Mud & Mountains

Hey there! I’m Jess, sometimes I blog at dearhealthyness, other times I’m running like a crazy with no time. This week I was running, and not blogging :P I wanted to write but I didn’t have much time. Today I’m finally back, and hoping for normal/everyday posts (crossing fingers).

Yesterday I did an amazing and extremely fun adventure. I went with my sister’s mother in law, and a bunch of other people, to hike the mountains. We hike for about seven hours, and it was an unforgettable experience. I was up at 5:00 a.m.,  since I have to travel to her place, plus eat breakfast, prepare my things, blah blah.

The sky was gorgeous, but the weather forecast mentioned a rainy day. At the moment it didn’t matter, and though it rained, it was cold at the top (we were extremely wet), it was worth it. The views of the Caribbean Sea, the valleys of the town, the amazing smell of nature, fresh berries along the way, pure water, and the simplicity of nature made it an incredible experience.

Not only it was an amazing/unique/lifetime experience, but a hardcore (in a good way) kind of adventure. Lots (and I mean LOTS) of steep hills, my legs were burning, and my heart pumping hard! We also found  our route was full of mud (thanks rain), but it didn’t stopped us, it just got us dirty :P The fun part after reaching the top? Well, you have to go down, which means I fell a couple of times before I decided to sit and use my glutes as legs :D You got to do what you got to do right? Surviving the mountains.

We found two dogs that did the hike with us, and one beautiful peacock! No more talking writing, enjoy the pictures ;)

Fun facts:

  • The little puppy was so tired at the end, that he needed to be carried.
  • I think that at least 97% of the group fell at least once.
  • I lost my pants (too much mud)
  • We got lost in the mountains (thank God we found the route again)
  • The group was really diverse (kids, teenagers, adults, elderly)

Most of the group did the hike with a special purpose, and though at the beginning I wasn’t thinking in one, I found it while doing it.

I’m glad, and thankful with God that I made it. I found this to be a reason to #fallinlovewithmyself (check out The Blonde Vegan challenge)Why? Because I’m proud that I’m strong enough to do this type of adventures without calling an ambulance. I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m able to do things I wouldn’t do if I were friend with Ana. I’m stronger and healthier, and thanks to it I can do these adventures, over and over again.

Now I’m leaving, Good Friday has a special meaning for me, and I’m spending the day with my family.

Have a beautiful Friday!!

PS, since it is Friday, this is definitively my FAVORITE of the week! Thank you Heather!

Friday question:

Have you ever go hiking in the mountains? Any good story? 

Xx Jess

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Life Lately & 5.7.14

Suuupp! :D

I’m back, after a couple of days off. Actually, I was off of wordpress, not the computer. Literally I’ve been a slave to it. Last month and a half of college means chaos. I’m seriously counting the days!!

Isn’t it ironic that Tuesday I wrote a post about finding a reason to go back? I honestly wanted to write, I had 1,000 reasons, but I had to choose between sitting more in front of the computer, and squeezing in a workout. You know which one won, right? I needed to move my butt from the chair, the bed, the floor, and every place I found to sit with my computer. You got to do what you got to do ;) Wheeewww!! That said, don’t forget the busy bee workout tips I gave you. There is no reason to skip a workout… sometimes it’s ok, but remember that if you can tweet, you can workout!

Saturday and Sunday I didn’t went out at all, just once to the Church. I wasn’t in the couch all day though, I tried new recipes (almost burned mom’s blender :P), helped mom with the house chores, and I kept reading the book Shift. Why am I reading a book about change? Well, because I finally bought my ticket to Miami and the date has been set: May 7, 2014 (5.7.14)!!!!! Less than a month for my new adventure! Remember when I first talked about it? At the moment I was checking dates, given my nephew’s baptism (which is next Sunday, yaaayyy), but now I have an official date, flight, and even seat :D

I can’t wait to move, and challenge my comfort zone. I won’t deny that is a bittersweet moment, I have to leave everything and everyone I know, maybe I’ll cry for days, but I know that I have to move. If I want to reach my dreams and goals, I need to leave the couch. Remember nothing worth having comes easy!

Now I’m leaving, I have a test to do, as well as some research! Have a wonderful day! I’ll be back tomorrow with healthy living again.

Monday question:

Have you been caught in a situation, where you have to choose between two things that you love?

Have you moved from the comfort of your home to pursue your dreams?

Xx Jess

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Find a Reason To Go Back

Hello dearies! Today I wasn’t going to post, because I’m supposed to be doing a seven page essay on the Wagner Act, the Taft Harley Act, and the Landrum Griffin Act, however, here I am writing. Why? Because I found a reason.

As I was deciding whether to skip the post or not, I kept thinking in yoga, and how they always mention find a reason to go back to your breath. Ten seconds later I’m a philosopher, ok not so much ;) but I gave it a second thought and I decided that I wanted to share a post with you guys. I found a reason to post today: I enjoy writing, even when life get’s messy.

How do I apply this to life, and healthy living? Well, I believe that we can always find a reason to go back to everything. Let’s say, you’ve stopped working out (and as Erin says, hey… it’s ok). If that’s your case, I’m certain that you can find a reason to workout again. Maybe the after feeling, the endorphins, your lifestyle, or who nows, but something inside you will find a reason to go back into workouts.

Just because you stopped doing something doesn’t mean that you can’t go back to it. As in the workout department, you can find a reason to go back to clean eating, a reason to go back to studying, or a reason to go back and eat the piece of cake that you just rejected. Whatever your situation is, find the reason to go back!

Have nice Tuesday!

Question:

Do you find reasons to go back into the healthy train whenever you skip it?

Xx Jess

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Support Your Local Market

Happy Monday! Rise and shine!!! Don’t waste your time cursing the world because you have to work/study, instead be thankful because you have another chance to live and enjoy life ;) (cheesy but true)

If you follow me on Instagram, then you might have seen a couple of fresh fruits and vegetables pictures. I’m a lover of fresh and local produce, first because it reduces my ecological footprint. Second, is my favorite way to support local economy, as well as local farmers. Third, the quality of the food is 10,000 times better, plus is organic ;) I’m all about fresh, organic and non-gmo food whenever possible. I know it’s a bit more expensive, but I’d rather spend now in healthy food, than later in medical bills!!!!

That said, my purpose today is to remind you to support your local market. Buy local, fresh, and organic produce whenever possible. As consumers we vote with our dollars, and let’s be honest, who wants to eat something genetically engineered? I know I don’t. If you aren’t 100% sure take a look at this:Post April 7

If this is not attractive to you, and it doesn’t convince you that local is the best option, I don’t know what else could!!!

My suggestion to you is to keep reading, as much as possible. Know what works for you, and what doesn’t. Remember that health is our dearest possession, but we don’t know it, until we are no longer healthy. Again, support your local market!!!

Have a wonderful Monday!!

Question:

Do you support farmers market?

Xx Jess

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