pretty proud of myself for cooking this without a recipe.

This meal came to me for many reasons. For starters, I wanted a meal that was easy, yet healthy and cheap. Living in NYC I am lucky enough to have little fruit and vegetable stands every few blocks that sell fresh produce for much less than the grocery stores.  I knew if I used veggies for a big chunk of the meal I could manage to keep the cost down, plus I have been meaning to eat more veggies anyways. Lastly, I I wanted to take the plunge with mushrooms. I know I know, you’re probably thinking “seriously, this girl has never had mushrooms?!” Well, I’ve tried them before but I convinced myself I did not like them. The texture was weird and they smelt like dirty feet to me, which if you know me you know I very much dislike feet. But they have sooo many health benefits! Some of which include: a good source of lean protein since they have no cholesterol or fat and are very low carbohydrates, a great source of iron (perfect for people who suffer from anemia), rich source of calcium, and they help with nutrient absorption. For more health benefits of mushrooms click here.

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, what is this exciting recipe that I’m going to share with you?!

Pasta with roasted veggies! Yup, that’s my recipe.  Something that people have been doing for years but is new and exciting for me. Hopefully there is someone else out there who will read this and it will help them, for everyone else, thanks for just reading this far (I’m thanking you now since I know you’ll stop reading since you already know how to roast veggies haha).

Ingredients:

-1 cup whole wheat pasta

-sauce of your choosing (I used tomato sauce)

-assorted veggies minced (I used mushrooms, red pepper, white onions, parsley, and carrots.)

-half of lemon

-olive oil

-salt

-crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. If you haven’t already done it, cut up all of your veggies into small pieces, aka mince them.Chopped veggies
  2. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  3. Pour enough oil into a skillet until the bottom is coated and heat until you start to see the smallest amount of smoke. Put the half of the lemon face down in the pan, throw the veggies into the oil (be careful!), put salt and crushed red pepper to taste. Cover the pan and cook on high for around 2 minutes. You’re cooking it on high in order to get the veggies a little charred.Oil in panveggies in panveggies in covered pan
  4. I know it’s tough but don’t open it yet, wait the full two minutes.
  5. After two minutes you can take the top off and stir/flip the veggies. Cover and let them cook for another two minutes.
  6. Add the sauce and veggies to the drained pasta.pasta sauce and veggies
  7. Voila! A simple, healthy and cheap!                                           finished product