Purple for Lupus Awareness

A couple years back, my youngest nephew had this tiny mosquito bite-shaped bump on his face. Being that it was the dead of August, my family and I shrugged it off as a side effect of summer. As time went on, we realized that the mosquito bite got bigger and rounder, thus a trip to the dermatologist. After some tests, the doctor diagnosed him with discoid lupus, or skin lupus.   Continue reading

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Foodie Friday: Vegan Black Bean Burgers

As you can see, I’m still on a burger theme this Foodie Friday. Maybe it’s because grilling season is here and I’ve been to a few barbecues already? Maybe because I’m anxious for a new burger to try?

In any case, I rediscovered a yummy vegan black bean burger recipe from my friend Brown Veggie Mom (also known as Cherri). Remember Cherri from this post about her blog? Yup, same one. 🙂 Continue reading

FitBit Chronicles: Part II

Two weeks ago, one of my friends sent a mass text about walking a nature trail. I was reluctant to reply because I am not much of an outdoorsy person. The last time I walked a trail was way back in 4th grade on a school trip. I don’t even remember the name of the trail – I think it was in Wissahickon (another section of Philadelphia). Anyway, what I do remember was that we took the trail a day after a rainstorm and everything was muddy. We walked on muddy cliffs with tall trees all around and some of us slipped and fell numerous times – even with boots on. Since then, I haven’t really thought about walking trails until last year when the feeling of walking through nature in the summer crept in.

Back to 2016, the nature trail my friend wanted to go to was close by in Tinicum Township (near the Philly International Airport). The place: John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. I have rode by this place so many times throughout the years and never went inside! For some reason, I thought it was like going to the zoo where I had to pay admission or something. But no, it is free. And they have many different visitor programs like fishing, canoeing, photography and more.

Before I met up with my friends, I looked at the website and noticed the trail was 10 miles long. The first thing I thought was: I wish I was in a FitBit challenge today. Sad isn’t it? XD . Then I thought: Oh goodness, I probably won’t be able to get up in the morning. That’s a lot of walking! Regardless of this fact, I walked the trail.

The trail was so peaceful. It was a sunny (but chilly) Sunday afternoon with very limited people there. We crossed a bridge with bench seating and binoculars over Darby Creek which was nice. Speaking of the creek – oh the views were beautiful!

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Accomplishments

Walking the trail was great! Like in my school trip, there was a rainstorm the night before but this time we were on level ground (no muddy cliffs). The trail had lots of twigs, rocks and gravel, as expected. But the main thing was that I did not get tired of the walk until maybe the last mile! Maybe because I was embracing my surroundings? Or was it my self-made FitBit training? 😉 I think the FitBit has helped me with my endurance walking for long periods of time. I still need work on things and have an actual exercise regimen instead of randomly working out.

After the trail, I was tired but could have did just a bit more walking if I rested some. During the whole trail, we did not stop! Next time I go, I will take short breaks and take more pictures. When I checked my FitBit stats, I realized we only walked four miles instead of the 10 I thought we did.

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I did about 3,000 total steps prior to and after the trail but I like my stats for this day! I hope to come back to this trail when the weather gets steadily warmer. What a nice hidden gem in the city!

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation or contact from FitBit, John Heinz Wildlife Refuge or Wissahickon Valley Trail on this review. This is my exclusive personal experience at John Heinz and using the FitBit.

FitBit Chronicles: Part I

Yes, I am one of those crazy walkers with an armband counting my steps. I am that one who changes FitBit bands to match my outfit. I admit – I am a FitBitter.

Last year, I wrote a post about visiting the local trails in Philadelphia and had hopes of getting a FitBit to help me walk more. Well, I did get a FitBit Flex a couple of months later and haven’t turned back since. In the beginning, I was super excited but a little nervous of whether this investment was worth it to buy. As time moved on, I realized that it is truly beneficial! I would have never pushed myself to make 10,000 or more steps a day if I didn’t have my FitBit. Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Smoothie Bowl

Back to the healthy stuff. 😉

Many people opt for a smoothie or pressed juice drink in the morning when they are trying to get fit and lose weight. I have tried it and realized it is not for me. Not all the time, anyway. I need to physically chew food in the morning just to feel like I’m going to be full or satisfied. I guess it’s a psychological thing.

Lately, the only smoothies I have had are the ones from the store (Bolthouse, Naked, Odwalla) and even those were far and few between. Almost out of nowhere, I start hearing about smoothie bowls. I’m almost positive these things have been out for years and I am just late. What is a smoothie bowl, you ask (if you are clueless like I was)? Essentially it is what it sounds like: a bowl filled with a smoothie.

You make a smoothie with the normal ingredients but blend it a bit thicker in a yogurt consistency. Add toppings like granola or leftover fruit and eat with a spoon. 🙂

Here’s a helpful infographic from Hello Glow on making a smoothie bowl:

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Sounds easy enough, right? I really like how the site breaks down the nutrients of each layer. Mind Body Green is another great health site that features other smoothie bowl recipes like these:

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Don’t these look more filling than a drinkable smoothie? Maybe it’s the artsy girl in me and the colors make it more appealing to eat? I can look forward to having these throughout the day!

Have fun produce shopping this weekend! 😉

Need more recipe ideas? Come back every Foodie Friday for a new one to try!

5 Reasons to Drink Infused Water

When I was younger, I very rarely drank water. I loved juice and sodas and practically had it all.the.time. During college, I developed my coffee addiction (thanks Java City :-/ ) and since then, I have this seemingly urgent need to have a cup a day. I’m not as bad as others…although when I miss a couple days, my head reminds me with a splitting migraine. Continue reading

Summertime Motivation: Philly Trails

Hello everyone!!! Geez, I can’t believe it’s been a little over a month since the last post! Summertime is always a busy season for me and I am sure it is for you as well. I appreciate all of you who follow the blog, especially the newbies during my mini hiatus. 🙂

During the past few months, I’m noticing that more and more people have FitBits. If you have been stuck under a rock, a FitBit is a fitness tracker for tracking steps, calories, heartrate, sleep and much more. So what’s with the FitBit craze? Maybe…

  • The curiosity of the number of steps taken per day?
  • The weight loss effects?
  • The motivation of exercise?
  • The “friendly” competition it features?

Well, all of the above appeals to me!
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