meet my kitty cats.

I am a very proud kitty cat momma. I love (all three of) them to bits, even when they’re more concerned with the food in my hand than the love in my heart. Let me introduce you all.

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How we named her: No idea.

Her story: Scooter was our first family cat. My parents joke that they got her from a shelter for $17. But I don’t think they were kidding about that. I was little when we brought her home, but I do remember my dad letting her loose for the first time saying, “Let her walk around. Let her get used to the house.” She was baby. She moved around with us to every new house and new school and new neighborhood. She was always there when I came back home on college break. She was feisty and thought she could fit into any size box. I think I liked that most about her. She passed away a bunch of years ago, and I miss her all the time.

Her favorite things: Food. Small boxes that she couldn’t actually fit in. Purring.

 

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How we named her: This was kind of a joke. When a family friend talked about Scooter, he would always get her name wrong saying, “How’s Sparkles…or Sprinkles…?” When we brought this cat home, we knew what we had to name her.

Her story: My parents were visiting my Dad’s parents in PA when we lived up north in NY, and they found Sprinkles on the side of the road and rescued her. She was just a tiny little thing that could fit in the palm of your hand. Now she’s a mean, ungrateful little beeeep, and the only person she really appreciates is my mom. Unfortunately, she is still living.

Her favorite things: Nothing. No one. Hogging an entire love seat.

 

timmy

How we named him: Timmy!! He is my buddy. I got him during high school when we lived up in NY. Since he was the first boy cat, we tossed around a few hockey player names because we’re a big hockey family. One famous player, Tim Horton (who started a chain of Dunkin Donut-like shops before he died) stuck. We landed on Timmy in about an hour and a half.

His story: I can’t remember what year of school I was in when we got him, but he was a birthday present. My friends asked my parents if they could get me a cat, and since they’re rockstars, they agreed. They gave me an orange cat stuffed animal and told me my parents were going to let me pick out a real one. Timmy is the sweetest cat you’ll ever meet.

His favorite things: Cold cuts. People. Love. Scratches.

 

louie

How I named him: Louie. Oh, Louie. I just really loved the name, and it fits his weirdo personality.

His story: I got Louie in October 2012 when I lived in Fort Lauderdale. I moved down there for a job, and I had been thinking about getting kitten for awhile. I was roaming a local farmer’s market one day, and a lady there had FREE cats to take home. Free kittens?! It wasn’t a dream, but I was in heaven. We were instant pals, and I spent all my pennies on toys, food and litter that day.

His favorite things: Playing fetch with pens and straws. NOT being held. High places where he can observe and judge. Follow you around.

 

Do you have any pets? What’s their story?

perspective for a new week.

Hi.

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(Totally irrelevant selfie. Cancel.)

And we’re back. What an emotional Boston Marathon yesterday, right?! Van Dyk’s 10th push rim win. Meb torching the course to take the win for the Americans. Jeptoo’s collapse at the finish on Boylston. Shalane’s emotional post-race interview, showing how much this race means to her. (I hope she gets a win one day.)

I’ve only visited once, but gosh, I love that city. It’s palpable, right? The emotion and redemption those 5,000+ runners got this year after not finishing in 2013. I loved every second of it. There were happy tears.

I remember the first time I got happy tears.

I was going to re-live the last time I was in Boston. It was actually when I ran 13.1 Boston, but writing that post was painful, so today I’m starting a brand new week instead.

This morning I got up with just enough time to spare in order to fit in a workout.

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I picked a couple from my Sweat// Pinterest board and mashed them all together for a good sweat session as the sun came up.

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It felt pretty good, but not as good as a run. Never as good as a run. But every day is a new day and I’m just doing what I can until I can figure out this Dystonia diagnosis.

I get into a bad habit of thinking, “Why me??” but after seeing Boston bombing victims cross the finish line with prosthetic legs and chilling scars, I don’t think I’m any worse off. Perspective.

Have a great week.

Did you watch the marathon yesterday? Favorite part?

full of boston emotions.

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Anyone else trying to figure out how to live stream the Boston Marathon this morning? Ugh, I should’ve been more prepared.

This is such a big day for the running community. I’m excited for everyone, especially Nicole and Lindsey, I’m rooting for Shalane to PR like a mother, and I’m an emotional wreck because the only thing that I want to do in the whole world is lace up and put in some miles for Boston today. This sucks bad. It sucks so, so bad.

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These are my people; this is my crowd. They’re the ones that see a hill and want to eat it for breakfast.

My running future is unpredictable at best. From where I stand, it’s unknown to everyone. At 24 years old and two years out of college, I thought I’d have a least a handful of marathons checked off my list. I thought I’d be writing training plans and housing carbs after weekend long runs. I thought I’d be going broke forking over race fees. I never thought I’d spend so much time on the bike. I thought I’d be training for half (and full) Ironmans. I thought all these things, and now I think I’ll never do any of that. I don’t really know anything about my running future these days.

All I know is I really, really want to be on the Boston starting line one day. Sooner rather than later would be ideal.

But if this race and this running community has taught me anything, it’s to keep moving forward no matter what. No matter what.

OHHH THE RACE IS STARTING. 

I’m out, people. It’s about to get emotional in here.

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high five friday #57: my week in buzzfeed articles.

Good morning. Is it morning? It’s Friday, right? Time for coffee, and a random breakfast compliments of an empty fridge. #PaleoMadeMeDoIt

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This week was a good one. I managed to get up early for some workouts, and watch the news while walking on the treadmill. I went for a bike ride as the the sun was setting one evening. I made some really delicious food for dinner, which is slowly becoming my favorite way to unwind after work. I picked up a new book at the library. And I didn’t blow dry my hair once. Solid.

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But the whole week just felt random, kind of like all of Buzzfeed’s articles about cats and celebrities on drugs.

Let’s have a look.

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  1. 24 Reasons Why The World Feels Like It’s Falling Apart Around You (When It’s Actually Not)
  2. 41 Things Only Advertising Copywriters Get Frustrated About
  3. 10 Scientific Reasons Why Bike Rides In The Sunshine Cure All
  4. What It’s Really Like to Have Dreams About Work After A Long Day
  5. The Similarities of Pulling Teeth Without Medication and Presenting Work To A Client
  6. Why Having A Personal Masseuse Is Actually Worth The Money
  7. 89 Reasons Why Disney Should Let You Live in Cinderella’s Castle
  8. Running Away: The Answer to Your Problems?
  9. 16 Reasons Why Incorrect Punctuation Can Actually Ruin An Entire Day
  10. Situations In Which Drinking On The Job Might Not Get You Fired
  11. A Brief Synopsis of Everything You Missed In The World While Sitting In A Cubicle
  12. Why Your Co-Workers Think You Only Own One Pair of Pants
  13. How You Should Really Feel When The Delivery Guy Knows You By Name and Asks About Your Cat
  14. It’s Almost May?!
  15. The Only Time You’ll Ever Wish You Were Back In A College Lecture Hall
  16. A Social Life—Remember That?
  17. 62 Thoughts On Your Way Into Work Every Morning
  18. 15 Pathetic Meals You Make When Your Fridge Is Empty #StrugglePlate
  19. 28 Songs You’d Never Admit To Co-Workers You Listen To
  20. All The Reasons Coffee Is A Food Group
  21. The Antidote to Every Stressful Situation: Googling “Munchkin Cats”
  22. Would The World Be A Better Place If Everyone Wore Yoga Pants?

 

That about sums it up. Now let’s celebrate the weekend like we should — with all the chocolate bars, neon marshmallows shaped like birds, and underpaid actors in creepy bunny costumes.

Describe your week in a Buzzfeed article.

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

lindsay lately trois.

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// I don’t have the words today, but I’ve got some photos. 

// Lots of Bayshore bike rides to cleanse my soul and search for dolphins.

// Tabata workouts that freaking rock. Twenty five minutes of HIIT stuff in my room is one of my favorite sweaty workouts.

// A skirt from Anthro that alllllllllmost went home with me. I walked around the store with it for a good 25 minutes. I miss it.

// Coffee and Trader Joe’s and evening catch-ups with friends on the water. My favorite.

// Some quotes that I took to heart.

// Lindsay Lately #1

// Lindsay Lately #2

What’s your lately?

arl goes paleo #7: i made it.

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My 30 days on the Paleo diet officially ended yesterday, and I can’t believe how fast it went. It feels like just yesterday I was going to gnaw my arm off on day two. And I’m actually hesitant to call it a diet. This experience has been a lifestyle change — a mental change, too. It’s shown me how I should be eating, and what makes me feel my best.

So what does this mean? Am I totally cured? Definitely not. But I want to compare the ‘thens’ and ‘nows’ — the befores and the afters on this Paleo journey.

  • THEN: When I first started, I was desperate for answers and a cure for my Dystonia. I postponed my Botox injections for a month and a half so I could try this Paleo diet in hopes of seeing improvement in my symptoms.
  • NOW: I see no improvement at all after trying to run, so I think I need to keep going on this diet and give it more time. I didn’t expect that I would be totally cured in thirty days, but I was hoping for something. Onward!

 

  • THEN: I hated the thought of eating meat all day long, having dinner foods for breakfast, and giving up almond butter. I could handle cutting out dairy and eggs, but sweet and salty trail mix is my vice.
  • NOW: I’m more ok with having dinner foods at any meal because they really are delicious. Interesting side note: Last night, I was reading Practical Paleo, and the author made a great point about breakfast foods. What are they? There were never “breakfast foods” until factories started processing them and putting them on shelves. Now I’m just eating what I make myself, what I crave when I wake up, and what I really love. 

 

  • THEN: Thirty days ago I would’ve told you to go pound salt if you wanted me to give up diet soda, sweeteners, and milk for my coffee. 
  • NOW: I don’t miss soda at all, and I’m getting by on black coffee sprinkled with cinnamon. It’s really not terrible, and I’m learning the difference between really good quality coffee…and the stuff I make at home ;)

 

  • THEN: I was bloated a lot before this Paleo diet. I drank diet soda all the time, and I ate gluten every day when I was starving at the office by 3 p.m. and didn’t have any other option.
  • NOW: I make sure to pack a lot of food — sometimes more than I need for one day — just in case. I hate being hungry by 3 p.m. and having to wait ’til I get home to eat or buying food during the day and wasting money. 

 

  • THEN: I barely cooked at all. I prepped food, yes, but I never made meals from recipes all week, every week. 
  • NOW: I’m kind of obsessed with making new things in the kitchen. I love grocery shopping for fresh veggies and cooking and huge batch of it to have for the week. I’m learning how to cook different kinds of meat and fish, and now I’ve realized I need to toss the nasty skillet pans I have now and invest in a great set {love these} {love these more} {the dream set}.

 

  • THEN: Anti-coconut oil.
  • NOW: I wanna to marry my coconut oil.

 

Basically, I’m not cured, but my plan is to keep on going with Paleo. I’m hesitant to add anything back in that I’m supposed to eliminate because if don’t see any progress, that could be a reason why. However, I think I’m going to be a little more lax and allow myself a small portion of what I’m craving every now and then. Deprivation is just annoying, and I can’t imagine that a handful of trail mix or a scoop or two of ice cream is going to derail any/all progress I’ve made. 

I’d say I’m in this Paleo thing for the long haul. And I’m pretty happy about that.

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Follow my journey on Twitter: #ARLGoesPaleo
First post: ARL Goes Paleo #1
Second post: ARL Goes Paleo #2
Third post: ARL Goes Paleo #3
Fourth post: ARL Goes Paleo #4
Fifth post: ARL Goes Paleo #5
Sixth post: ARL Goes Paleo #6

an experiment: one week of link love.

A lot of bloggers I follow do “link love” posts where they gather links to articles they’ve read throughout the week that they love and share them all in one blog post. I’ve done that here and there, but I’ve never collected them over a full week. I decided to test it out. Scientifically.

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1. Purpose/Question (4/7): Does gathering links throughout a one-week period consume an insane amount of time and/or will I quit before the week is over?

2. Research (4/7): Several bloggers I follow do it every single week, and they make it look easy.

3. Hypothesis (4/7): This is going to be really time-consuming, and I’ll probably quit by EOD Tuesday.

4. Experiment (4/11): I spent one week collecting links to articles that I found interesting/fun/cool/informational and organized them in this blog post.

5. Analysis (4/11): Ermmm… I never understood this step in the scientific method, so let’s skip right to the conclusion.

6. Conclusion (4/11): I didn’t quit, and it was actually really fun. But I don’t know how many people are really going to read through all (or any) of these articles.

7. Additional questions (4/11): Does it matter that the articles are a week old by the time I post this? Should I keep that in the back of my mind so I don’t post anything time-sensitive? Am I over-analyzing this? Yes.

 

Monday

Celebrity chefs line up to make school lunches healthier via Well + Good

19 Reasons To Get In Shape That Have Absolutely Nothing To Do With How You Look In A Bikini via Huffington Post

How to Dress Your Age…& Love It via Refinery 29

Eighty healthy breakfast recipes via Healthy Seasonal Recipes

How to cook eggs every which way via Food 52

When Branding Is Too Good: A Cautionary Tale From New York’s Citi Bike via Fast Co.

 

Tuesday

How A New Technology Is Helping Paralyzed Patients Regain Use Of Their Legs via Fast Co.

Learning to Ask For The Pay You Deserve via Fast Co.

The Top 10 TED Talks Every Woman Should See via Glamour Mag

Well + Good’s Ultimate Running Guide sponsored by Juice Press via Well + Good

Trend to Try: Half-Painted Zig-Zag Walls via At Home In Love

 

Wednesday

TripAdvisor Names Top 25 U.S. Destinations via USA Today

Easter Dinner Recipes — YUM! via Food & Wine

A Year After The Boston Marathon Bombing, One Victim’s Inspiring Start-Up Business Story via Fast Co.

She’s Got Legs —YES!! via Bicycling

PopSugar Launches Full-Service Unit The Bakery — COOL! via Adweek

 

Thursday

Six Reasons I Would Hire You by Cindi Leive via Glamour

An Open Letter To The Class of 2014: Treat Yourself via Huffington Post

8 Ways To Think Like An Athlete via Huffington Post

Yes, You Can Still Gain Weight Eating ‘Clean’ — I Did via Huffington Post

Consider The White T-Shirt via Man Repeller

First Look At The Nike+ Fuel Lab In San Francisco via Fast Co.

The 20 Emotional Stages of Shopping At Trader Joe’s via Women’s Health Mag

 

Friday

Building The Perfect Instagram Portfolio via Fast Co.

One-Legged Soccer Star Is Your Ultimate Inspiration via Mashable

(Healthy!) Almond & Coconut Macaroons via FitSugar

45 Arguments Every Couple Needs to Have At Least Once via Huffington Post

10 Reasons to Take A Random Day Off Work via Huffington Post

The Best Way to Sell Your Closet Online via DailyCandy (RIP DailyCandy)

What’s the best thing you’ve read all week? Share it with me. 

Happy Friday!

arl goes paleo #6: i ran.

So, I did what I said I wasn’t going to do: try to run while doing this Paleo diet. I couldn’t help myself! I like quick results. I like things to be solved yesterday. If this Paleo diet is helping, I want to know right now.   

The verdict: running felt worse than ever.

Today is day 27 on Paleo. Twenty seven! I stopped keeping track last week because I like the way eating Paleo makes my body feel, and I know I’m going to keep this diet after the 30 days is up. I never cared what day I was on…until I tried to run. 

I got on the treadmill one morning with fresh legs. I hadn’t done any strenuous exercise the previous couple days, so I felt like it was a good time to test it out. Would I really feel a difference after “cleaning up” my diet so strictly for about three weeks? Could I really be so lucky? 

Nope.

It feels like my Dystonia is even worse than before. I never think that that’s possible until it happens. I was all over the place on that treadmill. I could barely keep a normal stride, my right heel kept knocking into my left ankle, my left foot turned in and pointed toward the right. I tripped a little bit and had to hold on to the arms so I wouldn’t fly off the back of the belt — well, I definitely wouldn’t have flown off the back because I was only going 5 mph. I can’t even run 5 mph. I can’t even hobble at 4.5 mph. I can walk perfectly, but run? Not even a little bit.

The ache in my heart is so deep.

This was supposed to help. This was supposed to be my last chance before receiving Botox injections. What do I do now?

Do I just need to give this more than 30 days? (60 days? 90 days?) Do I go back and re-tool the Paleo diet I’m on — make it a bit more strict? Do I try out the Botox injections and hope (again) for the best? Do I do nothing and accept this condition? I’m confused, sad, angry.

I really just need to go to the outlets and shop my face off. It’s the cure-all.

I came across a really great article this morning, and it makes me 100% sure that Dystonia is what I have. I wasn’t doubting the doctor’s diagnosis, but you just never know.

The Challenges of Dystonia: Involuntary-Movement Disorder

Some passages that jumped out at me…

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This last block explains why I recognize my symptoms getting worse. Reading that helps makes sense of why I’ve only seen things decline over the past two plus years. I just don’t know when the symptoms are going to level off.

This journey is rough, guys, but the updates will keep coming. 

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Follow my journey on Twitter: #ARLGoesPaleo
First post: ARL GOES PALEO #1
Second post: ARL GOES PALEO #2
Third post: ARL GOES PALEO #3
Fourth post: ARL GOES PALEO #4 
Fifth post: ARL GOES PALEO #5

Aside

weekends are for…

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Oh, my heart.

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✓Sun
✓Disney
✓Family time
✓✓✓Ridic tan lines

Weekends are heaven. Even when I leave my makeup at my parents’ house. And get a flat tire on the highway. Even then.

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Weekends are for visiting old places that feel brand new every time.

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They’re for breathing a different air and clearing my head.

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Weekends are the best for spending time with the ones that really matter, and make me feel like I matter, too.

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Saturdays and Sundays are the best days to belly laugh and stay up too late.

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They’re especially perfect for relaxing, for putting your feet up, for being sandwiched between the earth at the sky.

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Weekends make me thankful that I have an amazing family that lets me raid their fridge, do 17 loads of laundry in two days, and brew coffee all the live long day.

I love weekends. I loved this weekend. Did you love yours?