If All You Can Do is Crawl…

Hello! I hope you had a great weekend!

Let’s talk about giving Les a second chance. Les Mills, that is.

I just discovered something that has made me unbelievably excited: I can take a BodyPump class this week! Now I know what you’re thinking. Yes, it’s true, I have had a ridiculously tumultuous relationship with BodyPump. It was a classic love-hate situation. If you’ve been following right along, you may remember that just before I pretty much gave up on the ‘pump, I felt like it was bulking me up in all of the wrong ways. (Yes, every professional in the fitness field will tell you that women “can’t bulk up,” but none of those people have talked to me!)

I was noticing my body changing in ways that I didn’t necessarily love and so I ended up pretty much phasing the class out of my routine.

Eventually, however, I realized that perhaps my BodyPump habits weren’t the greatest– especially considering my goals. Previously, I would take the class just about every time it was offered throughout the week. I pushed myself just a little too far on the weights and I think now, in retrospect, I can see where I got myself into bulkyland. And now, I have decided to give it a go again. I am going to try to incorporate the class into my schedule at least once a week now. (Which sometimes, won’t even be possible given my crazy work schedule!) Hopefully, that will be just the right “dose” to help me whip those muscles back into shape and to get me hurting again in the fantastic way that actually makes you SERIOUSLY think twice before you pick up that peanut butter cup. 😉

And now, for the main event.

Pinterest is a goldmine. Where else can you find recipes, workouts, outfits, DIY crafts, and life tips all in the same spot??

I have recently grown pretty fond of the “inspiration” boards. As cliche as it may sound, motivational quotes and witty quips can really do wonders for getting you through some bumpy patches. (I have previously shared a list of some of my favorite quotes with you and I plan to do that again. I do love sharing motivation!)

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about making changes. And I have been making a lot of changes. Sometimes, I get a little frustrated with myself when I’m starting to feel like I’m moving a little too slowly. Sometimes, I want to change a million and one things at the same time, I want everything to be better— different when I say go. But in time, I have come to realize something: the slow, steady, thoughtful changes that I make tend to be the best ones. And so, today, I leave you with this Rumi gem that I discovered just the other night: “If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.”

Start Crawling

 

 

That’s where I’m at. At a time when sometimes I want to fly and change everything at once, I also often find myself wondering where the days go. I wonder how I got to where I am now and what I’ve missed along the way. 

Strange little Catch-22s like that make me think that maybe sometimes, crawling isn’t such a bad thing…

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!

Luck

Today’s post is a short one, friends.

My day at work was filled with lots of hustle and bustle for a big upcoming event. I was crunching numbers, making schedules, assembling instruction packets and doing 4,000 things at once.

All of the sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I caught something skittering across some file folders on my desk…

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It was a lady bug. A pretty little lady bug that came out of absolutely nowhere in the depths of the winter cold to present itself to me on a Monday morning.

A little too eagerly, I picked it up and hoped that some of the lucky ladybug magic would rub off on me. We all know that I love my positive signs and motivational sayings and quotes. What could be better than a real, live good luck charm that came right out of the blue and landed on my desk?

Everything’s going to be juuuust fine.

Thanks, little lady bug. I needed that!

Things Work Out

Hello, hello!

First, let’s quickly debrief on the fact that I ate 2 Clif Builder’s bars today. I didn’t mean to, but I always keep one in my purse for “worst case scenarios. Evidently, I wasn’t really around much “real food” today and ultimately scarfed two of those magical little bars. Including the emergency supply that lived in my purse! Who thinks I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning as this guy?

the hulkSource.

No one thinks that? OK good.

Once again, my weekend plans have taken me away from home, so I am left to my own devices for sustenance! Apparently, my abilities to feed myself on the go leave something to be desired.

Let’s move on to some more serious matters (not that food isn’t a serious matter. Don’t get me wrong!).

Today, I have been doing a lot of thinking.

You know how sometimes, there are those little moments in life where you step back and think about the things that have happened in the past? About places you’ve been, things you’ve done, things you wish you did, things you wish you didn’t do. You get frustrated and upset. 2012 brought me a lot of those moments.

But then, something clicks. Just enough things begin to go your way and suddenly, a switch flips. Things begin to make a little more sense. You see a little more reason in the how and why and you start to truly believe that everything is going to be just fine. And just like that, things begin to be just. Fine. 

As I start to get a little older and a little more post-grad-y, I am beginning to realize the truly wonderful things that come from keeping a positive attitude. Positivity makes you  resilient and resilience makes you stronger– it makes you a better person, and it is infectious.

I think that’s enough of the Musings for now, however. So let’s move along to the Look du Jour!

(Please be prepared for not only the look on my face (which despite the creep factor, is actually the look of shame that it took me about 175 to get a picture that was even remotely acceptable to share with the world and that picture was this and also for my hair.  Hi hair!)

Polka Dot Sweater

The thing I really liked about this outfit was the fact that it included several wardrobe staples. Things that were relatively inexpensive but can convert into about 1,003 different ensembles. (Minus maybe the funky cardigan, which, despite the fact that I couldn’t wear it every day without getting a lot of weird looks, is actually one of my prized possessions!) 

The Staples:

  • Grey Tank Top: Aerie (I originally bought this as a workout tank top, but it ended up being the perfect weight and color to wear under lots of different sweaters!
  • Navy Blue Pants: The Limited. (They’re the “Exact Stretch”, ankle-cut style that the store is promoting heavily right now. I also have a couple pairs of the Exact Stretch pants in the boot-cut style, which I actually prefer– especially for a professional look, but I can get behind the ankle-cuts as well. I think they’d look especially cute with pumps in the spring, but it is not spring yet!)
  • Ring: Lia Sophia (I actually wouldn’t suggest going the Lia Sophia route to anyone, however as my order was kind of a disaster and their customer service was far from helpful.)

So I think that’s it for now, folks! Sorry for the somewhat jumpy post, but I think we’ve covered lots of stuff! …Except for maybe where I can get my hands on 12,000 pounds of pasta. What? Who said that?!

Have a great night, and Happy February!

Calendar Quotes

Hello, my friends!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any exciting workout updates for you today. (Also, I’m not certain that those are ever “exciting,” per se.)

I had quite a packed day and spent the morning running around like a chicken with its head cut off as I tried to knock a couple of errands off of my to-do list.

Needless to say, I don’t have a ton to update you on today period, so instead of a recap of my day, we’re going to talk about the calendar that I made last night!

I’m sure that you are all familiar with Shutterfly. I’ve heard a lot about this website throughout the last few years, but until yesterday, I had never used it myself. 

love pictures. I take pictures of everything (including food, since I began this blog!), but now that they’re all digital, I rarely print any of them out. I often flip through my pictures on my various devices, but that’s just not the same as seeing the real deal! When I was in college, I made it a yearly tradition to make picture collages with 12 x 12 pages of scrapbook paper that I covered in some of my favorite photos of friends, family, pets and places. Seeing those hanging on my wall would cheer me up with the going got rough. As cheesy as it sounds, seeing my friends’ goofy, smiling faces reminded me that I was never alone and reminded me to count my blessings.

So last night, as I tried to come up with a way to incorporate some more recent pictures into my daily life, I decided to hop over to Shutterfly and put together a desk calendar for myself!

I had far too much fun selecting special pictures and fun little backgrounds to piece together. 🙂

I also decided to incorporate a quote on each page.

So here’s a not-so-dirty, dirty little secret: I love motivational quotes. I have always loved them and when I find one that’s extra good, or speaks to me for one reason or another, it makes me very happy! My freshman year, I had the Dr. Seuss quote “Be who you are and say what you think, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” plastered to my wall. It sounds silly, but it greeted me every morning and reminded me to stay true to myself even in the face of outrageous pressure to be someone very different from that.

In my perusing, I found some quotes that are definite keepers and I thought I’d share them with you! Hopefully something speaks to ya. If not, well then, at least you’ve had your daily (weekly? monthly? yearly?!) dose of motivation. 😉 At the very least, this is all very fitting for my life mission of 2013 which is working to be the best person I can possibly be.

  • “Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama
  • “Happiness is when what you say, what you think, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” Rumi
  • “Believe in impossible things.” Source unknown/ one of my favorite daily mantras, but I’m sure I didn’t make it up so let’s call it “source unknown.”
  • “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama
  • “Always desire to learn something useful.” Sophocles
  • “I have never had a policy; I just try to do my best each and every day.” Abraham Lincoln
  • “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Dalai Lama
  • “Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” Henry David Thoreau
  • “Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” Albert Einstein
  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Give light and people will find the way.” Ella Baker

Quite a range of thinkers there, but for one reason or another, each line popped out to me and made it onto my new calendar that should be in the mail soon!

I hope you had a fantastic day and I will talk to you all tomorrow for Fashionista Friday!

CONQUERED.

Alright guys, hold on to your hats! This is going to be a long one. (With lots of pictures!)

It has finally come and gone. The day we’ve all been waiting for. The 5k day!

The amount of energy I had before the race was unreal. Katie thought I was a nut job! (Not that she didn’t think that already 😉 ). I am 100% hooked. For anyone who “hates running” or has never tried a race before, I can’t recommend it enough. (If you’re able to, that is. Remember, I have absolutely no licensed or certified reason to give anyone fitness or exercise advice!) I was flying on nerves up until we got to the race site and once we landed there, there was SO much positive energy that it was impossible NOT to be happy and excited!

It all started bright and early this morning when I  headed out to pick up Katie and Josh, my running companions!

First we headed to Starbucks to fuel up!

(To fuel up AND get our fight faces on. Naturally.)

Next it was off to pick up Joshua!

Josh, who I might add is in the process of training for a triathlon so he is an old pro at all of this. He was very good about NOT showing off the fact that he could quite literally run circles around me ;-). ALSO, I have to take back everything I said last night about how a crane would probably be necessary to drag him out of bed! He texted ME and asked if I was there yet! Nuttiness!

So after a series of the world’s most ridiculous parking lot warmups and blasting pre-race songs at the top of my poor little car’s volume, it was go time!

 (I was actually the only one doing any ridiculous parking lot warm-ups. Josh was busy making fun of my jumping jacks, push-ups, high knees AND lunges and Katie was capturing it all on camera 😉 )

Next came the run!

For some unexplained reason, it turns out that self-shots taken a) on an iPhone b) in reverse camera mode c) in the middle of a race and d) IN MOTION don’t turn out particularly well, so I’ll spare you those shots 😛

I must say, it was quite a bit harder than I thought it was going to be, but I loved every minute of it and finished in under 30 minutes. I was definitely happy with my time and it was SO much fun! The music and paint and friends made it 100% worth it. It’s so funny to think that after a whole summer of waiting for this one day to come, it’s over! I think I may have caught the running bug, because I can’t wait to find my next race. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be until next spring, but that means that I better make it a good one! It was such a feeling of accomplishment.

In another post sometime soon, I will talk more about the actual training and technical aspects of the whole thing. Today’s post was more of a chronicling of just today. What I will say right now is that if you DO plan to run a race, or try to start training, pick a race and REGISTER for it. Having a specific date in mind served as a great motivator for me. It was also nice to have a specific goal to work towards. Also, most importantly, make sure it’s a FUN one! This was a very short race so I knew that I’d be able to tackle the distance, but having fun while I was doing it was something I really didn’t expect! There were colors galore, people cheering and ringing bells and lots and lots of music at the finish line! It was like a giant party! Pick an event that will keep you moving through the whole thing. If the Color Vibe run comes to a city near you, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s 110% worth traveling for!

Not to sound too cheesy, but I was cruising on that elusive runner’s high all day long. The pictures with friends from today make me so, so happy when I see them. My family even came to the finish line to see me which was great! People who weren’t actually there made it even more special with texts before and after wishing me luck and asking how it went. Even though it certainly wasn’t any marathon or triathlon I plowed through today, it was VERY important to me and they all knew that. I am definitely very lucky!

I told my mom that getting me to change my clothes/ wash that color off would be like trying to make a little kid wipe away a painted face before bed. I’d wear that outfit for days if I could! (Don’t worry, I know I can’t. 😛 )

Now it’s time to head back to work. I’ve actually missed it these last few days!!

Thanks for reading!

Goodnight Vacation, Goodnight Summer, Goodnight Moon.

I can NOT believe that it is August 30th already. The end of summer is near. I was lucky enough to take two different trips this summer and part two is nearly over! I’ve had a wonderful time (even though my running schedule was definitely thrown off just a tad. If the hills don’t kill you, the bears will!!) It’s almost time for me to face my first fall as a Real Person! I’m actually pretty excited that I don’t have to worry about school (OK, I’m sure these crazy swings between being totally bummed to NOT have school anymore and complete elation at FINALLY being DONE with classes will level off eventually 😛 )

I’m actually pretty excited to head back to work and dive back in to a new training schedule, but for tonight, it’s time to go spend one more vacation night with the fam., but first a couple of real quick updates.

Food

Dinner was a tasty little treat out tonight, a grilled chicken wrap (I don’t usually like lettuce-wrap-y-chicken-things, but this was delicious!) Healthy AND filling! It’s always rewarding when I manage to make a good decision at a restaurant 😉

In other exciting food-find news, I did manage to get my hands on some locally-grown HIMROD grapes. My very favorite EVER. (Yes, I’m obsessed.) I just can’t help myself when I see a farm market. Nothing like home, but it was as close as I was going to get for a few days!

Workout

Yes, I did manage to squeeze in a Jillian workout, no I did not go for a run (gah!!). Anyway, I’ll leave you with this. Not quite “Keep Calm and Carry On”, but close 😉

Back to regular postage tomorrow! (Can you use “postage” like that? I doubt it.)

SO. SOON.

Source: http://www.keepcalmprints.com/run-on-light-blue.html