A bit of a funk

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I have had a rough few weeks. You know what they say, when it rains, it pours. Oyyy! My stress load has been a combination of financial issues, frustrations with my job, cramming in studying for exams and trying to get my physical fitness back in gear after my surgery recovery. It's been quite a load to handle. In addition to everything going on in my life I've had some horrible body image issues lately. I just haven't been feeling that good about myself. You know the feeling, when you … [Read more...]

Shedding that holiday weight gain

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There are three little words that I loathe. Three little words that will make most people retaliate with rock-solid New Years resolutions, promises to do better, do more, and push harder. Three little words that are practically unavoidable--at least for me. Holiday Weight Gain. Blah. As someone who follows a wholesome plant-based diet, and makes taking care of her body a top priority (I even got the oh-so-sweet compliment from my man earlier this week "You are probably the healthiest … [Read more...]

Post-op update

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Hello lovelies! My knee surgery went quite well on Wednesday, and I thought I'd give you all a bit of an update and share some of the good and (ehhh) not-so-good highlights. Since this was my second surgery for my PVNS (Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis), I went into it with a rough idea of what to expect beforehand and throughout the recovery process. The surgery was outpatient, so I was in and out within a couple of hours. I was scheduled for 2 pm, but they requested I be in at 12:45 to get … [Read more...]

Road to Recovery

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a safe a happy holiday, and are enjoying the last moments of holiday bliss before heading back to work, school and regular routines. I was able to have a Christmas with both my mom and my dad this year, which made me incredibly grateful beyond words. It's a good thing I got some fun times in these past few weeks, because the next couple of weeks are going to be a challenge. On Wednesday I'm having an arthroscopic knee surgery, followed by 2 weeks of … [Read more...]

A Friday Fitness Feature: Run Girl, Run!

A Friday Fitness Feature: Run Girl, Run!

Today is a guest post by one of my favorite blogger gals, the lovely Kate Lainey from With a Heart Full of Daisies. I've been reading Kate's blog since I first started blogging, and even though we have slightly different blogging styles I feel like I can really connect with her because she always speaks from the heart. Her blog is full of gorgeous photos and ideas centered around home decorating, fashion, healthy eating and lifestyle, fitness and life's moments. She just got married this summer … [Read more...]

Eating healthy on vacation: a little indulgence is okay

Eating healthy on vacation: a little indulgence is okay

One of the most challenging things about vacation can be sticking to healthy eating habits. At least for me! But I also believe in enjoying special indulgences in moderation, and living in the moment sometimes, because one of life's greatest pleasures is good food. We all know that. Just this afternoon I enjoyed 2 spicy bloody marys the size of my face and shared a huge basket of french fries and onion rings as an afternoon snack with some friends, followed by a veggie burger the size of Lake … [Read more...]

A Friday Fitness Feature: My lil brother!

A Friday Fitness Feature: My lil brother!

Today I am thrilled to feature a guest post by one of my favorite fitness and healthy lifestyle experts... my lil brother! :) My younger brother Matt has been an athlete and fitness buff for most of his life, but in the past recent years he's really taken a change with things and completely dedicated himself to his training. He has a great story to share along with some interesting tidbits on how he stays dedicated to his lifestyle and some encouraging words for others. Take it away bro!Hi … [Read more...]

Bikram Yoga. I’m lovin’ it.

Bikram Yoga. I'm lovin' it.

Happy Friday lovelies! I hope everybody had an exciting week :) My week was spent doing pretty much what I have been doing all summer: work, summer school and taking care of my knee. Fun stuff! Ha. Although in broader terms, I am feeling I little bit better and I think it's partly due to yoga. I've been stretching out my muscles and limbs, increasing my circulation, flexibility and core strength. It's pretty much the only form of exercise my knee can handle right now. But yoga gives me so much … [Read more...]

Some lazy days and beans and greens

Some lazy days and beans and greens

I've been in a bit of a lazy mode this week. It's really easy for me to get like this and sometimes I have to sort of force myself out of my lazy hermit-like shell. Let me explain. Most days, I work from home. Most of my work with my mom's company is doable with my tush plopped right on the couch. And to make matters worse, the two classes I'm taking this summer are online. This week I'm on a tight deadline with some huge projects due early next week, so let's just say I've had a lot of … [Read more...]

New shoes cure the blues!

New shoes cure the blues!

In honor of kale week I've been starting every morning with a delicious kale smoothie. If you haven't tried kale in smoothies I don't blame you for hesitating. It sounds strange, and once upon a time I crinkled my nose at the thought. But nowadays, green smoothies are my fuel and my energy and I hardly let a day go by without one! :)If you are new to green smoothies the best green to start with is spinach, because it is so mild and you won't taste it when it's combined with fruits. After you get … [Read more...]