Random Updates on Nothing

Any love I had for exercising is just gone this week. I’ve been doing great the last few weeks (like two) at staying motivated and wanting to go to the gym. Being sick totally ruined this. Whenever I get sick enough to actually throw up, it messes up my stomach for at least a week after (or more). I also didn’t feel well enough to eat anything other than crackers and soup for three days, and eating any bread (and larger amounts of dairy) makes it hard for me to get things moving to go to the bathroom, if you know what I mean. So I’m left feeling rather disgusting.

I think today I may try and at least do a short run near my house to get things moving, but CrossFit looks miserable today because of how plump I feel, and I normally love long WODs. I also have a test tonight that I’ve been studying for and really need to dedicate time to it and don’t think that a long noon WOD would be ideal today. So there goes another week paid for that I’m not going, but I’m not going to worry about it. I’ve got enough on my plate without worrying about a wasted $20 for the week!

I spent the first hour of my day cleaning and am really dying to clean my house! I cleaned up and swept, but I still haven’t gotten all the glue off the floors from when we installed them in December! I noticed rings appearing in my toilet yesterday (unacceptable!) and I feel like the spare bedroom is being overrun with stuff! I also really want to stain my wooden stand in the kitchen and PAINT THE WALLS! And I want to start my photo collage for the wall behind my couch! But this is a really rough month, so all of that will probably get pushed off until April/May/June.

Last night, I asked Jon to pour our cat food from our big storage container into the little one that we pour from. The container is huge and I always spill it.

He said: “You should do it yourself and learn how to be independent.”

Me: “I already was independent and now I’m getting married for a reason. Now can you please do it?”

I mean, really. I lived alone for various years throughout my adult life. Clearly I’m capable of being independent. But isn’t one of the perks of getting married that now you have somebody to do the man chores?! (Man chores include: pouring the litter into the bin- 35lbs of an awkward shape doesn’t work well for me, taking out the trash, changing light bulbs that I can’t reach, pouring cat food from big container to little container, and taking out recycling. Jon also checks the mail in this family.) I think he was feeling overwhelmed because the recycling bins had to come in, we have a light bulb out, and the cat food ran out all at the same time. He’s not used to having three things on his list all in the same day! Wouldn’t it be nice if all men were able to see the time women actually put into keeping the house clean? Clean toilets, clean laundry, clean dishes, and clean floors seem to magically appear in the mind of a man. (Clearly not all men and women function this way. I know there are men out there who are clean and women out there who are messy.)

I’m totally talking to myself now. I’m just going to stop here and go start typing up my cheat sheet for my biology test (how awesome is that- all this extra credit and cheat sheets in my lab is making me feel like I got screwed by my lab professor last semester- but we’ll see how hard this test is tonight).

Reasons I hate sick days

I ended up staying home sick again today! I woke up feeling like I may be able to go to work, but since I had barely been eating for two days, wasn’t really sure how much stomach would feel once I ate something. I didn’t feel like working for 8 hours on an empty stomach either, so I decided to just stay at home. I also went to bed at 10 last night and was insanely tired at 5 when my alarm went off, which is unusual for me, so I think I needed more sleep! I feel much better now (thought still living off soup and crackers), but I’m glad to have a day to rest still.

Remember being a kid and staying home sick was so much fun? It’s really not as cool when you’re an adult. This is my list of why:

1. This is actually my first whole day that I’ve ever called out sick in my entire working career. I just don’t like having to do it.

2. Nobody is home to keep me company other than the cats, and they keep knocking over the mess from the tables onto the floor.

3. My energy is really lacking so I just sit here and stare at all the things I could be cleaning.

4. I got way behind on studying yesterday cause I couldn’t concentrate on schoolwork.

5. I don’t have benefits at work so I’ve missed out on over 10 hours of pay just for this week.

6. I have all this time to work out and feel too horrible to do anything.

That’s all I can think of. Who really wants to read a blog about a girl who just sits at home and is sick? I’m just procrastinating because next up on my list is LOTS of biology.

I did make it to the Fresh Market for the first time ever today. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I have no idea how to mail things from my condo. Not a clue. And I had to mail something today, so I had to drive over to the PO Box. The Fresh Market is right there and I was needing more sour cream for Jon’s burritos, so I finally went in. I loved it! I’ve heard rumors (and am too lazy to verify at this time- but it’s just a simple google search away for those who cares) that they are owned by the same company as Wal-Mart so we should all hate the Fresh Market too, but I don’t. It was like a mini Whole Foods and I can’t wait till I feel better and can make Jon explore it with me. I also love the area of the Fresh Market (it’s in downtown Dunwoody, which is the town I live in and is only about 10 minutes away) and found this breakfast place I want to go to! Everything is just super cute over there.

Okay, time to study. Have a good day- hope everybody stays healthy!

Sick weekend

Friday I was feeling pretty off, so I took a 30 minute walk around outside for awhile. My stomach definitely couldn’t handle anything more! I also got some things done that I needed to do for awhile, so it was a productive day other than not feeling well.

That night, Laura, Kassie, Gina, and I went to Zen Tea for a tea tasting cause Kass had a Groupon for it. It was actually a lot of fun, but I think we all felt kind of awkward since it was a fairly serious environment and we’re definitely not quiet.

abf6d0b09b5611e3be511244bbeab6f1_8

We followed our tea tasting up with some Indian food at Himalayan Spice, which we found on Scoutmob. The food was pretty good and I ate quite a bit, but my stomach was still upset!

79a5defe9b6911e3a33e1264bd1e5b12_8

480a7f4e9b6911e382fc1261c954e7a8_8

Saturday and Sunday I worked 12 hour shifts. Yesterday at work, I started feeling really awful. I had to go with a patient to have her MRI (which took over an hour) and when I got back, I was totally down for the count. I had been sitting the whole time in MRI and I realized there was no way I could be up walking around. I asked the supervisor to go home and after her giving me some attitude and not taking me seriously, I finally was able to leave, but not after throwing up twice at work! How unpleasant! I also had spent two hours at work, completely ignoring my patients and not able to function. I went in to medicate one patient and ran out of the room to throw up. Jon took fantastic care of me last night. I got home and laid down and didn’t get off the couch till 11am today. He held my hair while I puked into a bucket and brought me everything I asked for. Best fiance ever.

I woke up today feeling dizzy and still miserable, but it was beautiful out. Kassie works from home on Mondays, so I asked if I could come sit outside with her while I ate some Saltines and she said yes. So I did that and then started to feel really tired again. I came back home and laid back down for awhile.

Jon gave me an IV tonight:

6d38fbf49da511e3bb9f0e7dc23f0c3f_8

I’m still feeling pretty pathetic but at least I have a little more energy! I’m working again tomorrow and Wednesday so hopefully I make it okay. I’m going to go try and get some homework done now since I didn’t get to it today!

The Love Story Part 5: Back together!

The Love Story: Part 1

The Love Story: Part 2

The Love Story: Part 3

The Love Story: Part 4

After Jon and I had began spending a decent amount of time together, I brought up going to Italy together. I had already planned a trip to go see Adam and Jessie (Adam has been Jon’s best friend since childhood, but Jessie and I remained friends after Jon and I broke up) since they were living out there. At first it was just a random suggestion about how cool it would be to surprise Adam for his 30th birthday by bringing Jon with me! But then I Skyped Jessie about it and we wanted it to happen.

Throughout the Italy “planning,” Jon and I were having a bit of a rough spot. I was starting to have feelings for him again and we were having so much fun and it felt like we were best friends. He said he had feelings for me but still didn’t want  a girlfriend, which I understood. But it was becoming a situation with a lot of gray area and I didn’t like it. We were starting to have some longer “discussions” about where our friendship was going.

At this point, Italy was starting to become a reality. We were already going together and we were getting close to leaving. I had a feeling that Italy may be the end of our friendship. I was getting too drained and had told myself ahead of time that if I was becoming unhappy in our friendship, that I still gave it a fair shot and things just weren’t meant to work out.

Very shortly before I left for Croatia (I went to Croatia first and met Jon in Italy), Jon and I had a big conversation where he said he actually was open to dating me. At this point (like today- February 2014), I can’t remember all the details of that conversation, but it was the first time he said he just wanted to get back in school and then he thought he’d feel ready. Also just before leaving for Croatia, I bought my condo and moved into it, which is very close to Jon’s work and much closer to downtown than where I was previously living.

I was already kind of over everything at this point. So off to Croatia I went. Fortunately, Jon was staying in my house to watch the cats until he came to Italy.

When I arrived and met Jon in Italy, things were very different. He was acting like my boyfriend! I was a little thrown off and also feeling a little distanced because of how things had been over the last few months (remember- we first hung out at the end of February, and we went to Italy at the end of June). But over the trip, things started to feel a little more real. He was definitely acting very okay with beginning another relationship.

970975_873406270182_1487071693_n

That is not a boxing glove that I’m wearing. That’s my thumb splint that I wore for 3 months from my overuse injury.

We came home from Italy and he never went home. He often talked about how he wanted to go home, and I totally supported him spending more time at his own place. But things were still going really well with us, we just didn’t want to rush into anything. He also didn’t see a point in labeling the relationship, but I was somewhat frustrated with that because he spent every night at my house so it didn’t even make sense not to. The actual change in our relationship status was done on Facebook. I thought the whole thing was stupid so just changed that. And after about a week, it just kind of seemed normal again to have a boyfriend.

1148947_878536628902_780876234_n

While Jon was still talking about spending more time at home, he went down to Florida for a weekend. He had a talk with his parents that basically encouraged him to take our relationship to the next level if I was as supportive as he said. And this is where it all changed.

Jon came back and we started talking about marriage. And he was totally fine with it. He decided to get rid of the room he was still paying for at his house (that he hadn’t stayed in for months) and move in with me officially. Things continued going well and then we got engaged!

1476321_938711757462_477069595_n-2

And that’s the end of our love story! Well, or it’s to be continued since we’re planning our wedding now, but I finally (months later) caught you guys up on the rest of our love story, for those who are interested.

A list for Thursday

A list. Because I feel like it and my thoughts are all over the place.

1. I wanted to go to the gym last night, but was crazy at work and too exhausted to go. Oh well.

2. Amy’s Gluten Free Mac & Cheese is 100x better made with Greek yogurt than milk and it reheats up way better too.

3. I met Kass at the gym at 7 this morning. It was easy. 20 minutes on the elliptical, two shoulder exercises, some dips and pull ups. Nothing crazy.

4. I then napped all morning long instead of doing anything productive. I hate cloudy weather.

5. I did make it to CrossFit! I was excited about it today! We did:

1 RM back squat

138# (Let me tell you, after taking months and months off, this was huge! My PR is 155# and that was during a powerlifting cycle!)

21-15-9 (6:37)

Deadlifts (113#)

Box jumps (24″)

6. I am super happy that my muscle is reappearing! My upper body seems more noticeable to me than my legs, but I’m sure my legs are getting bigger too and I’m not noticing. My butt seems to be getting bigger again too!

7. I’ve been struggling with the amount of food that I eat. Struggling is way overdramatic, actually. I’m only 100lbs so my appetite is that of a 100lb person. Not huge. When I work 12 hours, I eat a much larger portion of food for a day. But when I don’t work, I don’t eat nearly as much. And I have no appetite after working out but don’t believe in protein drinks because of all the additives. So now that I’m lifting again and running, I really need to find a diet that is suitable to this. And luckily, I have noticed that the day after a high activity day, my appetite is definitely much bigger than my more inactive days (when I used to do CrossFit all the time, I never had a problem with eating enough because I was always hungry). But still. I’m going to have to up the calories somehow. And I’m going to have to get that food in sooner after  working out than I do.

8. I’m going all rBGH free (the growth hormone used for cows). I try not to have a ton of dairy (I’ve quit drinking milk completely again), but I do like dairy and my stomach doesn’t seem to have issues with it in smaller amounts. But I can’t do the hormones. No bueno. So I’ll be spending $6 on a bag of cheese since I don’t have my own cheese farm.

9. I finally feel the passion for working out again. Passion sounds silly, but it’s true. After burning myself out and then being forced to take time off because of my thumb injury, I’m really enjoying being active again. I also like that I’m becoming a little more well rounded in terms of what I do to stay in shape. It’s not all CrossFit and I like that.

10. I’m sitting on my porch and my cats are out here too. Tom is in the recycling bin. I love those fur balls.

11. I need to go make some food. My stomach has been a little upset today though so I haven’t wanted to eat much (but ate a little gluten free biscuit at 6:30 and 2 scrambled eggs at 10:30). But I need to. So I’ll cook me up some bacon, of course.

Running and CrossFit on a BEAUTIFUL day!

I AM SO HAPPY! Guys, it is 66 degrees and sunny out! This is like my dream day! Except everybody else is at work cause it’s Tuesday and I have a test to study for. But I love this weather so much that not even that can bring me down! Sadly, my March schedule is really rough and I’ll be in Wisconsin for a week of it, so my days like this are feeling limited before we head back into fall. What a pessimistic way of thinking. That’s me. 

ImageYup, I included a picture of the trees outside my house and the awesome sky cause I love it and I can!

Last night I worked until 7pm and managed to actually go to the gym afterwards! That is the first time I’ve ever gone after getting off at 7pm! I was totally bummed when I walked in and saw how packed out the gym was! I always go during the day on my days off, so I’ve actually never experienced an evening at LA Fitness. I was not a fan at all! I did a quick mile run and then walked an incline for 1/2 mile. I didn’t want to run too much since I did 4 miles the day before and am really trying to take it slow this time around. I had planned on doing some legs but the machines were full and all the squat racks were packed out, so I just stretched and headed home. Not anything super great for a workout, but at least I made it there and got one mile in, right? And I signed Jon up for the gym, so I really hope that he’ll use it. I mostly did it for weekend mornings so that we can drag each other out of bed to head out to the gym, and he’s been making some changes lately to try and get back to living a more active lifestyle which I think is awesome!

I spent my evening doing homework, blah. I’m so excited to graduate in May but also not very happy that I missed the deadline for graduation by a month and it’ll cost me $100 extra (from $30-$130, ahh!). I just found that out yesterday, by the way. I’m a transient student for this class that I’m in, so I never check my actual UNG email, which is where my degree is going to be from. Explains how I missed it, but I’m still bummed about $100 when I’m saving for a wedding and honeymoon (and need to buy a laptop for travel nursing).

Anyway, this morning I got up at 9:30 and started studying right away. I also looked up the Bacon Chase 5k because I love bacon and I like running, so what would be better than all you can eat bacon after going for a run?! But it’s $40 per person and I draw the line at the amount of money I’m willing to spend on bacon. Jon and I can go run a 5k for free around the neighborhood and then eat an entire pack of bacon (that I know is nitrate/nitrite free) for $5. I’m starting to realize that spending money on running is just not going to happen for me between the amount of money I already spend on LA Fitness and CrossFit every month. Until that 1/2 marathon, I’ll be running for free.

Image

My morning. Womp womp.

I headed to CrossFit at noon and we did:

8 min EMOM (every minute on the minute)

Squat clean followed by a thruster, x2. I did 63#

3 rounds for time (12:57)

400m run

10 kettlebell swings (35#)

15 push ups

20 walking lunges with KB

I was seriously so pumped to do this outside. I think I’m probably affected more by the weather than your average Joe. It’s serious. And this weather has me seriously happy. I would love to go running in it but I want to wait until Thursday to run again since I’ve gone twice this week and my test is tonight, so I can only give so much time to being active in one day. The rest of the day will be spent on my bum, reading about genetic drift and morphology.

I was planning on heading to Starbuck’s for an afternoon outside of studying, but I think I’m just going to make a nice cup of my Keurig coffee and sit on my porch. I really need to prepare my essays for the test I have tonight at 7pm and then I’ll be coming home to finish up my biology lab write ups so that I can hang out with Laura after work tomorrow!

Alrighty guys, time to be productive! Hope you all have a good day!

Image

And just to leave you guys with a cute picture of how Tom cuddles my face every. single. morning.

 

Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! It ended up being a pretty good weekend over here! Jon and I went to Brio for our Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday night.

photo 3-4

The food really wasn’t anything that special but Jon and I had a good time anyway.

photo 1-6

We were planning on riding the ferris wheel in Atlanta but the line was so long and it also started to rain as soon as we drove up to it! So we came home instead and I crashed early!

We woke up Saturday morning with big plans to go hiking, but then I started cleaning and got ready really slowly and I wanted to go buy my wedding band… So no hiking happened at all! I did, however, buy my wedding band (for like $300 more than I was expecting! shocker) as well as three new shirts from the outlet mall. Definitely not what I need while saving for a wedding.

After that, Jon and I decided to head up to join my parents at the cabin for the rest of the afternoon.

photo 4-2

We saw some snow capped “mountains” on the way! We actually had thought about going up that mountain, which is Brasstown Bald but I figured it’d be closed because of the snow. We hung out with my parents for a bit and then Jon and I decided to head out and go for a drive and hang out for a bit in town.

photo 1-3

photo 5-3

We stopped along our drive to get a picture of one of our favorite views! Apparently I deleted most of the pictures already off my phone though! Oh well! Once we finished that, we stopped to pick up some barbecue to take back to the a cabin for  dinner with my mom and dad. We ended our night with a game of Scrabble (that I won!) and then Jon and I stopped to pick up my resized wedding band and headed home!

photo 2-2

This morning I was going to wake up early and go to yoga but I could not fall asleep for the life of me last night! And Tom woke me up all night and so did Jon snoring! So I got up, studied for my test and then took my test (it’s online), and then headed out for a run! It was pretty warm out and although I actually wanted to go to speed work at LA Fitness, I decided I better take advantage of the weather when possible!

I ran 4 miles and felt like dying! I also went a different route than usual and one road was really hilly and then my third mile was almost entirely up hill. One road is 95% up hill and I hated every minute of it. I didn’t notice any knee pain at all though, but my left ankle was feeling it, as always. At least that pain immediately goes away when I stop running. I finished in 37:13 and all my miles were between 9:06 and 9:29, so really not very good. I’ll take it though since I haven’t been running in so long!

I got home and had planned on going to the gym for a leg day but it was just way too nice out! Jon said he’d go to Stone Mountain so we headed over there. It was really packed, so we decided to walk some trails instead of walking up the mountain.

photo 3-2

We grocery shopped after that and now we’re home! I’ve been putting off a lot of biology since we’ve been out of class so much lately. It’s so hard to stay on track with so many snow days! The test I finished today was supposed to be taken 3 weeks ago but has been delayed! So tonight I’ll be studying and heading to bed early. Doesn’t feel like tomorrow is Monday! Waaah!

Have a good night!