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The BEST Weekend

IMG_0177Every couple years my Birthday falls on Mother’s Day! Talk about an incredible gift – I got to celebrate my birth on the day we all celebrate the women who gave us life. I was so thrilled when my mother told me she and Dad would be coming out here for the long weekend,  I totally over-planned and obsessed over their visit! IMG_0147It was such a great trip – we tried new vineyards and regions that we typically don’t venture & shared some of our favorite spots too. It was nice to spend time, just the four of us, and be in such a beautiful region! I can’t even believe the weather stayed as nice as it did and everything turned out perfectly.IMG_0141Now, as if I were some sort of jet setter, I’m heading to Alaska! This means I have traveled to Tahoe, Sonoma, Napa, Palm Springs, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Victoria, Juneau, Skagway, & Ketchikan all before the 6 month mark. I am so lucky to have a partner who likes to travel & explore as much as I do! IMG_6343In other news, I am going to start announcing my departure from the city to the students at the studio & my clients this week. I feel foolish leaving a place I am finally establishing a following, but it’s for the best. We’re embarking on a brand new chapter & it’s going to be amazing!!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

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Visits & Visitors

Look at me posting two weeks in a row….WOOOOOH, I’m on fire, haha! Phil and I ditched the derby and cinco de mayo craziness in SF for some spring skiing in Tahoe…it was glorious! The snow may have been mashed potatoes but we still had a ball & came away in one piece. IMG_0538Phil gets on a plane tomorrow to travel for business so I’m single in the city for a little while. I hate it when he leaves but it will give me some time to prepare for our special guests, my mom & dad! My parents let me know about a month ago they planned to come out here so mom and I could celebrate Mother’s Day/My Birthday together. Every so many years my birthday falls on Mothers Day. Selfishly, I wished I would be a mother this year myself but it is all in God’s time, not mine, and I am grateful to  be celebrating the best mom this coming Sunday! We’ll be celebrating in style with a three day, two night stay in Sonoma. I have scheduled the works: private tastings & pairings, to massages & tasty dinners, we’ll have a wonderful weekend getaway!IMG_0871 Apparently our dreamy wine country weekend wasn’t enough of a vacation because Phil and I head to Alaska a few days after my parents leave! If you follow my blog (God bless you) you know I went to Alaska in 2014 with my family but Phil wasn’t able to make the trip. It was so incredible I promised Phil we would visit Alaska together & the time has come. We’ll be spending about 10 days hiking, kayaking, horse back riding, and taking full advantage of everything Alaska has to offer. IMG_0886The whole month of May, moving forward, is vacation and loving life; which means June is going to be a slap in the face in terms of moving, haha, but we’ll worry about that later!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Big Changes

Holy Cow it’s May! I guess you could sum up the last two & a half months (since I clearly didn’t post anything) in a word: rough! For whatever reason I’ve been in a funk. I’ve felt like a shell of myself watching life play out and doing my best to participate. Phil and I had ski weekends, wine country trips, a Palm Springs getaway, and fun times with friends but still…this funk. I hated my body, I was under motivated to do much of anything I wasn’t obligated or scheduled to do, & I even began to resent my job (and I’ve got the greatest job in the world – just look at my awesome students at the last UNRAVEL workshop *click here for link to sign up for round 2 this Sunday*)!IMG_0506I am quite skilled at forgetting to practice what I preach & it was time for me to take a deep dive into the root of the problem. I realized certain shifts had to be made, and while change may scare the shit out of me, it is inevitable. As my father always says, “The only constant is change.” If we want to keep succeeding and taking steps towards future goals, things have to change. So what did I change? I adjusted my studio offerings to give myself self care time in the mornings. I’ve started doing more meditation and activities I like, rather than exercise to look a certain way. I also stopped lying to myself. I didn’t want to admit it but I was living for others – trying to be perfect for everyone instead of just being happy with myself. I know that I need to be my most authentic self, & I can’t please everyone. I can only take responsibility for my own happiness & hope it rubs off on those around me. IMG_0445Oh, also Phil and I are moving to Walnut Creek. Yep, in a few short months we will be moving over the bridge & establishing a new routine in the East Bay. For the record, we are NOT moving because we are pregnant, haha (my family ALREADY asked), but we do think this is better for our family. The thought of leaving the city is bittersweet but I’m sure they’ll be more to come on that later.

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

 

Here we go!

So we had an awesome time in Nashville even though the weather was rainy! We hit the Honky Tonks on Broadway, toured RCA Studio B & Ryman Auditorium, ate our weight in delicious southern food, and enjoyed some time away together. Oh, and did I mention I snagged myself some of these…IMG_0618I have always wanted them and am so thrilled to have gotten two pair of beautiful boots in the Music City!

We missed the warm weather here in San Francisco. Of course it was gorgeous while we were away & now it feels like 35 outside. That’s okay, we soaked up the sun in Sonoma this weekend. We had such a great time with our friends and picked up from 3 of our 5 wine club memberships.IMG_0616With all the excitement we have been indulging a bit. Over the next few weeks we’re making a solid effort to stick with a healthier dietary routine starting today. Here’s what was on the grocery list:

  • Broccoli, Asparagus, Green Beans, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale, Bell Pepper, Cherry Tomatoes, Mixed Greens, Avocados, Iceberg Lettuce, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Celery, Dill, Parsley, Cilantro, Chives, Apples, Mandarins, Lemons, Limes, White Beans, Black Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Quinoa, Whole Wheat Penne, Whole Wheat Bread, Chicken (Phil), Shrimp (Me), & Tuna.

I will be making my first quinoa bowls EVER, so look for some recipes coming your way, & am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

CHAMPIONS!!!!!

Image result for eagles super bowlSo excited for the first time in history the Eagles are Super Bowl champions! Phil and I hosted a small gathering so anyone who had to listen to me scream and yell at least was well fed & there voluntarily!IMG_0788The Super Bowl was the kick off to what will be a busy month for us! We had dinner at International Smoke Monday night to celebrate a friends birthday! It was so cool to eat at  Ayesha Curry’s restaurant but we were out so late I hardly got any sleep. Phil and I were fortunate enough to check out the Color Factory yesterday. We do our best to take in all the art and culture San Francisco has to offer and this particular exhibition has food too so how can you beat that! Even more exciting than that we’re heading to Nashville on Saturday!!! Neither of us have visited Nashville before and we’ll have a few dog free days to explore, spend time together, & take in some music. Rounding out the month we have a wine country trip planned and time on the slopes in Tahoe!IMG_0527I’m doing my best to keep up with eating healthy but with all the Super Bowl leftovers in the house its very tempting. Thankfully I’ve sent Phil to the office with all of the cupcakes, cookies & dips so the worst of it is out of the fridge!

By the way, I am fully aware I missed two weeks but am happy to give myself a break!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

 

 

Experimenting with Whole 30

Happy Hump Day! Sadly, I have been hit by the bug that seems to be plaguing everyone I know & it is BRUTAL!!! Being sick in general sucks but getting back into the swing of a healthy routine and hitting a road block right away is doubly disappointing! I am super grateful for my husband who is taking amazing care of me, my students/clients who’ve been very understanding, my fellow teachers for volunteering help & shifting schedules around, and of course, for my little cuddle companion as I recover! IMG_0471BEFORE I got sick, we had some friends over for dinner. Entertaining is up there on the list of my favorite things & it’s an added bonus when there are dietary restrictions I have to cook around. As a health coach I love when people take steps to better their health through food, and Whole 30 is an awesome way to do that. My friends are trying Whole 30 to kick off the new year and see if it is a lifestyle change that works for them. If you’re not familiar with Whole 30 it is a program that helps people get back to eating cleaner. Below is a break down of the rules pulled directly from their site.

The Whole30 Program Rules

  • Yes: Eat real food.
    • Eat moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs; lots of vegetables; some fruit; plenty of natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re whole and unprocessed.
  • No: Avoid for 30 days.
    • Do not consume added sugar, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
    • Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And ideally, no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
    • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, sprouted grains, and all gluten-free pseudo-cereals like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn, and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch, and so on. Again, read your labels.
    • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
    • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products like milk, cream, cheese, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, or frozen yogurt.
    • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
    • Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients. Recreating or buying sweets, treats, and foods-with-no-brakes (even if the ingredients are technically compliant) is totally missing the point of the Whole30, and will compromise your life-changing results. These are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, even if it’s made with coconut flour.

IMG_0475.JPGIt was really fun to cook a clean meal for friends and remind myself of how much of these ‘NO’ foods I tend to eat. We started with some Za’atar spiced crudite, spicy dehydrated kale, & a strawberry lime mocktail. Dinner was citrus & herb poached salmon, vinegar dressed greens, & roasted delicata squash w/coconut gremolata. We finished with some subtly sweet pears that were perfectly ripe & an incredible way to round out our healthy meal! I wish I had taken some photos but I did manage to snag a few while I prepped. IMG_0476

There are so many way to get creative with fruits & vegetables! They don’t have to be boring, bland, or basic!! While I do think Whole 30 is awesome, it is not a diet I follow. There are plenty of foods on the ‘No’ list that I find to be perfectly healthy but there is something to be said for removing anything that could cause irritation, inflammation, or stress for the digestive system. After 30 days you can start adding things back in slowly and see if anything bothers you/makes you feel lethargic, bloated, or headachy. If you ‘react’ after adding things back, it could be a sign you’re allergic or sensitive to that particular food….something to think about considering millions of us suffer from food sensitivities and don’t even realize it.

 

’til next time, keep smiling!  🙂

 

 

Meditation Basics

Happy Hump Day friends! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday – having Monday off is making this week fly by. It has only been a few days but I am happy to report I’ve been sticking to my resolutions…I napped more than I wanted to yesterday but that’s okay. I’m working on giving myself a break; in fact, that is the focus of my meditation.

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For me, meditation is best kept simple: commit to a time of day & a length of time that work, find a comfortable seat, and breathe. To settle in I focus on my breathing, and once I’m comfortable I typically allow my mind to wander. This year I’m trying something new. I thought about something I really need to work on & kept coming back to the fact I’ve always been my worst critic.

I’m taking this first quarter to focus my meditation on being kind to myself, having a little more compassion, & giving myself a break. It takes just 20-30 minutes a day for 16-18 weeks to begin to notice change.

If you’re new to meditation even 5 minutes daily can make a real difference. Simply find a time during your day (in the morning, right before returning to work during your lunch hour, after your shower, before bed…) and sit quietly with your thoughts for 5 minutes. Try to just be an observer, allowing whatever thoughts that pop into your head to exist without judgement, and repeat that everyday for a month. After a month try 7 minutes, then 10, then 15…you get the idea!!

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂