Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Day 2 of Shred
I woke up incredibly sore. I am sore. My muscles hurt. I cannot rephrase this enough. I am so sore -- but I did it. Day 2, consider yourself done. I really need to work on the whole 90 degree angles and such. I still cannot finish a single strength series. It's pathetic. I'm pathetic!!! I have faith that I can work myself up to the normal amount and not be ashamed of it. Besides, I'm working with 5lb weights here peoples! It's difficult!

After gracing my aching body with another beastly workout, I noticed that my bedroom windowsill is exactly barre height. Lightbulb. I frantically search my iTunes for this one album my ballet instructor gave me as I was departing for college. Upon finding it, I donned my canvas shoes and did a few plies.
Death Plies.
I am horrible at ballet anymore, this is miserable! Curse you grad school for making me sacrifice all the things I have forever been passionate about... and continue to lack any sort of income to pursue. I decided to not go much farther than a few super basic combinations. It is so incredibly humiliating. I am kinda glad I have not signed myself up for an actual dance class just yet. (.....yet) Additionally, Kyle and I are borrowing a friends copy of Dance Central, so I'm hoping that will be fun.

Upon further searching of iTunes for more ballet barre related music, I found that both Sigur Ros and Regina Spektor have a new album out. Yeah. I might own them now. This is why iTunes is a bad thing for me to visit frequently.

I would argue that music and dance are two languages I know how to speak well; but I've lost practice and am not immersed in them anymore, so I have lost my fluency. Time to step it back up.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

3 thoughts

These TOMS are on their way to my feet soon! I don't know if I could be any more excited!

One of my good friends really challenged me to pursue my Bible reading unprovoked and without leadership of anyone else.... but also to be open with what God has for me, and what I learn as I read - not to keep it bottled up inside (as is so easy for me). Being open and sharing such things definitely does not come naturally.

If you get a chance at all to do anything this week, grab a copy of this book: Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

I promise, it will change your life. You will think about things in a whole new way, and you may even be inspired. I may have cried and required a solo walk on the beach to ponder it all. It's an easy read, and shouldn't take you longer than an hour or so to complete it. Seriously: Mind. Blown.
A seriously special thank you goes out to Kim for recommending this book to me.

day 1

It came today! I was totally not expecting it to come today at all, but it did! I love little surprise packages like that sometimes (thank you, amazon). I am now the proud (maybe?... we'll see how things go) owner of Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred, 6 week six-pack, and No More Trouble Zones. Ok, maybe I went a bit overboard, but I'll be honest, it's one of the less expensive of the workout videos I've found. Plus, the workout for the shred is only about half an hour, which is where I got hung up with TurboFire (although I do still love it and actually noticed it working for the 2-week segment where I actually kept up with it).

In addition to starting the Shred, I chanced upon the blog, Healthy Tipping Point and another blog by the same author, Operation Beautiful. Somehow the latter blog got me out of my funk and I pulled down my mirror off my (well... rubbermaid container as I have yet to mount it to the wall) and erased the "I am good enough, smart enough, and I'm a teacher/grad student" that had been up there since fall of 2010. Time for newer and more relevant things such as: "You are beautiful - inside and out"

Day 1 - 30-Day Shred
This workout is a beast. I might consider myself in decent shape, but even on my good days I'm in much less shape than I was at one point in my life. Additionally, I never worked my body in the ways these videos do. After finishing the workout, I felt tired and sore, but pumped. Then I tried getting up off the floor and BAM! noodle legs. To be completely honest though... part of me really wants to do a workout like this twice a day... I'll start with once for now though.

Monday, May 28, 2012

...and then there were 2!

Kenobi is in the teenage years. It's quite fun, but at the same time, it is obvious he would benefit from having a friend (or... at least that's what we are thinking).

Kyle went to the Salem shelter to look at kitties and saw a few cuties, sooo we went back together on Sunday. I would be more than happy with just about any kitty they had there, but Kyle became smitten with this little guy:

"Fozzy Bear"

His current name is Fozzy Bear... but knowing us, it's likely to change. There's still a consideration of having the whole: O-B, Juan, and Kenobi, but so far, we're not sure if this sweet little cuddle bug fits into that genre. Any ideas or suggestions? Kyle won't get to bring him home until Thursday, so we won't know more about his personality until then....

110 days to go!!!

Um.... so to have Save the Dates or not to have Save the Dates? That is the question. I love them - they're adorable, but potentially an added Thing to do, and more dinero. Gross.

110 days!!! So crazy!!! This time last year I had NO idea I would be getting married Fall 2012.

I'm hopeful about finishing up the guest list this week. My coworker got a really good deal on her invites through a groupon with vistaprint. I'm following it closely now to see if we can do the same.... if I want to go with non-self-printed ones, that is.

Another updateable tidbit, I suppose, is that I will soon be an owner of the 30-day Shred. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but I'm hopeful here, alright? I want to be in shape again, and look good for my wedding/honeymoon (he says somewhere warm... so I'ma take advantage of the whole swimsuit idea).

Monday, May 7, 2012

18 weeks

18 weeks until the wedding - my wedding.

I have very little motivation to do much of anything, but the good part is that I want motivation. I want to be motivated. I want to do things. I want to feel accomplished. I want to do things with myself and with my life.

I just get so hung up on details and sweat the small things and get frustrated at myself for doing so.

So, in light of such, I decided I should make a list (regardless if I keep to it or not) of things I want to do or have done before I get married.

Read my Bible and really get into my studies every day
Finish any necessary items to get my teaching license
Keep my personal finances organized
Always have something fun to wear (aka: do laundry)
Get proper rest
Exercise to get in better shape for life and wedding
Spend at least one day of the week doing something I'm passionate about for at least one hour.