Saturday, November 29, 2014

Diary of a Fit Girl-November

Now that I've been working out for over two months, I've learned a few things about getting physically fit. I thought it would be a fun idea for me to share some things that have helped me so that maybe others can be inspired or have their own input.

I work out three-four times a week for an hour. I've found that working out in the morning (8 or 10) makes me feel the best and mid afternoon workouts (4 o'clock) are the hardest. I go to a boxing gym so we have 15 minutes of cardio warm up and then 8 three minute rounds of boxing followed by a 10 minute cool down. The cardio can be tough but it's really what gets me going and pumped up. I love planking, situps and tree-climbers but I'm not a fan of sit-ups or squats. Still, everything is important for a well balanced workout.

Something I really struggled with early on was feeling nauseous while working out. Now I know not to eat close to the workout and I think that's why four o'clock is a hard time for me since I eat lunch around one. Honestly, being hungry before working out is the only way I won't feel sick at all so morning is great because I don't eat beforehand.

Typically I wear leggings or capri workout pants and baggy t-shirts. Sometimes I'll wear a tighter tank top if I feel like it. My tennis shoes are Asics and they're super light and comfortable. I always wear my hair back in a ponytail and remove all of my jewelry.

I've been seeing great results so far, my stomach has firmed up and gotten some definition and my arms and legs have really become more muscular. I feel a lot better about myself and I've come to enjoy working out. I can finally say that I know longer thing "I"m never coming back here!" each workout!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thankful for Everything (even our crappy pies)

Thanksgiving yesterday was lovely! Probably one of the best in a long, long time. We hosted it at my house and my mom and E did a great job decorating. My parents made great food and everyone on my dads side of the family attended. I took a long nap before everyone arrived so I was nice and refreshed.

The day before, M and made our customary 4 pies. Last year we finally perfected our apple pie and were excited to do it again. Unfortunately, my dad had bought some sort of weird, thick flower that pretty much ruined our dough and our chocolate pie. The only good ones were the pumpkins which we couldn't take credit for because they were from a ready to make can. Ah well...there's always next year and I should give thanks in all things right??

Dinner was great! I fasted for most of the day so I would be extra hungry and I definitely got my fill. It's always so nice to look down the long dining room table and see the people you love most. I'm so close with that side of the family and I can really be myself around them. We all get along and I am well aware of how rare that can be. I am so thankful to be blessed with such an incredible family.

After dinner (and the pie disappointment) we hung out and played Scattegories, one of my favorite games. I won round two! After everyone left around 11, we stayed downstairs for a little bit and then headed off to bed. This morning my mom and sisters and I woke up at 5 and went doorbusting at a local book store and then to the mall. We got home around 10:30 and I ate some leftovers and took another nap! Tonight we're going to see Catching Fire so here's to hoping it's good! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Don't Cry Over Spilled Sprite

Earlier today I accompanied my dad on a trip to the grocery store in preparation for Thanksgiving.We bought sweet potatoes and yams and ingredients for the four pies M and I make every year. We bought a turkey and cranberries. The last thing we needed, since we are hosting this year, were some drinks. We went down the soft drinks aisle and grabbed liter of Dr. Pepper and I suggested Sprite. My dad was looking through the list when I went to get it. The Sprite was on the highest shelf, barracked behind some plastic stoppers. Without the stoppers, I could have gotten the bottle with little issue if I stood on my tiptoes. But they made it hard for me to actually pull out the Sprite because I'm too short to reach over and get it. Anyway, I thought I could jimmy the bottle over the stoppers so that it sort of fell and I could catch it. Bad idea. I did not catch it.

The bottle flew to the ground, shot across the aisle in a fizzy line of fire and landed on it's base with the cap popped off. In the words of an older man next to me it was actually, "Pretty cool." But alas, it was not cool for long. I'd made a big mess and as the scowling lady shopper informed me, I had "Sprite all over my Uggs." Yeah, I know, thanks for making me feel worse. My dad informed an employee and they took care of the spill. I felt so bad and embarrassed that I honestly felt like crying. At first I tried to play off my emotion as a sort of woe is me, I'm too short to reach anything properly! But then I was honest with myself and realized I pretty much did something stupid that I could have known wouldn't have ended well. I could have just as easily asked my dad to get the bottle for me.

At the checkout I was helping load the groceries when an employee came over and said she would load them, no problem. I then said I had just spilled a bunch of Sprite and needed to work it off. It was a joke of course but I think she could tell I felt really bad so she said, "Don't worry about it, things like that happen all the time! Don't feel bad, it's nothing that can't be fixed." And then I felt a lot better. :) Spilled Sprite? It happens.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Why I (choose to) Write Part 4

So, here we go. I've changed my major again...I know right? This time. I swear it's. For. Real. I've finally decided to study what I love and study what I'm good at. I'm going to be an English major with focus on creative writing. Honestly, I'm really happy. I've spent over two years trying to figure out what to do, trying to figure out all of these logistics. At the end of the day, I want to study the craft that I'm passionate about. I know people will scoff at this, and I get it. It's not as though I'm going to graduate and go right into a comfy career. Right now, it's not about that for me. And I've said it before, it's never been about having this high powered, high paying job. I'd rather do something I love and figure out the rest as it comes. Ideally (and I say this VERY ideally seeing as it's easier said than done), I would get married and stay home and raise my kids while writing on the side. Before that happens I may pursue some other options after graduating to make sure I'm getting a steady income.

I love writing. I mean I really love it. I've been writing since I learned how and nothing has brought me more joy. Since taking this Creative Writing class this semester, I've realized that I am truly good at it. From reading this blog, you might be scratching your head. I know my posts are hardly polished but this is a place where I write freely and don't edit or try and figure out a "better way to put it." My real passion is fiction writing anyway. God gave me this gift, something I'm talented in and that I love to do. I'm not going to waste it for some other job that I feel like I should be doing. I want to do this because I want to, not because I feel obligated. I know relatives will be skeptical. Goodness knows I've been fielding questions about my major decision for three years. I've gotten so tired of answering them! For so long my answer was ever changing and finally became, "I don't know." Now I do know and I'm not going to apologize for finally doing what I should have done all along. I'm a writer and I want to write.

So that's it, that's my final answer.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Midnovember Musings 2014

It's that time again! I can't believe it's been three years since I first started this post. Even though it's a little passed "mid" November, my musings are as follows!

I think in my past musings I've spoken a lot about the upcoming Christmas season. As much as I can't wait for it, I haven't been thinking about it as much this year. Probably because I've been busy. But how crazy is it that Thanksgiving is in just over one week?? Once it hits November, time seems to fly and we'll be putting up our Christmas tree in no time. I have  high hopes for the holiday this year. I've been sick for the last two so I'm hoping and praying to feel well this year. I have loved Christmas myt whole life and truly, nothing makes me happier than a lit tree and cozy fire and Christmas music. I love it!

Ha, the song "Let it Go" just came on my iphone. How appropriate! It's been a year since Frozen literally took the world by storm. I didn't see it until January but it still feels Christmas-y to me. The weather has finally changed to it's winter ways. It seemed to take awhile this year but it's been cold and snowy a week now. I don't love this weather but as long as we have a white Christmas, I'm happy!

Midnovember Musings
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Chicago Dreaming

So I spent the last four days in Chicago, visiting with family and seeing the sights. All that jazz. I had a good time, I think I hyped the trip up a lot in my mind so it didn't quite live up to my expectations. There was a little tension and some hiccups but all in all, it was a good time. I'm not a fan of cities and I'm not a fan of the cold so I really sucked it up and was a good sport. I was happy to see C but there is always the feeling that I'll soon be leaving. Her life is so very different than mine these days. Her values are different, I think even she is different. I think all of that is ok but sometimes it seems blaring that we don't have too much in common. Still, we'll always be best friends.

In other news, I realized that I missed my annual post so I'll need to get on that asap!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Feeling Lost and Found

That's how I've been feeling lately. There are points when it seems like I'm really happy with everything and content with my life. Other times I am impatient and anxious for my life to "begin". I know I need to be in school and I know I need to live at home right now. That doesn't change the fact that I wish otherwise sometimes. I see people I know getting married, heck I see people on TV getting married and I'm envious. I've said it numerous times on here before, I'm not a career driven person. I have always been driven by my dream of being a wife and mother. Some think that's lame or settling or a "waste" but I feel the opposite.

At times I console myself and think, "Ok, how hard can it be to find someone who loves me?" other times I think, "No one is ever going to want me!" It's such a hard thing because I personally cannot do anything unless someone else takes an interest. I hate feeling out of control. I hate to feel lame because I've never even had a boyfriend. Ugh, just seeing it types makes me sad.

Through it all, I know that this is a time to be patient and trusting in God. It's not easy but I know that everything will happen in His time. We talked about this in Bible study last week that God isn't a cruel mastermind who takes pleasure in tricking us or stringing us along. I'm not in this situation for no reason. I know that God knows my desires and dreams and that He will answer my prayers when the time is right.

It's just hard sometimes. That's all.

Fact Friday

  1. I have to go quickly down stairs, it feels strange any other way. 
  2. I'll eat pretty much anything but I'm a bit scared of sea food. 
  3. I used to write primarily poetry for a few years but now I rarely do at all. 
  4. French toast is my favorite breakfast food. 
  5. I can't look at picture of bees without freaking out. 

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for:

  • M on her birthday!!! 
  • Short day of school
  • Fun trip to the mall
  • Birthday dinner and cake 
  • Poetry class cancelled for tomorrow
  • A comfy bed to fall asleep in

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Word Wednesday

Writing Prompt: How old were you when you started to feel "grown up" and stopped being childlike?

This is a tough one because I've always had a very strong sense of self and was a pretty precocious kid. I always felt a bit more grown up than my peers. However, I maintained a lot of kid-like qualities for awhile which I think was good. I'm tempted to say that I was 12 (when I had surgery) when I stopped being so innocent. However, after I recovered, both mentally and physical, I went back to being fun loving in a lot of ways. Especially with my friends. I'm going to say that I truly started to feel grown up when I was 17 and in my Junior year of high school. I'd had my license for about a year and realized that I was comfortable being independent and taking care of myself. The next year held a lot of personal responsibility so it just sort of became a gradual progression. Now I feel adult and also not. I'll always have that little girl in my soul :)

Truth Tuesday

Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: During the week I wake up at 6:15, leave for school at 7:15 and get home at 3:15. I do homework and work out for an hour, usually at 4 or 5. Then I eat dinner, watch TV and go to bed.

Q: Do you miss your old school and living on campus?
A: That's a whole post in itself but I do and I don't. I was looking at old pictures the other day and I found the ones I took right before I packed up my room. It definitely made me nostalgic.

Q: What are you planning on doing in Chicago?
A: Well, hanging out with Claire for sure! We'll go to  museums, explore the city and hopefully Claire's campus. One of the days is also Claire's moms birthday (she's coming too), so I'm assuming we'll do something special for that.

Q: You haven't added a new book to your page in awhile...?
A: I've been a terrible reader. Part of it is school, part of it is not knowing what to read. It's bad and I'm going to do something about it.

Q: Are you still writing your book series?
A: I'm not currently working on the third book because it was just too much between school and editing the second one. So I'm planning on finishing the editing process and then getting back into writing new material.

Thanks for all the questions!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Memory Monday

I'm going to start up my "Week of Fun" again in an effort to get me posting more :)

Here is today's memory:

When I was between the ages of 12-15 I spent an enormous amount of time at my best friend Claire's house and she spent a lot of time at mine. One particular summer night we were sitting at her dining room table and creating characters. We were both writers and she's an artist so we drew them as well. Our characters were actresses, so we drew them and wrote out Q&A interview with them. I believe mine was called Ivy Bellamy ;). I can remember the glow of the light and the sound of crickets from the open windows. Her mom was outside talking to a family member and I think we may have eavesdropped for a bit.

I remember we kept those characters going for awhile, calling each other on the phone and going through different scenarios. I loved how creative we were. We never watched TV, maybe movies at night and the occasional Sims binge but mostly we wrote or played with dolls (when we were a bit too old :).

I did a memory of me and Claire today because I will be seeing her in 10 days!!! The big happy news is that I get to visit her in Chicago, it should be a great time. I can't wait!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween 2014

 So who guessed my costume??? I got to dress up as my dream and it was awesome!! Even though I couldn't do any double doubles or giants on a high bar, I at least looked the part. This picture is actually from yesterday and not the actual holiday. On Halloween we had people over our house and took our younger cousins out trick or treating. It was rainy and a little cold but still a lot of fun. Saturday was the day I was waiting for though :). My aunt and uncle had a costume party in their new barn. E did my hair and makeup (with me instructing her) and we achieved what I think is quite an authentic gymnast look.
Above are the pumpkins that my sisters and I carved. Mine is the one in the middle with the boils. I like to get the funkiest pumpkins I can find but this year I didn't get to pick it out. M did a pretty good job though!
Happy Halloween!!