What I Eat in A Day

It’s definitely not a simple task to maintain a healthy lifestyle in college. Your wallet is empty, and everyone around you is swallowing beer like it’s their first gulp of water after a long workout. Being healthy though doesn’t have to be buying the most expensive foods in the store or completing cutting beer out (OK maybe you should but that’s unlikely). For me, it’s more of a personal decision to treat your body good.

For a while food and I were not on the same page. I felt a ton of guilt any time I indulged in some dessert or “too many” carbs. For a good while I tortured myself by using a calorie counting app. As I’ve gained more knowledge i’ve realized calorie intake is not a bad thing at all, it’s about what types of foods you decide to get those from. Food shouldn’t be something you’re afraid of having!

People aren’t kidding when they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating food soon after you wake up will kick-start your metabolism for the day. If you skip breakfast chances are you’ll feel hungry much later than those who don’t. You might be thinking that’s a good thing, I’m not hungry! But really it’s just your metabolism working extremely slow which is gonna hurt you in the long run after you eat that late lunch. I try to keep my breakfast the healthiest meal of the day. For me, if I start my day with a healthy breakfast I make much better food decision throughout the rest of my meals in the day. If I start breakfast off with something unhealthy, I feel like I already messed up the day from a food perspective and it’s all downhill from there. My go-to breakfast is avocado toast with a fried egg on top. It fills me up with a protein, a carb, and a heathy fat. You’ll basically never see my morning without an egg in it (or two). Something I try to stay away from in the morning is sugar (cereal or a smoothie), because I feel like if that’s the first thing I start with in the morning I keep craving it throughout the day. Everyone’s body and brain works differently, this is just what works best for me!  Lunch is sometimes the hardest for me, since i’m usually not home with my healthy groceries, and have to decide on what to buy out. I do try to plan ahead and pack my lunch in advance, but there are days when I leave the house empty-handed and have to look elsewhere. If I have time to plan I throw together a salad with again most likely an egg, chicken, avocado, and some dressing. Store-bought dressing is normally filled with tons of sugar, so I often make some of my own with just olive oil and balsamic. Snacks that fill me up really good are hard-boiled eggs (I love eggs), an apple with peanut butter, etc. If I DO have the pleasure of being home for lunch I love to throw together a huge smoothie bowl with granola, chia seeds, coconut chips, and peanut butter on top. This is a huge smoothie bowl so it would definitely be a meal for me.

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I think the key to eating healthy isn’t about starving yourself of the junk foods you love, but instead slowing substituting your regular food with healthier options. It’s definitely a lifestyle change, but your body will respond so positively to this switch.

 

 

 

Bellingham, WA

If you’ve followed from the beginning, you know my little college home resides in Bellingham, Washington. It’s a perfect mix of trees, nightlife, and ocean. My favorite part about Bellingham is it’s where I’ve met some of my best friends.

Living in Seattle has been go go go, and I haven’t had much free time at all. So when I found out I had (a whole) TWO days off I hopped in my car and drove to my friends as quick as possible.

The sun didn’t treat us as planned, so as a windy day was approaching our plans had to change. We hopped in the car and went to a thrift store for some inspiration. After playing with the idea of roller blades and frozen themed helmets, we ended up finding a small side table. The lightbulb finally turned on up in our brains, so we grabbed some paint to make it a fun art project. Throughout painting we picked up a yummy acai bowl and some boxed wine to make the painting party even more enjoyable. See the pics below!

What do you and your friends come up with when you’re bored?? Comment below & I’ll check out your blog as well! Cheers

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About: Mercedes Rae

It’s hard to want to read posts about someone who you don’t know anything about. SO with further a-do, here’s me!

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I’m a 21-year-old girl living in Washington (NOT dc). I go to school in Bellingham, WA at Western Washington University. I’m working towards my major of Business Marketing, and have achieved a minor in psych. I’m not sure specifically what I want to do with my major yet, which is why I’m living in Seattle this summer for an internship.

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I grew up in the corner of Washington on a cluster of islands called the San Juan Islands. Though extremely small & embarrassingly sheltered, I love my home. If you’ve ever been you know why. It’s a little secret gem of Washington that’s undiscovered to so many.

Grey’s Anatomy + Shameless + Dexter

Avocado toast w/ a friend egg on top 🙂

White bedrooms!! Black clothing!!

Productivity. Please don’t tell me to relax

Shoes. Omg if I had all the money in the world I still wouldn’t have anything new, besides like 10,000 shoes. (doc martens of all kinds, then sneakers).

I’m not really an introvert, but my personality works a lot better in smaller groups of people. I find it pretty hard to be friends with a ton of people, in stead I’m insanely close with a few people for long periods of time.

I’m a creature of habit. I thrive off a schedule! I used to be such an insomniac and ever since I adopted a better schedule in the evening my sleeping problems disappeared. After that, I started unconsciously doing that to the rest of my life and my body really responds positively to it.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks for reading! Comment if you relate to anything above! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

How I Deal with Stress

I’m a 21-year-old girl

I am a full-time student

I work a part-time job

I have an internship

I have stressful relationships (but who doesn’t)

I, am stressed 🙂

BUT! Instead of drowning in my responsibilities and drama I’ve been working on ways to help myself manage the weight of being a busy young adult. A normal stressful day in the past might have been filled with a super bad attitude throughout the day, ending with a good long cry in the shower at night. Depressing as that may seem we all know it’s actually super common. But lucky for me I’ve cut my crying in the shower time almost completely by learning different ways to cope with the everyday stress of life.

A reminder to myself… Stress is normal! When I’m at my max capacity of “things I can take,” I just want to scream/cry/hide in my bed… But what helps is a simple reminder that I have felt this feeling before, I will feel it again, but more importantly I always get past it. There is a good chance that what you’re stressed out about at the moment won’t matter even the next day after.

Less is more for me. Recently I’ve done a big clean out of my whole life. With clothing, home decor, beauty products, even relationships! The unused or unwanted items in my house I was hanging onto was just clutter and junk — and yes it stressed me out. The items I have hung onto make me feel good & happy so I don’t need the extra mess I’ve been hanging onto.

KEEP SHIT CLEAN & ORGANIZED!! Nothing satisfies me more than walking into a room that is completely color coordinated. A place where every item has a designated spot tucked away neatly in matching baskets to hide all messes (im a freak)!!! But seriously, if you want to make me a happy girl just take me to the container store or Ikea or something lol. At the beginning of the school year I made it a little challenge to make my room spotless before I fall asleep at night; And NOW, It’s basically an unconscious act of mine.

Some of the things that have really helped me become a completely stress free little OCD freak 🙂

  1. My desk calendar – I cross out the days that have already passed. And if you’re a student, for each class you have, use a different colored pen to fill in your schedule (and put a key to what color goes to what class on the side)
  2. My journal – I carry this thing wherever I go with me and whenever I have a thought, good or bad, or write it in my little book! I also use it to jot down any notes I may take during the day (grocery lists, intern notes, etc.) Just keep it close if you write personal things & don’t want others reading
  3. Lol all my baskets – Make fun of me all you want but put all your shit in these and set them on your top shelf of your closet and just enjoy the atheistically pleasing closet. (I also have a cubed bookshelf and put these in some open spots). **Don’t get clear ones because what’s the fuckin point if you can still see your shit inside!!
  4. Just go to The Container Store ok and buy one of everything

This may have been an insanely boring read but if you’re a bit OCD like me you’ll completely relate :))) Follow me on instagram!!!!! And if this completely bored you to tears comment about what you’d rather have me write about — byyeeeuuhhh!

The Power of Positivity

What I like to call: A personal movement

Think back to a time when you once weren’t good at something that you now are. How did you get good at it? Chances are it’s from some hard work whether physically or mentally, and a little perseverance. But when it comes to our overall outlook and attitude on life we seem to believe it’s set in stone. I grew up claiming, “oh I’m just a negative person,” but the fact of the matter is that’s just how I decided to be consciously. Just like working at school or sports, you can change the way you’re brain thinks! And it’s a pretty amazing feeling to be able to say that i’m no longer a glass half empty type of girl.

My movement started while studying abroad. After getting to know a good friend named Cherish for about two months she shared with me that when we first met me she thought I was an extremely negative person. That statement didn’t even hurt me, I was used to it. But, for some reason that one comment specifically really resonated with me and from then on out I’ve been making strides to changes the way my brain is wired. I have never been more mentally happy and confident in my life and I solely believe that it is from changing the way I view the world. A personal movement to be the happiest version of you!

Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. – Marcandangel

Physically smile when you wake up

I read this off an article one time and thought it was the weirdest shit I’ve heard of (it’s still weird). I’m no professional and I definitely don’t know why this works whether its actual science or the placebo effect. For me, I feel like it puts me in the good mood from the second I wake up. It starts your day with a positive mindset. Constantly forcing positive thoughts into your brain is seriously so important, eventually it won’t be a forceful act it’ll be an immediate thought.

Eat Healthy + Workout

You’ve heard this all before but it’s what has helped me, and it’s my blog lol. Treat your body amazing!! Eat real food. You literally have ONE body, why not make it the healthiest it can be? Body image aside, what you eat is fuel for you brain. Your brain is the source of your emotions. Feed your body good and your emotions will correspond. On top of that!… When you work out you release endorphins and blah blah blah you’ve heard it before. It takes 21 days to make a habit, try it before you say you don’t like being active.

Think about your emotions

This was one of the most life changing decisions I’ve decided to implement in my life. I have always struggled from bouncing back from being in a bad mood. If someone upsets me, I get so mad, and then I get mad that I’M MAD (??), and get more mad when I realize I can’t stop being mad. This applies to almost every negative emotion I get. Instead of hanging onto the feeling of anger, try to think your way through it. It’s important to remember that whatever negative emotion your feeling is only permanent, so you might as well speed up the process and just get over it quicker. Just remind yourself that what you’re feeling isn’t going to be a permanent emotion, and that it feels better to be in a good mood as opposed to a bad.

Push yourself

The feeling of being proud of yourself is one of the most humbling and satisfying moments. Again, these are pertaining to me, but I’m addicted to this feeling. The feeling of getting an A (or sometimes even just passing the class) when you didn’t think you could. That feeling of running farther than the time before, etc. I really do thrive on the feeling of accomplishment and bettering myself.

 

I think about anyone I’ve ever looked up to or have strived to be, and they all have such positive characteristics. Positivity literally radiates off of a person and brightens everyone around them. It all starts where your head is at, so why not work on it just like you work hard on anything else in your life? It’s not about proving to other people your this bright and shiny positive person, it’s about what goes on inside your head & how having a positive outlook on your own life can change your life.

Portland, Oregon

This week has literally been one of the busiest weeks of my life. I started off with finals week, attempting to pack my whole house up with a sprained rib, going on a trip to Portland, my best friends 21st birthday, and lastly, moving to Seattle! Although it’s been super busy it’s been packed of lots of good memories and fun times. After finals were over my sister Sydney, my mom, and I all decided we needed a little trip to Portland before returning to the real world. We stayed in Hotel Vintage right downtown so everything was pretty much in walking distance. The trip consisted off lots of relaxing, drinks, and shopping. It’s not often my sister mom and I are all free at the same time so I really appreciate these times with them! Heres some photos from our small trip!

 

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Today I am taking my last trip up to Bellingham for a while to pack all my stuff up and head to Seattle! I’m nervous to start something new but very excited to see what is in store for me! Subscribe to see my (hopefully more often) posts about my life and adventures!

 

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ALSO 21ST BDAY TO MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD. I love you Nel