Archive | December 2013

25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make For 2014

I must confess that I’ve been swamped and in a bit of a holi-daze for a couple weeks now.  I get overly pensive and analytical this time of year and sometimes suffer from a bit of paralysis by analysis, if you know what I mean. I’m going to try to get myself inspired to write before the week is out, but in the meantime, I stumbled on an article by Mackenzie Newcomb for Elite Daily that I just had to share.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

New Year’s Eve is often seen as a time of rebirth, the chance to start anew. We all come up with the regular resolutions for the upcoming year (losing weight, seeing family more often and/or falling in love ), but often our ideas of what should change are too broad. This New Year’s Eve, we should all vow to take a closer look into our lives and make decisions about ourselves then. These are the 25 New Year’s resolutions every person should make:

1.Stop posting negative sh*t about celebrities on social media. Miley Cyrus does not care what you think about her haircut, Justin Bieber does not care what you think of his tattoos and Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t care less regarding what you think about her diet.

2. Stop resenting yourself for drunk texting your ex.  Sure, its a little embarrassing, but at least you’re addressing your feelings. Not that you should aim to drink an entire bottle of rum then see what happens, but… roll with the punches.

3. Leave the country. If you don’t have money, look into doing charity work abroad. Some programs will sponsor you.

4. If you hate your job, quit your job. Repeat after me: THE MONEY IS NOT WORTH IT. Food and shelter are clutch though, so make sure you have another job lined up.

5. Stop beating yourself up for skipping the gym on days you truly didn’t have time. But also, stop skipping the gym on days you had plenty of time to go.

6. Make up — not to be confused with make out — with an ex.

7. Rid yourself of enemies. Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you.

8. Rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise.

9. If you think somebody is cute, say “hi” and introduce yourself. Every relationship you have ever had started with a greeting.

10. Leave your phone number for someone. Worst-case scenario: you won’t get a call and maybe you’ll feel a tiny bit embarrassed. Regardless of the outcome, you put yourself out there and probably made the other person’s day.

11. Stop caring about how many people “like” your Instagram photos. If you like the photo enough to post it, what else matters? Social media anxiety is a waste of time.

12. Cross something off your bucket list. Sky dive, bungee jump, scuba dive, etc. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something, and check out

13. Stop hating yourself for eating dessert. A piece of birthday cake is a right, not a privilege.

14. Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be something you use daily, but documenting your experiences is incredibly important. You’ll appreciate it later.

15. Strengthen relationships with family members. Blood is thicker than water.

16. Help strangers. “Pay it forward,” do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.

17. Conquer a fear. Personally, I fear Bikram yoga.

18. Turn off your smartphone at dinner.

19. Don’t check your Twitter feed when you’re with friends.

20. Try a fashion trend you never thought you could pull off. And, do it with confidence. Floppy hats, snap backs, Harem pants; you can do it!

21. Double-text without fear. THOU SHALL NOT BE IGNORED!

22. Shop locally, eat locally and recognize where your money is going. Consumers control the economy, so visit the mom-and-pop coffee shop down the street instead of Starbucks. Shop at boutiques rather than chains (they aren’t all expensive — trust me). Try Etsy.com instead of retail conglomerates.

23. Cry. When you’re happy and when you’re sad; embrace your emotions as they come.

24. Stop being so shallow. Next time you find yourself judging someone based on his or her appearance, imagine the person standing in front of you saying, “I’m beautiful.” You’ll start to believe it.

25. If you want someone to commit to you, vocalize it. Don’t settle for being someone’s “f*ck buddy” if that isn’t what you want. “Together” is the waiting period between “talking” and “dating”; purgatory shouldn’t last forever.

Happy New Year!

Ciao for now,

-E

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Honey, Aww Sugar Sugar

Due to the craziness that is the holiday season, I’ve been slacking a bit on blogging. Last week I did a bit of a cop-out and re-blogged a post, but I cut myself some slack since it was such a well-written piece. If you missed it, check it out here.

Anyway, I thought that since we are in the thick of the season of sugary indulgences (and you thought it was just about presents! Ha!), we should talk about our friend (and I use that term VERY loosely): SUGAR.

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Looks delicious, right! Everything in moderation 🙂

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The holidays tend to be the sweetest time of the year –candy, cookies, cocktails, and pie…oh my!), and all of those sweet little treats we consume during the holidays might taste great – but the damage they do when consumed in excess is becoming a serious issue. Sugar-related problems range from depression to mood swings to hyperactivity and chronic fatigue. Even worse are such disorders as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

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Now, I’m not saying that you should switch over to artificial sweeteners because, as I mentioned in one of my first posts, those are even worse for you! And I’m also not saying to pass up Aunt Mary’s signature holiday brownies or Mom’s homemade apple pie if you truly enjoy eating them.

What I am saying is:

  • Don’t forget to eat a balance of nutritious, whole foods along with a few holiday sweets.
  • Stay on track with your fitness routine as much as possible. Not only will it keep you fit, it can keep you sane!
  • Get plenty of sleep! Lack of it = increased cortisol, less sensitivity to insulin, & more cravings for sweets.
  • Stay hydrated. No elaborate explanation here. Just do it. Water is good for you.
  • Don’t under-eat in anticipation of a holiday party/get-together. When you try to ‘save’ your calories for a party, you are more likely to overeat and go for high carb/high sugar options.
  • Eat mindfully. Savor the taste and texture of each bite, and you won’t need a bunch to feel satisfied.
  • Don’t have an “all or nothing” mentality. Allow yourself to eat and ENJOY some holiday treats, and you’ll be less likely to throw in the towel and eat a whole pan of brownies just because you indulged in one or two. Remember, it takes 3500 extra calories to gain one pound, so a few treats at the holidays really won’t affect you in the grand scheme of things

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Most importantly, while our holiday gatherings do tend to be centered around food and drinks, I like to focus on the joy of the season. I love getting together with family and friends and celebrating that we get to be together. Plus, the more you’re talking with family and friends, the less you’ll be shoveling food into your mouth mindlessly…unless you talk with your mouth full, which of course, you don’t ;-P

If you guys have any tips on how you stay healthy during the holidays, I’d love to hear them!

Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Chanukah, Kwanza, etc…Wishing you all the happiest of holidays ❤

Ciao for now!

-E

10 Things I Want My (future) Daughter to Know About Working Out

I don’t have a daughter yet, but this is what I want to pass on one day…and for now, I want to pass on to my sisters and friends. xox

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Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

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Sometimes Flu Comes Around and It Knocks You Down

Well, coming off the heels of last week’s gratitude post, I am certainly grateful for my health today! I’m back in action after being knocked down all day Tuesday with a 102h a°F fever, body ache, and chills. Yeah, super fun, right? I spent the whole day (literally) in bed just thinking how I would give anything to have my energy back and be able to do anything…like even walk to the kitchen without pain!

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I swear, when you’re chugging along, working out, with all kinds of energy and pep in your step, you start to feel invincible. Like super-human almost. Until illness or injury affects us personally, we can easily forget that the human body can, at times, be quite fragile.

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On the other hand, the fact that I’m up-and-at-’em today is also a testament to the resiliency of our bodies. I mean, just 48 hours ago, I felt like I was on my death bed, and today, I’m sipping coffee and writing this blog post! I think it certainly helps that I normally do a good job taking care of myself with plenty of rest, regular exercise, good diet, etc. And when I get sick, I take time to rest and let my body heal itself naturally. But still, I’m pretty in awe of the quick turnaround!

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Even though I felt better rather quickly, I have thought to myself about anything I could have done to boost my immune system even more to maybe prevent the next illness (especially now that it’s cold & flu season). Here’s a few I came up with:

  • On top of my typical water intake, drink 16oz extra of water per day (especially if I insist on having an afternoon cup of java!)
  • Be sure to have 4-5 servings of veggies daily, and supplement what I don’t eat with powdered Complete Greens (which actually don’t taste half bad, especially if you add them to a smoothie!)
  • MINIMUM of 6 hours per night of sleep. Not enough sleep = no gym…gotta prioritize!

What do you do to arm yourself against cold & flu season? I always love new tips 🙂

Hoping this finds you all healthy and happy!

Ciao for now!

-E