Priorities

Happy Tuesday dearies!

Yesterday I went to the beach :P Escambron, beachThe weather was beautifulbeach, san juanThe beach was full, but we found a nice spot. After some sun, and fun we went back home. On our way back we started talking about priorities, specifically health priorities.

I’m a firm believer that I’m an old woman trapped in a young body (kind of). I’m always conscious about everything. I’m not your every day/every week hang-out person. In fact, I can count the times I’ve went out to parties. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just the person that enjoys movies, dinning out, beach, or other types of activities a lot more. Lame for some, ok for others, nice for me :P

As you may already know, health wasn’t always my priority. I went from zero eating to fast food, to zero eating again, to a healthy version I’m not planning to leave any time soon. Between changes, my priorities switched (a lot). A few years ago you could easily find me buying clothes every.single.week. Now you can find me buying food every.single.week :D I enjoy a healthy gift more than anything else. I love receiving a new pair of running shoes, or something health related.

I’d rather spend my money in healthy food than in some other “things”. Why you may ask? Priorities. Who doesn’t love a Michael Kors or a Coach? I know they sell beautiful things (ahem purses), but I’ve realize that material things can’t cure you, or bring you health. Sure it’s ok to buy one every now and then, but you can also use the $300 you spend in a bag to give to a cause.

My point is, priorities change for every one. Most of the people I know don’t give a crap (sorry) for their health. They usually ask me why do I eat the way I do, or why do I live the way I do, if at the end I’m going to die anyways. My answer is pretty simple: is not about quantity of life, is about quality. I don’t want to spend the rest of my days drinking 1,000 pills, or at hospitals. I already had too many pills when I visited doctors/hospitals weekly a few years ago, so I’m not into them anymore.

I make health my priority, I want to enjoy life, and be able to do as many activities as possible (like last week hike). I buy local, organic, and fresh whenever I can, I say no to unhealthy things when I don’t feel like eating them (yes I do eat unhealthy things, remember: balance), I skip exercise, and I sleep ten more minutes when I want to. However, none of those change my priorities. They remind me that I’m not perfect, that I have room for improvement, and that my number one priority will always be health (as well as family, and quality of life).

Wishing you a great day!!

Tuesday question:

What’s your #1 priority? I know all of us are different, and priorities switch depending our situation. I do want to remind you that your health, as well as your family, shouldn’t be in the back corner. Spread the word whenever you can, never stop learning, and love your body, it’s the only one you have.

Xx Jess

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Easter Watch

Moooooooooooonnn… eerrrr Morning friends! While typing this post I’m drinking eating with a spoon (fancy, huh?) my delicious green smoothie for breakfast. It’s not a shiny green because I added cocoa powder :P IMG_0441How was your weekend? Too much Easter candies? Mine was very familiar, and I’m grateful for it.

Good Friday we went to my sister in-laws place, and we had a wonderful day together, while enjoying yummy food. Saturday morning we went to the Church for my nephew’s baptism prayers, then we went to do some final shops for the baptism. I was in the chef mode, so I made my homemade tomato sauce, with spaghetti and vegetables for me, while the meat eaters had chicken. For the tomato sauce, this time, I roasted the vegetables, used fresh oregano, fresh coriander, and dry grounded laurel.Homemade tomato sauceIt was a successful tomato sauceIMG_0352I’m happy to say that even my grumpy grandpa loved it! Homemade beats store-bought, trust me!!

My nephew’s baptism, and the pasta, were the highlight of the weekend. Specially the baptism!! It was a beautiful ceremony celebrated in the Easter Watch (“Vigilia Pascual” in spanish). I’ve never been to one, but I was amazed by the beauty of the ceremony itself. (I mean, it was impossible not to, celebrating the Lord’s resurrection is always beautiful).

Summarizing the activity: it started with the Church completely dark, then they lit the Sirius, and its flame was used to lit everyone’s candle as well. After the Sirius ceremony, they read the bible, and we had a nice exchange of opinions and analysis about the lectures. The analysis was followed by a renewal of vows for every couple present, then came the baptism, confirmation, and communion. Given that the activity was done in the watch, it meant that my twinkie wore black, and after the font we changed his clothes to white, as a symbol of Christ defeating death.

No more writing, I’ll share some pictures, but as always, I’m not posting anything with my nephews face for protection.

I loved that they integrated kids, teenagers, adults and elderly in every activity. Music was beautiful, we sang and we danced, but most importantly we celebrated HIM.

Now I’m leaving! Wishing you a great week!

Monday question:

Have you tried homemade tomato sauce?

Have you ever been part of an Easter Watch?

Xx Jess

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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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