New Year. New Moi.

2015

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On the off-chance that anyone will bother reading this (or, find it remotely interesting, for that matter)…behold, my Resolutions for 2015:

  1. I will integrate a 30-minute yoga practice into my regular routine, starting with once per week, then gradually increasing to every day.
  2. I will divorce my tendency to restrict calories and, instead, eat balanced portions of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
  3. I will put a small sum of money aside each month in order to afford an adventure abroad by the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016.
  4. I will learn how to play a musical instrument or explore a potential new hobby that I’ve wanted to try but have never made time for.
  5. I will curb my sarcastic tongue, compulsive need for control, superiority complex and judgmental attitude in my dealings with others.
  6. I will root excessive anxiety, stress or fear of the future out of my life, and focus on counting my blessings instead of uncertainties.
  7. I will make a conscious effort to form new friendships in my area, as well as reconnect with old friends, with whom I’ve lost touch.
  8. I will pursue professional writing opportunities, learn how to become marketable in this industry and, of course, network my ass off.
  9. I will participate in the Whole-30 nutrition program at least once, which will be an extraordinary feat, considering my love for wine.
  10. I will get back into the habit of regularly posting on this [sniff…sniff…all-too-often neglected] blog, at a minimum of twice per week.
  11. I will become more sensitive and respectful toward my significant other’s needs, and flex my “romantic muscles” more frequently.
  12. I will practice open communication with loved ones, demonstrate vulnerability and accept help, instead of  relying solely on myself.
  13. I will read 5-10 classic novels from Time Magazine’s 100 All-Time Best Literary Works list, even if this makes me sound pretentious.
  14. I will continue my current exercise regimen of 5 days per week–1 hour per day, focusing on a balance of cardio and strength training.
  15. I will regularly attend a local Bible study and set aside between 10-15 minutes on a daily basis for spiritual “quiet time” and meditation.

Got any Resolutions of your own? Discuss…

Aaaaaand the Nominations Are In…

liebster award

Muchos gracias to my #SweatPink sister Polly over at Polly Defies Gravity for kindly nominating me to receive a Liebster Award. Go check out her blog; this girl means business!

  • First things first…here are the Rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.

2. Display the Liebster Award and the rules.

3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.

4. Write 11 facts about yourself.

5. Nominate other bloggers (who have less than 200 followers).

6. Write 11 new questions for your nominees.

  • Now onto round two…11 Questions from Polly:

1. What would your autobiography be titled?

Well…to borrow a line from Shakespeare, let’s go with Little But Fierce.

2. What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

Stubborn. Compulsive. Quirky.

3. You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?

Seafoam green. Is that already a color? I dunno. But it reminds me of the ocean at sunset…one of nature’s pure untarnished miracles.

4. If you had an invisibility cloak, how would you use it?

To track down He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Obvi. 

5. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger by Kelly Clarkson.

6. If you had to plan a parade, what would be the theme?

Broadway musical hits. Don’t judge.

7. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

My boyfriend and I take turns cracking each other’s backs after going to the gym together. Recently, when we had just gotten back from a particularly intense workout, he leaned over to apply pressure on my spine…and right as he pushed down, I – shall we say, released deadly toxins – directly in his face. It’s a good thing our relationship is built on a sense of humor because that could have gone 1 of 2 ways. We chose to roll around on the ground and laugh about it. That’s why I love him.  

8. Name one skill you wish you had.

I’d cut out my own tonsils in exchange for a good singing voice.

9. What super villain would you be?

Do Disney villains count as “super?” ‘Cause I’d choose Maleficent every time.

10. If you could make or change a law, what would it be?

I’d make Saturday-Sunday work days and Monday-Friday weekends.

11. What is the sexiest name you’ve ever heard?

Zayne. And no, this doesn’t mean I jam out to 1D. Or does it…?

  • Next up…11 Random Facts about yours truly:

1. I always try to order the weirdest-sounding entree on the menu at restaurants.

2. I have no idea what my hair color is. It’s like the lovechild of ash brown and strawberry blonde.

3. I can crack exactly 20 bones in my body. Yes, it’s an unhealthy addiction. No, I won’t stop.

4. I make the best hot cocoa you’ve ever tasted. My secret is nutella and rice milk.

5. I adore Moulin Rouge and will quote it all the way through if given the slightest opportunity.

6. I am really into obscure sports and have been shooting archery on-and-off for over 10 years.

7. I can claim residency in 4 major cities: Washington DC, Orlando, Atlanta, and NYC.

8. I live next to a barn owl that hoots 24/7. She’s known as Constance the Constant Owl.

9. I want to break into the writing industry. This blog is my first step toward achieving that goal.

10. I have a photographic memory. And a special talent for never forgetting song lyrics.

11. I absolutely suck at mimicking accents, but I can mimic tree frog croaks. It’s all in the throat.

  • And finally…meet the new Liebster Nominees:

These girls are also some of my #SweatPink sisters, so go follow them!

1. Katie @ Life’s Next Big Step

2. Alicia @ dishouttawater

3. Allyson @ AMP runs

4. Tiffany @ Get Fit!

5. Jennifer @ LiveLearnLoveRun

  • Okay, ladies…here are your 11 Questions:

1. What are you most passionate about, and why?

2. What is 1 physical trait you love about yourself?

3. What is 1 personality trait you love about yourself?

4. If you could travel any place, where would you go?

5. Do you have any random skills or hidden talents?

6. What do you usually crave for a midnight snack?

7. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?

8. Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?

9. What is 1 guilty pleasure you keep to yourself?

10. Would you rather escape to the city or country?

11. Do you reach for coffee or tea in the morning?

Another First Post from Another New Blog.

So, I started a blog. Well…so what, right? Just imagine for a second how many millions of blog posts get published every single day. And I’m just one tiny blip on the radar. So, why should this matter? Hell. Why should you even read it?

You might have skimmed the title page and made an (accurate) assumption that I’ll be blogging about everyone’s 2 favorite topics (read: those pesky little guilt-trippers we all love to hate): Health and Fitness.

*Insert eye rolling.* Great. Just great.

Well, isn’t that convenient?! Yet another reminder you aren’t taking care of yourself in the same obsessive way Cameron Diaz does. That you skipped working out again this week (yup, that gym membership sure was money down the drain!). That while all your Facebook friends are running marathons, posting photos of their “bikini bods,” and yakking about the latest juice cleanse (skinny bitches!), you’re just over here on the couch with a glass of wine in one hand, a sleeve of Oreos in the other, and a “Friends” re-run on TV. Hey now! Even Monica Gellar knows the finer things in life include junk food.

So, you’re gonna pass on the “thin-spiration,” right? Thanks but no thanks. Who needs one more blogger droning on about her experience with Clean Living, Paleo Diets, Yogalates, or whatever the hell this week’s big hype might be.

“After all,” you’re probably thinking, “she’ll just turn out to be a bitch too” (“I bet she even senses where I hide my secret Godiva chocolates stash!”). The horror.

Well…as long as we’re confessing our guilty pleasures here, let me tell you a little something: I love chocolate too.

And cheesecake. And frappuccinos with extra whip. And queso-smothered nachos. And French fries. And take-out Chinese. What I’m saying is I GET IT. I understand the cravings, temptations, and post-“food coma” shame. Yup, I’ve even pulled the old “I’m too tired for exercise” excuse. I UNDERSTAND.

I also understand the social stigmas.

Look. Here are the facts: we’re all woman trying to keep our heads above water in this calorie-counting, fad dieting, food shaming, thigh gap-trending, Soulcycling, image-obsessed culture of the 21st century. We’ve gotten more weight-conscious than Barbie Doll herself. It’s not enough that magazines Photoshop their (already stunning) cover girls…if there was a way to Photoshop ourselves in real life, we would’ve done that yesterday.

Blame the media. Blame red carpets. Blame glossy “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issues. Blame that guy who reads a “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue. Blame that spray-tanned chick who Instagrams a selfie and hashtags #skinnygirlsareprettygirls. Blame effing Jennifer Aniston. Blame yourself for not being like her.

Blame. Blame. Blame. Blah. Blah. Blah.

But enough with the blame game already! Why do we instinctively hate that petite blonde in line at Starbucks, who orders a tall-no-sugar-no-foam-skinny-soy-latte, and unknowingly forces everyone behind her to follow suit? WHY?! I’ll tell you why: because her tight toned ass looked damn good in those yoga pants, so the rest of us just couldn’t resist rattling off the exact same “let’s pretend it’s coffee” order.

It’s simple, really. We thrive off competition. We love to outdo each other in the looks department. And maybe that’s why Health and Fitness have become such taboo subjects.

But I’m not some ripped and intimidating Jillian Michaels wannabe screaming at other women to drop the Cheetos, log off Netflix, and hit the treadmill.  My goal is to empower women to discover (and hopefully, embrace) the beauty they already possess.

Because, ladies: you are strong. You are able. You are sexy. You are wholly unique.

And furthermore, your minds and bodies are powerhouses waiting…wanting…to achieve their full potential through  (you guessed it!) Health and Fitness.

*Insert eye roll-*

No, wait! Stay with me because I’ve got a weapon in my arsenal that I’m willing to bet the average “thin-spiration” blogger lacks. I’ll never preach suppressing your hunger or camping out at the gym. My concern is balance. And moderation. And mindfulness. 3 basic principles that nearly saved my life a few years back.

Real talk. I went from being severely anorexic and consumed by a singular pursuit of physical perfection to content with WHO I am and HOW my body functions. That’s my aim for you too. And for anyone else, who happens to stumble upon my ramblings.

So, it might indeed be a tiny blip on the radar. But let me assure you…it’s not just another blog.