Good Morning!

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Monday. It’s always the worst coming out of a weekend and realizing that you cannot sleep in, you cannot smoke another bowl in the morning, you cannot have the breakfast cocktail you so desire. I allow myself to have Sunday Fatday for my cravings and fixes so I usual wake up to a still full tummy which is never a good feeling. It is also a good reminder of how you feel when you eat slightly unhealthily and how the rest of the week you should stick to your strict food and exercise schedules.

Monday is also the day I regain my strength. Get back into the mindset I need to be in to complete the week, get a step closer to my ultimate goals. My Monday morning kick-starters are usually a Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha and definitely lots of coffee with some sort of flavoring. Remember, you can only be powerful if you keep up your level of success and intensity that is being powerful. I just love the word…. POWERFUL.

Kombucha is one of my most essential healthy items. It has so many benefits for you, and really helps your digestion. There are many types of Kombucha but GTs is most definitely my recommended product. SO GOOD.

http://www.synergydrinks.com

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This week is EXTREMELY exciting to me because I get to go up to NY and move into my new apartment!It’s always to fun to have a new place. Especially when you live with your best friends!

So as this is a short week for me, this is a good week because I can live a little extravagant and careless for a few days which is definitely something that I need. A TRUE VACATION is what I need to take, but that never just seems to be on my table of decision making. For all of you with the Monday blues, remember, put on some extra lipstick and put your powerful face on and prove to yourself all the things you can do. Remember to love yourself and to never be ORDINARY.

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Fresh Food and Justified Laziness

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Now I know that I say that I am living breathing proof that you can be a successful and powerful person while giving into your devilish side too, but there are some days, weekends, or even weeks that you need to just give it all up. This weekend was certainly that for me. After working so much, such ridiculous hours and all the crazy expectations the past few weeks, I haven’t had a moment to relax. Not one. I took this weekend to do nothing. I couldn’t even write a new post!! I used to feel so weird if I wasn’t being productive or partying my life away on a weekend but now? I use it for rest and relaxation that I never seem to achieve.

Besides sleeping for most of the weekend… (when I say sleeping, I mean knocked out for most of the day and night), I use weekends that I am home and being lazy good for grocery shopping, meal planning and binging on the fresh produce you can find at Farmer’s Markets.

Especially making fresh fruit, veggie and protein salads for the summer that you can take out and snack on at anytime. Below are two salads that I frequently make and use as leafy green salad toppers. Kale, romaine, mesclun, and baby spinach are all different greens filled with fiber, nutrients and a lot of flavor.


Summer Corn Salad – Corn, red onions, peppers, parsley, cilantro, garlic, onion powder, sriracha, butter.

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Cucumber Dill Salad – Cucumber, red onion, garbanzo beans, dill, greek yogurt, garlic cloves, onion powder, celery salt.

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I have MANY recipes for fresh salads if anyone finds them to be of there liking with specific ingredient amounts and such. I was trained in the kitchen and have a spectacular eye for culinary expertise! I will be starting to post the best recipes I can come up with to keep better track of the things that I love! It will also go along with my challenge for the week. Eat fresh everyone! 🙂

Challenge 1

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I will be posting challenges I give myself for the week. I like to change up my routine and so doing different challenges helps me to keep on track will keeping these new and different.

The week of Monday July 21st:

1. Do not miss 10,000 Steps for 7 Days Straight

2. 30 Minutes of Yoga – 3 Times this Week

3. One Carbohydrate a Day (ex. sandwich, pasta, pretzels)

You would be surprised how simple these rules are and how easy they are to break them. Most people do not even make 5,000 steps a day, which is direct information to why obesity is almost a novelty banner for Americans. Let me know how your weekly challenge goes so I can provide feedback!

This Week in Health & Fitness

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Considering that I sit in an office all day programming and such, it is very important I eat healthy and keep active. Of course my Fitbit helps with that, but it doesn’t discipline me or give me ideas to use for food and workout. 

This week has also been crazy. I don’t even have time to workout coming in at 6 am and leaving at 4 pm at the earliest. Then there are chores, errands and all the yawning and caffeine in between. These are some key tips and rules I follow. 

1. One thing people love is coffee. Caffeinated lattes full of syrups and whip cream. Justify that it is your coffee of the day, your morning treat… fine, but all those calories are NOT good for you. I am the same way. I loveeeee my coffee, iced lattes are especially my favorite. What I do to counter the calories is get all my drinks made with skim/non-fat milk or soy milk. I even have brought Starbucks a thing of Almond milk before to make my drink. Say no to the whip cream and syrup and you can really enjoy your coffee without sacrificing your favorite morning latte. 

2. BREAKFAST is SO IMPORTANT – Believe what you want, but eating a breakfast every morning is key to starting your day and kick starting your metabolism into gear. It helps you maintain your weight and eating habits a lot more easily. Simple fixes are yogurt, fruit, almonds, Kefir or Kashi Go-Lean whole grain cereals. I personally will do this 2/5 days a week, but I LOVE my breakfast. Starbucks and Panera are my quick stops in the morning if I don’t have time to cook my own or want the cooks at my job to make me breakfast. They have great low calorie sandwiches with egg whites, spinach, wheat flat breads, etc. for a healthy quick fix. I have yet to mention my addiction to Hot Sauce yet, but essential to all my breakfasts. Egg white omelettes, veggies, turkey sausage and always Rye or Whole Grain breads are the way to go. 

3. HOT SAUCE is ESSENTIAL to me. Hot sauce is very good for your metabolism. The capsaicin which creates the heat speeds up digestion and your metabolism in a good way. Frank’s Hot Sauce, Sriracha and Chipotle Tabasco sauces are all apart of my diet.

4. SALADS are so goof for filling up and eating a lot without all of the adverse calorie effects. I eat salads 1-2 times a day and they are my favorite food. Anything just tastes better over a fresh bed of lettuce to me.

5. STOP EATING WHITE BREADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Literally switching everything white to whole grain is the most essential thing for your diet. It is so much better for you and your digestion and you can really tell. I personally think that Rye and Whole Grain breads taste millions times better than a plain bagel or very white slice of bread.  

6. SNACKING is the best. I snack all day long and it helps so that I don’t reach a starving point of the day. Carrots with dip, almonds, grapes and yogurt are all apart of my snacking of the day. The small amount of calories is not something I hate to sacrifice if it saves me from gorging at the end of the day. 

7. My last tip is for Stoners. Now I understand munchies…. I understand more than most. I get them very frequently. It is a great to have all these little healthy snacks stocked up, pre-cut and dip made before you smoke or before you get tired because then your snacking dilemmas are already solved. I don’t want to hear an excuse for eating horrible foods either. 1-2 times a week is okay if you can keep a steady diet for the rest of the week. 

FITBIT

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To all of you fitness junkies, FITBIT users (specifically the FLEX) and those who want ot become more healthy, using the FITBIT FLEX has turned me into an even more aggressive and disciplined person. Tracks your steps, calculates the calories In/Out and so much more.

1. It’s ACTUALLY Fashionable – There are many colors you can choose from, to even go with your outfit of the day. Below is some of the brighter colors, but there are darker and neutral bands to… Everyone needs a little BLACK in their life.

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2. TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE LAZY. What you don’t realize about an office job is that you sit. And sit. And SIT. Even working out isn’t enough it seems like. Tracking your steps is super beneficial. Especially when you first start, you can learn how little you do a day and do much more! If you keep raising your goals and stay within your calorie intake…. You will really notice a difference.

3. HUMANS DON’T NEED A LOT OF FOOD. So many people eat double to triple the calories they truly need to in fatty and processed foods. Eating natural and drinking water is key to a healthy life.

I know you hear this a lot. From everyone, magazines, books, etc. Laugh it off if you want, really it is your choice. But endorphins and a great healthy body is something that is always positive.

 

Hello!

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I have always found that I am a very unique person that walks this planet. I have high expectations, am too smart for my own good, experiment with many mind altering things, have a CRAZY and BRILLIANT group of friends, and have a lot of interests that do not mesh at all with the way that I present myself.

My STYLE is a huge part of my life. You will never see me in a pair of sweatpants unless I am coming from the gym. Which leads to the fact that I am obsessed with FITNESS, health and living well. my FITBIT is my one accessory I do not take off (except to change the band colors of course). I love learning. Math, science, physics, programming… I love trying to figure out the way the world works. I see nature in two different ways: the beauty and the mathematical model that can be defined that made that flower. I have a slight dark side to myself also. Vampires, bones, mythology, and the underworld are fascinating to me. I will talk a lot about books, quotes and authors, the creepiness and mystery of life.

I am a stoner. I tell this to most people and they laugh like I am joking. I LOVE smoking and getting high. It helps me to slow down and really take a second to appreciate the little things. I have had many mind altering experiences with various substances and going to festivals and removing myself from the general aspects of humanity is something I also love to do. My FRIENDS are the most important thing to me in my life. They are all beautiful and amazing. Loyal, brilliant, and crazy. LIKE BAT SHIT CRAZY. They understand me in ways I never will myself.

This blog is about my life, how to juggle stress, be successful, have too much fun and do it all with elegance along the way.

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