find your [fitness] thing

How many people do you know who strive for a sedentary lifestyle in which they are unhealthy? Personally, I know zero. I do know people who live unhealthy sedentary lifestyles, but to say that those people strive for that or are proud of it would be inaccurate. Deep down we all feel better about ourselves when we exercise regularly. So why is it so hard to keep up the routine sometimes? What keeps us from bettering ourselves?

I would venture to say that when exercise feels this way, when it feels like a chore, it's because you haven't found your "thing". What "thing" is this, you ask? It's that workout that you finish sweat dripping, muscles shaking, knowing you just gave it 110%, and you can't wait to come back for more. It's the workout that you look forward to instead of dread, no matter how difficult it is. It's the workout that you do in your sleep (or maybe that's just me). It's the workout that becomes a mandatory part of your life.

It took me five days shy of 27 full years of life to find my "thing", but my perspective on fitness and its role in my life has changed drastically since that day. The thought of being inactive, of going two consecutive days without that lift, tone, burn gives me the sads big time.

So go out and find your fitness thing. It's not going to be the same for everyone, but I'm convinced that there is something out there for everyone. Try running, yoga, barre, crossfit, spinning, pilates, zumba, or even a long walk with a friend. Try all of the fitness things until you find the one that speaks to you. Once you find it, I promise you'll never look back.

Abs are made in the kitchen. But so are cupcakes.

At this point, who hasn't heard the expression "abs are made in the kitchen"? It's on Pinterest, Instagram and any health-related blog out there. But can I just point something out? Cupcakes are made in the kitchen too. and pizza. and ice cream. and bacon. and all of the things that taste like heaven.

I love to exercise, and I'll be the first to admit that I love the aesthetic benefits that come from it. I have an internal battle every once in a while about whether or not I should really buckle down, cut the crap(py food) out and unveil a little bit more of the muscle that hides beneath the layer of desserts. After many of these internal battles, I've come to the conclusion that moderation is my friend. I know abs are made in the kitchen, but personally, I have to live a little. And for me, living means savoring a dessert every once in a while or going for the cheesy potatoes when I "should" opt for the asparagus. 

I seriously mean it when I say more power to all of you who eat lean, clean and green 100 percent of the time. But as for me, I'll take my abs with a side of cupcakes.

Rollin' on the River

It was a looooovely weekend, but I'll spare you all of the boring details (except for the not-so-boring sunset below) and focus on the highlight: kayaking. Justin and I have been wanting to try our hand at this, so when the gorgeous weather presented itself this weekend, we took advantage. We took a one-way five mile trip down the Charles and rowed towards Back Bay/Beacon Hill/Kendall Square. It was awesome seeing the city from the water, the weather was perfect and it wasn't too bad of a workout. All in all, I would call it a successful outing.

Skoah Newbury Review: A New Perspective on Facials

I've always been of the belief that facials are a waste of money. I can wash my face at home, right? Something happens, though, as you get older and you begin to realize that your skin isn't going to stay the same forever. It's going to get wrinkly and spotty and saggy and ew. And you're stuck with this skin And so you begin to reevaluate these previously held beliefs on facials.

This is what happened to me, anyway. And so I did my research and found myself lying atop a fluffy heated bed at skoah on Newbury back in April to receive the second facial of my life (gasp. I didn't even get one before my wedding. BIG GASP).  

I have now had three facials (one facialiscious, two fitskins) with the lovely Becca, and I have certainly seen improvement in my skin. My chin has been a breakout problem area for me for a solid eight years now. I'm talking cystic-below-the-skin-painful-acne-problem. It took some time, but I have seen only a couple of itty bitty zits pop out and ZERO cystic monsters in the past seven to eight weeks. In addition, my skin just looks better in general now that I'm sporting a nice little glow instead of dull dead skin cells.

The great thing about skoah is that they treat skincare like personal training where you work out your skin regularly, which HELLO, clearly I can get on board with. Your "personal trainer" (esthetician) provides you with a skincare plan to follow in between facials to help maximize the results. I've been slowly transitioning to nearly 100 percent skoah products as my old skincare products run out, and let me tell you, I LOVE THEM.

All in all, I'm very pleased that I changed my tune about facials. Not only am I happy with the results I'm experiencing now, but I think I'll also be happy in 20 years when I know I've done what is best for my skin. What's your view on facials? Love 'em or feel they're unnecessary?

Summer Travels

So I've been a little MIA this summer. This is partially due to my personal computer being kept at work for video editing purposes, and it's partially due to lotssss of travel, as you'll see below. Our summer travel is done for now, which I'm very thankful for. It's all been fun, but it's nice to stay at home two weekends in a row too. Also, not pictured was a trip back home to Indiana, which ended up being a day longer than it was supposed to be, because Delta is awesome and cancelled our flight home on Sunday night. That's a story for another day though. For now, here's a photographic summary of my summer travels this year!

How has your summer been? Travel-filled or more relaxing?

Fancy Schmancy Strappy Sports Bras

I have a newfound appreciation for fancy, strappy sports bras. It's an activewear purchase that I put on the back burner at times, but after recently purchasing and falling in love with the Lululemon Free To Be Wild Bra (currently sold out), I'm now inspired to rock the strappiest and most intricate of sports bras I can find. There's a decent chance that I care more about the look of the bra rather than the level of support it provides, because I just don't have that much to support if you get my drift... But hey, you have to take advantage of the few situations that favor the little gals when you can! Check out some of my top picks below.

top left: Lululemon Energy Bra, top right: Free People Lattice Back Bra, center: Lululemon Free To Be Bra *Wild (sold out, but available on eBay!), bottom left: Karma Lynne Bra, bottom right: Karma Wear Zelda Bra

Do you like the strappy look or do you prefer to keep it simple?

The Weekend: Inaccurate Weather Man Edition

As promised, today I'm getting all caught up and recapping this past weekend! The weather was supposed to be horrendous. Lots and lots of rain. To my pleasant surprise, it turned out to be gorgeous. These are the times when I love the weather man's inaccuracy. 

We took full advantage with a long walk through the city to visit the Institute of Contemporary Art, where we got our weekend dose of culture. Then we switched gears and hopped right on over to the Barking Crab and grabbed a couple of drinks. It's definitely one of our favorite summer spots, and it was great to be able to get back out there! We finished off the day with way too much sushi at Snappy Sushi thanks to a Gilt City deal.

On Sunday, we headed out for a round of golf. Yes, that's me up there looking like a pterodactyl. This was the first time since moving to Boston that we've gone out and played together. My extended hiatus was evident in my performance. I had my fair share of nasty shots and lost balls, but it still felt good to play. Here's to improving my game over the coming months! 

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