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Movie Watcher

So proud of myself for relaxing and taking the time to watch movies this summer! My list thus far:

  • Monsters U
  • This is the end
  • Superman of steel
  • White house down
  • 21and over
  • Cloud atlas
  • Dark shadows
  • Ted
  • The last stand
  • Killing them softly
  • Let me Explain
  • Megamind
  • The Heat
  • Guilt Trip
  • Warm Bodies
  • Springbreakers
  • Movie 43
  • Safe
  • Silverlinings Playbook
  • Legally blonde
  • Legally blonde 2
  • American pie
  • The ugly truth
  • Against the Ropes
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Judge Dredd
  • Lymelife
  • Daylight

This has got to be a personal record!

Fantasy Football

This past basketball season I participated in my very first Fantasy Basketball League. I was 7th, so I barely missed making the playoffs :(             There’s always next season…..

I watched my first Superbowl this year, so I figured it’s only right that I try Fantasy Football. Good luck to me!

To help me out, I did some research and came across this: http://www.pcdrafter.com/FantasyFootball.shtml

Happy Reading!

       

Runner in Progress

I just started running last summer. I never meant to be able to compete in a marathon, or a half marathon, or any competition. It was just to be able to run 2 miles in under 20 minutes. How would I practice that? By running 3 miles or 30 minutes every time I ran. That’s it. The biggest problem? I hate running. Treadmill, outside, doesn’t matter. I hate it. But I had a motivator who saw that I had potential even before I realized I had potential.

Last summer I participated in an Air Force 5k – which is a 3 mile run – and something I’d been doing weekly for about 2 months. I managed to drop a significant amount of time from my my previous run, which happened less than a week before the 5k race. How did I do it? Did I know I could? I don’t have answers.
This week I managed to run my fastest 5k: 26 minutes. In total, I’ve probably dropped about 5 minutes, if not more, from last year.
I am not trying to be the fastest. I’m not working out to be merely a runner, or simply a body builder. I’m doing this to be an all around athlete, so I can be the girl with nice calves who can also run and score 6/10 three-pointers. All that plus being able to throw and catch a frisbee and a football and much much more.
I’ve decided that one day I want to participate in a 5K and triathlon. I don’t need to be the fastest of the entire race, of my gender, or my age group. I just want to say I’ve done it, and hopefully be faster than my practice times.

I don’t need to be, and I don’t purposefully try to show off as the person who can do everything, although that may seem like it when I write about my accomplishments. I’m sure there are people who want to prove they are “better” or “more fit” or can win a competition and a trophy. Yes, that’s nice, but I’m working on a lifestyle change, not a “drop everything so I can accomplish ________ in the next 6 months.”

If I win, awesome. If I don’t, I still won. I do and would have done what the majority of people only dream of.

http://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/101-kicks-butt?cm_mmc=Facebook-_-RunnersWorld-_-Content-Blog-_-KicksInButt

Get up and go.

xoxo,

WhiteRussian7

-Run a 5K
-Participate in a Triathlon
-Compete in a Physique/Bikini competition
-Get a tattoo.

Operation Sexy continues now.

In New Mexico and Texas

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Ah, New Mexico,  where the cops dont care how fast you drive and the speed limit is 75. NM is where you find deer crossing signs, ans that’s about it. Oh, and lots of tumbleweed.

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Texas,  the friendly state,  won’t be too friendly if you don’t follow their road signs. Dont use the left lane unless you’re trying to pass someone. They have tornado shelters at their rest stops too. Yikes.

They say good morning when you walk in the door.

They blast country music and Taylor Swift at the gas station.

There are more cops pulling people over than in LA.

They sell magazines about guns and ammo

They are proud of their tornados

Oklahoma City’s downtown looks like this:

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Roadtrippin': Cali to AZ

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Mountains in the middle of nowhere, after passing through Ludlow, CA, because we all know exactly where that is, right?

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And welcome to AZ, where we are welcomed to crappy weather, and Mountain Time.

Now that I’ve somewhat successfully figured out how to upload photos to my blog, stay posted for more images of this great ole country of ours we call home.

Application Questions

In the process of applying to grad school, I’ve encountered some questions that stop and make me ask: really? This is what you want to know?

  •  Do you identify as LGBT?
  • Are you a member of any tribe?
  • Do you have any tribal affiliations you can explain a disability in visual form?
  • What is your sexual orientation?
  • Do you own a car?
  • Will you file 2012 taxes?
  • Do you have traffic violation of driving without a license?
  • What is the education level of your parents?
  • Have you ever received a parking violation, traffic ticket, or moving violation? (if yes, must accompany explanation)

Does it matter if I’m NOT LGBT or a member of a tribe? And why can/should a tribe member submit something in visual form? Are they suppose to be more creative? Is it a problem if I’m “straight”? If I do own or co-own a car, are you going to assume I have more dough for money? Filing 2012 taxes? Out of 30 schools, only one chose to ask this question. Shouldn’t that be left to FAFSA and the financial department, AFTER you’ve been accepted? Traffic violation without a license? Could you BE any more specific? Does it really matter how educated or uneducated my parents are? Are you going to reject someone on that basis? And last I heard, parking tickets or minor speeding tickets aren’t the end of the world.

So far, in my short 4 months as an Elite member on Yelp, I’ve attended both Elite events and events for the general Yelp public:

Mary Poppins at the Ahmanson Theatre for 2

Dinner at The Whisper Lounge

Seminar (play) at the Ahmanson Theatre (for 2)

Workout event at a swanky Pasadena Racquetball Club (for 2)

Saw Skyfall for FREE, the Monday after opening weekend!!

FREE meal for two at Slater’s 50/50

Hour long Crossfit workout

Combine the actual costs of these events, and I’m saving a bunch! I love love bargains and getting things for free. When I can advertise the perks of Yelp and Elite-ness, I do. I should be a recruit!

My Body

My Body

 

I’ve learned a lot about my body and the human body in general in the past few weeks, and I’m not talking about the anatomical aspects of the body, like what Biology classes tend to teach you. I’m talking about general health practices for a longer life and a happier me. Working out everyday (or as close to everyday as possible), has been tough. There were days that I just didn’t want to get dressed in my workout gear and dreaded running 3 miles. In these 5 weeks I’ve gone through some changes, maybe not as massive as some people would prefer but losing inches, losing weight, and toning up is a plus in my books. And I actually didn’t think it’d be possible.

There were tough weeks, consisting of days with only protein, no cheese or sauce (and that’s tough to do after quarters and quarters of Chipotle), but I managed.

 

I think I’ve done more activity in the past 2 months than I’ve done in all of last year, if not the past two years. I’ve worked muscle groups I’ve never touched before: biceps, triceps, lats, chest, legs, legs, legs, calves, abs, oh my. Parts of my body have been sore that I never knew could be sore! But it feels great, and I’m not done yet. There’s been basketball, boxing, and rollerblading, and several 3-mile runs, including at 6am and on hills. My back no longer hurts, only if I’ve lifted a bit too much weight, and I sleep great. And rarely do I crack my back or neck now. Who knew all this was possible.

 

I loved learning about eating disorders, and trying to give everyone I know some type of eating disorder, from orthorexia to an Adonis complex, but life doesn’t work that way. I’ve learned so much about what my body needs and how much of it: protein, carbs, and fats, that no stinkin’ biology class could ever teach (come on, let’s be real…how lipids and saturated fats exist is fascinating and all, but how often do you realize it’s in what you eat…and who the heck ever calls them lipids).

 

In addition to all this, I’ve gone to a Salsa festival AND attended a yoga conference, something my old body wouldn’t have had the guts to do (well, the gut WOULD be there, but not the courage).

 

I love these changes and I’m embracing what is still to come.

 

Exercise, sleep, eat in moderation but healthily and skip the alcohol. Happy living.

 

Xoxo,

WhiteRussian

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