When I’m Happy, I Gain Weight

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

“Once her love had been publicized, it would gain weight (literally), become a burden.”
Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

Is it just me (and my boyfriend) who gain weight when we’re happy? Seriously, over the last six years I’ve noticed that when we have the least amount of stress in our lives, or when we’re at a really good place with each other, we tend to gain weight. I’m not a psychology major so I don’t know if there is a connection between love/happiness and weight. What I do know is that recently my boyfriend and I have put on a few pounds and both of us are feeling uncomfortable. My jeans have gotten a little to snug and over the weekend he had a hard time buttoning up his dress pants. If you’ve read my fitness post on the Passion8 blog, you’ll know that I believe in the old everything in moderation mantra. So, Alex and I decided to start eating a bit healthier; limit alcohol intake, no more cream in my coffee, salads over fries, chicken over red meat, and no more snacks before bed. We’re not out to lose a million pounds, nor do we feel it necessary to be skinny. We just want to feel healthy and make better choices when it comes to eating.

-2Throughout the day we’ve been sending each other photos of our meals and snacks. I’m not sure if it’s a competitive thing or just a friendly bit of motivation, either way it seems to be working. My biggest problem is what to have for breakfast, my mom makes the most delicious muffins in the world and I can’t get out of the habit of eating one each morning (and sometimes one before bed). They complement my coffee than cereal, plus they’re convenient and hit my cravings for something sweet. Do you guys have any ideas for breakfast? A healthy granola or something? I would love to try out a recipe!

Happy Friday!

Love Always,

Vanessa Xo

 

After all this time…

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

Today I went for a mani/pedi at Spa Nails with my cousin.

This is my cousin 😀

Yesterday I went to my sister’s house for dinner. She made chicken-pot-pie and we watched Happy Feet Two. We cried and then we laughed at each other for crying during Erik’s song. ❤

This is my sister – DUH!

I find it incredible that after all this time they still like to hang out with me (not all families get along after all). I leave for Chicago tomorrow so it was amazing to see them before I left and to have a few laughs (okay more than a few :)).

OH ya, I’m going to the windy city until Sunday with a few of my favourite people! We’re staying right downtown and I’m super excited to check out our hotel – I love staying in hotels. I’m looking forward to the Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, and just exploring the city. I wonder what kind of vibe this city gives off. I wonder if I’ll like it as much as I liked New York. Hmm, I’m sure I’ll have all the answers once I get back.

I WILL be posting while I’m there though, I have the S.T.E.L.L.A.A. blog tour after all. My stop is on Sunday, so I’ll have to post before I leave Chicago!

Until then, I bid you adieu!

… I’ll try not to blow away while I’m there 😉

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

 

The inspiration behind the post…

When the cat’s away, the mice will play – or so I’ve heard.

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Mama, Papa, and Brother have been at the cottage all week. Given my part-time job status, this is how I spent my time.

I had a few glasses of vino.

I made Portuguese sausage and toasted some bread!

I congratulated a friend on her new job 🙂

I made dinner with Sister!

I went to the Bf’s Zia and Zio’s house for dinner – Waffles begged us to bring him along. We did and he was very well-behaved! He had some yummy pasta and chicken and was so cozy that he fell asleep after.

“Thanks for having me over Alex’s Zia and Zio! Sorry for pooping on your lawn!”
Xo

Overall, it was a great week but I’m looking forward to having a full house again! I miss my Mama and Papa, and yes even Brother 😉

In other news, I’m 0 for 8 in the whole internship/job search but I’m staying positive.

All good things to those who wait.

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

When the cat's away, the mice will play – or so I've heard.

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

Mama, Papa, and Brother have been at the cottage all week. Given my part-time job status, this is how I spent my time.

I had a few glasses of vino.

I made Portuguese sausage and toasted some bread!

I congratulated a friend on her new job 🙂

I made dinner with Sister!

I went to the Bf’s Zia and Zio’s house for dinner – Waffles begged us to bring him along. We did and he was very well-behaved! He had some yummy pasta and chicken and was so cozy that he fell asleep after.

“Thanks for having me over Alex’s Zia and Zio! Sorry for pooping on your lawn!”
Xo

Overall, it was a great week but I’m looking forward to having a full house again! I miss my Mama and Papa, and yes even Brother 😉

In other news, I’m 0 for 8 in the whole internship/job search but I’m staying positive.

All good things to those who wait.

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

I Guess I kinda lack Confidence…

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

I lack in the right kind of confidence – the confidence that allows you to try new things, the confidence that is fueled by passion for your work. I’m always scared to say or do or write the wrong thing. I never feel like my writing is good enough to share (which I’m still surprised that I actually BLOG as often as I do). I’m terrified to start a “real” job/career – what if I’m not good at it?

My confidence is lacking so much that I often compare my life to someone else’s; why do they get to have an adventure and I don’t? Why are they traveling and I’m not? Why do they have a kick-ass job and I don’t? I am not at all proud of thinking this way btw! It hurts and it creates this heartburn feeling from the bottom of my stomach to the middle of my throat! And is it really necessary to make myself feel this way? No.

The reason why I’m not living anyone else’s life is because I am living my own. I need to stop thinking and start doing. I need to take the chances, the risks, and whatever opportunities I am given in order to be the best me I can be. I need to figure out where I want to be and what I want to do. I don’t want to settle. I deserve to work hard and have an adventure or two along the way.

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“You can think your heart out but you need to start DOING!”

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 Find confidence Be confident today and cheers to the freakin’ weekend! 

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

Open Up the Dog House…

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If you’re a regular on my blog you’ll know that the pride and joy of our family is this little guy…

He is quite honestly Papa Vince’s best friend, however even their relationship has been having trouble lately 😉 . On Sunday I was sitting in the dinning room, with my computer, notebook, and homework spread out among it – just minding my own beeswax when I noticed my dad running into the family room. Just a heads up, Papa Vince doesn’t run – anywhere. Why was he running? Well he was racing my dog to the couch because he didn’t want the him to take his spot.

Obviously Waffles won because all I heard from the family room was, “Aw come on buddy, you can’t sit there. That’s Daddy’s seat. Move over like a good boy…”

SILENCE.

Then, “…please?”

A few minutes later I heard, “See, isn’t that better? Daddy gets his seat and you get yours. Isn’t that comfy?”

I should probably tell you that my dad is a six-foot-Italian-mafia-look-alike, which makes this whole scenario a lot funnier in person. I damn near peed in my pants listening to this interaction between him and my dog. I bet if Waffles didn’t move, my Dad would have sat somewhere else and Waffles would have certainly been in the dog house! It’s a good thing we all know whose boss around here 😉

Now I’ll leave you with a Dean Martin and Nat King Cole  tune – one of my personal faves!

Have a fantastic Tuesday! I’m going to try to stay away from the computer today – so I’ll see you Wednesday!

P.S. Stay inspired!

Love Always
Vanessa Xo