Saturday, February 6, 2016

Weekly Reads, Vol. 62



Are you ready for the big game on Sunday?  You know our resident sports fan Sarah is. And she has a few words for advertisers who are trying to reach the female segment of the audience.

Maybe awards season is a bigger deal to you. It's definitely on Karen's mind. Go check out a new podcast on which she's a contributor. Pretty cool stuff!

As a runner, I understand the need to constantly improve and the sense of accomplishment. Amy shares how her approach to running has changed since becoming a mama to precious Chloe.

LUSH bath bombs are one of my favorite splurges. Joey offers instructions for making bath goodies at home. I might have to try it.

Have you thought about starting a book club? Christy has some advice for making sure your book club is successful.

Kelly wrote about embracing moments of solitude. I definitely need to do more of this, even if it's only short snippets of time. Every little bit helps.

Enjoy your Saturday!


Friday, February 5, 2016

The pros and cons of working out at work


I have completed four weeks of Xtreme Revolution. I'm halfway to the finish. It's been quite the journey so far. I can do more reps of certain exercises than I could at the start so I feel like I'm getting stronger, and some of the workouts have been really fun. It's safe to say I'm enjoying the program. 

Admittedly, I was a bit nervous about sweating with colleagues when I started. Ultimately, it hasn't been terrible but there are definitely pros and cons for working out at work.  

Let's start with the negatives ...

:: Sweating in the middle of the day.
A few times I've had to go to one of the noon sessions. Even though I showered after class, I was still sweating when I sat down at my desk. It's the grossest feeling.

:: Working out with a crush (or even just eye candy, in my case) makes me flustered.
Most of my other group fitness classes are mostly women. Or older men. Or just married men. Not this one. There are some attractive men in my fitness classes, including one I'd noticed before the program started. Now, this should be seen as an advantage to get to know him better. But ... it really just makes me more self-conscious at times. One day, we were playing red light green light and he was near me. I was so aware of his presence that I couldn't focus. And I failed the game. Miserably.

:: Appearing weak in front of colleagues.
I'm not the most athletic person, and I knew there would be times I would struggle. I'm fine with that in regular group fitness classes where that's the only place I see those people. It's different when it happens with people I have the risk of running into each day.


And now, moving on to the positives ...

:: It's convenient.
I've been doing afternoon classes mostly, and it's really nice to be able to get to the gym without getting in the car. I just walk across the building to the locker rooms and facilities. I'll be hitting the morning session in the near future, and it'll be nice not to have to go out in the cold with wet hair.

:: I'm meeting people outside of my department.
My work is kind of isolating. I spend most of my days on the phone. And the people I talk to most are adjusters from other insurance companies. There are more than 900 people in my building, and I'm finally getting acquainted with some of them.

:: Camaraderie.
Some of the workouts are really tough. But at least I don't have to go through them alone. I can look around and see 30-plus other people suffering the same way. And sometimes there are high fives. For me, high fives are like power stars in Super Mario. Plus, we can commiserate in our soreness when we see each other in the hallways and cafeteria.


Do you think you'd enjoy working out with your co-workers?

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Last week's workouts
Friday: Xtreme Recovery (30 minutes)
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Off
Monday: Xtreme Revolution Cardio & Conditioning (30 minutes)
Tuesday: Xtreme Revolution Body Sculpt (30 minutes)
Wednesday: Xtreme Revolution Attack (30 minutes)
Thursday: Xtreme Revolution Plyo & Agility (30 minutes)


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Stuff & Things 2/4



:: We were supposed to get a big blizzard on Tuesday and Wednesday. But ... we only got about three inches. I was kind of hoping for the excuse to work from home, but ... I couldn't justify it with so little snow. I'm disappointed I didn't get a snow day, but ... it ended up being a pretty decent day. I got a lot of work done, had lunch with colleagues (who usually leave for lunch), and got in a killer workout. So I'm not that mad about no snow day.

:: I'm signed up for a 5K next weekend. I'm really looking forward to it ... even though I haven't gone for a run in roughly a month.  I'm a little nervous about that fact, but I'm sure I'll be fine. It's not as though I haven't been active in the last month. And maybe the diverse workouts of Xtreme Revolution will actually make me a better runner.

:: I've started my weekly social media break. But I'm starting slow. Last night, I stayed offline for about three hours. I enjoyed dinner and a movie without needing to read Facebook or Twitter.  It was kind of nice, honestly.  I think that might become a regular Wednesday thing. Eventually, I'd like it to last the whole evening ... and maybe even a whole day. Maybe I'll call it Web-Free Wednesday Night.

::  I'm thinking about cutting my hair. Significantly. Which probably means it'll be done in the next week or so. That's how I operate.

:: A friend and I are planning to take a trip together later this year. We live in different cities, so we want to pick a place neither of us has been and meet there to explore and hang out.  We've narrowed it down to Charleston and Seattle.  Which would you choose?

So what's up with you this week?

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My weekend according to Instagram

This past weekend was a really busy one. Shall I tell you about it?  Nah, I'll just show you.

Friday night

After happy hour with some of my workout buddies from work, I reunited with my favorite boys of winter. It was so good to see them again. Especially since they won in OT.

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Saturday
I worked a seven-hour shift at the brewery. We were slammed thanks to a big bike ride and our beer caucus event. And just weekending. I had planned to make a quick escape when my shift was over, but then some friends turned up at the brewery and my plans changed.

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Saturday night and into Sunday
I baked cupcakes for my brewery not-a-holiday party ... using beer from the brewery.  I made citrus beer cupcakes with our OJ IPA (an American pale wheat) and chocolate stout cupcakes with our Wired Heifer (a coffee milk stout).

A photo posted by @thebestmicah on

A photo posted by @thebestmicah on



I don't have any Instagram photos from the brewery party, but here's our staff picture from Facebook:

This is an awesome group of people, and we had a great time. I think the cupcakes were a hit too.

I was almost constantly on the go, but of course I didn't realize it until I was in the midst of it or nearly done with it.  I'm really glad I took Monday off to recharge a bit. I spent most of the day on my couch watching "Friends" on Netflix. Not kidding. I headed to the office in the late afternoon for my Xtreme Revolution workout and then went to caucus.

Whew. Yeah, I probably need some more downtime.  Soon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Iowa: Our caucus is a big deal

For the most part, Iowans live a humble and quiet life. But every four years, the nation actually pays attention to what's going on in my home state and the place becomes a little busier.

Yep, I'm talking about the Iowa Caucus.

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I have lived in Iowa during three caucus cycles since I came of voting age, and I've participated in all of them on some level. While I don't talk politics on this blog or on social media, that doesn't mean I'm not involved. I care very much about the issues and our elected officials.

In 2008, I was working at a newspaper in a small town near the capital city of Des Moines. I covered the caucuses and also got to interview several candidates as they passed through town leading up to the event. My interviewees included the current president, one of the current Democratic front-runners, and a few past notable Republican candidates.

In 2012, I was living in a different area, so I had to re-register, and I actually participated in the events.

This year, I had to re-register again, but I went out last night to exercise my privilege as an Iowan.

We have been caucusing since 1940, and we've been first in the nation since 1972. There have been attempts to change that, but they haven't been successful. For that, I'm glad. Iowans take pride in their political savvy, and trust me, they are not shy about grilling the candidates.

Seven of the last 10 Democratic caucus winners went on to get the party nomination.  On the Republican side, Iowans got it right six out of 10 times.


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A lot of people don't understand how caucusing works. The Republican and Democratic caucuses are different.

The Republicans go to their precinct location and hear three-minute speeches on behalf of each candidate. When the speeches are done, they write their choice on a piece of paper and turn it in to be counted. Their ballots are kept secret and they can pledge their support for any candidate, even the unpopular ones.

Democrats make the process a little more complex, and I'll do my best to explain it by recounting my experience from last night.

Step 1:  I went to my local precinct, which I found by going online and putting in my address.

Step 2:  I re-registered and signed in as a participant.

Step 3:  I chose a candidate to support and went to that area of the venue.

Step 4:  Every person is counted at the precinct and then we divide up even more noticeably.

Step 5:  First count. My precinct had 266 individuals, and to be a viable candidate there had to be 40 people in that candidate's corner.  Martin O'Malley only had eight and there were approximately 10 undecided.

Step 6:  Re-alignment. Representatives from the Clinton and Sanders camps approached the O'Malley supporters and the undecideds, trying to sway them to their respective candidates. We had 30 minutes to do this.

Step 7:  Final count.  We ended up with 153 for Sanders, 110 for Clinton, and 3 who stayed with O'Malley.  Since our precinct can send eight delegates to the next level, those delegates are divided by the percentages. We will be sending five for Sanders and three for Clinton.

Step 8:  Choose delegates, a platform, and elect committee chairs.

I arrived at the venue (a small church) at 6:30 to register, the caucus activity began at 7, and I left around 8:30.  I don't feel like two hours is too much to invest.
 
Still confused?  Check out this video:


It's a really interesting process.

As I said earlier, all eyes have been on Iowa in weeks leading up to the caucus.  National media has been all over my city.  There's even been some international media, as the brewery where I work was visited by Japanese reporters last week. Celebrities who are supporting various candidates have also infiltrated our state. I have friends who ran into the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Justin Long.

It can get a bit chaotic, honestly, and parking anywhere downtown was a bit of a nightmare over the weekend. And it's safe to say 95 percent of the television and radio ads are of the political nature. (I'm glad that percentage will be dropping for the next few months.)  It can be very aggravating.

But it's also really exhilarating. There's an indescribable buzz everywhere. People who don't usually talk politics begin to talk politics. I have friends on both sides of the political spectrum, but I'm fortunate that they're all respectful and intelligent when they discuss their views. You can't go anywhere without hearing about the caucus, and you might get approached in a random public place to be polled about your preferences on the candidates and the issues. It's fun to feel like your opinion counts.

Do you live in a state where there's a caucus?
Would you participate if you did?



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Weekly Reads, Vol. 61



While talking with the young woman in her life, Karen had a revelation about kick-ass women in films. Check out her list of characters. Would you add any?

It shouldn't be such an anomaly to be nice. We also shouldn't have to tell people to be kind. But it just seems to be so rare these days. Rachel cited a few simple examples of how to be nice.

Sarah spoke straight to my heart. And possibly for me. Her post about emotions and reactions was on point for battles I constantly fight. Earlier in the week, she also wrote about things that send her into panic. I related to too many items on her list.

I am working harder to find balance this year, and sometimes that means saying "no." Cait provides insight about why it's OK to decline things sometimes.

Joey has been killing it lately with her posts. This week, she talked about mistakes and failures and about how too often we let fear hold us back.

Have a great Saturday!

 


Friday, January 29, 2016

January fitness recap

I know the journey to getting in better shape is a slow and steady one.  And little goals along the way will help me reach my overall goal.  So I have fitness benchmarks I want to reach each month.



Goals
Work out 16 days a month.  Grade = A
I actually worked out 18 days this month. And that's if I don't work out Saturday or Sunday (and I probably won't). Yay me!

Strength training once a week.  Grade = A
Thanks to Xtreme Revolution, I can't avoid this one. Tuesday's body sculpt classes take care of this.

Track my food each day.  Grade = B
 I've done pretty well with this. Only forgot a few days.

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Non-scale victories = I kicked off my goal of doing one race a month on the very first day of the year. I was super proud of myself for getting up early and going to the Commitment Run 5K on Jan. 1. It was pretty chilly that day and staying in bed sounded more appealing.

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Last week's workouts
Friday: Xtreme Recovery (30 minutes) + Zumba happy hour (90 minutes)
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Off
Monday: Xtreme Revolution Cardio & Conditioning (30 minutes)
Tuesday: Xtreme Revolution Body Sculpt
Wednesday: Xtreme Revolution Attack
Thursday: Xtreme Revolution Plyos Skipped

I wanted to wake up early Thursday morning to go to the gym before work, but my cold has been kicking my butt this week. I haven't slept very great, so I decided an extra hour of sleep was a better choice.






Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stuff & Things 1/28



:: Last night in my fitness class, we played battle ball (kind of a safer version of dodge ball) and human Pac-Man. They were both super fun and made me feel like I was back in high school gym class. It was a nice way to unwind at the end of the day.

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:: Last Friday night, I went to a Zumba happy hour. Ninety minutes of dancing and sweating with about 40 other people (mostly women, but a few men were there too).  It was the perfect way to spend a Friday night.

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:: People have raved about It's a 10 products for a while. I finally gave them a shot, and I'm sold. My curls are softer and more defined.  Love it!!

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:: My brewery holiday party is Sunday. We're actually calling it Notta Holiday Party because ... well, it's too late for the Christmas season.  But it should be a great time anyway.  Free beer, Greek food, games, and a beer exchange. Oh, and I'm making cupcakes for the occasion using some of the beer from the brewery. I'm looking forward to spending the evening with my coworkers.

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:: Speaking of the brewery, we are currently hosting a Caucus Your Beer event (You can check out the event details and some of the videos here on the facebook page). It's perfect as Iowa is in the midst of caucus season.  I should probably write about what it's like to live here during this political storm.  It's half-fun and half-annoying, honestly. But I should do a post with more detail. Would that interest any of you?
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:: I feel like I might have extended my "brave" theme from last year into this year. I continue to do things outside my comfort zone. I hate to be vague (because I know it's annoying), but I can't say too much at the moment. Just know I'm still taking risks, and most of them are paying off in one way or another.





What's up with you this week?





Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When someone adores your imperfections

"Good Will Hunting" is high on my list of most-watched movies. This quote, in particular, is a favorite:


The romantic in me loved this notion -- the idea that someone could love the things that you (and maybe others) saw as flaws or weaknesses.

The cynic in me knew this was probably crap.

Not too long ago, I attended a bridal shower/bachelorette for a close friend. My favorite activity was this little survey and questionnaire thing. The groom-to-be had filled out his answers about the bride, and we wanted to see what she thought he would say.  It was fun and eye-opening to see how well they knew each other after a few years together.

One of the questions was: "What physical feature of hers do you like best?"
His answer: "Her big blue eyes."

Such a simple response and maybe almost cliche.  But I heard it differently and swooned. Why?  Because my friend has always complained about her eyes. In her opinion, they are too big. I believe she's even called them "cow eyes."

Let me get this straight -- he loves the very thing she hates about herself.

Who knew that was real? I thought those scenarios only existed in romance novels and movies.

I have plenty of flaws and quirks. But we'll stick with the physical for this post.

So what's my least favorite physical feature?  My cheeks.

Look at them ... 

OK. That's enough photos of me.

But do you see what I mean? They take up some serious real estate on my face.

I was tormented about them in high school. A few of the jocks constantly referred to me as "Chipmunk Girl."

A guy I liked in college told me they made me look chubby. A simple comment made harsher by my feelings for him.

Even now, as an adult, I am still self-conscious about my cheeks. They're so big. Sometimes I minimize my smiles in photos so they don't stand out too much.

What's your least favorite physical feature? 
Have you ever received a compliment on it?


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Confidence = a work-in-progress

Here comes the cold
Break out the winter clothes
And find a love to call your own

These are lyrics to John Mayer's "St. Patrick's Day," which chronicles the way people tend to gravitate toward coupledom in the winter months.  There are studies out there that claim people tend to couple up or seek companionship more in the winter than any other time of the year. It makes sense, honestly. It gets dark earlier, it snows (in some places), and it's generally colder. It's the season for staying in and being cozy. Company seems more appealing in these circumstances.

I'm certainly part of this trend. As I've mentioned, I'm venturing back into the dating world. Or at least attempting to.

I've signed up for an online service and I've had a few dates. They haven't been anything special or significant, but at least I'm trying. Instead of combing through the profile looking for little things that wouldn't be compatible (Ew, he likes rap), I'm trying to see the bigger picture . Is he attractive (which has a different meaning for everyone)? Is he interesting? Do we have something in common that could lead to a good conversation?  In other words, I'm focusing more on finding a date than finding a long-term thing from the get go. Obviously, that's the ultimate goal, but I can't get there without a date first, right?  No profile can tell the whole story about a person, so as long as there are no major red flags, I'll at least exchange messages with someone.



Beyond the online realm, I'm also trying to be more proactive in my interactions with guys I meet while going about my life who spark my interest. This one is harder for me than the online dating. If I'm attracted to someone, I immediately go shy and become completely insecure. I'm afraid of saying something foolish or looking ridiculous. More than that, I'm afraid they'll look at me like, "Why are YOU talking to ME? What makes you think you're worthy?" I'm assuming this is a pretty natural fear made even more poignant for me by past experiences. Logically, I know I can't let my past rule me, but sometimes it's very hard to forget those moments. But I'm working on it. Last week, I initiated conversation with an attractive guy in my building. And you know what? He chatted back. And didn't seem the least bit put out or annoyed. I've even flirted with a few handsome customers at the brewery. And again, there haven't been any instances where they ran away screaming. Probably because I give them access to good beer, but I'd also like to think it's because maybe ... just maybe ... they are a little flattered (even if they're not interested).

And that, my friends, is huge. The scars from my high school and college boy disasters haunt me and have squashed my confidence for years. But I'm trying to work past that. Obviously, I'm making some progress. I've long accepted that I'll never be the prettiest, smartest, or most interesting girl in the room. But that doesn't mean I don't have something to offer.


I am passionate about beer, baseball, and a few other sports.
I like running and being active.
I participate in local organizations, and I take pride in my community.
I'm relatively intelligent and people laugh at my jokes sometimes.
I'm a kind person and a good friend.
And I suppose, if I'm pressed to say so, I think I can be kind of cute sometimes.
I'm a good catch. And a keeper.

I'm starting to turn the question of "Why would he like me?" into "Why wouldn't he like me?"  I don't think that's egotistical or narcissistic. I think it's honest. I have plenty of flaws and quirks, but I'm learning to love myself for who I am. I'm not perfect, but I'm still worthy of love.

How did/do you deal with insecurities?
What do you believe is the key to building and maintaining confidence?


Monday, January 25, 2016

Music Monday: Jess Glynne - "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself"

I've heard Jess Glynne's radio hits ("Rather Be" and "Hold My Hand") and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Her voice is distinct and both songs are very upbeat and hopeful. Then last week, I heard her on the Elvis Duran show (they're my morning favorites) and she performed this song. It spoke to me. Deeply.  I was having a day/week when I was too into my own head. I am my own worst critic and judge. When I heard this song, it just hit me as a message I needed to hear. And I immediately bought her album. I have already decided I will see her live when the opportunity comes. She's just fantastic.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Weekly Reads, Vol. 60


I've talked before about wanting to take one night away from social media each week. I haven't made it a regular practice yet, but it needs to happen. Jess at Chaotic & Collected outlines some solid ways social media can ruin your entire life.

One of the main reasons I enjoy Kati Rose's blog is for her music insights. This wee, she shared a list of artists to keep an eye (or ear) on in the coming year. Based on her knowledge and track record, I'm guessing there are some real gems in here.

Awkward is my specialty. That's why I really enjoyed Helene's post about why it's OK to be weird online. Being like everyone else won't help you stand out in the blog world -- or anywhere else, for that matter. Stay weird, friends.

Kimiko at Slice of Heaven spent some time in a DMV this week and turned her thoughts into a blog post. That's what bloggers do. No, but really, she made some great points about all the waiting we do in life. Even when we think we're on the move, there's still a lot of waiting involved. It was very thought-provoking.

Joey at Hodges Podges lost her father at the start of the new year. As she works through her grief, she could easily let that loss define 2016. But she's not. She has a magnificent outlook taking control of her year. I'll be toasting in her honor on Jan. 31.

I have lots of friends who are moms. They regularly share photos of their little ones, but I hope they're also taking plenty of photos with their children. As Madison at Espresso and Cream pointed out this week, it's important for mommas to get in front of the camera to capture those memories the children will treasure later.

Enjoy your Saturday!


Friday, January 22, 2016

What an Xtreme week of workouts looks like

Last week, I gave you a summary of the fitness program I'm doing, but I'm not sure if the class descriptions gave the whole picture. So I kept track of my workouts this week to give you a better idea of what I'm doing every day.

This is where the magic happens. You can see the indoor track at the top of the photo, but we work out on the court below.

MONDAY - Cardio and conditioning
Circuit 1:
- Jogging
- Inchworms and mountain climbers
- Jumping jacks
- Plank toe taps
(We complete each exercise for 30 seconds, rest one minute, and repeat three times)

Circuit 2: 
- Hawkeyes (line sprints ... I've heard them called suicides as well)
- Side shuffle
- High knees
- High five jump squat with a partner
(We complete each exercise for 30 seconds, rest one minute, and repeat three times)

Circuit 3:
- Sprint and planks (sprint until the trainer yells "plank," then we get up when we hear "sprint" again)
- Burpees
- Elephant Walks
- Plank
(We complete each exercise for 30 seconds, rest one minute, and repeat three times)

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TUESDAY - Body sculpt
Circuit 1: 
Half burpees
Plank Knee Drives
Split Squat Jumps
Abductions
Deadlift + Curl
(10 minutes to perform 12 repetitions at each stations, completing as many rounds as possible.)

Circuit 2:
Walking plank
Gliding plank toe taps
Tricep push-ups
Squats with resistance band
Jumping jacks with dumbbells
(10 minutes to perform 12 repetitions at each stations, completing as many rounds as possible.)

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WEDNESDAY - Attack
Red light, green light races
- Frog hops
- Jumping jacks
- Walking lunges
*** Our trainer yelled out "green light" to go and "red light" to stop. Sometimes tricking us by saying "red light" twice. If you moved on red light, you had to go back to the start. First one across the court and back won.

Team tagging
- Elephant walks
- Crab walks
- Squat walks
- Bunny hops
*** We were divided into five teams and had to go out and tag people while doing each of these moves. If your team had the least amount of tags, you were eliminated and given a different workout to do while the other teams continued to the finish. My team was eliminated after the squat walks, so we had to do bicycle crunches while the last two teams duked it out.

Partner abs
While I did 25 sit-ups, my partner planked. When I finished, we switched. And repeated this for five minutes. We did not get through very many times. I suck at sit-ups. Sorry, Ashley.

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THURSDAY - Plyos
Circuit 1:
20 Front/back hops
10 X jumps
10 Half burpees
10 Air jacks
20 Lateral hops

Circuit 2:
15 Jump squats
12 Speed skaters
10 Rev-ups (a burpee followed by a star jack)
10 Tuck jumps
15 Squat jacks

Five minutes on one circuit -- getting through it as many times as possible -- then a one-minute break before switching to the other circuit. We did each circuit twice.

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FRIDAY - Recovery
Last week it was yoga, and I'm told that will be pretty standard. I hope so because the stretching and balance work feels good after the other four days.

Naturally, there is a warm-up and cool down for each day -- except for Friday, when we just go straight into yoga.

So what do you think? Want to join me for the next six weeks?

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Last week's workouts
Friday: Xtreme Recovery
Saturday: Off
Sunday: Off
Monday: Xtreme Revolution Cardio & Conditioning + Fit Fusion Dance Fitness
Tuesday: Xtreme Revolution Body Sculpt + 1-mile walk on the track
Wednesday: Xtreme Revolution Attack
Thursday: Xtreme Revolution Plyos

Whew. It was a pretty packed week.  Doubling up on Monday wasn't too bad, honestly. I love my Fit Fusion class, so I will continue trying to squeeze it in each week.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stuff & Things 1/21



:: This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me. On Monday, I was feeling really good about my life and myself. Tuesday, I started to come down a little. Wednesday, I absolutely hit a funk. My workouts have helped a little, but I'm still not feeling quite myself.

:: One of the big reasons for my funk, I think, is that I still feel like an outcast or the new kid at my place of work. I've been there seven months, but I can't really say I have any friends there. I eat lunch alone. My only social interaction is when I check social media. Basically, I feel invisible. My fitness classes are introducing me to some new people in the company, but even there I feel like no one really likes or notices me. And I have a really hard dealing with the feeling of not being liked.


:: Last night, I was carded at the grocery store. The cashier looked at my ID and said, "Wow. You look way younger than that." Bless you, child. (For those new to this blog, I'm 35.)


:: Over the weekend, I chatted with the person who will be doing the cover for my next novel. She came up with a great concept, and now the trouble is finding a male model.  It's a baseball romance story, so I need a guy with big hands, strong forearms, and athletic chest. Needless to say, I've been checking out the hands and arms of every guy I encounter.


:: I have a new favorite feed to follow on instagram -- Hot Dudes With Kittens. Seriously. It's the best.


How's your week going?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Currently ...

Some days my curls look really nice, so I have to take a selfie.


Watching ... "The Bachelor."
I'm writing this post on Tuesday night. I missed the live airing of this episode because I didn't get home from working out until 30 minutes into the show and then I opted to watch the Iowa State/Oklahoma basketball game. I made a good choice too as the Cyclones defeated a number one team for only the second time in school history.  I'm glad I watched it.

Reading ... "Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix"
I only have a few pages to go. I might even be finished with it by the time this post goes live. We'll see. I'm anxious to see how this all turns out.

Researching ... races.
I have a goal of running 12 this year -- one each month -- but I won't be surprised if I end up doing more than that. There are already two in April and two in June that I want to do. We'll see how it goes.

Sipping on ... hot tea.
I love that my new Keurig dispenses hot water. Not that it's hard to microwave or heat water on the stove, but the Keurig makes it feel more convenient.

Feeling ... sore.
My Xtreme Revolution fitness class is pretty intense. And I went to Fit Fusion Monday evening because I really didn't want to miss out on dancing. My legs are only a little achy, but my arms and shoulders are really hurting from all the planks, elephant walks, and push-ups.

Dreading ... taxes time.
I need to start rounding up my Mary Kay inventory information and the paperwork from all three of my jobs. I'm also a little nervous that I'll end up owing the government money thanks to my beertender job where I report all of my tips. I've been putting a little money aside all year to prepare for this, but I'm still nervous.

Looking forward to ... baseball season.
Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month. I cannot wait for a new season. Even though I enjoy college basketball and I'm enjoying my first season as a hockey fan, baseball is still first in my heart.

Needing to ... do a few more rounds of edits and re-writes on my novel.
I'm trying to give myself time between read-throughs, but I'm also anxious to get it done. I want it to be available for sale already!!

Shopping for ... new running shoes.
I bought my most recent pair almost a year ago. It's safe to say it's time for some new kicks.

Listening to ... Rachel Platten, Jess Glynne, Demi Lovato, and Kate Voegele.
Clearly, I'm all about the female artists right now.

What's up with you lately?



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