Getting Back Together With My Gym (with a little help from my friends)

I’m happy to share that after a very trying time – and, of course, taking full blame for the neglect that caused the relationship to fail in the first place – my gym and I have gotten back together.  Maybe it’s because spring is finally in the air, but my gym and I have found a new understanding.  I think that this time, it’s going to last.

All kidding aside, this winter was not my healthiest.  I lost sight of so many of my good habits and healthy practices and gave way to a hibernation-like lifestyle instead.  Spring isn’t reason or motivation enough to break these bad habits – we all know this – because many people continue on with them throughout the year, and year after year.  However, I’m very lucky because I have some really healthful and inspiring (New Jersey) people in my life who’ve helped me see the error of my ways – and also the ways to go about fixing them.  I am giving them full credit for getting me back on track.

Finding your Better Body is possible with Dre

Dre The Trainer
You may recognize Andre (Dre The Trainer) Farnell from some of the pics we took together at last summer’s Make A Wish event in NYC.  I was fortunate enough to work with him over the summer and took a boot camp class with him.  It was Dre who got me running (I mean really running) for the first time in my life, and it was Dre who got me accustomed to waking up at 5am to workout.  Now (and I know this is going to sound crazy to a lot of you), waking up early in the morning to exercise is something that I actually look forward to at the end of the day!  Starting my day with a great workout makes it a lot easier for me to make better choices throughout the day.

It’s much easier than you might think to get addicted to what Dre suggests you do – he doesn’t give you much of a choice!  He is so motivated, and so convincing, and so relentless, and just makes so much good sense, that you find yourself doing the right things.  His attitude of no-room-for-excuses has really helped me keep going when I could easily have done otherwise.

Following Dre The Trainer on facebook, twitter, and reading his newsletters this winter has helped me remember those awesome feelings and find the motivation I need to get back on track.

A Healthy Habit seems easy with help from Erica

Erica’s Heathy Habits 
Knowing why you should do something isn’t always enough to get you to do it.  Sometimes life gets in the way.  It just does.  We’re busy these days.  Working a full-time job, starting your own business, blogging,  and maintaining a social life can leave little room for making the most healthful choices.  When you’re in the car a lot (like I am) and on the go, it’s hard to make “real” oatmeal for breakfast and much easier to grab whatever is on the counter at the shop where you slop your coffee together in the morning, and at the end of the day, it’s a lot simpler to meet up with friends (whom you haven’t seen in forever because of busy schedules) at a restaurant for an oversized-portion of something that looks shiny and delicious on the menu than it is to go home and whip up something healthy from scratch.  Being healthy is just plain easier said than done.

Erica, from Erica’s Healthy Habit, gets this.  She’s probably just as busy as I am, but she still finds ways to incorporate healthful things into her lifestyle.  Her philosophy is that being healthy needs to be a habit, and I think she’s right.

Dre, making sure that I gave my workout my all (and I did!)

I love following her on twitter and reading her blog because I can relate to her busy lifestyle.  As she incorporates new, healthy treats into her day or a fun new way to workout, and stays motivated, I can’t help but think, “If she can do it, so can I!”

Check out these really great folks and let me know if they inspire you too!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

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The Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Wrap-Up

Delicious BBQ served by Prime in Point Pleasant.

 

 

Good News and Bad News
The good news is that the last couple of days have been packed with really good NJ events.  The bad news, is that (sadly) Jersey Shore Restaurant Week has come to a close.

The fun entertainment for the day was just getting warmed up.

 

 

A BBQ at the end of the event, but at the start of the season…
Saturday, The Elks lodge in Point Pleasant served beer and BBQ when they hosted the event “Get to the Point.”   Guests got to sample a variety of beers (admittedly not something I know very much about).  I can tell you some beers were dark and others light.  (But I really don’t know what any of that really means.)  What I do know a little about is food, and the food served that day was simply amazing!  Prime, the official caterer of the Point Pleasant Elks, served ribs, corn, macaroni salad, chicken chili, and the most amazing pulled pork spring roll!  From the outside, this spring roll looked like it might contain some vegetables or other expected ingredients, but it was like an afternoon BBQ rolled up into a tidy, fried package and placed on our plates.  So delicious!

My parents, enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon at Avenue in Long Branch.

An elegant day at the beach…
Sunday brought a completely different venue and completely different food.  The Avenue, in Long Branch’s Pier Village hosted the final event of the week.  There, wines were paired with a variety of their own menu items.  There were salads, main courses, and desserts to try.  A favorite dish from this event for me was the stuffed zucchini.  The same stuffing was also served in tomatoes, and eggplant, but I think I got the best option!  Wrapping up the event (and the week), I sampled all the desserts that were offered; chocolate crepes with orange and pistachio, creme brulee, and a chocolate cream with fresh whipped cream were all absolutely delicious.

Healthy habits on the horizon…
I can’t use Jersey Shore Restaurant Week as an excuse for not sticking to my diet any more!  (Although it was fun and delicious and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!)

Just one more, delicious, plate-full of desserts. I promise!

The warm weather is inspiring me to get back on a stricter summer diet and better exercise routine.  Like a lot of people, I can’t do this alone, but it doesn’t look like I will have to.  I found a fabulous, healthy, Jersey blogger and will be checking in on her blog periodically to find some inspiration and motivation to get back into a “healthier habit.”

Check out Erica’s Healthy Habit along with me, and let’s get ready for some warmer weather here in New Jersey!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl