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Update & New Years Resolutions

So what are your thoughts on New Years Resolutions? I generally try to make a few and never stick with them. One that I did stick with 2 years ago was running. I made a New Years Resolution to run twice a week every week that year and from that resolution my passion for running grew. 

This year I have some “challenges” rather than resolutions I am considering doing.
Here are the top contenders:

Not use an elevator the whole year

I am a huge fan of sneaking exercise in throughout your day and this challenge would be perfect. 

Not drink pop for the whole year.  

For the month of December, I am doing the NoFizz Challenge. I don’t drink too much pop, but this would definitely be challenging! The past few years I have given up pop for Lent, but I don’t know if I can go a whole year. You can read my thoughts on pop here

And now for the final challenge, and the one I am MOST excited about. I want the new year to start tomorrow just so I can start working on this!

365 days 365 notes. You may or may not already know that I am Operation Beautiful’s biggest supporter. For this challenge I want to post a new inspirational/positive note every single day next year. By the end of the year I’ll have transformed this town! 

And finally…
My mind has been racing ever since my last post where I wrote “It’s time to go back to “regular” blogging topics.”

I think I feel pressure to be just like everyone else and have my blog focus just on physical health. But the more and more I thought about this, the more and more I realized this was not something I wanted to do. If you’ve read my About Me section, you know I have had some anxiety problems in the past. To me being healthy not only means being fit but also being mentally stable- and this is what I want to dedicate my blog to. I hope you all support my decision.

What do you think of my challenges for next year? I would love to hear your feedback!
Do you have any resolutions/challenges for the 2011?


Enough is Enough!

Looking back at my past few blogs I have realized something. 
Finals have taken over my blog. 
And life.
But enough is enough! I am sure you are more than tired of hearing me complain and I am tired of whining. I had 2 exams this afternoon, back-to-back go figure (last complaint I promise!) and only have one more on Tuesday night.
So what has been going behind the scenes?
I snacked on enough peanut butter sandwiches and Luna Bars to feed an entire village.

My room, as usual, has become a complete mess.

Exercise has gone to the back burner 😦
But no worries I have already set out my workout clothes and am heading to the gym tomorrow morning for a 20 mile bike ride. 
I’m now catching up on the Biggest Loser Finale. I haven’t watched all of the episodes over the season but I love watching all of the contestants journey during the finale. I forgot how much I love Jillian. What I would do to have her as my trainer. 
Do you watch the Biggest Loser?

It’s time to go back to “regular” blogging topics so tomorrow I will write about running in the *gasp* winter!

(Study) Party Time

And by party I mean studying. And by that I mean it will be anything but a party.
I woke up with my most pitiful “I don’t want to study” face.

 I look at this picture and feel sorry for myself. Seriously.

This does NOT sound like a good time.

I know that people take final exams very seriously. There is so much pressure on us kids to do well!
So, I knew what had to be done…

Time for some POST-ITS!

I really like this message! So I made a few and will post them in the girls bathroom on each floor of the Medical Library where I will be studying in a few short minutes 😦

I love Operation Beautiful!

Happy Studying!

Busy Bee

This week started out a little hectic but I am feeling much more at ease. I’m not saying I’m completely stress free but my to do list has shrunk by half.

Things to “look forward” to this week:
10 page sociology paper
Abnormal Psychology Final
Biology Laboratory Final
Biology Laboratory Presentation

Monday is the day my paper is due. I’m about 1/3 of the way done.
This weekend is also my sister’s 21st birthday!
So basically I probably won’t have time to post anytime between now and Monday! Or if I do have time to post it’ll be lame short posts like this one! Sorry 😦

Good luck to all of you who have exams/papers due this week!

Tips for Writing Papers

This week is wearing me thin.

I’m starting to feel like this again, and that is saying a lot seeing as this picture was taken just as I had to rip a fishing hook out of my hair. No I am sorry dad, even though you are not having luck you can not try to catch me. (PS He wasn’t trying to do that. It was windy, I was walking around. Shit happens.) 
Things to “look forward” to this week:
10 page sociology paper.
Abnormal Psychology Final.
Biology Laboratory Final.
Biology Laboratory Presentation. 

Papers. They suck. Especially when they are supposed to be annoying long!
Here are some tips I find useful:

Start early! This is hands down the most important thing.  You won’t be able to write a quality paper when you are feeling pressured with a time deadline.  A 10 page paper can seem intimidating but two days before the due date it won’t be any easier. So why wait?
Revise, revise, revise! I was not a great writer before-  I only focused on spelling/ grammar errors. But now I know there are so many other things to look for:
Are transitions between paragraphs making the paper flow?
Is there any change in the organization of your paper that could make it better? (ex: switch paragraph 3 and 4)
How is your vocabulary? Are you repeating the same word over and over? Get out your thesaurus and look up some different words.
Does your sentence structure vary? (ex: if all of your sentences are filled with commas and a mile long, consider rewriting them so you can alternate between long and short sentences)
Is your title appropriate? For some reason teachers always value a great title so much. So instead of writing “Term Paper” as your title make it something that applies to your topic.
Look carefully at the rubric! Papers are easier than exams. You have the advantage of knowing exactly what is expected of you. Read and re-read through the rubric to make sure you are on track for an “A” worth paper!
Get another opinion. Sometimes you can’t pick out the errors in your paper by yourself. Blackmail, bribe, beg, etc. whatever works- just get someone to read and give you a fresh perspective on your paper. 
Happy Writing!

Studying Tips for Exams

This weekend has been lovely, but now that it is over its officially here. The worst time of the year.
It’s beginning to look a lot like…exam season
Exams used to stress me out a lot more than they do now. So what’s the secret to not feeling so stressed out? Being as prepared as you possibly can!
Here are some of my tips:
Get the best possible understanding of what the exam will be like! Multiple choice or short answer? How much time will you have? Does your teacher offer any past exams so you can get a feel for what the structure will be like?
Know when you are the most alert. For me it’s bright and early in the morning. At night I can study and be in a fog but in the morning when I’m in my element, it’s crystal clear.
Realize when studying won’t happen. Your favorite sports team is playing on TV, your friends are all watching but you promised yourself you’d study. Let’s face it, you are going to be distracted as hell and most likely will learn nothing. Why not just put in the 3 hours of studying you were going to do that day another time when you will be able to concentrate?  
Start with the material you are the least confident about. Don’t save it for the end. If something comes up and you don’t get to study as much as you wanted to, at least this will now be clear along with the other material you feel more confident about.
Study in an area where you won’t get distracted. I can’t study in my room, with so many distractions in there I stop studying within minutes.
Give yourself breaks. Surely you don’t expect to study for 3 hours straight without a break? Or even an hour for that matter? During each hour studied I give myself a 5 minute break (to surf the web, listen to a song, stretch, etc). Breaks help you feel refreshed.
Eat snacks! Your brain needs some sort of snack to keep it going!
Start Early! You can’t expect to learn all of the material that will be covered on the exam in just 2 or 3 days. I generally start thinking about exams at least a week before hand. 
Alright folks, lets try to have stress-free exam season!
Good luck! 

Tribute to Water

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! 

I got woken up by the fire alarm before 9am. I have a few words to say to the individual who scheduled a fire drill on the only day this week I had a chance to sleep in. And not kinds one either.

Instead of standing around in the cold outside waiting for them to turn it off, I headed to the gym. Fridays are becoming my cycling days! I cycled 20 miles in under an hour. 

Workout Stats:

Total Distance:
Time Taken:
20.00 mi
02:57 (avg)   
Speed: 20.28 (mi/hr) (avg)

The girl on the bike next to me was driving me up the wall. She kept glancing over at my speed/millage every other minute. Very rude! I also had a few words I wanted to say to her. And once again, not kind ones.
I think she was trying to keep up with me though? So maybe I should be flattered?

Now onto the big topic- WATER!

You either love it or hate it.

I have been on both sides.
I would never drink water as a kid. It didn’t have any flavor to it, what was the point? I would wrinkle my nose in disgust when given water to take medicine with. During meals I would either have milk or pop. Lots of pop. I soon realized how many calories my daily intake of pop really was, so I switched to the diet version.

My “substance” of choice was Diet Coke.


I am also a huge fan of Jones Soda!
There is something about the glass bottle and the unique pictures that makes them irresistible.

My favorite flavor is Berry Lemonade.


While I still treat myself to Jones Soda and Diet Coke, it is very rare. I’ve realized how horrible my body feels when I drink pop- bloated and nauseous.

Now, I drink water like it’s my job. Bottles and bottles of water.

For someone my age, I know it’s really important to get enough calcium, so I drink a glass of skim milk in the morning. The rest of my beverages for the day are water.  While, before I used to drink pop with lunch and dinner, I now find it odd. Why would I want to drink a flavored beverage with my meal? It takes away from the taste of the yummy food I am having. Plus, instead of wasting empty calories on pop, I can splurge on dessert or have seconds!

I’m sure you know your body needs water, but do you know just how important it is?

Functions of Water in the Body
The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on body size. A rule of thumb, 2/3 of body is consists of water, and it is the main component of human body. Did you know that your tissues and organs are mainly made up of water? Here is the %

  • Muscle consists of 75% water
  • Brain consists of 90% of water
  • Bone consists of 22% of water
  • Blood consists of 83% water
The functions of water in human body are vital. The water:
  • Transport nutrients and oxygen into cells
  • Moisturizes the air in lungs
  • Helps with metabolism
  • Protect our vital organ
  • Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Detoxifies
  • Protect and moisturizes our joints
If you’re still not convinced, here are some more reason to drink water!

Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories.

Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although there are many other reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.

Look Younger with Healthier Skin: You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increase skin elasticity. (Yes please!)

Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. You’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises and water helps to fuel your muscles.

Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement

Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.

Relieves Fatigue: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks of water, your heart, for instance, need to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so are you.

Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Related to the digestive system, some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with bladder lining.
Have I transformed you into a water drinker? 

This December, I am taking part in the NoFizz Challenge

The rules are simple:
1) The challenge starts on the 1st of every month, and lasts 30 days. It is free.
2) Drink 60 ounces of water every day for the entire 30-Day Challenge.
3) Avoid soda. We challenge you to make the effort to limit or completely stop soda consumption for the duration of the 30-day campaign.
4) When you register, we’ll e-mail you a packet of information on ways to drink more water, facts and studies on hydration and health, tricks for avoiding sugars, healthier alternatives to soft drinks, and ways to be active!
Although, it’s already past the first of the month, you can sign up for this challenge another month! I will keep you all updated on my progress.