TGIF.

Seriously ya’ll can I just say how happy I am that this week is ending. Like I seriously need to take some vacation time because work is killin’ me lately! And I have been exhausted lately, like get in bed at 8:30 exhausted haha #grandmaproblems.

But anyways my lovely friend Sarah over at Pickyrunner nominated my for the Liebster Award and since Fridays are great for being lazy I will definitely take a little Q & A sesh instead of something more serious. So without further ado…lets get on this!

1) What does your ideal weekend look like?

Hmmm ok well lets start with Friday night…ideally I would come home put on my sweat pants and have some friends over for a little girls night aka we would drink wine and eat yummy snacks…maybe throw on The Notebook for good measure. Saturday would then consist of sleeping in later than normal, have some coffee and chat with my momma, go for a long run along the beach, and then have a fun event to go to Saturday night. And finally Sunday I would get up and go for a walk, then meet up with friends for brunch, and finally spend the evening relaxing with my family. haha wait this is pretty much my weekend most of the time haha so I guess I am pretty content with my little routines!

2) What’s your favorite form of social media?

Definitely Instagram. I love it because it’s super easy to scroll through and I love seeing just little snapshots of everyone’s days. It is much simpler than facebook and I like all the filters too! haha

3) What’s your favorite quote?

So I feel like I love quotes..like I always scan through the Pinterest quote section because there is nothing better than reading a few short sentences and having them resonate with you or with something you are going through. So because I kind of have a lot of favorite quotes I have decided just to share a few of them.

Be thankful

Leonardo da Vinci

70 Quotes About Love and Relationships | inspirationfeed.com - Part 2

Believe in yourself.  Raise your frequency. Visit Waverider @ http://www.waveridermp3.com/brainwave-entrainment-raise-vibration-isochronic-mp3/ #raise vibration #light

See…I told you I had a lot! I probably could have posted a million more, but I stopped myself at 5!

4) If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?

Hmm this is hard! There are sooo many places I want to travel to, so once again I am not going to pick one… I will share the few places that are on the top of my list!

santorini, greece

Santorini, Greece. Probably only because I thought it was GORGEOUS after watching The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Lame..I know!

Paris in the fall

Paris obviously…because what girl doesn’t want to go there! But I would preferably like to go with a boyfriend or husband…I mean it is the city of love!

New York City provides spectacular canvas for the moon as it traverses the sky.

New York!! I can’t believe I have actually never been to the east coast. So this needs to happen like ASAP! And New York is just so iconic, there are so many spots I want to go within the city.

England

England! I was an english and history double major in college, so I think it’s pretty obvious why England is on the top of my list. I love all the history encompassed there, I think I would just spend all of my time wandering around and visiting all the historic spots. Ah this trip needs to happen soon.

I could list so many more places I want to go…Napa, Hawaii, back to New Orleans, Savannah, Italy, Ireland…seriously once I start makin some moolah I will most definitely be using it to travel!

5) Who would you want to spend every day with for the rest of your life if you could only choose one person?

Well, I have always been a romantic at heart so I mean I would love to find and marry my soul mate and then spend every day with them! A little corny I know, but hey it’s the truth.

da truth.

6) What’s your favorite movie?

Ah, I don’t know why this question is so hard for me..but it totally is! I mean again I will list my top faves…Wizard of Oz, Back To The Future, Walk The Line, Hocus Pocus, Sandlot, Home Alone, The Notebook, Skeleton Key, Twister…I have an eclectic taste.

7) What’s your favorite sport to watch?

Now this one is easy…HOCKEY!!! My parents are super into hockey and so we go to games like all the time! But really this sport is awesome…it’s face paced, people fight each other, the players are hotties, games don’t last forever (like football), and it’s just as fun to watch on the TV as it is to go to games. Well, going to games is actually way better…but I’m just as entertained watching it at home!

8) What’s your favorite thing about your favorite season?

Well I go back and forth on what my favorite season is…but I think I am going to have to go with summer. I love that it stays light so late, I love being able to go for evening walks when it’s still warm out, I love going to the beach, I love the 4th of July, I love bbqs, I love feeling tan, I love bonfires, I love waking up early to go kayaking with my mom, I love boat rides….clearly there is a lot I love about summer! I mean there’s nothing like a California summer!

sunsets

9) What is your biggest inspiration?

This is a tough one. I think my biggest inspiration for how I live my life now has a lot to do with my recovery from my eating disorder. It taught me that I have so much to live for and so many people who care for me and that inspired me to want to become the very best version of myself that I could be. However, I am also very spiritual so I draw a lot of my daily inspiration from God. I truly find strength in my faith and trust in God and his plan for me. Things may not always go the way that I want them to, but at the end of the day it is my spirituality that keeps me inspired to keep going when things get rough.

10) If you could pick any milkshake flavor/combination, what would it be? (I need some ideas!)

hahaha only Sarah would ask this question…but hm let me think about this. Here are so possible flavor combos that are my personal faves….cake batter and cookie dough, chocolate and butterfinger, banana/graham cracker/peanut butter, plain old vanilla and m&ms (think old school mcflurry), chocolate/caramel/cookie dough….and I think that about fulfills my ice cream quota for the day. Def going to be hitting up Coldstone at some point this weekend. You can add that to my ideal weekend plan haha

So anyways there you have it! Hope you enjoyed getting to know me a tad bit better! haha See you all back next week!

8 Ways to Make a Bad Day a Good One!

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying this Tuesday so far. I can say that it has been a productive day for me at work and I have gotten a lot done with all of my law school applications, which is always a good thing!!

But anyways, on to my topic today…So my New Year’s resolution this year was to set a daily intention each morning and then sort of focus on that one thing for the entire day. My intention can be as simple as “drink more water” to as personal as “pray more frequently throughout the day.” I was afraid I was going to have a hard time remembering to set an intention each morning, but to be honest even if I don’t remember first thing every morning I eventually remember and once I do I just set my intention then. Even if it’s already like 3 in the afternoon.

I have come to find that many days my intention has something to do with being more positive or more grateful for the things I have. Some days if I wake up in a bad mood I choose to “fake it ‘till I make it” and just sort of force myself to be happy. And let me tellyou…most of the time by the end of the day I am in a genuinely better mood than I was when I woke up.

find your happiness quote - NauticalWheeler

Eventually after a month of doing this little project so to speak I have found many small things I can do on a regular basis that are sure to turn a crappy day into a better one….and since I have found these new found “happiness tactics” to be invaluable in my every day life I have decided to compile a list to share with you guys! So please enjoy and feel free to add anything you do each day that is sure to make you feel at least a little bit happy.

#Happiness #quote

  1. Ok I am going to start off a little on the spiritual side, but bear with me. Each day I try and pray as often as I can. Not a full on stop for 5 minutes and have a formal prayer, but more of a just ongoing conversation throughout the day. I pray for patience, for courage, for motivation, for the ability to trust in God and his plan for me…I mean even if you don’t believe in God I think that take a moment to just center yourself and focus on your core beliefs is always a great way to make yourself feel at ease.
  2. Find one thing to look forward to. If I ever get in a mood or I get stressed out, it really helps to just find one thing I am looking forward to and then focusing on that. Maybe you are excited to grab drinks with friends after work, maybe you have a fun date planned for the weekend, or maybe you are just excited to watch your favorite TV show that night, whatever it is think about that one thing and know that you have that to look forward to in the near future.
  3. Be grateful for all the things you do have. I feel like so often I get stressed out or mad or anxious about something and I forget that I really do have so many things and people in my life to be thankful for. Think about your friends, your family, the fact that you have a job, maybe you are a talented musician…or a great cook…or a caring friend. Whatever it may be I guarantee that everyone has at least one thing to be thankful for in life, sometimes it just takes some reflection to find out what that thing is.
  4. Crank up the tunes. Seriously if you are ever in a funk just whip out your phone or iPod or the radio and blast the music. My favorite time of the day is my drive to and from work…for the sole reason that I get to put on a great playlist and then spend my drive singing my little heart out. It is the one thing guaranteed to put me in a better mood…seriously try it!
  5. Be extra friendly to other people…even when you really don’t want to be. I have found that the more I force myself to make conversation with my coworkers or smile at people I see in the elevator or be extra nice to the delivery guys at work…the happier I am in return. Trust me, people love talking to or being around people who come off as friendly. I try and make an effort every single day to just be a little more talkative and smile more, and it never fails to put me in a better mood after I see how I made someone else’s day a little better.
  6. Tell yourself that everything is going to be ok. I know this sounds a little weird haha but seriously sometimes I just have to talk myself down from whatever it is that is bugging me and remind myself that everything is going to be ok. A lot of times my problem is that I want to know how something is going to turn out right then and often only time can give me the answers I want. It’s rough to do this, but the more often I remind myself that there are some things I simply can’t control…the more I am able to relax and let things just take their course.
  7. Vent it out. Granted this isn’t always possible, but a lot of times I just need to get all of my feelings and emotions out there. I generally turn to my best friend or sister or mom or sometimes I will even email a blogging buddy, but I just make sure it is someone I trust and then I totally just vent out my frustrations. Oftentimes getting my anger out there causes it to dissipate and it’s always nice to get feedback on things from a trusted friend or family member as well.
  8. Read a book you like, or a blog you enjoy, or visit the humor section on Pinterest….just do something to take your mind off of whatever it is that is bringin’ ya down. Sometimes all I need is to get my mind off of my problems…so all it takes it focusing my energy elsewhere and I tend to end up in a better mood than I was before.

 

Alrighty guys that’s my list. I am sure there are more things I could add,  but these are just what I have found to work for me in my everyday life. I am interested to see if you guys have anything else to add, but hopefully these are helpful for you in one way or another!

Well, I am off to finish up my day…hope you all have wonderful evenings and I will catch you back here soon for What I Ate Wednesday!

Happiness Quote

5 Things Friday!

Hola my peeps! Hope you all made it through your week alright! All I can say is that I am super happy it is once again Friday! I am going to be linking up to Clare at Fitting it All In for another 5 Things Friday!

1.)Favorite Quote of the Week:

Sometimes it is hard to deal with all the crap that happens in our lives, but at the end of the day you just have to realize that you just have to work your way through all the junk in order to get to all the good stuff that comes after it. Because lets be real, pain and heartache and stress and problems don’t last forever.

2.) Favorite Thing I Did This Week:

Hmm I would probably have to say hanging out with some old friends from high school. The other night a few of my closest girlfriends from high school and I got together for a little wine night. I literally hadn’t seen some of them in years and it was soooo good being able to laugh and talk and catch each other up on our lives!

3.) Favorite Pinterest Finds This Week:

ah so pretty

yoga poses

:: balloon colors ::

my kind of bday cake

Enjoy Loving Quotes

together

4.) Favorite Thing I Ate This Week:

salad

This veggie filled salad! Legit so bomb and I ate every bite of it, practically licked the bowl clean. It had a bunch of steamed veggies on top and then tons of lettuce and cucumbers and tomatoes on the bottom and was dressed with this amazing lemon vinaigrette. Seriously… found my new fave meal.

5.) Favorite Plans For The Weekend:

Well I am volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday and am pretty excited for that. I genuinely enjoy the time I spend volunteering and I know I will leave with such a good feeling! Just what I need to start out my Sunday right :)

 

Alrighty folks there are my 5 things for this Friday! Hope you all enjoy your weekends and I will catch ya’ll next week!

WIAW…I finally took pictures!

Hey everyone! Hope your week has been going well so far! I am glad I had Monday off, but now the rest of the week seems to be draggin’ along! What can ya do though, it will be Friday soon enough!

Anyways, being that it is Wednesday and that I actually managed to take some pictures of my meals yesterday I am happy to present to you my What I Ate Wednesday! 

Pre-gym sesh I have been eating half of a banana with a scoop of natural peanut butter or almond butter, then when I get home after the gym I finish the banana and have another small scoop of pb to keep me full until I have a chance to eat breakfast. I also have started having a mug of warm lemon water while I am getting ready for work as well.

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Once I get to work I have my new usual breakfast of a fresh green juice that I pick up on my way to work and then 1 egg and 1 egg white scrambled up in the work microwave. Super easy and keeps me quite full!

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Snack time happens around 11 or 12 depending on how full breakfast keeps me and is generally some type of raw nuts and dried fruit. My combo yesterday happened to be dried cherries and some raw almonds.

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Lunch time rolls around at about 1:15 and I have been packing some pretty great salads lately. The one I had yesterday had arugula, carrots, bell pepper, chicken, avocado, pomegranate seeds, and topped with the juice of half of a lemon. On the side I also had an apple in order to end things on a sweet note! haha

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Lunch has been doing a good job of keeping me full, but I usually will have a few almonds and maybe some baby carrots once I get home from work and before I have dinner.

And then finally dinner was some baked chicken, quinoa, roasted veggies (bell pepper, mushroom, onion, squash, & zucchini), and a spinach salad topped with carrots, tomatoes, and avo.

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Finally for dessert yesterday I had 1/3 of a banana and a small scoop of almond butter just to keep my sweet tooth at bay.

As you can see I have been trying not to consume too much dairy, added sugars, wheat, and alcohol. I definitely splurged over the weekend, but overall my new diet has been keeping me full and giving me added energy throughout the day.

I hope you all have a great rest of the day!!!

Oh and ps if anyone has any good dairy free and oat free breakfast ideas please share!! I am starting to miss my daily yogurt and oatmeal bowls!

xoxoxo

5 Things Friday!

Hey ya’ll! Hope you had a good week. I know this week was a bit on the weird side for me, so I didn’t get to blog as much as I would have liked…but I am here now to share with you my 5 Things Friday Link-Up provided by Clare over at  Fitting It All In.

1.) My favorite quote of the week:

fave quote

Actions speak louder than words my friends! I have learned this the hard way and so now I try to realize that it doesn’t matter what people say….it matters what they do!

2.) Favorite Thing I Ate This Week:

salad 1

salad 2

green juice

Veggies galore!!! Lots of big salads for lunch and lots of fresh green juices in the morning! Definitely did work this week when it came to vegetable intake!

3.) Favorite Thing I Did This Week:

Hmmm this is a hard one…I was sort of in a crap mood all week haha so I guess I would have to say going to this new juice place near my house. I get super intimidated trying out new places, and so I like seriously had to psych myself up to go get a fresh juice at this store called Naturewell. It is pretty new and I was afraid I wouldn’t know what to order, but I went and got something called “G-Immunity” which had like kale, parsley, lemon, ginger, celery, cucumber, and a few other things and it was SO GOOD! So mission accomplished, tackled my fear of trying out a new place, and got a delicious and good for me juice.

4.) Favorite Pins This Week:

travel

flowers

little girl

the notebook

love quote

5.) Favorite Plans For The Weekend:

Well lucky for me it is a 3 day weekend, so I have lots of fun plans on the agenda!!! I am going on a big hike tomorrow, like as in I am leaving at 6 am and not supposed to be back home until 4 pm, so yeah that should be a challenge! I also have dinner plans with the madre tonight since my dad is out of town for work, gotta love spending time drinking wine and gossiping with my mom haha Sunday will probably consist of watching football and lying around in my pjs all day, so yeah can’t complain about that one! And then Monday I have plans to have a little “Monday Funday” with some friends. It should be a good weekend filled with lots of fun stuff!

Anyways hope you all enjoy your weekends as well and I will catch ya next week!!

xoxoxo

Overanalyzing.

So I am not gonna lie….I overanalyze the crap out of everything. Sometimes I just want to shut down my mind because it can get overwhelming. I just tend to question things a lot, and I blame a lot of it on the fact that I am an impatient person. I hate waiting on things, sometimes I just want results and I want them now.

Faith~

This personality trait has no doubt lead me to a lot of success in my professional life. Both in school and at work I have always been one to go above and beyond. I love the feeling of doing everything possible to ensure that something will be a success. Now don’t get me wrong this mindset is truly a good one to have a lot of the time, but the problems come when I face situations where I just don’t have all the control.

I have encountered a lot of these situations in the past few years. I think what initially lead to my eating disorder was feeling like there were so many aspects of my life I could not control. I was used to putting in the work and getting the results I wanted, but then life came knocking on my door and basically laughed in my face. The thing about life is that we are constantly growing and changing. We don’t stay static and we don’t just breeze through with no problems or messy situations. If you want to live worthwhile life well then you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that is the struggles that make us strong.

Disney Princess Word Art. Merida Quote (Printable)

No one gets through life completely unscathed, trust me. Even though it may be easy to scroll through facebook and think that everyone has their shit together, I guarantee you they don’t! It’s so easy to look at other peoples pictures and posts and completely overanalyze why your life doesn’t seem to be going as well as someone else’s. It is a rut I have been in lately and I am finally coming to see that I just can’t keep doing this.

❤️

I can’t keep trying to control every aspect of my life because it just isn’t realistic. I can’t compare my life to other peoples and wonder why I am not engaged or pregnant or being promoted. I just have to realize that everybody takes different paths and everything that is meant to happen will happen. I can’t keep living wondering why things aren’t going exactly the way I want them to, I have to learn to trust the process.

It has been said many a times by many different people, but you have to fight through some pretty rough days in order to get to the best days of your life. Whether it be waiting for a relationship to work out or waiting to get promoted or waiting to quite your job and pursue your dream job, you just have to keep focused and stay positive. When the timing is right things have a way of working out. As long as you work hard and do all that you can do to get the things that you want, well then there is no use in overanalyzing why things are maybe taking a bit longer than you would have hoped.

patience.

So try not to worry and over think things, this is definitely something I am working on…but I think that as long as you remain hopeful and persistent in those times where you want to give up, things have a way of working out the way they are supposed to.

5 things Friday!!

In honor of it being Friday..I am partaking in the Five Things Friday link-up courtesy of Claire from Fitting It All In.

1.) Favorite quote this week… “God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and a whole lot of faith…but it’s worth the wait.”

#God is good

2.) Favorite thing I did this week: Went to an info meeting at the Ronald McDonald House near where I live. I am going to start volunteering there and so they sort of gave us the run down on how things work in the house and what types of jobs we will be doing while working there! It is safe to say that I have missed volunteering and I am excited to invest some of my free time into something that is such a great cause.

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3.) Favorite Pinterest pins:

young, wild, & free.

Converse and the coast.

Its true

laughs.

 

Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean.

4.) Favorite new recipe I tried this week: I made these really good roasted vegetable skewers and then served them up with some crock pot “orange” chicken aka frozen chicken breasts that I topped with a little orange marmalade and left to cook all day…turned out soooo good!

5.) Favorite plans for the weekend: Wait, does sleeping in count? haha but really it has been my first full week at work in quite some time and I can say that it has for sure caught up to me! Plus I have had plans nearly every night this week and all I can say is that I am ready for some rest and relaxation! However, I do have breakfast plans tomorrow with an old friend from high school, dinner plans with a different friend from elementary school and then football watching plans for Sunday with another new friend haha so lots of time socializing as well!

But anyways, I hope you all have a good weekend and hopefully get a nice mix of relaxation and socialization!!! Talk to ya’ll next week.

xoxox

Thinking Out Loud…Miracles Happen

Hey everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Thursday so far! All I can say is thank goodness tomorrow is Friday, because coming off two holiday weeks this week has seemed to drag on!

Anyways, I am connecting up with Amanda at Running With Spoons for her weekly Thinking Out Loud feature! So, without further ado…here are my random thoughts of the day!

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So I was drinking some Yogi tea because it is freeeezing in the office today and I happened to read the quote on the tea string which said… “When the mind is backed by will, miracles happen.” And this quote seriously couldn’t have come at a better time. Do you ever have those days where you just pray for a miracle? Where you would give anything just to have one little thing happen? Well, instead of waiting for something to happen why not take the steps to make it happen, or at least to change your mindset. I firmly believe that where there is a will there is a way, so keep pursuing whatever it is you want and keep the mindset positive and I think that crazy great things can happen for you.

Leonardo da Vinci

On another slightly philosophical note do you ever have those weird out of body experiences where you are looking in the mirror and you like realize that you are looking at yourself. Like all the thoughts, all the interior conversations, all the feelings and emotions, those are all coming out of that person you see in the mirror. Hopefully I don’t sound like a crazy person right now but I totally had this almost out of body experience today where it was like I was looking at myself and thinking about how that was “me”. haha I dunno maybe I am just weird but it was kind of cool.

Anyways on a lighter note I have been trying to amp up my water drinking lately and seriously I pee like 85 million times. No exaggeration at all….haha but really! I am glad I am making the effort to stay hydrated and all that good stuff, but come on bladder get some control!

Do a better job at getting in my water....daily

I have also been trying to add more “healthy fats” into my diet and in the pursuit of this have been eating avocado like no other! I know they say avo is good in moderation, so I am trying to stick to eating only 1/2 an avocado per day so I have been adding it to my morning smoothie and my salad at lunch, and I definitely am falling into an avocado obsession. They are just so fresh and creamy and delicious! Oh, and good for you ;)

avocado

So, since I get up early to get to the gym I usually am driving back home to shower around 6:45ish every morning and lately there have been some crazy good sunrises I have gotten to witness because of this. Definitely a nice way to ground myself and enjoy a little calm before the craziness of everyday life ensues.

sunrise

And my final random thought of the day is also a funny one! My mom and I were trying to take a picture (aka a “selfie”…no shame!) at the hockey game we went to a few nights back and I legit was sitting there trying to smile a normal smile and I couldn’t!! My mom totally started cracking up when I got frustrated and blurted out…”Mom, I think I forgot how to smile!” haha it was pretty ridiculous but also seriously funny.

mom and i

Yeah that was about as good of a pic as we could get… #realworldproblems.

So yeah that about concludes my ramblings today!! Hope everyone is chuggin’ along and getting ready for the weekend!! It will be here soon enough!

Adios :) hope you have great evenings!

New Year…new rules.

When I first started recovery from my eating disorder I spent a lot of time researching what foods would be good for my diet. The more I knew about different foods and food groups, the more passionate I became about recovery. It was fun for me to clean up my diet and eat foods that kept me nourished and feeling good about my body. However, as time went on and recovery became a more normal part of my life I sort of let go of healthy eating a bit…which is totally fine, I mean we all deserve to splurge and enjoy food.

preach

But lately I have been feeling like I could probably benefit by better meal planning and being a tad stricter when it comes to mindless snacking and eating. I am the girl who definitely eats when I am bored or stressed out, and I have realized that a lot of the time lately I am not paying attention to hunger or fullness at all!

Live life with no regrets.

So, in honor of the new year I have decided to clean up my diet once again. I have started to ease my way into this, but eventually I am hoping that I will be on track with my diet and nutrition goals once again. The most important thing for me is making sure that my “mindful” eating doesn’t become too obsessive, because I know that I have a personality that likes to take things to the extreme.

I think that I struggle because I feel my best when I am fueling my body with certain foods…lots of veggies, protein, berries, yogurt, salmon, quinoa, all that jazz. But I have a hard time with moderation. My brain tends to go either full on 100% healthy foods all the time or full on junk food don’t give a crap foods all the time. It is hard for me to achieve that middle ground. And part of my mindset is still stuck in the “I can eat whatever I want because I am recovering from an eating disorder” phase and so a lot of times I justify eating Yogurtland for dinner because in my head it’s “healthy” for me to be indulging since it is sort of a big eff you to my eating disorder.

So that is where I am at now. I still struggle every single day trying to find balance and make sure I am eating well, yet not restricting myself at all. And I am sure many of you can relate to that being a tough thing to do! However, I think that as long as I focus on mindfulness while I am eating and making sure I am getting all the nutrients I need I will be alright.

And you don’t need to worry, I know myself well enough to know that wine and chocolate will most definitely be making regular appearances in my diet! But I will keep you posted on the changes I am making and you guys can all make sure to keep me in check :) More on that to come!

But now in honor of What I Ate Wednesday here are a couple of meals I have had lately…lots of fresh veggies, salmon, quinoa, yogurt bowls, and berries have been in my life recently!

breakfast bowl 1

Smoothie with 1/4 avocado, handful spinach, 1/4 c. frozen cherries, 1/4 c. frozen mango, handful fresh blackberries, dash of water, 1/2 c. plain greek yogurt, 1 tsp. hemp seeds. Blend together and top w/ chopped walnuts and blueberries.

yogurt bowl

Yogurt bowl with 1 c. plain greek yogurt, 1/4 c. mashed blackberries (I heat them up in the microwave to soften them a bit and then pour over like a sauce almost), handful blueberries, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1 tsp. hemp seeds, small handful of crunched up Frosted Mini Wheat’s.

salmon

Salmon, quinoa, and avocado over arugula salad, served with a side of roasted peppers, onions, zucchinis, and mushrooms. SO GOOD.

 

So yeah those are just a few meals lately and can’t wait to keep you posted more next week on some of my dietary changes. Hope ya’ll have a great rest of the day!!

Adios 2013!!!

I am sure you are all pretty tired of reading millions of posts on New Years resolutions and recaps of the year and all that kind of thing, so don’t worry I am going to try not to babble on for too long.

This final morning of 2013 started bright and early for me…the gym I go to didn’t open until 8 am this morning and since I wanted to get in my workout before work I woke up at 5 am, laced up my running shoes and got out early for a 6 mile run. Since I don’t normally run outside in the mornings I am not gonna lie I was a bit worried about the cold, about the dark, about being abducted, about being attacked by a stray dog or coyote…I know it sounds lame but I really was tempted to stay in bed and skip my workout today.

However I rallied myself, thought of some of my favorite bloggers who run in the morning and I got out there and did my run! It was pretty chilly out, but other than that I am happy to say it went well! It was nice to feel like I was the only one on the road and with my music blaring and a smile on my face I used my last run of the year to think about all that has taken place over the past 12 months.

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View of the sunrise at the end of my run.

Anyways, this year has been one of the best I have had in ages. I was able to evolve more in my eating disorder recovery and regained most of the happiness I had lost for the 4 years when I was entrenched in my sickness.

I was able to travel to new places like Nashville and New Orleans and take in cultures and lifestyles so different from my own.

new orleans

nashville

I began to sign up for more races and even ran my first half marathon in October, which was a HUGE accomplishment for me considering it was something I never could have done with my eating disorder.

half marathon

I went to LOTS of concerts..John Mayer, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts…plus many more of my faves!

hollywood bowl

irvine meadows

There was wine tasting trips, nights out with friends, walks by the beach with my mom, and of course plenty of hockey games…

wine tasting

night out

beach walk

hockey game

But along with the good there was also a lot of difficulty as well. There were new relationships and heartbreak, fights with friends, worries about my future, difficulties with body image and confidence, lots of tears and nights spent crying….but at the end of the day I wouldn’t have traded any minute of this year.

As I have gotten older I have come to see that you have to embrace life…the good, the bad, and the ugly. There is never going to be some “perfect” year because that’s just not realistic.

The most important thing I plan on working on this new year is my attitude towards things. A lot of times you can’t change a certain situation, but you can change the way you react towards it. Sure it can be easy to sit and be negative when things don’t go your way, but at the end of the day that’s only going to make things worse. And it’s making it through the rough times that makes us stronger.

So cheers everyone to 2014, let’s make this year the most positive one that we can!!!

XOXO