Category Archives: Gym

Snooki and Lorenzo

Hi there everyone! As most of you know, I live in New York City and the company I work for gave us off for the day since we are expecting Hurricane Sandy to pummel through with tons of rain and dangerous winds. The subway system and buses have been suspended until futher notice. I was actually able to get in a workout this morning at Equinox before the weather gets really bad and now I’m just hanging around the apartment and fixing up some odds and ends. I hope that all of you on the East coast stay nice and safe inside your homes and have plenty of water/food to get you through the next few days.

Onto happier subjects, this past weekend I celebrated Halloween with a bunch of my friends. We had an absolute blast and it was so much fun to see everyone’s outfits. I’ve always really enjoyed Halloween and everything that comes with it; candy, dressing up, getting together with friends, and being silly! It’s such a fun little holiday. This year, I decided to dress up as Snooki with baby Lorenzo. My friend Eva was J-woww.The whole outfit in total cost me about $35 so I was happy with that. Not sure about you, but I don’t like spending money on things I’ll use only once!

Here’s a few pictures to give you and idea of the night:


Snooki, Lorenzo, Beyonce (single ladies video), J-Woww

The night went by so quickly but I was glad to spend it with all of my friends. Have a great rest of the day and again for those of you on the East coast – stay safe!

Question of the Day: Are you being anything for Halloween? What are you thinking of dressing up as?

Last Friday Night..

..Started off with ordering sushi from Delivery.com. I was super hungry from my workout so I was really glad that it was a speedy delivery. Not to mention that the sushi was delicious!

After sushi, it was time for a night out with my girllll frraaaannss..


(A night wouldn’t be complete without bromance, would it?)

Today’s schedule includes working out at Equinox — which by the way I am an official member of and couldn’t be more excited. I had once been a member a few years ago when I worked at the Equnox Spa during college and I had a free membership. While on the pricey side, Equinox is definitely a facility worth considering if you’re serious about working out and being in an environment where it’s encouraged by others!

Also on the agenda? Going for a brewery tour at Brooklyn Brewery with my friends! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while so it should be awesome considering the weather is amazing outside!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone 🙂

Question of the Day: If you belong to a gym, which gym do you go to?

Weekend Review

Heyyyo! How was your weekend? I hope it was filled with fun and relaxation! I was able to combined fun nights out with friends, errands, and workouts into my glorious two days. Definitely sad to see it come to an end.

On Friday night, my friend Steph (yep, another Steph!) and I went to Good Restaurant in the village for dinner. From the moment I glanced at the cocktail menu and the dinner choices I knew this was the perfect pick. To drink, we both ordered the ‘The Bradford’ which consisted of gin, elderflower liqueur, cucumber, fennel, lime, and a soda splash. It was seriously perfection and I’d go back to ‘Good’ if only for this cocktail!

We also each had a couple slices of the delicious complimentary bread that was served. It was along the lines of a honey wheat and was a great way to start the meal.

Just like we ordered the same drink, Steph and I also both ordered the Market Fish Taco’s which consisted of red onion, cabbage slaw, lime cilantro sauce, grilled tortillas, and basil creamed corn. I loveeeddddd this entree – so fresh and delicious. All of the flavors made for the perfect Summer dinner. Sorry the picture came out a little blurry 😦

After dinner, we met up with my friend Alyssa and a few of Alyssa’s friends for a fun night out:

I actually ordered the above dark beer by accident, but wound up being really glad I did because it was so delicious! Generally speaking, lighter beers are for me but this one took me by surprise.. it was a good mistake 🙂

Saturday was a lot of errands, working out, and relaxing but Saturday night was a lot of friends, dancing, and drinking. The perfect Saturday to me! I also had to take a picture of my makeup because I was pretty pleased with how my smokey eye turned out. It took a little time but was totally worth it!

Now after a weekend filled with nights spent drinking, I’m ready to scale it back a little and start fresh on Monday! I don’t know about you, but at least when I workout over the weekend, I feel slightly better about going out and having drinks. It sort of evens out the playing field a little 😉

Before I sign out, don’t forget to enter my Cascadian Farm Give Away! I will pick a winner on Tuesday evening. Night, all!

Question of the Night: What did you do this weekend? Also, have you ever ordered something by accident but wind up being happy that you did?

WIAW

Good morning, everyone, and happy What I Ate Wednesday! I’m going to take you through (most) of my eats from yesterday. I haven’t been craving much lately–don’t know what the deal is–but I still managed to eat some pretty delicious stuff! Thanks, as always, to the wonderful Jenn, for hosting such a lovely party 🙂

Breakfast lately has been kind of on the lame side, but I haven’t been wanting anything too filling, so I’ve been keeping things simple with a small bowl of cinnamon pecan Special K. This was eaten around 8:00 AM.

Around 10:30 I had a nectarine followed by an unpictured granola bar. I was definitely hungry before lunch which kind of contradicts what I said about not being too hungry lately.. but I promise it’s both weird and true!

Lunch was around 1:00 and it consisted of some tofu and low fat cheese over a salad with veggies. I paired it with some gorgonzola crackers from Trader Joes which are my favorite!

After work, I managed to snag some time at the gym. I’ve been hitting the gym at least five times a week lately which feels awesome and has definitely been helping to release some stress!

Post gym, I made a small smoked salmon ‘sandwich’ which consisted of a few slices of smoked salmon and hummus on a 100 calorie hot dog bun:

And dessert will beeeeeeee:

FROYO! Definitely can’t go wrong with a little froyo 😉

Have a great day, everyone.

Question of the Day: Do you ever find that you are hungrier some weeks than others? Sometimes I’m starving and sometimes I’m not craving anything!

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?

Experience

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m so glad to have had such a positive response from the vlog. I will continue to post video’s every now and then 🙂 It’s a nice, refreshing approach for StephSnacks, I believe.

So I have a little somethin’ to chat with you all about today regarding ‘dieting’ and ‘restriction’. A few posts’ ago, after trying out the cleanse, I really vowed to myself that I would eat as clean and healthy as possible up until my trip to Aruba this coming June. I’ve been doing, what I think, is very well so far. Doing great at the gym, eating really clean, while having a little treat at night to satiate my sweet tooth.

Today, however, was a little different for me aside from going to the gym in the morning — which I am very glad that I did. I knew that my body was wanting some ‘good food’. Generally during the week, it’s greek yogurt/oatmeal for breakfast, some sort of salad with protein for lunch, and for dinner–either a salad again or eggs. It’s just a routine and easy to follow. I also know it’s healthy.

But like I said, I knew that today I was feeling a bit different. Actually, it’s been since last night when I was going to have eggs for dinner but decided to go to Whole Foods salad bar and stock up on some yummy, yet healthy eats for dinner. It was worth it.

This morning I had oats mixed with pumpkin (pumpkin is low in calorie but hearty and delicious) along with a drizzle of coconut butter on top. Fine. I also had an iced grande soy latte which is something I don’t normally purchase, but I didn’t want just a plain old cup of coffee. I was over it. Then for lunch, I had a salad with turkey and peas. Okay, yeah fine. But then my sweet tooth was raging and my office has mini jelly beans so I had a few. Whatever.

But then it happened. Around 2:30, my co-worker, Hattie, ran to a restaurant called Momofuku to purchase a couple different types of very well-known truffles for the office to share. I knew that I really wanted to try at least a little of each (Cake Batter and Chocolate) because these truffles are all the rage.

So that’s exactly what I did. I had half of a chocolate and half of a cake batter. They were beyond words incredible.

Thing is, though, I’ve been feeling guilty about it. Which is very unlike me lately. And I’m getting annoyed with how guilty I’m feeling. For basically five or six out of seven days a week I eat so healthy that even I get sick of it. I mix up between what ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ is and forget that having a few treats isn’t ‘wrong’, it effing happens (Can you tell how angry I am at myself)?

I know that this isn’t something I go through alone. I know that a lot of women beat themselves up over the stupidest things. If my friend was sitting across from me lamenting about two bites of truffle, I would look at her like she was an alien. Many times when I was recovering from my eating disorder, my mom would help me by saying, ‘Stephanie, what would you say to your friend if she was crying over eating a turkey burger? What would you say?’…. and that really got me. So the question is, why am I doing this to myself? Why am I feeling like a prisoner to healthy eating? I don’t have the answer.

I am confident that some or most of this is rooted in when I had an Eating Disorder. Back then I wouldn’t eat ANYTHING that looked remotely amazing or that was well known (aka Pink’s Hot Dogs in Los Angeles or the chef’s special sushi roll at whatever restaurant I happened to be at). These things are experiences I missed because I was so OCD about eating healthy and eating so little that I missed so much. All of my being never wants to miss anything again. I always want to experience. And not that I want to eat truffles every day all day but I want to be able to say, ‘hey, yeah, that sandwich is the BEST on the lower east side!’. It’s part of life and I don’t want to miss out.

One time, I was out at a bar with a bunch of friends when one turned to me and said something along the lines of how he really liked my blog (which means a lot to begin with). I responded by saying, ‘Sometimes I write some really heavy shit’. It’s not easy for me to sit here and admit all of my flaws and insecurities. It’s not easy to write about how eating two bites of a truffle is driving me insane, or how when I don’t workout for three days my mind goes nuts, or how I used to be so skinny I didn’t know myself anymore. It’s so difficult. It was difficult to gain all the weight back. Probably worse than being at my skinniest because it was as if I was letting go all the years of ‘work’ when all it really was was years of illness and sadness.

But I am positive that I’m not alone. I know there are other people out there with their OWN issues — issues I can only relate to because I’ve gone through things myself. If this blog or post makes a difference or lights a spark in just anyone, in just one person to be kind to themselves, to be their own best friend, I am ultimately happy and at peace with this whole thing. I love this blog and I love this space but sometimes shit is gonna get real and I have to write about what is on my mind RIGHT NOW.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is be easy on yourself. I know sometimes you are your own worst enemy — I definitely can be that. But it’s just not worth it. So much energy, so little time.

I love Demi Lovato’s new song, ‘Give your Heart A Break’ – I am certain it is about a girl talking about a guy she likes, but the chorus resonates with me talking to myself. It’s very simple and goes:

“There’s just one life to live and there’s no time to waste, so let me give your heart a break”.

And with that, enjoy your beautiful weekend.

-Steph

Quality vs. Quantity

Hey there! It’s finally Thursday night which means that tomorrow is the best day of all; Friday! For some reason, I couldn’t be more excited for this weekend. I have no plans, and I’m totally okay with that 🙂 A little over a week ago, I posted that I was going to take a week off from working out, which was something I hadn’t done in about a year and a half. So when I got back to the gym on Tuesday, I never felt better. Not only did I begin working out again, but I’ve also started eating better.

It’s easy to slip and slide through healthy eating. Days on end filled with salads, grilled chicken, and soup just isn’t fun. So of course, like anyone else, I love to have my sweets and treats in moderation. However, since I’ll be going to Aruba with a bunch of my friends at the end of June, I’m ready to eat healthier than ever (most of the time) and continue down a path of butt-kicking workouts (with rest days, too).

Today, I left the gym realizing that I have definitely learned something. About three years ago, a workout to me was not complete without at least forty minutes of cardio. I pushed my body to the brink, and it basically shut down. Today’s workout was one where I was out of the gym in 35 minutes and I can already tell my arms will be sore tomorrow. I worked on my arms for a little over 20 minutes and continued with ab work for the next 15. It was perfect. The lesson I’ve learned? QUANTITY DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN QUALITY!. Quality is working as hard as you can, for however long you feel you need to. Amen to that! 😉

After my workout I was crrravvvinngggg veggies. I didn’t really question why, but knew that I didn’t have the sufficient vegetables I needed to make an awesome salad. So off to Trader Joe’s I went to stock up a bit:

As you can see, there are mostly healthy vegetables including spinach, carrots, tomato’s, jicama, snap peas, and brussel sprouts, but home girl needs some of those sweets, too! Sooooo I purchased this for the first time — and it was the last jar on the shelf:

CRACK

This stuff tastes very, very much like Biscoff, which is also crack by the way. It’s too good. For 90 cals in 1 tbsp, it is once again a great way to cure your sweet tooth, in — say it together people — moderation! But, yes, I also purchased these:

Because I always need chocolate on hand. Duh. But THEN I also made this for dinner:

An incredibly big spinach salad which consisted of the following:
-One Morning Star Veggie Burger
-Heaping 2 tbsp Trader Joes Basil Hummus
-Diced Carrots
-Diced Snap Peas
-Sauteed Brussel Sprouts
-Diced Tomato
-1/2 low carb wrap

Hit the spot. The healthy spot that is 😉

Have a great night, everyone!

Question of the Night: Do you find that you’re generally a healthy eater? What are some of your favorite ‘healthy’ foods? How do you indulge your sweet/salty tooth?