Q:I work out at home, in a carpeted room, so I don't usually wear shoes to work out. I figured, since I'm not running on asphalt or anything like that, it's alright...? What do you think?
It depends on what kind of workout you’re doing. If you’re doing a lot of high-impact workouts that involve a lot of jumping, you’re going to need shoes to help protect your feet. Yoga and strength training and some cardio videos you should be fine, but anything that is high-impact and putting a lot of stress on your feet you should wear shoes for.
Q:I've been dieting for the past month with clean eating and walking 4x a week for 20-30 minutes. My calorie intake is no more than 1,517 but I can't seem to lose weight. Any tips?
Q:Hi, I thought you'd be the best person to ask (because of all your great advice) I just so desperately want to be healthy and fit but I find it incredibly difficult to get motivated. Do you have any tips on how to get motivated and stay motivated? Thanks!
of course! Recently I’ve been killin’ it in terms of exercise — I’m working out 5-6 days a week for about an hour a two per day, and that’s mostly because I auditioned for intermediate cha-cha and got in and now the practices are intense!
Here’s what my schedule looks like:
- MONDAY: 2 hours of cha-cha practice, 1 hour of self-defense class
- TUESDAY: 1 hour of yoga
- WEDNESDAY: 1 hour of self-defense
- THURSDAY: 1 hour of yoga
- FRIDAY: 2 hours of ballroom dance
- SATURDAY: 1 hour yoga (although not every week) or leg day
- SUNDAY: sometimes 2-3 hours of archery, arm day
Some days like today I take a much needed break. I think I’m coming down with a cold so I’m sleeping and doing computer hacking homework today instead of yoga.
ANYWAYS here’s how I stay motivated:
- Blogging about it on here helps me stay accountable
- The app Pact is my life. It helps make sure I eat enough veggies and workout out a minimum of 4 days/week.
- Getting involved in structured activities like ballroom dancing and self-defense that are vigorous physical activities and also I’m expected to be there every week.
- Tracking my progress. I do this in different ways now (practicing to higher tempo songs, doing my strength training workouts with heavier weights, eating more veggies and healthier meals) and it helps me continue to strive to be healthier.
Hope that helps!
Q:Hey I'm going into my first year of university and living on my own for the first time. I really enjoy your fit student and healthy dorm recipes and I would love to see more! Your blog is great!
Q:Hi, dearie! I'm a brand new fitblr and absolutely love your blog :) I was wondering if you could help me gain some followers? It would really mean a lot to me :)
how to gain followers
- be yourself
- add water
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here are my top 3:
Q:i misses you
I misses you too <3
I’m an RA and I have been entrusted with the well being of 66 freshman, and that’s been taking up my time. They’re wonderful, most of the time. Some of the time I wish I could help them but I can’t and that hurts.
It’s nearly 1am and I should be sleeping because I have class and RA stuff I have to do tomorrow but I had to post this.
I know so many beautiful people who are tormented by their thoughts, and that’s usually the last place we try and improve. We start with outward goals. If I’m a size zero I’ll find happiness. If my thighs don’t touch I’ll get all the boys. (which we know is wrong. Milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, this is a scientific fact.)
That’s a picture of me because I stand (or, rather, upward-dog) behind my words. I talk about eating clean and working out and being healthy in a physical way, but the reason why so many people are unhappy or unhealthy or spiraling into disordered eating is because of their thoughts.
So before you decide to lose weight or change yourself, first try and sort out your thoughts. I’m all for self-improvement, but I believe it has to start from within first.
Q:I'm 5"5 and weight 144 lbs. how much should I lose?
How much you “should” lose depends on you. What does your doctor say? Are you at a healthy weight? How much muscle mass do you have? Do you have healthy habits?
Even all of those variables don’t magically spit out a “perfect weight.”
You do you. Love yourself. Don’t stress about the number, just be healthy.
Q:I recently started working out and I've been really hungry lately. Like I eat good healthy food but I'm always hungry. Do you know why? :/ it's weird.
When you work out, you need to refuel! The more you workout, the more you’ll need to eat in order to sustain your workout schedule.
Also, make sure you’re eating enough protein!
I like putting shaved almonds and granola into my parfaits of Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt contains more protein than regular yogurt and less sugar, and the almonds and granola also add more protein. It’s a great snack in between classes!
Q:Hi, I run a blog called mental-health-advice. We help with every mental health related issues like self harm, eating disorders or relationship, gender and sexuality issues. We created a live chat and have dozens of pages. It would really really mean the world to us if you could follow/post this for your followers, so we can help even more people. But, make sure that if you do follow, it is on mental-health-advice rather than this (Rhiannon's admin blog) Thanks in advance, Pauline
That sounds like a great idea, and your blog is a good informal resource.
However, I still recommend people going to professional therapists or counselors or calling hotlines so they can speak to trained professionals. But if they need a place to start, your blog looks like a good jumping off point.
I just underwent nearly 80+ hours of RA training, and I toured my campus’s health center where there were the counseling and group therapy rooms. The counselors were super sweet and amazing so if anyone out there is a college student and needs someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to see what your campus offers! I know at my school we also have a 24 hour crisis hotline, too. Also, us RAs are a good starting place to help you find the right resources. Ask us about dealing with stress and just being happy in college and life, too. We’ve spent a long time training (I technically started training in January) and it’s our job to help you through your college transition (which can be challenging!)
So if anyone out there is going through something tough right now, know that you are not alone. There are resources to help you, and never be ashamed to ask for help.
Mental health is such an overlooked part of overall health!
Q:PLEASE keep doing the kitchen-less healthy food thing. I'm moving into a dorm this Sunday as a college freshman and I want to eat as healthy as possible in my room. SO helpful.
Done! Even though I have an unlimited dining hall pass, I cannot survive off dining hall food alone and not having a kitchen definitely requires some creativity to eat healthy.
I’ll be posting my first recipe tomorrow. We can survive without a kitchen together!
Where do I begin? It’s one of my favorite dining hall options and if you cook enough minestrone soup to feed a small family but you are just cooking for yourself since you’re in college unless you have roommates who like the soup you cook but the moral of the story is that you can just freeze it and be fed for LIFE.
This vegan soup is my life but if you live in a dorm like me now (I’m an RA so I have to be creative) you can find some healthy soups like Amy’s Minestrone Soup (not biased since that brand name is also my name)
ANYWAYS this has been a late night Tumblr post by yours truly. Expect more how-to-eat-healthy-sans-kitchen posts as I get tired of dining hall food and begin getting more creative