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No espresso makes me depresso

So, I’m addicted to caffeine. To be more specific espresso. I’ve never been one for plain coffee, it’s just not for me. But, espresso is like a gift from God. I love latte’s, cappuccinos, hell I’ll even get a mocha every once in a while, all with soy of course. (When I make my drinks at home I use almond milk, I don’t like coffee shop almond milk, it tastes bitter and gross). I could drink Macchiato’s everyday, especially caramel ones. Starbucks did a vanilla drizzle one and it was bomb, but then they took it way. Bastards. I should really say I love latte’s because the way Starbucks makes their macchiato’s is different than a traditional macchiato which is a shot with a splash of milk. Oh man and affogato’s. Best dessert ever! Espresso poured over gelato!? Sign me up. It’s ridiculous how much coffee drinks are though. I spend way too much per week on speciality drinks. I can buy a bag of coffee from the store for around 6-8 dollars and it will last me a week or so. One drink is 4 to five dollars because they charge extra for speciality non dairy stuff like soy. Which everytime it makes me want to go on a rant to corporate. Because I’m trying to healthier or someone can’t have milk they have to pay extra? Bullshit. If I didn’t love my coffee shops so much I would probably bring my own milk from home. But anyways. I’m just being lazy and won’t make it. Which it’s super easy, I have an espresso machine. Also, there are a lot of great recipes for paleo friendly caramel sauces and such to sweeten and flavor the coffee. There’s just something about being in Starbucks or Dutch Bro’s or any coffee place for that matter that is different from home. I love my barista’s. I love that my daughter loves them and that I have built a relationship with them. I can drive up and have a conversation with them or just be handed my drink without putting an order in. Coffee isn’t just a glorious drink, it’s now an experience. And I’m all about that experience.

But then there comes that time in ones life where you think ‘I need to stop spending so much on coffee’ or ‘I should really drink more green tea’. Both, by the way, I have said plenty of times. There’s only one problem to my caffeine addiction, I get the worse mother effin’ migraines in the world. It’s an excruciating pain, it’s my body punishing me for my wrong life decision. And it’s always after a day when my body has had time to realize it. Even tea with caffeine doesn’t cure it. It’s ridiculous. I’m starting to get a headache right now, just thinking of the fact that I didn’t have an iced latte today or yesterday. I better get on it!

But I’m finding it’s all about balance. I’m the person that lives my life in the sense of ‘I’ve only got one, so I’m going to do what I want’. I love working out and eating healthy as much as the next person, but I’m also never going to deprive myself of food or let myself feel guilty afterwords. Nor will I let other people’s opinions get to me. I will drink a coke, I will eat those twice baked potatoes, and divulge into a delicious ghiradeli $10 sundae at Disneyland because I can and I love myself enough to do so. Plus, I just do what I want. So I try and balance it all. I’ve been drinking more green tea, blueberry is my favorite right now with a smidge of honey, yum! And I still have an iced latte with hella Caramel drizz, because I am ridiculous. I have tried to phase out espresso about three times now and I just can’t. My body hates it and I’m miserable. I’m addicted.

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Friends who work out together…

As far as working out goes, there is nothing cooler than having one of your friends or family join you at the gym. You are bringing them into your world and you have someone there to support you. I have been really lucky that one of my best girlfriends and younger cousins come with me to the gym.

The gym and working out has become such a huge staple in my life that sharing that love with people close to me is exhilirating. Getting that text that reads “Gym?” is so rad. I’ve worked hard to get where I am and to share that with my family adds to it. They get to see why I love spending so much time there and choose to workout so often. And to be a part of someone else’s journey is awesome. To show someone my workouts and what I like to do in the gym is nerve racking for me. I’m no gym afficiado, I don’t body build. I have had my guy friends show me how to do things or refer to pinterest for new workouts. It always ends up being a great learning moment for me to see not only my strength but theirs and that I do know what I’m doing…sometimes ha. I enjoy showing them what work outs I do and effing love seeing them getting stronger each week. It’s also really fun to throw new things at them and see them do amazingly well. Our relationship is stronger too, there’s just a bond formed at the gym that I can’t really describe. It just adds another element to the friendship and a trust factor in sense. You’re getting healthy together and supporting the other, which is great.

It’s also motivating for me because they are pushing me through my workouts. I’m not a quitter and like to most of whatever time I have available to go to the gym, even if it is just for thirty minutes. There are those rare occasions when I walk into the gym and I’m just too exhausted to do anything and I’ll end up stretching & sitting in the hot tub. But when I have my girls with me I try to get through an entire workout. I don’t want to waste their time nor money so I have to make their visits worth the time they are taking. If I am making them push through their workout, I can finish mine as well. It’s also fun because I can find new work outs online and have someone to try them out with me and laugh with when I mess it up and am no where close to having it right. There are also some really awesome partner exercises out there.

I’m blessed to have people in my life who not only support me but want to join me on my journey. Thank you ladies xoxo.