Fighting Fluorescents

A LITTLE OF LIFE OUTSIDE THE WORKPLACE


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Taproot

I liked Bush, Chevelle and Filter in my high school days when I thought I was rebellious and could be cool by listening to something other than the Top 40 Billboard Hits of the time. Mind you, I was a cheerleader, captain of the track team, and deathly afraid of receiving a detention slip. Rebellious…not quite. But, I never attended a concert. It wasn’t my style, and frankly, I thought the crowd would be pretty rough around the edges. I’ll stick to my personal bubble, thanks.

Well, I’ve pushed myself a bit out of my comfort zone since my high school days, and I found myself at a Taproot concert Saturday night. It wasn’t because I was a Taproot fan or anything along those lines, but because my boyfriend was opening for them! The fans started piling into the Masquerade’s “Hell” stage in Atlanta and it was quite the scene. It consisted of your typical black clothing and tattooed crowd, along with the occasional shirtless dude in a kilt. I try to blend, wearing all black and a faux leather jacket. Tonight should be fun.

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Dave’s band took the stage first and put on a great show, one of the best I have seen from them yet! Their cover of “Danger Zone” got the crowd amped, and they only added to the atmosphere by sporting some aviator sunglasses on stage. I was excited for them with the crowd’s reaction!

I guess all my faking turned into a real enjoyment of the atmosphere of the rock culture. Who can help but headband along when you see other fans destroying brains cells like it’s nobody’s business? My neck was sore the next morning, but I had SO much fun! We also were able to meet some of the Taproot members, which was a pretty cool perk, and one you’ll only find at smaller shows. As for the mosh pit… I tried to stay away from that one. Apparently the guy in the kilt was a pro wrestler. Yeah…I’ll save my body further injury for now.

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Do you have a favorite local band, or have you discovered new music by attending another band’s concert? There are some great local groups that have a small fan following out there – I suggest listening up for them, and maybe you’ll get to interact and meet them before they become the next “up and coming” superstar.

Keep moshing my friends,

Christine


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Another Knee Problem

This isn’t my first time with knee pain, or posting about it, but I thought people should be informed and maybe this post will help someone who feels the same thing.

I’m very active, and I love to accomplish new fitness and health goals. Not HUGE things all the time, but things that are meaningful for me. But, some things can get in the way for people like me, and the biggest for me is injury. I’ve self-diagnosed myself with patellar tendonitis, which leaves the bottom/front of your knee in constant pain. Things I avoid thanks to it:

  • Running
  • Lower body weight training
  • Jumping
  • Walking down stairs
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Dancing

That is not ok. I am 25 – I should be able to do all of these things without a second thought. I was a long distance runner just over a year ago, I was training lower body constantly, I was a cheerleader for a large portion of my life, and I go out with friends a lot, which usually involves standing and dancing. I’ve been cautious about doing all of these – that’s pretty crappy.

So, I’ve been researching and trying to determine some treatment. RICE alone isn’t working. Today I looked into slant board squats, and with the help of my dad’s handy-man skills and willingness to build me one, I’m going to start putting it to use. You can buy them at sports places, or your gym probably has one. It is the same thing used for calf stretching.

Here are articles I found helpful, and I hope that maybe this helps someone out there feeling limited from the same thing:

This guy tried everything, and then the slant board: http://www.myfivefingers.com/knee-exercise/

Eccentric Exercises and Stretching: http://www.ehow.com/way_5339904_eccentric-exercises-patellar-tendinitis.html

Medical Article stating squats are better if not as effective as surgery: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882889

DIY Slant Board: http://return2fitness.net/blog/slant-board-buy-new-or-build-one-yourself

Hope this helps! Have you been suffering from the same thing, or any other injuries?


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Things that need to STOP

Ok, I have been furiously scouring blogs and stores for the past month – I love that fall is coming up, but I live in Georgia. It is still like, 90 degrees here, seriously!

But besides this opening fact, there are a few things I have been continuously noticing/seeing that just make me cringe a bit. 

1. Sheer Tops/ Peek-A-Boo Bras

I’m over it, and unfortunately my closet is full of them. I should really buy shirts that cover up my undergarments, not show them up. Apparently the new “trend” is to have peek-a-boo bras. They did a story on this on Good Morning America, and I laughed, out loud, at how absolutely ridiculous this looked. The newscaster, goes “It looks like you forgot your shirt” – yes, yes it does. 

I also hate how all the time, when I am shopping, I cannot find even black shirts that aren’t sheer. I just want to find something appropriate here people, is that too much to ask for H&M, fab’rik, Dress Up, Forever 21 etc…??

2. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

It’s like buying a knock off, and people were FIGHTING each other last Sunday for a new bag. Y’all, everyone knows where you got it, how much you paid, and it’s not the actual 3.1 Phillip Lim originals. It’s Target, c’mon… I love Target, but some brands should just stay how they are and not offer the “every-person” options. It’s like buying a cubic zirconia ring instead of a diamond one. By the way, I actually gave it a chance and tried on some pieces. I was pretty disappointed in the high price/low quality. Designer’s names are everything apparently.

3. Making shirts/dresses/blouses for 12 year old girls. 

My body is a Medium in most things, and then my boobs, which are pretty normal I think, don’t fit. Do you know how frustrating that makes me feel? Designers, you’re making me think I’m fat by only fitting your 100 lb, 5’8″ models – just stop. Be real. 

Ok, rant over. 

One more thing – my boyfriend asked me if my style was “blouse” the other day. Proceed to smack my hand on forehead… haha

 


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Goal 1 – Check!

Hi all, so it has been quite a bit since I last posted (ummm…. almost a month??) but I’ve been busy, as all people. But, I also thought it was a good time to update y’all on what I’m doing and how my fun little 4 Hour Body journey is going. 

I hit a BIG milestone this week – 10 pounds down, woot woot!! I’m now in the low 150s, which I haven’t seen since umm, college Senior year when I lost a ton of weight, then put it all back on plus some while I studied abroad in Paris. Baguettes with Nutella or Brie is completely acceptable for all meals/snacks, correct? 

Well, that was over 2 years ago, and I’m back! I’m super motivated, and I’ve found a neat little community on my journey’s instagram (@4hb_christine – you should follow!) So, what have I been doing, and how, over the past month and a half, have I met this first goal?

First 6 weeks – very little exercise. I ate 4 meals a day, 3 of those included lentils. This worked for a bit, until I stopped noticing weight loss around week 3. But, I stuck to it. I felt SO good on Friday, I wasn’t too frustrated that the scale wasn’t moving. But, since I wasn’t losing weight, I knew that I wasn’t building muscle. SIGNAL: Change it up!

The past 2 weeks – The first week, I tried to add in a little more cardio. Simple things like the elliptical, and I went regularly to pilates once a week. No budge. Well this week, I cut out lentils from my third meal. So, here is the basic outline of what I am not eating, with those things I eliminated from the previous weeks in parentheses. 

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Meal 1 – 3 egg whites, 1 egg, spinach or pepper/onion mix, garlic, 2 sausage patties, 1/2 cup beans or lentils (avocado eliminated)

Meal 2 – Chili – my instagram has a recipe for this, or follow the link. It is super easy! I found it googling around the web, and I add a little more spice to it because I like it to have a nice, hot BITE

Meal 3 – Broccoli/green beans and chicken, 3-5oz (Lentils eliminated)

Meal 4 – This varies a lot! This week I had turkey burger lettuce wraps with tomato and mustard, about 6oz each. Again, follow this link for recipe. Broccoli and green beans with garlic on the side, 1/2 an avocado with sriracha. (I’ve never had lentils for this meal)

Note on alcohol: I haven’t really had much wine during the week, I think a total of one glass last week and that’s it. HOWEVER, on Fridays I usually go out (balance, right?) but I only have clear liquors and calorie-free/sugar-free mixers. This includes the occassional energy drink, but my go-to drink for YEARS has been Vodka water with lime. It makes all of y’all that get hangovers feel a lot better the next morning too, trust me!

Working out, what did I change?

Well, P90X has proved to be a nice butt in the head. I used to lift, a lot, and I missed it! So, here is what this week’s workouts looked like:

Monday – P90X Chest and Biceps; Ab Ripper X (god this hurt!!)

Tuesday – 15 min Stairmaster/15 min Elliptical

Wednesday P90X Shoulders and Tris; Ab Ripper X (multiply my feelings for this on Monday, ouch!!)

Thursday – Yoga at LA Fitness

Friday/Saturday/Sunday – doubtful much will happen

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Since this past weekend, I have had a TERRIBLE pain in my left knee, the front of it, and it has definitely limited me. Yoga yesterday was the worst – Warrior One felt like I had been stabbed in the knee with a sword. Dang it hurt! So, I’m working through that. I’ve always had problems and they seem to be getting worse. 

Anywho… today marks the start of my birthday celebrations, so I’m starting the night off with some sugar free Jell-o shots. Here’s to 25 years!

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Monday Reset

It’s another week, with a big weekend ahead, and I’m ready to start some goal setting!

My 4 Hour Body Food is prepped, I know what classes I want to go to at my gym, and I already know what weekend plans I have ahead. The only thing to set? Actually DOING it.

1. Attend 3 workout sessions. These are going to involve yoga and pilates after last week’s events. No more feeling sick, but just feeling like I’m doing some good for my body. I want to get back into more cardio and weight lifting to. But I digress. I’m going to probably end up doing the elliptical one day, pilates another, and then get in a yoga class too. Reminder – new mat needed. Any suggestions? I need cushioning thanks to boney knees and injuries. None of the lululemon mats seem to meet my need for cushion and also be light weight. These are what I found so far:

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2. Bake something for the lake. Yup, after eating only 2 of my oatmeal raisinet cookies from this past weekend, I need to make more of something! Probably these and a brownie or fudge recipe. So many to choose from thanks to my endless pinterest baords.

3. Try not to stress. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk more to this soon.

What are your goals for the week? How do you keep yourself calm?

What is your favorite thing to bake for a group?


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Madly for One Year

I just needed to write a short post to get how I’m feeling – don’t worry, it’s all good!

A year ago today, I went on my first date with Dave. A year, where did it go? Lots of love, discovery, some downs, many many ups, and a deep relationship formed over this year. It feels much longer to me, probably because I feel like I know him so well already.

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I want to gush on and on about him and us. I no longer refer to “I” in my sentences but rather “We.” I don’t do well when he is away, which lucky for me is very rare. I can’t imagine him not with me or around me during a night out. We’ve even managed to get through the full Lost show together. We’ve met families, friends, made friends together, taken a few trips and made each other a huge part of each other’s lives. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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So here is to one year, and I know many many more that will bring new experiences and let us keep growing together. I am over-the-moon excited!

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