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Dec 072016
 

Hi friends! Happy hump day! I hope your week is going well so far.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a day in the life post, and I always like reading how other people spend their days, so I thought it was time for a little update! Here’s a snapshot of my day last Wednesday.

5:55 – Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

6:00 – Time to get up! Quickly brush my teeth, get dressed in workout clothes, put in contacts (this is relatively new for me – I used to just wear them on weekends), zip up my gym bag, and say goodbye to Fabio who, by the way, is still dead asleep.

6:15 – 6:30 – Take Jack for a walk. When I have enough time I let him run around off-leash at the park, but on this particular day I was running late so we just went for a regular walk. Sorry Jack! I make a vow to let him run around tomorrow.

When we get home I feed him, and then it’s out the door!

6:35 – 6:55 – Drive over to Flywheel in Dupont. Long-time readers will know that Flywheel is one of my favorite classes to take through ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!), but since we moved to Virginia I don’t take it as often as I used to. The drive over in the morning actually wasn’t too bad at all, and I make (another) vow to work this class into my schedule more often.

Arrive at Flywheel, grab a perfect parking spot, and almost forget to pay the meter. I am used to the 6 a.m. class when parking is free, and I’m constantly having to remind myself that it’s not free for the 7 a.m. class. Oy.

Run in with just enough time to drop my stuff off in a locker, find my bike, set it up the way I like it, and pedal a bit to warm up. Phew!

7:00 – 7:45 – Sweat my butt off at Flywheel. The class was led by a new-to-me instructor and she was really good! I loved her music and felt really energized the whole time. At the end of class my total power was 249, which is not a high or low score for me – it was right in the middle. I gave this morning workout two thumbs up!

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Post-Flywheel sweaty selfie FTW

7:50 – 8:05 – Drive to work! I used to be all about the 6 a.m. classes so I could drive home after class, shower, eat breakfast at home, and then head into the office. Well, all of that worked great in our old apartment when Fabio and I would eat breakfast together and then walk to the metro together too, but now we are on totally different schedules. These days it’s not worth it to me to wake up an hour earlier just so I can shower at home and have breakfast (by myself). Luckily I have a shower at work so I take advantage of it at least a few times a week.

8:05 – 8:40 – Use the shower at work. Play Christmas music on my iPhone while I shower, and hope that you can’t hear it too much through the door. I don’t want my coworkers who might be using the bathroom to be freaked out by the weirdo playing Christmas music to herself in the shower room.

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Finish up my makeup in the bathroom, and then walk to my desk with dripping wet hair. I’m lucky that it air dries well! 🙂

8:45 – 9:30 – Enjoy a hot mug of green tea while catching up on emails.

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Then dig into breakfast for the day: two hard-boiled eggs with a banana. (One of the eggs is unpictured – I ate it before remembering to snap a pic!)

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I like my eggs with salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Yum!

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1:15 – After a busy morning, I finally break into lunch! This day’s lunch was leftover Thai green curry from Blue Apron. The leftovers were lacking on some of the sweet potatoes since we had eaten most of them the night before, so I had tossed some white beans in there for added protein and sustenance. It was delicious and a nice change-up from my usual salad.

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Rest of the afternoon – 5:45 – Like usual, work is busy, busy, busy. I had a ton of meetings and projects to get done, so I didn’t have time to eat my afternoon snack (an apple with some trail mix). That’s ok though because the day passed by in a flash. Phew!

5:50 – 6:08 – Drive home! I listen to a podcast in the car – I can’t remember which one but it was likely either Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Young House Love Has a Podcast, or the Bon Appetit Foodcast – during my quick and easy commute. While I still prefer the metro to driving (I really miss my reading time!) I’ve found that driving really isn’t too bad since it’s so fast.

6:15 – 6:45 – Fabio arrived home around the same time as I did, so we take Jack on a longer walk together. This is one of my favorite parts of the day – even when the weather is crappy like it was this day – because we get to catch up on our days. 🙂

6:50 – 7:50 – Arrive home, give Jack a treat, and change into comfy clothes. Hooray!

We have another Blue Apron meal on the menu tonight (spinach and ricotta pizza, which I added bacon to because, why not?) and since those meals always take a while to make I get started right away. I forget what we did while I was cooking – sometimes we will play music and talk and other times we will have the TV on. I do know I did NOT have a glass of wine because I’m trying not to make it an every-night-of-the-week thing. So far I’ve been doing really well!

8:00 – 10:15 – Eat dinner. I forgot to take a picture of the whole pizza which is a really stupid blogger move. After dinner, we cleaned up and wrapped up the leftovers, and I finally remembered to take a picture.

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The pizza was delicious!

After dinner, Fabio and I indulged in our favorite new (bad) habit: enjoying a couple of peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies from my friends over at Giant. These things are so delicious and so addicting! They pair perfectly with a glass of milk too.

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I think they’re probably similar to the peppermint Jo Joes from Trader Joes, but I’ve never actually had those so I can’t say for sure. Anyway, they’re delicious!

Jack wanted in on the action too, obviously.

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We wrapped up our evening on the couch while watching Shark Tank (we love that show). We’re not really binge watching anything right now, but we are looking to start something new. Any suggestions?

10:15 – Upstairs to bed! I read my kindle for a couple of minutes (I’m reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind for some reason – it’s different than my usual book selections but really interesting) and though I’m really enjoying my book I was exhausted from the day and only kept my eyes open for about 10 minutes before falling asleep.

The end.

Question of the day: What are you binge watching right now?

Disclaimer: Giant sent me the cookies for free, but this post is not sponsored in any way. All opinions are my own. 

 Posted by on December 7, 2016
Nov 302016
 

Over the weekend, Fabio and I got started on decorating our home for Christmas! I am one of those people who goes bonkers around the holidays – nothing is too glittery, festive, or cheerful in my opinion. I can listen to Christmas music nonstop and never get tired of it! To me, it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

As I mentioned, we got our decorations out on Sunday and set everything up. This is our first time ever having an outside to decorate (we used to hang wreaths on our apartment door but that was about all we could do) so I was really excited to hang some lights up outside!

Fabio and I are on a strict budget these days – we just redid our wedding budget and, eek!! – so we hung a star decoration that my grandparents gave us and placed a couple of candlesticks in the windows. That’s good enough for this year!

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We also tried to buy a tree over the weekend, but when we showed up at Home Depot it was a total mad house! The parking lot was packed and once we finally found a spot, we walked into the nursery department to find a line of people with Christmas trees wrapping all the way to back of the store. No. Thank you.

Since we don’t live too far from Home Depot, we decided to go back on Monday night instead. This wound up being SUCH a great idea and we practically had the place to ourselves.

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We even got some one-on-one help from a Home Depot employee named Dale, who pulled a bunch of trees out for us to make sure we got a good one. Then he helped us strap the tree to the car. Hooray for Dale!

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When we got home, we blasted the Christmas music and got to work! I think our tree turned out pretty well. 🙂

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Fabio and I have a tradition of buying ornaments for special occasions (usually when we travel) so decorating the tree is always one of my favorite events of the season.

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First, we obviously have a bunch of Jack-themed ornaments (don’t tell me you’re surprised…)

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And then we have a bunch of travel ones! We got this chiva bus ornament from Cartagena during our trip to Colombia! FYI – chivas are basically Colombian party buses. 🙂

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Then there’s this pretty one from our trip to Jackson Hole

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…one from beautiful Amalfi

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And one from Bryce Canyon! There’s also one from our trip to the top of the Empire State Building.

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I think we have some others too – we have quite a collection going! I love having all of these ornaments to remind us of fun times in our life. 🙂

Tonight (Tuesday), we are enjoying all our beautiful holiday decorations alongside some Blue Apron! They had a sale a while back and I couldn’t resist signing up for a week.

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On the menu tonight was Thai Green Coconut Curry, and it was SO delicious but SO spicy!! Holy cow. I don’t think I should have added all the curry paste in. Oops!

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This recipe also made a ton of food, so I have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Yay!

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Now dinner is over, and I’m working on this post during commercial breaks during of one of my new favorite shows, This Is Us. I remember when the promos ran over the summer and I was so excited for the show, and so far I would have to say it’s living up to my expectations. Maybe it will be the new Parenthood? (Which I only have like 4 episodes left of – wahhh!)

Questions of the day: Do you like spicy food? On a scale of 1 – 10, how into the holidays do you get? Are you watching This Is Us?

 Posted by on November 30, 2016
Nov 112016
 

Hey friends! Once again, I feel like I don’t have a whole lot to share with you today. For some reason I’m feeling a little off this week – I think maybe because I started off the week with a cold and then finished up the week with long hours at work, so now I’m just really tired? Whatever it is, I’m just feeling sort of meh right now so I thought a random and fun blog survey would be a good topic for today. Please play along in the comments below!

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

I might be alone on this one, but freezing temps in the snow! There’s nothing worse for me than having to go out on a long training run in August when the humidity is at 100% and it’s 99 degrees out. Although I prefer heat and humidity to the cold in every other instance, running is not one of them.

After November Project with Anne!

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

This question is irrelevant to me since I will never have either one. Even when my abs are feeling strong, I know that abs are made in the kitchen and I’d have to really watch what I ate in order to get them to look good from the outside. I love food too much — hence the name of this blog — so that will likely never be me. 🙂

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

I’ve never seen The Doctors and I don’t love the controversy surrounding Dr. Oz (a lot of times he talks about “miracle” supplements that don’t have any science backing them up) so I think I’m going to go with neither on this one. How about my PCP instead? Or WebMD? Haha!

4. Cardio or strength?

Both are so important! I believe a balance of the two is best for overall fitness, but there’s a lot of research these days that’s showing strength is better for keeping your metabolism up and burning calories long after your workout is over.

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

Carbs, always. I love ’em! However as much as I love carbs, I know I gain weight when I eat too many so I try to limit them somewhat. Instead, I try to incorporate protein in every meal and snack to help keep me full longer. Today, for example, I ate a Reese’s peanut butter cup pumpkin (leftover from Halloween) because I convinced myself there was enough protein in the peanut butter to make it a viable choice. 😉 Haha!

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

I love them both! I used to listen to Jillian’s podcast all the time (I totally forgot about it until just now — why did I stop listening?) and I have her workout DVDs, but I love Bob’s caring and empathetic nature. I think I choose Bob!

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

This might be weird, but when I get frozen yogurt I get the plain “yogurty” flavors (the ones that are a little sour like Greek yogurt), and I like to load up on the fruit toppings and then add a sprinkle of chocolate. For whatever reason, I like to keep froyo a little more healthy. Ice cream, however, is a totally different story. Give me all the peanut buttery and chocolatey toppings! This is why we never have ice cream in the house. Ha!

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

Training lower body is usually pretty easy for me — I’ve always had decently strong legs — so I like training my upper body!

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

I’ve never been one for protein powder, though sometimes I get curious about it and think about trying it out. I’m definitely more of a food with protein kind of girl.

10. Lunges or squats?

Squats I guess, though I feel like one is just as bad/good as the other…

11. Sweet or salty?

Sweet! I’ve always been a dessert girl.

Peanut butter stuffed brownies Catrina and Britt made me for my birthday this year. 🙂

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

This is a silly question since all workout gear is usually both. In fact, I’m wearing workout leggings right now as comfy/lounge clothes!

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

Ooooh good question! I say heavy lifting, though I do love me some body pump every now and then!

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Yoga, though pilates was really helpful for me after my foot surgery since I could do so much of it from the floor.

15. Nike or Adidas?

Is Lululemon an option? 😉

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

Outdoors, of course! It helps when you live in a cool city with so many running trails/sights like we do.

*Crazy to think the Obamas won’t be living there anymore…*

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Hmmm I like both for different purposes! When we just need to buy some produce we will usually go to Whole Foods because we know they will have everything we need and it will be really fresh. TJs has some cool products and good prices, but it’s a little harder to check everything off my list (one time I needed marshmallows for an Easter recipe I was making and I was SOL at TJs). I guess I’ll go with Whole Foods.

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

Summer! I love watching gymnastics.

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Roasted! Does anybody ever answer steamed for this?

Phew – that was fun! Now it’s your turn; play along in the comments!

Questions of the day: Winter running or summer running? Whole Foods or TJs? Froyo or ice cream?

 Posted by on November 11, 2016
Nov 092016
 

Hello there! Thanks for stopping by today! I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve really had a chance to catch up, so I thought today would be a good day for a virtual coffee date. Plus, as I’m writing this on Tuesday night I’m pretty much glued to the TV watching election coverage (did you vote?!) so it’s going to be difficult for me to put anything too cohesive together anyway. 😉

So, let’s catch up over a cup of coffee! Go grab a cup and then come on back. I’ll wait! 🙂

Got one? Ok, let’s go.

(Yes, I’m totally using a photo from the coffee tour we did in Colombia because it was so awesome. Take me back!)

First, let’s talk about the election. It’s crazy that by the time you read this we will know who our next President will be. Wow! I still remember when President Obama won his first election back in 2008, which was around the time I first started hanging out with Fabio. I can remember there being crazy celebrations at the University of Maryland where we were, and now eight years later that time is coming to an end.

One thing that’s been on my mind lately is how my city will change. Maybe it won’t change at all, but I was listening to a podcast the other day that talked about how the reason DC has so many young residents and trendy pop-ups and amazing restaurants is because of the type of crowd that President Obama drew in. If Hillary wins I doubt the population of DC will change much, but if Trump wins I’m sure our city would take on a whole different feeling. Suddenly different types of people would be coming into our city–and I’m sure a lot of current residents would leave–so it’s an interesting perspective that I hadn’t really considered before.

Of course by the time you read this all of this will be old news anyway, so let’s move on. This flashback reminded me though…

Fabio and I are celebrating our 8 year anniversary on Friday. Wow. Eight years?? We were such babies when we first met! In that time we graduated college, got real jobs, moved in together, rescued Jack, moved to DC, got engaged, and bought a house. So crazy, right? We aren’t big on celebrating our anniversary, but I’m hoping this year we’ll actually do something to acknowledge it (as opposed to most years in the past). Here are some pictures of us from the early days!

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Do you think we look the same or not so much?

I’m pretty sure I’m going to run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler again in the spring. When our friend Jason was in town for the Marine Corps Marathon a couple of weeks ago, he said he wanted to run a DC race with us. I suggested the Rock n Roll Half since I still haven’t been able to run it (despite winning a bib a couple of years ago), but he said he really wants to see the cherry blossoms and Fabio said he’d rather run a 10 miler felt than a half, so that’s what we’re going to go for. (Now let’s hope the cherry blossoms will actually be out for the race…)

We are signing up for the lottery in early December, and I hope we get in!

This will be my first race since I had surgery on my foot in January 2015, and I have to admit I’m a bit scared. Running has not been a problem at all post surgery so there’s definitely no reason to be scared, but I know my foot went through a lot and I want to be really careful with my training so I don’t injure myself by overdoing it. I’ll have to come up with a good training plan! I also ran the last one pretty fast, so I’ll have to decide what I want my new time to be. You know I’ll keep you posted!

I’m going to a cool work event today where I get to watch research. We are in the process of developing new consumer-facing PSAs for work, and the company that’s helping us put them together will be testing the PSAs in Baltimore among real consumers in our target audience. They’ll be conducting in-person interviews as well as a couple of focus groups, and I get to sit behind the two-way mirror and see what people say about the concepts. It should be really interesting, and I’m excited to be a part of this kind of research!

My workouts have been very meh lately. I’m chugging along and doing my thing, but I’m not feeling super excited about my classes these days. I don’t want to sound like a brat, but I feel like DC had better classes than Virgina does, and I’m missing my classes at Flywheel and Reformation Fitness. Thank goodness MADabolic is on the scene now, and Georgetown is just a quick drive away. Of course I could always wake up earlier and drive in for those classes but…you know. #Spoiled

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. Have a great Wednesday!

Question of the day: What do you think about this year’s election results??

 Posted by on November 9, 2016
Oct 262016
 

As you know, I started a new job a little more than two weeks ago. I am so excited by everything I’m working on, and although I’ve been dying to tell you more about it, I wanted to wait to get permission from my manager first so I was clear on what I could share. I talked to her earlier this week and got her blessing to post away, so now’s my chance to tell you more about it!

First, some background. I get questions from you guys all the time about how I got a job communicating about health and wellness. Here’s my attempt at making a long story short.

I always knew I wanted to work in Public Relations (my mom has her own PR firm and I worked for her when I was in high school), so when I went to college, I immediately set about getting my degree in Communications with a focus on PR. I then worked at Ketchum—a large, well-known international PR agency—where I was placed on the social marketing team. Social marketing sounds like social media, but it’s actually about making a change in societal behavior. While there, I worked on mostly government accounts and fell in love with some of the work I was doing with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I also started my blog during this time (2012) so the whole health and wellness thing really came together for me. When I saw a job for a Communications Manager with a smaller nonprofit dedicated to treating and preventing obesity, I knew it was a perfect next step for me! I worked there for a few years where I mostly worked with scientists and doctors. While it was interesting to hear the latest science and talk to doctors about obesity, I wanted to feel like I had a job that was directly influencing the people who are suffering with these problems.

That’s where my new job comes in. I’m now working with the American Diabetes Association on their Strategic Communications/PR team, where I can (finally) communicate directly with patients about managing their health. Yayy!!

So, for those of you who ask me “How do I get a job like that,” my answer is that I basically used my background in PR and my passion for health to lead me where I wanted to go. There’s no easy “quick-fix” solution I can recommend to those looking to break into this field, except to try to take advantage of the skills that you already have and see how you can apply them.

ANYWAY. Enough about that. Let’s talk about the new gig!

In a word, it is awesome. I am writing so much (which, for me, is a great thing!) and everything I’m writing is so incredibly interesting. I’m working on a campaign for “National Healthy Lunch Day” (it’s Nov. 15!) and will be working on other campaigns like “Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day” in early 2017. I get to write about how to incorporate more movement into your day and review infographics that explain how to build a better salad. Plus, I get to hear stories from real, live people with diabetes who struggle with this horrible disease every day. Seriously?! I get paid for this? Every day I’ve been thinking to myself how fun my new job is, and there’s nothing better than that. J

So, how will this affect the blog? While at my old job, I didn’t really post too many of the specifics of my day-to-day work. A lot of it just wasn’t that relevant, and I didn’t want to bore you guys with overly scientific information. With this new job, however, I have a feeling I’ll want to share a lot more of what I’m doing because I think it’s a) interesting and b) important. Of course I’ll always make it very apparent when I’m writing about something for work and when I’m writing something just for myself (which will still be most of the time). Plus, all opinions are (always) my own!

Question of the day: How much do you know about diabetes? How much do you want to know?

P.S. I know this post didn’t have any pictures in it, so here’s one of Jack in a pumpkin “costume” to make you smile. 🙂

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 Posted by on October 26, 2016
Oct 212016
 

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Today’s post is going to be a bit different from your usual Favorite Things Friday update, as I came to an interesting realization about myself that I wanted to share with you all.

So, as you know, I started a new job last week at a new organization that I’m really passionate about. Obviously changing careers is a pretty big life change, and it wound up affecting me much more than I realized – and not just work-wise. Allow me to explain.

Before receiving the offer for the new job, I was happily chugging along at the old place. I was doing my normal routine, including working out in the mornings, going to work, bringing healthy lunches from home, and making dinner/blogging/watching TV in the evenings. It was nothing crazy, but it was a routine that was working for me.

Then I received the job offer and gave my two-weeks’ notice at work. After that, I wasn’t receiving any new projects from my manager and therefore wasn’t super motivated to get a lot done. I didn’t feel like I needed to prove myself anymore – after all I was leaving to explore a new and better position somewhere else – so a lot of my motivation to work hard went out the window. I’m a pretty intrinsically motivated person (i.e., I work hard just because I want to) so when my motivation to excel in work was gone, it was kind of a whole new feeling for me. Suddenly I didn’t mind arriving to work a few minutes late or turning in an assignment that was maybe 98% of my effort, whereas normally I give 110%.

Of course all of this is to be expected when you’re moving on to a new job, but what I didn’t expect was that this lack of motivation would carry over to my personal life as well. Suddenly, I didn’t feel like setting my alarm super early to wake up early to take a class, and instead I went on a couple of measly runs with Jack. I didn’t feel like grocery shopping on the weekend to set myself up for a healthy week. I didn’t feel like packing a healthy lunch, so I wasted a ton of money on SweetGreen (thankfully SweetGreen is still healthy! Just expensive).

For almost my entire last two weeks at work, I barely followed through with any of my usual healthy habits. What the heck?

As soon as the new job started, however, I was more motivated than ever to prove myself in the office. Not surprisingly, that motivation has continued to my daily routine as well. Since I started the new position I’ve taken more classes than usual, cooked tons of healthy dinners, and brought a salad and an apple every day to eat at work. I’m back to making healthy and affordable choices.

I guess all of this is to say that I really surprised myself with how I reacted to this big life change. Sure, I could have easily sucked it up and fixed my habits when I was in that slump, but I just didn’t want to. It was like I was finally giving myself a break, giving myself permission to be something less than 110%. I guess I sort of looked at that two weeks as a mini vacation from my life. It was a weird thing that I experienced, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Maybe it was good for me to take a break and reset? Maybe I was just being lazy? Who knows.

In the end, I’m glad I’m back to my normal routine and incredibly happy I didn’t let myself stay in a slump for too long (two weeks was plenty!!).

My new suggestion based on this experience is that if you’re finding that you’re having trouble sticking to your healthy habits – especially ones that you know you can stick to – it might be a good idea to take a step back and look at your big picture. Are there other things in your life that aren’t motivating you? Is there something you’re feeling less-than-thrilled about in your life? If there is, change it. If you can’t change it, try to change how you feel about it. Think of a way you can motivate yourself or find some small goals to work toward. That will most likely result in the change you are looking for; at least that was the case for me!

Question of the day: Have you ever experienced a slump like this? What did you do to fix it?

 Posted by on October 21, 2016
Oct 122016
 

Hey friends! How is your week going so far? Mine is excellent, and I am absolutely loving my new job! I thought I’d tell you a bit more about it by doing a day-in-the-life style recap of my first day (Monday). Here we go!

I started my day off with a challenging bootcamp workout at MADabolic via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!). We went through a great circuit that included weighted walking lunges, D-ball slams, box step-ups, rowing, and kickboxing. It was a tough one, and I was a sweaty mess by the end. 🙂

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Side note: Whenever I have an important day ahead of me (i.e., a new job!!) I almost always make sure to get a morning workout in. It just sets me up to feel so much better for the rest of the day!

After my class, I came home, showered, and ate a bowl of Quaker Oatmeal Squares + skim milk (not the smartest breakfast choice since it was so low in protein, but sadly I didn’t take the time time to prep anything else over the weekend). Then it was time to get dressed for my first day!

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For my new gig, I’ll be driving to work instead of taking the metro, which is something totally new for me! I hardly ever drive (Fabio and I share a car) so it’s definitely going to take some getting used to. The good news is that my new commute is only 15 minutes, which is SO nice compared to my old commute of an hour. Woohoo!

When I arrived at my new job, I sat down with my manager, headed to a training, and then immediately got started on a bunch of projects! Later I went out to lunch with my new team (we went to Clyde’s where I ordered an unpictured curried chicken salad) and had a great time getting to know everyone. The Marketing/Communications team at my new office is pretty big, and most of the employees are similar to me in age, so I think I’m going to make a lot of new friends. 🙂 The rest of the day was spent heading to meetings and reading up on the projects I’ll be working on.

Overall, I was so incredibly excited by everything I found out I’ll be doing. I will be working on consumer-facing campaigns to educate the public about treating and preventing diabetes, including how to balance a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise. So perfect!! Since the organization I’m now working for is so much bigger than where I was working before, they actually are capable of hosting really cool events (sometimes with celebrities) and can make real progress! I’m planning to talk to my new manager to see how much information I’m allowed to share on here (I want to make sure I’m not breaking any company policies or anything) and then I’ll elaborate on what I can.

The overall verdict was that I had an amazing first day, and am so excited about my new responsibilities.

At 5:00 I hopped in the car, and I was back home by 5:20. This new commute is SO great!

I spent the rest of the evening blabbering away to Fabio about everything that I learned and all that I’ll be working on, while cooking a Blue Apron meal of steamed pork buns and a kimchi style side of cabbage.

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It came together so well and Fabio and I both agreed that we loved this meal! We are going to see if we can find these kinds of buns in the grocery store. 🙂

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Yum!

After dinner we had some ice cream for dessert, and I don’t even remember if I watched anything on TV or just called it a night. I do remember feeling exhausted!

Question of the day: Do you have a ritual that you do before a big day?

 Posted by on October 12, 2016
Oct 062016
 

Hey guys! How’s your week going?

I have a pretty exciting life update to share with you guys today…I got a new job! Today is actually my last day at work, which means that things are super busy as I try to wrap everything up. I wanted to check in with you guys yesterday with a “day in life” type of post, and I was planning to get a Favorite Things Friday post up for you tomorrow, but with all the extra work as I try to wrap up projects plus multiple going away happy hours (my coworkers are the best) I haven’t had much time to sit down and blog. I hope you understand! Hopefully I’ll be back with more updates next week and can tell you how the new gig is working out.

So, why the change? Well, as some of you may know, I currently work for a small nonprofit organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of obesity. I work in PR/Communications for this organization, and I truly, truly love what I do. What could be better than having a full-time job where I can communicate about health and wellness?

Unfortunately, this organization is just really small, and after 2.5 years of working with the group I feel like I’ve hit the ceiling. With a new house and a wedding to plan, I need to make sure that I’m continuing to grow professionally so I can pay my bills. #adulting

The new job is with a much larger nonprofit organization (with a huge communication/PR department!) that is dedicated to treating and preventing diabetes, so it’s still very health and wellness focused. It’s also a little more patient-centered (my current organization really works with doctors and researchers), so I think I’ll feel like I’m making a bigger impact and helping to improve people’s health on a more personal level. It’s also a huge step up for me (I’ll be an Associate Director and managing two people – yikes!) so it’s really good for my career (and paycheck! Woop woop!).

Anyway, I’m really excited about this new chapter, but of course it’s a bit sad to leave behind the amazing team I’ve been working with for the last couple of years. I’ve been so lucky to work with them!

I’ll try to pop in here with a post tomorrow but realistically I’m just not sure if I’ll have time to give you guys an update. If I don’t get around to it then I will check in with you on Monday, which is my first day at the new job! Eek!

Question of the day: How many jobs have you had in your career?

This will be my third!

 Posted by on October 6, 2016
Sep 282016
 

Hey there! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! I had an awesome day yesterday, which I’m planning to tell you more about later this week. Today though, we’re not talking about birthdays. We are talking about the things that I’m learning you have to deal with when you’re a homeowner, which I guess also coincides with getting older.

On Monday night, the night before my birthday, I was treated to a nice welcome to adulthood. Hello, 27! Aren’t you fun. 😉

This story involves references to unwanted critters in our home, so if you are squeamish about pests then stop reading right here. Megan, I’m talking to you.

Ok, so. Where to begin.

You may remember that earlier this month Fabio and I were dealing with a spricket and mouse issue in the storage room under our stairs. As a refresher: sprickets – which look like a cross between a spider and a cricket and are actually called camel crickets – happen to be the favorite food of mice (or something like that). If you don’t get rid of your sprickets it could draw mice into your home, making it a lovely double whammy of a pest problem. We had been seeing a few sprickets here and there from the time we moved into our house, and then a couple of weeks ago we saw a mouse. Ugh.

At the time, we sent Jack and our friends’ dog Tully (who we were dog-sitting) into the storage room to chase off the mouse, and bought a bunch of traps from Home Depot. We didn’t see the mouse again after that, so I (naively) thought the dogs had scared it off and our mouse problems were over.


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At around that same time, our light bulb went out in the storage room, and while I was too skeeved out to spend much time in there, I still didn’t see any mice so I didn’t think much of it. Then a couple of days ago Fabio replaced the light bulb in there, and then shortly after that he noticed mouse droppings in the coat closet (which is nowhere near the storage room). Our friends were over at the time so he quietly vacuumed them up and didn’t say anything about it (!!), but then on Monday night he declared that we needed to go to Home Depot to “solve our mouse problem.” I, of course, had no idea that our mouse problem needed to be solved, so this was definitely a surprise to me.

Anyway, off to Home Depot we went, where we spent way too much money buying mouse traps. As soon as we got home, we sat down to eat dinner and all of a sudden Jack ran over to the coat closet and started sniffing loudly at the crack under the door. He also started wagging his tail and acting really odd, so Fabio abandoned his dinner and went over to the closet.

When he opened the door, Jack immediately lunged into the corner and started trying to get at something. Our vacuum cleaner was in the way, so Fabio ran and got a broom and then moved the vacuum. Once he did that, Jack really lunged into the corner, and then I saw a mouse scurry out of the closet and run around in a circle. Obviously I did what anyone would do in this scenario, which was scream at the top of my lungs and stand on top of the couch cushions so the mouse wouldn’t touch my feet.


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The mouse then went back into the closet (I guess because there was nowhere to hide) and Jack continued sniffing him out. Then the mouse ran out a second time, and this time he went right between Jack’s legs (Jack didn’t even see him, and kept sniffing in the closet).

Good job, Jack.


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Luckily Fabio did see the mouse, so he whacked him on the head with the broom (while yelling, of course). Unfortunately, he didn’t hit him hard enough because the little guy kept running and finally hid under the couch. Where I was standing.

At this point I was terrified: I couldn’t get off the couch because the mouse might touch my feet, but I desperately wanted to get off in case it decided to crawl up onto the couch. Basically I was standing on the cushions going like this:


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Literally.

Finally, Jack realized the mouse was no longer in the closet (seriously, it took him forever to figure this out) and he came around to sniff under the couch after Fabio and I both pointed him in the right direction. The mouse scurried out from under the couch and Fabio was able to hit him again with the broom. He hit him about 5 or 6 times (yelling each time – it was hysterical) and then even when the mouse was dead, he hit him a few more times (LOL).

When we were both sure the mouse was dead, Fabio used the dustpan to throw it in the trash while I cleaned mouse blood and brains off the carpet. This is when I realized that being 27 and having these adult responsibilities is maybe not all fun and games.

You better believe we set up all the traps before we went to bed.

Oh, and the next day? My birthday? I took the trash out (in the rain) and when I came back inside I was greeted to a gigantic spricket. Happy birthday to me!

Question of the day: Have any funny pest stories?

 Posted by on September 28, 2016
Sep 232016
 

Hey friends! Happy Friday! Life is good over here – two of my best friends are staying with us through the weekend (unfortunately due to sad circumstances). Britt drove down from Boston, and Catrina flew in from California. It sure has been fun having them here! Plus tomorrow we have plans to go bridesmaids dress shopping and then out to brunch with a huge group of our friends for my birthday (which is on Tuesday!), and originally I didn’t think they’d be able to make it since they live so far away. I’m so happy they are going to be able to come now! 🙂

Anyway, I’d rather spend time snuggling with them on the couch than sitting over here at the computer, so I’m going to keep things short today and just leave you with some snapshots of my evening with them. 😉

When I came home from work, I was greeted with fun music, a cocktail, and three of my favorite people on the planet (plus Jack).

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I saw that Catrina and Britt had written on our “I Love You Because” board. 🙂

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I had written “you protect me from the Demogorgon” after we finished watching Stranger Things, and they added “you let the gurlays move in” since they’ve been working remotely from our house while Fabio and I head into the office.

After our cocktails, we all took Jack on a walk to the park.

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And then we hit up Whole Foods for some groceries for the weekend, as well as hodge-podge dinners from the hot bar/salad bar.

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Only the fanciest meals at casa Fabio and Chelsea. 😉 (Don’t worry, we are cooking a real meal tonight.)

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I layered the bottom of my box with spinach and mixed greens, and then tossed lots of other goodies on top. The mac and cheese was phenomenal. So cheesy! Plus I have leftovers for lunch today. Woohoo!

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Britt and I also got these coconut date rolls for dessert. They were very tasty, but reminded us a bit of snowy dog poop, haha! I had a hard time finishing mine after that comparison, but don’t worry, I still did. 😉

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Alright, I’m heading back to my gurlays on the couch to finish watching this game. Byeee!

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Question of the day: How often do you get to see your long-distance best friends?

Never often enough!!

 Posted by on September 23, 2016