Weekend Reset: The Plan

Hey friends,

I’ve been slacking so hard on fitness, health, and life, I truly feel like I could just throw in the towel. I’m constantly disappointed in myself and am amazed by my powers of procrastination, they’re seriously dangerous.

Like a lot of people, I do my grocery shopping and prep on Sunday and get ready for the week to come. Well, I use that excuse always and once a Sunday comes and goes, I wait until the next Sunday to “start” my fitness journey.

An actual screenshot I have because this is actually how I feel:

Not today. I have a crazy next few days but I’m making a plan to stay healthy and jump straight into this thing.

Side note: There’s no gym or formal exercise here since I’ll basically be working 40-50 hours in the next few days and it’s not going to fit in the schedule but I’ll also be running around.

Day 1: Thursday, June 7th

Breakfast: Protein Smoothie

Lunch: Chipotle Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens

Dinner: Lean Protein and Veggies

Plan: Tomorrow I want to get as much done as possible so I’m not stressed this weekend. I have to return a few things to the post office, stop by my gym to renew my membership, and then I have my grad class.

Day 2: Friday, June 8th

Breakfast: 2 Egg Omelette with Spinach on a Low Carb Pita with Veggies

Lunch: Salad

Dinner: Lean Protein and Veggies

Plan: I’ve delayed cleaning my room in entirety for at least a month so I want to make a dent in that and prep for working throughout the weekend. I’d also like to write out my entire plan for the coming week and get some homework done.

Day 3: Saturday, June 9th

I will be working essentially from 7am to 6pm and to try and make the most of it, I’ll be trying to drink as much water as I can and take every opportunity to walk.

Breakfast: Egg Sandwich and Iced Coffee

Lunch: Something from the event (the goal is to eat something low carb, no cheese, and some veggies)

Dinner: Lean Protein and Veggies at home

Plan: I know I’m going to be exhausted after getting home so my only goals are to do a little more cleaning and do my laundry for the week.

Day 4: Sunday, June 10th

Breakfast: Eggs and Iced Coffee

Lunch: Same as Saturday

Dinner: Power Salad

Plan: I’m going to finish up any homework I may have for the week and prep my food for the week. I’m testing out eating 3 main meals instead of snacking and I’ll also be eating all uncooked foods so prep should be pretty simple.

Dear boyfriend if you’re reading this, force me to stick to this!! And send me a text tonight when I’m asleep to put a load of towels on and also to not forget to package up my return items!!

Next week we’re back in the gym!

xoxo,

Gossip Glav

Lobstah Benny: A Martha’s Vineyard Experience

Hello friends!

Today I got back from my first ever trip to Martha’s Vineyard. For 22 years of my life, I may or may not have thought MV was an island off of New York, like Long Island… it’s FINE GUYS. We’re not gonna talk about it.

Day 1: Drunk at Sea

On Friday night, four of my nearest and dearest and I packed ourselves into a car like sardines and headed for the ferry. We were armed with many adult beverages, MANY snacks, and an absurd amount of luggage. See for yourself:

One of my dear compadres works for a liquor brand and brought us some canned, sparkling wine to enjoy on the ferry and BOY was that a bad idea. We all got hammy off of one can but hey, you live and you learn.

We arrived at our luxurious Airbnb, had a family dinner, and then slept like babies.

Day 2: Scary Island

Day 2 hit us like a ton of fucking bricks without us even knowing it. We went to the beach and had a great time drinking, snacking, listening to music, and taking great instas (see below). What we also did was get OUTRAGEOUSLY burned. I mean just brutally roasted.

Evidence:

(young, naive me before I had realized what I had done)

We had a delightful dinner at Sharky’s Cantina (Oak Bluffs) – 10/10 would recommend – and cried ourselves into a slumber.

Day 3: The Breakfast to End All Breakfast

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I am a big breakfast guy, HUGE. WAKEY WAKEY, EGGS AND BACEY.

My MV translators (aka my friends who have been before) recommended we hit up The Black Dog for a classic breakfast. It was a loooong wait with a rude hostess but man, it was worth it.

Just take a peek:

I got the Lobster Benedict and it was hands down the best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had. Their hollandaise was so light and my lobster tasted like actual butter. Best part? It was only $14.25!! And look at all that claw meat!!

The rest of Sunday was spent shopping and reminiscing about my Benny. What a day.

Day 4: We Outta Here

Sadly, we had to leave Monday so we packed up and headed on a ferry home. It was a delightful trip with some of my favorite people. Go if you get the chance!!

P.S. A running theme throughout the whole weekend was the name game. Restaurant wait? Name game. Ferry line? Name game. It makes time fly by, trust me. To play, we usually pick a category (celebrities or our alma mater) and you start with a name: Tom Brady, and the next person has to come up with a name starting with the first letter of that last name: Ben Affleck. BUT if someone hits you with double initials: Abigail Adams, it goes back to the last person and starts going that way. An example (labeled by people):

1. Lenny Kravitz

2. Ken Jennings

3. Jen Anniston

4. Abigail Adams

3. Adam Lambert

2. Logan Lerman

3. Lionel Richie

It’s addicting – play it!

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Gossip Glav

Day 4: 5 Reasons Why

Do you ever have those days (or weeks, or months…) where you feel wrong? It kinda feels like you’re floating through space with no end in sight and the claustrophobia of being suffocated by endlessness is beginning to set in. No, just me? Ok, dope.

I’m in one of those stretches. I’m happy but lost. I know I should be doing things but I still don’t do them. I’m in limbo. In times like these, I remind myself of my reasons why. The reasons why I want to be alive. The reasons why my life is happy most of the time. The reasons that give my life purpose.

My reasons why save my life. They bring me joy and comfort and make life, which can be pretty fucking daunting, A-okay. I hope you can find yours too.

5. The beach.

Is there anything more breathtaking or wise or powerful than the ocean? I firmly believe most of life’s problems can be fixed with the ocean.

4. Grandparents.

What a rare breed of people. My grandparents are my favorite people in the entire world. They are kind and generous and hilarious. ¿I mean, who doesn’t love a good grandparent?

3. Forever Friends.

I know this seems kind of basic but I’m talking FOREVER friends. I classify all of my friends into just general friend and forever friend categories. I love all of my friends but sometimes, you just know someone will not be there for you through thick and thin and won’t be around forever. But, I have a few forever friends that are my life blood. Absolutely essential, 10/10 would recommend.

2. The Oasis.

Check out Day 1 if you haven’t. I’ve said it enough but my oasis keeps me going through everything and pulls me straight out of my fogs.

1. Opportunity.

Cue my cheesy, Hallmark ending but how beautiful is it that we are given so much opportunity? We can customize our life down to the polish on our nails or clothes on our backs. We have seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years of opportunities and choices. We can change our attitude in the blink of an eye. Knowing that I can change my course and my life even if I procrastinated something important or wasted my time on something stupid in a single second is a beautiful, wonderful thing.

The inner workings of my mind make zero sense but hopefully to someone out there, this is helpful or interesting.

Talk later,

Gossip Glav

Day 3: No, Me First

SURPRISE! I’m in Canada. Toronto, to be specific. I’m here to see my beloved Red Sox play the Blue Jays and boy, it’s been interesting. Today, I’m going to tell you 5 misconceptions I had about Canada. 5. The Big… Maple Leaf? Ok, call me stupid but I didn’t realize that (outside Vancouver) Canada was so urban. Toronto is just high rise after high rise after high rise, it’s nuts! Not to mention, the weekend traffic rivals NYC. I was able to see some beautiful farm land and residential neighborhoods but I was very surprised to see so much commercial development. 4. Niagara MallsCanada is getting their COIN. I, in my naivety, thought Niagara Falls would be in a forest or National Park or something, you know, natural. Hell nah. Straight across from this natural wonder is a full-out, Las Vegas-type casino complete with dozens more hotels, arcades, and every entertainment venture known to man. I respect the game but that was wholly unexpected. 3. It’s all about the money, money, money. Everything is so commercial! At least in Toronto. I’ve never seen so many dentist… stores? They don’t look like American dentist offices at all! There are stores everywhere. Car dealership after car dealership after car dealership! Props to you, Toronto. You must be doing something right. 2. America what? I know Europe had their hand in literally every country way back when but I did not expect Canada and America to be SO different. In fact, Canada reminds me way more of Europe than it does the U.S., the country it literally touches. Upstate NY and the Southern border of Canada are ridiculously close but outside of Niagara Falls where half of the attraction is U.S. territory, there isn’t much U.S. influence. 1. Canadians aren’t all that polite. OK so this might just be an Internet meme but I thought Canadians were supposed to be hella polite. I thought that would mean that Canada’s big cities wouldn’t be full of asshole like America’s are. WRONG! Not only are people impolite but they’ve adopted the European custom of just walking at you/into you no matter what. Mind you, I studied in Ireland and adopted the European fast-walk and perfected the weave and bob technique and I’m still flustered by these people. Disclaimer though, it may just be a Toronto problem because I’ve met a few Blue Jays fans from the outskirts of Ontario and they have been very friendly and kind. Well, that’s all, eh. Maple syrup and moose.xoxo,Gossip Glav

Day 2: Gains and Losses

Soooooo, today sucked.

I had a fantastic, inspiring meeting today that got me totally excited for my future. And then, I went home and saw myself in the mirror and I was SHOOK. I looked like I gained 10 pounds. AND THEN, I went home and I had gained nearly that.

Now, I am riding the crimson wave so that may have contributed to my whale-esque appearance but seeing that number on the scale hit me like a ton of bricks.

It’s not the end of the world though. I was sad, I’m not gonna lie. But, I’m okay now. In fact, I’m better than okay. I am so ready to lose this weight and the rest of it. I’m so motivated.

A year ago, hell a week ago, this probably would have totally derailed my fitness journey. But, this gain is really my gain and it’ll push me to a loss.

So, today sucked but it will get better. I challenge you to watch out for a future post where that day is fantastic because I lost the weight.

Stay tuned.

-Glav

Day 1: The Oasis

Fair warning: this post will be boring to most of you but it’s an important piece of me and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate inaugural post.

An oasis, geographically, is water or greenery in the middle of the desert; a saving grace of sorts.

In life, an oasis (n.) is defined as something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc. It may not necessarily be water but again, an oasis is a sort of saving grace. Today, I’m writing about my oasis, my boyfriend, because he pushed me to find an outlet (this blog) and is currently reminding me to stick to it. Like literally, he’s texting me to blog in ALL CAPS WITH LOTS OF EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!

I didn’t know I needed or had an oasis until someone asked me about my boyfriend. They asked me what he was like and what I liked about him. While the standard things, “he’s my best friend,” “he makes me laugh,” “he makes me a better person” are all absolutely true of him, they just didn’t quite hit the nail on the head. Then, I figured it out. He’s my saving grace, my relief, my welcome change in my desert of ups and downs, family problems, friend drama, work troubles, etc. He is my light in the dark. He is my biggest cheerleader. He will read this post and tell me how great it is, even though it’s Wisconsin Cheddar-level cheesy and he’s probably embarrassed.

I’m starting this blog (again) as an outlet and a way to document my life/fitness journey and while I love any chance to brag about my boyfriend, his support has truly transformed who I am as a person. I am the most true form of myself that I’ve ever been. An oasis does not have to be a significant other. It could be a relative, a place, even a song or a good book. I feel ready for this journey and ready to document it because I have an oasis. I hope you can find yours and I really hope you can see past the cheese factor and stick around until my next post.

xoxo,

Gossip Glav

ily friend 💕