My Advice on Dating

Hi, friends!

Sorry about this post but I’m about to get opinionated real quick. WHY IS DATING SO HARD IN YOUR 20’s? Like, we really need Tinder and Bumble to meet new people? I know that dating can be hard but I am here to share some tips that I feel like I have acquired over the past few years. CAUTION – I am by no means a dating expert and am definitely not in a relationship myself so if you do not care to know my opinion.. just scroll right on to the next post!

  • TRYING TO ASK SOMEONE OUT. I feel like this specific point is directed towards men but can also apply to women, if you want to get a woman’s attention. Like, really get their attention. Walk up to them and introduce yourself. Do not walk up to them and say a cheesy pickup like ‘did you fall from heaven?’ or comment on how beautiful they are (you can after you introduce yourself but if you walk up to me and immediately tell me that I’m pretty.. all that I am thinking is ‘who is this guy?’) INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

  • MEN and WOMEN, if we are at the bar and you ask if me if you can buy me a drink and I say no. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED TO BUY ME A DRINK ANYWAYS. I won’t drink it and it was a waste of money. I never want to feel obligated to have a drink when I went out with the intention of not drinking that night. I don’t think that you need to buy me something for us to have a conversation.

 

  • Day dates – I think that all first dates should be day dates. They are so much fun and definitely less pressure. Coffee, walks, breakfast etc. SO MUCH FUN. There is so much pressure put on dates in the evening and if someone is not having a good time it feels like it lasts forever.

 

  • Do not get drunk on the first date. Yes, it can totally be nerve-racking to meet someone new but unless you are in the bar and getting ready to take someone home; don’t plan on getting wasted. You wasted = a wasted evening.

 

 

  • MAKE SURE YOU AREN’T BEING RUDE. Being rude to a person is not a form of flirting. I know that people think that degrading the opposite sex can be humorous BUT I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT IT IS NOT FUNNY. Sarcasm, to me, is funny. But when you start to be rude and ‘play hard to get’ .. it isn’t funny anymore. Yeah when I was 16 I was all about ‘playing hard to get’ but now, in my 20’s .. not into it.

 

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  • WHAT NOT TO ASK : Why don’t you have a boyfriend? Why do people say that. Have you thought.. maybe, just maybe, I DON’T WANT A BOYFRIEND. It isn’t because I can’t find a boyfriend (hold up, lemme run to the boyfriend store real quick) it might just be because I enjoy life as an independent. I enjoy being single. You don’t always need someone to be happy.

 

  • ASK QUESTIONS! So many dates are consumed by one person talking the entire time. AND, you want to know what the other person is doing? Probably not really listening. Make sure it is a two-way street and that both parties are learning more about each other.

 

  • DO NOT sit on your phone the whole time. How did you live before you had a cell phone? What? Ring ring? You had conversations with people. Put the phone down and concentrate on the person you asked out or that asked you out

 

 

GUYS, I know that this post was all about me venting but does any of this get you riled up as well? I just want a normal human with a normal conversation. I know that these points are just thrown together but I wanted to share my thoughts on the whole thing. What do you guys think? Do you have any good tips to share as well?

 

PS – Here is a legit sidenote. My sister took my cover photo for this blog and she is super talented. Check out her page here.

23

Well hello!

Seems I’m a day late with this post right now but the way yesterday was going (super packed) I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to be able to get the post out in time. Today I wanted to discuss something different than another recap of my week. Because, honestly. Recaps definitely aren’t my most favorite to write and I’m sure they aren’t your most favorite to read.

I always do a reflection of my life at the beginning of each semester. I determine how much I want to be working vs. how much I need to be working and how both of those will affect my school work. I make sure that I am on the right path in my fitness journey and also make sure to keep my mental health in check. Unfortunately I can be known as the queen of taking too much on and sometimes that can get me in some trouble.

I always try to find balance in my life and sometimes it comes easy, and sometimes not so much. I feel like 23 has been a very awakening stage in my life where I truly found who I was as a person and 2017 has definitely been the year to make things (goals) happen. I used to be the girl that talked ‘big’ but never committed to something fully. So, one day, I decided not to be that girl anymore.

I feel like the first thing that I committed to was my majors in college. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do for the longest time. And I knew that it wasn’t a race and I wasn’t ready to be at the finish line anyways. It’s funny, because when I tell people that I want to go into forensics they always ask, ‘Like Dexter?’ What’s funny about it is that I was watching Dexter when it clicked what I wanted to be. So, no. I don’t want to be a serial killer; but yes, I do want to do blood analysis. Got it?

That brings me into my junior year of college. I had a challenging sophomore year (to say the least) but I think that goes back to ‘taking on too much at one time’. Early Spring was my second big decision. I have always been a ‘talker’. Yeah, I’m going to do this or that and never really made it happen. WELL, that is annoying. What are you waiting for? Just say you’re going to do something and just get. it. done. Don’t hesitate. I decided to enter my first NPC competition (oh, here she goes again .. we get it, you work out). It wasn’t a tough decision because I literally thought about it for two days and signed up for a Coach and here I am. Although there are struggles with my prep, I am the happiest and healthiest version of myself at this time in my life. I found that I don’t need to drink or be the life of the party to keep friends or to have a good time. I have officially been two DD’s this summer on two different bachelorette parties and each time I was still able to enjoy myself. Yes, I do like to drink. But, no. I don’t need it to have a good time.

Which brings me to my third big decision. STARTING A BLOG! I didn’t wait too long before I decided to launch .. I was just so excited! I have never been the girl to put her entire life on the internet, but here I am! Allowing people into my life an open book. I knew if I waited too long, then it would never have happened. And I’m so happy for the way things have turned out.

This year I have learned that being alone is OK. I don’t have the FOMO that other people have lingering over them. Sometimes at the end of the day, I just want to curl up in bed and watch a good tv show, alone. And I love that. For a long time I did feel dependent on other people (to the point where I didn’t want to even run errands alone). It feels good to know that I am self-sufficient but my friends are also there when I need them as well.

I know a few posts ago I mentioned friends come and go. And I feel like that came with age as well. When you’re younger you want to hold on to as many friends as you have because it feels like almost quantity over quality. You soon find in life that it is all about quality. I got a good dose of that at the age of 23 as well.

Like I said earlier, 23 has taught me so much and as December rolls around .. I’m excited to see what 24 has in store. Because I know that it can hold nothing but greatness if I go into it with the right attitude. Every so often there are years of learning and growing. So yesterday, when I was reflecting upon my life. I see how I have changed and progressed so much within the last year, cool! The point of this post is to just be proud of who are you are, because you should always be your own number one cheerleader.

Well, besides my cat. He’s probably my number one cheerleader for sure.

 

Anyways! I hope you all have a good weekend and check back soon for new updates. Let the good times roll, people!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your number one supporter?

Do you have any animals?

 

PS – Since I haven’t posted a workout in forever. Here is a quick booty-crusher workout to get you through the weekend!

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Hi, Bozeman. It’s me, Christine.

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends! I hope you are all enjoying some R&R and taking some time to yourselves. got to spend this weekend celebrating Miss Becca’s bachelorette party in Bozeman, Montana!

I know I have mentioned Becca before but she is one of my best friends. She is getting married October 6th and I cannot wait. We picked Bozeman because it is a local college town and we knew that people there would be down to party (def a perk that it is only 2 hours away).

We rolled in Saturday afternoon and went straight to Target to buy some booze to pregame. Unfortunately, I can’t drink because I am on prep but I was totally a cheerleader for these girls. Of course we took pictures before heading to dinner.

We didn’t make reservations anywhere for dinner, why? we don’t know, so we ended up going to a place called Teds. Their food was amazing. Becca and I both had bison filet and it cut. like. butter. I have never been that impressed with a steak in my life!

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I ordered asparagus and squash casserole as a side. And there was a garlic glaze that sat on top of the steak. I love the presentation of it all; almost too cute to eat! We got a few ‘before’ pictures of the bride but didn’t get any ‘afters’ (maybe just a few in-betweens).

 

We went to a bar called ‘Rocking R’ to hang out until 11pm (which I guess is when the party starts in Bozeman?) The ladies had a few drinks there and we just kinda watched the Bozeman vs. Washington game and chatted until around 11pm and then headed out to the next bar! I don’t really remember the names of any of the other bars but the girls had me rolling. They were being so funny and apparently when Becca starts to drink, she wants to hook you up with every boy in sight. None of us came home with boyfriends soo… good luck, Becca. Better luck next time.

Around 1:30am we decided to head home. Well, Taco Bell and then home. Becca found a bachelor party walking down the street and they were carrying a pizza, she LITERALLY convinced these boys to give her some pizza. I was driving and I couldn’t stop laughing on the way back to the hotel.

The next morning we all woke up and decided we needed food STAT. We went to this place and there was over wait .. we then stumbled upon the Cateye Cafe and I was over the moon (for obvious reasons). The entire restaurant was decorated in cats. I couldn’t think of a better way to decorate, honestly.

THEY CALLED THE BATHROOM THE LITTER BOX FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. They had little cat books and games lining the windows so you would be entertained the entire time you were there.

After breakfast we walked downtown Bozeman to do some ‘light’ shopping (more or less, I’m the only one that bought anything and it was totally a romper).

On the way back we allowed Britt to pick the music. Therefore we listened to Eminem the entire time. I didn’t realize that his music was as deep as it was but I got an entire life lesson of Marshall Mathers. SO, if any of you want to challenge Britt to a Eminem rap battle, I would totally be down to watch.

Right now, I am wrapping up my Sunday snuggled up on my couch with my roommates watching Halloweentown. Most people know that I ‘like’ Halloween and Fall but I do tend to take it to the next level sometimes. We are already trying to decide what to be for Halloween because my friend Jayde and I are throwing a small Halloween party bash!

Anyways! Need to get off the computer to finish watching the movie with my friends. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post!

Tata, friends!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your favorite rapper?

What is your favorite season?

Where is the best place you’ve been for a bachelor/bachelorette party?

 

The Liebster Award

Hi, friends! So this post is something different besides another lifestyle or fitness post! But I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Uniquely Mickie! She also blogs about college and lifestyle so she is very relatable. You can check her out here.

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I just recently heard about this award and so I’m sure there are quite a few people that don’t know what it is! It is an award that goes out to new bloggers that are trying to gain readers. There a few rules that you must follow:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions that blogger provides you with
  3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think deserve the award
  4. Tell the bloggers you nominated them
  5. Write 11 questions for them

Here the questions that Mickie gave me:

1. What is your favorite activity to do outside of the blogging world?

I really enjoy working out (obviously, fitness blogger). I love to go to the gym on good and bad days and it is the perfect way for me to release some steam. I love that working out can be an inside or outside activity and anyone is capable of doing it!

2. If you could go anywhere for a day, where would you go?

Hmm.. this is a tough one. I have always wanted to visit the Great Wall of China and be able to walk on such a huge part of history. But I am torn because I have always also wanted to see the Eiffel Tower ..

3. What is a piece of advice that you would give your younger self?

Don’t worry about what other people are doing, focus on yourself and your goals and it will take you far in life.

4. What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)?

Coffee

5. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you eat?

It would have to be breakfast and definitely maple bars.

6. What is your biggest fear?

Failing or not being good enough. I feel like there is always an insecurity of not being good enough and disappointing the people I care about most.

7. What was your biggest inspiration to start a blog?

Honestly, I wanted a forum to write freely and be able to express my feelings. This blog was something I decided to do for myself. So I suppose I was my own inspiration. If we are talking about what blog inspired me to do so, it would be simplytaralynn.

8. How long did you wait to tell your friends and family about your blog?

I told my friends before it even happened! I wanted their opinions on if I should go for it or not and they were all so supporting of my decision to dive right in.

9. What is the most extreme thing you’ve ever done?

Probably my NPC competition.

10. Do you have any pets?

Yassss, my little friend Wallace.

So cross-eyed but so cute ❤️
#catsofinstagram #snowbengal #catmomaf 
Pc: @risadarvo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.Favorite snack that you have to have?

Well on prep, probably dark chocolate Kodiak Cakes. Off of prep I love Biscoff Cookie Butter, BREAKFAST SANDWICHES, sweet potato fries, carbs, carbs, carbs.

Thank you again for nominating me! I get to now choose 5 people that I would like to nominate! These are few new blogs that I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award:

Susana from Style and Life by Susana

Molly from Molly Rees

Asha from Wellness Ginie

Stephanie from Simply Stephanie

Anisa from She’s Beaming

I love all of your guys’ blogs and hope you keep it going and share the love! Here is some questions for you:

  1. What is your biggest achievement?
  2. What do you wish you were better at?
  3. What is your favorite movie and why?
  4. How long have you been blogging?
  5. What blog inspired you to start yours?
  6. What is your favorite book you’ve ever read?
  7. Which destination is on top of your bucket list?
  8. What is your most memorable travel experience?
  9. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  10. Describe yourself in 3 words.
  11. What is your favorite quote and by whom?

Thanks again for the nomination and hope the Liebster will be passed on! If you enjoyed this post, comment below!

 

 

Not All Breakups are Bad

Good morning and happy Sunday! .. Is it even considered truly Sunday if it’s only midnight?

I am spending today working and then catching some coffee with a good friend of mine. Coffee always seems to be the easiest way to catch up since we all live such busy lifestyles.

Today I wanted to touch on something closer to home for me. When I say breakups you thought I was talking about boys, right? LOL, nope! But tricked you to read this far!

When I started prep there were so many supportive people that came out of the woodworks. Even though I was surrounded by so many positive people, I also seemed to be surrounded by negative attitudes as well. It’s hard when you are trying to do something to better yourself and people will always have something bad to say.

Everyone can say that words don’t affect them, and I’m sure there is truth to that, but at the end of the day those words do linger in your head. I am here to tell you that during your 20s there are so many opportunities to grow and if we all thought too hard about what people thought we would still be in the same place that we started. You have to truly weed through the people that don’t care about your physical and emotional health. The people that are constantly asking you to dinner and drinks when you have told them multiple times that you are trying to cut those things out of your life. Of course, everyone loves to be invited but at what point is it peer pressure?

At what point is having people that constantly complain around just draining? I’m not saying cut everyone you’ve ever met out of your life; what I am saying is at the end of the day when you get off of work, what people are you dying to text to see what they’re doing? What people are you texting every couple days because you miss their presence? If you haven’t talked to someone in months, this goes both ways, then how valuable to EACH OTHER are you?

My dad always told me that, ‘you are who your friends are.’ I always took this to heart when deciding on who to be close with because when I would hang around certain people I would see myself adapting to their behaviors. Most of them good behaviors, but some.. not so much.

I know at the end of the day you can feel ‘stuck’ in friendships. Don’t ever feel that way. This is your life and you’re the captain.

 

I’m also not saying, ‘hey you should do s bikini prep to determine who your friends are!’ All I want from anyone to take away from this post is that we all get one life. If you aren’t happy at least 98% of the times, whose fault is that? You pick your own destiny

. I can honestly say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I just moved into a new house with 4 awesome roommates and 3 cats (whoa). I am ready to take on the new semester and see all my school friends.

I don’t want this post to seem sad or that I am ungrateful for the amazing people in my life. Therefore, I want to say a few words about each of my friends and hope that you have people that make you feel this amazing about yourself.

 

  

 

Kenz – number 1 since day 1. Always been my best friend, always will. One of the strongest people I’ve ever met and we have shown that distance made our friendship grow stronger.

Amanda – my most truthful friend. She will always tell me the honest truth no matter how much it hurts. She is so accountable and always pushes me to be my best self.

Becca – the best mother. Always putting her son first. Always so understanding of life and my feelings. She truly cares about me and is constantly asking how I am and pushing me forward in fitness, school, life, etc.

Risa – the reason I fell in love with fitness. Will forever be grateful to have found this love. She is motivated and driven and I have gained a lot of knowledge by having her as a friend.

Mckenna – the girl I can call to complain about anything and she will reassure my feelings. The girl who was first to support me in my blog, life, anything. The girl that I can sit in silence with and not feel uncomfortable, my scary movie, sleepover and snuggle buddy. Someone I can always count on.

Colton – Everyone needs a Colton. He will drop anything to help me. Even if I don’t talk to Colton for weeks, or if I’m mean because I’m in a bad mood … 😏He is always so kind and asks how I’m doing. Everyone needs a Colton.

Keira – the sweetest person I’ve ever met .. AKA. My number one cheerleader. Every time we chat I come away feeling more positive and happier than when we started the conversation. I know this girl and I can get through anything because of our past and that makes our friendship stronger then most.

Hales – even though we never see each other, when we do.. it’s always so much fun. I know you would do absolutely anything for me and I hope you know the feeling is mutual. Love you, Hales.

Joseph – can’t believe I’m even putting him in here. Probably the smartest person I know and always has my back. Surprisingly missed him all summer and if you know me then you know I mean this all with love.

Little Linny – our friendship has truly blossomed. Someone I am always laughing with. Every time we get together we are constantly laughing and having a good time. She is so supportive and asks how my life is and makes such an effort to be apart of everything I’m doing.

Kayla – my fiery red head. Someone who has always picked me up when I’m down. Someone who always motivates me and makes me feel 100% on the worst of days. I’ve woken up to so many morning texts from her that set my entire day off to a good start. Find a Kayla, people.

Nat – my ‘chillest’ friend. Someone I call often and never get tired of her company. I go to Nat with pretty much everything. We have so many common interests and similar life styles that I’m confused on why it took so long for us to find each other.

Sid – you are the most level headed person I know. You are so down to earth and look on the positive side of things. You NEVER have anything bad to say about anyone and I think so many people can learn from that trait. You stay calm in the craziest of times and are always there to console me

Michelle – my girrrrrll. We have so much trust. For a long time I didn’t feel like I could trust many people and you have proven that you will be there through thick and thin no matter what the circumstances may be.

Last but not least,

 

Alexa – my little sister ❤️ I love you so so much and you support me through everything. I am so happy how close we are and I know you’re a large reason that you and dad are coming to my competition in September. You are always there when I need to talk and so happy to see the woman you’re becoming. You’re beautiful inside and out, sister 👯‍♂️

Hope you guys enjoyed this post make sure to check-in this Wednesday for some workouts and fitness tips!

QUESTIONS :

Have you ever had to ‘break up’ a friendship?

Who is your biggest supporter?

The Dark Side of Competing

I thought a lot about writing this post before I decided to sit down and actually write it. I feel like this is a pretty heavy topic and won’t be loaded with pictures and positivity. It is such a personal topic to me that I didn’t know if I was comfortable sharing my experience with other people and to maybe have them think differently of me.

When I tell people I am competing in a bodybuilding (NPC) competition they look at me like I’m crazy. Now, if I showed them before and after pictures, they would see how far I have come physically. And if they have a conversation with me, they would see how far I have come emotionally.

I have been on ‘prep’ since April. At first, I was beyond motivated and loved to be in the gym. When I started to see progress I was even more motivated and wanted to spend more time in the gym and wanted to push myself to eat perfect – to the point where it became obsessive. Watching your body change from week to week and seeing the progress can be an incredible feeling – until one week, you don’t see any progress.

When you start to plateau for the first time and maintain the weight right before you start cutting; it can be discouraging. When you eat one ‘bad’ food item and feel bloated for two days, it can be discouraging. When you miss one gym day and spend an extra hour in the gym the next day, IT CAN BE DISCOURAGING. No one holds your hand through this process. Of course, you have a Coach. But he isn’t here making me go to the gym daily and telling me how good my diet is going.

Even after all this time, I could look in the mirror and pick at my body. Who am I? I feel like at the beginning of this process I was comfortable in my body (never a girl that would wear tight clothing or wanting to go out in a swimsuit, but comfortable). One day I felt like I needed a change and wanted to push myself in fitness since I felt like I was already pushing myself in other aspects of my life. It seems like the closer I get to my competition date the more critical I am of myself. Somedays I am extremely sad or moody for whatever reason and don’t want to go to the gym. If I decided to not go then I kick myself until I feel even more sad. It feels like a never ending process.

When my diet isn’t perfect it makes me want to quit. It makes me want to throw away everything I have worked for this far even though I am only 10 weeks out. Some days I weigh in at 130 and other days I am down to 123. It makes me sad to think that I care about the scale so much when in reality, it isn’t the scale that is determining how my body is looking. Why after all this time and healthy eating do I still look in the mirror and see no change? These are the thoughts that run through my head.

I have never been one to be self-conscious with my body but now that I am in the best shape of my life and I am? It is incredible how being healthy and working out can make you feel that way. Shouldn’t it make you feel like you’re on top of the world? Although I love the process of becoming a better ‘me’, it is hard to talk about this topic because it makes me feel weak and upset. I shouldn’t feel this way, and yet, I still do.

These are some pretty dark words stated above and not every person will obviously feel the same way I do. I hear from people that when you get on the stage after all your hard work it makes all the months prior worth it. I am excited for that feeling and I feel like that is something that definitely drives me forward. The support from my friends and family also pushes me to be my best self. I have dinner every Sunday at my dad’s house and he always sets aside grilled chicken for me even though the rest of the family is eating something different. I have had support come out of no where at certain times and people’s kind words make it all worth it.

I just want people to know that when they say, ‘How do you do it?’ Sometimes I don’t even know. For awhile, I was working four jobs and still trying to train twice a day. It felt nearly impossible and really put me in a rut for about a week. I totally missed a few workouts and could feel my anxiety skyrocketing by the day. But, I feel like I pushed through it and feel better than ever now. I feel blessed and grateful for the life I live and the support I have.

Right now, I am in a good place in life and with school right around the corner I am excited for the structure. I know that I will make it to the end of these 10 weeks and not even remember these feelings that I am having. now. I can’t wait to accomplish something so far out of my comfort zone and to say that I DID IT! I know it is always good to challenge yourself and this is one of my biggest challenges yet. Can’t wait to dominate.

Everyday can’t be the best day. Do what you can right now, don’t hesitate.

Go Shawty, it’s your … wedding day?

Happy Sunday! Like I said in Wednesday’s post. THIS WEEK IS NUTS! I love being busy though because I feel way more focused and have to actually plan out my days instead of just ‘going with the flow’. When I do have an entire day off I just lay in bed and watch tv (bad, bad, bad); so being busy definitely keeps me on track.

On Wednesday I mentioned that I went to lunch with a friend of mine. What I didn’t mention is that she is going through a hard. Lately I’ve been feeling pretty down about a few things and getting together with her made me realize that sometimes you need to be a little more carefree. She is such a positive and strong person and it made me think that even when someone may be having a rough week, rough month, rough year, she still chooses to see the bright side of thinks and it such an amazing trait that makes me admire her so much as a person. We don’t get together often, but when we do I always leave wishing that I spent more time with her. She is a true blessing to have as a friend and I hope that I can learn from her outlooks on things and hopefully because more like that one day.

Thursday was THE BEST DAY. My friend Becca just got back from Bahrain and I was OH SO EXCITED to go visit her and her little one, Ki. I haven’t seen her in over a month and she is getting married in October and we still have so much planning to do for the Bachelorette party and such. I knew she got me a gift and I was so excited to receive it!

 

On one side my name is written in Arabic and on the the other it’s my name in English! Such a thoughtful gift and can’t wait to get to wear it. She is getting married in the Fall so all of the bridesmaids now have ‘matching’ necklaces.

THEN, it gets better. Another friend of mine just visited Oregon and went to Picathon and brought me back a gift (I know, how did I get so lucky with my friendships?!) If this ain’t me .. then I don’t know what is.

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They are seriously the cutest gift ever and I am so happy!

Thursday afternoon I was excited to get off and go to the gym because I have the best workouts in the afternoon. I got in my car and on my way I looked over at my cute new air freshener from Francesca’s and reminded myself to continue to have a positive attitude the rest of the day. It truly is the small things that help me overcome stupid little things that bother me throughout the day.

 

I was jamming out so hard at the gym.. I’m surprised no one said anything. I was lifting back and then did some cardio on the stairmill for awhile. I wanted to do HIIT but I always feel better after a half-hour running up some stairs. There are a few songs that I HAVE to listen to while I workout to get me in the right mindset lately. Here is my top 6 songs that I’ve been starting my workouts with.

 

Most of them are pretty upbeat but I love Corinne Bailey Rae’s cover of ‘The Scientist’. It literally gives me chills every time I listen to it!

After the gym I ran home to change to before I went out to my friend Lindsey’s birthday dinner! We decided to go to Alive After Five, which is just a big drinking fest with some live music hosted at a different restaurant every Thursday in the summer, (run on sentence FOR SURE ^^) and then head over to Wild Ginger for some hibachi. A few of my close friends there but I wasn’t drinking and couldn’t really eat the hibachi food so I left shortly after dinner (every party needs a pooper, right?)

 

For dinner I had a sushi roll made with raw salmon, avocado, mango, a mango Thai chili sauce and topped with Basil! It was delicious… I ate a few of Amanda’s veggies from her hibachi as well because I just couldn’t resist!

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I ended the evening with a late night cardio session (fun, right?). But came home exhausted and ready for bed.

Friday night I went to the movie Annabelle:Creation with some friends. It was terrifying. I am a big fan of scary movies and this movie was totally worth the $13 to get in. I didn’t really think that it tied in with the other Annabelle movies as well but I liked that it was constant freight. I looked over at my friends during the middle of the movie and we all had our hand over our eyes. I probably wouldn’t see it again just because I don’t see value in going to scary movies twice in theaters. Although, the new IT movie is coming out September 8th and I’m counting down the days! It looks so creepy. Stephen King’s novels are so creepy to read. I haven’t seen the old IT but I’m going to be front row in the new one!

Saturday evening I had a wedding to go to! It was so beautiful. It was at a venue that I have never been to before called Oscar’s Dreamland. When you pull in there is a bunch of run-down buildings that remind you of an old town look. On each building there is a description of how the building got there. We aren’t exactly sure if it used to be a town or what but there was a bank, barber shop, tall clock, and a gas station.

The wedding was for my friend Britt and her fiance Jeremy. Their hashtag was super cute: #gettingthejohnson (because his last name was Johnson). My friend Amanda and I had such a fun time! We danced for awhile and ate some fresh hog (a whole entire hog — FRESH — apple in mouth FRESH). Around 9pm I decided to jet on home because I had to work early on Sunday morning. Although I am a grandmother when it comes to staying out late, I always have a fun time with my friends. Here are some pictures from the wedding!

Coming to a close on this post! Sorry that I didn’t talk fitness this part of the week but I was so busy with so many other things that I wanted to discuss those instead! Next week Bachelor in Paradise starts and I am looking forward to it more than I should. School starts in three weeks and then my competition is in 10 weeks! Many fun times ahead. Until next time!

 

QUESTIONS:

What is the coolest gift that you have ever received from a friend?

What is your go-to workout song to get pumped up at the gym?