The Final Countdown!

In 34 days, I will become a college graduate. In 40 days, I am moving to a new city and a new state. In 45 days, I will be boarding a flight for Europe.

WHAT?!?!

Where has this year gone? It seems like just yesterday I was coming back from Christmas break and now I’m trying to figure out what I need to move out of my dorm room. The internship is going great! School is almost over, which means my stress levels have dropped dramatically! I’m doing a pretty good job of sticking to my goals for the year (more love, more respect, and more happiness!). I have so many things to do before I graduate and move away. I’m a lover of lists, if you haven’t realized this yet you haven’t read my blog enough, but I am not going to post my graduation bucket list (at least not yet!). This post is just a reminder and a promise to myself. A reminder to not lose sight of my goals and dreams. A reminder to hang in there kid! A promise to blog more often. A promise to do more things worthy of blogging about. For those of you that actually take the time to read these shambly posts, thank you! It’s nice to know that there are people out there that have my back through this crazy journey of life! 

xoxo

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My Reasons For Getting Healthy

So I’ve jumped off wagon again. It’s been almost two months since my last post. It’s also been two months since I started second semester of my senior year of college. It’s been crazy. Between tests every other week, papers, welding projects, and working at my internship it’s like I barely have time to breath. I literally run from class to work then back to school for dinner and homework. The worst part is that I really am trying to manage my time in the best way that I can. My agenda is literally my ride or die. Without it I would probably have a mental breakdown. Anyway, with all this craziness I have been neglecting the gym and my health. And I am soooo mad at myself. So, in the hopes that this will keep my motivated, I am going to write done all the reasons why I am committing myself to  getting healthy!

  1. My Future Profession. I’ve always known that I wanted to have a job where I could help people and that is exactly what I have chosen. Chiropractic is all about taking care of the body you have without the aid of medicine. I believe in this wholeheartedly. If I didn’t, I would be going to graduate school for marine biology. If you start taking really good care of your body when you are young it will actually last you into old age. No more knee and hip replacements. No more heart disease. All of this without over medicating yourself. Your health is so important, no matter the age and that is something that everyone should know. Also, you have to practice what you preach. 
  2. My happiness. The stress and lack of sleep that come free with every college tuition payment are the literal worst. I’ve never been one to cope well with stress. I usually just ignore it until I absolutely have to deal with it then I have a huge mental breakdown before rushing to get everything together. It is horrible. This typically leads to poor eating choices and time management issues. So I’ve got to get together. Making better life choices (whether they be food, exercise, or just a mental break) will help me in so many ways. 
  3. Eurotrip 2014! I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on here but I will be spending the entire month of June traveling through Europe with one of my best friends. I absolutely cannot wait. I have a countdown and everything. However, jet-setting around Europe for 30 days isn’t going to be easy. We are going to be walking all the time and traveling like that is generally just hard on your body. So the healthier I am beforehand, the easier it will be. 
  4. I need new clothes. I’m not sure if anyone has an idea of the climate we have in Kentucky, but to be honest it is crazy. Two weekends ago I was wearing shorts and taking long walks around downtown. On Monday it was snowing and under 20 degrees. However, in a few months I am heading south into the epicenter of heat and humidity, aka. Atlanta. I am not even close to being prepared for that wardrobe wise. Also, I’ve been trying on all my clothes from last summer in preparation for Spring Break next week (FL Bound!) and it’s extremely disappointing. I hate feeling this way about myself and really never want to feel this way again. So I am going to change. I have to. 

So, there you have it. My motivation. Now it’s time to get a solid schedule, stop eating crap, and enjoy the rest of my senior year! I can’t believe it’s already March! Tell me what motivates you! Who or what are you getting healthy for?

xoxo

Trends: Fitness Wristbands

So it seems everyone has a fitness gadget. My sister and my dad both have pedometers.  One of my friends got the Nike Fuelband for Christmas and is in love with it. At least three people on my Facebook timeline use some Nike app that let’s you send them cheers while they run or something like that (I always send them cheers because I think that is so cool! haha). But the big trend seems to be the fitness wristbands. Every company in the fitness industry seems to have one.

Over the past year, I have saved up some money and I’m seriously thinking about investing in one of these devices. They are a good way of keeping yourself accountable and I’m at the beginning of a very long journey. To see what these fitness wristbands actually did I spent a few hours researching them and put all the facts in a nice table in the hopes of helping myself (and possibly one of you) decide on a device. I researched the Nike + Fuelband, the Fitbit Force, and the Jawbone Up. These are only a select few of the ones available, but these are the ones I felt would work the best for me.

First thing first. Here is what they look like.

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Fitbit Force
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Jawbone Up

The Facts:

Specs Nike + Fuelband Fitbit Force Jawbone Up
Battery Life 4 days 7 – 10 days 10 days
Syncs to iPhone or Android (Bluetooth) and computer (USB) iPhone or Android (Bluetooth) and computer (wifi and USB dongle) iPhone or Android (through headphone jack)
App Yes Yes Yes
Colors Green, pink, red, or black Black or Slate Blue, black, grey, or mint
Tracks Workouts (intensity), sleep patterns, steps Steps, floors, distance, active minutes, sleep, and calories(on app) Workouts (intensity), sleep, food and drink, mood(on app)
Water Resistant Yes Yes No
Alarm No Yes Yes
Display LED; time, Nikefuel, steps, and calories LED; time, steps, floors climbed, alarm, distance, active minutes, and calories None
Other Uses Nikefuel to track movement, displays progress in real time, has idle alert (on phone) Syncs with many apps (including MyFitnessPal) Connects to many apps (including MyFitnessPal), has idle alert (on band)
Price $149 $129 $129

So there it is, everything I could find about these devices. I’m leaning towards the Fitbit Force because it is less expensive and does so much! Anyone out there want to throw their two cents in?

xoxo

Not Your Normal Resolutions

Happy New Year Y’all! It’s finally 2014! And I have the flu, which is lame. I haven’t done anything but lay around the house for the past few days. I don’t feel bad all the time, but I also don’t want to pass this on to anyone else so I can’t really go out and do things. I’ve watched quite a few movies and A LOT of HGTV. I mean, who doesn’t love House Hunters?

Anyway, 2014 is bringing so many changes that I can hardly keep track. At the end of May I will be graduating (AHHH!) from Transylvania University with a BA in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies. On June 5th I will be boarding a flight to London, England and then spend 30 days traveling all over Europe! Then as soon as I get back in the states (July 4th!) I start my Doctorate of Chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, GA! It’s going to be a crazy couple of months but I’m really excited!

So with all that in mind I sat down to work out my new year resolutions. A couple of days ago I read an article (possibly from the Huffington Post) about how we set ourselves up for failure by making resolutions. They said we should instead set a theme for our year. I really like, no I LOVE that idea. I love the idea so much that I have set three themes for the year 2014: Love, Respect, and Happiness.

Love: This has nothing to do with finding the love of my life (who has time for that, really?). It’s about spreading love. There is hardly enough love in our world. We need to tell each other that we love each other more often. It’s really easy to do. Just pick up the phone and call or text or e-mail. Just do it. We also don’t love ourselves enough. That’s harder. It’s easy to tell someone else you love them but telling yourself, ugh! So I’m vowing to work on loving myself, loving other people, and loving my life!

Respect: I consider myself a respectful person, but it’s more than just respecting your friends. First off, you HAVE to respect yourself. If you don’t, no one else will. You have to treat your body right and listen to it. It’s the only one you have. Being a respectful and nice person is never a bad thing. You have to give it to get it and that’s what I am going for!

Happiness: 2013 was pretty unspectacular in this category. School was the hardest it has ever been and people were so overwhelming at times that I spent a lot of time alone. There was just a lot of negativity surrounding 2013 and it sucked. I’m not saying I wasn’t happy. I have so many great people and opportunities in my life and I am thankful for each and every one of them. But 2014 is going to be the year to spread happiness. Do nice things for people. Pay it forward. Enjoy the little things. After all the best way to be happy is to make other people happy. I’m also a firm believer that if I can accomplish the first two then this will happen by default.

So, there you have it. My themes for the new year. I’m really excited and happy with them. What are your resolutions or promises or themes for 2014? Let me know!

xoxo

Holiday Detox!

So the holidays are finally coming to an end! And that can only mean one thing, cold and flu season. Which is indefinitely less exciting. My dad started us off last weekend with illness that ended up being a small case of pneumonia because he wouldn’t go to the doctor. (Don’t worry, he finally went and is now feeling much better) However, that left my mom and I with some kind of oncoming head cold. She’s been feeling pretty crummy for a few days, but mine just started yesterday. If there is one thing I hate in this world it is being sick. It is the absolute worst! So before this cold can become more than just a tickle in my throat I decided to take some action. I’ve been doing a few things:

1. Allergy meds! I never had allergies until I went to college but I swear by Allegra! It’s great. I took one this morning after I woke up and felt better within a few hours. Just make sure you don’t overdo it!

2. Drink a lot of water! I’ve always been a huge water drinker myself, so it isn’t hard to stick to this simple rule. The last thing you want while you are getting sick to to also be dehydrated, especially if you have a temperature. The more water you drink the faster your body can flush out all the bad stuff inside.

3. Tea time! Recently, I started drinking a lot of hot tea. I don’t know why, but I’ve been replacing my usual coffee with it. Pretty much anywhere you want to look people are praising the benefits of drinking tea (mostly that they are full of antioxidants!). Plus, it’s warm, has very little or no calories, and has caffeine! You can also buy tea that helps you go to sleep (literally called Sleepy Time Tea). I jumped on the tea train and I don’t think I’m getting off anytime soon.

4. Take a bath! There is nothing in the world that feels better than taking a bath when you are feeling bad. Whether it is a cold, a long day, or just the crappy weather taking a long hot bath just hits the spot. I live in a dorm while I’m away at school so I never get to indulge. But since I’ve been home let me tell you, I take like three a week. All you need is some bubbles, a classical music Pandora station, and as much time as you want. You won’t regret it.

Now that I’ve given you my tips on a holiday detox, I have just one more to share. In an extended attempt to battle this cold I scoured the internet in the hope of finding something to help me nip it in the bud. Enter the Detox Bath. This bath isn’t necessarily designed to help you relax but to help you sweat out all the bad stuff in your system (all that bacteria and infection). I’m always up to try something new so I gave it a shot.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup of Epsom Salt (strengthens immune system)
  • 1 cup of Baking Soda (neutralizes chemicals in your tap water)
  • 3-5 Green Tea Bags (antioxidant)

Make sure the water is hot, but it doesn’t need to burn your skin off. After the tub is about half full, add all of the above and mix them around. Soak for 20-40 minutes. The heat and sweat could cause you to feel light-headed/dizzy so be careful when you get out of the tub. Also, make sure you drink a lot of water. You’ve sweated out some bad stuff, but also some good stuff so you need to keep yourself hydrated.

If you are like me and have a head cold the detox bath will help clear up all that congestion and you will be able to breath better. I took one a few hours ago and while I do still have some drainage, I can breath much more clearly!

Hope you all are having a fabulous holiday!

Stay tuned for some New Year’s resolutions!

It’s been a long time…

About three months or so actually. Senior year hit me like a brick wall. Every week it seems like there is something else that requires my full attention leaving absolutely no time for anything else, not even my other classes. This semester has been like a marathon and the only sign of slowing down is the fact that it is almost over. To be honest, I have never been so excited to see a semester end. Physics, Senior Seminar, and Anatomy proved to be one of worse ideas. But I’m almost there, only two more weeks and I’m home free. 

However, with my over-involvement in school I haven’t had time for any thing else. I haven’t been to the gym in months and living on campus isn’t’ exactly conducive to healthy eating. And to be perfectly honest, I feel horrible. Besides the fact that I have a terrible head cold at the moment, I feel bad on a day to day basis. I stay up all night working on homework and then sleep every chance I get throughout the day. I’m nowhere near where I was at the end of the summer; physically, mentality, or emotionally. All semester long I would think that I would start getting it all back together the next week, but then it came and went and I never found the time to do what I needed to do. So here I sit, basically back where I started from and I’m mad. I’m so mad at myself for letting this happen. I could have done something, anything really. But I hate to dwell on things, so I’m not going to. I am just going to move on and start over. 

Next semester I am taking three classes and doing a part-time internship (about 10 hours a week). By then I should also know about my post-grad plans (fingers crossed). So I am promising myself that I am going to get back in the gym and start eating healthy again. I don’t want to keep feeling the way I have been and I don’t want to end my college career and start my post-grad in a bad place. If I want to change my life, I have to give it 100% and I HAVE to stop making excuses. 

So, be on the look out for many more blog posts. Definitely including my New Years Resolutions. 🙂

xo

It is definitely a Monday

Today has been less than stellar. To start off, I woke up two hours after my alarm went off. Like, how? How does that even happen? I then sat on the couch and watched tv, which could only be followed by laying in bed and watching Vines for the better part of an hour. Suddenly, it was 4 o’clock and the absolute last thing I wanted to do was spend a few hours on Pinterest/blogs so that I could do my meal planning for the week. Meal planning is something I usually do on Sunday, but yesterday I spent that time catching up with two of my friends from school. The thought of meal planning today just sent me over the edge. Why can’t I just go home for a few days and let my parent cook a few meals for me? Why can’t I lay by the pool all week and work on my tan? I don’t want to cook for myself. I have no motivation to go the gym. I’m just letting Monday suck the life out of me.

But let’s back track a little bit, to last week. I spent about two hours at the gym almost every day and then spent Saturday property hunting with my parents and visiting my sorority sisters at their recruitment retreat. I couldn’t go to retreat this year because I will be serving as a recruitment counselor this fall. So, starting this Friday, I will officially be unaffiliated until the third week of September. It was so great to see them all and give them all hugs after being away from each other for a few months.

I ate well last week. Oatmeal muffins, BBQ chicken flatbread, and Black Bean Salsa being my favorites. Other than letting my caffeine addiction get the best of me, in the form of at least four or five bottles of Mt. Dew Voltage, I felt really good coming out of last week. But as I said before, Monday has hit me like a brick wall. An hour ago I was literally curled up in my bed on the verge of tears. I just felt like everything was going wrong today and that I was letting my life get away from me. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure that I wasn’t just having serve caffeine withdrawals. I’ve done pretty well this summer with limiting my soda intake. Mostly by the method of ‘if it isn’t in the house, I won’t drink it’. So overloading my system like I have been doing for the past few days can’t come without a cost.

I finally talked myself into getting up and starting my meal plan. That’s when I came upon the blog, Strong Like My Coffee . After reading over a few of her posts, I realized that I was hooked. So I took a page out of her blog book and made myself some coffee and settled in to read some more. I’m not sure if I needed the caffeine or the inspiration, but they worked. (I’m sure the N*SYNC song that just came on my shuffle isn’t hurting either) It’s crazy how much better I feel sitting here right now. Her blog gave me so many great ideas like planning out all of my exercise at the beginning of the week (just like I do my meals) and making lists to help keep myself organized. Kenzie was a life saver for me today and I am so, so thankful for it.

Coffee and Blogs :)
Coffee and Blogs 🙂

Now, to make up for all of the things that I’ve let get me down today, I’m going to go on a nice long walk around the neighborhood and finish my meal plan/exercise plan (all before Teen Wolf, of course) so that I am ready to started back on the right track tomorrow.

xo

No more hiatus.

I feel like every time I sit down to write a new blog post it starts exactly the same “Oh my gosh! It has been so long since I’ve updated or even thought about this blog.” I am ashamed of how true this is. So, this time I’m not going to even mention how long it has been since I last posted. Instead, I’m going to promise myself that I WILL actually start using this blog. There it is. It’s on the internet so it has to be true. 

The past few weeks have found me at many concerts and spending a lot of time with my friends. And while I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to see some of my favorite people, it has also severely thrown me off track. I feel like my body has just been in a state of hiatus. I’m not gaining, but I’m certainly not losing. I feel like I’ve been traveling between so many places that my body can’t get back into the groove. So my second promise is to put down roots for a while. I can’t get in a routine if I am constantly gone. That is what has made this past month so difficult for me. 

With one month left until I move back into my dorm (and only 12 days until my roomie finally comes back to me! AHH!) , I’ve got a long way to go. I’ve got to get focused and be dedicated. This time that is a promise I am going to keep. 

xo

I thought I was finished with college visits…

So, again, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Week 2 came and went, and then Week 3 came and went. Suddenly, it’s Week 4 and I am floored. Where did this month go? I vaguely remember saying this exact same thing about the month of May, but seriously, this summer is flying by. 

Going into Week 3, I was down 8 pounds total and feeling awesome. I was going to the gym 4 days a week and cooking every meal I ate. Then the illness hit. I’m not exactly sure what happened (the main suspect as of now are some avocados I got at Trader Joe’s), but I was down for the count. I was sick for two days straight. I eventually just gave up and came home, hoping that a little relaxing by the pool would help. Thankfully it did.

Then, the traveling began. On Saturday, I had to go to Cincinnati and back with my mom and sister to pick up her wedding dress. Log: 384 miles. It was off to Spartanburg on Sunday for a Graduate School visit (more on this later) and lots of house hunting. Log: 259 miles. Monday found us heading east to Atlanta for more exploring/house hunting. Another one of my Graduate School options happens to be in Marietta, GA. Log: 179 miles. Finally, today, after hours of searching and stupid Atlanta traffic we started the trip home. Log: 349 miles. With a final mile log of 1,171 miles, I am so done with traveling for a while. 

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Now, on to my Graduate School adventures. So I thought I never thought I would ever have to go on another college tour after I committed to Transylvania. I wish I had known how wrong I was. I am currently looking into Chiropractic School as my main post-grad plans. Last summer I visited Life University (located in Marietta). I loved the school, but hated Atlanta and the traffic. Coming from a small town, that traffic was more culture shock than graduate school could ever be. So, this summer I decided to visit Sherman College in Spartanburg. I adored everything about it. The campus is small and Spartanburg is so much more like home than Atlanta could ever be. Now I just have one of the hardest decisions of my life. Thank goodness I have until December to make my decision. 

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After being sick and being on the road for what seemed like forever, I am so ready to get back to Lexington. I actually want to eat my own cooking! What? And, I cannot even tell you how much I miss going to the gym. I never thought I would hear myself say that, but it’s true!

xo

Getting the hang of it

Well, week one has come it a close! It was a long week to say the least. I joined a gym (Snap Fitness)! I cooked almost every meal I ate. I got to see Justin Paul Lewis and Ben Sollee preform live! And, I lost 5 pounds! I know that may not seem like a big deal, but it is to me. That means that what I am doing is actually paying off. It was extremely motivating to step onto the scale this morning and see that number change. Also, I have to say that I am pretty impressed with my cooking skills and/or the awesome recipes I’ve been able to find on Pinterest. I mean, come on, look at that Veggie Flatbread… (even though it could have done without the tomatoes)

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While I really expected the hardest part of this whole adventure to be cooking for myself, I quickly learned that being alone was the worst. I never knew it would be so difficult to make myself get up just so I could spend the day alone, apart from the people I see at the gym. This week has made me incredibly aware of just how much I am going to have to motivate myself. I have to hold myself accountable, and it’s really hard. It is so much easier to just sit back and be like ‘Well, no one will know if I skip going to the gym today.’ It sucks! Like today, after my alarm went off at 9, I rolled over and slept until noon. Like, what? I was so mad at myself. So, I decided that I would go for a long hike to make up for it. Before I even got to the trail, it started raining. Not a sprinkle, I could have dealt with that. No, this was like a monsoon. I ended up just coming back home and showering. It was all a little frustrating. But now, I am promising myself: No more days like today! They aren’t good for my mental or physical health.

Finally, I mentioned before about getting to see the fabulous Justin Paul Lewis and Ben Sollee preform this week. Well, let me tell you. It was definitely the highlight of my week. An old friend was in town for a few days, so along with my best friend (who is luckily also in Lexington for the summer) we headed downtown to Natasha’s Bistro and Bar. We drank some awesome (and local!) West Sixth Brewery beer, and enjoy a fantastic live show! I was very pleased with how my Thursday night turned out.

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So besides a few minor setbacks and the Kentucky weather squashing almost all of my outdoor activity plans, week one was great. Now only twelve more to go!

xo