• Monthly Motivations – October

    My goal this month was to stick to my healthy diet for at least five days each week. But, my goal next month is to eliminate the guilt from my diet. Although I want to stay on the right track, it’s not healthy to punish yourself for decisions that, at the end of the day, could be much worse.  I have spent years berating myself for eating foods that I don’t think I deserve to eat. But, this month, I really want to change my outlook on treats. I somehow have the inability to resist something sweet. But, I need to allow this to be acceptable. Currently, I could look…

  • Monday Munchies

    I’ve been trying to eat pretty clean during the week. But, Mondays are pretty hard for me because it’s tough getting back on the wagon after treating myself during the weekend. I’ve decided to start a new series to try to keep myself on track on Mondays/ Pre Breakfast 6-7 AM I have my morning routine pretty down pat. Since working virtually, I’ve been getting up around 6 to workout or run. (But, when we return to the office, I’ll be waking up around 4:30-5.🙄) During my exercises, I try to finish a bottle of water. My water bottle is 50 oz. This is my first of the day. I…

  • Monthly Motivations – September

    Looking ahead to my goals for next month, I knew exactly what I wanted to focus on. I have yet to have a perfect week when my diet is concerned. I always end up sneaking half a cookie or a pack of gummies … a day. However, my goal next month is to stick to my diet completely for at least all business days. I have yet to do this … ever in my life. I think this is where the cheesy saying comes in: It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Although overused, it’s very true. Diets are hard to stick to because they seem harsh and temporary once…

  • How I’ve Lost 15 Pounds While Keeping Cookies, Brownies, and Other Treats in My Life.

    Eating healthy and clean is hard. It is very hard. I go into every week thinking that it will be the week that I have a perfect diet. But, I continue to not be able to stop myself from cheating a little bit along the way. However, after five months, I have lost a little over 15 pounds. I would have loved to lose weight a little bit faster. But, I have had a history with dieting a little bit too extremely. This time around, I wanted to create a lifestyle that was attainable and something that I could stick to for the rest of my life. This meant that…

  • Tips I’ve Picked Up to Make Meal Prepping A Tiny Bit Less Exhausting.

    First of all, you’ll need wine. Lots of it. Wine makes a lot of life’s menial moments a little bit more entertaining. But, in this situation, wine is definitely a must. I actually really like cooking. But, for some reason, cooking isn’t as fun when you have to do it and can’t make whatever you want. So, pour yourself a largeglass with me and let’s get cooking. Most weeks, I make something different for every day. It keeps me on track and from getting bored with my healthy options. But, I’ve had weeks when I make the same thing every day and it definitely makes meal prepping a lot easier. Ultimately,…

  • How My Exercise Routine Has Held Up During My Program

    It hasn’t. I have never really been a sporty person. However, I have been an avid gym goer for about five years. This summer, though, I really stepped my fitness up into high gear and was exercising about five days a week. I went to a gym where a trainer would lead HIIT workouts and I found this workout really fun and I actually stayed with it the whole summer. Before I started this class, I would normally run every day after work. I would dread this workout every day to the point of getting nauseous until it was done. And, I wouldn’t see much of a difference in weight…

  • Scotland Weekend

    One of the things everyone stresses on you when you tell them that you are studying abroad is your need to travel to other countries, especially if you are studying in – or in the UK’s case, around – Europe. The first trip I took was to Scotland. As a huge fan of Outlander, this was the first weekender I booked. I was really hoping to go and meet a nice, manly Jamie Fraser, move to Scotland, and live happily ever after. But, the trip – and the country – were not what I expected. Scotland somewhat underwhelmed me. There was a lot to see and it was a beautiful country…

  • Freshman Fifteen Fears

    I have been eating really unhealthily lately. And, because of my Charget trips, I always go to Target STARVING! So I’m always shopping for food hungry which I heard somewhere that that is something you are not supposed to do. Another reason I’m feeling bad about what I eat is because I’m basically living out of a microwave. My friend and I went to Target the other day and I was like “Oh! I want some cake!” and we immediately started looking for the microwavable cakes that even the commercial can’t make look appealing. I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier, though, now that I’m conscious of how bad…

  • Velveeta Cheeseburger Mac

    I just recently tried the Velveeta Cheeseburger Mac because it was the only thing in my room.   And, as soon as I opened the package I immediately asked myself why I would ever buy such a disgusting item of food. It smelled horrible and I realized the meat in the package didn’t need to be refrigerated and had been sitting on my self for about a week (I’m pretty sure it’s not real meat). The pasta smelled horribly but I put it in the microwave because I was starving and needed a study snack. As I poured the liquid cheese in, I again questioned why I would ever buy…

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