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The Art of Running in the Rain

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Prefontaine

Whole30 Week 3 Check In

Checking in a day late because we’ve had a busy couple of days.  Thursday night was Pageant of the Masters.

It was absolutely amazing!  The first I’d heard of it was while watching this Gilmore Girls episode.  Then I was even more intrigued when seeing it in Arrested Development.  If you have any interest in seeing real people dress up and pretend to be paintings (extremely well, I might add), then you should go!

Last night we were checking out a friend’s live podcast, Doughboys. Although it’s difficult hearing about yummy foods  that I can’t partake in ATM, it was still extremely hilarious!  We didn’t get home until 2am, that’s late for this old lady!


Things have been pretty good in the Whole30 department.  As soon as I stopped feeling pain/bloating (roughly day 16/17) I got my second wind.   Dave and I have been discussing how at this point (day 20 for me, day 15 for Dave), it feels like second nature.  The planning/prepping are just a new way of operating, but it feels like something we could sustain, at least for the most part.  I definitely wouldn’t be as strict when going out to eat, that part just makes things socially awkward. I personally don’t like hearing about people’s food restrictions, so I sure as hell don’t want to explain mine to everyone sitting at a table.  Other than restaurants (which is it really so bad that we go out to those less?) I can’t think of another drawback.

On to the food…

BREAKFAST

Fingerling potatoes, kale (obsessed), smoked salmon, and poached eggs.

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Pitaya bowl from Nekter, they are very good about substitutions!!

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Potato hash, fried eggs, and kale (I swear I’m going to switch up my greens soon).

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Chia pudding – took a break from this a bit this week.

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Broccoli scrambled eggs, apple and almond butter, avocado with salsa, and blackberries.

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Fried eggs on a bed of kale, smoked salmon, and sweet/russet potatoes.

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Another Pitaya bowl, so yum.

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LUNCH/DINNER

Snack plate (avocado, cucumber, salmon jerky, olives, carrots, cashew cheese).

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Mashed potatoes and scallops (not pictured – salad).

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Spiralized zucchini with anchovies topped with fried eggs and potatoes.  I use this spiralizer and it’s pretty awesome!

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More Nori rolls this week (so yummy).

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Salmon burger on a bed of kale.  Dave made these burgers and they’re so easy; I’m going to make them again and share the recipe with you:)

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Breakfast for dinner – Fried eggs on a bed of spinach and a side of sweet potato wedges.

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It’s been a good week of eats, and I can’t say I’m sick of anything (even with all those repeats).

Prep for the week:

  • Homemade mayo
  • Pasta sauce
  • Sweet potato wedges
  • Almond milk
  • Zigzag butternut squash (Trader Joe’s product, so great for snacking)

Noticeable changes:

  • No more pain/bloat. YAY.
  • No strong cravings for the usual treats.
  • A few surges of energy during workouts, but ultimately increased fatigue during them.

The next time I’ll be checking in with you I’ll be so close to the end (or the slow steady re-introduction phase) that I’ll be able to taste it (pun intended). Until then:)

Be well.

 

 

Whole 30 Week 2 Check In

Hey friends!  Happy Friday, hope you all had a great week.  Mine had some ups and downs, but I’m happy to report, mostly ups:)

I’ve received some results from the biopsies and in a nutshell I could have 1 of 5 different things going on.  First things first, none are life threatening; however, because we can’t pin point the disorder, we really can’t know how it’s affecting other areas of my health.  I’m telling you MORE RESEARCH needs to be done in the digestive health arena in order to be more definitive in diagnostics!!!  I do have an appointment with an allergist, and it happens to be on day 29 of the whole 30.  All I can say is if he puts me on a more strict elimination diet I may punch him. Jk, but seriously tho.  I’m also on a couple of medications for the next two weeks, to see if I can stop feeling pain/bloating.  That parts a little frustrating, I read all these Whole30 success stories and they are all like, “5 days in and I am not bloated at all anymore,” I actually did feel better during the first 5 days, but then it went right back to my usual pain/bloat.  So because of these symptoms and the lab results I have decided to stick to the Whole30 low FODMAP foods.

I had lot’s of adventures in fooding this week and I figure rather than go day by day I’ll share them with you based on meal.

BREAKFASTS

Kale, sweet potato, and egg.

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Chia pudding by the pool.

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More kale, sweet potato, and egg + strawberry.

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Potato hash and eggs.

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Sweet potato “toast” with eggs and avocado.

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Watermelon.

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LUNCHES/DINNERS

Snack plate for lunch (plantain chips, hard boiled egg, avocado, cucumber, cashew cheese)

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Nori wraps – this definitely filled the void of sushi hand rolls.

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Salad – this was the first day I felt like salad, it’s been so weird because I have always loved/craved salads but as soon as I started Whole30 I was like, ‘uh uh no way, no thank you salad man!’  But this one was delicious!

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Kung pao shrimp spaghetti squash.

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More salad.

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Work lunch – sweet potato wedges, carrots, plantain chips, olives, blueberries and the picture below.

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(work lunch continued) endive leaves with tuna protein salad.

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Mahi mahi taco bowls.

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Well those were the ones I thought were the best (orrrrr the ones I remembered to snap photos of).  I’m going to try and be better about taking pictures of what I eat, so I can share it with you guys.

The highlight of my food prep this week is my cashew cheese

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I used a modified version of this recipe so that I wouldn’t waste any of that cashew goodness after I had made cashew milk.

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We decided that overall we like the almond milk better, it’s just creamery and that wins for us.

We have some food prep to do this weekend –

  • Prepare kale so it’s easy to grab and saute
  • Homemade mayo (this stuff is delicious and so versatile in sauces- recipe from whole30 book, similar here)
  • Pasta sauce for zoodles
  • Almond milk
  • Hard boiled eggs

Noticeable changes:

  • At first the stomach pain and bloating had subsided, but in all honesty it has returned full force.
  • I do feel as though I have more energy and can exist without a cup of coffee.
  • Still having cravings for my favorite treats, but that has definitely died down.

That’s all for this week.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Be well.

Whole30 Week 1 Check In.

 

Here’s my pre Whole30 pic (they recommend you do this, the picture, not the pose that is).

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The first day started on a high note, I was feeling good about the prep I’d done so far and excited for the recipes I was going to try later in the day.  I was reminded of a few things I needed to grab from Whole Foods, so Dave and I dropped by to pick them up.  That was when it happened, I looked at the donut case and I turned to Dave and said, “I really want a donut!” That’s when I freaked out thinking, “if I’m already thinking about donuts and it’s only day 1, how on earth am I gonna do this shit????”  Luckily I have some pretty good self talk, and I brought myself down off the ledge.  I was reminded of the Whole30 book and how it explained that in the first week you will have strong urges to eat your usual treats.  I also enlisted Dave as my coach, in fact from here on out (until the Whole30 is over) I will refer to him as ‘coach.’  Coach gave me some good talk, and it helped!

Day 1 – eats

We picked up a nitro and I added some coconut cream, yum!

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Then I had a slice of the frittata I made topped with avocado and a side of strawberries.

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I had a bunch of appointments all throughout the morning, but being busy never keeps me from eating.  For lunch I had a sweet potato topped with a bruschetta of sorts, smoked salmon and a salad.

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Off to more appointments in the afternoon, coach came with me😉  When we got home he got to cooking and whipped up a little spicy zucchini noodle shrimp dish.  It was delicious!

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There were a few snacks here and there (watermelon and sweet potato wedges), but all in all I tried to fill up during the meals and avoid the snacks.  All in all day one felt filling and delicious, no deprivation other than that donut moment (but I guess it’s not deprivation when you don’t need it).

Day 2 – nut milk & work

I’m not going to flood you with pictures of my every meal, but I will share the highlights, or at least what I think are the highlights.

I had some almonds soaking in the fridge over night so in the morning I made almond milk – if you follow me on Instagram then you already saw this photo @nicolettaful (it literally took 5 minutes, I may do a post on how to make it).

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Lunch at work consisted of a tuna protein salad, sweet potato wedges (I prepped soooooo many of these, best.choice.ever.) and watermelon.  This was my first day at work on the program and  it went really well.  Because the program recommends that you don’t snack between meals (which I usually do a lot) I drank a ton of water, plus this lunch filled me right up, so I wasn’t super hungry.

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Day 3 – Dave’s birthday

No creative meals to report, though I have to give myself props on two accounts.  1. I went to get a donut for Dave as a birthday treat and I did NOT cave!!  I know what you’re thinking, “it’s only day 3 Nicole?”  But the temptation for donuts is strong! PS if you’re in the OC go.to.sidecar!! That is, if you’re not doing the Whole30. haha

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2. A girlfriend at work had her bridal shower and there were donuts, mini cakes, and fruit.  I ate fruit.  BOOM!

Day 4 – Salmon jerky & Cauliflower mash

Feeling really good about all the yummy eats I’ve had thus far, and man does my tum tum feel great!   I recently added this jerky to the mix and it has been super delicious.

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Coach and I decided that I made one of the best vegetable dishes ever.  The recipe is from the “Whole30” recipes, and it’s called “Cauliflower Mash.”  Due to copyright stuff I can’t share it on the blog, but I’ve seen millions of ‘cauliflower mashed potato’ recipes on pinterest.  The flavor was so delicious!

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Coach did a pretty good job on that salmon too!

Day 5 – Coach is in!

It’s official, I’ve enrolled coach, he’s doing the Whole30 with me!!!!  He’s mostly doing it to support me, but he says if he can recover faster from his runs then he’s excited.

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Portobello-cauliflower-fried-rice for the win!

So that’s my recap on my first five days of Whole30.  It hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be.  I kind of think our eating habits were 75% of the way there anyway.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything we’ve made thus far, and I was pleasantly surprised with how easy making nut milk can be!  The only struggle we’ve come up against is that we enjoy going out to dinner on date nights and I can’t seem to find somewhere that has a menu that’s accommodating (and better than something we can make at home).  I’ll have to report back on how that goes.

Be well.

 

 

 

I’m Trying Whole 30

I haven’t shared on the blog about the many digestive difficulties I’ve had throughout my life.  This is mostly because I hate when people talk about their ‘food issues’/intolerances when it hasn’t been asked for.  But, as this is such a big part of my life, and ultimately a major health issue I’m going through right now I thought I would divulge.

It all started when I was really little.

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Okay, younger than that, but you get the picture (also, shout out to my cousin Kate to my left)!

When I was a baby my mom would feed me and directly following I would cry and cry and cry.  I won’t go into too many details, but since then my life has been fraught with digestive upset leading to nights of severe pain and difficulty sleeping.  At certain points in my life I could pinpoint the upset to dairy, but as time has gone on there is no clear connection.  I’m still trying to get to the root of many of these problems, and one way was to test for allergies.  I’m happy that there seems to be more money allocated to research in digestive sciences, but in all actuality it’s still not great.  There are blood tests for allergies, but they often provide false positives.  Doctors have what are called “food challenges” and those have been found to be fairly accurate when identifying allergies and intolerances. The challenges consist of ingesting the food that your concerned there is an allergy or intolerance toward and if there is no reaction, gradually increase the amount, if there is no reaction you are declared allergy-free.

Now graduate school created in me some OCD and scientific tendencies that lead me to do certain things in my life with as much structure as possible.  Because I see the flaws in the ‘food challenge’ described above, predominately the fact that you may have ingested other foods recently which could be causing the reaction, I have decided to embark on a more structured ‘food challenge.’  After much research, the Whole30 is the way I’ve decided to go.

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I purchased the book this weekend and it has been so interesting, I’ve had a hard time putting it down.  In essence, for the next 30 days I will be eating whole foods consisting of vegetables, fruits, fats and proteins.  The idea (for me) is to rid my system of foods that I may be intolerant/allergic to, and the ten days following the program I will systematically re-introduce foods that are often associated with allergies/intolerances (e.g., legumes, dairy, gluten-free grains, grains containing gluten).  In all honesty I’m hoping to determine that it’s food related, because the other options don’t seem great:/

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I’m in the process of ruling out any major ailments through medical procedures, but I know that if there is something medically wrong, then the Whole30 won’t hurt.

I’ve already done some food prep from the Whole30 book, I made my own ketchup and mayo, as well as a frittata (recipe to come).

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I do feel a little nervous/excited.  I’m nervous because I’m very much a moderator, and I love occasional treats….donuts:)  Whenever I withhold food I’m taken back to a bad time in my life when I had disordered eating.  Because of this I’m going to proceed with caution and analyze only to a point that is enjoyable and rewarding.  I am very excited as well because I feel the Whole30 staples are in line with many of the foods I already enjoy eating.

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My goal is to do weekly recaps on the blog, both to assess my progress (specifically how my stomach is feeling) and to maintain some accountability.  I also plan to share some of the recipes that I create during the program.  Hope you enjoy!

Be well.

 

Take Advantage of Where You Live.

Dave and I woke up one Saturday morning a bit on the early side (we don’t have children yet, so waking at 7:30am on a Saturday is early for us), looked at each other and I said, “you wanna go to San Diego?” Because he’s always up for an adventure, Dave said “yes!”  That aspect of where we live is so awesome, it’s an hour south to San Diego, an hour north to Los Angeles, and an hour east to Palm Springs.   We hurriedly got dressed, walked/fed the dogs, jumped in the car and were off.  It’s pretty rare that we haven’t made plans, so I try to relish these moments when we can be spontaneous and go on a random day trip.

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The first stop was for food, we went to a place that I’d seen on another blog before called “Snooze an AM Eatery.”  I completely forgot to take pictures, and honestly I’m not super upset by that.  I found a hair in my burrito, which was a major bummer.  At this point I don’t even remember how it tasted and it just grosses me out to think about it.  Dave reports that his was tasty, but really heavy.   As I’m sure you could have guessed we won’t be going back.

We wanted to pick up a donut before we headed to our destination, but the donut bar was sold out!  They were super nice and gave us a coupon for a free donut so we’ll totally be back.  I hear their donuts are off the hook!  Then we off to explore the area near the San Diego zoo called “Balboa park,” and I’m soooooo glad we did (at first I wanted to go to the zoo because I love how amazing and progressive the San Diego zoo is, but we were just there a little while ago so Dave convinced me otherwise).  The first spot we scoped out was called the “Spanish Village Art Center,” and it was super beautiful.

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The ground is painted in this cool way, and it’s surrounded by cute little art shops.  I don’t know why, but I never feel grown up enough to go into art shops.  Maybe one day😛

I can see why San Diego would be the place to be if you were an artist.  Dave was telling me that his uncle Jeff’s mom sold her art in this village.

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After exploring the art village we decided to check out more of the park.  I can’t even describe how cool it is, there is so much to see.  Some of the places you have to pay to get into (like the natural history museum), but a lot of the stuff is free.  There was this really neat botanical building.  I’ll start with a picture of the outside, which reminded me of Jurassic Park.

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This picture doesn’t do the size of it justice.  It felt like I was transported back in time, because you really don’t see buildings like this made of wood anymore.  Inside the ceiling felt so massive, and beautiful!

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It’s been amazing being able to explore a completely different kind of nature and climate than the one I’ve been used to my whole life.  The PNW is full of evergreens, pine trees, and moss is everywhere; down here it’s more tropical with (obviously) palm trees everywhere.

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The smells in this building were amazing!

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I wish I would have snagged a few more shots of the area surrounding all the different buildings.  You can tell that the landscape is really well taken care of, and there were a ton of people there so it seemed like a really popular spot.

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Some of the architecture reminded me of Spain, it was  just so beautiful!

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And some was scary! (San Diego doing it’s part by not having water coming out the mouth, or having their water fountains active, bonus points for water conservation).

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I can’t get enough of Spanish tiles, I want it in my house!

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Dave and his elephant friend!

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After we had explored all the free stuff we decided to pick a museum to check out, we settled on the natural history museum because it looked amazing on the outside and the inside didn’t disappoint.

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All in all it was a really fun day of exploration!  San Diego has always been this city that my heart has longed for, but I’ve never really spent an extensive amount of time there.  Now we have to go back, I mean we have a coupon for a free donut!!!!!  Hope you have an adventure this weekend.

Be well!

 

As I Sit Here Missing Seattle

I can’t help but think of one of our favorite places to eat there, the Korean Tofu House.  It combines two of my favorite things about a good food spot, cheap and delicious! In fact so much so that I included in my 10 inexpensive date ideas post.  Now, it’s definitely been too long since we’ve been there, but reminiscing about it might help me fill that void!  Or just long for that tasty delicious goodness!!!

It’s located right off the Ave, and for those of you who know Seattle you know that’s college student central.  I personally love being around it, takes me back to my scholarly days.  The restaurant itself is just what you would expect of a cheap quirky University area Korean place, and it’s UH-mazing!

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Always good company❤

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Before every meal you will receive Banchan, which translates to ‘side dish,’ but I always think of it as an appetizer and it’s delicious!  I especially love the potato, kimchi, fish cake, and Korean pancake….okay, I guess I like it all! Haha.  The cool thing is that it often changes, so you never know what you’re gonna get….Omnomnomnomnom.

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Dave and I both get the Bibimbap frequently, I usually get mine with tofu (this place is pretty great about any substitutions you may need/want).  This dish is served in a stone dish that is extremely hot (Seriously. No touching), and before you eat it you are suppose to stir all that yummy goodness together.  As you are stirring the raw egg in the middle cooks, everything becomes evenly dispersed, and the rice gets crispy and delicious!

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Dave likes to put his gochujang (savory, spicy, fermented sauce) on before he mixes it, this makes for equal distribution of taste and some have said leads to flavorgasms.

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Now, Tteokbokki (say what?) is one of my favorite FAVORITE dishes!   It’s made of rice cakes, fish cakes, and that yummy red sauce, gochujang!  This restaurant usually serves this dish with meat, but again they are very flexible.

Now I’m not sure if this post actually satisfied anything in me or created a deeper craving.  Either way I hope you enjoyed it!

Be well.

Girl’s Weekend…Errr Actually Jill’s Weekend

This weekend was the #2ndgirlsweekendpalmsprings (longest hashtag ever…we couldn’t figure our shit out), and it was simply the best!

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Abby was having a really good time😉  I laughed so hard this weekend, if I had slightly worse bladder control, I would have peed myself multiple times.

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Jill has been such a good friend, and when I decided I wanted to post about this weekend it reminded me that I didn’t do a post on her visit back in October.  My OCD just won’t allow that…

In October these two lovely ladies came to see me and it was everything!

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We started our weekend off the right way….with donuts, and it’s safe to say that Ilee was happy!

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Then Charlie needed a cuddle.

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After Charlie was sufficiently cuddled we headed to the pool.

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The next day we took the ladies down to the Los Rios Historic District of San Juan Capistrano.  One of my favorite areas!  When we first moved down here I spent so much time at Hidden House Coffee shop.

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Ilee is sooooo adorable!

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Dave and I got such a kick out of her.

DSC_0031.JPGAfter exploring the area, we headed to San Clemente for some Pizza Port, beer+pizza=THE BEST!

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Then it was time for the beach.  I think Dave really loves taking friends and family to San Onofre because it means so much to him.  It’s where his dad taught him to surf, and he has so many fond memories.

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I love surf culture, I haven’t met a mean surfer.

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Ilee fell asleep before we even got there, look at this little bean!

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Jill and I jumped in to boogie board while Dave watched over a sleeping Ilee.

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When she woke up we took advantage of her excitement and had ourselves a pretty good time.

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Alright, maybe I was the one who was extremely excited (if you couldn’t tell by that face)!

#Beautifulladies

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I mean, look at this face.

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Such a good time at the beach with a few of my favorites!  I’m so glad I’ve gotten to share so many special moments at this beach with Dave and friends!

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The next day was their last day😦 but we were able to grab brunch and walk around Newport Beach before they headed out.  When we were about to leave I caught Dave and Ilee swapping stories….pretty adorable!

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I love these girls, and I’m so glad that they came down to visit!!!!  I can’t wait until the next visit (…Disneyland???)

Love you Jill & Ilee!

Be well.

 

 

Friday Favorites

“It’s Friday night, and the mood is right!  Gonna have some fun, show you how it’s done, TGIF!!!” — that just turned into a Friday flashback, but seriously who else misses Balki, Michelle Tanner, and the Dinosaurs?!?!

Well because it’s Friday I thought I’d share with you some of my most recent favorite things, here goes:

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1.) Rock climbing – Dave and I took a break from our gym in Seattle when we were saving for the wedding (plus the vibe at our gym in Seattle changed a bit and we weren’t feeling it), but lately it’s been calling to me.  We got a membership at a gym down here and we are super happy with it, in the last week we’ve been 4 times.  (picture source)

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2.) Kettlebells – the climbing gym has kettlebells!!! The gym at our apartment doesn’t have kettlebells, so I haven’t been able to use them since I was in Seattle.  I did this workout yesterday and I was a sweaty happy mess!! Next up is this one. (picture source)

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3.) Stop, Breathe, & Think App– I’ve always had an underlying love of meditation, especially after taking yoga nidra, a guided meditation class, some 5 years ago.  I haven’t ever committed to continuous practice though, and I realized it’s because I’ve been trying to fly solo and really I benefit from it being guided.  After taking the psychology of happiness course (I promise more recaps on that soon) and seeing all the evidence surrounding the benefits of meditation I’ve had my mind on setting up a regular practice.   That’s where this app comes in, you start by taking a deep breath and “checking” in with how you feel physically and mentally.  After your check in they suggest different meditations to try (from “body scan” to “gratitude”).  They are wonderful, I especially like the “change” meditation.  I even purchased a couple extras, including “sleep.”  It has really helped me to slow my mind down before bed, and the other day Dave was a little upset and he tried the “change” meditation and afterwards he said he felt way better.

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4.) Meditation spot – to go along with #3, I felt like I needed a special place to do my meditations.  I set up these Buddhas and candle and when I start my session I light the candle it definitely sets the mood….for meditation that is ;P

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5.) Old journals – I’ve been going through my journals from young childhood all the way up to my early twenties and it has been such a wonderful blast from the past.  I’m realizing that my blog/instagram/facebook are my new age ‘scrapbook.’  In the journals I’ve seen pictures (which now end up on instagram/blog), narratives about what was going on in my life (now on the blog), and music lyrics (my friends may not like it but I’m always posting lyrics on facebook).  Making scrapbooks was always a cathartic activity though, and I often think about getting back into it, maybe one day.

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6.) Coloring – I bought this at Fireworks Gallery (love that store) in the Seattle airport for the flight back to LA.  In addition to passing the time on the flight, it’s been such a relaxing thing to do when I’m waiting for appointments or watching Dave surf (it’s been a scootch to cold for me to go in, I know, I’m a weenie).

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7.) Seeing this little guy when I’m baking/cooking.  For some reason he loves to go between peoples legs when they’re standing, and it’s so adorable.  You would assume it was to catch food, and I’m sure that’s part of it, but he does it in the morning when I’m standing in the closet picking out my clothes too.

Well that’s it for this Friday, have a good weekend!

Be well.

 

 

Christmas 2015

I love Sundays!  Even though the work week is looming and that means I’ll get less time chillin’ with the husband, it also means a day of decompressing guilt free.  I’ve also been trying to use my Sundays to do meal planning so there’s less frantic assembling during the work week.  Today I’m prepping a polenta lasagna and cutting up vegetables for a home style salad bar.

I wanted to recap on some of the holiday happenings from this Christmas.  I get more and more excited about these recap posts ever since taking that happiness course.  One of the exercises proven to increase happiness and decrease stress is to reflect on photos of happy moments, and after I’ve completed these posts I do feel great!   I think there may be a correlation with posting happy photos on social media as well, I’d love to see research on that.

We started our trip with an early morning flight, Dave and I headed back up to my homeland to visit my family.  We had such a good time, but man did that week fly by.  We flew with the animals, and although I felt like Oliver should have been so happy to be with us in the cabin he was pretty much freaked out the entire time.

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Charlie was in cargo, I just had to not think about him because I know that old man was nervous the whole time.  All in all I would fly with them again, especially if the trip is over a week and dog friendly.  It ends up being less than a sitter and I LOVE having my little dudes with me whenever I can.

We were very excited to see nonna!

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The gentleman in the background is my zio Antonio, he’s my nonno’s brother.  It’s so nice to visit him and his wife; Dave loves the glimpse into my background and I love seeing someone who reminds me a lot of my nonno.

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You can’t get away from their house without feeling full and a little drunk.  I hope that’s how people feel about my place:)  *oh, Daniel*

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Zio makes his own wine, and this year it was out of this world.  I can’t even describe the flavor it had, unreal.

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He was very excited about this bottle, you pretty much grab it by the butt and boobs (censored terminology for the interwebs).

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“Ma, whatayagonnado?”

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Following the delicious wine, zio wanted Dave to experience some Italian beer.  Dave said it was crisp and refreshing, but more than anything it was fun to try beer from Italy.

After visiting with zio and zia we headed to my auntie Lauren’s house for dinner.

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We all got the grey memo:)

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My cousin’s daughter is so incredibly adorable!!  I just kept wondering if they made that outfit in my size.

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So many Christmas day memories in this house.  Also, did you catch nonna downing the wine?

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Proud parents with chez Lauren!  Her meal was fantastic!!!!

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I had the most adorable view during my dinner!

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My grandpa’s birthday is Christmas day, so we always have christmas/birthday combo celebration.  The gift he was opening was from a family friend, Rocco.

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It was a coffee mug with pictures of all of my grandparent’s six children (two of which are no longer with us anymore).  Everyone was pretty happy about the memories.  There was one for all of the aunts/uncles and my grandparents, very thoughtful!

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After dessert it was photo time and then we played heads up.  What a fun Christmas!!  Hope yours was filled with family and laughter too!

Be well!

 

 

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