Living Life

Hi! Remember me? Long time no blog, huh? I’ve been busy–get this–living my life. Whoa. Between weddings, concerts, funerals, moving, busy season at work (and yes, a few workouts, too), there hasn’t been much down time to talk to y’all. I will be back later this week (hopefully) with a new post I’m working on, but for now, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

If you’re easily offended by selfies, I would suggest you come back another day…

My beautiful cousin, Katie, got married. And our family knows how to party. I mean, we group sang/screamed Miley’s Wrecking Ball 🙂
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I had a huge work event for which I finally sorta learned how to curl my hair
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I got to see my two favorite singers three times in one weekend and my face was sufficiently rocked off
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My gorgeous Mama Ruthie came down for her annual visit
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And most importantly, this is how all of that makes me feel:
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Blissed In

Today was the day I reconnected with something that used to be such a huge part of my life. Something I’ve missed terribly. Today was the day I did something I haven’t done since I was maybe 12 years old. No, I did not bleach my blonde locks with Sun-In. Or crush on Jim Smith…but, true story. Call me, Jim.

No, today I went to a public beach in a swimsuit. A swimsuit that showed my cellulite-ridden thighs. And then I shared a few laughs with a friend, worked on my tan, listened to some good tunes, ate lunch, and splashed in the water…all while wearing my swimsuit.

And it was glorious. I teared up while laying alone on the beach, waiting for my friend. I was so proud of myself. My confidence, while it wavered a few, small moments, was sky high. And after tackling the beach today (one of my biggest fears), I made plans to go back tomorrow to do some paddle boarding. Looks like I’m going to be a beach babe once again! 🙂

Summer Bucket List

1. Run 2 miles
2. Attempt to water ski
3. Put myself out there physically
4. Complete a bike race
5. Go hiking in a state park
6. Lose 20 pounds
7. Purchase a pair of pants from a “normal” size store
8. Move everyday
9. Go to a beach in a swimsuit
10. Save enough money for a trainer

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday…And A Quick Check In

Did you guys see these Nike commercials during the Olympics? Today, and every day, go out and find your greatness, whatever that might mean for you.

I found some of my own greatness this weekend: I spent the weekend with my family, helping my grandparents with landscaping at their house. This meant hauling, shoveling, shaking clean, and raking tons and tons of rocks…and then going inside to enjoy some of my Grandma’s most delicious cooking. I made smart choices, though, preparing and eating mostly my own healthy food, and squeezing in a run with my cousin while everyone else took a beer break. Victory!

That greatness carried over to the scale this week, where I thought I’d see an increase–things are always a little iffy when you step out of your normal routine. However, I not only lost the 6+ water-filled lbs. post-TOM, but I’m back down to my lowest weight since starting this dang thang! Again, victory!

I’m following up this morning’s greatness-filled workout (intervals on the elliptical and stairclimber) by venturing out for a five-mile walk/jog (or wog, as I call it) after work. Be great, all!

PS. I promise to get you that pumpkin cookie recipe this week! I haven’t forgotten!

How do you find greatness in your every day? Let me hear about it!

The Weekend in Numbers

Ignore the bad cell phone pics, focus on a few of the numbers I experienced during this exhausting, exhilarating, healthy, progress-filled weekend!

16…size of the (very) generously cut linen dress I shimmied into just to see if I could. Almost…at least I didn’t get stuck!
11…ring size I used to wear.
9…ring size I slipped on this weekend.
2…recipes I put together this weekend: chocolate chunk brownies with greek yogurt and apple turkey burgers.
14…percentage of body weight I’ve lost since January.
9…
hours of sleep I got both Friday and Saturday night. Glorious.
4…items of clothing I tried on but had to put back because they were too big. I’m officially down two sizes!
2…books I finished.
1…
both the number of  yoga classes I took this weekend and the number of goals I crossed of the list for for July.
4…workouts I killed.
 And, best for last…

4…pounds I’ve lost since Friday!

So proud of myself after the past few days. What did you do this weekend to make yourself proud?