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Summer Bucket List

This is that strange time  of  year when it could be snowing one day, and warm enough to wear shorts the next. I mean, just yesterday I had to  clean snow off of  my car before work. Today, it’s 60 degrees and sunny. As I sit at my desk at work, attempting to drown out the cacophony of my coworkers’ coughing, I can’t help but think about all of the things I want to do, once the weather really, finally warms up for a few months. Here’s my list of all the things I want to do this summer:

  1. Go hiking. I love hiking, but I don’t do it enough. Last year, my friends and I decided we wanted to have a summer of hiking, but we only went once when we were in Vermont. But we live in New Jersey, and there is hiking everywhere! Rachel and I have big plans for this summer.
  2. Go to California. This might be cheating to put on this list because I already know for sure it’s happening. I’ve never been to California, but Amanda and I just booked a trip to San Diego for June! I’m so damn excited.
  3. Play hooky to go to the beach. I did this  one day last summer – just took a random day off work to go to the beach with Amanda and Justin. I grew up near the Jersey shore, and I used  to go a million times  a summer. Now that I work, I’m forced to only go during weekends or on holidays, when it’s  sooo  crowded and miserable. There’s something about being at the  beach when you are supposed to be at work that makes it that much better.
  4. Go to the  Camden aquarium. I love aquariums so much. But I’ve  lived in New Jersey my entire life, and I’ve never been to the aquarium in Camden. It’s shameful, really.
  5. Go to concerts. I usually go to at least one concert every summer, but I didn’t go to any last year. I already  have tickets  for June to see Train and The Fray. But I want to go to more! I love live  music.
  6. Have a scavenger hunt. I love scavenger hunts. My friends and I  have talked about doing one  in New York City, and I want it to happen so badly. There are a ton of different options. Like this. Or this. Or this. I’ve never really gotten to be a tourist in NYC, even though I’ve been there a million times. What better way  to see our city than making it a game?
  7. Go geocaching. This goes hand-in-hand with going on a scavenger hunt. It’s a similar idea. I love the idea of geocaching and how it can bring you on an adventure in your own neighborhood. I think it’s so fun, and I want to try it.
  8. Have a  barbecue. This probably shouldn’t be on my list because every summer always has BBQs. It’s not like I have to  go out of my  way to find one. But I’m hungry right now and I want a hamburger.
  9. Go strawberry picking. I’ve been apple picking a million times, but never strawberry picking. New Jersey  has the best strawberries, and I want to eat them  all!
  10. Reread Harry Potter. So I’ve read each book at least three times. Doesn’t mean I love them any less. And, seriously, is there  anything better than sitting outside in the summer, reading and drinking lemonade? No. There isn’t.

So, there you have it. All of the things I could think of, off the top of my head, that I definitely want to do this summer. What am I missing? What’s on  your list? Are you as ready for this  winter to be over as I am?


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Almost There

I am in the home stretch of my 21 day fix!  Saturday is my last day and I am pretty excited.  It really is perfect timing, especially with Easter being this Sunday.  Cheat meal for me?  You bet!  Anyway, I must say that I have been pretty impressed with the fix.  I haven’t felt hungry throughout the day, like I had originally anticipated, and I am seeing results.  I did not weigh myself this past week, but I did measure at 14 days.  I lost a half an inch off of both my waist and hips!  That is huge! I really did not expect that at all.  I am really incredibly happy that my hard work is paying off.

I know that some people are skeptical about “dieting,” but this really was not bad at all.  With all of the little snacks throughout the day, I really did feel satisfied.  The only time I was ever hungry was at around 10pm (I do not eat anything beyond this time anyway).  As previously stated, I usually have afternoon snacks such as yogurt so I will absolutely continue to do so.  But, instead of high calorie bars and other snacks, I made sure to snack on fruits, veggies, and healthy fats such as low calorie (part skim) cheeses and hummus.

Here are some examples of the yummy things I ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

 

I am actually going to try to keep some of this 21 day fix knowledge with me and I am even considering doing the fix again in May.  I really do want to continue choosing healthier options for snacks and maybe even continue on a lower carb diet.  Who knows if that will happen in April, but if not the fix in May will set me back on track.  I really do like the fact that I wasn’t hungry or cranky throughout the day and the food that I made was delicious.  The only downside was that buying all of the necessities was really expensive.  However, now that summer is coming up, the fruit should be much better in terms of selection and price.  This is a huge plus!

So, for those of you who are afraid of change or feel kinda bummed about being stuck in either eating healthier or your workout regimen remember even if you start small, starting anything at all is half the battle.  I am trying to push myself to be more positive in terms of my body image, but I know it is not easy.  I still have a long way to go,but my hard work and dedication is definitely paying off and knowing that it actually is making a difference makes me feel great!  Here is to summer and healthy eating!


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A Little Piece Of Summer

I know, I know, it’s fall/practically winter already. Winter, that seems like it lasts forever. In two weeks, Thanksgiving will be behind us and we’ll be thrown 100% into the holiday season. The holidays are fine, but once they’re over, I’m ready for winter to be over. I’m especially ready (seriously, it’s barely started…I’m doomed) because I’ve only just now gotten to listening to Kenny Chesney’s latest album, The Big Revival. There’s been a lot of Kenny Chesney on my mind literally just these past two days. Let me explain.

Due to several social media posts lately, Kenny’s announced he’s doing several shows with Jason Aldean when he goes on tour next summer. The ideal New Jersey location that I’d prefer to go to, I can’t round up the troops for that day. How upset am I? SO UPSET. Buttttttt I decided to check the rest of his tour dates and discovered he’ll be in Philadelphia on a date that my number one go-to fellow country fan can go to. So we’ve made each other a promise that we’re going, and whoever else we can get, good. My friend told me she loves his new album, which, because it came out late and not his typical pre-summer release. To me, Kenny = summer and only that. And I literally just watched the only concert he did this year on TV because thank god they filmed it and debuted all his new music. LOVE IT. I can hear every one of these songs being played live and I can’t begin to explain my excitement for actually getting to see him for the first time in a stadium. I’m shaking in my boots.

I think I have a pretty open mind when it comes to listening to music. I don’t love it all, but I listen, I tolerate, and I see why people like what they like. I wish people could understand the spectrum that is country music because it’s fun and amazing and I’ll defend it til the end, especially Kenny. Everyone needs to give country a break and open their minds. So as I sit here listening to all of The Big Revival, pretend you’re on a beach, drinking, and having a damn good time. Because that’s what this is all about.

 


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So, I went golfing for the first time ever.

Hi guys! I know that I promised vacation pictures this week but I’ve run into some technical difficulties involving a new phone, a laptop in another state, and “the cloud”. I’m also at my parents house in Vermont, aka black hole of technology, so please bear with me for one more week!

Anyway, last Christmas my sister and I bought my dad a custom driver for his golf clubs, about two weeks ago he finally went around to be fitted and ended up buying a whole new set of clubs. He golfs quite a lot in the summer so for him it’s worth it. Obviously, when they arrived this past Monday , he had to get out and test then right away and my mom and I went along for the ride. I’ve played mini golf my fair share of times and have been to a few driving ranges but this was the first time I’ve ever played on an actual golf course so please enjoy the following pictures as a ridiculous documentation of my efforts.

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As you can tell, I’m a natural. No, just kidding, I’m not at all. I’m very sore today and I was not good at all. All things considered though it was fun and I would definitely give it another try. Have you ever been actual golfing? What other summer adventures has everyone been up to?


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On Vacation

Hi everyone, today is going to be a quick post, I’m actually on vacation with my family in Martha’s Vineyard, and am trying to disconnect some more. So far we’ve been eating lots of seafood, hanging out by the beach, playing with baby cousins and playing card games. I’ll share some pictures in my next post! I hope everyone else is having a great summer. Does anyone else have any trips planned?

I also apologize for the quality of this message, I’m sending it from my phone!


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Summer Reading

Hi everyone!  This post is a bit selfish on my part, because I’m really actually looking for suggestions from other people.  If you can remember, I wrote a post a few weeks ago about trying to disconnect a bit and be less reliant on my computer and phone and iPad, etc. for entertainment.  I’ve found myself spending a little more time outside, going for walks or the gym, but what I was really hoping for was to read more books.  When I was a kid I used to read so many books every summer.  I used to wait anxiously for the latest Harry Potter book and then REALLY disconnect for a few days until I finished it and then read tons of book on top of that.  So much so that my mom tried to hide one of the books from me one time so that I would spend time with my grandparents who were visiting.  I think that the difference is, when I was younger I would just read whatever I wanted or thought would be interesting, regardless of what anyone else said or thought about it.

Anyway, this summer I was hoping to read a few more books, but so far, I’ve started two and become very bored with them and not finished.  I think my problem is that I’ve been trying to read books that are supposed to be “good” for me.  Or that I can learn something about.  I think that both types of books are important, and I also think it’s important to have a balance.  For now, I’m going to take a break from these “important books” and try to find something that I can really enjoy and get caught up in.  I’m heading on vacation in a few weeks and looking for suggestions for some good beach reads.  This is where everyone else comes in, if you want!  For my part, in the past year I have gotten though a few books that I’ve really enjoyed, (below) incase anyone else is looking for suggestions too!

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles

The Art Forger – B.A. Shapiro


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Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! Doesn’t feel like your typical holiday this time of year in the northeast since Hurricane Arthur decided to pay us a visit along with some other storms. It’s currently 73 degrees and windy where I am in New Jersey, and it feels quite chilly. Thankfully the rain has ended and it should be decent enough out for some fireworks later tonight. I’ve always liked Fourth of July…it’s right smack dab in the middle of the summer which makes me quite happy. Some of my favorite memories are of my family and neighbors all going to a local park and spending the day listening to live music and eating and playing games on our blankets and lawn chairs, followed by fireworks to round out the day. As far as I can remember, we always had nice days so rolling around in the grass on those hot days were fun for us kids. More recently, I’ve been trying to do my own thing with friends this holiday. One of the best Fourths I’ve had the past several years was heading down the Jersey Shore. Spending the day on the beach with friends, going out to dinner, sitting on the jetty watching fireworks, and heading back to the house to sit on the porch with a few drinks is really the ultimate summer day. Today isn’t quite that day this year due to such awful weather, so here’s hoping we see some fireworks tonight and have a great weekend to make up for it! Go celebrate, because ‘Merica!