Body Update

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Iv’e never been upset with how I look or how thick my thighs are or really anything. I love my body and I love myself and I’m always excited to share that message of self love.

However, I did gain a bit of weight my Sophomore year. I haven’t been upset about it at all but I also wouldn’t mind shedding a few pounds of it, ya know?

Well guys, I haven’t been doing anything super special but I’m down 7 pounds from the beginning of the year!

I went off birth control, so I lost a bit of water weight, I started incorporating more body weight, HIIT, style moves. and I started eating more veggies. I haven’t been tracking my food or being super strict on what I do and don’t eat. I’ve eaten chocolate basically everyday!

I know that there’s a lot of people following super strict diets that are making them unhappy and unhealthy. I just wanted to say that I did it and I’m still happy and healthy! I hope to lose around 15 pounds total but I won’t be heart broken if the scale doesn’t budge that low without my putting in more effort.

I just wanted to let people know that you don’t have to go to extremes; just eat a few more vegetables, add a little bit more activity, and maybe you’ll lose a few pounds easily?

-kk

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Passion Planners

 

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People ask me how I work a full time job, am a full time student, a part of a sorority, and how I still make time myself! My secret is, a Passion Planner!

I’m the type of girl that always has to write things down, my memory banks are lacking in the one thing they’re suppose to do. If I want to remember it, I have to write it down! This planner gives me plenty of space to write down all of my lists, homework, plans, goals, focuses, and other things. I am in love.

I have the brown one, up above, and while it’s not the fanciest or nicest looking planner. It does it’s duty and it does them well.

My favorite part of the planner is the monthly reflections where I can recap the month. This would be cool to look back over after I keep using these planners for a while!

I know this planners are spendy, $35 with $7 shipping makes me want to cry. I’m a broke college student, I think everyone can relate to that feeling. There’s a small amount of planners sold on Amazon Prime though! Still $35? Yes. Still $7 shipping? No!!

I thought I would share my new found love with all of you and I hope you all look into keeping yourself this organized, this way, as well.

(Also these planners are Vegan and environmentally friendly!)

-kk

V-Day

For the first time in my life I’m in a Valentine’s Day predicament. (How could I even be in a predicament about Valentine’s Day??)

Our one year anniversary is on the 21st, exactly a week after V-Day. I don’t see the point in celebrating both so I decided we should just celebrate one thing, on the 17th because it’s in the middle.

But what should we do? That I didn’t have an answer to.

We’ve been to all the restaurants in town, we didn’t just wanna sit on the couch together, and it’s a little chilly outside to do anything outdoors.

But that’s exactly what we’re going to do! We’re going to go see some Ice castles in Stillwater. I’ve never been and it sounds childish but I still wanna go!

Other than that, we know we love each other and we don’t need gifts to remind each other of that. So my Valentine’s Day will be spent working and when I come I’ll probs Amy have homework to do. But you better believe Ryan will be sitting right next to me and we’ll still enjoy our time together even if it’s nothing special.

With love,

kk

Carpe Diem

20668596_1822802324401005_1959012754_nI am currently twenty years old. I know that this is the prime of my life. I know that I have few responsibility and I don’t have very much holding me back from doing what I want, aside from money.  Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m using this freedom to my full advantage. Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m seizing the day.

I’ve been looking into joining the Peace Corps after college because it sounds like an adventures! There’s no other time in my life when I’ll be able to do this so why not take advantage of my freedom and go do it the damn thing. The only thing. that’s currently, holding me back is Ryan. I know that he won’t go for it and that makes me sad. I don’t even want to feel like I have to give up on my dreams because the person I love doesn’t feel the same way. Which is hard.

On one hand I have something great, something beautiful that adds to my life but is in no way eccentric; and on the other, I have this idea to go on this grand adventure that not everyone goes on. Maybe when I graduate I’ll feel differently, maybe Ryan will feel differently, maybe it won’t even be an issue if I go because something has happened between us. Who knows!

I want to be able to take advantage of my life and what is available to me. I don’t want to just coast through it like so many other’s. I wan to seize the day.

Have any tips or feeling the same thing? Let’s talk about it!

-Kaitlin Ingle

Step n’ Tone

I’ve decided to expand my exercise horizon!

27906336_1432426066869679_1567396879_o.jpgI mostly lift because I like lifting. It makes me feel strong. I throw in a few days of cardio activity, like running for fifteen minutes or the stair stepper at a high intensity for ten. However, one of my sorority sisters, Kelsey, teaches a few classes at the college fitness center. My New Year’s resolution was to branch out a bit more and try some new things. So I did! I even got another sister involved to go with me.

Kelsey teaches Step n’ Tone so I went to that one! She went over a few of the moves with me before class and I thought I had picked em up pretty quickly.

I did not though. Step n’ Tone got the best of me.

Let me start this off by saying that I’ve never been very good with rhythms or patterns. Keeping up with Kelsey and all the different moves changes was enough to make me look lost and like I had never been active before. I also thought this class would be easy because it wasn’t lifting.

I was also wrong about that.

I know that I’m in shape and that I am healthy. However, taking this class reminded me that I need to try new things sometimes! Every Thursday from 12:30-1:20 you will find me in Kelsey’s class trying something new and hoping that I eventually get good at it.

This week, I encourage you to try something new!

Also, I know I missed my Tuesday post. Sorry! This whole forty hours of work a week, class, sorority, and time to myself is getting the best of me. I hope to be back on track this upcoming week!

-kk

 

Moving In and Out

MenomonieAs we all know, I was living off campus in a house with three good friends of mine. So I already moved out of my Minnesotan home. But, Ryan and I decided to get our own apartment for this next school year. We started shopping online for apartments before we decided to go and look at some.

I am so excited that we found one that we really like and we got approved for it!

Here a few of my tips and tricks for finding an apartment that you like:

  1. Search online to see what’s out there. I look at rentcollegepads.com and apartments.com to scoop out the market!
  2. Decided what you’re willing to give up. I knew that I wanted a one bedroom and not to just rent a bedroom in a house. I also knew that I wanted hard wood floors because carpets freak me out.
  3. See if there’s anything offered with the rent! A few of the apartments that we looked at had all the utilities included or offered free wifi or something of that sort. The one that we decided to sign a lease with offers free water and sewer!
  4. Be willing to spend a little bit more to be in an area that you want. I knew that I wanted to be close to campus and close to where Ryan works so that we could just walk everywhere. This would save us money on gas and on other expenses for my car!
  5. Ask around! See what other people in your area like and where they’ve lived. I know Ryan and I asked quite a few people how they liked their past living areas.
  6. Take a walk through of the apartments that you like! I never really know if I like a space until I get to see all the parts of it. How tall the shower head is since Ryan is 6’3. How much space the kitchen has to offer. How our furniture would fit into the room.

These are my tips to finding a house that you really like! I hope they help you find something that you truly love because I love the place that we’re moving into in June.

Did you find a good one? Let me know!

-kk

My Semester Thus Far

 

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We’re half way through the second week of the semester already! I’m actually really liking this semester because I’m only taking 12 credits; if you recall I was taking 18 credits last semester and it hurt my heart and my body and my head a lot. Twelve is a breeze and I love it.

I justified this 12 credit semester by taking on 35-40 hours of work a week. I figured, I could be making some money instead of just spending it all!

I got a job at H&R Block as a CSP for the tax season; I’m really just a glorified secretary. With this job, I get full access to tall of the tax classes, so I’m thinking of becoming a tax pro. Myabe? We’ll see.

I don’t really know what I want to do with my life so I figured I’d just dabble in a few different things until I find something that clicks with me.

I would highly recommend this job, especially if you’re just looking for a seasonal job to earn some quick cash. You can work up to 40 hours a week and I get paid $10 an hour starting when minimum wage in Wisconsin is $7.60 or some ridiculous amount like that. Therefore, it’s a super nice job as a college student! It’s something that I don’t have to worry about for the summer and I just have to power through it for 3 months.

I’m also still in Tri Sigma, which is becoming more of my life as I’m being given more and more responsibility. I really like taking on responsibility in things though; if I’m involved in an Org, I want to contribute to it.

I’m also still trying to go strong with my health and fitness goals, which is hard since i’m so busy. I think as long as I can get into the gym 3 to 4 times a week for around 40 minutes and I can hold myself accountable for food, I’m good. This is a really important part of my life and I want to hold myself accountable to it.

That’s pretty much all that’s going on in my life, I’ll of course update as more comes along. My next post is actually going to be about a big change I have planned!

Give me a quick update on your lives. I’d love to hear!

-kk