My Health Journey, Part One

My Health Journey, Part One

Five lessons I've learned since I started looking out for my health and taking better care of my body.

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Five lessons I've learned since I started looking out for my health and taking better care of my body.

I'm No Gym Enthusiast

I prefer to workout at home. A mix of lack of time and the fact that I don't feel comfortable working out around a bunch of other people has led me to find some great apps and self-paced workout regimens! My current favorite is called "Seven," and much like the name suggests, each workout is only seven minutes long. A combination of High-Intensity Interval and Strength Training, it always leaves me feeling worn out but accomplished! I've also started playing "Just Dance" as part of my cardio portion, and who could think of a better way to start your morning than jamming out to your favorite songs?

Water, Water, Water!

I've written about this before, but there is almost nothing more important for your health than drinking enough water. I start each day by drinking a full 16 ounces during my morning routine, and try to drink at least 100 ounces per day! I have found a ton of awesome flavor combinations to infuse my water with, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • Lemon - Lime
  • Strawberry - Basil
  • Orange - Mint

Being Vegetarian Is Way Easier Than I Expected

About five months ago, on a trip to visit some of my family members in Texas, I challenged myself to be vegetarian for one week. I ordered the same things as my vegetarian cousin and talked to her about why she chose to stop eating meat. I'm still not sure why I chose to make a change that particular week, but since then, I've been vegetarian! There are so many options for plant-based protein, and I've found so many that are delicious and have the same amount of protein or even more than meat!

Support System

There's not a lot to say here. Finding someone to hold you accountable for taking care of your body is the most important part of a fitness journey. I am supported by my cousin, who is working towards the same goals I am. We congratulate each other on completed workouts (a super cool part of having an Apple Watch), share healthy recipes, and go shopping together to reward us when we meet our mini-goals!

Mental and Physical Health Go Hand-In-Hand

In addition to my physical health, I have also started meditating, and taking time to reflect on my days through a combination of journaling and mindfulness practices. While working out, I take time to be intentional with each portion, being grateful that my body is able to do the activities, even if they seem hard in the moment. This awareness has helped me be more positive, as well as simply looking forward to every day and the joy it brings!

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

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