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My Introduction to Yoli

Beginning my journeyto a healthier me

After years of struggling with my weight, trying diets and gym memberships, I am pretty frustrated. I am currently at my highest weight and have been going around with the attitude that I don’t give a shit. I hardly ever eat breakfast or lunch, grab fast food at least once a week, eat junk food as I binge-watch television shows, and don’t do any exercising. I have no energy and have a hard time focusing. I work 40+ hours a week with a schedule that is far from 9 to 5. Plus, I just started the first class toward my Master’s degree, which will add 10+ hours of work to my schedule. So at this point it is very important that I have energy and am able to focus on what needs to get done. Two weeks ago, my mother called me. She was very excited about this new system that she had started, called Yoli. My aunt (who is a nurse) had started selling it after having great results. Being depressed about my weight and at a point where I really knew I need to change, I was willing to try it despite the price. Continue reading

Writing: To Binge or Not to Binge – Part 3

2This is Part 3 of my To Binge or Not to Binge series. You can find the other parts here: Part 1 & Part 2. Part 1 was an introduction to the idea of binge-watching, and Part 2 listed some points for binge-watching, and Part 3 will address some points against binge-watching.

Not to BingeAs much as I love binge-watching shows, I know that there are some drawbacks to this kind of viewing. So, I will attempt to address a few of the issues that I see. Continue reading

Writing: To Binge or Not to Binge – Part 2

1This is the second part of my “To Binge or Not to Binge” series – You can find Part 1 [HERE]. I am not sure how coherent this entry will be, because I love talking about television shows and am a binge-aholic. However, I will try to put it all together in some kind of organized way.

I have found that there are a few ways that binge watching has improved my viewing and increased the enjoyment I get from watching television shows. Continue reading

Writing: To Binge or Not to Binge – Part 1

2This week’s writing is about my obsession with television shows. I have always loved watching TV shows – more so than movies actually. However, since being out on my own, and with only my cats to take care of, I have gotten into this habit called binge-watching. I love to binge-watch television shows. It pretty much takes up most of my free time.

I love TV Shows. My favorite shows range from the 1980s detective show Remington Steele to the 90s political drama The West Wing to the more current horror/sci-fi series FRINGE . Not only do I love watching TV Shows, I love talking about them and obsessing over them with my friends. I really do feel bad though for those people in my life who couldn’t care less about television, nevermind listening to me talk about the adventures of Captain Janeway and her crew. So binge-watching was really just another step in my obsession.

The term “binge-watching” is used quite frequently these days, but I think it is interesting to think about how the terms has grown to be used so commonly. In the past, the term “binge” has been connected with food – consuming excessive amounts of food or drink in a short amount of time. Now the term is being connected with how people watch television. Nolan Feeney, in the article “When, Exactly, Does Watching a Lot of Netflix become a Binge?“, answers the question: How many episodes is a binge?

Four episodes, if you’re watching dramas. If you walk away before the fourth episode, people I’ve spoken with generally agreed, all you did was have a little TV time. But start the fourth episode . . . and you’re squarely in binge territory.

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Writing : My Curly Hair Routine

Getting Great Curls

I have curly hair, and for the first 18 years of my life I had no idea what to do with it. It was frizzy and puffy, so I just globbed on the gel in an attempt to tame it. In middle school I was frustrated that I didn’t have the smooth hair that all my friends had, and there was no way that I was going to have the nice bangs that were “in” in the 90s. It wasn’t until my freshman year in college that I was introduced to mousse and a diffuser. Things got better, but I still struggled with frizz and lack of curl definition – and I was still going through a lot of product. Since then I have tried so many products, and I thought I was never going to find anything that really worked. Last year I decided to do some real research – because I loved my curls and I wanted them to be beautiful. I watched lots of videos and read tons of product reviews. After all that, this is what I ended up with, and so far it has worked great for me. The product brands aren’t necessarily important. I just tried these brands after some recommendations and have liked them so far. One of the biggest things that I learned is that every curly head is different. I have been doing this for several months now and though this has worked wonders for me, you just have to figure out what will work for you.

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500 Word Challenge: Day 22

FearDay 22: Write about fear. 

What comes to your mind when you think about fear? Maybe it is creepy crawly creatures, the darkness of the night, or even a combination of the two. But what about the deeper things we worry about? The fears that keep us awake at night. You can’t deny it, because I think that everyone has something that worries them. Some fears are short term and seem like such trifles in the aftermath, and there are others that seem to follow us around.

Despite the fact that I really am afraid of spiders and could tell you some funny stories, this prompt asks us to go a little deeper than that. So I ask myself what am I really afraid of. I don’t come up with anything groundbreaking: I am afraid of something going wrong with my car and not having the money to fix it; I am afraid that I will get fired and not be able to find another job; I am afraid I will let people down; I am afraid that I will never be become the best version of myself. I could go on with the little worries that cross my mind every day, but honestly, what’s the point?

There are always going to be things that scare you or that you worry are going to happen, but what is the point of worrying? It won’t change anything. We have enough to worry about today, never mind worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. I read a quote this morning on Facebook, and it was just what I needed after the day I had yesterday. I don’t know who said it, but here it is: “Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.” So, if you can stop dwelling on yesterdays then that is one less thing you have to worry about. As far as for the future, I think all you can do is take each bump as it comes. If you can take what needs to be done today and do it to the best of your ability, then that is the best you can do. If today’s best wasn’t good enough, you can wake up tomorrow and try again.

Though fears aren’t fun when you are dealing with them, there can often be a lesson or something gained when you have come out on the other side. With each car trouble that I have had, I have learned something else about cars that I didn’t know. The thought of losing my job in this economy has made me push myself harder than I have ever had to before. This has shown me that I am capable of more than I thought. As for becoming the best version of myself, I think many of us had a picture in our heads of what our lives were going to look like when we grew up. Mine: 25, married, successful job, house, kids, and have it “together”. Well, when I turned 25 and none of that had happened it was an awakening. Those weren’t necessarily things that I really wanted, but for some reason that is what I thought was the “right” thing. When we compare ourselves to others we make it harder for ourselves and we have enough stresses that we don’t need to add more. I think that it is important to just be yourself, try your best to improve, and take one day at a time.

One of the goals of this writing challenge is to just write – not over think. That was very hard to do because I had so many things running through my head for this topic. I guess that is another fear that I have – that I won’t be any good at writing. But I have decided that in 2015 I will see if I can become a more confident writer and figure out if I actually really love writing or just the idea of loving to write. Anyway, I could continue on, but I am reaching 700 words and the clock is telling me I need to get this posted soon.

WC: 710

500 Word Challenge: Day 21

500 word challenge day 21Day 21: Confess something

My confession: I am obsessed with television shows. That sums it up. I am a binge-watcher. Most of the time, I am proud of it, but it isn’t something that I bring up in every conversation. I don’t want people thinking I am crazy. But, this is my blog, so I am going to lay it all out there. I spend most of my free time watching (or rewatching) TV shows. I have a wide range of interests when it comes to what I like to watch: Stargate SG-1The West Wing, American Pickers, and the craziness goes on from there.

To put the complete truth out there, I thought I would give you an example of what a random day in the life of Leah looks like.

I get up about 5:30 in the morning, feed the animals, and take a shower. I have an iPad, which has probably enabled my binge-watching quite a bit. The damn thing is so portable! So I usually set it up on the bathroom vanity with whichever show I am currently watching. It probably takes me twice as long to get ready, because I am constantly pausing to watch an especially riveting part of an episode. The only time that I pause it while I am doing my hair and makeup is when I have the hairdryer on, because I wouldn’t want to miss any dialogue of a show I have seen a couple times already. Once my hair and face are done, I have to find something to wear, which usually means ironing some clothes. Well, that iPad goes with me. It sits on my dresser as I pull out clothes; it sits on the ironing board as I iron my shirt; it sits on the vanity as I pick out jewelry. Basically, it is attached to me. If I have time to make breakfast – which I normally don’t because I wasted too much time watching the iPad – the device goes with me and sits on the counter as I make my food. As I am walking out the door, I turn the iPad off and drive to work. I don’t usually think about the show too much while at work, but as soon as I get home I kick my shoes off and jump into some comfy clothes. For the evening portion of my binge-watching, I usually put Netflix on the TV so I can be comfortable while I watch. But, if I need to make dinner or do some house cleaning, I get the old iPad out and set it on the sill above the sink. And I watch it until I absolutely have to go to bed. I even fall asleep watching TV some nights.

Not every day is like that, but I have to admit that it happens frequently. Other people have friends, sports, and clubs they attend; I just prefer to spend my free time with my favorite characters. I am completely aware that there are many problems with this obsession, as there are with any obsession. I have recently made some changes in my viewing habits so that I can work on some of the other things that I like to do (such as writing, reading, and playing the piano).

WC: 550