Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Random Thoughts on Life/Food/Running/Meaghanisms.

Lately I spend a lot of time by myself. In a log cabin. In the snow.

And by a lot of time I mean....at least five out of seven days a week. Now, if you know me first-hand, you know that I'm a preeeeeetty social person (read: I love people. I love fun. I spread my wings and fly like the social butterfly I am.), so some of you may be confused as to how I have not gone crazy/moved back home/gone into a depression and binge ate my life away while watching Stepmom.

side note: I love Stepmom. Ain't No Mountain High Enough scene...just stop it. perfection.

Just some motivation to start da blog post off right!
Well, I'll tell you how. Because I am making 2012 my year and taking this time to go through an awesome/intense/wonderful period of self-improvement and self-discovery. Seriously. I honestly have been using my alone time to become the best I can be. I've been working out like a boss, I've been taking my time to do things that have been on my to-do list since senior year of high school (I'm half-way through updating my iPod...for the first time...ever. I had like three songs by Three Six Mafia on there. Not okay.), I've been making really great/healthy dinners and sitting down, watching the few TV shows that I do and enjoying them, I've been reading books that I don't have to take exams on.

Being selfish and having no one to look out for but yourself is pretty awesome.

I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I don't get homesick and miss my friends. I totally do- but I still get to call them and when I do see all of them again, it is going to be seriously wonderful. I feel like distance really seriously does make relationships even stronger. For instance, I recently took a mini-vacay to Chicago to visit Leigha adn Alana (and saw the ever-so-witty Eric Chianese as an added bonus) and I really have never felt like I was better friends with them. I had a blast and we really just spent the entire weekend hanging out and doing things that no one but us found hilarious.

Don't even try and tell me you wouldn't want to hang out with us.
We're really funny, by the way. Like, seriously we're really awesome and if you don't think so...then you're wrong.

The best kind of friends are the ones who, even if you haven't seen them for months, you can hang out with and pick up right where you left off without an awkward pause. Those are really the only type of friends I keep around.

Oh also, Chicago treated me really well. Expecially food-wise. ohhhhhmigawd. Food city of my dreams. I love good food.

Which brings me to my next section of rambling. FOOD. FOOOOOOOD. I make some pretty stellar meals with just a plug-in stove top. Most of them are some sort of salad/vegetable dish and a side of egg scramble full of veggies, but sometimes I get fancy. Regardless, I have been making SUCH GREAT MEALS. Because when you have an hour to spend making dinner...you can get creative.
Veggie omelet with a side of fruit. I only eat breakfast food for dinner. It's fine.

I also have been making sure that I have a solid time-block to prepare all my food right when I get it home from the grocery store. I chop up all my vegetables and put them in baggies before I put them into the fridge and I put my  giant bags of pretzels and things into single serving portions so I can just grab-and-go. It makes my life so much easier.

...I'm going to be such a great mom someday. Also...I'm starting to tolerate/kind of appreciate kids. I was never a fan of children before, mainly because it reallllllyyyy irritated me that I couldn't talk to them like adults/reprimand them when they had little-to-no manners...but thanks to my boss having the coolest kids ever (thanks a lot, Allison), I feel like I'm finally accepting that someday I will have children of my own. You're welcome, mom. You're welcome.

Oh, next on my list of self-improvement type things: exercise. I've always been a big exercise fan, but it's amazing how when you run/workout and DON'T eat bad foods/drink beer every other night...you actually see results. (cRaZy, I know). This is the first time since I was 16 that I haven't had access to a gym, and thanks to Pinterest/my new-found love of running outdoors...I'm in the best shape I've been in a while. I've been keeping a food diary every day (My fitness pal is seriously...my fitness pal. It's a free iPhone app, too. It's awesome.) and have been exercising on my own...well, with Jillian Michaels, Pinterest and my running shoes but still.

and I feel awesome. Running and healthy eating, as cliche as it sounds, have seriously given me such a motivational, positive mental state of mind. I get excited to go run. It's a HUGE stress relief and gives me an hour of time to think about life and appreciate everything that I have. That, and Jillian Michaels kicks my ass (30 day shred. go to Target. Buy it.). Insert picture of my small-but-still-existent arm muscles here:

Whatever. I'm proud.
So here is a nice little challenge for you: wake up 45 minutes early and do a half hour of exercise. I do it. Every day. Do I really want to wake up at 6:15am every day? NOPE. But when you set your alarm on your phone to say things like "you'll regret it if you don't wake up right now" or "don't be lazy. seriously, just wake up" orrrr my personal favorite: "sleeping in for another half hour is really going to make you look great in a bikini"....you wake the hell up real quick.

I also save a lot of fun fitness-related motivational stuff from Pinterest (it's an addiction. Must.keep.pinning.) and save it as my desktop background to keep me going. It works.
But seriously...how can a quote like that not motivate you?
So...there is my motivational rambling. Oh. Side note: I still have fun. I would be kidding myself if I didn't let myself eat cookies once in a while and drink the occasional beer. I even went to a Microbrew fest...it was really cold and we left super early, but hey! I was there for a quick minute.
Proof that I attended the Microbrew Fest...and that I have friends.
Anyways, I hope that everyone has a chance to spend time improving themselves at some point. Granted, it's a lot easier when you have no one else to really worry about, but still. Everyone should take at least some time out of their week to focus on themselves. It's okay to be a little selfish.

29. I'm a terrible liar. I get too guilty and I end up telling the truth eventually. Eventually meaning....like within a day or so. My parents are so lucky.

1 comment:

  1. i love you. and miss you tons. all of this happy talk makes me happy. ALSO: sidenote, you look amazeballs and i can't wait to see you in person soooon enough. wish you were coming on spring break so i could do innapro things without being judged by...well, everyone.