I can’t believe it’s only been a full month since the Marathon Bombings. It seems like forever ago. The memorial still stands and is still growing. The sights where the bombs went off still have a policeman each on detail. Forum, the restaurant behind one of the bombs is still closed for renovation. Things are starting to feel normal-ish.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you know the reason for my absence on the blog this week is because I have been shooting the pictures for my book that is coming out… in December. I wanted to have glowing skin for the week so I tried the new Spring Cleanse from The Ripe Stuff before hand. I am obsessed with the cashew milk, the 6th one. The rest were delicious as well. I did have a mini handful of almonds around 4 pm but was good other than that.
Monday morning before the first day of shooting, I went for my Tone It Up booty call which was a 30 minute 10-20-30 interval run. Working out before being on camera is a little trick I always try to do as it helps alleviate puffy eyes if I shoot in the morning and reduces water retention in my face.
We have been shooting all of Massachusetts. I was so excited I forgot to take many pictures but managed to remember a few times. I also remembered to do some stupid faces.
This afternoon, I was inspired to go for a long run after the shoot in honor of the 1-month passing of the bombing. I didn’t feel right smiling for the selfie so this “not impressed” olympic gymnast McKayla impression is what came out…
Tomorrow is the last day of shooting and then it’s time to concentrate on finishing up the text for the book. I’ve been cooking up a storm, testing recipes (one of the reasons I had so much energy for the long run, energy balls do give you energy) and working on the rest of the chapters, I’ve had zero time for the blog. I can’t believe how fast time has flown since I signed the deal. It seemed like just yesterday I had a month to finish, yet the bombings seem like they happened forever ago. Why is it that a 1 month deadline creeps up on us but tragedy 1 month ago feels like 6?
Lately, I feel really stressed out and haven’t been able to get a good night’s sleep in weeks. The book has forced me to put many things on hold and I’m not sure if how I’m dealing with it is the right thing to do. I’m having bad dreams and then wake up wondering what they mean. Do you believe our dreams tell us things we should listen to? What about your gut vs your heart? I’m a heart kinda girl but my gut I think is causing the anxiety. Why pay for a shrink when I have blog readers, you guys have the best advice and that is why I’m asking!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who read my blog. While I do not know what its like first hand, as an auntie I know the demand, love, selflessness, lack of sleep, and patience that moms give to their children. My sister gave birth last week to her first child (and my first niece!) on May 7th. Cameron Louise weighed in at 7 lbs 1 oz after only 45 minutes of pushing. Way to go Sister! While she has only had the privilege of being Cami’s mom for just a couple days, I have no doubt she will be a truly extraordinary mother in the years to come. Happy 1st Mother’s Day to my sister and also my mom who showed us what a loving mother looks like and welcome to the world Cami Lou!
I can’t wait to spoil this little princess. My sister told me that while pregnant she had a dream that Cami wanted to be her Auntie Sarah for Halloween so she dressed up in workout clothes!
As you know, I’m a big fan of juicing. I like to dedicate one day a month to just drinking juice and as a result, I’ve been contacted by many companies to test out their own brand. Full disclose, I did not pay for this juice cleanse but this is my honest review. Skinny Limits is based out of Austin, TX. They ship nationwide. I loosely did the 3 day the week of marathon bombings. I didn’t want to post about it then because I just didn’t feel right about it. I took some pics but kept it on hold.
The cleanse I did was the standard 3-day with 4 green juices, 1 nut milk, and 1 spicy lemonade. For a look at what the process is like when you order a one from a source that is not local, watch the video below.
As with all my cleanse reviews, here is my disclaimer. I do not think you need a juice cleanse to rid your body of toxins. I do them because love them. I love how they make me feel during and after. If I’m hungry, I don’t restrict myself from eating a hand full of nuts or some avocado. This helps keep the feelings of deprivation at bay.
The one thing that I will say with doing a cleanse that is not local, is the pain in the butt it is to ensure delivery. UPS and FedEx are the worst. Sometimes, they don’t even knock on my door and then say I wasn’t home. I’ll leave notes to call my cell, leave the box on my front step and still they won’t do either. My internet wasn’t working all week (thanks Comcast) and so I had to work at Starbucks. Since I was expecting a UPS delivery before 10:30 with the juices, I stayed home until 8:30 and then headed over to Starbucks with a seat facing the street so I could check for the delivery (I also left a note on my door asking them to leave it at the door). Long story long, they said they came and I wasn’t home but did not leave the box or a ticket saying they came! I had to track down the driver to get the juice so it wouldn’t go bad. Thankfully UPS was able to redeliver at 2:30 pm after pleading and begging.
With the California company in March, there was a snow storm in the midwest that delayed the delivery a day. Since it was winter, the juices stayed cold and were fine. I don’t think Skinny Limits would have been so lucky if I had to wait another day. The juices are not pasteurized at all so they do go bad after 4 days. The juices at Starbucks and Whole Foods stay good longer because they are high pressure pasteurized. The argument on whether or not this effects the juice’s raw benefits is debatable but why not just go unpasteurized (as long as you are healthy, not pregnant or seriously ill) from a local supplier if this isn’t convenient for you, ya know?
So, this is my 4th cleanse that I’ve reviewed, have you tried one yet?
So I’ve begun the photoshoot prep for my book next week! Last Thursday, my friend Cate asked me and Rebecca to grab coffee after a spin class. She suggested the 6:30 am on Wednesday to which Rebecca agreed. I am not an early riser but knew I’d be able to do it with the added motivation [...]
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