Kate and I @ the DB concert @ UMaine! (Fall 09')
Photo i took
Hi! I'm Renee and i'm a 20 year old developmental psychology student at the University of Maine in Orono. This journey, for me, is more about creating a new perspective on life itself, about realizing that i have this one life and while it may be difficult at times, it's mine to live, and i want to live it being well. It's less about the actual numbers and more about the overall feeling of health, mind, body, and soul.
Positivity is the goal here. This society relishes in people's misfortunes and tragedies. In the news, on the radio, we hear about all the things that went wrong and rarely do reports ever get made about what went right.
I plan to focus on what's good in my life. We all make mistakes and we have have pasts that we could dwell in, but ruminating in our negative history doesn't give us a chance to make positive changes to our present, that can have an outstanding influence on our futures.
We will all be happier and healthier if we look at physical fitness and healthy eating as something we're doing to better ourselves as a whole, rather than thinking of it as a duty, or to conform to what society thinks we should be.
I've struggled myself with weight and eating issues for almost 1/2 my life...and i'm only 20. Over the years i've degraded, battered and really abused my body, the only one i've been given...all to be the unrealistic sized, picture perfect person that doesn't and wont ever exist.
We're all worth good food. We're all worth a good life. I'm worth it and it's time i finally appreciated and loved myself enough to commit to a healthy lifestyle...for me.
"It's not about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself"
1. Get at close to 8 hours of sleep as possible
2. drink 8 classes of water a day
3. BE POSITIVE
4. workout regularly
5. eat nutritious foods!
6. No skipping meals
7. Forgo the "old" behaviors that keep me unwell
To meet my goals:
1. drinking lots of water
2. getting a reasonable amount of sleep
3. exercising at least 5 times a week (cardio and weights)
4. walking as exercise
5. keeping track of my caloric intake
6. staying away from the whole "i had a bag of skittles and now the whole day is ruined so i might as well have that whole bag of chips as well" kind of attitude...that's one of my biggest problems.
7. healthy mind, healthy body
I'm originally from Vassalboro, Maine but i moved up to Orono, Maine to attend the university. Right now i live in an apartment with my two roommates in Old Town, Maine.
I like the color green, photography, coffee mugs, and colored paper clips. I'm high strung and on the obsessive compulsive side. I'm kind, compassionate and i plan to make a difference in the world someday. I'm a friend, a sister, and a daughter. I matter to people, though i tend to forget that. I'm committed to engaging in healthy behaviors and leaving the negative ones, that i've let rule my life for way to long, far far behind.
I'm glad you had a great day with your sister! I'm glad you made it through your finals. Have a good break, you deserve it!
2311 days ago
Renee sorry to hear you're still not feeling well. I hope you feel better soon. You are such a busy girl! I found out how hard it is to find your way around UMO! My son will be attending there and we had a chat with the Assoc. Dean of Engineering! We are trying to decide if he should start in June for a 5 week Calculus class, so that he will get more familiar with UM. I imagine your family prefer you to go to UMF than Yale! Although Yale would be a good experience for you! I wish you well with what you decide. I hope you don't mind I added you as a friend, I'm more of a mother type. You probably prefer the younger crowd to talk to. Maybe I can give you some mothering advice from time to time! LOL! I'm sure you don't need much advice, you have a good head on your shoulders!
2315 days ago
Don't you just love the feeling of going to the gym? Or rather the accomplishment after you're finished? That's what I live for. I hate every second of gym time - I'd rather be at home, watching tv - but when I look at how many calories I just killed out on the gym floor ... yeah, nothing can beat that.
2317 days ago
Hi renee! i love your positive attitude. it takes guts to change our unhealthy habits. continue to stay strong and focused. good luck!
welcome to team beautiful. see you in the forums :)
2331 days ago
Congrats On such a healthy attitude towards the life change you are making!
Welcome to Team B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L !!!
U nderstanding &
We're All Buddies Here!!!
Hope you enjoy the team and to see you on the forums!
Why don't you drop on in and introduce yourself!
Check out our daily fitness nutrition and mentality challenges to help you be the best you can be!
And Most Importantly Never be Afraid to chit chat, rant, announce your successes whatever in our forums, we're all buddies here to support each other!
Take Care & Stay Healthy!!!
2331 days ago