This week is not going to be an easy one for me. I have four exams, three on Friday. The last one is from 7 to 9 at night and just so happens to be organic chemistry… It is nearing the end of the semester and this is the last big slam of work for the semester… it is hard to find the positive in this week. And that’s what got me thinking about setting little mini goals for myself this week because what a perfect test of character to succeed when you are overwhelmed. I have decided to set three goals for myself, and odds are if you try every day to get a little better at these you will be a much happier person

 

1. Use food as a form of energy

Too often we use food as an emotional tool, or an addiction. Food is used to fuel the body. Instead of eating because you can’t stop yourself try and ask yourself if what you are about to eat you need for your body. Definitely eat when hungry, but don’t over eat because it’s there or because you are having a craving, food isn’t going anywhere.

2.Go through the day with the goal to bring at least one person a little bit of happiness

This should be a goal of everyones every single day. Lately I feel like I have been not doing little things because I am scared of embarrassing myself or it being awkward. But the little things add up to the big things and you do not want to regret standing by and watching someone suffer. Next time a stranger sneezes, say bless you. If someone drops something, don’t feel scared to pick it up for them. And if someone judges you for your good deed, or gets mad at you, they can fuck themselves. Start small, and add on every day.

3.Practice grace

This has been one I have been losing sight of lately. I have a ring that says grace on it that I bought when my grandfather died. He always taught me to act with grace even when it was impossible. I am a very high strung person and I feel like sometimes I create someone I’m not because it’s funny to my friends. I sometimes carry on a character that is spastic because it’s funny. But now it’s starting to become part of me. Be kind. Know that everything really does happen for a reason and except things for the way they are.

So while I was distracting myself from studying, adding a few more hundred tasks on my list of things to do for today, I was scrolling through facebook and saw this. How fitting! Really, take a look, and think about these things from time to time! Take care of yourself, and take care of your brain!

The 20 Things You Need To Let Go To Be Happy

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B****es love Pumpkin

I live in a house with 8 girls, and on Sundays we all sit around the living room, attempt to study and eat everything and anything we can find. All day. One roommate is always making something delicious and it gets hard to say no. One of the biggest problems in trying to lose weight, or keeping weight off is depriving yourself. If you deprive yourself of your favorite food, you end up eventually snapping and binge eating. So while all my friends munch on relatively unhealthy foods, I decided to try and find quick, healthy options to things that wouldn’t make me feel like I was missing out.

For most college girls the fall means one thing. Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin vodka if we could. I found a recipe for pumpkin cookies that took 10 minutes to make! They were good and the best part was the recipe made about 6 cookies. Oh wait, there’s a better part… for the 6 cookies it was a total of 310 calories! Just two oreos are 140 calories… and who has only two oreos? These cookies are very filling too I couldn’t even eat all 6 in one sitting!

3 ingredient Pumpkin cookies 

½ cup quaker oats

½ cup of pumpkin

2 tbsp Honey

I added cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice to give them a little bit of a kick, and I also added a few chocolate chips for the sweetness! Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and cook for 10 minutes or until desired softness!

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Tabata Bosu Ball Workout

Imageata,I finally got a new pair of kicks today! Nothing fires up a workout like new workout gear! Today I did a workout that I will definitely be feeling in the morning (I already feel now). 

I started with running for 20 minutes on a speed of 7.5, to really maximize this workout I would try sprinting for at 8.5 for 30 seconds and  jogging at 7.5 for 30 seconds for 20 minutes (still recovering from my trip to Colorado so no sprints for me today!). Then I did an awesome tabata interval. This tabata incorporates a bosu ball in almost every move for balance! Tabata is 20 seconds high intensity and 10 seconds off. This specific tabata has 8 reps per move, three different moves in each set, with three rounds.

You will need:

Bosu ball

Light weight or ball

medicine ball

Weights for biceps

 

First Round

Twisting squats on bosu 

Flip the bosu so you are standing on the round part. Squat down and holding a medicine ball, twist left then front, then to the right, keep repeating. Make sure your eyes are following the ball so you get a full twist in that incorporates your abs!Make sure your squat stays low! Do this for 20 seconds, rest for 10. Do this 8 times

Tricep dips 

Put your hands on the bosu ball, and extend your legs out infront of you sitting on the bosu ball. Then hover over the ball and do a tricep dip, but every time you dip kick one foot in the air, and keeo alternating. Do this for 20 seconds, rest for 10. Do this move 8 times 

Figure 8 Abs

Balance on your tail bone and use a very light weight or ball. Pass this ball or weight in a figure 8 motion in between your legs while switching legs up and down  (like leg jacks)

 

Round 2 

Power squats

Using the round side of the bosu ball place one foot on top of the ball and the other on the ground next to it. Squat down and then come back up but jump up when you come up. Do the first 4 sets with one leg, and the last 4 on the other leg.

Pushups

20 seconds on, 10 off 8 times.

V-ups

Lay down, bring legs and arms together like a v. 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off . 8 times. 

 

Round 3

Lunges on to step

Using about a 2 foot step, put left foot on the step. Put a weight in the right hand (I used 10 lbs.) Lunge down and when you come up power the right leg off the ground and bring to a high knee.Do this four times on the left leg, and then four on the right.

Bicep curls

Planks on bosu 

Balance forearms on the bosu for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Do this four times, then flip the ball over so the flat side is facing up. Place hands on outer edges of the ball and do a straight arm plank. Do this four times.

 

Happy workout!

The City Of Change

This past long weekend I spent back in Boulder, Colorado where I had lived for the past year and a half. It was really nice to see all my old friends and my old stomping grounds. I learned a lot from this weekend. I learned that if you have good friends, distance and time mean nothing. No matter how much my friends and I have changed over this past year (which is a lot) our relationships haven’t changed a bit. It is so comforting to know that all over the country I have people that will always have my back. Everything in the city seemed like it changed. Restaurants changed, roommates changed, places where we partied changed, even sidewalks changed. But the memories are always there, and sometimes memories are all you need. I also learned that the universe really is always looking out for you. There were so many things that I wished for in that city that never came to fruition and I could never understand why, because I thought I wanted them so badly. It turns out that those things were not what I needed and that’s why I didn’t get them. Every wrong turn, and right turn led me to exactly where I need to be which is right here.Image

 

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The Beginning

I’m not really sure why I am doing this. It is a difficult thing being a girl in today’s world. There are a lot of pressures coming at you from every angle and it can be very overwhelming. I am a junior in college studying Kinesiology. I started out at the University of Colorado, but being from Massachusetts decided it was not right from me, and it was too far from my roots. Half way through my sophomore year I decided to transfer to UMASS. I originally went to Colorado to get out of the shadow of my twin brother, but found myself going to his school again where he had a year and a half to settle in. 

        I have battled weight loss since I was in the sixth grade. When I started my journey I weighed 183 pounds. I joined weight watchers and lost about 30, and fluctuated around 160 for a couple of years. I have always struggled with body image issues, and was always the funny friend that was overlooked. I decided that I was so sick of it that for once I was going to stop saying “if” and I would instead say “when”. I started the ideal protein diet and in 3 months lost 35 pounds which brought me to 131 pounds. This was a number I never even remember seeing on the scale. 

      Living in this world with pressure from the media, guys, your friends, other girls whoever it may be is sometimes extremely discouraging… but if I can say anything and make a person believe it I need you to know that you need to love yourself so that other people can. Looking back on some of the things I said to myself are just so unnecessary and counter productive.

    If you want to change something about yourself, do it. No one else is going to force you because at the end of the day they are too worried about themselves. With that being said, you have to be ready, half-assed attempts get you nowhere. Make little mini goals for each day so that each day is challenging. Remember with the most challenges, you receive the most rewards.

   To inspire anyone from this babbling would be such an accomplishment for me. Most times I am probably giving this advice because I am the person that needs it the most. Take it or leave it and I hope it gives someone that ounce of hope!Image