Hello from the other side

Holy smokes it’s been a while! In my defense, I have been working absurd amounts. The hospital rolled out with a new documentation system so I’ve been working 24-32 hours a week there while still working the usual 20-25 at the ice cream store….and flipping day and night. Thankfully this is my last insane week. Yes, I’ve been eating like crud and haven’t been working out. This past week though the weather has been so nice and it’s motivated me to get outside and get moving again. I’m really hoping as my schedule calms down a little bit I’ll have more time to meal prep and make better choices as well as sleep a little bit better.

I religiously follow Juli over on PaleOMG and I am obsessed with her food, fashion, and workouts. She recently got married and shared some “at home” workouts. She is an avid cross-fitter which seems intimidating but she shared some workouts that I adapted and made my own. It feel good to work hard and have a super sweaty workout completed in 30 minutes!


This weeks workouts:

Tuesday: 2 mile jog on the treadmill



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Thursday: 4mile walk/run outside!




Friday: Repeat(ish) of Wednesday workout!



And on the agenda for today is a 30minute interval run at the gym before scooping! Feeling motivated to sign up for some road races so gotta keep my butt running!

Here are some eats in my recent photos:

(not pictured is pizza, pasta, and wine wine wine.)

Whole 30 secret veggie “red sauce”

If you’re like me and could eat marinara out of the jar with a spoon, this recipe is for you! (And we should be friends.) The biggest heart break the past few months while trying to clean my diet up has been learning about how much added sugar is in my beloved “red sauce.” Such a friggin’ bummer. That might have been one of the scariest parts of starting Whole 30. (I’m gonna stop saying I’m doing Whole 30. Let be honest. I cheated and we weren’t even doing 30 days to begin with. Oh, well. Maybe someday.)

Anyways, spaghetti squash is one of my favorite healthy go-tos for dinner so I knew I’d need to find a way to make my own sauce. I’m no serious cook. I try, but I fail. A lot. However, this dish was a winner! So here ya go!


2 small spaghetti squash

1 yellow summer squash

1 zucchini

1lb ground meat

1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes in puree

1 teaspoon of oregano

2 tablespoons of minced basil

1 table spoon of ghee

1 table spoon of olive oil

A pinch of salt and pepper



  • Preheat the oven to 400*. Cut the spaghetti squash in half length-wise. Scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on before putting them in the oven.


  • Brown the ground beef and remove from skillet when done.


  • Cut the zucchini and yellow squash into quarters. Sautee in ghee.


  • When the squash are fork tender, add the ground beef back to the skillet. Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano and basil. Allow to simmer.


  • Use a fork to scoop out the “strands” of spaghetti squash.


  • Top with the secret veggie red sauce and enjoy!


To be honest, Whole 30 has been kind of a sh*t show. Read: I’ve cheated a lot. I’m weak. I’m still like 95%, but still, I missed the whole point of it. I did it to support Christina, and I’m still doing it but she knows I’m just a liar. I feel so bad.

I’ve been in a major funk for almost a week and am just snapping out of it today. It’s been super warm in Boston and thats been good for ice cream business…good stuff. So, I finally declare my funk OVER. Now that I’m not in a total b*tchy mood,  I need to set some goals for next week. Goal 1: exercise. I’ve been working a lot of nights and had some family obligations last week that I let take priority. Next week I need to make exercise my priority since I know it makes me feel better and is so important. Hoping to get some running/lifting in this weekend. Goal 2: get out of bed in the morning. I have been a serious snoozer this week and it’s awful. I think I need to buy one of those alarm clocks that you need to chase around your bedroom or the one thats a mat you have to step on so you need to get out of bed to turn it off.


Anyways, I was looking through my phone before getting this post up and I realized I’ve taken so many photos to put on here but just haven’t gotten to it. So I’ll share them now!


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I went into Whole 30 and didn’t have coffee the first week. I had a long drive last week and treated myself to two coffees with coconut milk. Wish Starbucks would carry almond milk! Soon? We can only hope.


Puns are amazing.


I’m just gonna leave this here. You’re welcome.


I’m back on the smoothie train and I’m obsessed! This one had 1 cup of frozen fruit, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 banana, and a big ‘ol handful of spinach. Yummmm!


Breakfast these days. Sauteed greens with garlic, bacon, and fried eggs with hot sauce.
IMG_8152.JPGA creepy selfie I sent to my sister Kerry. She sent me a few pictures asking what to wear to work one day so I sent her back this one asking if I looked professional. (No, I do not.)


My snack yesterday afternoon. Mango and an RXBar. This was my first bar and I’m obsessed!


Check back this weekend for an easy Whole 30 recipe I’ve eaten almost everyday this week. Happy Friday!🙂


Nurse eats

Happy happy Monday! Feels like Spring in Boston, which makes for perfect running and ice cream weather, which makes me a happy pup. I worked at the hospital allllll weekend. Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 7am-3pm, and Sunday 7pm-7am this morning. I haven’t worked that many days in a row in months since I was full time. I was totally pooped and the fact that I was in the “I just wanna nap” stage of Whole 30 wasn’t helpful. Find out what yesterdays night shift and night shift prep looked like below!



10am: Wakey wakey, eggs and bacy!!

11am: Meal planning and grocery list making with G

1pm: Grocery store! G was so kind to help me make a better menu this week as last week I wasn’t psyched about some of my eats. We totally crushed the grocery store and I got some yummy stuff to eat this week!

230pm: It was 60 degrees outside so we went for a walk on the community path!


4pm-5pm: Nap. I usually try to nap for at least 2 hours before a twelve but it just didn’t happen. Ugh.

5pm-6pm: Shower and pack my work bag. I made a smoothie to drink on the way to work with spinach, frozen fruit and coconut milk.

7pm-9pm: Get report, chat with day shift friends, put some eyeballs on all my peeps, medicate, draw labs, all sorts of good stuff.

915pm: There was a birthday on a floor and when I walked into the break room to heat up my dinner I was faced with this…..


930pm: Heated up some spaghetti squash with meat sauce and ate it in front of my computer since the cheese and chips and guac and kit kats wouldn’t stop talking to me.


10pm-12am: Another round of medications, repositions, walks to the bathroom, juice delivery, chatting with patients, and note writing.

1230am: Snack time. 2 blood oranges.


2am: Still hungry. Granny smith apple with a packet of Justin’s almond butter.

230m: They over headed a code on another floor saying they needed compression assistance for CPR. Another nurse and I went over but there were already so many people in line that we decided it would be smarter for us to head back to the floor so we were safely staffed.

3am: More notes. More bathroom trips. More meds.

345am: Hungry again. And have to pee. And super tired. One of my patients goes into Afib w/ RVR. (Their heart was beating very fast in a different rhythm.) We were able to give them some medication to get their heart rate down and they were ok.

430am: Medications. Vitals. Lab draws. Repositioning.

5am: Finally get to the bathroom. Lemon lara bar and a cup of tea to try and keep me awake. Wrap up some notes and documenting.


6am: Feel like I’m a rockstar for keeping everyone alive and do some final rounds, repositions, meds, and bathroom trips. I’m greeted by pee on the floor and an almost pulled out feeding tube.

715am: Run to my car. Windows down and music up to stay awake on the drive home.

745 am: Crawl into bed after the standard pee, brush teeth, wash face routine.



Since I don’t work multiple nights in a row anymore, I try to only sleep until 1 to still make the most of my day off. This way I am also still able to fall asleep at a normal time despite being up the entire night before.



Whole 30, day 4 down. We’ve passed the hangover phase and now are in the KILL ALL THE THINGS phase. My hangover was gnarly and I was a complete grumpy pants. My Whole 30 hangover was worse than that time I had a total of 10 tequila shots on cinco de mayo and went to a dance (at night) in sunglasses.


Thankfully Christina is basically in an opposite mind set as me and has been calling me out and telling me to toughen up. The Whole 30 rules are harsh and say something along the lines of “Quitting heroin is hard. Eating healthy for 30 days is not hard.” So every time I act like a wuss she tells me “quitting heroin is hard” and threatens to throw an avocado at me. Doesn’t stop me from sending her pictures of ice cream….


Anyways, day 4 was a little bit better than 2 and 3. I scooped ice cream and then went to the gym and did this work out! I haven’t been feeling motivated this week which is why it’s called the “I don’t wanna” workout.

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I actually only did 12 reps of each exercise and 2 rounds since I was late to meet Shanny to see Deadpool. You should all go see it, absolutely hilarious. We went to Burger Dive after for dinner and I tried to make it as Whole 30 compliant as I could. I ate a burger topped with tomato, a fried egg, and avocado with a side of sweet potato fries.



And then here are a few more Whole 30 eats from week 1!


Our duck, Henry, eating some chicken salsa from the crockpot with some cauliflower rice. (Don’t ask me why the duck was eating my dinner. End of day 3 craziness.)


Leftover chicken salsa with roasted broccoli for lunch today.


Tuesday lunch with sautéed kale and spinach, avocado, and smoked salmon.

I also want to share some cute fitness fashion finds I’ve been eyeing….those hot pink sneaks are amazzzzzing and I think this tank top would be perfect for hot yoga!

running leggings / sports bra / running sneaks / back close tank


Any other Whole 30-ers out there? Meal planning tomorrow and could use some inspiration!

I threw up at Tabata today.

(Warning…this post talks about vomiting and uses like 5 different terms to describe it.)

Yup. That’s the truth. I tried to be a good doobey and went to a 7am class. It was only 45 minutes so I figured I’d get a quick and good sweat in and be set to enjoy the rest of the day. Well…..that instructor made us jump around for like 15 minutes straight. After my 1,000th burpee/squat jump/hop I felt like I was about to throw everywhere. At first I started laughing because in my whole 23 years of life I have NEVER thrown up from working out. Not even during field hockey in college, and that sh*t was brutal.


I stopped laughing once I realized I needed to leave the room before I actually vommed everywhere. So I scooted to the bathroom and something awful happened… Someone was in there! Isn’t that the worst? So I did some deep breathing in the stall until she left and then proceeded to dramatically spit up water and cry since I’m physically incapable of not crying when I throw up. I chilled in the bathroom for a second and had an internal battle of “Do I Irish goodbye this workout class and sacrifice my water bottle I left in there? Or do I toughen up and keep jumping around and risk ralphing again?” I decided to take the boot and rally route since I knew I didn’t actually have anything in my stomach to throw up and I needed a good workout since I was on vacation last week and only worked out twice. (And ate at Paula Dean’s restaurant.)

I managed to make it through the rest of class okay but did modifications and moved pretty slow. The instructor kept yelling (nicely) for everyone to move faster and I almost stood up and screamed “B*tch, please. I just threw up and CAME BACK for you.” If only that were appropriate…. Anyways, I felt 10000x better with just walking out of the studio knowing no one was going to yell at me to jump for the rest of the day. I got home and ate some egg bake with fruit. (Xtina and I know ketchup isn’t whole 30, you don’t have to tell us.)


I’m scooping this afternoon and brought along some snacks to have for lunch including tuna+guac+pepper and the cabbage I made last night.

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Can’t forget the bucha….




Ever throw up during a workout? Do you cry when you throw up? Just a me thing? Okay, cool.

Whole 30

It’s happening. We’re doing it. Whole 30 up in here.


Christina and I are actually doing Whole 28 because I refused to start until after G and I could celebrate our 2 year anniversary (with wine and cocktails) and we are hosting a St. Patricks Day party. So that gives us 28 days! (Because you can’t host a St. Pattys party sober.) If you don’t know about Whole 30 yet, check out their website.



I’m writing you after day 1 from my kitchen floor. I’m waiting for some cabbage to cook. Honestly, the hardest part of the day was mental. I eat, and enjoy, mostly paleo foods. But I also have zero will power. I drink too much on the weekends and don’t shy away from a bomb-ass sammy or scoop of scream. But the thought of cooking and preparing “whole” foods doesn’t scare me. But I had to scoop at the store tonight and the ice cream was talking to me and I was basically drooling into all the tubs. And then I started freaking out that I can’t eat dessert. Well, the kind of desserts I’m used to. And then I learned, once again, sugar is in freaking everything. Sugar is all up in my grill and I’m sick of it. It took me over an hour to grocery shop yesterday….WITH A LIST….because I couldn’t stop reading labels and being pissed.

All I have to say is thank goodness Xtina is doing this with me. It already has made it so much easier to have a buddy.

Off to stir some cabbage and hit the hay…..7am tabata!

Come on….who wants to Whole 28 with us?! You know you wanna……