Sunny Days

Waking up in love, enjoying the beauty of nature, and eating a whole-foods, plant based diet.

Mo Musings

Dear This Week,

You really kicked my ass.

Best,

Morgan

Have you ever seen the Sex and the City where Richard signs Samantha’s card with the word “best”? It effectively made me use “Warm Regards” every time I sign an e-mail at work. If you’re going to sign a card best to me, you might as well say insincerely yours.

If you were having coffee with me today, I would be having two of these babies because my head is still throbbing from St. Patrick’s day. Just kidding. I did have fun sneaking coasters in my purse and ended up with at least 87 coasters by the end of the night. Or 20. I’ll be putting them on a bar cart I’m making for my boyfriend’s new apartment.  
I would probably mention that I’m trying to lose weight and therefore I tell myself each day that I’m going to go to the gym tomorrow. Hopefully you’d say, “No girl, go today!” Alright, there is a Zumba class at 8pm tonight. Just maybe I’ll go. After I go to Costco and stare at the Vitamix for 2 hours without purchasing it. I’ve been making my coffee at home and (shh, don’t tell my favorite baristas)…I actually like it a little bit better than buying it from the coffee shop.
I’d tell you that I am in a deep love. A love I’d never thought I’d be in. Yes, I love my boyfriend, but this love is about my nutrition class. Granted I wait until the last minute to finish my essays and lab reports, but it is definitely an easy A. Easy because I’m so excited to learn! I’m so happy I finally found a major that speaks to me.
I would tell you that I’m currently loving the show GIRLS and I am frantically trying to find someone’s HBO on the GO account that is willing to share with me. I haven’t seen past season 3 episode 2. Please, enable me!
I would probably offer you lunch but then we’d end up at one of Arizona’s many amazing Mexican food restaurants sharing stories over margaritas.

Happy Wednesday!

If you were having coffee with me today, I would be having two of these babies because my head is still throbbing from St. Patrick’s day. Just kidding. I did have fun sneaking coasters in my purse and ended up with at least 87 coasters by the end of the night. Or 20. I’ll be putting them on a bar cart I’m making for my boyfriend’s new apartment.  

I would probably mention that I’m trying to lose weight and therefore I tell myself each day that I’m going to go to the gym tomorrow. Hopefully you’d say, “No girl, go today!” Alright, there is a Zumba class at 8pm tonight. Just maybe I’ll go. After I go to Costco and stare at the Vitamix for 2 hours without purchasing it.

I’ve been making my coffee at home and (shh, don’t tell my favorite baristas)…I actually like it a little bit better than buying it from the coffee shop.

I’d tell you that I am in a deep love. A love I’d never thought I’d be in. Yes, I love my boyfriend, but this love is about my nutrition class. Granted I wait until the last minute to finish my essays and lab reports, but it is definitely an easy A. Easy because I’m so excited to learn! I’m so happy I finally found a major that speaks to me.

I would tell you that I’m currently loving the show GIRLS and I am frantically trying to find someone’s HBO on the GO account that is willing to share with me. I haven’t seen past season 3 episode 2. Please, enable me!

I would probably offer you lunch but then we’d end up at one of Arizona’s many amazing Mexican food restaurants sharing stories over margaritas.

Happy Wednesday!

How do you copycat your favorite latte? I use 1 oz torani white chocolate sauce(not syrup!), 3 shots of decaf espresso from my favorite coffee shop (I use two espresso machines…one for 2 shots and one for 1 shot). I pour the espresso immediately over the sauce and swirl for 30 seconds. Then I add enough soymilk to turn it to this color and shake in a cocktail shaker to get it completely cold. 

How do you copycat your favorite latte? I use 1 oz torani white chocolate sauce(not syrup!), 3 shots of decaf espresso from my favorite coffee shop (I use two espresso machines…one for 2 shots and one for 1 shot). I pour the espresso immediately over the sauce and swirl for 30 seconds. Then I add enough soymilk to turn it to this color and shake in a cocktail shaker to get it completely cold. 

Some of the best tacos I’ve ever made! Cod fried (without breading) in beer and olive oil…chipotle lime crema, and a cilantro red wine slaw. 

Some of the best tacos I’ve ever made! Cod fried (without breading) in beer and olive oil…chipotle lime crema, and a cilantro red wine slaw. 

Steel-Cut quick oats with cinnamon, honey, and green apples (and a homemade decaf white chocolate latte). 

Steel-Cut quick oats with cinnamon, honey, and green apples (and a homemade decaf white chocolate latte). 

Diary Entry #1

Rewinding back to last Friday, I was excitedly jumping around the office, ready to celebrate my Grandma’s 72nd birthday. My best friend and luckily my coworker, Rachel, and I have our usual Friday face on and indulge in girly gossip. This time, she refuses to divulge the location that my boyfriend is taking me for our 1 year anniversary. Despite my efforts, her lips were sealed to no avail. He allowed me to know that we were going to California, but wouldn’t tell me what part.

Within ten minutes of our conversation I received a text from my main squeeze that he threw out his back. Poor guy was bed-ridden all weekend and we re-scheduled our anniversary trip to the end of April.

Last Tuesday he was determined to get out of the house and I took him to our favorite neighborhood bar. After a few too many drinks he sees an old man with a cane and lopsidedly says, “At least I’m not that bad.” I replied by jokingly saying, “Just don’t fall please.” There was a casual screw you attached to that statement, all in good humor.

Today I got to work a little early and realized I had TWO hours, not TEN hours to finish an entire half semester of an accelerated economics class. I had an A up until my panic attack that I wasn’t going to finish the class. I busted out 18 assignments in one hour and thirty minutes. Not my best effort, but I swung by with a B+ in the class. Not bad for only spending 10 hours total on 45 assignments, right? I would lie and say I’m not usually this big of a procrastinator, but when it comes to subjects I hate - they are put off until the last second.

I’m not all diet and exercise I assure you, my gut can attest that I’m not perfect. I just thought I’d show yall a glimpse inside.

Hello Lovelies, 

I hope you had a wonderful Monday. Mine was surely manic and chaotic. I’ve had an insatiable diet lately that is not good for my belly. Despite my morning workout, I didn’t eat THIS healthy all day. Work was very typical and slightly slow for a Monday. I did get to move my desk to face the lovely mountains in Phoenix. I would have a wall of fake flowers if I was allowed. For lunch I had a bowl of vegetable soup, two weight watchers raspberry chocolate bars, and a half bag of Spicy Flax Snax. I made sure to take my spirulina tablets, baby aspirin (for my weak heart), and B12. I wouldn’t normally, but I’ve been feeling run down due to my diet and lack of sleep so I threw an airborne tablet into my water. What supplements do you take? Have you done a dietary analysis to know what you’re lacking?

Come seven PM I trotted off to the coffee shop near my office to work exclusively on my financial accounting report. I’m talkin’ cell phone off, internet on lockdown kind of work. It wasn’t fun, however, there was a croissant that was calling my latte lips. Oh, but it was BOGO free hour. Jalapeño bagel? Yes please. When it was time for me to wrap myself up in a blanket and go home, I indulged in a large chocolate chip cookie and a big bowl of vegetable soup. 

Tomorrow I will make my breakfast and lunch larger meals so that I don’t binge on carbs come supper time. Oh how this road map doesn’t come with directions. 

Because I have yet to really share my desire to lose weight, I thought I would brief y’all with my goals: 

Starting weight in 2013: 162

Current weight: 145

Goal weight : 130 OR fit into my favorite jeans 

Goal to be achieved by: June 8th, 2013 (Vegas with my best friends and boyfriend…but keep in mind I will not over-indulge there!)

Vehicles to Achieve Goal: Gym membership, healthy whole foods, and a daily goal of 10k steps + 

Things to Avoid: Sugar, refined or enriched foods, processed or packaged foods, and sugary drinks. 

Replacement Goals: Swap out morning latte with morning tea (Somewhat caffeine free for over 1 month now! I only get decaf lattes which I know still contains trace amounts of caffeine ). 

Poor Behavior Goal: Stop the night binging. 

Good Behavior Booster: I love broccoli, make sure to order it at restaurants more often. 

Activity Goals: 5 days in the gym or outside per week. 

Too often our society is depicted as a collection of overweight individuals slumped over at a desk stuffing Fritos, Cheetos, and Twix Bars into their mouths to no avail. Who can blame us? The stresses that come with achieving the “American Dream” are high. We need something to soften the stress. We need that candy bar. It’s our friend, and it will give us a “break” from the present moment. No longer will we have to focus on Bossman’s expectations for the next meeting. Instead our minds can be absorbed into the richness of chocolate, smooth gooeyness of the caramel, and satisfying crunch of a candy bar. Or maybe you have an affinity for snacking on beef jerky.  

Who am I to judge? I once hoarded ten pieces of fudge from a Christmas party in my purse because I knew I would love to snack on it at the office that following Monday. I won’t even mention the time that I put a small loaf of bread from Fleming’s in my purse to snack on the following morning during class.

Truth be told, our addiction to junk sounds a lot like a drug to me. There has to be something tied to “crack”ers. When a person admits to substance abuse, we have to eliminate temptation. We have to get the drug out of their environment, take the booze out of every hidden spot in the house, and revive the person’s self-control.

There will be withdrawals. Those BBQ Lays sitting in the break room basket will taunt you worse than the boogie man did when you were four. But in the end, your health is so worth it. This isn’t a matter of losing weight, however that is a wonderful benefit. This is a matter of changing just a few habits. For the better. For your life’s longevity.  For your loved ones.

Friends, make this pact with me:

I pledge to eat healthy when I’m at work. I promise to try my best to avoid the break room goodies. I promise to impart my knowledge of how powerful healthy eating is for an active mind in the working environment. I pledge to live longer for my loved ones. I pledge to grab hummus and carrots or an apple next time I get the 2:30 munchies.

Please Instagram your healthy choices at work with the hashtag: #Healthy9to5. 

Personally, I work with my best friend, wonderful coworkers, and a boss that has recently joined Weight Watchers. We take turns stocking the fridge with weekly goodies such as a veggie tray with Greek yogurt ranch, apples, bananas, watermelon, broccoli, soup, hummus, various Greek yogurt dips, Emergen-C(to avoid bugs that go around the office), Larabars, unsalted nuts, salads, dressings, and other various healthy snacks. We keep an array of utensils at our desks to feel like we are having a meal. We rarely eat out, maybe once every other week. When we need a break we take a walk to get some tea or drive to get some coffee.

Too often our society is depicted as a collection of overweight individuals slumped over at a desk stuffing Fritos, Cheetos, and Twix Bars into their mouths to no avail. Who can blame us? The stresses that come with achieving the “American Dream” are high. We need something to soften the stress. We need that candy bar. It’s our friend, and it will give us a “break” from the present moment. No longer will we have to focus on Bossman’s expectations for the next meeting. Instead our minds can be absorbed into the richness of chocolate, smooth gooeyness of the caramel, and satisfying crunch of a candy bar. Or maybe you have an affinity for snacking on beef jerky.  

Who am I to judge? I once hoarded ten pieces of fudge from a Christmas party in my purse because I knew I would love to snack on it at the office that following Monday. I won’t even mention the time that I put a small loaf of bread from Fleming’s in my purse to snack on the following morning during class.

Truth be told, our addiction to junk sounds a lot like a drug to me. There has to be something tied to “crack”ers. When a person admits to substance abuse, we have to eliminate temptation. We have to get the drug out of their environment, take the booze out of every hidden spot in the house, and revive the person’s self-control.

There will be withdrawals. Those BBQ Lays sitting in the break room basket will taunt you worse than the boogie man did when you were four. But in the end, your health is so worth it. This isn’t a matter of losing weight, however that is a wonderful benefit. This is a matter of changing just a few habits. For the better. For your life’s longevity.  For your loved ones.

Friends, make this pact with me:

I pledge to eat healthy when I’m at work. I promise to try my best to avoid the break room goodies. I promise to impart my knowledge of how powerful healthy eating is for an active mind in the working environment. I pledge to live longer for my loved ones. I pledge to grab hummus and carrots or an apple next time I get the 2:30 munchies.

Please Instagram your healthy choices at work with the hashtag: #Healthy9to5.

Personally, I work with my best friend, wonderful coworkers, and a boss that has recently joined Weight Watchers. We take turns stocking the fridge with weekly goodies such as a veggie tray with Greek yogurt ranch, apples, bananas, watermelon, broccoli, soup, hummus, various Greek yogurt dips, Emergen-C(to avoid bugs that go around the office), Larabars, unsalted nuts, salads, dressings, and other various healthy snacks. We keep an array of utensils at our desks to feel like we are having a meal. We rarely eat out, maybe once every other week. When we need a break we take a walk to get some tea or drive to get some coffee.

As I snuck down to my dad’s living room on Christmas morning, my first lulu yoga mat was awaiting my surprise.
My goodness, I could sleep on this thing. It makes my carpet transform into a studio. Even during a sweaty workout, it doesn’t become slippery. I am forever hooked.
Of course, my dad said he had to get one for himself too. I’m pretty lucky that I have a dad that practices yoga more than I do.
After running out of the last class I had for a Groupon, I’m reluctant to try yet another bikram yoga studio. I fell in love with the last one, however I’m not about to dish out $200 a month. Maybe I’ll sign up for a gym and practice yoga in the Sauna.
Speaking of gyms, I plan on signing up for LA Fitness this weekend. I’m stoked to begin a regime that requires me to get my butt out of bed. Although I can imagine you won’t catch me on the treadmill, rather hidden in the Sauna with a magazine.
One of my favorite jokes is as follows:
"I like to call my toilet "Jim". That way, when I tell everyone I go to the Jim every morning and sometimes three times a day, they’ll think that I went to the Gym"

As I snuck down to my dad’s living room on Christmas morning, my first lulu yoga mat was awaiting my surprise.

My goodness, I could sleep on this thing. It makes my carpet transform into a studio. Even during a sweaty workout, it doesn’t become slippery. I am forever hooked.

Of course, my dad said he had to get one for himself too. I’m pretty lucky that I have a dad that practices yoga more than I do.

After running out of the last class I had for a Groupon, I’m reluctant to try yet another bikram yoga studio. I fell in love with the last one, however I’m not about to dish out $200 a month. Maybe I’ll sign up for a gym and practice yoga in the Sauna.

Speaking of gyms, I plan on signing up for LA Fitness this weekend. I’m stoked to begin a regime that requires me to get my butt out of bed. Although I can imagine you won’t catch me on the treadmill, rather hidden in the Sauna with a magazine.

One of my favorite jokes is as follows:

"I like to call my toilet "Jim". That way, when I tell everyone I go to the Jim every morning and sometimes three times a day, they’ll think that I went to the Gym"

Scottsdale, Arizona is not home of a healthy cuisine. While we just got our first “juicing” restaurant a few months ago, there is no sole provider that has made a big name for itself besides Chop Shop. True Foods is a once in a while royalty to my tummy. Their Kale-Aid? I would order it over a cocktail any day.
That being said, I would love to make a juice truck to drive around Old Town in. It would be a Sea Foam Green old Volkswagen bus with flowers coming out the tail pipe and avocados hanging from the mirror. I would frequent a place like that, wouldn’t you?!
Above is my favorite juice blend: Cucumber, celery, kale, lemons (oh, so many lemons), watercress, parsley, ginger, and green apple. Lately I’ve been developing taste buds for a less-sweet/less-apples/more greens kind of juice. Don’t sue me. I like it dirty.
 I’ll tell y’all the benefits of this juice later…my toes are itching to drive over to my man’s house for a bbq. Unfortunately I’m on a cleanse and packed myself a little dinner of veggie soup and a tropical guava juice. To be honest, I feel oddly fancy having juiced guavas.

Scottsdale, Arizona is not home of a healthy cuisine. While we just got our first “juicing” restaurant a few months ago, there is no sole provider that has made a big name for itself besides Chop Shop. True Foods is a once in a while royalty to my tummy. Their Kale-Aid? I would order it over a cocktail any day.

That being said, I would love to make a juice truck to drive around Old Town in. It would be a Sea Foam Green old Volkswagen bus with flowers coming out the tail pipe and avocados hanging from the mirror. I would frequent a place like that, wouldn’t you?!

Above is my favorite juice blend: Cucumber, celery, kale, lemons (oh, so many lemons), watercress, parsley, ginger, and green apple. Lately I’ve been developing taste buds for a less-sweet/less-apples/more greens kind of juice. Don’t sue me. I like it dirty.

 I’ll tell y’all the benefits of this juice later…my toes are itching to drive over to my man’s house for a bbq. Unfortunately I’m on a cleanse and packed myself a little dinner of veggie soup and a tropical guava juice. To be honest, I feel oddly fancy having juiced guavas.