Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I could not be happier that Allie and Kay are hosting this linkup. Getting fit is HARD and it's so much easier to have someone along for the ride. I have a lot of goals I'm working towards right now, and I'm excited to share them here to keep myself accountable!
As many of you know, I'm planning on walking a half marathon on April. Yes, you read that right, walking. In the running world, us walkers sometimes take a lot of shit. "We're slower, so we're not working as hard" is the general opinion. Well, I'm here to tell you that I am definitely working hard... And my 13.1 miles walking is 13.1 miles more than the person who didn't walk at all
In January, I walked 39.89 miles. I wanted to beat that in February. Welllll... That didn't happen. Between starting a new job and all the crazy winter weather we've been having, I was only able to do 23.22. But, the month of February also brought new shoes and my longest distance yet... So I'm still seeing it as a victory!
For March, I'm aiming for 40 miles. March includes a trip to Sarasota where I'm hoping to do some of my walking on the beach!! I also started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred! I took my measurements yesterday and will share my results at the end of the 30 days!
So, with all these goals, there are some serious frustrations. For starters, my scale is hardly budging. When it does it is definitely NOT going where I want it to. I know muscle weighs more and blah blah blah, but it's hard to rely on those numbers!!
My piece of advice to anyone is to take pictures. Even without the scale moving I'm seeing progress and really, looking better is what we all want anyway! I'm not totally ready to share these yet - again, at the end of the 30 Day Shred I promise to... But if you want to see what I've done so far, let me know and I'll email them to you!
What are your fitness goals? What are your frustrations? Share them here!
Monday, March 3, 2014
A few weeks ago my mom called me, after we were told to watch for yet another winter storm, and said that we needed to book my graduation trip for before my actual graduation. My first reaction was "Wait, we're going on a trip for my graduation?" and my second was "I wonder if i can get a trip to Hawaii out of this..."
Turns out she wasn't thinking Hawaii, but she was definitely thinking Florida. My choice of where, but she wanted to go ASAP. Well, I asked Twitter where to go since the extent of my Florida experience involved a pre-adolescent trip to Disney and an awful rainy overnight in Miami. Factoring in spring break, and the best deals on Orbitz, we decided Siesta Key was the beach for us. And so within 24 hours we booked. Thanks to Hallie we aren't staying in a sketchy part of town, and the average age of the town is apparently like 71 years old so I don't even feel bad in my bikini (although I did immediately start doing 30 Day Shred...)
So enjoy these beach pictures and if you're familiar with the Venice/Sarasota area, share my "must do" activities! Also if you live there... you HAVE to let me know!
And for fun, lets compare tomorrow's Northern VA weather with tomorrow's Venice, Florida weather...
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The picture above was taken on New Year's Eve a few years ago. We were at this gorgeous house in the Poconos, all dressed up eating pizza and jello shots. The usual. There was a girl there with us who was from Penn State, where a bunch of my friends went. We were eating and chatting and she said "Wait, so you guys have all been friends for like... ever? And never fought or anything?"
Nope. We sure haven't. I even helped Mel to date the guy I had a crush on in middle school. (She's the one who just got engaged, thankfully not the the middle school guy!) We are this weird, perfect, unshakeable group of people who love and care about each other more than anything in the world... and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
You guys are in for a treat today!! I have an awesome guest post from one of my littles, Tracey, and I'm so excited for you to meet her!
I'm Tracey and I blog over at Just a Trace. Today, the lovely Stevie has let me take over her blog. When I'm not tearing up the blogosphere, I'm in the midst of planning my wedding, which is happening on May 24th. I try not to let my wedding take over my blog so I mix it up with writing about dating and the random, weird things that I witness in my day-to-day life.
Recently, Stevie wrote about not having baby fever and this post really hit home for me. Ever since I announced my wedding date, the baby questions have been coming in full force. It seems people's favourite question to ask is, "How soon after the wedding are you having kids?" My fiance and I just purchased our first home, and that also seemed like a great opportunity for people to ask "if we had enough bedrooms to accommodate our future children." Like Stevie, I love kids. They're awesome and I definitely want a few of my own one day. Keyword here being: "one day."
I think each couple is unique and having children is a decision that isn't to be taken lightly. I don't believe in rushing into things. I'm a logical thinker (for the most part) so I believe in doing things only when I am ready mentally and financially. I say for the most part since last week I not-so-logically splurged on a Louis Vuitton - another reason why I am not ready for kids...I like the ability to shop without having to worry about financially supporting another human being!
It seems like so much emphasis is put on a woman's biological clock. I'm twenty-seven and have felt the pressure to marry and have kids from my early twenties. Again, I think that each couple is unique. For some couples marrying early and having kids works for them and I am all for whatever works for each person. For me, it doesn't follow my goals. I always knew that I wanted to enjoy my twenties and for me that enjoyment is found in travelling, making frivolous purchases, being able to go out any night of the week, improving myself and getting to know my future husband. I want to have lived my twenties to their full potential before I decide to welcome a little mini-me into this world.
Plus, I don't think I've been fully capable of caring for a child of my own yet. Take for example a few weeks ago, I went to brunch with a girlfriend who was visiting for the weekend. I got up to refill my coffee and completely knocked over a toddler that I didn't even see (in my defense this toddler was wandering around the restaurant when it clearly should have been with its parent). Upon knocking the child over, I panicked and turned to it and said "OMG, I am so sorry. I didn't see you" and then stood there awkwardly as its parent glared at me and helped it up. Not a nurturing, motherly bone in my body yet.
The bottom line is: It's only the business of myself and my partner when we choose to have children. It's all well and good for people to say, "We think you should have kids," but they are not the ones taking on the financial, mental and physical responsibilities of that child. It's almost a frivolous and irresponsible comment for others to make to couple to say, "Oh have kids now!" They don't even know if our relationship is strong enough to add children into the mix yet. I know that when we do decide to have children, it will be glorious. I plan on fully embracing motherhood...with a Louis Vuitton diaper bag, of course.