• Things I Said I’d Never Do… But I Did

    January 9, 2013

    Have you ever said you’d never do something, but then you ended up doing it?

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    It happens, right? Life happens. Here are some things that I said I’d never do, but I did ’em:

    Join a sorority

    I actually didn’t even want to go to a college with a Greek system, but then I joined a sorority. I wasn’t planning to rush at all, but my freshman year roommate was all about it and paid for my registration, so I’d go with her. I went into rush with an open mind (maybe I’d meet some cool people), but I had no intention of joining. I ended up loving the ladies I met and realized that sorority life was a lot more than just cocktail parties and getting drunk (even though those are some of my best memories!), so I ended up joining.


    Speaking of boozing-face, it’s kind of funny considering I said I’d never…

    Drink alcohol

    For real. I didn’t drink a sip of alcohol all through high school. I’d go to parties, watch my friends drink, and then drive them home at the end of the night. I actually planned to not drink in college too, but that definitely changed!

    college was wicked fun

    Go to grad school

    I still remember my college friends studying for their GREs and scoping out grad schools during our senior year, but I had zero interest in any of that stuff. It was hard enough paying the tuition for my undergraduate degree, so there was no way I was going to shell out more money. I needed a JOB, so I focused my attention there and ended up with a paid internship at a marketing and promotions company after I graduated. Long story short, I left the marketing gig for a full-time position at Boston College where I earned my Master’s degree (part-time) in Higher Education Administration. (I also lost 20 pounds during this time: How to Lose Weight with a Busy Schedule.) My plan was to become an administrator or maybe even a dean, but then I fell in love with health and fitness, started this little blog, and the rest is history!


    Spend a semester abroad

    I actually just blogged about my semester aboard last August, so you probably remember the story. I never planned to go abroad, but I took a leap of faith and was so glad that I did. It was an experience of a lifetime!

    Semester abroad England

    Wear a running skirt

    When running shirts first started to get popular, I was totally against them. A skirt? To run in? No thanks! But, then a few of my running buddies started to wear them, and I thought they were kind of cute (the skirts… and, ok, my friends), so I tried one myself. Surprisingly, I liked it! It was actually a lot more comfortable than I thought it would be. I still don’t wear running skirts on a regular basis (I’d much rather wear shorts), but I’m glad I gave them a try!

    running skirt

    Get back together with an ex

    After getting back together and breaking up with my college boyfriend for the umpteenth time, I swore I’d never date an ex again. Well, that changed when Mal and I went on our second first date in 2003, and we all know how that turned out!

    mal and tina


    Yesterday’s breakfast was another French Toast Breakfast Scramble with sunflower butter. I’m sure you’re getting sick of seeing this same breakfast over and over again (sorry), but it’s just so darn delicious and easy to make. I haven’t eaten breakfast yet this morning, so maybe I’ll switch it up. Variety is the spice of life! Ha!


    Question of the Day

    What’s something you said you’d never do, but you ended up doing anyway?

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    { 28 comments… read them below or add one }

    Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills January 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    When Twitter first came around and started getting big I thought it was stupid and said I would never get one. Well now I have 2 – one personal and one for my blog!


    Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Awe this is a great post! I think an important takeaway is that you weren’t afraid to experiment and try things (responsibly)!


    meghan @ struggle muffins January 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I didn’t know you worked at…said Marketing and Promotions agency! I worked there this Spring and Summer and it was a valuable experience…in that it helped me decide to quit and go back to school to pursue what I love (if you’re pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down 😉 )

    This post was a great reminder to stop every once and a while and reflect on how you evolve over time and how your experiences shape who you become – loved it, thank you!


    Scrappytbear January 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm


    Have kids

    Run a Marathon 😉


    Angela @ The Chicken Scoop January 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I went Paleo. I said I never would and thought it was another fad diet. Then I read and researched and tried it and figured out that all those health problems I was having were due to food allergies! Go figure!


    Liz January 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I love this post! I didn’t drink either in high school and most of college and do now. I said that I would never try crossfit, but your blog definitely inspired me to rethink that decision! Like you, I also have said I would never wear a running skirt, but, I have not changed my mind on that one! It’s fun when life takes you down different paths than you originally expected!


    Tina January 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    @Liz: Yay, CrossFit! 🙂


    Shel@PeachyPalate January 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I never thought I’d quit a full time well paid job once I had one…but I did it last year to return to study nutritional therapy…. taking a leap of faith and being ok with changing your mind and having the freedom to do so is SO important! Great post!


    Taylor @ LiftingRevolution January 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I said I would never be in a sorority and I did the same thing. Turned out not so bad and made college so much fun! I also said I would never be a cat person… now my cat runs my life and I love it.


    Jen @ Jens Best Life January 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Haha wow, 1 and 2 were the same for me! I ended up not loving my sorority, but I DID love a few of the friends I made there 🙂 I used to think I’d never like or enjoy sports, but after I started dating my sports-obsessed boyfriend 4 years ago, I’ve started loving them and am spending 6 hours at a sports bar this Sunday just so I can see the Seahawks and Patriots playoff games!


    Chrissy January 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I said I’d never have a cat. Now I have 3!


    Tina January 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    @Chrissy: Haha! Sounds like my mom! She didn’t even want one and then ended up with 4!


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I said I would never get back with an ex and I did over and over again over the course of 5 1/2 years. Yikes. That’s over and done. I am pretty keen on sticking to my word and when I say I’m going to do something I do it.

    LIES! After drinking, which is hardly ever, I always say I will never drink again. Haha. But that is it, promise 😉


    Angela January 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I said I would NEVER work at the family biz again. I moved to the city, got a new career downtown, got married… and then decided to move to my hometown and take over the family biz. Never saw that coming. 🙂


    Jody January 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I, too, am hooked on the French Toast Breakfast Scramble! It really sticks with me until lunch. Thank you for the recipe.


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I wasn’t going to join Twitter, move to California, move back home, or do anything besides music. Interesting… 😉


    Danica @ It's Progression January 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I always said I would never be “a runner,” and this last year I ran 2 half marathons!


    Kathryn January 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    In high school I said I’d never be a teacher or have kids. I’m in my 5th year of teaching and having my first child in June:)


    BroccoliHut January 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I had very similar experiences with both joining a sorority and wearing a running skirt! Never would have guessed I would like them 🙂


    Chocolate Fiend January 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Hi! As a reader of yours for a while, I just wanted to say that I’ve really been liking your posts lately. For a month or so, things got kind of dull (totally not trying to be rude. No one can be perfect ALL the time, right?). But in the past couple of days in particular I’ve really liked your posts. They are funny, personal and thought provoking. Not that sponsored posts aren’t informative, but they seem to be more limiting and way less fun.

    As far as new workouts go… (Different post, I know!), I think it would be cool if you did a rating system every time you tried a new workout. Maybe rate it on the simplicity/easy to understand, muscle fatigue afterwards, fun, social-ness, how you liked the instructors, how much it would cost, if you’d try it again, etc.

    And a question for you: Do you plan on being a full-time blogger for all of 2013? Do you have any other plans of doing non-blogging related work like maybe teaching fitness classes, or taking classes or something like that? Just curious! 🙂


    Lauren January 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I didn’t know that you worked at BC. The world of higher ed is so interesting!


    Luv What You Do January 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    A triathlon!!!


    Melissa January 10, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Like you I said I’d never join a sorority and then did. I learned more there than I did in class! I also never intended to wear a running skirt until my sister got me one for Christmas. It’s from the new Victoria’s Secret line and is really comfy!


    Seeking Amy January 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Love this post! I didn’t know you were greek! I loved greek life in college! 🙂


    Tina January 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Ditto! It was such a blast! 🙂


    Brittney January 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I said I’d never run a marathon a bunch of times and couldn’t believe it when I talked myself into it- it just seemed ridiculously far to me for the longest time! Also, I said I’d never get a dog. I really wasn’t into dogs AT ALL for the longest time and then being around a friend’s dachshund kind of changed my mind and my husband was able to talk me into it. Jury’s still out on whether I’ll ever get a second dog though!


    Beth January 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Run a marathon – whoops ran 2, 1 with someone and 1 to see what it was like to train alone.

    Lift weights and like going to a gym – whoops Crossfitter since 2009.

    Wear Birkenstocks – whoops went to UVM, enough said.

    Own a dog – whoops, we were only just going to go and look.

    And, I’m with ya on feathers. Totally disease filled. Never touch. Yuck.


    Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper January 11, 2013 at 11:23 am

    It’s actually creepy how many of these we have in common, especially considering how often in general I find myself thinking that you remind me of myself!


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