Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Workout Moves

If you read my last post you know that I am trying to get back to a healthy lifestyle. Having not been super active over the past couple of months, working out can be extra harsh on my body, which is why I started with full-body toning... Now it sounds pretty intense and not at all like what a beginner should start with, but I can increase the amount of reps as my strength starts to come back. It is also nice because the moves work my "full-body" and I can fit them in around my schedule. Pairing these moves with some cardio (and extra moves if I feel like it) is enough to get me back on the right track.

Now, I am sure if you are into fitness, you have heard of Tone It Up. If not, you should go check out the website ran by Karena and Katrina. The moves that I mentioned about are actually from their website. I'll link it here incase you want to try it yourself!

I have tried this routine multiple times now and I have started to increase the amount of reps that I do. It definitely works because I can feel my muscles ache the next day!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Getting Back On Track

It's been a while since my last blog post due to the overwhelming amount of work that comes with the end of a college quarter. With final projects and essays, I lost the motivation not only to write, but also to stay healthy. The amount of dairy in my no-dairy diet managed to creep up on me, along with bad snack choices, and a lack of exercise (walking to class does not count).

So, I'm getting back on track! I'm going back to having no dairy while I'm back home with my parents in hope of sticking with it when I go back to school. I won't be buying coffee while I'm out because not only is it mean to my stomach but it is also mean to my wallet.

It’s not like I eat really unhealthy food, but where the school year started and where it ended up, one can clearly see that my snacking took a turn. I didn’t gain the “Freshman Fifteen” in part because I’m not a Freshman, but also because Whit and I cook every night. However, that doesn’t mean I have the excuse to eat the amount of Lays potato chips that I have been. So, more fresh fruit and vegetables for me!

I have also started taking the time to reintroduce working out into my life. By starting small, I feel that I won’t be as easily swayed to quit. Besides, I pay for a really nice gym membership as part of my tuition and I will be done with classes at 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. What else am I going to be doing with my time?

I know that writing this doesn’t really mean anything and doesn’t guarantee that I will be successful, but I feel that it is my first step. I need to acknowledge the fact that I haven’t been feeling 100 percent because of my choices and that by admitting that I need to change, I can start to. I’m hoping by writing this, I will hold myself more accountable too and if my friends and family see me reaching for a Starbucks Mocha with Whipped Cream, that they will slap my hand and push me out the store!

I know this is typical of a New Year’s resolution, but I’m not willing to wait until the New Year to make a change and I hope that if there is something in your life that you want to change, you own up to it and take the step that you need to take today. Don’t wait for tomorrow...

- Susie

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Objects of Affection

I recently purchased MAC's Objects of Affection Rose pigment set and I am in love with it. Normally I wouldn't spend money on "holiday" makeup because the sets are expensive and usually only have a couple colors that I would use. However, this pigment set by MAC is beyond beautiful so I couldn't help myself. The packaging is perfect, as it is sleek but still fun, and the colors consist of neutrals and some that are slightly more bold. Not to mention that pigments last forever. So long in fact, that I guarantee I will still have product left by next holiday season!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Everything Becomes Ok

Today was one of the rare days that make you feel on top of the world!

When it comes to college, one of my least favorite things that one has to do is signing up for classes. You are forced to navigate your way through a giant course list, with classes only offered at certain times of the year, and you must somehow manage to put the puzzle together. This usually results in anger and frustration (or maybe that's just me)...

Well, last night, I was going through and refining my search choices. I felt like the world was crashing down around me and that more problems were being discovered, rather than being solved. Due to not being in my major yet, and having not taken my required math class due to avoiding the Math placement test for three years, none of the classes I needed/wanted to take were available to me.

Well, this is where the story turns. Whit happened to be visiting her advisor today and the topic of being accepted into your major before your DTA is transferred was brought up. The advisor informed her that you do not need to have prerequisites done in order to apply and be accepted into your major. That solved everything! When Whit got home and told me the news I was ecstatic. Now all I had to figure out was the whole Math situation...

If you know anything about me, you know that I despise Math. I have never been fond of it (even when I got good grades). When I went to community college, I avoided the Math placer test like it was the plague, and thus ended up in a bit of a predicament right at the end of my two years when I tried to squeeze it in. Due to certain circumstances, I didn't finish the level of Math that I needed to complete my degree at that time. Now, eight months later, I have been in contact with my community college and they have informed me on my next steps.

I will have to take Math 130 at my current school which the community college sees as an equivalent for the missing math class from my degree. All I had to do was get in to it, pass it, and then send the credit back their way. They will then give me my DTA.

Well, this is where the good news continues! I finally forced myself to take the dreaded test and guess what... I PASSED! I got the score I needed to get the Math 130 class and I am now registered for it. When you pair that with the fact that by the end of this quarter I will be officially in my Film & Video Studies Production major, all the stress from the last eight months just disappeared. I was so excited I even went out and had a celebratory ice cream!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Visited a local pumpkin patch today. Here are the photos I captured!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Old Train Station

It's the weekend and there isn't much to do at our college... So, Whit and I decided to go on a photo expedition to a local, rundown, train station. The station is in the midst of being restored and since it is old enough to be a landmark, the architecture is pretty interesting. It made for some cool photos and some fun time!



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Phillip Phillips Concert

By the title of this post, I'm sure you can guess what I'm writing to you about...

Last night, Whit and I got to enjoy an amazing performance by Phillip Phillips. I was a little apprehensive about attending this concert at first due to my complete lack of knowledge when it came to his music. I had heard the songs that had been on the radio, which I would say had been overplayed, but I was pleasantly surprised by his vocal tone and broad range of genre. He played a lot of edgier songs and some that I would compare to jazz/blues. It really complemented his voice and it caught me off guard. I have been listening to his songs on Spotify all day and I can definitely say that I am a fan (and that I have a bit of a crush)!