A 5 Year Difference

2013 vs 2018

5 years ago, I was 20 years old and I was an entirely different person. 5 years doesn’t even sound like a long time, but when you’re transitioning into adulthood, 5 years can be life changing. So here are 5 major ways that I’ve changed in the past 5 years. Continue reading →

Running Update 7

Wow, I can’t believe I’m writing this… but I am on my last 4 runs for the 5K program. It’s actually been longer than 8 weeks because of life updates, fatigue, and a hurricane. Usually, I run outside on a trail that has a slight incline, but I have done my last 3 runs on a treadmill and wow I’m addicted. I could run on the treadmill (with no incline) for 30 minutes- easily. With the weather switching up (nature in NC decided to just go ahead and switch to winter lol fall was skipped), it wouldn’t be the worst thing for me to rotate. However, for the sake of increasing the strength of my legs, I won’t run on the treadmill too often. Also, I like running outside because it distracts me from the burning sensation in my legs.

I have finally been keeping up with my 4x per week cardio goals too. I haven’t really noticed any weight loss, which was my next goal, but I have noticed that bloating and allergies are pretty much gone since I’ve increased my frequency and length of my cardio sessions. I’m going to try to add cinnamon, tumeric, and ginger to more of my foods and beverages and see if it helps any. I’m so proud and excited though!

Falling of the Leaves

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The leaves have started to fall
The ground is covered in old, dead, yet still beatiful leaves
The trees have shed their old leaves
They stand bare, prepared to persevere
The weather conditions will become harsh
Cold and dark, yet life will go on
The trees need to survive this difficult time
They need to come back for spring
They are important to this world
And they know it
They know that the natural change of seasons will come
They know that survival is key
So they do what they must to persevere
The trees do not weap for the fallen leaves
They do not attempt to reconnect with them when the spring comes
The Earth continues to turn and orbit
The spring will come
The trees will survive and grow new leaves
They’ll even bloom beautiful flowers
Their will be fruit of their struggles
Their contribution to the Earth continues to be fulfilled
Oh how we could learn from the trees
We could learn from the shedding of leaves
We could learn to appreciate the trees
We could learn to be more like them
We could take the perseverance of the trees as an intentional example to us
Of our value to this world
Of our ability to endure the tough conditions that naturally occur
Of the natural falling of the leaves

How To Make Your Dorm Cozy [On a TIGHT Budget]

For the record, this advice can be applied to anyone who is living in a “less than comfy”, temporary space, whether it’s a dorm, apartment, or space in a house. I know that temporary living situations can be uncomfortable. For one, it’s not your home. When I say “home”, I don’t necessarily mean that you had a place prior to staying there that you considered “home”. I mean, it’s not the place that you feel safe, secure, and comfortable. The location may not be ideal, your roommate(s) personality Continue reading →

Running Update 6

This morning I ran. Usually, when it’s time for me to walk- I hear a little “ding” and a voice telling me to stop. Well, I was so proud to have gone the distance that I went without hearing the ding. I thought, “dang I’m going fast! I’m on a roll!!”. I was only supposed to run for 10 minutes at a time, so when I started to feel tired and had gone so far, I checked my phone and realized that I mistakenly left it on silent and I had been running for 16 minutes. I almost can’t believe it. When I started this, I was hardly able to go 5 minutes without running out of breath. Now, I’m going 16. I’ve learned that my current optimal distance-running pace is 12-13 minutes per mile. When I go this slow, I can keep going for long periods of time without running out of breath or energy too fast. I’m thinking of changing my route to one that is longer and has a more challenging terrain, mainly because I feel that my current route is too short.

As a side note, my weight has dropped, finally. I’ve decided to take my weight 10lbs at a time because I’m not just concerned with losing weight, but losing it permanently. Having a better understanding of what my diet and physical activity needs to look like (as I go down every 10lbs) will help me to know what I need to keep doing, once I reach my goal weight. Currently, I’m only 20-25lbs from where I want to be. Actually, I’ve been 20-25lbs away since I lost the weight two years ago. These last pounds just don’t want to go! I know that there’s a lifestyle change that needs to happen, based on the fact that I haven’t been able to lose the pounds- but I also haven’t gained any.