Mental health clearly affects physical health

I am so glad the weekend is almost here! This week has been one of those weeks and I have a nice run planned for Saturday with a girl I met named Sarah. We’re going to do the loop I ran last weekend at the park. We’re shooting for 4 loops to make 3 miles. Fingers crossed.

So the past few weeks I’ve been having a facial tick that has been pretty annoying, but nothing I would normally care too much about; except that it’s been almost a month now. My diet hasn’t been fantastic, but it’s not awful; my sleep hasn’t been any more or less than normal and I don’t think I’m more or less stressed than usual. I really have no idea what could be causing it. My doctor ordered an MRI for me yesterday and results came back today that every thing is normal.

So before I get into my “ask the blogosphere” here are some pictures post MRI. I’m slightly claustrophobic and even though it was an open machine I was a little panicky so I needed a little pick me up to get myself in check.



Steak Fajitas Quesadilla with extra guacamole and Sangria from On the Border


Springfield Museums: Dr Seuss Sculpture Garden “The Lorax”


“The Wrestlers” by Laugier


The Grinch and Max





Oh the Places You’ll Go!


“Rehearsal before the ballet” by Degas


“Merry Go Round” by Reginald Marsh


Lunch and museums were the perfect thing! I had to pull myself from the French Impressionists so I could see the rest of the museum. I fell in love with them all over again.

Now to my “ask the blogosphere” portion. If my facial twitch is from underlying stress what can I do about it.

For a while, I meditated and I liked it a lot, but it definitely made me sleepy; it was something I tried to save for before bedtime. I have been running and working out on lunch when I can’t work out at night; which helps break up my work day and makes me more productive for the latter half of the day.

My doctor is suggesting that I try to drink more water, try to get more sleep and keep up my workouts. What do you do when you’re stressed? What workouts help you relax?

Until I figure out something, I have a lunch run planned for tomorrow before heading into a long work day at both jobs, followed by a good night’s sleep.

I can’t wait to read some of your suggestions and I can’t wait for the weekend.

❤ Cristina


Successful Sunday: From Laundry to Cooking

Today was a great day and definitely one for the books.

I had the best weekend I’ve had in a long time, and I woke up happy this morning; not something I can say about every morning. But today I was genuinely happy and smiley when I got up this morning.

With my new found energy, and a few texts from friends, I pushed my butt out of bed and got my to-do list started. Between laundry and watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix (new obsession!), I got my first outdoor run in. I COMPLETELY KILLED IT!




Outdoor shoes #whitewontlast

My mile was 1:40 fast than I typically run indoors on the treadmill. My lungs definitely paid the price after a mile. My breathing is very different than when I run inside, so I need to work on that; my pace was pretty steady throughout the run so I have hope that I can get my breathing under control.




After my run, I stopped by the grocery store and picked up two Larabars: Apple Pie and Cherry Pie. They didn’t have any other flavors, but I know there are a lot of other places that sell them so this was good for today. Larabars are pretty clean fruit bars. They’re all made with less than 9 ingredients and all ingredients are whole foods such as almonds, dates, apples, cinnamon, etc. They’re gluten free, soy free, dairy free, vegan… I can pronounce all the ingredients and that made me pretty happy.

I tried the Apple Pie bar today and it was awesome! I can’t wait to try the Cherry Pie bar tomorrow… regardless I need to get my hands on more of these bars.


This morning I asked if any of you had heard of Larabars and what you thought about them. Greta at Fueled by Fresh not only confirmed that these were a great bar, but she shared a recipe for a homemade bar that she uses. So after my trip to the grocery store, I stopped at the Mediterranean Market by my house to pick up pitted dates.



I picked up two different things: whole pitted dates and pitted date paste. The second is basically pitted dates already thrown into a food processor. I figured might as well get both and see what works best. For tonight’s bars I used the paste and it was pretty darn easy. I added sliced almonds,shredded coconut, coconut oil and dark chocolate chips to the paste in a food processor. After it was mixed, I kneaded it a bit more and formed it into a square on wax paper and put it into the fridge for the night. It really can’t be screwed up is super simple.


After all the sticky mess was cleaned up I got down to business: dinner and snack for tomorrow.


Thanks to Ashley Jara for the genius idea to use an ice cream scoop to get all the seeds out!

Up first: Spaghetti squash for tomorrow’s snack.



Tonight’s dinner: Guacamole burger salad with raw onion and tomatoes.

Three loads of laundry, two loads of dishes and 10 episodes of Friday Night Lights later, I’m in bed under the covers still smiling, wishing this weekend would never end.

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❤ 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

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