NYC Recap.

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IMG_2497First day back from NYC and I already can’t wait to get back there. Other than the fact that I was attacked by the first allergies in this history of my life the trip was amazing. Friday night Yahoo kicked off their “On the Road” tour and thanks to my cousin  I was able to see John Legend perform. I have seen him once before the last time I was in New York during an outdoor festival, but he only came out for one song. I was feet away while shooting that picture. I mean, how many concerts have you been to that you could just walk up and snap a pic? It was unreal. The following day I  had lunch at Mercer Kitchen in SOHO and did a little bit of shopping. Nothing beats the food in NYC. It’s fresh, it’s seasonal and it is SO good! Saturday night I met up with some good girlfriends for dinner and drinks, which then followed a sighting of Rihanna at the club  Yes, that’s right…Rihanna! We were about to leave and when we walked up the stairs we saw about 3 Black SUV’s which clearly meant she was headed in. We turned around only to be followed by her entourage. She walked RIGHT next to me while proceeding into the club. Only in NY would this happen! Sunday was Cinco De Mayo- so we did a day brunch and enjoyed the weather. The whole weekend was beautiful- sunshine and 70ish. If you have been to NYC you know that is perfect. But hey- when you’re in that city what is not to love?!! I will share more pics tomorrow. Hope you all have a blessed week and are thankful for the life you live.

 

 

NYC On My Mind.

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Love me some NYC. In about a week I will be heading out to the big city. This is a very impromptu trip, but I have decided those are the best kind of trips. Not quite enough time to think about the logistics of it. My cousin will be out there for work and kindly invited me to tag along. I also have two best friends who live in and near NYC, and another good friend who just spent the last 4 months traveling across the United States chasing the dream that we all aspire to live. That dream consisting of actually doing the things we want to do NOW instead of waiting until that right time. Is it ever the right time? It seems like some of us ( I am guilty) will be waiting until forever when it is the “right” time. I had an epiphany last week about my life and the direction that it is headed. Don’t be alarmed- that last sentence sounds sort of serious! Ha. I am completely happy with who I am, who I am becoming and how I am leading a life that will hopefully inspire others to make better choices with prevention and their personal health overall. Many times we get stuck in the same routine and our thought process day in and day out becomes our habit. This might be great if we are on the right track- or just the opposite if we are constantly surrounded by Debbie Downers. Let’s be honest, we all have a few of those in our life. My friend who recently made it to NYC did this with not a single dollar in his pocket.I know, crazy right? That’s what most would say- and well, I said the same thing when I heard the news that he was going to do this. When I thought about it some more, it really came down to the fact that I wished I could stop my entire routine and pick up and go. In reality, why can’t I? For fear that I won’t be making the right choice…or fear that people are going to judge me for not doing the “normal” things we are supposed to be doing? By this I mean getting married, career, and well for some having children. THIS is crazy. I think people get so wrapped up in chasing these things that they forget to fulfill their own personal goals. The more I think about it the more I realize I am in control of my life and choices no matter what they are. From here on out- if I am confident in my decision I am going to do it without the objectives of others. Forget everyone else. It’s my life and only I have to live it. So, back to my epiphany. I have been wanting to move to New York City for some time now- probably over a year or so. I went a couple of years ago and instantly felt like I needed to do it. Do it as in move. Some places we visit and are satisfied, others we visit and we want more. My favorite part about the city is that it is composed of people from all over the United States! Eclectic. That’s what comes to mind. It’s change, and most importantly a challenge. The thought of change alone freaks me out but with that I know comes growth and ability to adjust to a new situation. I have some exciting plans for my blog in the next couple of months- both personal and for my followers. I promise to start posting on a regular basis once my classes are over. For now, biology and nutrition are taking over my life. In a week it’s NYC and then three weeks until summer. Can’t wait to share pictures upon my return.

Cheers. xo

 

Instaweek in Review

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Hello Tuesday! As I said in my last post it’s been a busy two weeks! Traveling to NY was definitely the highlight… Can’t wait to go back!! Sorry for those of you that follow my instagram, but here is the last week in review through pictures. A little preshopping for New York, my new favorite ice cream (yes I eat ice cream), a run through Central Park, seeing the Black Keys, John Legend AND Foo Fighters in Central Park (amazing), city view from a NY apt, obsessing over my camera with a glass of wine, and of course a jaunt through Wall Street! I can’t say enough how much I- L-O-V-E -N-Y-C! Let’s just say it’s back work, working out and getting around to some great DIY yourself holiday projects, recipes and snacks. More to come, stay tuned!

What I love about Me: Sarah Sotelo

{Tell us something you love about yourself}

I love that I have found my passion at an early age. I made a lifestyle change about 5 years ago and it has forever made me a better person. Little did I know that simply changing the way that I ate and lived life would make me feel better, lose weight, maintain a better attitude and allow myself to be an example for others. I love making a difference in other people’s lives as well as knowing that each person that enters mine is also teaching me some sort of greater lesson. I love that I can see beyond the platform in front of me and look toward the greater good. A happy and healthy lifestyle is a choice, and I am glad I have made the right one.

{What is your favorite physical feature?}

My favorite physical features are my eyes and smile. I think you can tell so much just by looking in someone’s eyes whether it’s truth, love, compassion, or even disappointment. Nothing spells out happiness better than the light in someone’s eyes and the joy in one’s smile.

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

I used to hate my body. I never did anything to make it better- I worked out only sometimes, ate like crap, drank too much and didn’t really care. I never understood how I didn’t look like the girls in the magazines (which I don’t want to now) and why I was never satisfied.  After a huge transition from college to the “real world” I have noticed a dramatic difference in my body. Like I said before, I made a lifestyle change that has only made me realize we are in full control of the way that we look and view ourselves. I became vegetarian, stopped blaming other people for the way I looked, started making exercise a priority and started forgiving things that have happened in my life and were not going to change the way I viewed my future unless I did. It is an incredible feeling to know that you are in charge of your behavior, and how you react to situations. In 9 years, I have transformed by body to now be completely comfortable who I am – without having to compare myself to others! I am comfortable. I am secure. I am nobody else but Me.

{What is your proudest accomplishment?}

My proudest accomplishment is finishing my Nutrition Education Program. I loved being surrounded by educated people who get it- and won’t settle for anything other than healthy living. I am grateful that this has put me in the direction of my future career. I am also grateful that I work hard and can travel and see other parts of the world.

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

I could live in Lululemon and my Nike Free shoes ALL day every day! (I pretty much do.) What’s wrong with that!? In real life I love to dress comfortable as well as classy. You won’t find me in heels too often because I am 5’8 and feel like I am tall enough! Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to be sexy- throw some heels on with a cute dress here and there, but on an average day, it’s flats, skinny’s, cute shirt with some jewels to finish off the outfit. I love getting ready, and feel that you should always try to look your best when you are in public! (This doesn’t count working out!! )

{List your top three favorite things to do?}

My favorite things to do in life are educate people on living a stronger, happier and motivated life without falling into the day to day norm of others, working out in the gym as well as any outdoor activity and I absolutely love to shop. Nordstrom and Whole foods are by far my favorite stores. I think I go to WF 5 days a week! I have a hard time laying low and doing nothing…If you know me, you know that I am always on the go.

{What makes you the happiest?}

My health, family, friends and puppy make me the happiest. My ideal day includes a great workout, Starbucks coffee or Whole Foods smoothie, a little blog searching and cooking of some kind. I love traveling and learning about new favorite places. So far, NYC  and Paris are my two favorites! I am trying to get better at relaxing and being able to stay still, but this is definitely a work in progress.

{How do you find your motivation to work out?}

My motivation to workout comes from the way that I feel after I do it, and knowing that I am in total control of the way that I look. Seeing the change in my body in the last couple of months has shown me that I am capable of doing things outside the box, such as knowing that I am strong enough and can finish. I am not competitive, but FNS has allowed me to do things I had no clue I could even do (Such as a pull up, tire exercises, and pushups!) Knowing that the workout never gets easier and we just get better motivates me to continue my journey to great physical health. When you are surrounded by positive, like minded people It only drives you to want to be better. I love working out with friends and being held accountable. SO thankful to have stumbled upon this gem.

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

To be honest, sometimes it can be hard to balance work, school, family, social life etc. I find that my social life has taken a turn in a different direction. Of course I still like to go out for a drink with friends, but I would much rather save the date for a morning hike and coffee, or farmers market or even an outdoor activity. I guess I can relate this to priorities. When I go out and drink, I hate the way I feel the next day and most weekends it’s just not worth it. I would rather be productive and challenge my body and enjoy the day than be stuck feeling like crap. This allows me to encourage people to want the same, and save the date with me for a healthy meal or hike. After all, you are the company you keep. Family and friends have never been hard to maintain. I enjoy spending time with both, and am a firm believer that we make time for the things that are important to us! We are all busy, but if we want it we will attain it.

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

I am currently taking classes to complete my Registered Dietician Degree. This is my main priority above all. I started my blog in April with hopes that people can learn what I am about and know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not about being too extreme but rather having balance and enjoying life. Most importantly,  I will show people that living this way is by no means a “have to” but purely a WANT! In the next 6 months I am going to give a small talk/ lecture to family and friends about the importance of taking control of your health. At this point, with our healthcare system and easy accessibility to prescription drugs and profit- I think people need to take responsibility for what they put in their body and how they feel as a result. I will be running my first half marathon in about a month and will continue with FNS. My theme for the year is “Bite the Bullet.” I sometimes think too much before I do something, so I am vowing to myself to just do it.

Thank you for taking the time to read these stories from people who encourage and inspire me on a daily basis. It is much harder to write about yourself than you think. While answering these questions I had to take a second and think of the things that I really value in my life and translate into words what is important to me! I hope this helps you better understand who I am, and what my mission is in life.  I encourage you to write these questions down and answer them yourself. We are all an inspiration to someone in our lives, so use it to the best of your ability.

-Sarah

5 Things Making Me :)

Do you ever feel like when things are going great, they are realllllly great?! I have to say there are no complaints in my life at the moment. In the last couple of days I met with some girls from the gym who helped inspire me to come up with realistic goals that can be accomplished, but will require effort in the mean time. After all, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. This week I signed up for my first half marathon that will take place on September 16. I am sooo excited for this (and nervous) as this is something I have wanted to complete for a while. Now is the time to just DO IT! This is one of the 9 goals that will be checked off the list. The following week I am heading to New York City. I traveled there twice last year, and I think it might be my favorite big city of all time. It will be a week long vacation to see some best friends. I can’t wait!

The last picture above is my current state of health and fitness due to the extreme hard work I have been dedicating at FNS from April to Now (August). I am not one for putting pictures like this up to get attention, but I am beyond amazed at the results and personal fulfillment this has brought to my life. Stepping outside your comfort zone is never easy, but I have come to the realization that you never learn from anything when it is easy. This class has not only brought results to my body, but allowed me to realize I can do anything I put my heart and effort into! Every time I struggle to get up in the morning at 6 AM, I am reminded that everyone else has to get up as well- and once I finish I feel 100 times better than when I got there. This class has defined a whole new appreciation for discipline, habit and results.  I can’t wait to see what I will look like in 3 more months. Thank you to the coaches who inspire me everyday to believe in myself.

“If you do what you have always done, you will get what you always gotten.”

Summa Summa Summatime!

{O-M-G She is 16!}

{Sister, Sister}

{Aloha Girl}

{It’s a Veggie Party}

{Pineapple…Yum!}

{A little FNS volleyball action}

{Posing with future FNS-ers}

{New York Bound}

Happy Monday!  It was a jam packed weekend full of birthdays and BBQ’s! Saturday my niece turned 16! It’s time like these when you say, where did the time go??! The party was Hawaiian theme so the leis, BBQ, and family were in full force. Sunday was the first of many (I’m sure) FNS BBQ’s! It was so nice to see everyone out and about, in real life, not just when we are up at the crack of dawn at 6 AM getting our workout on. Great food, paddle boarding, volleyball and some good conversation kept us all entertained. There’s nothing like being surrounded by postive people, who are like minded and share in a common goal for maintaining a healthy lifestyle! Glad to be apart of this group of people. I can’t wait until the next one! Last but not least, I booked an upcoming trip to NY at the end of  September! Can we say exciiiiiiiiited!!!!!! Woohoo! A great way to start the week….hard to top this off! 🙂

Whether you think you can, or can’t…..YOU ARE RIGHT!