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Many of you have heard of the 100 Happy Days challenge by now, if not learn about it here. I started it because I was having a rough few days at the beginning of May, but I didn’t want to stay stuck in sadness. I’ve realized there are so many things in my day that make me happy and there are many that make me sad. I don’t need to point out these things to everyone around me, just as long as I acknowledge how they make me feel that’s all that matters. So while many have finished the challenge, I think it’s better to not finish it.

I was using it as something to help me see what’s around me, and now I don’t.

My neighbors flowers put me in awe every time I go to my car, and finding new foods or a new place make me excited. My new workouts push me and I hate burpees, but I know it’s going to make me better, stronger and fitter. I know heartbreak and I know that one day I will find someone who won’t break my heart. But I don’t need a photo challenge to help me see all of this anymore. So here are the last few days of photos. I made it more than half way through.

Day 49: baby steps. By changing my eating again and changing my workouts, I’ve lost 4.5 pounds in 2 weeks. 19 weeks until the New England Championship. Here’s to losing another 35.5 by then! #npc #bikiniprep #progress #zumba #cardioday #changingitup

Day 51: I don’t always want to workout and I don’t always love the exercises I’m doing, but I know that the pain or cramping or fatigue will only last for a little while. At my heaviest I couldn’t be more ashamed of myself, but I would usually laugh it off. Even now I have a hard time when someone tells me I’m beautiful; wasn’t I beautiful before? This journey isn’t about the compliments, though they’re nice, it’s about a change I believe I need to lead a better life. I started losing weight so I could have better self-esteem. I started running to prove to myself that I could do it. I’m training hard and prepping for a bikini competition to give myself that last push I need out of my comfort zone to get one step closer to my goal. Even when my initial goals are met, my journey will not be over, this is a lifestyle change, not a “maybe for that dress” change or “maybe he’ll notice me more” change. #transformationtuesday #weightloss #weighttraining #fatloss #journey #doyouevenliftbro #earnyourbreakfast #aspiretoinspire #run #healthylifestyle

Day 52: I see some progress! Hey look at those shoulders! #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar

Day 53: Less sore than yesterday and ready to kill it in the gym. Today’s lunch hour session: chest, back and abdominals. Fingers crossed I can push through these new circuits! #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar #gymlife #weighttraining #bikiniprep

I can’t wait to share with you my progress towards fat loss for the NPC New England Championship this fall and I can promise more than 100 Happy Days.

❤ Cristina


Oh you know hanging out in the doctors office. They were running behind and I was getting hungry.



Day 34: faking it and being fearless. I was taking with @ccartledge88 today about trying new things because today was @kmcc89’s bachelorette party and I have never gone to a tasting before. I thought about it and going to the Grecian Festival alone was a big step for me. I do things alone all the time: movies, dinner, gym, hiking, etc. I have never been in a crowd that large by myself. So here’s to trying new things and being brave in doing so. ‪#‎100happydays‬ ‪#‎happinessdoesntcomeinajar‬ ‪#‎greekfood‬ ‪#‎moremoussakaplease‬ ‪#‎omgdancing‬






Day 31: state signs… On my way to the cape #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar

20140607-212832-77312101.jpgDay 32: sunrise over the cape on my way home #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar


20140607-212827-77307346.jpgDay 33: My neighbor has the most gorgeous flowers. Mother Nature has the best gifts! #nofilter #lovesummer

Here’s a few other photos I took the past few days!

20140607-212830-77310682.jpgThis price is the reason why I don’t go to movies much anymore. I can’t believe this is a price for the noon viewing. I remember when movies were less than $5!

20140607-212828-77308940.jpgNew magazine I saw in line at the grocery store. Some awesome recipes in here that I need to try, including some shrimp ones! It’s going to be a good summer for food :]




My friend posted on instagram that we she was going to start cutting out alcohol, soda and coffee from her diet; all at once. This is a big deal for her, and a big deal in general. Cutting things that we find to be vices can be difficult for anyone, no matter what it is. Lately, I’ve been on a coffee and alcohol kick: Iced Caramel Macchiato to Saranac Shandy brew. When I saw her post, I commented and said we should do it together. While alcohol hasn’t been a big part of her diet, she said that soda and coffee is something she’s drinking just to drink something, not because she’s craving it, but just because ‘why not’?

Not only are there a million things in these drinks that we can’t pronounce, there are a lot of empty calories that we have the ability to consume than if we were to just drink water with fruit or cucumber slices in it.

So here’s the challenge:

  1. 30 days of increased water intake
  2. No soda, coffee or alcohol of any kind- light beer means nothing here
  3. At least 60 ounces a day
  4. Report to each other throughout the challenge

I’m hoping this helps me reset from all the cream and sugar loaded drinks I’ve been consuming lately. I also am hopeful that it will help be de-bloat a bit. Other benefits from drinking water aside from hydration can be clearer skin, eating less, helps energize your muscles, help kidney function. I’m sure the list can continue on.

This brings me to today’s 100 Happy Days post. Day 29: friends who support you and who you can support. Body resetting with my college freshmen roommate. Ohio to Massachusetts, we’ve got this! #healthylifestyle #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar #restyourgut


Here’s yesterday’s post too. Day 28: fluffy pillows and comfortable bed after a long day! Not everyone has this luxury and I’m grateful for it.


❤ Cristina

While I didn’t check everything off my list from my vacation, I got A LOT done! I did a few runs into the city/around my neighborhood. I lifted, yoga’d, didn’t zumba, but rowed, cooked, ate and slept a lot too. I saw friends and explored a little too. I got back to work Thursday and dove right in, HELLO, ALUMNI WEEKEND!

Here are my 100 Happy Days photos to recap a bit.


Day 22: long distance relationships are my best relationships


Day 23: Funny Faces at the end of a long day


Day 24: gaining a little speed


Day 25: Event weekends. We lose our minds, but it’s a damn good time.


Day 26: new running applications and data



Day 27: 3 years of June Alumni Weekend’s. Change happens, slowly but surely.

Out of all of these photos I have to say I’m most excited about the weightloss changes. I can’t wait to see next year’s comparison; hopefully bigger changes.


For Sunday Funday, I laid in bed for an hour or two, then ran some errands and then decided to go exploring. While running errands I stopped by Barnes and Noble, being on a budget, I didn’t buy anything, but I did take some pictures. These are the books I want to read this summer.


With a full tank of gas, I got in the car, jumped on the highway and just started driving. Backroads, main roads, local ice cream shoppes. Two hours later, I turned on my GPS and headed home.


It was good to have the music loud and the windows down. I think I’m prepared for a busy week at work. Tomorrow I have to work both jobs, so I’m going to try to get some cardio in during my lunch hour, with fingers crossed that I don’t tire myself out for my shift.

I hope you all had a great weekend !


❤ Cristina