The TMI Blog Survey

I love a good survey. So naturally, when I saw Tina’s TMI blog survey, I had to copy.

1. What are you wearing?

Workout shorts and a dry fit tee. Typical.

2. Ever been in love?

I am in love with these two.

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3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Not really, and I am friendly with all my “ex’s.”

4. How tall are you?

5’3/4″ :)

5. How much do you weigh?

I freed myself from the scale and don’t plan on weighing in anytime soon.

6. Any tattoos?

Nope.

7. Any piercings?

3 in each ear + tragus + cartilage.

Fun fact: I used to have my tongue pierced. I kind of shudder thinking about that now.

8. Favorite song?

Right now it’s:

All time it’s probably:

9. Quality you look for in a partner?

Sense of humor. Thoughtfulness.

10. Favorite quote?

left pieces

11. Favorite actor?

Gerard Butler, only ’cause he is nice to look at.

Julia Roberts is my favorite actress.

12. Loud music or soft?

If it’s the Spice Girls? Loud.

You’re welcome :)

13. Where do you go when you’re sad?

My bed.

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

No-shower about 10ish minutes.

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This was literally a roll out of bed and maybe fix the curls by my face kind of day and that’s it.

Shower about 45-60… depends on if I already have an outfit planned or not. Haha.

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More “done up” with make-up and clean hair.

15. Ever been in a physical fight?

Other than with my brothers? No.

16. Turn on?

Dedication. Selflessness. Confidence.

17. Turn off?

Selfishness. Arrogance.

18. Fears?

Deep water. Death of a loved one.

19. Last thing that made you cry?

I think it was going home for this. And then leaving home always makes me sad.

20. Last time you said you loved someone?

This morning when the BF left for work. Actually, I’m pretty sure I have told MB that I love him like an hour ago.

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21. Meaning behind your YouTube name?

I don’t even remember what it is.

22. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?

BFF. She’s my go-to-girl.

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23. Favorite food?

Ice cream… Chocolate…

Recycled, but mine and Chris's looked pretty much the same. :)

Recycled, but mine and Chris’s looked pretty much the same. :)

24. Place you want to visit?

EUROPE. NYC (again). Seattle. Back to Glacier NP. Back to Yosemite NP. Wineries in CA. So many places.

25. Do you have a crush?

Totally smitten.

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26. Last time you kissed someone?

A human? This morning.

27. Last time you were insulted?

I honestly do not remember. No sense in trying to remember, either.

28. Favorite piece of jewelry?

I think it’s this ring.

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Or it’s an earrings and necklace set that my dad gave me before my first homecoming dance.. in my birth stone color. :)

Have a great Tuesday! <3

Weekend Highlights

Having Friday off was amazing. I wish I could say that I am refreshed and ready to start work today, but I’m a little too hung over to feel anything other than disappointment it’s already Monday. :(

Friday and Saturday were low key. Saturday afternoon we had a couple friends come over and hang out. The MB loved all the attention.

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Sunday was definitely the highlight.

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I had waaaay too much fun putting these Easter baskets together. I made one for the BF, the BFF and her brother and his wife.

Inside Chris’s was:

  • A polo
  • Candy
  • K-cups
  • Veggie grill holders
  • Sunscreen
  • Cream soda

We went over to my BFF’s brothers house for brunch,  mimosas and some pool time. It looked like I stepped into Pinterest-land with how cute everything was.

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I made a fruit pizza to share and we brought over some champagne and fresh squeezed orange + pineapple juice.

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Oh, and we brought over the Meatball who was SO good. He was a little scared of their 14 lb weiner dog, but other than that, I was a proud mom. He didn’t bite, he didn’t have any accidents and he was such a ham.

MB mimosa

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We spent a few hours in the pool with endless drinks. I think it’s true that you get drunk faster when drinking in water. Yikes.

Having a fenced-in backyard solidified my desire to move to a house. It was awesome just letting him roam.

It was a great long weekend with my two favs.

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Have a great day!

Just Some Thiiiiiings

Hey, friends.

I really appreciate your love on my last post. :) To top it all off, my stepdad even called me last night (he heard from my mom, I think, that I was having second thoughts about running) to tell me that I don’t need to run, it’s best that I take a break, etc. It was super sweet <3

Now I have a few things to ramble on about today. Thursdays = Ramblings.

1. I went to bed embarrassingly early yesterday (8:15) and am now realllllly refreshed and ready to conquer the day. Or I am feeling refreshed because I know a long weekend awaits. Awesome.

2. I’m still on that oil pulling thing. My teeth feel clean and I think they look whiter, or I am just getting tanner. Either is possible.

3. Uhhhh, yesterday we got TWO Easter baskets in the mail yesterday. One, an Edible Arrangement from the BF’s family. It came with delicious chocolate covered pineapple, strawberries AND apples.

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Then, I got my Grandma’s traditional Easter basket. This one came with at least 5 pounds worth of homemade chocolate (that she buys for everyone every Easter).

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I told the BF, when he gets home from work I’m going to be 700 lbs. So, I dug in after working out. Balance? And I went to bed with a tummy-ache and sugar induced coma.

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GALLON sized bag.

GALLON sized bag.

4. So, yesterday I had three or fifteen pieces and today I’m not having any. Except for maybe a chocolate covered apple or seven because those are healthy, right?! ;)

5. I have been anti-cooking this week and nothing sounds appealing. Except for Paradise Bakery. Their Chicken Cobb & Avocado salad with Balsamic dressing is to.die. Ok, slight exaggeration but it’s ALWAYS good. How could it not be with ingredients like avocado + bacon + cheese + HB egg?

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6. I’m making this for Easter Brunch. Easter Brunch is going to be my “last supper” before I get serious about having a new workout plan and reel in my eating and sugar. I refuse to buy all new shorts this summer.

7. The BF wouldn’t get me Starbucks this morning even though today is my Friday. Rude.

….That’s fine. I’ll just load up on Chameleon.

8. This dress would go great with my new boots. I think I’m going to order it. :) And I just am longing for an ULTA trip, again. I got their flier (flyer?) in the mail and Redken is buy 2 get 1 free. That’s my favorite sale.

9. Have I showed you this yet? He is such a nugget.

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10. The BF and I are going to start Crossfit in one month once he is done with his test and studying. Then, I think I am going to convince him to do a Whole 30 with me. He really wants to start eating healthier and the Whole 30 would be a great kickstart. :)

11. The “not-showered-and-no-make-up” filter works wonders. I’m trying out a middle part. So naturally I needed to take a #selfie to see how it looked. I think there comes a time in every woman’s life where you need to gravitate back towards the middle part, ya know?

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12. So I walked into Target (aka the blackhole) the other day and came out with lots of things I didn’t need – per usual. One awesome find was new La Croix flavors. Uhhh, yum.

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This cherry lime flavor tastes just like the cherry 7-up. except without the sugar.

13. I saw someone post about Easter decorations, and it honestly never occurred to me to decorate. Haha. Not even once. Sorry, mom!

14. I’m really sad I am already on season 9 of Grey’s. What will I watch next? :(

15. I have no place to wear this, but I need this dress. Don’t ya think?

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Have a great rest of your day! <3

Less Is More – I’m Dropping Out

You all are probably like “WTF is going on with this girl” in regards to my marathon training. :)

I wrote about my struggle.

Then I wrote about how I was happy with the new training plan I created for the last week.

And then, yesterday, I wrote about how it was “off again.”

Yeah, WTF.

I think I explained before, but I started training for a Jan. marathon last October. Yup, as in six months ago. I couldn’t run due to sickness + dehydration + concussion. I was sooo bummed. There were lots of tears. And during the expo (I still went ’cause my BF and BFF were running) I had a knee-jerk reaction and signed up for the next possible one I could run.

I have no idea why I thought that I would WANT to jump right back on the training-wagon?

I think it’s a combination of things. (1) I was so sad I couldn’t run with my BF and BFF and share in the experience with them. (2) I was still under the mentality that MORE is MORE. Three hours of running on a Saturday = not really feeling guilty about treats. Many hours per week of hard workouts = weightloss. (3) My pride was a little hurt that my BF and BFF could say they ran a marathon and I couldn’t.

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Aside from #1, those are silly reasons. And then there’s the feeling of letting people down. I mean, I told so many people I was going to run one and now I’m dropping out? I hate quitting. I don’t quit. Especially when things get hard. #TWSS :)

Anyway, I took last week off of running. Completely. I still worked out and did cardio, but I didn’t run. I was hoping that would leave me refreshed and wanting to get back into it… but it was the exact opposite.

Monday I set out for a run after MUCH debating. I told myself I would at least run 4 but 8 if I was feeling good.

During that run, I realized that I am putting way too much stress on myself to do something I don’t even want to do anymore. My goals have changed. My mentality has shifted. My desire to do ANYTHING else aside from run has grown stronger. This isn’t just an im-in-the-high-point-of-training-and-it-sucks thing. It’s an im-so-rundown-I-cant-fathom-running-one-more-step thing.

So I walked. I freaking walked.

I honestly cannot remember the last time I stopped to walk during a run. Not during hard speed runs, not during my 20 miler. But I had to. After 2.5 miles in, I felt like I physically and emotionally couldn’t do it anymore. Sure, I have a flair for drama… but I’m being real.

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So, I am dropping out of the marathon. And I don’t even want to run the half. I don’t even want to run a 5K or one mile. I don’t want to put on my pretty new running shoes. I’m sad. I’m disappointed – but it’s 100% the best choice for me in this moment.

Less is more {right now}.

And I’m writing this detailed post not to whine, but so I can have something to look back on when June 1 (race day) rolls around and I start to regret my decision or when I read awesome marathon recaps and start to get jealous. It’s not for me {right now}. And I think I have accepted it and feel a huge weight off my shoulders. :)

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There are better things ahead!

Treat Yourself Tuesday

Purchases (aside from food and gifts) have been few and far between, lately. BUT! I do have a few to share, so I am linking up with this lady.

First, these beauties I have been wanting for like, ever.

The BF was all like “you’ve wanted these for months.” And that’s when I corrected him to YEARS. I don’t remember when exactly, but I have been eyeing these boots for years. And when we made an impromptu trip to Boot Barn Sunday afternoon, they were on sale for $199. YOU GUYS! The cheapest I have seen online is $250. It was fate. However, they only had a 7.5. I tried them on and they were definitely too big. So the nice lady called other surrounding stores and turns out one store had a display size that was left in a 6.5 (normally a 6, but cowboy boots run small). See? Totes fate.

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And we will ignore the fact that they left the security ink think on them so I have to take them back this week so they can remove that.

I took them home and we had a little photo shoot. #notsorry

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They are just so beautiful. And the wing/peace sign combo reminds me so much of this girl. She loved peace signs and wings. <3

Anyway, I am obsessed. I just spent a good amount of time browsing Nordstroms and Free People for a hippy/country dress to wear with them. Hippy/Country is totally a thing, incase you weren’t sure. Totally is.

Over the weekend, we treated ourselves to some REI over the weekend too. Where I literally “treated” myself to running treats. Apparently that was when the marathon was still “on” and now it’s pretty much “off” again. But that’s neither here nor there. In addition to the running treats, I got a pair of running compression shorts (for all workouts), a running hat (that I could easily where whenever because it’s cutesy) and some pink little girl hiking socks. Best part about having small feet is that you can wear kids shoes and socks. <– Kids get all the pink, glittery shit. Um, “adults” like pink and glitter too!

What else…

Oh yeah! Chris treated me to some sunflowers. They’re beauts. :)

And you already know about our Friday treats of wine, dinner, movies, fro-yo. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds.

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In other news…

We got the MB fixed yesterday. :( Seeing him in his little cone nearly broke my heart. He’s doing well and everyone at the Vet just LOVES him. I mean, who wouldn’t? (Maybe I’m a little biased but he’s just the cutest thing!)

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And his little bandage was just adorable.

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You want to know what else is a treat? Having a 4 day work week. Seriously makes me happy. I think I may schedule a massage Chris got me as a gift for Friday. Yeah, I think I’ll do that. :)

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Marvelous

I feel like I got so much stuff done this weekend! It was a healthy mix of productive and relaxing which is the best kind of weekend, no?

Friday, I finally got my eyebrows threaded.

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^^ This was right after the appointment and there is barely any red. The BF makes fun of me because after waxing I’d look like a clown for a week!

For those of you who don’t know about eyebrow threading, it will change your life (?). It hurts a little less than waxing and you’re not scolding your skin with hot wax and then ripping it off. Your brows only stay red for about 10 minutes and you can get the same shape with threading as you can with waxing. It’s usually cheaper to thread, too. When I used to get my brows waxed, they would be red for days. But I’m also allergic to the wax… so there’s that.

Then we had a hot date to Twisted Rose Winery and a painting class.

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Twisted Rose had really good wines.

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And yes, our waiter let me add Sangria to my flight list.

 

Dinner was just OK, but the wine was good. That’s all that really matters, right?

What's left of my dinner.

What’s left of my dinner.

Once we got to the painting class, there were 6 empty chairs and our instructor found out that the group of 6 got into a car accident on their way… so the class was cancelled-super scary. I hope it turned out to be nothing too serious. So, we called it a night and got two movies and some Fro Yo -> our typical “go-to.”

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And then we made a pact to only get ice cream once a month… it was becoming too much of a habit for both of our likings.

Even though I had still kind of planned on running Saturday morning (despite me week off)… I didn’t. I had my alarm set and when it went off I successfully talked myself out of it. Then I felt a bit guilty about it and then I realized that I’m still on the fence about the marathon. Ugh, I am the worst decision maker, ever.

I worked out, we cleaned, we drove around to some Crossfit boxes to check out the location and went to REI.

Then we hung out at the pool while I read Insurgent and the BF studied for his next Actuary exam. Those actuaries are allllllways studying so it’s nice that he could do it by the pool. :)

Sunday we slept in a little bit, had a leisurely breakfast and some Starbucks.

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His.

 

Then I did a lot of cooking which included these homemade protein granola bars. The BF said they could give Chewy a run for their money. I think he liked them.

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We did more cleaning, more pool time and another spontaneous shopping trip to Boot Barn. Let me just tell you… it was fate to see these boots “on sale.”

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We finished out the night with the best roasted chicken I have ever tasted. This lady is a genius. And I want to know who first THOUGHT of beer can chicken (or beer-up-the-butt chicken. I’ve heard it both ways. haha). Seriously. What a weird thing to come up with. Weird but delicious.

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That was a super detailed recap of our weekend of chores and errands. It was Marvelous none-the-less. :)

MiMM

 

FIVE Things Friday {04-11-14}

It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these. And they are quite possibly my favorite posts of the week. :) Or it could be that these posts mean it’s Friday which is also my favorite. Who cares! Let’s get to it. :)

(MB is excited it’s Friday, too.)

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five things i ate.

Ribs. Yum.

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Sweet potatoes + ground turkey + eggs

Shakes (a few frozen banana slices, protein powder, half water/almond milk, ice cubes, coffee ice cubs, spinach)

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Shepherd’s pie with a cauliflower-sweet potato mix on top.

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Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

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Clearly I have been eating a crap-ton of eggs. I have about 2-4 a day. Ha!

five workouts:

1 elliptical HIIT

3 weighted circuits

1 round of elliptical steady cardio for 20 minutes

1 body weight circuit

No runs, so far. Maybe one tomorrow morning.

posts i loved: (clearly I read a lot of things I loved this week)

Why We Need to Stop Shaming Confident Women -> yes

33 Promises Every Relationship Deserves

What I Miss About Being Fat -> Interesting

What If For A Moment -> Love this.

75 Thoughts Every Jogger Has While Ou For a Run -> Hilar.

A Family’s Year of No Sugar -> Cool. I don’t know if I could do it!

five things making me happy:

Seeing the fat little nugget ride on Chris’s back while he does push ups. Seriously makes me smile ear to ear. TELL ME THAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU SMILE!

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My more laid back approach to this marathon- I’ll talk more about it on Monday.. Letting go of a time goal has been such a relief for me. I know I could run sub 4 if I really wanted to put in the work (and stress). But I don’t. Not worth it at this point.

This sample from ULTA. This stuff is amaze. Hair so soooooft.

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Hashtag texts. So funny. My sister and I got my stepdad into talking in hashtags. Hilar.

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Coffee. Specifically Chameleon Mocha. Our local Sprouts carries it now. It’s $3 cheaper AND more delicious than the regular when paired with chocolate stevia. I have to show some serious restraint if I want a big bottle (gives eight 4oz drinks) to last me a week. Yikes.

five things i’m looking forward to:

Easter brunch paired with mimosas. Can’t.Wait.

Chris’s father and stepmom visiting in a month. Yiiiiipppeee. That also means Chris will be done with his test, which I also am looking forward to. We can only have one stressed case in this house and I have reserved that spot.

We got the Save The Date from my brother & his fiancé. Makes me a little more excited for St. Lucia in a year. (Still so long away!)

Starting Crossfit. I am not exactly sure when I want to start, but I picked out two boxes I want to visit and see which one is a better fit.

Deep cleaning the house. I’m not looking forward to the cleaning part but I am looking forward to living in a CLEAN house again.

OH! One more. Our painting class tonight. YAY! It will be so fun.

things i’m going to buy after my Lenten promise is over loving lately:

This hat. OMG my BF’s cute little sister has it and I stalked her to find out where it was bought. She said she didn’t care if I bought the same one so I am totes buying it after Easter.

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This bag. Need this. There’s really not much to be said besides it’s gorgeous and I’d give it a REALLY good home.

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These boots. Yes, still.

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These printed shorts. Ugh, love.

Happy Friday, friends! :)