mandy. seattle. 25. crossfit. power lifting. kickboxing. coffee. natural medicine enthusiast. ex paleo junkie. gluten free. juicing. whiskey. not enough yoga. aspiring world traveler. bookworm. cats. forever changing my mind.

1/2 a turkey-bacon-avocado gluten free sandwich for lunch today.

1/2 a turkey-bacon-avocado gluten free sandwich for lunch today.

  • OBSESSING OVER bike riding, english breakfast tea, used book stores, protein-greens-maca powder smoothies for breakfast, naked nails, fried eggs on everything, summer vacation planning (tropical? abroad? adventurous?), insanity workouts, kickboxing, mud masks & naps.
  • ANTICIPATING this weekend = a long bike ride, muy thai class, dim sum, avocado margaritas with my best friend (it will be my first drink in over a month), reading, playing with a cute 3 year’old, & being laaaazy sometime in between all that too. OH & MY TENNESSEE TRIP IN 27 DAYS!
  • THINKING ABOUT buying more advocare supplements now that my 24 day challenge is over. i liked them during the cleanse BUT they are a little pricey. decisions decisions. anyone using any advocare products regularly? favorites? worth the money?
  • WORKING ON homework!
  • REGRETTING fighting. so much fighting. makes me so tired. wah.
  • READING started ‘this is where i leave you’ yesterday & am already over halfway done, i like it so far, as always i’m sure i’ll be sad when it is over. side note: i’m a speed reader.
  • DRINKING water!
  • EATING nada, BUT lunch break is in a half hour, woo. bring on the bunless turkey burger.
  • WISHING i had enjoyed saving money when i was younger (i could be extra rich by now!) & that i had gone back to school much earlier in life (i could be a doctor or something right now!). but whatever, can only continue to do better moving forward! 
  • TALKING TO (texting) lee, momma & winston. (talking to) everyone at work.
  • WATCHING rented’the secret life of walter mitty’ last night & am still as in love with it now as i was when i saw it in the theaters. so SO good.
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CURRENTLY READING - ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ by Jonathon Tropper. 

This is my third Jonathon Tropper book this year (read ‘One Last Thing Before I Go’ & ‘How To Talk To A Widower’) his writing style is funny & usually an easy but good read.


Book 15/60 for my 2014 reading goal.

CURRENTLY READING - ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ by Jonathon Tropper.

This is my third Jonathon Tropper book this year (read ‘One Last Thing Before I Go’ & ‘How To Talk To A Widower’) his writing style is funny & usually an easy but good read.


Book 15/60 for my 2014 reading goal.

GPOY - today has consisted of sleeping in, going into work for a tiny, back home now, avocado-mustard-turkey-brown rice cake, English breakfast tea, a migraine the size of Texas, finishing up some homework, starting a new book & Lola snuggles.

I should go to kickboxing tonight but I’m feeling EXTRA lazy today, so I guess it’s yet to be decided.

Feeling excited about going to Nashville & the fact my 24 day Advocare challenge is over - reward = a coffee & handful of starburst jelly beans then back to the grind, haven’t reached all my goals just yet so I am planning on following the eating plan for a little longer then transitioning back into mostly paleo with some brown rice & oatmeal type of thing.

GPOY - today has consisted of sleeping in, going into work for a tiny, back home now, avocado-mustard-turkey-brown rice cake, English breakfast tea, a migraine the size of Texas, finishing up some homework, starting a new book & Lola snuggles.

I should go to kickboxing tonight but I’m feeling EXTRA lazy today, so I guess it’s yet to be decided.

Feeling excited about going to Nashville & the fact my 24 day Advocare challenge is over - reward = a coffee & handful of starburst jelly beans then back to the grind, haven’t reached all my goals just yet so I am planning on following the eating plan for a little longer then transitioning back into mostly paleo with some brown rice & oatmeal type of thing.

Buy less, choose well.
- Vivienne Westwood
Broccoli-mushroom-bell pepper-onion scramble, gluten free pancakes & a strip of bacon. Best breakfast.

Broccoli-mushroom-bell pepper-onion scramble, gluten free pancakes & a strip of bacon. Best breakfast.

Lunch = steamed chicken & veggies tossed in a light garlic sauce & brown rice. 

Day 22 of 24 day advocare challenge, home stretch! :)

Lunch = steamed chicken & veggies tossed in a light garlic sauce & brown rice.

Day 22 of 24 day advocare challenge, home stretch! :)

CURRENTLY READING - ‘One Last Things Before I Go’ by Jonathon Tropper. 

Fingers crossed this book is as good as the last book of his I read, ‘How To Talk To A Widower’. 

Book 14/60 for 2014 book reading goal.

CURRENTLY READING - ‘One Last Things Before I Go’ by Jonathon Tropper. 

Fingers crossed this book is as good as the last book of his I read, ‘How To Talk To A Widower’.

Book 14/60 for 2014 book reading goal.

Perfect weather all day makes for a nice evening.

Perfect weather all day makes for a nice evening.

Had a nice mellow day spent at my parents house enjoying the sunshine on their back deck. finished reading wolves i home and it was great left behind for mom to enjoy next.

Dinner = turkey burger on a gluten free bun, no cheese, with tomato, lettuce & a fried egg. Ended up leaving 1/2 the bun behind, sometimes gluten-free buns are just too fluffy & huge!

Had a nice mellow day spent at my parents house enjoying the sunshine on their back deck. finished reading wolves i home and it was great left behind for mom to enjoy next.

Dinner = turkey burger on a gluten free bun, no cheese, with tomato, lettuce & a fried egg. Ended up leaving 1/2 the bun behind, sometimes gluten-free buns are just too fluffy & huge!

FIRST BIKE RIDE ON MY NEW BIKE (& my first real bike ride in at least 10 years) - was so fun, started out really slow while trying to figure out the gears and all that junk, rode along the Green River Trail & turned around to ride back to the car. Just about 8 miles total, taking an hour. Can’t wait to go on a longer ride next time.

Anyone have any recommendations to make ones butt not SO sore while riding?

Purchased some maca root powder yesterday at Super Supplements. Excited to put a teaspoon in my breakfast shakes every day. Maca is good for a million things, extra energy & endurance being the main thing I purchased it for.

Other benefits include, treating “tired blood” (anemia), chronic fatigue syndrome, and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility, hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and cramps. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression and to boost the immune system.
It has a ‘malt’ like taste and mixes well with any sort of protein shake! 

Purchased some maca root powder yesterday at Super Supplements. Excited to put a teaspoon in my breakfast shakes every day. Maca is good for a million things, extra energy & endurance being the main thing I purchased it for.

Other benefits include, treating “tired blood” (anemia), chronic fatigue syndrome, and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility, hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and cramps. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression and to boost the immune system.

It has a ‘malt’ like taste and mixes well with any sort of protein shake! 

Tiny Beautiful Things

Dear Sugar,

I read your column religiously. I’m 22. From what I can tell by your writing, you’re in your early 40s. My question is short and sweet: what would you tell your 20-something self if you could talk to her now?

Love,
Seeking Wisdom

Dear Seeking Wisdom,

Stop worrying about whether you’re fat. You’re not fat. Or rather, you’re sometimes a little bit fat, but who gives a shit? There is nothing more boring and fruitless than a woman lamenting the fact that her stomach is round. Feed yourself. Literally. The sort of people worthy of your love will love you more for this, sweet pea.


In the middle of the night in the middle of your twenties when your best woman friend crawls naked into your bed, straddles you, and says, You should run away from me before I devour you, believe her.


You are not a terrible person for wanting to break up with someone you love. You don’t need a reason to leave. Wanting to leave is enough. Leaving doesn’t mean you’re incapable of real love or that you’ll never love anyone else again. It doesn’t mean you’re morally bankrupt or psychologically demented or a nymphomaniac. It means you wish to change the terms of one particular relationship. That’s all. Be brave enough to break your own heart.


When that really sweet but fucked up gay couple invites you over to their cool apartment to do ecstasy with them, say no.


There are some things you can’t understand yet. Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding. It’s good you’ve worked hard to resolve childhood issues while in your twenties, but understand that what you resolve will need to be resolved again. And again. You will come to know things that can only be known with the wisdom of age and the grace of years. Most of those things will have to do with forgiveness.


One evening you will be rolling around on the wooden floor of your apartment with a man who will tell you he doesn’t have a condom. You will smile in this spunky way that you think is hot and tell him to fuck you anyway. This will be a mistake for which you alone will pay.


Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.


You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.


Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.


One hot afternoon during the era in which you’ve gotten yourself ridiculously tangled up with heroin you will be riding the bus and thinking what a worthless piece of crap you are when a little girl will get on the bus holding the strings of two purple balloons. She’ll offer you one of the balloons, but you won’t take it because you believe you no longer have a right to such tiny beautiful things. You’re wrong. You do.


Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation to your naïve pomposity. Many people you believe to be rich are not rich. Many people you think have it easy worked hard for what they got. Many people who seem to be gliding right along have suffered and are suffering. Many people who appear to you to be old and stupidly saddled down with kids and cars and houses were once every bit as hip and pompous as you.


When you meet a man in the doorway of a Mexican restaurant who later kisses you while explaining that this kiss doesn’t “mean anything” because, much as he likes you, he is not interested in having a relationship with you or anyone right now, just laugh and kiss him back. Your daughter will have his sense of humor. Your son will have his eyes.


The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.


One Christmas at the very beginning of your twenties when your mother gives you a warm coat that she saved for months to buy, don’t look at her skeptically after she tells you she thought the coat was perfect for you. Don’t hold it up and say it’s longer than you like your coats to be and too puffy and possibly even too warm. Your mother will be dead by spring. That coat will be the last gift she gave you. You will regret the small thing you didn’t say for the rest of your life.


Say thank you.


Yours,
Sugar

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