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July 30, 2014

WIAW #59: Listening To My Body and Appetite

Hello! Today I am jumping back onto the What I Ate Wednesday train and have a whole day of eats to share. Except… don’t get too excited this time.

Yesterday was the definition of random in the food department. I almost didn’t put this post together, but decided to do it anyways because that is what they are really all about isn’t it? Not planning one hundred percent of the time?

So yeah. Here you go. My Tuesday filled with absolutely zero planning and trying to roll with it.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

I didn’t end up eating breakfast until I was out the door and on my way to an appearance with HOOPER. With two seconds to spare, I grabbed a tall to-go cup of coffee and a chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar.

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It wasn’t much, but it did the job of holding me over until lunch.

Oh… lunch. Let’s talk about that.

HOOPER the Fireman jpg

While HOOPER was busy shooting a video at a fire station, I had the task of ordering enough pizzas for everyone then playing delivery girl.

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I made sure to sneak in some veggies on one of them, which actually turned out to be a fireman favorite on top of the pepperoni. Muwahahaha.

Hungry howies supreme pizza jpg

After I snapped this photo, I also picked up another slice of plain cheese for good measure and finished it off with two small cinnamon dessert sticks.

It had been ages since I even looked at those, so I don’t even feel bad about it.

We finished up the shoot a couple of hours later and I’m excited to see the final product. Here’s a little sneak peek, in case you missed it!

Shooting a fireman video with HOOPER jpg

Crazy horse.

I didn’t get home until after 4 p.m. so I went over to the computer for a minute and enjoyed a granny smith apple for a snack.

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Scott got home from work right before 6 p.m., and I felt like I might have needed something with a little substance before we left, but I just wasn’t hungry. So I waited.

Off to Fitness Pilates we went, which turned out to be my last class for a while. My membership at our gym expires today, so it’s time for me to branch out and check out some barre studios.

Fitness pilates lifetime fitness jpg

After I get my CPT certification, I hope to get back into teaching group fitness classes again, and I’m just not sure where exactly I want to be. I love, love the intimate feel of a studio, but would also miss access to a big gym if I didn’t have one for other types of workouts and classes.

It will all come together when it’s supposed to, I suppose.

As we wrapped up our goodbyes, Scott and I both wanted dinner, quickly. He was craving chips so I knew the perfect solution for all. Chipotle! Predictably, I ordered the salad and topped it with all-the-things.

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This one included brown rice, black beans, chicken, medium salsa, corn salsa, and some sprinkled cheese. No need for dressing!

On the side, I finally ordered chips and guacamole. Seriously… why in the world had I never tried the guac before? It was incredible, and after expressing my enthusiasm via Instagram, a lot of you couldn’t believe it either. If you have never tried the guacamole at Chipotle, do yourself a favor and go… right now.

It’s so fresh and addicting in the best way!

We got home a little after 9 p.m. and spent the rest of the night laying low with a side of SmartPop and almond milk.

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I guess I should have been studying but… eh. I kind of stink at that right now. Today starts a new schedule and motivation, promise!

As I a typing this up and looking back on my day of eats, I guess they weren’t all that bad. Pizza isn’t too normal for me, but other than that my appetite has just been kind of off lately. I’m less snack-y, which makes me wonder if the vacation messed up my normal metabolism and eating habits.

For now, I’m just trying to listen to my body and give it what it wants, when it wants it. Always in moderation, of course.

Now I’m off for a day of running around with a trip to the vets. Ahh! I’ll fill you all in later, if I can get back to the computer. Have a great Wednesday!

Question of the Day

• Are you typically a snacker?

Usually my WIAW posts are filled with snacks. There’s always one between all of the major meals, and sometimes even two. I’ve always been one to carry snacks around with me and nibble on them throughout the day. I have heard it’s better to eat smaller, more often, so I’ve never questioned it. Hopefully my body balances itself back out to what it’s used to sooner than later!

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• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.

July 29, 2014

Blogging FAQs: Dealing With Negativity on Social Media

Good Afternoon! It’s been a busy day away from the computer, but I wanted to pop in and continue on with the Blogging FAQs series I started last month before it gets away from me.

I actually drafted this up for a guest post over on Nichole’s blog a few weeks ago! She runs a site that is all about keeping a positive outlook, and recently asked me what I do when I come across negativity, especially when I find it on social media pages or in blog comments.

I gave her a quick answer, but thought it would be great to discuss it here with you all as well.

Dealing With Negativity on Social Media

If you are on social media – and especially if you are a blogger – you are eventually going to come across it.

Whether it’s on your own page or you stumble upon it on someone else’s, the crazy online world we call the Internet can be a very beautiful, yet haunting experience.

Just like life, blogging can have it’s good (I love what I do and this magical world of connecting through social media) and it’s bad (what the heck just happened, and why am I still putting my heart and soul into this) days.

It’s bound to happen to all of us at one point or another, and that is completely normal. But, when you least expect it, you’ll receive a comment or email that will brighten your day and remind you why you care so much. You’ll snap out of the blues and why you started sharing your life and words with others will become clear again: to inspire, and most likely to make people smile.

It will feel good, and you’ll be on your game until the next negative comment comes around.

So how do we move past the bad and focus on the good?

Dealing with Negativity on Social Media

Social media is a great tool for both businesses and friendships, but it can also make us judge without even realizing it. We can easily get caught up in The Comparison Game and experience emotions about ourselves solely based on what others are up to.

It can be vicious, and hurt even more when others realize they have similar thoughts and use your page as a platform to discuss them.

While I’m not claiming to be an expert on the subject, I have prepared a handful of tips that can help us rise above the negativity that can so easily consume… well… all of us.

• Take negative comments with a grain of salt.

Comments are comments. That’s it. In the real world, what do comments equal? Nothing.

They literally have no power over our lives, unless we let them get into our heads and affect us.

Whenever you see something you don’t like or appreciate, remember to take a comment for what it is. An opinion… that’s it.

• Negativity on social media is just like negativity in real life.

Remember those silly little rumors people in high school made up about so-and-so just to get a rise out of their classmates? That can easily happen on social media pages as well, but you have to decipher what is important to stress over and what isn’t worth your time.

Majority of the time, negative people aren’t worth your time.

Move right past ‘em and spend your time focusing on those who actually take the time to know you!

• Think about what’s bothering you. Is it what somebody said, or how they said it?

There’s something to be said about taking and accepting feedback.

When it’s written in an off-putting way, however, you can lose the point of the comment all together and only remember that word or phrase that made you upset. Just like the comment is just a comment point mentioned above, a word is just a word.

Is a word really worth the time you are spending dwelling on it?

stop-worrying-and-start-living-quote

Probably not. Move on!

• Keep in mind that some people comment to offer constructive criticism. But… there’s also a line between constructive and rude.

Most feedback comes from an outsider’s wish to provide constructive criticism. Most. 

In some cases, people want to voice their opinion to help you see something from a reader or follower’s point of view. They get the courage to say something and hope you’ll hear them.

If they’re just being straight up rude, that’s a line you don’t even need to jump close to. Again, is this really worth your time and energy to stress over? Most likely, your answer will – again – be no.

• Don’t get defensive. If you aren’t sure how to respond to a negative comment, take as much time as you need before you address it properly.

Just like the “think before you speak” rule, it isn’t a bad thing to have a filter online.

Your first instinct might be to speak up and address someone who is being rude in an unflattering way. In the long run, that isn’t going to do anything but make you look silly and egg them on even more.

If you aren’t quite sure how to respond to something, ask a friend and have them help you come up with an appropriate response.

• Your blog and social media pages are your spaces. You have the right to ignore, delete, or respond to anything.

The choice of what to do with a negative comment is completely up to you.

Just remember that you chose to put yourself out there, and there are all types of followers under the reader umbrella. Not everyone is going to respond the same way, and in turn, negative comments might surface.

With the good, often comes the bad, and how you address it can make you an even better blogger and inspiration to follow.

Take a deep breath, reflect on what was said, and address it with a light heart and maybe even a sense of humor.

• Focus on the positive!

Everyone has their differences and struggles, but there is a way to go about and discuss them. Complaining won’t get you very far, but taking a look at what you’ve learned throughout the hardships will.

Motivational quote

Whenever you need to block out the bad, think of the good. Focus on those appreciative emails or positive notes of feedback and use them as inspiration to keep moving.

You’ll only get as far as you let yourself go. Make sure to keep looking forward, and that what’s in front of you is bright!

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