Health, Life

Health // Diets are not for me!

It has just come in for the umpteenth time.

Diets are NOT for me!!!

I know its funny, my last post was just on eating Paleo for two weeks. And that was all with good intentions.  I managed it for a week and lost two pounds, but the kicker is, that’s it. I didn’t feel any different health wise all week, my energy level was actually lower than normal this entire past week and my emotions we’re a little….

  • lets just say I was a big B word this past week. 

Diets just aren’t for me. I’ve known this long enough but for some reason, I keep telling myself I can do it.  Every time I hear about the new “fad diet” out there, I jump at trying it and after a week, the same thing happens.

  • I’m the kinda girl who LOVES food. 

One of the reasons I love living in San Francisco is the vast amount of restaurant at my finger tips. But, when I go on a diet every two to three weeks, I surrender the option to eat at any of those restaurants. Not fair to my love for San Francisco. 

  • If I put just as much effort into working out as I do dieting…

Seriously though, I love to work out/exercise. I love riding my bike, and doing yoga. Lately I have started to fall into lust with running. So if I just put all the effort I have been putting into dieting into exercise, I wouldn’t have any issues. I’d probably be in better shape. Wait no I WOULD be in better shape and I’d stay in better shape.

So on to the next and better of the two goals…. 

1. Spend 20 + minutes a day doing some form of exercise

a. Walking the hills of the city

b. Go for a run

c. Go for a bike ride

d. Do an at home workout routine

c. Do yoga

2. Meet my daily steps goal (tracked through Argus on my phone)

3. Eat as healthy as I can throughout the day // But don’t stress over it, just do it habitually

4. Drink more water than anything else I drink all day

5. Just relax and enjoy my body for what it is

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Do you struggle with diets?  Do you prefer to diet or work out?  What are your secrets?  Please feel free to comment and/or share.

Happy Thursday Lovelies.

 ~ C

 

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Life

24 and a Senior // College Life Link Up

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Today I am linking up with Gina Alyse a blogger on College, Faith and Creativity. This week she has created a blog hop, where other bloggers can link together to share their stories, advice and tips on college. So today I thought I would write a little bit about my outlook on college, where it has gotten me thus far and how I feel  about being a Senior in my undergraduate at 24 years old.

That’s right, I am 24 years old…

and working on my undergraduate degree as a senior at San Francisco State University. I will be 25 years old in October and graduating from SFSU in May of 2014.  So you might wonder a few of the following;

Why is this girl a senior at 24

Well to answer that question… because I made a few poor mistakes after graduating High School.  When I graduated HS I lived in a small town in Washington, and was in love with a boy. I thought I was going to marry this boy and be a stay at home mom, like everyone else in this small town of mine, so college wasn’t in my future plans.

Although, I did attend a couple of community college classes the following year after graduation just to say I was a so called a “college girl.” Well I quickly dropped out of those classes and took up 3 waitressing jobs instead.  I was destined to be a waitress for the rest of my life. I had created a life for myself with the love of my life (at the time), we had moved into an apartment together, both had steady jobs, were able to party with our friends whenever we wanted. Life was good, or so I thought.

One day though, thinks went horribly wrong in the relationship I was in, and on top of that I wasn’t liking where my life was headed. I had become a border-line alcoholic, and drug user, I smoked like a chimney and to top it off my relationship had turned into an abusive situation.  I needed to get far far away from where I was. So I packed my bags and moved to California to live with my mom and change my life. Upon moving to California, I knew my first order of business was to go to college. I knew I wasn’t going to get anywhere in life with out a college degree.

However, I was an out-of-state resident according to all of the community colleges here. I needed to have lived in California for at least a year to gain my residency and not have to pay sky-high college fees. So I did just that, I waited a year and then started attending Community College in Sacramento. After 2 in a half years of community college I was finally able to apply to transfer to a University and in Fall of 2012 I moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University.

I am now headed into my senior year here at San Francisco State and I couldn’t be happier.

What have I learned along this journey? 

I have learned a ton of thing and am continuing to learn new things everyday.  I have learned that I am an amazing person with dreams the reach further than the eye can see. I have an ambition to reach those dreams and one day I know I will.  I have learned that education can come at anytime in your life, no matter your situation or age, it will never matter.

I have also learned a ton about the world, our society and who I want to be and what I want to do with my life.

Follow my blog and you can join me in the journey I am on and what I am learning. 

What do I feel I have missed out on? 

I don’t regret taking the path I have taken, because I have learned a lot about who I am along the way. However, I did miss out on somethings when it comes to heading straight to college after High School, that at times I wish I would have been able to experience.

1. Living in the dorms

2. Graduating at the same time as my friends

3. Beginning my life in a career oriented job in my early twenties.

There are plenty more things I missed out on but at the same time there has been so many things I think I have experienced that others have not.

What are you studying and what are your plans after College?  

I am a Communication Major. This only took my 3 years to figure out. I originally wanted to go into business, then journalism and I finally settled on communication.

Why Communication?  – because after taking a few communication classes that were cross classes with journalism, I fell in love with the theories and aspects of communication. I have loved every communication class I have taken and I can not wait to take a ton of communication classes this semester. The way people communicate fascinates me now.

Whats next? – I am currently studying to take the LSAT as I would like to attend Law School after graduating from SFSU this up coming spring.

Why Law school? – That’s a good question, that to this day I can’t give a specific answer. But for some reason since taking a Debate class at my community college and a professor mentioning that I had the potential to become a Lawyer, it has become my biggest goal to do just that.

Do I have any advice or tips for girls heading straight to a University or to a Community College? 

My advice for girls heading straight to a University …. Enjoy every second of it, keep in touch with your family on a regular basis, keep a journal, make as many friends as you can and study something that truly interests you.

My advice for girls heading to a Community College … Enjoy every second of it, keep in touch with your family if you have moved away, keep a journal, make as many friends and possible, join clubs (just do it), study hard, get your general education classes done at your CC, figure out your major once you have completed you GE classes, and choose a school to transfer to that will give you the opportunity to travel and or explore new things.

For both girls going to a University or Community College…. Be yourself, be the best you can be, take every opportunity that comes your way and last but not least…

 TAKE YOUR TIME!!! 

xoxo – Christy

 

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Adventure Wednesday: J’s 30th Birthday

Birthdays are one of my favorite things to celebrate. I love planning something out for the birthday boy/girl. Whether it’s a surprise party, a trip, or just something between the two of us, the thrill of doing something special for that persons day is amazing.

This past week (August 8th) was my main squeezes 30th Birthday. I wanted to throw him a big dinner party but all he wanted to do was spend the day with me (hello can I just say one lucky girl here)!  I wasn’t going to complain but it was the man’s 30th Birthday, I figured he would have wanted to do something big. However, J is just not one of those types of people.

We went through many ideas  of things we could spend the day doing.

1. Spend the day at California Great America

2. Take a trip to Santa Cruz or Monetary Bay

3. Go camping for a couple of days

4. Rent a car and drive along the Northern California Coast

We we’re 80% set on going to California’s Great America as J had never been there and we both love theme parks.  Around 4 -5 days before his birthday he changed his mind and decided on driving up the Northern California Coast.

So I rented a car, and created a trip plan. This girl was in planning heaven.

On Thursday, I picked up the ZipCar, a cute mini copper, and packed it with snacks, a blanket for the beach, a bottle of champagne and wine to celebrate the Birthday Boy!  After packing up the car, I stopped by J’s favorite coffee shop and picked him up a coffee and breakfast burritos and then drove over to his place to pick him up. And we were off.

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We headed North on the 101 out of San Francisco for Bodega Bay, we then made a stop and hiked at Bodega Head and stopped on the way out of Bodega at a Clam Chowder restaurant which housed the BEST Clam Chowder either one of us has ever had.  There sign wasn’t lying.

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J – checking out the amazing view

View from Bodega Head

View from Bodega Head

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From Bodega we then headed north along the California 1 towards Goat Rock Beach. This beach was spectacular, I want to go back and just spend the day sifting through the pebbles we found. You know the ones you can buy at a touristy like store as collectables, well this beach is where they must all come from.

The pretty pebbles

The pretty pebbles

The waves and the sky were spectacular

The waves and the sky were spectacular

Of course I took a Selfie

Of course I took a Selfie

Goat Rock

Goat Rock

After walking along the beautiful beach we hit the 1 again for a beautiful drive along the coast. The plan was to find a cheap motel along the way and stay over night. That however, didn’t ever end up happening as all of the hotels/motels we stopped at seemed to be pretty pricy for a Thursday night.  So instead we stopped for dinner, and took another walk along a beach to watch the sunset.

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There was a bit of overcast so it wasn’t the best sunset but it was still a beautiful view.  After dinner we hopped back on the car and hit the 1 back to San Francisco. It was such an amazing trip even though it was cut short and I didn’t get to take J to all the places I wanted to, it was still perfect.

I almost forgot to mention we printed out this “Car License Plate Scavenger Hunt Game” and played it along the way. The goal was to mark off every states license plate as you saw it along the trip. We knocked off about 15 of the 50 states which I have to say is pretty good, for a Thursday along the 1 in California.

Have you planned in birthday’s lately? Do you enjoy planning things? What did you do for your last birthday or what did someone do for you? I’d love to hear your stories, so leave me a comment.

Happy Wednesday – The week is half way through!

– Christy 

 

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Adventure Wednesday’s: SF Pride

Living in San Francisco I have come to find that you really must have an open mind to everyone. I myself have never had any issue with any one who chooses to be with someone of the same-sex.

Growing up, my family sheltered us from the knowledge of homosexuals. However, I always knew even though it was supposed to be a secret that my aunt was a Lesbian . I never had any issue with it and when my family finally told me, I made sure they all knew I already knew and that I completely supported her.

Know living in San Francisco I find it pretty obvious that everyone needs to carry an open mind when it comes to homosexuality. And what I love the most is that everyone really does. Two weeks ago it was Pride Week here in San Francisco and it was such an amazing experience to see the city come together in support of everyone.

Pride Week meant so much more to homosexual individuals and their supports as DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) had been deemed unconstitutional by the United States Supreme.  DOMA originally denied all benefits and recognition to same-sex marriages. On June 26th DOMA was ruled unconstitutional making all marriages including same-sex marriages recognizable and worthy of the same benefits. So I am sure you can see the excitement that was rolling through the gay community of San Francisco, and what better timing could there have been then 4 days before San Francisco’s Pride Weekend to commence for this news to come out. Answer is NONE!

I was lucky enough to snag Sunday off from work which was the biggest celebration day of SF Pride. There was a huge festival 4 blocks from my apartment as well as a 4 hour-long parade. So, since I had the day off I dragged J out of bed early in the morning to head down to the parade route.

We couldn’t have gotten out of bed early enough to have been able to get a spot to watch the parade. Unfortunately, we were unable to enjoy the parade but we did try to find a place to stand for a little while before giving up due to the heat and our growling tummies.

Heres a picture of the crowds of people lined up along Market Street awaiting the parade and the only part of the parade we were able to see the Balloon people.

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Instead of standing and watching the 4 hour-long parade and standing in the overwhelming large crowd of people we decided to head to the festival and grab food and do some people watching.

Which was such a great idea. We grabbed some great finger foods and a beer each and found a place to sit. You wouldn’t believe some of the outfits we saw on people. Here are a few pictures. *please note some of these pictures can be offensive to some, I have only posted what I found to be most appropriate for the internet to get across what we saw*

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Overall we had an amazing time and got to experience such an amazing festival and celebration in San Francisco. Not to mention I am now able to mark off #97 on my 101 thing s in 1001 days list.

Have you ever been to San Francisco Pride Week or another Pride Week in the country?

Here are couple more pictures I took that show the support San Francisco showed through the week!

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Life

Milestone Reached

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Picture curitous of Bug (my sister) ~ Picture was taken in April 2012 a windy day (when I had bangs) ~

Today marks a huge milestone for me and I am so excited to share my excitement of reaching it with you. First I’d like to share a little about me to help y’all understand why this “milestone” is such a huge feet for me.

I was born in Portsmouth, VA, my Mom and Dad were in the Navy and based there. At the age of two, we drove cross-country and moved in with my grandparents in Enumclaw, WA. After living with them for a short stint, my parents got a place on their own but divorced shortly afterward, I was around the age of 4. My mom moved to California and remarried. I stayed with my Dad in Washington who also remarried to his High School sweetheart, when I was 5 or so.

Every school break, 3-day weekend and summer I would come to California and stay with my mom. It was the best part of my younger years, I got to go to California all the time, which was a dream for everyone I grew up with and not one that came true for many. So I was pretty rad because my mom lived in California.

My mom made it a habit that at the end of every summer trip, we would come new school clothes shopping in San Francisco and that was by far my favorite part of every summer. And it wasn’t because I was getting a rad new wardrobe it was because I was getting to go to San Francisco. This is where my “milestone” comes into play. After my first visit to the city I was in love and my heart was left in San Francisco. I made a promise to myself that before I died I would live IN San Francisco for at least 6 months of my life.

So to continue on with my quick life story, about a year after graduating High School, I moved to California to live with my mom and start my adult “grown up” life. I made it to Davis and Sacramento and that was as close as I was getting to San Francisco, unless I was taking a day trip to the city.

As the years passed, the dream of living in SF never faded away. It was always there in the back of my head. However, I was starting to begin to think of it as only ever being a dream and not ever becoming reality. The way things were moving along in my life didn’t place me ever-living in San Francisco.

It had been about 4 years that I had been living in California and I was about to transfer from a community college to a state college. It had been recommended to me that for my Major (Communication) that I apply to San Francisco State.  I was a little hesitant at first because my life (relationship, and job wise) was all in the Sacramento area and I was comfortable there. But one day it hit me, that this was my opportunity to make my dream come true. So I applied to San Francisco State, along with Sacramento State (wasn’t getting my hopes up).  But when my letter arrived in January last year saying I had been excepted to SF State, I was on cloud 9.

In June last year I packed my bags and moved to the bay area for school.  I moved to Daly City which was right outside of SF city limits and close to campus. It wasn’t the greatest place to live but it was convenient for school. As of this month, I have been living in the bay area for a year.

BUT, today marks my 6th month living IN San Francisco.  On December 10th, I moved into a small studio apartment in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco City, to be closer to my friends and job at the time. So today June 10th, marks my milestone. I turned my dream into a reality. I have lived in SF for 6 months.  I have absolutely continued to fall in love with this city. There are so many wonderful people, things to do, places to see and it’s all-around just an amazing place to live.

Best part of this is my life has completely changed paths, and for the next couple years, maybe forever (depending on Law School), I am here to stay.  So, here’s to my 6 months in San Francisco. I couldn’t be a happier girl!

 

 

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Another adventure in 2013

As I brought in the new I decided upon no New Years resolutions but instead adventures.  I started the 101 things in 1001 days which you can check out here, but this year I have also decided to embark in a fun filled adventure called Charm Skool.  I was recently introduced to Pat Bailey of Love.Lust.Butterflies from a co-worker and after attending one of her very fun Skirts mid-month mixers, I learned about one of her big adventures for 2013.

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Pat Bailey presents “Charm Skool: lady swagger from a to z” for ladies in the Bay Area. So if your in the bay area listen up or should I say read ahead ladies!

“The series is made up of special  private events where guests will be given VIP access and treatment while learning a special skill aught by a local professional  And, of course, the second part of each even is a little bit of mingle time where we will enjoy cocktails, bubbles and ummies together. Charm Skool are like no other! Expect fun snail mail care packages, goodie bags filled to the brim, special access and introductions to pros and places around the city and lots of other surprises along the way.” – Pat Bailey

Doesn’t this just sound like a blast. Pat has so many fun classes lined up for the year. I have already signed up for Yoga, Floral Design, Pole Dancing, Cupcakes and Bubbles, SF Fashion Week, and Pilates. I am so excited to embark on this adventure with Pat in 2013.

To learn more about Pat Bailey’s Charm School adventure scoot on over to her blog and check it out. If you are in the San Francisco/Bay Aera and are interested you can contact Pat directly. I’d love to see you all there.

Happy Wednesday –

Christy

 

 

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