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Fitness Friday- 2016 Goals

I have a lot to say.
I have a lot to say about dieting. I have a lot to say about eating healthy. I have a lot to say about finding myself scooping vanilla ice-cream over a chocolate melting cake after finishing a bacon cheeseburger with french fries for dinner even though my New Year’s resolution was to eat healthier.

Instead of saying a lot I will only say this. I haven’t eaten sugar since Tuesday. At least not intentionally. If it was somehow hidden in the chicken soup I got from take-out, well there’s only so much a person can do.

The reason I do not want to say a lot about this is because I know I can go through this blog and find multiple posts about how I’m going to take control and eat right. Food has been my kryptonite. After I have spent more time eating healthier I will write about it, until then I will leave you with my strength goals for 2016: 

 

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There you have it. Big dreams for 2016! Hopefully next week I can share some photos of me trying to do some of these things. Until then I will leave you with my overall feeling this week: 

 

Fitness Friday – Busy

So I don’t have a lot to say this week because I’ve been crazy busy. I don’t even have pictures! But of course I won’t let you guys go without an update.

This week I tried to watch motivational weight lifting videos for women. I have one word for those videos – gross! I don’t know why everything that has to do with women has to be slimy and pornagraphic. I say slimy because they literally cover their body in oil. I have no idea how they even lift weights when they’re that slippery. And who the hell works out in their underwear?! So yeah, gross. From now on I’ll be watching men. 

In one of the non pornographic male videos one of the men said, “it’s just pain, it won’t kill you!” I have been saying this to myself during all of my excruating workouts. It actually helps, a lot. 

It’s been a good week. By this time next year I plan to be fit enough to wear a sexy Halloween costume. Because as gross as the porno fitness women are, they do look good 😉 

Happy Halloween everyone! 

365 Days

One year ago today I woke up on the couch. I was sleeping sitting up with my head on a cushion and my neck in an awful position. I was sleeping this way to prevent myself from getting sick. I opened my eyes and almost instantly had a sinking, terrible feeling in my stomach that was in no way related to nausea. I picked up my phone and began texting apologies to countless people; some were received graciously while others were not. My hands were trembling, my body was shaking and all I wanted to do was cry. I said to myself “I never want to drink again”. I had said this before, multiple times, but something felt different. I said it again and again until finally it came out “I will never drink again.”

It’s been one year.

It’s been one year since I’ve had a hangover, since I’ve woke up ashamed and embarrassed because of what I might have done the night before (because God knows I didn’t remember). One year since I’ve “rewarded” myself by getting drunk. One year since I’ve had to text people apologies for driving drunk, for my loud mouth, emotional outbursts or just flat out crude or harsh behavior.

What have I learned?

I’ve learned how to act in a social situation without having any liquid courage. I’ve learned how to have a debate without getting choked up, raising my voice, or embarrassing myself while defending my opinion. I’ve learned how to have fun late into the night without feeling like complete shit the next day. I learned that alcohol exaggerates everything and drunk reality isn’t real.

When you can’t have a drink you’re forced to face yourself; all your quarks, flaws and insecurities. You’re forced to get to know who you are. And then, as time goes on, you begin to accept who you’ve become.

I am not a loud mouth, inappropriate, overly dramatic person. I was all of those things because I was drunk. I am not an awkward, uncomfortable, social outcast. I drank because I thought I was all of those things if I wasn’t drinking.

I am fun. I am funny. I am caring and loving. I am sober.

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Happy Mother’s Day

I keep reading these posts about things to thank your mother for. They all include something like “Helping me get ready for school” or “all the times she put me on the bus” and “for cleaning my room” or “always smiling”. As a home-schooled kid, I can’t thank my mom for any of those things. So instead, I thought I’d write my own.

  1. Thank you for not putting us on the bus.
  2. Thank you for staying home and watching us grow and knowing us.
  3. Thank you for working sometimes so we could go on “field trips” (field trips and vacations go hand in hand for homeschoolers)
  4. Thank you for all the days we laid on the trampoline or watched sesame street instead of doing school work.
  5. Thank you for not “socializing” us. We all figured it out just fine on our own.
  6. Thank you for making me clean my own room.
  7. Thank you for leaving me a list of chores.
  8. Thank you for not always smiling and for showing your crazy side, it’s because you did that I can recognize my own.
  9. Thank you for not being a pansy who tried to put us in the corner or send us to our room.
  10. Thank you for spanking us (even when you used the paddle or the spoon).
  11. Thank you for teaching us manners and respect.
  12. Thank you for not letting us be monster children that nobody liked.
  13. Thank you for kicking us out of the house and making us play outside.
  14. Thank you for teaching us how to hold our silverware.
  15. Thank you for making us walk around with books on our head.
  16. Thank you for Unschooling.
  17. Thank you for teaching us to think outside the box and to question authority.
  18. Thank you for being open and honest about your life and not sugar coating.
  19. Thank you for your understanding.
  20. Thank you for swearing at me on my wedding day so I would stop being a brat.
  21. Thank you for rolling your eyes, sighing and being open about how much we can exhaust you (especially during the teenage years).
  22. Thank you for your excitement and genuine enthusiasm in everything we were and are excited about.
  23. Thank you for approving, even when you thought you wouldn’t.
  24. Thank you for always sharing your opinion, openly, bluntly and without holding back (“Why would you put a bumper sticker on a Maserati?”).
  25. Thank you for making rules, usually once we broke them we found out why they were there in the first place (“don’t touch the coal stove”).
  26. Thank you for not letting me pluck my eyebrows too thin.
  27. Thank you for never mentioning my weight during my fat stage.
  28. Thank you for making me buy my own goth clothes.
  29. Thank you for all your nights of worrying.
  30. Thank you for all the diaper changes.
  31. Thank you for all the feminine lessons, and products 😉
  32. Thank you for always being there.
  33. But most of all, thank you for loving us so much that we can feel it, even from miles away.

My Mother’s Bright Idea

My mother has a lot of spare time! And one of the things she loves to do is thrift!
I personally do not find any pleasure in thrifting. But my mom definitely has an eye for spotting a little treasure in a pile of junk.

She recently has been talking about renting out her dishes, for bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, etc.
I think this is a really awesome idea, especially after she did such a wonderful job with my Bridal Shower.
Here are a couple of her photo’s of thrift store finds…

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Sometimes it’s hard to picture what a whole bunch of mismatched dishes would look like together, or if they’d even look good put in the same room.
But somehow my mom can bring it all together so it feels like you’re joining the royal family for an afternoon tea in England.
And she never spends more than a couple bucks on a dish… which makes it all the better.

Here’s a few examples of how it all comes together…

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In my opinion, she shouldn’t just rent her dishes for parties, she should decorate for the party too!

What do you think?

Check out her blog Feeling Festive

In Response to 23 Ignorant Ideas

I’d like to respond to a recent blog that’s gone viral. The very insightful list of things to do before getting engaged. I have read other responses to this already but I promise mine will be a little different. I just want to touch on a few of her key points. Not all 23 of them, just the ones that really bothered me.

If you have not read the blog post yet, here it is: “ 23 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF GETTING ENGAGED BEFORE YOU’RE 23

The first point I want to address:
“Because at the age of 22, I have no idea who I am, what I’m doing, and who I’ll be doing it with for the next year… let alone for the rest of my life. And that’s awesome.”

Speak for yourself, not every other 22 year-old in the world. I’m 22 and I’ve known who I am for quite some time. At 14 I did not say to myself “I’ll get married by the time I’m 25” or “I won’t get married till I’m 30”. And during college my thought process was the same: that I would get married whenever the right person came into my life. And he happened to come into mine at a young age. So be it. The fact that you don’t know yourself and still need time to explore who you are does not mean that every other early 20 year old has the same issues as you.

The second point:
“I have begun to notice a common thread amongst all these young unions: inexperience. Inexperience with dating, traveling, risks, higher education, career direction, SEX, solitude, religious exploration, etc…”

This “common thread” is not attached to me. Maybe you should take a second look at your facebook friends and see what kind of people you associate with. I have more experience in a lot of those areas such as traveling, risks, career direction, and religious exploration than some 50 year-olds I know (who, by the way, have been happily married for 35+ years! So obviously their lack of experience didn’t cause their almost guaranteed divorce). Saying that people should be more experienced in SEX is really not good advice. Eventually you’ll have to sit down with the guy who finally does propose to you and tell him your numbers. That is not going to be a fun conversation. Instead you could get more experienced sexually with your life long partner without the concerns about who they’ve slept with, whether they’ve been tested lately, or what you’d have to do if you accidently got pregnant.

And as for the list of 23 things… I just wanted to comment on a few with a little better advice:

2. Find your “thing.”
How about find multiple “things”. Who’s to say there’s only 1 out there for you. Or better yet, who’s to say you haven’t found your “thing” yet? I’ve found multiple things in my mere 22 years and none of them have anything to do with whether or not I should be married.

3. Make out with a stranger.
Or don’t. You don’t know if that stranger has a wife, or if that stranger is your sister’s new boyfriend that you haven’t met yet, or a million other awful scenarios that could come from that one small action.

8. Explore a new religion.
Sure, explore religion. But if you’re already religious and you’ve made your mind up that your religion is right for you, then you should MASTER your religion. Learn every aspect of your own religion because there are probably a million things you don’t know about it, and haven’t ever considered. Master your religion, than “explore” the others.

9. Start a small business.
Start a small business if you have the financial support and a business savvy partner, because starting a small business in your early 20’s could be a sure fire way to ruin your credit, which is something you have to spend a lot more time fixing than you did ruining.

11. Date two people at once and see how long it takes to blow up in your face.
This is just gross. And reveals what a shallow person you really are. Before you do this, think about explaining yourself to the one person that comes along that you fall in love with. When you get to the point in a relationship when you want to share all, and think about how he or she may think differently of you when you explain this situation and that you did it “just to do it”. You were an adult when you did it, not an adolescent, or a confused pubescent teenager. Everyone has to take responsibility for their life at some point. Is this really worth it?

15. Disappoint your parents.
If you’re an adult in your 20’s and you still want to disappoint your parents, this is a problem. This is the point in your life when you should start regretting all the times that you’ve already disappointed them, start apologizing for all your selfish and bad decisions, and start building a better relationship with them. By now you should have grown up and realized that they have great advice to give because they’ve lived through most of what you’re going through and lived a lot longer than you. Your 20’s are not when you start disappointing your parents, it’s when you start a friendship with them.

16. Watch GIRLS, over and over again.
If you like soap operas, sure watch one. OR… you could watch an educational miniseries, endless documentaries on Netflix, read a book. OMG I’m totally saying you should like watch something, like educational, and not like mind numbing!

17. Eat a jar of Nutella in one sitting.
That’s nasty. Instead, think about the fact that you’re getting older and that your body is changing, and you can’t eat what you used to be able to eat. Start looking into healthy recipes, have some dark chocolate, and don’t make yourself sick eating an entire jar of anything by yourself.

18. Make strangers feel uncomfortable in public places.
Again, you’re an adult or you’re on your way to becoming one… Depending on how you plan to do this, the consequences could be severe, and I don’t think your parents will be bailing you out, you’re not a minor anymore.

20. Hang out naked in front of a window.
And end up on the news talking about how you don’t know why your creepy neighbor thought you were interested in him, you certainly weren’t sending any mixed signals!

22. Be selfish.
You spend your entire adolescence being selfish, immature, and completely ignorant to anyone else’s feelings. If anything, this is the time in your life to start realizing how your actions affect other people and start caring about it. My advice would be, become a little more selfless.

And this my friends, is my two cents…

But who am I? A girl who will be 23 in March and have my first wedding anniversary in May. Because of this one decision I must be naive and inexperienced. My college degree is useless, and all the places I’ve traveled mean nothing, because I married young… I’d like to give a big thumbs up to all the twenty somethings that think this is good, sound advice and who will try to do all 23 things. Enjoy being a selfish, dissapointing, permiscuous girl sitting naked in your window, watching soap operas, eating nutella, and being alone. Sounds like I’ll really be missing out. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to meet you in China because I’ll be celebrating my first anniversary in St. Lucia with my amazing husband. But I’m sure I’ll be there wishing I wouldn’t have gotten married so young.

Enjoy your 2014!