1. I have a new favorite snack/dessert obsession, originally inspired by Britta. I’ve taken it to the next level..dates OR figs, dipped in peanut OR almond butter. Plus 2lbs of cinnamon.
2. I’m trying to figure out new workout ideas in an attempt to maintain my weight. I’ve gained about 12 pounds the last year and would love to shed that. I’m thinking runs between 3-5 miles, walking, yoga, Pilates, and LESS cardio. Yes, I said less. Ideas?
3. I finished Mocking Jay..but I wasn’t blown away.
4. I haven’t been to the dentist in over a year. Did you guys know I was going to school in hopes of becoming a dental hygienist?! Not very hygienically savvy of me. Speaking of school, I have a new direction. More on that..in…the future. I do still love teeth though…
5. I went out after the sun went down for the first time in..forever. I had one drink, which left me completely sober and completely bored. I don’t like being out late, and I don’t like missing my sleep..that wont be happening again anytime soon.
6. I would really like to hang out with Jillian Michaels..maybe get some cupcakes or something. I bought one of her workout DVD’s, we’ll see how that goes.
7. I am LOVING spending one or two days a week at Starbucks in the morning when I have a day off. The atmosphere is just amazing.
8. I successfully wandered World Market on Monday and didn’t purchase a single thing.
9. I am missing the warm temps in Arizona, and really missing the outdoor adventures I went on. The cold air in Washington makes me want to curl up and not move.
10. I never updated all you loyal readers about my end of the year haul I found using my coin counter app (scroll to the bottom of that linked post, number 10.) From March-December I found a whopping $9.37. That’s $4.37 MORE than I predicted! SCORE!
Side note: Rereading that post I linked to made me laugh because not only was it another confession post, but it included food I was obsessing over, something I finished reading, something about sitting in a coffee shop, and something about the coin counter app. At least I’m consistent…We won’t talk about the other things in that post…haha.
Q: What’s your confession?
59 thoughts on “Early Morning Confessions”
kathy @ vodka and soda
i want to hang with JM and you so bad. if you get an invite, i’m crashing that party hard.
Amy @ A Desert Girl
I’m impressed with your coin counter app total. I ended 2013 with an even 50 cents. You are obviously a better coin hunter than I am.
Also, you have too many cliffhangers in this post. Looking forward to hearing about your plans for school and your thoughts on the new camera!
Let me know how the Jillian Michaels DVD goes. I did one of hers once…she scared me.
I did it once, and while I struggled with the push-ups because my arms are weak as shit, I wasn’t really impressed. I’ll give her another chance although after doing Insanity I think I may be hard to please.
I get laughed at when I pick up random coins off the ground, but whatever.. I’m going to fund a vacation with coins (those and ones I get as change) one day and who will be laughing then? 😉
I love Jillian Michaels but I tend to get annoyed with her after a couple of viewings lol. I need a “Jillian detox” every once and a while. Her DVDs are great though! Are you drinking a mojito? They are my favorite (and pretty much only) drink I get at bars 😛
Haha I wasn’t too impressed with this video…maybe I’m too picky. I was drinking a vodka soda!
I have a feeling you would love a good mojito. Even if it’s unsweetened! The mint is delicious, especially if your choice is a vodka soda!
Jessica @ RunYourMuttOff
I love that you admit wanting to shed a few pounds you put on last year, but then also admit that you’d love to have a cupcake with Jillian Michaels! Maybe you should wish to have a workout with her too 😉 I’ve always wanted to try her DVDs so I’d love to hear a review later.
My confession? I think my wine drinking is adding a few too many calories to my daily routine; but I love relaxing at the end of the day with a couple glasses 🙂
Davida @The Healthy Maven
Mocking Jay sucked. We’re going to pretend it never happened…
Looove dates n’ nut butta. And has your diet changed in the past year? Or just your workout habits?
A little bit of both. I still eat really clean, but I think I was eating too few calories to support my cardio obsession. So..experimenting has commenced!
Ah yes, it has to be something incredible worthy to pass up on sleep; I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. Maybe next time….don’t give up so soon.
I love the picture taken with your new camera. It’s beautiful.
I’m going to guess those dates were once frozen though, yes? I’m assuming that’s what the subtle white edge (i.e frost) is in your picture. Either way, I think it gives the dates more depth, although I will confess to having put frozen fruit in my mouth and then back on the plate in attempts to get rid of the white frost in my pictures. Oops. At least I didn’t serve that fruit to anyone other than myself.
I adore Jillian Michaels and have been listening to her Podcasts for weeks on end. I can’t get enough.
It’s funny you comment on the texture of those dates (I’d expect nothing less from a fellow foodie to notice those minute details) because after I opened a brand new bag I noticed they didn’t have the frost look. Not that this bag was old, but it was “older” than a fresh bag and that was just natural aging I guess. No frozen dates!
GiGi Eats Celebrities
YOU WOULD like figs… LMFAO!
What can I say, I’m a 90 yr old trapped in a 24 yr old body.
GiGi Eats Celebrities
Alex @ therunwithin
we are like the same person. I am going to be wandering world market on my day off Monday. #needed.
I loev hanging out at Starbucks!! I studied there a LOT in college and now it’s so nice to be able to go and chill, read a book and people watch without worrying that it is distracting me. So relaxing!
P.S. I so think you should jump on the WIAW bandwagon. There aren’t many other vegan bloggers and I’d love to get some ideas!!!
Girl, did you just say warm temps in AZ?! I am dying in our wimpy 40 degree weather. But I am from Seattle so I know what you mean and clearly I have left my roots because there is no way I could hang with your temps anymore haha 😉
My confession: I put a unripe avocado in my sock drawer in hopes of making it ripe since “dark places” turn them faster…I still can’t get over the fact that I have an avocado sitting in my drawer at home. Damn I am weird haha!
The things we do for food…haha.
My confession is that I set my alarm every single morning during the week for 5:30 with the idea that I’ll go workout before work. Every morning I turn it off and laugh as I fall back asleep!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I’m not the biggest fan of staying out late either… I may be boring, but I’d much rather get my sleep and wake up early than stay out late and feel groggy the next day. And Bux is probably my second home… or at least it used to be. I don’t go nearly as often as I used to, but it’s definitely one of my favourite places to hang out when I need to get some word done. I credit the caffeine saturated air for that one.
Kristina at damntenpounds
Would Jillian even touch a cupcake? I doubt it, but I’d love to know what her favorite naughty foods are 🙂 Dates + PB is one of my favorite snacks ever when my sweet tooth attacks. Even better is stuffing an almond in there. Natures candy bar, mmmm.
Change of Pace
Love reading confessions!
I was intrigued by Britta’s post with that snack but have been hesitant to try. If two people are saying it’s good, it must be! I’m determined to try it before Monday rolls around!
Hmm- a confession from me. Well, #1- I’m reading blogs at work today. #2 – I cannot wait for vacation (see #1)!
Oh the date and fig combo looks amazing!!!
Your posts always make me laugh. I think confessions are my favorite style of post. Mine all have the same themes as well… Some things never change 🙂
so… i love dates. If you need to spice up your date recipe try my new obsession. (I have written a blog post on this.) Open your pitted dates so they have two pockets. Put your almond butter in the middle. Then sprinkle sea salt and crushed red pepper. It ends up being sweet, salty, nutty, and spicy. If you get bored of the almond butter, try mixing it up with coconut butter!!! try it and let me know what you think. I have brought these to many parties, as a quick appetizer. People have loved them!! xo
Oh..my..gosh. THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD I AM TRYING THIS STAT! I have ALL these ingredients in my kitchen including coconut butter. THANK YOU!
Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures
OMG I CANT WAIT FOR YOUR CAMERA POST and to now be loaded down with all your fantastic pictures. I just can’t wait for that.
Read that post too, you’re such a cutie! LOL! You said “Now it just has to rain”
Um hello, Seattle? LOL! ❤
GIRLY! You need your sleep. No more living it up with a drink again!
I confess that I am a dying to know what’s up with your new direction! You are such a tease. I am very nosy. (0:
Love your idea of less cardio. I quit running after a knee accident during a marathon in February and have lost 3% body fat. Thats with ONLY walks (fast, but still, only walking) and pilates. I think the stress response I’d get from intense cardio caused me to hold on to fat. I urge everyone to stop working out to burn calories. I swear I eat much more food (real food and healthy fats) and I lost weight. Obviously the calories in calories out theory is flawed.
If you need more convincing, try reading The Calorie Myth 🙂 Good luck! It is hard to quit the cardio, but so so worth it.
What a great comment! Thank you for your input, while I ADORE intense cardio..I think my body is just not responding well to it right now (what a waste of motivation, right!?) It’s definitely hard, but I hope it pays off!
di @ life of di.
I gained about 8-10 pounds in the last 6 months. Not a huge fan of that but it has been helpful for my ‘cycle’ – sorry TMI. I’d definitely like to shed at least 5 of that and put on some lean muscle. Just started weight lifting yesterday and am starting a plyo bootcamp next Monday. We’ll see how it goes! Too much cardio = my body hates me and (literally) stops functioning correctly. You look AMAZING and don’t need to lose a pound but if that’s what you want to do – I’d say go for it! I hope less cardio works for you too! 🙂
yay did u end up getting the d3200?
OMG PLEASE TELL ME THAT YOURE GONNA STUDY HUMAN KINETICS/NUTRITION. :DDDDD
I actually went with a Nikon! ANDDD yes…to half of that. HA!
OMG so excited for you! :3 always knew dental hygiene wasnt for u 😉
AHHHHHHH I LOVE THIS POST FOR MANY REASONSSSSSSSSS!!!
Ok, first of all – 12 lbs??? Pshhh I’m pretty sure you gained all muscle b/c you are constatnly working out and eat like legumes and roots. So I htink you look fantastic. I also have not been to the dentist in …. over a year but i am SHOCKED you haven’t b/c I knew that was your previous schooling…. What is up with us? We should just probably make an appt together and get it over with. I’ll hold your hand and you can hold mine.
OKAY MOCKINGJAY- didn’t blow me away either but – THE THIRD ONE SCARED THE sHiTTTTE out of me. No joke. Read it, but with the lights on. I had a nightmare that president snow was lurking on the balcony and then when I ran the two days after finishing it, I kept sprinting and spazing that he was chasing me. Basically, be careful. It is a dousy.
Or maybe I need help.
Your going out and drinking one drink…. geez we are so the same. Know what time my bachelorette party is starting ? THREE FREAKING O CLOCK. End time – 9 pm. This girl does not function after dark, sorry guests. No crazy bar hopping for me.
I LOVE YOUR CAMERA !!! AHHHHH HAVE FUN!!!! Macro setting is my favvvvvvv!
You little coin collecter you 😉
Longest comment ever. Done.
I THINK my problem has BEEN too much working out!! Seriously, it’s such a sad waste of motivation because I think too much cardio has caused me to hang onto weight (I’m not eating enough to fuel for the workouts, I just can’t force the food into me!) It’s all speculation of course, but we shall see how the less intense stuff goes!! MORE casual runs for me YAY!
I am SO in the boat with you and your bachelorette party. THANK THE LORD it’s starting so early. I LOVE MY CAMERA SOSOSO MUCH OMGAH!
I recently tried figs. Eh, not a huge fan. But I do like dates. I stuff them with cream cheese. 🙂
1. There is now a debate in my house about how “worth it” picking up change is. (I’m winning..)
2. I have never been able to stand going out remotely late. I need my sleep and it needs to be in my bed.
3. Jillian scares me. I’m a teensy bit obsessed with Bob though ;p My one and only workout DVD is his “weight loss yoga”
1.) I’m sosososososo excited for your camera post!!! 😀 (If you want, I can try to find the GIMP tutorial of how to create a watermark to easily add to all of your photos… Let me know!)
2.) KETTLEBELLS!! Okay okay, I’m like the world’s WORST weight-lifter, but seriously…. I love mine to death. Yes, it wants to kill me sometimes; yes, I feel like my arms want to fall off sometimes; but… I’m as hungry after a 30-minute workout as if I ran 6-7 miles. No joke. It’ll definitely help you with your goal! I found my 10-lb one at TJ Maxx (or Marshalls? one of those discount stores) for only about $16. That’s half the price of most stores, and it’s a gorgeous green! How can you not be happy about a workout when even your equipment is pretty? 😉
4.) It’ll be hard to wait to hear about your new decisions, but I’m so happy for you that you’ve found a new path!
5.) Uhh, my last drink… Well, I had a few sips of beer over the summer because my friend’s brother brewed it. Other than that? 2.5 years ago. But I do stay up way too late these days… I’m a morning person, but my guy is nocturnal. No, not a night owl. Nocturnal. So in order to see him, I have to stay up past 9 pm. Oh the things we do to compromise!
9.) Tell me about it… I love AZ weather! I can’t complain too much though; it’s been almost 70° and perfectly sunny where I live. Not quite tank top weather (I’m a wuss when it comes to the “cold” with this Renaud’s!), but spring hopefully isn’t too far away!
AH YES I would love to start adding watermarks!! I need to DL that editing program too!! OHH KETTLEBELLS what a good idea, thank you!
You’re welcome! Here’s the tutorial I used…
Let me know if I can help you with anything else!! 🙂
You, my friend – can make a rock look appetizingly scrumptious!! 🙂
Rach @ This Italian Family
A new direction, you say?! I want to hear more!!
Oh man, I hear you. Cold weather makes me want to just curl up and stay warm too! And I’m talking about “Memphis cold” so I can’t imagine how cold it gets in Washington!
You killed it with your coin counter! Way to be!
a new camera and a new life direction? looks like you have some exciting things in your future 🙂 and what dessert looks delicious – i’m going to have to ket me some peanut butter!
The vegan 8
Omg that pic of you is hilarious!! You don’t look sleepy though. 🙂
I don’t like figs, but I’m totally on board with the 2 lbs of cinnamon and the peanut butter…hahahaha!!
I’m a huge fan of JM DVD’s – so here’s to hoping you feel the love for them too 🙂
FIGS and ALMOND butter is GENIUS!! I really need to branch out! Man.. I’ve gained weight too.. and I feel like I need to workout like a crazy person to get myself back to where I was BUT I think I need to work on my eating habits. They are good right now, but not great. Cant wait to hear all about your new decisions – please spill the beans soon because I am very VERY EXCITED!!!!!! bah!
Confession: jillian Michael’s dvds are the only reason why I started lifting any sort of weights at all! You’ll love them! i’ll be trying dates and almond butter immediately!
seriously dates & nutbutter = perfection. I eat it almost every night (when I have them in my house, which isn’t off, because I eat them in mass quantities)
I definitely say add more Jillian DVDs to your workout regimen. Get in that strength training! I love her dvds because of how they are broken down and progressively get harder.
Nicole @ FruitnFitness
I found a quarter this morning and it reminded me of your collecting money. That’s a fun total for the year, hopefully you use it for something fun!
karla @ finding my fit
So excited to hear about your new school direction. I gave up on figuring that all out for now–I have a job, that pays my bills. No rush to go bcak to school if I have -100% idea of what I want to do…
Dates + almond butter are my go-to before I hit the gym. So delicious!
I am the same way, people want to go out and not leave until 10pm. Ummm no that’s when I’m sleeping. ZZzzzZZzz
I don’t think you realize how happy it makes me that you’ve stopped trying to figure out your next step!! I think you are EXACTLY where you’re supposed to be!! I took a good amount of time away from worrying about school and my future and even now I am SLOWLY easing into it..we’re talking ONE class at a time for my remaining prereq classes!! LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO STRESS!
That first picture you took with the figs and nut butter looks amazing! Can’t wait to read about how much you’re enjoying your camera 😀
Christina Does It All
Girl that first picture is amazing! Like, it looks delicious AND the quality and stuff of the picture is awesome. Clearly I’m not a photographer or a foodie haha but kudos to you on eating yummy things and then taking beautiful pictures of them!
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
Confession… I am SO HAPPY to be back in the U.S. so that I can read your blog again! I can’t believe blogs are banned over there. NOT COOL. Glad you’re back in my life homie 🙂
A Tablespoon of Liz
I definitly wasn’t impressed with Mockingjay either… at least not as impressed as I thought I should be, lol. Those dates/figs in nut butter look amazing!