WIAW #33: If You’re Going To Walk The Walk… Up Your Fitbit Goal

Hello! Good morning!

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, you know that I love my fitbit. If nothing else, it’s an effective reminder to get up and move around throughout the day. Fitbit recommends a goal of 10,000 steps a day, which I think is a little optimistic, so I changed mine to 8,000.

Now that I’m functioning without a car, though, I might need to up my goal.


beautiful day in mar vista


Anyway, I needed to run to the Post Office yesterday morning, which meant that I literally needed to run (or walk) there. I can’t complain; it was beautiful walk.


Oh hey, Starbucks. What’s new?

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Did you hear that Starbucks offers coconut milk now? I was curious, so I ordered a flat white with coconut milk. And I was impressed. I liked the taste and I’m not a fan of coconut at all. If you’re looking for a coconut-y taste, you might actually be disappointed.


starbucks new coconut milk latte

I walked home before removing the lid, so I couldn’t tell you how much foam there was, but the coconut milk didn’t coagulate or get weird like almond milk can sometimes do. I Approve!


Andrew and I have been buying a new bag of cuties just about every week, lately. I snacked on a couple mid-morning.

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Walk with me…

Andrew and I coordinate a walk with each other most afternoons (he is at work, I am at home, a phone call takes place), and this week we have an extra walking buddy.

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She’s super cute, and totally spunky. She gets distracted easily, but we all do.


After our walk, I assembled a chicken salad wrap with avocado and caesar dressing. It was awesome. I will probably be having one again today.

Chicken salad wrap for a healthy weekday lunch


I spent the rest of the afternoon doing laundry, studying, catching up on The Bachelor, and snacking on peanut m&ms. Those little multicolored candies are addicting!


fun size peanut m&ms

And there’s nothing “fun” about the fun size packets. Andrew got home from work to find me mid-sugar crash. Gym plans were cancelled. It’s fine.



Dinner was on the same page as lunch… Chicken quesadillas with a side salad of mixed greens, pear, sunflower seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette.



Parks & Rec, you will be missed.

After dinner, Andrew caught up on Walking Dead, and then we watched the series finale of Parks & Rec. I was so sad to say goodbye to that show. As Andrew pointed out, it’s the only comedy from the Office30 RockParks & RecCommunity block that brought me to tears from laughing so hard. It was the scene where Leslie and her team are trying to walk across the ice at the skating rink to reach the podium, but have to take tiny steps and it’s taking forever and the “get on your feet!” music keeps starting over. It’s hilarious.



It just makes me start thinking of other insanely funny moments on that show. I’m going to be laughing all day. Have a great rest of your Wednesday!



5 Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

Did you know that people tend to remember the negative comments they receive more than the positive ones? It’s true. In a big city like LA, or in any city for that matter, it can be easy to get down on yourself or caught up comparing your life to the seemingly perfect lives of others. Just remember that no one has all their sh*t together. Martha Stewart, the woman who created an empire around maintaining a “together” life, doesn’t even have all her sh*t together! The lady spent five months in prison. So just remember that.

Furthermore, I think it’s nice, at the end of the week, to reflect on all of the good things I saw, ate, read, heard, and did. And I love that Heather of Housewife Glamour created an entire linkup about it!


  • Girlfriends

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Now that I’m married, my husband, Andrew, makes up the majority of my social scene. Luckily, I love him to the moon and back and wouldn’t have it any other way! But there’s something important and indescribable about girl friends. Today, I am beyond excited because one of my best girlfriends (you know who you are) has officially booked her flight to spend New Years in LA! I’m looking forward to spending a holiday that no one really ever knows how to celebrate with one of my favorite ladies, and I’m hoping to get another one or two non-local girlfriends onboard, as well.

  • Christmas decorations

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No explanation necessary.

  • Spin Classes

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If you read this week’s WIAW,  you know that I’ve now been to two spin classes. I’m still new, but I’m already a fan. I like the camaraderie, the loud music, and the killer workout! I’d be very interested to wear a heart rate monitor during a spin class sometime. For research!

  • Fitbit’s new run tracker

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I’ve always been very fond of my Fitbit. I have the One, which is the one that tracks steps, sleep, and flights of stairs. I think it’s an effective and fun gadget that helps tons of people maintain an active lifestyle, myself included.

My one complaint about the One has been that it falls short in workout tracking and analysis. It’s been great for counting total dailyy steps and stairs, but has lacked specific information about bursts of high intensity activity, until now!

A couple weeks ago, I noticed a new section in my Fitbit app called Exercise. Previously, I’d been able to log workouts from a drop-down menu of generic activities like running, walking, biking, yoga, etc, but it looked like now I’d be able to track a workout in real time. I finally got around to trying out the new functionality on my run yesterday morning, and it’s amazing! It basically does everything the Nike+ running app used to do. (Apparently, GPS tracking of runs, walks and hikes was added to the Fitbit app with the June 30th update. Where was I?)

It tracks distance, duration, pace, and GPS location with a mapped route and everything. It even breaks down running splits, calories, and gives a side-by-side comparison of recent runs. I’m really impressed.

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The only drawback for me is that if I want to track a run, I have to take my phone with me. A minor inconvenience, considering it’s probably a good idea to carry it with me when I run for safety purposes, anyway. Also, for picture-taking purposes.

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Shameless plug 🙂


That’s it from me for today. I hope you all have wonderful weekends! See you on the other side 🙂






Image credit: spin bikes