Friend Makin’ Mondays: Quick and Easy Questions

I blogged last night and didn’t wait to see when Kenlie posted FMM!  So, I’m going to have a quick run at the questions.  Glad they are easy!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

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1.  What time did you go to bed last night? Much too late!  2 AM!  My afternoon nap through me off so I stayed up later than usual.

2.  What is the last thing that made you smile? Last night my cat decided it was all-about-mommy time. I couldn’t get away from her even if I wanted to.  She was in my lap, sitting beside me, or following me in to the bathroom.  She makes me feel loved.

3.  What is the last movie you watched? On TV count?  The Help.  I stayed up to finish it.  Oh man, I loved it.  It was such a good thing to watch before MLK.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in yourself, your own life, your present, and not remember as much about the past and the struggles people had to endure to do the things you just take for granted.

4. What did you have for breakfast today? Nothing yet!  I rolled out of bed, drank my water, and hit the blog!  After I publish, it’s Shakeology time for sure!

5. Would you rather mop all of your floors or do laundry? By the state of my house currently, it looks like neither, ever.  Ugh.  But I’d rather to laundry. 

6. Do you drink coffee? I do, not as much as I used to.  I usually drink it once a week now.  We go to Starbucks once a week before TRX.  I stopped going because I’m cutting costs to justify my Shakeology usage.  We have a kick ass Nespresso machine and I make a mean cold press iced coffee, we just haven’t been on the train lately.

7.  Will you watch the Superbowl? Yeah.  My friends have a great Superbowl party every year.  For me, it’s social.  I’m not a football fan.  But she always has lots of contests SO I’ve decided that I’m going to study up this year and get a better score on the trivia part of the evening.  Memorize facts?  I’m all over it.

8. How often do you shop for groceries? Making a concerted run – probably twice a week.  Go to the grocery store and buy things to eat?  At least 6 days a week.

9.  What kind of workout will you do today? Today is P90X3 – again!  Week 4! 

10.  Do  you use a fitness tracker? I sure do!  I’m a Fitbit fan!  I’m happy to help anyone else get the most out of it.  They are fantastic and the company provides top notch customer service. 

This was my Shakeology a week or so ago.  Tropical Strawberry + a whole lot a basil and a little bit of lemon.

This was my Shakeology a week or so ago. Tropical Strawberry + a whole lot a basil and a little bit of lemon.

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Here’s the thing…

Whenever we want to change up our lives we always have the best intentions.  We get excited.  We buy stuff.  We throw ourselves in to it.  Eventually the newness wears off and it gets to be business as usual, if we are lucky.  Most of us end up not doing so well and quitting.  Then, we tell ourselves that it’s our fault.  We didn’t have enough willpower, we didn’t want it enough.  We didn’t deserve it after all.

I think that’s crap.

We are constantly evolving.  There are going to be phases in your life where something is interesting, and then it maybe isn’t as interesting.  Maybe a workout gives you results then you plateau.  Same thing with changing up your diet.  If there was ONE solid answer to being healthy, don’t you think we’d have found it by now and stick to doing it?

There are always going to be new things coming, and you’re doing yourself a favor if you try stuff.  Embrace change.  Take some chances.  Some stuff comes and goes, but habits last a lifetime.  As long as you’re in the game to make yourself as healthy as possible you’re working on building those lifelong habits.

Forgive yourself.  You didn’t fail your diet.  You didn’t cheat on your exercise.  You’re just finding out what works for you right now.

I'm not saying that Shakeology is going to be my breakfast until I'm 65.  Maybe, but who knows.  For right now, it's my game changer.

I’m not saying that Shakeology is going to be my breakfast until I’m 65. Maybe, but who knows. For right now, it’s my game changer.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Taboo Topics

It’s been a good week.  P90X3 has been hard.  My body has felt beat up.  But I made it through to the other side.  There’s no doubt I’m getting stronger.  30 minutes, yeah, I can handle that.  It’s the 2-a-days that have been pushing me to the edge.  I haven’t given up my other training schedules.  So I’m still doing circuits, yoga and TRX.  And a crap ton of walking some days. 80 some odd days left!

Yoga was hard this week, y'all!

Yoga was hard this week, yo!

I’ve always been pretty much an open book.  I’m trying to be more transparent when it comes to health, weight loss, fitness and how I’m feeling about myself.  I’m trying to be more true to my boundaries when it comes to my relationships, things that don’t have much to do with me and my family.  But, I’ll take on this Taboo Topics list!

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If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Taboo Topics

1. Are you a registered voter? Yes, have been since I was 18.

2. Do you believe in GOD? I do.  Listen, I’m not going to pull that “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual” bullshit.  I don’t go to church, and I’m okay with that.  I live my life in accordance to my values, and that includes how I feel about God. I’m not quite agnostic, but I don’t think we really know what the plan is.  If that makes sense.

3. How has your readership changed since you first began blogging? I have some readers, not a ton.  But I do get giddy when I read comments from new people.

4.  If you could choose between a serious relationship or $100,000, which would you choose? My relationship with my husband is the most precious thing.  It has no price.

5. Have you ever changed political parties? Twice.  I was a registered Republican as soon as I could vote.  My own views became more left centric.  But, I’m from Maine, and our Republicans would make awesome Democrats anywhere else.  I switched to Independent when I moved to Georgia.  And now that I live in California, I’m an official Democrat.  I vote bipartisan.  The best person for the job gets my vote.  I put a lot of emphasis on social issues when it comes to who I vote for.

6.  If you were put in a position in which you had to be in a room with someone that you can’t stand, how would you handle the situation?  I always act professionally.  I think poise, I think grace, I treat people how I would like to be treated.

7.  Do you ever eat in secret because you don’t want anyone to see what you consume? I did, and I still do sometimes.  I try not to, but it is something that happens sometime.  It’s not great, I know that.  I know that I certainly still have issues I’m dealing with.  But, hey, honesty, right?

8.  Do you use curse words in your daily conversations? I do.  I try not to when I’m around people I don’t know well.  I REALLY try to watch my language around kids and strangers.  But my vocabulary is often “colorful”.

9.  How much do you tip when you’ve had decent service at a restaurant? Usually 20%, unless the ticket is really small, and then a $5 minimum.

10.  How do you respond when someone confronts you? I hold my own.  I don’t get super defensive and confrontational in return.  I’m a bit hotheaded, so I try and calm myself.  But I don’t let anyone walk on me, and I’d walk away if I had to.

My Thoughts About Working Out at Home

Right now I’m a part of a new Facebook Challenge Group for 90 days.  There is no requirement to do any specific kind of exercise in this group.  You get to pick but you have to be consistent!  It’s a pretty big group so as you can imagine there’s a lot of different exercises going on.

I’m doing P90X3, and I’m on week 2 and I’m really enjoying it.  I tried doing Turbo Fire in the past and honestly, I just had trouble getting in to it.  I was me, not you, Chalene Johnson – I swear.  When I fell off that wagon, after a couple of days, every time I tried, I always went back to what I knew.  The gym.  My trainers, my treadmill, what I felt comfortable with.  And honestly, that was at best working out 4 days a week.

Happy to have finished a workout!

Happy to have finished a workout!

So what’s different this time around?  I am.  My husband and I have decided to do P90X3 together and we have a standing date in the living room every morning.  The alarm goes off, we make sure both of us are getting up.  We drink our Shakeology and then we bust out our workout in 30 min.  I treat it like an appointment – it’s a non-negotiable part of the day.  I feel relief when it’s over, but I also find that it really energizes me.

Last week, one day I did a P90X3 workout, took a break, had a Kind Bar, and then went to circuit training.  It was one of the best sessions I’ve had.  I was bouncing around from station to station.  I killed 4 rounds of 2 circuits and she had to give me another mini circuit to eat up my hour!

A lot of people don’t work out at home, and I get it.  I really do.  It’s really easy to not get off the couch.  When your butt is in the car driving to the gym and there are people waiting for you – yeah, it’s more likely that you’ll end up working out.  But if you make a mental commitment to see a program through, and you have a source of accountability, whether it’s a spouse, a friend, or a Facebook group, becoming a home workout person CAN happen.

This doesn’t mean I’m cancelling my gym membership and quit my other workouts.  I’m just at the point where I can handle two-a-days sometime.  I’m getting the best of both worlds.  A consistent workout at home, going with a trusted program.  And then circuit training, yoga, and TRX with 3 experts who watch me, make sure I’m doing things right, yell at me to work harder, and generally push me further than  I think I can go.  Tony Horton on TV won’t do that, sadly.

Friend Makin’ Mondays is Back!

Yay!  I’ve missed FMM!  I’ve found some really cool people to follow through these posts in the past and I look forward to finding even more.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

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1.  What has been your happiest moment in 2014 so far?
Probably 12:00 on the 1st.  I had a bunch of friends over for a party and we were all having so much fun.  Every year we have a party where we dress up and stay at our house playing games and chatting.

2. Share the last compliment you received. I went to the makeup counter with a friend of mine and the lady working there told me I had great eyebrows and asked where I had them done.

3.  What is one thing that you plan to accomplish in the next week?
I want to get my kitchen deep cleaned!  It’s been too long.  There’s still dust from the regrouting I had done.  My husband promised he had cleaned when it was finished (I was out of town.) but I haven’t been happy with it for awhile and my pantry is begging to be purged of all crappy food.

4.  What is your favorite TV show currently on air?
Right now I’d have to say American Horror Story: Coven.  I love those witches!

5.  If you could go anywhere in the world free for the next two weeks, where you go?
I’d go to Australia to visit my friend Edmund.  I miss him!  And I really want to hold a koala.  I saw some at the SD Zoo a few months ago.  I just want to pick one up!

6.  Describe a significant event in your life that caused you to change your values system.
I think, when I went to college and started to make friends with people who were different than me – that was a big shift.  It really opened my eyes to the fact that the world is made up of lots and lots of people and no one is the same.  And that you can’t impose your rules and ideas about what is right and wrong on them.

7.  What made you decide to live where you currently live?
Well, we moved to California for my husband’s job, but we moved to our home because we wanted to buy a place and live near the ocean.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s also near some of our closest friends.

8.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about GOD? I think He must be really disappointed in how humans use His name to treat each other and this world so badly.  I can only imagine Him saying “I never meant THAT!” whenever someone tried to reference the Bible for their own agenda.

9.  If you could have a long conversation with someone famous (and alive now) who would you choose?
I’d love to talk with Richard Simmons.  I’ve caught him on the news recently and I don’t think there’s one other person out there who cares more about people than he does.

10.  List three things that you’re thankful for today.
I’m thankful I finished traffic school.  I’m thankful that I’m able to get up every morning and do P90X3.  I’m thankful that my husband came home safe and sound at the end of the day.

Devoted to P90X3

Devoted to P90X3

 

Living Your Life Like Disneyland

I am a much nicer person when I’m at Disneyland.

I mean, how can you not be? It’s the Happiest Place on Earth.  Every staff member meets you with the greatest amount of enthusiasm that human’s can muster.  People are generally very happy to be there.  Even the unhappy kids are only unhappy because they are tired or hungry.

I’m much more polite at Disneyland.  I smile freely and engage in small talk with everyone.  I’m more apt to go up to a stranger and compliment them, or let them know they’ve dropped something.

Short version – I’m a better version of myself at Disneyland.  I’m well behaved.  I watch my language and I try really hard to squeeze every bit of fun I can out of my time there.  I find that it’s a similar state to how I am at the holidays.  I’m happy, I’m nice.

Disneyme

That’s really who I want to be.

So I’m putting aside the fact that I’m an East Coast girl who wants people, in general, to just get out of my way.  I’m forgetting the fake politeness I learned in the South.  I’m going to be a Disney girl this year as much as I can.  It makes me happier and I’m sure much nicer to be around.