One Sip at a Time…

One Sip at a Time…

As John Maxwell said, “[s]uccess comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years”. Everyone in the world wants to achieve their best self, physically, mentally and financially, but no one wants to put in the work. Not everyone is willing to deal with the dedication, patience, and failures that come with success. You can’t build all that you desire without consistency and discipline. Everyone wants but no one is willing to give. Give up your time, give up your excuses, and give up your doubts that are blocking you from your dreams. This process is also implemented in fitness, starting with the small steps that lead you to create a happy and healthy lifestyle.

 

 

If you want to get in shape or simply achieve something you see as unattainable, I am going to help you put these plans into action. It’s combining all of your tiny consistent efforts that define your results both in and outside of the gym. Nothing you do should come easy. It will be hard, but that is why you take it one step at a time. Start drinking more water, one sip at a time. Start choosing healthier foods, one bite at a time. Start exercising more, one movement at a time. Start living more, one smile at a time. Take it slow and steady, one step at a time.

 

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Strive to constantly move forward; however, know you’re going to have failures along the way and be willing to accept them. When you fall one step back, take two steps forward. Know you will have days that you feel you ruined all your progress. That is when you should take a step back and breathe. They are just cookies, it’s just one bad grade, it’s just one mean comment on Facebook, it’s just a slice of pizza and one missed day at the gym. NONE OF THESE THINGS DEFINE YOU! Calories, grades, and comments are just numbers – same goes for the number on the scale. What defines you is your heart, your happiness, and who you are as a person on the inside. What defines you is when you keep moving forward after you fail. Failing and falling apart is one of the best things in life. Fall as many times as you can because the more times you fall, the more opportunities you are given to get back up and bounce back stronger and smarter than ever.

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It’s all mental. You must know you will have days you want to quit. Don’t. This isn’t just about weight loss or fitness goals. This goes with everything in life. We all want it 1,2,3 and done tomorrow, but that’s not how it works. Consistency, patience, and hard work are needed in every aspect of our life. You can’t achieve your dream job or body without constantly chipping away at your goals. You need these tools and qualities to be successful. You have to start somewhere, so start now. Cut out the excuses. Don’t wait for it. GO FOR IT! “If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will never likely accomplish it”, John Maxwell declared. Engage in the process of action one step at a time and I guarantee you will be successful.

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Five Self Care Ideas

Five Self Care Ideas

Students can easily get caught up in the stress and pressure of college, so it is important to take time and focus on wellness. Practicing self-care doesn’t require a glamorous night of pampering; it can be as simple as focusing on your breathing. Self-care helps you do the best that you can for yourself, and in turn helps you do your best every day.


Students can easily get caught up in the stress and pressure of college, so it is important to take time and focus on wellness. Practicing self-care doesn’t require a glamorous night of pampering; it can be as simple as focusing on your breathing. Self-care helps you do the best that you can for yourself, and in turn helps you do your best every day.

1. Stay Hydrated

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There are so many health benefits to staying hydrated, but it also helps with clearing skin and even improving your mood. Investing in a cute water bottle is an easy way to stay motivated about hydration.

2. Journal

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This is a great way to de-stress and can take as long as you want. Journaling about your whole day is one option, but keeping a gratitude log, writing down one good thing that happened that day, something that you learned, or just a good memory are easy ways to check in with yourself daily. Even if you need to rant or let out your feelings, writing is a great outlet.

3. Take a Break

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Everybody gets tired and needs a break in order to recharge and be able to tackle the rest of the day. During your break take a nap, go on a walk, or listen to some music.

4. Do Something You Love

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It’s easy to forget about the things you love when there is so much that needs to get done first. Taking at least half an hour to do something for you is extremely beneficial to your mood, happiness, and wellbeing.

5. Talk to a Friend

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Whether you need to vent, get advice, or just talk, turning to a friend (or anyone you trust) is a way to relieve any stress you may be dealing with. This can help you see things from a different perspective and let out any frustrations. This tip is also a reminder that it’s okay to turn to others instead of solely relying on yourself.

Are Memes Unhealthy? Study Shows the Detrimental Effects on Your Wellbeing

Are Memes Unhealthy? Study Shows the Detrimental Effects on Your Wellbeing

Kids idolize them. Parents are appalled by them. Elders become lost trying to decode what today’s youth mean by them. “Memes,” regardless of your opinion, have undoubtedly changed our means of interpersonal and mass communications. After all, it’s completely logical of the world to compress our acrimony and passive-aggression into an image of Kermit the Frog sipping Lipton Tea. There’s also rationality behind our thinking Brads and Chads in Pi Kappa Pi signify fraternity douchebags and Caucasian aristocracy, right?

 

We can’t deny, nor stop laughing over, the angle of truth memes shine light on. However, non-meme enthusiasts who struggle to grasp the concept of Grumpy Cat (sorry, grandma and grandpa) are, more than likely, disillusioned as to what the f*ck popular culture is like in 2019.

 

In our minds, memes perfectly summarize the universal feelings of dog sh*t you and ecstasy we constantly experience everyday. We then take these images, tweets, and videos to not only bring attention to our own thoughts, but memes are used to additionally acknowledge current events and celebrity news (both fake and actual). Memes are relevant to the particular time and are easy to connect with; thus, it’s no wonder as to why memes have the god-like powers of connecting hundreds thousands of people – this time, through reshares and likes for these humorous and relatbale images.

 

So, what are the drawbacks to these internet sensations?

 

The wide range of applications and increasing popularity of memes makes us yearn for recognition for these relatable posts. After all, there is no better accomplishment than receiving thousands of affirmations from Instagram-users, who double tap your memes and respond with, what other than, more memes. Consequently, we’re hungry to highlight unhealthy mannerisms for likes and publicity. For instance, Paper Magazine featured an October 2018 study composed by Loughborough University that exemplified obesity in the UK. The study found that “memes that make light of or promote unhealthy dietary habits normalize that unhealthy behavior among teens.” Most people are aware of the dangers of obesity on the body. However, we dismiss how many meme-lovers today – most of whom are millenials and youth – take a serious problem like obesity and use it as an opportunity to transform a victim into an internet star.

 

This sounds grave – even inhumane. Regardless, this is how we make popular culture “popular” in the 21st century – through consistent meme consumption. To draw the line between memes and reality, we must identify the irony and message behind the light-hearted meme. What does the meme imply, which parties does the meme involve, and what does the meme bring attention to? We don’t need to reiterate on how memes bring us pure joy, as they’re mean’t to be taken only with a grain of salt, and at the end of the day, our appreciation for sarcastic, amusing memes isn’t the problem. The problem commences when our appreciation takes suffering and turns it into an affliction for likes and comments.