Motivation Monday: American Eagle



It’s official I’m a size 10 in American Eagle too! That much closer to a size 8! 82 days till summer!


Paleo Sweet Potato Mash

Happy Sunday!

Since today was a rainy day in New England, I spent half my day in bed watching Mad Men on Netflix (Oh Don Draper!) and the other half in the kitchen. Since I started eating paleo in the fall, I have found a bunch of recipes for veggies I wouldn’t have thought to try, this one included.

As a lover of food, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and this is kind of a spin on sweet potato casserole.

What You’ll Need

4 small sweet potatoes or 2 large


raw honey to taste



1. In a medium pot add water and set to high

2. Peel and cube sweet potatoes

3. Add potato chunks to water and let boil for 5 minutes

4. Drain potatoes and mash

5. Add raw honey to taste. I used a tablespoon and it was sweet enough.





Some of the recipes I have found call for butter and brown sugar, but to cut out fat and processed sugar I added organic raw honey. Also, I used small potatoes because they cook faster and are easier to mash up.

Whatever I don’t eat with lunch tomorrow, I’ll make sweet potato pancakes with :]


What’s your favorite veggie dish that you like to change up?


❤ Cristina


A serious case of jello legs

Ok, so I set some hefty goals for this morning, and while I didn’t hit all the marks. I did pretty damn good :]



Timed run: 20 minutes

Weighted Squats

  • Goblet squats: 3 sets of 20
  • Plie squats: 3 sets of 20
  • Braced squats: 3 sets of 20

Dumb Bell Workouts: 8lbs dumb bell, 3 sets of 10 for each

Plank Row

Shoulder Press

Lateral Raise

Deltoid Raise

Rear Deltoid Raise

Biceps Curl

Hammer Curl



20 minute endurance run- 1.74 miles

Weighted Squats

Goblet squats 2 sets of 20

Plie squats 2 sets of 20

Dumb bell workouts- 5lbs weight

Lateral Raises 2 sets of 10

Shoulder Press 3 sets of 20

Hammer Curl 2 sets of 20

Bicep Curl 2 sets of 20

Deltoid Fly 3 sets of 10

Standing Row 3 sets of 10



My legs were so jello-y that continuing to squats would’ve resulted in poor form and possible injury. So I’m pleased with the sets I did accomplish, I just need to work back up to where I was. The standing row replaced plank row because I knew I wouldn’t be able to have correct form with how my legs were feeling. While I pushed through the fire in my muscles I didn’t do the rear deltoid raises either.

After two days off from running and 6 days off from weights, I’m not going to beat myself up for my body having a WTF moment.

Here’s some pictures from today’s work out.


A size 8 is in sight!


No too shabby!


Vanilla Paleo Protein with Coconut Milk, frozen blueberries and almond butter. I earned my shake today!


What have you done to kick start your weekend?

❤ Cristina

Gotta get down on Friday, I mean nap

A few weeks ago I had bronchitis and after a 3 day dose of Z pack, I was feeling better, but not 100%. I did a couple of runs and some really long showers and my lungs were definitely opening up, but since my tonsillectomy in January, I haven’t been anywhere near 100%. I went to the doctor and turns out because of my lack of immune system, my sinuses are swollen, which is causing a lot of gross stuff to prevent my throat from completely healing. I can’t tell you how much I want to be better. Being sick is already not fun, but feeling 70% all the time really puts a damper on my workouts and lately my sleeping.

I definitely power napped this evening, not afternoon, evening. I seriously feel like an old lady. But here’s the plan to get back to 100%. My doctor is suggesting I take Benadryl before bed, Claritin when I wake up and a medication for my nose to bring down the swelling in my sinuses.

It’s only the first day and I can breathe better. I’m going to try to run tomorrow. I have definitely been slacking this week, and I know I need to be better, but the dizzy spell after my run the other day made me nervous, so a few days off was needed.

Saturday’s plan:


Timed run: 20 minutes

Weighted Squats

  • Goblet squats: 3 sets of 20
  • Plie squats: 3 sets of 20
  • Braced squats: 3 sets of 20

Dumb Bell Workouts: 8lbs dumb bell, 3 sets of 10 for each

Plank Row

Shoulder Press

Lateral Raise

Deltoid Raise

Rear Deltoid Raise

Biceps Curl

Hammer Curl


This should take up a solid hour; bring on the morning workout!

Well I’m off to bed. Fingers crossed on my recouping :]

❤ Cristina

Hump Day Post

The day is almost done and while I relive the 90s watching Friends I’m going to recap today with a few ask the audience questions.

Today’s goal was a breezy two miles on lunch. Somehow easier said than done.


I ran a mile and then out of no where I got super dizzy and nauseous. The only other time this happened was during my senior year of high school when I would go run around my neighborhood on a hot day. The neighborhood is super hilly and I would push through even the steepest parts (keep in mind I was never a runner before), but pushing through sometimes resulted in throwing up. Since I started running last summer I haven’t had this issue. Has this happened to anyone else?

To caring my heart rate down gradually to not make it worse, I walked a third of a mile while decelerating. So I got something done and hats great, but I would’ve loved to get my two miles in.

Moving on

Once I got back to work, I stuffed my face appropriately.


One medium tomato. One large cucumber. 2 cups spinach and 4 chicken tenders seasoned and baked. Very satisfying after a failed run. Sometimes I healthy eat my feelings

Tomorrow I’m not going to the gym because I have a packed day of meetings and appointments AND I’m working both jobs.

Sidebar I work a full time job Monday to Friday and a part time job a few days a week sporadically. The part time job is to help pt off my masters. Sometimes I work both in the same day, making it a 13 hour day. #roughlife

Friday I will be getting back in the gym and I have an industry conference. It’s going to be a busy day and hopefully not too taxing because I want to achieve the goals I set for myself. fingers crossed

How was your Hump Day?

We’re starting over

We’re starting over.

Happy Tuesday beautiful people. After a few years of writing, I needed to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch. So my pages are set up the same, with the same information, but we have a new location and a new direction for this blog.

Let’s get started.

I’m a 20-something who gained a little too much weight college. Hello injuries! Two years ago I started to concentrate on getting my health back and shedding some pounds. I’m down about 70 pounds and I’m looking to lose another 30, but the scale is such a small portion of it for me. I was very thin in high school and even the first half of my college career, but I peaked at a size 24. I look back at pictures and I can’t believe I let that happen. NEVER AGAIN.

I’m down to a size 10, and the plan is an 8 by December 2014. I wouldn’t argue with a 6, but an 8 is the goal. I think it’s pretty reasonable because:

  • It’s one more size
  • It’s a 5″ loss in my hips and 3″ in my waist: Ultimately, an 8″ loss
  • It’s not unrealistic for the time-line or my body type
  • I’ve come this far, it’s not that much farther

My whole weightloss, fatness loss journey, I have made mini goals to accomplish to help me get to the bigger picture and I believe I wouldn’t have come this far without small goals. I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone, but I know it’s for the better. I still can’t quite overcome the weight room.

I switched to a mostly paleo lifestyle, but the past week would tell you otherwise. I believe in 80/20 because sushi and craft beer exist. However, so does sunflower butter, which tastes so much better than peanut butter. Yep, I said it you’ll live. I did a 30-day challenge in October to see if I could handle the lifestyle and I dropped 17 pounds in that time. Turns out I don’t eat a lot of things that aren’t paleo, except beer and pizza and possibly a few other things (cupcake, pie, cookies, do you see where I’m going with this?). I can live without pizza for the most part and I don’t really consume the other items on a daily basis. I also fell in love with some of the alternatives like zucchini pizza and banana caraway bread made with coconut flour. This is the lifestyle for me, which is what it is- not a diet.

I started working out more and I even picked up running last summer. I completed my first 5K in October and I’m signed up for two more for 2014. I started small group training a few weeks ago and Bikram last fall. I’m willing to try anything once, but I can’t hack CrossFit.

So that’s a little about me. Let’s move on.

Here’s the plan for the rest of the week:20140324-180102

Wednesday: Lunch Run- 2 miles (I feel like after my 5K Birthday run last week I can’t just go back to slacking)

Friday: Weights and Rowing (Spring is here and Summer is 88 days away, and the goal is killer shoulders)

Saturday: Hike with Kristy if the weather is good.

I need to break in the juicer this week. I haven’t given myself the appropriate amount of time to actually play with my new kitchen gadget. I’m completely ashamed that I haven’t made time because I also haven’t been making the time to make my meals either. This is just my own pure laziness, but you know sometimes nap time over rules cooking :]

I’m keeping tonight short and sweet so I can get my butt into the kitchen and make tomorrow’s lunch :] Let me know your thoughts and share this with your friends! You can also find me on Facebook.

❤ Cristina