I’ll be back…

I’m really glad a lot of you could relate to my earlier post. It’s reassuring to know that others feel the same as me. So, as always, you guys are amazing.

Now onto today’s post. Okay. How do I say this? I need to take a blogging break. Life hasn’t been great. I feel as if the depression and eating disorder are taking over again….but this time, the depression is stronger. And it’s scaring me. I have had my down times before, but now it feels different. I can’t stop crying sometimes. I go to bed shaking sometimes because I just can’t stand, well, life anymore. I am still seeing a therapist so I have somebody to talk to. But I just need a little break from blogging to reconsider the things in my life.

I’m not sure when I will be back. But for now, I need some ‘me’ time.

I hope you guys have an amazing day, week, month, year. Whenever it is that I talk to you next. I hope it’s not long though because I really do love blogging.

Thanks everyone for your support.

I’m a home body….and I’m okay with that

Yesterday at my therapy appointment, we talked more about getting myself out there to meet more people and make more friends. I was all for it. Then I started to get thinking…what if I really do like to be by myself? Don’t get me wrong. Friends are great and very important. I just think that some people rely on friends more than others.

I have always been a home body. Even before my eating disorder, I liked to stay home. My parents are awesome so I had no problem at all hanging out with them. Then there would be that weekend every once in awhile where I would hang out with a friend. But when it came down to it, I would have rather been at home.

Flash forward to the peak of my eating disorder. I literally never left the house unless it was to go to school, basketball, or out for a run. And that’s how I liked it (Not the eating disorder part. The staying home part).

Now I’m in college. I know these are where so many memories are made for people. Where they go out to parties, join a sorority, make friends that will last a lifetime, and stay up late at night. But I really don’t like any of that stuff. I mean, making a friend that would last a lifetime would be great. But the rest, nahh.

My therapist recommended hanging out with some people that I had lost touch with from the beginning of the year. I could do that. But do I want to? Not really. Is it partly because I’m shy? Yeah, probably. Or is it partly because I really just like being alone? I think it has a lot to do with that. I’m okay with being alone. Yeah, sometimes it can get extremely lonely and I have some depressive thoughts but I would much rather be alone than miserable with a group of people I don’t really want to be around.

That brings me to last night, I went to bed at around 8pm. It was a Friday night. The night most college students long for. But I really could care less if it was Friday night or Wednesday night. I was tired at 8 so I had no problem shutting my door and turning off the lights.

Then again, it would be nice to have a group of friends to fall back on. It’s all still up in the air. I like my independence and being alone. But at the same time, a friend would be nice. Not one that is constantly burping, talking about losing weight, cussing, blasting music through their headphones, or chewing with their mouth open (Yes. I am talking about my roommate.)

So I guess the gist of this post is that I like being alone. Even though my therapist wants me to work on getting out there, I really don’t want to…even though it might be good for me. I just don’t know.

Do you guys get what I mean? Can you relate in any way?
Are you a home body or do you like to go out?
Any advice for me? Like, how to get out there because it would probably be good for me? 

Popchips giveaway winner + a must watch video

It’s almost the weekend! Weee! Before I get to the totally awesome video, the winner of the Popchips giveaway is…

Jessica from BusyLivingHealthy! Congrats! Shoot me an email at adidasqueen1000@yahoo.com and you will have a month’s worth of Popchips heading your way 😀

Now you guys need to really check out this video. It was made by The Journey TV and it is very inspiring.

If size 6 is considered plus size, then I am plus size and proud of it. 

What are your thoughts on the video?

gotta love summer jobs (not)

Job searching sucks. It really does. There’s no other way to really describe it. In high school, I decided to get a job when the basketball season was over. I applied to a ton of places with no luck. Then I randomly walked into a restaurant. Next thing I know, I was talking to the manager and she told me I was the new hostess. Score!

I loved this job. I worked 3-4 nights a week between 4-5 hours. The people were nice, I got the tips from to-go orders, and it was an awesome schedule. I had been working there for about 4 months when I got the news: the restaurant was closing. Noooooo!

I was so bummed when I heard. It was the best job and I didn’t want to leave. Then the time came where they locked the doors up everyone went their own separate ways. I was sad that I didn’t have the job anymore but I really felt bad for all those waiters, cooks, bartenders, and busboys who depended on that paycheck to support their family.

After a couple of weeks without a job, I decided to get out there again and start searching. I had my eye on a pet hotel for awhile. (I know what you’re thinking. A pet hotel? WTF? A lot of people have that reaction.) The hotel opened up a few years ago and we got to take a tour of it. Ever since then, I thought it would be so cool to work there. So that’s exactly where I applied.

I wish it was like this...

Here’s a little info about the pet hotel: It’s exactly what it sounds like, it’s a hotel for cats and dogs. They have their own kennel (it’s big) and bed. Some of the rooms even have tv’s in them. I wish I was joking. They could also have playtime where they played with all the other dogs. In addition to that, they also got two walks a day where they basically just walked around the back of the hotel.

So I applied for the job and I got an interview. I really didn’t think I was going to get the job because the boss was a jerk. Then I got a call a week later asking if I still wanted the job. I was so stoked!

There was a dress code for the job: non slip shoes, cacky pants, a black belt, and the collared company shirt. It was such a hot outfit. All the boys were after me. Not. Anywho, I started training and I knew it was going to be long days. The shifts were about 8 hours each. 8 hours of purely being on your feet.

During those 8 hours, I did a bunch of different things. I checked dogs into the hotel, played with them during playtime, fed them, took them for walks, and cleaned their kennels. Dogs were constantly barking so I always went home with a headache. It smelled horrible. And I swear the manager sat in his office and looked at the security camera, waiting for the moment to yell at us through the walkie talkie.

Whenever we played with the dogs, there was a glass wall so the people in the store could watch us playing with the dogs and see how happy they were so they would then bring their pets there. I had to act all happy even though I was sometimes in there for 2 hours. During those 2 hours, I was hearing dogs bark, hearing my manager through the walkie talkie, picking up dog poo, breaking up dog fights, and trying to act happy even though I was hating it.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved those dogs. They were adorable and loved every minute of playing with the other dogs. But I just hated the manager. No matter what anybody did, they did it wrong. Not only was I working at the pet hotel, but I was also training for basketball. So after 8 hours of being on my feet and picking up dog poo, I had to come home and train. I was beyond exhausted everyday.

After about a month of working at the pet hotel, I quite. I didn’t really need the job. It was just a way to get more money. I was miserable and decided that it wasn’t worth it. It was definitely an interesting job though. I learned a lot about dogs and the different breeds. I met a GIANT great dane named Uli. He came everyday (there was also doggie day camp.) He was the gentle giant. Every time a fight between dogs would break out, he would be the first one to break it up by barking non stop.

After quitting the job, I had a lot more time to focus on training (and we all know how well that ended up 😉 ) I was also a lot less miserable so it was an awesome decision.

So with that being said, I’m on the job hunt again. Not necessarily at this moment, but I have my eye out for jobs around campus. I didn’t look for any first semester but now that I am more comfortable around campus, I want to make some money! 

What was your first job?
Any funny job stories? 

P.S. It’s your last day to enter the Popchips giveaway!

WWASBEBINPBD

It’s National Peanut Butter Day! You know what that means? Rather than WIAW, I’m going to be doing WWASBEBINPBD. (What We All Should Be Eating Because It’s National Peanut Butter Day.) Heck yes.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Keep’n the Faith

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows from Post Punk Kitchen

Peanut Butter Thumbprints from That’s So Vegan

Peanut Butter Cookie Frozen Yogurt from Healthy Food for Living

Peanut Soba Noodle Bowl From Cookie and Kate

Peanut Butter Maple Protein Bars from Dashing Dish

Peanut Butter and Honey Banana Blondies from Healthy Food for Living

Peanutty Banana Oat Muffins

Chocolate PB Cinnamon Cupcakes with Chocolate PB Honey Cinnamon Frosting by The Diva Dish 

Mini Peanut Butter Vegan Scones from With a Side of Sneakers

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Square from Fork and Beans

Honey Vanilla Peanut Butter from The Wannabe Chef

Honey Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chippers from (Never Home)Maker

And most importantly, eat a big spoonful of peanut butter. Then again, you should do that everyday.

What’s you favorite kind of peanut butter?
How do you like to eat peanut butter? 

sales, rain, and a rant

1. Last night, we watched House of Wax. Don’t watch it. It’s disturbing and gross. After, we watched something happy to lighten the mood: Megamind. Do watch this one. It’s hilarious. I could not stop laughing 99% of the time. Who said animated movies were only for kids? Not me, that’s for sure.

2. I am such a sucker for sale items. I went to the market today for eggs and carrots. That’s all I needed. So I got those two things…

Then I started to see those yellow tabs that hang down from the sale items. It just attracts me like a magnet or something! 

I got my favorite salad dressing: Annie’s Lite Gingerfly. It was $2 cheaper than normal. Considering I use it everyday, it was an investment I had to make. Then the Field Roast was also on sale for $3 cheaper. There’s butternut squash and apple stuffed inside. It will be like a Thanksgiving feast in my mouth. Then the tofu was $2 cheaper. I love tofu and this one is marinated so it’s perfect for in the dorm. But gahhh! Why oh why must sale items be so awesome??

3. Have you ever heard of the show The Walking Dead? My mom told me about it and at first, I was a bit skeptical. It’s about a group of people trying to survive zombies and figure out how the world came to where it is (full of zombies). I knowwww it sounds stupid. I mean, really, zombies? That was my same exact thought but then I watched it and it is awesomeeee. It’s way more than just about zombies. There are awesome relationships between the people. It reminds me a little of Lost. Just a little. Then again, I try to relate everything to Lost.

4. Heidi Klum and Seal are getting a divorce. What the flip?! I didn’t see that one coming. 

5. It’s been raining nonstop here and I have been LOVING it. In Orange County, it is nothing but sunny. Don’t get me wrong. I love the sun and all that Vitamin D goodness but when it comes down to it, it’s just too boring for me. I love bundling up in layers. I love going to bed at night and hearing the raindrops. It’s awesome. I’m one of the few that actually like it but that’s just me. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow and fingers crossed they’re right!

6. I was going to do a post ranting about my roommate but I didn’t want to get all Negative Nancy on you guys. I did tweet a rant last night though…

Every. Single. Day. Not once. Not twice. She does it like 10 times a day. WTF?! And she NEVER says excuse me. Yeah and she wants to be roommates next year…no thanks.

7. I get my stitches out of my wrist tomorrow. Weeee! It’s been feeling really good so I am going to start lifting weights again. Tomorrow is legs so I don’t need to worry about my wrist quite yet. We’ll see how it goes but I am stoked because I have been going coo-coo on the elliptical and bikes. Coo-coo I tell you!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a one month’s supply of Popchips!

(Want another giveaway to enter? Check out This Fit Chick’s giveaway.)

Are you a sucker for sale items?
What’s your favorite kind of weather?
What’s your biggest pet peeve?  

New Year. New You. {Popchips Giveaway}

Who doesn’t love a crunchy, crispy chip? Sometimes, nothing tastes better. But we don’t want that fried junk that is out there. There are baked chips. But those can be sort of ‘blah’ sometimes. That’s why Popchips is the perfect way to curb that craving. “Think popped! Never fried. Never baked.” That’s the slogan that Popchips has lived by for those looking for a healthy and delicious snack. Even Jillian Michaels is a huge fan of the products.

Popchips and Jillian Michaels have teamed up and she has shared some of her health tips. Since it’s the new year (well, sort of) many people try to eat healthier. If you are on a road to eating healthy, it’s important to remember to make small changes. Those small changes will turn into something big. Therefore, making a change of switching your regular chips for Popchips is a small change that will payoff in the long run. Every single serving bag has 100 calories of deliciousness.

Without further ado, here are Jillian Michaels tips for staying healthy in the new year:

· Avoid fried foods at all costs.
·Eat three balanced meals a day every four hours with a snack in between lunch and dinner.
·Eat no more than 6-8 teaspoons of fats and vegetable oil per day.  Choose oils that are mostly unsaturated such as olive oil.
·Opt for cooking methods that use little or no fat such as steaming, grilling, baking, popping, broiling, or roasting.
·Purchase healthier alternatives when given a choice (Popchips vs. fried chips, grilled chicken vs. fried chicken).
·Curb salty cravings with tasty snacks such as popchips, almonds or dried cranberries.

By making these simple changes, it can take your health to a whole new level. Plus, the flavors selection is awesome. You’re bound to find something that you’ll like:

  • Original
  • Sour Cream and Onion
  • Barbeque
  • Sea Salt and Vinegar
  • Sweet Potato
  • Parmesan and Garlic
  • Jalapeno
  • Cheddar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chili and Lime

Popchips is also having a Vegas sweepstakes on their Facebook page between Dec. 23-March 15. If you win, you will win a 3 night stay at the Venetian. Who doesn’t want to be rewarded for their healthy swaps?? The grand prize includes:

·all-expense paid trip for one winner + a guest to the venetian in Las Vegas
·3 nights for two in a vip suite
·$250 spa credit
·$200 dining credit (on property restaurant)
·two vip show tickets (on property shows)
·$1,000 gift card
·two round-trip tickets to vegas
·1-year supply of Popchips

When you enter, you are also entered into a weekly drawing for a month’s supply of Popchips. You also get a $1.00 off coupon (up to 20,000 prints). In addition, you can invite friends to enter and increase your chances of winning. So go to their Facebook page now and enter enter enter! 

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for…the giveaway! How would you like to win a month’s supply of Popchips? You don’t need to answer. I know you all want to. Heck, I would want to win! Here’s how to enter:

Mandatory: What flavor of Popchips is your favorite? Or which one do you want to try?

Extra Entries: (leave a separate comment for each)

That’s a total of 6 ways to enter. So get entering people! To find where Popchips are sold near you, check out their website. Good luck entering!

This giveaway will end Thursday, January 26.

**Note: Popchips sent me samples to review. They did not pay me to say any of this. Each and every piece of opinion is solely mine. Because they are pure awesome.**

Week 1: Done

Well the first week back is overrr. I always hate the first few days of classes. It always seems so slow. We go over the syllabus and then what? Thankfully most of my teachers were cool and let us out early. I really liked all of my classes. I think it’s going to be fun and challenging all at the same time. Challenging. Oh joy.

Anatomy
This is definitely going to be my toughest class. In addition to the lecture part, there is a lab. Oh and for the tests, they are free response. No multiple choice. Even better: spelling counts. Efff. Who sucks at spelling?? This girl. We had our first official lecture yesterday (Thursday) and the teacher went SO fast. I have never written so fast in my life. Not only does she go really fast but the words are super long and hard to spell (that’s gonna be great when test time rolls around…not). Right after the lecture, I have lab. For now, no bodies to look at (and trust me…I am not complaining about that). We were looking at slides of tissue and it wasn’t too bad. We got to color. That was fun. And then I looked back and saw the metal boxes where the bodies are held. That wasn’t so fun.

I like this anatomy a lot more...

In addition to this Anatomy class, I am taking a SI (supplemental instruction) class which is basically just more review. There are going to be diagrams, charts, practice tests, and all that good stuff. In addition to even that, they have open labs every Thursday for MORE review. I’ll most likely go to those too. It’s definitely going to be a challenging class. I’m excited but nervous for it all at the same time. It will be interesting, that’s for sure! (Interesting. As in interesting to see if I pass out or not.)

Kinesiology
This is a pretty simple class. It’s required by all kinesiology majors and it’s just to basically make sure it’s what the person wants to do with their life. We’re gonna talk about what kinesiology is and all the jobs that are involved. The only downside is that the classroom is really small. And the class size is really big.

Econ
The teacher in this class is a little hard to understand. But at least he’s funny. We only meet in the classroom once a week (Wednesdays). Then on Mondays, we have an online quiz. It shouldn’t be too bad. JK I hate econ.

Swimming
Easy peasy. It’s a credit/no credit class. We meet twice a week for 50 minutes. Basically you can splash around in the pool for those 50 minutes and still pass the class.

History (online)
Since it sucked getting classes this semester, I am also taking one online at the community college where I live. Then I will transfer those credits to the school I’m at now. It’s “History of the World from 1750.” Since it’s online, I can use Google. For Googling stuff about cats. Duhhh. I would never endorse cheating.

What’s your favorite subject?

vi-vi-vi-vitaminssss + sunfood review

Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins. There are so many out there that it can be overwhelming to walk into the pharmacy (or Costco vitamin aisle like me 😉 ). Everybody is different, and their needs are different. So what one person takes, another might or might not need. With that being said, here are a few vitamins that I take:

Multi
This one is pretty self-explanatory. I take one a day, in the morning. I think that everybody should take a multi vitamin to get some of the essentials.

Calcium
I take calcium twice a day. I’m sure you know how important it is for women to get calcium. This is to help prevent osteoporosis. You can also get you calcium from food but I don’t the best job at this. A couple of months ago, I got a bone density test and the results came out good. (Thank goodness). I truly think this is because of the calcium vitamins. When looking at the different calcium vitamin options,  go for calcium citrate. The citrate helps the calcium be absorbed.

Glucosamine
I take two glucosamine pills twice a day. I started taking this a couple of years ago when I began to have knee trouble. I have noticed a BIG difference. Every once in awhile, I will still have knee troubles, but it is nothing compared to how it used to be.

Flaxseed Oil
After seeing my nutritionist, she recommended I take some sort of omega-3 fatty acid. I definitely didn’t want fish oil, so flaxseed oil it was. It comes in little capsules, so I don’t actually drink it. I take one pill a day.

Magnesium
Like the glucosamine, I started taking magnesium after an injury. I hurt my back and had to see the chiropractor a couple of times. He told me to start taking magnesium, so I gave it a try. I have noticed a difference. I haven’t gone to the chiropractor and no back problems have come up (knock on wood). I take one magnesium pill a day. 

So those are the vitamins you can take but there are also some foods that are chock full of vitamins. 

That’s a very simplified chart but here are a couple websites for more information:
Vitamin/Mineral sources and what they do
Food sources and how much a person needs

And what some other awesome nutrients? Check out some foods such as acai, maca, goji berries, lucuma, cocoa nibs, and some many other products at Sunfood. They have been the “World’s Best Organic Raw Food and Superfoods Since 1995.”

I got to try out a couple products and boy, it was hard to choose! I ultimately decided on Acai powder and Maca powder.

First up, Acai powder

Acai, from South America, has become even more popular these last few years. It contains antioxidants, healthy fats, amino acids, and essential vitamins. In order to pack in the most nutrients, Sunfood freeze dries the berries before grinding them into a powder.

“The dark purple color of acai comes from pigments called anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against free radical damage. Diets rich in antioxidants can help slow the aging process and protect against disease. Acai contains omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids (EFAs) which are critical for brain function, cardiovascular health and the nervous system. An essential fatty acid is a substance that the body cannot make on its own and must be derived from foods. Acai is also a great source of B vitamins, amino acids, vitamins C and E, calcium and fiber. Plus, it’s low on the glycemic index scale (i.e., low in sugar).

People enjoying acai regularly have reported:

* More energy/stamina
* Better sleep
* Improved mental focus
* Enhanced digestion
* Lower cholesterol
* Better metabolism

Recent research has indicated that acai may help to regenerate stem cells and even fight cancers.
The nutrition found in acai is a rare and wonderful blend of antioxidants, omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, vitamins and amino acids. 

Sunfood Acai Powder captures the pure essence of the acai berry. This product is not an extract or concentration. Sunfood Acai Powder delivers a synergy of powerful antioxidants, essential fatty acids and healing oils, fiber, and proteins found only in acai.”

I have been loving this in smoothies. There is also a good looking recipe for acai fudge on Sunfood’s website. Acai would also be great to add to a pancake mix or to some granola bars. Sneak some antioxidants in wherever you can!

Maca Powder

Maca powder helps with endurance, energy, and strength. It is widely used with endurance and extreme athletes. (Hence the reason I use it. Just kidding 😉 ) Interesting fact: Maca is likely the highest altitude food-herb crop in the world. Here’s what Maca looks like before ground into powder:

“Said to improve memory, oxygen in the blood, neurotransmitter function and libido, studies have also shown that the adaptogens in maca can boost your immunity and increase your bodys overall vitality by 10-15%.

Containing 60% carbohydrates, 9% fiber and almost 10% protein, dried maca powder is high in lipid content, including linoleic, palmitic and oleic acid.

Maca is mineral-rich with calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, and contains trace minerals, such as zinc, copper, selenium, manganese and silica.

Additionally, as a good source of vitamins and sterols, Maca contains nearly 20 different amino acids and seven essential amino acids, giving you a wide variety of benefits for your on-the-go lifestyle.”

Like the Acai, I put Maca in my smoothies. I really couldn’t even tell it was there! The combination of the two superfoods turned my smoothie gray…I promise it was still delicious. I found a recipe at A Dash of Compassion for Maca Mint Blondies. These are definitely on my “to-make” list. Also, Sunfood has some awesome recipes to check out using maca: Caramel Maca White Chocolate, Maca Vanilla Ice Cream, and Cinnamon Maca Bars. I know…don’t they all sound drool worthy?

Acai and Maca not your thing? That’s fine. Sunfood has A TON of organic, raw, healthy, and superfood filled options. A lot of the times, I cannot find certain foods that I want in stores but I know that Sunfood will always have it. So go check them out!

What vitamins do you take?
Have you ever had Acai or Maca before?
Find anything cool of the Sunfood website? (How can you not??)