When is Enough Going to be Enough?

A video went viral this week showing a boy sharing the pain of bullying he experienced in school. The video showed up on my Twitter feed, and I was honestly very reluctant to click on it. I knew that by clicking on the video, I’d have to hear about someone’s painful experience that was inevitably making him feel inadequate in some ways.

I eventually clicked on the video. It was heartbreaking. He shared what happened to him in school that day. With tears, he asked a simple question, “Why do they bully? What’s the point of it?”

He went on to tell what the kids in school made fun of him for.

It was exactly what the kids in my school did to me years ago. I remember coming home crying multiple times because of the horrific things people would say to me. I remember hating things about myself because I was told over and over again that it made me ugly and that it was different.

It took me years to get over it. I sometimes still catch myself reverting back to their comments and wondering if there is any truth to it. It’s funny how some things can stick with you for so long afterwards.

Here’s the thing about bullying – most kids who are bullied are bullied because they are “different” in some way.

But I’m not about that. Let’s shut that shit down quick using one simple example. Continue reading

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Plan for success

Planning goes a long way. Whether it’s in your personal life, career or just planning your day, when you have a plan, you’re more likely to be more productive and successful in achieving what you need to achieve.

Fitness is no different. Having a well thought out plan is the most effective way to reach your goals.

When I asked in an Instagram poll (@laceandmimosas if you’re not following yet) what kind of post you guys wanted to see next, I was a little reluctant to post this for fitness. My journey through fitness hasn’t been the smoothest. Obsessing over numbers on a scale and achieving goals the fastest way possible became my thing. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve “figured it all out.” Even then, I still make sure to pace myself so that I don’t fall into that hole of perfection and obsession.

This post is going to be about how I planned my cut that has allowed me to lose 4 pounds and tone up in less than a month.

HOWEVER, I want to stress this as much as possible:

What works for me, will not always work for others. This cut has been successful because I’ve figured out what works well for my body. Please, please, please don’t do everything I say exactly. You need to listen to your body and your needs.

So, now that all that is out of the way, let’s get to it.

I’ve been wanting to do a cut for a while now so I decided to do it in three phases:

Phase 1 is a slow introduction to the cut. This involves mostly Intermittent Fasting. Don’t know what that is? I covered it in a recent post here. I slowly cut out processed foods (my main weakness <3) and introduced more wholesome foods. This meant more consistent meal preps, eating out less and reaching for fruit instead of packaged foods as a snack. Phase 1 is very slow just to get into that habitual desire to keep up with this lifestyle change. I stress that this is more of a lifestyle change than a diet. Not only do I want to consistently do this from now on, but I also feel that the word ‘diet’ has a negative, constricting connotation. Health should be all about positivity and good changes, not restrictions and obsessions.  Continue reading

Perception is Reality

I think it was my junior year at UF as a public relations student when I found myself sitting in my PR Strategies class. I remember my professor handing us a truth bomb about what it was really like working in the field of public relations. She told us about how she got hired at a company and how scared she was. She got the job, but she felt like she had no idea what she was doing. Relatable much?

She offered us a piece of advice that I carried with me ever since. It’s simple, and you’ve heard it before. Although it seems silly, it’s how I’ve gotten through every little thing in my life since. Ready for it? Continue reading

Summer Activewear Trends

Sweating isn’t always glamorous, so why not do it in style? With the summer heat hitting us hard, material, colors and style are all factors to consider. Below are this summer’s hottest trends, with the heat taken into consideration.

Colors and prints:

That’s right. Put away your black yoga pants and be bold with bright colors and prints. For prints, the runway showed soft lines, tribal and splatter prints. For color, think big. Yellow, navy blue and magenta are the current favorites.

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Material:

In this heat, it’s crucial to wear something breathable. Luckily brands like DKNY showed basically mesh everything. The best part is that mesh is subtle enough and can easily be matched with all the tops and bottoms you already have in your closet.  Another favorite is material that feels like you’re wearing nothing. Continue reading

Intermittent Fasting – What is it and does it work?

Intermittent fasting. If you’ve heard about it, you’ll know that it’s definitely becoming a popular term in the fitness industry. I heard of intermittent fasting a few months ago and decided to give it a shot.

Intermittent fasting, according to authority nutrition.com, is “a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.” There is a principle that states people who eat less are generally healthier, and IF comes from this very principle.

So, how does IF work, and what are the benefits?

Basically you pick hours of the day in which you are fasting and eating. For me, I eat between the hours of about 10:30 am to 8 pm, leaving me with about 14 hours of fasting. Does this sound kind of awful? Sure, but it really isn’t. I’ll get to that in a bit. First, let’s go over some of the health benefits of IF:

  1. When you fast, your insulin levels tend to drop dramatically. With lower insulin levels, stored body fat is more accessible.
  2. While fasting, your cells enter cellular repair process. Because of this, cells remove old proteins that build up inside.
  3. Fasting can increase your metabolic rate by 3.6 percent to 14 percent, which makes for a great weight loss tool.
  4. A study on rats showed IF increased their lifespan by 36-83 percent longer.

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