30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 2

I meant to put this up earlier today, but as I was starting to prepare for it last evening my roommate walked in with another friend and suddenly I found myself in the midst of a proper Ladies Night. Girlfriends always take priority over the Internet 🙂

So today I am grateful for:

  • Girlfriends! You can never have enough and the time spent with each other is invaluable. I always come away from my time with my girlfriends feeling stronger and better about myself and my life in general. They’re good medicine for the soul!
  • Lipgloss. It sounds stupid, but sometimes just changing things up with a bright new color can do wonders for your day (or night). My recent fave is a Burts Bees lipgloss in Ruby Moon. My sweet sister sent it to me earlier this month and I LOVE how I feel when wearing it.
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My current favorite lipgloss – Ruby Moon!

  • Football. College and NFL are back! I’m not ready for fall weather, but I am so glad my favorite fall pastime is back. Thursday night’s football game was especially great since my fantasy football QB is Peyton Manning and he KILLED it! I’m looking forward to many weekends filled with football. Go Cats! (College) and Skol Vikings!

Here’s The Thing

Just a few days ago I was waxing poetic about how I can’t stand all the emails regarding New Years Resolutions and a “new healthy you!” A healthy diet is a lifestyle choice…blah blah blah.

Anyway, a few days later and here I am eating oat bran pancakes for breakfast. The truth is, those holiday pounds have added up! And although I can still fit into all of my clothing, there are a few extra pounds hanging here and there.

So, a few weeks of clean eating, more exercise, lots of water, and listening to those damn emails I spoke of last week are ahead of me.

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Oat bran pancake. Luckily, it tastes like french toast. I can get down with that.

Let’s just all agree that this is not about January/New Years Resolutions and more about the fact that I live in San Diego and bikini season is fast approaching…

P.S. If you are interested in the above “pancake” it’s really easy. It’s 1-1/2 Tbsp oat bran (you can find it in the cereal aisle, next to the Quaker Oats), 1-1/2 Tbsp nonfat greek yogurt, 1 egg, a dash of cinnamon and a dash of sugar/splenda/honey. Mix it together and cook in a pan over medium-medium high heat for approx 2 minutes a side (I just wait until the pancake starts bubbling and flip it). Easy-peasy. PLEASE NOTE: I did not make up this recipe, it’s all over Pinterest/the interwebs.

Two Weeks To a Healthier You!

Two weeks in to the New Year and my inbox has yet  to stop presenting/bating me with tips and guides to a new/skinner/healthier/more active me. The thing is, I keep clicking on these damn emails and then clicking on the damn links inside them, hoping to discover some new secret. But the truth? They’re all the same. Drink more water.  Eat lots of berries – they’re full of anti-oxidants. Don’t forget your veggies! Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Walk everywhere. Keep refined sugar to a minimum.

In other words, get your butt off the couch and eat good food.

Got it.

Luckily, red wine [in moderation] is considered good for you….

‘Coffee keeps me going until it’s acceptable to drink wine’

(saw it on Pinterest, naturally)

Anyone else feeling the New Years Resolution themed guides/emails/advice hate?

Reluctantly Healthy

I love, LOVE, Judy Greer. I think she steals just about every scene she is in. I especially enjoyed her character Kitty, the insane ex-assistant/mistress to George Bluth Sr., on Arrested Development (aka the greatest sitcom to ever air).

Anyway, in my constant quest to find shortcuts to healthy living, I happened upon a weekly web series she does for Yahoo called ‘Reluctantly Healthy.’ I think the title is brilliant, and I 100% relate to it. I would much rather eat salty french fries than a kale salad, but I realize that french fries aren’t going to provide me with the nutrients that my body requires AND that I always feel much better after a nice meal full of unprocessed, fresh food. I am reluctantly healthy.

Isn’t she adorable? Check out more of her videos here.

What are YOUR healthy shortcuts?