A Change In Scenery


Tomorrow, I start working in a new office.  My position hasn't changed & I'm still in the same department, it's just a new location for my team.  In an attempt to try to make it a little more "customer friendly", the Department decided to scramble employees/teams to different offices across the city.  It was a bit of a shock at first, as you can probably imagine.  A lot of people weren't too thrilled about the idea of moving, myself included. 

But, then I got to thinking. 

I need this.  

I've been in the same office with (mostly) the same people for almost five years.  My day to day routine doesn't change much and there is little opportunity to change this unless you are promoted or start working a different position.  I'm naturally introverted & tend to keep to myself so I've gotten comfortable with this.  Maybe a little too comfortable some days.  I know my personality makes it difficult for people to get to know me sometimes (and vice versa).  Not to mention that my job is pretty individual based so I don't have to interact with people all the time.

Starting in this new office is sort of like turning a page.  I'll be working with some brand new people & I don't want to come off as being unfriendly or unapproachable.  Obviously I'm not going to become this outgoing, extroverted person that talks to everyone.  However, I do feel like it's important for me to be mindful of my actions & how I interact with people.  It's easy for me to sort of shut down-- not make eye contact with people, not say hello or good morning, and just "cocoon" myself at my desk.  I don't want to be like that.   I can't be like that.  I'm 30 years old, for goodness sake.

While some of my duties in the new office are still up in the air, I know I will be working with the general public a little more than I do now.  This will definitely require me to get outside of my comfort zone.  Again, this is a challenge that I feel like I need in my life right now.  Maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself but I'm hoping that it helps open doors down the road. 

Have you ever sort of "started over"?  What was your experience?

Friday Favorites #13 - Concerts!


TGIF!  

This week was completely out of the norm for us & I am totally okay with that.  During the week, it seems like our routine is pretty much the same-- go to work, go to the gym, come home, eat dinner, shower, pack lunches for the next day, play with Maggie, and then go to bed.  We hardly ever go out on a week night!  This week, however, we ended up going to TWO concerts!

Tuesday night, we saw A Perfect Circle and it did not disappoint.  Curtis got tickets as a Valentine's Day gift so I've been looking forward to this concert for quite awhile!  I had never seen them before so I'm glad that we went.  Their songs definitely brought back a lot of high school memories!  They actually banned any photos/video during the concert (you would have been kicked out if they caught you) so it was pretty awesome that we could enjoy the concert and not see a bunch of phones all lit up across the arena.  I'm guilty of being one of those people that takes videos of concerts so it was a nice reminder that you don't "need" to record everything.

Wednesday night, we decided to go see some bands at The Waiting Room along with Curtis' friend, Jeremy.  Pallbearer was part of the line up which is sort of new-to-me band that I wanted to see.  Obituary was the headliner which was definitely an experience!  I've only been to a handful of metal concerts and was not prepared for how intense it would be, haha.


So, I guess you could say that I'm dragging a little.  When did I get so old?!?

Moving on...

I received the body suit that I talked about in last week's post and.... it definitely doesn't look as good on me as it does on the model.  Boo...  so I'll be returning that this weekend!  Not sure if I'll be able to pull off this trend, haha. 

I've been packing up my desk at work in preparation for the move to the new office next week.  Thankfully I don't have a ton of stuff but my desk is pretty empty now.  I am definitely going to miss this view along with all of the Vitamin D from the sunshine.  My desk in the new office is nowhere near a window.  😭😭


I'm keeping it pretty short & sweet for today.  We don't have much planned for this weekend other than hopefully sleeping in!  Lord knows I need it right now!  Have a great weekend!

Linking up with TifAndreaErikaNarciAmanda, and April!

Current Supplements I Take

Hello!

I've been in a bit of a rut when it comes to things to talk about on the 'ol blog these days.  While fitness & being healthy is a huge part of my life, I really don't talk about it much on here!  I'm hoping to change that so we'll see what happens. 

Anywho, today I'm talking about supplements that I am currently taking.  Keep in mind that I am not a professional & these are mostly products that I've found through other bloggers, fitness websites, my macro coaches, and just the internet in general. 


Collagen Hydrolysate

I started taking this exact collagen about six months ago after Kathy raved about it in so many of her posts.  This is the only brand that I've tried so I have no idea how others compare.  I had never taken collagen before but I was mostly curious to see if it would help with my super dry hair and skin.  The result?  It hasn't done a darn thing for either one, sadly.  However, I've noticed a huge difference in my nails and with bloating.  I don't feel as "puffy" as I did prior to using this.  As for my joints, I truly don't feel any different.  And maybe that is something that will come with time, hopefully.

I plan to continue using collagen, at least for now.  Despite not having the hair & skin benefits that I was hoping for, I really enjoy the fact that it's helped with my digestion!


Pro Jym Protein Powder

I've tried several protein powders over the years & I have to say that this is one of the better ones by far.  Curtis started using the Jym products a few years ago & got me hooked on this.  It doesn't have the chalky taste like some out there and makes a rather creamy shake, even when mixed with water.  And with some of my more recent dairy issues, it doesn't mess with my stomach which is really nice.



Post Jym Active Matrix

This product is BCAAs for post workout recovery.  However, I've been drinking this during my workouts lately, mainly when I have my tough HIIT classes or leg days.  I feel like it helps me recover during my workouts to get me through some of the tougher moves.  I've been doing a Les Mills GRIT class 1-2 times per week and it is NO joke along with TBC (sort of a boot camp/crossfit style class) with some weight lifting thrown in on other days.  And the taste-- soo good!



PEScience High Volume Pre-Workout

Alright, so I am sort of new to the world of pre-workouts.  The first time I ever tried a pre-workout, it was C4 and I seriously thought my face was going to fall off because it was so tingly!  Since then, I've kind of steered away from them as that feeling was awful.  Lately, I've been feeling like I need a boost some days to get me through my workouts but I didn't want anything with caffeine.  I am an evening workout person so the last thing I need to consume at 5:00pm is 100+mg of caffeine.  Honestly, I can't really say too much about this product yet as I just got it last week & have only used it a few times.  I will say that I haven't felt that "pump" that some of the people talked about in their reviews. 


GNC Women's Ultra Mega One Daily

This is also a fairly new product for me as ProSource has seemed to stop making their women's multi vitamin.  I had been taking that brand of vitamin for nearly three years!  I've only been taking it for a few weeks now & don't mind it.  I've tried some multi vitamins in the past that really messed with my stomach so thankfully these don't!

Question for you guys --  what are your thoughts on greens supplements?  I have never taken them before and I know they are not a replacement for actual fruits/vegetables.  However, I know I don't eat them enough.  I have been considering at least trying them to see how I feel and/or if they are even worth it to add on to what I'm already taking.

Have a great day everyone!  Linking up with Jen, Jessi, & Amanda

Friday Favorites #12

HAPPY FRIDAY!

We made it!  All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Friday so imagine my disappointment when I realized it was only Thursday.  I'm going to be much more productive this weekend though & not spend an entire day on the couch! 

Last weekend, we went to Zipline to try out their new Mimosa White beer which is their new summer beer.  While it wasn't terrible, I definitely miss the other summer beer that they used to make (Country White).  After that, we went to The Session Room and had drinks on their patio.  The weather was beautiful & it was SO nice to be outside.  I am LOVING this weather lately! 



You know who sells some really surprisingly nice workout clothes?  WALMART!  I've gotten a few things from there over the years for working out but recently stocked up on their new tank tops.  I may even go back this weekend for a few more!  They are super light weight which will be perfect for the outdoor boot camp starting up again next month.



Sorry, super crappy gym bathroom picture but I love the super skinny racer back of the tops!  

I have been really into the body suit trend lately but unfortunately, all of the ones I've found online that I really like are all sold out in my size!  And I don't know if I trust to buy one off Amazon or Shein.  Their sizing just seems all off.  Thankfully, I found this one on H&M and ordered it the other night.  Not sure how it's going to fit or look on me but it's worth a shot!


Alright, no more clothes talk.  We finally got the official word on our move date to the new office -- May 23rd.  For now, anyway.  I imagine there may be some shenanigans that come up in the meantime and may push that date back.  Especially since we were originally told that we would move mid-March.  Obviously, I'm a little apprehensive about moving especially since it kind of feels like we're all going in blind & there isn't much of a plan in place.  But, I've been feeling like I need a change in scenery for awhile now.  I've been in my current office for almost five years now! 

Not entirely sure what is in store for this weekend.  I think we are going to try to get Maggie into the vet to get checked out again.  Her skin issues that she had on her back when we first got her have seemed to have crept up around her neck and chest for some reason.  Plus, she's just been acting kind of funny this week.  As in, panting & breathing super hard when she's just sitting down or laying down.  

Other than that, no plans for Mother's Day yet but I'm sure we will see them sometime this weekend!  

Have a great day everyone!  

Linking up with TifAndreaErikaNarciAmanda, and April!

All About Entertainment -- TBB Asks


Happy Tuesday!  Today I'm joining The Blended Blog for their monthly survey.  Today is all about entertainment!  

Comedy or drama?   Probably comedy.  Some of my favorite movies are comedies-- Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, The Hangover, etc.

Fiction or non-fiction?   Fiction.  I can only handle non-fiction if it's something psychological or sociological.

Movies in the theater or at home?   At home.  I like to be comfy! 

Musical or play?   Neither.  I am not a fan of anything theater related.

Which meal of the day is your favorite to eat out?   Probably dinner.  I am not a brunch person as I can't get up early enough to get ready.  By the time I do, it's practically lunch, haha. 

Favorite book ever read?   Go Ask Alice.  I first read this book in probably middle school and have re-read several times. 

Game night:  Yes or no?   Sometimes.  Since it's just the two of us, we don't really play any games.  But if we have people over, we will play Cards Against Humanity usually.

Favorite outside game to play?   Bags is pretty fun although I don't have a clue how the scoring works.  Otherwise, I really like Chinese horseshoes.  We used to play that A LOT when I was younger. 


Favorite TV series ever?   This is a tough one!  I have to say Full House because I loved it growing up but Golden Girls is up there as well.


Sitcoms growing up or sitcoms of today?   Sitcoms growing up, for sure.  Other than Law & Order SVU, there really hasn't been anything I've enjoyed watching the last several years.

Miniature golf or bowling?  I am terrible at both but I will have to go with mini golf! 

Favorite movie theater candy?   None!  I never get candy at the movie theater.

How do you like your popcorn?   I rarely get popcorn at the theater.  I love it but my body hates it every. single. time.

3D Movies with glasses:  Yes or no?   Nah, 3D movies kind of make nauseous!

Favorite genre of books to read?   Thriller, psychological, horror, etc.

What are some of your favorites?