Friday Fun!

HAPPY FRIDAY

It’s finally Friday, the beginning of a long weekend or what I like to call “more time to workout” weekend…and drink martinis….and eat…..and drink martinis.

Today is off to a decent start already.  Jay Z and JT released the Holy Grail video, my US Magazine will be hot off the press and in my mailbox when I get home for beach reading and I stopped at Starbucks for their deelish turkey bacon and egg white breakfast sammy.

I’m trying to step up my game with working out by adding burpees into my runs, replacing atleast 1-2 meals with protein shakes and no carbs at night.  Last night I made a chicken burger for my salad with a hard boiled egg and ½ of a sweet potato.  Kicking carbs is tough but eating the healthy kind isn’t terrible, right!?! Let’s be real, I was hungry after I ate and the rest of the night until I got to Starbucks.

Something kinda of awesome happened last night too.  After my burpee run I realized my workout pants are finally too big.  The crotch was practically down to my knees which is a good thing.  But in respect for the pants and what we’ve been through together, let’s have a moment of silence….

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Back to business…I’ve been asking by some friends where I get my workout clothes.  Truthfully, I order from Old Navy’s Active line because it’s inexpensive and most of the stuff is cute.  This week I ordered another pair of pants and jacket with hand covers for the cooler weather.

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I probably won’t be blogging this weekend so have a good one!

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Beastmode for Hotness

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In my quest to be “hot” I had to step up my game.  So after work I went right to the beach for a run.  I am in week 6 of C25K (Couch to 5K) and did the intervals.  On top of the walking intervals I also did 5 burpees for a total of 20 and completed 2.5 miles.

It was brutally hot but as my shirt says “no sweat, no fun”!  #beastmode

I Want To Be Hot

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My original goal in my journey was to just get healthy.  While this journey will probably continue for the rest of my life I already feel better but what’s the next goal?

I want to be hot! 

You read it right, I want to be hot!  Being hot has different meanings to everyone.  I think that a woman who is confident, independant, and healthy is attractive but I want to be hot.  The kind of hot that when I walk down the street people notice.

Who knows how I will achieve this but I feel somewhat there.  I think it’s going to take a major drop in poundage because I’ve got the rest of it.  So far today I’ve had a protein shake of frozen berries, water, peanut butter and chocolate whey protein.  Cheers to eating healthy the remainder of the day!

 

A Week of Highs and Lows

In the last month I have completed three 5K’s, run four times per week and have a social life outside of work and running.  Summer at the Jersey shore can be exhausting with people going out all the time.  I’m not complaining but I think it finally caught up with me.

I took six days off from running after my last week’s 5K.  I really needed to just not be anywhere!  I didn’t want to get up early in the morning and I didn’t want to leave the house after work.  I just wanted to veg out and hang with my dog.

This break came at a price.  I felt like crap!  I’m not sure if it was the exhaustion or feeling crappy because I wasn’t doing anything.  Either way, I was back to running this morning and things have turned around.

So, what’s with the highs and lows? 

Early in the week I got some pretty bad news that my family is facing another challenge (out of respect for my family, I won’t divulge).  I immediately sank and thoughts of family tragedies started to fill my head.  Does God really only give us what we can handle because frankly, we’re tired.

Luckily, I have some pretty great friends that I can talk to.  They offer words to try and look at the positive.  And some, take me out on motorcycles!

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This was my high for the week.  I’ve never felt more alive and appreciative of all that I have.  This kicked my butt back into gear.  I admit, I might have a new addiction 🙂

My final thought:  We all face challenges throughout our lives but how we handle them reveals our character.

Never Giving Up

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As we grow older things never seem to get easier.  I long for the carefree days when summer seemed endless while playing with my cousins at the beach or the pool.  It was so much simpler without cell phones, cell phone bills, other bills, ailing family or friends.

Even though life throws you road blocks you must never give up.  As Babe Ruth said, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”  Those road blocks are what make us who we are and shows us how strong we can be.

 

Personal Best, Paddleboarding and Sunday Dread

This past Saturday my friends and I participated in the Bradley Beach 5K.  It was a lot of fun to do it with other runner friends (they do marathons ‘n sh*t) and since they finished like 5 hours before me, were at the finish line to cheer me on.  They ran with me and kept pushing me to finish strong and I did!  It was my best time yet!  I really appreciate that they did that! (and thanks to Steve D. for pushing me via Facebook!)

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After a good egg breakfast with bloody marys we headed out to paddle board.  Paddleboarding looks pretty easy but it’s tough to stay balanced once you actually get up on the board.  We went in at the Shark River basin which is pretty gross.  At one point I fell off the board, felt the large clumps of seaweed below, screamed bloody murder and chucked the oar.

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The weekend overall was pretty great and then Sunday night came.  I find myself thinking back on what I’ve done the previous week and what’s to come this week.  I have to admit I do get a little down that I don’t have someone to share my life with.  I do have great family and friends that have been my cheerleaders but something big is missing…

Dating Sucks

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Last weekend I had a date that I felt went pretty well.  I’m going to leave the details to myself because turns out I’m friends with his brother (HI JOE!!!) but I will say there weren’t fireworks.  Then I figured you only get so much out of one date and was open to another.

The next morning he texted me saying he had a good time and then we spoke on Tuesday.  I thought the conversation went fine and at the end he asked me to get together again.  I said I was available on Thursday and he would be in touch to confirm details.  Great!  I don’t have to plan anything!

Thursday came and I was in a client meeting all day and didn’t hear anything. Maybe he was waiting until after 5 to follow up!  Then it was 5:30 and then 6….

I then made other plans and went out with friends.  My friend suggested I text him to see what was up.  So I did and just asked if all was ok and if he had a change of heart that it was ok.   He responded shortly after saying that he should have cancelled and he didn’t feel that we had a connection but that I was the most normal girl he’d met online.  SIGH.  On to the next one!

He was very much a gentleman and we had good conversation.  While I’m apprehensive to get into a relationship myself (fearing the unknown) I think we should give people another chance.

How do you know if you have a connection or not after one date?