Starting On The Right Foot

Monday has me all happy today. I got up super early (early for me) to join a soul cycle class, then I was headed to watch the latest Game of Thrones episode at my friend, Harper’s place. I grabbed a chopped salad and hot chocolate from Lenwich before I hopped on the subway. I have passed Lenwich many times but this was my first time walking in and I loved it! There are so many options to choose from.

I know I have mentioned that I am trying to lose a few pounds and tone up a bit but the hot chocolate was calling me soooo….

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Awkward selfie b/c I didn’t want the guy behind me to notice I was taking a selfie. He probably noticed anyway.

It was pretty funny trying to watch Game of Thrones at Harper’s because the glare from her window was really bad. If you watch Game of Thrones then you know that show tends to be very hard to watch in the day light. We had to throw a blanket over her window curtains to try and block out some of the light. Our moms would be cringing if they saw what the window looked like.Β  It is always fun getting to spend time with friends. We had to pause the show a few times to allow us to make some remarks, which happens basically anytime I watch that show.

Have a fabulous Monday! πŸ™‚

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My Poor Calves

I ran 4 miles and did a kettlebell class on Monday.

I ran 3 miles yesterday.

Today, I am running 2 miles, then heading over to a kettlebell class.

My calves feel soooooo tight! I have been massaging them all morning. I am definitely making tomorrow my rest day. I have just been on this weird high when it comes to running. The weather in NY has been gorgeous and I have always felt like the best way to enjoy a nice day out is through exercise or you know outside brunch with friends.

This morning I made a a heart shaped waffle.

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I love pancakes and waffles, which is a good and bad thing. Good because they are yummy but bad because obviously they are not the healthiest. I feel like as I have gotten older I have acquired a stronger sweet tooth. When I was kid I ate really healthy and said no to foods such as ice cream, brownies, pancakes, and cookies.

The other day I went to TJ Maxx in search of a large mirror. While I was in the checkout line I saw this package of organic pancake mix called Birch Benders.

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When I read the nutrition factsΒ  I saw that the mix was soy and dairy free. I figured I would buy it and try it out. I am trying to limit my intake of soy for personal reasons. I have been blown away by how much food has soy in it that you would normally think wouldn’t. Two of my favorite nut bars that I eat as a snack at work have soy in it. 😦

Anyways so I tried the pancake mix and I really liked it. I didn’t notice a difference in taste and it is way easier to cut the recipe in half so that I don’t eat more than one proper serving. I have been putting almond butter on top with cut up pieces of strawberries. So far my Wednesday has been starting off nicely. When I am done writing this post I will be heading on my morning run.

Happy Wednesday! πŸ™‚

Hey Monday!

Soooo I am getting pretty pumped for summer. I will be spending a whole lot of time at the beach. I have sunglasses and hats a plenty. I’ve got bathing suits and sunscreen galore But I want more! Do I sound like a lady you might know who has red hair and strong desire to get rid of her fins and acquire 2 legs?

My wallet has been staying zipped like a therapist who just heard the juicest secret. But a girl can dream of a pretty new set of summer clothes, right?

So here are some things I wish will join me in all my instagram photos.

Kate Spade sunglasses

Triangl bikini

Vince Camuto hat

Romper

Ray Ban sunglasses

Lets all make this week awesome even if it involves wearing an outfit more than once! πŸ™‚

 

5 Fun Things

Happy Monday!

I have been quite busy lately but was able to have some fun this past week. πŸ™‚ Fortunately, I have been able to enjoy a lot of actvities that involve me getting a lot of exercise too. I am talking about everyday activities that do not involve a lot of money.

I thought I would make a list of ‘Five fun exercise related activities to do in NYC.’ New York is an amazing city that always has something fun to offer.

Five fun and healthy activities I enjoyed were:

  1. Ice skating. I was able to ice skate with friends at Wollman Rink. The rink is not far from The Plaza Hotel so you get to see the pretty buildings as you ice skate. iceskating.jpg
  2. Take a walk. I know we all pretty much walk at some point everyday but we tend to forget how enjoyable it can be. apt.jpgMy friend, Lauren came to visit and she wanted to go see the house that Carrie Bradshaw lives in so we took a walk through the village to find the apartment building. I enjoyed looking at all the beautiful buildings and popping in an out of shops along our journey to see the apartment.
  3. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art or National History Museum. It amazes me how tired my feet can get after walking around the museum for a few hours.
  4. Bike ride along the West Side highway. My mom and I always enjoy bike riding over there because we get a beautiful view of the Hudson River and the different parks along the route.
  5. Dancing. If you are walking by somewhere with good music, then you might as well go in and enjoy the fun. πŸ™‚ I always get excited to walk into a bar or restaurant that is playing some fun music.

I will end this post with a picture of the tastiest fritatta I have ever eaten. I order it at Le Cheile in Washington Heights.

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Just Call Me An Early Riser

Happy Friday!

I woke up pretty early this morning at 4:30am. Do you ever have a bad nightmare and no matter how tired you are you just can’t go back to sleep? I had such a terrible nightmare that I needed sometime to remind myself it wasn’t real. I know I am an ‘adult’, but that nightmare freaked me out.

I didn’t want to eat too early so I poured myself a hot green tea and decided to try out a vegan oatmeal raisin(took 6 tries to spell raisin right) cookie recipe I found on the internet over the summer. The ingredients called for bananas so I was happy to use some overly ripened bananas. I am not a huge fan of super ripe bananas that are leaning toward the color brown.

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I put all my ingredients in a bowl, then stuck them in the oven. While mixing all the ingredients I was reminded of my lack of a food processor. I think after I type this post I will be searching the internet for a cheap food processor.

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I cannot find my blender, which is what I would normally use as a substitute for a food processor. I have bought 3 cheap blenders in the past 5 years and I could not tell you where any of them are. I haven’t used a blender in over a year. I can’t remember if I gave them away (that would be really stupid) or threw them away (dumb idea). I am praying I will find my blender(s) this week. I miss making smoothies and juices.

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So the rolled oats in the ingredients made the cookies look a little less like cookies and more like oatmeal chunks, nevertheless they still tasted amazing.

I wish I knew how many calories the cookies were because I ate 4. Haha. One thing I hate about trying out recipes is that a lot of the time I never know how many calories I am consuming. Sometimes it is just easier to bake the frozen cookie dough from the grocery store because then I am less likely to eat 4 cookies.

By the way, I know it is only January but I have already started looking at rompers for the Summer. There are so many cute ones on so many different sites. I am renting a beach house with a group of people this summer and I want to have some cute outfits to dress up in at night.

Favorite song of the week: ‘Alive’ by Sia

Favorite purchase of the week: Clarisonic Mia Fit

Favorite lesson: Sometimes your body needs more sleep and not setting an alarm is okay

Green Juice = Best Juice

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Aren’t palm trees just the best?

 

Posting on a Tuesday again? Maybe I should just start typing up posts on Tuesday instead of Mondays.Β 

Last night, I went to my second kettle bell class. I love kettle bell! Β I left class feeling like my legs were jelly, which is sort of awesome because it means the class is working.Β 

I was really nervous going to the class last night because it was the first time I was going alone. Last time I went to the class with my friend Caroline. Caroline and I were having a hard time matching up our schedule so that we could go to the same class this week so I decided I would have to go alone. Here is the thing. I get really nervous and anxious doing anything that I am not use to. Joining new classes, starting a new school, and meeting new people always makes me nervous. I use to not be such a nervous wreck, but as I have gotten older I have become that way.

I have started to notice that my anxiety and nerves are negatively affecting me, which means I must do something about it. I was super nervous going to the kettle bell class because I hated the idea of walking in alone and I was worried about making a fool of myself. I even thought about not going to the class after I had already registered.

The class ended up going great last night so looking back I can see how stupid it was for me to be anxious.

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The best way to conquer my fears is to try stepping out of my comfort zone.

Anyhoo! In other news, I am trying to focus on cleaning up my eating habits. I had to go to Anthropologie to check out their knobs. My mom wanted to tag along and eat at forty carrots in Bloomingdales. When we got to Forty Carrots I ordered an apple, carrot,spinach, and kale juice.

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I know it doesn’t look like the most appetizing thing in the world but don’t be fooled by the color because I was having a strong craving for it by noon the next day.

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I ordered a turkey sandwich without the bread.

I refuse to deprive myself so for dessert I ordered a small, plain frozen yogurt with rainbow sprinkles, walnuts, and strawberries.

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Sorry! The picture is blurry because I was walking while taking the photo. I know I am a genius! πŸ™‚

 

 

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!

Hi, I woke up nice and early this morning to make myself a waffle. πŸ˜‰

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Usually I would like my Wednesday posts to be about fashion or beauty, but I just wasn’t feeling that this morning.One thing I can say about beauty is that chapstick and I areΒ a necessary combo at the moment.

Sooooo….today’s post is about health. This past week I tried to be as healthy as possible when eating out.

  1. I ate at a japanese restaurant for my father’s birthday. Normally, I would eat fried rice, chicken and shrimp, vegetables, soup, and salad. Did you just read that and think, ‘wow!?’ I have no idea what is in the fried rice but it is magical. This time I decided to attempt to be healthier. I ordered an avocado roll, chicken lettuce wraps, and asian vegetables. I negated my whole entire point when my sister ordered fried ice cream and I ate a few spoonfuls.
  2. I went to the movies with my mom and sister, Eva. I love movie theater popcorn, but I also recognize that it isn’t the healthiest. I made popcorn with my popcorn maker machine. I put 1/4 cup of unpopped kernels with a tablespoon of oil in the machine. I sprinkled some salt. It tasted very yummy! When we got to the movie theater my mom asked if I wanted anything, I told her I would like a vanilla ice cream bar.:/
  3. I ordered a salad for take out, then asked if they had any good vegetable options. The man on the phone said they had asparagus with goat cheese on it. Well guess what else I ordered?

I am trying my best! I signed up for a kettlebell class for this morning. I have never been. Lets hope I can raise my hand to high-five level afterwards.

Happy Wednesday!

August Goals

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Happy First Week of August!

I have come up with 10 goals for August that hopefully I will have accomplished at the end of the month. I used picmonkey to create my goal list. I am still playing around with picmonkey so I am sorry if some of the posts look terrible.

Reason for each goal

1. I have applied to 10 jobs so far. Yay!

2. I took an HTML class in college and loved it, however it was only a beginner course. HTML classes can be very expensive but I was fortunate to find one in my area.

3. My brother and I get along great but I feel like out of all my siblings I talk to him the least so I am changing that this month.

4. I can’t wait for my bedroom to be finished.

5. I am looking into taking a bodypump or kickboxing class.

6.I always feel like my life is put together when I have my toes and fingernails painted.

7. Explains itself.

8. I want to spend as much time outside and at the beach this month.

9. I keep reminding myself that I am due to donate blood. I am also interested in possibly donating plasma.

10. I went to the physical therapist and he said I really needed to loosen up my muscles and stretch.

Time for me to head to the nail salon for a pedicure with my sister. πŸ™‚

Friday Lessons

I came up with the idea to make a post every week that is called ‘Friday Lessons’ so here is the first ever post. The posts will basically focus on somethings I learned or remembered this week. Some lessons may be funny, some may be a bit serious, and others may just be educational. Here we go!

Ten Things I Learned This Week

1. If you are putting all of the work in a friendship and your friend is not then it is time to reevaluate that friendship.
2. Complaining about your problems gets you nowhere. To fix something we must take action. Even the tiniest step can make a difference.
3. Sometimes you may take any job in your dream company in the hopes that it will bring you one step closer to your dream job.
4. Deep tissue massages are not meant for everybody.
5. Stretching will make you feel so much better.
6. Dancing can change a mood in about a second.
7. If you see a pair of jeans at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and you keep thinking about them, then maybe you should buy them so you both can be united as one.
8. Seeing a picture of your newborn niece will instantly make you smile.
9. Laughing in Magnolia Bakery, til midnight, with your best friend will always top going out to a brand new nightclub.Β 
10. Kicking a soccer ball to a teammate who then scores will immediately make you feel like a badass.

For dinner, I will be having a shrimp salad with raspberry dressing from Trader Joe’s.

Ingredients

Shrimp,spinach, green grapes, pineapple, and slivered almonds.

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End Result

Sorry for the dark photo!

Sorry for the dark photo!

Song Of the Week

“Like I Can” by Sam Smith

I know this song has been on the radio for a long while now but I can’t stop listening to it on youtube. πŸ™‚

Being Brave

Everyone has a different way of describing the term brave. According to me, brave is when you do something out of your comfort zone. Someone is definitely reading this post and thinking the past two sentences are so dumb. And maybe that person is right or wrong that is all up to each person’s interpretation of this post. Anyway being brave is basically how I have been trying to live my life this past year and how I plan to live it in the future.

Being brave is not easy. It takes a lot of work to step out of your comfort zone. So I thought I would start this post with a funny story.

I mentioned multiple times on this blog that I joined a soccer league. I was too afraid to do it alone so I asked my friend to join. I hope one day that I won’t always feel this need to have people with me when I join certain things. Anyway on the day of our first scrimmage I was really nervous. I started to feel anxious and worried as time ticked closer to scrimmage time. I had never met my teammates. My friend was starting to get even more nervous than me and worst of all we had no idea what field we were playing on. The park where the game was had multiple fields on it. I was starting to get that uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. When I start to get nervous or anxious I become very shy and lose the ability to talk. Unfortunately, my friend, who is usually outgoing, was experiencing the same symptoms as me. I started to think ‘come on Ashley you can do this.’ I grew enough courage to walk up to a few people and ask them if they were there for soccer until one nice guy said he was. My friend and I felt a little less nervous once we knew where our team would be playing. However, our ability to do a lot of speaking was lost on us. We were the only girls playing on the team that day! Horrifying!

So what we learned from that scrimmage was that most of the guys took the game very seriously. One of the guys has such a terrible way of making remarks about the team’s playing that I try not to listen to him. He basically lets the team know how he feels about EVERYTHING. My friend and I joined the team because we like playing soccer for fun and wanted to meet new people while doing something active. Apparently, what we expected the team to be like was completely wrong.

Last Thursday, was our first game and I did an excellent job of making myself look like a fool. I was playing midfield and doing an okay job. To be honest, the guys never pass to my friend and me. The only time I would get the ball was when I stole it from someone on the opposite team or the ball accidentally landed near me. During the game on Thursday I was standing in the middle of the field while a guy from my team was kicking the ball on my right. A guy on the other team stole the ball from my teammate and kicked the ball. The kick made the ball fly high up in the air toward me. I wasn’t sure if I should hit it with my head or kick it because due to my height I was a bit limited at reaching the ball. I wasn’t even sure if the soccer ball would land in front of me or behind me. My teammate and the guy who kicked the ball came running toward me and both jumped up to reach the ball. In a split second, I realized that I was going to get hit by one of the guys so I turned my body and the guy from the other team banged into me. In other words, I got hit in the back by a guy who was at the same time getting hit by another guy. The guy on the other team fell as I did. My whole body fell on the turf so my hands were covered in gravel. However, the guys kept playing right next to my body so I was terrified that I was either going to get kicked or hit and all I could see was the ball’s shadow. I was about to get up when the ball hit me in the head, then the referee finally stopped the game after shouting,”Guys, Guys!’ because I do not think that some of the guys realized I was lying on the floor. I jumped up from the turf and was asked if I was okay, then we started the game again. What is weird is that I wasn’t even embarrassed but I did start thinking that I was done with playing soccer for the night. Haha. When the game ended my friend came over to me and the first thing she said was that my mascara was running. The whole game was played in the rain, not a drizzle but like a heavy rain that would be used in a romantic movie when the couple reunites and kisses. My clothes were drenched, my hair was soaked, and my mascara made my face look like I was just broken up with. By the way, another girl joined our team that night. She scored two goals and one of my teammates went up to her to say she played well that night while I had a referee ask if I was okay. πŸ™‚

When I got in the car I asked my friend if she saw my fall and she said, ‘It was like watching a car accident. It was so bad that you didn’t want to look but you couldn’t look away.’ We both laughed about it in the car and reminisced about the game. However, when I got home the humiliation started to dawn on me. I kept reminding myself I would never see these people once the season ended. Like my friend Taylor Swift says I reminded myself to just ‘shake it off.’ I started thinking I was the worst soccer player and the guys probably hate that I am on the team which is probably true. I would definitely feel better if that happened on my last game because then I wouldn’t have to see my teammates again. Some things that helped me get over the humiliation that night was remembering that no one on the team is good enough to play as a professional and that my fall is just part of living. I didn’t make a scene and cry. I got up and acted like it was no big deal. I was nervous to join a soccer team and I was acting brave by doing so. Showing up to my next game is brave. There are so many things people do everyday that seem simple but are brave actions. I will post more about my interpretation of the word brave. I am sorry about how long this post is but I felt this story was a good way of introducing my posts on bravery. I actually prefer reading blog posts that show pictures. Haha. Hopefully, my next posts will have pictures. πŸ™‚

Here is a post of my ice cream that I ate on July 4th.

the best kind of icecream is vanilla and rainbow sprinkles :)

the best kind of ice cream is vanilla and rainbow sprinkles πŸ™‚