“Water with lemon, please”

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I will be the first to say I love soda. Like, love so much I used to drink 1-3 a day. It was obsessive. I had never been one to stress over how much soda I was drinking or how bad it made my face break out. I figured I was fine and I was going to keep drinking soda because I liked how it tasted. Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke are my two best friends, until someone said “I bet you can’t go a week without drinking soda” and I said “I bet I can go an entire month without drinking soda.” No one believed me, my roommate decided to join me in this month long hardship. I liked having a friend to support me through this, all my other friends like to go out to eat and get the biggest soda they could order off the menu-talking about your Route 44, Sonic- so having my roommate not drink soda with me has really helped me to actually stick to it.

Now, it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve tasted anything but water, coffee and sweet tea (only drinking sweet tea twice a week). The first few days were hard, I had some Dr. Pepper in my fridge that I had to avoid, had to remember to ask for water with lemon while I was out to eat.

Now that I’ve been drinking mainly water for the past two weeks, I’ve learned a few things and would love to share my experience with you!

Water actually does help your skin

I’ve always heard everyone talk about how much drinking water helps your skin, but I never believed them. I’ve never really paid attention to my skin, I broke out once a month with a few little zits in between. It wasn’t until I stopped consuming more sugar that I noticed most of my pimples were because of soda. Once I hadn’t had soda I realized that my face cleared up really fast. I had no idea that soda was why my face was never fully blemish free, until now.

More water, less eating

Since I’ve been drinking so much water, I haven’t been eating as much. I’ve read a million (okay, not a million) articles on how people drink a glass of water before a meal because it helps them get full faster. So, not even realizing it, I’ve been drinking so much water, I’ve stopped snacking throughout the day and eating less.

Caffeine Intake

Even though my caffeine intake is waaay down, I’m not as tired. I haven’t been napping as much which means I have more time to do things throughout my day.

A fun water bottle is the key

I LOVE water bottles and cups/mugs. I buy a new one almost every time I’m at Target (it’s an issue). So I have a million water bottles, but I had never had one that I loved. I have Camelbacks and I’m really not a fan of them. But while at Target during my first few days of no soda, I saw this bottle and I had to have it! I’ve put some stickers on it to make it more personal and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it! Also, you aren’t throwing 4 plastic water bottles away a day, so yay for helping the environment!

 

Now, I still have two weeks left of this challenge, I’m going to write a post about my entire month without soda. Wish me luck during these next two weeks!

“Where have you been?”

Hi friends! I know, it’s been like a week since I posted anything and I am so sorry for that! I have been crazy busy with school, and frankly I’ve been in a huge funk. I don’t know why this funk decided to happen in the middle of my busiest week of the semester or when I already wasn’t feeling to great, but you know-it’s life and I’ll push through it. I’m spending the afternoon in bed, writing blog posts and papers so it’s a pretty fun day. Wait, I think I’ll go make some coffee first, be right back!

Okay! Now that I have my coffee in hand, Southern Charm playing on my tv (if you haven’t watched it, I 10/10 recommend-it’s one of my favorite tv shows) I can get down to the nitty gritty.

I think my funk has to do with a few things:

School is literally killing me this semester. I didn’t think it was that bad until the past few weeks. I’ve just had so so so much to do and no time to actually do it. It’s such an issue and I am pretty good at managing my time, it’s just I may have put too much on my plate for these past few and upcoming months. I know it’ll calm down after May but then I take my LSAT and that’s just a whole other level of stress.

My roommate got a puppy and as much as I love the little nugget, it is so hard to do anything with her around. She is hyper all the time and wants to bite/eat everything and we have to watch her constantly. I can’t do homework with her in the room because I’m scared she’ll eat something she isn’t supposed to or she’ll tear our furniture up.

I’ve also cut out soda and starbucks, so my caffeine intake is WAY down, I still drink coffee at home but I’m on campus for 5 hours a day with only a yeti cup full of coffee and a nalgene bottle of water. It’s been a huge adjustment for me and I’m still getting used to this lower intake but I’m almost to week two so I think it’ll get easier from here.

My room is a disaster zone seriously, I don’t think my room has ever been this messy and I just haven’t had any time to clean it for two weeks. So this weekend, on top of studying for the LSAT, I will be purging and cleaning.

My final funk has to do with of course, the weather. It’s April and everyone knows that it rains the entire month of April and I’m already tired of it. It’s only the 6th day in and I think it’s rained every day. Sorry, May flowers but I’d rather have no flowers if it meant no showers. The rain makes me want to nap all day long, which I have been doing (whoops).

So friends, bear with me the next few days while I get my life back on track. I promise there will be new posts up on the blog this week!

Thanks for reading!

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Spring Break Plans

Finally, the sweet freedom of Spring Break. The weeks before SB are crazy busy. Students are getting sick, professors are getting sick but refusing to cancel class so that causes more students to get sick (it’s a vicious cycle), it’s midterms, it’s that time in the semester where you miss your parents so much you cannot focus on anything other than calling them every day, it’s hating your roommates because you’ve spent two months together without a break. The weeks before Spring Break are a bitch. And I think that’s putting it nicely.

I had four papers due, and four tests in seven days. I don’t think I’ve ever relied on coffee as much as I did in that week. Coffee doesn’t even affect me anymore (also, if anyone has any suggestions on how to get a caffeine kick, please let me know), on top of that week, I was super sick so I was trying not to die and still keep up with all of my school work. Thankfully I don’t have a job to add on top of my already too big pile of things to do, or else I don’t know how I would’ve made it through.

Last week, my mom called me to tell me about our plans for the week. “Oh hey, we’re going to Florida, is that okay?” I will say to begin with I was not very excited to spend the one week of the semester where I don’t have to do anything in Florida with my mom and grandparents. But as I sat in my room thinking about it, most people don’t get to hang out with their mom or grandparents for even a day, much less a whole week, and in Florida. I knew a million people who were going on cruises and going to Daytona, but none of that sounds very fun to me. I’m like the complete opposite of a college student. I’m in bed by ten every night, I don’t drink, I don’t go out, I don’t even like most music that college students listen to. Strange, I know.

Anyways, I got really excited about the drive down to Florida, being here for a whole week and my mom surprised me with tickets to Magic Kingdom (and I cried when she told me). I haven’t been to Disney since I was five or six and I really don’t remember a lot, only that we went during Halloween and I dressed up as Cinderella (she’s my favorite Princess). I got even more excited and downloaded the Disney World App which has been super helpful in deciding what we were going to do, what we were going to eat and seeing all the parades we could see. We drove down to Florida from Virginia (a 12+ hour drive) on Friday and into Saturday morning. We spent all of Saturday sleeping since mom had an awful cold and I drove eight hours with no sleep.

In Florida, we are staying at my grandparent’s house in the Villages. It’s definitely an  older community since you have to be at least 55 to live down here, but the people are so friendly and lively, you would never think you were in a community of seniors. Also, there’s always something to do, it’s like a cruise ship on land. It’s insane. If you ever have a chance to come to the Villages; DO IT. I may do a more in depth post about it later because there is so much to eat and do while you’re down here.

 

If Spring Break could last forever that would be fantastic (also if we could to go Disney every day, that would be pretty cool too). I am not looking forward to being back in Virginia on Friday and even less to being back at school on Saturday, but I’ll soak up the sun and memories here while they last.