Monday, February 27, 2012

Hair Stress

***Click here for a post with some tips for growing out a pixie. 

I am fighting an internal battle. My hair. I want it to be longer.

I really like my short hair, but I am sick of the same hairstyle so I need a change. I am a little mad at myself for chopping it all off last summer instead of letting it grow. It is almost the longest I've let it go without chopping it all off again. I just need to be patient, but patience is not my forte.

I found this blog post about awkward hair styles when you're going out a pixie and I laughed. Knowing this is my future...

Only I just want ti get my hair closer to chin length. We shall see if my patience wins this battle.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tri Training

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things with training for Tri's. I'm finding it to be very hard due to the snow in Colorado.

Last week I managed to get in my first outdoor run since August. Can I just say that I loathe running indoors (but do it when I feel like I have to) and I am not hardcore at all. I realize I should suck it up and so go running outside, but it's freezing cold. There's ice on the ground and it's dark in the morning.

I keep setting my alarm for 5 a.m. and I decided it's too dark outside so I got back to sleep. #lackingmotivation

I've stepped it up in Spin classes, since it's hard to ride a bike through the snow. I'm going to be picking up events for Douglas County School District and the venue is about five miles from my house, a very hilly five miles. I'll start riding my bike to do that and that's a good place to start.

As for swimming, I keep telling myself I'll go, but I don't. I'm working on it. I'm committing to you (or more myself) that I will get in two swims by the end of the week. I'm not looking forward to outdoor swims.

There's a gym not far from me that has a tune up indoor Tri and I think I'll go aim for starting my season there.

On the bright side, I'm carving out time to make fitness a major priority. I've spending a lot of time in fitness classes or circuit training at the gym. I'm going between Turbo Kick, Yoga, Spin and Body Pump. I'm about to start going to bootcamp. Jen and I have great intentions but bootcamp is hard, and at 5 a.m.! We've promised ourselves three weeks of it before we decide we hate it. The times we've been we've felt like Lindsay (the instructor) is a tyrant and it is torture that early.

I'm contemplating blogging about it, casually. I might start a new blog about my fitness, to keep myself motivated and accountable. We shall see.

For now, I feel great. I'm eating healthier than I ever have an I can't wait to start competing again.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Leaving on a Jet Plane

my plan for the weekend...

I’m headed to Austin for the rest of the weekend. Originally, I was going to go last weekend, but plans changed and I’m going this evening. I am so excited.

I get to spend the weekend with one of my favorite people, Janessa.

We are going to see Sister Julie Beck speak, visit the awesome flagship whole foods.

I am going to work out when I’m there and I’m looking forward to feeling extra fit due to the altitude change. I doubt I’ll even need my inhaler (but I’m am taking it with me, because I’m not dumb).

There will be a house full of children, and whole foods because Janessa’s mom is an excellent cook and I hope to learn a thing or two from her while I’m down there.

Mainly I’m just excited for a little escape from my life.

Now, I need your good thoughts because I’m flying standby on a buddy pass. I hope I get on the flight!

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love, Love, Love

Happy Valentine's Day!

May our days be filled with the love of those around us. May our hearts be filled with gratitude. May we express our love for the important people in our live.

I've been thinking about love today. At the moment there is no "significant other" in my life, although my life is filled with significant people. But that doesn't mean that I have no one to share my love with, and that there aren't many people who share their love with me.

Tonight a small group with gather at my apartment and we'll make some delicious treats. But the treats aren't for us. Once they are completed we'll be delivering the treat to our friends who live nearby. I'm so excited to surprise people with treats.

But thinking about sharing love with people around me today has got me thinking about how important it is to share this love every day. To be a bit kinder, loving and forgiving. To jump at the opportunity to provide service and to do this all simply because you care, and not for any recognition.

I am not perfect at this, but I know I can be better. And, I don't expect myself to suddenly become perfect, but I can expect myself to be a little better and to be more loving.

I've spent a lot of time thinking about how I want my life to stand as a witness of the love of out Savior.

I want people to feel His love through me, and His compassion in my counsel and actions. It's a lofty pursuit, which is not entirely attainable because He is perfect and I am imperfect and flawed, but I can be better. I can love more and I can strive to see people the way the Savior does.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Weekend.

I am looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend. I don’t have a whole lot going on. It looks like it is going to snow again here in the Denver metro area, so I probably won’t be spending a lot of time outside. I really wish that more of the snow would melt so I could go running outside.

Outside of bootcamp on Saturday, I don’t have any big plans. I plan to get a bit of extra sleep and maybe I’ll read a book. I am absolutely certain that I will not be watching television. Why you ask? Perhaps it was the sick snowed-in girl I was last weekend who watched every episode of Downton Abbey… Err...

I’ll leave ya with some interesting links for the weekend.

This is fascinating… makes me want to cut down my body fat percentage even more. 

Streaming Eisley's new EP.  Confession - I'm jealous of the colors Sheri Dupree Bemis gets to have her hair color. I'm pretty sure I would get fired if I did that. 

I'm anxious to see what this guy's career will be like. Will he live up to they hype? 

Have I mentioned how I'm ready for spring training to begin? 

I'm a little obsessed with this dress.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February Woes

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while now (so by that I mean my mom), you will recall how I hate February. This year is no different. Least favorite month of the year, as you can see here, here, here, oh and here.

Let's just note that I now want to focus on all the great upcoming things in my life to avoid February dread.

1. Spring Training is just around the corner and I'm going this year. I will be attending the festivities (and by that I mean I'll be enjoying the sunshine and watching baseball) with my father and little brother. I am so excited.

2. The Vow. I am a girl after all. Roommate date night, yes please.

3. Weather nice enough to ride my bike. I've been dying underneath all the snow. I just want to get outside to run and bike.

4. Seeing results from the South Beach Diet. It made me really sick for a week, like really sick. But I've got that figured out and now I just can't wait for time to pass by.

5. Austin. Which is where I will be traveling in approximately one week.

6. Working out. I have an addiction ok? Just deal.

7. Summer. ok, I know it's only February but I can't wait to sit at Coors Field, to go hiking and camping and swim in a lake.

AHH!!! I will make it through this month.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Genius move for NBC to play The Voice right after the Super Bowl, so glad the Pats lost...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lazy Thursday

Today is a lazy day. The kind of day that makes me want to run home, take a hot bath, curl up with a book and wait for the snow to fall. Sadly, none of those activities are in my plans for this evening.

My night looks more like this: take a class at the gym, quickly make myself look presentable, go to institute class, meet with girl from my ward, eat dinner, finish some other church related tasks, read and then pass out.  

The forecaster is calling for a lot of snow tonight and tomorrow. You never know how accurate their predictions are going to be, but I’m hoping for either a light dusting or a full blown blizzard that requires closed roads and cancelled school/work.

I’d like to sit at home, watch Moneyball and dream about Spring Training.

Summer couldn’t come soon enough for this girl.

It’s days like today that make me really happy to know that tomorrow I’ll wake up to a brand new day. That I’ll get a fresh start and a brand new day. Too many weird things about today. Too many off things.

 I wish I could will the time to pass more quickly. That several hours passed by with each blink, but alas I’m still at the Mercy of Thursday. Another day.

I decided to look at pretty photos to improve my mood. 

And this song is lovely, as is the video.

Groundhog Day