So, for the most part, I go through life rather sleepy. Like, lets say the energy level of humans can be rated on a scale of Kristen Stewart to Richard Simmons:

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My natural inclination is somewhere between Sleepy Dwarf and Jennifer Lawrence. Occasionally, I’ll have a Shiloh Jolie-Pitt moment, but those are rare. And I know I’m not the only person who feels this way (despite what my always-energetic mother tells me.) So that got me thinking- when am I actually, truly awake? I then had a whole text conversation with my friend Elyse about it, because obviously its impossible to have a clear thought without texting it out, and based on a population sample of everyone we know, we both think that most people can identify with the following list.

Top 8 Occasions You’re Surprisingly Not That Sleepy

8. You just had a large amount of sugar or caffeine. Because normal amounts of sugar and caffeine simply get you from “barely conscious” to “marginally functional”.

7. It’s 1am, on a weekday, and you have to wake up for work in 5 hours.

6. Something loud happened on the street as you walked by. Despite the fact it did not affect you in any way, your “fight or flight” response just kicked in like that of a gazelle near a lions den.

5.  Somebody just told you a really juicy piece of gossip. (If you’re like me, it perks up your senses like a meerkat perks up when it sees a snake.)

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4. When commenting on an awesome blog post. Once again, if you’re like me, you enjoy reading about other people’s lives. And you REALLY enjoy when someone touches upon something that makes you be all “I KNOW” or “OMG I CAN’T EVEN” and then you get super excited in the comments and you just wish that you could gchat that person, because you have a lot to say and it would just be easier that way.

3. It’s 6am on a Saturday morning. Because of course.

2. You’re in the midst of a TV series marathon and you only have 2 episodes left. No matter what time it is, if you’ve spent the last couple days watching hours of Orange is the New Black, par example, there is no way you’re going to sleep once you hit the 2nd to last episode.

1. And as Elyse pointed out when I was then debating whether or not to exercise that day: the least tired she is all day is right after she works out. And that’s when I realized, me too.

Moral of the countdown- yay for exercise!

Where do you fall on the human energy spectrum??

When are you at your most awake?

Has anyone seen Orange is the New Black??

So, it was really windy during my walk to work this morning. Don’t worry, my hair still looks great.

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As most of you know, I live in Boston (Go Sox!). And I love living in Boston (Go Pats!) for several reasons, one of them being that I don’t need a car. First of all, when I’m behind the wheel I’m a menace to the road and will freely admit that. Second of all, I LOVE walking everywhere. Walking is sort of my work-out-without-actually-working-out workout.

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For example, I walk to and from work every day (unless it’s apocolypting outside, which happened a few times this winter). It’s a mile each way, so even if I do absolutely nothing else that day, at least I have 2 miles under my belt. Plus the Whole Foods I go to is located a mile from my work and a mile from my home (literally forming a triangle between the three) so if I go there after work- bam- that’s 3 miles that day. I love it. I pop my ear buds in, whip on some shades, turn up the cool jams and I’m on my way.

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Confession: I have been known to start strutting when a song I like comes on, but INEVITABLY I will trip. I will trip over an uneven sidewalk, a curb, my own feet, whatever. Seriously. I can not strut to music without tripping. Is there a support group for this? Maybe I need to start lifting my knees higher or something.

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I’ll work on it.

The other great thing about Boston (Go Bruins!) is the wind factor. Whomever dubbed Chicago the windy city, obviously never visited Boston (Go Celtics!). Granted, it is not that favorable of a quality in the winter, nor on days like today when my hair looks like someone took a vacuum to the top of my head, but in the warmer months that breeze is divine.

Without it, after walking everywhere I would be a sweaty mess, especially when I’m doing that fast walk/jog thing that I do when I’m running late (or being followed by the Boston Common landscaping truck). And nobody likes to be a sweaty mess when they roll into the office.

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Anyhoozle, my point is: walking is good. If you don’t live in a location where walking as a means of transportation is logical, go for a walk around the block. People tend to overlook walks because our mentality seems to be, ‘well, if I’m not in the mood to run then I’m not going to do anything.’ However, a walk can be just as beneficial – and God knows more enjoyable- as a run for relieving stress, trimming down, giving your joints a break, lowering cholesterol/blood pressure and releasing all those happy endorphins we love so much.

I’m not advocating replacing jogging with walking. Not at all. In fact quite the opposite. Keep running, Forrest, keep running. I’m just saying, finding a way to work in a low impact workout is a great habit to get into.

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"Monday- one day. Tuesday- two day. Wednesday- When? What day? Thursday! The third day." -Joey Tribiani

“Monday- one day. Tuesday- two day. Wednesday- When? Huh? What day? Thursday! The third day.” -Joey Tribbiani

Happy Thursday, all! And welcome to the first installment of The Great 8 List!

Top 10 lists are good, Great 8 lists are better.

In addition to rhyming so well with the word “great” (thus providing a catchy title for my countdown) the number 8 is also my lucky number. (The number 2 is my other lucky number, but two items does not a countdown make).

Also, studies prove that absolutely everybody is a little more ADD today than they were yesterday, and a little less ADD than they will be tomorrow. So a Great 8 List has all the benefits of a Top 10, without those last two things that nobody has time for anyways. You’re welcome, blogosphere.

So without further ado, I present:

8 things to think about during your workout instead of how much pain you’re in:

8. If something has been weighing on your mind lately, try thinking about it during the most intense part of your workout. You may find that it provides a perspective free of mental clutter, resulting in a course of action.

7. How funny Kim Kardashian’s face looks when she tries to cry though all the botox and fillers:

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6A.  This is a two parter- if it was up to you, what would you name Prince William and Duchess Kate’s baby if it turns out to be a girl?

6B. And what about if it’s a boy?

5. Try to figure out what monster is going to be the next big trendy thing after vampires and werewolves use up their 15 minutes. Mummies? Frankenstein? Minotaurs??

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4. Smile. The endorphins that get released from even forcing a smile can result in a decrease in pain.

3. Get really into whatever song is playing. Whatever movement you’re doing, do it to the beat, kinda like you’re dancing. (Or, exactly like you’re dancing)

2. If you just broke up with someone/just starting something new with someone/ in the middle of something longterm/ or just single and loving it, think about how absolutely awesome you’re going to look out of revenge/ nervous excitement/keeping things fresh/or for yourself, respectively.

AND 1. If you’ve exhausted this entire list and you’re still in pain, maybe just take it down a notch. Like, maybe just ease up from a 10 to a 9. Go ahead. It’s alright. Nobody around you will notice because everybody else is too busy focusing on whether or not anyone else just noticed that they, too, just took it down a notch.