Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday! My weekend was a little ehh, nothing too fun going on, Friday night I worked and saturday I went to coffee(tea for me) with a old high school friend followed by my sisters prom pictures, she looked gorgeous, she had one of the prettiest dresses

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Then headed to work for a few hrs.

My three day juicing turned into two days of fruits and veggies, had to cut it to two days because we went out to eat for dad’s birthday today. We went to olive garden where I had

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Confession time: I brought my own dressing

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Everyone had a good laugh.

Well I’m going to get a workout in and hopefully finish my book, that’s due today, whoops. Spring break is officially over after tomorrow, booo. Went by so fast, but it was a lot of fun!

Hope everyone had a good weekend 🙂

Would you ever bring your own dressing?

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Breath of fresh air

Summer is almost here!! It’s so hard to believe it’s almost May, these months have flown by. I got back to my healthy ways early January, after picking up bad habits for 7 months! It’s been a difficult journey, I was at my “happy weight” for two years and now I’m back to square one. But like Joyce Meyer always says “you may not be where you wanna be, but at least your not where you use to be”. Truth. I’ve come a long way, ya I eat meat now and sugar but thinking back I may have been a bit extreme, ya it definitely worked for me but it could have also been the reason I got sick, I guess we’ll never know for sure. I haven’t really been losing weight, although I’ve been eating much better and exercising at least 5 times a week, sometimes even fitting two workouts in a day. But I’m really starting to crack down on my “diet”, my goal is to lose 5 pounds by the end of May, and with this I’m challenging myself with a few different things which I will talk about on the first of May. I’ll be juicing for another 3 days, I feel SO good when I juice, I surprisingly have so much energy. I came across this yesterday

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I’ll be most likely following this plan and along with spring cleaning internally, I’ll be spring cleaning externally. Before I got sick I was one of the most tidiest and organized person, everything had it’s place. I don’t like blaming things on my sickness but it’s hard not to because it threw my life in disarray, but little by little getting back to my old self. I’ve been laughing more and just enjoying simplicity.
Yesterday was such a relaxing day:

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Got a mani/pedi

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Spent some time at Lake Katherine. So beautiful.

And this got me so excited. I absolutely love watermelon. My friend and I devoured a whole watermelon before, no lie. Yes we were at the el baño all night! Haha

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And this came in the mail!!

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Started it yesterday, so far so good!

Off to kickboxing class! Have a great day.

Any weight-loss or maintenance goals?

Are you organized? If so, what helps you stay that way?

“Eated Out”

Yes I totally made up that word.
I’ve been eating out so much since my friend came into town and I got to say, I am sick of it! But I did have some yummy salads.

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The first one is a Greek salad from Giordano’s(had anchovies for the first time, disgusting!) and the second is a goat cheese and beets salad with balsamic vinegar, one my all-time favorites! Rewind a bit, before dinner today we played dress up! We had too much fun

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It’s been a great extended weekend! We spent all day downtown yesterday, beautiful weather!

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But I’m ready to get back to my routine!! Especially my sleeping and workout schedule.

How many times a month do you eat out?

Bits of happiness

This past month I’ve been doing a study in Ecclesiastes and it really has got me thinking about my life, and the importance of enjoying everyday as it comes. Solomon continues to bring up the importance of eating, drinking and being merry. This world is so dark and perverse, and it’s so easy to get caught up in it, letting worry and discouragement take over, leading to host of problems. I’ve had many ups and downs in my life, and I’m still going through one of the biggest trials, but I’m learning how to leave it behind and make the best of what’s in front of me. Easier said than done, it’s definitely a process and I tell myself I need 3 more months until I’m “me” again, but I’ve vowed to be “me” now. These last few months have been a roller coaster to say the least, but I’m improving daily, and these last few days I’ve been laughing myself silly, laughter really is medicine for the soul!

It’s the little things that make me happy. Yesterday was filled with happiness

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Coconut Dates from WF!

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Two for $5 Kombucha Tea + Free Health magazine + carrots and honey dew

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Spent some time at the barn! How cute are they??

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Yes, that’s a pig!

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And some bowling!

What are some things that make you happy?

Do you take the time to enjoy each day or do you feel you just rush through?

Hit By A Bus

I had a great, long weekend that’s still not officialIy over. I have a friend from out of the country staying with me for a few days, so I’ve been busy entertaining him.

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Lady’s man!

He got in late Friday night so I ended up just staying in Friday night and watching Maid in Manhattan(don’t ask) with my sister. Come Saturday, it was much too cold to go into the city so we decided to go to Naperville and have a late lunch with my sistas and some friends. Ok so definitely learned a few lessons…don’t customize your salad or you’ll end up with this

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I could have basically made this at home! (the dressing was good though, balsamic reduction! First time I ever had it, it’s basically slow cooked on the stove top) But it’s totally my fault, I’ll know better next time. My friend ordered an eggplant salad that I was initially was going to get, he kindly shared some with me…SO good, definitely going to get that next time

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We dined for quite some time, basically until they started mean bugging(yes I just used that word) us.

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Afterwards we took a nice walk along the Riverwalk

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And here comes lesson number 2

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Coffee at 5pm! Stay tuned…

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We all headed to my house to hang out and watch a movie. By the time everyone left it was already 1am, I thought I would I crash..boy was I wrong, I tossed and turned for four hrs before remembering I had coffee at 5pm!! I forgot to make it decaf! The worst feeling ever…mind you I’m usually in bed by 9:30 on the weekdays and 12 the latest on the weekend, well depending on what I’m doing.

Oh and did I mention I had a cup in the morning

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The cup is ginormous, the photo doesn’t do it justice, I’ll have to take a pic of it next to a “regular” cup one day.

One good thing did come out of that sleepless, concert search! So many coming up this summer, can’t wait. So after hrs of listening to music and googling I finally fell asleep, only having to wake up two hrs later for church, I “felt” rested. After church we went out for sushi

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I had the first two maki’s on the left and cups of yummy green tea. It hit the spot. But my friend didn’t think so, I wish I would have videotaped his reaction. Priceless. Poor guy. I have to remind myself that not everyone shares my taste-buds.

By the time we got home it was practically time to go to church again (yes I go to church twice a day) so off to church we went and out to eat we went AGAIN, this time I didn’t customize my salad.

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We chatted for a bit and by the time it was time to disperse, I felt as if a bus hit me. So drained, so instead of continuing the night at my friends house I let my friend have all the fun and I headed home. So not like me, but my sleep is so precious to me. I’m
currently running on 6 hrs of sleep (my body wakes me up at 6-6:45 every morning) and I definitely don’t feel my best, I mean I’m use to getting at least 8 hrs of sleep, but this breakfast fueled me just right

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Vanilla yogurt, kashi go lean cereal, raisins and dates. One word. Yum. I’m going to try to get a nap in today, tonight will be another long night!

How’s your sleeping schedule?

Coffee mishaps?

Rekindled love.

Hola! I love experimenting with food so I thought I would try something new.

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I use to be obsessed with sweet potatoes to the point I even stared a blog called “sweet-potato love” (didn’t keep up with it). But I just ended up getting bored of them, so I thought I would mix it up a bit. For lunch yesterday I had half a sweet potato with cinnamon, salt and unsweetened apple sauce.

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Oh my gosh, SO good. My mom had the other half with parmesan cheese, odd duo but also very tasty. I’ll definitely be adding them back in my diet. And I’ve been seeing sweet potato fries on a lot of blogs lately, I have a hankering for some!

Well I’m off to get a good workout in before spending the day in the citttaaay ! Have a lovely day!

How do you eat your sweet potato?

Popcorn Mishap

Is it just me or did this week just fly by? I’m looking forward to this weekend, get to play tourist in the city (I have a friend visiting from out of the country). Yesterday was my first day back to “normal” eating, boy was I excited! I’m a big snacker so when I came across this little guy (the seasoning) I jumped on it

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It’s buffalo popcorn seasoning! But let me tell ya I was greatly disappointed, every time i went to shove the popcorn in my mouth I would start coughing as if I was choking, well basically I did choke, the powder was just so overpowering! So I just had to exchange it to this

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Love love love and the best thing? Zero cals!

When I first started my health journey I steered clear of popcorn thinking it wasn’t a healthy snack, but that’s if you get the packaged kind, I usually make my popcorn on the stove or in microwave in a brown bag and add either cinnamon or salt but I’m glad I can now switch it up. Archer farms also has a salt and vinegar one which I will definitely buy in the near future.

According to USA Today popcorn is rich in polyphenols- antioxidants that prevent damage to cells and of course it’s a whole grain!

I’m SOLD! 🙂

Do you eat popcorn?

What’s your favorite seasoning?

How do you make your popcorn?

Donzo

Day 3 is complete. It went by so quickly. I was famished this morning, 3 days is perfect, although I might attempt to do a 7 day one soon, we shall see.

Yesterday was such a busy day, I felt as if I was running around all day. Which was probably a good thing otherwise I would have been thinking about food all day, it definitely helps to stay busy when going through a detox of some sort. After reading some blogs I got some ideas for the rest of this weeks eats—-grocery shopping! One of my favorite things to do

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After grocery shopping I rushed to a burst class, which are being held at a chiropractor’s office(he also did the juicing workshop at whole foods the day before) for FREE every week! It’s basically 5 or 6 exercises for 20secs, 3 sets of each. It’s basically a 12 min workout! I definitely need more than 12mins so this will be added to my workouts just to add some variety, it’s about a 5min drive. After that mini workout I took a nice long walk with a friend, much needed! I barely worked out during this detox, but I’m not complaining, it’s been a nice break, but I’m back in full gear 🙂

After a long day I cracked these two open

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On a coconut kick these days!

Can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I’m finally on spring break (still have to do an online final, but I’m almost there!)

Have a great day, make someone smile today.

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Get those GREENS

Yesterday was day 2 of my 3 day mini juice detox. I had a concoction of
kale, ginger, apple, beet, and baby carrots and half an avocado (whoops) upon waking up. By far one of my favorites, who would have thought kale would be so tasty? Love.

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I had class today for a bit and had a class presentation to prepare for where I was surrounded by chocolate (chocolate=perfect score!) and came across this little wrapper that made me laugh

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Ah if only it was that simple. Life.

I got home from school around 5pm and was famished so I had the same 8 ounce concoction from that morning, with two cups of lemon tea, my go-to tea this week!

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Had some time to kill so I started a new book by Karen Kingsbury from her Bailey Flannigan series, called Loving it’s the last one in the series 😦 I’ve become so attached to these characters, but all good things must come to an end, sooner or later. After some reading I headed off to a juicing “workshop” at whole foods, had some yummy samples and was really encouraged by the presenter who is a chiropractic doctor, loved his passion and enthusiasm! I also scored a complimentary health evaluation at his office today, really looking forward to it.

On my way out grabbed one of these, I absolutely love coconut, the taste reminded me of Kombucha tea, definitely not as strong but close

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Off to get a facial! And hopefully I’ll be able to fit in a work out 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

A little THIS THAT

Yesterday was a fun day, my sister and I went to a Windy City live taping (I think it only airs in Chicago)

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Out of 65 people my sister’s name was drawn, she won a book on preservation, early mothers day gift? Lol

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Winning is fun! It brought me back to the times I’ve won different things, you would think as you get older the excitement would die…nope not for me! But anyway, yesterday was day one of my juice detox, I had some juice from Jamba (I made sure no added sugars)

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Then I made a ginger, beet, celery, and carrots concoction. Yum. It could have used an apple or two though.

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Afterwards I headed off to Starbucks to do some hw with a friend, where I had a passionfruit tea (they need more variety) I had to fight the urge to get a latte, I only recently started drinking coffee and I’m HOOKED. I use to be such a tea person, don’t get me wrong I still love tea but there’s something about the smell and warmth of coffee in my hand….it releases serotonin? I just made that up, but who knows.

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After freezing my tail off in Starbucks I had to warm up so my friend and I decided to go for a jog/walk, the sun decided to show up so I instantly warmed up, I mainly walked and did some lunges, I was planning on going to kickboxing at 8pm but I fell asleep at 7:30pm!!! I sure am rested. Ready to take on this day, I have a final and presentation and then one more online final and my spring break can finally start. Have a great day everyone!

Are you a coffee or tea person?

Have you ever been to a show taping?