no sugar for a week

Sugar has been a big topic lately, with the traditional media covering it and nontraditional media such as youtube talking about it as well. I don’t eat that much sugar as it is, but I found the topic really interesting, so I ended up reading up on it. The recommended amount of sugar for a women is 6 tsp a day and for a man it’s 9 tsp a day, but the average American consumers 17 tsp of sugar a day. There are a lot of negative effects sugar can have on your physical health, but I was more interested on how giving up sugar could improve my mental health. studies have shown that adults have a bigger risk of depression if they consume a lot of sugar. I was just hoping that by the end of the week my mood would improve and I would stop having my afternoon crash.

For me, breakfast was the hardest, since I normally start off my day with a waffle and sugar filled yogurt. Some mornings I woke up wanting my waffles, but this week forced me to try new things for breakfast and I ended up really liking some of them. A rice cake with avocado and egg whites is now one of my go to breakfasts.

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I got sick the day after I started this, so my boyfriend was really sweet and made me a smoothie without sugar. It was actually really good and I had some almonds with it. fullsizeoutput_25a9Lunches and dinners stayed the same with chicken salads and fried rice or sweet potato fries with chicken. fullsizeoutput_25a8

This started as a week challenge, but it’s been two months now and I’ve only had sugar once. This was easier then I thought it would be. A lot of things have been going on in my life recently and it hasn’t been easy dealing with everything at once, but I did find I was mentally doing better and coping a lot better with my current situation then I had dealt with things in the past. I was hoping that giving up sugar would get rid of my mid day crash, but I didn’t think that it would change anything physically. I’ve read a lot about what people eat effecting them more then how much they eat. Basically saying if someone eats 2000 calories of healthy food they are better off then someone who eats 1700 calories of junk food.

Since I didn’t expect my body to change a lot from this I didn’t take any before and after pictures, but after about two weeks I started to notice a big difference. One of the main changes for me was I didn’t bloat as much and it was a lot easier to burn fat at the gym.

I always think most things in moderation is the healthiest way to go and I will continue that. I don’t eat sugar anymore on a day to day basis, but every once in a while I like to have some rice dream with my boyfriend or a waffle.

I hope the post was interesting in some way x

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getting back to the things that make me happy

Life has been hectic recently, so all of my attention has been on getting things done. Things are starting to calm down now, so I’m trying to start doing things I love again. I started with working out and I’m crazy sore, but it’s nice to be working out again. Exercise for me is a stress reliever. It helps me sleep and have energy.

I’ve also been trying to write again. I actually stopped writing before things started getting hectic. I’ve always written for myself before I ever started writing on my blog. I felt like I couldn’t even write in my journal anymore. I never had writers block that bad before. I felt like I had lost something important to me and didn’t know how to get it back. Over time my writers block has gone away and I think being in a new place has helped.

I missed a few years of my life due to my health. I know how lucky I am to be able to live it now and I want to spend it doing everything I possibly can. Even in the little moments I want to enjoy my life. Dancing around the kitchen, random handstands, writing, singing badly at the top of my lungs in the car. Most importantly spending time with people I care about, because they make life amazing.

a quick summary of 2018

Usually when it’s a new year I go over my New Years resolutions from my last years blog post, but I deleted that post with my last blog. Because of that I decided to try something new this year. The last year has my life has been crazy. I got my first job, met the love of my life, and I got to live my life for the first time since I was 14. I decided I would put in a few of my favorite moments from this year and also some milestones.

Picnics: At the beginning of summer my boyfriend took me to this amazing garden for the day. It was so pretty. We got to eat lunch on perfectly green grass and look out on the lake, across the lake is the city. The day was amazing and the garden was amazing.fullsizeoutput_20e1To close the summer out we had another picnic at the park near my house. I also attempted my first bento box and after we ate we went on the swings because I still act like a child 80% of the time. IMG_6968

Workouts: Working out has become so important to me over the last year. It’s something that makes me happy and feel good. When I don’t work out for a few days I get pretty moody and get annoyed with everything. I can’t believe how far I’ve come this last year. I’m very slowly getting abs and I’m learning what works for me. IMG_6992

Jobs: I’ve has three jobs this year. Two of the stores I’ve worked for have closed, one closed four days ago. It’s been a huge learning experience for me. It was hard learning that first store was closing, because of how much I learnt and grew there in just few months, and because of how much I liked the people that worked there, but it ended up being for the best. I started talking more while I worked there, I learnt how to work in retail, and it was an amazing first job. (the picture is taking while we were packing up the store.)IMG_6096

Health: I don’t talk about my health to much on my blog because it’s not something that I talk about in my daily life. The past few years of my life have been filled with doctors appointments and pain, but this year I only had to see my specialist three times and only had four crohn’s flair ups. I had to go to the ER once this year and I got a virus, which both set me back a little bit from where I wanted to be, but I still got to my goal and that isn’t something I thought would ever happen.

Ice skating: I went ice skating twice and I managed to not cling to the wall. Honestly it was so much fun. I fell a few times the first time I went. I went just before Christmas and I somehow only fell once and that was my boyfriends fault(don’t tickle people while ice skating.)IMG_E5137

 

 

I haven’t thought much about my New Years resolution this year, but I’m still going to make a few because they really do motivate me.

  1. Keep working out
  2. Try hard in school
  3. Keep writing
  4. Try new things
  5. Go for what I want
  6. Give myself a break sometimes
  7. Find more things that make living life incredible
  8. Continue learning new things

 

Some of these are kind of vague, but I’m trying to give myself some room to grow.

 

Happy New Year!!

 

blogging again and writing on my old blog

A year ago I switched over to a self hosted blog. It was a great experience and at the time I did it I had a huge passion for blogging, but as time went on I stopped wanting to write and didn’t even know what to write about. Blogging for me has always been about having fun and when it started becoming stressful I decided it was time to take a step back. I just moved and I thought it might be good time to start blogging again. I decided to get rid of my self hosted account and come back to this blog which is my original account. I didn’t move any of my followers or post from my other blog onto this one; because I lost my inspiration while on that blog.

This time around I’m not going to have a post schedule or worry about getting a post up every week. I’m doing this for fun and to get back to writing more, since its something I love so much.

bento boxes and end of summer

I have an obsession with anime and I always wanted to try the amazing looking bento boxes shown in a lot of anime. I have dozens of pins saved on Pinterest for ideas. This was my first one, so I didn’t go with to many elements. I made sushi, bok choy, some fruit, these tomato cheese kabobs, and rice shaped as a star. I also tried to make the carrots look like lotus flowers, but I think I missed the mark. Next time I want to try adding fried shrimp. IMG_6968IMG_6970

As for the picnic itself I had an amazing time. I laid under a tree with my boyfriend and after we went on the swing set at the park. The weather was so nice and considering it’s now cold I’m wanting another day like that.

 

 

DIY Face Mask’s

It’s Fall and my skin hasn’t been great, so I’ve been doing a lot of face mask. In general face mask don’t tend to be very expensive, but if you doing them often it can add up. DIY face mask are a cheap and effective alternative and also their something I tend to make with friends at sleepovers for fun. All of these are good for sensitive skin. Here are three of my favorite DIY face mask.

 

Charcoal Face Mask 

  • 1 capsule Activated Charcoal
  • 1 tab Coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Water
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

Leave on 15 min and rinse off with cold water and face washDIY Face Mask 3

 

Blueberry Face Mask

  • 15 Blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp Rose water
  • 1/2 tsp Honey

Leave on for 10 min and rise off with cold water

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Hydrating Avocado Face Mask

  • 1/4 of a Avocado
  • 4 drops of Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Rose Water

Leave on for 15 min and rinse off with cold water

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I hope you found this post helpful x

Outfit of the Day #2

I live in Texas and even though it’s November it’s still 80 degrees outside(not that I’m complaining). In late November it will suddenly become extremely cold and will probably snow. As for right now It’s hard to do Fall fashion when it’s hot outside, so it’s kind of like fall on top and summer on the bottom. I also did a french braid on the left side of my hair.

fullsizeoutput_9d0fullsizeoutput_9d3I saw this car and immediately wanted to take a picture with it.

fullsizeoutput_9d6I took this at the mall and it was a little strange with all the people around, but it was fun seeing everyones reactions.

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Jacket: https://m.zara.com/us/en/microperforated-jacket-p04315300.html?v1=4830207&v2=758501

Sweater: http://www.hm.com/us/product/70139?article=70139-I&cm_vc=SEARCH

Shoes: http://www.hm.com/us/product/64888?article=64888-D&cm_vc=SEARCH

Hope you liked this post x

DIY Fall Decor

All of these DIY’s are fairly simple and I was really happy with how they all turned out. You can get the majority of the supplies at a craft store or you can order it online. This is actually my first time decorating for fall and I probably went a little over board, but I am in love with the decorations and probably won’t want to take them down when spring comes along.

 

Leaf Garland

Supplies:

  • Fake Leaves
  • Gold Paint
  • String
  • Tape

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Step 1- I taped the leaves to cardboard to make them easy to paint and gave them all two coats of paint.

Step 2- Once dry attach the leaves to a string. I just tape them to an existing garland I had to make it feel like fall. If you want to know how to make the garland you can read about it here.fullsizeoutput_a32

 

 

Water Marble Coasters

Supplies:

  • White outdoor paint (you could also use acrylic paint and a sealant)
  • Coaster
  • Nail Polish
  • A container
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Step 3- Slowly pour nail polish into the water and let it spread, but don’t wait to long or it won’t move around easily. fullsizeoutput_a25

Step 4- Using your wooden stick use a light touch to move the nail polish around until your happy with it. Their will probably be some trial and error. Once you have you design ready dip your coater into water and using a cutip pick up all the nail polish that hasn’t gone onto the coater, so it doesn’t ruin your design. fullsizeoutput_a26fullsizeoutput_a27fullsizeoutput_a28

Step 5- Allow to dry and your done. If you want you can also seal it. fullsizeoutput_a53

 

 

Leaf Print Pillow

Supplies:

  • White fabric or a white pillow case
  • Stuffing
  • Gold Paint
  • Fake leaves
  • Hot glue gun or something to sew with
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Step 1- Fold the fabric over and cut out the size you want. I used a pillow I already had to help measure the size I wanted. Since I wanted two I used the first one as a guide foe the second. fullsizeoutput_a3c

Step 2- Glue or sew around the edges, leaving a small whole at the bottom to turn it inside out and. to stuff the pillow. fullsizeoutput_a3d

Step 3- Paint a fake leaf and press it down onto the pillow case. Be generous with the paint and use something like a piece of cardboard to help push the leaf down. Repeat this using different sizes of leafs. fullsizeoutput_a40fullsizeoutput_a43fullsizeoutput_a42fullsizeoutput_a45

Step 4- Stuff the pillows and glue or sew the whole at the bottom. I also glued on black pom pots because I thought it looked really cute. fullsizeoutput_a58fullsizeoutput_a59

 

Hope you found this post helpful x

 

Outfit of the Day #1

fullsizeoutput_970It’s thankfully still warm where I live and I am going to enjoy the nice weather for as long as I can. Since it was so nice out my mum and I went to the parkway near my house and I took some photos.

fullsizeoutput_96dPretty much everything I wear is really comfortable and easy to move around in . Trying to jump up on things and moving around a lot doesn’t usually work very well in tight pants or dresses, unfortunately.

fullsizeoutput_965fullsizeoutput_99cfullsizeoutput_99dI had sooo much fun taking these pictures, but afterwards I just wanted to eat and go to sleep. I wore a hoodie from H&M that I got for Christmas, shorts that wear originally jeans, and boots from rue 21. I also decided to French braid my hair as it was really hot that day and I can’t stand my hair being in my face.

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Hoodie: http://www.hm.com/us/product/77066?article=77066-D&cm_vc=SEARCH

Shorts: Michael Kors

Shoes: http://www.rue21.com/store/

 

Hope you liked this post x

My Fall Essentials

fullsizeoutput_791Most of my fall essentials are just things to keep me warm as I hate the cold.  Though the cold is almost worth it when I get to see the trees change color, it’s unbelievably beautiful. This will be my first Fall and Winter to get colder than the 40s in about six years, so I’ll be hiding under under blankets for the next few weeks. I am loving Fall decoration and fashion though.

fullsizeoutput_794Makeup Essentials:

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation- I like to wear as little makeup as possible, but in the winter my skin looks red and just all around not great, so foundation is a must for me.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer- I use this for my under eyes and I absolutely love it. I don’t use it for my spots because it causes me to break out really badly, but other than that it’s an affordable concealer that works really well. The only bad thing about this product is they never have my shade at any of the stores that I go to, so I have to order it online if I want the right shade.

E.L.F. HD Setting Powder- When it’s cold outside I’m really bad about touching my face, so I need all the help I can get keeping my makeup in place.

 

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Boots- Since it apparently snows where I’m living right now my usual canvas shoes aren’t going to cut it. I actually got these at Charles and Keith awhile back, but it was always so hot where I was I did not want to wear them, but now I get the chance to.

Scarfs and Sweaters- The more layers the better during fall. It just started getting cold where I live and I’m already wearing three layers every-time I go out.

Hoodie- I can’t stress enough how much I hate the cold, so anything to keep me warm will be a favorite of mine. I’m seriously considering getting an electric blanket.

Sweatpants- I currently only have one pair that I bought off amazon cause I had no warm clothing and I wear them constantly. I think it’s time to buy another pair.

 

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Face Masks- My skin gets really dry during fall and winter, so I try to give it extra attention this time of year.

Books- Most of my free time during fall is spent under lots of blankets, reading, and drinking something warm.

 

 

I hope you liked this post and if you have any tips on how to stay warm please leave them in the comments below x