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Mary Poppins

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Only recently did I find out that my sisters had just seen Mary Poppins for the first time.  It was one of my favorite movies growing up, so I can’t imagine not seeing it until I was 17 and 12.  Amazingly enough my other favorite movie was Wizard of Oz, I was one of those odd children who didn’t really like cartoons.  I know, its weird.  But unless there was a mermaid that could sing, or a beautiful girl that would marry a beast, I could pass on most cartoons. I’m rambling…

But, back to Mary Poppins.  I just recently came across this video of a mix of all sounds from songs from Mary Poppins.  It is a little bit weird, but so fun to see the short clips of the movie.  It is a nice happy video for a Friday afternoon.

Friday is much deserved this week.  I could not wait for it to be here.  Ever since my bad mood post, the week has stayed pretty much the same.  I am so ready for a fun weekend ahead! Some family time, some friend time, and a cup of my absolute favorite Iced Coffee.  It’s the little things in life.

Have a great weekend!

Embrace It

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Some days you just wake up in a bad mood.  And on those days there is no amount of positivity, chocolate or wine that can really make it go away.  I am convinced on those days that the only thing that can cure the bad mood is keeping to yourself, going home to watch trash TV, and going to bed early so you can start over in a better mood tomorrow.

This is me today.

From about 8 am-3 pm I have tried to fight the mood.  I tried working out at lunch, which made me feel better, but still no good mood magically appeared.  Then at 3 pm when I was on the phone with someone who was less than pleasant I decided, why fight it, just embrace it.  Not everyday is the best day.  Sometimes it is OK to be the person who isn’t in the best mood.  Sometimes you just need to take a day to sit in your cubicle, quietly typing away, and not be the conversationalist.

I have a fun week ahead of me with so many good things going on.  Why dwell on today and let it seep into tomorrow.  I will just move ahead tomorrow, with a smile on my face.  Maybe I will even convince myself to get up a little early to start the day off with a smoothie after the gym.  That always makes the day a little better.  😉

Back to positivity tomorrow.

What do you do when you are in a bad mood?

Strong is Beautiful

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The first thing  I thought when I saw Kate Middleton walk out in her adorable blue polka dotted dress was, “Wow, she looks absolutely amazing”. Of course, I am not dumb.  I know that she probably had a bit of help.  Having a baby and then less than 24 hours, walking out of the hospital to reporters and screaming fans means you have to make yourself presentable.  That could have involved hair/make up artists, and some one bringing her clothes.  But really, who cares? There are very few women  that have to face the world (literally, everyone) when they walk out with their newborn baby.  And she did it with poise and beauty along with her husband.

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Now, I came across this article and, coming from a woman who has never experienced having a baby, it made me very upset.  From what I know from friends, you are not supposed to workout for up to six weeks after having a baby, more for some.  The main focus after having a baby is literally keeping the baby healthy and as happy as possible.  How dare someone already put out “suggestions” to poor Kate about how she should do models workouts so she can get back in shape as fast as they did?

It makes sense why people have such a bad body image.  There are critics everywhere telling girls they should be skinnier, bounce back quicker, eat less, workout more.  As a woman I know it is pretty much impossible to ever be completely happy with your body because there are so many people out there preaching about how it could ALWAYS be better.  It’s just disappointing that our society still, even after the rise of eating disorders, wants to show that skinny is the best.

Over the past few months I have started doing a boot camp class.  I have learned that the scale is not what should control how you feel about your body.  While I have never had an eating disorder, I did have a scale obsession for a very long time.  I had to stay under a certain number, its a mind game.  If you aren’t under that number than you cut back on the carbs, etc. But since starting this boot camp (soliderfit) I am more excited to see that I can do bicep curls with 12 pounds instead of 5 like I used to.  I am excited that I can do pushup, not on my knees.  I love that my burpee now is a real one with a push up and jump.  My favorite workout shirt says “Strong is Beautiful” because it is and that is what girls should remind themselves. These are the things that should motivate girls to be healthy, not a number on a scale.  I have stepped away from the scale and have no clue what I weigh and I am much happier because of it.  I eat healthy 80% of the time, but I indulge as well.  There has to be a happy balance.

So my message to Kate Middleton would be, do not worry about how fast your bounce back, and do not hire a trainer tomorrow.  Who cares what models tell you to do? Take time with your family and your newborn, out of the public eye, and live your life, as normal as humanly possible.  When you are ready to work out, if you want to, then do it in your own time and your own way.  You are beautiful, not only because of your looks, but because your body just had a healthy little baby boy who just so happens to also be a prince.

Love or Hate

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I have a love/hate relationship with running.  As I was running my little heart out at lunch today I was thinking, why do I pick this as one of my main forms of exercise?

I will first start with my loves:

Running is portable.  You can literally run anywhere (unless it is an unsafe area)

Running can make you feel great about yourself.  After a good run you are on top of the world.  Today was one of those runs for me.  Not only was it “fast” (fast is relative), I also went the entire time without stopping…at all.  The first I have done that in awhile.

Runners High.  Your endorphins go crazy!

Hates:

After a bad run you get down on running.  But you have to remember there will probably be 100 blah runs to every great one.

Running takes practice.  You can’t just get out there and expect to run 5 miles.  It takes dedication and hard work.  Instant gratification is not an option.

Runners appetite.  Just because you are more hungry does not mean you should stuff your face to the brim.  You can’t run off bad eating habits.

I have come to realize that running, although hard, is one of the most gratifying forms of exercise.  It is a solo sport in which you are really just competing against yourself and your own PR.  Would it be nice to be the fastest and win races? Of course! But for the most part just beating your own time is what you are going for.

Learning to love running at all has taken years and years of practice, many 5ks, a 10k and a half marathon.  But I now have an appreciation for the frustrations that come along with it.

I have one statement that I say to myself over and over again as I run…”It’s not supposed to be comfortable”.  And in some backwards way, it always seems to help. I just remember that the faster the move, the faster it will all be over!

 

What is your favorite form of exercise?

 

A to Z Survey – A great way to get to know each other!

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A survey is always a fun way to learn a few facts about someone new.  Hopefully this helps you know me a little better.  Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

A. Attached or single?

Attached, Together 4 years, Married almost 1.

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B. Best friend?

Male-My Hubby/Female-My Mom

C. Cake or pie?

Umm…I guess cake. But really, Brownies.

D. Day of choice?

SATURDAY. Hands down.

E. Essential item?

Coconut Oil.  I love it as lotion!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F. Favorite color?

Pink

G. Gummy bears or worms?

Worms, the only fruity candy I like.

H. Home town?

Laurel, MD  just like Biz Markie

I. Favorite indulgence?

Mango Margarita and Mexican feast.

J. January or July?

July, Love summer.  But January isn’t bad because it’s my birthday month!

K. Kids?

Not yet,  just a fur baby for now.

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L. Life isn’t complete without?

Family.  Then also, chocolate, wine and a good book.

M. Marriage date?

9/22/12

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N. Number of brothers/sisters?

2 halfies 🙂

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O. Oranges or Apples?

Oranges

P. Phobias?

Driving through tunnels. Open water.

Q. Quotes?

“Dance like nobody is watching”   This is the quote I live by in all aspects of life.  Really, just ALWAYS be yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R. Reasons to smile?

There are so many.  The health of my friends and family.  My silly dog.  An upcoming BFFs wedding.  Friends babies and babies to be.  Summer trips.  Relaxing nights at home on the deck with a cocktail.

S. Season of choice?

Summer

T. Tag 5 People?

No one specific…but please play along 🙂

U. Unknown fact about me?

I only like bananas if they are on a PB and banana combination of some sort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. Vegetable?

Favorite is either broccoli or grilled corn on the cob.  Snap peas are the only veggie I don’t like.

W. Worst habit?

Procrastinator

X. X-Ray or ultrasound?.

Ultrasound, they remind me of people being able to see their babes in their bellies.

Y. Your favorite food?

Sweet Potato anything.  Or coconut anything.

Z. Zodiac sign?

Aquarius

“At play, Aquarians like to surround themselves with lots of people, preferably family and friends. They are determined to make the world a better place and to help everyone they can along the way.”

 

Answer some of the questions in comments for me!

Restaurant Review: Seasons 52

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Last night we were lucky enough to be invited to dinner for one of our good friend’s birthdays.  We met them at Seasons 52 in Tyson’s Corner.  While Seasons 52 is definitely a chain type restaurant, I love that they emphasize healthy entrees with normal size portions.  Nothing on their menu is over 475 calories, which is AMAZING for chain restaurants.  And even better, in the handful of times I have been there I have never had a bad meal.

Last night we started off with with cocktails, a pineapple cosmo for me, strawberry coconut skinny martini for Nicole and a bottle of pinot nior for our husbands.  My cosmo was amazing.  I am not usually a sweet drink kind of girl, but since the temperatures sky rocketed to 100 degrees this week it sounded more refreshing than anything else on the menu.  Nicole was not as happy with her drink.  The idea was great, but there was toasted coconut actually poured into the glass which made the drink have a pulp-like consistency.  Better in theory than in reality.

For an appetizer we ordered two flatbreads to share.  We got the Spicy Chipolte Shrimp (my favorite thing on their entire menu) and the summer option, which was an arugula, fig and goat cheese flatbread.  Both were delicious and a perfect amount to start off the meal.

Spicy Chipolte Shrimp Flatbread

When we ordered dinner I was in the mood for a salad, and anywhere that has an Ahi Tuna salad on the menu is a winner in my mind.  Unfortunately, it was probably my least favorite entree I have ever gotten there.  It wasn’t bad by any means, just not super exciting.  The salad dressing was very tart, and there was a ton of lettuce and cabbage and not much else.  Of course, the Ahi was delicious, and that is really all that matter overall.

Nicole got a scallop dish which I have had before, so I know her’s was amazing.  B got a grilled shrimp pasta dish, which looked amazing.  I didn’t ask in time to have a bite 😦 .  Burdell ordered the BBQ chicken, which at first came out wrong.  Once he got the correct meal, it looked tasty though and he really seemed to like it.

Of course, we had to end the night with a mini indulgence (dessert) for all of us.  B got a mocha one, Nicole the peanut butter chocolate, Burdell the canoli and I tried something other than their key lime pie for once, and got the german chocolate cake, which was almost as good.

Mini Indulgence Selection

Because it was Nicole’s birthday they brought us an amuse bouche to start the meal (a crab/avocado bruschetta), a free dessert for her, and also a round of champagne to end our meal.  They also took a group picture, and printed out a copy for each couple.  The customer service was impeccable.  Since one of our meals was messed up, they took the meal and a bottle of wine off our check.  There is no doubt that I would recommend going there to anyone who was celebrating.  They really make you feel like they care about your special day, and they want to make your experience amazing.

I am not usually someone who seeks out chain restaurants.  I usually like the mom and pop shop, or family owned restaurants, but Seasons 52 is near the top of my list for favorite places to go.

Happy Birthday Nicole!

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What is your favorite chain restaurant?

**all food images courtesy of past restaurant reviews through Google images**

Halfway to the Weekend

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During the week we are always wishing work away so we can get to the weekend again.  I am very guilty of this.  I tend to count down not just the days of work but also the hours (or if we are really being honest, the minutes).  In the spring I played on a softball team and it slightly helped because I had something to look forward to on a weeknight.  But since that is over I have seen myself falling into the same wishing away trap. I feel like this tends to happy in the summer more than any other time.  Who wants to be sitting inside when you could be outside sitting by the pool? I have started trying to think more about the day to day that does not relate to work.  For example, today I have already had a great workout (ugh 5 am wake up call!), gotten through a half of a day of work and have plans for a birthday dinner for one of our friends tonight that we haven’t seen in far too long.  If we take the approach of looking at the glass half full each day, maybe it will make work enjoyable more bearable! Even on the days that we really really REALLY don’t want to be sitting at our desk, tapping away at the keyboard.

If that doesn’t help, this always does:

 

How do you get through the boring work days without wishing them away?