Buh Bye 20s

Welp, the sun is setting on my 20s and I’ll be honest – I’ve joked for many years about not wanting to get older, but really, I didn’t mind too much. This year however, I’m getting a little weirded out by the fact that this will be my last year in my 20s. I know I know, 30 isn’t old – Not even close. I just haven’t accomplished everything I thought I would by this time in my life. I’m actually so far from where I “thought” I’d be, if I had any idea at all.

Let’s see…

When I was in my teens I had this vision; I’d meet the man of my dreams at a young age and get married by 23-ish. Young? Yes. But we’d have years of just the two of us – Traveling, exploring the world and each other. Then, around 26 or 27 we’d start having a family. I wanted to be a young mother and thought this to be the perfect age to start having kids, it gave me plenty of time to create the massive family I was envisioning.

HA!

Now, I’m about to be 29. I’m not married and my priorities have changed a bit. Yes, I want the romance and love but the marriage and family aren’t necessarily the top of the list anymore. I want to be successful, healthy, happy, independent, well traveled and would absolutely adore sharing the man of my dreams, but It’s all about where life takes me. I actually feel really lucky that I didn’t meet him at such a young age because then maybe I wouldn’t have become who I am today.

When I think about the person I was at 23 and the person I am now…..oh boy have I changed! I’m so fortunate to have had these years to grow and learn – I feel so much more confident in who I am and who I want to be with. Life is a constant journey and it’s really interesting to look back at how I got here…

From beach girl to city girl. San Diego to Chicago. Single to Florida…. ;)

This all happened for a reason.

But I digress.

The purpose of this post was actually to highlight my LAST year in my 20’s. What I would really love to do is make a list – a list of things I’d like to accomplish or experience this last year. There’s nothing wrong with 30 at all! But for me, I think it’d be pretty rad to give myself some motivation to do some things I either haven’t gotten to or never thought of doing. A bucket list, if you will, for my 20s.

Now, where to begin….

OH, and can’t forget to post for Sweaty Monday

Sweaty Friday and Some Inspiration

Happy Saturday!

I woke up this morning feeling a little lethargic physically yet completely inspired mentally and emotionally.
I think sometimes I have a hard time identifying the 2. I push myself pretty hard physically, always. Whether I’m taking it easy or not – I’m usually still more active and intense than many on most days.
So it’s normal for me to feel a little tired and run down. It’s my body asking me to rest a little and this morning, I obliged.
After a sweaty Friday…
I think a relaxing yoga class will be just what I need. I actually headed out to the gym this morning in hopes of doing a little cardio, then some work and back for yoga. I made it to the gym and got on the stairs; did about 10 minutes of intervals and I was done – I’m just not there and that’s OK.
However, yesterday was another story. I did 30 minutes of intervals on the stairs followed by a great chest/shoulder workout that looked like this -
4×12 dumbbell chest press
4×12 incline chest press
4×12 seated cable flies
In between each set I did a series of ab workouts that looked like this -
20 knee tuck crunches
20 russian twists with 10# dummbell
plank
side planks
Mixed all of these throughout to keep my heart rate up.
Back to my feeling inspired….
I am! Call it struggle, call it positive and happy influences in my life – whatever it is, it’s lighting a fire under me to take control and live the life I love. We all have setbacks; some harder, longer and more difficult to overcome than others, but that doesn’t mean we forget and it doesn’t mean we give up. We deal with what life and ourselves hand us and figure out how it can make us stronger. We learn from mistakes, grow from every experience – I’m the person I am today for many reasons and some of them were not always pleasant. Some of them were straight up hard! But I’m here with a kind heart and a soul on fire, ready to continue enjoying this precious and amazing life.  I want to continue to surround myself with positive/kind energy and constant motivation.
So that’s what I’ll do…

Recovery

The knee…the knee…everyone asks about the knee. Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and concerns. It’s doing really well right now *knock on wood* and I couldn’t be happier about my recovery. I’m trying to take it easy and not put too much pressure on it, which we all know is hard for me seeing as I love to not take it easy. But if moving to Chicago has taught me anything; it’s that I really need to listen to my body, and the older I get the more I really need to fuel, exercise and rest as much as it calls for.

This morning at the gym I started with 4.5 miles. Yep. And I know that may seem like I’m pushing it; however, I’m going to back off for the next few days and do something with less impact – bike, elliptical, incline walking…

I felt good though. Really good! I followed this with a back/bi workout with a little leg in the mix that looked like this-

All Supersets –

4×12 seated row  – incline bicep curls

4×12 lat pull down – barbell curls

4×12 bent over barbell row – hammer curls

4×12 one legged deadlift – dumbbell rotation curl

This afternoon, after work, I’ll probably step into a yoga class if I can make it on time –  I’m in need of some serious savasana. If you didn’t catch my post last year about reaching yoga bliss, you can catch it HERE.

Me, post bliss

My yoga teacher this weekend actually talked a lot about it – as if it were some mythical feeling that is rarely reached by yogi’s. I’m dying to do some more research on this now, and I will, but for now – I feel lucky to have experienced it.

Confessions of a Single Girl, Part III

I have a fascination with foot photos; specifically my own, as I feel the need to take pictures of them in different places. This is siesta key and who knows, maybe someday you’ll see  them in Paris or Greece…
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There’s a new someone in my life. We shall name him…….Florida!
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I’m not a picky eater at all (others might debate that) but I’m really not. When I’m not consciously trying to eat healthy and make the right choices I’ll indulge and try just about anything.
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As an addendum to the above statement and mentioned before, I actually refuse to eat cole slaw. Can’t even look at it on my plate. Uh uhhhh, won’t do it! Anything else!
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Many nights I indulge in single behavior and eat dinner standing at my kitchen counter, while either blasting music or reading.  I have perfectly useful bar stools; however, sometimes I really just prefer to stand…
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A longboard is my new ride
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I miss San Diego. I miss the beach. I miss my life on the West Coast, dearly
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I just found out the Seinfeld might be coming to Netflix and I may or may not have jumped up and down in my kitchen and yelled YIPPEEEEEE.
Please don’t judge me…
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Catch Part  I & II here

Updates

I can’t believe it. I did about 120 flights of stairs this morning and absolutely no pain. I don’t want to jinx it (because I usually do) but I am so stoked!

I just got back from Florida yesterday. My trip in general was absolutely amazing but I took the time off of working out completely and let myself eat lotsa delicious food! Quite honestly, I don’t think my knee would be healing this well if I didn’t take 2 large chunks of time off from working out – I know that it’s what is really helping. I’m still going to take it easy (don’t you worry) but I was a little anxious to work up a sweat and see what this baby was capable of.

After stairs I did a quick back and bi workout with

Rows

Bicep Curls

Pull Ups

Pull Downs

Hammer Curls

OK, back to Florida….

This is my second time within the last few months that I’ve been back, to Sarasota more specifically. You could say there’s a reason…. J Aside from a pretty spectacular reason, I’m drawn to the beach – it’s my happy place and when I’m there I feel at home.

I was thinking that I’d really love to highlight some rad spots and restaurants that I’ve experienced there, so I’m not going to go into too much detail now. I’ll just leave you with some pictures

:)