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The Perfection Freeze

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Oh hello again.  Yes, I dropped off the face of the earth there for a little while.  I was struggling a little bit with my blog vision and I fell into a common (to me) trap.  I like to call it the Perfection Freeze. I get scared or frustrated that things are not exactly as I want them to be. I convince myself that if things aren’t going to be exactly as I envision them, then they aren’t worth doing at all. I let the perfect become the enemy of the good, or the mediocre, or the anything really.

I know it’s ridiculous, that things rarely turn out exactly as we expected and most of the time that is a really great thing. I know the journey is generally more important than the destination. I know that nothing is ever really perfect. Basically I know I’m crazy and it’s something I am actively working on.

So I will continue to plug away at this.  I will not feel inadequate if I don’t have beautiful pictures, if I generally forget to take pictures, if I don’t have a new recipe every week, if I don’t post every Tuesday. It’s still worth trying and exploring if I find it interesting and valuable. No more letting the perfect paralyze me.

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Why Leaning In is Killing Us

I am forgoing my usual Weekend/Workout recap to talk about something I ran across on the internet today.

I loved this article.  In all fairness, I have yet to read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, mostly because the waiting list for it at the library is insanely long.  But I know a great number of people who have read it and I’ve discussed it enough to understand the basic concepts.  I see the point in what she says, but I think this article better articulates what the real problems are.

I am so ready to recline, and I wish that didn’t sound lazy.  I am all for working late when you absolutely need to work late.  However, I think if you absolutely need to work late all the time, either you are wasting a lot of time during the day or you have a serious management problem (ie you’re understaffed). Unfortunately, this is how a lot of places operate, and I’ve worked in those places and it sucks.

The other, sneakier, problem is the concept of “facetime”.  I don’t think I should have to be at work just because my boss is at work. I think that if I’m flexible enough with my personal time that I will work late when I need to, I should be able to be flexible with my work time as well, and if I have a slow day I should be able to leave early.  That’s all I mean by being ready to recline.  It doesn’t sound like a big shift, but in a lot of work environments it is. So I’m ready to start reclining, who’s with me?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you are spending the day doing something with the people you love, whether it be significant others, friends, or family.  I am lucky enough to be able to spend tonight with the Hubs and my siblings who will be flying in for the weekend.  Can’t wait.

So eat, drink, be merry, and enjoy my current favorite love song:

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Weekend and Workout Recap

 

This weekend was great, mostly because of the Olympics! I have already worn out the Hubs Olympic tolerance with the amount I watched this weekend.  Hopefully he’ll have a busy week so I can continue to overload on coverage.  My top 5 thoughts from this weekend’s viewing:

5. I used to think Ice Dancing was lame but obviously that was wrong because Meryl Davis and Charlie White are awesome.

4. Torah Bright, the Australian snowboarder is such a badass for doing all three events.  I hope she wins a gold to prove girls are better than boys (aka Shaun White).

3. The Skiathalon looked BRUTAL.  You know an event was rough when every single person collapses to the ground after the finish line. It also made me feel like I maybe should have been working out instead of sitting on the couch.

 

2. Will the figure skaters who were in the team competition all be doing the exact same programs in their individual events? If so, I feel like that will be a little anti-climactic.

1. Do the athletes have hair and make-up people? If they don’t I am super impressed with a lot of those skiing/snowboarding girls because I would look nowhere even close to that cute after coming off the slopes.

In non-Olympic weekend news, we went on our first real friend date on Friday night.  If you are unaware of what friend dating is then count yourself lucky, because you’ve probably never lived anywhere where you don’t know anyone.

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Luckily, the “date” went well.  We went out for sushi with another couple, Hubs was friendly the guy at business school but didn’t know him well.  They were very nice and we didn’t have any awkward lags in conversation.  The girl even asked for my number as we were leaving the restaurant.  I haven’t dated in quite a while, but I feel like that was a good sign.

And now on to last week’s workouts:

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Monday: Winter Shape Up Workout 2..this was another tough one.  Those Tabatas kick some serious ass.

Tuesday: Yoga, needed to stretch it out

Wednesday: Winter Shape Up Workout 2 again.  Was still super hard, I didn’t magically get into better shape (unfortunately)

Thursday: Off day, worked late

Friday: Off again because I worked late (yes on a Friday and yes it sucked)

Saturday: 1.65 mile outside run.  We did not have a lot of time to squeeze in anything more than that, but it was still good to get out in the finally warmer weather

Sunday: Hour long bike ride.  I feel like you never realize how hilly your neighborhood is until you a) bike it or b) try to drive on ice.  Turns out our neighborhood, and the neighboring neighborhood that we got lost in, are pretty darn hilly.  Our legs were toast by the time we finally made it home.

We have the possibility for another snow/ice day or two this week.  Fingers crossed! Although now that I typed it, it won’t happen.

Happy Monday!

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Sochi!

So I totally meant to post the recipe for my Vegetable Minestrone today, but obviously that didn’t happen.  Work was super hectic, I’m actually still working on finishing up a few things for tomorrow,  so there was no time to write up a real post.  But all of that is ok because the OLYMPICS START TONIGHT!

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I LOVE the Olympics.  I love everything about them, the opening jingle, Bob Costas, the crazy events, the athletes, did I mention Bob Costas?  That man is a national treasure. And while I will agree that the Summer Olympics are slightly better than the Winter Olympics, I am still super excited. If you’re looking for me at any point over the next 2 weeks, I will be in front of my tv, glass of wine in hand, watching the amazingness unfold.

Go USA!

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Weekend and Workout Recap

We had a fairly lowkey weekend, lots of  time relaxing at home which is always nice.  After work on Friday, I went to the gym for a quick run.  Younger, college age me would be appalled at that revelation.  Friday nights were for drinking and going out, or drinking and staying in, or vegging out with a movie/Lost marathon.  They were not for working out.  But now that I pretend to be a responsible adult, I find that I really enjoy a quick workout on Fridays.  I normally come home from work with a headache and some back pain, the wonderful side effects of sitting at a computer all day.  If traffic was particularly bad, I’m generally a little grumpy too.  Getting in a quick sweat session normally helps fix all of those things and puts me in a great mood for the rest of the night.  Sorry younger me, it’s the truth.

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College me, classy

After my run we met a friend out for dinner. We tried a new Mexican restaurant and it was surprisingly good.  Growing up in Arizona gave me extremely high standards for Mexican food, so I am generally very disappointed when I try to eat it in other parts of the country.  But this place was a nice surprise.  They had margaritas made with lime juice, not mix, which is always a good sign.  The guac was good and they had several very yummy tacos.

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Other than that we spent the weekend cleaning, relaxing, and watching the Seahawks dominate.  Side note: I was very disappointed by the commercials yet again this year.  The only ones I really liked were the Doritos time machine, the Coke American is beautiful, and the Budweiser puppy commercial, which was really only good because the puppy was so cute.

And here is a quick recap of last week’s workouts:

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Monday:  Was still a little tired from whatever bug I had over the weekend, so it was just a quick yoga dvd.  I love this one, but I have to admit it’s more stretching than it is yoga.  I still like it though, I can tell it is starting to improve my flexibility, especially in my standing forward bend (I can now touch the floor!) and my one legged seated forward bends (I can reach past my toes!).  It also at least gets me up and moving when I’m having a really low energy day.  Always a plus.

Tuesday:  My first Winter Shape Up workout.  I did the week one workout and holy crap was it hard.  Gina is amazing. The workout was really hard but efficient, only 25 minutes, which I loved after a 10 hour work day.

Wednesday: Did Winter Shape Up workout 1 again.  I now know you aren’t supposed to do it 2 days in a row and I can see why.  I died.

Thursday: Yoga dvd again to recover

Friday: 2.5 mile treadmill run (I’m slowly getting back on the horse after my treadmill fail and I broke the 2 mil barrier!)

Saturday: Off but did a lot of incidental cleaning and walking

Sunday: 1.85 mile hilly outdoor run

Hopefully this week will contain more of the same.  Happy Monday!

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Snow Day!

I love living in a place where 2 inches of snow counts as a snow day. Seriously, it’s amazing.  Although in all fairness, because no one here is used to snow, the roads are probably more dangerous here with 2 inches than it is in much snowier places.

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Once we officially had the snow day ruling, I rushed home and by rushed I mean I sat in traffic for 3 hours, but who was counting? Anyways, I rushed home and like any responsible adult, watched How I Met Your Mother and the Vampire Diaries while monitoring my email and stuffing my face with tamales (a fantastic snow day food if I do say so myself).  Seriously LOVE those shows. It was an amazing way to spend the afternoon.

I am off to attempt to be responsible again and workout, although the cold is really making that difficult. Stay warm!

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Resolutions

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I know I’m a little (fashionably) late to the party, but I want to talk about New Year’s Resolutions.  I normally don’t make them, not because I’m one of those annoying people who claim to make smaller attainable goals all throughout the year.  I hate and admire those people with equal ferocity.  But because I normally have trouble thinking of things that seem appropriate.

In general, I am a fan of large sweeping declarations, but New Year’s seems to call for slightly more manageable resolutions than just “I want to get in crazy good, Victoria’s Secret model, shape”.   There are a few smaller things I have been meaning to work on lately so I figured I would buck my no resolution trend and give it a shot this year.  Here they are in all their glory:

  1. Improve my posture.  I recently realized that I not only have the rounded shoulders of most desk jockeys, but I am starting to hunch a little bit. Since no one wants to look like Quasimodo, I think steps need to be taken to correct this asap.  I’ve done a little research and think it might be caused, or at least exacerbated, by the strength of my upper abs compared to weaker back muscles, my relatively large boobs, sitting at my computer, and genes (my grandma has developed a definite hunch as the years have gone by). I am working to fix it by trying to stretch our my chest and upper ab muscles more and focusing more on total core and back exercises rather than ab exercises, and just trying to be more cognizant of it overall.
  2. Improve my flexibility.  I have always been the least flexible person in any group.  I can barely touch my toes and you really don’t want to see me attempt a wide angle seated forward bend.  It is not pretty.  I am going to make sure I keep incorporating yoga and stretching into my weekly routine.  I might even invest in a new yoga dvd (I’m too embarrassed to go to a class).
  3. Learn to make more meatless meals.  More specifically meatless meals that are not based around pasta, cheese, and eggs.  It would be a bonus if I could find some that the Hubs might eat.
  4. Increase my mileage on my runs.  I’ve been stuck in the 1 ½ to 2 mile rut for a little while now.  Partly, because the park near my house has a great running trail that is 1 ½ or 2 miles with an extra little loop.  It seems like a lot to start the whole trail over again and I’ve been too lazy to come up with a new trail.  Also, I think mentally I’ve gotten comfortable with those distances, for some reason anything more than 3 miles sounds like a lot. (Yes, I am not a marathoner)
  5. Work off the approximately 5 pounds I put on over the holidays.  All that eating was totally worth it, but now it’s time to get back to reality and kick up the exercising and kick down the sweets and carbs.

Hopefully these things are small enough that I will be able to a) remember them and b) stick with them.  We shall see.

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Eat Like a Gilmore

The Gilmore Girls holds a special place in my heart.  I want to be Lorelai, other than the whole teenage single mother thing.  And the not so great relationships with her parents and men, but other than that I totally want to be her.

Logan was always my fav (controversial I know)

Logan was always my fav (controversial I know)

Gilmore Girls tends to be my go-to pick me up show when nothing else is on. When I was sitting alone in a hotel room traveling for work, or when I was taking the horrible CPA exams, I turned to the residents of Stars Hollow.  Unfortunately for me, those are also the times when I am most likely to eat my feelings.  That urge, along with the desire to be a Gilmore girl can be a very dangerous combination for my waistline.  Have you seen the way they eat?  It is impossible to have a serious Gilmore marathon without multiple types of junk food.  Impossible.  You might as well not watch it.

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Mallowmars!

Apparently someone else was paying attention to the Gilmore eating habits as well.  The Huffington Post came out with an article this week detailing the typical daily caloric intake for a Gilmore girl….it’s massive but actually not as bad as I would have thought.   Too bad we all can’t live in the magical world of TV.

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The Treadmill Incident

So I fell off the treadmill the other day.  Super smooth, I know.  I happen to be a fairly klutzy person in general life (corners, walls, and the ground all tend to jump out at me), but I have never had any coordination problems when it comes to sporting activities. Because if my affinity for athletics, it never really occurred to me that I could actually fall off the treadmill.  I always thought that only happened to people who were old, severely uncoordinated, or idiotic enough to attempt things like this.  Apparently I was wrong and it also happens to people who watch E! News updates about the Royal baby on the TV on the other side of the room.  Lesson learned, although part of me blames the treadmill.  I mean seriously, doesn’t it just look like a deathtrap?

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The fall gave me some pretty nasty burns on my knees and thumb.  It was NOT fun trying to clean those up, particularly with Hubs trying not to throw up in the corner the whole time.  Injuries have never been his thing.  I hobbled around with some serious bandages for a few days. I even went to several job interviews with them, which was super fun and not awkward at all.  I’m finally bandage free but the knees still look pretty rough.

Btdubs, it is not easy to take an attractive picture of your own knees

Btdubs, it is not easy to take an attractive picture of your own knees

My madre suggested I pick up some Vitamin E Oil to help reduce the scarring, so we’ll see how that goes.  The oil doesn’t absorb into my skin very well so I have to be careful about when I put it on.  Oily stains on pant knees are not attractive.

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I have only been back on the treadmill once since the incident and I thought about falling the entire time I was running.  FYI thinking about falling on a treadmill does not make it easier to stay on it.  Thankfully, I didn’t fall again, but I did wear that cool safety wristband thing for the first time in my life.  It made me feel old.  I think I’ll stick with running outside for the near future, now if only the weather would cooperate…

PS. That link sent me down a YouTube rabbit hole.  How could I not click on the ‘Kids Eating Warhead Candies for the First Time’ link? YouTube is dangerous.

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