Salad Fingers

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Today I want to share one of my favorite salads to make. It’s really easy and can be made in under 5 minutes!

Just mix the following together:
Baby Arugula
2 chopped hard boiled eggs
1 table spoon pesto
sea salt
paprika
chili flakes
1/2 squeezed lemon

Boom baby and you’re done!

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Exercise A DAY: BANDS

Music: “Speeding” by Lights
http://music.iamlights.com

This is a fun little routine that I do in the morning while I’m getting ready for work!

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EXERCISE A DAY: PLANKS

Happy Saturday Y’all!

Today I’m doing planks! These are great to throw in-between using free weights so that you’re not the kid sitting around on your phone waiting to do the next exercise.

For the sake of time I did 20 seconds of each plank:

Standard Plank
Side Plank
1 Legged Plank

Get your exercise in and get on with enjoying your beautiful weekend!

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Exercise A Day K9s

One of my favorite things to do with my pup Aiko is hiking. Today we went to the abandoned Los Angeles Zoo. During our hike I stopped 3 times to do the exercises in this video 9 times each.
9 x squats
9 x single leg dead lifts on each leg
9 x sumo squats with 4 pulses at the bottom of each

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Exercise A Day Skipping Rope

Jump roping in intervals is a great way to build your endurance. I use the Interval Pro app at 5 sets of 1 minute skipping and 10 seconds rest. You can adjust the sets and times to fit your needs and goals. My jump rope is also weighted which gives my arms that extra little bump!

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ONE EXERCISE A DAY!

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Black Friday Nutrition Choices

This year I took a new approach to Thanksgiving after seeing a post from my friend:

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Reading this made me realize my mindset going into this family holiday. There were no plans of enjoying the food that my family had been cooking all morning. After reading this, the game was on!

I enjoyed every bite yesterday and it was lovely!

Today will be different. As much as I would love a stack of flap jacks drizzled in syrup and butter with a side of maple bacon….. oooooooo yum – Instead, healthier choices will be made today. Womp womp. Right now I’m sitting outside enjoying the Palm Springs weather while sipping on a hot cup of coffee and eating some greek yogurt.

As soon as my boyfriend wakes up, we will go bike riding or take a trip to the batting cages at the baseball park.  What will you be doing today? Did you already do your shopping? It’s one of the first years that I’m not out shopping in the madness and I’m not too sad about it.

Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving – now on to good eating choices until the next holiday!

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Positive Polly

Today I woke up in the best mood.

Despite recovering from a nasty cold, I took a nice long bike ride around my neighborhood. I felt the cool fall air against my face. I enjoyed the sights and sounds of my neighborhood one more time before we make our move to North Hollywood nest Saturday.

I’ve lost my motivation to exercise recently. I know that it makes me feel amazing when I force myself to get to the gym and do it. It’s just the process of getting me to the gym tat I have been struggling with. 
Today I went online to Zuzka’s site for the first time in forever and did one of her at home workouts.

When I lived in Anaheim I used to do these 5-6 days a week and I was in the best shape of my whole life. The workouts revolve around interval training with exercises that get your whole body worked out. They only take about 20-35 minutes a day. It sounds too good to be true but I swear that if you try it and stick to it for a month, you will know exactly what I mean. 

http://www.zuzkalight.com

I’ve been in a rut for a while. Spending time in the dark by myself and not wanting to find a way out. Today I think I saw the light and I’m going to take the first step to get myself out of this hole. 

Enjoy the beautiful things around you. Love the people who love you. Be grateful for the smallest details of your life. It’s never quite as bad as it seems.

I’m over this pity party.

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This is the pits.

I’ve been missing you so much lately. It reminds me of the pain from when you were first gone. I don’t know why it’s coming back and I don’t want to feel it. I’ve been pushing the feeling away and it keeps catching up with me. This December 22nd will be 6 years… it’s about the time that people expect you to forget and be fine. Your allotted grieving time is officially over. People are tired of hearing about it. It’s an awkward topic.

It hit me this year that I’m beginning to forget things about him. The sound of his voice, his hugs, the way that he smelled, just the way that he was in general. It hurts so bad because he seems more and more like a fictional character to me. He never existed. He’s just someone that I made up…

There are so many things that have happened in the last 6 years that I wish he could have been able to see.

And I would give anything in this world just to hear him say that he was proud of me.

For a while after he died, I could feel his presence around. I’ve felt it a few times since but it has been a long time. I know that I won’t feel it again. He is officially gone.

I can feel that emptiness again. It’s expanding inside of my lungs and I can’t breathe.

I wish I could tell you how much I miss you and how much I love you. I wish that I could hug you again.

I miss hanging out with you in the garage late at night while you worked on your Bronco.

I miss making top ramen with you.

I miss driving around town with no destination just to listen to talk radio.

I miss building things with you.

I miss watching ghost and UFO documentaries with you.

I wish that I had taken the time to appreciate those things when I had them.

I took you for granted and now I can never have those moments back.

This is the pits.

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Kitchen Facelift

I love to cook.

I hate my kitchen.

Therefore, I do not cook in my kitchen.

My kitchen is modest in size. It’s so modest that there is no room for a refrigerator. Most of my cabinet drawers don’t open because they are sealed with paint from before we moved in. Things are starting to stack on top of one another and I am now ready for change.

Ikea is one of my favorite stores so I went to their website for inspiration. The answer to my dilemma, shelving. Here are some photos that I nabbed. I will be working on fixing it up this summer. Wooo!

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