A letter to you: To help you through the Holidays.

Holidays can bring about many feelings, sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not so good. Holidays can be a rough time for many, so I decided to write a letter  to those that may not feel festive during the holidays with some tips to help you get through.

Dear reader,

It’s completely ok to not to be in the holiday spirit during this season. The key to getting through it, is to do whatever helps you with this tough time. If you are unsure of where to start here are a couple of things that I have used in the past to help me get through this time of year:

  1. FEEL– Allow yourself to feel your emotions, whatever they may be.  If you need to let out a good cry, GO AHEAD and do it. This can help with release and can help you feel a little better.
  2. THINK OF FAVORITE THINGS– If you have a favorite beverage such as tea, hot chocolate, egg nog or even an alcoholic beverage enjoy some of that. (Just don’t indulge too much to where it makes you sick.) Or if you have a favorite candle, or music listen to that to lighten your mood.
  3. PHONE A FRIEND- If you just need to vent, phone a friend that will listen and allow you to do just that. Talk it out, whatever is on your mind, get it out and you will feel much better.
  4. DO NOTHING- Sometimes it is ok just to do nothing, relax enjoy your quiet time. During this time you can meditate or just be alone. It is ok to be alone if you feel like you may put a damper on someone else’s day. Get some rest and regroup, this is allowed anytime of year. (However, if you decide to go this route try not to make it a week-long, just try it for a day or two.)
  5. CELEBRATE- If you are down, sometimes celebrating can bring up your spirits. Try baking cookies or playing holiday music, this can help change your mood.

These are just 5 things that you can do to try to help out when you are down during the holidays. I know first hand what it feels like to be down and I utilize all of these things at different times during the holiday season to help me with my mood. Christmas was one of my Mommy’s (RIP) favorite holidays and it hasn’t felt the same since she was here. I realized that she embraced the holiday in remembrance of her mom, so I am always working on how to fix my mood.

I say do whatever works for you, but these things have helped me, so maybe they will help you too.

Much love,

Misstakenid

My first Cycling Experience: Cyclebar Cary

I have been working on trying to find new things that I can do to help me in my quest to be healthier. I heard about cyclebar from a few people that were devoted to this place and talked about how it made indoor cycling fun. So I said if all of these people swear by it why not give it a try?

So I asked one of my friends if she would try it with me and she said yes. We found a promotion online for the first ride and signed up for a “Wine Down Wednesday Class”.

Now I didn’t even notice it was “Wine Down” (meaning you drink wine after class, which is pretty cool) definitely worth a try. I actually thought it was “Wind down”, something to do with biking. I know I had a moment to laugh at that lol.

So we arrive at the Cycle Bar (Cary off of Hwy 55 in between Durham & Apex) with plenty of time to start class. When you walk in the place looks very clean and neat with apparel to the left and a check-in station. We were greeted by a nice young lady that pointed out where to check-in via tablet and pick out cycling shoes. (Yes, they let you borrow shoes to cycle in, if you don’t have your own) Next we were shown around to the locker area. Where it said Welcome on the locker with my name, very nice touch.  In the locker there was a brand new water bottle and a chapstick. Because I guess when you are cycling you may need both of these. In this same space there was also a snack station with water (room  temp or cold) and fruit, just in case you need it after your workout. This was a great touch.

Before going into the class the instructor met us and was very nice and talked about how  they choose playlists for the class and that cycling can be a fun experience, but it may hurt your “bum” a little on your first couple of classes. So as this was my first cycling class I was a little apprehensive about this, but it was all good. I was ready for the challenge.

So now it is time for class and we are preparing to go in. The room looks pretty cool , with fun lighting and a bunch of bikes. I reserved a bike toward the center so that I could see what was going on. The instructor came and helped me with applying a padded seat and getting “clipped in”(clipping the cycling shoes to the bike pedals) to prepare for the class. Each bike also came with some workout bars and a towel. So I put my new filled water bottle in place took out the towel and was ready to go.

The music and lighting surprised me a little. It was like being at a concert but on a bike. The instructor called out different things to do much like a rockstar which was pretty fun. I am just starting out on my workout adventure so cardio is a big thing. Knowing that the class would be 45 minutes of cardio was something I had to put in my mind, however the bike did let me know how far we had gone in regards to time. The music was great and anytime I can hear upbeat r&b or pop music while working out, especially if I know the song makes it better. Alot of the workout allowed me to push through some struggles I had and by hearing the instructors voice I wanted to keep going. I even enjoyed the part of class that included using the workout bars so that your arms got a workout along with your legs. Very cool.   I enjoyed the idea of being able to complete a class.

After the class they had wine and other snacks. As much as I love wine I actually didn’t partake, but it was ok. I returned the shoes and prepared to go home.

I grabbed a banana and drank some more water and drove home.

The only downfall which I was warned about was even with a cushion on my bike seat my “bum” was definitely hurting for the next day. However, I was also told if I kept at it, this wouldn’t be an issue.

If you like indoor cycling, this is definitely a place that you want to try.

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Locker (Nice touch)
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My new water bottle at the snack station
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class schedule
rock your ride cycle bar
motivational wall
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Me and Alexis
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cycling shoes
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Our instructor Tricia

Zucchini Noodles…my new obsession!!

Why didn’t anyone tell me about how delicious zucchini noodles were sooner?

I was taking a class on nutrition provided by my healthcare provider and she recommended that I try zucchini noodles as they would help me increase my vegetable intake easily. So, I was determined to try it out.

Let me confess, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PASTA. So I was thinking that this would be a hard sell.  I really love spaghetti and meatballs, made with angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti so that I don’t feel so bulky when I eat it.

I was very apprehensive about the idea of trading my beloved pasta, but I figured it can’t hurt and I knew that zucchini noodles have become more and more popular over the past couple of years. My usual self would go out and buy the tools needed to make the noodles and then probably never use them again.  So this time I decided to take the easy way out.

I found out that Harris Teeter had fresh cut zucchini noodles for a couple dollars, so I decided to try  them out.

This was my moment of truth.  I got out the olive oil, some garlic, crushed red peppers, Italian seasoning and a little salt and pepper.  Turned on the stove, put the olive oil in the pan and started my adventure.  I made sure that I seasoned them to my liking.  I sauteed them up in a pan for 5 minutes and they were done, with a light crisp.

Then I took some store bought spicy tomato and basil sauce heated it up in a pan, seasoned it to my liking and dropped in some turkey meatballs.  Tossed the zucchini noodles in the sauce and I had some “spaghetti and meatballs”.

Got a bowl ready, dropped the noodles, sauce and meatballs in topped with a three cheese blend and was ready to try my special veggie spaghetti.  It turns out that it was delicious. I don’t know why I hadn’t tried this sooner, but now I am hooked.

Have you tried zucchini noodles before?  Let me know what you think about them. Leave a comment. Let’s chat.