20 Things To Start Doing

20 Things To Start Doing.jpg I have a list of 20 “things” to start doing every day for a happier, healthier life. I found it a couple of years ago and completely fell in love with it. The list is actually hanging in my bedroom next to my mirror so that I glance at it every single day.  Each idea is so simple, yet the benefits and positive differences each step makes are huge. 

In my next few posts I’ll go into detail about the “20 Things to Start Doing.”

Here are the first 5…

#1 Drink a lot of water and green tea

YES, WATER

This one may seem self explanatory. I mean after all, we have heard about the importance of drinking water ALL of our lives. But there’s a simple tip I have learned that identifies that right amount of water you should intake each day. Think about it, someone that weighs 180 lbs and works out an hour a day probably needs a different amount of water than a 115 lb person that never expels water through sweat (a.k.a. they probs aren’t working out.) So here’s how you figure out exactly what you’re needing…and shockingly it’s accomplished through a math equation.

weight in lbs (x) 2/3 ounces needed per day

ex: 110 (x) 2/3 = 74 ounces…which is a little over 9 cups.

The other tip is to add extra ounces for exercise. So add an extra 12 ounces for every 30 minutes.

ex: If the 110 lb person works out an hour today, then they will need 98 ounces of water…which is a bit over 12 cups.

GREEN TEA

The benefits are almost infinite. Here are some of the most impressive…

  • IMG_5950.jpgtons of antioxidants
  • may delay deteriorization caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • lower risk of cancer
  • lower death from heart disease
  • lower death from stroke
  • improve brain function
  • burns calories, fat, and allows you to exercise longer
  • reduce high blood pressure
  • protects liver from alcohol

After reading that list I sure hope you are on the way to your kitchen to heat up some tea right now. The benefits are insane. Plus, green tea can be super yummy. Mix in some honey or throw in some berries for extra flavor.

#2 Eat a big breakfast, average lunch & tiny dinner.

It’s fairly well known that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It jump starts your metabolism and gets your body going. Plus, who doesn’t love breakfast? It’s the perfect chance to start  your day off right. I love to incorporate lots of fruit and protein. Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 11.35.38 PM

A fav breaky of mine…

  • whole wheat english muffin
    • topped with peanut butter and honey
  • lots & lots of blueberries
  • coffee
  • protein shake (not pictured)

So delicious and super balanced.

 

 

 

#3 Eat fruits, veggies & natural food.

When you eat good, you feel good (and look good). What could be better?

#4 Go for a swim/bike ride/walk your dog

This step can be made fun. Basically, just go do something! Anything!

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 11.50.11 PM.pngOne super easy way to get some extra exercise is to simply go for a walk. Grab your dog, headphones and tennis shoes and take a 20 minute stroll through your neighborhood. It’s amazing how refreshed you’ll feel.

One tip I have is to make sure your dog can handle the walk…last time my pup and I went for a “walk,” I ended up carring him an entire mile back home because he was too tired (lazy) to go any further…thanks a lot Bruno.

 

#5 Read a book…or 10…

I really like #5. Being in college, I often feel like I’m drowning in homework, textbooks, papers and projects. Taking the time out to read a book usually isn’t my first go-to during the small bit of free time I have. However,  I forget how much I really do enjoy to read a book I actually WANT to read. In my last few weeks of summer I’m going to make it my goal to read a book that I actually will like reading.

So there’s that. Your first 5 “things to do.” Start off slow and begin to incorporate these 5 pointers in your daily routine. In the next few days I’ll give you all the deets on the next 5 ideas on the list (#6-#10).

 

I Just Saw this Picture and I’m So Disturbed. Because it’s Me.

As a student at Mizzou, the Black Lives Matter protests and mission is a topic I can say I’m very familiar with. It’s interesting to read stories like this to broaden your perspective. I really admire this blogger for her actions and taking a stance for what she believed in.

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13653430_1070638483027630_2650636656912865440_o-1 This morning The Love Life of an Asian Guy posted this picture on facebook with the following commentary:

This is one of the most powerful images I’ve seen in years.

You’re peeking directly into the laboratory of white supremacy. A system that will send TWO men in full riot gear to arrest ONE Black woman for one purpose: give her a criminal record.

If she is charged (most Black protestors are) for participating in a peaceful protest, she’ll be forced to disclose her new criminal record on ALL job applications and applications for rent.

That one small change can limit where she works, how much she can get paid, and where she can rent.

The implications are LIFE CHANGING. This act of arresting peaceful Black protestors is SYSTEMATIC RACISM AT WORK, BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES.

“You’re a Harvard Law graduate? 7 years of experience? Nice! Ooh, it looks like…

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Give Back to the World

I LOVE to travel. I LOVE the world. I LOVE diversity. So why not do what I can to help locals, their communities, and charities around the world? Serengetee and Pura Vida Bracelets gave that very opportunity. Check this out!

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Use the discount code: JRamirez15 for 15% off your purchase!

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Use the discount code: JASMINERAMIREZ20 for 20% off your bracelets!

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So excited to be a rep for these two amazing organizations 🌎 each devoted to bettering the world. By making a purchase part of the proceeds will be donated to a wide range of charities. Look forward to more posts in the future about the full story of Serengetee and Pura Vida.

 

Quote of the Week: Courage

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My Pinterest account is the epitome of myself.

Each pin, whether it be an outfit, recipe or gorgeous beach in the Mediterranean,  represents a small piece of me. A visit to my pinterest is similar to jumping straight into the realms of my imagination. It is an encompassment of all the ideas I hold near and dear.

One of my most prized boards is the one titled Quotes (I know, so creative). I’m sort of a quote junky when you get down to it. I love how a simple statement holds such an incredible amount of power. The quotes I have saved demonstrate my outlooks and passions. They’re motivating and empowering.

Two specific quotes stand out and have stood out to me for years. They’re literally written on a sticky notepad on the desktop of my MacBook.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Your life unfolds in proportion to your courage.

-Author Unknown

I’ll let that sink in for a second.

At first glance, these statements may seem irrelevant. Like sure, okay, I’ll do one thing every day that scares me. I’ll go skydiving or face my fear of spiders. Sure, that’s great too, but these words mean something SO much more.

It’s all about the little things. If you absolutely hate public speaking, do something that scares you and be the first person in class to present. You may love the idea of chopping your hair off and getting platinum blonde highlights, but you’ve always been too afraid to commit. As Nike says, just do it. You may end up loving the outcome. Go try out that spin class at your gym even if you’re afraid you’ll have to stop half way through. By the class’s conclusion your legs may be numb, but you faced your fear so that’s all that actually matters. Without challenge, there is no change. Just imagine the impact this quote will have one year from now if you actually did something everyday that you find intimidating.

The second quote holds a similar magnitude. It expresses the bigger picture. “Your life unfolds in proportion to your courage,” ran through my head as I drove to the first day of my internship this summer. I was so, so, so nervous. My internship is at a local news station in my hometown. A channel that I have watched as far back as I can remember. The anchors and reporters hold careers I aspire to have someday. Plus, they are local celebrities. As I arrived at the station the intimidation was heavy. Do I turn the car around and pretend I’m sick? – well duh no of course not. Suck it up, get over yourself and act like a grown up (this is much easier said than done). I faced the facts, that the only way you can grow as a person and get anywhere at all is through overcoming your fears.

These two quotes put extra pep in my step as I walked through the newsroom doors. It’s honestly amazing the things you can do once you overcome the barriers you create in your own mind.