Week 4: The Finale

Oh. My. God

This last month has been the toughest shit ever. Yes, I am a health freak for the most part, but ya girl loves junk on a occasion. I have never gone this far without eating any thing I would consider “bad.” That horrible, dumb quote from Kate Moss that’s like “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” is a giant, awful lie that she tells herself because she hates her body and herself. Guess what? I love myself and I’m gonna eat fries when I’m hungover on a Sunday and that’s FINE. I like my body enough to where I’m gonna do what I want. It aint perfect, but if I have to suffer like this to look like her, then nah.

As a human who interacts with other humans on a daily basis, I am BOMBARDED with sugar every single day. It’s in the office, it’s on the subway and it’s even on my Instagram. There is no point where I “forget” about sugar, it’s everywhere, all the time. Because I am also a human of 23 years, I know what sugar tastes like and my brain is like “oh yeah that shit is good please get back to eating that” so of course I also think about it all the time.

I will say this week wasn’t as bad since I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m kind of nervous I’ll get back into some of my bad habits, but I’m determined to keep this up for the most part. I’m definitely not gonna eat sugar just for the sake of eating it, but will be giving in when I wanna claw my arm off for some chocolate (i’m human).

The 2 reasons I’ve made it through this horrible month:

  1. Other millions and billions of people have done it, and if I didn’t do it, I’d feel like a failure. I’m super competitive and I gotta at least be on par with other people when it comes to health.
  2. I said I would on this blog. I could have just lied and said I did while I ate my cupcakes, but I would feel bad for lying. Not sure why, cause who cares, but I wanna be authentic on here. I also verbally told people, so again, I’d feel guilty.

Body Feels

My body does look pretty great I will say that. I lost the little bit of “pudge” or whatever you wanna call it and I’m back to my “normal.” Don’t have abs now or anything crazy, but that its what has gotten me through parts of this whole thing is the fact that I look damn good again. I never weigh myself, so I always go by what I look like in clothes (it’s weird but it works). “I “feel” overall pretty good too. Not like “wow night and day totally different person” good, but pretty good. Waking up in the morning is noticeably easy and I have a good amount of energy like all day. The exception is when I eat almond butter, I feel like shit but I think that’s just a me thing. My body rejects all things nut related, I have figured out(or am I allergic??? scary thought).

The Face

My face didn’t change at all really. I’ve pumped my body with enough meds (acutane thank you) to where I just don’t really breakout anymore, so not having a breakout is kinda normal (although even the occasional breakout didn’t happen). I kinda just look the same. I thought maybe my dark circles would get better, but nope. Those babies just occur no matter what, I suppose.

Foods I will Be Keeping Around in my Diet:

Cinnamon

Kinda dumb, but this has made things taste sooooooo much better without adding sugar to it. I used to not like cinnamon very much (cinnamon buns are still really not my thing, no I’m not dead inside), but I’ve found it to be so useful lately when it comes to a sweeter breakfast/snack.

Apple Cider Vinegar 

Okay I’m gonna be really real, I have no idea what this has actually done for me because I’ve added so many things to my diet. HOWEVER, for the simple fact that I still have some left and have gotten used to it, I’m gonna keep it up. I feel like its really good for digestion, but that could be all in my head.

Clementines

Or mandarin oranges, I’m not picky. I absolutely love them and I bought them on a whim. It’s replaced my sugary dessert after dinner and it’s almost as good.

Foods I’ll Probably Never Touch Again

Tahini

Okay this stuff is pretty good, but I got sick of it pretty quick. Might still put it on veggies, but as far as salad dressing and having to buy it all the time, nah. I liked it, but not in love with it.

Almond Butter, Peanut Butter and all the stupid nutt butters

I love this stuff, which means I eat a lot of it. That also means I feel HORRIBLE after eating this stuff. It’s not like “oh wow I’m full whew I gotta chill” it’s more like “please let me go home in the middle of work to sit in the fetal position and fart myself into oblivion.” TMI , but I can’t have this in my home anymore it’s detrimental to my health and happiness.

Chia Pudding

This stuff just takes wayy too much to be good and even then, isn’t great. I’m sure its very healthy, but just not for me. I’ll be sicking to GF overnight oats from now on.

Cacao Nibs

I don’t need to say much more on these, but I really wanna know how health people are eating this. They are literally so bitter. I just can’t. So awful. I spent 20 bucks on a bag of them, please hold me.

 

Overall, I felt the most amazing at week 1 and some of week 2(besides the hormonal thing). Past that, it’s kinda made me hangry and super annoyed. I’m thinking about how badly I want a cookie and it annoys me that I’m not eating it, basically. I love myself and treat myself often, so this has just not been great. I definitely think this is something that’s easier with someone doing it with you. I have no one who wanted to do this horrible thing with me, so there’s no one to suffer with. Misery loves company.

I do feel like this was worth it. I will not be going back to putting pounds of sugar in my coffee, or eating a cookie every night. I’m NOT a diet person, its either a full lifestyle change or nothing for me(and its let me stick to a healthy life way easier). I needed this just to break some dumb sugar habits and now that I have, I’m sticking to it(just not gonna go a straight month without sugar again).

 

I proved I could do it and I’m sure my body loves me not trashing it with all the sugar. By tomorrow, I will be celebrating my victory with a cookie coma!!!!

 

Week 3: A Hard Lesson

This week was 10 billion percent better than last week. No hormones to weigh me down or get in my way!! 

 

I’ve found myself eating more meat lately? Not sure what that’s about but, funny story. So we’ve been having an influx of meetings at work, which means we’ve been having a lot of food just like around our floor. Not really sure what the meetings are about or why people need food sent up and they can’t just like be normal humans and take a break?? Nonetheless, there’s this one specific hallway where they’ll have just like a table of food. Now, I can’t eat the chips (I tried, but there were 2 grams of sugar and I was like not worth it), but there were like little pieces of grilled chicken in a bowl that seemed pretty safe. Basically, every time I walk by, I’m taking little pieces and then putting them with my salads. It’s ridiculous how many grilled chicken strips I’ve consumed this past week. I’ve also eaten fish a little more too. Whole Foods has a fab hot food bar and I love this lemon rosemary one they keep having. Still not buying meat because I can’t stand actually cooking it, but not being totally vegan isn’t horrible.

I have sort of gotten in a rut a little bit. I love my diet of course, but I was starting to get sick of the same old salad. Also, I’ve been snacking too much on almond butter which is actually horrible. I have a weird digestive thing with nuts, but that I mean they just don’t sit well. It could be because I never eat the serving size, but I usually just feel bleh after. I’ve been keeping my almond butter in my desk at work and that is like the worst thing I could do because I’m literally thinking about how much I wanna eat it CONSTANTLY. It’s the only thing in my diet that tastes sweet, so every five minutes I’m like: you know what would be great right now, some delicious almond butter. Sunday, I fund some with 1 gram of sugar so maybe that one won’t tempt me as much, here’s hoping. 

Of course the weekend was the hardest. Saturday I went to brunch and just got something basic with eggs. The friends I was with got a lemon creme filled dessert and I wanted to gauge my eyeballs out so I wouldn’t have to look at the devil’s temptation. It was rough, but in hindsight not that bad. Later, I went to a Mexican restaurant and it wasn’t so bad since I had eaten before hand. Secret to life right there cause you’re way less tempted for the bad stuff. 

Snack/foods that are getting me through this:

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This should’ve been a purchase at the beginning of this diet, but I’m not a super huge fan of cinnamon, normally. I put this in my Chia pudding and wow, it made such a huge difference. It took it from meh, to actually really good! 

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I was gonna also put Cacao nibs on here but see the meme below for why not:

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Also please look at this sadness:

 

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Coming up on my last week and I’m literally starting to plan out all the stuff I wanna eat at the end. So much for not throwing caution to the wind???? I’m like oh treat yoself! but also that’s how I’m in the predicament of not being very healthy so my two sides are battling it out we shall see which one wins. It’s a love-hate relationship with this, obviously.

Week 2: The Struggle Bus

As the title insinuates, this week was a struggle. I got hit with temptation left and right and man did I want it. 

First, was Monday. Unfortunately, my coworkers decided to have a little snack-fest for someone’s birthday. It included every food I’ve ever loved: Starburst, chips, salsa, chocolate, and Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. I was internally screaming the entire time. Luckily, there was wine. Did it have sugar? Not a clue, I did try to check. Did I care? No, I needed to do something with my mouth other than moan. I managed to get through it, unscathed. The next day, someone had the audacity to put Baked by Melissa cupcakes just sitting in the break room?? Tempting, but those cupcakes are the size of my fingernail so really not. 

This week I was also visited by my lovely mother nature monthly friend (Did I sugar coat that enough for you?)!!! Maybe TMI, but I wanted to eat everything in my line of vision, including things in my Instagram and in my imagination. I just felt a general ew and bleh all day and could’ve used the sugar as a pick-me-up. I know my ladies out there know this struggle. I resisted because I knew the feeling would pass and I’d feel normal again. I talk a lot about how great this diet is, but ya girl was NOT having it for a few days. 

Luckily, I was right and by Friday I was feeling like a normal person again and I gotta say, my body is already changing. I feel great and I look it, if I do say so myself. It gave me the little push I needed to keep going. On Sunday, I woke up hungover and eating fruit and eggs perked me up way better than any pizza would have (but lets be real, I did still really want the pizza). 

Ive also found I’m not trying to kill myself working out, either. I love my cardio, of course, but I used to have to SMASH my workouts and HAVE to do cardio because I was “working off” something that I ate. I’m less worried about working out on Saturdays as well since I’m not gonna eat something to feel bad about after too. Does it seem like all i do is gush about how much I love this challenge because I DO. 

 

Snacks/foods that are getting me through this

 

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All the healthy people are talking about this stuff and every time I heard it I was like “wha” and never looked into it. I decided to try this stuff when I saw it at Trader Joe’s and man I’m glad I did. I use this stuff as my new go-to salad dressing. I mix it with olive oil, salt and pepper and it’s so good. 

 

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Is it weird that I love arugula? I had no idea I liked it, but when I added it to my salads I was like What have I been doing my whole salad life without this? I still love my kale, so I use this just as a finish-er. 

 

 

 

Also side note: still eating terrifying amounts of gum, in case you thought that was a phase.

 

So looking forward to trying new things next week!

Week 1: The Feels

 

1 down and 3 to go! My first week is officially finished with no cheats! I am actually loving this diet, who’s shocked? Meal prepping has been so fun, which sounds like a joke, but getting my salad ready for work the next day when I know it’s gonna be super tasty is the besssst. No gonna lie, it has been tough SOMETIMES. I’ve had to find alternative ways of eating things I enjoy and not giving into pressure when eating out with friends. According to the Fed Up documentary I watched, you can eat about 6 tablespoons of sugar a day. It’s not a lot, and even less when you realize how much stuff you eat actually has sugar in it. I actually had these fig bars I used to eat for a snack that I thought were healthy and they actually have 10 grams of sugar. 10!!!!! I have to check the content of pretty much everything I eat to be sure it doesn’t have a bunch of sugar and sometimes it can be annoying. 

I’m down to 3 packs of sugar in my coffee now. I know, I know, it should be zero, but cold turkey is scary and my office coffee is pretty gross and I’M ONLY A SMALL IDIOT GIRL. I’m currently trying to find a coffee that’s good, not bitter and doesn’t cost a bunch. So far its a struggle but next week I’m gonna try for only 1 pack of sugar and see how that goes. 

I’ve also been spreading out my meals as well. I used to save most of the bulk of my eating for dinner, but to honest, that’s probably why I wake up so bloated and weird the next day. This past week I decided to start having a small salad in the middle of my day and its been so great. I’m way less hangry on the subway and not having to eat 12 snack while my dinner cooks. So far, the only non-vegan things I’ve been eating are eggs and the occasional bit of tuna in my salads. I’ll probably stick to my plant-based diet simply because I enjoy it. Also, who can cook chicken in a skillet plz respond.

 

The weekend DEFINITELY put me to the test. I went out with a friend on Friday after work because it was absolutely beautiful weather and didn’t have time to go home and eat. I ended up eating at like 10 pm (I know ew), but it was just a really good kale salad and my friend got pizza. The next day I didn’t feel gross or bloated and I was like “damn I could get used to this.” The next day I went to brunch with another friend and even though all the “unhealthy” food sounded so good, I stuck with just some eggs, toast and greens. Then, I went out again and everyone I was with got burgers and fries and I wanted one so bad I was eternally screaming. BUT! I resisted the drunken urge and I’m still here to tell the tale. Like I said, this hasn’t been easy, but the way I’ve felt this week has made it worth it. I highly recommend anyone considering it, to try it.

Snacks/foods that are getting me through this:

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These little Halo mandarin oranges are an actual God sent. I got them on a whim and they’ve turned into my new replacement for the vegan cookies I was eating at night. So sweet and easy to eat and I literally don’t even like oranges. They are the easiest to-go snacks and just the best I’m keeping them in my fridge all the time, forever. 

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetYa’ll, I got this as an alternative to peanut butter and its so good. Only 3 grams of sugar and so tasty. I got crunchy because I love the extra “umph” it gives it. I put it on a cracker + some banana and chia seeds and it’s perf. 

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This is honestly my favorite gluten-free wrap I’ve tried (believe me I’ve tried a bunch). Doesn’t get super hard in the microwave, although it is pretty flimsy so you gotta be careful with it so it doesn’t break off. I switched from gluten-free bread simply because I couldn’t find one that wasn’t in a freezer and freezer bread is the actual worst. I can eat these with avocado and salsa and be full for at least a couple hours, so major key. 

Also random funny thing: on Saturday while I was out (drinking), I wanted some junk food. Obviously, I wasn’t going to, but I got this gum at CVS:

 

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I literally had like 8 pieces throughout the night and being real, it kinda did the job. I forgot how much I loooooveee gum. I ate the entire pack in 1 day, don’t @ me.

Anyway, excited for the next week! I have a bunch of new things I’m gonna try!

The Sunday Summary

Talking about some realness on this Sunday summary. All about putting lemon juice on my face, what to do when your running day doesn’t workout because the weather is horrible(or maybe you just don’t wanna run because who really likes that shit?) and what book I am loving right now(and how to get a free book)!!

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Beauty

Okay I touched on this a little bit in my last post, but I wanted to go a little bit more in-depth about it. I’ve always had “problematic” skin and I will try anything once if it will help in some small way (and doesn’t cost my left arm). I just started putting lemon juice on my face randomly one night and I got say, I love it. My skin is naturally super oily, uneven and I have dark marks from my time with cystic acne. I’m so serious when I say, I’ve never had my skin look so even and bright when I wake up in the morning. And this is just using a lemon. A LEMON. I highly recommend if you have skin like mine. I just squeeze a little on my face where I have the most issues and sleep with it on (kinda sticky, but worth it). 

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Style

The newest trend among the fashion conscience people is, the mom jean. Basically loose-r fitting jeans that are super high-waisted and usually light-washed. I love anything high-waisted to cover the *ahem* problem areas and suck that crap right in. However, I can’t help but wonder if I would actually think these were cute if half the world wasn’t wearing them? Probs not. All the fancy people are wearing the 501 Levi’s (you know which ones) and ya girl was on the hunt for cheaper ones (NOLA trip coming up and also wanted Steve Madden strappy heels). After going to Levi’s in Brooklyn for a wear test, I set off to find similar fitting ones for cheaper. I found these babies and after trying on several decided they were my closest match. Keep in mind they are crazy tight when you first put them on, but they stretch out after a couple wears and aren’t meant to bounce back(no spandex or stretchy material). I thought about going a size up, but ultimately stuck to my true size and I’m glad I did. if you wanna be trendy, but not spend a cool 100 bucks, these are for you.

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Food baby

I was nervous to try this because usually with certain dairy-free ice creams they like have a drier texture and just aren’t as delicious as regular ice cream. I swear, this brand puts out the best dairy free stuff cause this tastes creamy and ah-mazing. I literally come home and eat it immediately after work(don’t @ me). This is the best flavor, 10/10 you won’t regret it.

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Fitness

In this endless winter NYC calls “normal” and “not a big deal” and “a livable place,” some days I don’t wanna go outside. I’ve committed to two days of running, but some days, when its 30 degrees or snowing in March, I don’t. I love the feeling I get after I run, (not the actual running cause who actually likes that), so I needed to find a cardio routine I could do in my apartment that gave me a similar feeling. In comes PopSugar Fitness to save the day. This is one of those cardio videos where you are constantly moving the entire time, which are my favorite. I feel pretty much as winded as I do when I run when I finish this video. The best part? Only 10 minutes. Quick and a great workout!

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So I read a book…….

I don’t know if I’ve talked about this yet, but I signed up for Book of the Month in January and I am in love with it. For those who don’t know what it is (which I didn’t either) basically they have a list of amazing books and you pick one for them to send you! It arrives in maybe two days, tops, and I haven’t gotten a book I didn’t absolutely love, yet. The book I chose for this month was Other People’s HousesI’m normally a murder mystery gal, but I decided to branch out for once and see if I liked this book since it wasn’t something I would normally get. I gotta say, I loved it. I binge-read(is this a word????) it in a literal week any time I had a few minutes. It’s mostly just about the lives of these people in this one neighborhood in L.A. Sounds boring, but the characters are so funny and relatable I couldn’t put it down. Here’s my link to get a free book! 

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So I listen to this podcast

Podcasts are slowly becoming my favorite things to listen to at work and they’re fabulous for long flights (NYC—>NOLA). “Keep it!” is a new podcast from my faves at crooked media which stars Ira Madison III, Kara Brown and Louis Virtel. They talk mostly about celeb news and the occasional politics. The most current episode talks about Cynthia Nixon’s run for governor of New York (Mirandas everywhere rejoice!) and the Donald Trump Jr./ Aubrey O’Day scandal. To be honest, Louis could probably do a dramatic reading of my to-do list and make it funny. 10/10 look forward to these every week.

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I did a thing in NYC and you should too™

Okay on Saturday I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for like two weeks. I had an entirely vegan meal at a Mexican restaurant. Yes you read that right. Thrillist did a piece on the owner talking about his amazing new creation. I went, mostly because I really wanted the nachos and didn’t wanna feel bad about eating crap (trying to save my calories for my trip to NOLA next week). I highly recommend the nachos , as they were the best part. I also had the quesadillas, which are my favorite at any Mexican restaurant because of my love of cheese. They were pretty good, considering I absolutely hate vegan cheese of any kind. Also had margs of course, which you can’t go wrong with. Definitely something to try and I’ll probably come back just for the nachos. 

Adventures in Crazy Workouts: Orange Theory Edition

Following an abundance of bloggers from all over the country, means I’m influenced to try an abundance of different things. Duh, considering thats the definition of an influencer. I stumbled upon this from a couple Southern bloggers I follow, and was intrigued. As you guys know, if you click on anything, even accidentally, the next thing you know, ads for whatever it is start popping up on on your social media. I barely looked into it before it was all over my feed on Instagram and it kept saying “free class!” “free class!” *picture of fit sweaty girl in a sports bra*. So I decided to try it. Free is free right?

First, they set up the class over the phone, which is strange but cool, whatever. I hate talking on the phone and I am an unreasonably agreeable person so I was signed up for an 8:30 am class. On a Saturday. And I had to be there at 8.

Like the good little girl I am I was actually early as I left my place earlier than I ever have before in the 6 months I’ve lived there. I soon realized why I had to be there so early as she asked me to go through the class, my exercise history, and my goals. Kind of a lot to take in as far as the how-to of the class went. I did kind of enjoy talking about my exercise history cause I’ve been working out for a very long time and I’ve basically done it all. Weirdly proud of that for some reason? Actually not weird, I WORKED HARD okay.

The workout started at 8:30 and I knew we were going to do some running, but I made it up in my mind that it would only be for a little while. I have no idea where I got that because we were on the treadmills for 30 MINUTES. I kept waiting for him to be like “Okay now we’re gonna switch and go to the floor” but he just kept saying “okay now we’re gonna go to your push pace,” “okay now your all out pace.” I tried to keep the same “base pace” aka your warm up pace, the whole time but I started out full force thinking it would be quick and painless. The bright side was that there was a mirror in front of me while I was running (which sounds horrific but my flabby bits were covered by my treadmill) and all I could see was my upper body and that just happens to be the most toned part of me. I felt all powerful with my arms flexing while I ran. Definitely a pump up for me, highly recommend running in front of a mirror.

After 30 MINUTES of running my butt off, we switched to 200 meters of rowing followed by various floor exercises. The first thing I learned was that I’m doing the rowing machine totally wrong, and that’s how I got the crick in my neck the last time I used one. The second thing I learned and unfortunately, so did the trainer trying to help me, was that I am very uncoordinated and hard to teach NOT to do something a certain way when that’s how my brain decides it’s done. He literally had to tell me every time how to use the machine and which part of it I was using wrong and I was SO OVER IT.

Finally, after another 30 minutes on the floor and the rowing machine I couldn’t understand, we were finished. Here are my stats for you lovely people cause they conveniently emailed them to me.

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Pretty sure green means you’re crusin’ nothing crazy, orange is like great you’re burning, and red is like okay you’re gonna die. Yes those are the official meanings! All I know for sure is after they wen over my results they were like “woah you were kicking some butt!” and I was thinking, yeah cause I didn’t think I was gonna be running for 30 minutes straight but also didn’t wanna look like a wimp after I just gave you my whole workout history.

Overall, I really liked this workout. I had some crazy energy afterwards which usually happens after I run, and I felt great all day. Will I do it again? Nope it costs too much for my lil broke butt (sponsor me orange theory). Would I recommend? Yeah girl get you a free class cause its FREE!

A Survival Guide to NYC: Winter Weather Edition

I’m gonna spit some hashtag realness on you real quick. I am struggling with this whole “real seasons” thing NYC has going on. Coming from the South, all we really get is “hot” and “so hot you might die” weather. It’s March, so by now they are in the “hot” weather stage where you get to go outside and enjoy it while it lasts. Here, however, we are still getting 30 degree weather, aka weather where all you wanna do is stay in bed all day in a big blanket. Some more realness? This has me moody as hell and I now know why everyone says New Yorkers are mean. Turns out, we’re all just really cold and on the verge of tears about being outside in it (just me???). Here’s how I’ve been combating the cold weather and attempting to be warm:

 

  1. Heated Blanket

This is number one for a reason, ladies (and dudes I guess). 100% the best purchase of my life was when I bought my 35 dollar heated blanket. I discovered these beautiful babies when my college dorm roommate decided she wouldn’t ever turn on the heater. Ever. I saw one at Target just as winter started and it was as if God himself came down and said “You gon be alright.” I knew I was gonna have to get one when I got here and thank god I did. My room stays pretty warm while I sleep but it’s damn cold as soon as I wake up and as soon as I walk in the door after work. All I have to do is turn it on and it takes maybe 5 minutes to heat up. Okay I’m done gushing I just love it SO MUCH.

2. Buy some sweatpants (thick ones)

This might be like a “duh,” but I really never wore sweatpants back home because I was really never that cold. Leggings always seemed to be just enough, so my sweatpants went too good ole goodwill when I moved. I came to immediately regret this as stepping outside just for a coffee was torture on my legs that somehow felt bare. I also decided to pick up running after a few months off for medical reasons (let’s be real I gained a couple pounds and was not having that shit), so

3. Get a big, warm coat that also happens to be cute

I got my big coat from Express right at the beginning of December and its the best decision I made besides my heated blanket. It’s over sized, wool and hits me right at the calf. You definitely want something as long as possible too keep warm and even better if it fits basically like a blanket. I wear mine basically everyday (cause people who have like 8 coats must also have 8 closets to put them in when its summer) and it just happens to be really cute so a win-win. 

4. Earmuffs are a real thing not just a cute accessory in the movies

I HAAAAAATTTEEE the way I look in hats and beanies because I think maybe my head has a weird shape? Also I kinda look like a skater girl or something which is not a good look on me. Hence, the reason I got ear muffs. They have saved me while running (yeah I actually try to run in this weather too like an idiot) and when I just wanna pretend I can’t hear cat-callers and weird dudes. 

5. Snow boots, UGG boots, just any fur-lined boot.

Here’s a scenario: You want a bagel. It’s Saturday at 11am (yeah you’re being lazy today). It’s also 20 degrees. What do you put on to grab said bagel? Tennis shoes= cold toes. Ugg boots with cabin socks=The perfect combo. Nobody likes cold toes and ain’t nobody trying to wear cute booties just to grab the weekly coffee and bagel combo. 

 

Here are some tips for when you’re moody about this weather and need a pick me up:

1. Do something every week that’s just for you

Get a pedi, get a mani, get some bubble bath stuff, get a pizza, go shopping, have a movie night with some gals, get some wine, get some new shoes you’ve been eyeing, get some fancy coffee, get a new book, literally just do anything that makes you feel good, heck do all of those things in one week. I can’t tell you how good it feels just to call someone and be like “dude I almost cried today thinking about going outside” and having you’re friend be like “Omg me too I hate everything.”

2. Plan a trip somewhere even if its just a staycation

I have the luxury of having every fancy hotel I could ever nee right here and sometimes, I just wanna not be in my apartment where I live with other people. It’s just great to get away, even just for a night. Even better, plan a trip somewhere warm for a weekend and have something to look forward to to get you through some of the rougher days (aka me dreaming of my NOLA trip in a couple weeks!!!)

3. Remind yourself that it’s temporary and in a few weeks, you’ll be sweating your butt off.

It’s kinda funny how we think about the future ally the time, except when we’re miserable and we can only be sad about what its like right now. Being upset is a normal human thing, but there’s no reason to be upset about something as fickle as the weather(most talking to myself here). 

Cheers to Daylight savings time ending and Spring being around the corner!!

 

Adventures in Crazy Workouts

I have not posted anything in a HOT second on here (sorry for being MIA). My shnookum pumpkin was in town so I had no times to blog or do anything cause I was busy af.

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IFFFFF you’re following me on my instagram (which you should be doing), you’d have seen all the cool stuff we were doing! So I wasn’t really MIA, just having way too much fun. I’ll make a post in a few days of all the things we did (and if I liked the experience), so look for that! I also did a crazy, spontaneous thing you might want hear about :))))))))

Just wanted to do a quick recap of this crazy workout we did the other day, as can probably tell from my title. As you guys already know I am the queen of cardio, but Lauren wanted to do something more yoga centric (crushing my should basically). We went with Y7 studio in the Flatiron district for a hot-yoga vinyasa-flow style workout.

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First off let’s talk about these stairs. They look so cool and motivational. There are three set of them and they are STEEP. My ass was wearing some high heeled booties and let just say I tripped a lil bit on the way up and almost slid down them on the way out okay. Great lets move on.

 

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As soon as you walk into the workout room its like candle lit and really warm. Even coming in from the frigid rain, I was like Hmm can they turn the heat down a scootch? We started out by doing some directed breathing, which felt cult-y as most people released their breath like someone who just dropped a full caramel latte on the ground. Then the director? teacher? person said Okay now were gonna start the first flow and turned up the beats.

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Immediately, this lil girl is going a mile a minute Downdoglegupbendforwardwarriorposehumblewarriorleftarmbackrightarmliftupcomeupbendofrwardleguplegdown 

Shoutout to the super bendy very well-versed girl next to me whom I followed the entire time cause if not I would be stuck in down-dog the whole time. After the first “flow” I said good-bye to my shirt cause the sweat was getting in my eye balls and was very glad for the darkness.

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The basis of the workout is 3 “flows:” the first is slow, the second is fast and the last is one you just do whatever you feel like. That sequence repeats 3 times. It lasted the entire hour and I felt like my body was super stretched out and limber. I did legs that morning so it felt amazing to do some stretches while also getting sweaty, which is the point of working out to me.

Overall, I prefer cardio to this because it just feels shorter in a way. I did like it but I’m always more interested in burning my body, less about toning it(maybe I’m backwards who knows I’m not an expert)

The Sunday Summary

Talking about this new dry shampoo hair trick I tried, my new favorite pants (cause I’m all about pants lately), the best Galentine’s ever and the best workout for your abs!

Beauty

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As a blogger, I follow a ton of bloggers on Instagram (duh). I recently started following Brighton Keller who lives in Dallas. She super sweet and one of the more genuine bloggers in my opinion. I saw on one of her stories recently about a dry shampoo trick she does with her hair and then mental made a note to try it out one day. Well Friday I was struggling with some day-3-hair-bun-action and this guy was like “let’s have drinks!” My motto is to just say yes to everything so I was like I guess I gotta figure out how to make this work and then I remembered her trick and was immediately over-joyed. I’ll link her video here, but the gist is to take a round brush, hair drier, dry shampoo and basically act like you’re drying your hair with a round brush even when its dried. Sounds very weird but my hair was super flat and gross so I figured I’d give it a shot. I used Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Dry Shampoo, but you can use whatever you have.

 

And there you have it! Definitely not something I have time or energy for everyday since I barely have time to dry my hair, but definitely something to do on day 3 hair that just the grossest it could possibly be (aka my hair).

Style

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would like pants that look like these, but New York has changed me (kinda). These are some that I got from work that aren’t available yet (coming soon I swear its on the website), but you really can get these anywhere. Super comfortable and have like a denim-feel without looking it straight up jeans. Here I dressed them up with booties and a black turtle-neck:

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Then I dressed them down with a t-shirt and sweater with converse:

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Fitness

I love me some Tabata because its short bursts of working out, which makes it go by quicker. To me, it’s the best new way to do a HITT workout. My new favorite is this super quick ab workout I just discovered. As I’ve said in my workout routine post, I run every other day and do abs. This is great because its quick and by the time I finish running, I’m over it (cause running kinda sucks lets be real).

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So I watched this show………

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This honestly should just be titled “I binged this show in a day because it was so good.” I don’t know if you guys remember Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but me and my mom LOVED that show when I was a kid and we watched it all the time. Well Netflix has done a re-boot with all new people and it is the best reality show I have seen in a while. The guys are ADORABLE and fun, I have a huge crush on Antoni like zamn. It’s just like the old one where each guy is in charge of different aspects of life like food, style, and design. Besides this show being hilarious and fun, it’s also so important and they touch on some really serious issues. They talk about police brutality against black men (Karamo is black), what it means to be gay and religious and the struggle to define yourself as a black and gay man. I laughed, I cried and I cannot wait for next season

So I read this book…….

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I subscribed to Book of the Month, which is a great way for me to push myself to read more and I get a gorgeous hardcover book for 16 bucks! I just finished this book and wow, it was insane. It’s all about this woman living with Agoraphobia (fear of the outside) because of a drama she experienced about a year ago. Of course it’s a murder mystery romance-y thing because that’s all I read now.

 

So I did a fun thing in NYC and you should too

If you’re a human being, you know that Valentines Day was this past week (barf). However, you might not know that the day before Valentines day is Galentine’s Day! Coined by the beautiful and fictional Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, it is a day of celebrating gals! I decided to take my gals to this beautiful restaurant Café Medi. I’ve been wanting to see it girl because the pictures I’ve seen are unreal.

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They were having a Galentine’s event, 3 courses AND a bottle of wine for 50 bucks. Basically a steal for NYC and I love any excuse to drink on a weekday. The place was gorgeous, and the food was unbelievable. I ate way too much and had way too much fun. No complaints from me.

Adventures in Crazy Workouts: The Monster Cycle

As per my New Years Resolutions, I wanted to try different workouts every other week. Mostly as a way to get through this horrible winter and not stay inside all the time and cry for the days of Southern heat (although I do have my moments lets be real). The great thing about this is that most places have a “first class” discount, meaning your first class with them is pretty cheap. There’s probably 12 billion workout places here, so it’s doubtful I’ll ever be bored if I don’t wanna be. And so my search for the craziest but most fun workouts begins!

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This week I tried out Monster Cycle. I happened upon it while looking at another NYC bloggers instastories and was immediately intrigued because Monster Cycle sounds crazy awesome. Upon further investigation, I found that this is no ordinary cycling class, it is a class based around music videos and, if you select the right class, BEYONCE MUSIC VIDEOS. First class is only 15 dollars but they sold me on the whole working out to Beyonce anyway.

I picked a 10:30 class on Saturday because I still have some energy left over from waking up early on Fridays and Sunday is for doing nothing all day forever. There’s two locations, but I picked the one in the Limelight( which is a gym? I have no idea).

I didn’t know this, but it’s actually an old church and it was a little spooky walking into. The place is painted entirely black, complete with vampire and werewolf pictures (no joke).

The Bad: Walking in, I signed in with the front desk person, paid my two dollars to rent shoes(eye roll) and was awkwardly left to my own devices? I guess I’ve been too pampered and used to front desk people being super overly sweet and helpful because this girl basically ignored me after that and it felt odd. Also the locker room is CRAMPED AF. Theres no where really to sit and put the shoes on, only two bathrooms and one small set of lockers for your stuff. I came while the other class was still going on, so trying to find an empty locker was a feat. Again, I’m used to shiny, clean bathrooms with pony tail holders and hair driers and this was not even close(don’t get me started on the SMELL). By the time I had all of my stuff together ready to “cycle” I was a little scared of what I had gotten into. 

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The Good: I saddled into my bike and we got started. As I said this is focused on riding while watching music videos of Beyonce, so I was beyond pumped. The first song was the ever-so-classic “Lose My Breath” and, because you’re supposed to cycle to the beat, I lost my breath for sure. There is an instructor, but he’s mostly there to keep you motivated and tell you when to sit up and down etc. I wouldn’t go as far as to say watching videos helps you forget you’re working out, but it’s a very good distraction and I always feel like doing cardio in short song bursts is great. They played classics from 1997-2007 which is the greats era of music, honestly and featured such hits as “Ring the Alarm,” “Upgrade You,” “Jumping’ Jumpin,'” “Bills Bills Bills,” and would not be complete without “Crazy in Love.”

Overall out of 10: I looooooved this workout. If you’re a Soul Cycle person, I definitely recommend this place. I’m actually not a huge fan of Soul Cycle, just because there’s too much yelling and lights and base I feel overwhelmed and a little scared. This is based around just the music and then you have someone to motivate you and instruct you, which I prefer. I sweat my butt off and felt amazing and energized afterwards. Locker room “smocker room” this workout kicks ass I’ll get my locker room elsewhere