Monday, February 27, 2012

Is the work it worth it?

I am now in the best shape of my life. I could wake up tomorrow and run 10 miles if I wanted to (not that I want to...). My legs are toned, my abs look good and my weight (even though I don't weight myself but 4x a year- welcome to the amazing world of not owning a scale) is the lowest it has been since the beginning of college. My clothes are loser and my endurance is longer. I eat more food than I ever have (my hunger is pretty much out of control), but I eat healthier. No meat or soda, and mostly fruit, veggies and grains (with sugar mixed in:))!

But I have been thinking, is it worth is? Is being in REALLY good shape much better than being in good shape? Is the difference between running 6 miles or a marathon important? Is it more important to be generally healthy than SUPER healthy? In the long run of life, does it really matter?

Being in really good shape takes time, puts a toll on your body and is a form of dedication. I didn't go about my running with a goal to be in really good shape, I just wanted to start doing races. And as I have posted on this blog, my love of running has grown tremendously. Running changed my body completely. Maybe not to the naked eye, but I feel and look different. It's been great. And as time has gone on and I have gradually increased my distance and endurance, I have become in REALLY good shape. I can do more than I ever could aerobically. It was a gradual arrival at this point, but nonetheless, it occurred. That coupled with my vegetarian diet that I began in July and WHAM. Health 101.

So maybe I do weight 10 pounds less than I did before I began this running journey, and maybe my clothes are loser. But really, what does 10 pounds matter? I still wear the same clothes, though they fit differently, and mentally I feel the same. Most people probably don't even notice the difference. I think that though physical health is an important part of a successful life, at what point does it matter how physically healthy you are? Should I keep running and running and upping my miles or should I taper down and just be? What is the difference between running like I do know and training for a half marathon (my new years resolution)? Because how we feel about ourselves, while it is important, I think plateaus at a certain point. I mentally feel the same that I did before I became Robyn the Runner. Though running is my new way to achieve insight into myself.

So to what extent is the work it worth it?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekend Tunes

I know I try to pride myself on not posting music/lyrics on here too much, but I heard a new song this week that I can't get out of my head. Yes, it is from "Glee," but the song is fabulous despite me hearing their version first:



I have my own opinion of the lyrics, but everyone can take away their own interpretation from it. I think it is great and was featured in a pretty powerful sequence on the show that otherwise is quickly becoming way too over the top.

Anyways, happy weekend to you all. I am spending it dog sitting Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (overnight)/afternoons, which means my social life is dictated by the pooch. BUT that doesn't mean I don't get to grab some food with various friends and walk the "Oregon Trail" with my friend Emily (as she has dubbed it) to the local Starbucks! I still don't fully understand how people are ok with strangers staying the night in their home with their dog, but I am a cat person so obviously that is another world to me.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I'm Famous (and really excited about it)!

So remember in my previous post how I said my coworker and I were on a trivia segment in the 4th hour of Today? Well, one of my coworkers who was home sick saw us and sent me this clip. The sound is very low but you can see us!


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Look how close we were to Kathie Lee! And how UBER excited we were! Hopefully I will get a higher quality video from some California friends who were instructed to DVR the segment!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Post-Trip

It's my boyfriend! 

So, it's a Thursday night and I am sitting on my couch watching "Parenthood" on demand getting over my post-trip depression that I experience nine times out of ten when coming back from a cool place. I was in NYC Sunday through Wednesday for a work conference. As I stated here last year, I LOVE NYC. Like, it is my favorite city ever. I am just happy when I am there, even if I am in a boring conference room and especially if I am wandering the streets. It is magical. This time a coworker and I stayed in the Hilton New York on the corner of 53rd and 6th for a Gear Up Conference (a grant program my school has for our seniors), where I actually stayed when I went with my parents in Christmas 2003. It is a perfect location right between Times Square and Rockefeller Plaza. I love nice hotels with a nice gym (but sadly no free wifi) and having a room all to myself- I always feel so pampered!

We were able to see a lot in between meetings Monday and Tuesday and even got on the Today Show AND a trivia game with Kathie Lee during the 4th hour on Wednesday before we left (I am still trying to find the link online and when I do I will post it here- she was literally a foot from me for 15 minutes and we got on camera)! No matter how many times I see the Today Show I just can't get enough. It is part of my childhood!

It also snowed the 1st night we were there. You can't really tell, but it was so cool:)


It was also fashion week. Sadly no star sightings, but we did venture over to the Lincoln Center and see people suspiciously standing around with lots of cameras. We stalked for a little bit and saw no one.


Very empty on a misty, February morning! Definitely a good non-tourist time to visit!


Gearing up for our on-air trivia game! The two young girls work for NBC.

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And a lovely, perfect, idealistic NYC evening with ice skating and a showing of Lady and the Tramp:)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Decorating Diva?

It's easy to say that I am pretty PUMPED about moving to my very own condo.

I had the fun task of going furniture shopping last weekend with my mom because I need a new couch, loveseat and dining room table/chairs for my new place. We went to Ashley Furniture and almost walked away with every thing, but decided to think about it and look at more places. Well, when you know, you know, because we walked into Haverty's an hour later and I fell in love, no questions asked, with a living room couch, loveseat and table. Check out the couch (you can see the love seat in "related items") and the dining room table. I already have oak side tables, a coffee table and a big red chair that will be the accent color (I am looking for rugs, curtains and pillows that can bring the red in since the couches are tan).

Now I am in the process of looking at area rungs (8 by 10) for the living room and dining room (5 by 8). I also need to find a TV stand and entryway table (with drawers) where I can put keys and miscellaneous items. I am going to check out Garden Ridge/Home Goods tomorrow for some of those deals! But of course, if anyone has ideas about where to find pieces or how I can go about selling my old couch/loveseat (I am thinking craisglist!) let me know!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

No Fret-Feb!

A super sweet friend gave me an awesome compliment on Thursday. She said..."You make me so happy because I feel like even though you're one of the busiest people, you're ALWAYS happy, peppy, and glad to be there. It warms my heart."

This meant a lot to me a). because it is an awesome compliment and b). because sometimes I don't necessarily think I am as peppy/happy as I could be. I worry at work that I act jaded when I don't agree with certain things I have to do or am told to do something last minute. I worry that I say what I feel too much and that it could be constrewed as negative and cynical. I really don't feel that way (I just hate when I have to do the same thing over and over again that doesn't work when others expect a different outcome each time...isn't that the term for crazy?...but that's not for here)!

However, I do know that how I act is mostly happy/peppy. It is just who I am. So even when I am mad or frustrated, I know that I do it in a peppy way (if that is possible). I also know that gossip and negativity spread easily, though, so I need to keep a watchful eye on what and who I say things to. I just have a hard time keeping anything to myself because it's no fun to be the only one who knows or thinks a certain way!!

So a new 2012 goal for me (since the veganism is not doing well...damn you hidden cheese/milk!) is to be more knowledgeable of my actions, watch my word choices and keep things to myself at work  (even with friends). It is no-fret FEB!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

We Built This Schmidt-y

Because quotes are fun, it was 72 degrees today (on February first- hello, global warming?!), I got in an awesome run after work, and I think New Girl is the funniest show on air now:

Julia: Hey, so living here is probably fun, right? There are, like, lots of girls coming in and out of this place?
Jess: Schmidt’s like Ellis Island in the 1800s: He accepts everyone.

Nick: Jess, Schmidt's world is different than ours. They speak a different language. They shorten every word to one syllable. Okay? He once called an oven an "ovs." He calls an airport "airp."
Winston: They call ketchup "ketch."
Nick: Last month he went to a party called "Bros Before Hos... on the Moon." What does that even mean? And the dress code was Yacht Flair!
Winston: He has a friend who legally changed his middle name to "Doin'it." Just one word -- Doinit.

Schmidt-isms: Lightning Round!
"Ooooh, Jess. I just found a Groupon for hypnosis lessons. Think what we can do with that... sex stuff!"
"Guys, has anyone seen my good pea coat?"
"Have you seen my shark skin laptop sleeve?"
"Darn it! Has anyone seen my croquet cleats?"
"Hey Jess [lifting up expensive watch], have you seen my other timepiece?"
"Nick, I came up with the best name for an uncircumcised penis: Bishop in a Turtleneck!"
"Damn it! I can't find my driving moccasins anywhere!"


Girls RULE monologue:
"Okay, hey! I have something to say to you, man! I brake for birds. I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children, and I find it fundamentally strange that you're not a dessert person. That's just weird, and it freaks me out! I'm sorry I don't like Murphy Brown. And I hate your pantsuit, and I wish it had ribbons on it -- or just something to make it slightly cuter. And that doesn't mean I'm not smart and tough and strong! I'm about to go pay this $800 fine, and my checks have baby farm animals on them, bitch."

How can you not laugh at at least one of those? I love this show. It is quickly taking over for my other favorite comedy Happy Endings

Happy Hump Day!