Friday’s Five

beautiful flowers being delivered to work

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a saturday morning run

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jen’s amaze-balls potatoes

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the best wrapping paper ever

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a new fitbit FTW

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Hope you have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

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One Small Change at a Time

As spring quickly approaches, I am starting to get nervous about taking off my winter cardigan…

….sooo to get back on track I am trying to focus on portion control. I’m getting to the point where I know what’s healthy and I try to eat a lot of nutrient-food. But it can be hard to stop at half of the bag.

One small change I’ve been working on lately is to split food items into small snack sized portions.

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Just think of it as  200 100 calorie snack packs. 🙂

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A second small change: my new visual for mealtime presentation.

I’m training my brain to think of  dinner portions like how they would be served at a fancy restaurant. Less food for me, please.

 

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Sometimes it’s easy to get down on yourself for not following a diet 100% exactly like you think you should: i.e., number of calories, cutting out food groups or certain ingredients. When that becomes overwhelming (like it has been for me a little bit this winter) it’s important to change your perspective. Like focusing on a healthier lifestyle with one small change at a time.

Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

What are some healthy food habits you’ve been into lately? 

Does your diet go through phases or are you pretty good about sticking to it?

Friday’s Five

happy birthday to tuna!

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food is in fashion (in the Chanel show at Paris fashion week)

participating in my first #FitFluential twitter chat

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the World Health Organization’s new guidelines for sugar consumption

getting cozy with a cup of tea

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Whew, we made it to Friday! Was scared I would have to take a sick day this week because I came down with a cold mid-week. It’s my one winter cold so far this year, so I’ll take it. Hopefully I’ll feel better soon and will be able to go for a run this weekend!

What are your plans for the weekend!? Doing anything FUN?

Durham in Pictures

This past weekend Tuna and I took a little trip down to Durham, NC to visit my mom!

On Saturday morning, my mom had a healthy breakfast bar for us to wake up to. My concoction was full of strawberry yogurt, granola, chia seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, almond slivers, and blueberries. Yum!

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Oh yeah, and mimosas. 🙂

We all went on a morning walk in the Duke Forest. The pine trees are sooooo tall.

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After lunch, we toured around the Durham Bulls stadium as it was gettin’ all fixed up for spring. They’re currently adding a new scoreboard to the field.

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The sports day continued with a look inside the famous Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke. Even though our UVA pride was kicking in, it was cool to observe where a lot of bball history has happened.

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Apparently there is a tradition called K-ville where students camp out in tents all winter in an attempt to score Duke/UNC rivalry game tickets. That’s just cray, IMO.

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The Duke campus is gorgeous and it turned out to be a great day to walk around outside. I wish D.C. would take the hint.

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The Duke Chapel –

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I spy a wedding….

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If you can’t tell, I had fun pretending I was a photographer on our mini vacation. We certainly had to walk off all of the delish food we ate while we were there. And it was definitely nice to get out of town/have a change of scenery! Perhaps we can all take a page from the South’s slower paced lifestyle. I liked having the reminder to stop and take a look around.

Tell me:

What was the last trip you took?

Have you ever been to Duke/Durham?

What camera do you use to take pictures? I use my iPhone

I’m Going to Be a FitFluential Ambassador!

Ahhhhhhhh!

I was BEYOND excited to open up my e-mail on Friday and see this:

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When I first started blogging almost two years ago, I kept seeing this hashtag everywhere – it would pop up on Twitter and Instagram, and all of my favorite bloggers would reference it. #FitFluential #fitfam #FFcheckin

I wasn’t fluent in fitness speak at the time.

So…what is FitFluential?

FitFluential is a “nationwide network of highly influential fitness enthusiasts sharing their journey both online and offline through multiple social media platforms….FitFluential was designed to connect health and wellness brands with their ideal target market through customized, long-term experiential and contextual marketing campaigns.”

Not only is it a network for bloggers, FitFluential is an inspiring community that encourages everyone to live a balanced lifestyle to the best of their ability.

Here’s a few stats from their website:

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I started to realize how much of an influence FitFluential has on on the fitness and healthy living blogging community and that I wanted to be a part of it.

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I am so honored to be part of the FitFluential team and can’t wait to be participate in such an amazing program.

I’m going to be a FitFluential Ambassador! 🙂