Brewfest 2k17

My favorite weekend of the year was this past weekend. Brewfest in Burlington, Vermont. Every year it's my favorite. Food trucks/tents, local beer and friends! What more could you want.

Friday I got lunch with a friend at Farmhouse. We could have gone anywhere and I wouldn't have cared. It wasn't about the food but more about catching up. She taught me so much and helped me immensely in my job search so I have a lot to be thankful for.

The next 24 hours was spent relaxing with my best girl, Christine. We did a little Brewfest shopping before meeting up with Rebecca for a picnic at the beach. We brought some drinks and Vietnamese food to the waterfront. It was so nice and we proceeded to talk for HOURS. The rain didn't even stop us, we just moved the party to Rebecca's house. I was exhausted but Christine insisted she was training me for Brewfest. 10:30 was way past my bedtime and I slept like a baby.

Saturday started with a quick 2.75 mile run with Christine. I'm all about moving my body in ways that feel good these days. My goal now that I'm a working girl is to have balance. Eat well when I can, cook when I can, exercise when I can and in ways that feel good. Why add extra stress when I don't have to? Anyways it was a gorgeous day. The temperature was perfect. After we made egg sandwiches and looked up FNCE stuff. Girls trip to increase our nutrition knowledge?! Count me in. Just hanging was perfect.

Then I headed to Maia and Joe's house for a BBQ. We just hung out, ate some food and caught up. And then it was Brewfest time.

We were going to hit up my favorite downtown brewery before but it was PACKED. Probably with everyone leaving the session before us. So we were just at the front of the line to get in. I didn't care!! I usually go to Brewfest with a plan of attack, but not this year.

I remember the first beer and maybe a few others. Maia and I drank the first three pretty quick. And got a temporary tattoo for good measure. But after that I was running around chatting with friends and catching up. It was a whirlwind but made me so happy to see everyone. I miss my Vermont niche a lot, but being in the city is also very exciting. I'll always go back to Vermont so I can't be too sad. Saturday night ended with creamees and late night pizza from Mr. Mikes. I can't complain. Then Maia and I snuggled Cadbury.

Sunday morning I did get a bit teary eyed driving home. It's just been a big change. But a good change. I got home and my extended family was at my house. It felt so good to have other people in the house with me. Fell asleep with a smile on my face after that weekend.

Sometimes I need to go to bed at 7:30…

I’ve definitely talked about cutting yourself some slack before. There are times in our lives that are physically and/or emotionally challenging and, therefore, we need to cut slack in other areas. Maybe your relationship just ended and you’re emotionally distraught. It’s okay to have a little extra ice cream while you regroup or sleep in and miss a workout or two. Maybe you’re in a transition period of your life with new everything and feeling unsettled. That’s a time to step back and really figure out what self care means to you. I’m trying to do that currently…

 
Don’t get me wrong, the transition that I’m in currently has been the best thing that’s happened to me. It’s just been a lot of work and very tiring. I’ve come to realize that eating more indulgent foods, spending more money to see friends and exercising less is my way of cutting slack in areas where I’m usually more diligent. I physically don’t have the energy to run or the mental capacity to budget my money after working and a two hour commute. I don’t cook on weekdays and meals become boring which leads to overeating (for me). I try my best to meal prep on weekends but more often than not I find myself eating avocado toast (hey I’m totally okay with that). Yes, there have been times where I mentally beat myself up for eating high fat comfort foods and not exercising. Then I take a step back and say, “Woah, Megan. This is not fair. You’ve already taken on a lot. Give yourself some credit.” While I know eating fruits and vegetables and exercising will make me feel better I also know that some days (if not most days) I need to lie down and watch copious amounts of Netflix…and eat some ice cream. Or drink some wine…or both. Food is so much more than nutrients.

Now I’m trying to listen to my body and identify what I need in the moment with no judgement. Easier said than done.



So what steps have I taken?

1. Reading social media and blog posts that support this mentality. It’s hard enough to deal with your own internal struggle, don’t let others get you down too. 

2. Journal. Sometimes so much is going on I can’t pinpoint what I’m feeling or what I need. So I write it out. Sometimes it becomes clear and sometimes not, but the process helps.

3. Set SMALL goals that are achievable. Mine right now is to drink 1500ml at work (my water bottle has measurements). When I do this I feel so much better on the commute home. I’m not a fan of goals that restrict, I like to add in a good habit. 

4. Sleep. This has been the most challenging for me. Getting up at 4:30 is HARD. But when I’m asleep by 8:30 the next day feels so much better. It doesn’t mean I’ll definitely exercise or eat all my vegetables, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Baby steps. 

Right now is not the time for me to exercise five days a week and cook homemade meals. It’s not the time to be overly strict about money if it means seeing friends and getting out. This is my right now. Mine, not anybody else’s. So I’m going to work on being okay with that. While I wait for a train that is never coming…

Summer Food Lately

I started my new job today! Woohoo!!! So excited. But I really want to share some recent delicious eats with you. It’s been good lately.


Kale massaged with goddess dressing and all the veggies on top. Black beans for protein. Avocado English muffin on the side because I was starving. Listen to your body, it knows what it needs.


I’ve eaten ¾ of a watermelon in 3 days. Must eat the rest before it goes bad!


Plain yogurt mixed with a scoop of peanut butter for more staying power. Topped with maple sunrise cereal (by Natures Path) and all the blueberries. Cannot wait for blueberry season. 


Salmon grilled with a chive and fill yogurt sauce, grilled veggies and quinoa. I would eat salmon everyday…


Smoothie for the commute. I was a little too nervous to drink it on the train for fear of spilling it on my new blazer. Tomorrow I’m wearing white so the nerves will accompany me again. But why drink it on the train when I can save it for this view?

Every night will end with a homemade fudgesicle from now on. Too good!!! Basically melted dark chocolate mixed with plain Greek yogurt and milk. 

Sandwich(es)

I love a good sandwich just as anyone else. Especially when it’s made on fluffy, soft bread. Turkey or chicken salad are my favorites, but peanut butter and jelly never disappoints. The whole day wasn’t just about sandwiches though.

The purpose of today was spending time with family. I drove to the cape early in the morning and hit no traffic!! Point to point it only took me 35 minutes and I had some jams to pump me up for the race. 

We got to the start, which definitely was where I had my senior pictures taken; Town Neck Beach in Sandwich. We got some awesome t-shirts with entry, but no numbers. I loved that timing was done cross-country-race style with popsicle sticks. It made the race more relaxed and just a fun way to spend the morning. 


I ran with my cousin and we chatted the whole way. I love running as a reason to see friends and family and get a chance to talk. I also love exploring new places by running. And Sandwich is such a cute town. The race was put on by volunteers and they really made the race! 


Have you ever seen anyone happier?!

About two miles in my right hip started hurting. Typical IT band issues these days. But I finished and that’s the farthest I’ve ran in a month!! 

I love this picture! Nobody around on a foggy morning run!


The rain picked up once the race ended and I mean poured buckets. We braved it, though, to enjoy Sandwich fest and I hope to come back in future years!! Yes, it’s that much fun.

To escape the rain we found the tent with the food vendors and signed up for the 11am tasting. This included 11 samples after which we would vote for our favorite! The samples were huge and I only finished my favorites, but definitely tried them all. I can’t wait to hear who won! There was definitely something for everyone. 



After stuffing ourselves we explored the booths and had some fun getting free things. I found the cutest tote bag and clutch but alas I’m trying to save some money these days…I will remember it though. 

It was a perfect morning in my opinion even though it poured and was a bit chilly. I’m now hot and tired and just being lazy with the pup. Can’t complain too much. What a week. Relaxing before real life starts on Monday, although I can’t wait.

Two years and lots of hard work paid off…

It’s been one month since this happened: 


And 23 days ago I ran a marathon.


Then I moved back home and spent about a week in Maine, some of those days with two of my dearest friends.


Since being home I’ve realized just how much I miss my home. Vermont. I miss my favorite places, walking downtown, running along the bike path, good beer, and all my favorite restaurants. It’s hard being in a place that I am so familiar with but feel so distant to. Therefore I am so looking forward to moving to Boston. I can’t wait to find new favorite places, try all of the amazing food, run along the water, join some workout groups to meet people, and be close enough to visit my parents and Julie! It’s exciting!!

Yes, it may be a long summer, but it’s full of new beginnings. A new job. A future new home. New friends. And new credentials…

MS, RDN has a nice ring to it. 

Now to complete the process by becoming licensed in Massachusetts.

A Weekend to Remember

A perfect weekend if you ask me, even though we had to study.

Thursday I drove up to camp and met my dad for the night. We ordered two (very) large pizzas so my friends and I could have leftovers. 


Friday

I studied in the morning and turned the heat on because it was freezing. My studying was very poor because I was so excited for my friends to get here.

Christine and Rebecca arrived a little after one and we chatted for a while to catch up before *trying* to study. Once it hit 5pm it was time for happy hour. Red wine for the win. 


That night we made the best dinner. We didn’t have a blender but our cilantro peanut sauce still tasted great and it was served with deconstructed spring rolls. We watched a few episodes of Orange is the New Black before calling it a night. 


Saturday

The most perfect weather! We started studying on the porch after making French toast for breakfast. It was super tasty. When the sun hit the deck we moved outside to study and it felt so good!

In total we studied 8:30-4:30 before going for a walk around the neighborhood. Then we showered to get ready to go to town. I wanted to take Christine and Rebecca to the Inn because it’s my favorite place. I also think the new ownership has done great things! We also love happy hour and apps. It was National Rose Day so we celebrated. For food we got the lobster dip…oh my gosh so good…


After picking up some wine, toilet paper, and water (the necessities in life) at he town store we headed home to cook some vegetables and drink sangria. Boy was that strong. 


We played with Bitmoji a bit and watched Parks and Rec. Another great day in the books.

Sunday

We said we would get up and hike…but moving early in the morning is not our thing. We opted for this instead:


Then we started studying again. Practice tests for me all day since I was burnt out from the day before. It was also over 90 degrees…so hot. Christine and I kayaked around 11:30 and it was so nice. Then we dipped into the lake for a hot second to cool off. It was refreshing but freezing. I love a good challenge, thanks Dad! 

For lunch we had classic summer food of sandwiches (turkey, cheese and avocado for me) and chips. And then more studying happened. 


Around 4:30 we drove to town to get ice cream where I had my first job, but it was closed. I was so disappointed. We opted for two cartons of Giffords instead and had dessert before dinner. Winning. The s’more flavor is amazing. 


Dinner that night was similar to the deconstructed spring rolls but with a more salad like feel. Still amazing and served with some red wine. We plopped ourselves on the couch to paint our nails and watch more Parks and Rec while trying to cool down. It was hard. 

Today some of us are leaving. I had planned to but may not since I’m not feeling well. Also I don’t have anything pulling me back to Massachusetts. Maine, it’s the way life should be, after all.

Recent Good Eats

You guys. I just got to Maine and I feel oh so relaxed. Despite the crazy day I had. It all started at 7am when I realized my Microsoft Word account had been deactivated after graduation… cue tears. 7am was not my finest hour. Then I rushed through some studying…and worrying about how I will possibly remember everything for the RD exam. Before I knew it I was showered, packed, fueled and ready to hit the road.

When I got to Maine my dad had a package of turkey sausage, a few grapes, feta cheese, and orange juice in the fridge. He had one banana, a box of rice and some pretzels on the cupboard… Since I’m saving the salad stuff and cocktail supplies for the girls this weekend I suggested we get pizza. We live in a very small town with an Inn and a general store but the store knows pizza and ice cream. They do it well. Dad suggested we get two pizzas and the girls and I can enjoy leftovers this weekend. Well boy do we have leftovers. These babies were huge! I got the mushroom because I love mushrooms. Dad went with sausage. 


Some other good eats:

A salad I made for lunch before traveling complete with leftovers: greens + grilled carrots + grilled peppers + grilled chicken + black beans + rice + salsa and guacamole as dressing. I think I hit all the major food groups! This was so good!


The tacos we had the night before has grilled chicken, mango, peppers, mango salsa and guacamole!


Here’s another salad that was simpler with rice and legumes and hummus as dressing. 


While studying I’ve been finding myself snacking more han usual and just plain hungrier. It could be stress or boredom or my body just knows it needs a little extra fuel! I’m listening to my body and giving it what it wants. Food! I’ve been craving salads more lately because the vegetables are starting to be in season!! Oh how I miss my CSA!