10 Random Facts

Yep, I totally agree that it’s pretty random for me to suddenly update my blog after neglecting it for so long. Ah, you know, maybe someday I’ll get my act together and get on a regular posting schedule ūüôā

I love getting to know little random facts about other people, and thought it would be fun to share the same here in order to kick off hopefully a new season of regular blogging. So without further ado, 10 random things about me:

  1. I’m a lefty. ¬†I remember my kindergarten teacher taking the pencil out of my left hand and placing it into my right to try to force me to become a righty, but nope!
  2. Speaking of writing, I have a kind of neat party trick that I can do – starting at the middle of a page, I can write backward with my left hand and forward with my right hand at the same time.
  3. I seriously love the scent of citrus dishwasher detergent. ¬†Something about it smells so clean and delicious to me. ¬†Ever seen that show called My Strange Obsession, where women eat things like chalk, or couch cushions, or nail polish? ¬†Yeah, I have a strange urge to eat dishwasher detergent (but haven’t ever tried it…yet).
  4. I can’t STAND the sound of people chewing loudly. ¬†It makes my skin crawl!
  5. Even though I don’t like green beans, I make myself eat them once a year just to make sure I still don’t like them. Usually it’s – you guessed it – at Thanksgiving dinner with that disgusting green bean casserole someone always makes.
  6. My husband and I met on Myspace.  HA!
  7. I have 3 tattoos (and am dying to get another one)
  8. My friends tell me I’m a good storyteller.
  9. I’ve had nightmares about tornadoes ever since I saw The Wizard of Oz at 6 years old. Yet, it’s still one of my favorite movies.
  10. My name (Menden) is a nickname of my middle name, Mendenhall, which is a family name.

Well, that was fun!  Anyone else wanna join in?  Leave me a comment below with something random about yourself, or let me know if you post something similar on your own blog!  xoxo

OK, OK, I Get It ;)

Hmm, where to begin…..

Well, I think the best place to begin is with a big “thank you!”¬† Thank you to all of you ladies that took the time to reach out to me and say “where the *&!% are you??”

I didn’t really mean to pull a disappearing act, but wow, I guess I did.¬† I probably would have stayed in hiding indefinitely if it wasn’t for a few of you nudging me back, so thank you ūüôā

That being said…ummm….I’m back!!¬† And I’d like to give a little update on my goals and life in general.¬† If you’re interested, read on…if not, that’s cool too ūüôā

On the fitness front: I don’t even know where to begin with this.¬† I could probably dedicate an entire post to what the heck happened to my brain and body post-competition, but I’ll give you the brief overview for now.

In a nutshell, I kind of forgot how to be “normal” after my competition.¬† I was still signed up for coaching services through Cathy Savage Fitness, but I felt like a lost soul with no real “purpose” in my training after the competition.¬† For many weeks, I was half-heartedly following the Savage recommendations for training and nutrition, but I found myself swinging WAY out of control with my food.¬† It was all or nothing:¬† I’d try to eat “perfectly” for a few days and then I’d have an entire day of eating CRAP food which I wouldn’t have touched with a 10-foot pole in the past.¬† To be honest, I guess I started having some disordered thinking and behavior with food.¬† I hear this is common with women who participate in fitness competitions, so I’m sure I’m not alone.¬† And rather than airing out my dirty laundry on this blog, I went into hiding.¬† Plain and simple.

The thing is, I know how to eat in a balanced and healthy way.¬† I know how to be active and fit in regular¬†exercise.¬† The more I try to follow a regimented program, the more pressure I start to put on myself, and that’s not a good place for me.¬† In my regular, day-to-day life, I don’t need someone to tell me how to eat and exercise.¬† Yes, if I am training for a specific purpose, I need all the¬† help I can get.¬† But I’m not currently training for another competition; therefore,¬†I discontinued my membership with Savage.¬† It is a fantastic program and I can’t say enough good things about it…it’s just not the program for me at this stage in my life.

I’ll be giving you more updates on my current diet and fitness in the near future, but that’s where I am right now!¬† ūüôā

On the rest-of-my-life front:  The hubby and I have recently had a really, really tough couple of weeks.

My father-in-law passed away.¬† Even as I type those words, I’m still in a bit of disbelief.

Trever’s dad, Big Rudy, was larger than life.¬† He was a vivacious, kind, fun guy who was always the life of the party.¬†¬†Rudy took me under his wing just like I was his own daughter.¬† And he was my husband’s best friend.

We were both absolutely devastated to lose him.¬† I haven’t really had a chance to share my feelings about this with anyone before now.¬† It’s impossible to describe how heartbreaking it is to not only lose someone that I was very close to, but to watch the person that I love most in the whole world, my husband, deal with such a terrible, crushing loss.

We are still in the midst of processing this grief and all the emotions that come along with this experience.¬† I am just¬†trying to be the best wife and support that I can be to my husband, but man, it’s been really rough.¬† So…that’s that.

And in other news: ¬†I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the direction of this blog moving forward.¬† Even though I haven’t been posting a lot lately, I actually have been diligently pursuing my goals.¬† So, I’d like to continue to give updates on the things that I’ve set out to achieve in 2012 (sheesh, before you know it, it’s going to be 2013!).

But, I’d also like to blog about…life.¬† Ya know, the random stuff that pops into my head that I want to share with you and the rest of the universe ūüėȬ† It might be fitness-related, or food-related, or fashion-related, or something silly, or just daily ramblings.¬† I guess what I’m trying to say is – it’s not going to be so regimented.¬† I hope that’s OK with you…and I’d love for you to come along¬†ūüôā

And OK, I get it!¬† It’s not cool to pull a disappearing act.¬† It won’t happen again. ūüôā

Why I stopped reading 50 Shades of Grey

I’ve been debating about writing this post for a while now.¬†¬†If you haven’t heard about the book 50 Shades of Grey, you must be living on another planet!¬† I was intrigued when I first heard discussion about this book on the Today Show.¬† Then I heard whispers of 50 Shades of Grey from coworkers, and¬†friends posted on Facebook¬†about staying up¬†all night for days on end to read the trilogy. ¬†I love to read and, although erotica is not my literary category of choice, I decided to download 50¬†Shades onto my Kindle for poolside reading while on our vacation in Mexico.

Well,¬†I must tell you, I got about¬†6 chapters in and just had to call it quits.¬† To be fair, this is not a review of the book – as I couldn’t¬†didn’t finish the whole book!¬† However, this is my reasoning for why I chose not to read the book in its entirety.

Truthfully?¬† I’m seriously tired of today’s literary heroine.

Can Anastasia even be called a heroine?¬† She blushes at the drop of a¬†hat and can’t speak a sentence without stammering and biting her lip.¬† She can’t walk across the street without tripping over her own feet, only to be caught in the arms of a dashing¬† young man.¬† Did I mention she has an incredibly annoying habit of biting her lip OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN?¬† She’s 21 years old and seems to have lived in a bubble for 2 decades.¬† To me, she comes across as juvenile, unempowered, and weak.

Guess who this reminds me of?¬† Oh yeah, Bella from the Twilight series.¬† I did actually read the entire series of the Twilight books – they weren’t quite so painful.¬† But I felt the same way about her character:¬† she couldn’t eat, sleep, or breathe on her own without Edward.¬† She constantly had to be “rescued” at every turn.¬† She fainted at the drop of a hat.¬† Her body was even completely overtaken by¬†her lover’s spawn¬†when she became pregnant, for goodness sake!

Ugh, enough of these weaklings, I say!¬† What happened to the days of Jane Eyre, Jo March, even Scarlett O’Hara??¬† These were WOMEN in my estimation.¬† They understood their power, their¬†intelligence, their¬†sexuality.¬† Even though these characters “lived” in an era of a male-dominated world, they knew how to use their strengths and their wiles¬†to get what they wanted and needed.¬† They worked hard and pulled themselves up by their bootstraps when times got tough.¬† They were beautiful and feminine and lovely but dammit¬†they were tenacious.¬† That’s who I want to read about!

(I think this may be why I enjoyed the Hunger Games series so much.  Katniss is a character I can cheer for.  By the way, I promise I do read books other than young juvenile literature, ha!)

So in conclusion, I’ve had it with¬†vulnerable, delicate flowers starring as the protagonists of today’s popular books.¬† Enough of thin, unbelievable plot-lines where the males are always 1) incredibly handsome, 2) incredibly rich, 3) incredibly strong, and 4) incredibly boring.¬†¬†And I don’t care¬†to spend any more of my¬†precious time reading¬†about¬†naive, vanilla girls with creepy, borderline¬†stalker boyfriends ūüėČ

Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?  What did you think?  Oh, and can you recommend a more interesting book to load on my Kindle?

Gone for so long!

Hi friends!¬† Just a quick update to let you know what’s going on in my life…sorry to have been absent for so long, but I’ve taken a short hiaitus this week.¬† I actually started a new job this week!¬† I’m still working towards my professional goal in 2012 of making more money and starting my own business, so I believe I’ve taken a step in the right direction towards my goals.¬† More details to follow ūüėČ

As you can imagine, leaving my old job and starting a new one with life sprinkled in between has made this week a little hectic.¬† I’ve taken a break this week so I can stay focused, but will return with more regular blogging!¬† I’m excited to have more time to devote towards this little blog so I hope my (few) readers will follow along in the journey.¬† Love y’all!¬† ‚̧