Thursday, January 30, 2014

Yes I am a Girl. And Yes I Love Sports

Okay listen up folks... I am a female. And I know and love sports!!

I love playing sports and I love watching sports. And I make no apologies for this. I was an athlete my whole life (and still consider myself one), so sports have been, and will continue to be a huge part of who I am. Recently, there was an article on Thought Catalog entitled "10 Struggles Every Female Sports Fan Knows." Basically, it was my life summed up. #TheStruggle.

If you don't want to go read that article, that's totally great because you can just stay right here and get MY point of view. I totally agree with all of the author's struggles and share VERY similar opinions on this matter. Therefore, I am going to use her ten struggles and address them in my own way from my experiences of being a female sports fiend.

I'm Ready to Chew Again!

This was it. The home stretch. I did it. I mean, I wasn't surprised that I did though. When I start something, I finish it. (And if I am spending as much money as I did here, you better believe I am not messing around.)  And although I was most definitely hungry (and a little lightheaded) on the last day of this cleanse, I can already feel the benefits of this. Get 'em giiirrrlllll.

On this final day I was beyond busy at work and just didn't have the time to really keep track of all the ridiculous thoughts through my head. Instead I think them, giggle at my ridiculousness, and move on. I actually think this was a good thing because I was slightly more irritable today so there were quite a few not-nice things going through this brain of mine. What I've written over the previous two days were super PG and tame for me and I didn't want to shock people too much with my brand of crazy, critical, and annoyance today. However, one thing that I did notice today, multiple times, was that I was hungry; especially at night. Like wanted to gnaw-my-own-hands-off hungry. Although full with liquid, my body craved food. Real solid food. And healthy food at that...Avocado, tomato, bananas, quinoa, etc... Yum, yum. Can't wait.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cleanse 2, Day 2!

So I survived my first day and night surviving on only six Blueprint juices yesterday.  Now it's onto day two. This is the hump day of the cleanse. The day after the first day and the day before the last. I can do this!

I had the exact same menu in the exact same order as I did on day one. I did however, get to sleep in a little later than the first day so therefore started my juices a little later which helps me pace a little better and not stress so much about timing them out.

I woke up before my alarm (no surprise there since 7:30 is majorly sleeping in for me (I'm usually up around five) and I knew I wouldn't make it that late). I actually wasn't hungry and felt pretty invigorated. I like it!

Juice Cleanse, Take Two

So here I go again. About to embark on yet another 3-day juice cleanse. The last time I did was right after Spring Break last April in order to give my body (and my mind) a reset. It wasn't about losing weight, but was about challenging myself to see if I could do it. And to rid my body of all the crap I had put in it recently by being at home and eating my face off. I had never done a cleanse before and didn't know what to expect, and after three days I felt rejuvenated, energetic, and excited to have a clean slate internally. It was kind of a cool feeling and one that I am ready for again. I need another reset. Big time. This time around I have been eating pretty healthy and exercising like a fiend, but I still feel I need to hit the "start over" button; more for the mental component which this gave to me last time. Fingers crossed it does the trick again.

This time around I am trying a different cleanse, the Blueprint Cleanse. Last time I had a hard time choosing between Blueprint and the Cooler Cleanse as both were equally popular and highly recommended. Cooler Cleanse won out because it was a little cheaper; however, this time I had a coupon code for Blueprint so I decided to give it a go. It's the same deal though: six juices a day for three days. Nothing else. Nada. Zilch. Just the juices. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Where Are All the Cute Men At, Yo?

The other day I was looking for a new book to read in my school's library. Then I saw it, with it's hot pink cover and some silver sparkle...It just kind of stood out to me. The name of the book...ready for it? How to Meet Cute Guys. Of course this is the book that caught my attention right away. Nothing like a little young adult novel (yes a novel, not a self-help book) to spark my interest on a topic I apparently need help with. I decided to pass on checking it out; however, I did skim it. I'm human after all. 

 Later in the day, I was talking about this book with my friends joking that I was going to take it home and read it cover to cover and we were joking around that unless cute guys are coming right to our doors (which they aren't), we aren't meeting them. This got me thinking, where can us girls meet some cute guys in this freaking city? I mean, seriously!! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome to the Grind

Every once in a while there is an inspirational video or commercial (or both rolled into one) that has a big impact on me. Like it gives me major goosebumps and I really "feel it" and want to just put it on repeat. When I first saw Nike's "Rise and Shine" motivational clip (which I may or may not have watched over and over again), I sat there with my mouth agape and eyes welling up, just thinking "Wow, this gets me." The song, the cinematography, the message, the tone. Everything. It was just so "me."

I just felt like this ad was talking to me. Understood me. I connected with it. I have always been an athlete and although I am not a professional, I am always working toward something. Whether its a race or a specific goal or just being a better individual overall, I always strive to better my best and find my greatness. I think we all should. I know it sounds corny, but there is greatness in everyone and it is our job to bring it out the best that we can in ourselves. Only we have control over that.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ready, Set, Go(al)

I am not one to make resolutions every year. I don't want a quick fix in life; I want something that is going to stick for a long time. Something that I can constantly work for. Something like a goal. Yeah, I like goals. As an athlete, having something tangible to work toward to is always fun for me.

Just recently, one of my friends, who also writes a blog, wrote a post with her 2014 goals and that inspired me to do the same. Goals sound much better than resolutions because they are something you are continually working toward. With the new year coming and going and my 32nd birthday doing the same, it's time to really get it together and put pen to paper and make things happen. Now don't get me wrong, I am super together, but there is always room for improvement. I have been thinking a lot lately about what I can do to better myself (physically and mentally) this year, but not so much in the resolution sense, but in the lifestyle sense. I don't want these things to fall to the wayside after a few weeks (or months) which is why I think it was good to verbalize them and get them out there. By writing them and posting them, I am making them more real and therefore holding myself accountable.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Reality Me?

With the 22nd and final season of the Real World just starting on MTV last week, it has got me thinking 1) I am so old compared to these people 2) I wish I could('ve) be(en) on that show and never went for it. I am not embarrassed or ashamed to admit I still watch and enjoy this show. I have seen every single season and still find it entertaining. It was the show that started it all.

Now most of you know, I love me some reality TV. I mix it all up with some quality shows (Parenthood, Blue Bloods, Girls, etc...) also, but I can't give up the good stuff. In fact, there are some reality shows that I not only continue to watch if still on the air, but wouldn't mind being on if given the opportunity. Seriously. I think I would make for great TV. Facts. With all that being said, here are the six reality shows that I would LOVE to be on...

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Onto the new with 32!

Well friends, its happening again. Just like it does every year, I am turning a year older. Thirty-fucking-two. I'm old. The good news is that I don't feel like I am 32. And also, if I must speak honestly (don't I always?!), I don't think I look it either. I'm assuming everyone agrees with that statement too so it's all good. Wink, wink. But really, in most aspects of life, you are only as old as you feel and to not feel ancient right now is good enough for me. 

As I've done the last two years that I've had this blog and celebrated a birthday, I like to look back and highlight my year. As with anyone, along with the highlights always come some lowlights and from them I can only learn and grow. As I get older, I continue to evaluate some of my mistakes and do my damnest not to repeat them. I'm not perfect, so yeah, sometimes I do make the same mistake twice. It frustrates the hell out of me, but in the end, it does make me stronger and better. So as I did last year, I am starting with the lows of the year and ending with the highs hoping to start 32 with a bang. Without furthur ado, here is how 31 went for me...