Category Archives: Life Lessons

Running 5.0

We hit the gym last night for some upper body weights and cardio.
And since it’s been a bit since I’ve been on the treadie, I was interested to see what the workout would feel like.
Because when I’m on the pavement, I have no idea how fast or slow I’m going.

The warm-up prior to lifting was telling, because I usually warm up at 3.0 or 3.5 if I’m pushing it.
But those 10 minutes never saw less than 3.7 at a 2.0 incline.
Sweetness.
After weights, we hit cardio again and I found myself starting at 4.5 and then each minute I increased the speed by one.
Within a few, I found myself running at 5.0 with ease.
That is pretty frickin’ huge for me. Now, I’m curious as to how fast I’m going outside.
What’s funny is once I finished, I told Fishface how it wasn’t even the most amazing run. I had a number of distractions and my music was failing me. But I still accomplished a milestone of running faster than before. Running life lesson #5,001: Even a not-so-great run can have amazing accomplishment within it.
Hitting 5.0 used to make me feel like my short, baby legs would run right out from under me. Never felt sturdy with that speed.
No, I’m not fast. I jokingly I tell people my “run” is a real runner’s walk.
And that is perfectly fine by me. It reminds me of the cliché that says though I’m slow, I’m still lapping those on the couch.
Truth.

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La Bella Vita

Octopus

This weekend I had the honor of witnessing my beautiful Bella Doveface vow her love to her special person.
It was perfection.
And the quick trip, my first road trip with a friend (yes I’m 30), was so good to my soul.
Bad for my waistline…I devoured the MOST amazing cheeseburger of my life at 2:30 a.m. and a crap ton of other fast food. No shame. No regrets.
Hell, even that was good for my soul.
And all of this soul pampering is represented in that octopus. Strange how the weirdest things can reignite those embers.
It was a cathartic couple of days and reminded me of how blessed I am, and how silly I can be.
Here’s what that little Octopus reminded me of:

1. In love, in life, in friendships you really do get back what you put in. It’s all  hard work, but it’s worth it.
2. You own your happiness. It is ultimately in your hands. It’s so easy to put this responsibility onto others, but it’s between you and God to get it straight. Not your spouse, not your family, not your friends.
3. “The grass is greener where you water it.” Though I super dislike this cliché, it’s true. In this world, things often look shiny and desirable from a distance and it’s generally just because we don’t possess it. Greed manifests itself many ways.
4. Nourishing yourself – mentally, physically, spiritually is vital to your happiness. Hobbies are good.
5. Travel. Your mind clears up in different weather, different terrain. A drive can ease pain, both real and imagined. Distance from a routine can revitalize. A trip can renew your faith and determination to come back and be better.
6. Sometimes you need a good ole smack in the face to put down your stupidity, and pick up your gratitude.
7. The Devil’s chatter is only as loud as you allow it to be. Find the mute button.
8. Loving someone constantly is a constant choice. It’s not simple, it’s not even natural some days. Worth it…every.single.day.
9. You never know what you truly mean to someone. A phone call, a card, a tearful kiss on the cheek, a six-hour drive, it could all mean the world to someone.
10. A smile can get your far.

Most of these beautiful truths were donated to me by my Doveface. And most of all of them I’ve always known, just needed to hear again or figured out on my weekend journey.
That Octopus is proof that revelations can hit you anywhere if you’re open, likely if there’s bourbon nearby. 😉
But most importantly that sea creature reminded me how beautiful life really is. I never imagined myself roadtripping with my love and my Ludo to a 1920s Speakeasy, drinking spiked lemonade, strolling to a park to witness love in front of a fountain, and leaving with ridiculous amounts of gorgeous, handmade pottery.
Ride the waves.

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A Day Off

I think I figured out the secret to getting thoughts onto this blog: blog at night.
I am a night owl by nature, though I hardly ever stay up ’til midnight anymore.
I’ve always written at night. It’s just always been when my brain kicks into creative overdrive. And thankfully that Overthink part of my brain goes to bed early, so me and Creative get to hang out – “all night long. All night.” It’s a song.

Today I tried frog legs. Taste like chewy chicken. Not a fan. (This picture looks like I’m in a cafeteria. Ha)
frog legs
Also had stuffed crab for the first time in my adult life. Meh.
Most seafood and I just really aren’t the best of friends. Shrimp, crab legs and lobster…now I can eat that all day. And I do love gator!

Today, we were thankful to have the day off together, so we wanted to do new things as a couple. Can you believe we’ve never been bowling in the near five years together? Me neither.
I definitely need to work on my strikes, but don’t I look cute with my color coordination? Forgive the blurry pic.
How is it bowling shoes are still so not stylish?
bowling
We went with our friend Mikey, and between the three of us Fishface was the clear overall winner.
cory strike
Ummmmm, yeah he is smokin’ hot! So glad he’s mine. 🙂

Walked off those frog legs and fried gator tail by strolling through Target. Seriously, walking Target is the best way to digest a meal.
Rounded out the day by picking up vitamins for this super healthy lifestyle I’ve now been mandated to follow. As if! I was totally already doing that, right? Oh beer’s not on a low-carb eating plan? Damn. (more to come on that soon)

Watched a groovy storm pass through, which left the temps feeling extra delish and the sunset super phenom. Then, I took myself on a nice strolly rolly (aka neighborhood walk) around 9:30. Realized half way through that my Friday nights sure have changed. No beer, plus nearing 30=Friday night exercise. I dig it.

Toodle-loo for tonight. Maybe I’ll blog tomorrow. Wouldn’t that be a surprising hoot? 😉

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Reality Bites

Wedding dress fitting is Saturday.
And I’ve lost five pounds total since I bought the dress in January.
Fail.

Don’t ask me why I thought I’d be at goal weight or close to it for this dress fitting.
Don’t ask me why I can’t seem to accomplish the one thing I want more than anything.

So, since I’m getting fitted Saturday, I’m guessing I have to maintain for the next month, right? Unless I want more alterations later.
Maintaining I’ve mastered. Eat like a bird all work week, then like a glutton on the weekends. Success. (sarcasm)

New mindset is going to have to be getting super O.K. with the fact that I failed. And yet again, I didn’t do it. I couldn’t even accomplish it for the biggest moment of my life.

Seriously about to surrender to the fact that I’m overweight, always kinda have been (minus a few good months here and there, and maybe a few years in childhood), and always will be. Totally defeated, and I’ve got only myself to blame. True story.
Seriously, about to stop giving a crap and eat cheeseburgers daily. For reals.
Because apparently I’m too lazy to do anything else.

Pity party for one.