Showing posts with label random thoughts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label random thoughts. Show all posts

friday's randomness

Here's a bunch of random meanderings....

Do you keep your workout wear on, well after your workout is over? Do you try and accessorize to make it not look so frumpy when you run errands or go to work?

Yeah, me neither. 

Has anyone else been finding themselves on Zappo's much more lately? Like every day, numerous times a day, in hopes of scoring that trip & race entry?

Yeah, me neither. Stupid glass sneakers.

Has anyone else been watching the RHOC reunion episodes, secretly hoping Vicki gets fired & Gretchen & Tamra reunite as besties!?

Yeah, me neither.

Has anyone else been longing for new post its, and notebooks, and pens, and binders, and May Books, and Erin Condren agendas because of all this 'back to school' shopping taking place - even though you don't have kids in school???

Yeah, me neither.

Has anyone ever wondered what happened to Lisa Frank and why her & the sparkly unicorns suddenly disappeared from stores?

Yeah, me neither.

Just some go enjoy your weekend.

summer reading....

The term "summer reading" brings up oodles of painful memories from elementary, middle school, & highschool days! Anyone else share in that?

My how times change when you age!

I've always loved reading but as the years pass, there is less & less time for it! (At least in my opinion)

Enter my current read: The Compound Effect

I was recommended this book by a friend & fellow "Stella & Dot" gal. I used to 'up my nose' at anything that may closely resemble a "self help" book. I only wanted fiction.

Nowadays, I seem to gravitate towards the self help titles :) ha, there's a very good chance many facets of my life need improvement!

I'm about half way in to this book & find much merit in what the author is saying. While I originally picked this up for the sales aspect & growing my business, I am finding it so relevant for nearly every aspect of my life.

For instance, Darren Hardy mentions the power of writing down goals and also keeping logs on what you're doing to achieve said goals. No it's not some genius is one of those points that is a no brainer. Like it was staring you in your face the entire time.

Plus it gave me an excuse for new notebooks :)
Hello, May Designs!

the "Get it Together" one is just lined paper inside
the "Fashionably Fit" one is an exercise log & meal tracker

Perhaps the most resounding thing that has stuck out to me thus far in The Compound Effect is that small changes over time produce huge results. The author gives the example of reducing caloric intake by 150 calories each day - while that caloric deficit will not produce immediate changes in physical appearance, over the course of 18 months however, the author noted a 33 pound reduction in weight!

Slow and steady.

I know that's where I often lose hope. We live in a society where instant gratification is important. We have fast food chains, email, text messaging, etc. Most people start a new workout regimen & give up on it 2 weeks later if they have not seen a 20 pound weight loss or a 6 pack develop.

It's definitely mind over matter. It's a work out in itself just trying to retrain your mind! Forming good habits is the key to achieving any goal. Want to lose 10 pounds? Start writing down what you eat & drink every day. Every little thing. You'll be surprised to see where you are wasting calories, and perhaps that you are eating more than you thought you were!

Keep in mind, comparison is the thief of joy. Let's stop playing the comparison game & just figure out how 'you' can be the best 'you'!

do it, don't do it

Ever read something that you've read before, but for some reason you read it now & finally get it?

This struck a chord with me, even though it's something I've read before...

The trouble is with me, for I am all too human...I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate...I want to do what is right, but I can't. I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway...I have discovered this principle of life - that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. (Romans 7:15, 18b, 21)

I correllated it to the struggles of marriage/healthy living/work/family....pretty much any situation.

"I want to do what is right"

I know I can have the sincerest of intentions at the start of something, but by the end of it, I end up acting exactly opposite of how I wanted.

I can clean up my eating patterns or food choices, but ultimately, that pizza always appears at the wrong stinking time. My motives were healthy, but my self-control waved bye-bye.

Or even this: for the past 6 months I've been telling myself every night before I go to sleep: "you're going to wake up at the ungodly hour of 4am to get a run in". Do I ever do it? Heck.No.

Don't read that waking up at 4am to exercise is the "right thing to do"...or that not eating pizza is the "right thing to do"...that's not the point.

It's just the constant battle that we have within ourselves spills out it seems, into every other facet of life.

So how do you gain control, and start doing what you want to do? How do you gain control and start doing what is "right"?

Lots of situations are black & white. Don't steal, don't murder, don't pinch your husband's nose in the middle of the night to make him stop snoring, etc.

But then there are those "grey" areas...should I tailgate this tard since they just had to pull out in front of me? Should I buy this gift card for myself while I'm here grocery shopping, since Matt doesn't examine the grocery bill, and look there's a Nordstrom one...

(Okay so maybe not everyone struggles with that last one...)

Or my most common issue: going into a situation, involving someone you don't particulary get along with, with the thought process that you will be kind to the person, no matter how horrible they may be to you.....but ultimately stooping to their level when push came to shove.  

This could just be one of my life's many mysteries....why do I do, what I don't want to do? And why do I not do what I want?

thursday's thorough thoughts

How's that for alliteration!?

Yesterday was my speed training run....6 miles, with 4 miles at 9:00 least that's what I was supposed to do. Those 4 miles ended up being 9:00, 9:50, 9:15, 9:10. Oh well. Maybe next time!

I had the brilliant idea to follow up my run with a Physique57 workout. I did the Abs & Arm Booster. Great workout, but I should have done it before the run.


Did you check out the Naughty Monkey link over there to the right? I'm trying to get 1,000 "likes" on the video I posted...I'm only 900ish likes away :)

No worries, Naughty Monkey is a shoe brand.

Help a sister out ~ click here to "like" my video on Facebook.....PLEASE!!!

Did you watch Oprah?

I did in highschool & sporadically in college...but ever since reality set in, work always interfered.

womp, womp


I haven't watched the Biggest Loser finale yet...BUT what the heck happened to Rulon?

Everything I've been reading said it "his choice to leave" and that he just "abruptly quit".

Why????'s a Facebook picture he posted:

Oh, don't worry if you've mentioned something about the winner...I knew who won, I mainly just want to watch to see all the transformations :)

Check out this pretty lady's weight loss...

photo from

More on Kirstie's weight loss:
The 60-year-old actress' size has wildly fluctuated over the years, and though she's lost a noticeable amount since she first stepped out at the "DWTS" announcement, she's still not saying a number.

...Kirstie opened up about her size, saying she's down to the weight she was when she famously stepped out on the stage of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2006, clad only in a bikini.

So after gaining all of the weight back and then losing it again, Alley says she's sporting a size 6 in her DWTS garments -- but she doesn't trust it. "The stylists brought me 4s and 6s this week," she says, "but they're kind of stretchy so I'll look for the dress that's immovable."

What size will make her happy? A "legitimate" 4. "I have one Alexander McQueen [dress] that's a legitimate 4... it doesn't move," she says, saying it will give her peace. "When I'm in that... looking hot." ~ From this zap2it Article 
Yeesh "wildly fluctuated"...ouch.


What are your feelings on appliances as gifts (birthday & Christmas)?

Matteo asked me yesterday if I wanted one of these for my birthday

Call me a brat but my response was pretty much, "I do want a Keurig, but that would be a horrible birthday gift for me. No household appliances for birthdays please."

I know, I'm a brat.

Honestly, if it were anyone else but him, I know I'd be okay with an appliance as a gift..but with him, not so much.

I'm pretty sure he didn't read me as a brat, because his response was "You'd rather I pick out shoes, right? I have good taste." (Which he does have good taste...& the majority of the time it's without any "suggestions" from moi').

So, yes, honey...anything but an appliance. (And definitely not a pink frying pan! Yes, that was a Christmas gift one year.)


Don't forget to scroll back up & click the link to the SHOES video :) & "like" it on Facebook.

Forgive me for solicitizing that dang video so much. I just really need more likes on it :) Thanks for understanding!

my brain is working overtime

Training run: easy run, 5 miles, 10:00 pace

It was such a weird run. My ipod was not working properly (surprise there) so my mileage according to it was 3.5, while my treadmill showed 5.01 miles. Ree-donk-ulous.

I don't know what's worse...trying to calibrate my ipod so it doesn't show 6 miles at a 6:52 pace...only to end up with it showing 3.57 miles at an 11:02 pace. Um?

My mind has been racing with many other questions for the past weeks. We've had a lot on our plates, both with family & work.

Do you ever ask yourself these questions?

Why do some people make it their goal to make other's lives more difficult? What's the purpose of someone giving me a hard time over something so inconsequential? Or why purposely bully someone? Is it just to make yourself feel better?

Why can't I just 'let things go'...why do I have to hold on to everything?

If the Lord calls us to forgive & forget, then why do I have this impeccable memory?
Granted, it can be for my protection at times...recognizing potential problems based on past incidences. But for those people that I love that have hurt me in the past, why can't those incidences be erased from memory?

Why do I always end up comparing my fitness level to other's? My body isn't made to do what the finest runners bodies can do. So why do I continually compare?  

Why do I look in the mirror & always find a flaw? Will the day ever come that I can look in the mirror & be at peace with what I see?

With that said, why do I always compare my body to a celebrity's body? Or a friend's body. Or some random woman I see in a store.

Why when I show emotion, am I labeled as  "emotional" or "too sensitive"? Sometimes a girl just needs to cry. Sometimes a good cry can fix everything. It's like magic tears.

Why wasn't it my accomplishments & hard work that earned me a managerial position? Why do people always assume it's because "daddy runs the company"? Or in the case of many other women, it's because "they slept their way to the top". Can't a woman be successful?

Why am I so stubborn when it comes to asking for forgiveness, or admitting I was wrong?

Why is my brother considered "disabled", and me "normal"...when his outlook on life is one that everyone should strive to have. Maybe I'm the "disabled" one & he, along with every other person that has a "disability", are actually "normal". What is "normal" any way?

What's the purpose of worrying? It won't fix anything & it definitely can't prevent something from happening. So why waste the time & energy?

And for the love of Pete, why on earth does someone cut me off / pull out in front of me, to then do 10 mph under the posted speed limit? Seriously?

I could just have way too much going on in my life right now. I could just be bearing the burden of some things that those I love are faced with right now. Or I could just be further reiterating that I'm a girl who thinks WAY too much.

Either way...I need to make it a goal to abandon negative thinking as far as my fitness & body goes. I need to let go of things more & realize that life on earth isn't forever. I need to make it easy to say "I'm sorry", and I need to practice forgetting past hurts.  

three for thursday

Just saw this fun news!!! 

Here's the headline for you all that don't feel like reading the article:

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon heading to St. Petersburg in 2012

That's exciting!!!
And it definitely adds to my choices of which half marathons to do :)

If you have time...check this out:

If they've done this before, pardon my ignorance for not knowing...but I thought it was the CUTEST thing!

I absolutely stink at drawing.
My stick people are pathetic.
Bubble letters were never my forte.


The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Capitals last night...which means we're going to the next round in the playoffs!!!!

My family & I are HUGE TBL fans.

this of course was pre me marrying matty,
but clearly we're all sporting TBL polos for the family photo op

We attended the Stanley Cup game when TBL won back in 2004. It was definitely my most favorite game ever. Close second would be my birthday in 2003...they had a shut out game, score was 8-0. That was another amazing one.