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Happy Friday

Hi Friends,

I was sick the entire week but the pain is finally starting to fade. Hopefully next week will be a better week. Enjoy the weekend and Happy Labor Day!!!

XOXO

fitness, nutrition, self improvement

Challenge Monday


Fitness Challenges

I challenge you to do my ‘Bridge It’ workout everyday this week


Who: You
What: Bridge It workout
When: Everyday this week
Where: Anywhere you can find the space
Why: Bridges and bridge variations are low impact exercises that provide a serious punch while tighten up your lower body, challenging your core and balance. They look easy but you will work up a sweat after a few sets.
Have you ever done bridges??

Nutrition Challenge

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I challenge you to take a picture of your healthiest meal everyday this week

*post your picture on your social media account using this hashtag #healthypicweek


Who: You and whoever you can recuite
What: Take a picture of your healthiest meal everyday this week, post your social media accounts or in the comments section of my blog * make sure to use the #healthypicweek
When: Everyday this week
Where: Anywhere you eat, restaurants, movie theaters, at home, at work, at the gym, in your car…
Why: This challenge has many benefits. Most people like to show off their healthy choices rather than their cheat meals, this should ensure that you get at least one health meal a day. Try to have fun with this challenge.
Do you ever take pictures of your food??

Self Improvement

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I challenge you to get a massage this week


Who: You
What: Get a massage
When: This week
Where: Anywhere they give massages or from a friend or spouse
Why: Massages can physically remove build up stress, anger, and tension when performed correctly. It’s important to pamper yourself since most people do for others while neglecting their own needs. Live a little and plan a spa day.
How often do you get massages??

XOXO

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What’s wrong with me?

Hi

It’s time I spill the beans on what the heck is going on with me. I have a rather large cyst on my right ovary which is why I’ve been in so much pain. I can’t seem to eat much food so I’ve been scarfing down vegetable noodle soup from a local Japanese curry place called Volcano. If you live in the Bay Area you really should check out this little gem, especially if you’ve never had Japanese curry.

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I got an ultra sound today, next Tuesday I have a consultation with my doctor to see what we are going to do. Hopefully the cyst is fluid filled which would only have to be drained, there is a possibility that I will have to undergo surgery. I’ve been on bed rest for the last week or so but today I feel great.

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Tony took me out for fancy sushi tonight. He’s been a pillar of strength through this scary process.

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I hope everyone has a great weekend. We’re getting ready to go to NYC for memorial day. I can’t wait for classic bagel and lox, a great manicure, and a few expensive massages. I love New York.

Do you have any plans for the weekend??

XOXO

chicken, dinner, recipes

Jalapeno Rosemary Chicken

Hi,
I feel as if I’ve been distant lately. The blog redesign is an on-going process which you might have realized if you click on my navigation buttons. It’s going to take a while before wordpress feels like home, but I’m loving all the new features I have access too. I spent a few hours yesterday creating slideshows for the Me & Eat pages, check them out and tell me what you think.

I’ve been in a good amount of pain the last 2 weeks which has kept me from being as active as I usually like to be. I got to the gym 5 days last week, this week I haven’t been as successful. There is a constant pain in my lower abdominals which makes walking around slightly painful, the act of cardio or yoga seems unbearable. Not exercising means I stress out a lot easier, but Tony has been helping me with that. Yesterday he didn’t allow me to leave our bedroom. He made and served all my meals and hot tea every 2 hours, what more could a girl ask for? I haven’t shared my diagnosis yet because we are still waiting on the details. As soon as I have all the information I’ll let you guys know what we are dealing with.

Since I’m under the weather I don’t have the energy to make lavish meals for the time being. I’m still trying to cook, in honor of this weeks Nutrition Challenge. I also don’t like Tony to eat out too much, I know I’m a little controlling but it is what it is. I like my man to have home cooked meals more often than not.

I created this recipe a few days ago and it was so good I decided to share it with all of you. I’m a Sur la Tabe fan and found this new age garlic press which inspired the recipe. I used it to press the garlic and I also pressed fresh jalapeños with it.

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We have an over grown rosemary bush so I clipped off a few sprigs and tadaaaa Jalapeño Rosemary Chicken was born. By starting the chicken on the stove and transferring it to the oven the chickens stays juicy and tender while absorbing lots of flavor.

Jalapeno Rosemary Chicken

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Marinade
2 Jalapeños – deseeded and minced
1 head garlic – minced
2 tbsp fresh rosemary – chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice freshly squeezed
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper

Chicken
4 chicken legs
4 chicken thighs
1 large shallot – cut in large chunks
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
6-8 cloves garlic – peeled and left whole

Combine marinade in deep non-reactive container
Add Chicken and allow to sit for at least 1 hour
*for best results marinade for 2-3 hours
Remove Chicken from marinade, allowing excess liquid to drain off
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Heat dutch oven or oven safe deep pan to med
Coat bottom of pan with olive oil
Once oil is heated place chicken into pan, skin side down
Cook until skin is golden brown about 5-8 minutes
Flip chicken and cook for 5-8 minutes
Add rosemary & shallots to pan
Remove from stove and place in oven for 25 minutes or until juices run clear
Serve immediately

XOXO

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Challenge Monday

Fitness Challenge


Who: You
What: Complete my Use a Chair: Chair Push ups, Chair dips, Chair Squats, Glute lifts – Complete 12 reps 4 sets of each exercise
When: 5 days this week
Where: Home, work, anywhere you find a chair
Why: This workout targets upper body, lower body, core and balance. It’s low impact as well as quick and easy.
How often do workout?

Nutrition Challenge

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Who: You
What: Cook dinner
When: At least 4 nights this week
Where: Home or at a friends house
Why: It’s easier to eat healthy when your preparing your own food, restaurants are good at hiding calories. Cooking saves money and can be a stress reliever. I try to cook a few times a week, this week I’m going for 6 days, wish me luck!
*If you are a disaster in the kitchen check out Blue Apron
How often do you cook at home?

Self Improvement Challenge

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Who: You
What: Improve your resting face
When: All Week
Where: Everywhere
Why: Lately I’ve found myself scrunching my forehead, creating a puzzled look more often than not. For the last week or so I’ve been trying to be aware of my resting face. The goal is to keep a slight smile instead of a constant frown
How would you describe your resting face?

XOXO