I Tried Hello Fresh And This Is What Happened…

So I am in college and in college its hard to find time to sleep let alone eat a healthy or home cooked meal. And forget going to the grocery store, its like a war zone in there. So we end up eating what ever our hands reach first on the frozen food isle or what ever fast food place is open the latest at night and can easily be consumed in or on the way to the library. Going home and having your mom cook your favorite meal is like precious gold, but now that I’m a senior even going home has become a rarity. So I had to do something.

One night I went to dinner at my boyfriend’s mother’s house. They were talking about this food service called Hello Fresh and it literally sounded to good to be true. Fresh, healthy meals delivered straight to my door and I get to completely by pass the grocery store, of course, I would want to sign up for that!

I will admit it is pricey at $60 a week but my plan serves two people per meal. Essentially that ends up being 6 meals so really its about $10 a meal. About what you would spend on eating out. And the food is fresh, fresher that what you even get for the grocery store sometimes! The meals are healthy and they haven’t sent me anything yet that I wouldn’t eat again. I also only have to go to the grocery store now for things like milk and cereal and things like hot pockets for lunch so it honestly has saved me money.

I really like that it is structured that I know what I am eating each night and that I have everything right there too cook it rather than risking forgetting something and having to go all the way back to town to get the one thing I forgot. I also love that I know what I am getting in each box and if I don’t really want one of the options I can change it online. I can pick my meals weeks in advance and if I need to skip a week for any reason I can it is as easy a pressing a button and I wont even be charged for that week. Each recipe only takes 30 minutes to cook and its actually fun to do. And the best part the clean up is SUPER easy! 10/10 Would Recommend this, my boyfriend and I are literally loving it!

Here is the link: Hello Fresh got check it out for your self. ( Your first box is usually half off so you can try it for $30.) Also here is a picture of one one of the things I have cooked using Hello Fresh so you can see that it really does look like they say it will!IMG_2554

A few of my favorites have been: Maple Glazed Pork Chops, Chicken Cheddar Fajitas, and the Herbed Chicken over Zucchini Risotto (This is what is pictured above). Try it and let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂

Why Me?

I will go ahead and tell you this is not really a fun post so if that’s what you’re looking for keep scrolling. However, this is a personal post that I believe will not only help my readers learn a little bit more about me but also learn a few things about life too.

So if ya’ll read my very first post you know that I have somewhat of a story. It’s not all a happy story but at least the end is a happy one. I have waited to post until I felt like it was a good time but honestly there is no “good time” to tell a story like mine. So this is my life story this far. I will keep it short and sweet because there is a point to my story. So here it is…

I was in 7th grade. I had three best friends and I was what you would call popular I guess. I was happy I do remember that much. I went to my local middle school a block from my house and one of my best friend’s house too. She was my neighbor. She had brown hair similar to mine, freckles like me, she was younger than me but smart so she skipped a grade. That’s why she was in my class. That’s why she and I became friends.

Her birthday was in October, the end of October. About the middle of October she started to pass out birthday invitations, she even had me pass out a few to some girls in one of my classes. I waited wondering when mine was coming. I kept waiting. Finally the weekend of her birthday came around and nothing. I watched out my bedroom window as all of my friends were dropped off at my bestfriend’s house. I watched out my bedroom window all of my friends sing and laugh and play games together and worst of all yell things at me and laugh at me when I went outside. They did this all from her side of the street, girls I had been friends with for years suddnely decided I wasn’t good enough to be friends with them anymore. Why me? I didnt know why, or what I had done I just knew it hurt, a lot.

Finally that horrible weekend was over. I went back to school thinking maybe things would go back to normal. I know that sounds crazy but I was just so confused about the past weekends events I thought it was just some big joke. But it wasnt. And things did not go back to normal. They would never go back to normal. For the next few months I was made fun of, pushed into trash cans, sat alone at luch, cried myslef to sleep, and all but begged to be part of the group again. After Christmas break things got worse than ever and I was looking for a way out. My parents go worried and pulled me out of school. I began attending the private school in my county. I was still alone but at least I wasnt being tormented everyday anymore. I was shy and I hid behind large baggy clothes and dark makeup. I didn’t want to make friends because I didn’t know how and I definitly didn’t trust anyone.

Then one girl reached out from my church. She talked to me ad treated me like nothing was wrong with me. She saved me. She didnt know that but she did. We were friends for a while but she went to a different school the school where She went and I couldn’t go back there. So we grew apart. She is still a friend, she is a good person and she saved me. I wasn’t in a good enough place to maintain a friendship at the time so really it was for the best. If we talked now I would tell her thank you.

Sometime after this I was begining to make friends with people in my small class of 17 at my new school. One girl in particular became my friend and we got close. I started going to church with her. Her dad was the preacher there. He had started the church. It was different there. All kinds of people were welcome and you could dress anyway you wanted. They even played good music. I began going there a lot. I went to youth there and got really involved. I was finally happy again. I was in about eighth grade at this point.

One day a boy walked in. He was my heighth, skinny, dark hair, nice eyes. I knew his sister from church and my old middle school. I knew him too, because of her. He didn’t talk much at first. He was friendly with our youth leader and another boy. I don’t remeber how it happened but that boy and his friend became friends with me and my new friends. We were together every weekend we all became best friends. There were 5 of us. I was so happy then. I loved hanging out with my knew friends espessially because of one person that boy that walked in that day. His name was Hampton. As I got to know him he was funny, and sweet, and not too bad to look at either. I liked him. A lot. I had had bad luck with guys in the past. He was different though. For my birthday that year he gave me a silly little dinosaure toy and I literally treasured it. It was all he could afford and he didn’t even know I liked him then. About a month later on October 24th, 2012 he walked up to me after church and asked me out. I was so happy someone thought I was good enough again.

I took a girl home that night (by this time I was a junior and could drive) she got out after we giggled about how Hamp liked me. She got out and it occured to me all of a sudden and I fell down off my little cloud 9. He was hers though. Hamp had dated her before me. He was there for it all, he knew the things she did to me. All I could think was this beautiful guy is probably messing with me. Why me? And then the panic attack happened. I had only had them when I was in middle school and there it was again. I couldn’t go through all that again.

My friends assured me that wasn’t the case and that I should talk to Hamp about it. So I did and I learned she had messed with him the way she had messed with me. He liked me becasue he liked me not becasue he wanted to get back her but becasue we had grown to be friends and he really liked me. My life became MY life again. He has helped me with my trust issues. He has shown me that I can trust people and people can love me for me. I am truely happy now.

Its been 4 years and some change now and Hamp and I are still together. We have a dog and we are in college. He’s waiting for me to come to bed becasue it is one in the morning and I am up writing this.

My life has changed so much mostly for the better. Some peoples lives dont turn out like mine though. Some people’s end. I can’t explain why this happened to me the way it did but I just know it did. I like to think I am better for it but I’m not sure that I am. I just count it as an experience. I know other people go though similar experiences with bullying. I have wrote this story a million times, a million different ways but no way ever amounted to the way it actually felt. I was alone, like really alone. I don’t want any one else to ever feel that way but I know it happens to plenty of other kids. But I am proof that there is anohter way out than just “the end”.  So thats my past and all the blog posts and things you read baout on here they are my future. And from here it looks bright. 🙂

If you have been or are being bullied you are not alone. It may feel like it now but trust me middle school, high school it’s not the whole world. There is more out there. Trust me. If anyone has any questions or needs to talk, I’ll listen or point you in the direction of one of those good people that are still out there.

Good Night, ya’ll.

 

Gym Motivation

So recently I decided to start working out. I have gone to the gym sporadically since my freshman year in college and I did sports through out high school but I recently decided to try to go routinely. Plus it gives me a good excuse to but cute workout clothes! So this was my outfit for my workout yesterday. I started a program with one of my sorority sisters called Kayla Itsines BBG (Bikini Body Guide). Its supposed to cost about $50 on her website but I worked a little magic on google and found the PDF of it for FREE!! (lol) I mean if you got the money by all means buy it form here because I am sure she has worked very hard on her program but ya girl is broke at the moment and I am trying to look in a swimsuit or you know just in general. It is a 12 week program and if we stick to it, we will have 9 whole weeks in before spring break so hopefully I will be bikini ready. 😉

I did learn, however, that I am insanely out of shape and had to waddle through campus today like a duck because my legs and butt were so sore . So that is at the very least proof that this excursive routine will work! My sister (sorority sister, I am an only child fun fact) and I have also decided to get up on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 7 a.m. and run around her neighborhood (it happens to be exactly a mile). We will see how that works out because I am not really a morning person and generally need coffee to function that early.  I am also trying to drink more water and I stopped drinking soda almost two years ago. I will occasionally have a sprite here and there but not everyday! I have always been really skinny so my weight has never really been an issue but I still don’t like the I look as far as wanting to look more toned. I’ll keep y’all updated on how all that is going and I really hope that it will motivate y’all if your looking to start a work out routine.

I know I got a lot of my motivation to start living healthier in general from Khloe Kardashian’s book “Strong Looks Better Naked.” ( I have a slight obsession with Khloe Kardashian, just add that to my list) I didn’t start following her diet to a “T” just because I don’t live the life of the rich and famous and have enough time or money to throw into eating like that all the time. However, it did make me pay more attention to what I put in my body. Overall, it wad definitely a great read and I would highly suggest it!

In other news I have signed up for the intramural soccer team for my sorority and were are usually really good at sports so that should be fun this semester. As far as classes go, I am doing really well in the class I was slightly worried about. So overall I am really motivated right now to do well in everything. Hopefully I can keep that up this semester. Generally, for me, if one thing falls apart everything does but hopefully I can keep that from happening. I am planning on being way more involved with AOII because it could be such a wonderful experience and I feel like I am not getting the full effect of it sometimes, which is probably my own fault. I tend to get a little anxiety about trying new things so that’s why I was so proud about signing up for the soccer team. When I signed up last night I didn’t immediately feel like I wanted to vomit (haha) so I feel like thats progress. I hope everyone is having a good week so far and my next post is gone give you guys a glimpse into my high school life, which trust mean is going to be a good read! (lol)

Y’all should comment how y’all eat healthier, go to snacks, good work out idea and all that jazz because I would love to here it! 🙂 ❤