Thursday Thoughts 6/13/13

1. Life is too short. Ya know those times when you’re in a hurry and you can’t seem to get out of the door fast enough? Slow down. Enjoy the moment. Let that friend ramble. Listen to what someone is saying. Live in the moment, because it might be the last one like it.

2. In limbo. I feel like I’m in sort of a “waiting limbo” on quite a few very serious things right now. I’m horrible at waiting. If anything, these tough times are teaching me to be a more patient person. And teaching me to be thankful for days when time seems to pass more slowly than others. That’s one more day I get.

3. This one is easier said than done, but fear is futile. And most of the time extremely counterproductive. You can’t fear what comes next, or you miss out on the present moment. And that, is something to be afraid of.

4. Appreciate the people in your life. Even when you disagree, go through a rough patch or when they’re in a bad mood. Appreciate them.

5. Be thankful. I don’t say how grateful I am quite enough. Don’t just assume you’re appreciative, say it, everyday. People notice.

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Monday Motivation

Even though Monday is basically over, I still needed to start this week off on the right foot. There are some personal things going on right now that have been taking up a lot of mental and physical energy and time, which is why I’m not writing as much. As I think about it, it’s probably during these times that I would benefit from writing the most, if only to get my thoughts out of my head for a little while.

Regardless, I wanted to share a few thoughts/quotes/images that are inspiring and motivating me on this glorious summer Monday…

1. I always find myself saying this during tough workouts! It’s so true, and it really puts things into perspective. Even when it has nothing to do with working out, when things get tough don’t quit, it won’t last forever and you’ll be stronger for sticking with it. motivation1

 

2. My mom and I talked a lot this weekend about how everyone has a role to play in life. It may not seem very obvious when you’re in the middle of difficult circumstances, but if you just step back a moment and try to see outside of yourself, you realize how true it is. What might seem like a pointless situation really does have a purpose and if you can’t see it, then look harder. Learn from everything, because, why not?

3. I aim to work on my attitude right now. I say I’m “stressed”, “busy”, “spent”…WAY too much. It’s not good for me, it’s not good for the people around me. The more I say those words, the more true they become. And I want to remember that.

 

 

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4. My dog. How would I ever get by without his sweet cuddles? He’s the best way to start and end each day. No matter what happens in between.
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Currently

Stole this idea from a few other bloggers because it seems like fun, and I think it will be interesting to look back on this post in a few months and see how things may change or stay the same…

Current Books

Do journal articles count? Haha..just kidding, kind of. I’ve been trying to finish David Nutt’s book, Drugs Without the Hot Air for the past few months. It’s a slow read, but it’s informative and pertains to my professional interests.

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Current Music

I’m loving all sorts of “poppy” stuff right now, namely, things that are great workout songs. My “Recently Added” songs include:

#thatPOWER (feat. Justin Bieber)- will.i.am

Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)- Robin Thicke

Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)- Daft Punk

Current Guilty Pleasure

Trash TV. Lately, when I get home from work and want to do something mindless for a little while, I will watch any and every Real Housewives show that Bravo will provide…

Current Nail Color

Au naturel over here. Though,  I impulse-bought some silver/dark grey at CVS this weekend, so I think that’s next in the line up.

Current Drink

Hmm…I’ve been really into margaritas lately.Maybe it’s the hot weather,                                                              but margaritas have sounded good pretty much every time I’ve thought about it!

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Current Food

Still loving me some Creamy Dreamy Protein Custard Oats–I’ve seriously been eating them every morning. They are the perfect combination of foods that is tasty and satisfying!!

Current Favorite Show

Game of Thrones, obviously–But I’m getting really nervous about the season finale that is next week…some crazy shit went down last night and I’m still just a bit traumatized.

Current Wish List

New running/workout shoes. Since I love my Brooks Ravennas, I’d love to have some in this color…

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Current Needs

More time to ride my bike! I feel like I’ve been living for weekend rides lately, and my goal this summer is to try to work more weekday rides into my schedule.

Current Indulgence

Honestly, I haven’t been doing a lot of “indulging” lately. And writing this makes me realize that the most I’ve indulged in food-wise lately has been Mexican food–chips and dip. Spending is basically non-existent in these parts…my grocery bill is the highest withdrawal from my bank account ha. So, I’m going to “indulge” in some birthday cake tonight with friends and family!

Current Blessing

My parents. I don’t know where I would be without them. They keep me sane, put up with me when I’m a bitch, and help me in every way possible. I am so lucky.

Current Outfit

I started writing this post when I was wearing scrubs at school earlier, but not, I’m home, wearing flip flops, jeans, and a comfy v-neck shirt from Old Navy. Minimal make-up and hair in a pony tail. THIS is my style 🙂

Current Excitement

Celebrating the guy’s birthday tonight! I’m making us a nice dinner for two, then family and friends are joining us for dessert–birthday CAKE!

On My Fitness Philosophy

I’ve been around the world and back when it comes to exercise and being fit. There have been times when I didn’t know how to use a gym, when I thought running would make me thin, when I fell in love with Spinning, when I wanted to be a fitness instructor, when I thought low weights and high reps were the key to toning up…

And much more. And I’m only 25! In the past year, I can honestly say that I’ve come to a place I never thought I would be when it came to fitness. I workout a lot, I will admit that. But I love it, and 95% of the time, I know when enough is enough, when I need to take a break and I don’t beat myself up about it. Don’t get me wrong, I would be devastated if I had to take a large amount of time off, but I also know that life is not predictable and things happen that are outside of our control. I also know that after time off from working out, I come back stronger and more motivated than ever. (A lot of things in life are like that I think)

A little over a year ago I started going to a training studio that focused on TRX workouts and spinning. If you aren’t familiar with TRX suspension training, it’s high intensity full body workout that basically only requires your body weight and these nifty straps that attach to the ceiling. It is the most fun workout I have ever tried. For more information, I suggest watching a YouTube video about TRX.

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Anyways, this place and this type of workout has changed the way I view fitness and the way that I workout. I’ve learned how to get the most “bang for my buck” exertion-wise, as well as how to break outside of my comfort zones in a smart way that shows improvement.

The way I knew this had changed my fitness life was when I started seeing improvements in my workouts that I did on my own. It’s one thing to make strides when you have an instructor guiding you and other class participants pushing along with you, but pushing your limits by yourself is a challenging thing. I think you have to learn what if feels like with the help of a trainer/instructor before you truly “get” what a hard workout really is.

I’m the happiest I’ve ever been with my health and fitness level. I took up cycling (which I’m planning on writing about) because of the people I met at this studio and it’s an exciting new endeavor that I would have thought to be crazy a few years ago.

I guess I wanted to write this post to document how I’m feeling in this moment in time. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come health-wise, and I am excited to get to move my body and gain strength as I see more results. I’ve learned to enjoy more things in moderation, break outside of my old comfort zone and become much more confident as a person.

I was a healthy person a year ago. But today, a year later, I’m at a place I didn’t know existed–physically and mentally. You never know until you try.

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Thursday Thoughts 5/30/13

1. Drank this jumbo margarita after running 4 miles last night. It was delicious and potent. That’s all I will say about that.

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2. I never thought I’d be able to run 4 miles like I did last night, and actually enjoy it. It wasn’t a fast run, but it wasn’t slow either. It was exhilarating and I felt STRONG.

3. Even though I worked half days on Sunday and Monday, I still am ready for the weekend. Four day work weeks aren’t all they’re made out to be.

4. Something exciting may be in the works for my living situation. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I’m going to be optimistic at least.

5. For reasons I can’t explain, I’m watching the last part of the HBO special, “Behind the Candelabra” and I’m feeling pretty uncomfortable about the whole thing…Matt Damon as a gay man is kind of weird–sorry, I mean really weird.

6. And just for kicks and giggles….

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This was me today… Thank goodness tomorrow is payday!

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Life Lately

Life lately has been FULL. Full of bike rides, puppy walks, research, friends and family. I work hard and I play hard and it’s never felt better.

Walks in the afternoon with Luc are still part of my agenda. It’s relaxing for me, and I *hope* fun for him. He’s such a good companion, and puts up with me no matter what.

IMG_1922Walks, then crashing on the couch. I could do this forever.

IMG_1925I dropped my friend’s dog off at the vet on Friday. He’s a Bull Terrier and one of the most unique dogs I’ve ever met. He’s also deaf, so communication can be a struggle sometimes. But he’s a good one…

IMG_1929Dinner out with my parents on Friday night to kick off a long Memorial Day weekend. We ended up at a restaurant where they serve the single best vodka martini I’ve ever tasted. So, obviously I had to order one…with bleu cheese stuffed olives.

IMG_1931A quick 15-mile bike ride Saturday night followed by a beer with the group. We decided we need to start ending our rides like this more often.

IMG_193524-mile bike ride on Sunday, then afterwards I introduced my parents to “bushwhackers”–essentially a chocolate, alcoholic slushie. In a word: delicious. Another word? Dangerous. Don’t have more than 2.

IMG_1936And finally for Memorial Day I did a group ride at sunrise (5:30am). It was glorious and the perfect way to end a fun-filled weekend.

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IMG_1946Even with all of the wonderful things I’ve experienced in the past few days, I still found myself getting “antsy” at work today. I suppose it’s just because summer weather has arrived and my trained response for basically all of my life until now is to drop everything and relax for 2 months. It’s strange, I don’t have a summer anymore and I’m okay with that. I don’t really know what else I would do if I didn’t have my research. Obviously, I love to ride my bike, workout, walk my dog, grab drinks with friends, but these things aren’t permanent. And neither is work. We have to spread life evenly with all of these things to feel well-rounded. Too much play, and we stop appreciating when things are really fun. Too much work, and we stop appreciating the feeling of success and achievement.

I guess that’s what I mean by work hard, play hard.

Thursday Thoughts 5/23/13

1. I didn’t stop all day today. It was a great, exhilarating day. I don’t even mind.

2. Some days in grad school are about conquering fears, big and small. I feel like every experience up to this point has built on another. I’m more confident now than I was one month ago. But that confidence is only gained because I’ve been pushed, or pushed myself, out over a ledge. And when I don’t fall flat on my face, that’s a success, and when I do, still a success…

3. I’m so happy to be where I am right now. I don’t know if it’s renewed motivation or what, but I’m feeling good and more anxious than excited about what’s to come.

4. It was SO hot today! Summer has arrived.

5. Now I’m off to spend the rest of the evening watching Sex and the City reruns and sipping on some red wine before bed.

The Intangibles

I’ve had a whirlwind week. 56 mile ride on my bike last Saturday, followed by a week in North Carolina, where I was fully immersed in my favorite topic: Behavioral Pharmacology. I did’t take very many pictures while I was away, in fact, I really don’t have anything to show for my trip at all–in the material sense. Everything I’ve gained in the past week has been entirely personal and “intangible”.

At first, I was upset that I had not taken more pictures, shared more instagrams or documented my trip more. But now I realize that the important things came home with me. I’m more motivated, inspired and excited than I have been for some time. I’m excited to go to work, I’m excited to read and I’m excited to be back in my element. What seemed like work now seems exciting again.

I have more confidence than I did when I left. I met some amazing people in my trip, people that I most certainly will come into contact again in my future. And that is exciting. More than ever, this trip brought me back to where I needed to be. No, nothing is different about my home, my school, my lab…but a LOT is different about me, and that makes all the difference.

Thursday Thoughts

1. A friend and I did a peaceful 12-mile ride this morning out by the water. For a minute there I forgot I was in Mississippi:

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2. I’m doing a group 50-mile ride Saturday. I registered and everything, so no backing out. I’m excited/nervous!

3. Headed out of town next week. Another case of “excited/nervous”. But what I am most looking forward to is the fact that I am going completely solo to a new place, to meet new people. I feel like that’s how you truly learn about yourself. Where there are no preconceived notions about who I’m “supposed” to be, because no one knows me. I can’t wait.

4. How is it already Thursday?! This week has flown. And there’s still so much to accomplish!

5. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Considering ALL THE THINGS my mom does for me on a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute basis, I am not missing out on this opportunity to celebrate and spoil her with goodies. I hope she feels loved every day, but it’s nice to have a special moment to make her feel extra special. She deserves it.

6. Just for laughs

LAB WORK:

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This Year

I had a party-filled birthday weekend for my 25th birthday this year.  It reminded of how many wonderful people I have in my life. I feel so lucky to have so many loving friends and family to call my own, and I don’t want to know what life would be like without them.

I might have partied a little too hard this weekend. I’m still trying to recover a bit today. But that’s me. I’m not perfect. I certainly try to be a lot of the time, and it usually backfires. Because not one of us is perfect. There is no such thing. We make mistakes, we fuck up, we hurt people we love…we are human. It sounds depressing, but it should be refreshing really. Of course, we should always try to learn from mistakes and less-than-great choices we might make in life, but we should be kind to ourselves too. Know that, hey, it’s okay.

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I was thinking about how I’m 25 now. I know, it’s not old and it’s not a huge deal. But to me, I try to take meaning out of most things in life. Just because I can. And to me, 25 means I get another year. Another year of living life, learning about myself, and finding out who I am. Another year to strive to be my best self, to love myself, to enjoy life and to live in this moment, because the next one is not guaranteed.

 

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If anyone needs me–I’ll be living life, making mistakes, learning faster from some than from others, and trying to find myself in this 25 year…