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the time traveler’s wife

Blog 054hello there!

i know i said i would tell you all about “the time traveler’s wife” on friday but i felt terrible all weekend after only five hours of sleep on thursday night. it’s amazing what one bad night of sleep will do to you for the next several days. in fact, i’m still tired from that night and staying up late photographing a wedding on saturday night so the gym hasn’t been an option. tomorrow, i’m there! at least i was doing something i love on the nights i was up late and found ways to fit in informal exercise all weekend.

okay, so enough babbling. back to the review. the movie was great but not what i was expecting. the book was amazing so, of course, i went in with high expectations. the book made henry’s disappearing seem so normal but the movie seemed a bit sci-fi. also, there were a lot of parts missing (over half, i think) so i struggled with that because it definitely affected the quality of the movie. in fact, there was so much missing that i couldn’t process the movie that night enough to discuss it with anyone. i could go on all day about the chapters in the book, even quote dates, but i can barely recall half of what went on in the movie.

i know this makes for a terrible review but i felt very underwhelmed walking out of the movie. i will say, though, my husband loved the movie and went on about it the next day. i think i am just biased.

one thing i will mention is that we decided to share a large popcorn and diet soda (i brough a larabar but agreed to share with him instead) and i felt terrible after two handfuls of popcorn. bleh. i haven’t had that buttery mess in a while and don’t plan on it anytime soon. i had a stomach ache through the rest of the movie and totally should have stuck with the larabar option.

i know this was a lousy post but i felt bad that i didn’t review the movie even though there wasn’t much to review. maybe i should have just reviewed the book instead. hmm…

have a good night!


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julie and julia

happy thursday everyone. friday is almost here for most people but luckily today is my friday. i have a doctor appointment tomorrow morning so i decided to make it a three day weekend.

the good news about having tomorrow off is that i get to go see “the time traveler’s wife” tonight at 12:01. i am so excited because i have spent the last couple of weeks reading the book. it was a great book but i am definitely ready to see the movie because the trailers look amazing!

the bad news is that i am an old lady and i usually fall asleep by 10:30 on any given night. let’s hope i can stay awake 🙂

oh yeah, and we also bought mini bottles of wine to sneak into the movie so that will make it even more fun. ummm…and also encourage more sleepiness. grrrr!

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this past saturday i went to see “julie and julia” and i thought it was great. i wasn’t quite sure what to expect but i love julia child, cooking, and anything french, so i thought i would check it out. i am so glad i did. it actually was very funny and meryl streep did a great job playing julia.

the most interesting aspect of the movie, in my opinion, is the difference in julie’s generation (also my generation) and julia’s generation. julia always kept her spirits high and didn’t let mistakes get her down. she seemed to stand up for herself when necessary but still seemed to lead such a positive, determined life. julie, on the other hand, wrote often of her meltdowns in her blog. everytime a recipe didn’t work out she would cry it out in the kitchen or fight with her husband.

this got me thinking. is my generation spoiled? are we so used to things working out for us, being handed to use. seeing instant gratification, that we overreact when it doesn’t go our way. this, of course, is just a generalization from my experience with people my age but i’m just saying it’s something to think about.

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after seeing how mature, calm, and collected julia remained throughout the movie, it made me want to strive to be more like her. i want to understand that things won’t always go my way but that’s life. it’s a work in progress.

what are your thoughts on the behaviors of the different generations? please share!

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hey there everyone! thanks for the words of encouragement last week! i am happy to report that i am feeling back to my old self and besides craving the occasional peanut butter cookie here and there (i just can’t resist) i am back to green monsters, salads, and veggies. so yummy! and they make me feel fabulous to boot.

i did a little reflecting yesterday because i never made it to the gym over the weekend. in fact, i never made it to the gym all last week. and you know what, i am okay with that. two saturdays ago i ran a couple miles and it felt great. since then i have had no desire to go. and today, tuesday, is my gym day and i’m not there. i have decided that if my body only feels like a walk that day or just doing some lunges or pushups or what have you, that is okay. if i feel like running tomorrow or thursday i will go. i try not to put too much pressure on myself to run because i have terrible knees but unfortunately that’s the only time i ever give myself “credit” for working out. i love to do it but i figure i should save my knees for the days i really feel like doing it. otherwise, i should take it easy and work out a bit here at home, take walks, or do yoga (which i have been slacking on as well).

my life has been so busy with the many projects i have going at once so i figure it’s okay to give myself a break since i am perpetually exhausted from working all day in a cube and then coming home to work the other jobs i am trying to get going. a girl needs a break!

that leads me to another thing i wanted to touch on. i wish i had more time to post, preferably everyday or three times a day like some of the amazing bloggers out there but at this point it’s just not happening. i hope i don’t lose any followers because of that. if you guys prefer a post everyday, let me know. the thing is, i am in the process of starting up my own business (possibly two, i know i am crazy) and hope to take it full-time as quick as i can so a lot of my focus is going towards that right now. until i have things smoothed out with that, my posts will be a bit sporadic. just stick with me and i will find a bit more consistency, hopefully as soon as september.

so  tell me, i read a million blogs where people live to exercise. how do you handle stress, jobs, and exercise? i would love some tips if you have any.

see you tomorrow lovelies!

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the blahs

so i’m going to make this a quick post because i am taking a night off. i just feel so blah today and need a break. i’m sure everyone has those days. mine come once a month. yup!

for some reason this times just way worse. the last two days i have wanted nothing but sweets and bread. i know it doesn’t sound that bad but i am usually a girl that drinks a green monster for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and two different veggies for dinner. bread and sweets are a little out of daily routine.

yesterday after lunch all i could think about were chips, so off to the vending machine i went for some sun chips. thank goodness for that dollar bill floating around my bag. today for dinner i was craving pizza (from a sushi place, mind you – i LOVE sushi) so that’s what i got. and then we went to barnes and noble to read and i couldn’t leave without a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. yummm!!

i know in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t seem that bad and i know it’s not. i will get over this in the next day or two and be back at the gym tomorrow but this food i crave just makes me feel worse. maybe that’s the reason it’s worse this time around, because i’m actually giving in to my cravings even though i know they don’t agree with my stomach.

i’m going to get back to my movie. i love “yes man.”

do tell me, though, anyone out there have these days. i know you do but a girl needs to know she’s not alone.


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operation beautiful

Blog 045wednesday night is my night to chill with myself, a glass of wine, and a girly movie (tonight’s choice is sex and the city) so this post will be short. not only do i “need” to get back to the movie, but i have a slight buzz (hey, it doesn’t take much) and i don’t want to blog drunk. is that called drogging?

anyway, i wanted to take a second to mention operation beautiful that caitlin over at healthy tipping point started up. i think it is a brilliant idea and i want you all to stop by and check it out. oh, and give it a try too. it’s a great concept: help all women to see that they are beautiful.

i posted my first post-it in my own bathroom and it’s such a great way to start the day. it simply stated, “you are beautiful.” seeing that note definitely helps me to start my day off on the right foot. my husband gave it a little laugh but in a sweet way. he understands the message i am trying to get across and agrees with the power of positive thinking.

my next post-it was left in the ladies room at work. this one i placed on the mirror and it read, “you are looking at a strong, beautiful woman.” the note stayed up most of the day, but was in the trash when i took my final break before leaving for home. i’m thinking it was the janitor that routinely cleans throughout the day that took it down. someone did walk into the bathroom right after i posted the message on the mirror and asked if i put it there. i made a quick decision to say no. i like the secrecy behind it all; i think it is much more powerful if people don’t know how it got there. so, i told a little white lie. oh well, it was innocent.

so, go out and post your quotes. let the women of the world know that they are beautiful, strong, radiant beings. and don’t forget to let caitlin at operation beautiful know as well as leaving a comment here telling me.

back to my movie! g’night!!

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Blog 052last week i was filled with motivation to run. i didn’t give going to the gym a second thought after getting home from work. i just did.

this week is a different story completely. i had every intention of running over the weekend but saturday i felt groggy from the concert the night before and sunday i went to church. i thought about going during the day both days (mornings are typically when i go over the weekend) but it just didn’t happen. i got a little down about it because not only was i not working out, i wasn’t eating like myself either.

usually i CRAVE veggies all day long. and over the weekend i only wanted mexican food, sweets, and pancakes. i know it’s okay to splurge every once in a while but it felt like too much splurging for one weekend.

i let go of the guilt before i went to bed on sunday night because that’s no way to start the week but monday ended up being just as bad. i was craving fried foods which make me so sick, but i ate them anyway. and once again, no working out.

today i got home from work with no motivation whatsoever but tuesday is typically a running day for me so i knew i should go. i put on my (new) gym shorts and headed out the door. honestly, i think if it weren’t for the new shorts i would never have gone. maybe i would have. who knows.


well, the thing that makes this whole blog world so wonderful is you always find out you’re not the only one. i read on oh she glows this morning that angela is having the same problem. her reason is having post race blues after running 10 miles a couple of weekends ago. my reason – i’m in a funk. does that count. it does in my book.

bottom line, i’m glad i went. i just need a kick in the rear sometimes to get there. my motivations today:

* my new pink shorts
* my husband kicking me out the door (in a nice way)
* telling myself i can stop after 1 mile
* knowing i would feel great afterwards (and i do, thankyouverymuch!)

besides having new workout clothes (because that always does the trick), what motivation techniques do you use to get to the gym when you just don’t feel like going. now don’t get me wrong, if i had been consistently going for the past few days, taking a break would have been one thing. in my case, i hadn’t worked out since thursday.

everyone have a great tuesday! i’m off to make a frittata for dinner.

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fitness friday

I am still trying to get more structure to this blog but I figured Fridays would be a good day for fitness. I do most of my working out on the weekends these days because I have been so busy lately. There are a lot of things that keep me from working out at the gym during the week and those are things I definitely hope to overcome.

• Spending time with my husband – My husband goes to school most during the week so if he is home I choose to stay home to be with him. If he isn’t home then I try to make a point to go

• Work – I work a full time job outside of my home and two jobs from my home so this keeps me busy a lot. If I happen to have alone time on a given night, I will choose to take advantage of this time to get some work done.

• Lack of sleep – If I don’t get at least 7 hours of sleep it affects me physically and mentally so a lot of times I use these days as recovery days from everything – work, fitness, life.

On those days that I don’t feel like going to the gym, I still do something at home to get in a little workout because it really just helps to clear my head. I want to share some my go-to at home workouts but you should also check out Ange’s Summer Glow Boot Camp for more ideas. Sometimes I will do these moves all at once when I get home from the office or sometimes I will do in random windows of free time throughout the night. Either way, any small activity you can fit in will make a difference in the way you feel.

Forearm Plank (hold as long as you can)
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Side Plank (hold as long as you can)
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Wall Sits (hold as long as you can)
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3 sets of 15 pushups
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What are the obstacles that keep you from going to the gym? Are there any quick workouts you turn to? Please share!

**Don’t forget to checkout the giveaway hosted by The Fitnessista!

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!!

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