Oxymoron? I say yes. I just saw a commercial for some new “exercise” equipment that involves “comfortably sitting!” and “getting a back massage!” whilst “burning calories and gaining abs!” All I can say is… whaa?
It hurts my brain to think that Americans really see these commercials and say “Yeah, that’s gotta work! Genius!” Really? Have you learned nothing from your fellow Americans? Have you seen The Biggest Loser? I can tell you right now that those people aren’t kickin’ back and relaxing to lose the hundreds of lbs they packed on. I feel that we should all know by now that doing “workouts” that don’t really feel like workouts, AREN’T workouts. If your dessert tastes so INSANELY good that you can’t believe it’s healthy, IT ISN’T. (Unless of course you love fruit and artificial sweetner, then you might be telling the truth.) Nothing tastes better than good old fashioned chocolate with caramel- as in care-uh-mel not cara-mul -and sprinkles with chocolate chips and cookie dough covered in hot fudge… sigh. Sorry, nothing can top that goodness, no matter what Jenny Craig tells you.
There is no EASY weight loss and no simple solution. Trust me, I have been down that road. You have to be completely serious about changing your life. As in, change your food habits for good, not just as a temporary diet solution like programs that mail you food. Make exercise a part of your daily schedule. Honestly, walking a mile or two with a friend does the job. For example, this week my fiance and I got back on track (finally) after having gone off the wagon during Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have applied the South Beach diet to our everyday eating habits and it has truly changed the way we look at what we are eating. That is, when it isn’t the holidays and our families are throwing delicious desserts in our face (which we loved, trust me!). We are on phase one, which lasts two weeks and cleanses your system of all carbohydrates and sugars to give you a clean slate. I started Monday, have been sticking to the diet, and have walked two miles a day for the past two days. Guess what? I lost 4 lbs. in a two day period. You want to know something else? IT ISN’T EASY! If your diet is super easy peasy, it isn’t going to keep the weight off; you really need something to challenge you and change your life. Not an easy chair you can rotate in comfortably and pre-made food that comes in a plastic container.
I am done rambling about the “lazy exercise” oxymoron now. Happy hump day to ya’ll and to ya’ll a good night! … and afternoon. Good day. I SAID GOOD DAY!
WOW, today was fantastic! Who knew that sunshine could change moods so quickly? I for one am happy that it does. South Carolina saw an 83 degree day today and I just can’t complain about it. I am grateful I did not allow my ginger-white freckle skin burn as much as I wanted to roll up my work sleeves and lay on the hood of my car in the parking lot during lunch. I just can’t “tan” like that. SPF 40 is the way to go, fellow gingers.
Anywho-dee, life has been particularly challenging lately, as most people’s lives seem to be since the awesome recession began. However, this past long weekend and today have really improved my spirits for some random reason and I enjoy it. I think this new little kitty that my flat mates and I took in might have something to do with it! Oh, this little kitten has made my Hunny and our two mates so giddy! We spotted her outside our apartment complex about a month ago and she came right up to us and purred so loudly when we petted her! Well, after a month of debate and kitty sightings, we have chosen to take her in as our own love child. The boys named her Kemba. Pretty sweet name I must say. I do not have a photo of her yet, however, she is a beauty! Fully potty trained, purrs on a constant basis, doesn’t meow or tear things up… I think God himself sent this precious little kitty to us himself.
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I miss my girls. College was such a blast and I miss it immensely. I love to spend every day with my dearest, but having your girls and support system is just something I can’t get used to not having around me. Trust me, my fiance is an amazingly supportive man, however, girlfriends are a totally different kind of support. Even though I have fought with all of them at some point in time or had a small disagreement, we are always there for each other in the end. I have learned which friends are the real ones; the ones who stick by me when I push them away. The ones who can face me with their problems, tell me how it is and when I am being a you-know-what, and can forgive me for it. These girls are my family and I cannot wait for my future husband and I to move back towards them (and our families of course!).
I do not have enough space in the world to paste a photo of every lovely lady that I adore on this blog, however, I can place a few…
Aren’t they beautiful? (with the exception the crazy redhead from a few photos, that is). I miss you guys and anyone who isn’t on here, you know I miss you, too. I love you all for sticking with me and being true friends. I couldn’t have prayed for a better support system around me; you all encourage me everyday with your beautiful, fun-loving personalities.
Today marks the 5 year anniversary of my handsome fiance and I getting back together after a short break up between Junior and Senior year of high school. We knew we would be getting back together, but had a lot on our plates until after our finals week for our sports (he is a wrestler, I am a swimmer).That was the best day; my sweet won first place for his weight class and I broke my personal record for the 200 i.m. with all my family watching. AWESOME.
The real story all started way back in September of our Junior year when he first asked me out at our J.V. football game, but that is a story for another time… This is actually a photo from our 2nd week dating the first time around.
Such babies. BUT- 5 years since our getting-back-together. My life is so much brighter and more colorful and fun with him in it. This man puts up with me on a constant basis and knows how to make me laugh at any moment. I cannot wait to marry him this June and take his last name. I am loving the idea of being a Mrs. and calling him my husband… AH! Elated. I could not have gotten through both my grandfathers deaths, my friends death, or any of this job stress without him. Darling, you are the love of my life and my earthly everything.
Oh complaining, how I love you. I love to complain about my job, missing family, missing friends, stress, money, family, friends, and then whine whine whine some more. It is so annoying and by far the largest downside to my personality. I overwhelm myself and all the people around me with it a large amount of the time. The job I am currently working makes me much worse, which is really difficult since I didn’t think I could get any worse! I complain about the fact that I complain so much. Pathetic, right?
So this past Sunday my dearest and I watched our church sermon online since we live an hour from church and are low on gas cash (I highly recommend seacoast). It really brought to light how much my complaining not only hurts my love and I, but how offensive it is to God and what he has given me. Dang. It hurts to think about that.
As a result, I have decided to start lent early and give up complaining. I have faltered already a few times, but I have to say that my days are already much much better and much more fun! I laugh way more and see how it changes our attitudes when my darling and I have conversations. I encourage everyone to devote a day, a week, a month, lent, or SOME TIME (even if its an hour!) to not complaining. It is so hard, but so rewarding! And trust me, if I can make an effort and succeed, you can, too.
Phillipians 2:14-15 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”
I want to be shining like them stars up in that sky!
Today was a pretty legit awesome day here in SC. I do want to move back North again soon, however, I will miss this awesome weather and beautiful scenery. One thing I take with me everywhere though is my wind chime.
I certainly feel at home wherever my love is, but growing up my step mother always had this awesome wind chime outside our sliding glass doors and it brings me so much comfort to hear one wherever I move to. It makes me think about all the outdoor deck dinners, summers outside on the trampoline with my brothers, and the blustery weekends we stayed in and watched movies or played cards. It’s silly how such little things can warm your heart and bring you joy.
So, my dearest and I have talked so much about moving and trying to find jobs other than where we are now. South Carolina has not been our favorite (aside from Charleston, which is superb) and so we want to move back to the North side of the U.S. as soon as possible. All this talk about travel has made me think about real travel, like world travel. Where would I want to go? Well, Madrid would probably #1 on the list right next to any place in Italy.
How amazing is this? Definitely isn’t a sight you will see in the good ‘ol US of A. Oh Europe, why must you trump us? You make me want to move become Liz from Eat, Pray, Love. Anyways, for now I am satisfied with my handsome fiance and our little apartment. My world is most assuredly beautiful without these lovely buildings (although they are still awesome!). Have a great rest of the weekend, enjoy every minute you aren’t paying to the man!
As opposed to summer lovin’, which is quite nice as well. I have photography on the brain. If looking through various photography blogs and swooning was a job, I would be a millionaire. I cannot spend enough time looking at the awesome lighting and macro angles and just outstanding point of views some of these artists have. It blows me away. The one photographic genius that I cannot cease to follow is Sarah Rhoads. Sarah and her husband are one super duper team of awesome that I can’t get enough of! This team seriously defines what I want to work up to in my own work. “I want to see!” you clamor? Ok.
See? Amazing. Who catches these moments? So cool. If anyone needs pointers on more photo blogs to follow, hit me up. I know them ALL. I hope everyone had a great start to this week (that is if more than a few people are reading this). I know I am all ready to jump on the crazy train thanks to corporate America.
Hey look! They tied the knot. Get it? Good. My hunny and I want to do a ceremony that includes a version of the Celtic Hand-Fasting ceremony, but obviously with a focus on our Lord, not pagan beliefs. We will try to tweak it. But how cute is this? Way.
Enjoy your superbowl Sunday. And Packers fans… get ready to cry.
Hello, Ya’ll! If there is a ya’ll… in which case, hello universe. It is I, me. Anywho, It has been a really challenging week. My love and I have been struggling with what exactly it is that God wants for us. Pros and Cons are adding up and they are just becoming confusing factors in a very large puzzle of… blah. So, it was time to take a look back at my favorite verse of all time for my moments of over thinking my place in the world. Basically what Jeremiah 29 says is that God has a place for us. Whether we plan our butts off or just follow him, ultimately the creator knows what we need, not us. His will WILL be done, regardless of our worrying and over thinking.
Trusting that things (meaning all the crazy, upside down-ness in your life) are going to be handled by God and work out to ultimately benefit us is really difficult for my dearest one and I. We like to have plans on how to take steps in the direction we think is right, so being called to do art or completely change professions are big things that could result in less money and more stress. However, if we are really going to give it all to the big guy upstairs and fully seek what he wants, we gotta do it WHOLE HEARTEDLY. Not by testing the waters to see if he is right and then trusting him.
Long story short, THIS IS HARD. To not have control of situations is really difficult for the two of us to face, but we are doing it together. The three of us really; a trifecta of trust and support between God, me, and my future husband. Lord, help us. Seriously.
Life is such a journey.
P.S. Local Natives is totally the best way to calm yourself, especially if you go to pandora.com and type them in. Check, che-check, check, check, a-check ‘em out!