Category Archives: Exercise

WIAW

Hello hello and here we are for another What I Ate Wednesday thanks to Jenn 🙂 This is a look at what I ate on Tuesday… so let’s just pretend that all of this actually happened today.

My day started off with an awesome early morning workout after I voted! I started off with thirty minutes of cardio intervals and then completed a short but sweet arm workout and then headed home to this for breakfast:

My breakfast, which was eaten around 8:15, included egg beaters with low fat shredded mozzarella cheese along with two mini oatmeal chia seed muffins. I topped my muffins with a little low fat cream cheese and sugar free jelly 🙂

This meal kept me super full and I didn’t eat lunch until 1:30 (and shockingly had no snacks between breakfast or lunch–weird, I know). Lunch included about six ounces of baked chicken along with vegetables and a bag of 100 calorie pop chips.

Around 5:00 I had a handful of un-pictured grapes. After work I had an errand to run and was starving once I got home. Against my judgement, I had a handful of crackers but didn’t want to keep snacking so I ordered sushi:

I ordered a miso soup, sashimi, a roll with brown rice, and two pieces of brown rice sushi but the restaurant I ordered from was kind enough to include a free California roll! Score! I wound up saving half of my California roll and two pieces of my tuna roll along with one piece of sushi which I will eat tomorrow.

I’d say this was a pretty good day of food 🙂 Tryna’ keep it as healthy as possible before Thanksgiving! I know those will be a few days with tons of treats. Can’t wait!

Have a good day everyone 🙂

Cape Cod Love

Hey there! My friends Britt, John, and I are officially on the Cape for our long weekend 🙂 We arrived here late Wednesday night and all of the fun and activities began yesterday. On the agenda for yesterday was a big breakfast of pastries, walking around Provincetown, lunch, drinks, and more food. I’ll have a whole post of the meals we ate once I return to NYC.

Needless to say, I woke up this morning with quite the stomach ache. My stomach is just not used to eating chocolate, cheese, crackers, and candy all in one day. On one hand, that’s a good thing because I have trained myself to be as healthy as possible, on the other hand, it’s a bit annoying. But then again, when you eat as much junk as possible in 24 hours, I think that would happen to just about anyone.

Here’s a quick clip from yesterday’s events:


Looking out at the beach before making our way to Provincetown.


My mom and I matching in stripes! We did not plan this, pinky promise!

We’ve been laughing so much our sides hurt, and relaxing so much our brains are becoming mush! Both of those things are totally fine with me 🙂 I was pretty proud that I managed to get in an hour walk this morning along with a small arm workout before everyone else woke up. Not too shabby.

Today we plan to drive around the Cape, maybe go pumpkin picking, and we have reservations for dinner later tonight!

Catch you all later 🙂

Re-Visiting

Happy Saturday morning! I’m about to head over to the gym to get in some cardio before my all time favorite Power Strike class but I have a little time and wanted to write up a quick post! It’s getting to that time of year when all things Autumn begin taking center stage. I absolutely relish in the fact that the leaves are going to be bursting with oranges, reds, and yellows, that coffee is now flavored with pumpkin spice, and my wardrobe is heightened to a whole new level of Fall fabulousness (just go with me in thinking that ‘fabulousness’ is a word).


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Most people I know love throwing on a Spring dress or throwing on a pair of shorts — and don’t get me wrong, I do too, but there’s nothing like a layered sweater, booties, and a pair of good looking jeans to get some heads turning. And to get that confidence soaring. Fall fashion is in full gear here in NYC and I am loving every runway worthy minute.


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This is also a time of year that for me, feels like fresh beginnings. Yeah there’s new years and resolutions and all that. Maybe it’s associated from when I was in school where ‘September’ was the beginning of a new academic calendar, but I correlate all new beginning’s with Fall. The Fall also makes me want my childhood home more than ever and to be able to take a nice long walk with my mom and my beautiful little dog!

Autumn tends to make me re-visit a lot of harbored feelings and I become nostalgic for older times and memories. But it also enhances the memories that I am currently making in my awesome apartment in NYC with some of the best people in the universe.

Fall after Fall I collect more fun and memories and remember to make them count.

Question of the Day: What are you looking forward to most this Fall season?

Lovin on Lovin on Lovin

Hey there snacky people. How’s your week been? I am so happy tomorrow is Friday! After work I actually have plans to do… nothing. And it feels so good. Hope you have some fun and relaxing weekend plans.

So last Sunday when I was watching my Sunday night line up (Long Island Medium, Real Housewives of NJ, Kardashian’s on DVR…. if anyone cares) there was an episode of Long Island Medium that pulled on my heart strings. The episode was centered around a mother and daughter who went to speak with Teresa (Teresa is the medium who is able to connect to those who have passed away) to see if she could get in touch with their daughter/sister.

The sister had apparently battled on and off for about ten years with an eating disorder. Finally her organs couldn’t take anymore and they collapsed on her. Forget about Teresa trying to channel this girl who passed, my entire focus was now flashing back to those crucial years when I was struggling so badly with my own eating disorder. I had been told time and again by professionals that if I didn’t do something about my ‘situation’, my body could very well shut down.

I didn’t really believe the doctors. I didn’t actually believe that my body would shut down and that I was basically putting myself this close to death. It was just something I couldn’t comprehend — that I was the one putting my life in danger. Sickly–when I was sick–I knew that if the doctor’s were telling me that my weight was dropping too rapidly and that I was putting myself in danger, then in my mind, I was doing the right thing. I wanted to be skinny — skinny to the point of concerning, because then I knew even if I did gain some weight, I would still be thin.

Just typing those words makes me realize what a different person I was. Basically from the years of 2006-2009. Totally and completely different. Listening to the story of the girl who lost her life to an eating disorder was shocking. She actually pushed herself to a place of no return. How completely and utterly devastating.

This episode made me think of how much I am grateful for present-day. There are so many things I think about each and every day and that I love to the fullest capacity. I think because I was so empty and hollow during the years of my eating disorder, I am now filled with so much love.

It sounds so corny, but I can now love so easily. I also give my heart away easily. I’ve learned plenty of hard lessons with that one, but I’m one of those people who loves that fluffy cotton candy, flowers upon flowers, heart is in the sky sort of feeling. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love love. For someone who used to be empty and cold because I couldn’t even love myself, sometimes even I become stunned at my faith in good old love. Don’t throw up at my corniness just yet–I’m not done.. there’s so many other things that I am grateful for and love so much.

I love my family endlessly — it hurts that I can’t see them too often (my parents moved from my home town and my sister lives away at college).

I love my friends in a way that I pretty much consider them family–most of them I have known since my childhood. The friends I haven’t known since childhood feel like they’ve made my early twenties complete with happiness.

I love working out to feel good and feel sore — it means I am working my muscles in the right ways. I don’t love working out to become a skinny stick – that’s not the point anymore. The point is to be athletic, sexy, and strong. Bing, bang, boom. Oh, it also doesn’t hurt to workout to feel less guilty about some indulgences:

I love my dog so much basically because he’s the shit.

I really like that I just love life. Even though there’s times (uh, often) where I’m bored or confused or feel like I’m just waiting for change – I overall really love life. I’ve got a good one and I’m never letting it go to waste again.

xox,

Steph

Keeping It Together

Ugh, another weekend comes to an end and Monday starts creeping up on us. Why does this always seem to happen? Strange, huh 😉 Well at least I can say it was both a fun and accomplished weekend. I love Saturday’s and Sunday’s that include play time along with getting some shizzzz done. Always feels good.

I wanted to center this post around Summer indulgences and how I’ve been managing to ‘balance’ it all. Generally speaking, the Winter time and holiday season tends to be the most popular time for people to ‘slip’ up from their daily diets and healthier eating habits. This definitely rings true for me, however, I have also found that I can easily fall off the band wagon during the Summer months. Heck yeah, I want to look good in that bikini–I did go to Aruba with five friends after all–but I also want to be able to enjoy myself.

Aruba brought a few cheats here and there–Happy Hour’s:

Dessert ( this was split amongst all of us 😉 ):

Drinks with dinner:

And snacks before going out:

The above pictures seem like a lot of damage was done–and in retrospect, this is kind of true. But on the flip side, I also managed to squeeze in two quick gym sessions while on my vacation. I also ate light, yet protein-filled breakfasts’ and lunches each day. I managed to not gain any weight on this trip by delegating my indulgences for when we ate out at dinner, and even then, I tried to stick with fish and/or something that wasn’t too heavy. Was I restricting myself? Honestly, not in the least–I had plenty of those delicious island drinks! But I also didn’t want to go over-board. I’ve been feeling good in my clothing and in my biknini’s and would prefer for it to stay that way.

Then, there are those Summer BBQ’s, parties, night’s out, and happy hour’s:


(Only some of our July 4th party food)


I’ll have you all know I won the above beer pong game 😉

From what you can see in these pictures, this Summer has been tons of fun so far. At the same time, I try to be disciplined during the work-week and/or during the day if I know that I am going to happy hour or meeting up for dinner with friends. I want to be able to be young and go out and enjoy myself while still slipping into a skirt or sexy summer dress and feel good about the way I look. This has been my ultimate goal. Balance. It’s the trickiest thing to pin down, but I kind of feel like I’ve finally got it.

For me, personally, hitting the gym at least 4-5 times a week really helps to keep everything in check. My metabolism is revved up, and I have a little wiggle room to enjoy that extra glass of wine. I don’t have to beat myself up at the gym, but sweating it out with some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on the treadmill for 30 minutes along with some strength training seems to do it for me. It sort of makes all the difference in the world.

These are just a few tips and tricks that have helped me to be able to get my fill of fun, while still keeping my sanity and ‘healthy’ happiness. None of this is stuff that you haven’t heard before, but it’s all worked for me and has enabled me to go out and have guilt-free fun.

Question of the Night: What are some ways that you find your ‘balance’ between eating/drinking during the Summer months with exercise and healthy foods?

Cooler Cleanse

Today, my friends, is the beginning of the end. And yes, I am being totally dramatic. But tonight is the last night I will be eating solid food for the next three days. Let me explain. A couple weeks ago when I went to dinner with my friend Lauren, she told me about a cleanse she did with her co-workers which she had really liked.

Now listen, I’m the type of gal who loves food. I like texture and flavor – crunch, sweet, salty, puree’s, everything. I never really considered doing a cleanse because it just didn’t sound appealing to me. But Lauren’s convincing took about twenty minutes and I realized this was something I wanted to do for a number of reasons – which I’ll get to. So starting tomorrow, I will be on the 3-Day Cooler Cleanse. I picked up my juices tonight:

Cooler Cleanse did an awesome job of packaging all the juices and labeling numbers on each juice so that you know the order to drink them in throughout the day. Each day I will have six different juices to drink every two hours. I have to drink the last one at least two hours before bed. I’m going to try to plan it out like this:

1st juice – 9:00 am
2nd juice – 11:00 am
3rd juice – 1:00 pm
4th juice – 3:00 pm
5th juice – 5:00 pm
6th juice – 8:00 pm

It seems like the best way to be broken down to me and for me. This is going to be quite the challenge – and that’s only half of the reason I’m doing it. The other half has to do with the actual ‘cleansing’ itself. I truly feel like I can use this cleanse; ever since moving to the city, there’s been a lot of eating out, froyo, late nights, drinks, and birthday party’s to last a life time (um–whose birthday is next?–I love a good birthday outing). That’s not to say I don’t balance all of the above with healthy foods and exercising about 70% of the time – but I’m ready to do something ‘hardcore’ and that feels right for me for right now.

During the cleanse, light exercise is suggested as a good thing, and I will likely take 30 minute treadmill walks on Wednesday and Thursday along with some ab and arm work. I have decided to take tomorrow off from the gym just so my body can adjust to the cleanse.

Throughout the next three days I will record my thoughts, feelings, and likes/dislikes with each juice.

Fingers crossed for a successful cleanse!! 🙂

Question of the Night: Have you ever done a cleanse? What did you feel? What were the results?

Bunch-O-Stuff

Happy Thursday Night everyone! I’m so happy tomorrow is Friday 🙂 I’m more than 100% sure that I’m not the only one, though. Like many of you, I was worshiping the weather gods today for the incredible sunshine – it was about 65 degrees in NYC and I enjoyed every moment of it (even though I was mainly inside at work all day)! However, I tried to enjoy it as much as possible by walking around outside for 20 minutes for a little break. It was fabulous to walk around without a jacket.

Originally, I had planned a workout for myself at the gym for this evening. I just couldn’t bring myself to go there knowing that the weather was basically resembling Spring. So what did I do instead? I decided to take a 30 minute run/walk by the water. My apartment is about 3 blocks from Hudson River and I absolutely love running on the path beside the water. Not only do I get a good workout in, but it clears my mind. Something about the water has always been therapeutic for me.

After my cardio session, I came back to my apartment and did two strength sets to work my abs, arms, and legs. I was a hot mess after doing both sets. Here’s what I did:

Set 1
-25 sit ups
-5 burpees
-20 single arm bicep curls–switch between right and left arms (I used 7.5 lb dumb bells)
-20 kickboxing punches (I used 7.5 lb dumb bells)
*Repeat set 4 times

Set 2
-3 sets of 10 reverse crunches
-3 sets of 20 mason twists
-3 sets of 12 lunges (holding a 7.5 dumb bell in each hand)
*Repeat set 3 times

Phew! Between the cardio and both sets, I felt this was an awesome workout.

Onto some other random sorta things; not every little aspect of my life makes it on the blog, but I wanted to share what I’ve been enjoying lately – ’cause sometimes the simple things are just plain nice.


Love mahhh’ fraaanns.

Getting photos of Spanky throughout the day isn’t half bad either:

Bought a bag of these today and I’m lovin’ them–did anyone know that there’s a new banana flavor?:

And finally, I’ve also been thinking a lot about this blog, and some changes I want to make:

So I’m hoping within the next few weeks I can introduce some new features on StephSnacks, but for now you’ll just have to wait! Yeah I know, I had to go there 😉

Before signing off, I want to let you all know that a gentleman from Chef’s Diet reached out to me about giving any StephSnacks readers a great discount for the diet. If you’re interested, please contact him at JoeF@ChefsDiet.com for more details. Please say you learned about Chef’s Diet through StephSnacks!

Night, everyone 🙂