Hi all! I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite things from Friday. With the new year starting, there are a lot of NEW things happening in my life. Including a new business which entails business & networking meetings throughout the week. I’m not complaining though because I finally get a chance to wear some of the clothes that probably get dusty from hanging in my closet for so long.
Sometimes it’s nice to dress in business clothes instead of gym swag.
The New Year also brought on another decision to cut my hair! ahhhh. Honestly, this freaks me out. Every time I get on this kick to cut my hair, I chop it off & then go through a depression that I can’t have long waves anymore. BUT, I have to say that I am very happy with the results & feel more sophisticated with my new do!
Not only am I going through some pretty cool stuff this new year,
but a few of my favorite people are as well!
Meet my friend Jen.
(and the one on the right is my bittie girl sarah- who you’ve been introduced to before.)
Yesterday I surprised Jen at her first race of the year! Her goal is to run 12 races in 12 months. She has lost 90lbs to date and doesn’t plan on stopping there! The picture on the left was at Sarah’s first marathon over a year ago & the one on the right was from yesterday! The 3 of us ran a 5 mile race & cheered Jen all the way to the end of her first race of 2012! Jen is going to be sharing her inspirational story this week on the blog – so keep an eye out!
After the race we got lunch to #REFUEL at our favorite brewery!
I got the amazing lemon & garlic hummus plate and I asked for extra veggies instead of pita bread.
They were more than willing to accommodate my request & I may or may not have licked my entire plate clean.
This new year also added on another year to my boyfriends age! Mister Corey is now 23 years old (yes, I am a cougar who is 6 months older than he is) & he doesn’t let me forget it
Anyway, I treated him to a very nice birthday dinner last night at a local winery. Yup, a brewery & winery in the same day. Although, no beer was consumed at lunch, there WAS wine consumed at dinner! During the week I eat very clean but on the weekends I enjoy a nice glass of wine & a meal of something I usually don’t have during the week!
Corey (who is obviously used to his picture getting taken) #bloggerboyfriendproblems
got chicken marsala & a glass of a very good white wine.
My meal consisted of a salmon salad with asparagus, feta, & amazing dressing that I dumped all over the whole thing.
No fork dipping last night. I also had a nice glass of red wine!
Now, as you can see, I got salmon! We all know that I eat plant based about 95% of the time because it does wonders for my digestion, but every now & then I really enjoy some seafood! Seafood doesn’t seem to hurt my stomach like other animal proteins do. So, once and a while I enjoy seafood & love every bite! Hence my motto, #beTRUEtoYOU. As a whole, we all need to work on less judgment of others and more acceptance of everyone’s different preferences! It’s true, eating plant based has definitely changed my life, but if I can handle seafood & feta every now & then…why not? Especially if I enjoy it. Life is too short to live under a “label” of what you think you should do to make others happy.
One of my followers left a comment on my instagram picture last night asking (nicely) if I restrict myself from eating dessert since I commented under my picture saying that “we ordered him a nice Ice cream sundae”. The truth it, there were no gluten free options on the menu for dessert & as much as I can handle small amounts of cheeses (life feta & goat cheese), my stomach may not have been too happy with a big serving of ice cream.
That is not saying that I didn’t dig my finger into the dipping sauces & eat all of the strawberries,
because I definitely did that.
This brought up a good point that I want to reiterate. I do NOT restrict myself from food. I truly enjoy eating healthy & I absolutely love the way I feel when I eat healthy. For 10 years I have struggled with digestive issues. I am personally not able to go out once a week & eat a huge hamburger on a bun with french fries & a milkshake. Sure, I wouldn’t mind eating that…but my stomach sure would.
Everyone is so different & therefore can eat different things to make themselves & their bodies happy. I have found what is working for me, but I also know that I can personally handle eating seafood & some cheese every now & then without any pains. It’s when I “over-do” these food items where the problem happens.
I do not restrict myself at all…but I choose to eat healthy versions of my favorite foods because that’s what makes my insides feel best. I 100% believe in enjoying life & everything in moderation! Trust me. But, I personally don’t eat gluten containing foods or lots of dairy just because my stomach doesn’t function properly when that occurs.
I actually ended my night last night with some dark chocolate & home made trail mix because I always love having dessert & I snack on something every night!
I share my story honestly & don’t hide anything. Which is going to lead into an upcoming post this week. I’ve shared mostly everything about my struggles with digestion, competitions, food intolerances, allergies, & day to day stories. But, there is one thing that I’ve been through that I have yet to share. With this being a new year & me embarking on my new business journey – I truly feel it is the right time to open up about some anxieties I dealt with as a child & still deal with to this day. The other night I felt the need to share it, so I started typing into my notepad on my iPhone…my fingers really loved me after that one, ha!
In all seriousness, I do feel the time is right to open up & hopefully it will help others who may have or are still dealing with similar issues.
That will be coming up with week along with Jen’s amazing story!
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!
Do you believe in moderation?
Do you find that you “restrict” yourself from certain foods?