Crutches in College Tips

Hello there! Unfortunately I am on crutches for next three weeks or so because I pulled my tendon on my right foot. Using crutches in college makes you adjust a couple of things for daily life. So I am here to help you with what I have learned! :)

Eating on Campus

  • If you are using two crutches like me, eating in the all-you-can eat cafeteria will not be easy
  • To fix this, use the crutch on the opposite side of your injury so you can use you other hand to pick up food
  • For me, I use my left hand crutch while picking up plates with my right hand

Doors, Stairs, Navigating

  • To open a door (that doesn’t open automatically) first push with your crutch/hand that is the opposite from your injury. Next, keep the door open by placing the tip of the crutch at the bottom of the door. Push open and walk through
  • If you have to walk up/down stairs follow the following tip: walk up with your uninjured foot and walk down with your injured foot
  • Navigating a busy campus can be crazy but remember to walk as slow as you need to and ignore anyone who gives you an angry glare or tells you to move faster. Also, stop when you need too and please take your time. Teachers will understand if you are a few minutes late

Style

  • When in crutches, dressing nicely gets a bit complicated since your shoe options become limited
  • When wearing pants and skirts, opt for a comfy flat shoe as flats or flats with a small heel look good with a lot of clothes
  • When wearing a dress, choose a flat or sandal that is comfy
  • The key with shoes, is comfort and support before beauty as you do not want to injure yourself further because you decided to wear heels

My last piece of advice is to remember to take care of yourself. If that means getting a manicure instead of going to a party, go ahead and do it.

Don’t hesitate to email me or comment here if you have any questions or want further advice!

Blog ya later, color crazies!

Being Healthy #1

Hello! I am back and hopefully will be posting every week from now on!

So here is a quick table displaying my change in numbers (also, I am still growing, so the height is not because of me being healthier :D )

Health Table

As you see, I definitely lost some weight! I also lost some weight around my fingers (my fingers were bloated from past medications) Here is what I changed about how I eat and go about everyday life. (P.S. I only really started being serious about this around June.

  • Eating Healthy
    • I no longer eat (and try to avoid) food with
      • Corn Syrup
      • MSG (Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed anything)
      • Large amounts of fat (burgers, chips, etc)
    • I look for food with
      • Real sugar (sugar, not fructose not sucrose, real sugar)
      • Fiber and Protein
        • Usually look for a high protein snack for after a workout
      • Real flavors (fruit juices, not “flavoring)
  • Living Healthy
    • Every day I try and walk 5,000 to 7,000 steps
      • I track those steps using my Fitbit Zip (attached to bra)
    • After class, I always try and take a 10 minute walk to calm me and take in what I just learned
    • At work, I get up every 30/45 minutes to stretch and move around
  • Exercising (Exercising comes in many forms, not just running on a treadmill or hitting the gym everyday)
    • Hit the gym if you like using the machines and rotating through the machines
    • Try out a class if you like moving but don’t like using machines
      • Most colleges offer classes for a small fee & if they don’t inquire with your health center or student government
    • Try DVD’s and YouTube for exercise you can do in your room
      • My favorite is 3 Mile Walk by Leslie Sansone
        • In 45 you will not only walk 3 miles but get a good workout!
    • Join a sport or intramural team if in college (a sports team in your neighborhood works too)
      •  Teams offer varying levels as well as people to hang out with

Well, that is my advice and things I learned over the past couple months! I think I will do a being healthy in college edition too, since we all know that finding healthy wholesome food in college is not the easiest!

Ok then, have a great day!

Blog ya later, color crazies!

Movie Review Monday – Friday Edition

Hello fellow color crazies! This week I saw:

It was awesome! It is the one movie that might be as good as the first one. To break it down (1 being horrible and 5 being amazing):

  • Overall: It had many turns and twists but had a plot line that continued through the whole movie
  • Overall: 4.5 stars ★★★★
  • Animation: Many say the 3D was not necessary, but that is because the 3D aspect was not for crazy jump outs or weird things flying toward you, it was for depth. And wow, in 3D I felt like I was up there in the sky with the dragons. It was incredibly sharp and the animation was super fluid.
  • Animation: 5 stars ★★★★★
  • Emotion: Dang it, this movie was much more emotional than the first. They convey happiness, surprise and sadness very well in this movie. The actors, animators and musicians created magic.
  • Emotion: 5 stars ★★★★★

So, as you see, I really enjoyed this movie and I hope you do too!

More blog posts to come, hopefully every week!

Blog ya later, color crazies! ♥

New Year Resolutions Update

Remember how 6 months ago I made a resolution to be more motivated and more stylish. Here is my progress!

1. Stylish – I think I have come some way with my fashion sense. I try to not wear anything that makes me feel frumpy or not confident. I try and go for:

not 

This may seem like a small change but it is crazy how some outfits look with stretchy business pants versus yoga pants.

Another thing I have been doing is going for tops that are v-neck or scoop neck. I really don’t have much of a neck so I need some space. For example I choose:

 and avoid 

The other part of my resolution was to be motivated. I am having a lot of difficulty with that one. Anyone else? I feel like I go through my day and try and eat healthier but I cannot seem to get myself to exercise. Don’t get me wrong, I like exercising when it comes to laser tag, ultimate frisbee, swimming and group classes at the gym. So I got better with one resolution and slowly on the second. How are your resolutions going? Do you make any resolutions?

Blog ya later, color crazies!

Cute Handmade Jewelry Guide

As you may have seen, many people make jewelry. Whether it is made out of plastic beads, bottle caps or resin, it is all handmade. There are some tips I have for shopping for handmade jewelry!

1. Go for real silver or other metal findings (earring hooks, chain). When choosing earrings find out what the metal is. Personally I am allergic to many cheap metal mixes so I always buy silver plated or gold plated jewelry so my skin is safe and doesn’t get a bad reaction.

A good example is Close Eye Design, they use silver plated findings and clean each piece before it goes out the door (you’d be surprised how many companies do not clean the piece before it leaves them).

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2. Look for pieces that you won’t find at a chain store. Whatever is in style will be at H&M, Macy’s and Urban Outfitters. Look for something unique.

Above from Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade)

3. Be wary when buying something that contains semi-precious stones. These days, many materials can be mixed together to create a semi-precious stone type of product. Don’t pay $120 for a bracelet that was actually made from glass beads, not amethyst and opal.

Can you tell which one is real?

A.

or B.

If you guessed B, you are wrong. A is the real bracelet and B is the fake one. Hard to tell, right? To figure out if it is real, ask the seller. Most will say what it really is made out of, some will not answer the question.

I hope you will search the handmade jewelry world better after looking at these tips! If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask!

Blog ya later, color crazies!

 

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