Would you rather reward yourself with food or a manicure?

After working hard the past few days, I rewarded myself with not cupcakes but a manicure! I went to MiniLuxe on Newbury street which charges a hefty $19 for a simple manicure but enjoyed my experience with Sunny. I’m not big on rewarding myself with food because whenever I do, it ends up turning into a free for all. Pampering I think is my go-to when it comes to the rewards system. I’m always curious if people find that rewarding a good food relationship with junk food helps them stay on track because it just seems like a train wreck waiting to happen. Would you rather reward yourself with food or a manicure?

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She was amazing with the cuticles, not once did I flinch or wince. I used to HATE manicures because my nail tech would always try to snip too much. This Spring, I discovered how much I enjoyed the quick pampered service thanks to a great little place. Sadly, that salon closed due to an increase in their rent (RIP Thy’s Nail Salon). I’ve been looking for a new place since May and as a result, as you may have noticed in this video, I let my nails go. I tried a few places on Newbury but have not found my home yet.

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I asked my twitter buddies what color I should get. It seemed like neon and pastels were the way to go, so I compromised and got something that looked in the middle. It was a seasonal color by Essie, but I don’t remember the name. I feel like you can tell ‘m still new to regular manicures since I never remember my color. A number of twitter friends told me to get Essie’s Bikini So Teeny, which happens to match the flowers at my sister’s wedding next weekend, so I’ll be getting that color next Friday. Thanks @RunningRunway and @UpToDateKate for the suggestion!

This morning, I went for a booty call featuring the most challenging interval workout I mentioned last week. Today I only did 4 rounds for a total workout time of 32 minutes. I ran 3.5 miles despite walking for least 6 minutes. The workout is no joke and will guarantee to make you sweat.2012 08 02 09 07 51

Afterwards, I showered up and got ready to hit up the office. I packed a few snacks with me since I’ll be going to Bar Method later and will need a bump in energy before hand. I picked up some Coco Lite Muligrain Pop Cakes in wheat. at Whole Foods yesterday based off my friend Elizabeth’s reccomendation. Each crisp has 20 calories and is pretty big! I put 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in between 3 crisps.
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They are made with unbleached wheat flour, whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, corn flour, water, and sea salt. The original flavor has 16 calories per cake and is made with wheat flour, rice flour, corn flour, water, and sea salt. I didn’t know the difference, so I just got the whole wheat. I like them but want to try the Blueberry or Maui Onion flavor! 
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They were only $2.99 for 18 crisps. This may be my new rice cake alternative and a great low cal vehicle for my peanut butter obsession. Apples and celery are the other two. The crisps were light and airy. The flavor is not overpowering. Very simple and would probably be great with Laughing Cow Cream Cheese spread and Stonewall Kitchen Blueberry Jam!

Have you tried pop cakes yet? I have seen them for a long time, but it took a personal recommendation from a best friend to actually take the plunge and try them.

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