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Two Meatballs: I Guess We’ll Just Eat Again…

Oh my gosh you guys!!!  I missed y’all so much!  I have to say this may have been the most relaxing vacation that I have ever been on.  Before we hit the road, I went to Class 5 of Beginners yoga with my yoga soulmate, Nancy! This totally set the wpid-img_20150919_105828.jpgmood and my intentions for a restful week at the beach.

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My mom has decided to do the next beginners series with me in October…Nancy!!!  We are going to get to spend so much more time together and I love practicing yoga with my family.  Any who I digress…Postponing leaving for my vacation to exercise was a new one for me.  But I honestly didn’t want to miss a class and feel behind. #nerd As always an hour and 15 minutes flew by and then I was headed to the beach, after I grabbed a healthy lunch at Chipotle.

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And instead of a giant suitcase full of clothes that I had no intention of wearing, my car was loaded down with cooking supplies.  This food allergy diet has been such a blessing.  I literally couldn’t cheat at the beach, I needed to cook and my family was super on board.  This go round, the kids had school so it was just me, mom and dad. It was so weird not having Kelly and the boys there!!!  Miss y’all!  We get along really well and are all pretty laid back.  We got onto the beach pretty much as soon as I got there!  This day was oh so sunny and beautiful. In fact I did not take one single picture, we just sat in our beach chairs at the waters edge and took it in.  I think each one of us individually said, This is heaven….like 1,000 times!  Then I made our first healthy meal…

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It feels so nice to cook for other people, especially your family.  My parents have done so much for me and anything that I can do to make their lives easier feels like such a nice way to give back.  On the menu was sautéed chicken over mushroom zoodles with roasted turmeric asparagus and a brussel sprout salad with avocado basil dressing.  YUM.  The next day, we were up and at em.  Today we went to the pool.  It was pretty sunny this day, but it was starting to get overcast for sure.  I took a nap after our taxing time in the sun winky face!  Before you knew it, it was dinner time and night number two of eating healthy on vacation began!

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Tonight was turmeric and coconut milk chicken with green onions and roasted brussel sprouts with crispy shallots!  Soo good and just look at this view!!!  #dinnerandashow

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Oh how I LOVE THE BEACH! #happyplace

Day three was a little dicey.  It was super overcast and looked like it was going to pour.  We stupidly did not take advantage of the sunny moments.  It was a jommers, iPad, book, Pope Francis coverage, HGTV kind of day.

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It didn’t even rain until the afternoon…oh well!  Hindsight am I right ladies!? #foreshadowing I made peach ice cream today.  This was a homer for me and mom.  JB just kept saying…ice cream is supposed to be chocolate…hahahah!

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And dinner ( I swear we did more than eat, that’s just all i took pictures of haha) was a Mexican feast!

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Mom and dad manned the grill and cooked some yummy chicken.  We also had cumin black beans, a grilled pineapple salad and baked sweet potato chips!!!  The pineapple salad had red onions, lemon juice, olive oil, basil and salt and pepper and it was the winner for me for sure! We had major cabin fever so dad and I reinstituted the late night swimming crew.  We like to jump into the cold pool and then scurry into the hot tub…so fun! #polar plunge

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The next day was SOOOOOO OVERCAST.  But we weren’t going to make the same mistakes as yesterday.  This segment is called…hoping and wishing and thinking and praying for the sun to come out!

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We said fuck it and laid out anyways….fah-reezing!

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That’s us wrapped up in towels!  Mom coined the phrase of the week…everytime we would get even a glimpse of the sun she’d say It’s lightening up!!!  My dad thought she was saying that it was lightening and hilarity ensued!  We were getting so tickled, the sun would pop out for 30 seconds and we would complain about the heat! (Spoiler alert, there was no heat!)  We finally had to give up and go in.  So we all got showered and trekked it into Beaufort…the best little North Carolina town.

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Look at those hands on shoulders…aren’t we just the cutest!?  I love everything about this town, there is so much history and so much to do…

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but most of all, I love the cemetery!  Cemeteries always remind me of my Grandma Apple.  Not in the depressing morbid way that it sounds!  Gigi used to always take me, Kelly and Kristina to cemeteries when we were little.  She loved history.  We would try and find the oldest headstone and take etchings of the old world, eloquent writing.  We were fascinated by everything.  So going to the Old Burying Ground in Beaufort always feels like an afternoon with Grandma.

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I find cemeteries to be hauntingly beautiful and sad and full of nature and stories and folklore.  We learned a lot and enjoyed the time and exploration together. #missyougigi #bicyclebuiltfortwo

When we got back, we decided to give the pool another go and dad came along!

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The sun came out for like a full minute!

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But then it immediately looked like this…

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We walked down to the beach to check it out.

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And got distracted by how adorable we all are…

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Towel hair is the funnest.  We hopped on the elevator just as the bottom was falling out!  Apparently someone caught a whole bunch of stinky fish and brought it back to their place one second before we hopped on.

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More uproarious laughter. #whofarted #allthefish

The sun would not be back this week.  What’s there to do…I guess we should eat again.  Thank gah we were eating healthy otherwise all this lumping would have made me feel really guilty!

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Tonight we had a low key vegetarian delight.  Roasted, pureed butternut squash with garlic and onions with sautéed mushrooms and shallots.  This is the meatiest, most comforting and filling meal! It really felt like fall.  The next day my roommates went to the gym to work out, but even after my last post about loving exercise now, I just was notttttt feeling it this week.

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I read my book Taking Charge of Your Own Fertility.  My chiropractor thinks that my birth control is affecting my bodies pH so I’m going to give it a go and get off of it for awhile.  It’s mildly terrifying but this book is helping my understand how to understand my period and ovulation and take care of my own pregnancy prevention needs.  This book has also fueled my feminist fire BIG TIME.  More on that in another post.  Then I took another nap.  It was raining when they got back but that didn’t stop us from going swimming!

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Which really means hot tubbing!  Tonight we finally ate some seafood!

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Deveining shrimp is disgusting, but fresh local seafood is delicious.  Tonight we had lemon and garlic sautéed shrimp, whipped parsnips and turmeric roasted broccoli florets.  Holy hell this was so good!!!     The next day we tried laying out but it was so damn breezy and with no sun, it was too cold!

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This weather was so Seattle.  So, we took the stairs 4 flights back up to our place (my first exercise of the week thank you very much) and decided tonight would be a great night to venture out.  We had dinner at a Beard family favorite, Amos Mosquitos!

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We all had serious cabin fever and were losing it!  It was dumping buckets, but we had to get out.

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We made it inside…cheers

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Look how cute this place is…and look at the sky!?

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#theresnoplacelikehometheresnoplacelikehome

But we have so much fun together.  We just talked about everything and laughed a lot.  Look at these happy faces.

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And to top it all off, this place has the living best food with several healthy options annddd great service.  Somebody look at this scrumditilioumptios meal!

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Then we drove over to Morehead City and did a little car tour around the waterfront.  I love coming back to the same place, all the memories at every turn.  When we got home, it was iPad city quickly followed by bed.  You guys aren’t even going to believe what happened when we woke up the next morning….it was fucking raining!!!!  So over it.  But it was already Friday somehow! We had a yummy brunch.

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And spent the rest of the morning cooking up all the things left in the fridge!

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We went for a hot tub dip since it was pouring and even got a quick workout in before we went  down,

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then mom and I showered and went to the Aquarium!!!!  I love this place and a solo date!

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My mom is so funny and so much fun.  Dad has been to the aquarium so he doesn’t ever need to go again, but I could go every single time every single day!  Also, dad was super over having his picture taken, so I suspect that is the real reason he bailed!  But fun was had by all!

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If you can’t tell from the darkest picture of life…we are eating this fish! Ha! There is so much to look at here!

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They had a speaker in front of the shark tank and we learned that they feed the sharks twice a week and that the sharks hardly ever eat the other live fish in the tank…because they are lazy!

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We explored all that there was to explore and even got some shirts at the gift shop!  And our yearly cheesy pic!

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I love traditions!!!  Especially this one!
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We came home and had lunch!

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And then I packed up, gave lots of hugs and kisses and drove home!  It was so rainy and I really just wanted to get home and not have to worry about getting up early to come home for my Beginners Yoga.  Mom and dad!!!!  This was so great!  We ate healthy the whole time and made the most of a rainy week at the beach.  I came home stress free and really feeling like I had a relaxing and fun vacation.  Thanks for everything! #itslighteningup Love you guys so much!!!!  And I am so glad to be home.  Until next time my sweet beach! Xo

 

Two Meatballs: Om My Gah Yogaaaaaays!

Well hello everyone!!!  This is your pal Sara and I have to say, I am feeling better than I have in a really long time.  I’m eating healthy and moving my body again.  My mind feels calmer.  I feel present and inside of my own body instead of my own head.  I feel powerful and calm and excited to moved forward with all the things I’m learning in therapy and all my other endeavors!  In the spirit of change and new beginnings, this weekend started my Yoga Beginners Series at Bliss Body Yoga…you’re not even going to believe this!!!  I loooooooooooooooooved it.  It was everything.  What an enlightening experience.  I had such a calm feeling driving there.  Not many things make me nervous, but doing new group exercise things are usually a nail biter for me.  But the night before I fell right to sleep, woke up on time, got dressed, had a green tea and headed out.  My drive there was so peaceful, windows down and I wasn’t nervous…like at all!!!!  I pulled up, walked in and was greeted by our instructor, Nancy, the cutest cutie. This place is gorgeous.

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A tiny voice in my head said , pick a spot in the back.  But I’m a front row girl, so I shook that thought away and sat front and center next to my new friend Jo!

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By the time 11:15 rolled around, the room was comfortably full.  Nancy welcomed us, introduced herself and told us a little about her.  Then we went around the room and said our name, what our previous yoga experience was and what we would like to gain from class.  It was so nice to feel a sense of community before we got started and by the end of intros it was clear that everyone was kind of on the same page…wanting to learn the basics so as not to feel so lost, gain strength, flexibility and relief from our stressful lives.  We started with Savasana or corpse pose, which lets you focus on breathing.  It was like a peaceful nap.  Then we slowly progressed into a series called  Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation which included table to cat to cow to childs pose.  We went over lots of body posture points and ways to modify as your body gets used to the stretch.  Then we went over how to distribute weight in your hands and feet for downward dog!

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Then we walked to the front of our mat and did a very powerful stance. Hinged at the waist, into downward dog, then into a plank to cobra to downward dog I think, then back to standing and hands to heart.  It was a lot of information but it felt nice and I loved the repetition of it.  To finish up we did Savasana one more time and she came by and misted a lovely smelling mixture over us.   Before you knew it an hour and fifteen minutes had flown by.  I ran into one of Kelsey and Alleys clients before we left…such a small world!!!  I have to say, I absolutely loved this.  I love Nancy, I loved Bliss Body Yoga, I loved our group and most of all I loved the way I felt when I left.  I don’t know if I’ve ever been this relaxed after exercising.

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I just cannot wait to go back!!! Thanks Nancy!!!! Xoxo It even made me confident enough to go back to Pure Barre.  I woke up Sunday morning and found myself in Jenny’s cousins class, Ariel!!!  And it was serious.  I was welcomed back literally with open arms.  You really get to know people in this intimate setting!  My pal Brooke was there and then some PB friends, Camille and Karen.

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Ariel is the living sweetest, but once that mic went on, it was business time…my butttttttttt!!! It aches in the best way.  This weekend I also went home and health shopping…

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I got a tea kettle for my new tea obsession, some mason jars for juicing, a better knife, meat thermometer, some dish towels, yoga blocks, a pill caddy to keep all of my elimination diet supplements organized!!!!  I had a Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card from my lovely client who moved to Ireland, Mary and I finally joyfully spent it!  Thanks Mary!

Since I’ve started the elimination food plan to see if I have food allergies, I’ve already noticed that I have sensitivities to cinnamon and cayenne pepper.  Nothing major, but it was for sure harder to breathe after i ate them!  Imagine how great I’m going to feel getting rid of the things that make me feel bad!?!?  It feels so nice to be cooking again and in charge of my nutrition.  I’m not sure how I get so far from center but now that I’m feeling a little better, it actually is fun to meal plan, grocery shop and cook. I’m trying to think of just two days at a time, so I don’t over plan and get stressed out.  Also, it leaves room for creativity and what I’m actually craving…which lately is MUSHROOMS!!!  Lately I can’t get enough!

 

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I love knowing that I have healthy things in my house to nourish and heal my body.  There are so few things i can eat on this list and brown rice and quinoa are two of the items, so I have embraced the grain for the next 30 days.  This weekend I made a mushroom, onion, garlic, leek gravy with oregano pan roasted chicken and tossed the whole thing with brown rice.

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I also roasted zucchini, squash and onions and added it to the mix.  It was so good and satisfying!  I also experimented with some smoothies.  I cant eat bananas which is a smoothie staple for me!  So I mixed spinach,  unsweetened coconut milk, blueberries, mango, pineapple and fresh squeezed lime juice….um delish!  I also made a PBJish type smoothie with spinach, unsweetened coconut milk, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cashew butter.  Jenny tried it and said it was bland!!!  It so funny when you are so restricted how different things taste…I thought it was decadent! Haha.  You guyyyyyyys.  I Feel so flipping good!!!!  I’ve have learned so much about myself.  I tend to put all my happiness eggs in to my health basket.  I’m trying to change that so it isn’t so devastating when I don’t feel well.  So now I’m just focusing on positivity and celebrating when I feel great.  Thanks to all of you and if you aren’t doing yoga or have some form of peaceful meditation in your life, I can’t say enough wonderful things about it!!!  Love you all like woah!  Namaste. Ps: Y’all, this is our 302nd post!!!  It has been so crazy lately I missed the 300th, but what a ride this has been.  We are so grateful to every single person who reads our story.  Xo time a milly.