Thankful Thursday

I’ve been trying to come up with ways to force myself to blog more often, and I like the idea of posting some positive things from the previous week. Too often we focus more on the negative in life and less on the good; I know I’m guilty of that a lot lately. So here are a few things I’m thankful for during the past week. I got to see a friend Last week I got to visit my friend Kathy in Louisville. We had dinner and we got to hang out afterward and chill. Too often our visits are only limited to dinner so it’s hard to fully catch up. I also have to brag on her because she’s doing really well exercising and getting healthy. Go Kathy! 😀 I got to see Cory I think this weekend was the first time I’ve seen him since our trek to the Grand Canyon a couple of weeks ago. (Too long!) We went to see the Dalai Lama speak in Louisville. It was an interesting experience to say the least. Also, I think it was the first time I’ve been to any sort of venue recently where I didn’t see a […]

Project 31 begins… again!

Back in May 2011 I decided to do a month long photo project. I’m very happy I did that project even though I went well over into June to get all 31 photos. There were days when life was mundane and the photo reflected that, so I thought I’d rather get quality images out. The project helped me get out when I normally wouldn’t, and as a result I got photos I really liked in the process. I’m not entirely sure why I chose May a couple of years ago but I’m missing my camera, and so I’ve decided to do it again for this month. May seems like a good month to do it since it’s not in the heart of a Kentucky summer (when I usually want to hibernate) and shouldn’t be as busy as other months. Now that I’m out of school for the summer, work and my own projects are the only things keeping me busy. I’m excited to see what photos I come up with during this project especially since Cory and I are going to the Grand Canyon this weekend… and the project will be (unintentionally) ending on our one year anniversary! I hope […]

Vintage cameras

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything here; 2011 in fact! Sheesh! In case you didn’t know, I’ve been blogging a little more frequently over at Geek to Fit. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with this site in the future, but I wanted to post a recent find… My Aunt passed away at Christmas and my Mom has been going through all of her stuff and cleaning out her home. It’s a weird feeling going through someone else’s stuff when they’re not there. It’s sobering that one day someone will be going through my stuff. If someone knew me or didn’t know me, would they be shocked by what they found? It’s something to think about. Mom did bring home two cameras she found in the house: a Polaroid Colorpak II and an Imperial Insta-flash. None of these are worth much and it appears that film for the Imperial Insta-flash is no longer available, however, it’ll be nice to display whenever I have a home of my own.

2012 Goals

I’ve been thinking about things I want to accomplish in 2012… I use the word accomplish because resolutions always induce a sense of failure in my mind if they’re not accomplished. I wanted to come up with a small list of goals I know I could realistically reach by the end of the year. So this is what I came up with… Keep moving No matter what keep moving. These past few months I’ve tried to do some sort of physical activity every day unless I’m sick or on the rare occasion I’m booked solid all day. I want to keep this up, and I don’t think it’ll be difficult since it feels like exercising has become a habit. I can definitely tell a difference in my mood and how I feel physically on days when I can’t fit anything in or I’m forced to stay in bed because of sickness. Eat more veggies I have no problem getting fruit into my diet everyday. I love fruit. Veggies, on the other hand… Some sort of salad is my veggie of choice but lately I’m so burned out on leaves of any kind. In all honesty, I need to be more […]

Week 13 – Lucky 13

Happy December! As I was beginning this post I remembered that this past week was week 13. Is 13 supposed to be lucky or unlucky? Either way it was a lucky week for me. First, according to my dailymile stats I’ve walked 300 miles since 9/12! That would be the equivalent of walking to Nashville and back. Second, my weight finally moved! Third, and unrelated to my health, Ryan Adams is playing in town next month and I have tickets! Weee! Monday I had a strength training consultation with one of the owners of my gym. I was surprised that she remembered me and greeted me with a big hug. I know many people prefer to remain anonymous at the gym and quite honestly I preferred that in the past. When people don’t take notice it’s easy to slack off or not show up. We went through a routine together and it requires balance and coordination; two skills I haven’t mastered. Needless to say, my form wasn’t great but I did it and I’ll get better the more I do it. The strength training was a workout by itself so I’m not sure where I mustered up the energy to […]

Week 12 – Joining the gym

For a while my weight loss has slowed down to the point that it’s not moving. I finally stopped weighing myself every week because it was disheartening seeing my weight not moving, or that I gained weight. I took a week to count calories but I got as far as the fourth day, and while I was keeping it under every day, it was overwhelming to keep track of everything with other things going on. I am going to try again soon. It’s been chilly and/or rainy the past few weeks, which doesn’t necessarily keep me from walking, but it’s hard to keep up with the mileage I’ve been doing on nice days. I’ve been trying to do workout videos in addition (usually Taebo or Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred) to make up for the mileage. Last Friday, I was determined to go back to Iroquois Park since I needed a change of scenery and something that would kick my butt – thank you Christina for introducing me to this park! I knew it was going to be cold that morning (30-something F) but after my body and brain fought one another for about 20 minutes I finally got used to […]

What doesn’t kill you…

Happy November! I’m into week 9 of my fitness journey and feeling great aside from some (temporary) physical pain but more on that later… When I first started out I was apprehensive about blogging or even making a separate twitter account documenting what I’m doing/eating/etc. to be healthy because what if I fail? Thinking about that now, I’ve missed out on things in life because I’m too worried about failure. I guess we all have this fear of failure to a point, but I feel like in certain aspects of my life that fear is more paralyzing than it should be. I’m so glad I started blogging and tweeting about this. It’s held me accountable and kept my mind stimulated – often when it should be stimulated on other things. When I began I doubt I could come up with anything nice to say about myself, and the more I think about it; I’ve felt this way a long time. It’s sad that I let it get to that point. With that being said, I feel like in this short time my confidence is back to what it should be. I haven’t lost a huge amount of weight this early […]

Me vs. Food

My relationship with food has always been a dysfunctional one. This past weekend I didn’t make great food choices. I take that back, Friday evening I had sushi, and I don’t think any roll I sampled was particularly bad for me especially since I don’t eat sushi that often. Saturday after walking around Iroquois Park with friends I was starving. Unfortunately, I had to go to the grocery to pick up things for what would’ve been a healthy dinner: veggie lasagna. After picking up ingredients for dinner I stopped at the Wendy’s drive thru because it was about 3pm and I needed to eat something. My diet coke ended up being a Coke as I pulled away from the window. I don’t particularly like Coke products anyway so drinking regular coke was enough to turn my appetite off. I didn’t eat much of what I ordered; 1/2 of my burger and maybe a handful of fries. Still it would’ve been a few hundred calories. I made dinner and probably ate too much bread before the lasagna finished cooking. Cue to 10pm and meeting up with a girlfriend at Qdoba. I wasn’t hungry, but I didn’t want to be at home, […]

Week Seven – Rewards

It’s been a good exercising week — at least I think so! I recently purchased a Fitbit and I’ve been having some inaccuracies with it and so I’ve had to estimate how I’ve been doing each day in terms of mileage and calories burned. From the looks of Google I’m the only person who didn’t like theirs. In all honestly, I should’ve done more research before purchasing it but I read countless reviews where people raved about them. Now I’m back to my $14 pedometer that works pretty accurately out of the box and gives me the exact information I want. With only 3 pairs of “workout” bottoms I have to do laundry a couple times during the week, and since I’ve been busy every day this week I’ve fallen behind. There were a pair of workout shorts I bought earlier this summer that have been sitting in the bottom of my drawer barely worn, because they were too tight to be seen out in public in. I couldn’t even be bothered to wear them just around the farm because they reminded me I really needed to lose weight. I reluctantly put them on Thursday morning and they fit really […]