2017 Resolutions

Last year, I made one resolution – to get in shape.  Frankly, I think I’m in the same shape I was last year.  Yes, I made some small improvements in time for the wedding in October.  Tracked my calories and exercised regularly for ~9 months, but I got so overwhelmed by the rigidity that, after the wedding, I haven’t looked at calories or said no to anything since.  I need to find my happy medium.

This year, I’m making 12 goals – one for each month.  I think it’ll be a fun way to keep my resolutions top of mind, since they’ll change every 4 weeks and it’s a way to incorporate alllll of the things I want to improve on!

  • January: Drink 3 bottles of water every day, no cappuccinos
  • February: No alcohol on weeknights
  • March: Run 50 miles in the month
  • April: Go to sleep by 9:30PM Sunday through Thursday
  • May: Don’t buy anything for yourself (no clothes, makeup, etc.) – necessities only
  • June: Go to sleep by 9pm Sunday through Thursday
  • July: Run 100 miles in the month
  • August: No desserts or breakfasts that could pass for desserts
  • September: Run a marathon
  • October: Yoga 3 times per week
  • November: Make a pie from scratch (including the crust!) for Thanksgiving.
  • December: Make cookies for everyone on my list



Current Outfit = Corporate Badass?

wp-1466091031482.jpgThat’s how I feel in this!

Jacket: Factory Pique Tailored Blazer from Banana Republic Outlet $73

Tank Top: Zora Floral Tank Top from Francesca’s ($34) and here’s a better picture, because it’s awesome!

Skirt: Black Pencil Skirt from lord knows where — I’ve had it forever

Shoes: Jessica Simpson Blue Suede Pumps ($40) — I got mine at DSW years ago and they are, without a doubt, the MOST comfortable heels.  I can wear them out dancing all night, after wearing them all day.


Five Thing Friday 4/15/16

  1. In the endless sea of meal delivery services, we tried Just Add Cooking recently.  It’s local to Boston and first timers get 3 meals for $39, which is definitely cheaper than what I spend at the grocery store.  If you live in the area and are interested, my referral code is REFPVZE.  The coolest thing about them, IMO, is that they deliver on Sunday (whereas Blue Apron is Wednesday).  I think it’s because it’s so local.  Literally, a guy in a pick up truck with 2 dogs dropped off our first box.  We ate oriental salmon, bangers and mash, and chile con carne.  It was easier to cook than Blue Apron, but also very plain (example: the sides for the salmon were white rice and cut up cucumber…that’s it).  Everything’s fresh and local, though, so that’s a plus.  I still think I’m partial to Blue Apron because the recipes are unique and not something I’d ever try on my own.  I’m going to try Marley Spoon next week, though!  (seriously, they never end!)
  2. Not spending money is not going smoothly.  I need to get Sephora to stop sending me emails, and I should cancel my Rue La La membership, etc.  I also spent a ton of money on Mother’s Day presents and I haven’t even bought my mom something, yet…just my stepmom, grandmother, aunt, and mother-in-law.
  3. I’ve been having a lot of little injuries, aches and pains and I know I need to find new running shoes.  Partially because my good ones (Mizuno Wave Inspire 10) have been in use for over a year and have run 2 half’s; and because the second pair of “good ones” I bought are the newer version (11) and they do NOT fit the same.  My Brooks gave me a blister and I put them in the donate pile.  My Asics hurt my arches when I’m walking, so I put them in the donate pile.  Thus, I saw a new Asics support shoe for sale on Rue La La for $70, these Gel Noosa Tri 10’s (yes, they’re for a triathlon, but whatever):  BUT, despite that fact that I’m a size 8 in all my running shoes, including other Asics, these were WAY too small.  Why the fuck aren’t sizes consistent across one brand?  I know I’m asking too much for them to be consistent across all shoes, but one brand??? UGH.
  4. I had my 2nd therapy appointment.  I don’t know if this one was as helpful as the first.  It definitely didn’t flow as much because now I’m pushed to talk about current things.  We even talked about how I’m uncomfortable with silences.  Haha.  I guess I’m trying to figure out why I’m there and articulate that.  There’s a million things I want to improve on in my life, but none of them are directly tied to a therapist…more like a running coach, physical therapist, career coach, etc.  So, I’m not sure where to start or what to talk about.
  5. I started “sandbagging” which, despite sounding like a weird sex act (and probably still is if you go to urban dictionary), is a make-up trick used my Kim Kardashian’s make up artist.  Say what you want about the Kardashians, but their make up is on point.  I’ve been using some cheap, translucent powder that came in an ipsy bag and it’s working so well.  I’ve even been putting mascara on my bottom lashes, which I haven’t done in years!  Here’s a picture at the end of the day, with no rubbing or fixing at all during the day:wp-1460407376452.jpg

Five Thing Friday 4/1

  1. Do adults celebrate April Fool’s Day? When I was a kid, we did.  One year in elementary school, my dad busted into my room yelling that I overslept and the bus was waiting at the stop for me.  I frantically jumped out of bed in complete confusion and I think I started looking for clothes before he burst into laughter.  Another year, when I was in junior high, I painted my dad’s toenails with red polish and a layer of sparkly nail polish while he was sleeping.  We all know how hard it is to get sparkly nail polish off.  But, in my adult years, the closest I’ve come to an April Fool’s Joke was when I started dating one of my friends on April 1st and everyone thought it was a joke.  We’re not together anymore, but it lasted 4+ years, so…no, not a joke. lol
  2. On Monday, I was going to go to the grocery store and buy baby carrots to snack on this week and bananas for breakfast, all in an effort to be healthy. Instead, I bought 50% off Easter candy.  There are so many flavors of the Russell Stover eggs!  I bought Brownie, Truffle, and Coconut Creme.  Yummmm.
  3. I got new glasses!  They’re only for reading at my computer, but I’m super pumped.  I got my first pair of glasses 3 years ago, and opted for smaller, red Ralph Lauren frames because they were ~$30 cheaper than the Ray-Bans.  I regretted that ever since.  While I didn’t really need replacements, I did want to make an appointment to see if my prescription changed (it didn’t…still just +0.50…yup, that’s it) and I really wanted Wayfarers.  They are a little big for my face, but I don’t care I love them so much.  Now, if someone can explain to me why the lenses, which only take 1 hour to make, cost over $300….UGH.


    so hipster in this picture

  4. Do you know the rubbery seal on the seams of fake leather purses?  No?  Here it is, coming off in my hand.  20160331_172714.jpgThis happens to EVERY PURSE I OWN.  This particular purse I bought at Wilson’s Leather outlet for $40 (down from $170 or something ridiculous), so I thought it was going to be a little bit better quality than my $25 Target purses that don’t even pretend to be real.  BUT NO.  IT’S NOT.  It actually started doing this FASTER than the Target purses.  AND the lining is peeling away from the pocket.  A little hard to see, but in the top right and left, and bottom right of this picture:20160331_172731.jpgI think I need to start spending actual money on purses.  UGH.
  5. In other news, this is a very full weekend coming up.  I realized a few weeks ago that I’m an adult, with an income, and I can pay professionals to make me a better person.  Haha.  So, this week, I’m meeting with a running coach to work on my form AND I’m meeting with a therapist to help me deal with stress better.  I think everyone would benefit from therapy, but I’ve never put my money where my mouth is, so to speak.  I’m excited and nervous.  I’ll recap it next week.