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A Good Way to Stay Fit

by Britney on June 6, 2014

in Athletics

If you want to stay fit, playing sports is a good way to do it. It can also create many opportunities for you. My brother attends SLU high school and is on the track team. This has created many opportunities for him, such as going out of town, creating new friends, and college offers. Not to mention it also helps him to stay in shape. Doing sports and having good grades can get you a full scholarship. Hard work and dedication pays off.


In college, it’s hard to keep up with, well, EVERYTHING. I’ve got your back; you know who you are, busy bees. Without further ado, I have made a list of 5 ways I have gotten into the habit of doing to progress and promote personal wellness!

1. Wake up at the same time everyday. Our bodies are regulated by a psychological something called circadian rhythms. That is, in simple terms, our bodies have internal agendas! Establish a routine of waking up at the same time every morning and your body will be happy, happy, happy! (i.e. I wake up at 9:30 AM and go for a run at 9:45) …But nothing too crazy or late early unless that is absolutely necessary.

2. Speaking of which, include at least 15 minutes of exercise in your routine, indoors or outdoors. You don’t have to be a try-hard, but once you start doing simple workouts, such as HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training; I do mine through “12 Minute Athlete”) or walking on the treadmill, you will definitely want to kick things up a notch! Your body will appreciate this kind gesture. Physical activity is über important!

3. Drink your H2O. Seriously. People say, “Oh, you must have 8 glasses of water a day or else your body will be dehydrated. Hmmm, false! But, did you know that if you have a nice, cool glass of water in the morning, your metabolism rate will increase by 30%? Yep, truth be told. Also, you should really only drink water when you’re thirsty. Having ‘too much’ water can make you feel nauseous (or at least myself), but hey, at least there aren’t any calories. Bottoms up, everyone!

4. Avoid saturated fats. Long story short, avoid those salty, greasy potato chips and opt for something healthier like a fresh, leafy green salad or scrumptious fruit parfait. Both are still sooo delicious! Let’s be honest here.

5. Last but not least, keep up with your studies and stay out of drama. Getting homework done is the most relieving thing ever. Like the common teenage girl would say on her social networking profile, “I can’t even-.”  Ha, meeee neither. As far as drama goes, it’s better to just choose the right friends; friends that will positively influence you and your decision-making. If you don’t like the gossip someone is spreading or what they’re doing, go and find something more fun to do and less of a waste of your time! You deserve the self-recognition for time well-spent, so be proud of you and your healthy habits.

Hopefully these tips help in some way, shape, or form. I definitely know that they have helped for me! Have a great rest of your week and drink your water :-) Your body will love you for it. Ta, ta for now!


This topic is perfect for me right now. I’ve recently gained so much weight since I moved on campus and let me tell you, it is not pretty at all. My boyfriend kept trying to get me to work out and eat healthy, but it was so hard and I just kept getting bigger and bigger. Pretty soon I became self-conscious about my weight and decided that it was time for me to start “working out.” I would work out for two days and then stop and go back to my old habits. I felt like I had to do it rather than I wanted to do because it would make me a healthier person. I stopped pressuring myself to lose weight and just decided to do it one step at a time. I first cut back on sodas and now I drink only water. Then I started eating salads, daily and replacing fatty and sugar snacks with grapes, strawberries, and raisins. I do eat meat but not big portions of it like I use to. Eating a salad and drinking water before a meal can help you cut back on over eating. I bought a scale and so far I have lost 4 pounds in about a week. The best key to losing weight is to try and do it naturally. Don’t force yourself because then you’ll feel under pressure and it’ll feel more like a chore that you don’t want to do. Instead of telling you brain, “I can’t have this cookie,” tell your brain “I don’t want this cookie.” Little steps like these can take away huge pounds!


Last week, we made Butternut Squash Macaroni with the first graders at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. Every single kid loved it!  We had no picky eaters at all.  While I was cooking this recipe with them, I thought about us college students. How hard it is to cook a nutritious meal.  This recipe is easy, affordable, nutritious, and quick.  Try it at home!  If you freeze it, it can last up to 3 weeks.


1     lb. macaroni/ elbow noodles

2     cups cheese sauce

2     cups of butternut squash

½ tsp. garlic


-       Preheat the oven 350 F.

-       Wash the butternut squash.

-       Cut it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and crud (The Pre-school children actually helped in this step).

-       Put the butternut squash in cookie sheets and place it in the oven.

-       After the butternut squash is cooked, take remove the peel and blend the meat part of the butternut squash.

-       Boil 1 lb. macaroni pasta and put it in the pot with boiling water. (9 min with added salt).

-       In a pot heat the cheese sauce, garlic and the butternut squash.

-       Once the cheese and squash sauce has boiled, add the macaroni.

-       Mix well.

-       Enjoy!



by Marielle May 31, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce that it’s time for another restaurant review. And a favorable review I shall give! Although no restaurant has yet uprooted PuraVegan from the number one spot in my heart, I now have a very exciting close second: Frida’s Deli! I’ve been meaning to try this place for a […]

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Faith and Sacrifice

by Alumni Posts February 22, 2012

Today I’m bubbling over with emotions. I recently went through surgery and have been busy trying to recover from it and have had many complications plague this process. I got a call from my adviser about my classes and she told me that one of professors is concerned about my schoolwork and the ability to […]

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Heart Month

by Alumni Posts February 8, 2012

Hello, Fontbonne Community! Yesterday, I was at a Walmart store and decided to check my blood pressure. I have been seeing a higher than my normal range after the birth of my baby three months ago. I was shocked to see that the reading was even higher — 145/90-hypertension 1. I realized that I cannot […]

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Microwave vs. Slow Cooker

by Alumni Posts January 30, 2012

This year has started off with a bang in my life. I found out that I have pre-cancerous cells growing and am need of surgery to ensure that they don’t turn cancerous. On Friday, I got a call from my doctor to let me know that my insurance company has denied my claim. They want […]

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Looking Forward to Friday!

by Marielle February 23, 2011

I’m sure this is a common thought for most people during the workweek, but I happen to be extra excited because I’m planning on hitting the mall! And while I do happen to love shopping, I’m more interested this weekend in the St. John’s Hospital “Heart to Heart Fair,” which is being held at West […]

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