A Thing for Bridges

 

If you follow me on instagram, you know how much I love the Triborough Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge (both in Queens.)

The photo below was taken two weeks ago when I was in Brooklyn to run a 5k.

I must admit the Verrazano Bridge is also a beauty.

 

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Tuesday Thoughts

Looks like I took another blog vacation.

What can I say? It’s Summer! :)

I’m enjoying every minute of it before we are back to being buried under snow again! If you follow my Wordless Wednesday posts, you can see the best shots from some of our latest adventures: the road trip to Atlantic City, 4th of July with friends, road trip to CT, and sunset cruise with Emily. (She posted here about the sunset cruise.) There are posts to be written from every one of those events. I will write them when the mood strikes. Right now the mood is to enjoy every moment of my favorite season.

On the health front, I have significantly cut down my carbs, chips, and sweets intake. With all the recent events, that seriously got out of control. I feel so much better reducing carbs. I often wonder if I have some sensitivity to them. It’s on my list of questions for the doc when I see her in the fall. I also recently bought the PiYo DVDs from Beachbody. I see tweets about it all the time and I was curious. I’ve done the fundamentals workout and the upper and lower body ones. I really like them. It’s a different workout from what I am use to. Challenging in a new way. Also two weeks ago I finished my first 5k this year. It was so much fun and I am enjoying running again. I’m still a slow runner but I don’t care. It’s fun and it gives me something to work towards improving. I need to register for another on in August so I can cross it off my list. :)

Until next time…I leave you with my favorite Summer quote! :)

Summer 2014

How is your Summer going? Share in the comments! :)

My Nail Secret

I have a secret to share.

My nails were always breaking and I could never get them to grow. I started to believe they were ruined because of the years of acrylic wrap and nail tips.

Then I found Delta Labs Hair, Skin and Nails!

As an ambassador I received the product for review (see review post here) and it has been a total game changer! :) My nails are finally growing! They are also stronger and healthier than they have ever been. You can see from the review post just how much my nails have changed.

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Disclosure: I am a Delta Labs Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own.

The Boardwalk

A little time away makes a world of difference.

The Boardwalk

Atlantic City, NJ

Weekly Workouts {7.13.14}

I was on vacation this week but  I walked a LOT! So much so I only got a chance to run once during the week. I did however complete my 5k race today. So happy! :) I definitely have the running bug again. One of my Summer Bucket List items is to run three races this Summer. One down and two more to go. I am already looking for a 5k to run in August.

Here are my Fitbit stats for the days I was away. Obviously we did not just relax by the beach…well maybe a little. #wycwyc especially when on vacation. :)

Monday: Travel day but still got to walk 5 miles.

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday: Travel day/ Rest day

Friday: Back home and went for a run at my local park.

c25k Week 6 Day 1 Astoria Park

Saturday: Rest day (I still walked 10,000 steps) :)

Sunday: Ran the 5k race in Brooklyn! :) It was awesome. I did have to do a run/walk. My goal was to finish under 48 minutes and not die! LOL :) Mission accomplished. I am only on week 6 of the c25k program but I felt I could complete the 5k with the training I had so far. I know my time and endurance will only get better.

July 5k Brooklyn

Next week I am starting a new eating plan based on a book I am reading. The first 14 days you eat a lot of protein and vegetables to reset your metabolism. I am still finishing the book so I will share my thoughts on the eating plan in a separate post. They do tell you to take it easy on your workouts during the first two weeks because you may feel a some low energy. I will see how I do and make any modifications as needed. I received my Piyo DVDs from Beachbody so I will definitely give this workout a try. Of course I will run on the weekend as well.

Hope you had a great week!

Share in the comments how your workouts went this week :)

Sunset in NYC

View from my friends balcony on 4th of July. Waiting for fireworks.

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Weekly Workouts {7.6.14}

Last week I challenged myself to complete five workouts.

Let’s see how I did?

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Wednesday

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Friday

This is probably the workout I am most proud of! I was at my mom’s house and I did not want to workout because it was a holiday. Then I saw a picture on Instagram from Truly Jess giving some Friday motivation. I had to go workout immediately! Thanks Jess! I ended up doing two days of the c25k program!

1st Run

 

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2nd Run

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Saturday and Sunday

More running!

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Weekly Calories Burned:

20140706-192316-69796068.jpg Wow! I met my goal to workout five times a week. It felt great but challenging. :) Next week I will have a different schedule and I am preparing to run a 5k on Sunday. My goal is to run at least three days during the week and complete my 5k on Sunday, 7/13!

How was your workouts this week? Share in the comments! :)

Blue

…as far as the eye can see!

Sometimes I think I want to be a photographer…ah, dreams!

Blue

Summer 2014 Bucket List

Happy 1st of July!

It’s the midway point of the year. I can’t believe it’s here already. Usually at this time I like to reflect on the first six months of the year. I even started writing a post but half way through I realize this personal reflection really belongs my personal journal. I’d much rather write my thoughts down.

So instead today I am going to share my “bucket list” for Summer 2014.

Summer 2014 Bucket List

I did this last year but only crossed off two things on the list. Life happens. It almost discouraged me from posting my list this year. Almost. :)

This year I decided to make the list more specific. I even added some health goals like the 5k’s and the workout program to the list. I’m excited to see how much I complete but more importantly enjoy this Summer.

Do you have a Summer Bucket List? Share in the comments! :)

Motivation Monday

I found this quote back in May. Not sure where I got it but it stayed with me from the moment I saw it. This is a problem I’ve struggled with – perfectionism. Growing up I remember being told, “Do it right or don’t do it at all.” This could have been related to something like playing sports, which I sucked at on so many levels. LOL! My dad wanted me to play basketball in grammar school but I hated everything about it – all the running, the uniform (yellow shirts, white shorts and knee-high socks -ick!) and the hoop was up so high. I’m so short. You get it  - I was a girly girl even in second grade, basketball was not my thing.

However this perfectionism idea stayed with me for a long time . In fact it has probably influenced other areas of my life. More than I care to admit here but now that I am aware of it, I handle it differently.

Perfectionism

After facing some very challenging things in my life, I know I stopped engaging if conditions where not right. I didn’t want to try anything if I could not be perfect at it or get it right the first time. This limited a lot of new experiences for me and in the long run made me sad. I knew this had to stop. It actually took one person asking me this question:

“Is the only way you can be happy is to have this perfect scenario where you get X, Y and Z?”

My answer was, “No, of course not.”

Saying it out loud was mind-blowing and life changing. When he put the question in front of me it sounded so ridiculous if I said I could not be happy unless I got the perfect scenario I had created in my mind. Obviously when challenged I knew there was a better option. From that moment on, I have made a conscious effort to ignore my desire for perfection and just live.

I daresay life has been much more enjoyable since then. :)

Can you relate? Has the quest for perfectionism hindered your progress in area of life? Share your thoughts in the comments.