what i ate wednesday: boston + chatham edition
as i mentioned yesterday, i was in boston over the weekend visiting a friend, and what would a weekend getaway be without checking out some local spots for amazing food and a what i ate wednesday recap? not a getaway i’m interested in taking, that’s for sure!
saturday morning, we went for a run down near the harbor, grabbed breakfast, and drove down to the cape for the afternoon, specifically, to the town of chatham, which was like… storybook perfection. it was such a gorgeous day, and even though it was a little windy and chilly, we still took advantage of the sun and spent most of the day outside… and eating. this post is a little more cape heavy, but it’s all relevant [i think]!
smoothies + juices at the juice box:
we hit this cute little juice bar in south boston post-run and i went with the green glow smoothie. they also have breakfast bowls and cleanses available… and a trail mix bar!
flavored coffee at marylou’s:
we stopped for coffee at marylou’s, a massachusetts/rhode island staple, on our way down to the cape. Normally flavored coffee is not something i would ever entertain [sugars, syrups, etc. = major yuck factor] but instead of flavoring the coffee with the sh*t they use at most coffee shops, marylou’s infuses the beans with flavor so you avoid all of those terrible additives. i had a really hard time deciding what to get, but i ended up with an iced mocha mint coffee with a splash of almond milk. you can guess how it was.
afternoon cocktails at chatham bars inn:
we arrived in chatham and immediately went to the chatham bars inn for a drink. the raspberry lemonade [pictured here] was perfect – refreshing, but not too sweet – and i think the view made this even more enjoyable. cocktails + adirondack chairs + the beach + the sun = pure happiness.
lunch [+ beers] at the squire:
the squire is your typical dive bar with walls covered in snarky license plates from all over the country. they serve pub-fare with an emphasis on seafood [this is cape cod, after all] and if you’re into that sorta thing, you should definitely check this place out. as a vegetarian, i went with the black bean veggie burger served with a side of fries and coleslaw. naturally, i washed it down with the cape cod i.p.a. they had on tap. #foodcoma
brunch at anthony’s café:
finally, on Sunday morning, we had a quick [hungover] brunch at anthony’s café. this place is pretty old school: cash only, walk right up to the counter, order, take a seat [inside or outside] and they bring you your food… served on paper plates. i had the three egg omelette with spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese, served with a side of whole wheat toast and home fries. the picture does not do it justice [i was too busy inhaling my meal to get a good shot], but i guarantee you will understand why this place is a neighborhood staple if you try it out for yourself.
must-eat: anthony’s café
honorable mention: chatham bars inn
what are your favorite boston spots?! share in the comments below!
motivation mondays: better late than never
this has happened before, and honestly, sometimes it’s just really necessary to let life throw the unexpected at you and just go with the flow. i was in boston over the weekend visiting a friend and ended up staying an extra day, so motivation mondays didn’t happen on schedule and you know what? i’m okay with that. i got to spend an extra day with one of my nearest and dearest friends [did i really just say that?] and experience “marathon monday” in boston. #worthit
i’ll do a little boston recap later, but for now, motivation mondays… it’s really better late than never, right?
i really love this. just ask yourself this: how many times have you decided to not do something, not because of what other people thought or said, but because of what you thought, what you told yourself you couldn’t do? if you’re anything like me, probably quite a few times.
this quote can literally be applied to any aspect of your life. work, relationships, hobbies, dreams, goals, oh, and i don’t know… your health and wellness? where are you holding yourself back? where are you downplaying what you want because you think you can’t have it, can’t do it, it’s unrealistic?
it’s bad enough that we sometimes have friends, co-workers and family members telling us we’re being crazy, that our ideas are too far out there, that our dreams and goals aren’t realistic. the very last thing we need is to be getting this same attitude from ourselves, our own inner dialogue. quite often, even if we have a supportive team of people surrounding us, we’re our own worst critic. all of the encouragement in the world can only go so far if we’re telling ourselves we can’t do something.
we need to get out of our own way. stop telling ourselves that we can’t do it. even if the only reason you have for wanting something is “because i want to”… guess what? that’s good enough.
[and this is all within reason, of course. and i still strongly encourage you to use your judgement. don’t make bad decisions just because you feel like it or anything like that. but i think you all have a pretty good idea what i mean with this whole thing.]
links to start the week [or continue it]:
1) i mean, obviously.
2) because dogs.
3) i loved this little post on the impact of a positive response. sometimes attitude is the most important thing.
have an amazing week… see you tomorrow with a what i ate wednesday post… boston edition!
when are you going to get out of your own way and just effing go for it?
image courtesy of ella frances sanders
class review: banana skirt productions
lately, i’ve been making an effort to switch up my workout routine as much as possible. i’ve never been much of a gym rat and need variety in order to stay motivated. one thing that’s great about living in new york is that there is no shortage of gyms and studios offering soooo many different kinds of classes. i’ve been class hopping a lot lately and i thought i would start doing some class review posts so that you guys can get a glimpse of what some of these places are like. hopefully, i’ll be able to do this for other cities i travel to, so that the reviews won’t be strictly for the city i live in, as i know i have readers all over the place!
last week, a friend of mine invited me to check out a cardio dance class with her at banana skirt productions and it was so. much. fun. banana skirt offers a few different types of classes, but most importantly, they are most popular for the artist specific classes where an instructor teaches you the actual dance moves from the videos of some of your favorite songs, which is what we were dying to try. obviously we decided to attend a beyoncé class… because duh.
we went to the 7/11 class because this has kind of been my 2015 theme song. i definitely own the KALE sweatshirt she wears in the video and just felt like this was the class i had to take. if you’re not familiar with this video, get familiar with it asap. it was a full class of people of all different skill levels [oh, i should mention that i’m a terrible dancer and still had a great time] and the instructor really broke down the steps and made it accessible for everyone… and she was also really encouraging and made it a point to make everyone feel comfortable, since clearly we can’t all move like beyoncé [although it’s really fun to try]. they also will post a clip from your class to their instagram [you can check my class out here] which is super fun to see after the fact. so, what’s the verdict?
4/5 bananas for banana skirt productions!
i’m giving banana skirt 4/5 bananas only because i didn’t sweat as much as i would typically like to [it’s not really the nature of a class like this, since you’re stopping and learning the actual dance moves] but the $20 price point [so cheap for new york!], the atmosphere and the overall experience will definitely be bringing me back soon!
what other studios should i check out?!
motivation mondays: week 30
good morning! how was your weekend? we had gorgeous weather here in new york which [as always] elevated my mood to new levels. it’s so much easier for me to get up and out of bed on the weekends to workout, meet up with friends and just generally be productive when it’s warm and sunny. i’m really, really hoping that the winter weather is behind us and we can just look forward to only nicer and nicer weather from here on out. i hope that wherever you are, the weather is working in your favor, as well!
lately, i’ve been talking a lot about change on the blog and how sometimes you just need to know when it’s time to let go of things that aren’t working for you anymore and move on, take the leap and see what happens. and while i totally believe this to be true, i can’t help but tell myself “easier said than done”… right?
well, yes and no. of course making big decisions is hard. It’s scary. we don’t know how it’s going to end up. it could end up being the wrong decision, but it could also end up being the right decision, the best decision you have ever made. and, even if it doesn’t, this motivation mondays post is going to put it all into perspective for us:
correct me if i’m wrong, but i think this is a pretty simple concept. wouldn’t you rather know that something wasn’t the right decision than wonder what might have happened? at least failing at something means that you tried. you can’t fail if you don’t try, but i almost see not trying and never knowing as a bigger failure than trying and having something not work out. don’t you?
links to make this monday morning a little more bearable…
1) BEST NEWS IN A LONG TIME. LET’S F*CKING GO.
2) i love lena dunham for many reasons. mainly being because homegirl doesn’t give a f*ck what people think about her and isn’t afraid to be honest with the world about what she’s doing and why she’s doing it. in a society so plagued by superficial things like appearance and weight, i thought this was a great reminder of the mental benefits of exercise, which don’t often get talked about.
3) last but not least… a few weeks ago, a family friend’s dog was hit by a speeding car and required emergency surgery for broken legs and dislocated hips, among other things. she’s doing great, but their vet bills are over $15,000. a friend of theirs started a gofundme to help them offset some of the costs. if you can donate, every little bit helps.
have an amazing week everyone… what’s on the agenda?!
image courtesy of but first, coffee
5 things more important to your health than what you eat
Image courtesy of The Wellness Warrior
when it comes to our health and wellness goals [losing those last pesky 10 pounds, getting mad gains, being beach ready in time for summer, etc.] diet obviously has a huge impact on whether we reach them or not. i’ve read that the key to weight loss is 80/20… 80% what you eat and 20% how you’re working out. while i’m sure that there is some validity to this, diet and exercise are not the only things important to your overall health and wellness.
in my health coaching practice, i work with clients to find balance in all areas of their lives, simply because a person can be eating all of the “right” things, working out regularly and still not be seeing the results they are after if they are constantly stressed out or feeling drained [physically or mentally] by other things going on in their lives. when pursuing your health goals, you need to look at the overall picture and make adjustments accordingly.
here are 5 things more important to your health than what you eat:
1. where your food is coming from: while this is obviously related to diet, it’s less about what you are eating and more about where what you’re eating is coming from. food that comes in cardboard boxes that has a sh*tload of ingredients you can’t pronounce should be avoided as much as possible, along with fruits and vegetables that have been doused in pesticides, refined sugars, highly processed carbs, and meat/fish/dairy from factory farms. whole, organic, natural foods such as fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains and meat and dairy products from grass-fed/free-range animals [if you’re into that sorta thing] should make up at least 80% of your diet. when you’re eating real foods, you don’t need to worry about counting calories and you’ll find that your weight will begin to naturally balance itself out.
image courtesy of buzzfeed
2. career: believe it or not, if you aren’t happy with your job, the chances are that you’ll be pretty unhappy overall. because we spend so much of our time at work [a lot of people go wayyyyy beyond the traditional 40-hour work week, which in my opinion, is already long enough], it has a huge impact on how we feel. work-related stress easily permeates our home and social lives and while we do our very best to keep “work” and “life” separate, that can be pretty hard to do sometimes. as you know, stress can have a major impact on your mental and physical health, including making weight loss more difficult. finding a career that you look forward to showing up for everyday is a key component to living a healthy, balanced life.
image courtesy of a gentle woman
3. relationships: much like your career, if you’re in a miserable relationship [not just romantic, but with a toxic friend or an unbearable family member], your overall health suffers. we need fulfillment from our relationships, the same way we need nutritious fulfillment, and when we’re in relationships that aren’t giving us what we need or are draining us because we give too much every thing falls apart. if you’re not happy with your girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife, do something about it. start communicating and voicing your feelings. see if the changes that need to be made can be made or if it’s time to move on. cut a toxic friend or family member out of your life. these things are not easy to do, but dealing with the consequences of maintaining the relationships that no longer serve you is even harder.
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4. sleep: sleep is so important to our health for many different reasons. first and foremost, we simply need to rest… duh. not getting enough sleep runs us down, leaves us feeling lethargic and impacts our performance at work and the gym/in yoga class/etc. and can make us unbearable to be around in social situations. i mean no one likes dealing with a grumpy, sleep-deprived 28 year old, amiright? second, sleep is essential for regulating hormones in our bodies, including hormones that are responsible for helping us maintain our weight. when our hormone cycles are disrupted it throws our entire body out of whack, making losing weight [and keeping it off] even more difficult than it already is for some of us. 7-8 hours of sleep a night is ideal, but you should never be getting less than 6 [although having a late night out here and there is totally fine, just not something you should be doing three times a week].
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5. your attitude: you’ve probably heard this all of your life, but it’s true. attitude. is. everything. what you think you become. if you’re always putting yourself down and telling yourself that you’re never going to reach your goals, guess what? you probably won’t. we can create our own reality through our thoughts. the power of intention is real and sometimes the difference between making it and breaking it is believing you can do it. wake up every day and make the choice to believe in yourself… to be happy… to accept yourself no matter what. instead of being your biggest critic, try being your biggest cheerleader and see what happens. if you only take one thing away from this post, let it be this:
image courtesy of @successwithjake
let’s be clear here for just a minute: i‘m not saying that you should stop worrying about what you’re eating or how often you’re working out. both of those things are still very important, but without these other things, they really don’t mean much of anything. take it one step at a time if you have to. start going to bed 10 minutes earlier than usual one week, then up it to 20 minutes the next. have a conversation with the friend who is mentally draining you tomorrow and then start figuring out your next career move. It doesn’t have to all be done at once. baby steps… remember?!
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