Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Weigh Ins/Progress Photos

A little sunshine, a little fresh air, a lot of happiness

Sunshine and fresh air can’t fix everything, but it can sure recharge your store of feel-good chemicals and put a brighter spin on things.

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Things at work are getting better, in the sense that things have returned to the status quo, until more news comes out.

Since the weather has improved so much, I’ve been making an effort to get outside and go for more walks.

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Winter in Minnesota is a time to hunker down and hibernate. The lack of Sun slows metabolism, increases melatonin, and generally causes the inhabitants to retreat into a quiet, somber ‘survival mode,’ until the sun decides to show itself again. 

As a sufferer of SAD I can honestly say that my mood has improved exponentially with the weather.

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Even the hubby notices.  I gravitate towards healthier foods–reveling in the fruits and vegetables of the season before I’m forced all too soon back to the dreary canned and frozen varieties of winter.

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This week we’ve been eating summer squash, zucchini, crimini mushrooms, and watermelon.  Today, I was able to have spinach and tomato diced into my omelet.

This afternoon, I was able to get out for a 1.34 mile walk in the sunshine (as tracked my Map My Fitness.

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I guess what this entire entry is trying to say is this: MegsFitness is back. Fresh food, fitness, motivation… It’s on, and it feels so good to be back!

“I will tickle you all back to health”

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“Klonex: Oh my.. I will tickle you all back to health.
Corrderio: Thanks.”

Gamer culture is weird, but that’s probably why I like it. Yesterday, I put in a 14 hour day at work followed by an hour or two of gaming.  I was having back spasms yesterday and that really put a damper on my mood.  Our guild had an event night last night, though, so it was fun to just give in to the distraction.

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Warning: neurotoxins can alter reality and produce harmful hallucinations

Yesterday wasn’t all bad, though.  I made it to and from work without incident, had a marginally healthy day, and got to talk to my friend Lyz for about an hour on the phone.  It was really actually pretty good.

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Today, I’m hitting the books, writing an essay, taking an exam, and hitting the gym.

Posted in College, Emotional Eating, Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Overeating

Wipers up, snow down

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I said this morning that wipers up means snow will be coming down.  It started early afternoon, and never really let up…

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The roads were icy, visibility was reduced… And I had to go to school for class tonight.

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Yeah. Good luck getting anywhere.

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You know what, though? I got there, checked my voicemail, and heard a message saying class was canceled.

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Some days are only good for building snowmen and going to bed early.

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Tonight I’m wearing my warrior shirt to bed. Kind of need a reminder to eat better tomorrow and stop getting so frustrated with work.  I ranted at a friend* at work today about all of my frustrations and it just made me want to cry.  Then, I rushed off to school where I was scheduled for an exam…I was feeling crappy, so what did I have for dinner? A chicken taquito, a corndog, a bag of chips, a handful of dark chocolate, and about half a cup of gelato.  Did it feel good at the time? Absolutely. Does it feel good now? Nope. Can I take it back? Nope! Time to move on.

Tomorrow I’ll be well rested, and I’ll make sure to have healthy snacks with me.

Have a good night!

Posted in College, Fitness, Food, Life + Living

It’s not working..I’m so tired!

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I went to iaido last night, after an eleven hour day at work, then spent a couple hours studying.  I got to sleep after midnight, I was up at 5:30..and I’m tired. Exhausted, really.  But I’ve got 8 hours ahead of me at work, plus school.. I won’t be home until 9pm.

What does all of this have to do with the photo above? Well.. raised wipers is a winter omen in Minnesota.  Winter is coming..again. 6-8″ snow expected before I have to go to school. I’ll take a before and after picture of my car..

In the mean time, I’m going to be living on energy drinks.

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Posted in Life + Living

Happy Monday!!

I meant to write more over the weekend, but the days just got away from me.

So much so, in fact, that I woke up this morning thinking (hoping?) That today was Sunday.

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For Valentine’s, not to beat a dead horse, but, I was one if those people in line at the last minute picking out a card. I know it’s contrived, but I like celebrating love. We don’t make a big   fuss, but just a little something.

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I ended up buying him a saucy birthday card, abd crossing out “biryhday” and writing “Valentine’s” hehe. I also snagged him a new mug since his favorite one recently shattered.

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What’s cute, is that he actually does give up his coffee for me some days. And he’s the one to be a pot 90% of the time.

Love is not something I’ve ever been without, because my mom is a total sweet heart. I got her the same mug as Jeff, and she bought us chocolates and a sweet-as-honey card.

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Anyway.. that brings us to today: Snow Drama, Monday edition.

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I woke up to big fat snow flakes falling heavily this morning, blanketing the road like thick butter cream icing.  My commute was really good, considering the conditions. I know the plows were out, but they couldn’t keep up with the snow. My car was pulled to the side every time my wheels came again the resistance of packed snow that didn’t go in the direction I was going (think intersections, merging on the highway, changing lanes..).  What doubles the frustration is that I was supposed to have the day off.

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The good news is that the bosses sprung for breakfast and lunch, AND, it was healthy. Thank goodness!  What’s even better, is these same bosses cleared off everyone’s cars when the snow stopped so that when we went home, we wouldn’t have to.

I should mention, I don’t work for a small company. There were a lot of cats to clear! It was their way of saying “thank you” and they did it with a smile:

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After work, I was able to get the grocery shopping done. I keep seeing it all over the place, so I actually picked up some Brussels sprouts to roast tonight. I also nabbed some fruit that week be quick and easy for grab-n-go snacking this week.  Plus: it’s a super nice splash of color in an otherwise blah landscape. Can winter be done now? ╮(╯▽╰)╭

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Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living

RE-BOOT! – MegsFitness Photo Tracker consolidating with MegsFitness (Blog)

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It’s time for a reboot 🙂  I’ve been blogging really heavily over at the MegsFitness Photo Tracker and I’ve got a lot of “followers” over there.  The problem?  I’m not writing here any more and I really miss writing about more than just food.

From day one, this blog has been about ME (thus, the tag line “and then there’s me…”) and it’s time to get back to that.

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Branching off to a sub-blog was a good idea at the time, because I thought it’d be a good way to keep track of what I’m eating.  It’s been doing that, and I’ve developed the habit that if I’m going to photograph it, it should look good.  Generally, I’ve noticed that food doesn’t LOOK good if there aren’t freggies included.  That inspires me to include fruits and vegetables in my shots where possible, or to include the raw ingredients (as in the eggs pic in the gallery, above).

I don’t want to overload your inbox, so as we go along, if the posts are too frequent, feel free to adjust your delivery status.  WordPress allows you to get the posts immediately, once per day, or once per week.  All you have to do is go to your notifications and change your preferences.  If you’re a WordPress user, just go to https://wordpress.com/settings/subs-delivery/ to adjust your preferences.

The plan (in as much as I really follow plans) is to post exclusively here 🙂 You’ll get my sweets and sweats, things I’m studying/learning in school, and yes, even gaming updates… (If you play Hearthstone, add me!  Aminarra#1211)

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P.S. My latest bit of news is that I upgraded my phone–and I shopped with this blog specifically in mind.  I bought an HTC One – it’s got a LOT of fancy camera features, and it takes much better photos than my previous phone (Droid Razr):

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