Kick Excuses to the Curb

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Seriously, enough with the excuses on not being able to eat healthy or workout. No, this does not include actual, valid reasons for situations. I’m talking about just plain excuses thrown out to justify an unhealthy action….. For these, I have no sympathy.

      I forgot my lunch and had no choice but to stop by McDonald’s for a Big Mac and large fry.  

     I didn’t have time to cook a healthy meal so I ordered a pizza. 

It’s soooo hard getting up early to go to the gym.

[Insert another lame excuse right here]

Stop coming up with a million excuses how you can’t do something and start coming up with ways you can do something.

Throw Loudies from the Wine Train! Choo Choo!

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This article was sent by my husband because of an inside joke (one that I will not be sharing here) about loud people. On our many travels, we have encountered groups of extremely loud people. Ones so loud that it’s disruptive to others in the surrounding area and makes it difficult to hear what your own group members are saying, let alone enjoy whatever activity you’re partaking in.

http://news.yahoo.com/black-womens-book-club-members-kicked-off-wine-071032554.html

Now, I’m not saying that you can’t make some noise but, as always, there is an acceptable level with any activity and outing. Some people exceed that. For the record, I have been part of a group of “too loud” people and have felt mortified having others stare in disgust or aggravation because it’s disrupted their good time.

This article also struck a chord with me on another level. Frankly, I’m sick of people playing the “race card”. Now don’t me wrong, I don’t live in a rose colored world where everyone is treated equal. I don’t. That’s not my point.

But, seriously… How self-absorbed are people that they think anything bad that happens to them is because of the color of their skin? How about… you got kicked off the bus because you were being super loud, extremely disrespectful to the other passengers and were repeatedly asked to keep down the noise level and refused to take the FREE tickets for your own private vehicle?? How about them apples?

Maybe next time, don’t be so damn selfish that you think everyone on that train wants to hear your cackling comments and every word out of your mouth at top decibel.

Rant over….

A “Text” Walking Lane – Seriously?!

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While on the treadmill this morning, sans IPhone, I saw a news story about a “text” walk lane. My initial reaction was it must be some kind of joke or spoof on people who text and walk. Touché! It’s a real thing!

http://rt.com/usa/267610-utah-university-antwerp-texting-lanes/

Now, I’ve certainly sent a text while in motion but very rarely. I do not make a habit of walking while texting. Other people do and apparently now need their own lane so they can stop bumping into us folk who actually look up while walking. So what happens if you get stuck behind a slow walker and run into them because you’re face is buried in your own phone?

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That’s not my only question. Is the world so self-absorbed and think they are really that important that they need to be on their phones 24/7? While walking? Because what you’re texting your friend is so important it must be done at that exact moment in time instead of calling so you can look forward and walk? Let me be the one to break it to you. You, nor what’s transpiring over that round of texts, is not THAT important. If it is, PICK UP THE PHONE AND HAVE A CONVERSATION.

Be courteous to those around you, for once, and pay attention to where you’re walking and quit thinking you’re super uber important enough to have your head buried in your phone, running into people, and that you require your own “lane” to do so. Get over yourselves.

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Okay, enough of my rant on this ridiculous and completely absurd implementation. For shame, Utah, for shame!

What are your thoughts??

Quirks Are Us Thursday | Volume #4

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I like the word “quirk”; it’s quirky. A much better term than “weird” to describe the little idiosyncrasies that make me, me.

Here are a few more quirks that make me, me. Share some of yours below, I would love to hear them!

mine1. Pens: Once I start using a pen, it becomes “my” pen. And I hate for people to take my pen. When I worked with another company, I had a very recognizable pen. And when it went missing, I walked around each person’s desk until I found it, at which point I said “That’s my pen and I’m taking it back now. Thanks.” 🙂

pillow2. Pillow placement: My pillow is completely warped. It starts out normal and over time, due to my neurosis, gets warped into something hardly recognizable. I can’t sleep with my head in the middle of my pillow, like normal folk. My head has to be on a bottom corner of either side. But then the pillow fluffs up too much around my head, so I beat it into submission so the part I’m actually resting on is really full and firm. And if it takes me 10 minutes to get it “just right”, then my husband has to listen to me shift around and beat my pillow for 10 minutes until it’s “just right”. I’m sure he loves it 🙂

oatmeal3. Liquid/soggy oatmeal: I hate liquid-y oatmeal. Oh, I put water in my oatmeal before cooking it but very sparingly. Currently, I’m loving oatmeal with hot cereal and protein powder. Still hate it liquid-y. If this happens, I add more protein powder to thicken it up. It must be borderline sludge for me to like it. If it’s mildly runny and I can’t do anything about it, it ruins my meal slightly and I don’t enjoy it as much.

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Stay tuned for more quirks next week. I have a million of them…

Pajama Pants = Every Day Attire

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No, I’m not going to pull an Eva Mendez and tell you that pajama pants or sweat pants will ruin your marriage and make your spouse so horribly un-attracted to you that they gouge their eyes out and run for the hills, screaming. But I will tell you that these once reserved-for-nighttime-only-pants have become every day attire for some folk. And why? Where did this trend come from?

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I’m all for being comfy, I love, love, LOVE my pajamas. But I don’t LIVE in my pajamas. Especially not in public. The only exception to this? If I hit Warren’s drive thru in the evening (yes, I do have guilty pleasures….). However, I’m not getting out of my car, my pajama pants actually look like gym pants, my pajama pants are clean and this is not a daily ritual.

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To me, the equivalent of going out daily in your pajamas signals that you have completely given up on yourself and life in general. If you can’t be bothered to throw on some jeans, a t-shirt and shoes, not a ratty hasn’t-been-washed-in-5-years-that-was-once-white-but-now-looks-grey shirt and fuzzy bunny slippers, then you have officially given up on life. You are no longer just “being comfy” and “doing your thing”, you’re showing everyone that you don’t have pride in your appearance or yourself. Or maybe you’re just trying to save money on shampoo, soap and clothing?

Regardless, can this trend please end now?

Being Happy vs. Being Content

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While reading an article on happiness recently, I ran across something that struck a cord with me. The article was about how people are always striving to be happy. All the time. And if they’re not happy all the time, they feel as if something is wrong with their life and search for ways to fix it. I can attest to this, I’m guilty of it myself. I definitely have those days where it’s not a good or bad day, it’s just a day where nothing eventful has happened and my emotional keel is level. And I begin to wonder what I could have done to make it a better, “happier” day.

contentWhat I’ve really focused on after reading this article was the simple equation: 15/15/70, not necessarily in that order. To sum it up, a person should expect to have the super, knock your socks off type of happiness about 15% of the time, expect to be unhappy, down in the dumps about 15% of the time and strive to be content or satisfied with life about 70% of the time.

My mind was blown! I’m guilty of striving for that super happy feeling 90% of the time and only allowing for unhappy and content feelings 10% of the time. Perhaps it’s because everyone else seems to live life that way? Or because I’m a perfectionist and read too many articles on how you’re supposed to be happy? 🙂

life 2Either way, the 15/15/70 ratio really got me thinking about how I view life. The ratio has been steadily on my mind. I don’t think this is the perfect answer but it makes perfect sense. It’s unrealistic to have a 90% super happy day, every day.

Last night while rushing to get dinner ready, I was thinking about different home projects I want to complete, how busy the next few weeks are going to be, yada yada…. And I just mentally took it all in. My home, my husband and life as it is right now, as a whole. I realized that these were what comprised my daily life. These were what I came home to every night. While my socks aren’t being knocked off every day, life is good. And I realized that, for the most part, I’m content.

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10 to 1 Challenge

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I was roaming around yesterday, saw this challenge and thought it looked fun and interesting (I modified it just a little…) Hopefully you agree! I love learning more about my new blogging “friends” and hope you enjoy another glimpse into my world.

So…. I Nominate EVERYONE for the 10 to 1 Challenge!! 🙂 I just ask that you do 3 super easy things: 1) Share your answers, or include the URL to your blog, in the comments below, 2) Mention who nominated you for the challenge and 3) Nominate anyone and everyone you know!

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10 Facts about Yourself

1. I used to hate the color yellow. With a passion. Now, it’s growing on me.

2. I’m not a “sleep in” person. I’ve always been an early riser and actually prefer it that way.

3. I have an addiction to chocolate and peanut butter.

4. I have resting bitch face. People often ask me what’s wrong. I tell them “Nothing, it’s just my face.”

5. I like meeting new people but, at the same time, I’m terrible at small talk and am afraid of talking to new people.

6. I’ve often wondered if I could lead a minimalist lifestyle.

7. I’m impatient. Get to the point already!

8. I love cake and will devour one by myself if left alone to my own devices.

9. I’m a planner/go with the flow hybrid.

10. I need to have all the information laid out in front of me before making decisions.

9 Movies You’ve Seen Recently

1. Underworld

2. Iron Man

3. Unbroken

4. The Imitation Game

5. Death Becomes Her

6. Innerspace

7. Fast and the Furious 7

8. The Lazarus Effect

9. St. Vincent

8 Places You’d Love to Go to

1. Ireland

2. New Zealand

3. England (again)

4. Italy

5. New York

6. Alaska

7. Australia

8. China or Japan

7 Things You Couldn’t Live Without (Basics aside, like Family, Health, etc.)

1. Chap stick

2. Gum

3. Books

4. Comfortable clothing

5. A good gym!

6. Hair ties

7. Chocolate and peanut butter!

6 People Who Inspire You

1. My mom

2. My friend Becky, who is always fabulous, adventurous and loving life

3. Positive people

4. Other bloggers

5. My dad

6. Figure competitors

5 Favorite Ways to Spend Your Free Time

1. Read

2. Travel

3. Movies

4. Time with friends

5. Hiking or being outside

4 Reasons You Enjoy Doing Your Blog

1. Meeting new people

2. Gaining new perceptions

3. Feeling like I can discuss parts of my life, uninterrupted and unfiltered

4. It’s a good stress reliever and way for me to feel semi-creative

3 Things You Like About Yourself

1. My strength

2. My sense of humor

3. My curiosity

2 Things You’re Looking Forward To

1. Mexico in June

2. A better career one day

1 Quote You Live By 

1. I’m not a huge quote person but here is one I like – “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”

Easy peasy! Remember to complete the 3 easy steps above – thanks for taking the time to read my answers AND complete the challenge yourself! Happy Blogging, Friends!