My Thoughts On Health + Diet + Exercise.

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Who Am I?

San Jose Native, blogger and aspiring public speaker for health and nutrition. I am a travel addict, healthy food fanatic, love to cook, lover of all things positive, sun chasing, perfectionist.

Quick Skinny Trick?

I don’t believe in dieting. I don’t diet nor do I count calories. I feel like both of those things are a crime. I think any weight loss should be a healthy process. It takes work, there is no easy way out and chances are if it’s easy it doesn’t last. I have been vegetarian by choice for about 5 years now and that has definitely transformed and played a role in my healthy lifestyle. I exercise about 4-5 times a week between running and circuit training. If you want results you have to put in the work.

Thoughts on working out/eating healthy?

I haven’t always been a workout fanatic. The key is simply starting. I remember when I could barely run 5 minutes on the treadmill. Day after day it was 10, 20, 30 minutes to have now completed my first half marathon earlier this year. Trust me when I say there are days that I am just tired or sore and don’t want to workout, but I know the reward in the end is truly fulfilling that I don’t want to miss it. All of my eating habits are things I genuinely enjoy and I think that is the key to success. Anything that is dreadful will never take priority.

If you are enjoying your workout you’ll do it more often. You’ll also do it happily and lets face it- there’s nothing that pepares you better for your day than positive energy.

Favorite Go To healthy food?

Easy question. I love fresh fruit, green smoothies from Whole Foods (THE BEST!) and raw veggies with hummus.

Motivation to stay in shape?

To feel good as well as look good. There once was a time that I was so uncomfortable with my weight and the way I looked and I will never go back to being lazy. It’s just as important if not more to take care of ourselves, get our mind in a state of gratitude and exercise/eat healthy as often as we can. There should be no excuses….Just Do it.

Favorite Natural Remedy?

Coconut oil.  It’s a great makeup remover, moisturizer and to put it simply a one stop shop.

Most important “being healthy” eating tip?

Try and stay away from foods with labels. You would be surprised how much less bloated and better you will feel immediately. Think this: Less processed, drink more water and eat local/organic.

Most important “being healthy” tip for exercise?

Set defined goals. Consistency. Make time. Get up and do it. No excuses. Baby steps are still steps that all add up.

Cheers. xo

Half Marthon Done & Done!

{Pre Race}

{Pre Race}

{After Shot- Don't know how I am standing!!}

{After Shot- Don’t know how I am standing!!}

Ladies and Gentleman- I am happy to report that my half marathon goal of about 2 years is finally complete! It seems like up until now this has been something I have wanted to accomplish but yet I always found a way to make it not happen.  I think it was mostly fear that I let build up in my head, telling myself I wasn’t capable of running this distance. I know for myself, anytime I get nervous or have doubt I want to just back out for fear that I might not succeed. For others, it’s different- if they tell you that you can’t you will do everything in your power to make sure that you do it and you hopefully do it well! I am learning this….slowly but surely. Up until the minute I crossed the start line I was freaking out thinking, “What if I can’t finish????” haha, I am so ridiculous! I started with a great pace and up until about mile 8- I was feeling pretty good. At mile 9-10 my hip flexers started to hurt and I just kept thinking how in the world am I going to finish 3 more miles? Luckily, 10 miles was the turn around so there was some hope- the way back always seems faster than the way up, right? I stopped for water a couple of times between 10-12 (big mistake). My legs were feeling so heavy, but not hamstring heavy, like hip flexer heavy. If you run long distance you know what I am talking about. At mile 12- the last time I stopped was the hardest to get going because my legs just froze. It felt like I was carrying a sand bag on each leg for the entire last mile. My music was blasting but my mind was trippin out- thinking how the hell am I going to finish this last half mile! I kept running, encouraging people to keep going if they were walking because we were right there. THEN, I had to stop and walk again because I had nothing left, literally. There was a man about 50 years old that ran by and said, “let’s go, you’re almost there” and I looked at him practically wanting to cry and told myself it’s 2 more minutes of your life!!!!!!!! I started running again for the last quarter mile (completely power of the mind) and crossed the finish line. I finished with a time of 2:10. 

This experience was nothing short of life changing. Not just because I ran 13.1 miles, but because I had no clue how I was going to push through the last 3 miles muchless mile 12. My body was aching- but I just kept saying (as cheesy as it sounds) you can do it- you got this….JUST KEEP GOING! There is no way in hell I would have been able to finish if I didn’t train at all, and now I know next time to run up to 13 and not just 10! The last mile is no joke- your body is in another land and your mind has to be there to tell yourself that you can make it. The man who passsed me and encouraged me to keep going must have been an angel, because I felt like with that little bit of encouragement I HAD to keep running. Another reminder that you never know the impact you’re going to have on someone else’s life. Two days later and I am still completely sore, but I am so happy I did it and can officially say that I have finished my FIRST half marathon. Let the bucket list items continue to check off for 2013.

Running On My Mind

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Next Sunday, (Superbowl Sunday) I will be running my first half marathon in SF. I attempted to sign up once before (last year) but sprained my ankle weeks before so wasn’t able to run the race. This time- I am ready! I have been training for the last couple of weeks and feel like between FNS and the increased running I have been eating everything in sight (no joke). Lucky for me, I am not really a snack buyer so I am not resorting to unhealthy food. I have been juicing more, making more smoothies with protein powder and cooking in between when I have time…it seems to be helping with my appetite. With the race 9 days away, I will complete a few more short runs and take it easy this weekend. Now I just need to find a cute new top and light jacket for the race. This is probably my favorite part of running a race haha. Lululemon- here I come. Tomorrow, I will be juicing for my fitness friends in hopes that anyone who house doubts of the taste or benefits will be enlightened and incorporate juicing into their diet. Can’t wait for this. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Vision Without Action is Day Dream.

This weekend a girlfriend of mine and I took a little time to make a vision board. I used the magazines that just collect and put them to use. A vision board is a simple yet powerful visualization tool that activates the universal law of attraction to begin manifesting your dreams into reality. How many times do you think of something, forget, and then months down the road wished you would have wrote it down/completed something you dreamt about. This board can contain ideas from goals that you have set, or see in the future with the intention that these ideas are put to work.

My board included the following:

1. The year of the DO.

2. My passion is to spread why being healthy is important across America.

3. I want to love everyone in my life amazingly.

4. Trust my gut.

5. Get better on track w/ finance and saving.

6. Possibly move to NY.

7. Creating a perfect balance between work, relationship, school, working out etc.

8. Continue to workout and test my body in ways I never knew possible.

9. Not gossip about others (We are all guilty.) What is the point?

10. Have fun and be myself + Not worry about what others think.

I could have probably done 10 more boards.  You don’t realize how much your information your head can hold until you try to express it and the space just isn’t big enough. I encourage you to make a vision board. Mabe it’s not about health and working out, but it could involve being a better brother, sister, coworker, parent, friend or just a better you. Vision without action is day dream. It’s a new week- and almost a new year. Let’s try to be better in every aspect of our life. This doesn’t happen over night but rather day by day or pound by pound. While putting my vision to work- you all inspire me to be better every day.  Have a great Monday everyone.

Go Now and Live.

Go Now and Live.

I am embracing these words for some Friday inspiration. I feel like everything can seem to be going right and then all of a sudden something happens, or someone says something that might throw you off track. This can lead to questioning everything in your life: job, friends, purpose, relationships and everything in between. I know for myself writing down some key words that I am feeling when I am in contact with certain people can better help me understand whether they should be in my life- or if it’s time to move on. I read this quote the other day, “If you’re brave to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” It’s interesting how people can flow in an out of your life to teach you a little something. Sometimes you are rewarded with amazing friends who are unconditional and other times you gain everything that is needed from that person and move forward. Just know we all go through this from time to time! I am so ready for a new year and the new possibilities that lie ahead. Life is about learning and if you don’t choose to listen and learn…..it will teach you again and again! ( I am guilty of this!) “Keep your heart open, your head high and your spirit free.”

Hope you are having a fabulous Friday!

-Sarah

Themed Prints.

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If we are friends on Facebook, I am sure you have seen many posts full of motivating or funny e-cards that I come across and can’t help but share. My main goal for posting anything is to bring light to a situation and better connect with people while we are all living this busy and adventurous life together- and make it known that we all can relate to each other in some form or fashion. It’s funny how you can read something at just the perfect time that it relates to a situation you might be going through, or maybe have even overcome. It seems to be the case alot with me. It’s easy to say you know something already, instead of reading or listening to what someone has to say- and applying it to the now. I moved recently and am in the process of decorating my room. I just purchased this themed print from Happy Deliveries on Etsy and can’t wait to post when it arrives. You may have heard something a million times, but to the degree in which you process might be different each time. Never understimate how the power of a few words can change your life( if you allow it). Happy Deliveries has lots of cool prints so if you have a chance check it out!

With that said…

Believe it can be done. (If you don’t believe, who will believe in you.)

Happy Birthday To ME!

{28 Never Felt So Good}

Wowee, where has the time gone! Today marks my 28th birthday….Officially midway through my late twenties. It’s funny how you can turn another year older and still feel the same. I am happy to report that with turning 28 I have never felt better in all areas of my life than I do today. I have experienced a couple of “Aha” moments this year- the most important one came while attending a conference where Wayne Dyer spoke about reaching beyond something ordinary. This conference changed my life. I believe ever year you become a litter smarter and stronger in your beliefs- but this year was the most profound to date. I figured out that no one can fix your life for you. You need to set out consciously to do it for yourself. You must trust what you know in your bones to be true- that your body is your ally and that it will always point you in the direction you need to go next. There is only one of us here: What we give to others, we give to ourselves. What we withold from others, we withold from ourselves. At any moment, when we choose fear instead of love, we deny ourselves the experience of Paradise.

Earlier this year I was introduced to the most amazing group of like minded people at FNS who encourage me everytime I work out that I can be better than I ever thought possible. This has taught me so much more than just doing a pushup- but to actually believe that I can do something I am scared of and reep the rewards of hard work. This is applicable to every area of my life. We all know the ways we excel, and I am ready to make the things I can improve on much better than they are.  I enjoy having the opportunity to voice my thoughts about life, health/nutrition and all the other stuff I ramble about through my blog and hear my friends tell me they DO read what I have to say. I am living my passion, and am grateful to be able to be happy most of all while doing it. Thank you for thinking of me today….Cheers to another year, if it’s better than this I can’t wait!

What’s Your Healthy Darrin Domingo?

{Darrin Domingo}

{What Drives you to be Healthy?}

Both of my parents have had cancer.  My mom’s father died of emphysema and my dad’s dad died from cancer.  I always told myself that if i get cancer, or have a heart attack…it will NOT be my fault.  I know the secret to living a healthy life; eat healthy the majority of the time and work out consistently hard.  Aren’t I a genius?? Not really.  I’m just not lazy like others choose to be and then they ask why they’re overweight or why they’re unhealthy.  What you put into your body is YOUR choice.  Whether or not you wake up and put in the effort everyday to exercise is YOUR choice. I personally choose to be healthy and then I get of my ass and do something about it.

4 Healthy Snacks:

{Sabra hummus w/ mini carrots}

*Protein and Fiber and it’s delicious.

{Organic Peanut Butter/ Wheat toast w/ Organic Wildflower Honey}

*Makes me feel like I’m cheating when I’m not.  It also reminds me of when I was a kid and would eat peanut butter every day.

{Hard Boiled Eggs}

*No nonsense protein. Always followed by some gum if im going to be engaging in conversation with other human beings.

{Zico chocolate Coconut Water}

*Zico chocolate Coconut Water +  Cytofuse Vanilla Protein Powder in a ‘blender bottle’ = ridiculously good.

Favorite Cheat Snacks…

{Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Or Pizza}

*Krispy Kream doughnuts or Pizza.  I’ll eat 6 donuts or 6 slices in a sitting without hesitation.  My cheat meals are on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Wednesday because I’m halfway there and I’m human & Saturday because I kicked so much ass all week and worked out like an animal every day, sometimes twice a day, and dammit I deserve every last unhealthy, fattening calorie and I will not apologize for it or hide it.

Favorite Recipe…

{Spinach & Potato Frittata}
I make this pretty much every single weekend for breakfast or some variation of it.

  • Handful of spinach
  • Cup of diced potato
  • 6 eggs
Saute spinach in olive oil, then throw in potatoes.  Brown the potatoes in the pan.  Meanwhile preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Whisk eggs in a separate bowl then pour into pan and spread out evenly.  Use salt and pepper to taste. Place entire pan into oven and bake until eggs are fluffy.

Thank you, Darrin!

What I love about Me: Nicole McAleavey.

{Tell us something you love about yourself.}

I love my dedication and follow through. Whether it was by studying dance for 10 + years and achieving my optimal artistic expression (well optimal at that time, as we are always growing) or venturing more recently into a new nursing career path, when I put my mind to something I do it, and with all of my heart.

{ What is your favorite physical feature?}

My favorite physical feature is my smile. Nothing quite compares to how a genuine smile makes not only other people feel, but the person who is smiling as well.  I am talking about the kind of smile felt from the inside and then radiates out.

{What is something you used to dislike about yourself that you have now come to appreciate?}

I used to dislike my butt. Like most pre-pubescent girls, body image was not really on my radar and I pretty much ate whatever I wanted.  As I entered 8th grade, so did my newly acquired or should I say transformed rear. I can now honestly and thankfully say I am out of the “lets tie a sweater around my waist” phase and I will never have to buy padded booty jeans!

{What is your proudest accomplishment?}

Two of my proudest accomplishments thus far: being invited to join an eight member dance company and dance along side my mentors, and getting into every nursing school I applied to.

{Tell us about your style. What type of outfit do you feel the most like yourself in?}

My style ranges from boho to simple and classic with some great vintage finds. Lace and faux fur are some of my favorite textures and I love to throw in some bright colors/prints and of course jewelry…big jewelry girl.

{List your top three favorite things to do?}

Top 3 favorite things to do and in no particular order: workout/ be active outdoors, photography (or anything I can do to channel my artistic energy), and travel.

{What makes you the happiest?}

What makes me the happiest is knowing I may have helped make someone’s day just a little bit better. Whether it be by smiling at a stranger,offering a listening ear to a friend in need, or being the sounding board to a frustrated patient in the hospital, it’s the little things that can have the most profound effects.

{How do you find your motivation to workout?}

I find my motivation to work out in the knowing how I feel not only after my workout, but also during. There are those times when your fatigue level is high, but when you feel that chill and KEEP going, you have several realizations with yourself: You are stronger than you think you are and your growth potential is limitless. The euphoria and energy I get post workout and through the rest of the day is addictive and keeps me coming back for more. And last, but certainly not least, being a part of a supportive fitness community has played an essential role, so thank you to all of the team and members of FNS!

{How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle between work, school, family, social life etc.?}

For me a healthy lifestyle is one of balance, however to play hard most of us have to work hard which doesn’t always leave a lot of time for other things. With that said, we make time for the things that are important to us. Now that school has begun, maintaining this balance will be challenging at times but not impossible. It is about prioritization and time management. The better I manage my time the more of my time I have to fill with family, friends, and other hobbies. In turn, I am happier and being in the right state of mind I am able to work harder. It is like a big feedback loop; manage time, have more time for family, friends/”me”, I feel balanced, I work harder!

{What is your main goal you are reaching towards in the next 6 months?}

Right now, my main priority is launching my nursing career and in the next six months be the best nursing student I can be.

What I love about Me: Megan Wirth

{Tell us something you love about yourself.}

My attitude to win. Ever since I was a young chap on the softball field, it has been drilled into me that winning is the most desirable end point anyone could ever work towards. Although “winning” looks different for me now than it did when I was whipping the softball around the field years ago, my desire to work hard, to achieve the biggest and scariest things, and to play with the seemingly insurmountable odds is something that I absolutely love about myself. Although success in every situation isn’t always achieved in the way I visualize it, I do know that I bring everything I’ve got up to the plate for that burning desire to win is fueling me at the core.

{What is your favorite physical feature?}

I really love my nose, and my nose ring (although not biologically natural). Those two things, remind me of one of my earliest memories of hard work and accomplishment. When I was fourteen, I begged my parents to get my nose pierced, and after a indomitable effort by my parents, we struck a deal: if I was able to pitch a perfect game against the next team we played against, I would be able to get my adorned piercing. Well, I learned at a very early age that we should all be so very careful what we put out in the universe because the next game, I came collecting after a perfect game against Oak Grove’s Varsity softball team (as a sophomore).

{What is something you used to dislike about yourself that you have now come to appreciate?}

Many would think that my sixty extra pounds I used to carry would be the “something” I would dislike about myself, however, my weight never affected me when I was growing up and it wasn’t until I allowed others words, approval, and actions affect me that I began to loathe the way I looked. Over the years, I have been in this dynamic struggle with approval: both with myself and others. From letting people in too soon, or not letting anyone really in at all, I have never been consistent with my own self in the sense of my own voice, feelings, and personally when in different relationships. Some can divert it back to self esteem issues due to my weight, but the confidence I have lacked in the past in my relationships is something that I used to literally hate about myself. From being taken advantage of to not putting even a morsel of myself into different relationships and becoming completely detached from the people around me, I have realized that my lack of a backbone has played a huge role in my own self-image. However, by recognizing that weakness and really learning through the trials and tribulations, I can now look back on the silent, closed off, and vulnerable person I once was and realize that the emptiness of a true self-esteem and self-image has aided me to grow into a woman who prides herself on her ability to take a stand for her word, her wants, her needs, and goes at it with both feet in the water in any given situation.

{What is your proudest accomplishment?}

Winning the 2005 CCS Championship at Archbishop Mitty. That season, we were a team filled of “nobody’s”, underclassman, and a brand new coach. However, unbenounced to everyone else, we did it seamlessly and with only one loss the entire season. Personally, I was a sophomore who pitched nearly every game that season and my record was fifteen wins and no losses as a pitcher with a batting average above three hundred for the entire season. After striking the last batter out that game and realizing what had just happened, everything went silent, and for that one moment, I was basking in a moment of glory, shock, and euphoria. For that split second (which was broken by my catcher running to me and picking me up in joy): nothing mattered. I realized what hard work, motivation, perseverance, and dedication to something bigger than yourself looks like because that moment (that entire season) embodied every single aspect of those attributes. That was the moment I was able to put actions to the word accountability, could put a promise to the word commitment, and started a relationship with my personal best.

{Tell us about your style. What type of outfit do you feel the most like yourself in?}

Although the majority of the time you’ll see my in my lululemon attire (wunder under crops, power y tank in some kind of vibrant color), Rainbow sandals, and a messy bun, my ultimate favorite look is as follows: colorful shorts, loose and flowy top accented by a colorful bando or bra, wedges, and a thick, beady necklace with my hair down and curly. This is my favorite (and often seen) outfit if I am not rocking the everyday workout look wink.

{List your top three favorite things to do?}
1. Workout (whether this is running, FNS, walking, yoga)
2. Vision boarding and goal coaching
3. Crossing a finish line at a race

{What makes you the happiest?}

I am happiest when visualizing my future. Yes, time is of the essence and the present (for lack of a better cliche) is a gift, but I love seeing and knowing where I am going. With the amount that I vision board, revisit my goals, and check in with myself, I get butterflies knowing that everything the universe is giving me right now are all stepping stones, hurdles, and circles of fire to get me to wherever I am meant to be. I get wrapped up thinking about my babies running around my home with my handsome husband walking through the door after his long day at work. I get exhausted thinking about the amount of meetings I have in hopes to make a difference with my life’s work. I find myself at peace knowing that everything is happening for a reason and I am the luckiest girl alive.

{How do you find your motivation to workout?}

My motivation is not gripped by the version of myself that was once sixty pounds heavier, but liberated from the chains of excuses I had for eighteen years of never really having a grasp of my health. On July 6, 2006, I was given a choice of leading the life I was, or taking on a new lifestyle that would make such drastic but positive changes. On July 6, 2006, tapped into that relationship with my personal best, with the power of commitment, and realized I was worth my best health and no one was going to get me there, but myself. So, my motivation lies vested in that promise to myself six years ago: to never go back and that I was and still AM worth it.

{How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle between work, school, family, social life etc.?}

Piggy-backing off of the last question regarding my motivation to workout, I find myself maintaining this lifestyle because, I want to. Anybody has the power of choice and if you want ANYTHING badly enough, you WILL get it and you WILL achieve it. Has this been easy? No. Have there been more instances of struggle and hard work than smooth sailing? Absolutely. However, this lifestyle, as crazy as it comes across, has given me a life I didn’t have for eighteen years. That’s enough to keep me on the path of no return, and for me, makes everything justifiable because at the end of the day, all we have is ourselves and without our health, what’s left?

{What is your main goal you are reaching towards in the next 6 months?}

In six months I want to be teaching yoga to children in local elementary schools. On August 20th, I start a whole new chapter of my life with the non profit Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, where I will be going into local elementary schools and bringing health and fitness into little girl’s lives, that may otherwise never have that kind of opportunity. This is the power of one’s lifework. I want to be held accountable that with every day I make myself better, I am bettering the lives of those around me (whether less fortunate or not). We are a part of a society where the power of plenty surmount anything, and who would I be if I held onto all of my vigor for life and never attempted to share it with those around me. So for the next sixth months, I am going to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity I have with bringing health and fitness in children, continue to undergo yoga teacher training, make the necessary connections, but most of all, live each day creating and following through with my lifework.