Monday, June 30, 2014

Fun Ways to Stay Summer-Fit

Keeping a healthy and fit wifestyle - much easier said than done. It is hard to stay motivated when it comes to exercising and eating right. Work, stress, and everyday life always seem to get in the way. And now it's summer and we're all trying to make up for the lost time we didn't even consider using in the earlier months. Not to mention, we all know that living with a man can brainwash us into believing that we can eat like one. However, when we wake up the next morning and realize we ate one cheeseburger too many, it is time to get back into gear.

Jay and I have rotated into our life different ways we can workout together and actually enjoy it. The key is we must both make the decision to stay in shape and be each other's support system. I cannot force fitness on him because then it becomes work. And who wants to add more work to exercise? We have to be in this together.

If you are looking for a way to enjoy the company of your man but still get a workout in, try one of the below. These are a few things we do on a weekly/monthly basis - I promise you will build up a sweat but still have fun.

1. Tennis - Jay has played his whole life and has been teaching me for a couple years. I never realized how intense it is as a sport, especially when playing singles. You run around without even realizing how many steps you take. After tracking on my FitBit, I discovered 45 minutes of tennis can equal over 6,000 steps!

One of the best aspects about tennis is that you can play your whole life. I can picture Jay and I down the road, 65 years old, and still hitting up the courts. My Grandparents used to so why couldn't we?

Here's an action shot of my very own Andre Agassi - Mr. Jay Delinko

Getting ready to warm-up

This is me post tennis (I am a little burnt and sweaty). My racquet was only $35 at Sports Authority and is Breast Cancer inspired. Some of the proceeds went towards the cause so I thought why not?

2. Running - This may sound horrific, the thought of running for fun always used to turn me off. But when you have a partner and some good tunes, you begin to forget you're exercising. It's always easier to run outside so you feel less like a hamster on a wheel. 

Running for a good cause can also be inspiring. We have participated in several 5k's where the money is donated towards causes like the Special Olympics. Once you get over the idea that you will be nonstop for several miles straight, the finish line doesn't seem that far away. It's only a half hour of your life, right?

Jay and I in our first 5k together in Central Park. This is obviously pre-run considering we're not sweaty messes yet.

Another shot before the race - I was so excited, not to mention after losing 10 lbs from training!

Even if it is just an outing to the gym or jog around your neighborhood, 30 minutes a day for 2-3 days a week can really work wonders. You don't have to run a marathon to feel accomplished and stay fit. :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I believe that we will win!

In honor and spirit of today's US vs Germany World Cup match, my company has decided to tune in on all TV screens throughout the building! We received the communication yesterday to show our pride - and I have to thank my husband Jay for allowing me to rock his US Jozy Altidore jersey (fingers crossed Jozy recovers soon)!

Even if we're not the most die-hard soccer fans in the world, we can still feel the aura and excitement in the air. I honestly have never witnessed such comraderie from a sport in our country as I have for this World Cup. It makes me feel so proud to wear red, white, and blue.

Here's my pride for today, I believe that we will win! Don't forget to tune in at noon :)

Married - 9 months and 18 days

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Making a House a Home

Ever find that skimming through Elle D├ęcor or HouseBeautiful is more exciting than Vogue itself?! Reading the Holy Grail of fashion has now been replaced with excursions to The Home Depot. Who would have thought that becoming a wife would magically increase our interest in home decorating and housekeeping?

We fall guilty of our newest pleasure, HGTV and those ever-so-addicting Property Brothers. Obsession is an understatement when it comes to House Hunters. And forget it, if there is a marathon on, you better believe we’re not getting off the couch – even for that 3pm coffee on the weekend that we’re literally shaking to have. It seriously has become a dream within a dream. We not only want to wear the best fashion, we want to live in it.

Living the wifestyle doesn’t mean buying the most expensive tufted leather couches or hanging a massive crystal chandelier over the dining room table. As newlyweds, we try to live within our means but keep it chic.

I have noticed my own taste has changed and developed since getting married. It’s always a challenge to try to keep the balance between masculine and feminine. When in doubt, I go neutral. Here are a few interior favorites that my husband and I agreed upon when we found ourselves teetering between too manly or too girly. The best part is, none of the items broke the bank yet make our apartment a warm home. 

Shower curtain, Bed Bath & Beyond 

King headboard, Bob's Furniture

Custom-cut area rug, The Home Depot

Throw pillow, Home Goods

Throw pillow, Home Goods

Wall sconces - Bed Bath & Beyond 
Cityscape painting - Pier 1 Imports

Glass bowl - Macy's 
Decorative balls, candles and candle holders - Home Goods

Iron decor, garage sale (literally)

Married - 9 months and 16 days

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Welcome to The Wifestyle

The most commonly asked questions we get once entering wifehood are “How is married life? Is it any different?” And yet we find ourselves answering the same way – “No, it feels the same.” That’s kind of the easiest way to get out of the question. The truth is married life is awesome and where learning and exploring become everyday norms. But it’s not like we wake up one morning and have this adult epiphany. I don’t even like referring to myself as an adult, let alone a woman, because I still feel like a kid. I can at least handle saying that I’m a young woman. I’m 27 years old and I’m married.

We’ve all heard that getting married means a lot of new steps – time to grow up, settle down, and start a family. Naturally, the next question in our ears is “When are you going to have a baby?”  It can be a lot of pressure, but I find myself taking a breath and wishing life would slow down, even just a little. Especially now that couples wait longer, hopefully because they’re truly waiting for the right person. And that is okay, the times have changed.  Just because we’re getting married later in life, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves. Life is just beginning, the adult married life, and I want to share my journey with people like me. This blog is not intended strictly for the newly wed. Whether single, in a relationship, a day away from getting engaged, 6 months in, or 10+ years into your marriage. We all have at least one thing in common and that’s living life to the fullest, and we’ll do it in style. 

Married – 9 months and 14 days

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