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Good morning!

I just want to say that I’m finally exercising again. Well, jogging to be specific. I’ve always been off and on with my active life but never kept it going. I did a few work-outs at home before (barely even 15 minutes!). In high school, I was pretty lazy in gym class and for laps, I did more walking then running. The coach didn’t bother, ha ha. Surprisingly, I did play soccer during my junior year (second semester). I was pretty okay! Sadly, they didn’t have sports anymore during my senior year so I was back to laziness. Such a shame.

Today, I did some jogging in the DSAC track. I only did 5 laps, but I’ll do them almost everyday when I have free time. Gotta keep in shape, right? I do need to lose a little bit of fat, too. Ha ha!

Try to be active out there! Have a great day. 🙂


Hello Everyone,
Our prompt this week was to reflect on something that we try to do every day that is challenging in our life. I racked my brain for something that I do and I guess my answer to this prompt is I simply try every day to live a healthy lifestyle. Two things I make sure to do is exercise and eat healthy. Sounds simple, but every day is a new day full of challenges and temptations. I find it way too easy to justify the multiple deserts in one day instead of just one because of the various “exercises” I did that day (and that could just be using the stairs in Ryan or Medaille!). I am not saying it is the worst thing in the world to indulge. I actually find it very satisfying to have moments of no guilt snacking because we are only human and sometimes we want those uber greasy French fries and slice of German chocolate cake! Some things I try to do, as a college student with a limited budget is to try to only buy a few snacks to have in my room like apples, carrots, or peanuts. All are good sources of vitamins and protein. Besides the “good-for-you” snacks, I make it a point to have one “bad-for-you” snack, like Oreos or a couple candy bars because on rough days apples are not going to make you feel better. Chocolate is a good pick me up and having some in your room already keeps you from spending unnecessary dollars at the vending machine! Eating good is great, but not complete without that all engrossing work out that keeps your blood pumping and mind moving to be fueled and focused for academics. I lack motivation to exercise on my own. I always start off strong then peter out as time goes with various excuses (homework, need sleep, I don’t feel like it).

A great thing Fontbonne provides is the wellness classes throughout the year like yoga, Zumba, and boot camp. I have done the yoga class, which was a great time to relieve my stress and anxiety. I, also, do the Zumba class at Fontbonne and student only have to pay $10 for the entire class. That is way cheaper than any monthly gym subscription! What helps me get to the classes is having a buddy. She keeps me motivated to want to come to class every week because I like spending time with my friends and a wellness class is more fun with people you know. So this life style is a never-ending work in progress. A lot of days I fail in little ways, but I do not let them completely stunt my head way. I just keep moving forward. One day at a time. So find something in your life that you wish to change and just keep on trying until something works. It will be worth it in the end!


I’ve decided that, for my first blog of the semester, I would respond to the following prompt:

“Introduce yourself!”

I’ve decided to respond to the aforementioned prompt as opposed to going off on my own tangent for a couple of reasons. One, I’m pretty sure my “About Me” from freshman year is pretty outdated, as is the hairstyle I have in my little blogger picture that can be seen just to the left of the title of this week’s post. Two, I’m pretty sure I’m a lot different than I was my first year here at Fontbonne. My diet is significantly different. My hair, like I said, is different. My wardrobe, thank gosh, is different. In fact, I think I’m waaaay different now than I was last year at this time. So what I’m getting at here is that a little reintroduction might be beneficial for everyone involved to save some confusion. I don’t want you to have this image of me in your head as being some girl with straight-across bangs who wants to be a physical therapist. Because frankly, I have side bangs now, thank you, and definitely don’t want to be a PT.

Okay. So who exactly am I then? So glad you asked! Because the first thing you need to know is this: I’m kind of narcissistic, and I love answering “Introduce yourself!” prompts.

Here are some other critical facts you need to know about me in order to fully grasp the content of my blog…

1.) I’m a junior majoring in dietetics and “double minoring” in chemistry and biology. After I complete my dietetics internship, my dream (as of now…it will be different in two weeks, I’m sure) is to get into Cornell University, where I want to study environmental toxicology (I love/hate toxic chemicals, see #2) and molecular nutrition, so I can fully grasp how chemicals in our environment and diets affect us at the very cellular level.
2.) I. Love. Chemistry. If you don’t believe me, stop by Medaille Room 205 and ask to see my bathroom. The Periodic Table of the Elements shower curtain will prove to you that my love is very, very real. (And possibly a little preposterous as well.) Organic chemistry is my favorite, and I’m very sad that Dr. Bookstaver, my former organic professor (and favorite teacher at that), is no longer here at Fontbonne. What am I going to complain about now on my blog?
3.) I love food! Mostly plants, nothing processed. Because while I love chemistry, I’d rather not eat a chemistry experiment, comprender? I do have a weakness for my mother’s chocolate chip cookies, though (Yes, Courtney, I do eat cookies.).
4.) I love to run, especially long distances. It clears my mind, makes me feel really good about myself, and allows me to eat cookies (see #3). My favorite workout is The Long Slow Run, which I do weekly in preparation for my next half marathon.
5.) Other random important facts: I love music (M83 is my all time favorite); my fellow bloggers Courtney and Elizabeth, the smartest, most awesome girls I know, happen to be my two best friends (I expect a shout-out in return, now, thank you); and I love the great out of doors (I would give anything to live in the mountains).

So. Now that we’re all on the same page, I’m fully looking forward to what adventures this semester will bring. I’m also hoping that, once I get back in the organic lab, here soon for a project I’m working on for another class, my chemistry joke skills will come back to me. We shall see…

Have a lovely weekend everyone!



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