An Award? For Me? :)

Gooood afternoon, everyone!

I wanted to just thank my friend over at Artsy Architette for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger award.

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I believe she put it flawlessly:

“These blogosphere community awards are always nice to give and receive, to know your fellow bloggers enjoy what you are putting out there.”

The Beauty Blogger Award has the following rules:

1. Link back the person who nominated you.

2. Post the award on your page.

3. Tell seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.

As I have done number one and number two, it’s on to number three.

Seven facts about me:

1. I am (still) obsessed with the LC by Lauren Conrad collection at Kohl’s, and I am anxiously awaiting a good sale and coupon combo so I can buy the new white skinnies with floral dsigns up the sides!

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2. I just cleaned out all of my closet space, as well as my entire vanity and the 2 giant drawer organizers full of beauty/hair products I own. I have a serious shopping itch, but I am trying to wait until I find out about my skin-removal surgery before I go nuts.

3. I wear a size 11 shoe, complain about how hard it is to find size 11 shoes, and yet….I own about 50 pairs of size 11 shoes. Half(if not more) of those are still in the boxes, and haven’t been worn but maybe once. Shame, shame!

4. I absolutely hate drivers who don’t use their blinker!!!! HATE them with a passion! (I second this. How am I supposed to know you want to get over in front of me within a HAIR of my bumper, if you don’t give me some sort of sign…like ya, know…your freakin’ blinker!)

5. I use my horn in my car…..a LOT. Everywhere….parking lot, freeway, intersection….I don’t discriminate!

6. I have a lot of TV shows I really enjoy watching, but don’t have cable. I rarely have time to catch up with them on my Hulu Plus either….so when I do, I’m up until 2 am catching up on Glee, Grey’s, Whitney, New Girl, etc.

7. My dream job is to own my own Event Planning business. I would love to be responsible for coordinating fabulous (not to mention, FIERCE-looking) events. Then, I’d be able to wear all those shoes!

My seven nominations:

1. Fit Girl Lifestyle

2. Muffins and Mocha

3. 2 Fat Nerds

4. My Last Fat Year

5. On the Go Fitness

6.Fat Girl to Fit Girl

7. Trying Not to Be Fat

So, that is that. Definitely check these blogs out if you get a chance. If health, fitness, or even just fun reading are up your alley, I can promise you won’t be disappointed. These bloggers are truly talented, and I always look forward to post notifications!

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back later with some rants and updates….after my dentist appointment.

Ugh. Why can’t teeth be self-cleaning, like lady parts? I dread the dentist!

This makes me feel better! 🙂

A good message for everyone!

A good message for everyone!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

Tuesday Tidbits!

So, I find myself with some time, and before I hit the farmers market, I thought I’d share some things I learned through all the research I’ve been doing on running and nutrition as of late. A LOT of my information is from the awesome site I shared with you last week, Greatist.com.

Simple Swaps:

Fitness:

  • Planks instead of crunches. Planks work your whole core. Say it with me: “Abs before summer!”
  • Warming up, rather than going right to the workout. I am horrible when it comes to this! I just hop on, and get started. But no. Doing an active warmup will loosen your limbs, and your body benefits more from the workout, overall.
  • Foam roller for static stretching. Now, this…I haven’t tried yet. But I did watch Alex use one in the living room, and judging from the grunts? I think she liked it. I think….lol.

Health:

  • Whole fruit for fruit juice. I loves me some Simply Orange…but it’s super expensive, and not quite as fresh and we like to think. Eating the actual orange gives you all of it’s healthy perks: fiber, vitamins, etc.
  • Red wine or beer for a margarita. Margarita=SUGAR city! But they’re so pretty and yummy…..ahh!
  • Local produce for supermarket veggies. According to the USDA, locally seasonal fruits may be more nutritous!
  • Doggy bag for over-eating. Ask for half of your meal to go before it even comes to the table. Less temptation, and if you’re like me, you won’t mindlessly eat while you talk, even AFTER you’re full.
  • Raw nuts for nut butter. Nut butters sneak in extra fat and sugar, while raw nuts are loaded with antioxidants!

Happiness:

  • Journaling for emotional eating. I have to keep a book on my nightstand, because a million thoughts run through my head at night and then all I want is a frozen strawberry fruit bar. I call it my gratitude book. I write down something I am grateful for at least once a day…which brings us to….
  • Gratitude for complaining. When I concentrate on every amazing thing in my life, it helps me decompress when it comes to the stressful and more irritating ones. I encounter ridiculous people and situations, and I just “Woo-Sah!,” and remind myself that I am 100 lbs lighter and will be in Sports Illustrated. Easy money.
  • Moderation for deprivation. EAT THE CAKE! You know, the really small piece.

Check out more swaps that can change your habits for the better here.

Also, I went all crazy and decided running is my calling, and then wouldn’t you know? Greatist posted a brand new infographic: The Ultimate Runner’s Guide.

Soooo much amazing information! From what you should wear, to what body types are typically suited to what type of running…there is something new to learn for even the more advanced runners here. I was psyched to find it, and I am even more psyched to put it to work tonight!

Now? I am off to Sprout’s to pick up some more fresh fruit for my protein smoothies I have been making.

Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, a kiwi, and some pineapple! I added a scoop of protein before blending in my magic bullet.

And YUM!!!!

Maybe I’ll even make it to the farmer’s market in Escondido tonight! Local is better, after all!

“Til Next Time!

XOXO

30 Day Challenge Part SEVEN!

Well, it’s been quite awhile, hasn’t it?

Truth be told, I have been so wrapped up in my regular life, I haven’t been motivated to come home, sit down, and get to blogging work!

But, I promise not to keep falling off the face of the earth. Honestly, this blog is the one thing that has kept me sane and ridiculously optimistic through all of the crazy changes since surgery. It really is imperative that I take that small chunk of time for myself to share my story. So, I apologize for the delay, if you were waiting. And I am back!

Wouldn’t you know? It’s 30 Day Challenge Time (it was, like 2 weeks ago!).

And heeeeeere we go! (I apologize in advance for looking like an utter ragamuffin. But I worked all day AND came home and made cornbread muffins and chili. Cut a girl some slack!).

Front View!

Side View!

Bonus points to me for having super stick-out collarbones, no?

In other news, my birthday went off without a hitch! Wore a tiara at work, Sean took me to lunch and spoiled me with presents…went out that weekend with my friends and got a table in the V.I.P. section and we had a blast.

The Ladies! 🙂

This next one is blurry…but it’s the only photo I have that shows my dress. An all-sequin Jessica Simpson dress that I’ve only been able to wear twice. It was already too big at this point, but I didn’t care. All hail the sequins! Lol.

BFF's since sixth grade!

The weekend after that, Sean took me on a surprise weekend getaway, and managed to keep the whole itinerary a secret. We ended up at one of the swankiest hotels ever, and went to Universal Studios; the one theme park I never made it to!

The view from the terrace in our swanky lanai room! 🙂

One of the best surprises...EVER!

Best boyfriend...EVER.

THEN! St. Patty’s Day weekend, a great friend came to visit, and Alex, Josh and I took her to The Shout House in the gaslamp. It’s a deuling piano bar, and it is a BLAST! Alex and Josh requested an inappropriate song and a birthday shout-out to me, which resulted in me being called on-stage once again, but this time, instead of getting to sing, I was summoned to sit on top of the piano and be serenaded….during the song, a waiter came out with a dildo in a gift box. Don’t ask….just know that I was mortified. Yet, I couldn’t stop laughing….

I'm light enough to be lifted onto a piano, now! YESS!

May I just point out that my outfit that night made me super happy? I got my nude/blush trench for 50% off at Forever 21. That’s what happens when you get down to a size Large, apparently. I’m not complaining! Although, for some reason, it seems like the plus-sized lines all got significantly cuter once I could no longer fit into them! Conspiracy? Possibly!

Too freakin' cute! Target skinnies, Report wedges, Forever 21 top and trench, and necklace and all my accessories were Forever 21, too!

Overall, it’s been a good month so far! Health-wise, I am doing well. Had my physical and my Vitamin B-12 and D levels were low, so now I have to get a series of Vitamin B-12 injections, and I have to take 50,000 units of Vitamin D twice a week. This has prompted me to look into options outside of just my daily multi-vitamin and calcium+D supplements I have been taking regularly since surgery. It’s made me re-think my nutrition in general. I am in utter LOVE with a site called Greatist.com, and I receive the daily email newsletter that has tons of motivation and information. My current fave:

The Complete Guide to Workout Nutrition

Check it, and the whole site, out! It never hurts to have information at your disposal. Who knows what you may learn? It could be just the thing you need to get back on track….or to just get started!

I think I am done here! I still have two weekdays to get through, and then a movie date with my love this weekend!

Not to mention, Alex and I are going to see Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker in concert Saturday night. SO. STOKED. I love them both. Thompson Square will be opening…but I don’t really care about them.

And so, I shall leave you with my favorite on-the-way-to-work song!

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Love you all! Make the rest of the week count!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO