Losing Weight – Steph’s 999th Attempt

Wooooww, I just wrote a pretty long blog post about commitment, the gym, and my weight loss goals and I accidentally clicked “write” instead of “publish” and now IT’S ALL GONE! Safe to say that I’m quite upset as I’m a lazy pile of turd and that was hard work for me. Ironically, the original post was about how I lack commitment, seeing as this is my second (well… third, really) blog post, even though I started my blog at the beginning of January. How often are you supposed to blog anyways? I thought a 20 day break from blogging meant that I got over it, but here I am, so I guess not. Honestly, I just don’t have that many interesting things to blog about. I like to think I’m not a boring person, but my daily activities are pretty limited, due to the aforementioned extreme laziness. And honestly, who’s going to be interested in hearing about the new youtube workout video that I did today anyways?

I guess it doesn’t matter if you’re interested or not, because I’m going to WRITE ABOUT IT ANYWAYS! Because if I didn’t, the blog post would’ve ended here and you’ll miss out on the joy of my incessant and pointless ramblings. I have a love-hate relationship with fitness, although who am I kidding, it’s really more of a hate relationship. I lack the commitment to see anything through, and I am incredibly unfit. Like, disgustingly so. I tried to go for a run once, and I only lasted about 5 minutes before my lungs decided to give up and implode on me, and I had no choice but to deem running satan’s sport.

Due to my potential social anxiety, extreme self-consciousness, and general laziness, the gym is also a no go for me. I know, I know… People always say that no one at the gym is actually looking at you, everyone’s there for their own workout, etc. But trust me, I attend a pretty expensive and relatively big private college in the beautiful city of Los Angeles, and my college is filled with students that look more like models than models themselves. In fact, my college is ranked in the top 10, or at the very least, top 15th colleges for most attractive study body. I’m sure half the male population at the gym (freshman boys, I’m looking at ya!) is there to get their daily intake of perfect booties… which are annoyingly attached to beautiful women. And honestly I don’t blame them. The one time that I made the foolish choice of entering this sacred butt worshipping temple, I was blown away by how fit everyone was, and it only made me more self consciousness. I know I shouldn’t care, I wish I didn’t, but it is something that I can’t seem to change so… alas, here I am, in my small (but comfortable) bedroom, following youtube workout videos in front of my mirror. I literally just started doing the workout videos today, after an 8 month hiatus (commitment issues, remember) so obviously, there are no results. However, once I start seeing any, I’ll let you guys know!

Seeing as I’m me, I like to start strong and never finish! Keep in mind that the word “strong” is relative, and this is considered a strong start for a walking potato like me. On top of the workout videos, I’ve decided to try experimenting with 5-6 small meals a day, as opposed to three meals a day. I often find myself getting extremely hungry before meals, which ends up in me making huge meals and consuming more calories than I need to. I also snack… a lot. So I’ve decided to switch it up, and hopefully the new 5-6 meals a day plan cuts out unnecessary snacking while keeping me happy and full throughout the day. Now, knowing me, I’ll probably keep this up for a week until someone suggests ramen and I’m like “it doesn’t count, it’s ramen!” Side note: I really really love ramen, I would eat it everyday if I could. I mean I technically can, but I’ll feel too guilty. Anyways, going back to my health and fitness, my main goal is to lose weight, get a skinnier waist, and a bigger/toner butt. If you guys have any tips, I would love to hear them! Trust me when I say I need all the help I can get.

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Adopt! Don’t Shop!

I am honestly not a blogger. I feel like I get too self-conscious when it comes to expressing my thoughts, and too aware of the lack of quality in my writing, but not aware enough to rephrase it in a more poetic manner. I think blogging makes me feel kind of dumb. Not to say that other people who blog are dumb, but rather it makes me feel like I’m allowing others to read my dumb thoughts, as opposed to just keeping them in my head as per usual. But like, fuck it. I like trying new things and I think blogging is a good habit to have. So I guess you’re all welcome to my dumb thoughts.

Dumb thought number one is ADOPT, DON’T SHOP! Honestly, out of all my thoughts, this one is probably the least dumb. I know a lot of people who will agree with me on this, but I know a lot less who actually practice it. In case it wasn’t clear, I am talking about pets. I understand that if you’re looking for a more exotic pet, adoption might not be an option and that’s fine, but there are so many perfectly adequate dogs and cats waiting for a family in shelters.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to vilify a person for buying his or her pet from a pet store; I, of all people, understand the appeal of raising a puppy or a kitten. I understand that in the end, the animal is still (hopefully) going to lead a better life than it did, and that’s never a bad thing. However, I just can’t support pet stores as a business. I hate the fact that most of the puppies you see in pet stores came from puppy mills, where money is prioritised over the dogs’ health and well-being. I also hate the idea that the dog is trapped in a tiny glass prison for over 12 hours a day, with little to no socialisation. Any dog in a pet shop is guaranteed to have a lower quality of life than a dog waiting for adoption. From what I’ve seen, shelters and rescues generally have larger areas for the dog, and volunteers that genuinely care about the dog’s well being. As a volunteer myself, I have seen dogs at Hong Kong Dog Rescue freely roam about in multiple separated areas, with ample interaction with volunteers and workers. I volunteered as a dog walker, something that I highly doubt a pet shop has. If people were to stop buying from pet stores by boycotting the entire business, puppy mills will less business and hopefully some will cease to exist. For the general welfare of animals, it makes sense to boycott the business of pet stores.

I’m not writing this post to guilt people into adopting instead of buying; I’m simply trying to encourage people to see my point of view. There are just so so so many dogs and cats waiting to be adopted; it just makes no sense to me for someone to buy from a pet shop. I get that people might find a certain breed more appealing than others, or they prefer the idea of having a full-breed dog, as compared to a mixed breed dog, but I don’t believe these reasons are enough to overlook the hidden unethical side of pet shops. I can promise you that you will love a rescue dog just as much as you would love a full-breed dog, if not more. And if you’re the kind of person who thinks you can only love a dog because the dog is “cute,” then you don’t deserve a dog in the first place. I promise you that you will be able to find your perfect match in a shelter, and I promise you that the dog will love you with everything it has. I promise you that, ultimately, there is only one difference between a dog bought from a pet store, and a dog adopted from a shelter. One needed you a lot more.

It All Starts Here

Seeing as it’s 2017, I guess it makes sense for me to start a blog… again. Despite my previous attempts at blogging, I never really stuck with it. And there’s no saying that I might see this particular attempt through, although I am really going to try this time. Yes, really. 

As I’m leaving this blog public, I will focus less on the emotional aspect of my life and more so on my opinions about anything and everything. If you know me, you know that I love to complain, and this blog will be the perfect outlet for all my complaints, queries, and shower thoughts.

My brain is too small of an organ to keep all my mildly interesting thoughts to myself, so here I am. I will be posting tidbits of my life and my views on completely random topics, so stay tuned if you’re interested in reading general nonsense.