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Anyone else need a weekend to recover from their weekend?

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Whew! It’s nice to finally sit down and relax a little bit. I’ve got a movie playing in the backround (R0mancing the Stone, I can never get enough of Kathleen Turner and Micheal Douglas running around the Colombian jungle together), and Slowcooker Curry Butternut Squash simmering away. (Get the recipe here) This is my first time making it so I will let you know how it turns out.

I have to warn you in advance that this post doesn’t have anything to do with healthy eating or running, as I did neither this weekend. Saturday I went to a BBQ at a friend’s house in Stafford, where I drank a lot of beer and munched on a lot of chips and dip. Delicious, but not exactly healthy. We went out afterward and  saw “Friends with Benefits”. I had never been to a 21+ theater where you can drink alcoholic beverages and order food all from the comfort of reclining leather seats. Best $15 I’ve ever spent on a movie ticket. 🙂 I recommend the movie as well. I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. I like dramas and some action movies, but anytime I just want to put in a movie and just zone out and not really have to think about anything, I pop in something with Katherine Heigl or Kate Hudson. People’s main complaint with romantic comedies is that they’re often predictable and unrealistic. For me, the predictability makes them easy and relaxing to watch and even though they’re unrealistic.. well, I sometimes dream about that special guy making the grand gesture and sweeping me off my feet in the middle of Grand Central Station. (ok, not really in GCS, but in Friends with Benefits there’s this part where they’re watching a parody of all romantic comedies, and Jason Segel makes his grand gesture/declaration of love there). There was a line in the movie last night that stuck out to me, Mila Kunis says “I sometimes wish that my life were a movie”. I often think the same thing. This movie struck a chord with me in particular because in the past I have found myself in similar situations, wishing it would end the same way the movie ended last night. (Clearly, it has not).  But the reason that I’m bringing all this up has to do with, yup, you guessed it, a certain someone.

“J” and I have known   for almost 5 years now, we were in the same Korean class together way back when. (Of the 2 of us, he’s the only one who actually remembers the language.  A year and a half of Korean and all I can say is “Please pass the Kimchi.” sheesh). Anyways, to make a long, long story short, we briefly “dated” for about 4 months until he started seeing someone else. I say “dated” because we had a FWB situation. I wanted more, but was young and naive and honestly believed that if we were together long he would want a relationship. (He later told me that I’m the only girl he’s ever had that type of relationship with. Um, thanks? Not sure how to take that). So 4 years later here we are. After he moved back from Korea (where he was stationed for 3 years) to Cali, we started talking and texting again, and I flew out to Vegas to see him in June. We had a truly awesome time, but as he had just had a really messy breakup, he was pretty adamant about not wanting to be in a relationship again for awhile. So I let it rest until Friday night. See, we talk and text all the time, and even though I dabble in dating on the side, I never let it get too serious because there’s a part of me that’s holding out for J. So after an ok date on Friday night (guy I’ve been out with a couple of times, nothing special), I asked him when I got home if he saw us being in a relationship at some point. Basically he told me that he was too messed up after his last relationship to be in another for awhile, and that while he likes talking to me and texting, and he still wants to fly out here to see me, I should go ahead and date other people. I pretty much expected to hear that, so it wasnt like I was shocked and disappointed, but as I told him, I just had to know. I don’t want to be waiting on something that will never happen. So now I’m back to square one. I’ll keep you posted. Til then, have a good night! 🙂

Have any of you been in a FWB relationship? How did it work out? Did you ever have a real relationship with that person?






Written by blusunshinesarah

July 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Posted in Running

My First Post

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My first post. Wow. I never actually thought that I would be a blogger, but after I started to follow some really good ones ( and you should check them out) I decided it might not be a bad idea. Being that living healthy and running are pretty much like a religion to me, I decided I should blog about that and add in bits about my personal life as entertainment for any of you that decide to continue reading.

But first I should probably tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Wisconsin and joined the Army when I turned 18. My feelings when I graduated high school were that I didn’t want to go to college at that moment but I had to do something in the meantime. Funnily enough, I joined the Army to avoid more school and then spent the next year and a half of my life after basic training in California, learning Korean. After California I moved to Ft Bliss, Tx. (Doesn’t quitelive up to its name). I was there for almost 2 years, during which time I deployed to Iraq for a year. After I got back I reclassed (that is, changed jobs) and got assigned to my current duty station, Ft Belvoir, here in the DC Metro Area. I live in Alexandria and love it.

Pretending to work hard

As far as my relationship with healthy living and running goes, I should start off by letting you know that I was a fat kid. Yup. I struggled with my weight throughout my childhood until my sophomore year of high when I finally peaked at 180 pounds. (I’m 5’6 and at the time had pretty much no muscle, so I somewhat resembled a tank.) I never really understood what the concept of ‘exercise’ was growing up. My parents went for daily evening walks and my Dad sometimes ran when his job wasn’t too demanding; but for the most part, I didn’t understand what it meant to ‘work out’. Until my junior year of high school. I lived in Southern Mexico as an exchange student that entire year and lived with a family that was very active. My host brother took me running and swimming with him, and over the course of the year I dropped 30 pounds. Still, I didn’t start seriously running until I joined the Army and it was mandatory. Your left (uh huh) your left (uh huh) your leffftt rrriighhtt left (uh huh). But I digress. As much as I enjoyed my early days of running when I first joined the Army (cause who doesn’t want to get up at o-dark-thirty and go for a forced run in the freezing cold with someone yelling at you to “run faster, slowbody!”?) I didn’t start running in races until the last couple of years. I still haven’t quite gotten to the point where I log 40+ miles per week (about 15-20 is generally all my body can tolerate), and I haven’t run any marathons yet (training for a half marathon in September, my first!) As far as it goes right now though, I’m just trying to work on getting fast(er) and getting my mileage up. And learning to run in the heat and humidity! Whew it is hot here! In addition to running, I also do circuit training class 5 mornings a week and do some abs work and strength training on my own on the side.

Doesn't this look like fun?

So that’s my (semi) brief overview on how I got into running (the Army made me) and living healthy (I was tired of being the fat kid). Welcome to the blog and thanks for reading! Drop me a note and introduce yourself, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂


Written by blusunshinesarah

July 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Posted in Running