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20 Totally Random Facts About Me


  1. I absolutely cannot stand being tickled.
    • I don’t mean in the fun way like “Oh no! Don’t tickle me, hehe!” I mean do not even attempt to tickle me or I will thrash and kick and scream until you’re in pain and regretting the decision to lay those wiggling fingers on me.
  2. I also absolutely cannot stand the taste or smell of celery.
    • I should’ve added this to my list of biggest pet peeves, but it irks me to no end when people say “celery has no flavor!” YES it does and it’s repulsive to me. I don’t care of it’s mixed into soup or slathered in peanut butter. I won’t go anywhere near it.
  3. I love, love, love to cook and bake.
    • I’m certainly not the best chef around, but I thoroughly enjoy whipping up new recipes and creating new concoctions. (Just don’t ask my family about the time I tried to make black bean brownies)
  4. I still love playing video games
    • I could spend all day playing Super Mario Bros on Wii or playing Cooking Mama on my Nintendo DS. Hello my name is Emily and I’m 24-years-old, with an 18-month-old, and I still love video games. Problem? Didn’t think so.
  5. I played volleyball for 14 years, including at the University of Cincinnati, and I miss it every single day.
  6. I could eat breakfast food for every meal.
    • Biscuits and gravy, cereal, pastries, donuts, eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, pancakes, waffles, parfaits, oatmeal, and so much more. I could go on and on.
  7. I have always wanted a golden retriever, and my yorkie-schnauzer mix knows it too.
    • I’ve said for years, as soon as I have my own house with a fenced in yard, the first thing I will do is purchase a golden retriever. They’re beautiful, loving dogs and I’m destined to own one!
  8. I thoroughly enjoy reading.
    • Jodi Picoult is my favorite author, but I’m a sucker for the Harry Potter series and all things Christian Grey. Talk about pulling from both ends of the spectrum!
  9. I don’t chew gum.
    • The sound of gum chewing irks me pretty bad but I really can’t stand the thought of chewing on a rubbery, mint flavored item until it becomes flavorless, only to spit it out.
  10. Speaking of mint, I don’t like that either
    • The only kind of mint I can handle is Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and toothpaste. I’m waiting for someone to invent a dessert flavored toothpaste.
  11. I am utterly terrified of public speaking and heights
    • Ask me to give a speech on top of a building and I’ll die right there on the spot.
  12. I also don’t ride rollercoasters
  13. Growing up, I was obsessed with Barbie, Betty Spaghetti, Polly Pocket, and American Girl dolls.
    • The American Girl doll I had was Kit (the one with shorter, blonde hair)
  14. I love spicy food
    • I’m eating chicken, vegetable stir-fry doused in hot sauce as I type this.
  15. When I was in the third grade, a was a member of a recess band called Steps Jr.
    • We sang songs from the band Steps during our 30 minute recess and our classmates would gather around and watch during our “concerts.” And, for those who are wondering, no, I can’t sing worth a lick.
  16. My favorite alcoholic beverage is a Long Island Iced Tea
  17. The very first car I ever drove, I named Karen.
    • She was a 1998 baby blue Chevrolet Malibu
  18. I am not allergic to anything, luckily!
  19. I could spend all day watching the Food Network, and nothing else
    • Unwrapped is my absolute favorite show but I also thoroughly enjoy Best Thing I Ever Ate and The Kitchen.
  20. My hot weather Starbucks order is a venti sugar-free vanilla iced coffee with soy milk and during cold weather I order a blonde roast coffee with soy milk, two Splenda’s, and cinnamon.
    • Every now and then I’ll treat myself with a pumpkin spice latte, a flat white, or a skinny vanilla latte.

Alright, enough about me! Now tell me something random about you!

Weekly Workout Update + Leg, Arm Day Routines

Weekly Workout Update

You know those days where you wake up feeling a little bit thinner? Those mornings where you feel like you’re finally starting to see some progress after all your hard work? Well I had one of those this morning and it was glorious! It’s been a slow progress, seeing as it’s been 8 weeks since I’ve gotten back on track with my fitness goals.

I’ve switched up my routines, tried various workout regimens, and seemingly found one that works for me. I’ve been at that specific routine for three weeks now and I’m feeling fantastic. Lifting heavier serves as cardio within itself, but I’ll still throw in some cardio when I feel like it. The lifting routines I’ve been doing definitely leave me feeling sore for a couple days after, but it’s totally worth it — which is why I want to continue sharing some of my lifts with you.

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Sometimes I don’t have a ton of time to get a workout in, but I figure a short lift is better than no lift. The above routine is an example of what I do when I want to continue working on my arms, but I don’t have enough time for a full-out lifting session. It still gets the job done right?

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The above workout was the leg routine I accomplished this past week. Leg day is my absolute favorite, and recently the squat racks have been taken the entire time I’ve been at the gym, which is why I haven’t been doing them. Oh well, I can still tone the desired areas without them!

Workout time, for me, is like therapy. It’s a way for me to escape any stress in my life, or even release some of that stress. It’s hard to be angry when you’re giving all your energy to lift a weight! I enjoy working out, which means it never truly feels like a chore for me. Sometimes it’s just a bit difficult to find the motivation to get out of the house and do something.

But speaking of getting out of the house, this week my average daily steps are around 11,000, which means I’m exceeding my daily goal of 10,000. The 15,000 step trip to the fair on Sunday helped a lot, but I’ve been enjoying a lot of walks during this cooler weather. So even on days that I don’t hit the gym, I’m certainly getting a good amount of activity in!

Do you aim for a step goal each day? Do you know how many steps you average?

Weekly Workout Update

Yikes it’s been a crazy week couple of weeks! Fortunately, I’ve been swamped with freelance work so I can’t exactly complain about that, but it has meant less time focusing on my blog. 

It’s also been crazy hot outside (at least crazy hot to me), so walks with Will have been less frequent than I would have liked. But I did get to take him out on a couple bike rides, which we both loved!


Anywho, as for my workouts, I’ve been really proud of myself. I’ve gone to the gym about 7 or 8 times in the past two weeks & have busted out a few quick at-home workouts when I had the chance.

I’ve also been eating better although still not great. It’s hard when you have every intention of making the right decision but then you’re not the one always choosing what’s for dinner. I can only control so much while I live with my parents. But I’ve definitely improved my portion control so I know that’s made a big difference.

As for physical changes, I can’t see any yet. But I’m trying to stay patient telling myself that will come. One thing I have noticed, however, is that the scale is slowly counting backward. By slowly I mean at a glacial pace, but perhaps that’s just because I have zero patience.

I did a lot more cardio this week because 1. It let out a lot of frustration & stress 2. I did a lot of body weight & dumbbell at-home exercises throughout the day.

 Nothing particularly special but the main thing is that I’m sticking to it & staying active. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t proud of myself for that!

Now my biggest goal for the next week is to drink more water. Good Lord if I had a dime for every time I was told I needed to drink more water I’d be a gazillionaire. I know I need to but I’ve never been one to drink a lot. Maybe if I start drinking enough water the weight will slide right off, eh? It’s worth a shot! 

What’s one of your health goals for the next week?