Archive | August 2010

Back to Brianne

She’s baaaack!

I’m Back! In more ways than one. I’m back to blogging AND I’m back to myself. I’ve been away (from this site) for a while and I realized that I missed it. I missed keeping track of my exercise and eating, I missed connecting with new people, and I missed posting pictures of delicious food…duh! haha.

Seriously though, a lot went on with me while I was not blogging. I went from a normal amount of energy to zero energy, I stayed home alone every night instead of spending time with my friends, I lost all motivation to exercise,  I started calorie restricting all day and bingeing at night…long story short, I was a mess. I’m not really sure what was going on with me for the past few weeks but once I realized it, I quickly put a stop to those things. Afterall, my main goal this year is to become BALANCED, not neurotic and unhealthy.

I have gotten back into my old exercise habits: walking everyday even if its for a short while just to clear my head, attempting a body boot camp DVD on rainy days (hilarious), and I also just started incorporating wall squats into the mix to hopefully strengthen my knees.

I am back to eating three regular meals a day and sticking to fruit or veggies for snacks in between. I’m trying to lay off of cereal for a little while because when I was being bingey (I hate the words binge…ugh) I went through three boxes in a week! Not for meals, snacks at night or in between meals…no bueno.

I also learned that I have been chronically dehydrated for the past few years. I mean, it definitely makes sense and I always knew I did not drink enough, but because I am never thirsty I rarely think about it. Being a nurse, I should have really been more aware of the red flags, but it’s always easier to notice those things in others rather than yourself, right? Here are a list of my symptoms:

  • non-existent thirst signal-after being dehydrated for a long time this signal tends to stop working…crazy!
  • very little to no sweating even after vigorous workouts
  • no energy
  • extremely dry skin
  • chronic digestive issues
  • and the weirdest of all, when I do sweat, it smells like pure chemicals. I learned today that everyone has a certain ratio of water and ammonia in their sweat but in people who are dehydrated, the ammonia becomes very concentrated, hence the chemical smell.

It feels silly that it took me this long to really put everything together but oh well, I did, and I’ve already started to fix it! I had 6 whole drinks yesterday which is HUGE for me. I am used to a coffee in the morning and maybe, if I remember, possibly a glass of water after dinner. That’s all. Even when I am walking one-two hours a day. So stupid!

Anywho, I feel like myself again and I will be blogging regularly again because it really puts my goals and progress into perspective and keeps me on track. I hope everyone has been great and now it’s time for a just a few random pictures that I managed to snap along the way, enjoy!

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I’m still alive.

Hey everyone! I’m still alive, yay! For some reason I decided to take a very long break from blogging (even though I only just started) and I am now realizing that it was not a good choice. I am literally falling asleep right now, but I will fill you guys in on my thoughts as to why blogging is actually beneficial to my life. Talk to you soon!

Looking Forward

It is such a beautiful day today. Sunny, 80 degrees, not too humid… I’m pretty sure you know what that means: Brianne is a happy girl! I knew immediately when I woke up that I wanted to go for a long walk to start the day off right. I went downstairs and ate Peanut butter straight out of the jar, oops. I also had a 7-grain deli flat and my morning cup of coffee.

"top grad" mug that my grandma got me 🙂

I did not get much sleep last night and had a serious case of puff-eyes so I spent the next hour doing this:

Icing puffy eyes is sexy.

and watching this:

Love this show

Since the weather today looked like this: I decided it was time to hit the pavement. I ended up going on an 80 minute walk with a little help from . It was a really great walk and it left me feeling very refreshed. I noticed that I walk with my eyes directed towards the pavement today. When I realized that I do this, I immediately looked up and straight ahead and guess what? It actually improved my walk! I felt like I was breathing better, my posture was obviously better, and it allowed me to focus on my beautiful surroundings. I think that looking forward is a good title for this post not only because of the change it added to my walk, but because that is how we should all face our daily lives. Keeping your head up, focusing on what is ahead of you, and walking with pride are all very important when facing life’s challenges. Ok, enough serious stuff…when I got home I chugged a glass of plain iced tea (no sugar) and ate a ton of watermelon. I looked down and noticed my hands were SO SWOLLEN!

"Man Hands"

Note to self: get a manicure today.

Ok, now it’s time to go swimming in the backyard. Not too much longer til we close the pool for Fall! Talk to you lovies soon.

Picture Post

Hey there! I’m feeling very lazy and tired tonight so I think I will just explain my day with pictures. I promise to fill out a proper post tomorrow 🙂

Woke up well-rested and happy

Had a delicious cup of coffee

Had a 7-grain sandwich thin breakfast

Went shopping for plants with my Dad

30 minute walk

Almost died from heat exhaustion

Saw a goldfinch for the first time! So pretty.

Ate dinner with the fam

40 minute walk after dinner

Watched Casino

Banana Soft serve with Kashi Go Lean Crunch

Nighty Night!

Le sigh.

So, after posting that quest for a cure earlier, I went downstairs to join my family for dinner. The minute I sat down at the table my dad said, “Ugh! Your face is really breaking out bad again, Bri” Thanks Dad. I hadn’t noticed.

My dad is a great guy, but is about as mature and respectful as a 15-year-old boy. I don’t know why he feels the need to make comments like that sometimes, but he does…a lot. I was already in a pretty negative mood and having him say that the minute I sat down did not help. I yelled at him, yelled at my brother for laughing, ate alone in the kitchen, told them both to (finally) clean the kitchen for once, and ran up to my room. This was definitely one of those “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days”. After sulking in my room for a little while I got a text from my best friend Hilary with a picture of homemade guacamole telling me to come over and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I slapped some comfy clothes on, spackled my face with concealer, and practically flew over to her house.

Sloppy looking but SO delicious.

Hil introduced me to the show “Bethenny Getting Married?” tonight and I love it. Her husband is so gosh darn cute and nice and I had no idea what a funny person she actually was. I spent two hours at her house and then started to feel sleepy so I moseyed on home at 11.

I am still awake now (no surprise since I haven’t been able to sleep at all for the past week) and planning out my walk for the morning. I am hoping that starting the day out with a very long walk will cheer me up a little. That…and a tasty breakfast of course 🙂

Goodnight lovebugs.


Ok, quick post. No pictures. No fun stories. Just pure desperation!

I recently turned 25 years old and for some reason it seems that my skin has done more freaking out about it than I have! I have a seriously mysterious case of adult acne right now. It actually started about two years ago (when I moved to NJ) but I kept blaming it on the stress of school. Once I graduated and was stress free, though, it continued so I started blaming it on hormones. I went to the doctor and she thought it would be a good idea to try to give birth control pills a try. I have been taking them for two months now and nada. My skin has a mind of its own now, and as much as I try to stay positive and think good things about myself, it is really is making it almost impossible.

Here’s where you guys come into play. Has anyone else experienced this problem? How were you able to fix it? I’d love to be able to find some sort of natural cure and get rid of these pills if I could. I might be a nurse, and I definitely see the benefit of medication in a lot of situations, but in my own life I try to stay medication-free. (No really, for as long as I can remember my answer to a headache has been “drink a Pepsi”)

Thanks for listening and hopefully someone out there has the lucky helpful hint that will work!

Sunless Sunday

Good afternoon readers! If I could move somewhere that was consistently at a 70-78 degree temperature range year round I think I would be the happiest girl alive. Even though it’s not sunny today, the air feels fantastic.

Last night I decided on the banana soft serve and topped it off with a little cereal. I’m not sure if I mixed it too long this time or just added a bit too much milk but it turned into a cold banana soup…still tasty though.  I enjoyed that while watching a show on wedding cakes and then hit the bed. For some reason, though, I have not been able to fall asleep before 2am lately. It doesn’t matter how tired I feel or what time I lay down, 2 seems to be the magic number. 9:00 seems to be my daily wake-up time, though, so I still get a decent 6-7 hours in. Aaanywho, I woke up at 9 today and made my way downstairs. For breakfast, I had on egg on a bed of salsa, cheddar cheese on top, and half of a 7-grain deli flat. Of course, an unpictured coffee too. MMM.

After breakfast, I took my grandma to the grocery store and we got a bunch of much-needed food for the house. I got yogurt, cottage cheese, bread, soy crisps, a new jar of PB!, spinach, and frozen fruit. Have I ever told you how much I love grocery shopping? Well I LOVE IT.

When we got home we were both starving and decided it was definitely time for lunch. My grandma had leftover spaghetti with meat sauce and I had that boring “new favorite” of mine: Purple Monster! I topped it with Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal and now I am stuffed. This one was huuuge and delicious. And now, in typical Sunday fashion, it’s time to put my pj’s back on and find a good movie to watch 🙂