Drowning – It Suffocates

Sometimes I believe us Americans are truly overworked.  We’re always being asked for more, more, more because society is greedy and demands progress every day.  Why can’t we take a step back and really be able to take the time to look at our life?  Why do we have to work to the point that we don’t even notice the time going by and it vanishes in the blink of an eye?  I would truly enjoy one day where time didn’t exist.  Where clocks weren’t readily available and I wasn’t scolded for not getting things done in 5 seconds flat.

We’re moving, moving, moving, and never slowing down.

In France they still adopt the “Sunday is a day of rest” philosophy.  Stores are closed down so that families stay home and spend time together, whereas in America Sunday is viewed as the day to get everything done before the work week begins again!  It’s a lot of pressure and it’s not healthy in my opinion.

Why do we have to be so rushed?  Why do things have to be done right this very moment?  I don’t understand.

Drowning, it suffocates


The Problem with Living a Healthy Life

What exactly is a healthy life?

For every person there’s a different definition of a healthy life.

For addicts, a healthy life may just mean staying sober.

For athletes, a well-balanced diet (with probably more calories and carbs than the average person) with lots of high intensity activity is a healthy life.

For a stay at home mom, a healthy life may mean making sure each meal has the right portions of fruits/veggies/meats/etc. and that everyone gets in enough exercise.

For a college student it may mean trying to not eat Ramen for at least a day or two, and walking to class instead of driving, or climbing the stairs instead of using an elevator.

For someone with cancer, being healthy means not needing chemo anymore and being able to sleep in your own bed.

The important thing to realize about healthy living is that it’s different for every one.

So then how do we approach healthy living?

Well, if you know where you fall in the healthy living spectrum then you’re already ahead of the game!

Do you have diabetes?  That may mean you need to watch your blood sugar levels more intensely than a person without diabetes.  It may mean you need to carry around a snack in case your blood sugar drops (Healthwise Staff, 2010, October 01).

Are you overweight/obese?  Well then you might need to talk to your physician/health care provider to come up with a health plan to get on track with your weight, contact a personal trainer, get a gym membership, cut down on your “bad” foods, etc.

Do you have high cholesterol?  Then you might need to look at the labels of your foods more, and munch on snacks that are proven to lower cholesterol like oatmeal, foods high in Omega-3, nuts, olive oil, etc. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2012).

As you can see the list goes on and on.  You need to find what your main problem area is and zoom in on it, then take it from there.

So what do you do once you zoom in on what your problem area is?  Well let me share some advice with you!

  1. Motivation – This is by far the biggest thing (at least to me) when making this lifestyle change.  What motivates you?  For me a good quote, some cute workout clothes, and a reward is all I need to get my butt up and stepping.  You need to find out what does that to you.  Is it a dream board? (a board full of pictures, quotes, ambitions, etc. displaying your goals).  A buddy?  You can pair up with someone who’s in the same boat as you, and striving for the same goal.  You two can motivate each other and keep each other on track, be each other’s shoulder to lean on.  Rewards?  Whether it’s an every day small reward for keeping your goals, or an end-of-the-month big reward, it’s a reward nonetheless.  For me, I use things like smoothies, coffee, or some junk food as my reward for keeping my goals.  Someone else I know does and end-of-the month goal and spends money on something he normally wouldn’t, like a new stereo system for his living room.  Whatever works for you, that’s all that matters!  (I highly caution you not to look in magazines for your inspiration though.  As much as you may want to, you won’t look like the people in the magazines with the ripped 6-pack and perfectly toned body.  That’s where photo shop comes into play and that’s an entirely different topic for another day)
  2. Write down your goal(s) – It’s proven that writing your goals down increase your likely hood of achieving the goal.  I don’t care where you write it down, or how, just write it down!  Use your favorite pen/pencil, and paper if it makes you feel better and enjoy looking at it better.  Which ever way is going to work for you, do it!  I write my goals down on a word document on my laptop, and if you’ve looked around, I also post them on this blog.  It holds you accountable in a sort of way.
  3. Tell someone – Exclaim it to the world, yell it from the roof tops, post it on Facebook, tweet it, blog it, call someone, text someone, just tell someone!  Telling someone is going to plant the idea that you’re trying to achieve something in someone else’s brain, and I can almost guarantee you, if you talk to them regularly, they WILL ask you.  You could even ask someone to remind you, and ask you about your goals so you know that you’re going to have to share your progress with someone (and let’s be honest, no one is too proud to shout to the world that they failed miserably).  If you don’t have someone close enough to you to speak with find an online support group, or even come to me or any other bloggers on here for support!
  4. DON’T GIVE UP – No matter what you do, no matter how difficult you may think it is, you CAN do it!  Do everything you possibly can and don’t give up!  Even if you slack off and fall off track for a while, don’t admit defeat till you accomplish those goals, you will thank yourself in the long run.

I hope these 4 tips help you in your healthy lifestyle journey as you either enter it, or are looking to change it up!

Eat Some Cookies,


Sources: Mayo Clinic Staff. (2012, July 27). Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers . Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/cholesterol/art-20045192?pg=1

Healthwise Staff. (2010, October 01). Diabetes: Dealing with low blood sugar from insulin. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/dealing-with-low-blood-sugar-from-insulin-for-diabetes

Our Relationships

With how busy we are on a daily basis today compared to that of 60 years ago it’s hard to form deep bonds with other people.  How many Facebook friends do you have?  I’ll tell you that I have 212.  But how many do I really talk to?  I’d say less than 20 – unless you include family.

We have artificial relationships.  We have relationships with screens and pictures.  Technology can be helpful in many ways, for example, long distance relationships, keeping in touch family and friends that live far away, work, etc.  But we often get so caught up in this technology that we sacrifice the real relationships we have right in front of us every day.

I mean how often are we skipping a one on one conversation with those around us, to scroll through our Facebook feed?  I’d say probably most of us do it more often than we would like to admit.

So what do you do to balance this out?  Here’s some tips:

  • Put down the technology and have a real conversation with someone around you
  • Instead of scrolling through Facebook on your phone when out in public, strike up a conversation
  • Truly appreciate those around you who are in your lives every day- those are the ones you can count on, not your 100’s of Facebook friends
  • Love those around you, really love them because they love you too
  • Get to know someone new (and not through the internet) go out and make a new friend!

These are just a few tips and tricks but they are sure to help you survive this technology age without getting lost in the hustle and bustle!

Happy web surfing


Sometimes You Just Have to Do It

Sometimes you just have to choose that healthy food over the yummy Snickers.

Sometimes you just have to choose to exercise over that awesome marathon of your favorite TV show.

Sometimes you just have to choose to eat breakfast instead of sleeping in.

Sometimes you just have to do it.

Not as if someone’s forcing you, but because you know it’s what’s better for you.

We may not always LIKE it but we know it has more benefits and it’s better for us.

Just remember to keep on going and fight that battle with all you have!

Even when you drop off track remind yourself you can’t get stuck.

What We Need to do

What have I been doing these past few months since school started?  I took public issues, relationships marriages & the family, and first year experience.  But my favorite class was public issues.  (to all of my hometown friends who are reading this, TAKE THAT CLASS, YOU WON’T REGRET IT!)

Anyways, onto my point.  In public issues we spoke about a lot of problems going on in our community (obviously, hence the name).

The very first day of class our professor told us that by the end of the class he’s going to have us wanting to create a revolution.  And, to say the least he was right.  That’s why I’m writing this.  Now, I can’t teach you 16 weeks worth of information in this post, but I can hopefully inspire you to become a more educated, and informed citizen of your community.  That’s what the whole class was about anyways.

I can’t remember the name of the person my professor spoke of, but he stated that we need a revolution around every 19 years.  Why?  Because that’s when the new generation emerges.  Each generation needs to set their own rules so they can make the world how they want it to be. A revolution doesn’t have to be that of what we saw in the american revolution we so often hear about in our history classes.  No, not at all.  But what we need to do is stand up for what we believe in.  Take charge and take action.  Most importantly, at least to me that is, do it peacefully.  We need to voice our opinion and show our congress, and our politicians that we mean business.

So what can YOU do?

  • vote
  • But before you vote, get educated thoroughly on what you’re voting for
  • Write letters to your congressman/politicians/representatives
  • picket outside the capital
  • Before you picket, call the local news stations and tell them when/where you’re going to picket
  • Tell all of your friends what you’re doing, maybe they’ll jump on board
  • Go to local city meetings and voice your thoughts/opinions

Go ahead, get out there and do something!

You don’t even have to leave your computer.  Use social media to spread the word on what you’re doing.  Use the ever so lovely e-mail that you’ve been neglecting.

Just do it!

You want your freedom?  It’s not a right, it’s a privilege, so make sure you can keep it!

the future of this country is in our hands, don’t ruin it because you ‘don’t feel like doing it’