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 🙂

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 🙂

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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 😦

Luckily for us, it was a warm day and we thought açaí 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, açaí, pitaya, etc. We ended up ordering one to share and got açaí, 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? 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 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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 dumbbells (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 🙂 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 😉

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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 🙂

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.