#PrincessBootCamp – Cinderella Week Meal Plan

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Starting is always the hardest part with it comes to a new fitness plan. At least for me it is. Months of eating poorly and choosing Netflix over any strenuous physical activity had left my body in very poor shape. I live in a 2nd floor apartment and stairs were quickly becoming my nemesis.

At the start of 2017, I chose the word “Believe” as my word of the year. I picked it at a time when I was having trouble believing in anything, myself least of all. But I saw this challenge as a chance to start believing again. And for the next 8 weeks, that’s what I did. I dove into #PrincessBootCamp with both feet and I started to believe that I could do things I hadn’t done in a long time, believe that I could do things I’d never tried before!

As I said in my introduction post, I’m in a different place than I was when I was an #AvengerinTraining and repeating what worked then simply wasn’t an option. So a new series was born.

Week 1 I focused on Cinderella.

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Cinderella is the story of a girl who loses her mother, then loses her father and is left in the care of her evil stepmother and stepsisters. She is basically held captive by these uncaring women and with little love or compassion, is left to a life of slavery and cruelty. Her socio economic status makes it impossible for her to break free from this household.

Being the kind-hearted, optimistic young women she is, Cinderella takes each challenge as it comes to her and never lets it make her cruel or bitter herself. She is a hard worker who spends plenty of time dreaming of what could be. Does she dream of princes? Yes. But given her situation in life, and her view of the palace, can you blame her? It’s a tangible representation of the life she could have, if only…

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Photo by Cristina Fowler @thelittlestfowler

Cinderella spends her days in the kitchen cooking for her “family,” in the garden working her fingers to the bone. She does the chores in the house and she makes sure everything is in working order. If there is back breaking work to be done, it falls to Cinderella’s slender shoulders and do we ever hear her utter one complaint in most of the movie adaptations? One bitter invective? No, we do not. This Princess is kind and persistent and she does not let the circumstance of her life change her kind heart. Now, that is something to aspire to!

In an effort to channel Cindy for this first week of #PrincessBootCamp I created a meal plan for the week based on what a 19th century peasant girl might have been eating at the time. My shopping list looked like this:

-whole grain bread (the cheapest kind)

-butter or low cost jams

-oatmeal/porridge

-eggs

-inexpensive cuts of meat (ie: ground beef, chicken, whatever is cheapest at the market)

-greens (brussel sprouts and spinach)

-apples, blackberries, raspberries

-water, water, water

-tea

Monday through Saturday, I adhered strictly to the above list and DID NOT DEVIATE…can I tell you what a win it was to make a plan and stick to it. Even for 6 days. It was a bloody triumph!!! Now the amount of food I ate from day to day varied. With an elevated level of activity, some days I needed more energy than others. And since all the food on my list was good stuff, I felt perfectly fine not counting the calories and just trusting my body. I also gave up weighing myself for the whole 8 weeks. In fact, I encourage you to do the same with any fitness plan you take on. That scale becomes a crutch very quickly if we let it. Don’t let it!

On the seventh day, I let myself go to the ball and I indulged in a delicious piece of chocolate cake from my favorite place in Winter Park: The Briar Patch. In order to fully embrace your inner Cinderella, you have to accept that home girl probably got her eat on at that ball, despite what we see on screen! I think she would have taken the chance to taste something delicious at some point in the night. Even if she was short on time and dazzled by a handsome prince! Think what you want…I choose to believe in the power of cake!

Next up: Cinderella Week Fitness Plan

Where are all the Princes?

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Today I want to talk about Princes. From a young, young age, little girls are taught about the Princes. “Someday My Prince Will Come.” “Kiss a frog, you might find a prince.” I just want to ask, where are all these Princes?

Obviously America is not a monarch nation. So we don’t actually have any of the Princes over here. And while we know they do exist, what is the point of dreaming of Princes? Yes, if you dream it it can happen. Believe all things. Dream all things. I don’t believe in limiting the imagination. But I just wonder about this Prince thing. Is it purely an invention of the House of Mouse? Or have girls been dreaming of Princes for far longer than we know?

In Europe and many other nations, dreaming of Princes is definitely a valid thing. They have them over there. They’ve had them over there for a very long time. So it makes sense that little girls and little boys might dream of handsome princes. I’ve never been one to dream of Princes. Sure, I have my favorite Disney Princes (we’ll get into that later.) But it was never an actual dream of mine to marry a Prince. If the Princess Diaries and The Prince and Me taught us anything, it’s that Princessing is really hard work. I’d have to fall hard for a Prince to want to take up a crown.

But, just for fun, let’s take a look at the Princely options today’s world has to offer. These are the, as yet, unmarried Princes.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai

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Photo courtesy of A Fangirl’s Guide to Fazza

Hussein Bin Abdullah, Crown Prince of Jordan

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Photo Courtesy of Europa Newswire

Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark

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Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein

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Photo Courtesy of AWW.com.au

Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg

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Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis

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Prince Nicholas of Romania

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Prince Joachim of Belgium

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Prince Lorenzo Borghese

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Prince Harry of Wales (Hubba, Hubba, if I’m being honest!)

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Prince Azim of Brunei

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Prince Royce

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Prince (Farewell!! We miss you so!)

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Personally, I’d pick Prince Royce out of all the Princes on this list. Which Prince would you let steal your heart?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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When I opened Google this morning I saw that today’s logo was dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr., as well it should be! When I clicked on the logo, I was taken to Google’s search page where all manner of MLK Jr. information lies. The first thing that comes up is NationalService.gov, a site that encourages people to make MLK Jr. Day a day on instead of a day off and where you can find opportunities to serve in your community. The next thing that comes up is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Wikipedia page with the history of his life and legacy. And third, from the “in the news” section, a list of stores that are open and closed today…. In fact when you click Google’s “News” tab it takes you to even more listings of stores that are open and closed today.

What is disheartening is that today has become merely another bank holiday. Another blessed day off work to run errands or go to Disney or what have you. And I even understand that work and the daily grind can be hard. Days off are precious.

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I was talking to someone the other day who had never gone back and watched MLK Jr’s ” I Have a Dream” speech. It’s available on You Tube, right there for all of our eyes to see. And King didn’t just give that speech, he gave a great many more that are poignant and important and inspiring. His “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech is wonderful! Now, I didn’t scold my friend for having never seen it, I merely suggested that maybe this was a good year to go back and watch it.

I get it. That was then and this is now. That’s history. This is where our focus should be. The past is the past and we should leave it there. What I want to point out, is that perhaps the things that King was preaching and speeching and dreaming about are not just issues that are behind us. Look at our political climate. Look at the relationship between the races in America. It ain’t good, guys!! I think that if Martin Luther King, Jr. were to come back to life today, expecting to see his dreams realized, he’d be disappointed. It’s the year 2016 and we are lightyears behind where we should be!

I don’t know how to fix it all. If I did, I’d run for office! But I know when things feel wrong. I know when it feels like there is more that we as a country should be doing. More that I as an individual who believes in freedom, should be doing! And I wish I’d discovered NationalService.gov in time to be able to volunteer for some of the projects going on in my area. Next year I’ll know that there are other people who believe that today should be a day on, not just another day off!

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Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, please go back and watch the speeches that were made and maybe pick up a few books about King’s life. If you have the change to volunteer somewhere, this is a great day to do so. Yes, our past is behind us. That’s how time works. But being able to remember and learn from our past, that’s a gift that we greatly underuse.

I HAVE A DREAM

I’VE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP

And so many more…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speeches

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Here’s a poem I wrote about King a few years ago.

39 Times Rom Coms Pissed Me Off

You know what really burns my butt? Romantic Comedies!! Because here I am over here…liberated female, free from the ties that bind me and then a movie like When Harry Met Sally comes on and all that level-headed nonsense goes right out the window because…reasons! It just burns. It stings actually.

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And the worst part is that Romantic Comedies and Dramedies and Sitcomedies and all manner of romance, to be honest, make me weak at the knees. One shot of a semi shirtless Mr. Darcy emerging from the pond at Pemberley and I know what I’ll be dreaming about that night. One little romantic speech from Tom Hanks and farewell normal, everyday human male specimen…don’t even bother, cause you’re no Hanks! Again I say, it burns! Because I don’t want to have that vision in my head. That romantic ideal and yet there it sits. Waiting for the moment to strike. The moment when a guy chooses to take me to a Starbucks for a first date instead of guerilla paintball a la 10 Things I Hate About You. Or at the airport while boarding my plane and no one comes to stop me from getting on…how rude! Or how about when I’m at a holiday party with no date and then…no one bursts through the door to save me.

The beautiful truth is that I can save myself, thank you very much. Always have, always will. The crappy side effect of my frail humanity is that I still want to be saved sometimes. In moments of weakness and ice cream… I want it.

And I’ve decided that Rom Coms are to blame. It doesn’t mean for a second that I’ll stop watching them, because I’m a weak human girlie specimen. And also…reasons! Regardless, here are the 39 romantic moments that just piss me off!!! Who’s with me??

(**This is not the order in which I love hate these movies.)

39.The Switch

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38. Love and Basketball

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37. No Strings Attached

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36. Leap Year

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35. Never Been Kissed

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34. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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33. Someone Like You

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32. She’s All That

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31. Jerry McGuire

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30. The Bodyguard

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29.  Grease

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28. The Wedding Planner

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27. Ella Enchanted

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26.Say Anything

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25. Lady and the Tramp

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24. Clueless

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23. The Nanny Diaries

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22. Friends with Benefits

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21. Jane Austen Book Club

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20. Because I Said So

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19. Hitch

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18. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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17. Dirty Dancing

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16. Emma

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15. Moulin Rouge

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14. Sleepless in Seattle

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13. 27 Dresses

27 Dresses Rom Com Movie Moments

12. Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman Rom Com Movie Moment

11. The Mirror Has Two Faces

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10. 13 Going on 30

13 Going on 30 Rom Com Movie Moments

9. 10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You Rom Com Movie Moments

8. While You Were Sleeping

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7. The Proposal

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6. Love Actually

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5. The Princess Bride

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4. You’ve Got Mail

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3. Bridget Jones’ Diary

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2. Pride and Prejudice (mini series)

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1. When Harry Met Sally (My favorite of all time!)

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OK, so some of them aren’t Rom Coms. There are Rom Drams and Rom Musical Coms up there, but you get my drift. Romance is stupid and yucky and I love it hate it!!! Hate with a capital H and that stands for Hate and that rhymes with Hate!

Which Rom Coms are your favorite least favorite!!

7 bonus movies that I was reminded of after hitting publish:

Fools Rush In

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The Holiday 

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The Decoy Bride

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Return to Me

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Sweet Home Alabama

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Runaway Bride

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5 Fandom Friday

Smart Phone Apps I Couldn’t Live Without

Today’s topic proposed by The Nerdie Girlie and Super Space Chick are 5 apps that you couldn’t live without. I’m altering a little reflect some of my favorite ones that I don’t want to live without as well as some I reluctantly can’t live without! Personally I miss not being as reliant on my phone. But it is what it is and at this point it’s a little hard to turn back. So there are the ones I love and rely on in my day to day life.

#1: Pinterest

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I loooove Pinterest. If you follow me, you’ll know just how much I love it!! (Spoiler alert: I love it a lot) And the Pinterest phone app let’s me pin stuff from anywhere at anytime and I just love that!! If you watch the BBC’s Sherlock, then you’d know what a mind palace is. And I like to think of Pinterest as my own personal mind palace. When I was in college studying fashion design, we used to make inspiration boards all the time. And I used to have boxes of magazine clippings for those boards. So I feel like I’ve been pinning things since long before Pinterest came around. And finally technology and my brain are in perfect sync. Pinterest is where I think, it’s where I dream, it’s where the magic happens!!

 

#2: Instagram

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I really like that we are living in an age of self documentation. I have such a terrible memory. There are so many holes in my memories of growing up. And it’s cool to know that I’ll be able to look back through Instagram at the moments I felt were worthy of documentation (like Thursday’s lunch and my feet in the sand.)
And personally my face looks much better with a nice Amaro or X-Pro II filter over it. Making those moments not only memorable, but really pretty too.
I only wish that Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and other classic movie stars were still alive because I imagine their Insta feeds would be legendary!!

 

#3: Spotify

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Music really is the food of life. It can instantly change your mood or reflect it. It can be uplifting. It can tell a story. It can bring people together. And Spotify allows you access to most of your favorite artists (minus Tay Swift, of course.) For a modest subscription fee you have the ability to make playlists and listen to your favorite tunes.

 

#4: My Fitness Pal

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Listen… fitness is important. I genuinely enjoy working out. But as the winter approaches, so does a season of eating warm comfort foods like the ones on last week’s 5 Fandom Friday list – Click Here. As well as holiday treats like Granny’s apple pie and Uncle Lint’s garlic mashed potatoes. So I tend to need a little extra help with my fitness around this time. Enter My Fitness Pal. It’s an excellent app that tracks your food intake, nutrition stats and exercise. It gives you tips on whether or not you’re getting enough fiber or too much sugar and it projects your progress each day. It definitely helps keep me from gaining 3,000 pounds during the holidays!

 

#5: Google Maps

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This one is a reluctant choice. It’s not so much a favorite app as much as it’s an app I genuinely believe I couldn’t live without. And I actually love physical real-life maps. But a couple times a week I find myself wishing for a simpler time. I wonder how we all functioned before technology started to rule our lives. I honestly don’t know anymore. Sadly we now live in a time of reliance instead of resilience. I used to much more self reliant. Like I could figure anything out. And these days without technology I tend to feel a little lost. Like I’m not sure I can find my way without my Google Map. Hopefully when the zombie apocalypse hits, we’ll find out we’re all stronger than we think we are! In a zombie apocalypse there is no time for reliance.