Week 6 and an Overall Review

So Lent has come and gone and that means my soda ban has come and gone. I will say that going those 6 weeks actually helped me cut the habit of having to have at least 4 glasses of soda a day and I do feel healthier. This did not help me with weight gain or loss nor did it contribute to energy levels and that is probably due to the fact that I am a college student who is currently in the final weeks of the semester and dealing with all the stresses and late night studying that goes with being a college student during finals. However, I have only had soda a total of 3 times since being able to drink it again and one of those times I ended up getting insanely sick to my stomach and I have a feeling that the diet soda I had was to blame. The other times I just felt bad about myself after drinking it.

I want to encourage people to try and quit things that are harmful to you like drinking soda. I have been trying to live a healthier and clean life because of this and it’s working so even though its not easy at first and there were days I wanted to crack, I have to say that it feels good to quit doing something I know isn’t good for me.

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Weeks 4 and 5

There is one more week left of Lent and that means one more week that I have to give up soda. I gained like 4 pounds but I highly doubt that was due to the seltzer I’m drinking in place of soda and mostly due to the fact that it’s Girl Scout Cookie season and my grandma gave me three boxes of Thin Mints. Everyone is shocked I lasted this long especially going to the movies twice and down to Atlantic City last weekend. It was really tough in AC to be at dinner and drink seltzer when my friends all had soda that looked so sweet and wonderful and it made me so sad. I feel good, I feel like I detoxed my body but I still miss soda. My energy levels are all over the place but that’s definitely due to my semester in school than my lack of soda.

I have one week left and then we will see if I even can drink soda after these 6 weeks.

Week 3!

Alright, we are officially at the halfway point! I have done 3 weeks of no soda and it’s a struggle. I almost cracked today when I saw a can of Pepsi and I quickly grabbed a water and ran away from the fridge. Let’s see some points I have noticed since quitting soda outright:

  1. I haven’t really lost weight, I’m at the same weight as last week.
  2. Energy levels are a little different I’m not as tired as I always feel, I’m skeptical that it has anything to do with soda.
  3. I feel overall healthier, I always feel bad after drinking soda, especially since I used to drink soda at 9 am which is terrible. Now I feel lighter and less guilty.
  4. I think my teeth are healthier, they don’t hurt like they used to when I would always drink soda.

So as of week 3, I am less tired, same weight as last week, energy levels are higher and I feel healthier so it looks like this has been a good idea! Until next week!

 

Week 2!

Another week, another update! It’s becoming easier to not want soda although the last couple of days I really just wanted to grab a glass and chug it as fast as I could. My energy levels are not doing anything, I am still tired all the time and that’s probably because I have a lot of stuff going on for school. I lost 2 pounds but idk if that really has anything to do with the soda. Cris on the other hand cracked and got fast food and is now just focusing on not drinking soda which he’s been doing really well with. We went to see Beauty and the Beast and instead of getting me a soda he got me a slushy which was really cute of him because he knows I love popcorn and soda. The slushy was a really nice alternative.

Next week will be week 3 we will officially be halfway done with Lent!

Week 1

So I posted a little over a week ago that for Lent I was giving up soda and Cris was giving up fast food. Here’s an update on how we’re doing:

  • I haven’t had any cravings for soda, I just envy the people drinking it around me
  • I substituted soda for grape juice, seltzer, or water
  • Cris is fine, just always hungry while he works because fast food is his only option on the road.
  • I gained a pound since giving up soda
  • My energy levels have decreased significantly due to either the lack of sugar or caffeine

It’s not going horribly but this is definitely something hard to do especially since I have been drinking soda for a very long time. I’ll update again next week, it should be interesting, we’re going to a movie (who can have popcorn without soda?!?!)

Little Experiment!

March 1st marked the first day of Lent for those who practice the Catholic faith. We’re supposed to give up something we love for 40 days. Well, every year I give something up and it’s always something I am accustomed to either eating or drinking or doing every single day and I always crack about a week in.

I drink soda like no one’s business. I drink maybe 5 glasses a day, my drink of choice when I’m out is Rum and Coke. I keep getting lectured by everyone around me about how bad soda is and how I shouldn’t drink it like I do anymore because it’s going to kill me and I haven’t had any motivation to give it up until now.

Not only will I be giving up soda for Lent (Cris is giving up soda and also fast food) but I want to see if weight and also energy is tied directly to soda consumption. Each week I will check in about how the no soda thing is going for me and Cris’ no fast food or soda is going for him and also if I noticed any weight loss between the two of us. I’m also going to track my energy levels throughout the week and make a final conclusion based on this little Lent experiment.

It’s day 2, I haven’t craved soda like I usually do, I’ve been drinking lots of water and iced tea and this morning I woke up with super oily skin so I need to do a face mask tomorrow to get that under control. Other than the oily skin, my energy levels are pretty much the same and I haven’t had any kind of caffeine withdrawal yet. We’ll see how the week goes!

 

 

New York, New York (Part 1)

February 14th officially marks our first year together! While I was content with just a nice dinner or a nice present, Cris said my gift can be a weekend getaway in a hotel I have always wanted to stay at in the city, including dinner and fun attractions throughout our weekend there. I instantly said Marriott Marquis in Times Square. I have always wanted to stay in that hotel and be right in the center of all the touristy fun. So we booked the hotel which was extremely overpriced, and decided to plan out our weekend.

February 10-12th we were going to be tourists in our own city. I couldn’t be more excited. We took the subway in since parking at the hotel costs $90.00 and the train costs $2.75. No brainer there, except when we were going back home that Sunday, we were contemplating if taking the car would have been smarter because the subways were all kinds of messed up. Anyways, we got to the hotel around 2 pm and it felt so great to be checking in to this hotel.

Our room was ready, we had a lovely king bed room on the 14th floor. I was so excited to unpack, it’s one of my favorite parts of a trip. I thought the room was spacious for 2 people, cramped for 4 which it could fit if you used the pull out bed. For us though it felt like a little apartment with a good amount of space for our stuff.

The bed itself wasn’t super comfy but the sheets were so soft and cuddly it was like I was surrounded by clouds when I was sleeping. We unpacked and I wanted to take a walk to this camera store on 9th ave and 34th street. To our dismay, the store was closed but we managed to stop at a deli and get snacks for down time and a liquor store for champagne. It would not be a weekend adventure for us without champagne! Our first night we really spent time exploring the hotel and then had our lovely dinner at The View. We took advantage of Restaurant Week and had one of the greatest meals ever. If you would like to see our review of The View you can find that here. We walked around our hotel after and found all the ballrooms for weddings and then also found this walkway with a wonderful view of Times Square. I loved looking out on the overlook, it was actually peaceful.

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We changed into normal clothes and took a walk to the Hershey store and the M&M World store. We felt that M&M world was outrageously overpriced and overheated for a chocolate store where as Hershey was too small but a much better experience. It was an hour before it closed so the crowd level in both stores were slim to none. We were tired so we went to bed around 12:30 am and we knew that the next day was going to be very busy! Our first night was a complete success!

Movie Review: Split

I enjoy movie dates. They’re fun albeit expensive (20 bucks for a movie?!?!) but still something Cris and I enjoy doing especially when there’s a movie we both want to see. The trailers for Split  came out and I automatically said “nope, not seeing that movie have a fun guys night”. I don’t like scary movies, anything bloody or gory. Split’s trailer was so scary to me I actually had a nightmare the night that I saw the trailer so that solidified my decision to not see it. Well fast forward to last Thursday when it comes out and our friend who gets discounted movie tickets offers us $8.50 tickets. I reluctantly agreed to go with my boyfriend who I am positive just likes to scare me.

He was extremely excited to see this movie, it focuses on DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) which is a subject he studied a lot in college and is one of the mental disorders he finds fascinating to study. I was not remotely excited to go I was just being a nice girlfriend and not letting my boyfriend be a third wheel with our other couple friends who were going with us.

So the trailer was scarier than the movie, I did not find myself getting scared once throughout this entire film. I was more curious as to where this was going and why it was considered to be a “scary thriller”. There was some bloody and gross parts of the film and I found myself having to look away at one part but that was it. Other than that, I was more interested in this disorder and everything this person was struggling with than the actual content of the movie. Honestly the actor who played the character with the disorder did an amazing job. His acting was amazing to play 24 different personas in one movie. It was absolutely incredible. The movie itself was good, I enjoyed myself and I know my boyfriend was very pleased with the film and found it to be very interesting and true to what this disorder can do. It was a bit over exaggerated in the end but it was for the most part true to form.

Would I recommend this movie? Yeah sure, it wasn’t horrible and it might spark an interest in you that you didn’t know you had. Do I think this movie is a great date night movie? Possibly, it depends on the couple. Would I spend the actual ticket price for this movie? Nope. I only went because tickets were $8.50 and I thought it would be  nice gesture and fun-ish double date. Honestly, if you are interested in this type of film then by all means go for it and see it, there are worse movies out there to waste your money on but if you’re a little bit hesitant, don’t spend 20 plus bucks on this, it wasn’t very thrilling and it wasn’t scary besides that gory part towards the end.

 

 

Let’s hit the ice!

Cris surprised me last Wednesday with tickets to see Disney on Ice: Follow your heart. I was so excited, anyone who knows me, knows how crazy Disney obsessed I am. I was super thankful too because he’s not a huge fan at all so for him to buy those tickets and sit through this show was so sweet of him. The show was a fun experience and I am happy I did it once but I probably won’t do it again until I have children. It was one of those “one time deals” especially since I’m an adult (even though I like to think I’m a big kid). It wasn’t incredibly weird to be a couple surrounded by children, we just knew that the next time we’d come back is with kids. img_3809

So, the show started with the cheesiest musical number ever, even for Disney. I was happy Cris missed it because he would of been so turned off by it like I was. I knew there was better things to come, but this was not one of them. The only thing I enjoyed was seeing cute little Donald Duck skating on the ice. Then the characters from Inside Out came on the ice and that was cute because all the kids started freaking out. The first half of the show was all about dreams and the emotions and memories that Inside Out had in the movie. img_3814

Throughout the first half of the show, we saw the princesses, Mickey and Minnie, and the characters from Inside Out. Growing up I watched every princess movie so when they came out and had their own special numbers I was incredibly excited. I was most excited to see Ariel, since she’s my favorite and coincidentally, she had the most impressive part of the show. She did arial moves and acrobatics that even Cris thought was so cool. He was incredibly impressed with this part as well as Rapunzel’s. She did some ribbon flying which was cool but definitely not as cool as Ariel’s performance. About an hour in, they went to intermission and everyone ran to get food and I enjoyed the songs they were playing and singing along without a single care in the world.

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Once the second half started, there was another song with Mickey and Minnie, and then they went into the different stories of Finding Dory, Toy Story and Frozen(DUN DUN DUNNNNN). I have a love/hate relationship with Frozen and I always roll my eyes whenever it’s involved in something Disney does. I didn’t see Finding Dory yet so seeing this part of the show made me kind of upset because I basically got an abridged version of the movie. I loved the Toy Story part of the show though. I love that movie so much and they did a fabulous job incorporating those characters and having fun songs to sing along to.

The time finally came for Frozen. I kid you not, the whole Barclays Center vibrated from the children screaming when this part started. I was laughing the whole time because I told Cris “I bet you the entire place loses it’s mind when Elsa and Anna show up” and he said “no I don’t know, I think the movie died down”. Yeah. Right. These kids lost their freaking minds. It was adorable and hilarious all at the same time. The song “Let It Go” came on and the entire place was singing along, it was snowing, and there were fireworks of sorts. It was definitely the best number and I was just as impressed as Cris. I even sang along – it’s catchy. I have to hand it to Disney, they keep Frozen super relevant and popular and they do a great job putting on any kind of performance of this movie.

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Finally the closing number came around and it was so cute. They just all collectively danced to “Let It Go”. I got to see Donald again and he had a cute little winter outfit on. All in all it was a such a great show. I think anything Disney does is magical and well put together. There was a lot of work and heart that went into this show and I appreciate that. If you’re a fan of Disney and know the movies, then definitely go see it and see your favorite movies come to life on the ice. Sing along with the characters and enjoy the performances because they really were spectacular. We had fun and Cris even said “it was cute and I enjoyed myself” which to me is the equivalent to saying “THAT WAS TOTALLY WICKED” (let me know if you get the reference). Like I said earlier, we’ll definitely go again but when we have kids to take and we’ll get ice level tickets for a truly amazing experience. I have some wonderfully magical memories from this night, and I am sure if you choose to go you will have some magical memories as well.

 

Our Water Park Weekend!

In October Cris and I went to Kalahari, the newest indoor waterpark in the Poconos. Our friends won a stay for one night for four people so we decided to go with them, pay for an extra night and have a fun couples weekend. We had some fun things planned so it was a really enjoyable weekend. One piece of advice though; couples vacations are really fun but spend time away from each other as well as together. Cris and I had a great amount of time just to ourselves but when we look back on our trip we didn’t really see much of our friends past the first day.

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We got to Kalahari around 11 am and we were told that check in is usually at 4 pm. We were prepared for them to say that our room wasn’t ready and we’d have to store our luggage in the car and just head to the water park. That wasn’t a horrible option but upon arrival we had a room ready and they were able to check us in. It was an amazing surprise! We got our bracelets which get us into the water park and our room- they reminded me of Magic Bands for anyone out there who is a Disney fan- and we got our vouchers for breakfast and a bunch of activities (we paid for a room package that comes with activities included and we added on breakfast vouchers for the 2 mornings we’d be there). I loved the vibe in the hotel; it was African themed but it had an incredible upscale feel to it that made it enjoyable to stay in. The staff upon check in were incredibly helpful and answered all of our questions.

The rooms were fantastic, they were clean and they were big and considering these room can go for like $400.00 a night, they better be the nicest rooms ever. We had a little balcony with a cute little view. The bathroom was interesting. The sink was by the beds and then there was a separate room for the shower and toilet. My only issue with the room was the space for clothes. There were four of us sharing a room and there was barely enough space for us to put our clothes any where. The boys had to live out of their luggage, something I don’t like to do but they said they were fine with it so it worked for us. Other than the space, the room was wonderful.

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This was the balcony view.

There were little activities going on throughout the hotel so while the boys watched some football and relaxed, the girls explored and we found the huge arcade, the restaurants and a cute little area for kids. That little area was having a tie dye shirt making station and for $15.00 you can make your own shirt. We decided that that would be a cute little souvenir so we did it and it came out beautifully. UPDATE: It’s been about a month later though and the colors are starting to fade. After we explored we went to the water park with the boys for a few hours. The water park was fun, even though the water was cold. I didn’t like the lazy river, there wasn’t enough space for more than two tubes floating next to each other so Cris and I got separated because kids were racing in the lazy river. There were some fun rides, one I almost fell off of so I will never go on that ride again but besides that the other slides were fun. There was a hot tub that connected to the outside which was wonderful and we spent some nice B & C time in that hot tub to relax. There was also a pool bar with incredibly over priced drinks. After about 4 hours in the water park we were hungry so we went back to the room and got ready for dinner.

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We had a lovely couples dinner that night; I had a great stir fry and when we got back to our hotel we had chocolate covered strawberries and champagne (courtesy of the boys, it came with that package they paid for). I went to sleep around 11pm and the boys went to the casino 10 minutes away. They apparently came back around 2:30 am which wasn’t smart because we woke up around 8:30 am and headed down for some breakfast. We ate at the buffet at the hotel and honestly it was a pretty decent buffet. I had tea and blintzes and yogurt. It was nice, well worth the money we spent on it.

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My stir fry!

My favorite part of the whole weekend was what came next. Our room package that we had came with a 3 hour spa voucher and a $50.00 credit for a service. Cris told me to book a massage for myself and then afterwards we would spend time together in the spa because there are things to do that you don’t need to pay for. I got a 25 minute massage which cost me $75.00, minus the credit so I only spent about $25.00 plus tip so around $30.00. Let me tell you, that was the greatest massage of my life. It was so wonderful, I felt so much tension come out of my back and neck and she even massaged my wrists which were injured from my tennis season at school. Do I think it was worth $75.00? Nope. Way too expensive for 25 minutes but still it felt good and I felt relaxed. After I got out of the massage there was Cris waiting for me in the relaxation room and we went into what they called the “tranquility pool” which was really just a large hot tub. It was so nice, they had “experience showers” which were showers that showered you from all different locations and we used the sauna and the steam room. I think what we enjoyed the most though was the balcony. We went out onto this balcony in our robes and we sat on these huge seats for two and we just enjoyed the moment together. It was a great view and it was quiet. Cris even ordered me a mimosa which was a lovely treat (champagne is my favorite alcoholic beverage). It made the day so relaxing, the staff were extremely helpful and pleasant as well.

 

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The Tranquility Pool

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The view from the balcony

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After the Spa we went to the water park for a little bit and then we had a lovely dinner together just Cris and I at the fancy restaurant in the hotel and it was very nice, super romantic. After that we went to the casino with our friends, which was my first time gambling or even going into a casino. I ended up winning money which made Cris a little bitter since he lost money.

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We came back to the hotel and played in the arcade, we won enough tickets so I can get a super cool Justice League pillow. We also played glow in the dark mini golf with our friends. We went to bed around midnight and woke up again at 8:30 am and had breakfast at the nice buffet again. Cris and I went to the waterpark one last time before we had to finish packing and check out. The check out process was really simple, we got our receipt slipped under the door and since there were no charges we signed the receipt and left around 11 am. When we left we drove to a pumpkin festival but since we left on a Tuesday we found out the festival was closed except the hay ride which we went on because we’re big kids and then we drove home.

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We had a wonderful weekend with our friends and with each other. If we had to do it again I would and in fact Cris and I would love to go back to Kalahari sometime soon. We recommend it to anyone who wants a lovely hotel with an indoor waterpark. We didn’t feel like we were in a kids hotel, it was a very upscale. Since it is very expensive I would recommend to look on Groupon for deals and also check their website for any deals that they are having on rooms and packages. We’re hoping to go back when they complete their expansion this coming year!