Fuel Your Force – Star Wars Fitness

Happy New Year! 2019 has barely begun, but I have so many exciting plans coming up in the next couple of months. My gym has started to get busier as more people flock to achieve health goals set in the beginning of 2019. My editor at Twin Cities Geek sent me a link from the Star Wars website about their new plan titled Fuel Your Force.  This is a new feature to combine the Star Wars Fandom with healthy eating tips, workout guides and mindfulness articles to help keep fans on track with their goals.

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Fuel Your Force – from the Star Wars website. 

I’m especially looking forward to the new Star Wars workout gear. Geek workout gear is hard to find. I know Her Universe has released workout gear in the past, but I find it’s sized smaller than I would like it to be. I also find her gear to be a little too see through for me. Exercise pants need to be thick, I don’t want someone to see my underwear or lack thereof because the pants are too thin.

Reading through the launch article, I like that Fuel Your Force will cover many aspects of health. It’s not just about eating vegetables and participating in planned exercise. If our mental health is not there, motivation will drop. This is something I see at the gym I exercise at when the gym quiets down in March.

Overall, I’m invested in this concept. I’m going to check the main Star Wars page more often now looking for new fitness advice or workout gear.

 

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My Health & Fitness Update

I haven’t written a fitness update in a while. The last post I wrote was an update on my personal training sessions I had been doing at Anytime Fitness. However, I don’t have a personal trainer anymore. The boyfriend got a job working at Lifetime Fitness which comes with fantastic benefits including a free membership for me. I couldn’t justify paying for a gym membership when I was given one courtesy of my wonderful partner. Since Lifetime offers a variety of different group fitness classes, I have been leaning towards mixing it up between cycle, barbell strength classes and occasionally yoga or barre. I enjoy the variety in my workout routine because it’s engaging, different and motivating.

Additionally, I have my new Fit Bit Versa which I’m in love with. My company puts on one heck of a holiday party complete with prizes given out for hard working employees. The grand prizes of the night were a Fit Bit Versa, Vikings vs. Bears tickets at the new Vikings Stadium, Blake Shelton tickets and Jingle Ball Concert Tickets. None of the prizes stood out to me besides the Fit Bit Versa. I put my name in for the Versa and I had talked to my coworkers all night about how awesome it would be if I won. When they were pulling names for the prizes, my coworkers were crossing their fingers hoping I would win. When they called my name, I almost cried tears of happiness. I don’t think I ever ran so fast up to the stage to accept my prize. I was hugging my Versa and my heart was racing because I didn’t think I would win because I never win anything.

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AHHH I still can’t believe I won 🙂

Initially, I have never owned a fitness device, but I had been considering purchasing one for a while. The day after my company’s party, I was experimenting with the Versa. My current home screen for my Versa features a kitty who when you walk, you feed it. If you don’t walk enough the prior day, the kitty disappears, which at the moment the kitty has disappeared because I played too much Batman Arkham Knight yesterday. If you don’t have a fitness device, I do highly recommend purchasing one.

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🙂 🙂 🙂 I do love the people I work with. 

Another update into my health, nutrition routine is eating more vegetables. This is a HUGE struggle for me. When I was young, my family would honestly eat vegetables once or twice a week. Living on my own, I have more control over how many vegetables I eat, but because I didn’t grow up eating them, I’m picky with what I like. I have been roasting vegetables such as asparagus, sweet potato, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower and green beans. This has been a game changer for me! I’m really proud of myself for accomplishing the task of eating more vegetables.

Overall, I’m super thrilled with my health achievements this year. Notice how I never mentioned my weight in any of the above paragraphs. Weight is a number, but it isn’t the best indicator of health in general. My gynecologist talked about how I apparently “gained a lb.” from last year and I shrugged it off. I have never felt better in my 24 years of life and I’m making better food choices now. I would love to hear any health, nutrition, mental health etc. changes you made this year in the comments below.

30 Things That Make Me Happy

Happy FriYAY! I have the day off of work and I’m staring outside at the gorgeous yellow & orange trees outside my window. It’s 60 degrees, the wind is softly blowing and it’s warm enough to wear a cardigan. I saw in my Twitter Feed that Heather over at Just Geeking By tagged me in the “50 Things That Make Me Happy”. I shortened the list to 30 items because I had trouble coming up with more than 30. It doesn’t take much for me to be happy and I felt listing 50 things was more of a chore for me. Hopefully you will read over this list and maybe find some commonality with my list and yours.

  1. My Cat Athena
  2. Black coffee with no cream
  3. Comics
  4. Cruelty Free Makeup
  5. A warm chocolate chip cookie

 

  1.  The boyfriend ❤ *we are celebrating our 4 year anniversary at the end of this month*
  2. Video Games
  3. The first snow fall during the Holiday season
  4. Road Trip vacations
  5. Light beer
  1. Minnesota
  2. Comic Book Conventions
  3. Bookstores
  4. My mom & my brother
  5. Fuzzy socks

16. Netflix

17. Seeing a movie in theaters opening weekend

18. Visiting NYC, take me back.

19. My friends

20. Saving money

21. Remembering random memories of me and my dad. Feeling grateful I got to know him even though it was only 12 years :/

22. Being busy

23. Playing D&D especially Call of Cthulhu

24. Board Games

25. Working at Steamship Coffee & Tea when I have time

26. Writing on Bizarre Brunette

27. Writing for Twin Cities Geek

28. My Subaru named Ripley Rey

29. The rush of endorphins after completing an intense workout

30. Taking time each day to be grateful of how far I have come and thinking positive thoughts.

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! If you do, link me your post in the comments below.

 

Best Body Positive Bloggers

Insecurity has plagued me longer than I can remember. I’m insecure with how my blog looks, if I’m working the right job or saving as much money as I should. I also hate to admit it, but I’m insecure with how I look. In the media, we are fed what “beauty” should look like and what “health” should look like. I wouldn’t necessary consider myself to fit this image, but I feel my body is “adequate” enough where I don’t get made fun of for my weight. There are some body positive bloggers out there who radiate positive energy and give me an extra boost of confidence I needed on a particular day. I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorite body positive bloggers because we all need more positive vibes in our social media browsing.

BodyPosiPanda

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Bodyposipanda’s instagram! Picture screenshot taken by me!

Bodyposipanda is run by Megan, a pastel princess who started encouraging others to love their bellies, cellulite and other imperfections society tries to cure. Not only is Megan an author, her book is titled Body Positive Power: How to Stop Dieting, Make Peace with Your Body and Live, Megan is also an eating disorder survivor. I adore her posts because of her energy, but she also includes trans, non-binary and men into her discussion which usually in the body positive movement, these individuals are left out. She’s a great human being and she brightens my feed literally.

~Michelle Elman Body Confidence Coach

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Image from @ScarredNotScared, image screen shot taken by me

Michelle Elman is another strong, beautiful individual with a unique voice to the body positive community. She’s had 15 surgeries which has left her body with scars. There isn’t a lot of voice given to bodies with scars until she came forward and starting being honest with her followers about her journey to love herself. She’s relatable when she talks about chronic pain and how she has let go of what others think of her. I have never had chronic pain and I have no idea what that’s like, so to hear her story is inspiring to me.

Jazzmynejay from Buzzfeed

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I don’t watch Buzzfeed as much anymore, but Jazzmyne was one of my favorites. She’s the best friend you want to have. She’s smart, funny and loyal to her friends and I also see her comment on other body positive pages too. She’s my fashion inspiration if I’m wearing an outfit that’s kind of funky, scrolling through her page gives me the extra boost I need to wear that outfit. I also think it’s important to follow a diverse group of body positive bloggers because their experiences can be vastly different. Jazzmyne is also friendly to anyone who is trans, non-binary or isn’t necessarily straight.

I_Weigh

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This isn’t referencing a specific blogger, more like a movement. Jameela Jamil stars on The Good Place which I still haven’t watched, though it’s on my TV list. She started this campaign to remind women to feel valuable besides seeing a number reflected on a scale. She posts pictures of women with captions describing how unique they are as individuals. It’s a nice reminder to myself to stop being obsessive over weighing myself weekly.

Shout out To Plus Size Nerd!

Plus Size Nerd was started by Nancy Basile who is also creator of Media MedusaShe considers herself plus size and wanted to create a website advertising clothes fitting plus size women. I don’t necessarily consider myself “plus size” however, I find buying women’s t-shirts to be aggravating because there’s no room for my boobs and they’re always too tight in the arm pits. I admire all the work she puts into her blog because it’s normalizing body types not fitting the mold of “beauty”.

Following all of these body positive bloggers has made me feel more confident and secure with myself. We shouldn’t require outside validation to feel pretty, but it’s tough in the society we live in. Instead of fat shaming each other, we should compliment each other and spread more positive energy around. Social media can be a dark place, but it doesn’t have to be.

October Bucket List

This is the moment I wait for all year: Halloween and the arrival of Fall. Everyone at my work knows how much I love Halloween and I keep ranting about how great Fall is. It’s gorgeous outside with a nice breeze in the air which means it’s time to break out the funky pattern rain boots and cozy cardigans. I wanted to set up an October / Halloween / Fall bucket list to keep me on track. This is a rather ambitious list so I’m not sure how much I will accomplish, but I wanted to keep myself organized during this Fall season. Check out my Fall To Do List:

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Target has a super comfy & cute clothing line right now. 

  • Watch the Classic Horror Movies! I own Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy.
  • Watch Rocky Horror Picture Show *the original* which I have also never seen before.
  • Visit an Apple Orchard
  • Attend a Halloween Costume Party
  • See the new Halloween movie in theaters
  • Carve a Pumpkin
  • Watch Nightmare Before Christmas on Netflix
  • Play a Horror Themed D&D campaign
  • Attend the Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl

What else do you want to accomplish in this spooky season? Once the season ends, I’ll publish a follow up post to see how accomplishing my list went.

 

 

 

Back to Hogwarts Tag

Labor Day weekend is odd to me as I’m not a current student anymore. I spent this long weekend visiting the boyfriend’s family in Milwaukee where we attended the Bristol Renaissance Festival. I’m planning on writing a review of this Ren Fest sometime in the near future. However, I was scrolling through A Geek Girl’s Guide where she posted about a “Back to Hogwarts” Tag which naturally I had to participate in.

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Have to go shopping in Diagon Alley! What store do you go to first?

I had to google the name of this store, but I would first visit “Magical Menagerie” because I want an animal. Hermione had Crookshanks, Harry had Hedwig and I would also need an animal to cast spells on. I would probably buy both an owl and a cat because I can’t decide between the two.

You’re on the train! What are you getting from the trolley?

Pumpkin Pasties! I’m expecting they would taste like candy corn, but pumpkin flavored.

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It’s time for the welcome feast! Which house table are you at?

Hufflepuff!

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You get an elective this year! What will it be?

Defense Against the Dark Arts. It reminds me of taking a self defense class in the real world. I feel it’s naive to assume every witch and wizard will turn out good and in order to fight back against the darkness, students need to be educated.

You’ve got a break between classes! What will you be doing?

I would say either watching Quidditch practice or reading a book on the grass near Hogwarts.

You get to go to Hogsmeade this year! Where do you go first?

I would want to try Butterbeer and hang out with friends. I’m curious if it would be alcoholic or not?

You’re meeting up with friends to hang out! Where in the castle are you all going to chill?

I would say if it’s a nice day hanging out in the courtyard area right outside the entrance to Hogwarts. If the weather sucks, I would say bringing study materials and sitting at the long tables in the Great Hall.

The end of year exams are coming up. What test will you do the best at?

I want to say Defense Against the Dark Arts, but honestly I feel I could do really well in Potions. It seems like it’s a more science based class which I would prefer and do well at versus the History of Magic.

Isn’t this a fun tag? If you’re interested, here are the questions for the tag. If you end up completing it, tag your blog post in the comments.

Have to go shopping in Diagon Alley! What store do you go to first?
You’re on the train! What are you getting from the trolley?
It’s time for the welcome feast! Which house table are you at?
You get an elective this year! What will it be?
You’ve got a break between classes! What will you be doing?
You get to go to Hogsmeade this year! Where do you go first?
You’re meeting up with friends to hang out! Where in the castle are you all going to chill?
The end of year exams are coming up. What test will you do the best at?

The 90’s Tag

I saw this 90’s themed tag on A Geeky Gal’s blog the other day and I immediately wanted to write in my answers. I was born in July 1994 so I’m very much a 90’s baby. Anyone who wants to participate in the 90’s tag absolutely can! Here are my answers:

Favorite TV Show

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My immediate first thought in my head was Rugrats. This is the show my mom even started to watch and adored. I remember all the Rugrats movies including the one in Paris with a huge Reptar dinosaur. I also remember watching the episode where bugs crawl into Tommy’s grandfather’s mouth while he sleeps; I was disgusted.

Favorite 90’s Song

Bye Bye Bye – NSYNC.

NSYNC or Backstreet Boys

Should be obvious because of my answer above, but NSYNC!

Favorite Music Artist

Britney Spears reminds me a lot of the 90’s. I was feeling for her in 2007 when she was unraveling, but now she has picked up the pieces and has made a successful career since.

Did you Collect Anything?

McDonalds Happy Meal Toys. We would go to McDonalds probably once or twice a week and we would collect the toys in the set. My dad would drive us to all of these different McDonalds looking for the toys. My mom has the whole set of the Toy Story Happy Meal Toys in a shelf in our basement. I don’t go to McDonalds at all anymore, but if I’m on a road trip I will get a kids meal just for the toy.

Favorite Breakfast Cereal

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I love Breakfast cereal. I have to stop buying it as an adult because if I come home from work after a long day, I would pour myself a bowl of cereal instead of making dinner. I think my favorite cereal was Mini Swirlz Cinnamon Bun cereal. It was delicious.

Favorite Cereal Toy

Remember when cereal boxes would give out great prizes. In General Mills cereal you could get Carmen Sandiego CD games. How cool is that? Getting a new video game to play. I still have the games and they work on my older laptop, but I think they are too old now and probably won’t work if that laptop dies.

90’s Crush Growing Up

Honestly, I can’t think of anyone I had a huge crush on in the 90’s. I’m sure I had one, I just can’t recall who that is. My first crush ever was Sean Connery from the James Bond movies, but that’s not in the 90’s.

Favorite Disney Channel Movie

I didn’t watch Disney Channel movies in the 90’s.

Favorite Cartoon Show

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I really liked Digimon, Rugrats, Blues Clues, Ozzie & Drix and more.

Weirdest Fashion Trend?

I always think of those slap bracelets. The ones where you hit yourself on the wrist really hard and the band wraps around your wrist. You would grab some and smack your friend with it on the playground; good times.

Favorite Toys

I’m going to list a couple of great toys in my closet growing up regardless if they came out in the 90’s or not.

  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Disneyland Play Set < I still have this because of how many memories were attached to it.
  • Build a Bear
  • Barbies
  • My Little Ponies
  • Teletubbies

There were probably more toys I loved, but these were my favorites.

Disney, Nicklodeon or Cartoon Network?

  1. Cartoon Network
  2. Nicklodeon
  3. Disney

What Early Morning Cartoon Would you Watch?

SO MANY. I used to wake up in the summers early and before my dad would take us to this day care place we used to go to, I would watch Scooby Doo. I also would watch Woody the Woodpecker, Digimon and more.

Favorite McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy?

I had this black puppy I got as a Happy Meal Toy that was my favorite thing to carry around growing up. It used to be this running joke with my mom and dad where if my mom didn’t know where Black Puppy was, she knew I wouldn’t go to sleep that night. She always had to make sure she knew where Black Puppy was so I would go to sleep.

Favorite Book Growing Up?

Harry Potter series of course. I also read Franklin the Turtle, Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House, the young Nancy Drew book series and more.

The 90’s and even the early 2000’s was a fun time. I wouldn’t relieve the years 2005 – 2009 again, but I would for sure go back to the 90’s. This was fun relieving some of my early childhood memories. If you decide to do the 90’s tag, leave a comment below with your tag URL. I would love to read it.