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The Final Countdown

I am so happy to be in a vertical position blogging in bed right now. I was a busy bee today trying to make all the final preparations for my trip tomorrow. I’ve always found it challenging to get things in a good place at work before I leave for vacations. I want for things to go as smoothly as possible and for no one to have to stress over me being gone. I had so much stuff to finalize and e-mails to get out. And on top of working there was also a 6:30 a.m. yoga class because I knew it was the only time I could fit it in, eyebrow waxing, a quick Lululemon trip, training a couple of clients, mani/pedi, drug store, grocery store, laundry, cleaning and packing. Such a tough life, I know. 😉

Breakfast after yoga was a green smoothie with spinach, almond milk, protein powder, mangos, berries, banana and agave.

Lunch was an egg scramble concocted from whatever I could find left in the fridge (which was a common theme for today’s meals…wait until you see dinner). Smoked salmon, sundried tomatoes, spinach, roasted asparagus, goat cheese and eggs.

Dinner was kind of a pasta dish without the pasta (because I didn’t have any in the pantry not because I was trying to be noodle-free). Sauteed eggplant, mushrooms and chicken italian sausage with spinach, tomato sauce and lots of cheese. Random but good.

Packing consumed my evening. It was so exciting to get out all my summer stuff and pack a suitcase full of bright colors.

For the nails I went with turquoise and coral. The turquoise is reading really blue in the photo but it’s actually a lot paler and more aqua than blue. I got the gel polish on my nails for the first time. I’m a little nervous about it and the health of my nails but I couldn’t pass on the no chipping feature while traveling and spending my days doing yoga and in the sand and salt water on the beach.

Has anyone ever done the gel nails? It’s crazy that they’re dry when you leave the salon. Love that! Any long-term damage to your nails?

My eyes are literally closing as I type. Early wake-up call. This time tomorrow I will be in the Dominican Republic! 🙂

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Sarah N February 23, 2013, 12:44 am

    I love the gel manicures, but it’s not really good for long-term/consistent use since taking it off is hard on your nails (unless you’re willing to let them grow out until the polish is gone). It’s definitely worth it when you really want it to last for a few weeks though!

    Have fun on your vacation! =)

  • Lisa February 23, 2013, 12:51 am

    I hope you have a safe and wonderful vacation it sounds amazing.

  • Lee February 23, 2013, 6:57 am

    I did gel for the first time a couple months ago. It is really nice not to worry about messing your nails up right after you leave the salon and chipping! The downside is that you pretty much have to go back and have them take it off for you. I got a normal, non-gel manicure after that and when I took that one off, my nails didn’t look great, but they didn’t look awful either. I would do it again for special occasions but not regularly.

  • Liz February 23, 2013, 7:48 am

    I love the gel polish .
    I find that if you do 2-3 gel polishes in a row I go get a regular mani
    And it helps any damage that could occur .
    Then I go back to the gel 🙂
    Who can resist a no chip polish !
    Enjoy your trip !
    Liz( from a very cold and snow CHICAGO)

  • Sara @my less serious life February 23, 2013, 8:00 am

    gel polish is great. and it really doesn’t mess up your nails. you will be a gel convert quickly!

  • Katherine February 23, 2013, 9:09 am
  • Heather C February 23, 2013, 9:10 am

    Enjoy, Jen 🙂

    And I only do Shellac now!!

  • Laura@ Fit Running Mama February 23, 2013, 10:36 am

    So jealous of your trip!! I’m dying to get out of here for bit! You eats look amazing– have a wonderful vacation

  • She Rocks Fitness February 23, 2013, 10:46 am

    Have a wonderful time and enjoy every second of it! I do the gel and LOVE it, but it occasionally makes my nails weak, but having it on for 2 weeks with no chips, is totally worth it to me, considering how much hot yoga, sweating, and washing my hands I do, it holds up really well. Now go disconnect….XOXO

    • Kim February 23, 2013, 11:14 am

      I’ve only done the gel a few times for special occasions/trips, and I loved it! My nails were slightly weaker after it was taken off, but I just used a nail strengthener for about a week and they were fine! Enjoy yourself in the Dominican Republic!

  • Holly @ Pink-Runner.com February 23, 2013, 11:16 am

    Gel is great, but I always try to take it off myself and then I ruin my nails….

  • kat February 23, 2013, 11:17 am

    Those nails look dangerously close to Gator orange and blue for a Georgia girl! 😉 Enjoy your trip!!

  • Erin February 24, 2013, 12:30 am

    Do you mean a horizontal position? I’m trying to imagine being vertical in bed and failing 🙂
    Hope you have a great holiday!

  • Heidi February 24, 2013, 1:25 am

    I tried gel once and I hated it. I didn’t feel like it lasted very long and it made me nervous because it seemed ‘softer’ than other types. My favorite is Shellac! Love it and it lasts until your nail grows!

  • Babs February 24, 2013, 4:33 am

    I love the random meals – you feel so successful when you use items from the fridge and it’s tasty!

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes February 24, 2013, 9:55 am

    Yeah for pretty vacation nails. I got the gel once and really liked it. . . it is sorta hard on your nails when it comes off, but I think it is worth the trade off for how long it lasts.

  • Holly February 25, 2013, 8:39 am

    I did shellac once and was also worried about the condition of my nails and how hard it was to remove the polish. But I agree that for a vacation it’s worth the splurge. I would do the same!

  • Sunny February 26, 2013, 5:38 pm

    I’m so jealous! Sounds like you’re in for some fun!! While I’m dealing with 3 sick kiddos, blah! Gel is my favorite, the removal is what will cause most harm. I’ve found if you file off the top shine coat, then dip a piece of cotton the size of your nail in acetone, place it on top of nail and cover with a small piece of foil. Let sit for 10 minutes remove one and check to see if gel has cracked. It’ll eventually crack the polish down to the point where it’ll practically flake off. Don’t peel though, you’ll definitely remove nail! Have fun!

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