Friday Finds

Friday, August 1st, 2014 | Posted under Friday Finds

d651bbf99adf0514dc6ea5f233af48c9A brilliant article on a Christian abortion provider

29 Freeing Truths of Being a Low-Maintenance Girl

Land’s End is creating awesome science tees for girls

There’s no such thing as being ready to be a parent

Don’t teach children to share

Top 10 Rules of Lean Eating

Brits pronounce these 10 celeb names differently

8 steps for feeling confident

Live more simply

Create an awesome About Me page

 

 

Like everyone else, I can’t believe it is already August! But that’s okay with me because it’s my birthday month! Woohoo! Only a few more days until I turn 29 and begin the last year of my twenties. Erik has something special planned, but it’s a surprise so I’ll have to tell you about it next week. In the meantime, I have a lot going on this weekend. Tonight we’re celebrating our friend 30th birthday. Then we’re going to spend the majority of the weekend doing housework and yardwork. Yay homeownership! Haha…

 

 

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31 Days of Awesome

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 | Posted under Health + Fitness

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Inspired by Stephany and Lisa, I have decided to embark on 31 days of workouts! Crazy, huh? Well, not really. In addition to training for my September half-marathon — which, to be honest, is not going terribly awesome — I’m also really interested in pursuing a few other types of fitness. Let’s examine:

Yoga: I took yoga for a semester during my freshman year in college and I didn’t like it. In December, Erik and I signed up for a week trial at Lifetime Fitness and I took a yoga class. I had seen the studio room during the tour and it was really nice, so I thought, why not? It’s free! It was so calming and the instructor was, in my opinion, really good. But we ended up not becoming members to that gym. Now there are a bunch of yoga studios near me in Northeast Minneapolis (there’s on 3 blocks away!), and there is a hot yoga studio in the same shopping complex as my new job. So there’s really no excuse for me not to jump in and give it a go! 

Pilates/barre: I’ve taken one barre class before and it was pretty good, though really hard. But I’m really interested in strengthening my core because my lower back problem has returned. Basically I have a ton of knots and part of it, I’ve been told, is because I have a weak core and so my lower back muscles have to do more work. It stresses them and they form knots. It’s painful! So while I’m pursuing some therapeutic massages, I really need to prevent the problem from recurring my strengthening my core. In addition to yoga, I think trying pilates or barre might be a good idea.

HIIT strength training: I really need to start strength training again. There’s this place that’s also by my work called Orangetheory that specializes in 60 minutes of high-intensity interval training. It looks interesting and of course, since it’s close to where I’ll be going pretty often, there’s really no reason not to try it out.

Cycling: I finally fixed my bike! After buying and training on my hybrid for a JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, I realized that my handle bars are just too low for my stature. I often was leaning so far forward that my wrists would ache. I took it to a local bike shop and had the handle bars raised so that now it should be more comfortable to ride. With so many bike trails in the area, I would love to get out there and explore! Plus, there’s a cycling and pilates gym in Northeast, so yet another place I can check out in my new ‘hood!

Boxing: Can you see me as the next heavyweight champion? Just kidding. I don’t really want to do that, but I do want to try a boxing class at this boxing studio in Northeast called Uppercut. The gym is actually owned by a woman, which I think is really cool. I did some kickboxing classes when I was a member of LA Fitness and I think it would be really cool to try out actual boxing. Unfortunately my work schedule conflicts with the introductory class but it’s something I’m interested in doing in the future.

Running: I really need to do more running! Just a ton. I don’t do it enough for wanting to run 13 miles in five weeks. So yeah.

I’m going to start my 31 Days tomorrow and will blog what I did every Thursday so I can stay accountable! Have you ever done a month of exercise challenge?

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Welcome to Nordeast Minneapolis!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 | Posted under Home Life, Minneapolis

We’re here! We are finally in our house! Woohoo!

The move on Saturday was fairly easy considering. Our movers ended up coming earlier than we expected and we still had a few things left to pack, but luckily we were able to finish while they moved the furniture and other boxes that were already done. Three guys were able to move us out of our apartment in only two hours, compared to the six hours that it took when we moved out of our New York apartment! And then it was about another two hours to move into the house.

After we moved in, we did a little bit of unpacking. It was a little tricky figuring out the layout for some of the furniture, because we’re in an older home (built in 1937!) and the rooms are not that big. The house itself is not small — it’s over 2,000 sq ft if you include the basement — but the rooms themselves are small because that’s how homes were built back in the day. We still have a lot left to do so I’m not going to share any pictures just yet, but here’s a photo of our living room before the movers arrived.

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I did a lot of painting last week to get the house ready. The living room used to be this really deep gold color that was pretty but it was a little too intense for my taste. I decided to paint it a more neutral sandy beige and I think it looks really nice. Except it matches the curtains almost exactly so I’ll have to switch those up eventually. Upstairs I painted our bedroom a light grayish blue, which had originally been a greenish color. My little office (no, really, it’s tiny) is now a beautiful purple. It’s kind of fun having a room of my own, considering I have to share the rest of the house.

The house itself is in a neighborhood of Minneapolis called Northeast, although jokingly nicknamed Nordeast because the Northern and Eastern European immigrants who moved here. Nowadays, it’s quite multicultural. A lot Latinos and Africans live here too. The neighborhood is quite large and very diverse. We live close to a main boulevard that has a number of ethnic restaurants, which is quite exciting for us because there were all sorts of ethnic places in New York. Where we were living previously, a suburb called Minnetonka, it was mostly fast food and chain restaurants, and it wasn’t all that exciting.

Northeast Minneapolis is also famous for their microbrews. I’m not a huge beer drinker, so it’s not exactly exciting for me, but I know Erik is happy about it. There is one place, called Sociable Cider Werks, that is pretty close to our house and they specialize in, you guessed it, cider! Which I love! I was so excited to find out how close we are. On Sunday we went over there because they were having a little block party with music and some food vendors, but sadly my diabetes was giving me a huge headache that day and I didn’t really get to enjoy it all that much. I was planning on doing a big recap but we weren’t there that long before I was ready to head home. And we completely missed out on another Northeast event that was also happening that afternoon because of my blood sugars being wacky. Hopefully I’ll have more fun stories to share about living in Northeast Minneapolis soon!

I’ve never been a huge fan of talking that much about where I live. I talked a bit about New York City when I lived there. But when we moved to Rye, New York, I didn’t really think anyone would be interested in hearing about Westchester because it’s not like anyone travels there. But living in Minneapolis pretty cool and Northeast Minneapolis is an up-and-coming neighborhood, so I think I’m going to start blogging about the area more now that we’re finally here!

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Tuesday Wisdom

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 | Posted under Tuesday Wisdom

So, this isn’t my typical inspirational quote, but I saw this on Pinterest (where else?) and thought it was brilliant. Since most of us are writers, I thought we could all use this very simple reminder.

 

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On Feeling Settled and the Power of Choices

Monday, July 28th, 2014 | Posted under Minneapolis, Personal Essays

7626d47c01508068a2f6c79f0fb31bfcIt’s been six months since Erik and I trekked 1,800 miles from New York to Minnesota.

I had spent the previous six and a half years in the New York Tri-State area and up until November of last year, I thought I was going to be there indefinitely. We had every intention of staying with our jobs, our friends, the life we had built together. But slowly — usually over episodes of House Hunters and their ridiculously low budgets — we decided that living in New York was not that path for us.

After only two months, Erik was able to secure a job, he gave notice, and we moved out so that I could start the spring semester at the University of Minnesota. Of course, that didn’t end up working out, so we could have stayed longer, but we didn’t know it then so that’s really neither here nor there.

Now it’s been six months and we just made another move. This time a much shorter fifteen miles away to our new house in Northeast Minneapolis. We’re still in the midst of unpacking, but things are starting to feel more and more settled. It’s really an adorable house, although it has its fair share of work that needs to be done. I’m looking forward to showing off pictures once we get a few more things put away and pictures hung on the wall.

On top of having a house, I have a new job — as sales associate and quasi-social media manager (not an official titled, but that’s basically what I’ll be doing) for Run N Fun — and a new grad program — Counseling and Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. I’m also getting more involved with Junior League of Minneapolis. I’m on a committee that will require that I organize four different volunteer events over the course of the year so that will definitely keep me busy and will force me to meet a lot of people. I’m also getting more involved with the local diabetes community.

The only thing that we haven’t really nailed down yet is a church home. But that is something that I think always takes time, so I’m trying to not worry too much about that. We’ve been to a few churches that seemed nice, but I think the summer is a hard time to check out new churches because so many people are away and it just isn’t the same atmosphere.

I finally feel focused again, with a purpose and a reason to get up every morning. Wow, that sounds like I was seriously depressed! Well, I wasn’t depressed, per se, but it was difficult to stay motivated and feel like I’m a productive member of society. Often times Erik would ask me what I did during the day and I never felt like I had anything to tell him. I really haven’t been doing much of anything. And that just isn’t very good for someone’s self-esteem.

Now I have this big house, a job, school and a budding social life to keep me busy. It’s exactly the combination of things that I need to feel settled. I think for me, being settled is important. I like adventure and I like exploring, but I also like having a sense of belonging somewhere. I think that’s something I’ve always craved. Feeling like a foreigner is so uncomfortable. I can really understand why so many people resist change.

The hardest part of moving — and I’ve moved a few times now — hasn’t been adjusting to the new lay of the land, it’s been figuring out the lay of my life. When you become so used to the idea that your life is going to look a certain way, have certain people in it or that you’re going to be doing something in particular, it’s jarring and scary to suddenly have that upended.

The easiest move was my first move, from Oregon to New Jersey. Even though it was the first time, I fully embraced the move. Not only had I been preparing to move for months — years, even — I really wanted to move. I wanted the change, it wasn’t something that was happening to me or that I was forced into. Even though I had no friends and thought that the New Jersey roads were designed by a three year old, I felt settled because I felt strongly that I was where I was supposed to be.

It was only when we moved to Westchester that I had a hard time adjusting, even though I was only 30 miles from where I previously lived. And then again when we moved to Minnesota. Even though I knew it was happening, it still felt out of my control. Even though no one forced me to move to Minnesota, I still felt that I was forced into moving. I could choose where to go, but I didn’t have a choice in whether or not we were leaving. When it feels like a decision has been thrust upon you, it is so easy to resist. I think it’s because we as humans value our ability to choose so strongly.

But that’s sort of life, isn’t it? We probably don’t even realize all the choices we’re forced to make each day, just the ones that affect us on an emotional level. Although I’m happy with Minneapolis — no, really, I do like it a lot — I think I might always feel that our time in New York ended too soon. But I’m not going to let that stop me from creating a new life and feeling settled, even if it does take some time and effort. Because I do have a choice with that.

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Friday Finds

Friday, July 25th, 2014 | Posted under Friday Finds

295744c874fde980ccbe9b2a2725a65fCompletely ridiculous yet totally real medical diagnostic codes

A beautiful essay on marriage and love over the years

Tylenol might not be any better than a placebo

Creating a half-marathon training plan

How male entitlement twists their attitude toward women

Jezebel takes on women against feminism (I’m a feminist because I know what the word actually means)

The problem with hate reading blogs

Things we millenials supposedly don’t spend money on

 

Tomorrow is the big day!! We’re moving into our house! I’ve been painting all week and my back is killing me but everything looks really good. Tomorrow night we’re celebrating my nephew’s big 30th birthday and on Sunday I’m going to a Minnesota blogger brunch. I’m pretty excited to meet more bloggers from the area! Then it will be an afternoon of unpacking and settling into the house, but we’re planning on checking out a big summer block party at Sociable Cider Werks. Should be a good time!

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Currently

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 | Posted under Currently

7fec91c309b42a3d994a966208344cd1Reading… nothing right now, but I finished Allegiant (the third Divergent book) when we are on the North Shore. I know the end is controversial, but I thought it was okay. It was at least believable, unlike Mockingjay. I’m still angry about Mockingjay.

Giving… my two weeks notice at my job at the nursing home. Now that I’m not doing nutrition anymore, I decided to look for a new job elsewhere.

Starting… a new job at a running store! I decided to email a running store that I saw while I was on one of my runs. It turns out they were looking for someone to start once some of the part-time college students go back to school! I’m also going to help them with some of their social media. I start in August and I’m really excited!

Registered… for my classes this fall at Saint Mary’s! I will be taking Theories of Personality, Developmental Psychology and Statistical Techniques & Research Methods. I’m also taking a four week course called Orientation to the Profession of Counseling.

Packing… for our big move this weekend! We’ve barely started, but since we don’t have to be out of our apartment until the end of the month there is less pressure. Unlike when we moved in January which was full of pressure!

Working… on painting our house! I spent the weekend figuring out different paint colors for the house, and then on Monday I started painting the living room. It was 90 degrees and we didn’t have an A/C unit in the living room! It was awful. Later today I’m going to paint my office, and on Friday I’ll paint our bedroom. I can’t wait to show it off when everything is all moved in!

Planning… our housewarming party! Who wants to come over?

Thinking… about starting up my Ladies’ Book Exchange here. It was so fun and I miss the girls in New York, but I think it would be nice to keep it going. I already have a few ideas for what kind of theme I want to do.

Excited… to meet another young couple that lives next door to us. That makes two young couple neighbors! I also learned that one of the husbands owns a local cider brewery called Sociable Cider Werks. Since I don’t like beer, Sociable is pretty much my favorite place. How cool is it that they own the place?!

Feeling… a lot more settled. So that’s nice.

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Tuesday Wisdom

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 | Posted under Tuesday Wisdom

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Showing You My Pump

Monday, July 21st, 2014 | Posted under Diabetes

Who knew wearing an insulin pump could get so much publicity?! During the recent Miss Idaho competition, one woman, Sierra Sandison, wore her insulin pump clipped to her bikini. It has received a ton of publicity from mainstream media and it has even become a hashtag (#showmeyourpump) on Twitter after Sierra encouraged other diabetics to show off their insulin pump.

I have worn an insulin pump almost continuously for 14 years. When I first started wearing a pump in 2000, I wore a pump from a company called Medtronic. The pump was a Minimed 508.

My old insulin pump

A couple years ago, I took a break for about a year and half before switching to a new brand of insulin pump. This brand of insulin pump makes it a little harder to see because I can wear it completely under my clothes. It’s called an Omnipod and there are no tubes because it sits directly on my skin. Sometimes you can see a little lump under my clothes, but most of the time you really have to be looking for it. Some people wear their pods more exposed, on their legs or their arms, and I tried that once but it didn’t feel as comfortable. So I choose to wear it on my lower back or stomach. I have to change the pod every 3 days. When I was on a tubed pump, I changed the set (the part in me) every 3 days.

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I chose to wear an insulin pump because I feel that it helps me manage my blood sugars more precisely, especially when training for my half marathon. It took a long time to figure out exactly what my body needs, and I think that wearing an insulin pump helps me manage this the best. Plus, I absolutely detest taking injections! When I was on injections, I had to take a shot every time I wanted to eat something and I found that really annoying.

More and more people are hearing about insulin pumps, in part because of Sierra but also because insulin pumps are more and more commonly used to treat diabetes. But there are still a lot of misconceptions about what an insulin pump is and what it does.

Let’s take a little quiz to see how much you know about insulin pumps and diabetes –

True or False: Wearing a pump means your diabetes is bad.

FALSE!

Wearing an insulin pump does not mean someone’s diabetes is bad. Diabetes happens when the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, which makes it impossible for the body to properly regulate blood sugar. People with diabetes have to replace this insulin. You can do this via injections, an insulin pump, or (as of a few weeks ago) by inhaling insulin. You cannot digest insulin. Whether you take shots or wear a pump, you still need insulin. These are just different ways of getting it into your body.

True or False: An insulin pump does everything for you.

FALSE!

An insulin pump is only a tool to get the insulin into the body. An insulin pump doesn’t do any thinking. We do all the thinking! We determine how much insulin we need based on our current blood sugar level (so we still prick our fingers and /or wear a continuous glucose monitor), our activity level and what we are eating. Researchers are working on a way to make this automated, but it’s still being developed.

True or False: An insulin pump can give you more freedom and flexibility.

TRUE!

In the Dark Ages of Diabetes, people were on very strict meal plans. They had to eat the same amount of food no matter how hungry they were. Today, an insulin pump (as well as certain types of insulin that you can inject) allows people to choose what they want to eat. No longer must we cringe and cower in the face of cake, cookies and other deliciousness. We can eat that!

True or False: Everyone should be on an insulin pump!

FALSE!

While an insulin pump has some added benefits, such as being able to reduce or increase insulin intake if activity level suddenly changes, it isn’t for everyone. Some people are not comfortable wearing an external device while others find that the insulin pump doesn’t have any added benefits compared to taking injections. An insulin pump is not for everyone! There are several different ways to manage diabetes, and wearing an insulin pump is just one of them.

Hopefully this helped clear up some misconceptions that you might have about why people wear an insulin pump, or maybe why someone isn’t wearing an insulin pump. If you still have questions, send me an email or leave a comment. I’m happy to answer!

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Friday Finds

Friday, July 18th, 2014 | Posted under Friday Finds

58722285b73dfdfd731ce78f3cead1e6Short but sweet this week:

Sorry INFJers: the Myers-Briggs test is a sham

The real reason breaking a habit is so hard

The real Alex Vause from Orange Is The New Black

Do you really never regret a workout? Cuz I sure do 

An interesting take on why people believe the supernatural irrationalities of religion

Filed under Kick Ass: the first woman to complete the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course

 

This weekend Erik and I are starting the big task of packing our apartment for our move to our house next weekend. I spent most of this afternoon shuttling back and forth between the house and Home Depot as I tried to figure out the best paint colors for our living room, bedroom and my office. I think I found the right colors, but I need to Erik to approve them first. Then I’ll spend next week doing a lot of painting as well as meeting with a few contractors who will be giving us estimates on how much it will cost to redo the downstairs bathroom (which is essentially nonfunctional) and do a little upgrading to the kitchen. The kitchen really just needs a facelift, not a remodel, so we’re hoping we can do that within reason but the bathroom? I’m afraid. Very, very afraid.

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