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It’s been too long…

Man oh man do I make futile promises or what?  I have seriously missed the blog world over the past year.  Even though I’ve been caught up in the whirlwind of being a busy college student and working, I still read everyone’s blog like it’s my job.

I figured summer would be low-key enough to pick this thing back up but time is flyin’ on by and I haven’t posted once! In the meantime I’ve been staying busy…

traveling…

being a mommy to this little baby…

cooking and eating lots of good food with friends…

trying to survive the heat down in good ol’ College Station…

and I am now officially certified as a personal trainer!!!! Praise God!

My passion for fitness and healthy-living has not wavered one bit.  I have so many fitness-related goals for the next year that I’m so excited about!

I hope to keep updating the blog and getting back on track, even if it means short and sweet posts.  This online community blessed me so much last year and it left a gaping hole in my heart!

Here’s to a new start (hopefully) 😀

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Joy & Healing

Good morning friends!  How was the start to the weekend last night?!  Hope you were able to take some time off from school/work to relax and refresh.  I spent my night going to ring dunks and midnight yell [don’t ask] and am ready to get in some shopping today for my cardio 😉 as a reward for pwning my interviews yesterday.  I’m SO glad yall are all on the carb-overdose-before-bed train with me…and like some of you said, it does make me sleep harder and longer.  Win for everyone.

Speaking of carbs, breakfast was a simple bowl of cereal-Kashi Crunch, Multigrain Cheerios, cinnamon, flaxseed with coconut milk, with a side of strawberries [out of the container, no less]

So this topic doesn’t directly have to do with health and fitness, but I want to hear your thoughts!  It’s been on my heart all week, but I’ve been putting it off because of school and pure laziness.

Both my ED days and being in college has made me extremely selfish, as I’m sure many of you can relate.  It’s all about when I want to eat, when I want to go to bed/wake up, when I need to study, when I need to do this and do that.  If what I’m doing fits into your schedule, then great, we can hang out.  But if not then sucks to suck.  [It even bothers me how much I say “I” on the blog]

“When we live self-centered lives, we are denied the joy of delighting in others.”

As of right now, I would say that I’m 95% healed from an ED.  I thought it would be a walk in the park if I could just get over that hill, but what followed was severe depression and anxiety.  Which is still self-centered, focusing on my problems, my sadness, my lack of hope.

“Nobody should seek his own god, but the good of others.” – 1 Corinthians 10:24

Coming back to school, I was still at the bottom of all bottoms, and was ready to take on counseling and medicine so I could get back to ‘normal’ (whatever that is) and move forward.  I’m open about my faith on my blog because I know that God is the only reason I’m alive and thriving and healthy today.  I couldn’t have healed myself through my own power.  Yet things aren’t always bright and dandy in the faith area either.  It’s been a struggle to go to church on a weekly basis and to try to get involved in something Christian-oriented on campus because well, I just haven’t been feelin it.

But this is why God is so so cool. Every morning when I hesitantly open my bible, every sermon I’ve heard, comments from friends have all been directing me towards the same thing – focus on others. Not as a distraction from my own ‘problems’ but because there is serious joy to be found in being a shoulder for someone and praying over someone who needs it more than I do.

My focus is always down at myself, but when I lift my eyes and look at the people walking by me on campus, my roommates, strangers at the gym, I can see the hurt in their lives as well.  I can’t fix whatever they’re going through…I know that God can though.  Simply praying for other peoples’ hearts instead of my own has brought enough joy in and of itself.  It’s incredible how doing things for other people-even if it’s just asking how their day was or an unnoticed prayer-can make all the difference.

Every organization I’ve joined in college has been to further my social life and my resume.  So I dropped everything I was involved in the past two years and joined Global Justice-which is a small group of students who sincerely want to bring attention to social injustices around the world.  Talk about taking the focus off of myself.  I get so caught up in my little bubble of nothingness that I forget to notice hardships people face all over the world.  Taking the focus off of yourself brings healing, in whatever way you need to be healed.

If you need a little inspiration, I suggest you go here and read about the war going on in the Congo and the desire to bring kid soldiers out of that environment and into love, education, and healing.  It’s not about comparing problems with another person, it’s about feeling someone else’s hurt and realizing whatever you’re going through isn’t the end of the world. There is  joy to be found through being there for someone else.

[I’ll definitely be talking alot about Falling Whistles in the weeks to come.  I had never heard of it before last week, yet it’s been on my heart x294948 so be readdddaaayyyy.]

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” -1 John 3:17

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Sorry for such a wordy and confusing post!  Enjoy your Saturday (especially if football is involved) and say a little prayer for a stranger today.  Be on the lookout for the joy that comes with that 😀

What organization or non-profit really tugs at your heart? For me, anything that supports oppressed kids makes me want to go adopt them all. 
What are your weekend plans?
Shopping, lots of studying, bonding with the roomie
Does shopping count as cardio?  
Yes it is.  Don’t tell me it isn’t.  

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iRealized:

I realized that bowls (and the bullet cup) and I are bffs, as in I can’t even remember the last time I ate off of a plate.

spinach, tuna, avocado, cottage cheese, spicy mustard, honey *don't knock it til ya try it!*

I realized that I eat too much broccoli after being nicknamed ‘the Broccoli Queen’.

broccoli, spinach, black beans overdosing on red pepper flakes, mama miaaa

I realized that I don’t like pumpkin.  Oh the horror.  I’ve tried in every way possible, but unless it’s baked into banana pumpkin bread or in the form of pumpkin butter, then get outta my pantry.

<– total winner status”] I realized that I really miss running.  Basically I miss doing cardio in general.  The next three days are ‘off’ days which means me and the elliptical, the parks, and my running shoes are all having a huge reunion.  Hopefully there is rain involved.

I realized that the rule “don’t eat any carbs three hours before you go to bed” should go to hell.  Bowls of cereal are what keep me going at night when my bed literally has my name written all over it.

 

I realized that these muffins are the bomb, I feel like a 90 year old eating a bran muffin, but Amanda is a genius for creating them.  I also realize every muffin I’ve ever posted on the bloggy has been in these dang red muffin liners.  Hobby Lobby needs to hook me up with some new colors sooner rather than later.

Cinnamon Bran Muffins
I followed the exact recipe, except used quick oats instead of rolled, extra cinnamon, and omitted the raisins. 

I realized that I’m off to my very first big girl job internship interview this morning.  Scratch that, I have two interviews.  All the nerves of this week have finally taken their toll and I’m ready to crash as soon as they’re over.  Have a safe and beautiful Friday night loves!

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What’s your opinion on eating starches/carbs before bed?  And just eating before bed in general?  

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Sunsets & Mr. Snowman

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” – Psalm 113:3

If anything can turn a bad day around, it’s getting to sit outside in 75 degree weather and look at that while studying.  Thank you Starbucks, for providing a patio for me.

Over the past year, good days were a serious treat.  Having a bad day was the norm.  It’s funny how disordered eating doesn’t just affect your body, or your thoughts revolving around food.  Atleast for me, it hit me in every area of my life.  My attitude was negative just about 105% of the time in every single aspect.

It is possible for things to take a turn for the better; it is possible to go from completely hopeless to having nothing but hope.  That’s what I hold onto when the bad days come, because now they are the rare occurrences.  Now that I’m attuned to the world once again and can see the good things in life, God is constantly showing me things when I need them.  After having a not so great day, all he had to do was paint the sky.  Whether it’s that, or a smile, or a good conversation, things go back to good…always.

And you know the best way to start off a good day is to stare down a snowman filled with coffee.

Forget fall..I want winter NOW. Chocolate peppermint > pumpkin.

And even though my pancakes were an utter disaster this morning, a good day is still possible.  [even though breakfast does make or break a day 😉 ]

Thanks KIRSTYN for my favorite HP plate !

I now understand the importance of eggs while baking.  I used my new brown rice protein powder that I received from Swanson Health Products, and loved the flavor of these!  I’d like to use it in a successful recipe before posting a review, so  that will be sooner rather than later.  Working on my procrastination addicting starting now.

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What is the weather like where you are?!  I’m lovingggg now sweating buckets walking to class-the weather has been no less than perfect!

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September goals

First, thank you SO much for all of your encouraging comments yesterday!  It’s nice to have people to relate to and I’m so thankful for this community and your honesty! 😀

I must say I’m quite impressed with my diligence in cranking out a post every day so far despite a busy schedule.  Let’s see how long I can keep this up, shall we?

Happy September!

It should look like this outside.  Instead, the days still fall in the 100-degree range and the landscape is brown, aka dead.  But I’m not bitter.  Because a new month means fresh goals!

August goals recap:

  • went out of comfort zone many times – be it staying out late, actually going out, going on yet another trip with no guarantee of exercise, moving back to school

  • conquer the weight room at the school rec center – did NOT happen because GOOD NEWS: I joined a new gym!  This is my first paid gym experience, and it’s been worth it so far.  It even has a ladies’ room that some of you mentioned, so all of the fear is gone.  [the eye candy in the main gym doesn’t totally suck either]
  • followed a new split strength training plan & loved working my individual muscles hardcore

Sunday: legs
Monday: back & abs
Tuesday: chest & shoulders
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: back & hamstrings
Friday: shoulders, bis & tris
Saturday: OFF

  •  grocery budget – much success on my first [food] shopping spree, filled an empty fridge and pantry for under $50 ! and that’s including spices, flours, etc


  • rested alot – in Asheville, took a few days off here and there after I moved in

September goals: 

1) Focus on abs more – devote 3 days a week to a full ab routine.  Gotta get that 6-pack in time for the winter! 😉

2) Try a new recipe – send me your favorite!  Time isn’t on my side during the school year so I won’t have time to make all the goodies I want.  ONE recipe is my goal.  Sounds easy, yet I know if I don’t make it a goal, it won’t be happenin

3) Join an organization – I’ve joined my fair share of groups and clubs since coming to college, but haven’t found my “niche” yet.  THIS is the semester, I can feel it!

4)  Stretch daily – I’m super bad about stretching, yet I have a desire to do the splits at some point in my life.  Even if it’s just for a few minutes while catching up with my roomies or taking a study break, I am declaring stretching a MUST.

5) Wake up 5 minutes early every morning for prayer time – it’s crazy how fast prayer gets pushed to dead last on the to-do list of mine every day.  5 minutes is nothing and really, should be much longer.

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Any recipe suggestions?  Specifically ones with pumpkin since it’s *officially* time for me to start celebrating fall despite the wicked temps

Are you in/have you been in any organizations?  I’ve tried just about everything – from intramurals to bible studies to all girls organizations to community service groups. Obviously I’m hard to please 😀

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WIAW with a purpose

 It’s Wednesday, naw meen?!  Thanks Jenn for hosting another fabulours WIAW!My eats have been less adventuresome than they were this summer when I had all the time in the world to prep.  This is what I’ve been living off of since school started.  Easy.  Quick.  Tastay.

sweet potatoes with maple & ground flaxseed, sauteed spinach, fresh apple

2 egg whites with broccoli, spinach, cottage cheese, salsa, avocado, Morningstar veggie burger

many overnight oats in a blender with frozen bananas and pb - favorite breakfast

sweet potatoes with almond butter & cinnamon

breakfast cookie dough cereal w/almond butter, raisins and frozen blueberries

greek yogurt messes

and lottssss of cereal!———-This is totally not WIAW-related, and I don’t want to sound too preachy but this has been on my heart constantly lately!  “and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each of us.” – Acts 17:26I know for me, I am not happy with where I am physically [located] right now.  I constantly question “is this really where I’m supposed to be”?  Because really, I’m a firm believer in liking the town where you choose to go to college!  I try to maintain a positive attitude, but that doesn’t change the fact that I straight up don’t like it here.  This verse hit me hard.  I know that it wasn’t a mistake or a coincidence that I chose to come here.  Although I don’t like it, there is a greater purpose behind it that hopefully one day will be so clear.  After reading numerous blogs, I realize I’m not the only one who feels completely lost, unsure if this is the right move and place, etc.  But know that there is a reason for where you are and what you’re doing.  God’s timing is so perfect, so trust it!———-Have a happy happy Wednesday and after today, we’re on the downslope to the weekend 😀Favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes?  I like mine steamed in the microwave topped with maple syrup and almond butter.  Sweet tater fries, in smoothies, etc…but I need to jazz them up every once in a while!

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A shortened autobiography

Yay for a new week!  I am definitely one of those freaks who loves Mondays, so today is my jam.  The brain has been turned on after a three month break and I’m at school once again.  Much thanks to Alexis, Tessa, and Brittany for tagging me in the Butterfly Award so I didn’t have to stress over cranking out a post for this crazy morning.

Name your favorite color: red.  Supposedly wearing red makes you more attractive-that may or may not have to do with my decision 😉

Name your favorite song:  Oh goodness this question is so unfair. Secretly I’m a huge Lil’ Weezy fan, so any of his stuff is good.  On the complete opposite spectrum, I love me some Christian music – Jimmy Needham, Dave Barnes, Ben Rector.  Yum.  I can’t pick a fav song though.

Name your favorite dessert:  I don’t eat extravagant desserts too often.  My sweet tooth is satisfied plenty with the amount of cereal and graham crackers I stuff down my throat.  If I could have any dessert in the world, it’d probably be a Nutella crepe.  Nutella is the ultimate dessert.

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What wizzes you off:  people eating popcorn in the movies, litterers, people leaving milk out of the fridge for more than 5 minutes.

When you’re upset, you: Lose my appetite, can’t sleep, and bottle it all in until eventually it comes out in the form of tears!  Upset is no fun.

Your favorite pet:  Wally, who else?

Black or white?  Black.  It’s so much more sophisticated, although white makes me look tanner than I actually am 😀

Your biggest fear:  tornadoes!  Thank you very much Wizard of Oz.  I also have a deathly fear of skunks.

Best feature:  This is my least favorite question ever…eyelashes?

 Everyday attitude:  Is in a metamorphosis right now.  Seeing the glass half-full, remembering to smile, and taking advantage of the day I’ve been blessed with.  Of course, not everyday is like that and it’s so much easier to sulk and wallow.  Attitude is everything though!

What is perfection:  Waking up to see the sunrise while spending time with God and a cup of hot coffee in hand while snow lightly falls from the puffy clouds.

Guilty pleasure:  Harry Potter fo sho.  Dark chocolate, although there’s no guilt in that anymore!  Laying around for an entire day reading, so wonderful.

Your turn!

Brittany @ BlissfulBritt

Jen @ Jen and Berries

Kat @ Keep’n the Faith

Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks

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“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. “ – 1 Peter 4:12-13
 

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