5) Flowers never ever ever get old…
….especially purple ones.
….especially purple ones.
A – Apples (and all fruits – banana, berries and peaches). I absolutely love fruit. They’re so naturally sweet and tasty! Not to mention extremely good for you! I aim (and succeed) to have three to four servings of fruit, daily. Usually this consists of an apple, berries galore, bananas and perhaps a pear/peach/apricot. Typically speaking I prefer my fruit in the natural and fresh form, instead of dried and/or juiced, but whatever cranks your chain, right? My all time favorite go-to fruit at the moment is Pink Lady Apples. They’re such a treat! I eat an apple daily, I’m sure. I love them.
B – Barre/Pilates styled workouts are definitely going to take the cake for B. As you know, when I started to incorporate more Yoga/Pilates and Barre into my fitness regime, I noticed so many changes in my mind and body. I feel beautiful, graceful, elegant… the list could go on. Let’s be honest, I feel girly. I love to feel girly.
C – The clean eating lifestyle. I absolutely love the feeling of eating clean. Knowing that the food I put into my body is extremely healthful and good for me has helped me – in so many ways – overcome my struggles with disordered eating. Instead of focusing on what I shouldn’t/couldn’t eat, it caused me to focus on what I should and need to eat. If you’ve never tried out the lifestyle of eating clean, I strongly advise you to give it a go. 🙂
D – I love being able – or being surrounded by people who – dress up. I know it sounds kind of ridiculous but ever since I took part in a high school program a few years back where one of the events require me to dress up, I have loved the whole concept. I am not huge into dressing up like a total skank, though. Halloween to me is about being cute or funny, not looking like I just walked out of a porno, thank you muchly!
E – Exercise has become an important and required part of my life. I love to create work outs (see below for this weeks ‘Love Your Body Toning Every Inch’ work out). I used to think I didn’t have it in my to design a good work out, but now I love making them up. Every morning, over my oats, I plan my work out. I live for it. Some people don’t understand and some people take the whole concept for granted (which, never should be the case). I feel grateful that I am able to sprint, sculpt, spin and stretch! It makes me who I am; it makes me feel beautiful.
F – Friends the TV show. It’s actually almost ridiculous how much I love this show. I – at the drop of a hat – can reference the show without even a thought! My mother and I have kind of turned this into a small game. OK, OK. A really large game. It’s embarrassing, really.
G – Games are like my all-time favorite pass time. Mostly word, card or board games. I am in LOVE with crazy eights, cross words and… pretty much any board game under the sun. I love challenging my mind and thinking, so trivia games are a big plus. Lately I’ve been kicking serious rump at them, too! I just love them. My Friday nights are usually spent curled up with a tea and some kind of word game. I think that I found my perfect match considering last Friday night, Omar didn’t hesitate to join me on the coach with a book of Suduko. 🙂
I – Intellectual conversation with strangers (and friends, too). I absolutely love exchanging knowledge on virtually any topic with a multitude of people. If I don’t know something, I want to learn about it! I don’t feel the need to be an expert on every topic, but I love expanding my vocabulary and knowledge everyday of my life!
J – Jewelry of all kinds. Typically I find myself drawn to elegant and simple pieces, with a timeless flare. Currently my favorite is the necklace Baba got me while he was away. 🙂 It goes with virtually everything I own!
K – My dear friend Kathryn who has always supported me and has always been there for me. I love her so much, I can’t even begin to explain it. We can go months and months without seeing each other and the moment that we see each other again it is as if no time has passed at all. I absolutely love her and am so grateful to have her. No matter what happens, she will always be my dearest friend. My very own kindred spirit :).
L – Laughter (mostly from small humans… yes, babies). I absolutely love the sound of a laugh. More than you can even understand. It’s the most beautiful sound there is. When people laugh, it makes me smile. When babies laugh it makes me feel like nothing bad in the world could happen.
M – Me time. I knwo it sounds odd, but I’ve always been a pretty quite and to myself person. I require so quiet quality time with me, or I will go completely nuts. I’ve discovered that this is best done in the early morning between 6 and 8 AM. This is when I work out and eat breakfast and plan out my day. I love it. After that time, I want nothing more but then to be surrounded by those to whom I love, I’ll admit. Too much me time can also make me a little crazy. But in that hour, I love just quietly sitting with myself.
Okay, Zooey didn’t get the memo and joins me. In fact, now she comes and gets me if I am not up at a certain time. She tends to be a quiet attendant in my morning routines, so I decided to let her stay.
N – Spending time with nature would definitely be the number one on here. I love trees and trails and birds and butterflies. All of it. In the summertime and fall, most preferably. I love sitting among the trees and reflecting on life. I just love nature. It’s simple beauty makes me truly calm and relaxed.
O – My amazing boyfriend, Omar, who has come into my life in the most beautiful and profound way. Before him I was an honest wreck. I didn’t know who I was or what it meant to be loved by someone other than your family – in that very special way. H’es made me come to terms with the fact that I am strong and beautiful and smart. When I am with him I feel safe and able to do anything. He makes me happier than I ever thought I could be.
P – My loving and incredible parents.
It is no secret that my mother is my best friend. Our relationship is unlike any mother-daughter relationship I’ve seen. We talk about everything, enjoy doing everything together and I am not the least bit embarrassed about it. Why? Because my mother is truly one-of-a-kind. She’s the most generously beautiful woman I’ve ever met and I feel very fortunate to have someone like her in my life.
My father is also no joke. He’s odd and strange, albeit, but he would bend over backward to keep the people he cares for happy. I’ll never forget about the kind and thoughtful things he’s done for me over the years and will never forget the many wise words he has bestowed upon me.
I really don’t know how I got this lucky, but I am certainly glad I did. 🙂
Q – Quotes and quoting. Whether is be awesome Friends references, or quoting the famous words of Dr. Suess, the whole concept of a good quote makes me happy. To know that words have had such a great impact that they’ve – in many ways – been eternalness, makes me happy. I would absolutely love to one day be quoted.
My favorite quote of ever:
R – Roses and all other flowers cause me to feel at complete and utter ease. If I could live in a flower garden, I probably would. I’d sleep of the petals of a rose and dance along the stem of a sunflower. Life would be perfect!
S – Anything related to the sea or the ocean. As I’ve said in the past, I absolutely love large bodies of water! I love them even more if there is waves involved! Anything in this category makes me truly happy shells, dolphins, swimming, sailing (though I am not a sailor, I’ve gone out of boats many a’time), sand! Okay, until this moment I didn’t realize how many ‘s’ words related. The sea makes me extremely happy! 🙂
T – Telling people you love them
It might be the best feeling in the world to see the smile on the face of a person who knows they’re truly loved.
Mama, I love you. Omar, I love you. Daddy, I love you. Zooey, I love you. Kathryn, I love you.
I LOVE YOU 🙂
U – Unusually child-like behavior….
Like eating off a child’s plate…
FYI: There is an owl smiling at you under there, I promise.
V – Vegetables! All of them. I haven’t met a veggie I didn’t like.
W – One of my largest passions has to be writing. Every moment that I can sit down and write, I will. I love the feeling of constructing a well-thought out sentence and sharing it with the people I love. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback regarding MY writing. I love it! Typically speaking, I’ve never felt like I was all that good at it, but wit all this kindness, I feel I am really starting to develop a true belief in myself.
X – Total Cheat: x-mas Eve is probably my favorite time of the year. I absolutely love the feeling of family and togetherness. Typically speaking, the idea of squishing so many people into my Grandparents house causes to me feel a sense of claustrophobia, but Christmas Eve night is something completely different. If we weren’t crawling all over each other, it just would NOT be worth it, it wouldn’t. Chrisrmas Eve night is also the one night a beg for snow to come. More often than not, I find myself wanting to get a hold of one of them snow removal cans from Frosty Returns and get rid of it all, as well as the cold. But, the two weeks leading up to and Christmas Eve itself is a whole other thing. I love snow at Christmas time.
It’s so x-citing 😛
Y – Yoga! You all know how I love me a good bend and stretch! Lately I have been loving Tara Stiles yoga via Livestrong woman, The routines are short enough that you COULD do a few of them, or add it to the end of your own work out for a new stretch. I absolutely love the feeling you get after completely a yoga routine. Light and relaxed. I fell out of love with yoga for a bit, but we have reconnected in a more healthy and practical way! Thank Heavens!
Z – Zooey, my dog, is absolutely the number one Z in my books, I love everything about her :). Including (but no limited to) her strangeness, her goofy moments, her snuggles… everything. 🙂 She’s a true keeper.
Yesterday Omar, Zooey and I took a solid two hour nap together and it was total bliss.
Oh, yes, and the work out 🙂
stay sweet 🙂
On Fears and Fun
Toothbrushs and Tshirts
: Every morning after my shower, I brush my teeth. C’mon guys. Hygiene first, right? Usually, I look down at a toothbrush holder that is 3/4 full. I meander through the options, locate the purple one (obviously) and begin the ritualistic morning teeth brushing. Lately, however I’ve had to do a bit more scouting. Why? Because we officially have a fourth member of the bathroom. Omar. Now, even though he has left the house there are still traces of him. I love it.
After that, I trail my soaked rump into my bedroom and see a t-shirt lying on my bed. It’s, again. Omar’s. I then see the pillow he sleeps on and the section of my desk where he keeps all of his many belongings… the smile growing and growing. I can’t really express how much I love it, to be truthful. It feels so, right – so official. When you first start out with someone, nothing feels… solid, I guess. Everything kind of feels right, or in place. I see these things and I just feel like I’ve found the place I belong – with him.
I know, I know. Cornier than a field in Iowa, right? (Hey, Auntie A!) But it is how I truly feel. Especially in regard to men, I never expected to find someone who makes me feel as at home as I do with him. So, every single time I see that little toothbrush I smile, because it represents everything. My life and my heart. It had always been 3/4 filled, until the dumbdumb walked into my life.
Oatmeal Bowl Notes
One night, not to long ago, Mama and I got into a bit of a rough. Not really a ‘fight’, but a rough. We went to bed still in the rough, but ended our days with a solid ‘I love you’ and ‘Good night’. The next morning when making my bowl of oats, I grabbed my bowl as a normally do – with very little care, as I’m starving – when a small little piece of paper fell to the ground. This caused me to forget about my hunger for a moment. I bent over and picked up the piece of paper, which had flipped to its back and turned it over. On the opposite side, lived a note reading:
‘I love you very much
It was from my Mama.
My smile was so large and so goofy that I am extremely glad I was alone in the house. I always leave these notes for Mama, so getting one from her was perhaps the sweetest thing in the world.
I won’t lie; that was the best bowl of oatmeal I had ever tasted.
Which was rather the note, or the fact that I tried a new granola, but for sentimental sake we will say it was the note.
Thank you Mama. I love you too.
At work we sell a lot of rugs – some of the are rubber. Lately, it’s been a popular thing to return, the ol’ rubber rug. As unusual as it sounds, I love returning them. Or selling them. I just love dealing with them. They have a strong smell that you can’t escape when around them. I absolutely love that smell.
It is a ‘W’ kind of day.
My Favorite Moments
Our first date: Our first date was at Putting Edge. Cute. I kicked his rump, by default (his ball got stuck in the last thing, therefore leading to my triumph).
Okay. So as I mentioned before, this week was a challenge for me. Slightly. Well, not really. Each day of this week, my manager scheduled me for 7:30AM shifts. Which, is fine. That just meant that my work outs would have to happen super early, or after work. I love morning work outs. I really do. Nothing makes me more happy than working out in the AM. So, I opted for morning work outs.
Unfortunately, this meant I’d need to get up earlier and work out before breakfast. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it. Oh, oh I did it! Or… am doing it. I still have two days, but so far I am loving it.
I took it upon myself to make four ‘time crunch’ work outs suitable for any one who needs to get in and get out. They can be shortened or lengthened very easily. I want to start pinning my work outs, so here goes! (This could go horridly bad)
So, that pretty much sums up my two work outs so far this week! I want to get into Pinning my workouts more, so perhaps this is a good start.
I hope you like them!
Good morning lads and lasses!
When you meet someone and fall in love there are certain things that you need to open your mind to. First, your heart. You need to allow them into your heart. You need to be willing to let yourself feel for them, while letting them feel for you, as well. You can’t be embarrassed to feel or to express, to have or to hold.
When I first decided to experiment with love, I thought that this would be the most difficult thing to do. I was wrong.
Letting someone into your whole world is by far the scariest part.
Sometimes, you’re legs… they’re not perfectly shaved. Other times, you are moody or upset for no apparent reason (which, we blame on PMS even if it isn’t that specific time of our cycle). Or, in my case, you’re life is a certain way and you’re scared how someone will fit into each facet of it. Even if the person doesn’t care how you spend your day, as long as you choose to spend it with them.
As mentioned in my last post I have never been good with change. Not at all.
Last night, my boyfriend surprised me – quite amazingly – by bringing all of the needed materials to not go home and spend the night. Now, this wasn’t the first time we had spent the night together, and I had been hinting to him how much I wanted him to, but the moment he told me I started to panic.
Every morning I have what I call my ‘me’ time. During 80% of the day, I’m open and friendly, talkative to no end. However during the hours of 6:00AM and 7:45AM, I have my me-time. I get up, have a small 1/2 breakfast, let it set while planning out my workout, workout, wash and the other half of my breakfast. The breakfast pre-work out focuses on energy supply for my workout, while the breakfast following focuses on protein and some carbs, for recovery purposes. After that, my day goes like the rest of the world. During this time, I’m very quiet. It’s my introspective time for me to think, reflect and calm my mind. I was scared – for some reason – for my boyfriend to see this.
He (like with almost everything I freak out about) didn’t really see any issue. He completely understood that I needed my ‘me’ time because a lot of people need ‘me’ time.
Needless to say, I realize in hindsight that I completely overreacted. The night was absolutely perfect. And, the next day was even better. I did my thing and he did his. Afterward, we came together and discussed our things. It was lovely! I guess I just need to remember that when you fall for someone, everything they do is perfect. Even if it drives you crazy, because you’re crazy about them.
Something big has made a change. Something really, really big.
I’m sure you’ve seen this guy…
Well, there is a new bowl in the rotation!
The other day, Omar and I went to a local clay painting place and did some serious painting of clay. I wanted a new oatmeal bowl, so it was clear what needed to be done…
That said, I couldn’t leave the one I was with unmentioned.
The back reads, “I love you to the moon”, which is one of our sayings to each other.
I’ve also decided to change up my work outs, ever so slightly.
Because I’ve been falling more and more in love with yoga, Pilates and – now – Barre. So, I’ve been doing the research and finding ways to incorporate them all into my daily work outs!
Sunday = 20 minuts HIIT + 20-35 minutes of flow yoga
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday = 16-25 minute HIIT + 20 minutes of upper and lower body toning (Monday is focused more on arms, back and chest and Wednesday is most focused on legs and my glutes; Saturday is just whatever I want).
Tuesday and Friday = 20-30 minutes of cardio and ab work (10-15 minutes of ab work).
Thursday is a focused day. I’ll pick one body part and REALLY challenge it.
Today is Thursday! Therefore, a challenge was called for.
Begin with a 2 minute cardio warm up. Jogging in place is fine!
Circuit One: Tri to be a Warrior!
Begin in Warrior One position. Hands held firmly over head, with weights pressed together. Preform one overhead Tricep extension. From there, slowly lean forward – core engaged – lifting your left leg behind you, easing into a Warrior Three pose. As you continue this fluid motion, create an erected arm over your head and with complete control, pull arms back into a back extension. That’s one rep. Complete fifteen, balancing on your right leg.
At 15 reps, hold warrior 3 pose and begin pulse your arms back. Keep core and stationary leg strong.
Repeat once on other side.
Preform a 8 minute HIIT (45/15 intervals). Any form of cardio you want.
5 Minute Tri Challenge!
One minute each, until fail!
– Reverse plank leg raises, alternating
– Table position tri dips
– Tricep push ups
– Low (chataranga) plank hold.
Preform another 8 minute HIIT (45/15 intervals).
Repeat first circuit again!
Stretch and done.
This work out was awesome! I’m loving the combination of yoga moves with Pilates moves.
My tris are feeling this bad boy!
That’s all for now.
Oh no! Oat meal is gone and my post is over.
Good morning to everyone! It’s absolutely beautiful where I am. I hope you can say the same!
Today’s simple Sunday is kind of dedicated to my Mama. My Mama is one of the best… let me say it again… BEST… baker’s there ever has, or ever will be. Baking and Mama are total mix-y things (much unlike Caitlyn and baking)! In the past, it was not at all unheard of for Mama and I to spend Sunday’s making tasty baked goods to share with our misters.
But most recently, she’s really outdone herself.
This is my Mamabear’s version of my Omar’s absolute favorite cake. It is actually her third attempt, which is impressive in my mind. Do you see how many layers that thing has? Ya, she’s a superstar.
The first attempt was a total flop, but I partially blame that on us not exactly knowing what we were doing. We had never tried to make a layer cake like that before, so we were not at all surprised that it didn’t work. The second time was a little more impressive. The third go at it… well, you’ve seen the picture. It is fantastic.
Everyone enjoyed it. Everyone. I enjoyed a bite. I scavenged my mother’s slice for the piece with the largest amount of jam, hoping to go unnoticed. No such luck. Apparently the word ‘discreet’ doesn’t describe me very well.
I’m sure you can all agree. The smell of fresh baked goods – whether you’re a frequent eater of them, or not – leaves a sweet and soft feeling. Especially when they’re made by your MamaBear – unfortunately for you, that won’t be as good as those made by MY Mamabear :P.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a lover of lists. The lists could be anything: grocery, to-do, pro-con… you name it, I want to write a list about it. I’ve also always have been a lover of the words, ‘one day I want to…’
So, as I’m sure you can imagine, it didn’t take long for me to realize there was only one thing to do.
Comprise a list of things I want to do.
Now, before you think that you’re going to be reading a long and endless list, I’ll ease your mind in telling you that I’ve narrowed it down to my current top five. This is not an exhausted list and will be added to. I will write – in my ever popular orange font divider – ‘bucket list’ to let you know that I’m adding to the list.
2. Become a professional wellness blogger and certified personal trainer
This is very similar to the above. Fitness and writing have both been huge positive forces in my life, especially during my recovering over Ed. Watching others grow via the blogging world has inspired me to grow myself. It’s been a long hard road, but the blogging world has been so helpful. Because of this, I want to contribute to that. Furthermore, fitness has become a huge passion of mine. By falling in love with fitness, I’ve wanted to become strong, not skinny. Nothing makes me feel more alive then going down and working out. It’s a beautiful feeling, I will assure you. I want to help people find their own love for fitness, whether that be running, Pilates, dancing, anything! I want to help people love their bodies and treat them correctly.
3. Become a certified yoga instructor
In the above section I discussed how I didn’t care what form of fitness someone wanted to adhere to, I just wanted to help them adhere to it. Well, mine is yoga. I’m not just referring to the relaxing ‘yin’ yoga (although, they are extremely important), but also the more aerobic versions of yoga. In all honesty, my interest in being a yoga instructor would be to use yoga principles, yet add strength training and cardio training. Think, Spin+Yoga! Or my hybrids, or intense Vinyasa. I’ve also become very interested in Barre styled work outs, which isn’t offered anywhere in my location. Hmm! Regardless, when I work out, I love to feel beautiful and elegant. Almost angelic. Then, I like to kick my ass, like a warrior. I think the balance is most important. So, one, I’d like to become a yoga instructor.
4. Get back into photography (with a focus on flowers, food and babies)
Remember how I mentioned that during my encounter with Ed I was reluctant to do anything? Well, most recently I’ve pulled out my camera again – and, on my own. During the winter, I pulled it out because every time I did, my mother seemed to happy, thereby making me happy. But, this time, I pulled it out because the camera itself made me happy. With each picture I take my passion grows and grows. One day I would love to be the photographer for a cookbook. That would be my dream. I love capturing a beautiful meal on the camera. Something about food just photographs so beautifully. Same goes for flowers. I honestly think all problems can be solved by looking at flowers. I love them. But mostly, I want to take pictures of babies and baby bellies. If you know me at all, I am obsessed with children and babies (and… a certain event that – I think – should preface the two). Every time I see a baby belly, I become entranced by it. It’s like it’s a hypnotic ball, entrancing me or something. If you’ve ever seen Wildflowers Photography you’d know what type of photography I’m referring to. Simply and elegant. Beautiful. I’m also of the mindset that all problems can be solved if you send exactly one hour with a child. Try it; it’ll work.
and lastly, but certainly not least…
5. Be a wife and a mother…
This is by far the most important one on my list. And, in all honestly, the reason I made this list. Today my BabaBear took my out for a lovely afternoon. Knowing that I’m a lover of crafts, he took me to Clay Cafe to paint something! We’ve done it before and I absolutely love it. When I get in there, it’s like go time. I’m all paint and no game. It’s serious business. Afterward, we went for a lovely walk around the neighborhood, looking at houses. We discussed which ones we liked – and which ones we really didn’t. Then, we started to discuss our future home; our future family. Being a wife and a mother would just – ah! One day, it is my goal to have a place the basement of my own home – like a home office – where I will take my clients, along with a workout room, for my yoga/fitness classes related. Why from home? Because the mere idea of being able to be near my children as much as possible makes me happiest. Perhaps it’s because my mother was an at-home mother/daycare owner when I was a child. I feel like this contributed a great deal to our current relationship (best friends) and would absolutely love to be able to have that relationship with my children one day. This, to me, is ‘bliss’.
I hope to one day have at least one of these five things. Preferably more, but let’s not be greedy.
OK. I want it all. Can you blame me, though?