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21 People On What They Would Tell Their 19-Year-Old Selves

21 People On What They Would Tell Their 19-Year-Old Selves

Thought Catalog

Jonathan, 55

There is no such thing as “the only one”. You will meet lots of “the ones”. Only commit when the timing is right for the both of you – that can take years for some, and that’s okay.

Miranda, 24

Drop pre-med.

Isaac, 48

Deodorant does not count as a shower, and that haircut only looked good on Bon Jovi.

Anya, 42

Make the conscious decision to be happy, and then stick with it. Society will do everything in its power to convince you that your personal happiness is dependent on something external – beauty, success, wealth, etc. – it isn’t.

Parker, 55

60% of the things you think are important now won’t matter a whit to you by the time you reach 50. The trick is to figure out the important 40% and work it.

Megan, 34

He doesn’t love you, and you will be okay.


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5k time!


So it is officially “5k season” for me! I have run two so far and have three to go. I am hoping to improve my time by the last one. 


So my first race was the Glow Run, and it was a blast! I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t be dark by 6 o’clock but they made it work. I have been very blessed that both times I have run it has been in the upper 50’s lower 60’s. We got a neon shirt ( I chose orange) and about 10 glow sticks to either wear as bracelets or necklaces. I ran with Jackie and even attempted to drink a dixie cup of water half way through! That was a terrible idea!! My ending time was 35:34 for 3.32 miles, and my average pace was 10:43. It was a little slower than my normal average mile place, but I was jus so excited that I finished! 

My sorority’s Gamma Phive K was yesterday and it was a doozy! I finished it in 34:54 for 3.26 miles averaging a 10:41 mile pace. I was hoping to seriously shred off time because I knew where I was going, but that was not the case. For anyone that lives in Delaware knows that hills are not a thing that people in Sussex County run on. I was rocking the first mile at 9:26 (fastest so far) but the entire second mile was an uphill battle, both figuratively and literally. I do have to say that it was so amazing to hear all my sisters cheering me on (and the other runners) along the race and as I crossed the finish line. I have the Shamrock run (KD’s philanthropy) and hopefully one during spring break left, until going to 10k’s this summer. Benjamin and Caitlyn came and supported our philanthropy and rocked it as well 🙂


I have been training indoors for the 10K running 4 miles and 4.5 miles on the elliptical for the past week. I am hoping to move up to 5 miles this week, and get out side to see if I can run the 4 outdoors as well. I definitely hit the “runners wall” at about 1.7 miles, and by 3 miles I have hit my groove, so I don’t think it is going to be a matter of not being able to do it, but if my body, mainly the muscles on top of my ankle, will let me keep running without dragging my foot along the way. I am still doing weight’s at the gym, and am even starting to enjoy it. I am still more of a machine girl, but Drew is getting me into free weights. I hit my “4 month” mark since I started this journey and I am really excited about how far I have come. I am sitting here typing about running up to 5 miles, when on November 1st I was praising myself on just getting to the gym. I am down 13.25 inches over all (since December 15th) and down 19 lbs. Can’t wait to see where I am by May!

Snow Day!


Snow days are great for a multitude of reasons, mainly involving days off of work and school. But it has a lot of down falls too. Essentially, taking days off from your diet and working out. But I would have to say that over all I did better than expected. Like most, the thought of snow in Alabama makes me laugh, so I didn’t properly stock up on food for the next three days. Day 1 was fine because we still had food for White Chicken Chili and Salads, and the morning part of day two was okay because we have scraps here and there. Then came Wednesday (day 2) night. There was no food to be found in the apartment and no fast food chain or store opened. The only things that were available were rolls (wheat), cheese puffs (just bad!), or pudding. It was terrible, to the point of going to bed super early so that I wouldn’t eat. But lo and behold we made it through!!! Day 3 and things are opening back up. Granted I still ate a salad from home, but it was the mind set that I could go out and get something else if I wanted. 

Snow days can also be bad for exercise, with such a good excuse! Who would want to go out in freezing temperatures- it can’t be good for the body- or “if school is out we shouldn’t be outside long enough to go anywhere, it’s too dangerous.” Both of these scenarios were said out loud multiple times each day. But the great thing about being in a routine of working out now is that even though those thoughts go through my mind, I ultimately know I’m going to work out anyway. Which is a surprisingly great feeling! Since the Student Rec was closed Caitlyn and I YouTubed Butt’s and Gut’s workout. The first few options were a bit shaky, but when we found a lady in combat pants and a black tank top. She looked so intimating she had to be good, right?! Although it was tough, I think our self made impromptu workout was harder. Yesterday, Lauren, Kahlyn and I finally decided to leave the house long enough to get a little workout in at out gym. It was packed! So I did squats, lunges, crunches, and a few weights and called it a day. Finally, today it was nice enough out to go running, and I loved the fresh air! Caitlyn and I did a total of 2.76 miles in 32 minutes, but we had to walk a half of a mile where there was still snow and ice behind buildings.

I am starting to really enjoy running outside. I clears my heads, it’s relaxing, and I’m not cursing every step of the way. That is a HUGE improvement from my first run in November! February 1st will be 3 months since my total body transformation and I couldn’t be happier! I have started to see where the weight is gone and everything is just a little thinner. I am 17 pounds down after 3 months, so I can’t wait to see what I am 6 months down!! ImageImage

For the love of carbs!


I was talking to my mom about a week or so ago and I was talking about my frustration of not losing weight. She said that I am doing amazing (best Mom ever!) but sometimes it’s best to kickstart a diet over again. She reminded me of the South Beach Diet and and how much success I had on it before. I knew that it would be much more difficult with all the temptations of college. My biggest downfall would be that most of my meals come from the Sorority house and I have no control over what they cook. I realized for me to actually go through with this diet I would need back up, so I roped my roommate Lauren into doing it as well. 5 days in, and I am definitely going stir crazy for some sort of pasta! Anyone that knows me knows that my favorite food is spaghetti and turkey meatballs! I am a big fan of the vegetable pasta, but I can’t even have that right now. For anyone who doesn’t know, the South Beach Diet is broken down into 3 phases. In phase one, it is two weeks without wheat, sugar, and alcohol, and it has some serious food limitations! So basically it has been salads for 2 of my three meals. Not that I don’t love a good salad, but there are only so many variations that fit a college budget! Phase two starts on February 4th and it can’t come soon enough!!

Also, completed my first week of Grace’s HILT workout. To say it kicked my butt would be an understatement, but I loved that it was a completely different workout everyday so I had it to look forward to!

27 days until the Glow Run 5k- Tuscaloosa! I officially can run the full length, so now I’m just concentrating on shedding some time off!

If anyone has any good Salad (or wheat/ sugar free) recipes I’d love to hear them!!

It’s so beautiful out!


This weekend has been truly amazing! Among hanging out with some amazing friends to celebrate Marisa’s birthday, it was such a good running weekend. Yesterday I did an all time high in consistent running (2.56 mi) and even kept the same pace the whole run. I did another two miles today, and although I was a little worried that I would be sore from yesterday, it was surprisingly easy. It was so beautiful out on the river!! Tomorrow Lauren and I start a workout routine made by Grace Reardon to keep up the cardio while still toning. It looked really intense, but she swore we’d be able to do it. Cross your fingers. Hopefully it will continue to warm up so I can run outside more!






So it’s been about 2 1/2 months since I decided to change the way I look and live a healthier life. It’s definitely not easy, and unfortunately I think I have hit a plateau, where i’m not losing weight as fast as I would like. I lost 16 pounds total (which is great I know) but I thought I would be able to see results faster. My family and friends have been SO supportive and people have told me that they can tell I have lost weight but I am just not seeing it. It is also frustrating that I have upped my workouts to 6 days a week instead of 3, and am only eating 1,100 calories a day.  I guess I just want to wake up one morning and be 50 pounds lighter even though I realize this is unrealistic. Some good news though, I have lost at least a half an inch in all 7 areas that was measured! 

The Glow Run 5k is coming up in a little over a month, and I am getting really excited. It has been getting dark so early that I haven’t been able to run outside so I have been doing it on the treadmill. I am able to run two miles without stopping, so I am definitely on the right track! I have realized through training that I hit a definite wall around the 20 minute mark. I am hoping by the end of the month to run/ walk a full 3.1 miles so that I can then work on cutting down time in February. 

If anyone wants to run with me, I would LOVE it!!