Archive for June, 2014

Stress Eating


Oy, between eating out several meals in a row, as if you would skip on some mom sponsored meals out? And some stressful apartment BS (I don’t plan on living with anyone other than a family member for a LOOOONG time) my once also fitting jeans are back to me squeezing into them.

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Add in that I didn’t really workout much this week ( I know bad me) and the fact that in less than a week I think I had 3.5 pizzas (hey at least one of them was homemade, and pizza is my weakness).

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I used to have a problem with the amount of food I ate and when I am really stressed or am depressed I tend to veer back toward that habit.

Thankfully the more I work on this the less often it happens and for less and less time. This is probably my longest fall off the wagon in a while. Yes I allow myself pizza and treats and all the things we need for balance and to not go crazy, but we all have those triggers.


Stress and depression are my biggest triggers for overeating. I have been doing so good this last year, even with this being probably the second most difficult year of my life, (obviously the year my dad died tops as number one) but it looks like the stress finally all caught up to me and I let it out this week. There was crying and stress eating and upset stomachs. I was a mess.

But the important thing is that I identify this before it gets out of hand. A few bloat pounds I can deal with and drop back down with a few days of clean eating and living. The biggest thing is to make sure I don’t let it become a pattern, that I break it before it becomes a problem.

Do you stress eat?

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Hi everyone!!!!

So today i want to do a quick post about rewarding yourself for all the hard work you are doing! It can be really hard to get into the grove of working out and to keep it going long term. One thing i think that helps with that is rewarding yourself.

Pick a workout goal…..like one of mine is to be able to do to a pull up all by myself. When i achieve this goal my reward to myself is going to be a relaxing manicure for my hands that i will have beat up on the bar.


When i get the definition in my stomach that i want whether it is me being able to get a 6 pack or just the chiseled sides with a 2 pack (what you can achieve in a healthy way  depends on your body type and genes and all that good stuff) i am treating myself to a rockin new outfit that shows off my physique


(this is just an example)


after my workouts right now i am giving myself 1/3 of a cupcake to positively reinforce the desire to workout. My great friend Patrick gave me that idea and it is working because it is now the only time i can have a cupcake is post work and i LOVE cupcakes 🙂


And lastly when i get rid of my never leaving love handles i am going for a spa day!!!!!!



Now it is your turn….what are some of your goals and the rewards that will go with them?

Talk to you soon!

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Rugged Maniac

Are you ready to get rugged?!

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a great and super fun workout is to do an awesome Mud Run!

They vary in degrees of difficulty but are pretty much guaranteed to be a good time.

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you can goof along the way!

There is a lot of team support! Strangers along the way help you over and up obstacles you cant make on your own, i definitely need help a time or two and you conquer  some great fears and do things you didn’t know you could….like jump over fire!

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all in all a total blast and a great way to spend a Saturday with your friends !


and if that doesn’t convince you….you get a free beer afterwards 🙂

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Most of the obstacles are fun and not tooo much work.

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Try and mud run near you and let me know what you think 🙂

Happy Friday!

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Good Morning everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great start to their day. Today I am going to tell you about one of my New Year’s resolutions…to travel more!!!

No I don’t mean to Europe and Bali and China and awesomely exotic locals, I wish. One day that will be the case. But I have a serious yearning for travel so I made it a serious goal this year to do more of it.

My resolution was simply to go away one weekend a month, even just one night a month. I didn’t say how far away it had to be or what I had to do on these trips, the goal was simply to go. And it has been wonderful!

In January, my (now ex) boyfriend and I went up to his friends cabin for New Year’s Eve, it was only about an hour away and it was nothing crazy. We had a little get together and hung out the next day but it was fun and refreshing.

February, Brandy and I went to Astoria for a night and went total tourist! We saw the Astoria column and went did a little movie tour, saw the school from Kindergarden cop, the Goonie’s house, the twilight house. We had a blast!!!


the goonies house!

March I went to Newport all by myself, my first trip ever alone, and stayed in a little motel. From the moment I checked in until the moment I checked out, I didn’t leave my room. I had brought fruit, cheese and bread with me. I read the whole night and slept so soundly. It was wonderful! No one to bother me or try and talk to me, total peace and quiet.

In April my mom came into town for my birthday and we spent a long weekend in Seattle. That was so much fun, again we did all the tourist stuff; the space needle, pikes market, the original Starbucks, the gum wall. Had some GREAT seafood. We would get up early and hit all the stuff and be back to our rooms before dark and spend the nights reading. We booked our room on Airbnb, a very cool thing that I will elaborate more about in a separate post. It was great fun.

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the original starbucks!

Now May has come and I went camping this weekend with Brandy and her family! I got to test out my new tent and sleeping bag, have my first S’mores in about 13 years hahaha and enjoy the outdoors.


great coffee from a little drive through on the way up 🙂


my adorable new tent (its tiny because it is light weight for long distance backpacking)


great friends!



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The point is to simply get out and live, weather you spend almost no money and sleep at the beach in your car or stay at a 5 star hotel, just get out and do something fun! See someplace you have never seen before. Sometimes make an itinerary for yourself and sometimes just go and see what happens!

I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!!!

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