Sunday, October 23, 2011

Detox Sunday

This morning was quite lovely.

It started pretty early (around 7 a.m.), 

with a yummy green juice from The Big Squeeze.

waited for Brandi to get our yoga on at the beach.

enjoyed my juice :)

my girl Brandi (aren't her pants saweet?)
she's also a phenomenal yoga instructor.

super foggy, but still beautiful.


playing with Picnik



That concludes our yoga on the beach. 
BTW, if you've never done yoga on the beach, it's worth a try. It's definitely interesting and a bit challenging, but really fun!

This Sunday was a day of detoxing and rest. I really enjoy having one day a week where I don't exercise and I don't clean. Instead, I fill my day with restorative activities and cleansing/nourishing meals. This morning was the epitome of restoring and nourishing: Green juice and yoga on the beach (my favorite place to be).

Recipe of the day (my lunch):
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • a spoonful of Grey Poupon Dijon mustard (YUM!)
  • a handful of chopped, roasted and salted almonds
  • a handful of diced chicken
  • 1/2 of an avocado
1. Put all ingredients, except avocado, in a small bowl.
2. Mix well.
3. Put contents on a small plate.
4. Serve with avocado as a side.
I am no chef.
I can not put together ingredients and create yummy food.
I always need a recipe/instructions when cooking.

I am a foodie.
I put what ingredients I had on hand together and it turned out super yummy.
I did not use instructions and this recipe was my own.

For the remainder of my restful and detoxifying day I sat in bed writing a Sunday post for my auntie's blog, while catching up on my blogroll and cheering on my Texas teams, both of which whooped some St. Louis tush tonight. 

Shon has lived in many places in the U.S. (and he lived in Greece!), but he considers St. Louis to be his hometown, so you can probably imagine how much fun it is to talk smack to him during the World Series and when the Cowboys play the Rams. The funny thing is, I'm not a huge sports person, but since dating Shon I've gained an interest in watching sports. Not to mention it's a great way for us to chill, hang out, and bond. 

To end this lovely day Shon cooked dinner! And he's doing the dishes too! So, that means mucho relaxation for this chica :)

Hope you had a wonderfully exciting, relaxing, and energizing weekend loves! 
Here's to a happy Monday!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

So...

A lot of fun stuff has happened in the past couple of weeks that I'd like to share here with you, but I haven't been able to find the time to, nor have I been able to pull my thoughts together to write a cohesive post about it. I'm shooting for this weekend. In the mean time here are some random photos from this week:

Healthy Habits :)

An evening with Shonuff's co-workers.
Start of a fun day at an Italian restaurant in Encinitas, CA
Same day. Train ride to Little Italy.
Can you believe this was only my second time riding on
a train??
Little Italy!
Wine & gelato; my fave!
Getting ready to "play" tennis.
Shon probably hates "playing" tennis with me haha!
After dropping Shon off at work, I got to witness this majestic sky.
Monday Night Football with some yummy dark brew.
(And an Arrogant Bastard sign in the backdrop.)

Gas Lamp District in downtown San Diego.
Shon performed at The Stage.
Aren't these buildings beautiful?
tried to photograph my attempt at a fishtail braid
to no avail.
However, I do like the photo.
First time (EVER!) getting a cupcake from Sprinkles. This one had pieces
of almond in it...yum! I plan on going there every Wednesday for the
pumpkin flavor, every Thursday for the chai latte flavor, AND every Sunday
for my absolute favorite flavor of anything in the world: LEMON.
This day that I went, we just so happened to pass by as they just
gave away their secret code for a free cupcake on FB. Hehe.
Can you see the body of water over yonder? Well, that my friends is MY
view from MY bed. Awesomeness. And in that exact spot, every night
around 10 o'clock, I get to see a fireworks show :)
My sexy boyfriend (tonight at the Green Flash Brewery
in Mira Mesa).
Shon's drink = gone.
Mine = super strong and not yet finished!


That's all for now.

BTW, I made a WILDyetZenful Facebook fan page, so you should definitely LIKE it. I think I'll use it to announce new posts and for any random daily life updates/photos.

Also, you can Twitter me, which is also filled with randomness :)

I leave you with some Yosh:


Fave part at 3:55.
And climax shortly after 4:24.
Or you could just watch the whole thing.


Hope you've had a wonderful week & a happy Friday.
Here's to the weekend!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Detox Sunday

He's brewing butterscotch toffee coffee and while he sits awaiting a cup, he indulges in a bit of chocolate&&peanut covered toffee; the toffee that we got on our day trip to Julian, CA yesterday from a cute little store called, Julian Cider Mill: Nuts & Honey. The aroma fills our apartment and the envy sets in.


What I really wanted...chocolate toffee pecans. Mmm.

Homemade jams and candies! And way too many people in
such a small store.

The chocolate/peanut covered toffee we ended up getting. It was delish!

haha goof.

I've decided to save indulgent treats and eats for Saturdays, but if I really want something I'm not going to deprive myself of my desires :) When I do this, Sunday becomes a day where all I really want is to fill my body up with nutritious and fresh foods. 

Needless to say, that is why today was a day of detox and rest for me. Friday and Saturday were pretty indulgent days filled with wine, beer, apple pie, milkshakes, chocolate, and chips; oh, and not much sleep!

So, this mornin' Shon had his delicious smelling coffee with his sweet treat breakfast (boy was it hard not to cave into that), while I started my day with a super energizing green smoothie, and let me tell ya, it's just as good at waking ya up as coffee is. 

The rest of the day went like this:
  • convince Shonuff to give me a massage (has yet to happen and the night is almost over)
  • play Yahtzee: I won a game & Shon won a game
My second Yahtzee :) 100 points...BOOM!

  • lots of rest, including a two hour nap
  • watch Bucket List from my bed while reading fashion blogs (and wishing I were a fashionista)
  • enjoy detoxifying liquid meals (one was cocoa, banana, and PB!)

  • watch the Cowboys lose in the last few seconds of the game 
I have many photos of mine and Shon's outings from the past two weekends; in due time they'll be available for your viewing pleasure. (That's not supposed to sound snooty or conceited in any way. ha!)

hope you had an amazing weekend && a wonderful week to come!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sticky Sweet

My dinner this lovely evening:
A wonderful idea reignited in me by my pal Chelsea;
we work together and she ate a lunch kinda like this one day.

simple & easy & filling

i like my egg:
not runny
not dry
but sticky
mmm.

here's some nose piercing advice:
When biting into nectarines, or apples, said nose ring needs to be tucked into your nose, otherwise it kind of hurts.

oh, and a show of hands (or comments :]) if you love getting sticky nectarine juice on yo chin? 
mmhm.

I've decided to revert to a way of eating that I was once really passionate about; however, this time organic meats will be included, as well as organic eggs. I am referring to a time when I labeled myself a vegan eating chica. This time: No labels; just eating yummy nutritious and whole foods, as close to nature as possible, with a free day to have some of my most cherished eats.

something just occurred to me: i don't like cooking, so why not eat more raw meals, which goes hand in hand with eating as close to nature as possible?
yep. that sounds like a fab idea.

Anyway, hope you all had a wonderfully happy, exciting, invigorating day!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

15 Day Challenge-Day 15: Here's to the highs!

Jugo-nichi (Day 15)
What were your highs and lows of this past month?

lows
-i engaged in many days of binge eating; binge eating = my escape from reality.
-i had more lazy days than productive days.
-i let go of my healthy ways.
-i stopped singing and performing.
-i stopped practicing yoga.


highs
-i'm learning how to cope with the stresses of life instead of running to food for a release. 
-my mindset has been getting progressively better: more up days than down.
-i started writing on this blog more consistently.
-got to let loose with one of my fave girlfriends.
-my ninja and i celebrated our 1 year anniversary.
-i taught my first yoga class.
-money woes haven't phased me.
-all of my lows are beginning to see the back burner at a rapid pace :)



You can't have highs without the lows. Although I'd rather not have any lows ever, and I'd rather not showcase them on my blog, they are an essential part of life. Without the bad there wouldn't be any good, at least there wouldn't be a way to tell if something was good. Here's to the lows and here's to the highs! 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

15 Day Challenge-Day 14: Sing me a song

Juyokka (Day 14):
What did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now?

I'm fishing in a sea of memories and the only thing that comes to mind is:
A famous singer.

I used to sing along to Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, and the Spice Girls.
I choreographed moves to all my favorite songs of the late 90s, and used my grandmother's webcam to record my mini performances.
MTV and VH1 were the two channels I frequently watched; I was obsessed with watching Carson Daly on TRL; I loved music videos and reading magazines about the artists I truly admired.
I dreamed of someday touring the world on stage.

Now, I'm a student of life, a yoga practitioner, aspiring singer/songwriter, and fitness & health enthusiast.
I wouldn't mind being an entrepreneur or a world traveler or an activist for an important cause. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

15 Day Challenge-Day 13: You're just a kid.

Jusan-nichi (Day 13)
If you could go back and tell your 15-year-old self something, what would you say?

Listen up chica: Stop trying to grow up so fast && stop being so dang boy crazy && stop being so involved with trying to look pretty.

Go to school. Make friends. Do your homework. Get involved in extra-curriculars. And just enjoy the present moment; know that whatever the future has in store for you, it will be good and you will be happy.



Can't stop listening/watching...my favorite part starts at 3:55 and it climaxes like crazy shortly after that at 4:24 :)
Check it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

15 Day Challenge-Day 12: Mi Dia

Juni-nichi (Day 12)
Bullet your whole day.

  • Awoke around 5AM.
  • Cooked scrambled eggs and spinach (with a dollop of hummus && side of grapes) for Shonuff and I.
  • Drove Shonuff to work (as we share a car) and proceeded to the yoga studio.
  • Took the 7AM vinyasa flow class with Todd (he's such a rad guy!) I'd like to point out that lately I have been really hesitant to practice at the studio; there's no reason behind this hesitation, but let me tell you, going today was a wonderful idea. That class set my whole day up to be a really good day :)
  • Got my fitness on using a workout from Bodyrock. It kicked my booty and my legs feel good now! :)
  • Arrived to work an hour early to just relax and eat lunch.

Splendid lunch, indeed.
  • Had a blast, as usual, with the Opera girlies...aren't we cute? Haha. Picked Shonuff up from work. 
Me, Jennifer, Vanessa, & Kristiana

  • Played in traffic for a bit-I find traffic to be meditative :) or the perfect time to talk Shon's ears off!
  • Went to VONs for some mixed greens for dinner && burger patties 'n hot dogs for a BBQ tomorrow.
  • Blogging while Shonuff cooks dinner and The Simpson's plays in the background (I told you before, I know that it's classy that I like to watch this kind of stuff).
  • Chocolate chip cookie and vanilla almond milk time = Good times.
  • Date with Shonuff in bed @ 8:30 ;)

Kind of an uneventful, but really good, day.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

15 Day Challenge-Day 11: Fight Club

Juichi-nichi (Day 11)
What is your favorite movie and why?

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."
    FIGHT
CLUB 


hot actors + hot actors beating each other up + twisted narrative

=

my kinda movie

:)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

15 Day Challenge-Day 10: Famous

Ju-nichi (Day 10)
Give a picture of 5 of your favorite famous people and explain why you like them.

1.
All of the people involved in organizations like these:
Movement to re-abolish slavery
TOMS rocks
Fight to end hunger
or just activists in general because giving our time and energy to people in need should be a top priority in our lives. I really admire the movers and shakers of activism. 


2.

I read his autobiography and felt really inspired by his life journey.

3.

I love his chill, beachy music && his fun lyrics.
Listening to him always makes me smile :)


4.
Jessie J
The video that won me over:

Just look at her...
Her voice, her smile, her style, her performances...she just rocks!
She's my singing idol :)


5.
Blake Lively
From what I see, she's the whole package: She's beautiful (that hair, that smile, those legs!), fashionable, kind, talented, humorous, down-to-earth, and cool.

Monday, October 3, 2011

15 Day Challenge-Day 9: Shonyukio

Ku-nichi (Day 9)
Describe someone who fascinates you.

Shon is a fascinating specimen.
For one, he's a man.
Two, he's super talented.
Three, he loves me.
That is fascinating.

What is the definition of fascinating anyway?
well, it's an adjective
&& it means:
of great interest or attraction; enchanting; charming; captivating

Well that describes Shon to the T.
I did forget to mention that his music fascinates me, as does his ability to create such music. It's absolutely enchanting and captivating.
He is of great interest to me and certainly very charming.

Can't you tell that I am enamored with him?


BTW, click on the Yosh banner to the right
to listen and LOVE his music :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Better Buzz Sunday :)

:we interrupt this blog post to announce a way for you to engage in some ear-gasm action:

I'd like for everyone to check out the new banner I have on my blog located 
to the rightabove my WILDyetZenful button
It's a banner link to Yosh's (my boyfriend's) Reverbnation music page. 
Please, take a moment to click on it, listen to some of his songs, become a fan, share it with your friends, then let me know what you think!

Now, on to Better Buzz Sunday...

I've been thinking of a theme to do for Sunday posts lately. I thought of doing Sunset Sundays; I'd spend the evening on the beach and take a cool photo with the sunset in the background. I also thought of Better Buzz Sundays since I've been going to this really awesome coffee shop by my condo called Better Buzz. Oh my, their coffee is so so soo good! :)

Then, my girl Sar over at [life of love] posted about a Starbucks Sunday link-up. Perfect timing since my idea was incomplete and her idea involves a Sunday where you take time out of your week to really appreciate yourself by doing something you enjoy, then sharing it with everyone through your blog.

I think I like the idea of doing both a Sunset Sunday and Starbucks Sunday (or Better Buzz!) weekly post. Stay tuned!

Starbucks/BetterBuzz Sunday

Check out the rules here && link up! 

Shon and I started our Sunday off by waking up wayyy too early (8:30AM, anyone?) considering I went to bed around 1AM stalking another blogger's Tattoo Tuesday archive posts.

[My oh my, do I really have an obsession with body art && boy am I really itching to get tat tat tatted up. I've been sitting on an idea for a (kind of) quarter sleeve to have done on my left arm; I really need to start researching local tattoo artists and getting a clearer idea of what I want. Oh, and saving up the dinero. Yeah, that's a pretty important part of the whole 'getting inked' process. Shon and I both are wanting to get a pretty big piece done, both of which are gunna cost us way more than we can afford at the moment.

Anyway, upon waking we decided to hit up Better Buzz coffee like we did last Sunday. 
I think this is something we're going to start doing every Sunday. 
It's a great way to get outside and get our walk on, 
&& to enjoy the beautiful SoCal weather first thing in the morning.

This morning it was already pretty warm out, foreshadowing an even warmer day to come. 
I'm not complaining by any means, but I'm ready for some cooler weather.


I ordered a Pumpkin Dirty Chai Tea Latte and a strawberry orange scone && Shonuff (this is his nickname at work; I think I'll use it here too :]) ordered the Best Drink Ever, which was not far off from being the truth.

After drinking mine far too quickly and demolishing the not so yummy scone, my tummy suffered from a sugar overdose. 
Maybe next Starbucks/Better Buzz Sunday I'll stick to just drinking a plain espresso drink :)

Now, we plan to watch football all day, as I stalk some new blogs I've come across this weekend. 
Hopefully, we'll make it out to the beach for the sunset later.
Link up with Sar and I; I'd love to read what others are doing to enjoy themselves on Sundays.

Hope everyone has a lovely, appreciative, and enjoyable day!

15 Day Challenge-Day 8: Smelly Cat

Hachi-nichi (Day 8)
What is one of you favorite T.V. shows? Explain.

Booooo, I don't like television.
I do, however, watch it on occasion, and when I do I watch Southpark, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, or something on Comedy Central.
I know, classy.
I just really like to watch dumb or funny shit, especially if I haven't had the best of days, and that's typically when I'll veg out on the couch in front of the tube.


Oops, I think the question asked for one of my favorite T.V. shows:
F.R.I.E.N.D.S
because it's a classic.

:)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

15 Day Challenge-Day 7: Dear Mom

Shichi-nichi (Day 7)
Describe your relationship with your parents/siblings.

Dear Mom,

               You are my best friend. We've been through some rough times, but it has only made our bond stronger. Without the hardships we have faced, we wouldn't be the wonderful women we are today. I can count on you at any moment; no matter where you are, or what you are doing, you'll answer my call. If it's 3 AM and I'm roaming the streets of downtown Nashville (even it takes me getting your voice mail a hundred times), you'll be there to hear me cry. You'll be there to hear me laugh. You'll be there to guide me and to lift my spirits. 

I love you mom. 

P.S. You gave me my little sisters, which makes you that much more of a wonderful mother :)

Most recent photo of all four of us together
2007