Category Archives: Inspiration

Don’t Ever Stop

In honor of What I Ate Wednesday, here are some shots of what I’ve been lucky enough to nibble on inhale.

salad with chicken

healthy half salad

Layered salads delicately decorated in feta, avocado, roma tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, grilled chicken, flakey salmon, crunchy pita chips, and tossed in a silky vinaigrette.

salmon rice mediterranean dish

And the best of dippers.

Belly Dancer Salad

Chic falafel.

Compliments of the talented chefs at Basil, I dove into the salad above for dinner tonight. It’s coined the Belly Dancer. Perhaps it’s a salad fit for dancers. The artfully tossed dish certainly left me in the mood to dance.

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I bet you never thought healthy food could look so desirable.

grape leaves

Maybe I spoke too soon. Don’t judge a leave by it’s cover. These guys taste like buttery hunks of spiced rice.

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You can learn a lot from shooting pictures of food, like the more you’re around it, the more you want it. And it’s always sinful to skip dessert.

tiramisu dessert

vineyard vines and cake

Sweater: Vineyard Vines

There were bites of tiramisu yesterday and baklava today. You know my sweet tooth can’t be tamed.

Layers of crispy fillo dough and sweetened pistachios. Irresistible.

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A dessert a day keeps the doctor away.

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I have one hell of a sweet tooth, but I’ll take that over a lot of other things.

sweets over drinks

Thank goodness for that gym flo and constantly challenging myself.

I’m embracing the handstand journey just as I’ll continue trying to make grape leaves look mouth watering in photos. Persistence is the name of my game.

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What are you working on in your fitness routine? Handstands anybody? 🙂

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Leaving Class Early

I took a Nia class today at my gym. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. I’m a dancer, so this class was fun for me with a cool spiritual twist.

The best way to classify it is as interpretive dance, so you have to be comfortable with moving around in a crazy way without a care in the world. 🙂

The teacher said to feel gratitude for our muscles.

your body is a temple

I’ve been taking a lot of group classes like yoga, Pilates, and Zumba, and notice some people leaving class before the final cool down.

I skip stretching way too often when I’m doing my own workout, but if you’re already in class, why not stay 5 more minutes?

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Stretching is so important. Like Chelsea said, it doesn’t matter how flexible you are. It’s important to remember that flexibility is an equal part to being fit. Stretch it out now.

attitude is everything

Do you notice people leaving exercise classes early?

Whatever floats your boat, I guess!

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A Marvelous Monday Evening & Giveaway winners

Welcome to Marvelous Monday! Check out Katie’s linkup here!

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With the holiday season in gear, I’ve been keeping busy with work and workouts.

To kick off Marvelous Monday, I followed a cardio and yoga session with a delicious lunch.

lunch after the gym

Thanks mom for adding the carrot decor to this picture 🙂

Marvelous is my gym. I love going to the rooftop after a big sweat.

ACAC rooftop

Marvelous is a date with myself on Friday night with Thai and Ted Talks.

Thai food

Marvelous is being home for the holidays and Christmas parties.

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Marvelous is a delicious Saturday breakfast.

breakfast at home

Marvelous is taking time for  sheer laziness every once in a while. 🙂

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Marvelous is a cookie dough bomb recipe I made last night. Click for the recipe.

cookie dough bombs

And the winner of the chocolate diet giveaway is….

Alex @ The Run Within

&

Lesleee @ Her Happy Balance

Please email me your contact information to alexandra.katzen@gmail.com. 🙂

That’s a rap for Monday. Have a wonderful holiday!

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Today is Marvelous

What makes any day Marvelous? To me, it’s about the mindset. If I say Monday will be marvelous, then surely it will. Let’s jump in!

Marvelous is the most amazing salad I had for dinner last night.

Marvelous is a delicious yogurt parfait for Sunday brunch.

yogurt parfait

Marvelous is a Saturday night Salvadoran feast.

salvadoran food

Marvelous is a night of jazz – the music not the apple 😉

a jazzy good time

With all the food talk, here’s a little fitness motivation:

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How’s your Monday shaping up?

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