Wellness Wednesday

A Cleanse Journey

July 23rd, 2014 — 9:23am

Cleanse

I am on my third and final day of a juice cleanse! I went with Project Juice for my first 3 day cleanse. In all honesty it is not as hard as I thought it would be. The first day I had sort of a weird loopy feel, but other then that I am feeling great. I am not plagued with constant hunger, and my energy level is normal. I don’t feel fatigued or incapable of functioning (I was scared that would happen to me)… The juices taste really good. The all veggie ones are a bit harder to chug down, but I think I am getting more used to the flavor because it is not as hard for me now as it was when I first started drinking juice. By the end of the day I am a little over it though and am having a hard time drinking the “mylk” drinks. I have always had an aversion to milk and even though these are non-dairy healthy drinks I haven’t been able to finish one. I saved the best for last and tonight will hopefully be able to get through my mint chip “mylk” shake! I am hardcore crushing on the juices with pineapple in them. I have one juice a day that has pineapple in it and it is by far the one I look forward to the most!

So why did I decide to do a juice cleanse? Well I went through about a 3 week period of not treating my body the way it likes to be treated. Due to the bad eating and drinking I knew I wanted to give my body a break and detox. I was quite nervous committing to the three day cleanse, but I am so happy I ended up doing it. Now that I am on my 3rd day I can see how some people become addicted to them. I don’t think every experience I would have doing one would go like this, but so far I am feeling great!

Here are some of the things that have ran through my mind while going through this experience:

  • First sip, this juice tastes awesome! Ugh I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this when I’m only 1/2 way through the bottle.
  • I miss food… It’s not so much that I am hungry, but it’s the time/meaning behind eating meals I miss.
  • Yes I don’t have to get up early to get my breakfast/lunch together for work (huge win!)
  • This juice did not taste like this yesterday…
  • How am I supposed to already start drinking another juice when I haven’t yet finished the one I started 2 hours ago???

So yeah those are just some of the many thoughts running through my mind while doing this. I truly do miss eating and like I said it’s not even because I am hungry. I never fully realized the intent I put behind my meals or what I do when eating them… Food is a good thing. So come this Thursday I will be going back to my healthy eating! I plan on having very limited gluten, and as little to no dairy/refined sugars as possible. With my big NYC trip coming up I want to look/feel great so as committed as I can be to wellness during this time is what I am sticking with!

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Travel Attire

July 18th, 2014 — 4:00am

In less than a month I will be in my favorite city ever! Yep NYC here I come. I am so so so excited!!! I have not been to the city in summer months in quite a few years. I am looking forward to the heat and hopefully multiple Mister Softie frozen cones. My trip is jam packed with back to back shows. Hopefully I’ll catch up with some of my NYC friends I’ve made over the years and just have the most wonderful time. It is definitely going to be a whirlwind of a trip, but I’m ready for the madness! I am already trying to put outfits together to help transition me from day sightseeing, matinees and brunches/lunches out. This is what I’ll most likely be wearing most days while in NYC.

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A light dress is super important. I prefer linen or blends over cotton when traveling in warmer/humid climates. Cotton is great, but if you are sweating it’s not so great. I love this linen shift dress from Madewell. It screams summer boho chic and looks super comfortable. A good pair of sandals is a must for all the walking I’ll be doing. I try and take as little public transportation as possible and walk my way through the city. Now and then the subway is necessary, but I know while in NYC I will hit my 10,000 steps a day goal by noon! When traveling I always try to bring a hat of some sorts. Of course I am covered in SPF, but I like the extra protection a hat offers me when spending hours out in the sun seeing the sights, shopping or doing whatever. The key to bringing a hat when traveling is finding a hat that can either be worn while in transit to your destination or that can go in your suitcase with not taking up much room. I’ve said this countless times on this here blog, but I am a sunglasses girl. The more pairs I have the happier I am. While I do love sunnies I try and only bring a pair or maybe 2 when traveling. I’ll bring my darker ones that can be mixed with any type of outfit. During my day outings I tend to carry an all purpose type of bag that can fit quite a bit (especially if shopping)! My day bag needs to be able to carry my wallet, phone, glass cases, camera, sunscreen, chapstick, snacks, note pad, pens, water bottle… You get the drift?! It needs to be big! I haven’t been that great of taking pictures with a real camera my last few travel ventures… I really need to change that. I am loving this Samsung NX300 camera in white! It’s not as bulky as a big DSLR (still on my wish list), but it has great reviews and sounds like it takes great pictures!

So there you have it… My day one attire or attire of my dreams! :)

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What If…

July 17th, 2014 — 7:28am

What If??? Do you ever find yourself asking that question? I know I do… It can apply to so many things in life. What if I didn’t eat that cookie? What if I did eat that cookie? No not all my what ifs revolve around food, but you get the drift. Can men and women be friends? That’s a hard one to answer. I cannot wait to see this movie and see how they answer that question.

So world out there, tell me what you think. Can men and women be friends?

I fall into the situational answer of yes/no depending on the time/moment/person. For the most part I find it hard to start new friendships with men at an older age. When you are younger and there are not so many experiences you’ve had it’s much easier. At an older age so many more what ifs come into play when trying to have a friendship with really anyone… What will other people think? Are we equal in this friendship partnership? Does one person want more/less? It’s a toughy if you ask me. I’m lucky to have a few really great friends who are male, but they fall into the category of knowing each other since middle school…

Happy Thursday everyone! One more day till Friday and till a very fun weekend for me!

 

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Hello! I’m Back…

July 11th, 2014 — 9:10am

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Hello! I’ve missed this platform of mine. I am happy to report I have been away for really good reasons and I am finally at a place where I can now devote some more time to this blog I love so much. Today I am completing my 4th week at a new job. Yes that’s right after 7 years I left my previous company for a new and better adventure. I had been feeling for quite some time (probably 2 years) that my past employer was no longer fulfilling my professional needs. Of course it was deeper than just that, but overall I was very unhappy. After much help from friends (Thank You Danielle) I got my resume in order and was raring to go on job interviews. I put a few applications out there, but didn’t get any bites and then… That’s right I found a posting that seemed to good to be true! I knew someone who worked for the company and did my due diligence and reached out. After their extremely encouraging words I applied for the job and BAM 4 weeks later I have never been happier.

2014 is shaping up to be a really great year. Of course there are ups and downs, but overall I am loving life and trying to live it to the fullest. I took the plunge and bought a long weekend trip to NYC in August. I was tired of telling myself to not do these things, or to be practical or blah blah blah… I gave myself every excuse in the book. After calming myself down I bought a plane ticket and cannot wait to see Neil Patrick Harris on stage! My Broadway Nerd will be shining loud and proud come August!

I am going to start my transition back to blogging slowly. I want it to be meaningful and true to who I am. I am going to bring a more heavy emphasis on wellness and the impact my lifestyle changes have had on me these last couple of months. I am looking to be transparent, relevant and honest with having lots of fun! Hope you’ll stick with me!

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Wellness Wednesday // Changes

June 4th, 2014 — 9:58am

I am seeing so many positive changes through this healthy lifestyle I am living. Strictly eating a diet with no gluten, dairy or refined sugar can be hard at times, but really not as hard as I bet a lot of people think. I still get the comments on “will you not be able to eat out” or “let me know when you are not doing this” and I think to myself um I can go out now and I am not going to stop doing this to accommodate you… I am not trying to be harsh, but I have not felt this great in like forever and why would I want to stop feeling this great? I can’t think of an answer. Am I never going to eat gluten/dairy/refined sugar? Of course not, I am human and I like beer! Well I like many things that have those ingredients in them, but for the most part I am going to stick to this lifestyle. For the first time in so many years my body is super regular and I like the regularity!

Do I think eating whole natural foods is the only reason I am feeling so awesome? Nope… I am working out a considerably more and for the first time I am actually putting effort into strength training. This aspect in getting fit has always been the hardest for me to adopt and now that I am finding fun and interesting ways to do so I am loving it and I really think it is a huge contributor to my success. I’ve lost inches, gained muscle and of course lost some fat along the way too. I am nowhere near where I want to be, but each workout is getting me closer to that point. Ideally by the end of summer I would like to lose 7% of body fat! I know I can do it!

So now that I mentioned a body fat goal I have, here are a few other intentions I would like to reach by the end of summer (let’s say end of August):

  • Hold 2 minute plank
  • Do 10 real pushups (no knee ones for me)
  • Fit into my skinny white jeans
  • Complete a bar method class in full (no getting out of positions)
  • Try one new workout!

So there you have it! Those are some of my fun/realistic/challenging intentions I am striving to meet by the end of August!

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