On a roll..

Three posts in five days..whaaaaaat?! It seems like this little blog and the act of jotting down my random thoughts with regularity is bringing me joy.  What else is making me happy you ask..I suppose it’s time for a revival of a Helping of Happiness.

  1. Scheduling 15 minutes of quiet time in the morning.

This has been a tough transition – especially fighting the urge to automatically pick up my phone to a.) scroll through social media b.) check work emails or c.) flip open my worktop to continue A or B. Instead I’ve been stretching for five minutes, sipping water, meditating for five minutes, and spending ten minutes brainstorming various creative ideas.

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Here’s the planner I use and I can’t recommend it enough! I purchased mine from Amazon but linked up to Nordstrom .

2. Reading..for pleasure.

The past six months I read anxiety/happiness/self-help style books in hopes of dealing with it head on. I shifted to reading..bare with me..Game of Thrones (<—nerd alert)..and have thoroughly enjoyed decompressing and notice that I’m reading more because it’s fun..and time outside of work should be fun.

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PS..winter is coming..but really..sigh..

3.  Trying new recipes because I love cooking healthy meals at home Monday-Thursday, it’s how I decompress and relax and the kitchen is closed on the weekends.

I love the two recipes from the SkinnyTaste cookbook (Egg roll bowls & Eggplant Stacks) and two from Fed+Fit (Bbq chicken potato bake & Panang curry).  I’m REALLY into curries and asian-inspired dishes as of late.

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4.  Truly focusing on strength training to support my health goals.

Running was a priority but now with the half marathon done..I wanted a structure/plan to follow that I could use in my apartment gym that would take the guesswork out of the equation. Immediately the  two rounds of online bootcamps that I participated in with Your Trainer Paige came to mind. I can only speak to Paige’s bootcamps but I’ve absolutely loved having the daily check in’s/accountability, personalized macros and workouts plus weekly check in’s. The workouts have left me SOOORRREE and I can’t wait to see my strength improvements and hopefully nail a pull up or two. Plus Paige is awesome..if I didn’t mention that already..she’s full of knowledge, positive and motivating!

5. Facebook reminding me who I was with and what I was doing one, five, and even eight years ago…whattttt?!

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What’s making you happy lately? Any fun food, fitness or other random finds to share?

Monday Setup – Eats and Moves

Good Monday morning to you! I’m taking a break from planning my week and sipping a big coffee more slowly than normal. I’ve got a tough leg workout planned and a day full of meetings (ugh..). Without further ado –  here’s my weekly meal plan:

Breakfasts: I’ll alternate between green smoothie bowls and egg white and veggie scrambles with LOADS of coffee.

Lunches: I’m pretty spoiled and work provides materials for salads – so my lunches will include veggies and a a lean protein like turkey.

Snacks: Hummus and veggies – always..and I’ll likely hard boil eggs tonight to snack on.

Scheduled Moves…I failed to mention I was training for a half marathon for the past two months (the Brooklyn Rock’n’Roll)  but have honestly felt uninspired as of late when it comes to weight training. I participated in a few rounds of Paige’s  bootcamps a few months ago and had incredible results..so I went ahead and registered for Lean Body Lifting and it kicks off today.  I will do a whole post of what an online bootcamp consists of but I really like the accountability and focus on eating and effective workouts.

Have a glorious day!

October Rambles

Well hi there, let’s give this a go one more time.

It’s a lovely fall Saturday in NYC – hard to believe this is my second fall in this glorious city. Last year was a blur since I was frantically attempting to adjust to a new job/home/life. On Friday we toasted the weekend with one of my favorites California reds (Smith & Hook) and my coworker buddy Siana joined the mister and I for a rooftop happy hour. After wine time, we headed to the subway to meet friends at the Hotel Hugo rooftop (double rooftop night!).  I liked the Latin/Cuban vibe and music at the bar and we arrived just in time for the sunset.

We visited with friends for about an hour before we all decided it was time for dinner. The out-of-town friends requested pizza so we walked to a nearby TriBeca casual spot called Saluggi’s.  I was pleasantly surprised by the street lamps inside the restaurant and the cost-effective menu. Our table ordered a vegetarian pizza and a mushroom, sausage and pepperoni. Both were delicious and our bill came to under 15$ a person..that NEVER happens! After dinner we decided to stop by one final bar for the night and landed on Macao Trading Company. Luckily we snagged a table downstairs which seems to be a little more of a relaxed scene. As the night went on..the music got louder and the space became crammed ha so I stuck to ordering one drink and was happy to head home a bit after midnight. We took the subway home and I fell asleep immediately! Such a fun night with wine, friends and food!