5 Ways To Tell That Your Significant Other Isn’t As Emotionally Invested As You

On POINT! I needed to read this today…

Thought Catalog

(500) Days Of Summer(500) Days Of Summer

1. They are never the first to apologize/reach out during an argument.

When you get into an argument with your special someone, the main concern for both parties involved should be reaching a compromise or resolution. If you’re with somebody who will allow days, or even weeks, to go by without any type of contact or attempt to reconcile, that’s a huge red flag. Either they are pissed off to the point where they genuinely need time to reconsider the relationship, or they simply don’t care enough to try and fix things. That speaks volumes.

2. They make you feel like an inconvenience.

If the person you are with is truly invested in the relationship, then he or she will make certain that you always feel valued. When you try making plans with your significant other and they get annoyed because they don’t feel like picking…

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Friday Five – 5 brands I’m LOVING right now. – Link up with @Marmaone1, @Yousingedup, & @eatprayrunDC #runbaltimore @charmcityrun

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!  Also, long time no see!!  I apologize for being MIA, but life kinda happened!  So, today I’m going to briefly talk about my top 5 brands right now. 🙂 Considering I’ll be using all 5 (most likely) on my race tomorrow, this shouldn’t be a difficult entry for me to write at all!!  I’m running the Sole of the City 10K tomorrow with roughly 3000 of my closest buddies in (IMO) the greatest city in America, BALTIMORE!!! 🙂 I’m pretty excited.  Second time running. 😉  As per the usual for TODAY though (let me not get too ahead of myself), I’m linking up with my three favorite blogger Ladies, Courtney,  Cynthia and Mar for the Friday Five.

  1. Oiselle. This shouldn’t come as a hug surprise, lol.  As soon as I joined the flock, I was hooked!!! The clothing is absolutely (without a doubt) the most comfortable and versatile I’ve ever come in counter with when it comes to running.  I plan to rock the Verrazano Bra, the Scantron Tank (tagged with novemberproject love – obviously), and because its frowned upon to run around with your tush hanging out, I’m rocking my Roga Short.  Cute yea?? I’m stoked!!
  2. Brooks. After the fiasco with my Marathon “too small shoe” experience, I went to my favorite running store CharmCityRun and got a pair of the most amazing shoes I’ve ever put on my feet!! Brooks Ghost 7.  They feel like I’m running on air!! No squishing my toes (BONUS!!) and no pinching the sides of my feet. I’m really excited for the second official race of 2015 in these bad boys!!  *side bar* my first race of the season, the Kelly Shamrock 5k, running thiese shoes, got me a shiney new 5k PR! w00t!! 😉
  3. Feetures Socks.  HUGE Fan!! As a woman who is prone to every foot/toe injury up to and including blisters, these are LIVESAVERS!!  I’m an advocate for the High Performance, Ultra Light, No show tab. (mouth full much?! WOAH!) *directly from the site* – Our High Perfomance socks hug your feet, prevent blisters and keep feet dry and comfortable all day long.  This statement note only is true, it’s the reason I keep coming back.  I’m cheap… like.. insanely cheap, BUT, I’ll pay $11.99 for ONE pair (cringe) of socks, because they keep my feet from turning to complete trash after a long run.
  4. Acure Dry Shampoo. I received a free sample of this amazing stuff as an Ramblen Ambassador.  I can’t say enough.  It’s perfect for last minute, running out the door, “oh my goodness, my hairs a hot mess!!!”  moments, which I’m not proud to say, I’ve been having more then not recently.  It smells excellent, and makes me hair feel smooth and clean until I can get home and jump in the shower!  When the sample runs out, I WILL be getting more.
  5. Procompression/BioSkin.  I can’t stress enough to compress.  My legs wouldn’t be the way they are today without the epic socks from Procompression and the calf sleeves from BioSkin.  I LIVE in compression, at least three days a week you’ll see my legs in some type of compression due to tightness or injury, or whatever!! I LOVE it!!!

Oh oh!!! Also, the 15th, in addition to being the two year anniversary of Boston, was my 2 year runiversary.  Out of tragedy, I took my first steps to a new life, a new life or running, to freedom.  I wouldn’t change anything (about MY part of that). Are you racing this weekend? What are the brands you live by? Let me know!! Have an epic weekend!! ❤

#FridayFive – Spring?! Please? w/ @yousignedup @marmaone1 and @EatPrayRunDC #linkup

I’m dreaming of a NOT WHITE Spring today…  ya know, being the first day of Spring… having such an epic weather week last week, and waking up to SNOW ALL OVER THE GROUND… makes me quite an unhappy camper.   To say I’m not happy is the understatement of the CENTURY!!! I’m more over snow this year then I think I’ve ever been in my adult life.  Mother nature *knocks loudly* Please GET.IT.TOGETHER!!! *hops of soap box*

Ok! So! I’m back on the wagon (hopefully) and I’m jumping in with my girls at the DC Trifecta Cynthia, Courtney and Mar @ You Signed UpEat Pray Run, DC and Mar on the Run respectively. 🙂 This weeks theme is “THINK SPRING!!!” Which I’m trying… oh LORD I’m trying… to do.  So, here we go!!

Here are five things I’m looking forward to for the Spring time!!! (lets turn this bitter mamabear face into a smile!!!) *fingers crossed*

1. BASEBALL!!!  Orioles opening day is April 10th and I’m looking forward to this SOOOO much so!! It’s later this year by 10 days, so hopefully the weather will be a bit less windy and chilly. If not, NBD!! I’ll still be at one of my favorite places (OPACY) watching the O’s play, drinking extremely over prices beer, in a field of orange. Yep, sounds a bit life heaven.

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2. The smells – Let me explain (Kevin Hart much?) Anyway… everything smells amazing in the Spring. The grass, the beautiful flowers, the trees are blooming (which smell good), the air even smells different.  Everything seams to smell better in the spring.  This might only be me, and that’s TOTALLY acceptable, I even think some fresh fruit smells better in spring time. Weird? eh, whatevs! I’m ok with it!! So, bring on the aromatic amazingness!

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3. Being able to run OFF the treadmill! Small victory, yes.  But for someone who is in a bit of a running slump, this is HUGE!!! I dread every TM run.  All of them. And for this reason, running has taken the back burner to my core workouts. (you really think I STOPPED workout out?? *psssh* you silly!)  I feel like I’ve been neglecting a passion of mine because of how much I loathe the treadmill! Also, it’s not mine. I have to go to me apt complex gym (not a big deal, it’s 0.1 miles away) to use it, and then I’m not alone… so there’s always the chance of Sir Creeps-a-lot showing up all leery and uncomfortable, which causes me to cut the run short.  The warmer weather (that I HOPE to see soon) will make for outdoor runs! YAY!!!

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4. Longer days which mean more time to play with Alex outside!! This kid has a MEAN curve ball!! I love playing catch with him! He’s getting better very quickly… so quickly, that I’m starting to think I need to get him into little man baseball (can you tell I’m new at this??) rather soon.  He hits pretty well also! So, longer days allows Mamabear to get home from working ridiculous hours… and still get to spend quality time with my handsome little dude!! Win Win!!! ❤

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5. SPRING CLOTHES!!! Brighter colors, less clothing all together, and lighter fabrics!! YES, YES, and HELL YES!!! So excited to finally pull out the capris, the tank tops, the flip flops, and the sun dresses.  I don’t know how soon I’ll be able to WEAR any of this stuff, but gosh darnit, ITS COMING OUT OF STORAGE!!! 😉 Too excited to keep it away any longer!!! No more boots, and heavy, crazy, stuff!!

What are you looking forward to for spring time?? Any fun trips coming up? Any exciting runs? Any super cute spring outfits? Lets be serious… they’re all cool.  Let me know!! 🙂 Have an amazing weekend!!! ❤

Hey it’s Friday!! You know what that means! #FridayFive ABOUT ME! w/ @EatPrayRunDC, @YouSignedUp, and @Marmaone1

Well hello stranger!! I promise I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth… really.  I’ve been inundated with crap these past few weeks!! It’s just… yea.  But I’m here!! And I’m excited to share with you guys 5 things that I (hopefully) haven’t shared already about myself!! I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta  Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed up for What?! for this awesome edition of FRIDAY FIVE!!! YAY! 🙂

1. I’m a beach body coach! (This is pretty cool because it JUST happened!)  I took the leap and became a coach.  It’s actually pretty neat! I’m meeting amazing new people, I get to help people achieve fitness goals, and because I started a program when I became a coach, I’m feeling TONS better about myself.  (always a plus right?)

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2. I LOVE to cook.  Yea, I do.  And recently I’ve been able to explore my love for it.  I’ve been creating (simple… don’t get me wrong, lol) meals that I’m proud of… FROM SCRATCH!!  This is awesome! Why??  I wasn’t able to do this in the place I was living before… why?  Well, lets just say I was limited.  For me to be able to experiment with food, for me to make things that people like, and ask for more, fills my heart with joy. 🙂

3. I really enjoy writing.  I’ve been keeping a Journal since the beginning of the year and every time I sit down to write, I find myself losing… myself (wow) in the entries.  So much so, that some nights I’m up until 1am just writing!  I used to write silly little fiction in high school, but stopped as soon as I graduated.  This journal has given me a tiny little interest in picking that up again! Maybe? We’ll see!

4. I’m learning to embrace failure.  Yep, I said it.  Sometimes I suck… but!!!! (big but) That’s ok!!! Sucking, means room for growth!! I failed at my (first) Marathon in October.  How?  By not researching the correct shoes… because of this SIMPLE thing that I did horribly wrong, I had to have my TWO big toenails (yes, both of them) surgically removed this past Tuesday.  They were that injured/damaged.  The Doctor took one look at my poor toes and said “Yep, they’re coming off”.  SO THAT HAPPENED!! But, like I said, room for growth (both metaphorically and physically, lol) my toenails can now grow back healthier and NOT injured, and I now know what NOT to do for marathon number 2!! 🙂

5. I TURN 30 IN A LITTLE OVER A MONTH!!!! phew… ok… I’m both excited and petrified to turn Thirty.  I’m not really sure why, so please don’t ask me.  I’m still asking myself.  lol.  I do know that I’m excited to be entering a new year of life.  Also!! I’m hoping, and praying that my thirties are a bit less harsh then my twenties. I’ve heard good things about the thirties, so here we go!!! 🙂

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2014 in Review #raceeverything #runchat

Looking back at 2014, I ran… a lot.  24 races!! (not including virtuals – over 30 if you include those!!) I had surgery, was sick very often, and had a pretty nasty injury to my left knee resulting in soft tissue damage.  HOWEVER, I still managed to knock out an impressive race resume.  Check this out…

Races of 2014

2/16/2014  Virginia is for Lovers 14K – I ran this race with my boyfriend in Virginia Beach.  This was my first ever race-cation! It was an excellent experience and I’m bummed J&A has decided not to do the race again!

4/5/2014 Brigance Brigade 5.7K – Weird distance right? Not really.  OJ Brigance’s number was 57…. get it? Yea.  Another race in the books with my BF, however this was through the beautiful streets of Baltimore, Hon!

4/12/2014 Sole of the City 10K – I ran this race 6 days after laparoscopic surgery in my abdomen.  Fun right? Yea… I guess. lol. My BF was beside me the entire time and helped me finish strong, even when I felt like I was going to pass out. I will run this again (as part of Charm City Run’s B3, and I will do better in 2015!!)

5/3/2014 Frederick Twilight 5K – Part 1 of the Nut Job Challenge.  Smooth and steady run with the BF (our second “race-cation”) Also, first time using EnergyBits! Goodness did I feel the difference!!

5/4/2014 Frederick Half Marathon – May the 4th be with you, and baby was it!! This was OUR (mine and Austins (bf)) First Half and we CRUSHED IT!!!  Earning two medals at the end was epic!! 🙂

5/10/2014 Warrior Dash, MD – OCR; Mud, rain, beer, and kisses?? Wait what?? Yep.  It was awesome.  Austin and I “re-met” at the Warrior Dash in 2013, so this was an extra special race for the two of us.  We killed it and had a blast as we decided to be St. Judes Warriors!! Can’t wait to do it all over again in 2015!! 🙂

5/31/2014 Zooma Half Marathon – My second half marathon in BEAUTIFUL Annapolis, MD.  I PR’d by 6 minutes!! 🙂 My beautiful son was waiting for me at the finish line which made me sprint through the finish with a full heart.  He even wore my medal around for a while. ❤

6/14/2014 Baltimore 10 Miler – GREAT race around my beautiful city!! Highlight of this race?? A young boy on the side yelled “Why y’all runnin’??” To which another racer yelled back instantly “ZOMBIES BRO… ZOMBIES!!!!!!” I almost peed myself laughing.  Austin ran this race with me also. This, along with the Frederick half were part one and two (out of three) of a challenge we were doing called the “King Crab”. 🙂

6/15/2014 GBMC Fathers Day 5K – The day I woke up the running animal in my Dad.  This was the first race (or many) that my Father and I ran together.  We stayed together the entire time and I couldn’t have been prouder when he crossed the finish line! 🙂

6/21/2014 Big Elk Trail Half Marathon – An XTERRA race, and holy smokes, it was difficult!! But sooooo worth it! I got a bit lost and ended up running 15.5 miles instead of 13.1, but… I qualified for the Half Fanatics and got my epic number #8403, so all the cursing, the stumbling over tree roots, the POURING rain, ALL WORTH IT!!! 🙂

6/22/2014 Baltimore Womens Classic 5K – Still one of my favorite races… EVER.  An all womens race, which means, BEAUTIFUL bling, amazing crowd support, and EPIC swag.  (bias?? nah… just grateful) Also, this particular race, I PR’d my 5K time… I’ve yet to beat it. So… 2015 BWC… I’m coming for you!!! 😉

7/12/14 Foam Fest, MD – OCR; foam, mud, sweat, and lots of laughs!! I “ran” this race with my sister and it was hilarious!! We were slipping and sliding everywhere.  It was definitely a great pick for Stephanie (sister) as her first race.  No time limit, and ALL fun. 🙂

7/13/2014 Miles that Matter 5K – LOVED the idea of this race because my maiden name is Miles 🙂 Another race with my epic Dad.  He was much better with pacing on this run.  You could tell he’d been training (I hadn’t!!) I was trying to keep up with him!! Proud daughter moment!!! YAY!

8/2/2014 Casey Cares 5K – How many people can say they’ve run onto the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards?? huh?? ME!!!!!! (and my dad, lol) This race was AWESOME!!! And my HUGE crush (before he left us and went to the Braves…. BLEH) Nick Markakis MC’d the race while his wife beasted it! (That woman has some serious wheels!!)

8/9/2014 Charles Street 12 – This race is tied as far as scenic races go with Zooma Annapolis.  I had no idea how beautiful parts of Charles Street were until I was barreling down it with a couple thousand of my closest friends!! HA! Seriously though, if you get a chance to do this race, you should! The majority of the race has a slight decline. It’s nice!!! One thing though… don’t move into a BRAND NEW APARTMENT the day before! *major body aches race day*

8/16/2014 River Valley Run 5k Trail Run – Now, this race did not go as planned.  I was supposed to run this race with my father.  He, however, had an emergency that sent him to the hospital the night before! (he’s ok) Luckily, I’d worked as a volunteer for packet pick up the day before and had both of our packets, and I have an amazing RUNNER boyfriend so he said “what the hell, I’ll run for him”. ❤ So, Austin was my Dad for the day.  Because I was dreadfully worried about my Dad, I was bound and determined to meet his goal time for the race.  Now, if you know anything about me, I’m not fast… I’ll run for 6 hours, but I’m not fast.  But dammit, if I didn’t make my dad’s goal that day!! 🙂

8/17/2014 Boordy Vineyard Trail 5K – HOT HOT HOT!!! Goodness I wasn’t expecting so much heat for a night race.  It was 6:30pm before the race started and the temperature was well above 80… Not normal for Baltimore.  I was DRENCHED, but I still managed to beat my time from the year prior, so I was happy!! And… free wine?? YES PLEASE!!

9/12-9/13 Ragnar Relay – 3 relay runs over the course of 34 hours with 11 people that became life long friends of mine!! My only regret… Going out to fast on my first leg.  THIS is where I got my knee injury/soft tissue damage.  Will I run another Ragnar? Oh yes…. Sign me up now!!

10/18/2014 Baltimore Marathon – The Big Kahuna!! My FIRST Marathon EVER!!! w00t!! (and part three of the “king crab”) I was originally signed up to run the half, but after a successful 23 mile training run, I upgraded (very) last minute. I’m SO glad I did!! This race was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life… AND (apart from having my son), the most rewarding.  I cried when I crossed the finish… sorry, not sorry.  Proud, in pain, in love, ALL OF IT!!!

10/25/2014 Thundering Hooves 5K – This race was extra special. Why? I ran it with my sister and my father.  My father left Stephanie and myself in the dust immediately at the start, which was ok… because HE PLACED!!! A little over 4 months of running and MY DAD PLACED 3RD IN HIS AGE GROUP!!! I couldn’t have been more proud!! 🙂

11/1/2014 Kids Peace 5K – Another epic race that ended in OPACY, with my Dad, except this time, it was chilly, and raining.  Highlights; people were in costumes and I passed the flash!!! (maybe I’m faster then I think!) My Dad kicked into high gear this race too and was able to break the 30 minute barrier for his 5K. 🙂

11/15/2014 Color Run, Baltimore – Alex’s first race!!! This race was amazing!! My whole family was there! My Dad, My sister, My AMAZING son, My boyfriend and my brother in law with my adorable nephew in the stroller. 🙂 Als even managed to run what I would added up to be a little over half of the mileage.  I love running with my family.  🙂

11/23/2014 Zoo Zoom 8K – My first experience “running” with a stroller.  UMPH! Hard as hell!! But toally worth it.  Alex was the life of the party!! He has random other races laughing, talking to him, and asking “when is his next race, we want to be there!” My Dad and I ran this race together (with Als) and it was awesome, all through the Maryland Zoo, which of course kept Alex engaged. 🙂

12/13/2014 Celtic Solstice 5 Miler – This was the 15th anniversary of this race, so the premium… LEGIT!!! Anyway, lol. This race was mine and my Dad’s last race of the year and it was an awesome one.  COLD though!! Woooooweeee! I loved the festive costumes and the bells I heard along the way. I also enjoyed the “wolves” they had along with the bagpipes to start the race!! Very exciting. 🙂  Also… 12.13.14 – HOW COOL IS THAT?!!!

So, that was my year… how did yours stack up?? Any PR’s? Any races you didn’t plan on doing?? 🙂 Have an AMAZING holiday and a FANTASTIC new year!!! As for 2015, BRING IT ON BABY!!!

#FridayFive {Winter Fitness Activities} w/ @EatPrayRunDC, @Marmaone1 and @YouSignedUp

Its the time again!!! FRIDAY BABY!!! woot!!!! Goodness I love Fridays!!! 🙂 So today, likeI do every Friday, I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta for the Friday Five; CourtneyCynthia and Mar.  today we’re talking about our favorite winter fitness activities!!!

1. Running – could have guessed right? ha! Yes well, I’m a runner, all year round. And since I’ve chosen my second marathon (w00t) with a late March date, I’ll be running ALL winter long!! So, yea. WINTER RUNNING FTW!!

2. Trees!! – say what? Ok… so last friday we’ hadn’t obtained our tree yet.  On Saturday we went to a nursery about an hour away from our house and we found it! The perfect little tree!! My boyfriend cut it down, but I dragged that sucked for a little bit. That’s a bit of a work out for tiny little nothing arms like mine! (yea I know… work more then your legs stace) And then when it came to decorating… I’m QUITE short… so reaching all the way to the top.. yea… not an easy task. Anywho, it’s gorgeous and I promise (at some point) I’ll post a picture!

3.  Ice skating – I haven’t been ice skating in an outdoor rink in WAY too long, but it is ridiculously fun and a great way to exercise while enjoying yourself.  Try it!! 🙂

4.  Building Snow people – Again I go back to the fact that I have NO measurable upper body strength… and I know this. So, building BIG ASS BALLS (giggle) of snow is difficult!! It’s very very fun, but you work out your upper body quite a bit building those guys, especially if you make them as big as your son wants you to! (he’s a champ!)

5.  Shoveling – ok snow bunnies… If you get more than 20″ of snow a year, you feel me.  WORK WORK WORK IT!!! Shoveling is a WHOLE BODY WORK OUT.  Oh my goodness do you feel it when you’re done!! I’m one of those weird people that LOVE shoveling.  I love to see the work I’ve done, and then jumping in the HUGE pile I’ve made.  I also (weird again) love the soreness I feel from shoveling. I know I’ve used muscles in my body that rarely (if ever) get used.

Have a FANTASTIC friday and a wonderful weekend!! ❤

#FridayFive FAVORITES!! with @eatprayrunDC @YouSignedUp and @Marmaone1 #runchat

It’s Friday!!! (Yes, I’m a bit excited…) I love the weekends!

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Today, I’m linking up with the awesome DC Trifecta, CourtneyCynthia and Mar talking about my favorites from this week!! Shouldn’t be too hard!! 🙂 Lets get right into it…

1. Christmas Music – I’m VERY particular about what type of music I like however… sooo if the WRONG type of carol comes on…

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2. Decorations – Everyone is getting their trees (not me yet) and decorating their homes. It warm and inviting… which is an EPIC contrast from the frigid temps outside!! 🙂

3. Hot tea – Yea, I know this is a constant favorite, but I’m still a bit under the weather, so it’s going to CONTINUE to be a favorite until I kick this sickness in the butt! (and maybe past that!)

4. Presents –  I haven’t done a tons of shopping, but my mind has figured out what everyone will get and I think that’s the most difficult part sometimes!!! So, YAY!!!

5. NEXT YEARS RACE SCHEDULE –  you didn’t really think I could go a whole post without talking about running did you?? (ha) This week I’ve been dreaming about 2015 and how many BIG races I can afford to run.  It’s pretty exciting!!! 🙂

Have an AMAZING weekend!!! 🙂 Stay happy and healthy my friends!! ❤

#FridayFive Cold Weather Running!! @YouSignedUp @EatPrayRunDC and @Marmaone1 #runchat

IT’S FRIDAY!!! And, it’s FRICKEN FREEZING!!!!!! Which brings me right into todays’ Friday Five topic…

COLD WEATHER RUNNING TIPS!! 

As I do every week, I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta, Cynthia, Courtney, and Mar… and we’re talking about things that are becoming more and more important to me as it becomes colder and colder outside.  So, here we go!!

1.  COLD WEATHER GEAR!! Bundle, but don’t over bundle! (say what??)  Yea, I know that’s a bit confusing… I actually saw this amazing “weather guide” thing on twitter yesterday that I NEED to share… It’s a bit blurry, but it’s awesome!! I’m also providing the link to the original tweet, because the picture isn’t of very good quality.

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2. GET UNDRESSED FAST!!  Keeping with clothes for a second, you need to GET OUT of your running gear as soon as (or pretty fricken soon after) you get back from your run.  If you’re anything like me, your body will be red and blotchy… (nice look right??) Get in a warm shower/bath (dealers choice) and then put on warm, DRY clothing.  Trust me, your body will thank you.

3.  SHOES!  Have you checked the traction on your shoes?? They may be worn out from hitting the pavement all spring and summer long.  First time smacking the ice, and BAM… those shoes wont be the only thing hitting.  Depending on where you’re running, you may want to look at trail shoes (especially if you live in wooded areas – lucky!! bet its gorgeous with all the snow!!) or at least shoes with better, newer treads.

4.  WARM UP!! (no pun intended) It’s cold… your body is probably throwing profanities at you to begin with for being outside… don’t go from 0-10 out of no where!  Take it easy, work up to your desired speed.  Less risk of injury that way.  🙂

5.  PAY ATTENTION!!!  Surroundings, below your feet, above your head (icicles)… be aware.  Ice hurts… in all forms.  Falling on it, it falling on you… no good.  Snow mounds… look harmless enough right? Yea, until some little shit comes out and scares the bejesus out of you at 9pm.  (yes, this has happened to me and I all but decked him)… BE AWARE!!!

Hope you enjoyed my little friday five link up and I hope you have an INCREDIBLE weekend!! ❤

#FridayFive {How to Stay on Track this #holiday season!!} linked up with @marmaone1, @EatPrayRunDC, and @YouSignedUp #np_bal #sweatpink #runchat

It’s that time of year!!  I’m currently in my cubicle listening to Christmas Music… however it’s not that cheesy crappy stuff don’t worry, it’s nice, classy stuff. (I know people just snorted and said Chrismas music is Christmas music!” and that’s ok!!)  So.. It’s time for the Friday five!!! Today’s theme is how to stay on track during the holiday season (which lets face it, isn’t always easy)!!  As per the usual, I’m linking up with my girls from the DC Trifecta, CourtneyCynthia and Mar.  Here we go!!!

1.  Pack your food for the day!  This is the time of year where (at least at my job) people are CONSTANTLY bringing in goodies… and of course they aren’t the kind that I should be snacking on.  You know exactly what I’m talking about too… cookies, cakes, pumpkin rolls (kill me now), girl scout cookies, pies, you name it – if it has sugar, its coming into my office!! If you pack stuff that you enjoy (for me it’s almonds, raisins, apples, and LOTS of Green Tea) you’re less tempted to reach for that yummy but EMPTY calorie stuff.

2.  FUN RUNS!!! God bless the turkey trot, lol.  No really.  My father and I have signed up for at least 4 “themed” runs from now until the new year.  These are going to save us (as both of us like to eat).  Solstice 8k, Turkey Trot, Zoo Zoom 8K (I think this is themed?) and a Color run… which is just fun, lol.  There’s another one that I can’t think of right now, but that’s not really important.  The message here is RUN!!

3.  Keep moving.  Yes, it’s getting colder, however, for me that makes me want to move my tushy faster.  I’m making it a goal to get to one if not both of my November Project workouts every.single.week.  No excuses.  The food isn’t going to stop… so I’m not going to stop… moving that is.

4. Indulge… A LITTLE! I know I mentioned staying away from sugar, however if you completely deprive yourself, you will end up FREAKING out and EATING ALL THE THINGS!!!! This is the complete opposite of what you want to happen.  Ok, grab ONE cookie… just don’t scarf down the ENTIRE plate!! K? 🙂

5.  Don’t sleep just because you’re bored… I’ve been known to do this… especially because it’s getting dark at… I don’t know.. NOON now? *eye roll* But really, don’t over sleep.  It actually causes you to be MORE tired.  Try to get an indoor routine down that keeps you active, yet safe. 🙂 (win win!!)

Have an amazing weekend and stay warm!!! ❤