How I Find Balance During the Holidays

This post is in partnership with The Crusher Wines, but all opinions are mine, as always!

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December is HERE and the holiday season is definitely in full force! I’m only in LA for two more weekends before I head home for the holidays, but I can tell you that those are (at least) four JAM packed days of holiday parties.

Instead of preaching on here and telling you to “eat before you go so you can avoid the food” or “limit dessert to one bite,” I’m going to give you the REAL deal, at least from my view. The holidays come ONCE a year, and it’s my faaavorite time of year, no less. Food and drinks bring people together during this time, so you bet your cute booty I’m gonna enjoy myself. I will 100% eat what I want (as long as I know it won’t make my stomach hurt) and accept the fact that hey, my jeans might fit a little tighter come Christmas. But you know what? That’s why leggings and fit n’ flare dresses exist😉

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Because this is a “healthy living” blog, and I do try to live a healthy life, I want to tell you how I keep things balanced this time of year. After all, being “healthy” is really all about balance in my opinion. And by that, I essentially just mean tradeoffs. For example, you have a green smoothie in the morning knowing that you might not have as many greens later that day. Or, you’ll absolutely want to stuff your face at the open bar/dinner buffet that work is throwing for everyone that night, so you make sure you just get in a sweat sesh that morning. Easy👏peasy👏

I do NOT believe in limiting myself. I do NOT believe that holiday parties should make me think any harder than I already do about trying to stay on track with my health goals. Because let’s face it, anxiety around eating and drinking during the holiday season just causes mental health issues, which is no bueno either. I WILL try the desserts because they’re my favorite thing ever and yes, I WILL have a glass or two of The Crusher Wines Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s DELICIOUS.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

Here are 4 simple ways I like to keep things as balanced as I possibly can during the holiday season:

1. Move my body (preferably with friends!) – I am alwayssss a fan of pairing my fitness with friend time! Classes are usually attended with my workout buddies (hi Pam, Alycia and Audrey!!), and since some of my friends are actually instructors (hi Keely and Lindsay!), going to take their classes really just feels like a fun play date. Since I definitely like to keep up my fitness routine during the holidays, if not amp it up even more so, I’ll make as many of my friend dates include movement as possible! Some of my favorite options: hikes, coffee walks, pilates or barre class, and yoga + smoothie dates! If you work hard, you can play hard😏

2. Indulge! Seriously. – Holiday food and drinks are my favorite, but in moderation! Besides, if I deprive myself, I’m one of those people who will later go HAM either because I feel like I need to “reward” myself or need to shovel it all in at once before it’s too late. I think it’s 110% okay to enjoy the things that make you happy around the holiday season, like a glass of your favorite wine!

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3. Opt for lower calorie/lower sugar alcoholic drinks – I usually don’t drink more than a glass of wine a week, but around the holidays? I LOVE to unwind with my boyfriend and best friends over a bottle of wine, my favorite Christmas movie, a candle, and most likely dessert (you know me!). Whether I’m cozied up at home or out at a holiday party, I just try to make sure I’m choosing options that have less sugar like The Crusher Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Wine Blend. I won’t lie to you, their Chardonnay is my absolute FAVE, and that’s totally fine too, but I prefer to save my sweet tooth for all the desserts 😉

4. Swap some of my favorite treats for healthier options – You’ll notice the platter pictured in this post does not have cheese on it…like WHAT WHO AM I AND WHERE DID JORDAN GO. I know, I know, cheese is the BEST. I’m so thankful I’m not lactose intolerant #bless. But that being said, I know that I tend to go overboard with the cheese so instead, I opt for things like fresh veggies, fruit, and hummus when I can! Cheese is still a thing for sure, I just try to do it less often.

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So those are just four super chill ways I try to keep things 💯 over here during the holiday season. I know it’s not easy – eating healthy in general is stressful and adding a bunch of social gatherings into the mix can really throw us for a loop, but just do your best to have FUN without overthinking it, okay?

Whether it’s for yourself, someone you need a gift for, or even the hostess of the next party in your calendar, I couldn’t possibly recommend The Crusher Wines more! I rarely say this about wine, but EVERY single varietal they offer is out of control delicious. If you’d like to try some for yourself here in LA, check your local Sprouts or Costco, or you can visit this store locator and type in your zip code to find where The Crusher Wines is offered near you! And don’t forget to let me know your favorite once you try it 😍

 

 

 

My Focus Word(s) for 2018

Peace out 2017, hellooooooo 2018😍

Dancing for Donuts | My Focus Word(s) for 2018

Happy New Year, my sweet friends!! I’m a couple of days late, but getting back into the swing of things after break hasn’t been easy, as I’m sure you all know! I so badly wish I could be transported back to a week ago when I was still on vacation with my family on the east coast, but you know what? It’s okay because I’m actually looking forward to getting my sh*t together this month. I’ve just signed up for ClassPass and am super excited to start a new fitness plan, have started to work on some really exciting business opportunities, and will be finishing up decorating our apartment. Lots of good stuff in the works!!

As you probably all could’ve guessed, I’m not really one of those people that waits until January 1st to make resolutions. I tend to make them all year round, writing out my goals and plans monthly, weekly and even daily most of the time, so when I thought about how I wanted to approach 2018, I felt like writing down a list of new year’s resolutions wasn’t going to work for me. Instead, I thought I’d choose a focus word or two, something easy to remember, and truly aligned with my goals for this year. So, without further ado, here they are!😊

Dancing for Donuts | My Focus Word(s) for 2018

Love

It took me a long time to decide if this one was too cheesy or not, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew that it was the perfect fit for this year. First of all, I want to make sure that I’m showing my love for those around me on a regular basis. I live across the country from my family and many of my friends, and don’t even get to see the ones in my city nearly enough either. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, a little distance can’t come between a strong friendship and nothing is more important than that.

I know a little goes a long way – a letter, phone call, or even text will do if that’s all I can manage. I want to take this year to strengthen the relationships I have, and also take time to cultivate new ones. At the end of the day, it’s who you surround yourself with, and I think it’s so important to express love and gratitude for those people I’m lucky enough to have in my life. I want to lift them up, motivate them, encourage them, and make sure I’m there when they need me.

I also want to take this year to love myself. I’m not necessarily a self-conscious person, but I’m certainly not the most confident, either. Hearing “no” a gazillion times in your professional life can really take a toll on ya😅 (helloooo entertainment industry, I’m lookin’ at you). But seriously, in this era of social media, it’s pretty much the easiest thing in the world to find someone else who looks like they live a way better, more perfect life than you. So how can we not feel inadequate sometimes?

I know that these comparison traps exist, but I want to let them go in 2018. Like BAI, see ya never because if looking at it and thinking about it doesn’t bring me joy or inspire me, I want it GONE. I want to let go of self-doubt, lack of self-esteem, and the things that don’t serve me. I want to take the time to treat myself, even if it’s to something as silly as that iced latté I’ve been craving for a week, or a haircut that’ll make me feel like a million bucks. It’s not about money, but really just taking the time to do what makes me happy because that is the start of self-love. Of living a life I’m proud of, and being the best I can be so I can help others do the same.

Dancing for Donuts | My Focus Word(s) for 2018

Dream

Yep, another cheesy one (because what can I say, I love all things Pinterest and inspirational quotes). I literally could not decide between this word and the one above because this one is so freakin’ important to me, too. I’ve said this before, but about 8 years ago, I decided to move across the country to a place where I knew no one and had no job, no nothing, because what I did have was the dream of becoming a professional dancer. I had this crazy drive in me to just say f*ck it, and drop everything (in a well-thought out, very calculated manner of course😂) because I wanted to make it happen. And guess what? I did.

In the last couple of years, I’ve found myself doing so many wonderful things like meeting new people and traveling and starting a new career, which is great, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like I haven’t been doing much daydreaming lately. Does that make sense? Like I’ve been super focused on getting through the day to day and just being a girl with a life and resumé I’m proud of and honestly just watching a crap ton of YouTube videos when I have down time because I LOVE them. But I miss the dreaming part of life. The part where you have these insane ideas and imagine yourself just GOING FOR IT.

I’ve been asking myself lately, if I could do anything right now, like absolutely anything, what would it be? Would I go to Bali? Would I write a book? Would I go for a walk in my neighborhood and find a new restaurant? Who knows! But the possibilities are kind of endless. And I don’t have to stop my life or do something drastic to think this way, I just need to be present and find what fills my cup.

If I had to describe myself in one word, I’d probably say that I’m a hustler. I kid you not, I could be working a job that pays me a six figure salary and I’m 99% sure that I will still say yes to babysitting on a Saturday night because why not? I figure I get to hang out with some super cute kiddos and then get a boat load of work done once they’re asleep. I have a looooot I want to accomplish this year, and sitting on my tucas isn’t going to get me there. I want to take this year to focus on what I really want out of this life, and then go grab it by the ball$. I want to have crazy daydreams and then make them reality.

Dancing for Donuts | Focus Word(s) for 2018

So yeah. Those are my focus words and I’m SO excited to wake up every morning and choose to love, to dream. I hope I keep doing those things well after 2018, but hey, it’s a start😊

But enough about me – what about you?! Did you make any resolutions this year or choose a focus word? I’d love to hear because chances are, I’ll be adding more to my list as time goes on!

xo Jordan

all photos taken by Carrie Rogers

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Why I Don’t Own a Scale (and Never Plan to in the Future)

Can I tell you something? I’m like, soooooo beyond exhausted of thinking about weight.

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And to be frank, I’m tired of hearing other people talk about it, too. Now that’s not to say I don’t support you in your weight loss journey because I absolutely 100% do, but I think what’s really been bothering me is the focus on our actual “weight,” as in the number on the scale, versus how we treat our bodies. I’m no nutritionist or trainer (y’all know that), but I’d like to think of myself as a health-conscious human. I try my hardest to eat whole, un-processed foods as much as possible, I move my body and strengthen my muscles on a regular basis, and I take care of it when it needs to rest. I’m by no means perfect, and I pay waaaaay too much attention to how my stomach looks in the mirror, but I can tell you that I’m not a slave to the scale. I feel incredibly lucky that my main hobby growing up (and then my job) was a sport, and that body positivity was something promoted by those around me.

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I know a lot of women, or people in general, have an obsession with weight, as do I most of the time, but I think we all need to shift gears a little bit. That number on the scale (which also varies depending on which one you’re using so which one is even accurate anyway?!) is exactly that: just a number. It fluctuates when you drink a lot of water, or when you don’t and you’re dehydrated, when you’ve had a few indulgent days on vacation, or a few extra salads when you’re feeling motivated, when you’re on a juice cleanse, or when you go off of it.

I guess what I mean is, what’s the point of even looking at it if it’s going to change depending on whether you weigh yourself first thing in the morning or 14 hours later before bed? Not to mention, muscle weighs more than fat, so that number can be even MORE misleading than you thought. And please keep that in mind – sometimes when that number goes up, it just means you look like a bada$$ and your guns are busting out of your t-shirt because you’ve been lifting and are therefore burning more calories on the reg without even trying (because that’s how muscle works). It may NOT mean that you gained a bunch of fat because you had 3 squares of chocolate last night.

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I know this message isn’t for everyone because yes, it is unhealthy to weigh over a certain amount, and I get that, but the majority of people who become slaves to the scale in their bathroom or gym shouldn’t actually need to weigh themselves, right? Like if you just busted your butt for 45 minutes lifting weights or pounding on the treadmill, you’re kind of kicking a$$. And if you’re going to go home afterwards and have a balanced snack or meal with some greens and protein and healthy fat, you’re kicking even more a$$.

Dancing for Donuts | Why I Don't Own a Scale [and Never Plan to in the Future]

So here’s what I’m saying, I just feel like we’ve all gotten a tad obsessive with the weight talk, and I’m fully including myself in that. I think what we should be focusing on instead is what we’re putting inside of our bodies and how we’re maintaining optimal health. Because a certain number of pounds does not equal a level of “health.” We feel guilty when we come back from a vacation that may have involved a touch too much ice cream and fewer workouts than usual, when the reality of it is, if we come back from that trip, fuel our bodies with some extra goodness and focus on getting enough nutrients, it shouldn’t matter what the scale says.

If you know you’re treating your body as best as you possibly can, and that includes balancing it with a happy, full life too, then you’re kind of killing the game. Screw the scale. Stop looking at the numbers and look at your fridge instead. What’s in there? Hopefully some greens, and fruit, a few sources of protein, your favorite foods, and maybe some sort of milk for coffee (if you’re me…). And did you move your body today? If you didn’t, can you squeeze in a 20 minute walk around the block right now? Focus on those things. I promise, you’ll feel better.

xo Jordan

Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Wanna hear something hilarious?

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I used to be one of those people who was like, “I’m sooooo lucky, I never get hungover! Isn’t that crazy!?” And now? I literally want to roll my eyes so hard at 22-year old me because WOW. I mean, if you’re in you’re early 20’s and you read that sentence saying “OMG same!” then that is fantastic and live your bliss, girl. However, I have a feeling that is not the case for most of y’all.

These days, I avoid sugary cocktails and white wine like the plague if I’m planning on having more than one drink because if I don’t, I will literally be a useless human the day after. That being said though, I still want to live my life, especially since I don’t have the free time to do so very often anyway. If you read one of my latest posts, I’m actually making a conscious effort to say yes more to hanging out with friends and trying new restaurants or bars, while worrying less about how these things will derail my health goals.

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Here’s the truth, though: you CAN do both! As in, live your life and have a few drinks, but also still be a health-conscious, active person. Maybe not like, every single day, but everything in moderation, right? I’ll give you an example. Friday night I went out to a comedy show in West Hollywood with my cousin and there was a two drink minimum. Since I had a fitness event on Saturday that I really wanted to enjoy, I chose to go with club soda. On Saturday night however, I wanted nothing more than to drink some wine on the beach at sunset, so I freakin’ did it. And you know what? I’m still here, getting sh*t done on a Sunday after a morning workout, and I probably weigh (and look) exactly the same. Nuts, right?! *catch the sarcasm*

I know it’s not easy, but there are some things you can do to make it easier to complete your workout the day after you go out with your friends. I’m currently working out with Aaptiv, an audio fitness app that allows you to participate in guided workouts of your choice, to show you some easy ways you can feel your best and get moving, even if it’s just for 10 minutes! Trust me, you will feel better once you sweat it out a little 😉

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With they’re help, I’m sharing this infographic with you so that you can make sure you’re checking the boxes before and during your workout. Staying hydrated, having a nutritious snack, taking it slow, and hanging in there as long as you can without risking injury are so important. Again, if all you can give is 10 minutes, and all you have energy for is a quick power walk, so be it! What’s really important is that you’re helping your body recover without pushing yourself too hard.

What I love about Aaptiv is that you can choose literally anything you feel like doing and there is someone there to guide you through it. There’s yoga, running, HIIT and toning workouts, but also “classes” for machines like the elliptical and stairmaster (my favorite!!). I often get bored of doing the same things a few days a week at my gym, but Aaptiv makes it easy to switch things up there, or anywhere. Each workout is a different length too, so you can workout as hard and as long as you’d like.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

If you head over to their website, you can sign up for a free one-month trial, and then it’s just $9.99 from there on out, which is waaaaay cheaper than studio classes! Aaptiv was generous enough to share a free 30-day code for me and my readers, as well, so you’ll actually get two whole months for free! Just enter the code BURPEES at checkout and you’re good to go. Download the app and let me know which workouts you’re going to try! I’ve been eyeing the Abs Intensive and a few of the 7-minute HITT workouts.

Have a great week, friends 🙂

xo Jordan

Saying Yes to the Big Things.

I don’t think many of you know this, but for about 5 straight years of my life, I worked almost every single weekend night.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

It actually kind of started during my senior year of college when I’d decided to move to Los Angeles. I knew I needed to save money for my move, so I got a job hostessing on Friday nights at a restaurant in Manhattan. When I moved here to LA, my main sources of income were nannying and hostessing, as well, so that I would have time to audition during weekdays (and the funds to actually keep a roof over my head/food in my fridge). Between those two jobs, I worked every single Friday and Saturday night, and most Sunday nights as well, which meant saying no to having a life like most people in their early 20’s. Part of that, I’ll be honest, was due to me being a little too anal about saving money, but in my defense I wanted to save for rainy days or when gigs were few and far between…

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

That’s not the point of this post, though. The point is to tell you that the other day I was listening to one of my new favorite podcasts The Goal Digger and she was talking about how to graciously say no to things, people, events, etc. that don’t serve you. She also said that while you can’t say yes to everything (for your own mind and heart’s sake) you should absolutely say yes to the big things. What I took away from that is actually something I’ve been thinking about, and trying to do, for quite some time now.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

I’ve spent more money on travel, food and drinks, adventures, and gas money to visit my friends in the past year than I ever have before. I’m probably making slightly more money as well, but the real reason is that I’m tired of not living my life. Our time on this planet is waaaaay to short to not try the restaurant we’ve been dying to eat at, visit the countries on our travel bucket lists, to let important relationships fade (or not create new ones), to miss out on events or trips we know will be a blast. For the first time in my life, I’m finally loosening up the purse strings, (as my mother would say) and enjoying life.

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You will never regret a trip you took, or a weekend you spent creating memories with new friends in a new city, of that I can promise you. I went to my first multi-day music festival last weekend and it’s safe to say that my tired feet and slightly unsettled stomach from the fried food were absolutely worth it. And I don’t just mean the money, I mean the time and energy, too. I’m still exhausted 2 days later, but I’m going to have the memories of bobbing up and down to the Killers with my boyfriend, grabbing the best tacos I’ve ever eaten at midnight, and watching a new band (that I now love!) from backstage, for as long as my memory holds up.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

So for all of you babes on a budget out there, and those of you who may not be fully living because you’re afraid of the calories in a cocktail, and even for those of you who feel like you don’t look as good in your outfit as you wanted to, find something better to spend your time thinking about. Because none of those things are worth missing out on your life.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

xo Jordan