Feature Fridays

Welcome to our first Feature Friday series, a series where I share with you some new weekly favorites that have made me smile throughout the week!

Zodiac Animals
Continuing with the Chinese New Year theme, Zodiac animals play a huge role in the lunar calendar. The concept is very similar to our Zodiac signs, except this time we’re talking about animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit,  Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The story of the Zodiac Animals goes that a race was organized by the Jade Emperor and the order of the animals were determined by the order of who crossed the finished line. There are many versions to this story, but this one is my favorite!

Fun Fact: I’m the Year of the Rooster!
Source: Travel China Guide

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice
This drink is certainly not new on the Starbucks menu, but is my classic go to winter drink. This drink is literally tastes like liquified apple pie and always satisfies my sweet tooth. The sweetness paired with the tartness of the apple is absolutely scrumptious and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs their sugar fix for the day.

Kumquat Lemon Bubble Tea
This citrusy but sweet drink is the most heartwarming drink on a gloomy day. Kumquat and lemon are both tart fruits, but mixed in with some honey and simple syrup – this makes such a great combination for a hot drink. Kumquat is also high in Vitamin C, so it’s a scrumptious and nutritious drink all in one! Yum!! My favorite place to visit to get this drink is Vivi’s Bubble Tea. It does also help that this place is all decked out in pink!

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Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

What made you smile this week?
Have you tried any of the above drinks? What do you think?

P.S. I’ll be in Ottawa this weekend so follow me on Instagram to follow my adventures and feel free to recommend me some of your favorite places to visit!

Flywheel: Flying up to new heights

Hey Fashionistas,

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**Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos for this blog since I was too excited and forgot 😦

I took my very first cycling class yesterday!! I’ve never gone cycling before but I’ve heard amazing things about it especially from one of my really good friends, Sarah Gaines of Fit University. She’s a certified cycling instructor! So when I went yesterday, I was thrilled to finally give it a try!

When I arrived, everyone working there was super friendly and let me tell you, the place so clean! Now I’m not sure if all cycling places offer these but at Flywheel, they had free water, apples, and clean towels. It didn’t have that gym smell or yucky air you feel when you walk into a gym or a class. I was immediately pleased with the aesthetics.

Cycling itself was really fun! I got a full body work out and was thoroughly pleased with how I felt afterwards. I’m going to be honest though, it was pretty tough for the first time. When I started “walking” aka biking but standing up, it was a huge adjustment. You had to keep to the tempo but at the same time keep up your pace. I might have almost tripped or felt my hip almost pop out because I picked up my speed to catch up with everyone.

My favorite part of the class was when I was reminded of how awesome and amazing my body is. These past two weeks since Lent has started has really taken a hit on my eating disorder thoughts. I gave up **social media for Lent, which means I’ve had a lot of quiet time lately…which leads to have a lot of time to think – one of those thoughts being my eating disorder. In the middle of the class, I saw myself in the mirror and saw this strong women who was having fun and smiling even though I was exhausted from constantly moving my legs. I felt beautiful, sexy (one word I’ve never ever used on myself before) in the nicest and non-objective way possible, and confident for the first time in a while. I literally felt like I was FLYING!

So what are my final thoughts? Absolutely amazing!
Would I go to another class? Most definitely, though probably not too many times since it is a bit on the pricey side.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, I would. It’s fun and exhilarating!

Of course, right after class Rachel and I went straight to Candle Cafe, a vegan place a couple blocks down, to refuel our body with yummy food!

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Sweaty and starving

Best vegan lasagna ever ❤

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

**I gave up social media for Lent so when I need to post blog related things, my sister Erica does it for me!

Surviving the holidays during Eating Disorder recovery

“You’re going to be fine”

This seems to be the motto I’ve been telling myself every day for the past month and a half. (Yes, for me the holidays and festivities start the week of Thanksgiving)  As much as I love the Christmas season and spending time with my wonderful family and friends, I can’t help but constantly think of the food that awaits for me.

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Now I totally understand the importance of food and eating moderately, but as a girl who unfortunately, often falls back into her ED habits, food can be the enemy sometimes. Going out with friends for dinner and drinks is so much fun but in the back of mind as much as I hate to admit it, that voice is still whispering “Do you really think you should eat that? Did you burn off enough calories at the gym today to consume all of that?”

Moments like these, what do I do? Back when I had my eating disorder, I would of course stop eating and immediately start giving excuses on why I’m not eating. During the beginning stages of my recovery, anxiety would flood my mind and I would have a full on panic attack trying to fight the ED thoughts before trying to pick up the fork to eat again. This holiday season, surprisingly, has been a lot better. I still get anxiety but it is a lot easier to tell myself to not to be afraid of food. To know that I’ll be ok if I eat that yummy slice of pumpkin pie. I’ll be fine if I eat the cheesy lasagna square. I’ll be fine if I go out and celebrate with drinks and dinner with my friends.

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So with Christmas arriving tomorrow, ED thoughts are bound to pop up. What am I going to do? Focus on something else. Now I’m not saying to ignore those thought because from personal experience, ignoring them will eventually explode into another anxiety attack. So go ahead and acknowledge it, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying the holiday festivities. Focus on the time spent with family. Focus on the laughter and joy that Christmas brings. Focus on the beauty that Jesus Christ is born and the love that comes with it. Most importantly, I’m going to focus and appreciate that this is another year that I’m an ED survivor and nothing is going to take that away from me.

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Love yourself this holiday season. Share that love with someone you know that might need it. Christmas is all about joy and love and that all starts with you and loving your body ❤️

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Smile through the darkness and love your mind, body, and soul ❤

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

What’s one thing you love about yourself?

What’s something you are looking forward to this Christmas?