Seven Reasons Why Game of Thrones is Perfect

I’ve been waiting centuries for GoT to return. Now I can finally binge the whole series (again) and get sweet relief with new episodes for the next two months. It’s a sad time that Game of Thrones is coming to an end, but it’s still an exciting and fascinating journey to be on.

Here are seven beautiful reasons why Game of Thrones is an amazing series to binge.

1. Winter is Coming

The famous Stark saying is a breath of fresh air to those who are still sweating at 1 am because of the persistent heat and humidity. We’ve been talking about winter and how it’s coming and after six seasons it’s finally (hopefully) going to make an appearance. The white walkers are going to cause some trouble and we’re going to have an all out war with Dany on her way over the Narrow Sea. Cersei is going down.

2. Dragons

I’m not sure if this needs an explanation. Dragons are amazing and this show proves it.

3. Daenerys

Her character development is so incredible. She grew from a meek child into a demanding and strategic queen who knows what she wants. She commands armies and plans attacks and frees slaves. Daenerys is a beautiful human being who deserves the Throne.

4. Jon Snow

The Bastard of the North who turned into the leader of the Nights Watch and also a GoT heartthrob. He died in the most brutal and scream-worthy way and then came. back. to. life. This man will not die. Last season we had a beautiful and satisfying revelation about Jon Snow and I cannot wait to see the rest of that story to unfold.

5. Arya is a goddess.

Arya has become a lethal player in the game. She’s been through so much and witnessed too much to go back to her normal self. With her nightly mantra of her Death List, she’s on her own path of wicked destruction and vengeance and it’s astonishing.

6. Sansa

She’s finally becoming a likable person. Throughout the series, I’ve hated her and I’ve sympathized with her. Like Arya, she’s been through a lot, but it’s shaped her way differently. She’s grown colder and is (slowly) starting to become feared rather than fearful.

7. Binge-able

There are six seasons to binge. That’s a whopping 60 episodes and a little of 60 hours of Westeros and King’s Landing and incredible stories to witness before we begin the closing of one of HBO’s greatest dramas ever.

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Six Things Only Summer Camp Counselors Know

Summer is the time when (mostly college) students go to summer camp to teach kids how to survive. Kidding, we are glorified babysitters to a bunch of kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and the people I work with and building new bonds with new kids, but there are just some moments when I question why I even work with kids.

Here are six things that every summer camp leader knows:

1. It’s a sweaty mess.

OK, more than just summer camp leaders know that it gets super hot, but the leaders know all too well how sweaty and gross it can be, especially with Oklahoma humidity. That paired with 15+ kids around you all day and it’s a nightmare.

2. It’s tiring.

I’ve been a summer camp leader for four years now. I know how stressful and tiring it can be to entertain kids and do your job at the same time- constantly having your brain  think of new ways to get your group from one place to the other with minimal disturbances from other groups or the directors. I have six-year-olds all day and keeping them in line or even getting them to our next destination without someone pushing someone else is tiring.

3. It’s gross.

Never mind that it’s sweaty, it’s also gross working with kindergarteners. They cough without covering their mouths and they sneeze without thinking about where they’re pointing their nose. It’s snot bubbles and crying all day for me.

4. It’s fun.

I love my co-workers. Moving back home for the summer is one of the saddest times for me because I’m leaving all my friends. I don’t have many friends back home, but I know when camp starts I’ll either make new ones or be reunited with the ones from last year. The camaraderie you create with your summer camp co-workers is real; you rant to each other about your kids and you go over ways to alleviate the stress that they bring to certain activities.

5. It’s worth it.

Through the snot and the sweat and the screaming children, being a summer camp leader is one of the greatest jobs a college student can get. Learning how to work as a team and think on your feet helps in the real world. (At least I hope it will.)

6. It’s rewarding.

So far I’ve taught a little girl how to tie her shoes, and she remembers. It’s the little things like that; and when we go over the bible verse a thousand times and my group is the loudest of all when we recite at the end of the week, that makes working with these kids amazing and oh so rewarding.

Six Struggles Twenty-Somethings Have with Weightloss

Losing weight is one of the hardest things you will ever do. It’s easy to just call it quits and let your body and your mind waste away with the calories and carbs piling up. Making a lifestyle difference is fun and tiresome but the end result will always be better than the pain you go through with being overweight.

1. No results

Shocker that this is number one, right? Seeing no results is the biggest bummer there is on any weight loss journey. To me, it’s either a sign to give up (of course, it’s the wrong sign), or it’s a sign to work harder (the sign I usually want to ignore).

2. Slow results

I started off losing 10 pounds in 26 days. I was ecstatic. I thought I was going to reach my goal weight in less than two years but now I’ve slowed down to maybe half a pound – if I’m lucky.

3. Soreness

Working out is tough. It’s so fun, though. I love working out. The sweat dripping down my face and coating my hair. It sounds really gross, we but it’s oh so satisfying. You know you had a great workout when you still feel it hours later.

4. Lack of soreness

I’ve been working out six days a week for the past three weeks. The only thing I’m complaining about is the lack of soreness after I work out. During the time I’m in the gym I’m gasping for breath and shaking with how much I’m doing. Five minutes after I finish the machine or leave the room, in general, I’m fine. I think that’s my body’s way of saying, “work out more.”

5. Other people

When I workout I’m slowly but surely thinking about what others think of me less and less. It’s still in the back of my mind, “can they hear how loud I’m breathing?” or “am I walking too hard?”

6. Counting calories

I’ve been counting EVERY. SINGLE. CALORIE. It’s become a game to me. I use the Fitbit app to keep it all together. It’s a pain only when I’m working because I can’t have my phone on me, and I eat from the candy bowl and I have to remember to add it in the next time I have my phone out.

Five Reasons to Visit the Lost Creek Safari

A couple of weekends ago, a couple of friends and I ventured out and visited the Lost Creek Safari in Stillwater, OK. It’s a small hole in the wall where zoos are concerned, but it was awesome. It was interactive and a great time for college students and families alike. We got to pet almost every animal. The keepers were a wealth of knowledge and spouted relative information every chance they got. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit the Lost Creek Safari.:

1. Lost Creek Safari is better than a zoo.

The people that run it seem much more sincere, and they care more about their animals.

2. It’s smaller.

There are more animals to gawk at and fewer miles to walk in between exhibits. The keepers are also around and have friendlier smiles and seem more excited to talk to you.

3. Baby kangaroo.

They have a baby kangaroo that you can hold.

4. It’s cheap.

$5 admission and another $5 to feed them — that’s $10 for a great time.

5. It’s an adventure.

I’m definitely going to go back. I’m planning on getting my family to go too. It’s an awesome time, and for the money, it’s practically a steal

How Counting Calories Has Helped Me Lose Weight

Counting calories has never been easy for anyone. It’s a difficult and sometimes grueling job that leaves you exhausted and annoyed. I’ve never honestly counted calories. It’s crossed my mind and I know how to do it. I never thought of doing it to lose weight. I thought it was a guilt thing to not eat so much. (That works too if that’s your thing.)

I started counting, actually counting, my calories less than two weeks ago and I’ve lost four pounds. That’s not a huge milestone, but it’s a start and for someone like me, a start is good enough to keep me going.

It all started when I got my Fitbit (here’s my post about that) and it started telling me how many calories I’m burning and how many steps I’ve taken in a day and just a ton of other information. It was slightly overwhelming. It was also super awesome. I can’t remember the exact moment when I decided to start that leg of my wellness journey, but it was a great call. I’ve been counting calories (religiously) now for twelve days.

It’s been a true eye-opener to see how much I eat. Even the little things.

For example; my work has miniature candies to keep the morale up during the day. Ever since I started counting calories, I monitor how many of those I actually eat. I eat about two a day (depending on the day, sometimes I don’t need any) and I have to count those in my calories. They also have LifeSavers mints for us. I have to count those calories, too.

It’s a habit to just grab a couple of mints and go about my day, but I have to think it through and write it down when and how many mints I eat. Lying to yourself while counting calories doesn’t help you, it’s a hindrance and it defeats the purpose of counting calories.

I’m in the middle of changing the lifestyle that I’ve had for years. I’ve been eating so much for so long. I never cared about how much I ate, I cared about what was on my plate in front of me and how much more was in the kitchen, or what’s the most convenient food I can get in this moment for instant gratification.

Food has always been a highlight of my day since I was little I remember asking my parents “what’s for lunch?” or “what’s for dinner?” because I would psych myself up for whatever meal we’re having. Food shouldn’t be the highlight of someone’s day. There’s so much more in this world to be excited and happy for, but for some weird reason, I choose food.

I have a strange obsession with it. I don’t eat a lot. I munch and I think about the kind of food I want to eat for whatever meal and I’m usually down to go on midnight McDonald’s runs with friends. But my obsession stops now (well, twelve days ago). I still think about food, that’s another beast I have yet to tame, but I think about it in a more controlled way. I know my limitations on what I can actually eat and the sacrifices I’ll have to make if I want something immediately. I’m proud of myself because of that. I think, “I can eat this candy now or I can have more chicken later during dinner,” and things like that.

Since I’ve started counting I haven’t eaten above my calorie outtake. I always burn more calories than I consume. There are some days that are better than others, but I always stay where I need to be.

It’s kind of a game to me now. I may not be eating the healthiest things but I’m eating less of it and I’m getting full on what I eat. It makes me hopeful and proud of what I can do and how it’s actually changing my body.

It’s sad though because I feel a relapse is bound to happen. I tell myself that it’s normal to have a day where you eat at your calorie outtake or above it. It’s not exactly healthy to have a 1,000+ calorie deficit every day (which is about what I have been doing). I’m not complaining because that’s the reason I’ve lost four pounds in twelve days.

To be honest, I’m already starting counting my chickens before they hatch. I’ve calculated how much time it would take me to lose my goal number and I’m excited because it’s a doable goal (when it goes by ‘losing a controlled number each week’ rather than ‘losing a lot of weight as quickly as possible’ it seems fairly easy) and it can be done before I turn 25 (I should hit my close to my target goal before I turn 23, but I’ll stick with 25 to keep my mind from getting stressed out). That’s another reason why counting calories have worked for me. I have proof that it’s helping.

Plateauing is a huge barrier for weight loss, I understand that. I’ve also thought about adding exercise into calorie counting. Right now I’m not planning specific exercise routines or anything like that. I’m working on getting this part of my new lifestyle down and learning to eat less rather than adding more stuff to my plate (so to speak) and dropping everything I’ve worked on so far.

It won’t be easy. It’s going to be a tough journey but this is the most hope I’ve had for living a better life than I have ever had before. I’m excited for my future.