Evening Thoughts

• I realized today that it has been two years since I graduated university. Back then, nothing could have prepared me for the jolt of graduating with a B.A would give me. I felt as though I had spent four years learning worthwhile things, things I wouldn’t exchange for anything, and yet I also felt completely unprepared for the next chapter of my life. The past two years have been filled with anxiety, learning curves, and workplace boredom. I have felt antsy and frustrated and completely useless. Until recently. In the past few months I have found a happy place. And I think a lot of it has to do with the job I took in April. It allows me to learn, keeps me on my toes, and has me working towards my own career. Funny how things can change.

• I am composing a list of everything I want to read over the holidays. Suggestions are welcome! I’m open to fiction and long essays. Nothing too fluffy.

• Are you a goal keeper? I’m trying to decide if I should be. You see, I love structure in every other part of my life. (Seriously, I like to have my weeks planned out and I irrationally panic when people spring things on me – sexy, I know). But then there is another part of myself that is worries that if I don’t achieve my goals I will feel so disappointed in my myself. Because in addition to liking structure, I’m also kind of a black and white thinker, I have trouble counting “progress” as success.

• Today I saw a cat in a stroller. With mittens on.

Have a good night, guys!

Easy (Tasty) Salad

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Guys, I have come across the tastiest salad recipe ever. I know what you’re thinking: There is no such thing as a tasty salad. Well, I’m here to tell you that there IS. Courtesy of  Jill Coleman from JillFit.

She just gets the idea of people who don’t usually eat salads, but want to. Because, vegetables.

Now, I’m not someone who actually hates veggies, I enjoy raw salads. But not on a regular basis. But I am also someone who feels like a million bucks when I increase the veg and decrease the wine. So I have been on the lookout for a salad that I can work into my regular routine.

Enter this bad boy. It is full of delicious stuff. And it tastes good, time and time again.

Check out her guidelines to making the perfect salad, and then make one of your own!

Also, in case you are wondering, based on my previous post: I fell asleep at 6PM and woke up at 7AM. And I feel amazing today. Totally worth it.

Evening Thoughts

• This should really be labelled “Late Afternoon Thoughts” because it’s 5:30 PM. But I’m in bed, with my hood up and the lights off, so it feels like evening, ok?

• Why am I in bed at 5:30? Because for unknown reasons I am so tired today. Like crawl up in a ball, rock back and forth, whine tired. For those of you who know what my “tired whine” sounds like (hi mom), you know it’s best that I just call it a day. Imagine Eeyor after taking a hit from a helium balloon.

• Today Slate released its list of the “25 Best Podcasts From the Last 10 Years.” I love podcasts. I listen them when I get ready for the day. So I was all over this list. Check it out. The first episode of Serial came in at number 4, love it.

• Speaking of Serial: I can’t believe it ends this week. We aren’t going to get any sort of resolution, are we? That was my biggest fear as soon as I got hooked.

• Would you classify yourself as a pusher? I totally would classify my self that way. And it’s even worse because I’m an obsessor too. When I get hooked on something I’m HOOKED. I’ll spend weeks, months even, on this one thing, and I just can’t help but tell everyone I know about it, and try and get them interested too. This yields a couple results: either they give it a try and also end up liking it, to which I take irrational pride in, or they show absolutely no interested and get annoyed by my persistence, to which I get personally offended.

• I think in 2015, after I “try” and run this death sentence of a marathon, I want to take up Olympic Lifting. Mostly for the bragging rights. It just looks so cool!

Anyways… I am going to go watch endless hours of Netflix. It just feels like all I can do today. How are some people chronically tired?! I literally become the worst version of myself.

Fine, I did a workout.

 

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I could sense all of your judgement for saying I didn’t want to run. So I decided to workout. Still not a run, but an awesome metabolic one. I asked for a kettle bell for my birthday (best decision ever), and so now I can do short workouts from the comfort of my own home! All while watching Real Housewives!

If you want to find quick, challenging workouts with minimal equipment, I totally recommend searching Neghar Fonooni on YouTube. She gives fast, metabolic workouts that pretty much means I can never say I don’t have time to workout. This is the one I did this morning:

And if Real Housewives aren’t your jam (weirdo), she also has a pretty good playlist on Spotify too.

And now I am showered and enjoying the previously mentioned smoothie before I head off to work! Side note: it’s impossible to take a cute selfie when you are drinking a smoothie. Alas:

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Morning Thoughts

  • This Saturday morning I am writing posts about Christmas Loafs for my job – things could be worse
  • I know my previous posts talked about me getting back into running – but I am just so not into it. I think it’s the lengths of the runs. I am so down to run for thirty minutes. Three hours, not so much.
  • The news this week has been blowing my mind – Rolling Stone, that gross episode of the Newsroom, the Sony hacks, the New Republic. I cannot get enough. I’m stuck to my twitter.
  •  Want to know what’s in my morning smoothie? Of course you do: water, 1/2 avocado, spinach, Vega Sport Performance Protein (Vanilla), fish oil, frozen berries. Blend and enjoy! People will give you weird looks because the colour looks like vomit, but me and you know it’s delicious.
  • It’s officially awards season. Swoon.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Oh, Hai.

Hi there,

Its been ages, hasn’t it?

I apologize for my absence. It has been a busy and weird few months. I briefly mentioned in my last post that I hurt myself during my half-marathon in August. Well yah, I really did, and haven’t really been able to run for longer than 20 minutes for a while. But things are progressing, and I have a marathon to run in January (oh.my.god), so I thought it would be a good time to check in and get this bad boy up and running again.

To be honest, that half-marathon left me feeling pretty down. I didn’t realize how much running filtered through the other aspects of my life until I wasn’t able to do it anymore. I felt antsy, I felt “in my head,” I felt without an outlet for the flighty energy that courses through me at any given moment. The people who know me also know I lift weights, but it doesn’t have the same effect, at least not for me.

So i ended up feeling sorry for myself. Couple that with being out of my mind busy at work, and my running routine has gone out the window. But I am a goal-oriented person, I don’t feel like myself unless I am working towards something. So why not train for a marathon in a month? (In case you haven’t gathered… moderation isn’t really my jam either).

Who says it can’t be done? Ok, don’t answer that. I at least want to try. I am doing the Disney World Marathon in January and if I am going to travel all that way I might as well give it a shot, right?

So I’ll be doing my first long run tomorrow: 29KM. Dear god.

Evening Thoughts

• I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages! My apologies. It’s partly because I have been busy. It’s partly because I don’t feel like I have much to say. Womp womp.

• I ran the Seawheeze half marathon in Vancouver this past weekend. “Ran” being a loose term. I ran 17km and then limped the rest of the way. I hurt my foot. Not sure what exactly happened, but the fact that I am still having trouble walking four days later concerns me. But I didn’t quit! I’m trying to focus on that part. Because I am running a marathon in January. “That’s lots of time to recover and train,” I hear you saying. Maybe for people who are good at running. But I am not, and need all the time I can get.

• Maybe I’ll do a longer post about the actual day, but that would require me to be vulnerable and open. Hmmmm, maybe not. I like it better when I pretend to brush it off. Also, I feel like if I was to go into detail about how disappointed I was (am), I would sound sooooo over dramatic.

• The latest season of Parenthood is now on Netflix, happy day! And by happy I mean sad, because that show cues the waterworks, man.

• I am extremely ansty not being able to work out. All I want to do is moooove.

• I love my apartment, I really do. But it’s so small, if I don’t clean up after one day it looks like I’ve been living in squalor. Blessing and a curse.

• I still haven’t seen Boyhood yet. What is wrong with me? Have you seen it yet? Did it change your life?