20 Things From My Life That I Regret (But Not Entirely)

I just finished a rather colorful bowl of oatmeal this AM.

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Sprinkles were welcomed onto my classic bowl of banana chia egg white oats, because I’m turning 20 today! Two decades and no longer a teen. I’d say that I feel closer to fully #adulting, but did I mention that a waitress gave me a kiddie menu in Vermont three weeks ago?

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I hope that all my fellow Americans had a lovely Memorial Day! The ‘rents and I took it easy. We attended our local Memorial Day ceremony, Mom and I went shopping, we all napped a bit, and some killer moves went down in honor of the fallen.

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the superintendent of my high school!

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salad with sautéed onions, mushrooms and chorizo (← new fave)

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Memorial Day 5/30/16 Workout

5 rounds for time: 30 pushup burpees + 16 alternating weighted pistol squats

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dinner was eel and Asian roasted brussels sprouts over brown rice (I LOVE EEL)

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new favorite late night snack: Greek yogurt and almond butter with dried figs

In honor of twenty years since emerging from the womb, I decided to make a list of twenty things, because that seems like a socially acceptable way to subtly scream on my blog that I have turned twenty years old.

I have learned plenty of lessons in these past twenty years, but instead of listing the lessons themselves, I am sharing twenty things that I regret doing/happening (but not entirely, because they’ve taught me that I am a foolish human being who constantly needs improvement/they’ve given me the best memories). So I do not necessarily condone all of the following things, but I am appreciative that God allows me to learn from mistakes.

1) Filming a plethora of home videos of my brother and myself dancing to Pokemon songs and Backstreet Boys.

2) Showing said home videos to my friends in high school and college.

3) Having a bowl haircut.

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4) Complaining to my parents that I didn’t want to go to Hawaii when I was seven years old because I had no interest in pineapples (they still dragged me along, thankfully).

5) Wanting to have hamstring muscles just like my figure skating friend when I was seven years old (the dawn of body comparison).

6) Waiting until the last minute on one of my elementary school math projects and getting a terrible grade.

7) Crying and getting mad at God because I didn’t get a lead role in my middle school’s musical, Willy Wonka, Jr. I got the part of an orange-faced, green-haired oompa loompa.

8) Any and every time I stomped through the house in an unreasonable rage.

9) Begging my mom to take me to buy Crocs. And Uggs.

10) Not paying attention to directions whenever my parents drove.

11) Not reading Harry Potter (and then the heavens rejoiced that she repented).

12) The whole phase of my life when I started wearing makeup and getting interested in fashion.

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blue eyeshadow and 10 lbs. of jewelry

13) Not keeping up with stretching after some time off of figure skating. It taught me early on that muscles do not stay flexible forever.

14) Counting calories and finding healthy living blogs that pushed my disordered eating further (but finding healthy living blogs was ultimately fruitful).

15) Discovering my love for nut butter. A blessing and a curse.

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16) Attending one high school Halloween party where there was a single handle of vodka, touchy people, and really bad lighting. But it taught me that I was not missing out on anything by not going to those parties.

17) Thinking that I did not want to study abroad because of FOMO (fear of missing out) at Boston. My friends who know what’s logical and good urged me to reconsider, and now I’m going to Dublin this fall!

18) All the times I did not engage in conversation with people because I did not think they were interesting enough or that I was interesting enough.

19) Not trusting in God’s mercy, which has plunged me into my darkest times yet ultimately brought me to my greatest joys after seeking Truth.

20) Not following politics. I need to inform myself more, but I’m also happy that I’m not stressing over the hubbub.

This was a lot more fun to write than I was expecting. And embarrassing!

Off to work now! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

So tell me:

What are some things you regret (but not really)? Can you relate to any of mine?

What did you do for Memorial Day?

Do you have any birthday traditions? Going out to dinner with the fam!

Fascinating Friday Links #36

Hey!

The AP Bio exam is today at 12PM, which is good because I got to sleep in, and not so good because…I have to take the test. But once this AP is done, a great weight will be lifted off our shoulders— LAST AP EVER.

I guess I haven’t been sharing my moves with you much this week, so here’s what I’ve been doing:

Monday: 5 min row + TRX arm workout (something like this or this) + random ab exercises + plank

Tuesday: rest + Blogilates

Wednesday: rest + some burpees and walking in there

Thursday: ~60 air squats, pushups, and sit-ups (I had been chipping away at the 100 challenge while studying) + modern dance class

Friday: We shall see!

Alrighty then! While I’m scavenging my noggin for my knowledge on cells, DNA, and evolution, you can all read some of this week’s Fascinating Friday Links. Enjoy!

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Health and Fitness

[Healthy eating doesn’t have to make your wallet cry] Healthy and Affordable Pantry Staples via Kath Eats Real Food + Veg Girl RD

[Don’t underestimate the dumbbell] 5 Dumbbell Moves You Should Do via Nutrition Nut on the Run

[Get the most out of your lower body workouts] Tips For Lower Body Training via Fitnessista

[Group fitness etiquette] Confessions of a Group Fitness Instructor via Snack Therapy

[Just don’t trust what cardio machines say] Mythbusting: The “Fat Burning” Zone via The Skinny on Health

[Fuel and refuel] 50 Awesome Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks via Greatist

[Move and groove] Squat Overload Leg Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Wild and Crazy 15 Min AMRAP via Purely Twins + Core and Cardio Interval Circuit Workout via Your Trainer Paige

Food for Thought

[We attack looks because it’s the easiest thing to do. That needs to change.] Stop Attacking Looks, Start Attacking the Problem via Olive to Run

[Not a perspective we often see] What It’s Like to Wait Until Your Wedding Night via Perfection Isn’t Happy

[I can relate] Things to Never Say to a Person With Anxiety via The Lunchbox Diaries

[Getting from “pseudo-recovery” to “true recovery”] Choosing True Recovery via The Story of a Girl

[It takes time to develop a strong relationship] 9 Things Happy Couples Never Think via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[“Prayer works”] Humans of NY Photo on Instagram

Food for Belly

[Cheeeeeese] White Pizza Quinoa Casserole via Edible Perspective

[5-star restaurant status] Crispy Avocado Wedges with Crab Salad via Family Fresh Cooking

[Brownie love] Coconut Brownies via Two Peas and Their Pod + Banana Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting via Taste and Tell

[Need to make these] Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars via Oh She Glows

[Genius] Waffle Iron Eggs via Weelicious

[Can someone make this for me?!] Gluten Free Carrot Cake via The Healthy Maven

[Oh.] Grilled Lobster Tails with Sriracha Butter via Fifteen Spatulas

[Want this so badly] Coconut Chai Ice Cream via Minougirl

[Red, white, and blue] 30 Light Memorial Day Recipes via Skinnytaste

 

Miscellaneous Fun

[Bloggers] Food Photo Tip for Capturing Motion via Edible Perspective + How to Start a Blog via Running with Spoons + Social Media for Newbie Bloggers via The Healthy Maven

[Important skill] How to Choose a Perfect Avocado via According to Elle

[“Reverse progress” can mean a happier person] This Fitness Gained 14 Pounds and She’s Never Felt Better via Greatist

[Inspiring, especially for an ex-running-hater like me] My Journey: Becoming a Runner via Nut Butter Runner

[Also inspiring and so funny (her running buddy is my brother!)] The Real Life of a Newbie Runner Part 2 via I Think In Comics

Hope you enjoyed some of these links! Happy Friday, and I hope my fellow Americans have an awesome Memorial day weekend!

So tell me:

What are your plans for this weekend? 

We’re going to visit Ben on Sunday!

Which links did you enjoy?

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday Things + Strength and Cardio Circuit Workout

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

I’ve never done one of these “Thursday Things” posts, which is basically just a compilation of a bloggers’ random thoughts, right? But I have a bunch of things to say about this week I think might intrigue or entertain you. I actually love reading about what’s happening in other people’s every day lives. There are so many moments of connection in the little things that make me think, “Oh my gosh, I feel ya” or “Whoa, that’s so cool!” or “I should try that,” etc. Also, there’s a fun workout tagged on at the end!

1. I made my first major-ish car boo-boo on Monday. I was backing out of the garage to drive to the gym at night, and I guess I was going a wee bit too fast while looking in a different direction, so I ended up hitting the left side mirror coming out, causing the mirror frame to break and the mirror itself to crack a little. Go me. My mom had to go get it fixed at the auto shop, and it did cost moolah to replace, of course. My parents are gracious though, and are willing to pay for the first offense. Next offense (which I pray will not happen) is on me. Sorry, mom and pop. ALERTNESS.

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I can’t pull this off.

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2. Four-day weekend!! (Superintendent’s Conference Day tomorrow and Columbus Day Monday)

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3. The homecoming theme day for next week that I forgot to mention is Color Wars! Each grade dresses in a certain color, and seniors are black. Black out–woot woot! Also, what should I wear for “Decade Day”? Should I go with the high socks, leggings, high ponytail style?

4. Driving has made me much more familiar with current popular music than ever before since I listen to the radio in the car. I used to be oblivious to what the top hits were. Right now, my favorite songs to listen to on the radio are “Wake Me Up” by Avicii, “Still Into You” by Paramore, and “Counting Stars” by One Republic.

5. Last night, I was an altar server at the Red Mass at my church, which is a Mass that honors the community’s members of legal professions and administrators of justice. There’s a Red Mass every year, and it’s always great to serve those who serve us every day!

6. One of my friends thought that my WIAW from yesterday was a portrayal of ONE day’s eats! If anyone else was thinking that I ate seven breakfasts in one day, let me clarify that those pictures were from throughout the whole week. I mean, I love breakfast, but having that many in one day is excessive even for me.

7. Alright I think those are the main things that have been on my mind recently, so here is the workout! I actually made this workout a long time ago and I’ve done it several times, but I just made a graphic for it last week. It’s another strength and cardio workout (my favorite!) like the 10-15-20 workout I posted a few weeks ago. Hope it makes ya sweat and burn like it did to me! (TIP: Use a challenging dumbbell weight for the strength moves [I used 7.5-15 lb DBs depending on the move].)

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For the triple pulse lunge jumps, just pulse three times in the lunge position and then switch legs (lunge jumps demo)

Side burpees

Thrusters

Triple pulse squat jumps

Bridge with leg raise (without medicine ball)

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Happy Thursday!

So tell me: What was your first car mishap? What are some of your favorite radio songs?