Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer break is in 2.5 weeks (yay!...finally)
This break for me will be lots of traveling- first stop: Lincoln, NE, second stop: Hillman, MI, third stop: Savannah, GA.
I am so excited to go home, excited to go to Michigan....well, just excited to get out of Georgia.

This break will be a "working" break--a break that is going to start the snowball of decisions that need to be made. December 2013 is my projected graduation date, September 2013 is when I extern in an office--add boards on top of that. Basically, the last 9 months of my education is loaded with big exams.
But, I'm not the only one that has decisions...the boy has his career we have to take into consideration. He's the money maker, I'm the bank breaker. Seriously. At the end all my school shenanigans we will take on a loan payment that is as much as a house {a little intimidating}. Yes, I know it will be worth it in the end--and I will be doing something I love doing; it was just a bit expensive.

So...we're at the cross roads right now.
Michigan...Nebraska? Somewhere in between?

We have our "plan," but as we all know life is full of twists, turns and somersaults.
At the end of the day all we can do is pray. Pray that the decisions that need to be made become more clear.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

This week has just been one of those weeks. I've been preparing for a really large exam, apartment searching (yes...I'm moving AGAIN). I just felt defeated yesterday. Instead of sitting on my couch (still feeling defeated) I went to Pure Energy, which is a class at Dolvett Quince's (trainer from Biggest Loser) gym.
Pure Energy is a class they normally do on Saturday at 10, last night they did an extra class led by Dolvett (yes, he is even more beautiful in person). It was a tough class, and now I can see how the Biggest Loser contestants drop weight, and look great! I put all I had into those 90 minutes of class; not only because Dolvett and his awesome staff were there, but because I needed that release. The release of being out of my mind, out of control, blocking the entire world out and focusing on ME.

At the end of class we did a little meditation sesh, he had us close our eyes and visualize our goal.
As we visualized our goal, he had us visualize the journey it will take to reach our this point I was fighting back tears. We get caught up in day to day life we lose sight of our goals, our dreams, our ambitions. 
Once we had our goal, visualized our journey....we needed to fall in love with our journey. We needed to be at peace with our journey, embrace our journey, and at the end celebrate success of completing our journey.

After that, I felt alive...and I still feel alive. I am ready to love my journey.

Post Midterm Celebration

This past Saturday the boy surprised me with  a day date to Hilton Head.  It was such a great day!
Our day started with Rob making breakfast (cooking isn't his jam--but the man can throw down some breakfast), a little movie watching, got a workout in--an ordinary Saturday for us.

Post workout Rob told me to get in the shower, we needed to leave by 2:30 for our dolphin cruise.
Side note: I have wanted to do a dolphin cruise for a REALLY long time. Therefore excitement level 11/10. 
Rob saw a Groupon for the cruise and bought it for our year and a half anniversary. Which made the day even better, because I really didn't think he remembered that either.
Side note: Rob is fairly good at remembering dates, work is running him ragged right now--so I completely understand if he forgot. He's not a flower guy, or even much of card guy. He does simple things. 

The Day Date
First stop: Treats before Hilton Head. Rob got the standard Icee (his fav), and me, a diet coke.

Second stop: Dolphin Cruise. It was an hour and a half tour filled with dolphins, and new facts. I now have MORE random facts to add to the large amount of useless knowledge I already have. The tour left from Harbor Town went through the Savannah River, and Calibogue Sound. The tour group we "cruised" with was Vagabond Cruise

Third Stop:  Dinner at The Salty Dog Cafe on South Beach. I have seen many shirts for this place, so we decided we should try it! It was a great place- fresh seafood (so yummy!).

Fourth Stop: Ice cream! Ice cream is a rare treat for us--this place had great homemade ice cream. This place is in The Salty Dog "complex" per say.

Last Stop: Home! We had to get home so Rob could watch the hockey game...(insert eye roll here)

Spontaneous dates like this makes me appreciate Rob even more! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Michigan Man

So...this little piece of the internet was supposed to be about my Michigan man Rob and I. It's turned into a little hodge podge of everything. So today is the day that I will introduce the one and only....
Robert J. Radulski III
(note: he probably would not approve of this pic, but it is one of my favorites!)
Rob is seriously the best guy EVER. We have been together for 1 year, 6 months and 3 days..
The best way to describe him is "a good ol' boy from Northern Michigan"
He loves to hunt, fish (even ice fish--the worst kind of fishing--that's a WHOLE different story), work in the lawn, do boy stuff in the garage..

He is just a very easy going guy that puts up with all of my silliness..
Rob is not a "flashy" guy, nor does he think to do "flashy" things. Therefore our relationship is very "old married couple-ish"..ya know on Friday we may be asleep by 9:30, go hang out at Home Depot on a Saturday afternoon, spend the evening out on the back patio and then be in bed by 10. He's a very simple man. The small things in life mean the most--which I've taken to appreciate more than ever. I can count on 1 hand how many times I've gotten flowers (count: 2), I've never received jewelry; and it's totally ok with me because that's not how Rob operates. 

My Favorite Things:
1. He calls me EVERY morning to tell me to have a good day, and that he loves me.....and then I get a text a few minutes after to tell me the same thing

2. He does this little booty shake dance...and it's seriously the funniest thing ever

3. When he wakes up in the morning, he takes his own sweet time stretching and clearing the sleep from his eyes. It's pretty cute--he turns from a 26 year old to a 6 year old

4. He gets an AARP card--they mix him and his dad up. So every quarter he gets sent a new AARP card.
5. The looks he gives me are just funny...I get the eye roll with the sigh, the head shake, The plain-jane smile, the eyebrow scrunch..and the list goes on.

6. Even though he is a Michigan fan and I am a Nebraska Fan we can still make it out of football season alive and in love!

Though we may be 3.5 hours apart, and see each other Friday-Sunday we still love each other very much! We take each day as it is given to us...and we are so excited to see where this crazy train called life takes us!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tone it Up Tuesday

The other day I came across an interesting article from Dr. Mercola, the heading was "The Hidden Reason You Get Flabby"...which obviously caught my eye. I mean, I eat "well", my workout regiment is a combo of strength, endurance running, high intensity interval training, and cycling. No, I do not do all 4 of these on the same day...but I stick to this area of exercise.

My diet is high protein, low carb, low glycemic index. I actually have mixed and matched a few plans together.
The first one was created for me from one of the trainers at Body Sculptor Inc, his name is LC (he is fantastic at what he does-he is a trainer AND he does nutrition plans). 
Side note: I workout with Dexter at Body Sculptor Inc (he is also fantastic at what he does....seriously the hardest workouts I have ever done). 
The second plan is from the gals of Tone It Up, which is another fantastic community. This plan is updated 4x a year, you pay a one time fee to get the general plan and then the updates are FREE! They also have a monthly workout calendar, and weekly workouts. I really encourage you to check them out, not only are they virtual trainers, but the gals that are in the Tone It Up program are really supportive of each other.

But, in this article exercise wasn't the focus, and the "a calorie is a calorie" was definitely not the focus.
The focus: sugar.
Fact: Our body treats sugar like it treats alcohol and other toxins. Our body identifies sugar as a toxin.....which means I'm toxic, your toxic...we are all toxic.

What made me toxic am I?
This article does a wonderful job explaining how our body processes the foods that we eat, and the correct steps to get on the right track.
I am providing the link to this article, because I know I can't write a summary of this article that would do it justice. I do know that this article will save lives, and I really encourage you to watch the video, read the article and pass it on!
The Hidden Reason You Get Flabby