Working out and staying sane

Hello Friends!

The craziness continues to run rampant in our household as we have both finished up our last weeks at work, worked on packing and trying to keep the house clean for showings simultaneously, and move!

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I wanted to talk to you guys about what keeps me sane during these crazy times. Besides my amazing husband, family and friends; taking 40 to 60 minutes to workout has helped keep me physically and mentally together.

I think I took for granted exactly what some form of exercising does until our recent TX trip. We didn’t try to find a gym and because of humidity were unable to walk or hike as much as we normally would have.

When we came back and started returning to the gym and home workouts I just felt lighter and in a better head space.

Working out is basically like eating or breathing in our house so we really don’t think about it or what it’s doing for us until we stop.

There are so many benefits to being active- both physical and mental. I don’t talk about it on this blog as much as I do about food, but it brings me just as much happiness.

I always preach that you don’t need to go to a gym and do “exercises” to be healthy. You simply need to be active in whatever way brings you happiness. Dancing, walking, barre, sports-it all gets the blood flowing and the endorphins going. Sooooo if you don’t already I highly encourage you to get some movement into your day!

After all, couldn’t we all use more endorphins? I think so!

Thanks for reading my random ramblings you guys! I hope you are all having a great week!!

Long Weekend Recap

I love a good long weekend…who doesn’t? We took full advantage of this one and did (and ate quite a bit). Go ahead and settle in for what may end up being a long post!

Friday we ended up making some dinner at home. I don’t like to waste things and we had some potato buns that needed to be used up so we got some Boar’s Head pastrami and made sammies.

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We also tried a couple of more slices of cake from Susie Cakes-one was raspberry and the other was red velvet. I loved the red velvet whereas the hubs preferred the denser raspberry.

Saturday, we started out with a workout, breakfast snack and then a hike. The hike ended up being somewhat of a fail because we were hoping for ocean views and super blooms, but instead got very hot and a few creeks. It’s not a complete fail because any activity is good activity ๐Ÿ™‚

We made it home for showers and naps before heading out to Magicopolis for a magic show. It was from 8 to 10pm and ended up being hilarious and magical!

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After much pondering we decided to try Cheesecake Factory out again for late night dinner.

We started with their bread (noms) and Asian lettuce wraps (double noms)

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For our main we got the Tuscan chicken from their skinnylicious menu

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And we had to get dessert so we got their chocolate truffle tower cake. This was pretty fantastic. Our server said this was the “lightest” of the 3 chocolate cakes they offer. I was happy with our choice of the chocolate tower ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday morning included a workout and a fun little brunch at Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop. This time I got a salmon sandwich and the hubs got a create your own omelette.

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We had ordered their special cookie butter coffee cake of the day, but they ended up refunding us because they were out ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Luckily for us, it was a warm day and we thought aรงaรญ bowls sounded pretty tasty. We found Ubatuba Acai at a different location that you can have as many toppings as you want!

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They also had a lot of different bases like chia pudding, aรงaรญ, pitaya, etc. We ended up ordering one to share and got aรงaรญ, chia pudding, and pitaya. I believe we topped it with sweet and condensed milk, honey, mangoes, and two types of granola.

It was refreshing, sweet, and oh so tasty!

We ran some errands and then headed to a couple’s massage. Hubs had gotten this Groupon a while ago and we never had a chance to use it, but nothing gets us more motivated to use something other then it being close to expiring. Anybody else?ย I have never had a massage (crazy! I know) and so I was a tad nervous, but it ended up being a really great experience.

Sunday night means burgers so that is what we had for dinner and we used up all our potato buns so yay for no waste!

After Claudine’s we had walked around and found Sweet Lady Jane Bakery so we stopped in and saw so many delicious sweets. We picked up a slice of triple berry for dessert later and ended up having it after dinner!

This caps our weekend! We definitely had a lot of cake this weekend, but recently it’s been our go-to dessert ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading!

birthday week

Hello all!

Thanks for stopping by for another post! Last week was my birthday and it was a fun week with treats and sweets and lots of love โค๏ธ

Hubs got me some gorgeous flowers and my perfect card…I mean c’mon!

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After working out I made myself some breakfast #health

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And then I got more flowers from my in-laws. It was so sweet! I love me some flowers and it’s been so great having these beautiful pops of color everywhere in the house.

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I had to go in for a meeting at work my co-workers ย did a sweet potluck and got me this beautiful and delicious chocolate cake!

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I started my Friday off like any other with a workout, cleanup, and shower. I had a slice of bread with some PB for breakfast.

I kept things pretty chill during the day and when B got home from work we ventured out to do a few errands and grab some dinner. We decided on Poquito Mas-he got a burrito and I got tacos.

We also had some cookies for dessert…more to come on this later ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Saturday morning was met with a workout and Chick-fil-a breakfast. We showered quickly to headed out to a painting class. This is B’s painting…he always does such a great job at these things!

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After class we went to find some late lunch. Our initial idea was to head to Fiore for sandwiches, but they were out of bread. I was devastated, but pulled it together to find Monte 52!

We ordered a Red Dragon which we added turkey. It was so yummy with tomato, avocado, red onion, lettuce and lots of mustard and red dragon cheese. I had never heard of it, but it’s cheese with mustard and it definitely brought a punch!

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The other sandwich was a roast beef with horseradish aioli, cheddar cheese, and fried onions. This one had a nice spicy kick, but not too spicy. It was so yummy!

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We headed closer to home and wandered around the mall thinking about our evening plans. We decided to head to a Redbox and finally rent Instant Family. It was such a cute movie-funny and emotional all at the same time.

After such a late lunch it was around 9pm when we decided to head out to dinner. Il Fornaio seemed like a great option. It was close by and open and I had never been!

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Upon being seated we immediately were served warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The bread was fluffy on the inside and crusty on the outside. Bread. Heaven.

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We spotted the Antipasto Di Pesce which was seared ahi tuna, spicy grilled calamari, scallops and shrimp. My favorite was the spicy grilled calamari, but honestly everything on this plate was delicious! It was well cooked and so flavorful!

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For our main we split a dish off their seasonal menu, Trenette all Riminese. It was housemade spinach and egg pasta with shrimp, scallops, crab, tomatoes, shallots, and arugula. I’m usually a tomato based pasta girl, but this was delicious!

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Our sweet server brought us a tiramisu for dessert on her! This is hands down one of the best tiramisu I have ever had. It was light and creamy and oh so dreamy!

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Sunday morning we woke up and I decided against the gym and instead we “hiked” through a hilly neighborhood. A few up and down hills later we found a couple of more sandwiches to eat at The Carving Board.

We had their turkey dinner sandwich. This was a take on a left over Thanksgiving sandwich with stuffing, turkey, gravy, and cranberries. I really enjoyed this and the whole time I was eating it I kept thinking about FRIENDS and that scene with Ross and his turkey sandwich with the moistmaker. Anybody else?

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Surprising for us our other sandwich was also turkey based. It was a cold sandwich with onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and mayo. This also had cranberries. It was fresh and crunchy and had all the ingredients to a good sandwich!

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We had some grocery shopping to do, but we needed something sweet. From the sandwich shop we walked to Whole Foods and on our way their we spotted Uba Tuba. We had never tried it so we got the super mini dessert portion of their acai bowl. It was the perfect little sweet treat.

 

We could pick two toppings so hubby got strawbs and nanas. I got bananas and sweet and condensed milk. It came with honey as well! It was light and refreshing and I could totally go for another one right now…

While at WF we spotted these individual yogurt bars. If it looks familiar it’s because we’ve been getting the strawberry and vanilla version of these from Costco. I quite badly wanted to try the hazelnut flavor so we did ๐Ÿ™‚

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After roaming around WF and finishing up groceries at Trader Joes we came home and unloaded our goods. We went for another walk and it started raining!

Thankfully it was a short walk and we had thought ahead to wearing hooded jackets so it was okay. We did some Yelping to figure out what we should have for dinner and decided we needed to check out Johnny Pacific again.

We ordered 4 empanadas-2 chicken al pastor and 2 beef tingas and got the chicken skewers which came with rice and salad.

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The beef tingas were our favorite out of the 2 and we really loved the whole meal. The flavors were really great and we will definitely be going back!

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Dessert was leftover cookies! What’s new??

That wraps up my birthday week! If you’ve stuck it out this far…thank you! I usually don’t write blog posts this long, but this one just needed to be done!

I hope you all are having a great week! See you Monday!

 

Exercise Lately

Working out is something I hold near and dear to my heart. I don’t remember how or when it happened, but after many years of working out it is now a part of me. It’s now a need more than a want, it keeps me sane, and it’s a part of my life.

I work 3 days a week, 12 hour shifts and I’m on my feet a majority of that time. Because of that I don’t work out on days I work. Instead I save my workouts for my days off. Whether it’s at home or at the gym I try to make the most of it!

At home recently I’ve been more into trading off between HIIT and pilates type workouts. I like having a good variety in my workouts since I get bored when I don’t change it up now and then. I’ve got some dumbbellsย (5lb and 10lb) and resistance bands at home. These are great for some extra resistance, but you can always use your own body weight for that!

At the gym I jump around between machines and free weights to get a good burn ๐Ÿ™‚ I also like a few of the cardio machines and tend to jump between them to keep it interesting. This is a lot easier when you have some good music or some Youtube to watch!

At our house we also love getting in a good walk. It works for us on busier days because we can catch up and talk or vent and get some energy out. We love a good hilly neighborhood for these days because you get your heart rate up too.

I don’t think there is one type of exercise that will work for everybody. It’s about having fun and getting your body moving. I don’t remember ever having worked out and left thinking, “man I wish I hadn’t bothered.” I’m usually much happier post workout regardless of how unmotivated I was before.

I don’t know if this was necessarily useful information, but I like doing these posts to keep you guys filled in on what’s been going on with my workouts. I know I talk a LOT about food a LOT of the time, but I love being my best, healthiest, most balanced self and that includes pizza, but it also includes working out!

What’s your favorite way to workout?

 

What I Do…

Good morning friends! I wanted to name this post What I Do When I am Broken Down, Exhausted, and Need Some TLC, but I did not because that is one long title and nobody got time for that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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But here is what I do when I am all of those things and feel like a pile of poop.

I let myself linger over coffee. Coffee is one of the first things I do in the morning, but most mornings I am taking it down like someone is going to snatch my cup away. When I’m off from work and I have no where to be I take my sweet time…

After the coffee I workout. At the gym or at home I get my heart rate up and enjoy the endorphins. It’s not always jumping around and squats. When I feel super beat I just stretch myself out and enjoy warming up my muscles.

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I take the time to make myself some yummy, wholesome, nutritious meals. Not that I don’t have nutrient dense meals at work, but I always feel rushed. When I eat at work it’s for energy and sustenance. When I get to cook and eat at home it’s for those things, but enjoyment as well.

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I take the time to clean up my act. I love cleaning up my brows or doing a face mask. Basically, anything that makes me feel like a human again.

This may go into that previous category, but I love doing my nails. There is something soothing about prepping and painting them. I also like that every time I look and see my nails it makes me happy to see the color.

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I also enjoy watching YouTube. I binge on a lot of it throughout the day while I am cooking, working out, doing my nails, etc. I like having some background noise and sometimes I learn a thing or two whether it’s about cooking, beauty, health or just find some inspiration.

What do you guys do when you need a pick me up? Let me know in the comments!

 

Workout Favorites

Happy FRIDAYYY!! Today I wanted to share with you a few workout things I have been loving ๐Ÿ™‚

The first is Pilates…I’ve been really loving incorporating Pilates movements into my strength training. Whether I’m at home or at the gym these movements help target muscles I don’t normally use if I’m just strength training or doing cardio.

I actually took a couple of Pilates classes while I was in college and really loved it. It really warms up my muscles and feels like a good warm hug. I’ve been loving it and if you wanna try it out just hit up YouTube and put in “Pilates Workout.” You’ll find a workout you will love!

The next thing is this new resistance band I got from Amazon. It’s from the brand Ethereal Gym. It’s a fabric type resistance band and man has it amped up my home workouts. I still have my elastic bands, but I’ve been feeling the burn with this guy.

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Going back to the Pilates-this band helps increase difficulty on some of those movements. I will say it’s a good idea to build up to this band if you are just starting to use resistance in your workouts.

Another “workout” type activity I have been loving is walking on the beach. It’s been hella hot in LA and especially in the Valley so hiking has been out of the question for me, but I do miss it. We’ve been loving going to the beach because it tends to be a little cooler by the water so we’ve been taking some strolls on the sand.

This is great because it is cooler by the water so I don’t feel overheated and cranky, I love walks, and walking in soft sand uses more energy since you’re trying to stabilize yourself.

The last item on this list is this massage roller device that looks like a scary torture contraption. I had received this back in March (I think?) in my Fab Fit Fun box. I used it for a little while then, but recently I’ve been interchanging it with my foam roller.

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It’s been a great tool to roll on my legs after leg day. I feel like it goes deeper than my foam roller and does a great job at targeting my tensed up muscles.

 

More Eating (SF Part 4)

Thanks for coming back for Part 4 of our SF trip! This will be the last post…I promise ๐Ÿ™‚ Grab some tea and lets get started!

After Alcatraz we took the ferry back and I was ready for some food! We went to Boudin which is famous for their sourdough bread.

They make all kinds of fun shaped sourdough bread, but we went for a turkey and havarti sandwich on sourdough (duh!) and tomato soup in a sourdough bread bowl.

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The sandwich tasted SO delicious to me, but the hubs said it may have been because I was SO hungry. I loved the soup too, but I don’t think I am a bread bowl gal which seems crazy since I LOVE bread.

We walked some more after lunch to find dessert and we hit up not one, but two spots!

The first being Trish’s Mini Donuts who has these mini donuts sprinkled with sugar-they were hot and fresh and yummy!

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The second was a cookie dough place called Doughp. We had been wanting to try out a cookie dough place and now seemed like the perfect time since it was in walking distance. We got the PB cookie dough and put sprinkles and PB sauce on it.

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It was also really good! If you love cookie dough then check it out!!

We kept walking and stumbled into these guys…

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After this we perused some of the stores on the Pier and then kept walking. We went to find other touristy things to do and ended up walking up a very steep hill to get to one particular tourist destination.

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Lombard Street!

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I know this isn’t the best pic of it, but it’s this cool super curvy street that also happens to be really beautiful.

You guys, we were plain worn out after all this walking. We walked back to our cars and decided to go to a comedy show so we could finally just chill!

Since we had some time to kill we did the rest of our sight seeing in the comfort of our car until it was showtime. I really enjoyed the comedy show and it was a really good break for our tired legs!

Dinner ended up being late and I had been feeling kind of sick so we went for ramen at Marufuku. We ended up getting takoyaki for our app and two bowls of chicken ramen.

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The hubs and I got the same thing, but he got the fancier version with a whole piece of chicken on the side!

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I don’t know if you can guess what we had after dinner? If you guessed Fenton’s you would be so right. I got the same blueberry cheesecake flavor that I fell in love with that first night.

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We went back to our AirBNB and crashed so hard that night!

We had so much fun in SF and I hope you guys get to visit if you haven’t had the chance! Let me know if you have been to any of these places and what you thought or if there are any places we missed that we should check out or our next trip.

See you Friday!

Half Day in the Life

I thought it would be fun to bring you guys along for a part day in the life! We had a pretty fun and active day with some good eats so why not share it? Right?!

We started our morning off with a workout at the gym. We had planned on a hike after so we grabbed some food from a Starbucks drive through.

The egg white, spinach, feta wrap for B

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The egg white, turkey bacon, and cheese sandwich for me

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And a berry trio yogurt to share!

I’m not into eating egg whites alone, but I really enjoy it from Starbucks. Is that weird?!

We went for this beautiful hike in Eaton Park and eventually got to this beautiful fall. It’s not a crazy big one, but I still love it. The view was gorgeous and it was a fun and pretty easy hike!

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Post hike we went and grabbed lunch from this waffle place-Wahfles. We got the Scarlette Johanson (the chicken) and the Penn Steak (the beef). Both were good!

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We did not get a sweet waffle from here because we had one more stop before heading back home…

Donut Man!

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We wanted to save our sweet teeth for these donuts. We got quite a few, but we both loved the cinnamon crumb the best ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoyed this part day in the life! What have you been up to today? Let me know in the comments below!

When in Hollywood…

Do the Hollywood Hike?!?!? Or maybe it was when in Hollywood eat some Japanese pancakes? No? Just me?!

We woke up bright and early to do the Hollywood Hike which despite lack of motivation at the beginning ended up being quite rewarding. It’s a steady up hill climb, but nothing crazy.

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After having hiked we build up a nice appetite and found a sweet little brunch spot at WKNDR.

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We ordered the chicken sandwich, like we do.

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Then we ordered the Japanese pancakes and my life was changed.

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The chicken sandwich was a good chicken sandwich-crispy chicken, soft bread, etc. But the pancakes were literally like eating cake. It was moist and once drizzled with syrup they were sweet and amazing!

Post brunch dessert ended up being a walk with some fruit cart fruit. It was tangy and salty and sweet-a perfect little ending to a sweet little brunch ๐Ÿ™‚

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Have you tried Japanese pancakes? What did you think??

Old Navy Haul

We workout and hike and pretty active for the most part, but I never really think twice about what I throw on to go to the gym. It had been a while since I bought some new workout clothes so during a recent sale I hit up Old Navy.

I like Old Navy workout stuff because it’s comfy, but durable. There are some pieces that are not squat proof, but a LOT are so you have options! I only get leggings that I can squat in with no worries so if you’re the same these are all safe options.

Let’s jump into the haul!

I needed a basic pair of black leggings. I don’t know how I had no black athletic leggings, but I didn’t. These aren’t fun or exciting, just a staple I had been missing.

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I do have quite a few gray leggings, but I liked the mesh detail and the texture on the leg. These also felt a bit thicker so I thought they would be great for the colder months ๐Ÿ™‚

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This tank ended up being like 5 bucks. It was cute and pink and light!

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This sports bra was just another basic that I wanted/needed…nothing exciting here!

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These leggings were nice because I liked that it had some fun print on it, but since it was in a neutral color it makes it easier to wear.

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I loved this tank because it was soft and grey and I live in soft and grey. I liked the gold lettering because it added a little splash of bling without blinging you out!

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I was so torn about these leggings because I wasn’t sure how often I would wear them. They are beautiful and fun so I ended up leaving with them!

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Oh, I also got the sports bra to match ๐Ÿ˜€

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Where is your go to place for workout clothes? Let me know!