Healthy Living

This is a healthy living blog, where I am not telling you how to live, but telling you what has worked for me. A huge part of “healthy living” is in your head. It’s being happy.

But what is happy? It’s it the same as beauty? In the eye of the beholder…so yes, different things make different people happy, and that is one thing you should always remember: no one is you. They may be similar, but no one thinks the way you do, acts the way you do, or lives the way you do. Your life, is in your hands, and you are the one who is going to live it, so live it to your standards, whatever they may be.

In my experience, a big part of being “happy”, is seeing every situation as a lesson to be learned. That way, if there is a next time, you know how to handle the situation and have more control of the outcome.

Also, just being positive, and taking advantage of the moment. If you are at a party, why would you be thinking of that math test you have on Monday? Of course, don’t totally forget because that will just cause sadness, but dance your heart out in that moment and feel the world around you. You only get so much time to do that, so why waste time? Your time is precious, so don’t give it to people who aren’t worth it. And that’s where you learn to whom to give your time, and when to just go by yourself. Choose your battles wisely. 🙂

God bless everyone. Have a happy day and keep moving forward. The earth keeps turning, after all, and she doesn’t wait for anyone.

Happy waffle breakfasts are the best ways to start the day!

Keep Running

Keeping your speed is increasingly important the shorter the race is.

Hey runners,

The most difficult part of running is to not stop. While stopping can often be more difficult than maintaining your speed stopping feels much better in the short term. The key is to keep running the entire time.

In order to keep running depends on what distance the race is. For a half marathon, my motivation through the last few miles was pride. I was not willing to stop running as it would have meant the first miles where for nothing.

In shorter distances from 800-1600 my mentality is not so much about keeping running, but rather how much is left and about the race strategy. These races need nothing more than just a will to race and finish, neither is outside of the range of any humans running distance.

For road races and longer track races, 3200-5000 and 5 miles it is more the remainder of the race is the focus. I view these races as more of a mile by mile. It also is helpful to think I only need two more miles or however far left.

To stay running is also personal and what you need to do is find your motivation to keep running. This can be anything if it helps you. When I was begginging my first races and longer training runs I thought “get past this tree” or “finish this lap then you can relax.” With these the key is to not actually let yourself follow what you say you would when you reach the goal.

Whatever you decide to use as your motivation make sure that you are committed to following the plan. Getting through the hard parts of the run are what makes training or the race worth it.

Healthy Snacks

Hey guys!!

As you can tell from my last few posts, I really like sweets. Sometimes it is dangerous because I could eat them nonstop!! But, because I play sports I know the importance of having a balanced diet. It is so tempting to just eat junk all the time because if I am being honest, junk food usually tastes better and often times does not take as long to make or grab out of the pantry. Although, in order to stay healthy I make lists of healthy snack options and try to eat things off of it instead of caving into chips and candy. This helps me keeps me accountable and make sure that I’m getting the nutrition I need. I’m going to share some healthy snack ideas because I know that I am always looking for new ones to add to my list and you might be to!

  • Apples and peanut butter
  • Organic applesauce (no added sugar)
  • Air popped popcorn
  • Greek yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Eggs
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Grapes (frozen)
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pineapple
  • Pressed kind bars
  • Skinny pop
  • Clif bars (the kids ones are some of my favorites)
  • Air popped potato chips

 

Besides eating healthy foods, the liquids you put into your body are important, too. I, admittedly, love drinking a soda very now and then but it is vital that we are always drinking water. In many drinks there is an excess of added sugars that we sometimes do not even notice. So, if possible, it is definitely best to stick with water; it will make a huge difference in the way you feel.

At the end of the day, it is not a big deal if our diets get off track a little bit. It happens to all of us. Especially me!! It is really hard to start healthy eating habits if they are not ingrained in your lifestyle. But, trying our best to slowly improve our diets will not hurt.

The Holiday Season in Disneyland

It is officially the Holiday Season in the Disney parks! Disneyland is dazzling during the winter time; with its revamped holiday inspired rides, various events, impressive decorations and amazing seasonal food, there is no absence of holiday cheer in this park! Personally, I’ve never been to Disneyland during this time, yet I really hope to someday, it’s definitely on my Disney-related bucketlist! Until then though, I don’t mind watching videos and looking at pictures that display the Holiday festivities that take place around the park! I have never seen a place so decorated covered in lights and pine wreaths! From the second you enter Main Street, you are greeted by a 60 feet tall Christmas tree covered in colorful lights and ornaments. As you go down Main Street you can see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle decorated in icicle style lights. The castle looks breathtaking and is an amazing location to take Winter Wonderland inspired pictures.

Although most of Disneyland is experience by the Holiday season in terms of decorations, there are specific ideas that experience a special change during this time. One of my favorite rides the “Jungle Cruise” becomes the festive “Jingle Cruise.” In addition to elements of tinsel and mini pine trees in the ride queue, the skippers of the ride offer new holiday-related jokes as you travel through fruit cake and hippopotamus infested waters. Unfortunately, the Jingle Cruise has been struck by unjustifiable tragedy. It was announced that this year that the ride will not experience its festive takeover, and might not ever again. Even this makes me unreasonably sad, there are still plenty more rides that experience a holiday takeover. For example “it’s a small world” is covered in lights and experience a holiday celebration of traditions all around the world inside of the ride. The “Haunted Mansion” in New Orleans Square becomes “Haunted Mansion Holiday” and experiences a complete renovation modeled after “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

During this time, Disneyland also offers an array of seasonal events. Guests can enjoy “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” during the day and “Believe in Holiday Magic” Fireworks at night. Disneyland during the winter season also creates a collection of food. The most famous is probably the homemade candy canes that sell out almost immediately. Disneyland also offers candy cane flavored beignets (!!!), chocolate coffee yule logs, and peppermint ice cream.

I hope this post shed some light on the magic that happens at Disneyland during the holiday season!

And remember, “To all those who come to this happy place: Welcome.”

~Fastpass Master

Investing of the Future

Bitcoin. Bitcoin. Bitcoin. One cannot talk about financial investment in 2017 without talking about the raise of Bitcoin. With a whopping 930 percent increase since the beginning of the year (might be even more at this very moment with its volatile nature) bitcoin is redefining investing in the 21th century.  What in the world is bitcoin? There are two distinguishing characteristics of bitcoin that sets it apart from traditional investing; it’s a cryptocurrency and it’s decentralized.

Cryptocurrencies are digital assets designed to function as mediums of exchange. Unlike traditional currencies cryptocurrencies or not tangible but instead stored in one’s computing devices. Systems of complex algorithms are utilized by cryptocurrencies to help secure transactions, control the creation of additional units, verify orders and even sort the order by which the translations are processed.

In addition to being a cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is also decentralized. There isn’t a central repository of information, no central management, and, crucially, no central point of failure. How it works is that every owner of Bitcoin has his or her own set of records on how much every other Bitcoin owner has. Theoretically, all records should match up. When a transaction is made, information would be broadcasted to all Bitcoin owners and all records would then be updated. As a result, the value of Bitcoin is not dependent on any single individual party.

Bitcoin happens to be the first decentralized cryptocurrency, and since its creation many other cryptocurrency has appeared on the market. Unlike stocks, the value of these cryptocurrencies is dependent on the faith that their users have in them. The price of such currency will continue to grow as long as people believe that the currency has value.

Caution, Calendars, and Concentration

Hello, my beautiful Fake Phillies! Happy December! Hope your week’s been well! Mine has been……..let’s just say I am very happy it’s Friday. That’s all I have to say about that. Anyway, I wanted to continue my WPGSS from last week. (WPGSS stands for Wannabe Philosopher’s Guide to Stressful Situations, for those who don’t know or forgot.) Also, I just want to mention, this is all my personal tips for dealing with stress. There is no professional input behind these methods, so I’m not guaranteeing anything with these tips. Now that my cautionary advisory is out of the way, let’s get to part 2, shall we?

4. Organize

As someone who likes things to be very organized, let me just say, it’s SUPER helpful. All you have to do is be aware of everything going on in your life. Mark down important dates on your calendar so nothing catches you by surprise. Just knowing what’s happening when reduces your stress levels and even allows you to plan ahead. This lowers your chances of getting overwhelmed by too many activities and keeps you on top of things.

5. Hang Out With Friends

Spending time with your friends is always fun and relaxing. Finding friends that share some of the stress you do is even better as you have something that you can overcome together. It makes the task a little less intimidating because you know you’re not alone in your struggle. Plus, it’s really nice to know you always have people around you who’ve got your back, and hanging out with them is a great reminder of that. It puts things into perspective for you and makes everything just a bit better.

6. Concentration Techniques

No matter what it is you do, you need to put in a certain amount of work to expect good results. But working hard sometimes just isn’t good enough. A high level of concentration is also required to make your work count for something. A lot of people like listening to music to help them concentrate. I personally find music distracting and avoiding listening to it while I work, and that goes to show how every individual has to find their own technique to concentrate. When memorizing information, I tend to close my eyes, and that actually helps me remember things better. I also know people who only work in secluded areas because they know they cannot concentrate in noisy areas. It all depends on what you prefer, and it often requires a lot of trial and error before you realize what works best for you. But once you find the concentration technique that works for you, you should be all set to conquer all the challenges up ahead.

And, that’s all for this week! I hope this post was helpful and that you guys have a great weekend!

Until next time, Fake Phillies. This is Wannabe Philosopher, signing off. *finger guns*

 

State of the Seahawks

            Look, the sports media can underestimate the Seahawks all they want to. Given Seattle’s past several performances, including that sluggish offensive performance in the first half against the 49ers, as well as our liabilities in the defensive secondary, we should not be viewed as legitimate super bowl contenders. Not yet. Of course, the media’s assessment may spin 180 degrees if we can pull off a home upset against the invincible Eagles. It won’t be easy. But if anyone in our conference can show Philadelphia who the real NFC powerhouse is, it’s Seattle. Over the past five years, we have demonstrated consistent excellence like no other team outside of Foxborough. The Hawks have already lost two home games at CenturyLink, despite apparently having the strongest home field advantage in the league. One of those losses was just embarrassing. Since their morale-boosting win against us, the Washington Redskins have lost three straight, against the Vikings, Saints, and Cowboys. The Seahawks must redeem themselves by grabbing a monumental win this Sunday. They aren’t as bad as some people think they are. We will make the playoffs. In fact, in my estimation, we will probably win the NFC West. The Los Angeles Rams are one of the most overrated teams in the entire league. Okay, I still view them as a solid team with encouraging playoff aspirations. But NFL experts prematurely assume that they are a lock to win our division. No. Week 15, the Hawks face the Rams—in Seattle. Remember that we already beat them in their house, though it was a close game that we could have easily lost in the waning seconds. If we win in Week 15, in a pivotal division matchup, we win the division. Yes, even if we lose against Philadelphia this week. But I am optimistic about both games. The Seahawks have a record of lighting up towards the end of the regular season. To the rest of the NFL, I wish you luck for the crucial month of December. I wish every team a merry Christmas. But be warned. Seattle will show up in December, and dare I say it—January.

MLS Cup Final Preview

Hey guys,

this past Thursday our Seattle Sounders advanced to the MLS cup final by defeating the Houston Dynamo 5-0 on aggregate. They will once again be facing Toronto FC in the MLS cup final since they beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 on aggregate. The game will be hosted in Toronto because they finished the regular season with more total points than the Sounder’s. In fact, Toronto won the Supporter’s Shield, an award for the team that has the most total points at the end of the regular season.

Toronto FC boasts arguably the most dynamic attack in the league. They scored a league leading seventy-four goals during the regular season. Their feature offensive players includes U.S. International Jozy Altidore and Italian sensation Sebastian Giovinco. This season the former scored fifteen goals in twenty-seven games while also tallying seven assists. The latter scored sixteen goals and provided six assists this season. In addition Toronto also possesses a very experienced midfield. Their two notable midfielders are Victor Vasquez and Michael Bradley. Vasquez, a well traveled Spaniard, had a very productive season that would see him scoring eight goals and recording ten assists. Bradley, a U.S. international and the former captain, did not have a great statistical season by his standards, but he is still considered by many to be one of the better midfielders in the league.

Seattle is a very balanced team that can score in flurries. They possess a great defense, solid attack, and creative midfield.  Their marquee players comprises Uruguayan international Nicolas Lodeiro, U.S. international Clint Dempsey, and to a lesser extent goalkeeper Stefan Frei. I presume that the Sounders will play defensively in effort to slow down Toronto’s potent attack.

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Everything is REALLY OVERWHELMING and it Feels Bad

Just like this stressed out court jester I have drawn, failure is breathing down my neck and I may actually implode, each one of the cursed balls represents a potential falling grade and I am in peril.

Hi I’m that pile of homework you still haven’t done, constantly in your peripheral vision and a constant weight on your shoulders. Let’s go through some advice!

I have a wild addiction to my phone. No matter what I do I can’t put it down! It’ll be close to midnight and I’ll still have a history chapter to read and I’ll still be scrolling on Instagram! What advice do you have for destroying my addiction?? -anonymous

Phones are so hard to avoid. Like I’m in love with my portable internet screen, and I definitely get the moment you’re talking about. It’s 10-o-clock and you’re finally going to get more than 5 hours of sleep, but then as you lay your head on the pillow, you’re suddenly hit with the urge to look up the musical Cabaret and now you’re down a long path of Alan Cumming’s cinema career (on an alternate note, Alan Cumming played Floop in the modern day masterpiece that is Spy Kids 2). So how can you avoid this from happening? First, if your phone charger is near your bed, move it. The biggest thing you can do is to keep your phone out of your literal reach. If you’re worried you won’t be able to hear your alarm, then make sure it’s on blast and you have the most annoying alarm you can think of. The second thing you can do is set out a certain amount of time you’ll be on your phone. Set a timer on your phone and hide it in a drawer or something and get really productive. If you are worried about missing texts or calls, send a text to some people who would potentially text you and just give them a heads up or something. Then bam! look at how productive you are, you’re pretty much set for life.

This is so small compared to the other hulking chunks of writing I’ve seen, but I think it’ll be fine this time. If you want advice send it here https://goo.gl/forms/BJRMlvdiBgfFuqKq2

“Keep it 10% sneaky and 90% freaky”

ab-so-lutely

 

Eco-Friendly Gardening

Tulips are a great eco-friendly gardening choice because they require little watering.

Hey Guys!

As most people know, having a garden can have either a positive or negative impact on the environment. Dependent upon what plants you grow, the type of soil used, how much water you use, and if you use any synthetic fertilizers or chemicals, your garden could actually be hurting the earth. So, in order to keep your garden eco-friendly, I have put together a few green gardening tips.

Ditch Commercial Fertilizers

Many fertilizers advertized to gardeners have harmful chemicals that are absorbed into the soil. Despite making your plants healthy, these chemicals harm surrounding eco-systems and can make animals and insects sick. Instead, rely on using natural fertilizers such as coffee grounds, eggshells, and vinegar. Using bird feeders and planting sweet-smelling flowers attracts birds and helpful insects that can help manage aphid and other pest infestations.

Limit Water Consumption

Growing plants that require lots of water can cause hundreds of gallons of water to be wasted. Instead, grow plants that require minimal watering such as cacti, succulents, verbena, and agave. Not only do these plants require minimal amounts of water, they also do well in most climates and go without water for long periods of time.

 

Use Organic Soil

Organic soil is usually made up of composted fruits and vegetables and does not contain any chemical fertilizers. Because of this, plants grown in organic soil are safer for human, animal, and insect consumption.

 

Those are all of the eco-friendly gardening tips I have for you guys! Hopefully with these small tips and tricks you are able to grow a happy and healthy garden!

Dartmouth College

Hi Everyone,

Today I will be discussing another Ivy League School (yes i am sorry i will change it up soon). But, Dartmouth is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire. When you drive to get to the campus it honestly feels as if you are driving through snoqualmie there is literally nothing but trees. But, that is where it gets its nickname “Big Green”. Because of this isolation Dartmouth is often referred to as a college town because Hanover is all Dartmouth all the time and also because there is not much else to do there. Historically speaking, Dartmouth is one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Although because it is an Ivy League school the acceptance rate is relatively low at 10.4%. This is scene in its very prestigious alumni that consists of 10 billionaires, a U.S. Vice President, and 170 members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Dartmouth has a 269-acre main campus and is well known for its undergraduate focus, strong Greek culture and wide array of enduring campus traditions.

Athletically, Dartmouth has 34 varsity sports that compete in the Ivy League of the NCAA Division 1 conference. Of the students there 20 percent of the students participate in a varsity sport which only adds to the diversity of students among the campus. One of the more fun traditions Dartmouth does once a quarter is known as “big weekends” or “party weekends” where they celebrate school spirit.

Thanks for reading and check back in next week!

The Admissions Office

Why Yoga is the Best

Yoga. This four letter word has more benefits than just making you sound like a zen, legging wearing, twenty year old kale lover. No offense to those people, but you know. The enlightenment begins of the beauty of yoga:

The one we most think of, is flexibility. Yes, you will start to be able to touch your toes and all the crazy other stuff (it may take some time, but you will get there). Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening lumbar spin, which causes back pain.

It will help your posture! Poor posture can lead to neck, back and other muscle and joint problems, and will hurt your spine in the future. Also, each time you hit the mat, you take your joints through their full range of motion, which prevents degenerative arthritis.

Makes you happier…Yoga increases your serotonin levels and decreases cortisol, a stress hormone.

Helps you focus: in yoga, they ask you to focus on your breath, which in turn helps you focus in the moment. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time and memory. It also helps you relax. In slowing your breath, it shifts the balance from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers your breathing, heart rates, decreases your blood pressure and increases blood flow to the intestines and reproductive organs.

It is what you get out of it, but in my experience, it really teaches you the whole “mind over matter” thing. You can conquer anything you put your mind to. Remember that.

Have a good weekend, and keep moving forward.

Opinion: The State of Modern Hip-Hop

Everyone has different opinions on hip-hop. This is mine. The music industry is constantly changing and moving forward, and there are people who have trouble accepting these changes, taking it out on younger generations. This is specifically apparent in Hip Hop, where older rappers and people who grew up around 90s hip hop will constantly criticize the new generation of rappers. I get it. To some, it’s pretty frustrating that less lyrical and musically talented artists are making waves, but you should still respect their work ethic and the fact that they’re charting. Tastes change, and so do the sounds that gain traction. However, there are a few popular rappers who don’t respect those that paved the way for their success. Lil Yachty is a prime example.Yachty said in August of this year that he “honestly couldn’t name five songs from tupac or biggie.” A bit disrespectful, but he clarified that he just wants to make music with a positive message and thinks older rap artists lyrics are too dark and depressing. Not necessarily the case, but I guess it makes sense. Respect, though, should always be given to those who came before you. Not just in music, but in life. Some people are too self absorbed  to understand that, though. To truly appreciate what you’ve achieved, you have to look at the past and realize that you couldn’t have done this on your own. Your friends, family, and those who came before you helped you get here, and you should appreciate that.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2018 (Part 1)

Hey Guys!

In Los Angeles, the auto show was held and had incredibly important debuts. Each brand brings out some very class competitive cars out to the automotive field. This year, there was a lot more debuts than last year, with a lot of concepts coming out. The show is ten days long, so there are many more vehicles to come.

Ever since 2014 when the Subaru Tribeca was axed from Subaru’s lineup, there was a void with the Subaru Forester being the largest car. The Forester is a compact SUV, so Subaru needed to do something quick to increase their sales total. Unfortunately though, they never had great success with mid-sized crossovers. The B9 Tribeca came out in 2004, and critics were infuriated with its “donkey like” grille and a very large rear overhang. The interior felt cheap and the passenger space was a bit too cozy for enthusiasts. They updated it for 2008 but everything stayed the same except the donkey mouth and the B9 nomenclature being lost. Now in 2018 as a 2019, Subaru brought back a three row crossover, called the Ascent. With a more rugged, and conservative approach, the Ascent turned heads with this massive car even though it is pretty much an extra large Forester. It competes in one of the fiercest markets and in my honest opinion. I think it will sell really well, especially in Seattle because tree hugging families will adore this Ascent.

In 1999, the best selling luxury SUV was introduced, the Lexus RX. The RX was a Toyota Highlander except it had much better sales and had a plethora of luxury features. However, even though it had impeccable sales, it lacked something that the Toyota Highlander had which was a third row seat. The reason was because the Lexus GX and LX SUV’s offered third rows already, even though they are just Luxury-laden 4Runners and Land Cruisers, respectively. The problem with these two SUV’s is that the rides are awful and are not car based. So for 2018, the brand did two things, first off there is an option to ditch the third row in the LX to increase cargo room while in the RX you can now get a third row seat. Lexus was able to add a third row by stretching the length by 4.3 inches. This will indeed increase sales and I predict next sales for the RX will go up by 33 percent.

Minor debuts were the questionable Nissan Kicks, since it is a subcompact SUV and Nissan just debuted the same sized Rogue Sport. Mazda refreshed their 6, as well as Infiniti did for their QX80 full-sized luxury SUV.. Lincoln changed names for their mid-sized SUV. But for the first wave this concludes the action at the Los Angeles auto show. Stay tuned for next weeks updates guys!

 

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