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Hard to believe it’s the NEW year and Christmas was already two weeks ago! I have been MIA as most everyone has with their time off, but lets just say the 2 weeks off work was beyond amazing. Christmas was a full house with about 35 people…cousins, aunts, uncles and friends! Per usual I cooked and made that potato casserole I posted about a few weeks ago. It was DELISH! If you are stumped as what to make for dinner and need a quick recipe I highly recommend this. It was gone in less than 10 minutes. As we are entering the first week of the near year it’s all about goals and resolutions. Despite most people forgetting about these intentions come February, I do actually enjoy seeing people check in to the gyms, drinkin’ their organic juices or simply getting active outside of their comfort zones! I am excited to dive into 2016! Are you? Look for more pictures from my trip to Disneyland and Santa Barbara tomorrow. Oh, also- did I mention I am doing 30 days no alcohol!? Bring on the challenge! See you all manana!

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Friday Love.

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It’s Friday my friends! This week seemed like it flew by faster than usual possibly because the sun was shining a bright 80 degrees?? Unreal.  I feel accomplished, healthy and grateful that the weekend is here. My workouts were on point (I’m feeling pretty sore) as I am trying to get back on track from taking some time off. You never realize how in shape you are until you don’t work out for a while. Never again am I letting this happen.  I took some time off for the month of December because I was in charge of opening a new restaurant in Los Gatos. Man, I am not sure how I survived the long days and not being able to workout. Being continuously busy from when you rise to when you go to sleep is not the business and I am glad to have a couple more hours out of my day that I can spend as “me time.” In a few weeks I will be jet setting to Phili + NYC for a best friends birthday. She will be turning 29…..crazy! Who said getting older can come so fast! It will be 4 of us reuniting and I couldn’t be more excited. Good friends, girl talk, catching up, lots of wine and making new adventures….does life get any better!? I am wishing all of you a happy weekend!

NYC Part 2.

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NYC Part 2. Here are some more snap shots of the big city. We stayed in Time Square which is always an adventure in itself. The people watching is to die for. Naked cowboy anyone? We ventured to Chelsea where there is an amazing Skyline Park. The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. It’s a nice break in between all the concrete buildings. There is lots of green throughout the tracks and it is a nice place to have a picnic or just take a walk to clear the mind. Mercer Kitchen was great- and the beet salad above was made to perfection. Goat cheese + Sprouts? I love. The more and more I visit this city the more I am reminded of the beauty behind the ability to live ANYWHERE you want in the United States. Every trip allows me to be more confident with who I am and know that the dreams you have in your head can become a reality if you really want it. I am so stoked for the future but most importantly happy with now. Cheers. xo

2012 At A Glance.

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I was looking through pictures on my computer from this last year and it is hard to believe ALL the things that can happen in just a single year. Sometimes it can seem like ages or rather we forget all there is to be thankful for in a years time. Especially for new hairstyles (kidding-kind of). In all reality looking back through the millions of pictures we snap on our camera it is nice to reflect on not only the good times, but also the not so good times and the better things that have happened because of those not so good times.

This year I started in Tahoe with great friends, walked on ice which I was so scared to do (I think it was the beginning to working through my self inflicted fears). I went to Pebble Beach and met Darius Rucker at ProAM, heard Wayne Dyer speak which was LIFE CHANGING(I highly recommend you check him out for any self doubt in your life), started my blog Newtritionsavvysarah while also having over 5,100 views so far, joined a great community called FNS and started working out harder than I EVER have in my life, lost a dress size, became an auntie to one of my best friends baby, ran a few races, saw Tony Robbins speak in SF, created a vision board, heard some amazing music like Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Foo Fighter/John Legend/Black Keys in Central Park, and Metallica not so much,enjoyed the farmers market almost every sunday, cooked more, hiked Mission Peak, snapped more pics with my SLR (finally putting it to use),  took a few trips to Sonoma for some wine tasting, visited my favorite -New York City -finally saw the 9/11 Memorial, visited the Bull on Wall Street for some good luck, enjoyed many laughs with coworkors and friends while reuniting with a best friend, played Mexican Train with family one too many times, volunteered, celebrated my 28th birthday, and was surrounded by amazing friends and family while doing it. I will say I have never felt so good in my life as far as health, outlook on life and direction. Can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store.

When I look back I am not only thankful for every good and bad thing that has happened (easier said when it’s over- I know), but I am appreciative of everyone who I can call a friend and inspire in any way. When people take the time out of their day to say they read my blog or I have influenced them in some way it is beyond rewarding. My passion in life is to not only educate people to live a preventative lifestyle and take ownership over their health but also  encourage people to have fun while doing it! Heres to a Great, Prosperous, Blissful, Healthy, Bright, Delightful, Mind Blowing, Energetic, Terrific & Extremely Happy New Year 2013!

Sincerely,

Sarah Sotelo

A Glimpse Of Christmas

Food and family is the perfect way to spend Christmas. By the looks of it we only ate sugar with a little more sugar but I promise there was other things to snack on. I made delicious crostini’s (pictured above) with goat cheese, avocado, balsamic vinegar and arugula. It was a day of grazing and spending some much needed quality time with cousins, aunts and uncles. Talks of prospective trips are in the near future like Portland (to see my cousin) and Mexico for my other cousins birthday and much needed R & R. Can’t wait to start planning the vacations! I also can’t wait for NYE! Any big plans for the holiday?? Share, I would love to hear!

Did you GIVE BACK for Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll! Can’t believe it’s already November muchless Thanksgiving day!! I have had such a great week, preparing recipes and donating some time yesterday at Sacred Heart Community Center. The gym I belong to (FNS), organized a community give back day. While just in time for the holidays we were able to pack boxes for families in San Jose who can not afford a Thanksgiving dinner. The boxes included a turkey, butternut squash, potatoes, corn on the cob, fruit and some breakfast items all given by donation from strangers, Trader Joes and Second Harvest Food bank. The total families fed was around 4,300. WOW! This is amazing. I will say everytime I volunteer it is a real awakening to the fact that it could be any of us at any time that can’t afford the next best thing- including food. To me giving thanks on Thanksgiving is more than just saying what you are thankful for at dinner, but rather taking time out of your busy schedule to help someone in need. When I left yesterday I was completely humbled and thankful that I have a great family, job, my health, and food that will be provided to all of us.

Today I gathered with friends to run the annual  Sillicon Valley Turkey Trot in downtown San Jose. I posted about this race a couple weeks ago, but as a reminder it is for a great cause. Donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and the Children’s Health Initiative of Santa Clara County.  These charities provide families with their most basic needs for “health, hope, and a home.” I ran the 10k with a 58 minute race time. Definitely happy considering the last race I ran I sprained my ankle. And hey, under an hour? I will take it!

Have a great day everyone, give thanks, eat lots and be thankful you have your health most of all! Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Mission Peak Hike….Check!

As part of the September checklist challenge for FNS, I officially completed the Mission Peak Hike in Fremont. I had no idea how high this hike was, nor how steep. All I knew was that I needed sunscreen because it wasn’t shaded. My sudo brother in law was kind enough to tag along (without knowing anything about the hike.) We made it to the first peak- and he was like what the heck did I get myself into? Needless to say, I just kept saying, “We can do it!” I think once you get half way, it’s all mental.  My calves were so sore from the stairs I ran Friday, but I pushed through and climbed to the top. If you have a chance….check this one off your bucket list. SO worth it!

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

– Lou Holtz

Summer is Made For Fun!

{It’s a Birthday Celebration}

{Robledo Family Winery}

{Birthday Girl}

{Second Stop: Roche Winery}

{New Friends}

{Last Stop: Ram’s Gate Winery}

{Dream Life Lounge Area}

{Glass of White to finish the day}

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Such an amazing weekend! It was my girlfriend’s birthday so we headed up to Sonoma, limo style! Champagne, a good playlist and good friends….does it get any better?! The weather was perfect, and so were the choice of wineries! The Robledo Family Winery is quite famous; both President Obama and The President of Mexico have both made stops here. Rams Gate Winery was my favorite of the three. The lounge area was so relaxing, and it wasn’t too crowded! Enjoy the pictures, and hope you all had a great weekend!

 

Cheers to Summer ❤