That Dreadful Time of Year

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It’s starting to get warmer outside, and I’m starting to get lazy. The lake is calling my name everyday saying, “Kayte, ignore your homework and come take a swim.” If you’re like me, at this time of year, is awfully dreadful because I’m just waiting for summer to come. I’m starting to get super lazy with my schoolwork and I have a hard time going to class. This all sucks because I’m looking forward to summer, but I’m taking 4 summer classes. I have caught myself slacking though, and I have some pretty good ways of keeping myself on track.

Your Planner Is Your Best Friend

I am serious when I say this! If you don’t have a planner, make sure to get either a weekly or daily one, so you have more room to write. I got my planner from Paper Source this year, and even though it’s super pretty and girly, it doesn’t have what I prefer (I like lines). I’ve sucked it up though, and I try to use it everyday. I write all my due dates, plans, work schedule, you name it! I also like to color code the things and I got these pretty neat planner stickers for Christmas (THANKS MOM!). For me, I need a paper planner, because I remember the things I write, but if you prefer your phone then go ahead! My planner has helped me so much in college.

Surround Yourself With Motivated People

Surrounding yourself with people who want to do well, is something majorly important. They will influence you, even if you don’t know it. I am very competitive and if I am always trying to out-do the people around me with grades. Your friends can even motivate you to do your homework. This has happened many times when one of my friends wants to go out, but I say I have things to do, and we end up going to the coffee-shop to do our homework together (it’s not always me initiating it though, we all influence each other). Actually, as I’m writing this, I really don’t want to go to the gym, but my friend wants to go and I’m meeting her up in an hour (you see…MOTIVATED!).

Visualize What You Want

For me, my goals are to be happy with my body, stay healthy, not regret my grades, and try to work more. This is all super difficult to do at the same time. As a full-time student that also works part-time that wants a rockin’ bod and also is in a loving relationship but wants to get sleep still…THIS IS HARD!!! I try to take my goals one step at time. My health (sleeping, eating, and exercise) will always come first. I think I have to be healthy and energized before I can accomplish anything else. My next thing to focus on is school, since this kinda determines my future. It’s hard to prioritize things, so I visualize what I want and need. I visualize being skinny and living a healthy lifestyle. I visualize a diploma in my hand. I visualize a happy and loving relationship. I visualize finding a worthy and good paying job. These are only some of the things that I visualize everyday, and hope to see them soon. This is such a big motivation to me.

 

These are some of the steps that get me motivated everyday. If it seems hard to get out of bed, imagine in that moment what you want in the future, and if it’s really worth staying in bed instead of going to class. I only have 5 more weeks and I’m done with my spring semester, and will start my summer classes. This motivation has to keep going, since my next break will be that month for winter break (oh jeez!!!). I hope this helped and thank y’all for reading (:

Ask Something Different

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To some people, I gloat about how much weight I’ve lost. Why not gloat about something I’m proud about? That’s like a Harvard kid never saying/wearing anything about Harvard.

Well, as I continue to gloat, I have more messages in my inbox. They usually start off with, “Hey! You look so great.” and end with the same question, “How do you do it?” I already have something saved in my notes that I just copy and paste to everyone (sorry y’all) because that question is NOT fun to answer at all. Different things work for different people and for me, its all about dieting and cardio.

Out of the 63 messages I have so far gotten, not once has someone asked, “Why?”

Why do I want to lose weight? Now that’s a fun question to answer.

Change of Lifestyle

I used to eat straight garbage ALL the time. It was always between PDQ, MOD, Chickfila, or Canes. Even though those places have healthier items, I wouldn’t ever think of purchasing them. My eating habits have changed to the extreme, I have only had 1/4 of those fast food places all summer, and it was only twice (of course, Chickfila). I also have learned that I love running and it’s something I look to improve on.

Finding Who I Am

As I become more fit and healthy, I find more things I enjoy doing and make time for them. My friend took me indoor rock climbing and I fell in love (so pricey though). I also tried hiking around Cypress and even though it probably isn’t as fun as hiking in North Carolina, I still enjoyed it. I have also learned that it’s difficult for me to cook because I’m super impatient…yikes… Trying these activities out have helped me blossom into this person I’ve always inspired to be. I can’t wait to tryout many more thrilling activities and see whether I despise them or not.

The Supporters 

Friends and family who keep up with my journey are the reason I’m still going! I’m your inspiration? Well you’re my motivation! This is totally lame but I tell myself, “I can’t wait to achieve my goal so I can write some sappy Facebook post about it.”

Building My Confidence 

I am a teenage girl and I have struggled with loving myself and my body. As I treat my body with healthier foods, more water, and fun activities, not only am I getting skinnier, but I’m loving myself more. Being in color guard, we didn’t get to choose our uniforms and all 4 years they were pretty tight. The tighter they were, the more I hated being in them because of my rolls. I always had to think of how I was sitting/standing because certain positions made me look fatter. Now, I can wear my tight dri-fit Cypress Running Club shirts and not think anything about it. I can go out in a tank top and shorts and feel great. Shoot, one night I was feeling so confident and rebellious that I ended up getting my navel pierced.

I’m Happy

Starting this journey, I got rid of some toxic things and people. I used to go from crying everyday to never crying. Keeping myself busy with exercise and eating healthy have made me become happy and more fortunate. Ask my family…they most certainly know.

The Non-Scale Victories

These are my favorite. The first mile I did under 10 miles. Running 3 miles and not dying. Taking 25,000 steps in one day (thanks Fitbit). Benching 40lbs without help. These are some of the many accomplishments that I’m proud of. In October I’m running my first 5K race and I’m super stoked.

 

 

Thank you for reading my first piece! Hopefully I get keep up and become better at these (: