People Asked How I Lost 10 Pounds In 3 Weeks, So Here's My Story

People Asked How I Lost 10 Pounds In 3 Weeks, So Here's My Story

First things first, I am not a dietitian nor am I a professional in the slightest.

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First things first, I am not a dietitian nor am I a professional in the slightest. I am just a regular college girl who wants to advise someone who may have had the same struggles I did. The hardest yet most important elements one has to remember about losing weight is patience and consistency. You won't see results in a day, maybe not even a week, but you will see results if you stick to it.

I have a question for those who may be reading this, too. How many times have you given up on yourself? I know I can say for myself that this journey has been short and quite tricky but it is very much worth it. I'm telling you now that it is time to stop making excuses and get to the body that makes you feel so confident to the point where you won't settle for anything that doesn't contribute to your happiness

Enough of my motivational opening. Time to tell you how I actually lost 10 pounds in three weeks. I had to get myself into the right mindset first, meaning telling myself that it will take time. No sort of drastic change happens overnight. If you do not have the dedication or the drive to lose weight I can tell you now you will not follow through. Start holding yourself accountable and begin your journey. The first course of action I took was downloading and looking up 30-day challenges I could use to help assist with my start of losing weight. For every day that I did the workout, I would mark a day off on the calendar as a way to see that I was making progress. It is essential that you can see visibly what you've done so that you won't feel the urge to stop going.

Along with the 30-day challenge, I used intermittent fasting. Those of you who do not know what this is, I will provide a brief explanation. Intermittent fasting is the act of eating between a certain time window and not eating anything else once that window is over. The most common schedule most people choose is the 16:8 option, which is also one I decided to do because it seemed like the less challenging option for me. With the 16:8 option, I fast for 16 hours and eat for eight. I begin eating at 12 p.m. and try to have my last meal before 8 p.m. The purpose of intermittent fasting is to make sure that your body has gotten the chance to fully digest the food from the previous day which helps with weight loss. It is not meant to be the most straightforward task in the world but neither is losing weight. I also decided to start counting calories and making sure that I was in a caloric deficit. To elaborate, for someone with my body type, height, and age I need to eat less than a certain amount of calories per day.

With this, I also downloaded an app that could help me keep track of this easily.

Lastly, I Invested in a watch that can keep count of my steps, heart rate, calories, miles I walked, etc. Almost like a Fitbit but a way cheaper version. As for workouts and exercises I did, I completed a lot of HIIT cardio exercises. HIIT is just a completing a circuit of exercises for a certain amount of time then resting in between each workout. There are plenty of YouTube videos on this workout and workouts in general that you can use to help assist you when you are confused about what to do. The most important thing to do is to just start. You do not have to follow my exact steps because this is just what worked best for me. You have to do what you are most comfortable with. For anyone who has any questions, needs advice, or even needs guidance I am always here. Thanks for reading!

If anyone would like for me to go into further details about the products I used to check out my blog at the following link Insightful Ramblings as I will be posting here about it soon!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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How To Avoid Getting Sick Your  Freshman Year

It's going to take a little more than an apple a day.

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College is the prime time and place to catch a cold... or worse. Although, somehow I managed to crack the code to health and not get sick my whole first year of college. This is surprising considering I was living in the close (and very unsanitary) quarters of a dorm room.

1. Keep your diet somewhat healthy

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I know how hard it is to eat healthy in college, especially on a low budget. But with the dining hall foods, you can at least include some vegetables and fruits into your everyday consumption. The vitamins in these foods will help keep your immune system up and it will be worth the effort.

2. Try to exercise a few times per week

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Even if you're just getting out of the dorm for a thirty minute walk, it will benefit your body. If you decide to up your routine from that, even better! The more endorphins, the more you will feel better inside and out.

3. Cut back on the drinking if you feel a cold coming on

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Surprisingly, many college students don't seem to know that alcohol lowers your immune system. Of course, for some people theres no way of avoiding drinking. But if you can at least give your body rest days, it will be extremely beneficial.

4. Invest in a dehumidifier for your dorm room

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I believe this was a very big player in helping me not get sick. The dehumidifier helps reduce dust and other particles in the air. This will help not agitate your allergies and you will feel more clear headed.

5. Try not to share personal products

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Sharing things like towels, makeup, unwashed cups, etc. can all be causes of a sickness being passed around you and your friends. Of course sharing is caring, just make sure it's sanitary.

6. Be conscientious of who you kiss!

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Make sure that your girlfriend, boyfriend, or "its complicated" person is not sick before you're getting cozy with them.

7. Drink lots of green tea!

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Personally, I credit green tea and its anti-oxidants for keeping the flu away and even getting rid of bugs that might be forming in your system. So if you feel like you might be developing a cold, chug that tea!

I know how annoying these tips may be. But I promise, if you implement at least a few it could reduce your chances of feeling horrible during midterms in the winter, and sneezing all over your finals in the fall.

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