My New Habit

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I’m definitely the girl on the left!

The weekend is here and it appears that I’m starting a new habit:  5K’s and a date!

Last weekend I completed my first 5K (as a runner) and on Monday I must have been high because I signed up for this weekend’s Asbury Park 5K.  Not sure what I was thinking but it’s not like I can’t do it, right!?!

I also met a guy and set a date for Saturday night.  I have a good feeling about this one 🙂  He is into Crossfit and cycling which is awesome so I know he’s not sedentary.  But other than that he seems really nice and can hold a conversation without mentioning sex.  (Take a clue Botchagaloop!)

I’ll be sure to update you all on the flipside!

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Don’t Worry About A Thing

This past 4th of July was the best yet.  I was one of the lucky people whose company closed on the 4th and 5th so I was able to enjoy the moment without thinking about work.  It’s always hard for me to enjoy myself fully because I’m always thinking about what I have to do the next day and I don’t want to get out of hand.  Fortunately this weekend taught me to live!

On the 4th my parents had a great party with lots of tanning, swimming and food.  The next 2 days was a recovery to again lay by the pool and relax.  Saturday night I was invited to a jewelry party of Chloe + Isabel products and it was great!  The hosts did a great job and I bought a cute necklace as well (see below). The best part about it is that I can wear it as three necklaces or one!

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I was also happy to spend the night with my good friend Chelsea…

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Afterward we went to Asbury Park for some cocktails.  I think I had more than some because I never made it to the family breakfast the next morning….woops.  I did end up trying some oyster shooters at the raw bar which was deelish!  Oysters aren’t my thing but they go down really easy with some spicy bloody mary.

raw bar

I didn’t have any plans for Sunday but out of the blue I got a text from my friend Mike who invited me up to Sea Bright for the day.  Normally I wouldn’t go because it’s pretty far to enjoy myself without thinking about prepping for work but I’m on vacation, right?!  So I threw caution to the wind and went and ended up having a great day!  First we stopped at Woody’s in Sea Bright for lunch and then the Ocean Place Tiki Bar in Long Branch.  It was a perfect afternoon of catching up with friends to end the short staycation.

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I’m sure you’ve caught on by now that I look at everything as a lesson.  This weekend I learned to not worry so much and to enjoy myself more.  I’m also reminded about the important people in my life who love and care about me no matter what.  ❤ you….

After this busy weekend, even Reilly was pooped!

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As I was writing this blog Bob Marley’s song came to mind which summed it up perfectly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mACqcZZwG0k

“Don’t worry about a thing,’Cause every little thing  gonna be all right.

Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,’Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”
Rise  up this mornin’,

Smiled with the  risin’ sun,

Three little  birds Perch by my doorstep

Singin’ sweet songs Of melodies pure and true

Sayin’,  (“This is my message to you-ou-ou:”)

Singin’:  “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,’Cause  every little thing gonna be all right.”

Kidney Failure!?

We’ve all heard how important it is to drink water on a daily basis but do you actually heed the advice?  I for one, do not which is a huge mistake on my part.

I’ll admit, I hate drinking water.  It makes me feel so bloated like I’m going to float away.  But this weekend I truly learned a lesson on how important it is to drink water.

On Saturday morning I got up and felt like going for a nice walk on the beach.  So I texted my friend Billy who happened to be in town from NYC and we hit the boardwalk.  It was a gorgeous morning around 9am and we started at the beginning of Belmar.  I figured we would walk to the end of Belmar and back and be done but we were talking and just kept going.

I caught him up on my crazy online dating experiences and he told me about his recent audition for HBO’s “Girls”.  Before we knew it we were at the end of the Spring Lake boardwalk . While we were walking I had my Map My Run app going to track our time and distance and at this point we hit about 3 miles.

On the way back it started to get pretty hot and I could feel my skin burning.  Since I didn’t expect to go on the long trek that we did, I did not put on sunscreen.  Irish girl fail!  See below…

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Half way back my legs started to hurt but we had to keep going because no one’s going to pick my butt up.  We made it to the end (after 7.3 miles and over 2 hours), got in the car and he suggested we go to Toast in Asbury Park.  Once we got there we had a bit of a wait so I suggested we stop at the Brickwall and grab a beer.  I tried the Hell or High Watermelon beer which was light and delicious.

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When we finished we went over to Toast for breakfast.  When I walked in I was overwhelmed with the smell of food that I immediately felt nauseous.  (This is not at fault of Toast – this place is actually pretty amazing and last time I was there we saw Big Pussy from The Sopranos so it has a special place in my heart).  I looked at the menu and didn’t have any desire to eat because the thought of any of it made me sick.   I ended up ordering pancakes and spent the rest of the time in the bathroom because I was sure I would be sick.

Luckily, Billy suggested we go home because I would have felt too bad to make him leave on my account.

When I got home I turned the AC way up and crawled into bed and slept for a bit.  I woke up feeling much better but still sluggish.  That night I went to the Headliner for a party and had a few Coronas.  Another big mistake.

Sunday morning I woke up and my back was sore.  I didn’t dance or fall (which wouldn’t surprise anyone if this happened simultaneously) so there is no reason for this soreness.  When I touched my back I realized it was my kidneys.  I looked online to see why my kidneys would be sore and finally determined it was from dehydration.  (http://www.ener-chi.com/articles/dangers-of-dehydration/)

Saturday’s long walk without water or sunscreen plus beer = dehydration.  This truly scared me.  I was pretty nervous especially since my grandmother has had her share of kidney issues.  Everytime I got up my kidneys hurt and I was very tired.  All I could do was drink as much water as I could throughout the day.

I’m happy to report that I’m feeling much better today.  I urge everyone to drink water especially before, during and after a workout.  I really learned a good lesson this weekend.

Dear baby Jesus,

Thanks broseph for making my kidney pain go away.

Xoxo,

Liz