Fitness Friday #4

Hello my people. Ha! I feel like Jessie Paege… (one of my favorite youtubers). How are you? I hope you’re having a nice day. I am back at it with another Fitness Friday, and as most of you may know, I am training to be on my high school’s cross country team.

Cross Country is a sport that requires a huge physical commitment. Now I’m no skinny gazelle with a high metabolism… Ha! Ha! No my friends last time I was weighed, I was weighed in at 173lbs. I’m very proud of my body no matter what the number is but when most people hear that I weigh such a high number they are quite surprised.

Cross Country is honestly a killer for me, but I wanted to do it, so I’m doing it. Lots of people don’t think I can do it, including my coach, but it doesn’t matter. I have my great friends and my parents who support me. So this is my Fitness Friday on how to make the cross team.

Disclaimer: I am not at all a expert on this topic, and my methods differ depending on your body when training and preparing for cross when our school starts.

  1. Cut the crap out of your life: You should be eating decently healthy. Personally I believe that it is okay to eat dessert or something every other week or just once in awhile. I mean it’s summer! But it’s also not mission impossible to look up healthy recipes online. A youtuber that I love to watch is Kalyn Nicholson, and in her most recent vlog she discussed how she read that to start or break a habit takes about 60-90 days. So she’s starting he health food challenge where she can only eat whole foods and nothing processed for 60 days. I decided to do it with her. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so gonna eat some processed food while I’m doing it because it’s summer. But I decided I can only do it 5 times… and the challenge ends on August 19th so… Comment bellow if you want me to do a Fitness Friday on healthy recipies that actually taste good. Cross country runners also have to drink more water than free willy. When you’re running long distance you need to be hydrated and you don’t run with a water bottle in your hands. You need to be so hydrated that your pee is not yellow, it’s clear. My friend Andrea and I will always laugh because we’ll be like ‘yo my pee is so clear, like literal cross running pee goals’.
  2. Set a schedule and do it! Most people during summer are lazy, but personally I’m always tired. My dad pays me for working for him by not doing little chores and stuff but by doing actual work, and chores. But by making a workout schedule I stick to it better. I workout twice a day. I do a mile run to warm up then I workout. Then in the evening I come back in, and I run again but this time it is a full endurance run.
  3. How to schedule it: So, our coach told us that we have to be able to run 5 miles before school starts. We will practice during the school year by running 10 miles, and average cross races are 3 miles with huge mountainous inclines. As I said before, I workout twice a day, because that’s what my body needs. I’m already in shape, but now I need to be Cross Country level in shape. Because it’s already mid June I’m supposed to be running 2.75 miles, almost three. The idea of this is that I increase the amount of miles I run every week. So next week I will be running three miles, then on Wednesday 3.50 then on Thursday 3.75 so next week I can run 4 miles then gradually increase once again. I’m usually busy doing stuff, so if I manage to do this I suld be running roughly 7 miles by the time school starts.
  4. Apps that help: I live by these apps for working out and keeping me on track. Nike Plus Training Club. This app has pre made workouts and categories for what you want to do. It tracks what you do, and also has achievements that keeps you motivated all the time. I am doing a four week endurance workout plan. I am on my second or third week now, I forgot. But you can put in what equipment you have, if you want to have runs in, how many times a week you want to work out, and more. I am doing the endurance week to get better for my running. I can change my workout schedule whenever I want, and I normally add recovery days where I have stuff going on. I have tried the whole workout app thing before but this one works it doesn’t feez and its consistent. (It’s also free.) The second app I love is Nike Plus Run Club. I use this to track my runs. It has a setting for indoor treadmill as well as running outside. You can set up the app to have a goal of going for a run for a certain amount of time, or distance, or you can do sprints where you put in the amount of time you want to do sprints for, and it tells you when to sprint or walk. I also like that this app doesn’t glitch, it syncs with the training app, and there’s someone telling you during your run if you’re at your half way point or how close you are and what your numbers are. At the end of the run or workout you put in how much effort you put in, and you can leave notes, I leave notes on my run to motivate me for next time. Even when I’m having recovery days, or not feeling into it I get an alert encouraging me to run.
  5. Inspiration: Inspiration is key and necessary if you’re gonna push yourself through this task. I find that Pinterest is where my inspiration lives. It also lives in my epic playlists that help me survive almost every run (Spotify ispat1000). I also have lots of inspiration from Instagram. Following people like Mackfit, and Pump Up, and seeing the amazing things these people can do really motivates you. Pump Up is another workout app that you can create custom workouts on. I don’t personally enjoy it because it always glitches in the middle of workouts on me, but Pump Up is also it’s own inspirational social media site for fitness.
  6. Cut the crap out of your life part 2: When you are running long distance, you tend to get tempted. Tempted to walk, tempted to stop, tempted to quit. You shouldn’t quit. Your mind starts to become your worst enemy because although everyone on planet Earth depends on music to get through a run, you can’t listen to music and run. You have to be self motivated, and you have to fight the demons that are telling you that you can’t do it. It takes a lot of work. Hell I started listening to everyone who said I couldn’t run, and then I ended up running my first 3.50 miles when this week all I have to run is 2.50 or 2.75. That’s basically running a whole mile ahead of schedule. I’m so much stronger than I think I am and so are you. So don’t give up. As Andrea likes to say “Pain is temporary”. But what really gets me through is “I can do all things through God who gives me strength” and it’s so true so if this is something you want, go for it girl! Never give up.

Cross County is really hard, but so is everything else in life. I told myself I wanted to do this, and so I’m doing it.

Shoutout to Melvin, a close friend of mine that recently told me that he loves my blog and always reads it and genuinely enjoys it. I haven’t seen him in over a year, and him saying that meant the world to me, so thank you love. Also shoutout to everyone that has been liking and subscribing to my blog. This blog means the world to me so I appreciate everyone that likes, comments, and subscribes to be a part of this with me.

Thanks again, and I’ll catch ya on the flip side.

-Issie

My Faith Monday #3

Hey guys, its Issie. Hope you are having a wonderful day, and I am posting just like I promised. Today’s post is a My Life Monday because God has always been something very important in my life, but it wasn’t until now I’ve been trying to deepen my relationship with Him.

Lately I’ve found myself just saying little prayers even though they don’t sound like prayers. Just these moments where I go “Oh God help me right now” it may sound sarcastic but I’m actually implying His help. With someone like me I find that to be the easiest thing to do, and I am legit so shocked when looking back and thinking that most of the time, it does work! It’s shocking what can happen when you let Him into you. It was never some big habit I had to get myself into for the type of praying I do but now it’s like second nature, if I need help I almost sarcastically say “Oh, God help me” but I mean it, and it actually works because despite how I may sound sarcastic I submerge myself in the possibility.

Sometimes if I remember, I also pray for all of my friends at night and for stuff that’s going on in my life.

I’m not perfect, and I don’t have the perfect relationship with Him, but it’s real and it’s mine, and something real is all I’ve ever wanted. For a long time it would feel like I was just wishing on a star that was just a plane, but I feel like I’m connected to Him.

Yesterday was Father’s Day, and last Father’s Day… kind of ironic but my mom and I had to get away from my dad for a bit, and it has turned a full 360. I do believe that one of the reasons for this is because of Jesus Christ.

It’s a matter of continuation, and giving your trust to something so unbelievable that it’s true. I know it’s hard, trust me I know, but with this little spark of a relationship I have with Him, I’m going to turn it into a fire.

So, hang in there everyone who doesn’t feel okay, and is depressed, and broken. This too shall pass, and it always gets better. Catch ya on the flip side!

-Issie

My Life Monday #5

June 12, 2017

Hello my people, the people of the internet just scrolling through, the people who are following me and decided to read this, the people that have seen this on WordPress or have seen my instagram, long story short, hello and welcome.

So looking back… I haven’t posted in two solid weeks. I absolutely hate that. So, the week of finals for those of you who hung with me through that madness, I survived. I scored higher in Spanish than I thought, and did relatively well in Geometry, got almost a C in Adv. English (I could rant about that one, but I won’t go there) and I didn’t really pay attention to the rest of them, my mind was basically in the zone to do whatever it took to study, and I didn’t really care to know the outcome, I just wanted to be done with it, but I am back.

On top of trying to study, I was also trying to run for cross country and work with my animals for fair… I know that doesn’t sound as difficult as it really is. But goats can be a pain, and I worked almost as hard as I could because I wanted to win advanced horse showmanship. By the time I was done with finals I was so happy to go swimming with my friends on the last. Friday I had to gain as much rest as possible to prepare me for the 4am and 5:30 am mornings that came with the adventures of fair. I also had to pack my stuff and get organized. I know myself well now, and I’ve done enough fairs to know that before fair my shiz must be together, and I must gain extra hours of sleep to make up for the hours I will loose… I also know I must pack a pillow.

On  Saturday I had a horse show all day. I was blessed to receive first in freshman showmanship and second in advanced… (so close to winning advanced as a freshman, there’s always next year.) I also did a bunch of other classes but if you want to hear about that comment below.

Anyways, next day was fair day, we took the goats down to the fairgrounds, where their was so much non compacted dirt you couldn’t always see straight. I got so many pimples and so much dehydration from this barn… dirt in everything! The only people showing goats this year were some seniors. Let me tell you, these seniors were the nicest people you will ever meet. Abby, Marissa, and Darek. I normally get anxiety by being around people but I forced myself not to get anxious and it made out for a great experience with these great people. They graduated, but in FFA you can come back and show one last time. Which is cool, but it was nice to not be the loner sometimes and they always made people feel included. Shoutout to Abby if she’s creeping on my blog again.

I did pretty well at this fair, 2nd in market, 2nd in showmanship, and 1st in breeding. Definitely an improvement compared to the last county fair.

I ate so much junk food though. Their was this little kid, Marlin, his heffer died, and his dad took him to fair so he could have the experience. So, we gave him an experienced… he decided he liked barn duty and cleaning the barn for us, so we had him to that, and I paid him in food. Lots of it, I spent like $20 on him. We had some good times that little kid and I… ate so much junk food.

Victor also went to this fair (refresher: Victor AKA Kevin, my best friend since 2nd grade). So we had some lit times together. On the first day to pass the time we played blackjack, and I took his money  face *devilish smirk* (not all of it of course.) Some days we were bound to our separate barns, but on the day I got my new camera we had a photoshoot… we actually had several, and we explored the fair grounds. It was super cool.

“Issie, don’t go in there” Victor said nudging me over back to the track.

“Come on Victor, live a little” She said pulling his hand and smiling.

Basically sums up the entire adventure.

Finally, auction day was upon us. I was so happy to get rid of Squirt (my goat). He was sold for $8 a pound… that’s really good. I was really happy, but I had to wait around all day to auction him off, so Victor and I had another photoshoot, and his mom bought me food. It was getting to be about evening time after I sold, and my mom was with me so we ended up looking around at the exhibits, and I was dying over the photography, and the sketches of Ed Sheeran, Tyler, and Josh from Twenty Øne Piløts.

Eventually we left and I slept hella good, as usual. The next night was awards night, and I was blessed to receive a plaque for winning 1st in freshman horse showmanship. Hours of boredom later, finally left the fairgrounds for good this time, got the check for my animal, and went home.

Today is June 12th, basically my first day of summer. I slept in, put on my music, snap chatted my friends, ran, worked out, cleaned the house, put on my makeup, got dressed. Good times man, I’m feeling good. So that’s where I’ve been for two weeks. I don’t want to do that again, but I had no time to prep posts. On the bright side when I update the blog for July and August, it is going to look amazing!

This blog means a lot to me, so if you find me tolerable, please like and subscribe for more, and follow me on my instagram @thatgirlissie for sneak peaks of July’s photos.

Catch ya on the flip side!

-Issie

My Life Monday #4

Okay so this isn’t much of a post but I am caught up studying for finals, it’s 10:26pm. I wanted to make sure I posted for you guys, and I want to try to give you an extra real post tomorrow. Hope you have a good day.

Catch ya on the flip side, and wish me luck!

-Issie

Photography Friday #3

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This is the story of my fist FFA market goat project and my first FFA trip to the fair. I have been showing since I was nine so I am used to fair vibes, this wasn’t my first rodeo. I had a lot of help from my Ag. Adviser but I also tried to be independent. A lot of perpetration went into this project (mainly because I had raised this goat since he was born). It was two weeks ago we went to fair. Fair is a really cool experience, junk food, roller coasters, and animal exhibits and shows. It can be a very fun and sometimes educational experience. You keep your animals in barns, and you basically hang out outside all day doing absolutely nothing. One of my friends thought we hung out in a room with WiFi and AC… nope it’s almost like camping, but you come back home every night, then come back bright and early.

You weigh your animals one day, then you sit around awhile until you show. When you show you are in uniform almost all day, and where I live it’s normally about 90 degrees when I show, but it’s worth it, it’s really fun. Then you sit around some more for a few more days until auction when all your hard work gets rewarded.

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This was my reward

My showday was all day. I was so tired at the end of it. I won 3rd in showmanship, 3rd in market, and first in breeding. and the picture right there was my reward. At fair the most important thing to get is a cinnamon roll. They are the best things ever and I look forward to them every year all year long, and so I had a cinnamon roll with ice cream, and that was the best thing of life.

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My placing

You have to be at the fair every day all day, and it’s fun because you’re with your friends. We snap chat each other or play cards all day long, or sometimes we’ll even pr-ooze through the fair grounds looking at all the free stuff, educational exhibits, and how much fried stuff is offered.

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Accurate representation of how tired you are and how you’re willing to sleep anywhere.

On an added note to the picture above I tend to do a lot of reading and sleeping at fair… more sleeping than anything. I made a bed out of a box slightly shorter than my length and a pillow from a bag of hay… good times, good times.

There’s always free stuff that people use to promote their business, and this year a tire center had a Frisbee, so my friends and I would go out in a grass area and throw that Frisbee all over the place, and when it got lost, we would go get another one.

I am a sucker for fast rides and I love a good adrenaline rush. Lots of my friends (despite the agricultural background of our hometown) have never been to a fair, and have no idea what it’s like so this year I took them on what I call a ride night. We pay to eat junk food, buy cheap lame stuff, and almost puke on roller coasters. The day that we went on was the day after JoJo’s birthday so I just called this his birthday party.

Bright and early I picked he hyperactive boys up, and we went down to the fair grounds listening to my sick playlists (Spotify ispat1000). They ran around like dogs, they helped me change the goat’s waters and their feed. We played the game ‘Ninja War’ so much that you would think we were little kids, and we walked around the fair so much. At the fair we went to they had an abundance of anime march so the boys and I went crazy. Of course, I bought a Fairy Tail necklace.

We went on all the rides… except the zipper… the zipper can burn in hell that concussion giver! We had a blast, when JoJo and John weren’t about to puke. Juan and I were having a lit time and we were dabbing on every ride.

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Far left with the Gryffindor hat I gave him is JoJo, the creep with his tongue sticking out is Juan, the girl with the double chins is me, and the boy eating my hair in the back is John.

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While we were there we decided to play some hopelessly riged games, and John actually won! (Shocker to everyone) He won the dinosaur you see, we named her Dina… yew we checked it is a she… originally we thought she was a he and the original name was Dino but I saw it more fitting to change her name.

The little stuffed animal polar bear is Polly… Polly the Polar Bear. Juan won that little guy and decided to give it to his girlfriend… but he eventually forgot to do that.

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Me in my uniform for auction

Looking back that was such a good time with all of them, I just wished Victor could have came, because then the insanity squad would have been complete. I was so caught up in the moment of having fun with them but reflecting back it really felt like a great trip with such good vibes. Love you boys although I doubt any of them are reading this. Ah, my boys, my closest friends.

Good vibes=Good life

Catch ya on the flip side!

-Issie

My Life Monday #3: Where I’ve Been…

May 21, 2017

Not that any of you were worried, but I clearly was gone for a week… no big deal this isn’t like a youtube video when a beauty guru is gone for awhile and then comes back saying that their life was changed. But I basically didn’t post for a whole two weeks. Heck, I posted Quote Wednesday #12 on a Thursday!

As you already know two weeks ago I went to fair, so the week after that I was catching up on homework. The week after the first of May I had no time to write posts because all weekend I was still caught up with fair, once I got home the first thing I did was sleep, then the next thing you know it’s been two weeks since I’ve posted. I have caught up on all my late work, but the reason why I didn’t post last week was because a teacher assigned a big project, and I was caught up in that.

I’m getting my blog back in order. I know I don’t have that many followers, and I don’t have many people that like my posts but this blog does mean a lot to me and I appreciate everyone that has subscribed and does like my posts.

It’s almost the end of the school year, I’m counting the days until June 1st… (11 days) But because of that I’m also going crazy getting ready for finals. In addition to that, my school gets out on a Thursday, and on Saturday I have a horse show, and on Sunday I am going into the fair with my goats for another week of good vibes and crazy. But if the week after school gets out is fair that means I have to balance studying with finals and working with my goats and horse.

It’s all good, but if I do start drifting from the blog, that’s why, but I plan to be completely consistent over the summer.

With all that said let me let you in on some of the fun stuff that has been going on the past week.

My school puts on this thing called mud volleyball. They make every class 25 minutes and we get out at noon. The teachers still try and teach us stuff although nobody is focused! The Ag department BBQ’s and it’s freaking amazing! they have several games of corn whole for anyone, and they have canopy tents for people to chill. They have grass volleyball courts but the fun part is the three side by side courts with canal water being pumped into them to make the mud. It’s a blast.

This was our team, Victor has me on his back, the other girl next to me on Adam’s back is my bestie Andrea, and Angela and Miguel are on the bottom. We were the Eliminators… and we didn’t last past the first game.

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My girl Andrea

But that’s fine because the school hired a DJ, and it was basically a big dance floor on the grass, everyone was barefoot dancing their life away. Of course I was freaking owning it because I love to dance. I was sometimes forced in the mosh pit of sorts, but I prefer dancing off to the sides sometimes with Victor because I have trained him from 6th grade how to waltz, chacha (well he already kinda knew how to do that), the swing, the twist, and a little bit of salsa. It’s so much fun doing the chacha and breaking into a twist then spinning into him and having him dip me. We’ve never really had lessons on dancing, but sometimes the middle school would have dances and we would dance together and it would look like crap but four years later to 9th grade we make a great duo.

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So I danced like a crazy person for about five hours until the day ended. JoJo played volleyball with us, he’s actually crazy good. His dad plays and coaches volleyball, he played on the JV team, but then got moved up to Varsity. He left to play video games after playing volleyball but I begged him for a picture.

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Before I left school I went to the ag building. So for the entire week before this day I had been campaigning to be my FFA’s chapter reporter, so I went to go check and see if I had got it. I didn’t get the position, but while I was heading to my dad’s truck I saw Andrea and Victor so I took a pic with some of my favorite people.

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That was a great day!

The week after that my FFA chapter was holding and award ceremony for all the kids that participate a lot. They gave out tons of scholarships, made food, and thanked everyone that had been supporting us.

I won Outstanding Freshman in Agricultural Science and Outstanding Greenhand because of all the stuff I had taken part in this year with my FFA. I also won a spot in the point award trip. They take the top 20 kids that participate in the FFA they take them on an all expense paid day trip. I think we’re going to Santa Cruz. I’m pretty stoked.

I’ve also been hanging out in the band room a lot, one of the fair’s I go to has a competition for who can write and perform the best original song, so I have been working on that as much as I can. I have to figure out the strum pattern for the song before school ends and recorded it before school ends if I want it to sound especially good, because the band teacher will let me use the box drum and record it in high quality.

In addition to all of that I’ve also been trying to train a little bit here and there. Because this week I have a cross country meeting to attend, and I must admit I am quite intimidated, so I’m trying to be as ready as I can be for next season. Although I understand I won’t be able to progressively train until summer break.

So that’s where I’ve been doing and what I’ve got going on. Please like and subscribe for more. I hope you have a good life, and comment bellow what you’re excited for in summer… or don’t, your choice.

Catch ya on the flip side!

-Issie

Fitness Friday #3

Call it what you will. Death, heat stroke, hell their is no denying the fitness of fair. 

Hello everyone it’s Issie. I hope you’re having a lovely day. For those of you whom didn’t already know I am a bit of an aggie, and I love to show. I show market goats breeding goats horses, and I will soon be showing a beef bread heffer next year but I still work with her during the weekends.

For you city people poorozing the internet for something exciting to read to give your life, well, life this livestock thing may sound easy but I will assure you it isn’t. 

I have been showing goats for six years and I love it but it’s also one of the reasons I don’t always sleep in and sometimes I can’t hang out with friends. But in reality it’s worth it. 

So my Fitness Friday is dedicated to all the farmers and agriculturalist that work ever day so others can have it just a little bit easier. For the past month I have been riding my horse ever weekend, and working with my goats every day after school. I am a member of the FFA, and I do more than just livestock too. I also do speaking completions and team competitions as well. You learn so much responsibility and hard work and relatong fitness back to livestock you will definitely develup biceps when you have to pull a 75 pound goat around in 90° F.

I showed goats in my inch thick boots all day. I showed my two goats 7 times in 97° F and I was out by the end of it. I had a cinnamon roll and ice cream and somehow in the morning I saw I went down a loop on my belt and I looked even better than before. And I am not a girl with a fast metabolism. 

Farming and agriculture in general is the greatest workout of you life.

Catch ya when I’m out of this heat!

-Issie

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