Pic-spiration: Do what you say you’re going to do.

I hit the gym quite early this morning, but some days I feel that dragging my butt out of bed on a Monday morning is completely necessary to start the week off right. You can want to change all you want, but if you don’t make an effort nothing will ever happen.


Happy Monday!



The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award – say what? As a blogger and a advocate for health and fitness, my fitness goals are completely selfish and I’ve never tried to be a role model or thought I was inspiring, but the sweet Natalia from Beauty ‘N’ BowWows nominated me!

If you love make up and want to know more about it, then her blog is completely for you.

The rules of this award are as follows:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and remember to comment on their blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them and provide a link to your post.
  • (Optional) You can proudly display the award logo anywhere on your blog e.g. on your sidebar and also follow the blogger that nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me

1. I have two middle names.

2. I believe guacamole and almond butter are life, but not mixed together.

3. I have 8 tattoos.

4. I love going to the park to read.

5. If I could live in the gym, I would.

6. I sell clothes on eBay that don’t fit anymore to support my need to replace clothes.

7. I’ve lived on my own since I was 18.

My Nominees Are:

  1. Less Thunder More Thighs
  2. Hoop. Skate. Lift.
  3. Eat. Drink. WOD.
  4. Eat, pray and work it out.
  5. Pink and paleo
  6. Life of a paleo college student
  7. Fat girl to Ironman
  8. Run. Love. Live.
  9. Healthy eats for a happy soul
  10. The Rockin’ Runner
  11. Eat Tribal
  12. Not the fat kid in gym class anymore
  13. The Curvy Roadrunner
  14. Fueled by Fresh
  15. My Foray into Food Storage

Check them out!

❤ Cristina

Pre-race: Run or Dye


I just woke up and I’m ready to go for my 5K today. While it’s a fun run, it doesn’t stop me from trying my hardest. There are two big-ish hills in the route. And it’s going to be a warm one. Thankfully my wave starts at 9 am. I’m number 535 and I can’t wait to share post race pictures!

Let’s get it!

❤️ Cristina

Food from the sea

Today was the last day off of my 5-day weekend, but I have Friday off, so it’s still a short work week for me! Anyway, there was a lot of different seafood items on sale this week at the store, including wild caught haddock fillets. They’re frozen and fit perfectly in my freezer. They were also buy one get one, I may have bought 6 bags…

I’ve had haddock a few times when I was living in New York… thank you fish fry fundraisers, but that’s the only time I’ve had it. I’ve never cooked it and I typically don’t make stops in the seafood section of my local grocer. This was down right ballsy of me. So this is what I came up with.

Baked Haddock with Basil Pesto.



All I did was rinse the fillets once I took them out of the serving size packets and rubbed 2 tablespoons of Classico Basil Pesto. It’s made with olive oil so I didn’t have to grease the baking sheet. I cooked them at 350 for 18 minutes.

I was surprised that there wasn’t a smell with the haddock when I was cooking it. It tasted great too. Not too fishy and I think it tasted better baked than deep fried. I LOVE deep fried food, so that’s saying something. I’m really glad I stocked up too because this will be a staple along with chicken and ground turkey in my journey to lose fat, gain muscle and become a bikini competitor. It’s also completely paleo!

Do you have any recipe ideas for fish that you like to make?


❤ Cristina

Vacation days and to-do lists

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

#100happydays: my career


Day 9: my career. While there are days I can’t believe I work in development and some days I don’t think I can hack it, there are days like today when my students meet the goals set before them that make me love what I do. #philanthropy #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar #payforward #giveback

You can’t beat yourself up over things you can’t control

I’m still not feeling very good and in all honesty, for someone who hasn’t been to the gym in days, I feel like a boulder was dropped on me. I’m kind of frustrated that my workout plans were kind of foiled because of how I’m feeling. I know many people would say push through it and workout anyway, but I know doing so would only make me feel worse. Instead my plan for tomorrow is to walk around the track on campus work. While it’s not typically something I want to do, it’ll make me feel like I’m being active enough for the day while not pushing too much.

I’m looking at my schedule next week- it is a BUSY week at work- so I can determine what working out I can do without stretching myself thin. I foresee many lunch hour gym sessions, which I’m completely ok with.They really break up my day. I’m going to wait until Saturday to decide what next week’s gym schedule officially looks like, since I don’t know how much longer feeling crummy will last. I will say, I haven’t been so hydrated in forever, but I also haven’t taken so much Tylenol in forever. While there are a lot of things you can control, there are just times when you’re body has a mind of it’s own.

I will say that if I am feeling up to it, I want to get to a Bikram class next week. That’s my goal: get my butt to Bikram!

When you all have set backs, what kinds of goals do you set for yourself to get back into the swing of things?