MIMM: Shape’s Summer Shape Up

This weekend was a little bit more relaxed than the last.

I woke up at 6 AM on Saturday morning because I’m crazy. Actually, I headed to Hermosa Beach for Shape Magazine’s Summer Shape Up.


I started my morning with a sweaty class with Natalie Raitano, trainer and actress from “VIP (Valerie Irons Protection)” and POP Pilates with Blogilates.


I wore my Fabletics outift and it stayed up the entire time!


More and more people showed up.


I got a sweet swag bag – I love swag bags!


The event was next to the pier so I walked around.


There were tons of people up already watching the World Cup.


I ended up at The Source after seeing it on Leah Renee’s Instagram feed.


I had the turmeric tonic and Pier Panini, organic egg, tomato, avocado, and veganaise on seedy bread.


That night, I was supposed to head to the beach but instead, I went to my favorite restaurant/bar. 🙂

Julie & I had drinks, calamari, and ended up getting lost on the way to the beach haha so we went back for their mac and cheese.

I never know what to order, but I had seen palomas somewhere.

Sunday, I slept in till 10 and then went out to run errands.

I also picked up a new book, a recommendation from Maddy Moon, caught up on magazines, and watched “Grown Ups 2” and “Endless Love.”


I’m not a Ryan Gosling fan. I’m an Alex Pettyfer fan though. 🙂

…and the winner of a bag of Skoop A-Game and a Blender Bottle is: ljones83. I’ll e-mail you this afternoon!



Five Things Friday: Vinyasa y Vino & Bottle Logic Brewing


5 7 scenes from Whitney English of To Live & Diet in LA’s Vinyasa y Vino birthday!


First coffee since Sunday, June 8th because I would’ve fallen asleep after the ride there.

Santa Monica afternoon


We did the Vinyasa part with Trainer Jake.

Check me out in action!

Then drank wine from One Hope at Home.


…and ate apps from Luvo.


And just like when you were a kid…


5 delights from the week

Not sitting in the office as much but getting out and working with/supervising

The start of filming our yearly parody video

Killing this song at karaoke on Wednesday night

We finally made it to Bottle Logic last night! Beer, [he had] tacos, & 3 hours of perfection. 🙂


 Friday night in to rest, sleep, & catch up on “Pretty Little Liars”


5 11 links

I didn’t read the article, but I love the title: “Date a guy who tends bar.”

“Wait, am I on a date?” It’s such a blurred line.

27 little, quick habits you can pick up to have a better life

7 ways to love yourself and have a positive body image – I totally sleep naked.

Loving our bodies for what they are

I declare this my summer of self love

7 habits happy people have (but never talk about)

A story of finding happiness that isn’t mine, but I read all of this!

Adaptation not exhaustion in fitness, which is why I need more sleep

What is the best way to get fit?

I can’t wait to participate in the Move Happy challenge! I’ve been working on this with hikes, walks, and bike rides.

Better With Veggies


Don’t forget to enter to win your very own bag of A-Game from Skoop!


How I found happiness & started loving life again (after 4 years)


My facebook status said it all.

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I was having dinner and my friend was shocked to find out that I am just getting myself back out into the world.

I have always been social, friendly, and talkative. I was all of those things until I was engrossed in my eating disorder, extreme working out and the repercussions from 2010 on.

I don’t know the exact time it ended because the food and fitness obsession continued to pop up. I tried to be perfect and not perfect.

Last year, I finally made friends. Some friendships lasted half a year. I had 3 casual relationships since then, all of which ranged from 2 weeks to 2 months.

It was a time to get back in the [social] saddle and to find my worth as a person. If you ask anyone, I’ve never dated someone “good enough.” There’s no such thing but sometimes there is too. My friend said this recently and it was a good reminder to find quality people.

My momma knows. She can look at someone and just tell me if they’re a good person. I can too. I just ignore it. No more of that.

In the last month, I’ve made new friends and they are all good people. They’re also adults. *Hey guys, I’m an adult now too!

On the phone with one of my best friends from college, Liz, we discussed relationships. Liz got out of a 7 year relationship and jumped into one 9 months ago. Liz says, I like pale, skinny, and nerdy guys.

Me & Liz, February 2007

Me & Liz, August 2009

My friends used to say I like “gangster white guys.” Who doesn’t have the bad boy phase, right? However, I’m getting older and wiser. My tastes have changed.

I like ’em tall, dark, and… just like Conor and Adam, my 2 amazing history major buddies: 6’+, brown-haired, drinkers (particularly beer), scruffy bearded, sport-loving, solid traveling men.

Adam & Conor, 2008

At some point or another, I had crushes on them. These are the guys that got away. Maybe not, one of them is still single.

And that’s what’s so comfortable about this guy I met.

I met him at a time when I was getting back to my old gangster white boy ways. After that, I didn’t see and hardly conversed with that other guy for a month.

Instead, I went to new guy’s place of work FOUR times, once when he wasn’t working because he was sick. I went with different friends, for different reasons and minded my own business, eating and only going to get my drinks from him. Unless we were doing happy hour and it wasn’t busy. *Somehow I was able to not be creepy. 🙂

But like my lovely Conor (Australia) and Adam (Spain and now lives in England), this guy is going abroad too. In 2 months. For a year.

In the meantime, I’m going to still go for it. Why?

Because he texts me the day after I see him, whether it was at work or not.

Because we don’t have whole conversations via text, which I like. I’m not just saying that either – I was just talking to a friend about this.

And when I thought he was just standoffish because of the lack of texting, there he goes sending me a picture of his… NyQuil.

Because he calls too. Once, to pick me up to go hang out, but it made more sense to meet there.

Because he thinks of things like exchanging our paintings.

Because we have similar interests and/or the willingness to do something new.

Because he’s 25 – my mom went to a psychic 15 years ago who said I would end up with someone 2 years younger or 10 years older.

Because, most importantly, he has all those qualities of an outstanding person.

This isn’t just about a guy or my friends, this is about me. It’s about my refusal to settle for less. It’s the return of the social butterfly.


This happiness and positivity started with Blend and all the amazing ladies with similar interests and has transcended into my regular life.

I continue to stalk/keep in touch with my blog friends, make an effort with my girlfriends from the nonprofit, and say yes to my friends, probably because I like them so much.

A couple of beers & karaoke

Don’t worry, I say no too.



I didn’t advertise this as I did last time, but I had an interview this week, and the vice principal complimented me: “I see such a big difference in the last year.”

I was less nervous, personable, chatty, and just happy. “We can tell you love this.” Huh? I was totally done with teaching by the end of the year – I was at my wit’s end! What that love is then is my general love for life.


Here’s to hoping that my winning from last week – all the snail mail, clothes, painting class, fun, memories made – will continue in my search for a permanent job!