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Right Now I Feel + Recent Eats

So…life lately. I don’t think I knew how much I need that beach getaway with my friend until I got there, relaxed and realized that I felt happier than I have in a long time. And then I came home and that feeling has stayed with me.

We do this thing in yoga teacher training where we state, “right now I feel…” and we have to pick from a list of feelings. On the left is the good stuff like joy, happy, grateful, peace and on the right is the heavier stuff like fear, shame, guilt, sad.

And right now I feel…peace. Which is leading to happy, light and free. I have laughed and smiled more in the last week than I have in the last year. And that feels really amazing because oftentimes my list has a number of things from the right column.


I was invited to an event hosted by Lululemon tonight that brought together over 100 people from our fitness community for an evening of baseball, fellowship and fun.There was beer, hot dogs and a lot of great conversation and laughter involved. So grateful for this strong community of awesome people!

Let’s talk recent eats.



I worked from Starbucks on Tuesday and brought a morning glory muffin along with me from my favorite bakery. It was full of carrots, coconut and raisins and super delicious.


What’s a recent eats post without a green smoothie? It’s pretty much a mandate at this point. This was banana, mango, pineapple, almond butter, dates, plain greek yogurt, coconut almond milk and spinach.


Brunch at Fern last Sunday with friends. Dollar bloody mary, vegetable fritatta and green grits.



I think I’ve had a salad every day this week for lunch, per usual. This was takeout for Crisp that I ate at my desk at work. The guy that made my salad was super heavy handed on the toppings. I think I had the equivalent of at least two hard boiled eggs in chopped eggs in here.


And the last two days I have made my own salad at home. Spinach, arugula, avocado, deli turkey, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, goat cheese, carrots and tomatoes. Dressed with aged balsamic and basil olive oil. The very exciting thing about this salad is that I grew the tomatoes in my backyard. I have a black thumb so this is a big deal.



A friend of mine treated me to dinner at Stagioni on Monday night. What a treat for a Monday!!! We started with mussles and then had a gnocchi dish and this duck two ways. After every bite I looked at my friend and said, “oh my god, this is amazing.”


Veggie dinner made at home of a Trader Joe’s grain mix, roasted portobello with goat cheese and balsamic and roasted broccoli.


And my last dinner to share was a salmon burger on a brioche bun with basil mayo, arugula, brie and the rest of the roasted broccoli from the night before. Brioche buns = take your burger to the next level!

That’s all I have for you tonight. It’s after 11 and I have a 5:30 a.m. client in the morning so it’s time to get to bed.

Play along with me…”Right now I feel…”

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  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 8, 2014, 12:07 am

    That’s so awesome that you’re feeling happy and at peace. Those feelings are hard to come by when someone is working as hard as you. Hoping that the feelings stick around for a long time! 🙂
    Right now, I feel blessed and at peace as well.

  • Brynn August 8, 2014, 6:34 am

    Right now I feel excited to welcome my little one in a few weeks and happy for you! I’m so glad to hear the trip lifted your spirits. And that muffin looks devine!!

    • Jen August 8, 2014, 8:01 am

      brynn – that is SO exciting! wishing you a comfortable last few weeks. xo

  • Kim @ FITsique August 8, 2014, 7:34 am

    So happy that you are in such a good place right now. Right now I am feeling rested and happy with just a hint of anxiety because classes are starting in a few short weeks!

    • Jen August 8, 2014, 8:01 am

      kim – so glad you are feeling rested. that is SUCH a great thing and leads to feeling good in many other areas of your life. good luck with classes soon!

  • Kacy August 8, 2014, 7:58 am

    I’m so glad you are feeling peace. Keep doing what you are doing and you will find that light. You look really happy lately- happy from the inside which is hard to fake!

    • Jen August 8, 2014, 8:00 am

      thank you kacy, it means a lot for you to say that! <3

  • Parita @ myinnershakti August 8, 2014, 8:08 am

    It was nice to read that you feel peace! That’s such a great place to be. And thanks for always sharing your thoughts/feelings with your readers in a real way. Your reflections have really helped me when I’ve needed them the most!

    And I think I would say I feel excited…the rest of the year is shaping up to be pretty busy but (hopefully) fun!

  • jennyv August 8, 2014, 8:43 am

    Positive in, positive out! Glad the beach helped you to get into a really good place — a sweet spot if you will. So often we give of ourselves that we don’t take enough time to fill back up. It’s great you had the chance to do so!
    Right now I feel… eager to assess my goals. I want to reset from where I’m at and determine what I want my final quarter of 2014 to look like.

  • Lauren K August 8, 2014, 8:46 am

    At this very moment, tired. But overall, content! That could be viewed as a bad thing because our culture always wants more, but it’s good for me. Happy with life, happy to see friends doing well and kind of just want things to stand still for a bit!

  • elizabeth August 8, 2014, 9:17 am

    I didn’t know you were growing a vegetable garden, would love to hear more about it.

  • Brooke@sweetnsweaty August 8, 2014, 9:21 am

    Overwhelmed! Moving this weekend! Your eats look amazing! And peace is the best feeling it leads to all those other happy column feelings!!

  • Samantha @ The Faithful Runner August 8, 2014, 9:41 am

    Right now I feel thankful. It’s Friday which means I get to spend some well-needed with my hubby. 🙂 Loving the eats!

  • Katie August 8, 2014, 11:43 am

    Lately I feel…as if I’m on the verge of a greater realization- of clarity, understanding, and acceptance. I’ve done a lot of internal reevaluations lately and I’ve realized that I easily fall into an “uncomfortable comfort zone”. One where I quickly react in a negative way- it is as if I am invested in feeling bad. I have begun to notice that I am more comfortable with pain and negativity than happiness- simply because that is what I became used to through past relationships and my upbringing. At some point it became the “norm” to respond to situations with feelings of stress and anxiety. I want to change this- I want to live simply, free of stress and freed from (completely made up) worry. Not everything is a priority, and I cannot succeed and be the champion at everything. I know will find happiness if I simply allow myself to be happy. It is coming, I feel it. I am grateful for the positive forces in my life that are helping to guide me as I pick my way out of the tangled mess of stress in my head (including you, Jen). I am creating change, and that makes me feel powerful.

  • Dana August 8, 2014, 11:55 am

    Right now I feel hopeful

  • She Rocks Fitness August 8, 2014, 12:26 pm

    Excited for the weekend and to do “digital detox” from Saturday until Sunday evening! Heading out of Houston to spend time with family friends and looking forward to that in so many ways! 🙂 YEAH for you feeling so good since your recent trip! XOXO

  • Julie August 8, 2014, 5:02 pm

    Feel overjoyed when I feel my baby kicking and moving around and very lucky I am still able to work out and I’m due next month! Amazing how good I feel after a workout even 8 months pregnant, yes it’s less intense but still amazing!

  • Casey @ Casey the College Celiac August 9, 2014, 12:10 am

    Right now I feel…like I am floating. No real one emotion, just rolling with the punches and trying to enjoy them along the way! 🙂

  • ali August 11, 2014, 7:20 pm

    right now i feel… like i need to know what was in the green grits????? sounds awesome 🙂

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