Saturday, July 30, 2011

Music or no music?

When is it time to turn off the music? It occurred to me this month how antsy many people get without music in the background. The campers always requested iPod speakers in the showers and we generally always had music on in the staff office. Is it just a facet of our society today that we have our own personal soundtracks to accompany us wherever we go?

I generally have my iPod in the gym (mainly so I don't hear other people huffing and puffing around me)! I also use my iPod outside while I'm running so that I can listen to the podcast that tells me when to run and when to walk. Sometimes I wonder if I'd be better off using my running time to think and reflect... Maybe that is something that can only be achieved once you are in shape enough to run for long periods without having to think about stopping for a rest.

Do you use music when you work out? For all workouts? Just in the gym?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm baaaaack!

Hey everyone! Sorry for the extremely long hiatus, but I was busy directing an international camp/peace program for about 70 people from 14 different countries. I had extremely high hopes about getting up early and running at least 3 days a week while I was there... It turns that out I was so busy that I was lucky if I got a shower every day, much less a 30-40 minute run AND a shower! Yikes!

Despite being insanely busy with paperwork, I did manage to keep my weight under relatively steady throughout the month. I can't say I ate the best all the time (we had surprisingly good camp food and lots of desserts!), but the overwhleming stress of the month and consistently walking around the campsite to take care of things helped me not gain weight!

I am currently down about 15 pounds from when I first started on the blog! Yay!

Exercise: I have to admit I'm a little scared to get back outside and see how much stamina I've lost... Not to mention the fact that I'm intimidated by the extremely yucky temperatures we've had lately. I'll have to go out early when the sun isn't as brutal! I also started going to a Zumba class twice a week with my mom at her church... Zumba often makes me feel like an uncoordinated giraffe, tripping over my own awkward limbs, but sometimes I can really get in the groove and have fun dancing around.

I'm excited to be back!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Check-In / Getting Stuff Done


Well, this is a momentous week because, as of this week, we get Emily back! WOO HOOO!!!! Having finished her summer programming, we will start hearing from her sometime soon.

As for me-- The busy nature of my summer has made keeping to a workout schedule hard, but I've been getting them in where I can. I'm down now about 17 pounds from when we started this adventure, and I'm starting to fit back some old clothes, which feels good. I binged on S'mores this weekend, but I refuse to feel guilt. It's summer and S'mores are delicious. :-)

How about all of you?

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Post that Doesn't Belong Here - ENOUGH with the Girl Judgement

I’m going to start by saying, this post doesn’t belong here; it has nothing to do with the purpose or goals of this blog.  But I have some things to say, and I needed a forum. 

I feel like this post should start like that scene in ‘Mean Girls’ where Tina Fey has everyone raise their hands to indicate if they have ever had a girl talk about them behind their back, and then to indicate if they have ever spoken about a girl behind her back. (My hand is raised for both, FYI.)

If you would have asked me when I was 16 if I thought girls would still be treating each other horribly as adults, I would have confidently told you no.  I assumed that, by my late 20s, women would have grown up enough to get over it and just appreciate each other for who we are. Sadly, I’m wrong.

As my 30s approach, a line is being drawn I the sand between those of us who are married/unmarried, those who have children/no children, etc. And girl world, which one would have thought would have dissipated during college, is only gaining more strength.  We judge each other on if we are married or single. We judge each other on if we have kids or not, and what choices we make with those kids.  We judge each other on ever minuscule detail of our lives. And, what's worse now is that we push our lifestyles on each other.

When is this going to stop? Keli wrote a little about this when she discussed ending the ‘mommy wars’, but I extend it further and ask all women, moms or not, when we are going to stop acting like children and let each other live our own lives? When are we going to accept that what works for me may not work for you, and that is OK?

Our mothers and grandmothers did not fight for women’s rights so that we could sit around and judge each other on the decisions we make.  They did not fight to gain us the rights to choose our own path in life, be it family or career, just so we could talk about each other’s decisions behind each other’s backs. If you have a career, the whispers say you should have children; if you have children, the whispers say you should have a career. If you have a man, the whispers are that you settled; if you don't have a man, the whispers are that there is something wrong with you, etc.

At what point are we going to stop pushing our values on each other and forcing each other into lifestyles that we may or may not want and simply ask each other this: Are you happy?  

I must get asked 10 times a week by my married friends if I’m seeing anyone.  (For some reason, married people think that single people deserve no right to privacy in the matters of dating.) My answer is always the same, “If it’s anyone you need to know about, you will know.” Everyone hates this answer. They hate it because it’s vague and, for some reason, everyone thinks they are entitled to a front row seat to my romantic exploits because ‘they know better than I do.’  A very good friend spent an entire evening devaluing my life this week, simply because, it is her belief that I 1) must have a man, and 2) if I knew how to (and I quote) ‘catch a man’, I would have one by now.  At no point did she ask if I am happy. (Which I am).  At no point did she ask if I even want a relationship. At no point did she do anything but attempt to push her lifestyle on me. The conversation was awful, and when I tried to confront her about it later (albeit in my I-take-no-shit-so-don’t-eff-with-me format), she admitted no wrong and saw no reason I should have been upset. In fact, I find that if you try to explain to another woman why what they said bothered you, they take it, generally, as an admission that you, somewhere deep down, think they are right and THAT is what bothers you, not their behavior. (Insert hysterical laughter here, and that is me laughing at people who think like that).

Do I have plenty of work to do on my life? For sure. (Don’t we all?) There are many things I would like to improve or change, but that’s part of being human. And, overall, I am extremely happy right now. Which I think annoys other women most of all, and that makes me sad.

My question to her, and to all of you: Are you happy?

Because that is all I want to know. And if not, let’s work on that together.  And you can choose any life you want. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Running outside: How hot is too hot?

Holy heatwave, Batman!!!!

Chicago, like a lot of places these past couple of weeks, as been averaging temperatures well into the 90's, with heat the heat index hovering in between 100-115* F. Even in the mornings, it's in surplus of 80* and humidity levels have been 80+%.

So-- runners out there-- at what point to we say IT IS TOO HOT to run?

The past few weeks have been so busy that I've been *trying* to get up early and run/walk before work to make up for some missed workouts in the evenings due to so much stuff going on. But, the past two weeks, I've nixed the outside stuff due to heat. Am I doing the right thing? I see runners outside, looking like they want to die, and I tell myself that I am making the right decision. But then I wonder if I'm just being a pansy.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Serious case of the Mondays - Getting Stuff Done Check In

I can say, with confidence, we have a serious case of the Monday's here. Emily is knee-deep in summer programming and I'm wading through an email/facebook hacking incident. I think it goes without saying, but any emails from stating I'm out of the country and need money are, in fact, fraudulent. Ignore them. OR-- track down who sent them and submit them to public humiliation. Either works for me.

Confession: My running didn't happen last week. I'm going to start fresh today at the gym.

How about all of you?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Check In - Getting Stuff Done

Well, to continue my trend of boring posts, I have little to report this week. Things are going forward, but with not much to report. On a fun note, I'm slowly checking off stuff on my summer checklist, like going to movies in the park, visiting home, etc.

So I turn this post over to you-- How are all you doing? Link up or just leave a comment and say HI. Emily and I love to hear from you. If you feel like sending a shout to Emily, I'm sure she'd appreciate it-- she's slowly getting through the program she is running this summer. I'm sure any encouraging thoughts would be appreciated!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tales of a Running Slacker

So, I've been a bit of a slacker.

I went home to visit my parents in Detroit from last Thursday until Yesterday. Due to packing, getting stuff done to leave, being gone, etc., the last time I went for a run was last Tuesday. Shame on me. I had mapped routs by my parents house to run while I was there, but it just didn't happen. I took the dog for a two mile walk on Friday, but that was it. Shockingly, I didn't gain any weight while I was gone, (YAY!), but the running has suffered. My plan was to get back on the wagon tonight, but friend just offered me a ticket to see U2 for FREE, so, uh, DUH, I'm not running.

So tomorrow I get back on the wagon. Tomorrow I run. I think I'll ease back in with the week 5, day 1 pattern of run 5, walk 3. I'm a little scared that this is going to hurt REAL BAD, but, it must be done.

Next Monday I'll be back on track with getting the 'Getting Stuff Done' posts up, for those of you following along!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Holidays count for blogging, right?

We owe you a post, but Emily is in the middle of running her summer program and I just spent 10 hours on what should have been a 5.5 hour train ride, so I'm deciding that the 4th of July counts as a holiday for bloggers, too.

I hope the Americans are enjoying their holiday, I hope the Canadians out there had a fantastic Canada day! If you are neither Canadian nor American, I hope you are just having a great day. :-)