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SUMMER RECAP: Fitspiration

Just like last year, I took a break from blogging for a few months – I mean, summer IS the prime season for social events and outdoor activities. But apart from that, it gave me the opportunity to dabble in a side job, reprioritize my life, set aside some much-needed time for myself, and improve some aspects of my lifestyle that I wasn’t satisfied with. But since I can’t recap my entire summer in a single post, I’ve decided to do a series of entries to get all my followers caught up. Enjoy! :)

I think it’s about time I make a confession – something I haven’t been fully honest about to even some of my closest friends. During my senior year of college I was diagnosed with body dysmorphia, brought on by my already existing generalized anxiety disorder and mild obsessive compulsive disorder. 80% of the time, I look in the mirror and see myself anywhere from 20 to 60 lbs heavier. Some nights, I will still spend hours at a time poring over my facial imperfections in photos uploaded on Facebook. It’s only under very rare and specific conditions that I see myself accurately. And when I do, I end up spending the whole night crying.

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With that said, over the past few summer months a friend introduced me to the concept of fitspiration. It became popular after pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia blogs started getting banned from Tumblr. The idea is to see “fitness” as the goal, not “skinny”. Since then, I’ve been eating a lot cleaner, and focusing more on toning. And although the number on the scale has remained the same, I can definitely see the change in my body. Most importantly, I’ve learned that being fit is not a fad that you do temporarily until you’re happy with yourself; it’s an entire lifestyle change.

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Three things I’ve recently added into my regimen are: oatmeal, biking, and light weight training. Every morning for breakfast, I used to have yogurt with granola. And while it’s a fantastic option, it doesn’t fill me up. And because I can’t take a break for a small snack on busy work days, I would always end up overeating during my lunch break. Oatmeal is plenty filling and contains soluble fiber, of which I otherwise don’t get much of throughout the rest of the day. It’s great for your heart and digestive system, and tastes so good with some fruit, walnuts, and a dash of brown sugar! But personally, I prefer the texture of the old-fashioned rolled oats over the all-too-mushy instant oatmeal.

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As for biking, my boyfriend and I go for about 5 or 6 miles every Sunday morning – usually in a local scenic spot like Alley Pond Park or Bayside Marina near Fort Totten. It’s a great addition to our weekly schedule, and it’s so much easier to get motivated to exercise when you have a workout buddy. Unfortunately, my old bicycle that I used to cruise around my college campus with is now a dilapidated mess. Not fit for riding anymore, I’ve been borrowing my brother’s. I plan to invest in a speedy new one in the near future, though. :)

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And last, but not least, is light weight training. It all started when my regular Zumba instructor was out for the whole month of August. The substitute incorporated dumbbells into our dance moves, and you can really feel the resistance and burn in your arms after a few minutes! I was able to score a weight set on Amazon for an amazing deal, so every other night I do a bunch of reps for a more toned upper body. And in the relatively short time I’ve been doing it, I can already see more defined biceps! I really want to keep this up, since it takes more work to get rid of the dreaded “bra bulge”. Wish me luck!
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Healthier Choices

Before I get into my post, you guys should check out my boyfriend’s food blog – he just updated with the beer pancakes and Jack Daniel’s syrup that he and his friend Chris made the other morning! Click here to read it. :D

Anyway, since it’s the end of the month, it’s one of my responsibilities as a Resident Assistant to create a new bulletin board on my floor. This time, my theme was nutrition! Using fun facts and healthier alternatives to common foods, I think I successfuly got my point across. Unfortunately, there were no color printers available over the weekend, so I had to settle with putting up my beautiful photos in black and white. :'(

If you guys are interested in the information that I posted, click here to download the .pdf file! It’s just a lot of basic information that most people should know, nothing too in-depth. : ) My favorite part of the bulletin board, though, has to be the purple elephant cutouts that I made in the resource room!

Speaking of nutrition, I’ve officially lost 15 lbs since starting my Lose it! diet. : ) I feel great, and plan to keep on shedding the weight in order to be swimsuit-ready this summer! To be honest, it wasn’t all that difficult to get this far, but I know that it will get harder once my daily calorie budget shrinks even more. I may even start going to the gym again if I actually feel like I need to eat more than the 770 suggested calories per day. Lately, though, I’ve been content with just eating oatmeal. I bought two boxes at Target the other day, and am completely in love with the Peaches and Cream flavor!

One of the dining centers on my campus also sells various oatmeal variety packs, so for the past week or so that all I’ve been living off of. Not only are they delicious, but the fiber content is great, too! I don’t even need to take my fiber supplements anymore. : ) And for 130-160 calories per packet, I can’t complain.

McDonald’s Offers Healthier Options?

When I think of McDonald’s, I immediately have flashbacks to three things:
1) The role of Happy Meals (and the toys that came with them) in my childhood.
2) Going on long road trips and stopping by one to eat and use the restroom.
3) Watching Super Size Me in my high school health class, and feeling disgusted.

It’s no secret that McDonald’s has earned a reputation over the years for being the most unhealthy (although most popular) fast food chain in the country. To be honest, I haven’t really eaten at one since middle school. Since then, I must have missed all the changes they’ve undergone. Apparently, they’re targeting a more health-conscious audience now.

Yesterday, Michael and I had lunch at the local McDonald’s – I was very surprised with how many healthy options they offer now, compared to what the menu was like in my childhood! I ordered their new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and Strawberry Banana Smoothie, both of which tasted better than I expected – they were actually really good! At first I was skeptical, but the nutrition information on their website convinced me that it was legitimate. Their marketing team does a great job at advertising their new direction, too.

I still try to maintain my Lose it! diet, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to stay under 790 calories every day. And although I’m not as strict with it anymore, it does make me feel great to choose healthier alternatives. I may actually consider becoming a pescatarian while I’m a school – mostly because they serve low-quality chicken & beef on my campus. What do you guys think?