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Neither Erik nor myself is particularly photogenic. In the top photo, he freaked out about the flash. In the bottom, I was losing my mind over his face in the top photo.

This is just in case any of you still think I always look cute and put-together and whatever. I’m normally a mess. Luckily my boyfriend is too.

me Erik
09.06.1457 NOTES Reblog
Gotta stay hydrated.

Gotta stay hydrated.

Lately, I’ve put on weight. I know it without a scale. And frequently, I’ve been feeling upset about that fact. But here’s the thing: I’m still me. I’m still smart and creative and pretty and good with animals. None of the important things about me change with my weight.

I was very nervous about being in just a bikini top and skintight leggings while hiking and swimming with Lucy this week, but it was also such a great experience.

Even while at the beach, even when I looked through the adorable photos Lucy took of me in my bikini, I had twinges of anxiety. Too many years of disordered thoughts have made my mind all cobwebby. I’m still working on clearing them out to let the sunshine in, but this day trip was a good step forward.

On Wednesday, I went with my friend Lucy and her parents to Pewit’s Nest And Devil’s Lake for hiking and some swimming. It was a ton of fun and I took over 400 photos of the gorge and the hiking trails. Plus, Lucy took some amazing shots of me. Double plus, first time wearing a bikini in a year, even after my weight gain! I’m proud of myself.

Did I mention that Erik, the guy I’ve been in love with since spring 2012, and I are now dating? This is us on his 29th birthday at the start of this month, right before we and his brother left their family reunion.
I’m so happy being with him!

Did I mention that Erik, the guy I’ve been in love with since spring 2012, and I are now dating? This is us on his 29th birthday at the start of this month, right before we and his brother left their family reunion.

I’m so happy being with him!

Got a new book to read today!

Got a new book to read today!

Run Recap: 7/31
Distance: 1.52mi
Time: 21:44

This was my first run in a long time. If you know me at all, you know that I am not a runner. I don’t like running. Most of the time I’ll say I hate running.

But sometimes I run.

Today I decided to go for a run. One of my goals for August is to run with my Zombies, Run! app twice a week at least. I wanted to get an early start, especially since I have no other plans for today. I changed into my Tribesports capris and sports bra, pulled on a thin racerback shirt, and borrowed a pair of Adidas running shoes from my roommate (my shoes are falling apart and don’t give me enough support anymore).

The day was warm. The day was humid. I was stupid enough to head out at 11:30am. Yuck.

I just did a quick loop along the Oak Leaf trail here in the Milwaukee area, heading back after a pretty short distance. I am way too out of practice to jump into anything longer right now, but I’ll get there.

Plus, look at the creepy tunnel I ran through!

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