Finding the balance of physical and mental health through adventures and fitness

Monthly Archives: May 2014

This weekend was amazing and upsetting all at the same time.

After work on Friday I went out to Boston for the night and met amazing people. Over the course of the night I became frustrated and happy all at once. I got to spend time with a pretty awesome person, who may have acted a little silly after a few drinks, but all in good fun. That’s what overall health is though, the balance. Have your cocktail and pretend to be an upstanding adult. With little sleep we ventured into Saturday, the downfall came much later in the night, but there’s no need to talk about it- it’s in the past. But it influenced my Day 19: be you.

Even though it was a great day, with an awesome person, I was still having some struggles with myself. I saw this last night when I was laying in bed. I need to learn this. I need to understand this. I need to love me first and hope that someone else can love me someday too; flaws and all. When I can understand this, I can truly be happy. #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar #love #gettoknowme #ihavepersonility #immorethanmyflaws

Life is a moshposh of misunderstandings, over-communicating, running out our frustrations, under-communicating, eating healthy, binge eating pizza to heal our hearts, Jack Daniels, friends who listen to you cry on the phone, Lindt 50% off chocolate and Leo DiCaprio movies.

Day 20: friends who listen to you crying at 1030 am. Friends who let you leave voicemails at 1 am. Friends who bring you processed carbs and convince you pizza is a good idea for the night. Friends who will do shots with you and let you be a ridiculous mess because the world is too heavy for that day. Friends who remind you you’re a beautiful soul. Friends that remind you that you deserve the best. Friends that agree with you that Leo Di Caprio deserves an Oscar. #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar #love #friends #soulmates @samijimi @karinamoran_rn @kmcc89 @annranc @ccarync881

Sunday wasn’t much better, but I figured it couldn’t get worse and Monday would be better.

Well, hello it’s Monday and I’m doing what I do best to mend a cracked heart: run, sweat, eat, repeat.


Quick morning run around my neighborhood. Almost a solid mile, but holy hills!

As you all know, most places are closed for the holiday, and my gym has limited accessibility, so after my run I worked out with my free weights and did exercises that are effective, but take little or no equipment: squats, lunges, mountain climbers, etc. This is my Day 21: at home work outs prevent me from making excuses.

Day 21: post-run at home work out. The gym is closed today, but I have some weights at home and there are plenty of exercises that can be done without equipment. “Exercise gives you endorphins. endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t just shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”- Elle Woods #mouthsofbabes #endorphins #onthemend #sweatitout #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar

For the rest of the day, I’m cleaning up and working on mending this cracked heart of mine. I do believe a new recipe will come from this. What are some of your favorite health-ish things to pig out on when you’re down and out? Suggestions are always welcome!


❤ Cristina


There are so many applications and software programs out there to help us track our workouts, calories, and pretty much everything in between. One of the things on my “to-do” list was to take a walk downtown. I know it sounds silly, but in the two year’s since I’ve moved here I’ve never given myself the time to walk downtown and explore. I’m about 5 blocks away from city hall and downtown, but never felt comfortable going alone.

Here’s what I discovered on my walk:

  • There’s a Dunkin Donuts and a Honey Dew Donut Shop down the street, across from each other
  • There’s a bunch of sit down and take out restaurants
  • A few cafe’s
  • A park behind city hall, which I knew was there, but never realized how close

Now that I know there’s food closer to me, I will have to resist!

I also met a girl named Francesca, who is working with Planned Parenthood on a grassroots effort to educate the public about new laws that officials are trying to pass down south that will make it harder for women to have access to facilities that provide STD screenings, birth control, annual screenings and yes, abortions. As a supporter of Planned Parenthood- it is more than an abortion clinic, I stopped and talked with her. I already donate to the organization and had no intention of doing so again today, but I know how hard cold calling can be, and I’m sure this is a similar pain. She’s 19 and was scheduled for a 5-hour shift. I bought her an ice coffee from the Dunkin I discovered.

After an hour of walking around and seeing what I could see on foot, I headed home. Straight to my computer, I searched for a software to map what I had walked. I found Map my Walk, very fitting. The computer version allows you to draw your map out, which is really easy. The cell phone application tracks you like a GPS. I created an account with my Facebook profile and got started on today’s walk.


Not too shabby if you ask me. And one thing to pull off the wall of things to accomplish this vacation. Here are some things I saw on my walk too!

This brings me to Day 18 of #100HappyDays: I love adventures. I’m big into sword fights, but obviously there are no pirates in Worcester, so I left my sword at home. I was armed with my cell phone camera though and a large ice coffee. Today’s adventure helped me see things that have been there all along, but I’ve never noticed.


❤ Cristina

There’s a high possibility that I either developed allergies (I’ve never had them before) or I’m getting sick (I have body aches). Today was the first day of my 7-day vacation and I had a plan. It was an awesome plan. Laundry. Cleaning. Post Office. Zumba. I can tell you right now that other than getting my gym clothes on nothing on that list was accomplished. I did get some dishes done, but I feel like complete crap. So I napped almost all day. While that may not have been the best use of my time, I have 6 more days off to get stuff done and be on point.

After rolling out of bed for the 4th time, I made my bed. I’m less likely to nap in it if it’s made- I guess I’m weird like that. I worked on a second to-do list. This list is for my length of vacation. It includes all things healthy from making a new recipe to drop it like a squat and walking around my city. I live in within downtown limits, but I NEVER walk around, so I’m going to take advantage of these days off.

I made 25 cards with different tasks on them that I have to accomplish from now until next Thursday when I go back to work. I’m great with lists and I believe this will really keep me on track as well as give me something to motivate me to think outside of the box.

This is also my day 17. I love to-do lists. It just happens that mine is currently on my wall and not on a piece of paper :]


What keeps you on track? Do lists help or hinder your day?

❤ Cristina


I don’t know how you all feel about warm weather, cold weather, snow, rain or other phenomenons caused by mother nature, but I am so excited that warm weather is here! So for day 16, I’m celebrating tank tops, warm weather, sunshine and a movie star sunglasses.


Higgins House

I love castles. I love history. This house has a lot of history! It was created in Tudor Revival style in the 1920s. I have to say I love working on a campus that has its own castle :]



Today was one of those days where I made more work for myself when looking at data from different angles. I need to be less curious. I worked through lunch and needless I say I didn’t run today. It’s been rescheduled for tomorrow.

Since I had yesterday off, getting back into the office today was a little wonky and I feel like the to-do list was never ending. While I didn’t stick to my workout plan for today, my eating was on point. From my chicken breast and steamed veggies to my paleo banana muffins. I even said no to the red velvet cake in the break room at job número dos! Since getting back in track, I’ve definitely had some cravings and I know the first few days getting my butt in gear are the hardest, but jeez saying no to cake was a big deal. I kept talking about it too. Partly, it was a slow shift and I was bored, which made my cravings intensity. Partly, it was RED VELVET CAKE!

I continued to chew my gum and drink my water, which helped a little bit. When I got home tonight, I had no issues having some steamed broccoli and getting in bed with a water bottle. Being healthy really is mind over matter.

I still can’t believe I said no to cake.

What do you have trouble saying no to?

❤️ Cristina

First I’d like to say that my almost two week off from working out definitely set back. To start my day off today, I hit the gym: 30 minutes of free weights and 30 minutes of high resistance of the arc trainer. The weights weren’t so bad and I add some fun ballet kicks to stretch out; it was the cardio that killed me. I kept resistance between 60 and 75 on a scale of 1-100, and hung out on the arc trainer for 30 minutes.

Other than realizing I can’t slack on my workout routine, I learned that 10:30 am on a Monday is the popular time to go to the gym.

After relaxing for the afternoon, doing some laundry, grocery shopping and making another batch of crockpot apples and dates I headed to Bikram. Again, it’s been two weeks since I’ve gone, but I think I did pretty well tonight. I was able to get to the 530 class. Typically, I go to the 7 o’clock class, but I’m glad I went earlier. It gave me more time in the evening, but it’s also a totally different vibe. Everyone clapped at the end of class- which was awesome because NO ONE really does that in the 7 o’clock class.


Post Bikram! Nice and sweaty :]


Ground beef and salsa for post-Bikram dinner

Lastly, reflecting back on today, here’s my Day 14 of 100 Happy Days.

Day 14: Motivation Mondays push me to work harder. Seeing he progress of others who have a similar struggle or similar goals reminds me I’m not alone. Today’s my day and I started with 30 minutes of weights and 30 minutes of high resistance on the arc trainer. #happinessdoesntcomeinajar #100happydays #gymlife #fitfam #HRM #healthyliving #beastmode #earnyourbreakfast


While I don’t think today was my best workout, it was a good step in the right direction. I’m going for an endurance run tomorrow on lunch since I have to work tomorrow night. Yay, for slowly checking things off my two-week health list :]

I hope everyone else had a successful Monday, here’s to surviving the rest of the week.


❤ Cristina