{What} on Wednesday

What’s for breakfast?

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Egg white oats with cinnamon, chia seeds, and blueberries

What’s to drink?

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Water and Coffee….

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Decaf Tea…

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Greenberry Shakology

What’s crushing my cravings?

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Chimes Ginger Chews

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Juicy grapefruits…

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Greek yogurt, almond butter and blueberries

What I’m thankful for.

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Seaweed Snacks sent to me by the awesome people at Annie Chun’s!

(The wasabi flavor is awesome)

What’s a staple in my diet?

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colorful, veggie packed salads

What I’m building?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upper body strength and total body flexibility.

What I’m looking forward to

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Spring!

I can feel it in the air.

What’s on tomorrow morning’s playlist for Spinning?

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Ending with some Dropkick Murphy’s before St. Patty’s day weekend

So…What’s up with you?

 

Swap the Salt

Salt, or sodium, is everywhere.

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It’s in our bread, sauces, cheese, processed foods such as deli meat and frozen dinners, canned soups, and condiments such as soy sauce, Tabasco and ketchup.

Ingesting too much salt can lead to hypertension, stroke, and every woman’s enemy..bloating

It’s important to keep our sodium intake to a healthy minimum, about 1500 mg a day. Here are some easy ways to swap the salt in your diet.

Read the labels

When purchasing items at the grocery store, read the ingredients on EVERYTHING

  • What is in your food?
  • How much sodium per serving?
  • Is there a better option?

Use Spices and Herbs in cooking

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cumin
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Mr. Dash Seasonings

etc…

combine spices to make taco, ranch, Cajun and onion flavors

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Make your own…

Salad dressings

  • Oil and Vinegar
  • Lime juice and cilantro
  • Fresh lemon with thyme basil and oregano
  • Fresh salsa

etc…

Soups

Pasta sauces

  • All pasta sauces are not created equal. Look for organic canned sauces like Walnut Acres, or make your own using Hunt’s and other Low Sodium options.

Frozen Meats

Chicken, and other frozen meats, have added salt to extend freshness and flavor. Read the ingredients and compare your options. Look for  lean cut, low sodium, and organic if possible. And no skin!

Bread

All bread has salt, but certain brands such as Ezekiel Low Sodium, is a great option.

Oatmeal

Purchase plain oats and add your own flavoring, such as unsalted nuts, fruit and honey.

Beans

If you cannot find low sodium options, rinse regular beans under cold water to rid access salt. Or, purchase bagged beans and cook yourself.

Tuna

Choose low sodium, packed in water, not oil.

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Add On’s

Watch your marinades, sauces and toppings such as pickles, vinegar peppers and olives.

Out to dinner.

  • Ask for no salt or lightly salted.
  • Steer clear of pasta dishes which are loaded with salty sauces. No greasy sides such as onion rings or French Onion soup.
  • Watch for high amounts of cheese and bacon on salads, and ask for dressing on the side.
  • Choose Water over Soda and watch your cocktail consumption.

Pass on the Margarita mixes, dirty martinis and scorpion bowls. Choose clear alcohol such as vodka, gin or tequila, and mix with Soda water, lemon, lime, or splash of fresh juice.

All of these small choices make a huge difference overall.

The important thing is to read labels, choose real, whole foods, go organic when possible,  and of course, exercise Smile 

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“Ice” Fishing 2013

Due to the blizzard this past weekend, our Ice Fishing trip consisted of watching our trap from the balcony window, snuggling up by the fire, swimming in our heated pool, and eating loads of comfort food with drinks by the gallon.

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You knew I would find the gymSmile

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The candy store…

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Diesel and our bate

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Sunday morning, post blizzard

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My car when I arrived home…

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It was glorious.

Battles

When life hands you Lemons…

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Cleanse Smile.

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And when Chobani sends you free samples of their new flavors to try…

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Battle them against each other.

Battle of the ‘Bani’s!

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Banana 2% vs. Pear 0%

Both delicious. Both satisfying. Both filled with real bites of fruit.

But there can only be one winner, and in my opinion, Pear 0% takes the prize.

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It’s refreshing, not overly sweet, and actually TASTES like pear…Which for a yogurt flavor, could get a little tricky.

Thank you to Chobani for helping make snacking healthy an easy part to our day.

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And for inspiring a new workout that pins our opposing muscles against each other for a quick and effective total body burn!

Body Part Battle

Make sure to use proper form and take breaks when you need to.

Enjoy!

Seafood Festival 2012

Matt and I are back earlier then expected, but we had an awesome time at Hampton Beach’s Annual Seafood Festival.

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And it. was. packed!

On our drive up to New Hampshire, knowing that I may not find any stomach friendly foods, I made sure to have a protein rich snack to hold me over for a while.

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And it’s a that good thing that I did.

Of course I expected the usual fried clams, lobster rolls and seafood chowder, but it being a festival celebrating Seafood, I thought I would see more fish options such as salmon, haddock, and scallop plates.

All of the stands pretty much had the same fried foods available, but I still searched long and hard for something I could eat that wouldn’t cause me to hobble back to the beach house with cramps and indigestion.

Enter Sesame encrusted Ahi Tuna skewers

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And Grilled Shrimp and Swordfish

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I also split a shrimp cocktail and corn on the cobb with Matt, while he enjoyed his fried clam strips and baked lobster mac and cheese

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It was the perfect amount of picky foods before heading down to the beach for live music and drinks

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The band reggae band, Hot Like Fire, brought one last taste of Summer as the cool Autumn breeze filled the beach front tent.

Everyone was having a great time dancing, drinking, and singing along to the familiar songs that the band performed.

As the evening rolled in, so did the down pouring rain clouds. This cancelled our plans of walking to the Sea Ketch for dinner, and instead, we took a drive to North Hampton to a lively Italian Restaurant, Ron Jillian’s.

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We ordered one the best antipasto plates that I’ve ever had, followed by Herb encrusted Cod with a side of steamed broccoli, which I swapped in place of lobster cream risotto,

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Matt also ordered Pasta Bolognese, a favorite of his whenever we eat out at an Italian restaurant.

It was a perfect “rained out dinner”, and we spent the rest of the night back at the beach house watching TV in our adorable loft bedroom

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It feels like Fall today, and now it’s time for the Pat’s game and Sunday dinner at my parents.

Enjoy the rest of your day! xoxo

Country Fest and Camping

I had the BEST time at Country Fest, and camping for the weekend with Matt and some friends.

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I made time for fitness…

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And fun

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morning coffee, night time Vodka

On our way to Gillette!

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The tour bus

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Let the fun begin!

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Tim McGraw!!

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Kenny Chesney!

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Kenny rockin’ his Boston Red Sox hat

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“drunk eyes”

Most amazing concert ever!!

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Hangover helper…

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Poolside Saturday afternoon…

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followed by a quick workout in the gym, and hanging by the fire for the rest of the night

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Caribbean and buffalo marinated steak tips, Caribbean sausage, lemon pepper chicken, corn and sweet potatoes

And of course…S’mores!

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It was perfect and I can’t wait till next year!

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The Weekender

Farmer’s market

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BBQ’s (I always bring the healthy snacks Smile)

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Bargain Shopping

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New try. Sweetened with Stevia instead of Aspartame, and taste better than crystal light!

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Oreo Vanilla bean Coolata from Dunkin Donuts. It’s not even right how good this is. I stole multiple sips from Matt’s cup..It was too much for him anyway Winking smile

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Sunday dinner/ laying poolside at my parents

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And a delicious strawberry shortcake made with fat free angel food cake, lite cool whip, strawberries and peaches

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Of course, some workouts were thrown into the mix as well. Find the time and get it done.

By the way!!

Have you all heard about the Frozen decathlon sponsored by Stonyfield Organic, which will begin on July 26th? It will consist of two flavors, Peach Mango and Superfruits, competing against each other through 10 events which require YOUR votes!

Each event has a team leader, and I have been chosen to represent team Peach Mango for the 11th event against my opponent, “The Healthy Runner”, of team SuperFruits.

On the day of my event, which I will keep you informed on (I’m guessing around mid-late August), head on over to the decathlon page and vote for my team, Peach Mango.

When you do vote, you will receive a $1.00 off coupon towards a pint of Frozen Oikos, and each additional time you vote, you increase your chances at winning the Grand Prize! 

Which is a good one

Each event lasts for three days and if you love Greek yogurt as much as I do, then vote, vote, vote during my event!

Keep a lookout for my cue, and also visit their Facebook page for more information.

xoxo

 

Easter Dinner 4/8/2012

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Pizzagaina, Antipasto

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Ravioli, Sausage and Meatball, Eggplant Parm

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Crown Lamb, Ham, and Chicken Breast for my sister-n-law and I Smile

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Roasted Potatoes, Garlic & Oil Roasted Asparagus

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Dessert!!

Struffoli’s, Pizzelle’s, Cookies, Pie’s, Gelato, Truffles, Cake Batter Brownies, Fennuccio..ETC

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Another successful and delicious Easter…That I’m still digesting.

A Year Ago Today…

A year ago today, I was sailing the Eastern Caribbean to the islands of Bahamas, St.Thomas and St.Maarten.

It was Matt’s first cruise and I was so excited to see his face light up when we boarded the ship. He was not expecting to walk into a legit floating hotel, and his eyes widened at the spectacular vessel.

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We explored the entire ship from the skating rink, to the rock climbing wall, to the wave rider.

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Then we got straight to business

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Our first stop was Coco Cay Bahamas, where we snorkeled and swam with beautiful tropical fish.

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Unfortunately, this was one of the only sunny days that we got. The rest of the week was overcast with scattered showers and thunderstorms. But, we made the best of it!

Our next stop was St. Thomas, which was a lot different that I had remembered from years before. The island seemed…less safe, to put things nicely. There was quite a bit of fighting going on among the locals and the tourist spots were not as clean as they had been during my previous visits. I was disappointed at the change.

However, St. Thomas is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Magens Bay. There is also some amazing shopping at the port, which Matt had to drag me away from Smile.

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We also visited Coki Beach, where we snorkeled and enjoyed the lukewarm water surrounded by grass hills and tropical plants.

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Our Final stop was St. Maarten.

We went directly to Sunset Beach to watch the airplanes land at the airport across the street.

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It was definitely cool to see!

We then drove over to the French Side of the island and spent the day at Orient Beach. We rode jet ski’s, ate lunch and took some free shots with the bartender.

Free shots..what’s better than that?

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Once back in town, we spotted some mountain goats who were also trying to hide from the rain

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The rest of our trip was spent eating amazing food, gambling in the casino, watching hilarious shows and dancing the night away.

Formal Nights/Professional Photos

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Our Table Servers and Head Waiter

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Celebrating the last night

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Matt and I plan on booking another cruise in the future.

For our next big vacation, we will be traveling to ARUBA in April with my parents and brother/sister in law.  Aruba is one of my favorites places to visit and I cannot wait to go back!

As for right now, I am enjoying the summer months and excited for our weekend getaways, cookouts and lazy days.

Where are your favorite places to visit?