I Have Missed Y’all!

Goodness, I have missed y’all! It has been ten days since my last post, but it feels like it’s been longer! I have so enjoyed sharing my heart in this little space this summer, it feels good to be back. The past couple of weeks have been so full. I’ve been fighting a cold or allergies – the latter of which I’ve never really had before. There have been lots of colds going around though this summer, likely due to the ever-changing temperatures in New Hampshire.

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I will be sharing much more soon, the most exciting of which is the first few posts of our wedding series! On Saturday I began pulling photos for the series and there are so many good ones to choose from – Ruthie, you are incredible! 
Life at work has been very busy, as one might imagine for having a job at a growing university! This weekend marks the due date for my final project of my current course. I also have plans to meet up with some sweet friends of mine in Boston after work on Friday, which should be lovely! In the meantime, stay tuned sweet friends, I will be sharing more regular snippets of our day to day very soon!

10,000 Steps (I Bought a Fitbit!)

Happy Monday, Y’all! We filled this weekend with lots of family time, rest, reading, and a lovely bridal shower. It was made even better because I got to check off three boxes for my August goals:

1) Replace my running shoes (I bought this pair and like them a lot!)
2) Complete three running intervals per week (1 week down, 4 to go!)
3) Hit 10,000 steps in a day

I used to have a strong aversion to Fitbits. The thought of wearing a band of bulky rubber on my wrist had zero appeal to me. I reasoned that I simply didn’t need one because generations had done just fine without them before and I didn’t need a bracelet to tell me to move. Then I thought through the fact that I work a desk job.

For as long as I work in a cubicle, I’m automatically predisposed to a sedentary lifestyle. Thankfully, this can be countered by getting enough physical activity, so I came up with an experiment for myself to turn a would-be sedentary lifestyle into a healthy one:

1) Buy a Fitbit (I purchased a used Alta on eBay last weekend and paid half the retail price!)
2) Wear the Fitbit for a few months to measure my activity level
3) Find ways to consistently hit 10,000 steps a day
4) Sell the Fitbit on eBay, ideally making back most of the money I purchased it for

Essentially, I’m “renting” my Fitbit as long as I can sell it for close to what I paid. It’s a cost-effective way to promote an active lifestyle. While some people might find it easy to hit 10,000 steps a day, it takes intentionality for those of us cubicle workers. It felt like quite an accomplishment to hit 10,000 steps on Saturday and truly understand the level of activity it took to get there.

I definitely don’t enjoy wearing this on my wrist, but I appreciate having the ability to better understand what my body needs! It also serves as a subtle motivator. For example, I wasn’t pleased with the number of steps I had last night, so Dillon and I went outside and enjoyed the evening, adding a few thousand steps before dinner.

Ultimately, my perspective on wearing a Fitbit has changed now that I’m seeing it as an experiment instead of a lifestyle choice. I’m excited to continue promoting an active lifestyle for myself over the next few months!

Do you own a Fitbit? Share your thoughts on wearing one below!

10 More Fun Facts About Me

Happy Wednesday, Friends! As I shared on Monday, I think it is much more fun to know the person behind the blogs I read. Since I’ve had so many new visitors lately, I am sharing some fun facts about myself this week. If you didn’t catch part one on Monday, it can be read here.

Ruth Eileen Photography

1. I took four years of Latin in high school and can still fully recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Latin.

2. Dillon and I don’t have cable. We hardly watched any TV together while we were dating and engaged, so we decided to not introduce more of it into our marriage. I’m so thankful for that choice!

3. Despite our lack of cable, my favorite show is The Office. I’ve watched the series through too many times to count, and now we watch a few episodes together each week on Netflix. I don’t have a favorite character though!

4. Gilmore Girls was previously my favorite show, and I’m so not okay with the cliffhanger we were left on last Thanksgiving!

5. Five years ago, I had a hairstylist cut long side bangs into my style. About three days later, I decided I didn’t like them anymore and proceeded to pin back that bit of hair like a swoop behind my ear. The bangs are long grown out now, but I still wear my hair like that almost every day – even on our wedding day.

6. My Grammy and Tappy are two of my best friends. I would choose hanging out with them over most things any day. On our wedding day, I ate chicken wings with my Tappy right before I put on my gown (pictured above).

7. While I consider myself to be very frugal, I really appreciate having high-quality things. I typically invest in excellent shampoo and conditioner, great shoes, and everyday staples like jeans.

8. My first-ever job was working as the cashier for Lexus. I felt a lot of responsibility for a 16-year-old, but later opened lots of doors for other jobs.

9. My favorite class in high school was U.S. Civics. I distinctly remember creating an acronym to memorize the departments of the cabinet for fun.

10. Since we don’t (yet – fingers crossed) live in South, Cracker Barrel has become my little New Hampshire haven of Southern goodness. We went there frequently in the months leading up to our wedding. It was more stress-relieving to me than a spa!

I want to know you, too! If you haven’t yet introduced yourself, please take a moment and say hello in the comments below.