An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants

Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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I Drank Lemon Water For A Week And Here's What Happened

It has already changed my life.


There are so many health crazes out there now, it's hard to tell what actually works and what doesn't; or more importantly what is healthy and what is making your body worse. I read about simply drinking lemon water and I figured that didn't sound gross or bad for me so I figured I would give it a try. I've been drinking it consistently for a week and a half and I already notice some results.

I've never been a fan of lemon in my water, I always refuse it at restaurants. You definitely have to find your sweet spot in lemon to water ratio, in what tastes good to you. I personally cut the lemon into quarters and use on quarter per day. I put the lemon quarter in the bottle and then continuously fill with water throughout the day. I still get the yummy lemon flavor all day because I do not squeeze the lemon. It took about a bottle or two to get used to the lemon flavor, and now I just crave it.

Lemon water is supposed to speed up your metabolism. Obviously, a week is not long enough to tell if this is fact or fiction but I have noticed a change in appetite. I feel like I do not get hungry as often as I did before. I saw this effect within 24-48 hours of starting the experiment. This seems opposite to a fast metabolism but we'll see.

I definitely feel more hydrated with lemon water. I drink a lot of water anyways, about 80 oz a day but for some reason with the lemon, it makes me feel better. I don't feel as sluggish, I'm not getting hot as easily, and my skin feels amazing. I am slightly skeptical though because the lemon almost makes my tongue dry requiring me to drink more water, so I have upped my intake by about 20oz. I'm unsure if the hydration is due to the extra water, the lemon, or both!

My face is clearing up and feels so much softer too, in only a week! I have not gotten a new pimple since I have started my lemon water kick, may be coincidence but I'm not going to argue with it.

I also feel skinnier as I feel like I'm not holding as much water weight. I only exercise lightly, for the most part, walking around a mile or two a day so we can eliminate exercise factor to the slender feeling.

I have a messy stomach. Everything upsets it, and even though lemons are very acidic, they have not affected me in a negative way at all. It almost seems like the lemon water is helping me digest the difficult foods that my stomach doesn't like. I'm nowhere near a doctor so don't trust my word but it seems to be working for me.

From the effects I've felt so far, it also seems like lemon water may be a great hangover cure! I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't say a negative thing about drinking lemon water so far expect you have to buy the lemons! If you try this for yourself though just make sure you are using an enamel saving mouthwash or toothpaste since lemons aren't so great for your teeth.

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Tim Tebow, You Dragging The UA Student Section Was Ignorant And Hurtful. I'm Forgiving You Anyway

You didn't know any better.


Yes, your statement makes my blood boil and there is nothing I would like more than to give you a piece of my mind but instead, I forgive you.

I know you thought you were doing what was best by agreeing with Coach Saban, we can't blame you for that. We wouldn't want to be on Coach Saban's bad side either. Though those are both compelling reasons to have sympathy for you, I don't. But I do forgive you because you spoke before you had all the facts.

Did you know, Mr. Tebow, that it was parents weekend and that most students sat in regular seating so they could visit and be with their parents?

Did you know, Mr. Tebow, most students didn't have a ticket?

Did you also know, Mr. Tebow, that the Monday following the game would begin the first round of midterm testing for students?

Did you also know, Mr. Tebow, that 56% of UA population is out of state and that in order to maintain most out of state academic scholarships or most scholarships, in general, you must maintain a 3.5 GPA? I'm sure you didn't because after all, you went to school on an athletic scholarship, which is a little different.

Please do not get me wrong. I attended the game and I stayed all four quarters, as I do for every game. I couldn't be more proud of the Crimson Tide and I love cheering on my team and yes I was disappointed in the student section but I also understand athletics is not everything to everyone. I admire absolutely all of the work the athletes do here at UA and I applaud them because I know I could not survive the intense workouts and countless hours of practice on top of the school. I know I could not do everything the athletes do and I respect them for that.

I really do but, Mr. Tebow, until you know what it is like to be just a student you will not understand.

Students not on scholarship and even some of those who are going hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt so they can attend this outstanding university. Many students, including myself, don't spend "daddy's money" but instead have to work not one or two but three jobs so we can afford things such as groceries, laundry, gas, and other basic necessities as well as our tuition.

So, Mr. Tebow, before you go and decide that we are all entitled here at UA get to know us first. Get to know what we have to go through. The sacrifices our families are making so we can get a degree.

I forgive you, Tim Tebow, not because you asked for it but because you didn't know what you were talking about. You have no idea what it's like to be a student at UA in today's day and age. You made a rash judgment before you had all of the facts. I hope in the future you think before you speak and that you see this article and it makes you realize how lucky and privileged you were to get a free education and that not everyone is as "entitled" as you claim. After all, you were one of the most judged men in sports because of your beliefs, so you of all people should know what it is like to be judged by someone who doesn't even know you.

So, I forgive you, Tim Tebow, not because you deserve it but because you simply didn't know any better.

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