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Fit Fab 40s Fitness Challenge ~2013 Recap~

Posted in A Lil About Me, Daily Living, Fitness, Fun & Games, Goals, Health & Wellness, Motivations, Randomosity, Self Improvement, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by Angela
Waistline not wastebasket...

Waistline not wastebasket…

I know traditionally that most of the “year in review” talk occurs either the last couple weeks of December and/or on the cusp of the new year… Well, I guess this post qualifies since 1) I thoughtfully pondered what I left behind as well as what lies ahead of me, 2) I confirmed & verbalize it and 3) I made a mental note, followed up with a quick draft post that is now coming to fruition.

By far the biggest news is that I succeeded in ending the year in considerably better shape than I was when it began.

As I prepared to make the transition from my 30s, I launched my FIT FAB 40s LIFESTYLE CHANGES and have been traversing the course diligently.

At that time I thought I was in decent shape due to some dietary changes that are still in place. It can basically be summed up as I adopted a flexitarian/semi-vegetarian diet which means I eat more vegetarian fare (not to mention organic, non-GMO & gluten-free) than I choose to eat meat, though I’ve chosen to avoid pork for health reasons since my 20s.

Personally I’ve found it more difficult to make myself eat meat and will have to consciously plan to eat it. Well, aside from ordering it when I’m dining out because I’ve got a handful of real meat options that I rotate throughout my diet for protein & omega-3s.

Somewhere along the line an unexpected, newfound love of spinning gradually but rapidly developed and I found myself inducted into the collective known as the triple spin club.

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The combination of diet and fitness helped me to shed an eye-popping, jaw-dropping 30 lbs. over the span of several months. Once the right mix of these clicked, I amazed myself by even skipping a size as I made my descent. I have had to purged my closet… twice! But as the saying goes “the third time’s a charm….” I am gearing up for the mother of all purging. Yes, that’s right, hopefully this year’s spring cleaning will see me muster the strength and part ways with the last of my double-digit sized “fat clothes”.

While I’ve never been one to wear stretchy-fabric, elastic-waist or potato sack-baggy clothes, it’s a huge leap to take away the safety net of having pieces in your wardrobe which are a size larger than what you’re currently wearing. As I continue enjoying the freedom of buying smaller sizes (without having to try-on, no less…..) to replenish my closet, I plan to settle in and enjoy the thrill of the ride wherever it takes me….

~Peace & Blessings~

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Blog Stagnancy

Posted in Daily Living, Randomosity, True Confessions, Uncategorized on July 16, 2012 by Angela

Wow, it’s been a little while. Not as long as times past in some cases but it still seems like it’s been ages since I’ve really blogged like I have the desire/want/intention.

I know the standard claim when we don’t do something is that we’ve been "sooo busy" but in most instances that is a trite term to excuse our ineffectiveness with time management. Then there are those of us, like myself, who like to do so much that it doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.

Writing has always been a passion of mine so I will just have to once again adjust my schedule to be able to put pen to paper routinely. I’ve got some ideas to make it happen so I’m in the process of rolling that out.

And with that said…here’s hoping you enjoy your week!!!

~Peace & Blessings~

Last One Left On the Playground

Posted in A Lil About Me, Memories, Randomosity, True Confessions with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by Angela


I often feel like I’m the last one left on the playground.

You know, like how it is during recess or whenever when you line up along the fence and pick teams?

Kinda like that.

There’s a heirarchy in the way we are are picked in life. Little did we know it would closely resemble how it was on the playyard.

Undoubtedly, the all-stars get picked first. Next come the almost all-stars. These are then followed by the friends of the all-stars. Who are just a level above the ones who are mediocre enough to be classified as neither ‘that good’ or ‘that bad’.

As the pickings keep getting slimmer, someone wonders aloud if they really have to pick any more or can they stick with what they’ve got?

The rules of fairness are you pick until there’s no one left or an odd one out.

That’s me.

Somehow or another.

I am forever feeling like odd one out.

The funny thing is you’d think I’d quit showing up to the playground. Surely you’d think I could catch the hint and quit lining up, wouldn’t you?

Yet there’s an underlying determination that drives me to keep at it, time and time again.

There’s something in me that says maybe, one day.

Maybe tomorrow or the next day.

Or the one after that.

Perhaps I won’t be the last one left on the playground.

Memorial Weekend Recap

Posted in A Lil About Me, Daily Living, Entertainment, Memories, Randomosity, Weekend Recap, Wine Tasting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by Angela

This past weekend ushered in the unofficial start of summer: barbeques, amusement parks, swimming pools, parades and the streets and sidewalks coming alive after a cold winter and plentiful spring showers.

The weather here was incredible! It was unseasonably hot and humid but that’s what Midwest living gets you….wouldn’t change it for anything. Hopefully it was a safe and enjoyable one with decent weather where you were.

My sole mission was to have a fun-filled 3 day weekend and can happily report that I enjoyed every minute of it.

FRIDAY

My typical Friday night routine is pretty much set in stone regardless of the season. After the gym, I went to a wine tasting.

 

French wines are usually made to accompany food.

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I actually got into attending wine tasting events a few years back when I was going to Europe and wanted to become better acquainted with French burgundy, bordeaux, cabernet and syrah. I am by no means an expert but I am intrigued on the pairings and with learning and growing/expanding my comfort zone. I enjoying imagining all the things I will one day prepare and what will go best with each dish, course or meal.

What I like about all the events that I’ve attended is that they are really well-prepared and they all have themes by region, holiday, ethnicity, main course, etc. The theme for the partical event I attended was appropriately enough “Grillin’ Out” and featured some really good wines and dishes to cook/serve outdoors.

I hope to post more in a separate post about the wine tasting over on the food related pages (which I have also been neglecting but have oodles & oddles to share). I haven’t given up on that and have a flurry of notes of things I’d plan to share sooner than later.

After leaving the wine tasting, I scooted over to one of my favorite Starbucks, had some java and linked up to the Starbucks Digital Network.

It is via SDN that I became acquainted with the documentaries on Snag Films. Yea, I know…fun times on a Friday night: sipping coffee while watching thought-provoking documentaries. I’ve said it before and staunchly REPEAT we can’t all be grown & sexy party animals…some of us have to mind the store and post bail for the rest.

SATURDAY

I met up with my knitting circle and spent a great portion of my morning and early afternoon knitting, UNknitting and then correctly REknitting. I am apparently a natural and took right to knitting so it’s a fun new pasttime I enjoy. Especially since I sew and overall am an art & crafts type, I have the patience and the mind’s eye that let’s me see beyond the needles and the yarn into an actual project.

I had intended to try to go to a gourmet cooking demonstration but my doggedness in getting my piecework just so before setting it aside didn’t afford me that opportunity. Therefore, I just copped the recipe (because all I really wanted to do was taste the dish so that I’d have a point of reference other than my own taste buds) and I juggled my schedule of events.

I attended Saturday afternoon church service and heard a really good message about extending grace and forgiveness to others. I could echo a lot of the sentiments and find it very interesting because I had just been “counseling” someone on the beauty of forgiveness and how it brings so much peace to your life.

As a matter of fact, I seem to be a broken record about that very topic and have had to rewind that record several times over the course of the year and in the very recent past. I had no idea how many people harbor hidden resentments and it is really astounding to hear how long some people have carried malice in their hearts.

I feel extremely blessed to have gotten to the point of forgiveness and allowing it to be a force in my life.

After leaving church I headed downtown to continue my “Foodie Weekend” at The Taste of Cincinnati and allowed (planned) to indulge myself with caloric intake being a non-issue. As always it was very crowded but I knew before going that there weren’t going to be as many vendors as in years past which was slightly disappointing and virtually no vegetarian or vegan options to try but I had a good time nonetheless and planned to hit it up once more before the weekend was over.

SUNDAY

I started my Sunday off with another routine–fitness class at the gym. Decided against going back to The Taste and instead spent the day running errands and taking advantage of the less crowded stores. I cheated on my Foodie Weekend plans and had soup and salad for dinner. I can only consume so much junk before my body threatens to revolt. Had a nice restful night’s sleep in preparation for the last day of events.

MONDAY

I am not a big movie goer and believe it was actually last summer since I darkened the threshold of a theater. So as it seems to happen on holidays, I thought to myself: Today would be a good day to see a movie, low crowds and no talking and I just woke up so I won’t be ready for a nap anytime soon. So with those thoughts in mind, off I went with no thought as to what to see or what even was showing.

I took to my favorite social media outlets asking for recommendations and wound up going to see Bridesmaids. I found it very entertaining and even caught some previews of movies that I will try to attempt to go see. I am usually so bad because I forget something is coming out because it’s not my thing to even check the movie reviews. But there are a few non-sequel movies that I wouldn’t mind seeing.

Since I decided to go to the movies, I bypassed lunch and swung back through The Taste to grab a couple items that I didn’t get on Saturday. Honestly, I usually have a limit on what I can consume comfortably which is why I have to plan accordingly or attend more than one day.

Early afternoon found myself in the gym test driving a kickboxing class and I loved it! I used to go at a previous gym and it’s an amazing core workout. Although it’s offered a little late for my liking, I definitely think I will get in the Monday evening class once my other Monday night commitment ends. Then I will have to see about taking a nap to hit a 7:00 p.m. class on Thursdays as well. I thought taking classes after 5:30 pm was crazy because that’s usually when I’m ready to head out the door FROM working out. But it’s worth making the adjustments to the schedule for sure so I will try to see what I can configure in my day to make it a reality.

Spent the early evening get things ready for the upcoming shortened workweek and still managed not to get to bed any sooner than normal. Once again…typical night before returning to work!

I am really looking forward to doing a lot more now that the summer concert series are starting up and all the outdoor events are taking place. Or just simply to do what I did last weekend and have picnics both Saturday and Sunday. There’s nothing like have some time in the sun!

~Peace & Blessings~

April’s Full: Day Four

Posted in A Lil About Me, Daily Living, Goals, Motivations, Randomosity with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2011 by Angela

 


Very light writing this evening…so hard to do without being up all night during the week….I mainly did a little light outlining into the body of work before I forget what it is I was thinking about all day during work when I wish I could have been writing….actual dialogue and particulars to come as I flesh it out.

~Peace & Blessings~

April’s Full: Day Three

Posted in A Lil About Me, Daily Living, Goals, Motivations, Randomosity with tags , , , , , on April 3, 2011 by Angela

graphic courtesy of: COGNITIVE DISTORTION


Short and sweet update….


Made the daily page goal of writing but still not where I need to be to date due to daydreaming, formatting, people-watching and other non-sense such as that…

One poem written this weekend…

Feeling even more confident I will meet these challenges….

~Peace & Blessings~

April’s Full: Day Two

Posted in A Lil About Me, Daily Living, Randomosity with tags , , on April 2, 2011 by Angela


Here it is day #2 of April Madness and more remains in my head than on paper….I suppose that’s how it is when your mind goes a million miles a minute sometimes.


It’s been a full day as well where I was engaged in other activities but it’s when I am doing other things that the wheels are turning…that’s when I do my best “thinking” and cannot always get it out of my head so quickly, timely or completely. I used to end up jotting a barrage of notes but that’s not always convenient.

I spend time wondering what it was I wanted to say/write and then it never quite seems to have the pizazz that it seemed to have when it originally flew off the dome.


Mentally, I am still feeling creative and it’s early enough to maintain an exaggerated level of optimism…so back to it I go!!

~Peace & Blessings~