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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Sugar: Destroyer Of Worlds

How getting glucose out of my life kept me from being overweight, groggy, and unhappy.

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In the ninth grade, I used to stand sideways and look in the mirror every night before I got in the shower. I saw this huge slope where my stomach sat, taunting me and making me think less of myself. I decided that action was necessary and I looked for the best possible routes with dieting and exercise. I began wrestling for my fitness, (which is a story in and of itself,) and looking for something to target in my diet.

I didn't know if there was a specific, but I kept thinking the majority of things in food were bad. I kept seeing all of these carb diets, fat diets, and enough other diets to fill up an article on their own. After doing some research on this one afternoon after practice, I walked downstairs and grabbed a Snicker's bar. They've always been my favorite, and it hit me in the face as I stood there eating it that this was the enemy that I needed to target.

Glucose is sugar. Your body needs some to function, and in the average person, that "some" is thirty-seven grams per day. It is actually pretty difficult to keep your daily sugar intake below that number due to the fact that just about everything we eat or drink has much more sugar than we realize. I ordered a smoothie recently and checked the nutrition facts afterward only to find out that it had eighty-eight grams of sugar. That is well over double what my body needed to take in. As you can imagine, I haven't been back for another.

Glucose can attack the waistline after being transferred to fat once you've taken in more than your daily allowance. Even worse, Fructose is non-existent in the natural environment, so your body doesn't know how to process it, turning all of it directly into fat. Possibly worse than all of the facts presented previously, sugar is quite possibly the least regulated addictive substance and is said to be more addictive than cocaine. So what did all of this mean to me?

I realized that I had to throw it out. The whole idea behind wrestling is to lose weight while retaining muscle so that you can wrestle in a lighter weight class while remaining strong. So, naturally, the victim in the purge of weight would have to be fat. I realized that all of my extra weight was coming from candy, soda, and other sweets, so I decided to go on a cleanse.

Only a week in, I began to notice the difference. I felt more alert, less sluggish, and better prepared to start my day and last throughout it. I didn't feel like I needed it, but the addictive qualities definitely echoed to me when I walked past a Recce's cup in the grocery store or a Coke down the soda aisle. It had a grip for sure, but I had it under control. I was dropping weight extremely quickly with the intensity of my workouts increasing and the strictness of my diet following with it, and I felt fantastic. I had lost almost forty pounds and was in the greatest shape of my life.

Why tell all of this?

Sometimes, we need help in realizing what the problem is. I wish I had found an article when I was in the eighth grade or seventh grade that really put into perspective how dangerous sugar was, but I didn't, and I began to show that I hadn't. I realized that I was in desperate need of a change, and while I still have a milkshake every now and again, I try and keep the anti-sugar regime at an all-time strong every day and constantly strive towards being better.

If you have yet to try breaking off sugar, do it. It makes a world of difference. It also takes time and patience, so don't expect to see results right away. The very famous Hugh Jackman says "seventy percent of the way you look is what you eat," and I believe there's more than truth to that statement. Find your enemy, cut it loose, and stick with your plan. You'll see results, and fast. Do it while you still can.

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