Monday Motivation: Bikini-Ready in Two Weeks?

Late Friday boyfriend and I decided we’re going to run away to Florida for Memorial Day weekend. I was so excited that I went straight from work to find a sexy little something to wear on the beach. I found a bikini I like, but still feel like I’m about a month away from how I want to look in it – I tend to embrace the “winter layer,” and let’s face it, the weather’s been acting more wintery than we’d like for Spring this season…

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can

via Pinterest

So, I’ve been searching for extra ways to get my booty into gear, and make the most of the next two weeks. Here’s what I’ve got:

And of course I’ll be hitting the gym a bit extra – hopefully starting the Summer schedule and sticking to it!

What do you do to keep on track during beach season? 

Awkward & Awesome Thursday

AWKWARD

  • ONLINE VERIFICATION CODES. Does anyone else have trouble with these? I promise I am not a robot, robots could fill these things out better than I can! I cannot read the scrambled letters; it takes me two or three attempts every time I try to prove that I am a warm, living body that wants to comment on a friend’s blog. Usually, once one that is easy enough for me to do pops up, I wind up adding a typo of some sort and have to do it all over again.
  • Sinuses. Seriously, what are they good for, except getting infected every season-change? If you guessed that I am sitting at home with a sinus infection right now, DING DING DING – you are a winner!
  • Sad news came today, a very dear family member passed away. In the midst of intermittently sobbing, eating Shake Shack and scrolling facebook, I came upon a friend’s status that honestly helped a bit, even if for a short moment. I had resolved not to blog about things so personal, but I am sharing the status, just in case it could help anyone else out there feel better during a tough time:

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered: “come to me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

AWESOME

Now that I’ve probably made you all sad, let’s turn this post around, shall we? Awesome things that made me happy this week:

  • Jamie and I went on a random, for no reason date Tuesday night, and I found a new favorite cocktail spot on the Upper East Side: Jbird Cocktails. A proper blog post is in the works.
  • These boots:

Jamie got these puppies for me something like two or three Christmases ago. I had never seen anything like them, not even around NYC. They’re Turkish and hand-stitched, and I’m always so afraid to ruin them, that I don’t wear them nearly enough. I finally brought them out of hiding this week, and smiled every time I looked at my feet.

  • Target and Neiman Marcus’ holiday collaboration with all of my/your favorite designers. Read this post for more info!

What’s the most awkward experience you’ve had this week? 

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Foodie Friday: Falling Off the Wagon

Raise your hand if you fell off of the healthy-eating wagon this week.

I know I did, and if you did too, you are not alone. Something about a natural disaster makes people binge. I think that it’s partially a testament that eating can easily become an emotional outlet. I think another part dates back to our hunter-gatherer instincts. I watched a documentary during Sandy, which said that humans used to be conditioned to eat food when they could, in preparation to survive for long bouts without it. Maybe knowing that access to food could potentially be cut off makes us load up a little extra? Whatever the case, I know I was guilty of baking brownies instead of making salads during the dreadful week indoors.

Image courtesy of boyfriend’s instagram

The New York Times reported Wednesday on the “Sandy Five,” and the Associated Press also reported on New Yorkers finding comfort in junk food. So just when I was starting to feel down in the dumps for gaining back what I lost with my BluePrint Cleanse, Linda Wagner, one of my favorite bloggers, reminded me that it’s ok. We can’t be perfect all the time, but we can be positive.

Image courtesy of Linda Wagner

So don’t beat yourself up if you’ve fallen down a bit. Get back up, wipe off the dust and start over. Ask for help where you need it, and get back on track.

I’ve had a lot of stress this week, and I know that is another reason that I fell off. But knowing how to identify this, and eating a piece of fruit or drinking a juice instead of going for coffee and cookies is something I am trying to do moving forward. It feels great to scarf down some junk food to feel better, but it never feels great afterwards.

What triggers your unhealthy eating habits? What do you do to avoid turning to junk in times of stress? 

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