The BEST workout secret to lose weight fast.

there is no secret, get off your ass and work for it.

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I can’t tell you enough how happy I am to see that everyone is trying to workout and be healthy… But with this lifestyle comes hard work and dedication, because it is just that: a lifestyle. It’s not a pill you can take, it’s not a magic juice/fruit you eat, it’s not a secret new workout. It’s hard work.

So as I do love this whole workout phase, I know it’s just that: a phase. I know this because I fell into that pattern. I tried to start working out again after about 2 years of not working out. I tried to find all these easy ways that will make me happy about my body right away. I felt unmotivated and gave up because I wasn’t seeing results quickly.

do you know why?

Because the juicing diets are cleanses not diets. You can’t workout for ten minutes and expect abs in 21 days. You can’t expect the easy way out to work. You gotta work hard for it.

People don’t understand that a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy. It’s not an easy way out, it’s not a Golden ticket, you are not exempt from hard work. You are just like the rest of us and if you want that amazing body that everyone can have, you get off your damn ass and go get it.

thank you.

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Dogs are better than people

•A dog friend can’t argue, is up for anything, eats whatever you give them, and shows you undying love•
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So I was given the crazy task of babysitting two dogs, on top of my own for this past week. It’s been 5 days so far, one left, and needless to say I’m exhausted. But these dogs have given me the best company possible, and I can’t say I’ve had a week this good in a long time…

Even though I was working every day from 9-5 and bringing 3 dogs with me, even though I literally haven’t had one second alone in 5 days, even though it takes me an extra hour to get ready just to leave the house for ten minutes.. I wouldn’t have it any other way. These dogs have shown me so much compassion, love, and honestly made me feel content.

The dogs don’t have complaints about where we go, heck they’re even excited to go to Walgreens. I just love their human-like, crazy personalities. I thought it would be selfish not to share the pictures I’ve gotten…

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Hana • Brussels Griffon
Charlie • Weimaraner

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Yoga does something that nothing else can

it frees your mind

I haven’t always loved yoga. And I definitely don’t recommend it as your daily dose of exercise. Of course it’s a good way to help your body stay lean and definitely increase flexibility, but yoga itsself doesn’t actually burn many calories. That being said, yoga isn’t only for the health/benefit of your body.

But yoga heals the mind. Actually, technically speaking yoga is a state of mind, and a state of well being. Let our mind be at ease and if you’re still thinking, you’re not in yoga. Yoga is used to rest the mind and to grow more in touch with your body. Let’s be honest, we could all use an hour or two to every once in a while (or daily!) to not think.

When I was in a weird funk as I like to call it, I fell in love with yoga. It’s my quiet time, my alone time, my me time. It helped me understand my body and why I was feeling down all the time. It helped me express myself when I didn’t know how. It saved me..

if you think yoga is boring or too slow, you don’t know yoga

Whatever your pre- judgements are on yoga, erase them for just an hour and try it. You may be surprised how much you like it, just like I was…

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So what is Zen, you ask?

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Nowadays, it’s more common to hear people say zen is a garden you put on your desk that you can rake when you’re stressed but no one actually does it’s just for looks or an activity that takes your mind off of what’s bugging you or some other random bullcrap that people say when they’re following a trend instead of being authentic and actually knowing what “they’re into”.

That being said, the true question to ask is “when is zen? And zen is now. Zen is being completely and fully aware of the here and now. Don’t worry about the past for it’s the past, don’t fret the future for it hasn’t come yet… Be in the now, because you are here now. The main point is to not get lost in the past or future because life will quickly pass you by… live life in a state of zen•

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Why I think you should own a dog

This little ball of fluff is my life. I had no idea what love or happiness really were until this little 6 pound dog came into my chaotic, messed up life.

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With that being said, I think everyone should have a dog (besides the homeless, don’t even get me started on that) for the following reasons.

Dogs give you a purpose
On those days you just feel unmotivated, you feel like you don’t matter, you feel like no one would care if you just got up and drove to Oregon without saying a word… You can look into those little black eyes and realize someone would definitely care. Your dog would care because they can’t live without you. You are their sole provider. You have a purpose and that purpose is to give that dog the best life they could imagine.

You can buy them ridiculously cute clothes.
There’s not much I love more than humiliating my dog by dressing him up. Honestly though, Laranzo loves clothes. My friends always say “he looks naked!” When he rarely doesn’t have clothes on. This is a fun hobby and seriously can uplift your mood in seconds.

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Dogs give you a reason to get out of house
If you’re a lazy person and never go on runs or even walks, a dog is the perfect way to get you out and moving. Sure you can get a little chihuahua that “doesn’t need walks” (still does, shut up), but then eventually your house will smell like crap and dead animals all the time. Dogs love walks, they love nature, they love chasing squirrels, they love rolling in the grass.. And they can teach you to love it too!

Dogs teach you responsibility.
As I said before, I seriously didn’t know responsibility till I got my little crazy dog. Yes, I lived on my own and paid bills, bought groceries, etc. already. But that isn’t all responsibility is about. When I got my dog, I quickly had to start figuring out what to do with him if I had to leave for a few hours, I had to start scheduling his appointments on top of mine, I had to start buying his food as well as my own, I bathe him, I take him wherever I go, I have to take him on my runs with me (which I grew to love), etc. He gave me a purpose on days that I felt I didn’t have one.

Dogs give you someone to talk to.
This is my “conversation” every morning. “Hey, Ronzo? You awake yet? Should we actually get up or should we sleep longer?” *Ronzo blinks at me and stretches which obviously means he isn’t judging me and we will sleep longer.* “Alright, if you say so. We’ll go back to sleep for another half hour..” I know that stretch and blink meant he was still tired, too.. Even so, dogs are great to talk to. They listen to your problems, they can sometimes answer back (with wagging their tail, cocking their head, licking you, smiling..), and they don’t judge a thing (or so I think..).

Dogs give you companionship as long as they can.
This is explained perfectly by the quote “he may only be a part of your life, but to him you are his whole life.” Give your dog the same love he gives to you. He never leaves your side. He’s excited to see you whenever you show up, he is excited to do anything with you, he follows you when you get up to go to the bathroom which may be annoying at times, but you’ll miss it when it’s gone.. On a day you are lonely or don’t feel like seeing anyone, your dog is right by your side as the perfect companion.

They give you unconditional love.
I can’t say how important this is. Your best friend, your sister, your mother, your aunt may love you, but not on the same way a dog does. A dog is there solely to listen (maybe cause they have to and they literally can’t cut you off, but that’s besides the point). They are there every time you’re sad, no questions asked. They will never feed you an excuse. They’re always there to support you and cheer you up!

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They give you a way to connect with others.
I can’t tell you how many people I have met through our shared love for dogs. Whether I met them from watching their dog for them, met them at the park because our dogs got along, or they admired my dog so we got to talking, each person I have met is amazing and I’m glad I met them!

So please, get a dog. You won’t regret it. Also if you don’t like dogs, I’m afraid of you. Very afraid. Something is wrong there.

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Oprah: an inspiration in coffee culture

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[yes they always spell my name wrong]

This may just be a sleeve to you. This may just be something you throw away after you finished your skinny vanilla latte in the 10 minutes you had to get to work. Or this may be something you completely fell in love with; I know I did.

Even though coffee is a definitely habit for me, I still take joy in it and love the whole coffee culture here in Seattle. Oprah has not only made that love stronger, but also managed to inspire me more. These quotes are sometimes what get me through those days..

Often times I drink my coffee before relaxing yoga and meditation. I drink my coffee between shifts at work and watch the birds fly around the trees. I drink my coffee while I walk around Greenlake with my teacup poodle. I drink my coffee while I’m writing my thoughts in my journal. So needless to say, I drink my coffee a lot and even though the caffeine does make me awake and jittery, it gives me a sense of comfort. And these quotes just made the feeling intensify!

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Why having European grandparents is the best

Why having European grandparents is the best.

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They don’t beat around the bush.
If they don’t want you in their house, they’ll be sure to tell you. Not to be rude or anything, they just know when they’re done visiting and won’t pretend for hours that they’re happy endlessly entertaining you. It hurts your feelings a little (not really) but it’s also adorable and cute that they don’t realize the social norms in America (or Seattle at least) where we can’t say no to save our lives. I’ve dragged on many visiting times for hours just to save someone else’s feelings (what about my own?).

They gave you amazing mixed genes
You will forever thank them for your unique look. Every time someone says “woah where are you from??” You smile in your head as you picture your little grandparents in Europe (Hungary and Germany for me). You love your harsh dark features and thick hair.. And how you managed to have olive skin but freckles at the same time? Thank the damn mixed God, or your grandparents, because you’re lucky you’re European!

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They offer you everything.
Ever since I was a kid I have never left my grandparents house without a few bags of candy, maybe some silverware, a spare book, a few movies, and hey let’s throw in a couch too. Maybe American grandparents do it too (I wouldn’t know, I have none..) but I do know that the European culture is very giving. And when you say “hey I like that” a Europeans immediate response is “well take it!” As opposed to the American response: “oh my gosh isn’t it amazing? I got it at Nordstrom it was like $300 but I never use it. You should totally get one!” Nope. No matter how expensive, if you want it they give it.

They put everything in jars
Maybe this is a weird reason, but it’s adorable.. And totally European.

They make you great food
Oh you think your grandparents hamburgers, ribs, mashed potatoes, or the pizza they got at Dominos is good? Try having Hungarian goulash, German stews, sauerkraut (if you like that sort of thing), German-ized spaghetti with potato noodles, any sort of German pastry or desert, not to mention all in vegetarian/vegan options as well! I couldn’t go a week without their food. Let’s admit it, half the reason for going to Europe is the delicious food, well how cool is it that with European grandparents I can have it at any given moment…

They yell in their language
When they get mad at you, they go off at you in their native language, probably saying all kinds of nasty things (no, just kidding they would never) and you can’t understand them! No feeling bad about yourself, no need to defend yourself, no need to do anything besides nod and say “yes.”

They have the cutest accents
Imagine going to your grandparents, and the age gap obviously means hours of you listening about how to knit a tree skirt (literally), what happened in WWII, what happened in swim class the other morning, and other random facts. Well obviously these conversations can be interesting and you love your grandparents, so you listen. But having European grandparents gives you the awesome advantage that if you ever get bored, you can silently snicker to yourself about their funny use of pronouns and their adorable accents. It’s a great distraction!

Tv in different language
Nothing on tv? Change it to German tv. Even if you can’t understand, promise it’s extremely entertaining.

They don’t understand your slang
This can go two ways.. They either think it’s hilarious and want to know what the heck you just said (imagine explaining rachet to an immigrant). Or you can accidentally slip and call someone an extremely bad slang word not to be said around family, and they don’t even bat an eye for the sole reason that, well, they didn’t understand it.

And a serious reason:

They have history
You can never get bored with European grandparents and their stories (not to get confused with what I said before. I said IF you got bored you could distract yourself with their accent… I can’t get bored with mine). Anyway, you constantly hear stories about their struggle to immigrate, the children they had in different countries, the hardships they had during WWII, the reasons why they came to Seattle, WA of all places, and the cute little European way that they met at a random gelato shop when they both didn’t speak English or each other’s language.

The elderly are truly the treasures of the world. They know what you don’t know yet, and you will be them one day. Cherish every single one of them.

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Nature gets me through those days

If you don’t like nature, great. If you do, even better. Frankly, I don’t care. Nature gets me through my worst days. The days I don’t want to leave my dark room and turn off Netflix, the days I don’t want to put on “normal” clothes and take my hair out of my bun that’s bigger than my head, the days that I could punch anyone who even said “hi” to me… Those days. All I have to do is get myself out of bed and outside, and it’s like a completely new me! I could take on the world, or so it feels. So bottom line, whatever gets you through THOSE DAYS, is worth it. No matter how much other people hate or love it. It’s your thing! I choose nature and yoga.

Here are a few things that have gotten me through the bitter, recent “those days”…

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