Lyrics of the day post!

I used to frequent this post on Tumblr because music is my life. Every day, a new set of lyrics jump out at me and speak to me and I feel the annoying need to share them with everyone I can. Today I thought I’d share the most beautiful lyrics I think I’ve ever heard from Josh Groban’s February Song (fitting title for this month, isn’t it?). I even did a speech on this song for my speech class in college… so maybe I’m a tad obsessed with him and his music, but it’s gorgeous!

Anyway, the lyrics that always seem to hit me when I listen to the song are:

Where is that simple day before colors broke into shades? And, how did I ever fade into this life?

Beautiful. The imagery is amazing. It really makes sense when you think about. We all had a time when life was simple and things simply were. Now everything has to have an explanation or just too many technicalities. We all ask ourselves, ‘how did we get here? Why this life?’ And that’s exactly what he’s saying.

I also like how his music is just so easy to relate to, none of that pop shit with no meaning.

Well, I’ll leave you with the link to his song.

Until next time,

Ms Ari Marie

Attention all, it’s V-Day! (Or, was…)

Not to sound anti-love by referring to Valentine’s Day as ‘V-day’ (like, D-day), but really? Another excuse for prissy girls to get spoiled by their over-generous boyfriends. Am I bitter? No. (Remember here, I have a boyfriend whom I love unconditionally.)

The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, I saw ads on Facebook with headlines saying “Get Your Girlfriend All This For Valentine’s Day” and my personal favorite post that made me absolutely disgusted, “Wouldn’t Your Girlfriend Love to Wake Up To This On Valentine’s Day”… the pic included around 6 Victoria’s Secret Bags, Flowers, and Chocolates. Uhh… are you f-ing kidding me?! When did this ‘Hallmark holiday’ become another Christmas? There are some greedy bitches out there, I must say. If you expect that much, I hope he dumps your ass. Sweet, Jesus. What happened to the meaning behind this holiday? LOVE. Love does not equal presents out the ass, but presence of your significant other. Now, I’m not opposed to getting chocolates or flowers or even a stuffed animal. Maybe even some jewelry if you’ve been going steady for awhile.

Today was my first Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend of 10 months. He got me a box of chocolates and a bag of chocolates (it was his first ever Valentine’s Day being with anyone). He apologized repeatedly saying he was scared he f-ed up… no, silly. Anyway, and I got him some cute plaid pajama pants (because he never wears pajamas and I’m obsessed with them… they look so adorable on him, too!), a bag of chocolates, and a tin of hot cocoa mix because he loves him some hot cocoa.

We had a nice day filled with eating breakfast at home in our pjs, exchanging gifts, cuddling, talking, laughing, other things… then we ended the day with going out for Chinese food for dinner. It was a good day!

I absolutely love my boyfriend with every fiber of my being, as does he, and we didn’t need a showy, flashy day to be reminded of that. That’s what each and every day we spend together is for. I mean, I didn’t mind the extra-cutesyness of it all though! Or, as others might say, the extra-cringeyness. Haha.

All-in-all, I’m so unbelievably grateful to have him in my life and I wouldn’t change a thing. People, let me remind you, it’s not about how much your boyfriend gets for you, but 0 the thought of everything and the love he shows you. Isn’t that what today (technically yesterday) was all about?

Live every day as if it were Valentine’s Day and show your significant other some lovin’! 🙂

Til next time,

Ms Ari Marie

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Here we go again… :)

Hello, all! It’s been a few days, but I wanted to see if this thing would actually go somewhere. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I have two followers, yes two! Haha, although it may not seem like a lot, that’s two more than I anticipated. Woo! 

Anyways, what shall I talk about today… hmm… 

Well, I’m feeling really good about myself today, why not talk about my recent weight loss? I want to not come off as bragging because I don’t ever feel that good about myself, but I want to motivate people who don’t think it’s possible for them to lose weight. I never did, so I never tried. Now, one can argue that I began my weight loss journey for all the wrong reasons. I started when I met my boyfriend. I was a lot bigger when I met him. In a sense, I guess it was good that he fell in love with me when I was heavier.  

I began dating my boyfriend in April of 2013, we fell in love in May (a bit soon, but it happened and we both knew it was the real deal). The semester ended on the 17th of May, so we had a long summer ahead of us, 3 and a half months, to be exact. It was tough for a new relationship, to be apart that long. Having a relationship over text messages and the occasional phone call sucks. Things get terribly misconstrued and it’s just hell. Well, things did, in fact, get misconstrued…

Everything was going very well until about the last week of June. We were texting about working out. He was going to start going to the gym. Now, at this point, I wasn’t close with his parents and my biggest fear was that his parents wouldn’t think I was good enough or pretty enough for him because I was heavier. I was scared. Then, I decided to ask a question I knew could have a terrible answer: “Would you like me better thinner?” His response: “Yes.” I remember the terrible, heart-dropping-into-your-stomach feeling and the insta-sob that happened immediately after reading that text. To make things worse, he texted back saying “That wasn’t supposed to sound that bad. I mean, wouldn’t anyone like their significant other to be?” My response, “No… I fell in love with you for you, not for who I thought you could become.” We talked until 9:00 am that morning. We mended things, but I still had unsettling feeling,  and so began my weight loss journey.

I started by downloading a weight loss app on my phone called Noom. It was probably the best thing I could have done. You log your current weight and your goal weight. Noom will ask you approximately how many pounds you’d like to lose a week (the maximum is 2/week) and then how long it will take you to achieve your goal.  It also tells you how many calories you should consume to get the pounds off in your preferred amount of time. You log in your meals and exercises and keep almost like a food and exercise journal. Trust me, it works wonders to keep a log!

Once I got in the swing of things and logged all my meals and learned to eat healthier and learn to exercise effectively, the pounds started melting off. I did about 30 minutes to an hour of cardio a day, plus the 30-day squat challenge (which is f-ing awesome!), and 200-400 crunches for toning. It was hard work, but totally worth it! Within 2 months, I lost 30 pounds.

Prior to this, I had an under active thyroid, which made me gain weight very easily and it gave me problems with my nervous system, such as producing too much cortisol in my blood stream, which made me basically to nervous and anxious to function. After those 30 pounds came off, I no longer had this problem! I went to the doctor to get blood work done and my doctor said all of my numbers were extremely good for my age and I was very healthy. I was so shocked!

Since the summer, I have managed to lose 20 more pounds, making my grand total 50 pounds lost and down 2 dress sizes. I’d still like to lose about 15 more, which would put me at my goal weight and the weight that fits the BMI for my height.

I’ve come a long way and I’m never giving up hope! True, my motivation wasn’t the greatest, but my progress-motivation was great! I now know that I can do anything I put time and effort into.  I truly believe ANYONE can do what I did. I was not very healthy when I began this and now I really am. YOU can do it. Believe in yourself and don’t give up, even if it gets too hard… push yourself. The end result will make you smile. 

 

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Until next time,

Ms Ari Marie

 

Let’s Get Started…

Hello blog world! This is Ms Ari Marie: the crazy, off-the-wall, sarcastic, silly, 22-year-old college student. Aren’t you so lucky you chose my blog to follow? Actually, this blog isn’t intended to please everyone, mainly myself (as selfish as that sounds). I just need a more mature place, other than the naive world of Tumblr and cliched ‘hipsters’, to blog my thoughts. I also love to write and I have been doing so on Tumblr, but no one wants to read on a Tumblr, just blog pictures of cats and people smoking pot… so f-ing adorable. 

Anyway, let me start off by telling you a bit about myself. As I mentioned, I am a 22-year-old college student. I attend Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. I’m majoring in Sociology and minoring Women’s Studies. No, I am not a radical feminist, so you needn’t worry. It is my hope that I become a school psychologist or a clinical social worker. I thought the Women’s Studies minor would help me if I do become a social worker. I also have an amazing internship opportunity next year and that is working with Berks Women In Crisis, which is getting to council victims of sexual and/or domestic abuse. I also have the opportunity to join the Honors Society for Women’s Studies and a chance to win a scholarship through their department. So, I’ve got a lot going for me school-wise.

My personal life, well, that’s pretty sweet too… sorry to disappoint. I have an amazing boyfriend, named Jim. We have only been dating 10 months (well, technically it’s 10 months on the 12th), but we know we’re going all the way. He got me a promise ring for my birthday, so things are pretty legit. He’s my best friend and the love of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing. 

Okay, enough sappy shit. That’s not what this blog is about. I actually hate intro posts. They always feel so unorganized and like I’m bragging about how awesome I am… PSH. I like topical posts. I will definitely be doing that in the future. Meh, maybe I am one of those cliched hipster bloggers and I belong back on Tumblr… if you saw the way I dressed, you’d think so too. Perf. Don’t judge though. I’m just a girl with a lot of feelings. Ice cream, please? Ew, f- no. I’m not THAT girl. I’m definitely not your typical judgmental, yoga pants, North Face jacket, and UGG boot wearing bitchy girl. I’m Ms Ari Marie: the girl who wants nothing more than to put a smile on your face and do some good in this world. I hope to do just that through my words on here and eventually out in the real world. So please, take some time and enjoy what I have to say. Although I do this for me, it would be awesome if you got something out of it to.

Remember to always keep smiling!

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Until my next post,

Ms Ari Marie