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Revelation

I do a lot of random thinking while I drive around this country.

My most recent, excellent, thought is as follows…

So, your parents raise you until you graduate college and then in your 20s, 22 for me, you being raising yourself.

And the hardest part of raising yourself is this:

Your parents will always be proud of you (for the most part) because if you do your best they don’t see the really, really, really stupid things you do. But see, now as we are raising ourselves, for the first time,  as 20 somethings, we have to build up our confidence daily while knowing all the dumb stuff we have done.

It’s tough work!

My book idea…

“How I raised myself, in my 20s”

Yea so the title needs some a lot of work! But after discussing my idea with a fellow 20 something last night, she laughed…and fully agreed with my concept.

We created a few chapters (the numbers are not important!! I have some gaps in to fill in!):

Chapter 19: Travel for a year

Chapter 23: Single at 22

OK, so we only came up with 2 and my brain is fried after my workout today but I am sure through this very blog I will be adding fabulous idea, after idea on how to raise yourself in your 20s.

For all my people out there; How did/do you raise yourself?

Cx3 Day 6

Who woke up ready to workout today?

I DID!!

OwwwOwww!

Today’s Workout:

60 minutes on the bike, difficulty level 11 (but when it got super tough I did alternate between 9 and 10) I worked up quite the *attractive* sweat and had breakfast and came back for more.

3 sets of 12: triceps (two different ways)

3 sets of 12: chest

Random lounges, but my legs felt like jelly so I won’t even count that, I was just playing around.

Great Day!

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Breakfast: 1 Piece of wheat Toast with honey, 60 calorie blueberry yogurt with granola

Lunch: PB and J (free, extra bread, PB and J taken from the continental bfast at the hotel!)

Dinner: TBA

Movie Time!

So, one of my favorite, favorite things to do on the road is to GO TO THE MOVIES! Mostly because I can go to matinees and go to the movies on weeknights so they are normally not crowded and a lot cheaper!

In the past 2 days I have seen;

Bedtime Stories: I don’t think I would have gone to this movie  had I not been in the middle of nowhere…but it was a pleasant surprise. It was a great movie, for children and adults, I think Disney finally got the “Shrek-type” movie right. Adam Sandler was great and apparently had the opportunity to produce it which helped Disney out a lot! Great movie to bring the kids to, they will totally laugh out loud, and so will you!

Marley and Me: Loved it! Loved it! And I totally could have sobed louder but…I refrained as to not embarrass Cheese. If you have ever owned a dog, especially a Lab, see this movie….like….now!

Over my vacation I saw “Yes Man” now, normally to a Jim Carrey movie I would say, “No, man…” but I had a feeling that Jimmy had grown up since his time with Jenny McCarthy and I strolled on over the theatre and laughed a lotttttt! It really was funny. There was one scene that I did NOT care for that totally grossed me O U T. If you see this movie I hope you agree with me, it involves an old lady…

So I must say way to go 2009 with the movies! I have been pleasantly surprised!

Next up… The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 3 hours of Brad Pitt, that I can handle.

Cx3 Day 5

Well…yesterday did NOT happen.

So that, my friends, became my off day.

It was horrible. I was in the middle of nowhere California, in a hotel with a horrible gym…and it just left me uhhhh unmotivated. I got all dressedand everything…even debated getting outside to run but …

So I drove an hour to Sacramento and went shopping and saw Marley and Me instead.

Thankfully I got moved an hour away to a beautiful hotel with an awesome spacious gym. Love it! Now, motivated!

So today:  another 60 minutes on the bike, difficulty level 10 again. These logs may get boring b/c I am really trying to build up my legs for the next few weeks.

There are weights at this gym so tomorrow morning I plan on incorporting them into my workout…even maybe during the easier  intervals….oooo look at me getting all fancy!

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Food Log:

(yesterday)

Bfast: Whole Wheat Toast w/ PB

Lunch: Lentil Soup with Salad

Snack: soft pretzel @ a movie

Dinner: Maple Sugar Oatmeal (hey! it was free at the hotel!)

Today

Bfast: Whole Wheat Toast w/ PB on one slice and Honey on the other

Lunch: Popcorn (hey! it was free at the hotel!)

Dinner: 3 slices of *smallish* pizza and salad (hey! t was free at the hotel)

Green Tea and Hot Chocolate

Water Count for 2 days

6 Bottles of water…still need to up it LB!

Skintastic

I have had some skin issues since I turned 20 and this summer my frustration reached its peak.

So I reached out to you fools for your advice. So I’d like to update Courtney, Mike, my Pops, Aunt Darla and Starshine because they shared their stories/offered advice.

When my mom came to visit in Portland we went to Sephora and asked them to HELLLLLLLLLP me!

We met a woman who went through the same thing as an adult. She said stress was a huge factor so to begin with she “detoxed” herself aka used a lazative to remove all toxins from her body.

At this point I was desperate…OK I’ll do it.

(this was not fun and i’ll never take a laxative, ever, ever again. I was crying, and lying in the shower and was out of commission for almost 48 hours. this might be TMI but both ends people, both ends.)

She also took us to the Boscia section in Sephora.

Boscia is a preservative free skin care line that has products with what they call “Botanical Blast” that fight bad acne. The company does not advertise and is made in Japan. The products are expensive but I have to say…

TOTALLY WORTH IT!

They are so gentle and they work for me. I don’t use the whole entire line anymore.  I started with all and found that all I need is the face wash, oil make up remover and moisturizer.

Now to fight zits on the spot at night I use Benzoyl Peroxide ($1.97 @ Walmart) and during the day a new product by Neutragena ($9) it fights zits with salicylic acid and it is also supposed to fade acne scars.

So that, my friends and awesome advice givers, is where you come in. As this is my most recent skin issue.

HOW DO I GET RID OF THESE SCARS?

I can’t fully see a difference with this new Neutrogena stuff, so if you know anything help a girl out!

Thanks in advance!

Lotion: Boy #2

Girls love accents.

False statement.

Because I, LB, do not.

I can barely communicate with people who speak the same language/sound like me…how the hell could I make sense of some guy who I can barely understand?

So let me set the scene:

I am sprinting around a mall in California, in a ponytail and sweatpants trying to come up with a fabulous $15 Secret Santa gift*.

*You all may be wondering why I would be purchasing a Secret Santa gift AFTER Christmas. You all happen to be very similar to my “buddy” at FYE, who informed me that “Santa was gone. (WITH AN ATTITUDE)” I told him, “Oh, no buddy, Santa apparently lives within me…” He then called me Santa (still with an attitude) as I checked out with my final purchase…leave me alone world!*

Anyways…

As I am sprinting here and there and everywhere attempting to be awesomely creative I walk past the dreaded carts of massagers and lotion sales people.

And there he was. Tall, dark and creepy. Headed straight for me.

LOOK AWAY LB, LOOK AWAY! LOOK AT YOUR PHONE, PRETEND TO TEXT!!! DO SOMETHING FAST!

I was not fast enough, as I sprinted he kept right up with me, for 3 whole stores. I looked at him, told him I can not try his lotion because I have sensitive skin and will breakout. He then asks me to look at my hand.

What do I do?

Show him my hand…LB, LB, LB.

I say I am not interested in his lotion…and yes, my hands are a disaster.

“May I ask you a personal question?” he asked in some fancy accent.

Taken aback by the accent I say…”What is it?”

“Are you married?” (this is the point I should have walked away, but I am still in “What are you saying?? mode”)

“No!”

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

“No!” Why am I still answering these questions and talking with lotion man??

“How could you not have a boyfriend? I must have your number. I must call you.”

“Listen, I am not interested in your lotion or in giving you my phone number.”

“But I must! I must!”

Those were the last words I heard as I sprinted far, far away to never return to that mall. And definitely NOT to that lotion stand/area.

Who could I possibly attract next?

Call Me Anytime: Boy #1

So it’s been at least a month since I’ve been single and as a girl on the road dating is not really an (easy) option.

But I, somehow, have managed to attract the highest quality individuals, America has to offer.

You all should know about the old man I attracted just days after the break-up.

But I didn’t stop there. While in the Bay Area I managed to pick-up Jason.

You know it’s going to be good when the conversation begins with:

“What’s your name?” – me

“Ummm…you know like in the horror films?” – boy

“Michael?” – me

“No! Jason!” – Jason

So from there Jason handed his disposable camera to Cheese and asked her to please use up the remaining pictures on the camera.

There were 20 pictures lef t to be taken.

Awesome.

Needless to say I posed for a few….seven.

During the photos Jason, 32,  let us know that his evil girlfriend broke up with him on Valentine’s Day and married a new guy the same day!

Oh, M, G!

Poor, poor Jason.

I then said “Well, Jason, it has almost been a year…don’t you think you should move on?”

“Sorry, sorry, ” said Jason (you know like in the horror films)

He asked me if I had a boyfriend. We all know the answer to that one…

And then gave me his digits. I wrote them on a stray piece of paper. He told me to leave a voicemail, he pays as he goes so he will call me back.

I could call him anytime I happen to be free. Anytime.

Cheese and I then asked him what he likes to do. Well, Jason hangs out at the mall in his spare time. And he is jobless. And not at all interested in looking.

We told him that girls like a guy who has a J-O-B. He said, “Well, my dad just died…girls like guys who have inheritance don’t they?”

I think he even gave me  side-eyes with a wink at this point.

Owwww! Owww!

We told him we don’t…we like jobs more. But secretly I thought to myself…I’m sure some girls would do just fine with a guy with inheritance dinero coming in (and I have totally met them with this job)…but Jason needed motivation.

” Jason, don’t you get bored without a job?” I asked.

“No. I have a portable DVD player.”

Awesome.

And then his mom came out of the grocery store and they  headed to Red Lobster for lunch.

I can call Jason anytime, leave  him a voicemail,  and he would get back to me.

What a catch.