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If You Need a Little Holiday Pick Me Up…

4 Dec

Play this in your head all day long and there’s no way the holiday season won’t be bright ‘n’ cheery for you. There’s just something about this tune that makes me smile ear to ear/want to dance/make snow angels/hug everyone I pass on the street/drink hot cocoa with my friends/get in the Christmas spirit. So let go of that holiday stress, winter blues, and endless thoughts going through your mind and just dance…Charlie Brown Style. 


What’s on My…iPod, workout schedule, mind?

3 Dec

Happy Friday fellow healthy chicks, and hooray for the glorious weekend ahead! Since it’s Friday and I know you’re all just itching to get out of work and get your hands on a martini, I’ll keep this post short ‘n’ sweet. Today we’re going to play a little game over at Healthy Chicks so that you all can get to know me better, and I too can hopefully get to know YOU better along the way. 

What’s on My…? 

iPod: Newly downloaded songs= Katy Perry’s “Firework” (totally motivating and great for an energy boost, plus she totally rocked it at the VS Fashion Show), One Republic’s “Secrets” (also gets me going in the morning along with my coffee), Paramore’s “The Only Exception” (how can you not love this song?), Sad Brad Smith’s “Help Yourself” (have been obsessed since watching the movie “Up in the Air“), George Harrison’s “What is Life” (an oldie but a goodie).

Refrigerator Shelves: Honestly, I’m embarrassed ’cause there isn’t much right now- definitely time to hit up Trader Joe’s. Currently I have eggs (I heart making egg white omelets), a bunch of veggies (including spinach, cucumber, carrots and zucchini), marinara sauce (leftover from when I made “Spaghetti (squash) & Meatballs”, light string cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese (I’m a sucker for the real thing), apples, an orange and brown rice wraps. 

Workout Sched: This afternoon I’m going for a 2ish mile run with my best friend (she’s running her first 5K in a couple of weeks, yay her!) followed by some Core Fusion Body Sculpt in the apartment. I’m going to try to squeeze in a long run this weekend (5 to 6 miles I hope) as well as some yoga/weights at the gym!

To-Do List: It’s a little scary, but it includes interviewing a salon owner for my PT job, buy Christmas presents for mom, dad, sister, friends, etc., edit recipe book & place orders [will probably order 50 to 100 and sell holiday specials], buy a scarf for a special girl who deserves it, pit-stop to Sephora for some makeup, pit stop at CVS for all the essentials, browse Victoria’s Secret for Christmas goodies, grocery shopping, buy mini things for Florida trip so I won’t have to check my bag (gotta follow the 3.4 oz. rule), and the list goes on and on…

Mind: “I can’t wait for Florida…”, “What’s for lunch?…”, “Wow, that dude next to me has crazy hair…”, “This cappuccino is delish…”, “Seriously, what do you get dads for Christmas?…”

Lips: Vaseline (so good for winter chapped lips) & Bath and Body Works’ “My Favorite Lip Balm” with shea butter and almond oil. (It really is my favorite lip balm-I swear by this stuff)

Cool Bookmarked Pages: Hallmarkcontests.com, OMG Facts, PostSecret, Etsy

Calendar next two weeks: Comedy show, Sunday Funday with my friend Megan, a few meetings, two work holiday parties, Ugly Sweater Party (debating whether to go or not), 4 day road trip to Florida, 5K Jingle Run!

If you have the time, fill in the blanks on some of the above questions…I’d love to learn more about you too!! 

5-Year High School Reunion, Oh My!

27 Nov

[me (second on the left) at a friend's high school grad party-guess a lot has changed]

So tonight I am going to my 5-year high school reunion and I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I feel like many of my friends still keep and touch (at least the ones I want to keep in touch with) and that’s who I’ll be carpooling with on the way there. However, I still have no idea what will come of it. While five years does seem like kind of a long time, I feel like nothing has changed, really.

I’m still the same old me, and nothing that drastic has happened in my life worth sharing. It’s not like I chopped off all my hair, gained 50 pounds, had a baby or got married (although I’m sure there will be some of those). But then when I really do think about it, I guess I did change a lot…for the better.

-I gained a boatload of confidence in who I am and what I see myself as.

-I went through four years of college and made some of the best friends I’ll ever have there.

-I studied abroad in Italy and really got a sense of their culture, habits & brilliant lifestyle. 

-I went through my “crazy” phase in college and then learned to find balance & consistency in my life.

-I moved to Boston after graduation and learned to be more independent. 

-I dabbled in the workplace and learned what it’s like to work in an office job.

-I realized office jobs aren’t really for me, and took a leap to pursue my career as a writer. 

-I learned to love wearing jeans, instead of loathing them for making my thighs look fat.

-I died my hair back to its natural brown, and said goodbye to my former blonde self.

-I dated a few guys, or at least went on a few dates. 

-I went to New Zealand and jumped out of a plane.

-I lost a little weight and learned to be more comfortable in my body & with my eating habits 

-I learned to love running, yoga & Core Fusion. 

-I self-published an 80-paged recipe book, “Healthy Chicks in the Kitchen.”

-I experienced loss and heartbreak for the first time when I lost my grandmother and then later that year my great-aunt.

-I learned to appreciate exotic foods like sushi, hummus, Thai & tofu.

-I became obsessed with cooking…all kinds of cooking.

When looking at all of that, I realize I did do a lot in the past five years, and maybe a lot really has changed. Even though I don’t look like a completely different person, a lot has changed on the inside as I’ve learned so much about myself these past years. 

So I guess I am excited to see what five years has done to all my other former classmates, whether it’s for the better or the worse – a brilliant job or a balding head. I will keep you posted on how this evening goes. 

In the meantime, I challenge you to make a  list on things that have changed over the past 2, 5, 10+ years. I think you’ll really surprise yourself when you realize how much you’ve grown up. 


Have a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!

25 Nov

Guest Blog Post: Rules of Dating By Relationship Expert Jenny Jen

24 Nov

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Happy Hump Day fellow Healthy Chicks! Today I am proud to entertain you with a guest post from one of my favorite readers/fellow blogger Jenny Jen. She is one Blonde Bronzed Twenty Something who knows the ins and outs of relationships, dating and men (something I am totally clueless about). Alas, let me give the floor (er, blog) over to her! Jen, you may take it from here…

Healthy as we might be with other aspects in our life, we’re not so much with men.  We are told to go for the good guy, yet fall for the bad.  We are meant to walk away from a relationship without looking back, not wanting the ass hole even more.  We are supposed to take the oh-so-obvious hints that he’s just not that into us, but instead we focus on the signs that show us he is.  We my friends are twentysomething women who – although healthy and in control in other areas of our life – lack the same nutrients and wholesome diet in our dating life.

Well consider me your relationship trainer.  I’m going to give you the core tips to energize your love life.  So are we ready girls?  Time to swap those Nike runner’s for a pair of Manolo thigh-high boots and start walking:

1)     Keep a ‘dating diary’:  The same way you would record the calories and eating items you intake to notice patterns and how each food makes you feel after consumption, do the same with men.  We often forget the bad and overwrite it with rosy stories that are far from accurate.  Keep this journal to understand your patterns, in hopes to prevent making the same mistakes again.

2)     Everything in moderation:  We are always told that too much of something is never a good thing.  If he uses excuses such as work, studying, moving, etc., realize that someone who wants to see you will fit you into his schedule, no matter what.  I’ve dated people in high demand jobs such (think doctors and hockey players), yet they still managed to make time for me.  Got it?  Alternately, be aware of spending too much time with the man of your affection.   If you’re together 24/7, you likely don’t have room for other aspects of your life and wellbeing since he has become it.  Neither of the two choices are a healthy alternative.  Instead, indulge in him but make sure to make time for yourself and your friends, because at the end of the day, if Casa Nova and you break it off, you and your friends are the only one who can pick up the pieces. 

3)     Work it:  You’re not going to burn calories, release endorphins and start noticing changes on your waistline unless you start working out.  Wish as we might, sitting at home playing on our Macbooks won’t get us into shape.  Same with dating.  Though we can try to peruse the net for potential suitors, it’s going out, meeting people and putting ourselves in a social environment that will get us to reach our goal.  So put on a hot little number, head out and make it happen.

4)     Avoid Toxins:  You wouldn’t dare ruin your diet with something that was unhealthy or distructive to it, so why would you do that you with your men?  You know that hung over feeling you experience the morning (and day, and evening) after drinking?  Those are the effects of toxins in your body.  Toxic relationships are destructive to your well being.  Not only do they halt motivation and make you less productive, but they also deter others from you (no one wants to get toxins).  And deny as you will that the boy is toxic, listen to those around you who refer to him (and who you become with him) as such.  No one should be bringing your fabulous, foxy-self down.  A partner is meant to bring out the best in you, not worst.

We wouldn’t settle for a bad gym, we wouldn’t feel good from a half-assed work out, and we certainly wouldn’t feel clear headed and airy if we ate a meal full of junk.  If you put in the same thought and awareness as you do with your health, I can assure you you will find that grade A relationship you so desire. 

-Jenny Jen

Thanks for such a wonderful, fun post Jen! You may contact Jen on Twitter @BlondeBronzed, read her hilarious, informative relationship blog here and email her at blondebronzedtwentysomething@hotmail.com. 

Sunday Updates

14 Nov

I’m terribly sorry I haven’t updated since Thursday, but I’ve been in Baltimore visiting my younger sister Krista. So that’s a pretty legit excuse, right? Still, I thought I’d update you on some things I’ve been getting myself into down south…

1. Drinking like a college girl: Holy moly has my body changed since college. I just can’t handle the alcohol like I used to be able to, so needless to say I was quite intoxicated on Thursday night when we went to my sister’s friends “happy hour” at a bar. Free entry and $2 mixed drinks? What did they expect? 

2. Lots of Dining: I’ve been dining like a queen since I got here, and am definitely going to have to make up for it this coming week. Lotsa clean eating and core fusion is a-comin’! I have to say, my favorite meal by far was at RA sushi on Friday night. My dad came down from CT to surprise us girls, and took us out for the most amazing sushi of my life. Best part? It was Happy Hour so everything was half off. You bet I dined hardcore, filling up on fried shrimp (YUM), spicy tuna rolls and california rolls galore. It was insane I tell you, insane. I wish they had one of these back in Boston! 

3. Touristy Things: So far I’ve roamed downtown Baltimore, visited the Inner Harbor (it’s beautiful), got some shopping done, and took a trip to DC to visit one of my best friends from college. While in DC, we took a detour to Old Town Alexandria, which was absolutely the cutest little nook ever. It was loaded with vintage shops, craft stores, book stores and little cafes on every street corner. We had a wonderful time just catching up and exploring the town. We also took advantage of a fabulous book store – SIX books for $4! I was one happy girl. 

That’s all for now. More updates to come tomorrow. Hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend!

Holy Luck & Happy Hump Day!

10 Nov

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When I was younger, I used to be extremely lucky. I always won the best prizes during Bingo night, would win raffles like it was my job and scratch tickets always brought me a couple extra bucks in the pocket. However, lately my luck hasn’t been quite like it was as a child. 

But, as of yesterday (or this whole month actually) I think it’s safe to say my luck is back, baby! For starters, I went on two dates in one weekend, and scored a job interview (which I ended up declining, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). Then yesterday I won a pair of tickets to see LUNAFEST at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, which I couldn’t be more excited about! Oh, but wait, it gets even better. I was also invited by the kind woman from Core Fusion to take a live class with a friend here in Boston at Exhale Spa in the near future. Then just when I thought my luck couldn’t get any better, this morning I woke up to an email telling me I won the Greyhound raffle I entered at a festival a couple weeks ago, getting me $50 worth of bus tickets to anywhere I want to go. Hello trips to CT, NYC and DC!  Now is that luck, or is that luck? 

OK, enough bragging. For today’s Hump Day post, I decided to bring back an old classic fave YouTube video…enjoy! And congrats for almost making it over the hump! 

TGIF & 3 Things I’m Pumped About

5 Nov

TGIF! I think I can speak for everyone when I say this week was one of those weeks that just didn’t end, but now it’s safe to say that Friday is finally here. Ahhh. As you know I like to keep my Friday posts short ’cause I know it’s the end of the week and no one has time to read a novel right now. So I’m going to go ahead and entertain you with three things I’m pumped for at the moment. 

1. Not only is it Friday, but this single lady in the city is going on TWO dates this weekend, yes two dates…with two different guys! I don’t think I’ve had that much game since college. I’m starting to feel like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. I’m excited to go out and feel out their personalities, and to not put all my eggs in one basket for once. Hello date weekend!

2. I’ve only done Core Fusion Body Sculpt twice so far, and am already feeling the burn in my legs ‘n’ tushy. Yay! I’m on my way to a hot butt and thighs in no time. I can’t wait to feel toned, lean and strong all over! If you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend looking into it. This $7.99 purchase from Amazon.com is one I definitely don’t regret. 

3. Come to think of it, I have three dates this weekend, if you count the one with my girlfriend Becky. Tomorrow we’re going to the North End to sip cappuccinos, grab lunch and chat about life. I absolutely can not wait to catch up and fill our bodies with tasty North End eats. There is nothing like Italian food to boost my mood! 

What are you ladies up to this weekend? I hope something fabulous! 

5 Things to do Right Now!

16 Oct

1. Throw on a cute fall outfit:tights+boots+fall skirt+scarf=my go-to trendy fall outfit. It makes me feel fall-esque and that I love. 


2. Go buy your most favorite coffee or tea from your fave coffee shop (or have your dad buy it): My dad bought me a black pumpkin spice coffee and I added in my own chocolate soy milk to make it the perfect fall drink. Buy your perfect drink! 

3. Light a yummy fall/winter-y candle: Light up that Jack Frost candle you’ve been saving for winter, or a yummy pumpkin or apple pie scent. Your house will smell of happiness in a few minutes. 

4. Go for a long walk/run sans music: I went for a 40-minute walk this morning, and although it was a little chilly for my liking, I loved being by myself with no iPod, simply soaking up the fall scenery. Gotta love foliage!

5. Search for festivals in your area: This post is extra-short ’cause we’re about to go to the APPLE FESTIVAL! It’s an annual festival in the neighborhood I grew up in, with anything and everything fall! They’ll have apples, pumpkin butter, kettle corn, crafts and music. Sorry to cut you short but off I go : )

 

P.S. Happy Hump Day!

13 Oct

It’sssssss……HUMP DAY! WAHOO, congrats on getting half way there…just a few more hours at work until you’re officially over the hump. But until then, here’s my weekly Hump Day Lesson of the Day to get you through and hopefully make you giggle a bit…

Don’t Dress Too Sexy for Work: A few months ago (back when I worked a full time office job) I wanted to look good for an event so I put on my hot (yet profesh) pencil line dress. When I zipped it up, it was a little tighter than usual in the butt region but hey, maybe all those squats and lunges were to blame…and that’s a good thing. I asked my friend who is always honest if the dress was *too tight* and she said, “No way. It shows off your curves and is very flattering.” So I listened to her and head off to the office. 

I was walking down the streets with extra swagger. I look gooooood I thought to myself. Then I felt something. Something was not right. I went to adjust my dress when I realized it was hiked up all the way to my lower back, completely exposing my ass to god knows who. I nonchalantly adjusted (or so I thought) then nonchalantly turned around to find a 50-something businessman directly behind me. Now I was sweating, and completely embarrassed but I decided to brush it off and continue on my merry way. 

I phoned my roommate then hiked it to the T for my morning commute, laughing about the incident the entire ride there. By the time I got to my destination, I had completely forgotten about what happened. And when my coworker picked me up for work, I told her all about what happened on our car ride to the office. That’s when I feel something funny again. I go to adjust my dress (once again) and feel my bare ass. SHIT SHIT SHIT. “Shit I think my dress really ripped,” I tell my friend in a panic. “Nah, I’m sure you’re over-reacting. We can check it when we get to the office.” 

When I got out of the car, I was completely mortified. The trendy slit of my pencil-style dress turned into a full-length tear, going all the way up to my lower back. My entire ass was on display to the public…all morning long and I had NO IDEA! So I make the best of the situation and tie a shawl around myself to at least get through the morning. 

Oh but wait, I still had a very important event to attend. T0 make matters worse: When I rushed back to my apartment to change, I FORGOT my keys in the office, and had to beg the landlord to let me in. Needless to say, I was in a ball of sweat but now laugh about it to this day. 

Best part: My mom asked me if I was wearing “cute underwear” and I had to tell her, “No mom…I was wearing a thong.”  She cried laughing, telling me at least I made someone’s day. Oh and my dad asked how I couldn’t feel the “draft.” My answer to that. “Well it was a 100-degree day in Boston, what do you expect?”

Moral of the story: never dress too curve-alicious and always wear cute underwear. You never know what will happen and I mean it. 

Take a look at the aftermath…

(I wasn’t kidding when I said it was quite the slit)

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