Let’s Talk About Success

Success is what I always strive for in one degree or another. But, in one area of my life I have not seen much success: weight loss. The reasons I have not had much success in the path are now very clear to me.

  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Emotional/boredom eating
  • Depression and terrible body-image leading to overeating
  • And little to no exercise

In the past three weeks I’ve been doing my best to correct some of these downfalls. I’ve gone to the gym at least twice a week (which is difficult with a schedule like mine). I’ve also worked on cutting out sweets. And, if you know anything about me you will know that I’m addicted to all things sugar and decadence. Additionally, I’ve been working on my self-awareness. I’ve caught myself when I’m bored or stressed and reminded myself, the chubby girl with three cookies in her hand, that she’s not actually hungry. I’ve taken the little victories and celebrated them fully. For example, when I make it through a meal without breaking down and eating junkie food I take a moment to be proud of my willpower.

So far I’m proud of how far I’ve come. At the beginning of the year I weighed around 268-270 lbs and I now weigh in at around 260. Eight pounds lost! I measure my weight loss mostly by how my clothes fit me. I was able to fit into size 18 skinny jeans from Old Navy that I haven’t been able to fit over my thighs for the past five years. I mean, wow! I’m generally a size 20-22 so this was a major accomplishment for me. I also was able to fit into a thrifted dress that I absolutely love. It has been snug since Christmas (blame it on the cheesecake). But, here are some photos of me celebrating my little victory!

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However you measure success, I hope you have the determination to see your goals through.

Hugs!

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Life Happens

Hello! I’m sorry I’ve neglected my blogging duties again. I swear, one day I will have the time and energy to maintain this thing. But, I’d like to catch you up on some new things in my life.

Last semesters I ended up maintaining my 4.0 GPA after the most trying classes of my life. After surmounting that challenge I took a winter reading class. I’m hoping one day to become a reading specialist.

I also traveled to the Dominican Republic with my student organization, Reach Out. It was a fabulous experience and I loved meeting all the children. Next year I will be writing a manual to take with us! I’m really excited to start, and I will be focusing on teaching English. Here are some photos from my adventure:

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I will never forget the memories I forged while on this trip and I’ve been working very hard to share my passion with others when I returned to my University.

My family has a new member of the family named Zeros!

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In other updates, I am more in love with my boyfriend, Keith, than ever before. We’ve been together for over a year and the support he gives me has been phenomenal. Recently, I’ve been very interested in becoming more fit and healthy. He’s really helped me curb my bad habits and give me insight on how to help myself.

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My best friend, Tori, and I are gym buddies! We have both seen fabulous improvements since starting a routine at the gym at the beginning of the year. We keep each other accountable. She has started her own blog to document her journey at torimakeschanges.wordpress.com so please go follow her!

I am in a lot more clubs for education now am planning a conference for next year. I am on the Executive Board of Reach Out and am now the chair of our cultural committee.

Friends, thank you for reading and listening to my life update! I’ll leave you with lyrics from the brilliant Damien Rice:

“Just like you said it would be life goes easy on me, most of the time.”

I’m looking for a Belgian Pen Pal!

Hey everyone:

I know it’s been a very long time since I’ve updated this blog (#junioryearprobs). Sorry about that! I’m currently trying to learn Flemish Dutch because every since I have traveled to Belgium I’ve been obsessed with the country. If you can speak Dutch and would like to be my pen pal and help me learn the language please don’t be shy! Let me know!

Here are some pics from my trip:

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Art Photography Piece: Extra Buttons

I visited my Grandmother yesterday and decided to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane. I asked her if she still had the buttons I used to play with when I was younger. Sure enough, she pulled out two huge tubs filled with buttons, both old and new. I always found entertainment in these tiny piece of metal, plastic, wood, and even leather. This time I decided to immortalize these special relics in a photography collection entitle: Extra Buttons. That way if they are ever lost or discarded I will still have access to my memories. I hope you enjoy these:ImageImage

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