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Learning to focus less on dieting and more on overall health and wellness

It’s all about Self-Care.

We’re back in Boston for the morning then headed to Newport, RI. I think New England is amazed at our beautiful weather. I guess I didn’t realize how much I appreciate and miss the sunshine. Today is supposed to be in the 40’s which is heavenly. My absolute perfect temperature is in the 60’s. I hate the heat so once it starts creeping into the 80’s this chick gets cranky.

On the way to Burke mountain yesterday I snacked on oat bran in a peanut butter jar. Apparently I’ve been doing the jar things all wrong because I never got why it was so good. I did it up right yesterday and enjoyed bits of PB with every bite. Yum.

We hit the mountain at 9:30 only to find that there wasn’t any snow for snowshoeing. The boys went on their way and left the girls to fend for themselves. We did that by finding the nearest salon and booking a massage. I was supposed to get a massage next weekend but we legit had all day to kill so I had to take one for the team. (Sorry Allison!) I went with the 60 minute classic massage and asked her to only work on my shoulders and back because that’s where I hold my stress. She wasn’t having that and worked on everything, Then she asked if I wanted my stomach done. Ummm, would she massage my fat rolls? No thanks, I replied graciously. I quickly visualized getting my belly massaged with my boobs no longer covered by the sheet. I thought it would be funny to say, “Can you massage my boobs?” Don’t worry, that never came out but it did make me crack up inside. I wonder if anyone asks that.

For the first 20 minutes I had a hard time relaxing. As she massaged each part of my body, I couldn’t help but think about what flaws she was noticing. I felt self-conscious and had a hard time quieting my mind. I kept telling myself that she works on every shape and size and that I’ll never even see her again.  At the end of the hour I was SO relaxed. She said my lower back is a total mess. Not quite sure what that means or what I should do about it but I’m glad she worked out the kinks. Look at how beautiful this place was. If Len and I ever get married, I want to do it around there.

Stepping Stone Spa

Beautiful porch

Panoramic Mountain Views

They could make their massage rooms more Zen.

I have no shame. This is when she knocked.

We met the boys back at the lodge around 1:30. Burke had the whole outside set up: picnic tables, grills, music. We ate and drank for the next 4 hours before calling it a night. I packed hummus (don’t buy this kind, it’s not good), tomatoes, carrots, and dark chocolate. We also snacked on those cheese cracker things. I drank 3 Harpoon IPA’s. Earlier in the afternoon I ate a white chocolate macadamia nut Clif Bar. Everyone was right, that flavor is the bomb.

Cedars Tomato and Basil hummus = ass


Too cool for school

Len noticed some lady back right into our car as she was leaving the mountain. Luckily she got out instead of taking off and they exchanged insurance information. Oops! Glad it wasn’t our fault. What seemed like 10 hours later, we arrived home to Boston and ordered pad thai for dinner, no fish sauce for me please. It was so good. Can’t wait to have it for dinner!

I’m a huge fan of self-care and believe it’s necessary for our mental health. What’s your favorite way to treat yourself?

P.S. I weighed in this morning.


March 7, 2010 - Posted by | Clif Bar, Family, Food, Friends, fun, The Boyfriend


  1. I have a hard time relaxing during massages too…I’m always thinking about what I need to get done! Sounds great, anyway!

    Comment by Anna | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. I love manicures and pedicures – plus it lasts past the actual session (well, except that I mess my manicures the day of at least 50% of the time haha). I’ve only gotten a massage once and the room was definitely no where near zen looking either. Music helps though 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. i LOVE self care! spa days are the best 🙂 i love having my ME time and getting massages!

    Comment by kbwood | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. self care is QUITE necessary….massages, facials, ah…..

    Comment by Lynn @ The Actors Diet | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  5. I’ve only had two massages, but I love them. I’ve been thinking of splurging on one, because my legs get sooo tight! Glad you enjoyed your weekend, the weather looks gorgeous!

    Comment by Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  6. Glad you treated yourself!! It’s been so long since I’ve had a professional massage.

    Comment by homecookedem | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. Massages are my favorite. I’m so glad you had a relaxing day!

    Comment by MelissaNibbles | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  8. i love massages and some good exfoliation…but pedicures are my favorite!

    Comment by Heather | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. WOW that place is wedding perfect! mmm OIAJ done right is amazing!

    Comment by Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  10. I get my first real full body massage on Tuesday! I’m super stoked about it! I usually just get pedi’s and mani’s (mani= 1 a year)!

    Comment by Salah | March 8, 2010 | Reply

  11. Sounds like a perfect weekend. I’m getting a massage this afternoon, how funny! I’m in desperate need. I’m a touch person all the way, it heals me completely.

    Comment by LindsayRuns | March 8, 2010 | Reply

  12. Oh wow, this post made me really want/need a massage. I may just have to book one for this weekend. And definitely one for after the marathon. Wow. I want one NOW.

    I also spend way too much time thinking about what critical things the massause is thinking about my body. But, I know (in my little objective, non-crazy section of my brain…it’s pretty small) that they aren’t thinking about that, at least not as much as I do.

    Comment by pen | March 8, 2010 | Reply

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