Dinner & a Movie

Thursday, July 25, 2013

 

 

EASY PEESY

I have been getting tired of eating plane 'ol veggies. So I looked up a few new recipes and gave them a shot. The highlight of this is really just the sauces. They make it so easy to change and enhance the flavor of all the veggies you're used to! I did a homemade Worcestershire sauce, a sweet chili sauce and a spicy cashew sauce (which turned out not to be spicy). So delicious. I will post the recipes later, I promise! In the mean time, here's a little video..just cause I thought it'd be fun. 

Start Where you Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can.

Friday, July 12, 2013


This has been an exhausting and exciting week, to say the least! We started with our personal trainer and boy oh boy I am sore! It's such a great feeling! I am proud to say that I have made smart (not perfect) choices in eating all week, including trying some new things from the grocery store. 

Speaking of grocery stores. I live about 20 minutes from the nearest Whole Foods so I only make the trip on occasion. And I actually make the trip an occasion as in; I get really excited and I stay there for far too long. I dare say it's comparable to walking into the JCrew on 5th Ave in Manhattan. Yeah. It's like that. 

On this particular day I went they were just wrapping up their VitaMix demonstration. Now, if you have spent any time at all searching for a quality blender then you have no doubt run across this magical brand of pulverizing machines. If you have not spent any time looking for blenders then I can only strongly urge you to rethink what ever else you have been doing and start appreciating what is really important in life. Good blenders, that's where it's at. But, I digress. They were selling VitaMix - which is not something they normally do at Whole Foods. My eyes lit up the moment I realized what was in front of me and as I spoke to the rep I noticed myself reaching for my wallet. I don't know if I had lost my mind or if I was a little hyped up on the fact that I had just snagged the first ever Nut Milk Bags sold in their location (we're talking before they even hit the shelves folks!) but buying a VitaMix just because it's in front of you or just because you have been dying to get one ever since you first noted their existence, is NOT ok. Not when you are on a tiny salary and also saving for huge life changing decisions (we're not talking weddings, babies or houses here - we're talking BIG). The VitaMix, in all it's glory, is a whopping $500+ investment. An impulse purchase, it is not. I am ashamed that in moments of weakness such as the one just described, it takes me a little too long to understand that I am expecting something irrational and almost unhealthy of myself. Why did I need this machine now, today, this moment when I had lived 26 years without just fine?

START WHERE YOU ARE, USE WHAT YOU HAVE, DO WHAT YOU CAN.

I am loving this as my mantra right now!You (me) can make the next right decision in becoming who you want to be or accomplishing what you want to accomplish - you just have to realize that the next right decision isn't always going to look the way you think it does! My blender (I think I actually have 3) leaves a little pulp, sure. Or it doesn't always blend the hummus into a smooth, flawless texture, no. But I can still make the damn hummus and by golly it's going to taste just as bad good when I make it with the VitaMix that I save my tiny pennies for and buy one day because I have taken the steps in order to do so. Do I make any sense? Let me put it this way: You can go to Yoga class BEFORE you feel like you're 'good' at yoga. Which I will go ahead and straighten that out real quick - NO ONE IS GOOD AT YOGA! You are not either good at yoga or bad at yoga. YOU EITHER DO YOGA - OR YOU DON'T! Those are the only two options. Also, you do not have to lose weight BEFORE you start running, or walking, or lifting, or riding or eating healthy. Just try to make the next right decision. That is going to look different for everyone and we should be compassionate and supportive of those around us who are starting where they are, using what they have and doing what they can!!!

I'm so stoked to make my first yoga video for you and I will also spend some time this weekend talking to you about nutrition (yay, everyone's favorite!). Happy Friday everyone - Don't forget to eat some veggies!

Reach For it

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

         
{{I like this picture, or mainly the pose. It's Virabhadrasana III or Warrior III. Here I like to think it symbolizes me reaching for my goals but staying true to who I am. In this pose your hands and arms are strong in the shoulders and reach forward as if someone or something is pulling your hands, while your back leg is extended, level with your head and reaching the opposite direction as if being pulled two places at once. Finding peace in moments of opposition. It's quite powerful.}}

Well it's Wednesday! We've made it to the (beginning of the) middle of the week. I'd say that's an accomplishment. I've got some pretty neat stuff happening over here in this little journey of mine. Yesterday I started working with a personal trainer! A close friend of mine's little sister came to me looking for some tips on how to eat healthy and exercise right. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity to share my passion. We talked about some key things to look for in food, and then went to the gym and got ourselves a trainer! She is only here until the end of July so we're working with him 2 days a week for 3 weeks. My friend joined us as well! Guys, if you can find a work out partner, studies have shown that you are 30% more likely to reach your goals. How cool is that?! I am so lucky to share this adventure with two of my great friends.

Yesterday we had our first training session. It was more like an assessment though; just to make sure we could actually lift weights, balance ourselves, do a sit up...that sort of thing. We pretty much knocked it out of the park and today...the real training begins! My back and chest are the most sore this morning. I try to lift weights here and there but the truth is, I totally slack off when I'm doing it by myself. Isn't that sad?!? I think it's pretty common but I'm trying to break through that barrier I've created. It's like I don't think I can push myself hard enough. What is that about? Are there any psychologists out there who want to take a crack at that?

My workout plan for the next 3 weeks is as follows:
Cardio: 60min x 5 days a week - Stair climber/elliptical/spin class (no running for me still)
Strength training: 60min x 2 days a week - with personal trainer
Yoga: every. damn. day.

My current weight (yes, can you believe I'm about to tell you this?!) is 132lbs as of this morning.
I am not looking to reduce numbers when regarding my weight however, I am looking to lose inches on my waist and hips..ergo weight will come off. We did not measure our body fat % yet but I will report on that tomorrow when I have it. That will be my main focus; reducing body fat aka building lean muscle (which burns fat people!).

Food:
My normal healthy stuff (veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, occasional meat!) but I am taking a break from alcohol until I get to my happy place. Once I have reached my happy place I will celebrate with a drink! Jameson, anyone?
Here are some very simple, generic guidelines I try to follow when choosing my food*:
1. Eat a 'rainbow' assortment of fruits and vegetables
2. Reduce exposure to pesticides
3. Eat to regulate blood sugar levels
4. Do not overconsume meat & other animal foods
5. Eat the right types of fats
6. Keep salt intake low, potassium intake high
7. Drink a sufficient amount of water daily

I will expand on these as the week goes on to give you an idea of what it all means and why it's important to our health. Also, later this week I will post a short video to introduce Sun Salutation which is a simple way to introduce yoga into your daily life without the intimidation of back bends, hand stands and arm balances (although we'll work up to that together:) so stay tuned!!

Spread the Love!


*The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray N.D.

ADDING A TWIST

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

 

 YOGA LIFE


Happy July, everyone! I know I've been inactive on the blog for quite some time now but I needed to take a step back and re-evaluate a few things. In that time some things have changed and some things have not.

THINGS THAT HAVE CHANGED:
For starters, I'm engaged! Yes that is the newest and most exciting development but I promise not to turn this into a wedding-planning blog. The main change I wanted to inform you all of is the shift in focus of this little blog o' mine. Fashion was once the bulk of it's contents and as the pictures above may have clued you into; we're going to be talking more about health and life and all it's messiness.

THINGS THAT ARE THE SAME:
I am still in love with JCrew, all shoes, and copious amounts of coffee.

**Now, before I get on my proverbial soap box of health chatter I want to make a few things very clear.**

NUMERO UNO: I do not have all the answers. Nor do I think that everything I say/read is the best and most beneficial choice for everyone. Our bodies are all different, our opinions are all different and I ask that as I share my thoughts with you, you remember I am imperfect and learning as I go along.

NUMERO DOS: I am not certified in...anything! I have a degree is Exercise Science but it is rusty and not everything I learned (*cough* nutrition class is a joke *cough*) is fresh on my mind. I am not a certified yoga instructor (yet). I am not a certified personal trainer (yet). I am not a certified holistic nutritionist (yet).

NUMERO TRES: I read. Like, a lot of books on health, wellness, nutrition, cooking and the likes. I will do my best to always cite my sources when feeding you information and as I finish books (I hate reading front to back, blah) I will try to post some reviews for you. Again, not everything I read do I count as gospel (except of course, for the Good Book itself).

So there you have it, a tiny intro/forewarning of what's to come on Studio 13 blog. We'll talk about the name choice in a later post. I'm excited for all the fun stuff I get to share with you! Thanks for reading, xoxo!

Well Dressed Wednesday

Wednesday, April 3, 2013



BOYFRIEND JEANS

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BY NOW YOU KNOW; 

I have a thing for men's clothing. So it should not surprise you that I am dying over this Boyfriend Jean trend! There is a tiny problem however. Ok it's a huge problem. It's my butt. Yes! Yes, my butt is huge and that's the problem. You simply cannot pull off the boyfriend look when your tush is as round and large as mine. Picture Kim K. trying to finagle her famous behind into a pair of slouchy jeans. It would look ridiculous and so would mine. No, my 'problem' isn't as big as KK's but you've got to be picking up on my point here. Boyfriend jeans (in my humble opinion) only look good on certain body types and that is not the type of body I have! So, I will continue to admire the boyfriend-jean-wearer's for the remainder of the trend's existence and keep my fingers crossed that whichever trend decides to take off next will be more compatible with athletic builds!

Happy Wednesday!

Weekends

Friday, March 29, 2013



WEEKEND WANTINGS

Happy Easter weekend to everyone!! I haven't painted/hunted eggs in ages and I'm thinking it's prime time I started that up again. Don't you think? It should always be done! I loved this tutorial I came across about how to make these gorgeous eggs!! I will be camping all weekend so I'm going to need one of you to try this out and let me know how it goes!!

READ THIS ARTICLE ABOUT SOCIAL-NETWORKING NO-NO'S

I think we could all use a little 'spring cleaning' when it comes to the content we're throwing out into the virtual universe, don't you? This article is only related to work....but I think we'd all be wise to heed the advice of those who have taken the time to warn us that 140 characters is all it takes to ruin a rep.


//SHOP BLOOMING HEELS//


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//Eat Healthy On the Go//


//TAKE A RELAXED APPROACH TO YOUR STYLE//

I love this look. It literally looks effortless. Of course, for someone like me, it would take a great deal of effort to look so effortless...but I think it's a process worth looking into. The fancier I try to get, the more ridiculous I tend to look. This, I can do. Jumpsuit, flats, slouchy bag and messy hair. *Voila!*

//TRY THIS COMBO//

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And most importantly, here's a reminder of

//WHAT EASTER IS REALLY ABOUT//

Threads

Thursday, March 28, 2013


ZARA'S APRIL LOOKBOOK















That being said: allow me to introduce you to the two newest members of my closet.
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