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Wellll helllloooo,

Yes, I am still alive and yes, still blogging. I did take a slight hiatus because school and my competition prep has kept me busier than usual! But, I have some fun recaps to share as to what I have been up to!

I am two weeks out from my competition in Spokane and I couldn’t be more pumped. I have struggled a lot this prep with staying motivated and on track but these past few months have been really eye opening. Once I got my suit I realized that it was all becoming real. As much as I would love to share progress photos.. I think I will save them until after I come back from my show.

 

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Last week, Sidney, Lindsey and I decided last minute that we wanted to go the Jimmy Eat World concert. We had soooo much fun. I think we only knew like two or three songs but we danced in the crowd and had a great time anyways. I love that we were all able to share this experience together even though we didn’t know any of the lyrics.

 

On Friday, MY BEST FRIEND GOT MARRIED. Helllll ya. Not only did she get married but I was able to be apart of the big day. It was so beautiful to watch her and her (now)husband tie-the-knot. Not to mention that her maid of honor and I cut a freaking rug on the dance floor (if you didn’t know already – I LOVE to dance).

On Sunday evening, my friends Nat, Jess and I went to the pumpkin patch. ‘Tis the season! I love Fall. I love the weather, the smells, the food. We took a hay ride up to the top of the corn maze, walked through and then picked out which pumpkins to carve. I was especially excited because we are having a ‘pumpkin carving party’ when I get back from my show on the 29th! I love to celebrate the holidays surrounded by friends and family.

Even though this post was ‘short and sweet’ I will definitely keep you guys in the loop of my last two weeks of cutting! Stay tuned!

-Christine

5 Life Improvements

Helllooooo!

I can’t believe it has been over a week since I have posted last! I have been so busy with school that days mesh into each other and I didn’t even realize that I have been so MIA from blogging!

Lately I’ve been working on trying to improve my life and trying to make the best of prep, school, work, etc. So sometimes when I’m laying in bed at night I have running thoughts on what little changes I could make that will make me happier.

Here are the 5 life improvements that I have come up with:

  1. Why am I on my phone all the time? I sometimes will be driving and checking Facebook at the same time. Not only is that super illegal it is even more unsafe! I decided that I needed to take one day out of the week to detach from social media and take time to enjoy people’s’ company around me. EVEN IF IT IS JUST WATCHING TV. I will spend endless hours sitting on my phone like a potato and not even know what is happening around me. So, one day a week .. no phone.

2. During prep I have struggled with my weight. I will hop on the scale every time I enter the gym and noticed I either gained, lost or remained the same. That killlllssss me (and I’m sure it kills many of you too!) DITCH THE SCALE, PEOPLE! At the end of the day it is what you see in the mirror and if you are happy or not. The scale shouldn’t control your life but sometime I let it! I will leave the gym unsatisfied and unmotivated. If you don’t weigh yourself and only focus on how you feel. Your attitude at the gym will guaranteed be more positive.

3. STOP EATING OUT SO MUCH. Up until recently, I was the worst about doing this. I love to eat out, who doesn’t? But often times I find that the food I was eating wasn’t worth the money or even wasn’t that great for my body. When I’m at home I have limited options and have to cook what is in my fridge. SO OFTEN I will let food go to waste in my fridge, therefore, I bought food that went bad and then bought another meal on top of it. HOW EXPENSIVE?! WHO AM I! THE QUEEN OF SHEEBA?! Just focus on making more food at home and if time is an issue prep food ahead of time for the week.

4. Start adjusting your goals. So often people make these crazy goals that aren’t obtainable for the ‘right now’. If you adjust your goals to your existing life and not the other way around, you will find that the opportunities may become endless… I want to lose 30lbs in two weeks. OK, let’s be realistic here. Maybe, lets start by making it to the gym 3 times a week and eating healthier meals. THAT IS OBTAINABLE. I too also make goals that aren’t realistic at this time in my life. My goal, to save up one billion dollars to go on vacation over Christmas, WELL, I am a full-time student with a FAT car payment and barely work right now. So, re-analyzing that .. I guess!

5. Don’t be too hard on yourself! If you do something that you regret. Don’t sit there and kick rocks. Get up, dust yourself the hell off and keep going in life. Life is too short to be so concerned about every bad thing that you have ever done. WE HAVE ALL DONE BAD THINGS. NEWS FLASH : WE’VE ALL SAID THINGS WE REGRET. WE’VE ALL BEEN A BAD FRIEND AT ONE TIME AND WE’VE ALL BEEN MEAN TO PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT US BECAUSE WE NEED FOOD AND COFFEE… okay, maybe that last one is just me. But at the end of the day, either apologize or move the heck on. If you sit and dwell it will affect your mood and can make the situations worse than you already have made them.

Lately, I’ve been really to follow these improvements. Not allll the time do I realize that I need to make a few changes in my life but I always feel that if a few small changes could potentially make me happier, then why not try?

What are some improvements you have made to improve yourself?

Chat soon!

-Christine

23

Well hello!

Seems I’m a day late with this post right now but the way yesterday was going (super packed) I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to be able to get the post out in time. Today I wanted to discuss something different than another recap of my week. Because, honestly. Recaps definitely aren’t my most favorite to write and I’m sure they aren’t your most favorite to read.

I always do a reflection of my life at the beginning of each semester. I determine how much I want to be working vs. how much I need to be working and how both of those will affect my school work. I make sure that I am on the right path in my fitness journey and also make sure to keep my mental health in check. Unfortunately I can be known as the queen of taking too much on and sometimes that can get me in some trouble.

I always try to find balance in my life and sometimes it comes easy, and sometimes not so much. I feel like 23 has been a very awakening stage in my life where I truly found who I was as a person and 2017 has definitely been the year to make things (goals) happen. I used to be the girl that talked ‘big’ but never committed to something fully. So, one day, I decided not to be that girl anymore.

I feel like the first thing that I committed to was my majors in college. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do for the longest time. And I knew that it wasn’t a race and I wasn’t ready to be at the finish line anyways. It’s funny, because when I tell people that I want to go into forensics they always ask, ‘Like Dexter?’ What’s funny about it is that I was watching Dexter when it clicked what I wanted to be. So, no. I don’t want to be a serial killer; but yes, I do want to do blood analysis. Got it?

That brings me into my junior year of college. I had a challenging sophomore year (to say the least) but I think that goes back to ‘taking on too much at one time’. Early Spring was my second big decision. I have always been a ‘talker’. Yeah, I’m going to do this or that and never really made it happen. WELL, that is annoying. What are you waiting for? Just say you’re going to do something and just get. it. done. Don’t hesitate. I decided to enter my first NPC competition (oh, here she goes again .. we get it, you work out). It wasn’t a tough decision because I literally thought about it for two days and signed up for a Coach and here I am. Although there are struggles with my prep, I am the happiest and healthiest version of myself at this time in my life. I found that I don’t need to drink or be the life of the party to keep friends or to have a good time. I have officially been two DD’s this summer on two different bachelorette parties and each time I was still able to enjoy myself. Yes, I do like to drink. But, no. I don’t need it to have a good time.

Which brings me to my third big decision. STARTING A BLOG! I didn’t wait too long before I decided to launch .. I was just so excited! I have never been the girl to put her entire life on the internet, but here I am! Allowing people into my life an open book. I knew if I waited too long, then it would never have happened. And I’m so happy for the way things have turned out.

This year I have learned that being alone is OK. I don’t have the FOMO that other people have lingering over them. Sometimes at the end of the day, I just want to curl up in bed and watch a good tv show, alone. And I love that. For a long time I did feel dependent on other people (to the point where I didn’t want to even run errands alone). It feels good to know that I am self-sufficient but my friends are also there when I need them as well.

I know a few posts ago I mentioned friends come and go. And I feel like that came with age as well. When you’re younger you want to hold on to as many friends as you have because it feels like almost quantity over quality. You soon find in life that it is all about quality. I got a good dose of that at the age of 23 as well.

Like I said earlier, 23 has taught me so much and as December rolls around .. I’m excited to see what 24 has in store. Because I know that it can hold nothing but greatness if I go into it with the right attitude. Every so often there are years of learning and growing. So yesterday, when I was reflecting upon my life. I see how I have changed and progressed so much within the last year, cool! The point of this post is to just be proud of who are you are, because you should always be your own number one cheerleader.

Well, besides my cat. He’s probably my number one cheerleader for sure.

 

Anyways! I hope you all have a good weekend and check back soon for new updates. Let the good times roll, people!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your number one supporter?

Do you have any animals?

 

PS – Since I haven’t posted a workout in forever. Here is a quick booty-crusher workout to get you through the weekend!

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Hi, Bozeman. It’s me, Christine.

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends! I hope you are all enjoying some R&R and taking some time to yourselves. got to spend this weekend celebrating Miss Becca’s bachelorette party in Bozeman, Montana!

I know I have mentioned Becca before but she is one of my best friends. She is getting married October 6th and I cannot wait. We picked Bozeman because it is a local college town and we knew that people there would be down to party (def a perk that it is only 2 hours away).

We rolled in Saturday afternoon and went straight to Target to buy some booze to pregame. Unfortunately, I can’t drink because I am on prep but I was totally a cheerleader for these girls. Of course we took pictures before heading to dinner.

We didn’t make reservations anywhere for dinner, why? we don’t know, so we ended up going to a place called Teds. Their food was amazing. Becca and I both had bison filet and it cut. like. butter. I have never been that impressed with a steak in my life!

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I ordered asparagus and squash casserole as a side. And there was a garlic glaze that sat on top of the steak. I love the presentation of it all; almost too cute to eat! We got a few ‘before’ pictures of the bride but didn’t get any ‘afters’ (maybe just a few in-betweens).

 

We went to a bar called ‘Rocking R’ to hang out until 11pm (which I guess is when the party starts in Bozeman?) The ladies had a few drinks there and we just kinda watched the Bozeman vs. Washington game and chatted until around 11pm and then headed out to the next bar! I don’t really remember the names of any of the other bars but the girls had me rolling. They were being so funny and apparently when Becca starts to drink, she wants to hook you up with every boy in sight. None of us came home with boyfriends soo… good luck, Becca. Better luck next time.

Around 1:30am we decided to head home. Well, Taco Bell and then home. Becca found a bachelor party walking down the street and they were carrying a pizza, she LITERALLY convinced these boys to give her some pizza. I was driving and I couldn’t stop laughing on the way back to the hotel.

The next morning we all woke up and decided we needed food STAT. We went to this place and there was over wait .. we then stumbled upon the Cateye Cafe and I was over the moon (for obvious reasons). The entire restaurant was decorated in cats. I couldn’t think of a better way to decorate, honestly.

THEY CALLED THE BATHROOM THE LITTER BOX FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. They had little cat books and games lining the windows so you would be entertained the entire time you were there.

After breakfast we walked downtown Bozeman to do some ‘light’ shopping (more or less, I’m the only one that bought anything and it was totally a romper).

On the way back we allowed Britt to pick the music. Therefore we listened to Eminem the entire time. I didn’t realize that his music was as deep as it was but I got an entire life lesson of Marshall Mathers. SO, if any of you want to challenge Britt to a Eminem rap battle, I would totally be down to watch.

Right now, I am wrapping up my Sunday snuggled up on my couch with my roommates watching Halloweentown. Most people know that I ‘like’ Halloween and Fall but I do tend to take it to the next level sometimes. We are already trying to decide what to be for Halloween because my friend Jayde and I are throwing a small Halloween party bash!

Anyways! Need to get off the computer to finish watching the movie with my friends. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post!

Tata, friends!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your favorite rapper?

What is your favorite season?

Where is the best place you’ve been for a bachelor/bachelorette party?