Monthly Archives: March 2013

Getting Back On the Fitness Horse

So in my last post, I confessed that I am the unhealthiest I have ever been in my entire life. (Ok, I didn’t say it like that, but it’s the truth, and I’m seriously unhappy about it.) But instead of wallowing in pints of Ben & Jerry’s, I’ve decided to take action and get back to healthy and happy.

So to help, I’ve decided to participate in a virtual 5k on Tuesday, April 9th hosted by my friend Abby over at Run Stronger Every Day. (I’ve actually never met her, but I read her blog and follow her on Twitter. She’s pretty awesome, so I hope she’s ok with me calling her a friend.)

The Kick Ass Virtual 5k will benefit  the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American’s Team Challenge (which Abby is part of) at this year’s Chicago Half-Marathon on June 8th. Here’s what Abby has to say about it: “Why April 9th? That was the date last year when I scheduled the surgery that would remove my colon. It was a very big and scary day for me but it was also the day I took steps to get my health and my life back.”

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You’re probably thinking… Didn’t she JUST tell us that she can’t run like she used to? You’re right. I totally can’t, BUT Abby says it doesn’t matter how you reach 3.1 miles as long as you do. So maybe I’ll split it up between the treadmill, bike and elliptical. Or maybe I’ll run/walk the whole thing outside. The point is… I’m talking my health and fitness back in my own hands, too. (Plus, I hope to win one of the awesome prizes she’s collecting.)

The coolest part? You, too, can join in! Check here for the deets.

When Lazy Meets Fat

When I left my job, I had all kinds of ideas about how I’d run more frequently and up my trips to the gym. Instead, I ended up meeting friends for lunches and dinners almost every day of the week. When I wasn’t eating out, I was vegging out in front of the TV.

I knew I had let myself go. What I didn’t realize was how much… until I stepped on the scale (that I unpacked today). I’m not going to post a number because I’m too embarrassed, but let’s just say OUCH.

The good news is that I’m back to working on it. My dad and I started running while I was at home, and I’m trying to keep it up. I’m nowhere near where I was when I was running 5ks last year, but… I had never run a 5k before last year, so I  know I can get there again.

Not working leaves plenty of time for exercising, and since my complex has a fitness center, I force myself to go even when I’d rather just take a nap. The problem is that not working also leaves plenty of time to eat. I’m trying to develop a regular routine– scheduling times to eat, work out, job search and unpack–so hopefully that will help. But even then my eating habits sort of suck. My biggest problem? Breakfast. I never know what to eat! Also, it turns out I’m not a big fan of traditional breakfast foods, which also makes it hard.

I’ve gotten a ton of ideas from Carrots N Cake (probably my most favorite healthy blogger), but I’ll eat the same thing for a few months and get tired of it. So I need more ideas! Help!

What do you eat for breakfast?

Settling In

Ok, so you know how I said packing was exhausting and didn’t leave much room for posting? Well, unpacking is TWICE AS TOUGH. At least I knew that everything had to just fit in a box before, but now, I have to find a new home for everything. That translates to moving everything four or five times. What a pain. And where on Earth did all this crap come from?

Anyways, I’m finally “settled” in Raleigh and not bouncing between my apartment and my parents’ home. (Seriously, last week I made the trip three times.) And it hit me: I am in Raleigh.

And you know what? I love it. It feels great to be back in the land of Tar Heels.

Also, can you take a look at these beauties?

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My very own washing machine!!

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And, of course, my very own dryer!!

It may  not seem like a big deal to most of you since I’m willing to bet most of you have them in your apartments/homes, but my New York friends will get it. No more lugging 3+ loads up and down stairs or walking to the laundry mat. No more blocking off an afternoon for laundry. It’s quite a glorious feeling (which I’m sure will fade as time goes on… but for now: I LOVE DOING LAUNDRY).

Happy Pi Day!!

Please join me in celebrating a day very near and dear to my heart: Pi Day!

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Have no idea what I’m talking about? “March 14 (3/14) is Pi Day, a celebration of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — one of the most beautiful and confounding numbers in mathematics. It’s technically written as 3.14159, or 3.14 for short, but Pi is an ‘irrational and transcendental number’ whose decimals ‘continue infinitely without repetition or pattern,'” according to PiDay.org, the holiday’s official website.

I was thinking that maybe I should just celebrate my birthday on Pi day since it would be MUCH MUCH warmer than my actual birthday. Most people bake pies on this day as well, so it can’t be that hard to force one of my friends into making a pie for me. I’ve never actually tried to make a pie either, so maybe I’ll add that to my to-do list for next year. 

Regardless, I’m going to go back to basking in my day. Ciao!

Leaving NYC

I have to confess that I got a little teary-eyed the morning I left NYC.

Once the movers came and packed up almost everything I own in their truck, my parents, my aunt and my landlord (yep, that’s right!) all went to Bark for my last meal in Brooklyn.

My go-to meal: A chili-cheese dog, disco fries and a root beer.

My go-to and last meal: A chili-cheese dog, disco fries and a root beer.

While some people have their neighborhood bars where everyone knows their name, I had a neighborhood hot dog restaurant. I visited/made them deliver probably at least once a week while I lived there. And before I got cable, I’d go to watch UNC basketball games. (Brandon, the co-owner, happens to be a UNC fan who I became friends with.)

It’s definitely on the Top 3 list of things I’ll miss about living in New York.

Coming home to an empty apartment was also tough. That apartment had been my home for the past 3.5 years. My cats didn’t like it much either. All of the furniture and sleeping places had been packed up.

The toughest part was loading up the car and looking over the apartment one last time Saturday before driving away. I know I’ve said this before, but it was the end of a chapter I thought would last much longer. (Of course, I know I made the right decision to leave on my own terms though.)

So thank you, New York, for our time together. There were a lot of firsts and a lot of good times, but it’s time to move on.

Did you all ever have a change of dreams? Was it tough for you?

The 1st Moving Update

My apologies for not posting in the past two weeks, but let me tell you: MOVING IS EXHAUSTING.

In the past two weeks, I’ve packed up my entire apartment (which may not seem like a lot since it’s a one-bedroom, but well…I am on my way to being a hoarder for sure).

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I’ve disconnected all the appropriate utilities. I’ve spent 10 hours in a car with two sedated kitties. I’ve signed a new lease, but am still waiting for my movers to bring my stuff down. (That stupid storm making its way across the country has caused a delay.) I’ve connected all new utilities.

And as of today, I have a North Carolina driver’s license again. I had to take the written test, which made me kind of (really) nervous. But I passed, so I can check that off the list.

Next up is car shopping. I’m leaning towards the 2013 Hyundai Accent (since my original car, the Toaster, was an accent). It’s a little overwhelming since I don’t really know what to ask for in a car anymore. The last time I went car shopping, they still had tape decks!

What do you all drive? Or suggest I buy?

(And I promise to start writing more posts with more substance soon!)