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How Moving Made Me a Better Person (but not before making me a terrible person first)

There are a lot of things in this life that can get me cranky Hanging a towel over a door instead of a towel hook (I’m looking at you, Steven.) “Soaking” the dishes instead of washing them (….Steven…) People honking right when the light turns green (OK, Steven, you’re off the hook on this one.) Not picking up after your doggie does his/her business People who lean up against poles on the metro so that no one else can grab onto them in a crowded car People who fart on a crowded metro car and pretend to continue “reading” their book. The Metro But nothing makes me quite as cranky as moving. We recently relocated up the street since our little Noodle will be here soon and our old building wasn’t dog friendly. Remember little Noodle? I was initially pretty excited to move– getting Noodle is the single most exciting thing I have ever looked forward to. For some people it’s getting married. For others, its Taco Tuesday. I’d like to say I fall somewhere …

4 Ways to Get Motivated to Move (and none have to do with Pokemon…OK 1 might)

Happy Friday! Or as I’ve come to call it, another day to play pokemon go. Summer has turned into stressful (and productive!) work weeks followed by weekend upon weekend of activity with friends and family. This lifestyle has left my heart so full but my body and mind exhausted. I’ve been running on pizza and burgers which is so tasty but makes me feel really sluggish and, in turn, have severely reduced my workouts. Not to panic though; I’m a veteran at falling off the health wagon and am an expert and climbing back on. I looked at a calendar and am about 2 months out from my next race: The Nation’s Triathlon*. I’m starting getting back into eating/training right this week and thought I’d share a few of my tricks for how I get motivated to get moving again. *Update: I have an earlier race! I’m heading out west to visit my sister AND we are BOTH going to be competing in the Lake Tahoe Triathlon. Yay for swimming in water that isn’t potentially toxic! Sunnie’s Tips to …

Busy? Here’s what’s for Dinner.

Wow! A record three weeks since I last wrote. Today’s post is some insight on what to eat when you are too busy to shop for groceries…which has been me the last three weeks. But before we get into that, here’s what’s been keeping me from blogging! Dickinson 5 year Reunion I cannot believe it has been 5 years since I was worrying about whether or not I could crank out a 20 page paper in 1 night (for the record, I could…and did…on numerous occasions). I loved my time in college; I built some amazing friendships (cheesy), I learned some hard life lessons (cheesier) and ate some of the best mac and cheese bites in all the land (literally, the cheesiest). I also spent a lot of time “studying” (aka…boozing.) Dickinson invites its alumni back after the kids head home for summer for a weekend of fun. We stayed in our old dorms, caught up with friends, made new friends (shout out to Dickinson class of ’80), ate late night food, and “studied” (and yes I still mean drinking.) …

Wholly 30

We survived Whole 30…for 2 weeks. Yup, we completed the Whole14. It really kills me to tell you that we didn’t complete all 30 days and that we tapped out early..but I will say we definitely followed the plan for those 14 days to the T (I know I know…if you’re not first you’re last). There were a lot of aspect I really did enjoy from the plan but also a lot of things one should know before trying! So now that I’ve destroyed all the credibility I had, I’m going to go ahead and give some advice I think you should know if you are thinking of Whole30ing. Because this is my blog. And I can. So here we go. Why I chose to deprived myself (and Steven) of Cheese (and other things we love) You may or may not know that I really began to change the way I was eating/living around last September. I weighed the heaviest I had ever weighed and it was all due to my lack of activity and …

The Runner’s Remedy

For the past few months, I have really concentrated on my running… which is good since I’m slated running my first half marathon in two weeks! I’m not going to say I love running yet; it still hurts my lungs, legs and feet…but on the days when it is good, it is so good. I have proved to myself that double digit runs are possible and then even though I feel like I want to stop, I don’t need to. The body is really an incredible and resilient thing! Unfortunately, my pesky foot injury really flared up this past weekend on what was supposed to be my last long run before I began tapering for the Rock N Roll Half. My friend Eric was kind enough to slow his normal pace down to run with me on a planned 10 miler. When I say slow down, I mean he actually looked like he was walking. I guess that is what I get for choosing a 6 foot 5, former cross-country running partner (I had a great time, Eric!). …

A Guide to Resolution Solutions

I can’t believe it either– it is nearing the end of 2015! I had two resolutions for 2015: to learn how to tap dance and to complete a triathlon. I’m happy to report I’ve done both. Knowing how to tap dance has always been a dream of mine. I love the rhythmic sounds and how indisputably cool everyone looks when they dance. I talked about it so long, in fact, that my two roommates at the time, bought me tap shoes for my birthday.*   *After getting a “surprise” wisdom teeth extraction without being put to sleep, my roommates felt extremely sympathetic for my bloody mouth and painful teeth holes…so they gave me my birthday present early. I opened the box to find a a shiny pair of Capezio Mary Jane style tap shoes. I immediately felt better, put them on and started clanking around our kitchen, a poor idea considering an increased heart rate boosted the amount of blood coming out of my teeth holes. I smiled at them and watched blood splash onto the floor …

I’m Hooked On-The-Line

One of the reasons I started this blog was to give myself a new and productive hobby. This year, I found myself watching a lot of T.V after work and just wanted to do something….You know what I do now? I’m on-the-line a lot. This blog has got me all sorts of internet addicted. What kinds of things do I look at, you ask? Well, I look up a lot of DIY projects (especially since it is the holiday time), A LOT of recipes, I read fitness and lifestyle blogs and I watch youtube vlogs, many of which do not pertain to me at all, I just like how well done they are (like did I really need to watch an 11 minute video on how to dye my hair pink?) Do you know how much stuff is out there in internet-land?? Ya, me either! Its HUGE. But just like anything else, I do have my go-to spots for all of my life needs, so check out my favorite internet spaces. For Recipes: This is a big one I get asked about …