October It Is.

*Smh*. Oh the shame. I will be the first to admit how terrible I am at this blogging thing. Empty promises of how I’ll “update this thing regularly”. Similar to the promise I make to myself every time that I will also keep up with doing my laundry on a regular basis. But we all know how that goes…

So to speech catch up on things, here is a simple list of what went on over the summer to now:

Finished 2nd year of dental school (it was a crazy one), moved to my amazing 1-bedroom apartment out in the Back Bay/Fens area, started 3rd year of dental school, lost my phone, ended my Crossfit membership, was told I might have to move out of my said amazing apartment within 3 months time (it was a false alarm, thank goodness), and got my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday.

From reading the list, you may think there is more bad news then good but I assure you that everything is still great and I am the happiest I’ve ever been. I try not to let the “bad” things get me too down because honestly most things are beyond our control and there’s no sense in being dragged down by it all. You have to try and understand it, accept it, and/or see things from a different view. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” I live and die by that quote.

But I digress. I lost my phone so although I had some amazing photos from some events I’ve attended over the past 2 months, I must “steal” them all from my dear friend Jil from over at big city, lil kitchen.

Seasons 52:

Seasons 52 is a “fresh grill and wine bar”. Their menu changes with the seasons and they offer about 150 different wines on the menu (my kind of place). They have 32 locations around the country, and the first one in Massachusetts opened in Burlington. Jil and I drove out there together and I honestly had no idea what to expect but upon walking up to the front entrance, it was already a great first impression.

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It was an incredibly big space with a dark, home-y interior.

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Once we received a tour, the amazing food and wine presentation started. The chef came out and told us a little bit about each of the plates and world-class Master Sommelier, George Miliotes went over each one of the wines we sampled. He knew his stuff and I loved his stories of how he came to business with some of the wineries that provided the wine we tried. He has to travel all over the world and spend hours and days trying all different kinds of wine. Rough life… (aka my dream job).

All their meals are very light and healthy. Every single item on the menu is under 450 calories (aside from the filet mignon, which is 475). They use no butter and no fryers, which was very relieving to me as someone who enjoys eating as clean as possible when i can. Here are some pictures of the food (which do not do them any justice, and my mouth is watering just thinking about them!)

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There you have it. The mouth-watering collection of some of Seasons 52’s best appetizers and entrees. (Not pictured, a stacked tower of their mini indulgences aka desserts).

I’m usually not a huge fan of chain restaurants, but I actually really like what Seasons 52 is about. They want to give people light, healthy options but not skimp on the taste or flavor, not to mention that they are seasonal (which is not commonly found with big chain restaurants). The restaurant seems a bit fancy for a once-a-week family dinner, but it seems very fitting for a dinner after a special occasion (graduation, birthdays, etc.). I highly recommend the place.

Odyssey Sunday Champagne & Chocolate Brunch Cruise:

In September, I also got to go on an amazing booze and brunch cruise with fellow Boston bloggers + my friend Jairo. The event was sponsored by Blog and Tweet Boston, a local group of…bloggers and tweeters. It was the most absolutely picture-perfect, not a cloud in the sky, sunny and warm kind of day for a cruise.

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Among the bloggers were Jil, Rachel, and Jen. It was great to experience this with old friends and new! There was actually a wedding party on board as well, but there were enough floors and spaces so we didn’t crash their party. I headed straight for the bar as soon as I got on (hey, it was open bar!). Once we all finally settled in to our table, we all toasted with some prosecco!

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The brunch buffet was fantastic. They had every breakfast option, as well as your typical lunch fare with salads and pasta. As per usual, I got a bit of EVERYTHING and got 3 plate-fulls of food. No shame people. Afterwards, we all hung up on the top roof deck and drank, laughed, and took in amazing views of Boston and the Boston harbor islands (which I need to make a trip out to sometime next summer!)

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They had taken photos of us before we boarded and after we docked and I saw this cute little picture, I had to get it! It represents such a happy time and memory for me, one that I will cherish and I didn’t mind paying for it since everything was complimentary.

Whew! That’s “all” for now, folks. I cannot say nor promise when I’ll be back, but hopefully, it’ll be a lot sooner than another 5 months…

A big thank you to Seasons 52, Blog and Tweet Boston, and Odyssey Cruises for providing the complimentary tickets, foods, wines, and other beverages. Although I received everything gratuitously in exchange for a blog post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Once again, all pictures (except the last one), were provided by Jil over at big city, lil kitchen. Go follow her immediately!

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I’m Sorry! (Bar 10 with Blog and Tweet Boston)

You guys,

I know, I know. I am actually TERRIBLE at doing this blog thing. I want to be better and I always swear that I will be when I go to awesome events, but you know how life gets. Anyways, here is the first of hopefully a couple of posts within the next week or so!

So, I attended an absolutely spectacular event with Blog and Tweet Boston held at Bar 10 Westin Copley Place. They just opened up their place for brunch, and invited a bunch of bloggers to come try it out and they did not disappoint!

I’ll just put in a bunch of pictures and let them do the talking. Warning: you will drool!

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A Bloody Maria – made with tequila in honor of it being almost Cinco de Mayo.

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What I ordered: a crab cakes egg benedict. It was sooo good!!! Those fries were deadly.

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Omg, that steak was to die for.

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Their breakfast burger – with avocado somewhere underneath there. Yum!!! I’m a sucker for all things avocado.

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The piece de resistance. A hash brown. But no, this is no ordinary hash brown. It is heaven sent. The most perfectly tender on the inside, crispy on the outside hash brown I’ve ever eaten.

They were super accommodating and way too generous with the food and drinks they offered us. Everybody walked out of there stuffed and there were lots of leftovers too!

So next time you are in the Back Bay area in Boston on a weekend, DO stop by here for brunch. It’s a must!!!

“Delight the World with Compassion, Kindness, and Grace”

Greetings! The quote above is another wonderful neat quote from my Yogi ginger tea. Digestion aid + feel good sayings = a win if I do say so myself. So for more random stuff: (this is me honestly trying to keep up with this blog more. This is as good as it’s going to get for a bit)

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New training sneakers! I popped into a City Sports for the first time ever and oh my goodness. Magical yet extremely dangerous for my bank account. I got these New Balance sneakers (yay for a local Boston company!), and other goodies all with a 10% student discount! I have unfortunately yet to use them because I got sick and didn’t make it to Crossfit last week. On that note:

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I got sick last week for an entire week. (Still recovering actually). I was all congested with a head cold and I tried neti pot for the first time ever. It was weird yet awesome and cleared me right up! Definitely a repeat. (Told ya this was a random post)

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I made dinner and real food for the first time in over a week (I just ate out a ton [and ate a ton of bad food] while I was sick. But no more excuses!) I bought a brown rice medley from Trader Joe’s (I love that place), sauteed some zucchini with lemon pepper, and made this miso/Dijon mustard/soy sauce/honey marinade. It was good but I had some leftovers for lunch today and it got really salty overnight. Tonight, I cooked up a spicy beef and broccoli frozen dinner thing from Trader Joe’s (hey, still better than take out, don’t judge!)

Last but not least, I threw myself back into working out with TWO workouts yesterday (probably why my body hates me and gives up on me at least twice a year with a sickness) . I went to Jennifer Phelan’s Pilates Fusion hosted at Lululemon Prudential (so many free opportunities to work out with her throughout Boston! I love it!! Come join me this Saturday for free Pilates Bootcamp at Faneuil Hall at 9:15. Bring your own mat!) in the morning. Went food shopping at Trader Joe’s, and then I went to my final Ryde class at BTone Fitness. I love and miss spin so much! I never really got into it and I’ve still done it probably less than 10 times, but it’s grown on me so much.

This morning and all today, I felt a really tight soreness in my hips from spin (especially my right hip!) So I at the last minute, decided to go to a yoga class. Mind you, I haven’t done yoga in weeks (probably actually an entire month) so it was much needed.

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I had tried this place out with a Groupon this past winter with a friend (who am I kidding, it’s still winter here. I’m talking to you forecast-for-more-snow-tomorrow) and I love this place. It is a small 1 room studio, so it has such a great intimate feel, and the interior decorating is fantastic (they have mats available and all the other equipment that you would need). The instructors are super friendly, really try to learn your name and help you grow in your practice. I’ve only been to a handful of classes at the South End location, but each of the instructors I had were fantastic and brought their own unique flavor to the table. They are typically heated rooms during the class, but nowhere near as hot or humid as a typical Bikram/hot yoga class, and they turn it down towards the end. Today, I had the most princess-pink flush after class (it matched my brand new pink power-up tank from Lululemon!) In almost every class I’ve been to, the instructors like to do hands-on assist (my fave!), and we almost always practice inversions at the end (which are super fun to do!) They have a sweet drop-in price for students (which allowed me to decide to pop in last minute), and they seem to always have room for drop-ins no matter what class time you go! I really love this private, local yoga studio. I feel it is such a hidden gem in a city such as Boston where there are many large yoga studios and practices. They hold very true to the traditional practice so you will always find true, devoted yogis here. I am actually moving to a 1 bedroom next year in Back Bay just a couple of blocks from this studio, so I’m sure I will be going a good amount next year. I can’t wait to grow in my practice, and I did manage to touch my toes once or twice tonight thanks to the class 😉

Comment below ways in which you sweat, what you’ve savored, and/or what made you smile recently!

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”

So this quote has been a recurring theme throughout the week. It came up on instagram Monday, and I kept it close to me throughout the week whenever I went through something difficult. It applied a lot when I took my first hip hop yoga class Tuesday at 2 PM at Back Bay Yoga.

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I’ve actually kept up with a weekly yoga practice for a couple of months now. Honestly, I’ve never really loved yoga and it’s very difficult for me most of the time because I am extremely not flexible. And no, I am one of those people who exaggerate and claim to not be flexible, yet still be able to touch my toes. I cannot touch my toes to save my life. I think I have a straight lower spine and/or really immobile lower back muscles issue + tight hamstrings + tight hips, a deadly combo. I tried out hot yoga for 2 months one summer a number of years ago, and it definitely improved my flexibility, especially going everyday, but I still cannot ever touch my toes. Whenever I am in a yoga class, I listen to my body and only go to my limits. I know I will never be able to do some beautiful yoga poses due to my limited flexibility, and I’m okay with that. I have actually seen quite an improvement in my practice, especially the mental part where I fight through and try to hold a really difficult pose, going way past my comfort zone. In the past, I usually wimped out and went straight into child’s pose whenever something was hard, but nowadays I really see myself trying to hold on and stay with the class.

Back to Hip Hop Yoga. I had heard about this new Hip Hop Yoga craze going around Boston, and I had been wanting to try it out for some time. I saw that Back Bay yoga hosts a 2 PM Community Class every day for $5 cash. It was a great deal, and thanks to my exam schedule, I had the opportunity to go check it out (I usually have class from 9-4 or 8-4 every day so I normally wouldn’t be able to go). I thought it would be a nice, fun and interesting class and that it would count towards being more of an active rest day in between my Crossfit classes on Monday and Wednesday. Boy, was I wrong. It was actually held in a heated room, and some of the poses we had to hold were a lot more difficult that I had anticipated (I’m talking to you runner’s lunge). My yoga mat was also quite slippery and I was slipping like crazy during downward dog (my most hated pose in yoga), so I had to eventually use a stretch band on my mat to hold it. My hands and feet sweat like crazy during any yoga class and so it’s extremely hard for me to hold downward dog for a long time. The instructor was Kimberly Rajotte. She was great as she really took the time and made sure to ask about any injuries in the beginning of class. She walked around the room the entire time, but she didn’t do any hands-on adjustments for anybody. I personally am a fan of when instructors do that, but I understand that it’s not everybody’s cup of tea so it’s not a big deal that she didn’t. At the end during our savasana meditation, I’m pretty sure I fell asleep and woke up because I snored really loudly. Embarrassing… 😛

Every time I think yoga on a particular day is going to be nice and easy, it always ends up being the most challenging class. It’s probably also because I am always doing high intensity workouts usually a day or two before. So I would definitely consider yoga a workout as it manages to constantly surprise me with how challenging it is.

A number of weeks ago, I also managed to go to BeWell’s “Speaking Sam’s-crit” waterfront yoga class with a few friends from class. The instructor was Joanna Benevides and I personally loved her!

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Her class was structured extremely well and flowed very smoothly. I was again very tired and sore from Crossfit and pole classes (more on that later) from the week before, but I was inspired to push myself thanks to Joanna.

So thanks to many different stores and programs throughout Boston, there are always a ton of free yoga classes available throughout the city and I am grateful for it, as it is giving me the opportunity to have a consistent yoga practice going, and it’s opening my eyes more to how beneficial yoga is to all aspects of your life. And it also helps me work out in a different way and allows me to get a good stretch in between all the other types of workouts that I do.

For more information about all the many different free fitness classes offered throughout Boston, check out Jess’ blog Little Miss Runshine and look under Fitness – Free Bos Fitness. I love that she has organized all the different classes offered and I can go to one page to keep track of it all! She was also one of my inspirations to start a blog, so thank you Jess!

So again, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, out of your box, and try something challenging or scary to you. It’s a great way to grow!

Happy snow day to those in the New England area! Stay safe and warm out there.

Here We Go.

So I have been considering starting a blog for a little while now and I have decided it is time to take a leap and try something crazy like this and put myself out there. I’ve managed to become acquainted with quite a few Boston-based bloggers via various social media outlets and I wanted to see what all the hype was about! I am also aware of the platform of blogging and certain priceless opportunities to experience some wonderful things here in Boston and what better way to get involved and meet some awesome people along the way?!

I grew up writing in a journal every single night, and I found it to be a great source to just vent and release anything and everything that was pent up in me, whether it was happiness or anger. I am hoping this blog will offer something similar as I commemorate memories and experiences so that I can look back on those times and fondly remember everything I went through.

My life is currently extremely busy as I am in my most rigorous and demanding semester of dental school, but I make time to get my workouts in. I still consider myself a novice in the fitness world but I will always give my best to any workout I do, and I think that’s important in anyone’s fitness journey. Everybody started somewhere, and so this is still my beginning. Hopefully, I can continue to grow and challenge to push myself further and hopefully you can join along and share in that with me.

So please be patient with me as I am not the best writer, and I’m still trying to figure out how to customize and make my blog more aesthetically pleasing. But stay tuned because there’s a lot more posts to come!