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Time Alone, Peapod, and Summer Drink Favorites

Time Alone, Peapod, and Summer Drink Favorites

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Lazy days, let’s talk about ’em

I’ve done tons of posts about the importance of pampering yourself, of spending time alone, and of taking time off the grind.  Missed ’em? Don’t worry, I got you!

I Hit A Mental Wall, Here Is How I Got Over It

Taking a Break: How & Why You Should

And, to be completely transparent with you, I have neglected that over the past few months.  I got caught up in being in a new city, with new people,  a new job, and with a new outlook on social media/life (peep the new IG@colbylivesfit)  While it was an incredible summer and I have been changed two-fold for the better (post to come about that soon) there was one point I can distinctly remember of which not taking time for myself and being alone caught up to me.

Flash to about 3 weeks ago …  I was hit with a horrible migraine–  my body’s way of telling  me

Hey girl, take a chill pill!

It’s not that I was running around with my head cut off, I was doing everything that made me beam, but I hadn’t slowed down, and I needed to … we all need to.

So, unplug and self love night commenced.

Enter:  Peapod — yes, I started with getting my groceries delivered.

peapod grocery delivery

The delivery has arrived!

In reality, it is so stressful to get groceries in the city.  First you have to walk 5 bags a mile home as a farmers carry.  Then, proceed to carry them up 7 flights of stairs because ya girl has a vestibular disorder and cannot ride elevators.  So, getting them delivered on my unplugged night was a no-brainer.

Now, to Peapod! Peapod is a  dope grocery delivery service that essentially is equivalent to shopping at the store, they just do it for you.  And then, they deliver them promptly to your doorstep.  As a major bonus, Peapod offers 60 days of free delivery to new customers.


peapod grocery

Peapod features

  1. Express Shop
  2. Coupon / Discount central — between the coupons and the free delivery, my groceries came to about $20 cheaper than they normally do
  3. Sort features
  4. Fresh  produce
  5. Door to door  (<– my favorite)

Grocery haul:

As I was typing this, I realized that I often share recipes with you on Facebook, but I have never shared my weekly summer grocery haul, so get pumped:

Ground turkey, chicken, bananas, plantains, eggs,  egg whites, carrots, letttuce, canned tomatoes, nut butter, figs, kombucha, fruit juice (for smoothies), avocados, random bars to try.

I am crossing my fingers that Peapod delivers to Ithaca this school year– made my life so easy. And,  if you are interested, feel free to use the service finder here, and sign up so you can get your first 60-days of free delivery, plus $20 off your first order.

More of the haul

In this haul, un-pictured because I don’t buy them weekly, was also Minute Maid® Lemonade and  FUZE® tea which I was getting for a fun, refreshing beach drank with my girls.  Must also mention how pumped I was to not have to carry 2 12-packs of cans home from the store, especially with those heavy vegetables 😀

Fruit-y half & half recipe:

fuze tea recipe

Per drink:

  • 1/3 can of FUZE tea
  • 1/3 can of Minute Maid Lemonade
  • 1/2 c water
  • 4 sliced strawberries

beach drink recipe


Now, I’m curious! What is your go to summer drink recipe? Go to this post on facebook, and let me know.

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I Hit A Mental Wall, Here Is How I Got Over It

I Hit A Mental Wall, Here Is How I Got Over It

I hit a mental wall today.  Actually, I hit a mental wall about three days ago but had to keep pushing that wall away until after my physics exam last night.

My mental wall

was a lot.  It was end of semester finals stress.  It was living situation stress. It was the gradual losing myself  and my values since school has started.  It was the fact that I’ve put up barriers around myself and refuse to let anyone in.  It was the fact that I haven’t been able to run since my marathon due to an overuse injury in my knee.  The wall was a lot.

There is always time for yourself.

I woke up today and realized that I need to start taking my own advice–honoring myself, my mind and my body.  Despite the fact that I still have 3 more exams to go and 2 more projects, honestly despite any deadline I might have, there is always time to honor myself, I know this. And, I preach this.  But, over the past month I have been letting life pull me away from this, I have been letting life drag me along without allowing me to hold onto myself.

The thing is, that ^ is so easy to let happen, I’ve witnessed it first hand, I didn’t realize what was happening until about 3 days ago when I took a second to stop and breathe.

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After trying to push that wall along with me for 3 days, my mom’s voice popped into my head….

Remember, there is a door on every wall.

She said this to me right before my marathon, and boy did I hit many walls that day, but this applies to more than just the running wall, this applies to any wall.  Walls don’t discriminate, walls don’t have some sort of methodological way to decide if they want to give you a door or not, they just do. End of story.

So, today I decided to drop everything for a few hours and find that door.  I left my school brain behind which was tough, but I knew it would be there when I got back, and more importantly, I knew I would be much more refreshed therefore able to easily make up for the lost time.  Heck, my focus had become non-existent anyway!

Here is what I did (PEEP: me time post)

How I got past my mental wall:

10 am

I got in my car, and I drove, I got on the main highway near me that I knew ended up near some trails, and I drove.  For me, even simply driving for hours on end would do well; I plug in my phone, blast my happy playlist, and spend time thinking. However, I knew I wanted to move.

10:30 am-12:00 pm

I arrived at Taughannock Falls State Park which is essentially a multitude of hiking trails through the woods surrounding waterfalls.   I got out of my car and spent about an hour or so hiking the Rim Trail.  It was stunning, it was peaceful, it was refreshing.  But most of all, it gave me the much needed time to unplug from the world and just think.  It gave me time to mentally work through the immense pile of everything that was upsetting and challenging me but that I had just pushed aside out of rushing through my days.

Funny story about unplugging…I literally and physically unplugged.  On the hike back up, I pulled out my phone to call my dad and then reached into my coat pocket for the headphones I always kept there.   However, they weren’t there so I assumed I left them in my car.  Little did I know.. I walked a few minutes further up the hill and my headphones were lying on the ground in the middle of the trail. LOL talk about unplugging.

Somewhere in the midst of my hike I found the door in the wall, and climbed through it.  I felt refreshed, I felt alive, I felt like me again.

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Call me crazy, but I love being alone.

Yes I love my friends to death, but ever since going away to college last year the one thing that I have missed most is the ability to be alone with myself.  I need that time, I enjoy that time.  Honestly, I could sit in a dining hall all by myself and be completely fine with it.

Not only do I enjoy being alone but after today I realize that I need to be alone sometimes.  Hiking through the trails with not single sense of another being around me gave me the long needed ability to work through a lot.


On the drive back I was feeling so light and unstressed I decided to stop at a local cafe for a (treat yourself because 5 fucking dollars) latte and crossword puzzle hour.  This may not sound like a lot, but looking back over the past 5 months, I don’t think I could pinpoint a time where I just

did something to do something,

where I did something of little to no life/school progression value because of the sheer stress that taking a break causes me.  For me, stopping for coffee just to do so is a big step.

Coffee Time

Now, after my little self meeting adventure, I am back in the library, Thai food on my left, tea on my right, best friend across from me singing every lyric of every damn song he is listening to, and studying for finals.

Sure, I could be like the usual me freaking out about every second missed in the library, but I am not.  I am more productive right now because of how I spent my morning than I have been all year.

And, most importantly, I feel happier and more in tune with myself.  No, I didn’t magically cross through that wall in a few hours, it will take time, but I have a great start on the road to where I want to be.

Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself,

when things aren’t going the way they should.  Don’t be afraid to take a step back and evaluate where you are.  Don’t be afraid to say AYO PEACE to the world for a few hours and only care about yourself.

You deserve it.


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