An Ode to the Annual Food Coma

To say that I am beyond stuffed from all the eating I did today would probably be the ultimate understatement of the year.

Even though the food is always a big hit when it comes to Thanksgiving, it is never the most important thing.  For me, it is a day to reflect on the things that I am thankful for, and a day to reflect on what has happened over the past 11 months.

I was talking to my friend tonight as we were working on dinner and we were telling each other what we were thankful for and I realized I have a lot to be thankful for.

First of all, I have a roof over my head and I am able to live in LA and pursue my dreams. I am also thankful for my family and friends that are there for me and support me in anything that I set my mind to.

I am also thankful for the job that I had with Wag for a few months.  I may not be working there anymore, but my time there left an impact in my life and I met some pretty awesome people that have impacted my life in many ways.

I am thankful that I have good health. It may not be perfect, but it could be worse and I am thankful that it is not.

I am thankful for a certain someone who has been a positive influence in my life and helped me grow and step out of my comfort zone in ways that I did not expect.

I am thankful that I found my voice through writing and for starting my blog earlier this year.

And last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for all of you, my readers, who put up with me randomness and are there for me when I need to vent and voice my opinion on things.  Thank you all.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

What are some things you are thankful for?

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The Road to a Healthy Life

My best friend Heather Schultz just uploaded a video today talking about her fitness routine and as I was watching the video I thought about what I do to stay healthy and fit and what I can do better.

I have never really been one of those people that exercised on a regular basis. Growing up my parents, doctors, and physical therapists would always get on my case about how much I did NOT exercise and how much more I should. I can basically chalk it up to the fact that I was just plain lazy and the fact that I did not like how much it hurt to stretch. But as the years have gone by I have noticed how important it is for me to exercise because it will ultimately help my muscles.

Over the past six months or so I have found myself exercising and stretching more. I tend to exercise with Heather in the mornings and kick some ass by listening to Billy Blanks and doing Tai Bo. I have found though that while the cardio is always good, the stretching is the most important for me, especially the leg lifts (which believe me can be a pain in the ass, but no pain no gain right?)

Eating right is also an important factor. I will admit that I have eaten out a lot in the past and most of the time it has been crap food that is not good for me. But over the last few months I have been more cautious about what I eat. I will make sandwiches, have some Lean Cuisine, or make a salad with some kale, tomatoes and carrots. I have also been a huge Pepsi drinker and I have cut back on my soda intake and substituted it for carbonated flavored waters. The only time that I will have a soda most of the time is when we do go out to eat, and even then I make sure that I have something more on the healthier side to eat.

So, now, I am going to turn the tables onto you and ask you what you do to stay healthy. Do you eat well? Do cardio? Run? I would love to hear your stories. Please leave them below! 🙂