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You are the best thing that’s ever been mine :)

You are the best thing that’s ever been mine :)

A warrior feeds her body well. She trains it, works on it. Where she lacks knowledge, she studies. But above all, she must believe in her strength of will and purpose and heart and soul.

     — David Gemmel (via theantiquated)

hi jess! do you often run fasted? if not, when do you normally run? and also, how do you deal with the mentality of eating only 'healthy wholesome foods' and restrictions in one's diet in general? do you still restrict at times? how do you deal with bad body image days? thank you for answering! :)
- Anonymous

It really depends on when I wake up for practice. If I don’t have a lot of time I generally just head to practice without eating anything, but sometimes I will have a waffle w/ pb, half a banana, or half a luna bar. Practice usually starts between 6-7 a.m. 6 days a week so I’m awake pretty early every day.

I don’t deal with that mentality because I don’t always eat “healthy wholesome foods”. I think it’s important to be diverse and not be so strict about things! Unless you like it that way, then by all means go ahead! But I don’t think I could do that anymore. I enjoy having my almond ice cream every once in awhile and pizza, fries, Amy’s mac n cheese, things of that nature when I want! Restricting yourself from essential calories is not good for your health. I used to only eat 1200 calories a day even though I was running 5+ miles a day and that lead to a whole slew of health issues that I don’t want to experience again. Now I eat around 2000+ calories a day (I don’t count but I can give a good estimate) and I feel great! I have the energy to workout and live my life :)

On bad body image days I try to do my hair and makeup and dress up nice and go to the mall or spend time with friends or my boyfriend. I don’t like to be alone because that makes it worse, I want to distract myself. Sometimes before I get ready I’ll do a fun workout video on Youtube or do my 8 minute abs and it lists my spirits. Also making myself a delicious green smoothie or getting a vegetable juice. :) Those kinds of things put me in a good mood and I forget about those feelings of self pity. You’re a beautiful human being and you don’t want to look back on your life and remember your teenage years as the time that you hated your body. Love yourself. You are amazing. :)

hey jess! I'm looking for a new blender/food processor, and I know you have a blendtec. what model do you have/do you like it? thanks love xxx
- Anonymous

That’s actually my parents’ blender! I use a really cheap one up at university. I’m actually looking to invest in a new blender as well, probably a  Vitamix (which are rather pricey but really amazing). 

September Goals

  • No coffee- this will easily be the hardest. I am a coffee lover but I want to try and see the effects of not drinking it for awhile. I feel like I’m becoming more dependent on it and I don’t want that. I will probably go back to drinking coffee after the month is over, but I just want to try this out. Also because I spend waaaaaaay too much money on Starbucks/Cafe drinks at school.
  • No fast food- a lot of you don’t know this but I am OBSESSED with Taco Bell. Hand me a vegan crunch wrap supreme or a vegan Mexican pizza and I am in heaven. Also fries, I love me some fries. So I really want to stop going to “fast food” type places. Mainly Taco Bell because I don’t go many other places. Tacquerias don’t count, I need me some McDougall burritos.
  • Drink more water- this is always a goal of mine. I say I should be having 2-3L minimum every day. I have so many cute water bottles and I should start using them. We all need water, especially athletes because we lose so much of it. So I’m going to track my water intake for the month and make sure I drink enough
  • Stretch- A minimum of 20 minutes a day, but I would like to do 40. I’m thinking 20 after my morning workouts and another 20 sometime before I go to bed. If you know any good Youtube channels or videos then send them my way :)
  • Oil pulling- I’m going to try and oil pull 3 times a week minimum. I think it can have some good effects and I like doing it so why not right? I’m all into holistic ways of healing ^_^
  • Don’t procrastinate- School is in session and I have quite a few things to do in September already. I need to not wait until the day before to study/do the assignment.
  • Eat more veggies- even I am a culprit of not eating enough veggies. I either need to add them into a smoothie or start making more zoodles/salads again. Greens are going to be my new BFFs. But I will still enjoy my indulgences. ;)
  • Make time for myself- Between running with the team, taking 16 units, work, SAAC meetings, Intervarsity, friends, and of course Paul I don’t have a lot of alone/relaxation time. One night a week I want to unwind and pamper myself. Paint my nails, take a long hot shower, slather myself in body butter, cook myself a fun vegan meal, and watch a movie or read a book.

I hope you all think of some goals for yourself for the upcoming month. They can be as simple as having one green smoothie a day, drinking a glass of water before every meal, remembering to take your vitamins, going out less, run 3x a week, WHATEVER YOU WANT. I think goals are important. Writing them down and having them somewhere where you can see them everyday is really important to stick to them. Whether they’re fitness goals, relationship goals, self-esteem goals, anything is fair game and will help you work towards the person you want to become. Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you slip up, don’t take that as a failure. Take is a chance to start over and begin working towards that goal again. Goodbye August, Hello September :)

shoutout to Rachael (rachaelruns) for being an amazing friend and someone I can talk to always about anything and everything. :)

My beautiful new baby ^_^

My beautiful new baby ^_^

Today I had the best burrito I’ve ever had in my life, bought a Macbook Pro with retina display, and received my Lilly Pulitzer planner that has elephants on it. Today was an A+ day.

Candid picture of my very cute boyfriend :)

Candid picture of my very cute boyfriend :)

Those coffee pajamas are awesome! Where did you get them??
- Anonymous

From forever 21! :) they’re my favorite. I actually wore the shirt with leggings to my boyfriends house last night hehehe