My first powerlifting meet is tomorrow. I’m 96% sure I’m not going to make my weight class by less than a pound, and I have no cares about it. I had planned to weigh in this morning, but I thought weigh-ins were 8-9:30 and they were actually 9-10:30. I had a meeting scheduled for 9, so I had to abandon that plan. I’ll weigh in this evening, then treat myself to a good meal.
And maybe some frozen yogurt.
Tomorrow, I’m getting Bojangles.
And going to a Super Bowl party on Sunday.
So, BYE diet.
Despite some of the questions and eye rolls around some of the rules (my favorite: “sports bras are okay, but can’t be supportive” – what?!), a sanctioned meet is something I’ve wanted to do since I started lifting heavy weights. I don’t see myself becoming a regular competitor, but it’s something I can check off the list.
In that vein, I started thinking about other things I want to do. More specifically, things I want to learn how to do.
I love hand lettering, and would love to be able to create my own (man, would I save some money…). Learning calligraphy has been on my to-do list for a long time. A local stationary shop has the occasional class, and without fail, I already have plans. Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to either signing up or buy a beginner’s kit and teach myself.
While in Paris, I tried macarons from both Pierre Herme and Lauduree, but the box(es) I bought from a small family bakery in Saint Germain are among the best things I’ve ever eaten. They were so light and delicious. I savored each one, and considered not giving my family their boxes when I arrived home. I’d love to be able to make macarons, but I’m intimidated. They require a lot of skill and care. I need to just buck up and make them!
Drive A Manual
My dad, stepdad, and two past boyfriends have tried to teach me to drive a stick shift. All have failed. I can tell you how to. I can tell you in such great description that I could probably teach someone else how to drive one. I just can’t drive one myself. It’s like my hands and feet and head stop working together. Maybe I’ll get the hang of it one of these days.
Speak Spanish Fluently
My Spanish is actually decent. I was surprised at how easy it was for me to communicate when I was in Nicaragua last summer. As long as everything stays in present tense, I can generally get my point across, and understand what is being said to me. But switch tenses and I’m done for. While part of my desire to speak Spanish fluently is tied to my plans to spend a lot more time in Nicaragua in the future, Spanish is such a common language in the States that it would only benefit me to learn. Besides, I haven’t been to Spain yet!
Hair and Makeup
I can do the basics. I can create a decent French braid, cover up any flaws on my skin with foundation, and swipe on some mascara. But a smokey eye? Forget it. Lip liner? I’m a toddler with a crayon. A curling iron? I can’t even. I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials this week to get better at doing my makeup. I tried a few tips this morning AND I DID IT. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up being a famous beauty blogger! (Jokes – I sweat too much for that!)
What is something you would learn how to do? Let me know in the comments!
And now, this week’s Health & Fitness Links I Love:
17 Healthy Snacks To Meal Prep – I’m great at meal prepping breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but snacks? Not so much. I’ve been buying a lot of pre-packaged goodies, and while some are a great healthy snack on the go, a lot of them can be high in sugar and not altogether healthy. This article from Self on healthy snacks to meal prep for the week gave me some ideas I plan to try out soon – those peanut butter covered bananas look like a game changer!
Stacy London On Her Year of Going Broke – I watched a lot of What Not To Wear back in the day. Stacy London penned a piece about going broke after back surgery for Refinery29 that touched on not just the financial aspect of being broke, but also the broken aspect and her struggle with depression. It was eye opening.
25 Things I Wish I Would Have Done Before I Turned 30 – I really like this piece from The Everygirl. The author lists things she wishes she would have done before turning 30 – but also talks about why it’s okay that she didn’t. I’ll be 32 in April, and I don’t regret the choices I’ve made. Society can put a lot of pressure on us to achieve certain things by certain dates. I’ll get married and have kids eventually, but right now? I’m planning my next trip to Nica.
5 common Coffee Brewing Mistakes – Life hit a rough patch on Wednesday. I woke up to find my coffeemaker had died overnight. It worked fine the night before. I set the timer as usual. Woke up Wednesday morning – NO COFFEE. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I now have a Ninja Coffee Bar and life has changed. This article from Refinery29 on common coffee brewing mistakes was timely in my world.
In all honesty, I didn’t read many articles this week that blew me away, so I’m going to shut it down here and hope next week is a better week on the knowledge front. Stay tuned for updates from the powerlifting meet (follow along on Instagram!) and for the first part of my Iceland recap!