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New year, new…

…..workout! Haha got ya! Don’t worry I’m not into that whole “New Year, New Me” thang. Every new year is a new chapter, a new beginning. But, to me it shouldn’t be when you start living your life how you want or the time when you start a resolution. It shouldn’t be all about “Happy New Year! This year I’m going to __________ (insert resolution)”. You should be able to and can do that at any point in time, not just at the beginning of the year. Nothing worse than starting a New Years resolution and never seeing it through. Okay, I’m babbling again, like a babbling brook…haha. Anyways…

….New workouts! Woohoo! That time when everybody who’s lucky enough to be at the gym when I am so they can laugh when I find something new on pinterest. Last night at the gym was, mediocre. I was freezing, my run wasn’t warming me up like I wanted it to, it had been a week since I had been to the gym (holidays and then being sick meant no gym for me). Then I had the brilliant idea to try a new workout. Ever done a Russian Twist? They are fantastic and one of my favorite workouts. Even if my sister and friend “hot ginger” make fun of me for it, all in good fun. It’s great for strengthen your core and working out your abs. You’ve got to be good about holding in your stomach and keeping your legs elevated while twisting side to side. Which, by the way, you can modify this move by simply leaving your feet on the ground. So picture yourself, or me if you want a laugh, doing a Russian Twist. Got it? You chuckle a little? Alright now do that while balancing on a bosu ball. Hilarious right!? I swear I will get this workout down and perfect it. But, between balancing my body on the bosu and trying to hold my stomach in and elevate my legs all while rotating side to side, it was amazing. I could do five maximum before I felt myself start to lose balance and roll off the bosu. Straight up rollie pollie style. I tried it multiple times, I was extremely proud of the fact that I wasn’t embarrassed failing at this new workout, usually I would do a few and then be done.  But, I have this new confidence and this yearning to try and master new things. I want to push my body out of its comfort zone and achieve great things. Plus I figure it’s a great thing to add the resume. Can you Russian Twist on a bosu? Well, I sort of can? Haha. If you can you should without doubt try a Russian Twist, you can do this move at the gym or at home. No weights? That’s fine, you can do the move without weights or with a full water bottle for a little weight. And I promise, I will get a video of myself perfecting this new move!

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Disneyland

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Leaving Disneyland is always one of the hardest things for me to do, I literally go through a mini depression. Aside from the gym, Disneyland is my escape from the day to day bull$h!+. And nothing makes me happier than the fact that my child has fallen in love with it as well. Disneyland is magical and I could pretty much cry because of how much I love it. I also could probably live there and never get tired of it, just saying. But, like with any vacation spot, eating healthy can be incredibly difficult. Disneyland is so well thought out when it comes to everything, including food. Just like the trash cans being 20 twenty steps apart, there are food vendors or restaurants within walking distance of one another. Want a Caramel Macchiato and a delicious pastry from Starbucks? No worries they’ve got that as soon as you walk onto Main Street USA. Where you can also find Gibson Girl ice cream, the famous red Corn Dog cart, hand dipped by the way, an old fashioned soda fountain shop with hot dogs, another bakery and two restaurants across from one another…JUST ON MAIN STREET, killing me smalls! That struggle is real. Yes, Disneyland is getting A LOT better about including healthier options with all of those foods items, especially kids food. I can get little one chicken nuggets with apples and carrots on the side as opposed to french fries and the drink options are milk, chocolate milk, apple juice or water, never soda. All of the restaurants offer salads or healthy sandwiches. But let’s be real when it comes down to it I’m not getting a salad, you’ll find this chick sitting in New Orleans Square eating clam chowder out of a fresh sourdough bowl doused with Tabasco hot sauce. I’m not paying for what is lost likely pre-packaged lettuce, ya feel me?

When I go to Disneyland I allow myself one snack, usually a Churro, and one not so healthy meal. That tends to be my clam chowder or the hand dipped fried corn dog and french fries if I feel like going crazy. You have to balance it all and I don’t think some people want to realize that. It is so easy to say “forget it” when on vacation. Everyone always convinces themselves that they never eat these foods and that it’s okay because it’s vacation. Well, no, it’s not okay. If I ate french toast and pancakes, corn dogs, chicken nuggets and churros for three days straight with a ton of soda I would probably blow up. Vacation is an excellent time to test your will power. At breakfast I fill up, usually at a buffet which are known for having a plethora of muffins, bagels and cold cereals. I go straight towards the eggs, potatoes, fruit and bacon/sausage. Breakfast should be your biggest meal and, though not the healthiest, potatoes are a great carb to fill up and give you energy for the park. If apples or bananas, in whole, are offered those are great to snag and take with you into the park too. For lunch I like to go to Earl of Sandwich. If you ever get a chance to eat there, do it. They have a great selection of different salads and sandwiches. My favorite is the avocado BLT on a wheat roll. Dinner for me in the park is a clam chowder bowl, Disneyland makes the best clam chowder I have ever come across in my life and I refuse to eat it from anywhere else. I know I know I’m a snob and totally ridiculous, but try it sometime and tell me it’s not delicious…I dare you. (And yes I realized I have mentioned it close it six times already, I’m hungry okay!?)

For snacks, a majority of the time, I bring my own. Usually granola, fruit, or Laughing Giraffe macaroons (just the right amount of sweetness, vanilla & lemon are bomb!). Or what’s awesome too is making healthy snacks, like Paleo chocolate chip cookies. Disneyland is great about letting guests bring in their own food.

On vacation you are still in control of what you eat. Don’t let those churro’s or beignets tell you differently.

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Better late than never…

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Alright, let’s get straight to the point – I am terrible at this whole blog thing. Everyday I go to write something and then I save it for later. I’m then inspired about something else until the next day. It can wait one more day I say. Then the next day rolls around and I’m nervous again and just save it for another day. Well, here we are about 2 weeks after my last post with maybe 5 different posts just sitting on my phone. Why haven’t I posted anything? Because I over think everything and make myself too nervous. Ugh, lame…I know!

The point of this was to open up and not be scared to say what’s on my mind and be honest. So I am finally going to do it and post something I’ve been working on. I gotta stop being such a baby. Random babbling over.

….Giving Thanks (better late than never)…

Everyday we should be thankful for what we have. I am incredibly thankful for the people god has blessed me with including my closest friends and family and mentors.

Where would we be without the love and support of our friends and family? Holidays are a great reminder of that. You’re gathered with the people who mean the most to you and who are there for you. You are just loving, appreciating and enjoying one another.

This Thanksgiving and my first post a couple of weeks ago were HUGE reminders of that. I have been overwhelmed with the love and support from my friends since last week and it’s been amazing. Putting yourself out there isn’t easy, losing weight isn’t easy, life isn’t easy. But, knowing you have people to turn to makes it all a little less, well, scary. Not every day is sunshine and rainbows and knowing your friends are there for you no matter what is incredibly reassuring.

So I am dedicating this post to my amazing friends! I want to say thank you and let you know that I am incredibly thankful to have each and every one of you in my life. You all have been there for the good, the bad and the in between. You’ve helped me make better decisions for myself, kept me going through my work outs when I wanted to just quit and give up. (Thank you Lauren D. for always reminding me that you can in fact see me during class 😝). You join me on my hikes and come with me to the gym or zumba. When I say I’m going to do paleo or not have coffee you support me and do what you can to help me fight my temptations. You guys are just plain awesome and I love you more than you know! Your support is what keeps me going.

And a special thank you to my inspiration Lauren. I can’t tell you how many times I have told this woman how much I love and appreciate her. She has been through a lot and still comes out on top and with a smile! I’ve had some bumps in the road but nothing compared to the experiences she has dealt with and she is so so strong and positive. She has a huge heart and has shown me so much support through my journey and through life. Thank you.

Not only am I not wanting to disappoint myself, I don’t want to let down the people who have had faith in me since the beginning.

Xoxo

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