I get e-mails from bodybuilding.com every once in awhile, and very rarely do I ever pay attention to them because they are usually trying to get me to buy more protein. Last night, I opened an e-mail which showed me some good ab work-outs, and I was like “hey, why not look at it?” One of the articles I read is incredibly interesting. (Here is the link: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/hd-abs-the-ab-etching-diet.html?mcid=abs_content_031713-male&rmid=abs_content_031713&rrid=14596871) Apparently, you can lose 15 lbs in 4 weeks. That’s INSANE. Not that I want to lose 15 lbs, but I wouldn’t mind it either. I learned that daily caloric intake is set at 11 calories per pound. I weigh 140 so I get to eat 1,540 calories a day! And 30% of those calories need to be protein. At some points, carbs then to be cut down to 40-60 grams a day. For me, this is the hardest part and probably why I don’t see great results in my abs. But on days I work out, I can eat more carbs than usual. A lot of this stuff I really already knew, but seeing the numbers just helps me mentally prepare for what I should and should not eat which is super helpful. I’m going to try to follow this as best as I can to see if I get any results, so we shall see!
On Sunday morning, I was supposed to work, but I didn’t end up having to which was great! My friend asked if I wanted to run 8.5-9 miles then and of course I said yes! Having a running partner is great, by the way. Well we were on mile 6 or so when it started to rain and I must also mention it was like 40 degrees outside. At 8 miles she asked if I wanted to start heading back, and I told her no because we might as well continue on our run. We were already drenched and numb, it didn’t make sense to quit then. And we kept on going. Ran 10 miles, in 40 degrees, in the rain and I’m proud to say that I did it (not at a terrible time either). 3 Sundays from now is the Tallahassee half marathon - I’m almost ready for it :)
I’m not sure when I became such a loner. I’m on the hunt for an apartment because I don’t have anyone to live with. It is so ridiculously hard to find a decently priced 1/1, but while I’m on my hunt I realized I desperately wished I had a friend to live with. But everyone has their friends and their plans already and I awkwardly fit somewhere within there, but not enough to live with them or become incredibly close with them. I’m scared of randoms because of situations I have had in the past, also I get the feeling that I’m a hard person to live with because I’m such an introvert. The problems of a lonely person.
There are really no words to describe this year, so I’m not going to use any because I’m over it.
But here’s to 2013 because I’m beginning it so differently. My goals for this new year:
- become closer to God and continue to grow in His love so that I may be a witness to all those that are suffering
- read my Bible more
- read more books
- watch more news and know what is going on in the world
- craft more
- continue to live a healthy lifestyle, and be more dedicated to fitness
- focus way more on school work, especially french
- fix the habit of being a procrastinator
- hang out with friends more
- save my money, so essentially I need to spend less
- be more patient and accepting
- continue to work on my style and find classic/timeless pieces
- stop caring about past relationships and focus on the one’s in the present
- practice piano more and work on singing
- be content
- work hard
All these things can be done and I hope they will all be accomplished. Praying for these things, but I know everything is already in control. I’m so thankful for that reassurance. But I wish 2013 to be the best year yet for everyone!
Made it through that much. More than half-way able to run a half-marathon. Never thought I’d be able to do even that much :)
And here are a few things I’ve learned in the past 24 hours. Last night, I was hanging out with two good guy friends of mine and really it was such a great night because we just talked and watched a movie without any cares. First thing learned, you find friendship in the most unexpected places. Second of all, in our conversations I learned a lot about some people from my high school and I learned that not only was I completely oblivious to things, but I was also unjustifiably judgemental. I think this fact really breaks my heart because I’ve tried so hard to be a kinder person and honestly, I’m constantly failing in my efforts. Thirdly, this morning at church we were discussing 1 Peter 2 which is one of the my favorite books of the Bible, but before the service they introduced a lady who is a part of this international organization which works with children and families in Haiti and Africa. People have always told me that you know when the Lord calls you somewhere, and this morning I think I finally felt it and it has taken such an emotional toll on me today because I’m feeling so weak and vulnerable in everything. I know the Lord is working though and letting his will prevail in my life. It is so incredible.