Archives for February 2014

Change! FitWithFlash.com

large“I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.”

– Sylvia Plath


Admittedly, that quote is a bit dramatic (and nowhere near the same context)  for a new blog page, but I love it anyway. Change is scary for most of us, but it’s also exciting. It keeps us on our toes. It presents new challenges to be met and conquered.  I’ve been toying with this idea for a while now and it’s finally come to fruition, thanks to my kickass buddy, Taylor. Things will be changing still, as I get started here. I’ll have to get used to a new format and try to conquer the obstacles of learning a new blogging system. I hate being a newbie sometimes, but it’s an awesome feeling later (once you’ve figured it all out).

Whatdya think?

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Giveaway! 60 Minute Massage

My friend, Shelby has opened her new studio
and I’m lucky enough to be holding a gift card for a 60 Minute Massage.
And because I’m so nice, I’m giving it away to one of you lucky peeps!
Also because she gave me two of these and I’m keeping one for myself. Bitches.  [Read more…]
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Winter Running: What I Do On the Treadmill

I think a lot people assume that fitness people like all kinds of workouts, but running is not always my jam. I don’t like to run for more than a few miles anyway, (I’d rather be doing a million other types of workouts… or errands) but I know my body benefits from it, so I do it a couple times per week.

Running during the winter months is challenging for me though because I strongly dislike running outside when it’s cold. I’ve tried to like it. I’ve done it a few times. I just don’t enjoy it. All I’m thinking about is getting it over with and I usually stop well before I need to… [Read more…]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s wishing a wonderful day of love to everybody out there.
Whether you’re spending it with a friend, a partner, a family member, a pet, your child, or yourself,
I hope it’s a great day!
Although we weren’t together for V-Day last year or this year,
hopefully my man-friend and I can be in 2015.

#makingoutathistoricallandmarks [Read more…]

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Canada: Ski Trip!

My man-friend and I try to make it a point to see each other once a month… Long distance relationship, ya know? Since he’s lucky enough to live near some amazing skiing, and since my Sipinski* buds and I try to plan a ski trip every year, we decided this year’s destination would be Canada. Two birds. One stone. We had a blast skiing, they got to view some sweet Canadian scenery, and we all got to watch the start of the Winter Olympics.  Here are some photos:

Left to Right:
Abby, Uncle Doug, Mariah, Eric, Me, Man-Friend, and T & R
(Side note: my Man-Friend has 2 awesome little boys).  [Read more…]

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Things That Are My Jam Right Now

My BFF, Amanda.
This past year was the first in about 10 years that we’ve lived in the same city.
We get to hang on a weekly basis and it’s awesome.

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Addiction. Who are we to judge?

Addiction is a horrible thing. I doubt anyone would debate that. At times it’s hard to relate to and understand. Being a person who has never suffered from a drug or alcohol dependency, it’s hard to see the other side of it. Sometimes I catch myself thinking, “Why did you even START taking _____ in the first place?! What did you think was going to happen?” And I don’t feel sorry for them. Everybody knows drugs are bad for you and if you chose to take them in the first place, why should I feel bad for you if you get addicted? They made their bed, now they have to lie in it. Not my problem. No sympathy from me… But then I have to sit back, reevaluate, and realize that

  I don’t know shit about what that other person is going through.

I don’t know what demons they’re fighting. What past or present situation they’re trying desperately to escape from. It would be easy for me, someone who grew up with a supportive and loving family, someone who has known some despair but not a staggering amount of it, someone who hasn’t lived a too terribly troubling life to think, “How could somebody be so stupid?” But I would only think that because of what I know. And how I’ve lived. So it isn’t right to assume that somebody else knows the same things I know. It really isn’t right to shoot off hateful, insensitive comments on a message board about how dumb and careless somebody is for what happened to them in their life and how they responded to it.

It’s easy to look at those who have fame and fortune and think that they have everything. But as we all would be quick to say “money isn’t everything” we should be so quick to remember that just because somebody has money, a successful career, and lots of friends and family around, that they couldn’t possibly be dealing with any serious problems on the side. But unless that person has people around to recognize their pain and be willing to help them, and to have an urge to help themselves, it’s insanely difficult to stop the cycle that addiction creates. [Read more…]

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