Archives for February 2011

Tuesday

So here are the things that are on my mind right now.

1.) AOL bought the Huffington Post for over $300 million! Arianna Huffington must feel on top of the world right now. I have to admit, I have been a huge fan of the HuffPo for a few years now. I read it daily and am always finding interesting topics, discussions or reviews on that site.

2.) Bristol Palin is writing a memoir. (I actually got this information from The Huffington Post!) People who are going to say, “What does a 20-something girl have to write an entire memoir about?” have obviously not been following Miss Palin’s crazy life. Teenage pregnancy, public break-up, political spotlight mother, personal and public attacks, instant fame and notoriety. This girl has a lot to write about. Of course she is going to receive public scrutiny for throwing her hat in the memoir ring but I, for one, am looking forward to hearing about what this crazy period of her life has been like.

3.) I still have the second half of The Bachelor waiting for me on my DVR and just knowing it’s there, waiting to be consumed (ideally with a diet coke and some Smartfood popcorn) makes me very happy. I will try to resist the temptation to just fast forward to the crazy Michelle segments. My money is on it coming down to Chantal (the one who is divorced) and Emily (the widow).

4.) I watched my first episode of GLEE after the Super Bowl and I can kind of understand the hype. Katie Couric interviewing Sue Sylvester was HI-larious! And the musical performances made me smile! After a long day of cooking for the sole purpose of keeping the boys in my life happily eating their snacks, I was exhausted and completely drained. So GLEE definitely put some pep in my step.

5.) And speaking of pep in my step, last night I randomly stumbled upon Leslie Sansone’s walking workout On Demand. It was late and I was honestly just getting ready for bed but was curious to see what a walking workout would entail. I’m a runner and I feel like the only way I can get a “real” workout is to run. So I was already very skeptical about a walking workout. Well, I’m eating my words because a 30 minute Leslie Sansone workout totally kicked my butt and got my heart rate going like crazy. I was pleasantly surprised. Now I have a nice option for those days when I can’t make it to the gym/treadmill.

Okay, that’s all for now…

Inspiration

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I follow some pretty kick butt bloggers and what has surprised me most recently is how much they have been inspiring me to be ACTIVE! Because here’s the weird thing. If I read that Janae was up early and on the treadmill and was treating herself with loads of candy after dinner, I’m inspired to hit the treadmill. I read that SkinnyRunner (is it weird that I don’t know her real name and just call her Skinny Runner? I think it’s Sarah…but I’m not sure) ran in the rain but saw some great scenery, I’m inspired to hit the treadmill. I’ll see pictures of Danica running in a race, all smiley and tan and I will be inspired to hit the treadmill. Then I’ll see Bess in an adorable outfit (with my FAVORITE Frye boots, btw) after working out and sweating it out and I’ll be inspired to hit the treadmill. Are you seeing a trend? I find myself not wanting to even read their blogs if I didn’t get in a workout because I will be jealous of all those awesome endorphins they got to experience (and the subsequent treats they give themselves, guilt-free). These girls exemplify healthy, happy living and after a few months of following them, I have gotten myself into such a healthy routine that I can’t imagine┬áliving my life any other way. I can’t believe how much I am enjoying following their personal stories, their physical triumphs and obstacles. Friday was National Wear Red Day in association with The Heart Truth. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) sponsor this national campaign to give women a personal and urgent wake up call about their risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and experts say that the best way to prevent tragedy from striking is to BE ACTIVE. These blogs inspire me DAILY to be active. My favorite thing to do, after a long day of work and then a few miles on the treadmill, is to kick back on my couch and read what these bloggers have spent their days doing. My workout routine is really nothing compared to theirs, Janae ran for three hours yesterday training for the Boston Marathon, but I am a beginner. The great thing about these blogs is they don’t make you feel like they are part of a club that you can’t join, they inspire all levels of athletes. I run approximately 3.5 miles daily and it makes me feel amazing. I vary my speed and mileage, but on average, I always hit at least three miles. It has improved my life immensely. I function better. I think more clearly. My spirits are lifted. I feel like I have more control over my life in general. I can sort out my thoughts on the rhythmic treadmill run and I sweat out any ill feelings. As Janae wrote yesterday, “Pain is weakness leaving your body.” I feel stronger and more in control over my life every single day.

Differences

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Throughout our childhood we hear the old adage that our differences are what makes us unique, special, interesting. We are proud of what makes us stand out, what makes us different from our classmates and our friends. We feel a sense of triumph for seeing things a different way, doing things differently, being uniquely our own self. Then we begin our dating life and we search for someone who is just like us, our “other half.” We want someone to, get ready for it, complete us. (Jerry Maguire!) When we find this person, the person, the one we want to spend forever with, our hearts soar in all the ways we are similar. It is no longer about loving the differences in people, we want this person we have chosen to be just like us. We want sameness, we want similarities, we want cohesive structure and equal views on everything, to the point where we begin to tear apart another person’s uniqueness because we don’t like how different it is from ourselves. We want our partner to see things exactly the way we see them. We want everything to the look the same, but through different eyes. You can see where this could be difficult, where we could be putting unwanted pressures on a relationship, creating conflict, dreaming up drama.

Dutch Door Press

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I love these prints from Dutch Door Press. I am particularly partial to the above Massachusetts bird.