Melinda Gale

Fitness & Lifestyle

Jazz Up Your Shakes with Blender Bombs!

With an insane work schedule and workout plan, I heavily rely on shakes to make sure that I get in all of the nutrients I need when I don't have time for a full meal. I've spent years trying to change up my "bro-shake" game which means a lot of trial and error. Honestly, I had pretty much written off shakes until I discovered the glory that is Blender Bombs.

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Celebrate NC Beer Month with Fayetteville's "Hometown Hops" Program

In honor of NC Beer Month, I couldn't think of any better way to celebrate than participate in the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's Hometown Hops Passport program! Home to five distinguished breweries, Cumberland County is ready to welcome brewery enthusiasts to America’s Hometown with a perfect pour of a memorable craft brew. 

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18 Seaboard Unveils A New Bar Menu!

Before relocating back to the Triangle, I honestly had no idea what Seaboard Station was. Thanks to my lunchtime workout sat O2, I've been able to get to know the adorable area a little better. One location that I had on my "to visit" list was 18 Seaboard. When I heard that they launched their new bar menu, I jumped at the chance to go check it out. 

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Freeze Your Buns off with Cryotherapy

On my never-ending quest to find the latest and greatest in wellness modalities, Cryotherapy kept popping up. I have always hated the idea of ice baths as a recovery tool after an intense workout because subjecting myself to cold for an extended version of time seems like a nightmare. Give me a steam room or a sauna any day! Better yet, give me 115 degree desert days in Palm Springs!  Even better! However, when my amazing, life-changing chiropractor Dr. Prakash at Living Well Balanced suggested I try out their cryo chamber, I had to do it. 

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Yummy St Patricks Day Pasta Recipes from Explore Cuisine

Being an actual pasta addict, I like to find healthier alternatives to just your general, run of the mill noodles. Explore Cuisine has become a lifesaver on this endeavor as they have an entire line of bean pasta. Hello, extra protein and nutrients! Free of artificial colors, Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious! All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam-packed with nutrients.

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Weekly Roundup 2.23.2018

It's been 100 years since I've done a weekly roundup but I thought I would share a few of my favorite articles from this week to help get you through your Friday/weekend!

Read any amazing articles this week? Let me know in the comments!

Weekend In Review: Fashion Shows, Galas, and Tar Heel Wins

This is a week late but....

The past few weeks have been non-stopped for me and last weekend was no exception. My schedule has been filled, morning, noon, and night with workouts, hangouts, and work events. This year, I am attempting to say "yes" to more activities and while I am getting little sleep, I am having the best time. 

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Sneak Peek at Kendra Scott's Spring 2018 Collection

I was lucky enough to be able to attend a preview party for Kendra Scott's Spring 2018 Collection at the Kendra Scott store in North Hills this past Sunday and y'all, I fell in love. I've always heard of Kendra Scott and how everyone was obsessed with her pieces but have never gone to the store. When I was invited to preview the line, I jumped at the chance.

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Stick To Your New Years Resolutions with Explore Cuisine!

 With delicious spaghetti's made from chickpeas, lentils, black beans, edamame and more, Explore Cuisine offers an easy way for everyone to celebrate this foodie holiday while still sticking to those healthy New Year's resolutions.

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So WTF Is A Salt Cave?

You guys know I am all about different holistic treatments, ESPECIALLY if I can get a Groupon deal on them. *insert Honey Boo Boo coupon queen gif here* Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Himalayan salt is all the rage right now. Salt lamps, Himalayan Salt for food, and then, of course, Salt Caves.

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Ride Like A Star at CycleBar!

Do you really hate me for that horrible post title? Because don't worry. I hate myself for it. Anyway, you guys know I always try to keep it 100000% real with ya which is why I am going to open this with a confession: I really hate spin. So if I hate spin so much, why do I subject myself to the classes? Because I know that I am going to burn a million calories and feel great after. 

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Closing out 2017

Full disclosure: it's been a terrible mental health day and I also hate New Year's Eve. 

Maybe it's this time of year, maybe it's too much family time, maybe it's the fact that I have been alone a ton but I just basically shut down today. Mental health is a fickle beast. The holidays always make it harder so I try my best just to power through. Everything had been okay until last night. That familiar insomnia mixed with nightmares and anxiety. By 7:00 AM, I felt like I had been run over by a truck. I skipped both church services this morning. I didn't even get out of bed and shower until 3:00 PM and that was only because I absolutely needed groceries. Once I got to the grocery store, all of the sounds had me in such a panic I wanted to crawl out of my skin or burst into tears. I put on my headphones and played a sound bath playlist on Spotify. The music helped but I still felt like I was walking around like a zombie. I ran a few more errands and then came home. It was about 25 degrees out which generally I would hate but this time, I was just glad I could feel something. Dramatic, but that's depression. A numbness that comes and goes without warning. 

Every year, I write some social post about how last year was the actual worst but the next year will be better. But with each year comes its own set of trials, heartbreaks, and lows. No year is perfect. No life is perfect. Nothing is perfect. That's a hard truth to swallow. Sure you can repeat it over and over to yourself but it never really sinks in, not for me at least. My therapist says that I am always waiting for the one thing that feels just out of reach to solve all of my problems. The perfect relationship, the perfect job, the perfect home, the perfect body. But those things don't always happen and even if they did, I will always have anxiety and depression. I will always have demons to fight. I will always have this nagging feeling that I am not good enough. I will always have a little bit of self-hatred in there somewhere. And that's okay. I know these dark clouds pass. The sun always comes back out. So my goal for 2018 is to really remember that. The lowest of lows will always be followed by the highest of highs. I've been through 30 years of bullshit that will equip me to handle almost anything. I can survive and I will survive, it just won't always be a walk in the park. If 2018 doesn't bring the perfect romance, massive amounts of money, and exciting opportunities, that's okay. I just have to do the best I can. If I keep my body healthy, my mind will be healthy. If I remember to take care of myself, I can take care of others. If I show love, I will receive love. If I am kind to myself, I can be kinder to others. 

We've got this. I've got this. 

My Current Faves + Life Update

It's Christmas time and you're likely racking your brain trying to figure out what to buy for your friends and family. However, you can't forget to TREAT YO SELF! Here is a few of my fave items that I highly suggest purchasing for yourself this holiday season! 

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