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Lazy Girl’s Guide to Getting in Shape

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Lazy Girl's Guide to Getting in ShapeGetting in shape and staying in shape can be difficult for your average, lazy girl. Am I the only one who doesn’t find waking up early in the morning to go to the gym appealing? Maybe, it’s just me, but I love my bed. I’m definitely a do-15-squats-and-sit-down-because-Grey’s-Anatomy-is-back-on type of gal. Can I get an amen?

Because of this oh so fabulous lifestyle, I’ve found a few hacks to getting in shape and becoming more confident in your own skin without having to leave the house, or even leave your room, for a long time.

GETTING IN SHAPE: For the Over-Relaxed and Lazy

Water Is Your New Best Friend
Keep water next to you at all times. And since you aren’t moving much, that shouldn’t be very hard. The power of water is seriously underrated. Not only does it clear your skin and balance the fluids in your body, it’s a very powerful dieting agent.

A lot of times when you’re craving those unhealthy snacks, you’re actually just thirsty. While water shouldn’t replace the very necessary meals in a day, try drinking a glass before reaching for that donut and see if you really need it afterwards.

Eat Like a Bird
A lot of people use this saying to describe someone who picks at their food. But this is being used in a very different way here. Birds are eating all the time, but in small amounts.

Be like a bird.

Why? Your body will not metabolize 3 large meals a day effectively if you aren’t doing anything, like heavy exercising, to help it along. But eating several small portions a day gives your body less to do at any given time, plus, you can eat more! You’ll stay full throughout the day, and will feel less urge to pig out at each meal. 

Lazy Girl's Guide to Getting in Shape

Avoid Eating Out and Delivery
Home-cooked meals are 100% better and healthier than most fast food menu choices. There are far less ingredients involved that are harmful to your body, and you can see exactly what you’re putting in your mouth. Your home-cooked meals don’t have to be anything fancy, either. Staple meals like salads, sandwiches, and pasta can be dressed up and remixed easily with a change of ingredients.

Youtube Workouts
Okay seriously, did you think this article was about getting killer abs in bed? Sorry to let you down, but you still have to do a little bit of work. You already spend 8 hours a day watching Buzzfeed videos on Youtube, why not mosey on over to a Blogilates video while you’re at it?

Now, let me tell you about my girl, Cassey, the owner of Blogilates. Cassey’s workout videos on Youtube are creative, positive, and very approachable. They’re all exercises you can do at home in around 15 minutes with a simple yoga mat and a positive mindset. I don’t even finish the whole video sometimes and I start to see results quickly. She also has a lot of workout calendars on her website to follow along if you need help getting started.

 Get Creative With Your Diet
There are so many healthy foods out there that taste good and are easy to make. I too, gag at the thought of steamed brussels sprouts, so things like that won’t be in my kitchen.

Fruit and veggie combination smoothies are the best if you’re looking for something that refreshes you. Meals that incorporate salmon and grilled chicken are filling and yummy. There are lots of websites and Tumblrs that have great recipes to try!

Also, try your best to cut down on high-fat and high-sugar foods. I try to eat moderately all week and allow myself a treat at the end.

Don’t overestimate yourself and try to jump headfirst into the dieting pool. Start slowly integrating more healthy foods into your diet until it becomes a plausible lifestyle for you. A big reason why diets often don’t work out is because people try to incorporate too much change into their lives and get overwhelmed. 

Getting in shape can be pretty easy with these tips. It’s important to remember that a healthy lifestyle beats any 30-day diet or rushed workout promising to get you that bikini body. You can maintain these tips all throughout the year, too!

Do you have any great tips for staying in shape easily? Let me know in the comments!

-Lots of Love, Lola

July 15, 2016
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How to Overcome Pre-College Anxiety

Nervousness and fear before your first year is common and a very normal occurrence. Unfortunately, there are about 3 months between high school graduation and stepping foot on campus in which all of the fears you never even knew existed get to fully sink in and keep you up at night. These months can be like those treacherous moments right before your first day of high school but stretched out over ~80 days. It’s quite annoying and sometimes a daily struggle to overcome these fears. While I still get a little nervous, the following reminders have helped me lessen the severity of pre-college anxiety.

How to Overcome Pre-College Anxiety

Common Sources of Pre-College Anxiety & Their Solutions

Making Friends

A lot of people worry about finding their “fit” in college. It might be the first time ever that your classmates aren’t the same people you went to kindergarten with. Making new friends out of complete strangers may be a skill you haven’t sharpened in some time. Or maybe you’re like me–switched schools quite a bit and didn’t quite master the skill of long-lasting friendships. Whatever the case, it’s nothing to worry about. While it’s true that college is a different environment than high school, great relationships are more easily established here for two reasons.

  1. Everyone is equal- The second you step on campus as freshmen, you’re all in the same boat. Everyone’s new, everyone’s nervous, and everyone wants friends. Once you understand that your classmates are just like you, reaching out to them should come easily. You also have the ability to start over. Don’t let whatever held you back from making the most of your relationships accompany you to college. Nobody knows your past or your fears, so don’t bring them!
  2. There are more opportunities– You might have had a few clubs or activities in which you could get to know people in high school. In college, there are tons of opportunities to meet new people. From classes to clubs to greek life and everything in between, there is no doubt you’ll find your tribe somewhere on campus. Push yourself to try new things. Explore places you might not have thought of before. The greatest experiences and friendships come from trying something new.

Overcome Your Fear: 

This fear usually comes as college draws closer and closer. Reminding yourself of some of your best traits is a great way to build up some confidence! Write down 5 things that you think makes you a good friend and 2 things you’d like to work on in college. Knowing your abilities and having a goal to accomplish gives you a future you can look forward to instead of fear.

Gentle Reminder: You don’t need to rush friendships because you fear being alone. Friends will absolutely come, but you should get used to the idea that you can have fun by yourself too. Check out my post on embracing alone time and how it can actually improve your relationships!

Deciding a Major

I totally get it! People around you have been making decisions for you your whole life and, suddenly, you’re the one who has to take the wheel and choose the direction of your future. It can be a lot of pressure trying to figure out a major, especially if you’re someone who has a lot of interests. The truth is, you don’t have to have it all figured out the minute you get to campus. To throw some statistics out, around 80% of college students change their major at least once. Colleges design their curriculums to handle these kinds of changes.

Overcome Your Fear:

Start thinking more about what your passions and interests are during the summer. Following these will lead you to the right subjects. Research the majors that are offered in your school and get a feel for what you might be interested in. The most important thing is to keep an open mind and try new things. You never know what class or professor will spark a new fire in you, and what direction it might take you!

Making Good Grades

You’ve probably heard the lecture from everyone and their mother that high school classes are nowhere near the level of difficulty that college is. Even AP or IB classes pale in comparison to the “vigor” that will be employed in your Math 1 class. While there is some truth to this, it’s nothing you should fear. College is supposed to be challenging. It’s the next level of your education. You aren’t paying an unspeakable amount of money to take 4 more years of high school! Your college also won’t just toss you to the lions. They understand the difficult transition and provide so many resources to ensure success.

Overcome Your Fear:

Remind yourself that it’s nearly impossible to fail if you just take advantage of the resources on campus. Your professors, teaching assistants, tutors, libraries, and 24 hour cafés (for those all-nighters) all want to see you do well. Don’t be afraid to get help, thats what these places and people are here for. Before you step foot on campus, make it a goal for academics to be a priority. You may need to go beyond what’s right in front of you and change up your studying habits if necessary.

Getting Along With Roommates

It’s certainly difficult adjusting to a life with a roommate. It can be nerve-wracking during the summer not knowing how things will turn out with your roomie. You’ve probably read all of the roommate horror stories and are sure your roommate will kill your goldfish while you’re out or something. While there’s no guarantee you’ll get the perfect roommate, there are a few ways to encourage a functional and good relationship. 

Overcome Your Fear:

The best way to squash this fear is to face it! If you know who your roommate is, contact them before school starts and get to know them. You may find out they’re completely normal and that you guys could even become friends. If contacting isn’t an option, start thinking of ways you can become comfortable with your roommate once you get to campus. Planning does a lot to cure a fear of the unknown.


I hope these reminders provide some relief this summer! You’re not alone in this and you should never have to deal with pre-college anxiety alone. If you have any other worries, comment below and talk to me about them. I’ll be sure to help.

 

July 2, 2016
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5 Ways to Prepare for Freshman Year

5 Ways to Prepare For Your Freshman Year | macaronsinthemorning.com

Ahh…it’s the summer after you’ve graduated high school. It’s time to sit back, relax, and never get out of bed again until August, right? WRONG. It’s good to rest and have fun, but it’s also important that you don’t waste your summer. There are plenty of things you could and should be doing to prepare yourself for your freshman year.

EARN MONEY

First things first, there’s never a reason not to apply for scholarships. Whether you’re paying for college yourself or your parents are, why not get free money to help relieve some of the financial burden? Try applying for a scholarship once a week and see what you can get! Weekly college expenses can add up too so it’s good to have some extra spending money. Try to find a part-time summer job to save up a little.

STOCK UP

Do a little research and get some dorm inspiration online then slowly start accumulating your dorm decor. I’ve found it way easier on the bank to pick up things here and there than to get everything at once. You won’t find everything you need in one store anyway! Don’t wait until the last minute to do this either, stores start their dorm sales as soon as high school graduations are gearing up, don’t miss out on them!
Related Post: Top 5 Places to Buy Your Dorm Decor

DO YOUR RESEARCH

Have you picked a major? Still undecided? Do a little snooping around your college website and dig into the stuff you’re interested in. I’ve picked Cognitive Science as my major and every now and then I go on its homepage and see what research is going on there and which professors have the closest relationships with my major. On there is also an alumni page that shows where graduates have gone on with this major. It helps me have a better idea of what I could be doing after I graduate and who will be teaching me while I’m in school. It’s also great to plan out your courses ahead of time so you have a solid plan when it’s time to schedule them. You can never be too prepared!

IMPROVE YOURSELF

How can you improve yourself this summer so that you go into college feeling more confident and ready to tackle the year? Things like journaling, working out, reading good books, doing yoga, or listening to podcasts are all little things you can do that will better your quality of life and your mindset. Starting your freshman year on the right foot is all about the kind of person you are going in. This is your future, take charge of it.

GET A HEAD START

If your college has some sort of system like a Facebook group page where you can connect with others, don’t hesitate to do so! These are your future classmates and it’s quite fun to get to know some of these people during the summer. Doing this will allow you to not only get a feel of your class vibe, but you’ll encounter familiar faces as soon as you get to campus. Be careful of what you say in these public groups, though. You can come off as overeager if you post too frequently or obnoxiously. Offensive statements will also never fly. Getting acceptances rescinded because someone got a little too bold is certainly not unheard of.

STAY ON TOP OF THINGS

You’ve probably gotten a myriad of forms to fill out online and papers to mail up to your college. Stay on top of those due dates! In addition, make sure you’ve gotten your last health check up and that your shots are up to date. Don’t be the kid on the Facebook group saying things like “oh..that was due?”

You’ve got your work cut out for you. However, none of these things take forever to do. I still encourage you to have as much fun and as much sleep as possible this summer while you still can! You’re in that transition period where you still have one foot in your old life and the other in college. Make memories with your high school friends, have crazy fun experiences, and go on adventures in your town while preparing yourself for these next 4 years and getting pumped for them!

June 25, 2016
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