Monday, March 30, 2015

A Very Poorly-and Not Strongly-Worded Explanation of Why I am a Feminist

This hit really close to home for me. I aspire to be an engineer once I graduate, and NO ONE should be told to question his or her path in life based on gender or sexuality (I may further touch on this at a later date). This is a prime example of why I say we need feminism. 

But there are plenty more examples, which due to my white and cis privilege, I do not have to live with. And I am going to stand up for this inequality until we can all stand as equals, until character matters more than where we stand on the gender spectrum.

(Edited 07/31/2017 to remove broken links)

Review: Blogilates

I've been using Blogilates workout videos for about two years now. Cassey is so optimistic and her videos are without a doubt effective, but she's also body shamed, and not really apologized for it. Granted, she was trying to state her opinion on their eating habits, but some of her wording was not the nicest. However, I digress. This is meant to be about how effective her videos and meal plans truly are.

Her workouts:

 I prefer her song videos, such as this one, over her full 10-15 minute long workouts. There are exceptions however-her Victoria's Secret workouts are challenging but fun at the same time. Contradictory, I know. A usual workout, for me, is a cardio warmup, an ab workout, a butt workout, the prom dress workout, the primadonna pushup challenge, and finally any aspect of her Victoria's secret workout series. This, done about two to three times a week, has kept me in decent condition when my sport is in the "off-season," meaning those couple of months in between school season and regular season. While my sport is in season, I only do this about once a week.
I will note that some of her workouts can be extremely challenging, especially if you aren't in shape (believe it or not, I've been there), and she has said that a few are difficult, even for her.

Workout rating:
Effectiveness: 4.5/5
Innovation: 4/5
Total: 8.5/10

Summary: Not too bad! Her workouts have really helped me to tone up, and the majority are creative with cute titles (Abominable Abdominals, anyone?)

Her meal plans:

I'm about to start her 90 day meal plan, with some modifications to the calorie and carb intake due to sports. Keep an eye out for a new page about it!
Her 90 day meal plan is where you eat clean for 90 days. Of course, there are birthdays and some of my friends are graduating during this time, so I will deviate from her plan to allow for that. Her other plans sound extremely restrictive and I do not recommend those. To avoid writing a novel before I even begin the plan, just be wary to not become obsessive about calorie count, as it can lead to disordered eating. Eating disorders are not fun, not pretty, and are hell to recover from. One of my friends is finally recovered, and she still has situations where she easily could relapse.

Oh my, I really changed topic with the meal plan one, and I apologize for that, however, I also feel like that needed to be said. As I previously stated, keep an eye out for a new page that tells about this plan, what I like, what I don't, and how well it's helping me on my goal of toning up and staying in shape for my sport.

In summary, Cassey is not too terrible. There are parts of blogilates I enjoy, just as there are parts that I think are questionable, just like with every other fitness blog I know of. If you like some of her things, do that! If you don't, cool! It's just another plate being served at the world's largest (albeit fitness) buffet.

(Alex Gaskarth quote being modified because I wanted to use it)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March Playlist

I listen to so many genres of music, and this proves it. These playlists go from movie soundtrack to emo to rap within 5 songs. 

"Get'cha Head in the Game" from High School Musical
"Bounce" by The Cab
"Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa
"Gas Pedal" by Sage the Gemini
"Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns n Roses
"Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship
"Savages" by Breathe Carolina
"Paradise City" by Guns N Roses
"SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake
"Centuries" by Fall Out Boy
"Immortals" by Fall Out Boy
"Break the Rules" by Charli XCX
"Sugar, We're Going Down" by Fall Out Boy
"Wild Boy" by MGK
"Lolly" by Maejor Ali
"Last Resort" by Papa Roach
"Kick Me" by Sleeping with Sirens
"The Phoenix" by Fall Out Boy
"Swimming Pools (Drank)" by Kendrick Lamar
"Uma Thurman" by Fall Out Boy
"Stutter" by Marianas Trench

"Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon
"Rolling in the Deep" by Go Radio
"Bounce" by The Cab
"My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit
"Gas Pedal Remix" by Sage the Gemini feat. Justin Bieber
"Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne
"Sugar" by Maroon 5
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" by Jet
"Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship
"Shake It" by Metro Station
"Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake
"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
"Harlem" by New Politics
"I Don't Wanna Be In Love" by Good Charlotte
"Swimming Pools (Drank)" by Kendrick Lamar
"How to Love" by Lil Wayne
"Wait on Me" by Rixton
"Backseat Serenade" by All Time Low
"Gas Pedal" by Sage the Gemini
"Face Down" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
"She Knows" by Ne-Yo
"City of Ocala" by A Day to Remember

"My First Kiss" by 3OH!3
"Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship
"Wobble" by V.I.C.
"London Bridge" by Fergie
"Miss Missing You" by Fall Out Boy
"Only" by Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown
"Like a G6" by Far East Movement
"Bass Down Low" by DEV and The Cataracts
"SOS" by Rhianna
"Now or Never" by Outasight
"The Walker" by Fitz and the Tantrums
"She Knows" by Ne-Yo
"I Don't Mind" by Usher

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

(Re) Organizing the Bedroom-Week 2

Last week, I decluttered my room. This week, I'm taking inventory of the current storage I have, along with making a list of storage I need.

Currently, I have a small three-drawer cart to hold my markers, pencils, and other basics for school projects, along with a larger cart for my paint, glitter, string, and other art supplies that are used, but not as frequently.

New storage needed includes:

  • bookshelf
  • magazine holder
  • accordion file
  • Stationery holder
  • Canvas bins
  • Guitar stand (I'm not sure of the proper name)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Class Binder Organization

I only need two binders for my four classes I'm in this semester. One teacher makes our binders be a certain way, the other couldn't care less. And, as it always goes, the teacher who is strict about our binders does it in a way that doesn't work for me or any of my friends. My history binder (the teacher who doesn't care) is much more organized, and far more efficient for me.

I use a white 1.5" binder (I get a different color for each class) and an 8 pack of dividers. I currently only use 5 of the 8, because I plan on using the remaining dividers closer to the final. I have the syllabus first, with some loose-leaf paper behind it, just in case I need it. Then, I have my dividers. The first divider is for the History Herald, which details each week as we get to it. I go back and refer to them to collect the vocab and main points when I'm studying for a test. The second divider is for printed out copies of the powerpoints. I don't use this divider as much, primarily because I type notes on my laptop. It's only useful if you miss a day, but I have friends who swear by taking notes on printed out copies of the powerpoints. My third divider is for my notes over the textbook. Not a fun section, but by far one of the most necessary. The fourth and fifth are for classwork and homework (read: essays), respectively. I keep my flashcards or study materials I'm working on in the interior pocket.

You may be wondering what I do with my typed notes. I honestly leave them on my laptop. I compile the notes over the lecture with my notes from the book and upload them into one document that I send to the entire class. (Classic overachiever me.)

If you have any more questions or a comment, feel free to post below!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

(Re) Organizing the Bedroom-Intro and Week 1

This is, rather unfortunately, not the first time I've had to reorganize my bedroom. Last week, I literally just sat in the floor and threw away a TON of stuff. The bad part is, I can still only see about 60% of the floor that doesn't have furniture on it. For the next 8-ish weeks, I plan on decluttering, reorganizing, and cleaning my room. 

Since today is day/week 1, I'm going to be taking a bunch of pictures of the after and decluttering. I'll upload my pictures next week, as I don't have my USB cable with me to transfer my pictures over.

I'm using A Bowl Full of Lemons, Organized Charm, and iHeart Organizing to help me with clever organizing ideas.

Basically, I've spent about 8 hours today, sorting through all my books, separating them into piles: sell, donate to goodwill, and keep, and my floor is almost entirely clutter free, along with my closet. All that I have left to declutter are my dressers and under my bed. I plan on doing that tomorrow morning, as soon as I get up. 

I currently have two large bags full for Goodwill, along with three medium sized canvas bags of books to sell on eBay. That's not even including the trash.

Week 1: Declutter
Week 2: Take inventory of storage and make list of storage needed.
Week 3: Buy or DIY the storage needed
Week 4: Organize the dressers and nightstand
Week 5: Organize the books, movies, and CDs
Week 6: Organize the craft supplies
Week 7: Organize the closet
Week 8: Clean!

UPDATE: I have everything de-cluttered, except for under the bed. I don't exactly have a way to get under there, along with a third Goodwill bag. I can't wait to see how the remaining weeks go!