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What I’m Loving Wednesday: 9~17~14

  1. This article from The Balanced Blonde, formally known as The Blonde Vegan. If you follow Jordan of TBB then you already know how open and honest she has been on her blog lately about what is going on in her life.  To sum it up she was a very strict vegan and her body just didn’t agree with it, however she was so caught up in the lifestyle that she developed Orthorexia, which is an obsession with eating healthy. When she announced to her followers that she was giving up the vegan lifestyle in order to find what works the best for her body she received a lot of backlash, but she also received a ton of support as well. This article isn’t her “coming out story” as she calls it but a recent article she posted on how to live a balanced lifestyle while still being able to drink. I think many people can relate to this article, especially those who are recently out of college who want to make positive changes in our lives, yet still be able to go out and enjoy. I personally feel like I’m going through and feeling what she talks about in the article so I wanted to pass it along, enjoy!
  2. Bauble Bar. I had heard of Bauble Bar in the past but had never checked it out for myself, but boy was I missing out! I recently just made my first purchase on the site, which was a necklace for my mom’s birthday from my sisters and I. It was a beautiful monogrammed necklace that she loves! Bauble Bar is great in my eyes because first off with every purchase you make you receive Bauble Points that can be used towards another purchase, second because every Monday and Wednesday they send you an email letting you know about that days “Buried Treasure” which is a piece on their website that they made either $10 or $20 instead of full price, and third because if you live in NYC and they carry the piece in the store they will deliver it that day for you! That will come in very handy for those days when I have an outfit in mind for the night but no accessory to go with it!
  3. My new Lily Pulitzer cooler bag! Isn’t it the cutest?! I’m already obsessed and I haven’t even used it yet haha. Not only is the pattern so pretty but it’s just so functional! Bulky coolers are sometimes just way too inconvenient to carry so this will be perfect for those events such as tailgating/picnics/beach/house party/basically everything, where you don’t want to lug a cooler and you want to be cute! Also a huge plus, it came with a mini bottle opener/corkscrew that is attached to the bag! Oh, and it was only $32 which by Lily standards is a steal!Lily
  4. FALL! Caps were sooo necessary for that one. I know it’s still technically summer but in my mind once Labor Day is over and all of the little kiddos go back to school fall starts. Summer was always my favorite season growing up and I still love ya summer, you keep me nice and warm and BBQ’s and the beach are great, but as I’m getting older fall is sliding into first. Summer was great when all I wanted to do was layout and get tan, but now I wear SPF 30 and a wide brimmed hat in order to prevent/fight wrinkles/skin cancer. Everyone else is still getting tan though so pictures this summer were pretty difficult, as in I looked like Casper the friendly ghost while everyone else looked cute and tan. So my first love about fall is everyone else losing their tans (kind of bratty but hey it’s true haha). The next reason is because fall clothes are ah-mazing. Fall is definitely the trendiest of the seasons. You’re able to layer without wearing a bulky coat like in winter, and you can wear boots and sweaters and everything else that is perfect in life. Lastly, Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin all dayyyy, errr day. I plan on smelling like a walking pumpkin the next few weeks, sorry everyone.  I should probably just do a post on fall on its own so this post won’t be 100 pages long, so look forward to it!           Pumpkin candle                   Soon to be on my coffee table making my apartment smell like deliciousness!     (Photo from Yankee Candle)

Banish the Weekend Bloat

If your holiday weekend was anything like mine then you ate (and drank) wayyyy more than you should have, but hey we’re only human. You probably have a double case of the Monday’s today since not only are you back at work but you also feel bloated and maybe even a bit guilty for over indulging this weekend. That’s okay though because here are some tips on what to eat and drink this week to beat the bloat:

  1. Drink warm water with lemon in the mornings to help wake up your digestive system and get things moving.
  2. Avoid dairy in the morning (or even for a few days) since most people tend to feel slightly bloated after eating and/or drinking it.
  3. Make sure to eat breakfast though! You might still be feeling full from the weekend but not eating is much worse for you.  Choose a breakfast instead that is high in fiber and lean protein, such as low-fat cottage cheese and tomato on a whole wheat English muffin.
  4. Eat pineapple as an afternoon snack since the bromelain enzyme in it helps to banish belly bloat by breaking down protein and aiding in digestion.
  5. Drink lots and lots of water in order to flush out bad toxins and extra salt that may have been consumed (chips anyone?).
  6. Eat quinoa for lunch or dinner since the fiber and potassium in the superfood are important if you would like to feel less bloated.
  7. Can I mention eating fiber again? Some foods that are rich in fiber: avocado, raspberries, chia seeds, broccoli, ect.
  8. For dinner, incorporate asparagus into your meal since it encourages healthy digestion by aiding in the growth of healthy bacteria in your body.
  9. Resist the urge to drink with diner! One glass of wine max if you’ve really had a bad day but no more than that.
  10. Lastly, get plenty of sleep! Sleep helps to regulate your metabolism so getting the recommended 7 hours a night will help debloat you in no time!

Hopefully these tips help and you feel better in no time!

Do you guys have any helpful tips to add to this list? What about suggestions of foods to avoid? 

A New Healthy Beginning: Joining a gym!

Happy 4th of July and fit Friday!

I did it! I took the plunge and granted it’s only been a week but I think I’m going to be happy with it! Last week I went with a friend as her guest to New York Health and Racquet Club and it was love at first site when I saw the class schedule. Wow. Just wow.  There were more options than I think I’ll ever even be able to try.  There is no way I can get bored here, it would be impossible. Click here to see the class descriptions.

For my first week I went to two different classes.  On Monday I went to an arms, abs and assets class and it was exactly how it sounded.  When I say I was terrible, well, that’s an understatement.  I had to stop during basically every exercise and at some points I just sat there looking at the instructor with what I can only imagine was my “please save me” face.  But I made it through the class and it can only get better from here! I think the pain I was in the next day was a good indicator of how effective the class was and all of the good results I will (hopefully) be seeing one day.

Wednesday I took my second class, I didn’t take one Tuesday because I was watching the USA soccer game and let’s be honest, I really couldn’t move the next day haha. This time I took a Fluidity class.  The description on Fluidity is “a combination of ballet barre, yoga, Pilates and strength training to create a longer and leaner body.” So basically for me it combines into one class four different things I wanted to try so I basically hit the jackpot of classes. The teacher was sooo patient with me and corrected my form without embarrassing me or making me feel like an idiot for not knowing how to do the exercises.  I think this is definitely going to go into my weekly class lineup because not only did I feel like I got an amazing workout but also the stretching helped my sore muscles from Monday and also helped me to not be as sore the next day.

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On a different yet still similar note: While reading different blogs, I’ve found that a lot of bloggers do a “weekly fitness” post.  Some do it as a tracking device for themselves and their followers, some do it to post different workouts and some are a mixture of both.  I’m going to start a “weekly fitness” post each week to not only have to put out there what I plan to do each week/what I actually did in order to hold myself accountable, but also to post great workout ideas that I come across so everyone can reap the benefits!

So this is my upcoming workout schedule:

Monday: arms, abs & assets class (I have to show my face again! Maybe this time I’ll be able to do more. Yes I know, wishful thinking)

Tuesday: rest please

Wednesday: Fluidity class

Thursday: personal trainer (no I’m not fancy, I got it for free when I joined the gym)

Friday: if you can call driving to Boston rest then yes I’m resting haha

Saturday: maybe a light jog or some body weight exercises. If I do this I’ll let you know so everyone can try it too!

Sunday: no way jose!

Hope everyone has a fantastic and patriotic 4th of July!

Have you recently joined a gym? Taken any good workout classes lately? Any recommendations for classes or exercises to do at home?  What are your 4th of July plans?

 

Weekend wrap-up!

Hi guys! So here goes nothing with post number 2. I decided for my second post to do a “weekend wrap-up” or basically a recap of the past weekend, combining it all into one post. I do apologize because it’s a bit of a long one I’m just so excited to have finally started blogging!

Friday: This past weekend I was up in Boston visiting Bill. I didn’t arrive until around 10:45pm and by the time we got back to Bill’s apartment it was around 11:15 so we just relaxed for a bit and then went to bed early.

Saturday: Since we went to bed early on Friday we were able to wake and get a head start on our day! I knew Bill had a lot of work to do so I offered to make breakfast and lunch for the day so he wouldn’t have to worry. For breakfast I made scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast with mashed up avocado (just a little salt & pepper to taste), and a smoothie. For the smoothie I used fresh mango, strawberries and blueberries, spinach, flaxseed, vanilla Greek yogurt, and almond milk. breakfast

While Bill did his work I set up my blog and wrote the first post (so exciting, ah!), did a very minor workout (hey, anything counts right?), and then walked to the grocery store to pick up things for lunch. When Bill finished studying we walked over to the park in Cleveland Circle to layout (don’t worry, we wore SPF) and have lunch. I was proud of us because instead of taking the T, which we normally would have, we walked the mile there and back and got in a little exercise. It is such an easy thing to do that we don’t always take advantage of, so I’m glad we did. It was one of our Healthy Beginnings!

For lunch I made us sandwiches that in my opinion tasted pretty darn good. The sandwiches were turkey with tomato, spinach, Swiss cheese, and instead of mayo I used Sabra Hummus. I normally am such a big fan of mayo, I even go so far as putting it on both pieces of bread. The hummus tasted amazing and it was such a different flavor, I highly recommend it! Then, we had baby carrots to dip in the rest of the hummus and fresh watermelon. The watermelon was gone in about .2 seconds, which isn’t surprising though because watermelon on a hot day is the best. lunchselfie

(Our #shamelessselfie at the park!)

Saturday night we just relaxed and made a semi healthy dinner and drank wine, but we were okay with that because we felt we had been really good during the day. Two out of three meals for us is such an accomplishment that I can’t be upset. Go us!

Sunday: Sunday we were supposed to wake up and take a Yoga Rocks the Park class but we decided to not go since we both really needed the sleep. I was a little bummed, even though Bill offered many times to still go even though we were both exhausted. It seemed like a really fun experience but we’ll just have to go another time. Instead of working out, we just laid around and watched more of Boardwalk Empire season 2 and ate the same breakfast as yesterday except this time with bacon as well (we’re not perfect…yet).

We then met Jenna and Ryan at Legal Harborside for a late lunch/early dinner. Spending time with them is always a fun occasion! The food was amazing of course, however we didn’t order the healthiest of options. I didn’t take any pictures but we ordered a sampling of raw oysters, the gluten free fried calamari, fried shrimp, and a clam and arugula pizza. We also had some delicious drinks, my favorite being the strawberry sangria! Yum! From there I took the bus back to New York to end my weekend.

What were all of your weekend plans? Anyone do anything exciting for the soccer games? Spend anytime outside? What are your favorite breakfast options? Any good picnic ideas or mayo substitutes for sandwiches? I would love to hear your ideas!

Here’s to my healthy beginnings…

For months I have been going back and forth trying to decide if I should write a blog or not and finally I decided, what the heck? Why not? If you know me, I’m always talking about things I want to do, but never following up on. This will be my change. It will be part of My Healthy Beginnings!

I chose the name My Healthy Beginnings because I am going to post my progress to healthy living in order to motivate myself to live a healthier lifestyle, while also hopefully encouraging others in the process. Currently I would describe myself as average. I occasionally workout and eat healthy, but by no means am I doing anything special. Yeah, sometimes I make quinoa and I’ve run a few 10k’s here and there, but am I a role model for the healthy living community? No way! I’m a little too friendly with chips, candy and basically anything fried or unhealthy for even my own liking lately. But that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. From this day on, I vow to make more of an effort to improve my entire quality of life, all the while sharing my ups and (hopefully fewer) downs on this blog for everyone to read!

See ya later chips & candy,

Susie