MIMM #35: Yoga & Coffee Break.

Hello friends.

This weekend was filled with lots of yoga reading, Starbucks, relaxing and a dinner with the in-laws. What better place to read then the marvelous Starbucks.And some marvelous sweet greens on the way out?For dinner, went to downtown Lowell.And found this restaurant called Cobblestones. I must say it was quite marvelous, skinny baked fries always get me.It reminded me of the Franklin Cafe in Gloucester. Remember that place? So that’s my weekend in a nutshell. I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday, thanks for hosting!For those who are interested, I have a FREE challenge group happening on Facebook July 27th called “21 Days of Fitness.” It’s going to be a fun 21 days of accountability, fitness, nutrition and more.There will be a giveaway too. If you want in on the group, email me at NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com with your Facebook name – only a few spots left!

Question: How’s your summer going? Any exciting plans for the week ahead?

Thinking Out Loud #5: Halibut Point State Park

Good Thursday evening lovely people. Now I normally do morning posts, but today I worked early so I was unable to get my blogging on. After work, Patrick and I went to enjoy an afternoon at Halibut Point State Park. Remember when I went their last year? Unfortunately this time, there was still ice and snow everywhere. Oh New England.At least we had some pretty views.After the park, we stopped at Denny’s for some lunch. I had the Grand Slam with egg whites (and tomatoes), English muffin, whole wheat pancakes and sausage.I’m linking up with Amanda for this Thursday evening “thinking out loud.” Thanks for hosting! Hope everyone has a nice evening and wonderful Easter weekend!

Question: What’s your favorite park in your area [or anywhere]?

Are you a Denny’s fan?

WIAW #111: IIFYM!

Good day y’all!

Whoa. I think it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted a WIAW post, but here you go. As always, thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting.

This week I get into IIFYM; “If It Fits Your Macros.” I’ll also be sharing some pictures from this weekend’s brunch at Denny’s and the Topsfield fair that I went to with the manfriend, my mom and brother. Enjoy!13493-wiawfallintogoodhabitsbuttonLately I have been eating things I haven’t eaten in months or even years. From countless pizza nights, apple cider doughnuts, fudge, specialty coffee’s, milk chocolate… I can go on.Since my surgery, I guess you could say I “let go” of my bodybuilding diet. Not to say that I was dieting but my diet doesn’t consist of solely chicken, egg whites and broccoli anymore.

Although it still consists of plenty of coffee and Questbars. I’ll have a little extra fat here and there, I’ll eat a doughnut or two. As long as it fits my macros (IIFYM), I am okay. Now is this how I want to eat?

Not entirely. I like keeping things green and clean, but I will splurge on occasion, usually once a week.But my stomach hasn’t been the happiest, so I know I need to get back to my clean ways. I like the concept of fitting “bad for you foods” into your macros.

But truthfully, I find that to be useful on cheat days; to be able to meet your macros nutrients while eating that pizza or fudge. The majority of people (from my experience) who follow this, lack in the micronutrient aspect.For example, a 70 calorie piece of fudge isn’t going to give you the same nutrients as a 70 calories of an apple. Both have carbs from sugar but the apple is going to give you nutrients and also has some fiber.

If you are following IIFYM and take a vitamin supplement, then that does help get any micronutrients you may be missing.Personally, I like to get my nutrients from the foods I eat. Everyone has their preference. This week I am getting back to a little bit more of my “egg whites and chicken” meal prep.

Although it was fun to try IIFYM on a daily bases, I think using it for dine outs or trips really helps at least for myself. I like to follow an 80/20 rule, where the 20% “bad” comes in the form of chocolate or Starbucks lattes!This past Sunday I instructed my first spin class and it was a blast! It was fun to give a group of people a fun workout. Since I was first a personal trainer, I was use to the one-on-one setting. Now, I am quite enjoying group instructing. I am off to relax for the rest of the day. My quads are burning from lots o’ squats, spinning and walking from this past weekend.

Question: Do you prefer group exercise classes or doing your own working?

MIMM #2: Where Have I Been?

Happy Monday y’all!

Whoa I think it’s been about a week since I last posted but fear not! Today I will be posting my second Marvelous in My Monday Post brought to you by Katie at Healthy Diva Life! So where have I been? Marvelous is that I stepped out of my comfort zone and accepted a few positions at a fitness club where I will be a front desk coordinator, personal trainer and group exercise instructor! I will be teaching muscle conditioning, tabata and spin. I am very excited for the opportunity and for the longest time I have been looking for this. I wanted to find a place where I can do everything I am passionate about. A guess what? For their opening house in a couple of weeks I will be doing something called “Truffle Tuesday.” Y’all know I am the truffle queen and who doesn’t like a ball of chocolate goodness?Marvelous is taking the time to enjoy the mornings.Marvelous is giving in to cravings from time to time.And even more cravings like pumpkin fudge.Marvelous is messed up coffee orders that gives you two for the price of one.But overall? I am feeling marvelous. I’ve been working out less, but I find that my body is responding much better.

Marvelous is feeling leaner and not worrying over my macros as I did when I was doing heavy lifting and body building.

I think I finally found that balance of what truly is a “healthy lifestyle.” I may say I know what that means but in truth it’s something that we all need to find for ourselves.

Life is a journey and you should enjoy every step of the way.

Question: What’s a time that YOU stepped out of your comfort zone and it paid off?

Super Cross in Stage Fort Park

Amongst all things that were going on this weekend?

I went to the Super Cross cycling races in Gloucester. Although it was hot, it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I have never seen any kind of race before, so to see cyclocross with the manfriend’s dad was fun. We chatted about cyclocross over some homemade “pita bread” like wraps for lunch. Chicken, pesto and tomatoes. Delicious!He taught me about all the different types of cycling races and gave me a few different rider’s background. Even the amount of power it takes to be a cyclist. There are man obstacles in the course and you must be strong. Helen Wyman, British National Cyclocross Champion, won the women’s elite race, keeping first place nearly the entire time. Jeremy Powers, the US National Cyclocross Champion, won the men’s elite by a long shot!

Now today, Tuesday, we do it all over again and I can’t wait for a day off. Friday please come sooner! 

Question: Have you ever seen a race or participated in one?

Apple Picking, Pumpkins and a Hidden Park

Good morning everyone.

Yesterday the manfriend and I enjoyed a lovely day of apple picking, pumpkin carving and relaxation. We went to Brooksby Farm to go apple picking. This was my first time apple picking and I had a blast. Peach picking was my first picking of any. Before our adventure we ate some of their own apple cider dounts. My, oh my! My current favorite apples are golden delicious and I only found one good one. I just ate it for breakfast this morning and it was just right.We even found some apples growing oddly close together. As we kept wandering the farm (maybe a bit too far), we found a pumpkin patch and snagged one these bad boys for carving later. Before we left the farm, we hung out with this guy for a bit. Our stash.I looked for parks in the area because truthfully, I never explored Danvers for a park. I had been to parks in Salem, Rockport and Gloucester. We found Endicott Park, which was only five whole minutes from my house and it’s beautiful. We took our pumpkin and began the carve prep. Look familiar? None other then Jack Skellington himself as a tribute to Fall approach. We put a candle inside, lit it up and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Question: What’s your favorite thing about Fall? I love the pumpkins, the pumpkin EVERYTHING, temperature and the changing of the leaves.

Halibut State Point Park

This Labor Day weekend, I went to Halibut State Point Park to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. This was my first week back to working fulltime after not having worked since mid July due to my surgery. It was a bit stressful, but hopefully this week I can get back to it better. Going from zero work days to five is a big jump! Baby steps though, right?

He picked me up from work on Sunday and brought me a bunches of goodies. I swear, he knows me so well.Halibut State Point Park is one big quarry.With lots o’ rocks, of course.We also went to downtown Rockport. And enjoyed some icecream. You know what I got? Pumpkin of course. #pumpkinEVERYTHING! And also went to grab some grub at the Ninety-Nine.No day begins or ends without some delicious coffee. Pumpkin spice anyone?Now that I had a little relaxing weekend, I am ready to tackle this work week.  Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Question:
What’s your favorite “pumpkin’d” treat? I am going to have to go with pumpkin lattes, icecream and fudge. Yeah.