40 Things I Learned From 40 Days Without Sugar And Alcohol

This is inspiring for sure! I gave up chocolate for Lent this year, and am trying to be healthier overall. I have noticed that I am not as interested in consuming chocolate, and sweets in general, now that Lent is over. My goal is to continue limiting my sweet intake and live as healthy as possible. 🙂 (Of course the occasional piece of pie and my sister’s banana bread cannot be avoided, but this is just a goal.) Happy eating!

Thought Catalog

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1. Sugar is in A LOT of things. It’s pretty gross actually.

2. It’s incredibly difficult to eat at many restaurants without being that person who has to ask a ton of questions and basically change the ingredients of what you finally do order.

3. We should all probably be that person more for the sake of our health.

4. Some people will somehow start to feel that your food choices are about making them feel inadequate.

5. Alcohol is not as hard to give up as I thought it might be in the social context. Just always try to hold a glass of water so people will leave you alone.

6. If people are used to seeing you drink, your (temporary) sobriety will make them uncomfortable for whatever reason.

7. Whether it’s in food or drink, there was some FBI-type questioning as to why I was really giving…

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Why I Am Not “All About That Bass”

I agree 100% with this post. Be confident in yourself and don’t push down others in order to improve your self-esteem. Everyone can benefit from loving themselves. 🙂

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I’m sure many of you have heard the newest chart topper by Meghan Trainor entitled “All About That Bass”. If you haven’t, the super catchy pop song has a killer baseline and will most likely be stuck in your head for days. The whole message behind the song is (supposed to be) body acceptance and embracing your curves, or “bass”. Unfortunately, Trainor’s idea of how to empower women in the sense of body confidence is skewed to the point of ignorance for the meaning.

Don’t get me wrong, I love, LOVE the idea of pop songs endorsing confidence and acceptance. The problem with this song is that it does that, but only for a very specific type of woman and for the wrong reasons.

Sure, Trainor tells listeners that “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top” and “my mama she told me don’t worry about…

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Back on the Bike

After almost a week of not exercising – because I was out of town/too sick to move – I got back into my workout groove this evening. (Though, I guess I can count running around an amusement park for a full day as exercise…) Following 5 1/2 hours on my feet at work today, I didn’t feel much like running, so I decided tonight would be the perfect opportunity to bike.

It was very relaxing to get back outside and take in as much fresh air as possible. I definitely got a workout pedaling up the hills around my house and got to cheer on my sister as she ran. When I was younger, I didn’t cross-train much, so it’s definitely nice to do so now.

I completed the evening with an arm workout, a teeny bit of ab work, and some muscle rolling that hurt like a b**** made every muscle in my legs feel brand new. Tomorrow, following an 8 1/2 hour, 5am shift, and a nap, the plan is to hit the track to time my mile and soak up some quality turf time with my mini me. She starts high school try-outs next Monday and my preseason starts in two Saturdays, so we’re trying to fit in a little more time for stickwork before we parts ways. Here’s hoping for nice weather and a 6:30ish mile. Best of luck with all of your end of summer goals! 🙂

Me and "Mini Me"

Me and “Mini Me”

Room Redo

As summer is coming to a close, I’d like to share some pictures of my newly remodeled bedroom before I have to leave it for the next four months. Previously, I had matte white walls and a matching ceiling that I absolutely adored loathed. It was very boring and unwelcoming. Sure, anything could match, but I really wanted to make it my own.

I can’t take credit for painting because I was at work during all that fun. Awe so sad… But, my parents and sisters did an awesome job painting my room Twist of Lime with a soft gray coating the ceiling. I also got a new bed and picked out most of the accents, which are all black, white, and gray. I got plenty of boxes for storage, some funky lamps, new bedding, and the adorable mirrors that are hanging between my new curtains.

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Aren’t these just adorable?

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Cue the Macklemore love

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Still looking for the perfect thing to put above my bed. A mirror maybe? Hmm…

I’m also excited to put this quote back up on my wall, above my windows. I’ve had it up since winter break, but think it will be a perfect accent in black and white.

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Well, since my room is finally semi-organized, I guess it’s time for me to start packing for year 3 at JC. Two weeks to go! Enjoy the rest of your summer! 🙂

Rollercoasters and Sick Days…

This week, I got to spend a couple of wonderful days with some of my best friends from school. I know I’m going back in two weeks, but it was great to see them before summer was over. We kicked things off with an adventure through Pennsylvania and we only managed to get lost once – not too bad – although we did get hung up in construction for a bit. (It wouldn’t be PA without roadwork almost everywhere you go!) After a decent amount of planning we ended up at Dorney Park, which was absolutely amazing! I’d never been there before and definitely recommend it to any thrill seeker.

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Our first five hours were spent in the water park. (After grabbing some Cinnabons and souvenir cups…yum.) We managed to hit almost all of the slides, the wave pool, and have a chance to wander and relax for a bit, before getting into the park itself. The park is huge and has options for everyone. I’ve always been a fan of both rollercoasters and spinning rides, though being sick definitely limited my options for the day. I think my favorite ride was the Tilt-a-Whirl, even though I didn’t feel so great. We fit all four of us into the seat and really got it spinning. So cheers to that. And even though heights terrify me, I agreed to ride one of those tower rides that shoots you up 200+ feet into the air. It was actually kind of fun. Who knew? After closing out the park at 10pm, getting some fabulous group selfies outside the gates, and a camp out of sorts, our adventure had to come to an end.

I’m glad that I got to see friends, but two days later I still don’t feel much better, so working out has been removed from my to-do list for the time being. Instead, I’ve binged watched 5 episodes of Major Crimes, indulged in some Kim Kardashian: Hollywood until my phone battery died, and eaten only crackers, a banana, and soup. Now, I’ve got a case of cabin fever and just want to get out of my room for awhile. Hopefully, I get better soon because I think I’ve worn out my list of favorite websites to surf online.

 

Things that make me feel better when I’m sick:

  • Fuzzy koala bathrobe and comfy PJ pants
  • Warm soup
  • Gatorade
  • My favorite television shows
  • Lots of rest

 

Since school returns so soon, I’d love to be out running to continue my preparation for pre-season or be organizing and packing so I can smoothly transition into my new room. However, I think I’ll just sit here and dream about such things. Maybe, I’ll even revise my packing list…again.

What suggestions do you have for a sick day? Best and healthy wishes! For now, Brittany

What is a Berry?

While perusing BuzzFeed yesterday, I came across an interesting fact.

WHAT?! A Strawberry is not a berry? Of course, I had to explore this claim further and share a little of what I discovered. Although Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster both claim that a strawberry is a berry, it is, in fact, not a berry at all. In September 2013, the Huffington Post released an article stating that strawberries are a victim of confused identity. Getting all “sciency” here, strawberries are something called accessory fruits which are not developed from a plant’s ovary, but from within the area around the ovaries. **MIND BLOWN** I never thought I was much of a berry fan – I only ever liked strawberries and blueberries – but apparently I like many more than I ever thought. Bananas, Avocado, Pumpkin, Tomatoes… That’s right! All of those are berries and the list goes on and on.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this quick fact and are now furthered educated about both berries and accessory fruits. Now I’m off to enjoy my favorite berry of all… the banana! 🙂