Monday, March 25, 2013

P90X Challenge: Part 3

Dudes and Gals!, I feel like a total badass! You know that feeling you get inside when you FINALLY achieve something you’ve been working your ass off to obtain. Well, I had that moment as I was leaving Publix yesterday and stepped onto the scale. When that little dial spun around and stopped at 160, I nearly screamed.

I don’t say this enough, but I am so proud of myself. I’ve had serious issues with gaining weight my entire life and it’s magical to finally see results. I’m finally doing something right for once. Seeing a new muscle that you never saw before is so awesome.

The first picture was me in June at 140 lbs. Gained 20 pounds in roughly 10 months. I still have a long ways to go, but so happy with the progress I’m making. My initial goal is 165 but I’ll reevaluate once I get there. The hard work and change in diet is paying off.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

I saw the new Wizard of Oz!! I was so beyond excited to see it last night. Some of my favorite memories as a little kid were watching the original Wizard of Oz with my family. I’ve always been fascinated by the world of Oz, the witches, the creepy flying monkeys, the funny little munchkin creatures and the unlikely ,but lovable crew that Dorothy meets along the yellow brick road. The first time my parents let me watch it, when I was about eight, I was so mesmerized by the world and the creatures, which is so similar to the dreams I've always had growing up.

The new movie was so wonderful. It has the perfect mix of humor, scare, action, fantasy and adventure mixed into it. Especially the little china girl, she is hilarious and so sassy
I loved how the movie began in black and white, just like the original did. James Franco did such a good job playing Oz, not to mention he’s so incredibly sexy and has the cutest, slightly sinister smile.
During the movie, I couldn’t help but pick up on Biblical themes that I found to be interesting. First and foremost, the entire movie is revolved around the battle of Good vs. Evil.
The characters of Oz loosely represent different characters from the Bible. For example,
  • Glinda(The Good Witch of the South): God
  • Oz(The ‘Wizard’): Jesus
  • Evanora(The Wicked Witch of the East): Satan
  • Theodora(The Wicked Witch of the West): Humanity being tempted

1.       Evanora deceives Theodora with an apple, just as Satan did with Eve in the Garden of Eden.

2.       Oz is referred to as 'the Prophet who fell from the sky' to save the people of Oz.

3.       Glinda’s bubble fortress surrounding her castle reminded me of Heaven. Only good souls are able to pass through.

4.       Oz turns to a book for guidance to defeat the Wicked Witches.

5.       Glinda banishes Evanora from the Emerald City and strips her from her magic, similar to God banishing Satan from Heaven.
Overall, I give this movie an 8 out of 10! The acting was great and the characters and animation were beautiful.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Do I Have a Boyfriend!!??

I’ve been meaning to write a follow-up post and fill you guys in on what happened since the guy surprised me on the weekend of February 8th. Holy shit I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks. Check out that post here

Well, we’re just friends.
Actually, I’m pretty sure he’s talking to another guy and maybe even dating. I’m not entirely sure but regardless, I’m happy for him. Through this experience, I’ve realized I wouldn’t be able to do a long-distance relationship anyways. It’s just not for me.

Without this experience I would have never known that. “Everyone is meant to show you some side of you whether it’s positive or negative.” Michelle told me this and these words are so true. He taught me a lot about myself and what I want from a relationship and the kind of guy I’m looking for.
"Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." -Thoreau

The same goes for chasing love. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I went through an era of chasing love using dating sites and it was mostly for self-approval. I never wanted to admit it, but I enjoyed the obnoxious amounts of messages and positive feedback guys would leave me on these sites. But I was doing it for all the wrong reasons. I was simply seeking validation and loved flirting with cute guys. I needed that feedback, because I had never received that form of recognition from guys before. At the time, I was too frightened to flirt with guys outside of the virtual world.
Anyways, after he left, I did a lot of self-reflecting. Going into this semester, I made a promise to myself. That no matter what life had in store for me, I would place my health and school first. Unfortunately, I wasn’t doing too good of a job balancing my insane school workload. We we’re Face Timing almost every night and I began falling behind in school. Fortunately, he understood and we text every now and then instead. It was one of those relationships that sucked me in and than fizzled shortly after.
The craziest thing is that I graduate college and move back home in less than four months. It’s the most exciting and nervous feeling. I miss my family and Michelle so much. I’ve become so conditioned to the life of school, homework, professors, library, and repeat. I’m so beyond ready to move on from this cozy, chapter of my life. College is the most fun I never want to have again.
As soon as I move home I'm going to redecorate my room, join a gym and get a website up and running. Clean eating, fitness and art make me feel the happiest. I'm not really considering Grad School for my major. Rather, I'd like to play with the idea of getting a degree in Graphic Design at FAU.
College has been one hell of a ride. And I can’t thank all of you enough who have helped shape and encourage me through all my low times.

Much love guys!