6 reasons why I workout

Before you guys read this and get completely bent out of shape about it…this is just my reasoning. My opinions. People can have different views on things such as why they work out but these are MINE. Don’t take offense to it if you don’t agree, that’s fine. I respect everyone’s opinion.

1. Muffin tops ain’t cute

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You guys ever heard of that phrase, “real girls have curves”? First off, no. I hate when people say that because 1. It is stating that those women who do not possess such physical attribute are not real. It’s as if they’re some sort of mythical creatures that only exist as for the sake of a meme. 2. I don’t care what anyone says but muffin tops (the thing that many people/women consider as a “curve”) is NOT CUTE. Extra flub over your pants is not something to be proud of. I’m not saying that everyone should be a size 2, but please consider looking in the mirror before going out in public. Or buy bigger jeans if you don’t want to work out. For me, I like fitting into my jeans and I know that if I have a muffin top, it’s time for me to get my happy ho-ho eating butt to the gym and make that flub cry because I refuse to waste my hard earned money on a bigger size. My body was made to fit into this specific size and I’m not going to let my unhealthy habits diminish that.

2. Be as bouncy as the energizer bunny
Endorphins are the best drug that you can take that are cheap and won’t kill you. The high that I get after a great workout is unexplainable. Just kidding, let me see if I can explain this: example, after a good leg workout—my legs might be jello-y and I may walk as if I have a stick shoved inbetween my buttocks but the sweat that is secreting from my body is giving me this glow that no lotion could make happen. I may stink but pot stinks too. My head feels a bit light but not the kind that makes you pass out. I smile, for no reason. It’s like my cheeks just naturally expand in an upward U’ because I think subconsciously I know I accomplished something. My eyes might look glistened but that’s just natural tears that comes from feeling like a badass. On top of that, I don’t get hungover from this—matter of fact, I get energized. I don’t need a coffee, or an energy drink because the endorphins are enough.

3. Me against Natural Skinnies
All throughout highschool, I have been that girl that can eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and not worry about my weight. Well, that freaking changed. Suddenly, I eat a french fry and I gain 2lbs in the tummy. WHAT! It goes to show that not all of us are blessed with a ridiculous godgifted metabolism that has the natural superpower to shit fat out like a bad bean burrito from taco night. Most of us have to actually work to maintain the body of a 17 yr old and I am part of that majority. My sister can eat three big macs in one sitting and she won’t gain an ounce. (LIFE ISN’T FAIR!) Which goes to my next reasoning..

4. Skinny Fat is real!

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Nothing drives me crazier than when I tell people about how much I need to workout and they say stuff like, “well it’s easier for you because you’re already skinny!” HELLO!! I JUST DRESS THE PART! I may be small but back to my first point, muffin tops ain’t cute. Also, just because someone is skinny than that makes working out easier for them? The audacity of the skinnies to be working out! My natural body frame might be small but it doesn’t mean that everything is as tight as it should be. There is such a thing called “skinny fat” and that’s when you’re small but completely and utterly unhealthy. Again, it really all depends on the body type. It’s not about being skinny or fat but mostly about being healthy. REMEMBER THAT.

5. Don’t be a hypocrite
I’m a jerk. Completely asshole. I’ll be the first to admit it. I might look at you weird if you’re huffing and puffing walking around the mall. I will shake my head if I see that you’re overweight and having a McDonalds bag in your hand. I might even make a fat joke or two about my friends who needs that extra motivation to go lift something more than a remote or a cheeseburger. One thing I won’t do though is laugh or make fun of anyone who is at the gym. It shows that they are taking the initiative to change their life for the better and everyone has to start somewhere. The only reason why I feel (and you all can completely disagree with me but I know you assholes all do it too) that I can poke fun of people is because I’ve been there! I have been the girl that eats two helpings of fatty cakes and been out of breath walking up the stairs but I did something to change it. I can’t make fun of someone for eating McDonalds if I’m going to go do the same thing in 2 hours. It’s just not cool to be a hypocrite. It’s almost like a right of passage once you’ve worked out—you earn the right to make fun of the unhealthy fat bodies. But pick and choose how to make fun of someone, I would recommend doing it behind their back and not to their actual face for the chance that they may sit on you. Seriously, you can be a jerk but don’t be a douche.

6. I want to be some trending motivational tumblr picture thingy

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Guys, this is serious. I would love to be one of those girls whose picture is what people put those gym quotes. Like, PICTURE -> Because squats. Or something like that. I want to be someone’s inspiration and motivation to be better. So many people have influenced me in a positive way that I want to be that for someone else. The most rewarding part from being physically fit is knowing that other people know. I don’t care what folks might think and say about “it’s all about what makes you happy”…because this would make me happy. When someone, someday, tells me that I’ve inspired them.

Until next time – Follow my fitness ig @TobePerFit!

Mass Pencils of Promise

This is the video that I have recently submitted to this Online Philanthropy Contest called GenerousU for my school. This contest gives students the opportunity to present their charity, in hopes of gaining money donated towards their cause. My cause is being a part of this nonprofit organization called Pencils of Promise. The reason why this organization is so close to my heart is because I feel that education is one of biggest factor that we can use to change the world. There are so many problems in this world and we fail to see that most of those problems comes from the lack of a good education. There are more than 57 million children who doesn’t have access to an education. I know that being from a country where we often time take for granted all the things that other countries lack– education should not be one of them. I truly believe that if we could help affect children’s life through the means of an education, it allows them the opportunity to learn things and be empowered to become outstanding individuals.  “We’ve learned that education is a living, breathing entity that with the right nurturing, evolves into something spectacular. We’ve learned that every piece of its growth is a challenge and that each pencil, each dollar, each volunteer is essential”.

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IMG_8442With the conjoined efforts of many of my friends and staff at school, we are able to bring awareness of the importance of education to not only ourselves but also to the world. This program can help build a school in countries such as Guatemala, Laos, and Ghana. You never know what might be trapped inside the mind of someone who cannot afford an education. By simply caring about them and doing something that seems so insignificant, we can change their entire future and that is truly empowering. So many people have already joined this cause, I want to be able to be a part of something that goes above and beyond just simple donations. This also promotes the belief that in order to change the perspective of the greater people then we must first start with the children.

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They always say that “children are the future”. I think it’s time that we start taking that statement seriously. We can impact lives by just taking the initiative to do something.

Please join us in the efforts of raising awareness for educational opportunities for all. You can help by voting for our project here on TrueHero— where all that you have do is simply put in your email to vote, then validate it once the link it sent to your email. Or you can help us reach our goal in sponsoring a classroom by donating to our fundraising page. Or simply share this post!

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photos by Shawn Pearce
video by Rob Mills

Tofu-Cauliflower Stuffed Peppers

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I had to get rid of a lot of stuff in my fridge before it went bad, so I decided to come up with my own recipe. This is my yummy Tofu-Cauliflower Stuffed Peppers. It tastes pretty good if you asked me (my son didn’t spit it out.) Here is the recipe for anyone who is brave enough to try this authentic Christina Le recipe. *best of luck to you*
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What you’ll need:
1/2 cauliflower
4 cups of Spinach
1 Shallot Onion (taste sweeter)
1/2 regular onion
1/2 lemon
2 Red Bell Peppers
1 package of extra firm tofu
chopped garlic (2 cloves)
basil
herbes de provence
chipotle spice
raw honey
sea salt and pepper

ImageIn a large skillet, slice a couple of of slices off your lemon and bring your water to a boil. While you’re waiting, wash and cut your veggies and tofu. Leave the bottom half of your peppers, unchopped and sliced the other half. Boil your cauliflower until they’re soft and also steam your pepper then remove them from the heat. Return the skillet and pour a dime size of olive oil into your pan. Once it’s warm, toss in your garlic/ regular onion. Then add your tofu and cook until it’s lightly brown and throw in your spinach and sliced peppers. Start adding your spices ( sorry, i didn’t measure because I eyeballed everything–so i would say, whatever you think! haha, sorry!!) I pour a bit of raw honey in because I wanted something kind of sweet too. Once everything is cooked, remove and begin stuffing your peppers. DONE!

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ImageThe best part of this is that I KNOW this will be a clean meal because I doubt there can be a lot of calories in tofu and vegetables.

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Judge a person by Who they look up to.

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Amy Cuddy, James Franco, Chiara Ferragni, Malala Yousafzai

Classmate, “Who is your role model” 
Me, “Uhm…I don’t know. I have so many!”
Classmate, “Name top 4 without thinking..”
Me, “James Franco, Amy Cuddy, Chiara Ferragni, and Malala Yousafzai”
Classmate smiles, “hmm, interesting.”
Me (raising an eyebrow), “What?”
Classmate, “Just surprised you didn’t name Hillary Clinton or, like, Britney Spears or something”

This little conversation had me thinking. Aside from what the dictionary tells you, what makes someone a role model? What makes them a good role model or a bad? To me, I think a role model is someone that, you not only adore and look up to, but is also a figure that helps mold your future self. Whether they inspire you through their experiences, teaches you ways to help better yourself, or motivate you in a sense that makes you want to strive to be where they are– it’s pretty clear to me, that a role model is much more than just someone you simply look up to. Mine are:

  • Amy Cuddy – Harvard Professor and Psychologist. Her Tedtalk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” really gave me the confidence to put good use to “fake it until you become it.” Basically she explains that we’re not always going to be comfortable with everything but even when we are faced with life’s adversities — as long as we handle ourselves in a manner that we think would be appropriate, we can break out uncomfortableness and start becoming what we want to be. She’s the reason why I have such confidence.

  • Chiara Ferragni – blogger for The Blonde Salad, fashionist/designer. She started her career with a simple blog that she started in 2009. Her tips on fashion, pictures of travels, and her overall personality really makes brings that freshness to the world of social media. She taught me to always follow your dreams because you never know when you’ll catch a break!
  • Malala Yousafzai – education activist. This Pakistani girl had the courage to speak up about women’s right to education. There was an attempted assasination because she spoke so openly about her beliefs and even after that — SHE STILL spoke for the importance of educating women. It’s amazing how we complain about so many things when there are people out there that would die to have what we have. She reminds me to be appreciative of all of our rights and freedom, as well as never giving up in what you believe in.

  • James Edward Franco – actor, author, director, professor, poet, artist, model, etc — this dapper mother effer, is pretty much my idea of a perfect man. Not only is he good looking but is also brilliant and versatile. How many celebrities do you know that is so open with his fans on social media sites such as instagram? I could literally spend hours upon hours talking about this man but we’ll let his resume do all the talking. He motivates me to be brilliant

So, as much as I love Britney Spears and admire Hillary Clinton — these four are my role models. 

Say something that is worth a damn!

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“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
~Ernest Hemingway

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
~Paulo Coelho

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
~Robert Frost

“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.”
~John Green

“Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can.”
~Arthur Ashe

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
~John Lennon

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~Nelson Mandela

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”
~Amelia Earhart