Life In These Pants Has Never Looked So Good

Loving life in my hot pants

Life has just been SO AWESOME lately that I need to share a few things with you all!

The post-BEA hibernation

BookExpo America was exhausting. Awesome, but exhausting.

I think it’s really easy to see when BEA started:

Bar graphs showing thousands of steps taken during BookExpo America

That’s:

  • Wednesday: 12,424 steps
  • Thursday: 18,322 steps
  • Friday: 17,121 steps

And on top of that, I was waking up at 7:30am every day, which may not be as early as some people over BEA, but it’s early for me! My typical wakeup time is 10am!

So on Wednesday morning (the day after I got home) I slept in until 11:30am, giving me a total of 10.5 hours of sleep! If that’s not a post-BEA coma then I don’t know what is.

I’ve become a fitness monkey

My fitness calendar in April 2015
My fitness calendar in May 2015, showing which days I exercised

My fitness calendars for April and May. The dots indicate a day that I exercised. In May I started colour coding, where yellow means strength training and red means cardio.

Over the last two months I’ve become a completely different person! I’ve talked a little bit about my Couch to 5K journey before, but things have gone to a whole other level.

Not only have I basically finished C25K (I have one day left!) but I’ve also incorporated strength training into my routine.

Now I’m just working on perfecting my diet. It ranges from good to questionable and I need to be more consistently on the “good” side.

I’m just really proud of myself for coming as far as I have, and I know I still have a long way to go, but I’m looking forward to the journey! That alone says a lot, because I used to be the girl who would avoid exercise at all costs. Who’d have thought I’d end up loving it?

Maybe in a few more months I’ll post some “before” and “now” pictures so you can see how much this journey has changed me physically.

P.S. I got those new workout pants (in the photo at the top) while I was in New York. I LOVE THEM!!

More fonts for June! (because you can never have too many)

The Big Font Bundle - 50 fonts for only $29 at The Hungry JPEG

My love for The Hungry JPEG knows no bounds. When I got back from BEA, I had an email in my inbox letting me know that their June font bundle was live! This time it’s 50 awesome fonts for only $29. But you awesome Nose Graze readers can get 20% off with this coupon code: junegraze20

There’s a variety of awesome fonts, including brush fonts, script fonts, decorative fonts, and more. If you’re a font lover like I am, then it’s pretty much impossible to resist!

This deal only lasts until the end of June, so don’t miss out!

Get the Deal

Don’t forget to enter the junegraze20 code to get 20% off!

But sometimes it’s hard to keep up

As awesome as life can be, it can also be a bit overwhelming. I feel like I’m trying to accomplish SO MUCH right now and it’s just hard to do it all. For instance, here are some of the things on my plate right now:

  • Re-coding UBB (psst, you can demo the new version)
  • Doing client work
  • Code my email subscription/newsletter plugin and post it for sale
  • Make some updates to Novelist
  • Release some free WordPress themes with Anna
  • Write an e-book
  • Re-code some of my older themes

And I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff…

There’s so much I want to accomplish and I can’t find time to do it all. Sometimes it’s frustrating because I feel like I’m making no progress on my master to-do list!

Tell me what’s going on with you!

I want all the juicy deets. What’s awesome? What sucks? Hold nothing back!

Are you into fitness at all?

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35 comments

    1. That’s great Priscilla! 20 minutes a day isn’t a ton, but it’s LOADS better than nothing! I think even those 20 minutes make a big difference in your overall health.

      And a ukelele! That’s awesome! 😀

  1. Right now, I’m just struggling to survive the last few days of the school year. Only for more exams, and then I am FREE!
    I’ve neglected tennis practice for school work since the varsity season ended in April. I’m not sure when I last put on my tennis shoes…
    I plan to start running regularly when summer vacation starts. I’d planned to do C25K, but my friend on cross country told me to skip it since I was past the “couch” stage. I hope my tennis training translates well to heavy cardio.
    I’m also working on a photography and design portfolio so I can start selling pre-made templates and stock photos for a bit of extra $$. I want to sell on Creative Market, but I’m not sure I fit their criteria for quality. I’m far from professional, but I’ve acquired quite a bit of experience as a student journalist.

    Dana @ The Unprinted Protagonist recently posted: Six things that happened while I was on hiatus (in gifs!)
    1. Good luck with the rest of your exams! 🙂

      I think you could still do C25K as long as you’re not at the 5K stage. I wasn’t “couch” when I started by any means. I was able to jog for 10 minutes straight, which is pretty good. So I just jumped into the middle of the program (like 4 weeks in) and that worked great for me!

      Just keep practising that design work! 🙂 Practise definitely makes perfect here.

  2. AH! So jealous of BEA. I wish I could have gone. It’s on my bucket list to go at least once. Also, I can’t remember if I commented on your StumbleUpon post, but I’ve shared the snot out of it because it’s just so good. I’m obsessed with your blog, even if I don’t comment as much as I should. Sorry!

    I’m a fitness junkie. I’m seven months pregnant and still doing olympic lifting/crossfit. I hike every day on top of it too. Seriously. I love it. It’s the biggest stress reliever. But I’m also obsessed with food, so it’s good I work out so much! I actually love food and fitness so much that I started a story on Wattpad about a girl who starts losing weight and dieting for the first time. *blushes* Kind of weird, I know, but anyone who is into dieting, weight loss, or just fitness has loved it. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll shoot you the link, but I’m not about to spam you here, so just let me know. kcrosswriting@gmail.com

    1. Thank you so much Katie! I’m so happy that you stopped by and left a comment. 🙂

      It sounds like you’re totally rocking the fitness world! I’d love to do power lifting but I don’t have the equipment for it. So right now I’m just doing bodyweight training and training with dumbbells. I’ll take what I can get. 🙂

      Feel free to send me the link to that story and I’ll check it out! I think that’s great. 🙂

              1. Seriously?! Me too. We were an Eharmony couple (not a FB couple like Lexie and Bradley). He was actually deployed when we first connected, so he literally lived half a world away. Our first video chat was probably not all that different from theirs in some regard. I can’t remember it now (it was almost five years ago) but kind of wished I had written the details down!

                1. Omg go us!!

                  My hubby and I met through a video game fan site. We were both staff members working on the fan site and started chatting that way. We never even did a video call. We exchanged photos, left each other voice mails, and then met in person!

                  1. That’s awesome!

                    We were pretty long distance (obviously) even after he returned from deployment, so the video chat step was nice because I already felt like I knew him and his mannerisms and his sometimes dorky personality before I met him. 🙂 But it also made things a bit more nerve wracking when we did meet of course!

                    A lot of people are weirded out by meeting online, but it worked for us!

      1. Also- bodyweight training and dumbbells is nothing to sneeze at. It’s awesome in fact. Have you ever used kettle bells? Love them. I think you can get them pretty cheap too.

        1. I’ve never tried kettle bells, but maybe I will at some point. 🙂 After I settle into my new dumbbell routine a little!

  3. Life has been a little sucky lately 🙁 But of course there are still good stuffs like a blogger will give me a copy of Vision in Silver! I hope you release a WordPress.com theme too if that’s possible. I’ve always wanted to use one of your themes I just don’t have the money to move to self-hosted WP ugh. I hope you have more good days! 😀

    Angel recently posted: Six Months of Book Blogging
    1. I’m so sorry to hear that Angel. 🙁 Things will get better!

      Sadly I can’t release a WordPress.com theme—at least not right now. A few weeks ago WordPress.com closed their submissions so they would re-work their approval system for themes. So no one can submit anything until they re-open that. But I’ll certainly look into it when it becomes available again!

    1. Yep. 🙂 It’s been in the works for ages, it’s just hard to find the time in between everything else!

  4. So we totally talked about fitness in the Passenger line, but yes, I’m becoming a workout junkie. It’s like this year it’s just clicked for me. I always hated working out and would be the girl who be like “yeah, I don’t do that whole workout thing” but I really think I said things like that because of insecurity. Because I didn’t think I could do it so it was easier to not try. But this year I buckled down both with working out and for the first time, eating right. I still eat like crap at times (especially on the weekends when I totally cheat), but my diet is a thousand times better than it was last year. And I feel really proud of myself for sticking with it for so long. It’s like that whole do something for 30 days thing and it forms a habit. I definitely think I’ve formed a habit for myself to work out and be healthy. And it’s helped me immensely with my self confidence. I feel more like my old self and that makes me so happy. 😀

    Also, those fonts are beautiful and I am totally going to have to buy them. I love fonts!!

    Rebecca @ The Library Canary recently posted: Review: Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Chraipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
    1. That’s so awesome Rebecca! It sounds like you’re totally on the right track.

      I’m sooo similar. It’s like things are just suddenly clicking for me this year and I’m trying to be a fitter, healthier person. I’m totally shocked! Haha!

      Here’s to us being awesome!

    1. Yes it’s very exciting!!

      Sadly I don’t have as much time to work on it as I’d like, but I’m really hoping it’ll be ready later this month!

  5. I’m easing back into working out but I got a standing desk at work and love that. Though it makes it a little harder to convince myself to work out – because it’s like I just stood up most of the day (except for meeting) so that has to count for something… 😉

    Annie recently posted: Fairy Tale Legacy: Rapunzel
    1. I recently read about how bad it is to be sitting down all day, so it sounds like you’ve taken a step in the right direction. 🙂

  6. You look AWESOME! I’m so jealous that you are at the point where you love exercise… I hate every moment of it still, but I also hate how I look and feel right now, so I’m trying to keep at it and make the changes that I need to! I’m hoping the “loving it” will come with time! I’m also doing challenges with some of my friends through my fitBit, and my competitiveness is keeping me going a little more than it should 😉

    It’s so hard with my profession (design) to actually MOVE during the day, or whenever I’m working… And I get so engrossed in whatever I’m designing that 4 hours can pass before I look up and realize that I was scheduled to run 2 hours before. Whoops!

    So many kudos to you– you are so rocking this!

    1. Thank you Allie!!

      Definitely keep at it. I know it can be hard sometimes and there will DEFINITELY be days where you’re not in the mood, but that’s okay. You can take a break now and then as long as you’re on a general upward trend, you know?

      I definitely tend to sit for reaaaaally long periods of time too. In fact, I sit most of the day. I’m intentionally inefficient in my shopping though in order to help me move more.

      For example, within 5 minutes walking distance (10 round trip) is Starbucks and the grocery store. So sometimes I’ll do this:

      1. Go to Starbucks in the morning.
      2. Go home, work for a bit.
      3. Go back to the store later to pick up lunch/dinner.

      The efficient way to do it would be to do it all in one trip, like hit the grocery store, go to Starbucks, then come home. But I intentionally do it in two trips just so I have a reason to leave the apartment a second time later in the day.

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