Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Love Language

Check out this interesting article my friend Justine sent to me. It talks about the 5 different ways people show love and affection to their significant other. Just because your man doesn't whisper sweet nothings into your ear all day, doesn't mean he doesn't show he cares for you. Taking out your trash? Washing your car? Wanting to spend a lazy Sunday watching TV with you? He cares!

I mainly was writing this post to remind myself that there are other ways to show you care besides the physical hand holding, kissing, etc. I guess I can cut Tim some slack sometimes :) Just because you might show it in different ways, doesn't mean one way is better than the other. BUT it does say in the article that you should be aware which method resonates best with your partner so that you can make an effort to do that more often.

I think I respond to all of them. I love spending quality time, but I definitely need the physical touch and words of affirmation every now and then. Not and overload, but on occasion makes it special! (Also... I don't mind a gift here and there as well...)

What are the ways you like to receive affection? What ways does your significant other prefer? Think about it! Talk about it!

In related news, another big change is happening in Kaliwood! Christina, my roommate of 2+ years, is moving to NKY/Cinci for a new job opportunity. (Excited for her!) Which means I needed to find a new living situation, stat. I've decided to move in with Tim! Eek!

Yes, this was not part of my plan just yet, and yes it's only been about 8 months so call me crazy. Also, Tim's house is under constant renovation so I will be moving in during that craziness. BUT we pretty much live together now and I just can't pass up the convenience this would create! I know it won't be all rainbows and butterflies, but I'm confident we can make it work! I'm excited! :)

So, hopefully, my current crazy work load, trying to move my life to a new location, studying for my CMP, and training for my upcoming 5K doesn't snowball into a full on panic attack!  Here goes!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's Really the Little Things...

Over the summer I got addicted.. and I mean ADDICTED... to Panera's Wild Berry Smoothie (low fat!?). So, you can imagine my dismay when they discontinued it a month or so ago. I had to switch over to the Superfruit smoothie, which was good, but just not the same.

Well b*tches, it's back!! I saw it on the menu and practically screamed! I might just get one everyday this week! :). I just need to learn to substitute it as a meal and not make it a supplement to a meal and I'll be fine!

IT'S SO YUMMY! And great since I can't eat hard food right now (more on that later). I don't know how long it will be here so I'm going to take advantage! Try one!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Guys Nag Too

He is on me all the time about turning off a light when I leave the room.

I am on him about folding his clean clothes that are sprawled all over the bedroom floor.

I'm nagging, but he's not?

He gets on me about my alarm going off multiple times because I enjoy the snooze button.

I get on him about keeping the kitchen counter clean of renovation tools so we can cook on it.

I'm nagging, but he's not?

He's constantly telling me to keep up with sweeping the cat hair off the new laminate floors.

I'm always telling him to empty the cat litter so it doesn't smell like piss in the spare bedroom.

I'm nagging, but he's not?

Double standard? You decide.

No, this isn't a boyfriend-bashing post. I was just having an interesting conversation with my friend Justine about how women always turn into these nagging girlfriends. But I think that's unfair. Why is it called nagging when we do it, but not when the guys do it?

The ancient perception that women take care of the house is old news. Now 20-something men are focusing on their careers and living alone, so they are doing their own laundry, cleaning, and cooking. Some of them actually are domestically responsible! Therefore, let's not let them off the hook from falling into the "nagging" category just because they have historically been lazy couch potatoes without a care in the world. Sorry, Charlie, you nag too!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Just Thought I'd Share...

Just thought I would share with you ladies the fab shoes I wore today. LOVE!! I saw them at DSW a while back and almost took the plunge. But glad I waited, because went back a couple weeks ago and they were on sale! Just in time for fall :) 

Wearing with cigarette khaki pants, leopard blouse and plum cardigan, belted with gold skinny belt. On the "To-Do" list tonight: Go through current boot inventory, donate old ones and see what category needs additions!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

See If It Sticks

So I am that typical use-to-be-high-school-athlete-and-weigh-120-pounds. Then, of course, college hit, the 2 hour workouts everyday stopped, and well, we all know how that goes.

So for the past 6 years or so I've been trying everything. Not that I want to lose a drastic amount of weight (I would be happy with 10-15 pounds), but I wanted to find something that I could adopt as a lifestyle and stop fighting this fight everyday!

I THINK I might have finally found that. Running outside. Why has it taken me this long you ask? Because whenever I tried it in the past I would run for half a mile and my legs would quit. I could not understand how people were running out there for MILES. So I chalked it up as a loss.

Well then, one drunken night at our favorite spot, Drake's, my good friend Amanda got me to agree to sign up for a 5K. (That lil trickster.) So we started my "training" one day and went for a run together. I took off running and this is how it went down:
Amanda: "What are you doing?!?!"
Me: "What? Running..."
Amanda: You are running WAY too fast!!

And the heaven's opened up and the light started shining down on me and the angels did their "AHHHH" song. Epiphany! This whole time I was running way too fast for distance. Who freakin' knew?? So I started running at Amanda's pace and before I knew it, we had run 2 miles. And I haven't turned back since.

For my first 5k I just planned to run at my pace (which is really slow!) and my goal was to finish without stopping. I finished in 30 minutes and 11 seconds without stopping! So I achieved my goal and blew my normal 11-12 minute/mile out of the water!

So, the point is, I think I found what works for me. I can't say that I'm totally converted and out running everyday. I still get lazy/tired or want to go to Happy Hour instead, but this is the one workout that I actually look forward to doing and don't hate it the entire time. I like the fresh air and the time to think and clear my mind. And the endorphins afterwards rock! I always get home wanting to clean, cook, do laundry, just be productive!

I've started to add in some weight training as well. Run for a couple miles then hit the gym for some arms and legs. I want to lose weight but tone up, so hopefully this will get me where I want to be.

This definitely isn't a "running" blog because I am certainly not qualified for that type of thing. But if these fitness reads interest you, check out my friend Rennay, the Vegetarian in the Ville! Her triathlon experience is sure to inspire you!

Also, if you haven't heard of the website/app MAP MY RUN, you need to check it out! You can have it running on your phone and it GPS maps your entire run. So at the end you have all the statistics you need: Distance, time, pace, elevation, calories burned, etc. And the website allows you to map out routes before you run them to see if it's one you would like to do. Check it out!

Besides the trying to stay fit factor, I've found that running helps me in other ways. Like I said it clears my mind, it de-stresses me, and gives me energy to do other things. So I looked up the not-so-obvious benefits and here are some awesome things running can do for you!

Running Benefits

  • weight loss
  • produces endorphins
  • healthy for your bones
  • reduces the risk of breast cancer and risk of having a stroke or heart attack
  • boosts your immune system
  • combats depression
  • lowers your stress level
  • can boost your self-confidence
  • improves mental alertness

See you on the pavement!