15 Things Allergy Suffers Want You To Know

15 Things All Seasonal Allergy Suffers Want You To Know

Spring is the worst season for us, so please know these things before you make comments or ask us to do something.

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Spring = Death. Well at least for those that suffer with seasonal allergies. It's a really hard time and we struggle through it every year. Oftentimes those that don't suffer make the same frequent comments or ask the same questions. Us allergy suffers want you to know these things before you ask us the same old questions and make the same old comments.

1. The sight of blooming trees make us want to sneeze.

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2. We are jealous of those that can sit outside all day.

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3. We sit outside for an hour and we start sneezing.

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4. We sit in the grass and immediately start to feel itchy.

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5. Really participating in any outdoor activity is a bad idea.

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7. We ALWAYS have to shower after being outside.

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8. Rain is a double-edged sword.

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We want it to rain to wash away the pollen, but the rain makes plants pollinate more. It really is a double-edged sword.

10. We go through boxes and boxes of tissues.

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11. We just want to sleep all the time.

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We have to take benadryl in the mornings a lot which leaves us feeling drowsy throughout the day. Also, we just want to sleep because it's better than staying awake and suffering.

12. We can't focus.

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Try getting schoolwork done while you have to blow your nose every 30 seconds. Also it's hard to focus when your eyes are non-stop itching and burning.

13. People constantly ask us if we are sick.

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For the THOUSANDTH time, no. I have allergies and am not contagious.

14. People constantly ask us if we are high.

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Again, we are not high. We can't help that allergies make our eyes red and dry.

15. We just can't do much about it and have to struggle through spring.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.
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It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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The Lazy Girl's Guide To The Gym

Also, everything else you should know if you're a slightly out-of-shape girl (like me).

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With my freshman year coming to an end, I realized a lot of things. I made new friends, I found new hobbies, and I learned a lot of lessons. One of them being that the "Freshman 15" is very real and very scary.

While my friends and family have attempted multiple times to convince me that I'm just being dramatic (I am), I still want to make a change in my lifestyle or I will, in all seriousness, be on track to the "Sophomore 20".

Here is a list of my best gym and healthy lifestyle tips that I am slowly attempting to live by this summer in order to resurrect Emily's 18-year-old body and health.

1. Increase water intake.

2. Find a gym buddy.

3. Start off with cardio.

4. Don't stop on your cardio until you're dripping in sweat.

5. Chug a LOT of water an hour before the gym.

Do not do it right before, or you will be in pain.

6. Eat light beforehand but just enough to hold you over. 

7. Plan out what your routine will be BEFORE you get there.

My routine: Elliptical for a mile, Stairmaster for 10 minutes, ab HIIT workout for 10 minutes, 5 more minutes on Stairmaster.

8. Buy healthy foods while you're feeling motivated.

9. Find a gym that isn't too far from your house. 

10. Don't get mad at yourself if you don't see results in a day.

I know this is a hard one.

11. Try fitness classes. 

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