Orientation update and starting internship!!

Wow, its been almost a week since I posted, but I literally have not had a moment this week. Orientation is officially over and I’m ready to tell you all about it! First off, it was FULL of information and a little overwhelming. Who knew we had to know so much in so little time! It was also frightening hearing about all the work and time that will have to be put in. I mean, dont get me wrong, I knew it was going to be a lot–it’s grad school.  But, boy oh boy it’s worse than I thought! The great thing about our program is that we go to our internship before we even start class! It’s really about learning hands on! We were told the first day of orientation that not only is this an academic program, but also a professional program. And that day started our professional reputations! We were told how much we will transition in social workers over the next two years without even noticing and before we know it, we will be graduating and starting our new jobs as social workers! I also had to take alot stuff off the internet with my name and pictures, and set the highest privacy settings. So, if you notice I dont post any pictures of myself anymore, thats why.

I have met SO many people and it has been so much fun! It is a very close knit program and everyone is very supportive of each other rather than being competitive.  We alll need each other! I officially start my internship tomorrow and classes wednesday! Im so beyond stoked! I’m a little nervous because I know im fixing to be overwhelmed with work, but im ready to dive in! I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it! I apologize in advance, however, because I KNOW my blogging will continue to be slacking! Im still checking in on all of you when I get a second here and there though!

Wish me luck!


Orientation Day 1

Hello everyone!

I know it has been a while since I posted, but I’ve been busy. Today starts my first day of orientation [YAYYY!] I’m just excited because that means the closer I am to starting school and my internship. It’s getting real now! Only thing is more stress, BUT that’s okay–I live for pressure. I’ve been going crazy having nothing to stress over. That sounds horrible, but it’s true. So, anyway, I’m working for about an hour and a half this morning and then off to orientation until 4:30–then back to work. Fun, fun, fun.


Okay, Happy Monday all!

Extreme Weight Loss—TONIGHT @ 7:00 central


If any of you are obsessed with watching shows about weight loss, fitness, nutrition, ect. then you should all check out this show on abc. As much as I look for shows like this, I’m not sure how I didn’t know about it until this past week. I found it while looking up shows to watch at work one day and I watched all of the episodes from season 3 so far on abc.com. I’m now watching all the episodes from season 1 & 2 on Youtube, but Season 3 is still airing on Tuesday nights at 7:00 central on abc. TUNE IN TONIGHT! 🙂 It really is an awesome show about extremely obese people who go through a year long of transformation with the help of trainer Chris Powell. Not only does Chris help them to transition their body and physical health, but also helps them work through their emotional and mental struggles. It really is an INSPIRING show and also provides tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t already seen it, I recommend you to check it out! And if you like it, watch the older episodes online :] 



7 Good Reasons To Start Eating Chia Seeds

  1. Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
  2. Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
  3. Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the “chia gel” can hydrate the body.
  4. Reduce your blood pressure: There’s evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
  5. Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect againstinflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
  6. Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
  7. They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don’t need to be ground up.

Food pics and upcoming events!




Yesterday, my mom cooked this healthy chicken chili for supper and it is so delicious! I also finally decided to make these Clean Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies that I found a while back! Don’t get me wrong,  they’re not exactly like the chocolate chip cookies you would normally think of, BUT they are pretty delicious and definitely satisfy that sweet craving. ALSO, they are full of protein so they are very filling and you can’t eat too many at a time (which is a good thing!)

I brought the leftover chili for lunch and a couple of cookies for me and my co-workers to snack on. And then I brought my normal bag of fruit.

This is my last week of working full time for the summer! I start orientation next week which is 5 days long, and my graduate assistantship contract starts so ill be working part time for the rest of the semester. Im slowly transitioning each week into a busier and busier schedule. Right now its been just work for 40 hours a week. Next week, its 7 1/2 hours a day at orientation and then 20 hours a week of work. Thennnn, the next week starts class, my internship, AND 20 hours of work a week Sunday-Friday. Oh, how I will enjoy my Saturdays off!
I can’t lie though, I LOVE being busy all the time! Every moment I have of down time, I feel like I need to be doing something! Im so ready it’s insane!  I definitely need a change of scenery. Sitting at this desk for 40 hours a week is making me stir crazy!

Okay, enough rambling! (I probably won’t have this much time to ramble in my blogs soon so I promise I won’t be doing it often!)

Oh, and going to hit the gym after work today! 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!

Dinner and friends!

We don’t eat out much, but last night we went with some friends to eat hibachi and then to the casino (which we also never do). The hibachi was delicious and I actually didnt feel too guilty since all I ate was chicken and veggies. I did, however, drink a few drinks which I regret, but hey! Its okay to splurge every now and then right? What I don’t understand is how people can go into the casino and spend/lose so much money like it’s nothing! I was angry that I lost my little $20. I work TOO hard for my money to just throw it away!
Anyway, it was all a great time and here are some pics from the restaurant!





Make it your life, NOT a chore!

So bouncing off of my post yesterday….

I went to the gym like I said, and had such a GOOD workout and for the first time in a while, it was FUN. For a while, the gym just became boring to me. But, I see now that it’s because I was making it that way. I was doing the same ole things every time, and instead of thinking about it in a “Let me just go and burn enough calories and get it over with” kind of way, I went in with a well thought out workout plan and the mindset of “I can’t wait to own these weights and feel good about myself when I leave.” My only regret was that I didn’t do more, but my mom was with me and was ready to leave and I knew I didn’t need to overdo it anyway since it had been a while since I did most of the lifts I did.

So anywho…Since I enjoyed my workout so much, I’m ready to go back today! It’s just funny because I’m definitely a MORNING workout person, not an evening one..AT ALL. Yet, I’m looking forward to it today after work. I didn’t get my cardio in this morning, but I still will try and do it in the mornings AND go to the gym in the evenings from now on. I posted a couple of daily workouts (for beginners or those who are getting back into it) on my “Workouts” page.

Also, I’m excited to say that for the first time since probably 6th grade, I am wearing a size 0 pair of pants today. This is shocking to me. Especially because I really haven’t even been trying to lose weight. Again, I’ve been lazier on workouts, I just have been eating super clean and working out “enough.” When you don’t stress about losing weight and just live healthy and clean, the weight literally just TAKES CARE OF ITSELF! Well, I take that back…I haven’t really lost pounds, just inches. But, that’s better, right?

I encourage any of you who are trying to lose weight to STOP! No, I don’t mean give up and go eat a cheeseburger! I just mean STOP stressing about how many calories you eat and burn. STOP looking at the number on the scale. Just EAT CLEAN and stay active as much as you can without killing yourself or creating burnout! If you do that, it’s impossible to keep the weight on!

Happy Thursday Everyone!