I SURVIVED TWO NIGHTS IN A MOTEL

Hello friends!

Long time no talk!

First thing is first: you ought to be very proud of me. Despite my HORRIFIC blogging habits as of late, I have been much better with my exercise and eating habits! I have been squeezing in (short), but effective workouts throughout the week and it has been wonderful! Last week, Jordan and I hit up a park that I haven’t been to in years for a short run/ strength workout. What I really enjoyed about the park setup was that there was a lovely 1-mile trail loop that you could run, but along the path, there were a series of strength stations! Many of them were QUITE familiar (ie: push-ups, sit-ups, bench-lifts), but some of them were pretty tricky! (I tried to locate a picture of one for you, but since I am not entirely sure of its real name, my Google searches ended up being “strength station where you lift your legs laterally and jump” and “lateral leg lift over bar playground”… needless to say, those terms yielded very few results.

Anyway, I really enjoyed being able to split up our (very short) run with little bursts of strength training and it made me start thinking of ways to break up circuits like that on my own!

I really cannot believe the difference I feel when I start running after a long hiatus. Granted, the first few days are rough, but once I get back into the groove, it makes me feel like a NEW WOMAN.

Additionally, a couple of weeks ago, I fired up myfitnesspal again and have been using that semi-faithfully. Even when I’m not 100% on my a-game for a day, it’s still nice to have someone to “answer to.”

Other than that, I have been busy, busy, busy with work! Which leads me to the tale of this weekend’s stay in a MOTEL.

Yeah, that’s right kids, this girl stayed in The World’s Most Frightening Motel for two whole nights.

Truth-be-told, I really am a pretty easy-going traveler. Sure, I love nice amenities, but if things are clean and fresh, I really don’t complain!

But this, phew. This might take some therapy in order to recover fully.

I’ll give you the Cliffsnotes version: This weekend, I had an out-of-town event that was held in a very small little lake town. There aren’t a ton of accommodations to choose from, so I was forced to sign my staff and I up for rooms at a quaint little “inn” (MOTEL. IT WAS A MO.TEL.). Fortunately for them (and maybe me, by extension), most of their rooms were “fine.” Mine, on the other hand, have so many problems, I can’t even quite figure out how to share the worst of it with you, but let’s go with the three biggest offenses:

1. When I walked in, one of the pillows from one of the beds was on the floor, there was no toilet paper in the bathroom, and it smelled like 1970.

2. In the morning, when I went to take my shower, the water temperature was SO uncontrollable that it fluctuated between ICE cold and SCALDING hot. So much so that I couldn’t even stay under it long enough to shave both of my legs. (Evidently, this was because other guests were using the showers at the same time. Well, duh! Why didn’t IIIIIIIII think of that?!??! A motel. Other guests? ONE SHOWER AT A TIME, PEOPLE.

3. Just before I went to check-out, I took a look under my bed to make sure that I didn’t leave anything behind. Fully expecting to find a sock, a magazine, an earring, maybe a quarter that fell out of my purse….boy, was I shocked to discover OPENED bags of snacks that were NOT mine. If only I had known that there were bags of dried fruit hiding under my bed. That really could have helped with those late-night snack attacks!

Fortunately for me, I was able to spend one of those nights with Chloe (who has a magical ability to make rotten situations feel magically better) and we laughed the night away as we discovered all of the “fancy” amenities that the room *actually* had to offer. (Dead spiders, lamps that didn’t work, heaters that smelled like grandma’s closet….). Even though I’d NEVER stay there again, I must say that the memories ended up being WELL worth the frustration.

I am fairly certain that my motel experience was karma’s way of getting at me for all of those terrible scary movies that I’ve made Katherine and Katie suffer through with me. OY.

Needless to say, I am thrilled to be home again.

I hope that you all had a great weekend and I will talk to you again soon!!!

A Forgotten Spoon

This morning when I sat down at my desk, I had a lovely little surprise!

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Let the games begin!

That’s right, today begins the stepping contest and I am ready to rumble! Things are already getting silly around the office… I had a “mobile meeting” this afternoon where we walked up and down the halls to tack on the steps instead of sitting idly at a table as we usually do. By the end of the eight weeks, I’m pretty sure that we will have driven each other batty with all of the pacing and back-and-forth stepping!

And now, let’s talk about my spoon-less lunch!

It has happend roughly 12,000 times since the first of the year. I don’t know what my deal is, but I just can’t seem to get a grasp on packing utensils with my lunch in the morning.

Today, I ended up eating my yogurt by the  forkful. That’s proper, right?

ForkI don’t know what my deal is! Maybe I should keep a stash at work.

And now, let’s dip into my not-so-secret obsession: nail polish. I have a new find to share with you!

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Last weekend, at the chocolate expo, I saw a girl with the coolest nail polish. When she showed it to me closer, it was a zillion little feathery speckles! Plus, it had the funkiest texture I’ve ever seen in nail polish! Of course, because I have the will power of a squirrel in a stack of walnuts when it comes to nail polish, I had to have it! Tonight I finally tried it and I am in love!

The brand is nails inc. and it’s from the “Feathers” line. My favorite part about it is you can create a million different looks with it! At first, I almost left it at just one coat which was a very faint, speckle-y (dare I say, feathered) look! It was super cool. But then, I decided to go for the effect that the woman had when I first saw it: lots and lots of layers. With several layers, the feathering effect piled up and now, it kind of looks like confetti!

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Love it!

I hope you have a great night! Guess where I am headed— off to the gym! (I know, how far from the “I’m going to wake up at 4:45 and get an early workout in!” of yesterday. Whoops?)

 

An Early Morning Treat

Every-other Friday, meetings at work bring me in to the office at unreasonable hours. (To be fair, it really wouldn’t be so unreasonable if I worked closer to home…)

In an effort to a) curb some unnecessary spending b) cut my coffee drink calories and c) give me a good reason to get myself ready and out of the door on time on those early days, I’ve made a little deal with myself! Twice a month, on meeting mornings, I allow myself a cup ‘o my precious little Starbucks!

Yesterday, I treated myself to a large (errrr, sorry. A venti) cafe mistoI cannot tell you what a HUGE difference that made in the tone of my morning! It was such a wonderful early Friday kick-off!

 

 

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Hooray for shady car pictures! (Also, don’t be fooled by the light outside of the window. This shot happened pre-6:15 am.)

And now. Get ready. I finally managed to assemble a filling, healthy lunch for myself yesterday that incorporated leftovers from the night before. Yes, I know. Throwing leftovers into a container to bring to work really isn’t a complicated task, but I never, ever manage to do it. (Just read last week’s posts!) I was quite proud.

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That looks pretty disgusting, no? Well let me assure you. It was absolutely delicious. Yesterday’s lunch included a small, breaded pork chop. Mashed potatoes (made with both white potatoes and yams for some added nutrition and a hint of sweetness—sooo good. You MUST try that combo!) and roasted brussels sprouts. I could eat that meal every day for a year.

Unfortunately, I only half-won the Epic Food Battle yesterday. Since it was an especially long day with an evening event and an early meeting, around 3:15, I knew it was time for an afternoon snack, especially since, at that point, dinner was still many, many hours away.

Enter: A whole wheat bagel and peanut butter.

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Bagel.

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Peanut butter.

(Utensils are for losers.)

A little bizarre. Slightly uncivilized, but quite filling and very tasty! One day, I’ll get the whole shebang together: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Maybe some snacks? I can make this happen.

In other (extremely exciting) news, I received a very special present at work:

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A KEYBOARD. A real life keyboard. I know, it sounds stupid, but can I tell you how unreasonably obnoxious the keyboard on my work laptop is? It makes me want to cry every time I type on it for any extended period of time. This new puppy will revolutionize my workdays. Hey, it’s the simple things!

And on that technological note, off I go. I hope you had a great night and I will see you all again soon!

When You Think of Things, Do Them

Hello my friendlings. ( <– I probably lost some street cred. with that one.)

I hope you had a nice Tuesday. I had a bit of a chaotic day at work today, I seemed to be bumping into strange little snafus around every corner! Fortunately, it was definitely not just me who was feeling the strange vibes. It’s always a bonus to not feel like the ONLY nutty one around.

Mini Rant/ Word-to-the-wise: About a week and a half ago, I received an e-mail at work that was offering a company step challenge. It’s one of those extended programs that companies can join in on as a team in order to make healthy changes. Every participant is given a pedometer to monitor their steps and there are fun little prizes along the way. I saw the e-mail right away and immediately wanted in. STUPIDLY, I waited, and waited, and waited and didn’t respond so that I wasn’t the FIRST one on board and let the opportunity slip right past my face! I came to this revelation today and flew down to the coordinator’s office to see if I could still sneak my way onto the team. HOPEFULLY they will still let me participate as the actual challenge has yet to begin. It is so “right-up-my-alley” I don’t know how I missed it! And by only a day. 😦 So what’s my word to the wise? DO THINGS WHEN YOU’RE THINKING OF THEM. There have been SO many times that I put things off, or promise myself that I’ll “do it later” and I end up forgetting entirely. It’s THE most frustrating feeling in the world, so spare yourself the agony and just do things when they first pop into your mind! If there’s no particular reason to put them off, then don’t!

Ehem. Sorry about that.

In other news, the weather here in WNY is absolutely ridiculous! It was GORGEOUS and sunny this afternoon (and by “gorgeous,” I mean 45 degrees), but by about 8:00 it was freezing cold and sleeting/ raining/ snowing. The roads are a mess already! Let’s hope things clear up by commute time in the morning!

After work, I made my way over to the gym and raced through an arm/ab circuit and followed it up with about 25 minutes on the elliptical. I really wanted to run again tonight, but for some reason, last night’s treadmill trek left my calves in some serious pain today! I figured I’d go for the zero-impact elliptical today. I  can never really get into elliptical-ing like I do with the treadmill or an outside run. It’s a great exercise and always leaves me sweating and feeling the burn, but I just don’t enjoy it! Not even a little. My arm/ ab circuit was quite a hodgepodge of exercises, but it was a pretty good one and flew by pretty quickly which is always a bonus.

And because I know you were wondering, here’s the song that has been fueling my workouts this week:

Are you embarrassed to know me? Don’t be. Embrace it.

(I may or may not also “sing” along to this song in the car. Loudly. Badly. Happily.)

I hope you have a great night and a wonderful Wednesday!

Some Starbucks Inspiration

Happy Friday, friends!

A 7:45 meeting this morning had me stumbling out of the door brrriiiiight and early. (Who am I kidding? It was black as night.)

Fortunately for me, I managed to carve out enough time for a Starbucks pit stop. Such a lovely treat. As a way to cage the spending rage, and to also cap the coffee cals., I have made a little deal with myself. I have decided to allow myself Starbucks stops en route to work twice a month: the two mornings monthly that I have those early meetings! Not only will it serve as EXTRA incentive to get my keister out of the door early, but it will also tackle the cost/calorie issue! Now. Let’s see how long that lasts. 😉

Today, I managed to incorporate TWO pieces of fruit into my lunch. I had an orange AND a banana and was just a little too proud of myself.

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I can’t believe how wonky my eating habits have become in the past couple of weeks! It is actually ridiculously scary when I actually think about how my lack of free time has quickly become my worst enemy. Not only does it affect my meal-planning, but moreover, it seriously gets in the way of my gym time. I know that there is an adjustment period whenever you start something new, but I really need to find a way to make this schedule work for my healthy living goals. Yikes!

So, let’s cut to the title chase here.

Today, I bumped into a rather stressful situation that (very long story short) revolved around getting stuck smack dab in the middle of a pretty sticky mess. Throughout recent months, I have made it my personal goal to STOP caring about the way that others act. It is my daily mission to live my life for me, and to act ONLY in ways that I legitimately endorse 100%. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone has missteps and sometimes those missteps may affect your life, but when it all comes down to it, YOU are really the only person who is in control of YOU, right? So what does that mean? It means that even though I may not always like what is happening around me, or the ways that things are handled or the things that people think, that is entirely out of my control. But the way that I act and react and think are all things that I have at least some degree of control over. But, in the thick of frustration and disbelief, it can get a little challenging to remember that. Which is exactly what happened today. Until I looked at my water bottle that I picked up from Starbs.:

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Ethos.

I know it sounds weird, but that one little word popped out at just the right moment. Ethos are guiding beliefs or ideals. The word itself goes hand-in-hand with character.

Sometimes, one simple word is all it takes to remind me of what is important. Character. You control what you can control, and take responsibility for yourself and your actions. In my mind, leading your life with good character and good intentions is most important. I am a firm believer that when you take those two goals to heart, things will be just fine. I can only take control of me and what I do, right? 

Who woulda thunk that a BRAND NAME (that evidently, is helping children to get clean water!) would snap me out of highly flustered mode and back to reality? Thanks for the life reminder, Starbucks!!

My day came to a close with a mug of Keurig hot chocolate. Yes, I STILL hate the k-cup deal. I will never understand.

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After work, my night was filled with some tutoring and also some old-fashioned catch-up time with friends/ former co-workers which was quite lovely.

And now it is time for bed because I am so tired that I am 99% positive that a feather could knock me down.

Have a fantastic night and I will be back tomorrow! TGIF!!