Living Social Deals

Living Social must have read my post on Bike Riding and heard me mention that I wanted to continue this whole cycling thing. 

Todays midtown NYC deal is a 2 hour bike rental for $10 and if you want to rent 2 bikes for 2 hours it is $17.  My friend, Justine, and I had planned to go biking this weekend and rent bikes from the same place I went to this past Sunday.  So this deal was perfect!!  $8.50 a person for 2 hours!?!?  Now that’s what I call a steal.

Living Social Picture not me hehe

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Here is the link where you too can purchase a 2 hour sightseeing bike ride!

CLICK HERE!

What is the biggest deal you have purchased on Living Social?

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Food Journals

… I vowed never to have one again!

A few years back I did the Weight Watchers program and lost a great amount of weight.  I definitely would recommend it to anyone looking for weight loss help.  It worked for me but I honestly hated keeping a journal of EVERYTHING I ate and counting calories, fiber and protein.  Life is busy enough to add that onto it!

My friend and I were speaking on gmail chat and have come to the conclusion that we are pretty much on the same boat.  Trying to lose weight but not succeeding as much as we would like to.  We do great during the week while at work, but once Friday comes along everything we worked hard for basically goes down the drain.  You know, that vicious cycle where you eat clean and workout Monday through Thursday and Friday through Sunday you carb load like you’re training for a marathon and drink alcohol as if the prohibition days were coming back.  ::sigh::

We figured if we emailed each other every night (basically keeping a food journal) with what we ate during the day we would be held accountable to stick to eating clean and working out EVERYDAY!  and of course make healthier choices cause we don’t want to look like the beast that listed 20 oreos as a midmorning “snack”.

I won’t count calories but I aim to only have to list lots of protein, fruits and veggies.  So here’s to keeping this “food journal” going!

Here was my first email to her

How do you keep track of your calorie intake?

Bike Riding

I am always talking about trying new things in the city.  I wanted to take a day from the norm and do something that a tourist would do.  Sometimes many of us New Yorkers don’t take advantage of the AMAZING city we live in, so Carlos and I decided to rent bikes and ride around central park this past Sunday.

The place we rented the bikes from was called Bike Rental Central Park.  It was located on 57th street (between 8th and 9th avenue).  I was so excited to ride after not riding for ages!  We paid $20 for 3 hours of riding.  Once we paid we went over to pick out our bikes.  AND that’s when the nerves kicked in!  How the hell was I going to ride a bike when I haven’t rode one since I was a teenager.  Carlos seemed so comfortable and that made me feel even worse.  We were a couple of blocks away from the park so we had to ride ON the streets!  Yup! I said ON the streets, as in that big grayish-black concrete floor where all the cars and  NYC yellow cabs are zipping on.  I wanted to barf.  I would have never thought I would be so nervous about riding a bike!!  But I couldn’t look like a chump next to these “big bad” 5 year olds riding like professionals.  So on my bike I went!

On our way to the park, I stopped a couple of times and pretty much walked my bike there but once we were there I rode for the rest of the time.  Central Park is a bit intimidating because there are so many people walking by, crossing the rode and other bikers just zipping by.  I was tensed at first but once I got the groove of things, I did okay.  I even rode the bike back to the shop, on the streets, riding in front of Carlos and yelling out “HEY I GREW SOME BALLS!” Oops! Not very lady like right?  :-/

I was only able to get one picture while we were taking a Gelato break.  I’m still new to this so there wasn’t a lot of multi tasking, especially not one handed handle holds and picture snapping! NO WAY!

Carlos’ chocolate gelato and our bikes

Happiness: A Way of Life

Happiness is not a destination but a way of life.

Too many people think happiness is going to walk in through the door when they least expect it.  (or take a trip to the Grand Canyon and find it there) Those people will be waiting until they’re wrinkled in the face.  Happiness is a way of life.  You live it.  You work for it.

I was miserable the last months at my previous job.  My coworker would always ask me whats wrong and I would share my dislike for the job.  She would always respond with the same phrase “Life is too short to be anything BUT happy!”  I never understood how she could be so cheery day in and day out but I took her advice.  I went home every night and I applied to job after job.  I finally landed my current job as a planner.  The grass isn’t always greener as they say but I wouldn’t and will not allow myself to get into a funk.  So I focus on living happy.

I focus on the things in front of me and the things I already have.  Being healthy, being loved and loving others, being grateful, helping, smiling at people even if I don’t know them, being polite, being empathetic, being a mom, a girlfriend, a daughter, sister, friend and the list goes on and on.  I am blessed beyond words. I think once I realized this, life gave me happiness and I plan to keep it.  Hopefully one day I will find my passion in life (career wise) and chase after it but for now I am happy with just waking up everyday, breathing and taking things day by day.

If people would focus on all the things they have that money CANNOT buy, they too can live happy.

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and as soon as I was thinking of this post Carlos sends this picture….

Two rainbows he saw today while at work. How appropriate!  Rainbows = happy!  dont they!?

Life is amazing.  Cherish it.  Be grateful.  BE HAPPY!