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Challenge of the Month: Going Vegan

I’ve definitely neglected blogging for too long – life has been a bit hectic over the last couple of weeks, and as always, I struggle to blog when I feel like there’s too much going on in my head. I’m feeling better though, so quick updates: I’m walking with less difficulty now; longer distances and less pain, yay! I still have a bit of a limp though, but Achilles physiotherapy is going well, so thanking God for progress! I’ve also started obstetrics and gynaecology, which has been pretty interesting so far, but more to come on that…

ANYWAY, how was going vegan? Very hard.

Anyone who knows me well will know that I eat a lot of meat, and since I went vegetarian for a bit back in foundation year, I thought veganism was the next step. After a day or two, I realised that so many things I eat have dairy products in them??? This was definitely a whole new level compared to just not eating meat because DANG.

I snack a lot on biscuits, cereal bars and chocolate when I’m bored, so I found that I really struggled in between meals. I’m not even really much of a snacker, but overall I found that I had to eat bigger portions of food to be satisfied, and now that I’m back to my previous diet, I’m still craving pastries like I did when I was vegan. I think something about not being able to have them has made me appreciate them more? Maybe.

I definitely have a lot more respect for my vegan pals, because it definitely isn’t easy. I tried chickpeas and vegan burgers and sausages for the first time, and they were much nicer than I’d previously assumed. Going vegan taught me to be more adventurous with food, so I’m alllll about the pulses (hummus? YES) and beans now. It’s better for the health and environment too, so I’ve introduced meat free days into my diet.

Here is some of the food I had during my vegan days:

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Challenge of the Month: Social Media Ban

The rules: 

  1. No Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter for a week.
  2. If you accidentally go on any of them, you must add a day to the week.
  3. You’re allowed to go on Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, but only to reply to messages; you must not initiate conversations on them.

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am very attached to my phone. It has my schedules, alarms and to do lists, so I would be pretty lost without it. I am also quite active on social media – I am constantly refreshing newsfeeds and reading articles on my phone, so I knew this was a challenge that would be quite tough for me.

So how did it go? Well I got through the week but boy was it hard!

It made me realise just how much I rely on Twitter for news and updates on what’s going on in the world, because I felt so out of it during the week. I had major FOMO from not being able to go on Snapchat, and because Facebook is a big part of uni life, as most societies and clubs post news and information on their pages, I missed some important netball notifications because I didn’t see them.

Not being able to go on my phone as much made me get back into reading though, and I finished Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck in that week, so it was productive. Less time on my phone also meant that I talked more while sat in groups, instead of splitting my attention between the conversation and my screen.

Not being able to see social media updates from my friends meant that I had to make an effort to call and text them to find out how they were/what was going on with them, as my ban made me realise that it’s all too easy to feel like we’re interacting enough with people by liking posts or watching stories, but it’s really not the same as a direct message or actually speaking to them.

So how do I move on from this? Well I’m back on social media, but I’m trying to spend less time on it, and I’ve made some new rules for myself:

  1. No social media before midday.
  2. No more than 10 minutes spent checking things when I do go on Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat/Instagram.
  3. Put phone away when sitting with people i.e. when in the kitchen with housemates.
  4. No social media after 10pm.

I’m determined to be more in the moment and less attached to my phone, so hopefully I can keep this up throughout 2018! 🙂

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Challenge of the Month: Scary Film At The Cinema

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This is a super late post, but for anyone who might be thinking that this isn’t really a big deal, I am a massive wimp and the scariest film I’ve seen is Scary Movie 3; I couldn’t sleep for days, even though it’s a comedy, apparently…

Yeah, I’m not the biggest fan of scary films.

So how was It?? Not too bad actually! It was more jumpy than scary, and I thought it was quite funny in parts, so I think that helped in making me less scared. I only had to sleep with the lights on for a couple of days so that’s a win… right? Haha, just kidding.

 

(I’m not kidding).

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Challenge of the Month: Lads Holiday

Mahan, Shak and Riyad are three of my dearest friends, so going on holiday with them didn’t seem like a big deal to me, as this is something that we’ve been trying to make a thing since foundation year. Many people were sceptical about me being the only girl, which again, wasn’t really a big deal to me, but it was my first “lads” holiday, which is why I guess it can count as a challenge.

We had a lovely week in Dubrovnik, Croatia; it was so SO much fun! Dubrovnik is a very beautiful, albeit expensive city, and highlights included the Game of Thrones tour, visiting and kayaking around Lokrum Island, our day trip to Montenegro, the amazing view from Panorama restuarant, and the food, ofcourse. SO YUM.

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Ofcourse, what happened in Dubrovs stays in Dubrovs, because the things I’ve been privy to would need a whole new blog dedicated to them… hahahahaha, oy vey.

But to answer a question I’ve been getting a lot, the answer is no, Shak and I are not going out. Even though we do make a cute couple- Shak would be the one punching, ofcourse.

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Overall it was a great holiday that went way too quickly, and even though the guys can be super annoying sometimes, I love them really, and I know I’m blessed to have them. Three angels tbh…

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Challenge of the Month: Tinder

Me: “Mummy, I’m now on Tinder.”

Abs (My mother): “What’s Tinder?”

Me: “It’s a dating app.”

Abs (My mother): ” … Why? Is it for Christians?”

Two very good questions from Abs tbh.

Anyone who follows this blog will know that I like to do something new every month to get out of my comfort zone, but when my housemate first suggested Tinder, I was like HECK to the NO.

You see, as a self proclaimed prude and “ice queen” and Christian, Tinder is something I have never considered. It has a not so great reputation as a sleazy hook up app, and that was what I thought it was for. My housemate was quick to let me know that I was being a bit judgemental, having not experienced it for myself, so I was challenged to try it out.

The goal? To go on a Tinder date and prove that there are nice people on it. So with this in mind, I downloaded the app. Forever #reppingGod, I put my favourite Bible verse in my bio, to let peeps know what I’m about innit:

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And then I started swiping, which led me to some… interesting people:

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My first match was with a guy who was a twin as well, and I was so hyped because OMG what are the odds, right? But then he sent me this:

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In total I matched with about 25 people, which was 25 more than I thought I would match with tbh – one of them used to be the title character in Billy Elliot on the West End, so claim to fame?

And now, on to the Tinder date.

It was with a recent graduate, who was also into films, and worked in healthcare. He suggested going for a drink, and I was quick to let him know that I wasn’t interested in a relationship or anything like that.

(You see, in naive Tai Land, “not interested in a relationship or anything like that” means I just want to be friends, but apparently that not what it means on Tinder. But I digress…)

We met in a pub, and it was… interesting; he came dressed in a suit. A SUIT.

I felt so under dressed in my dungarees (LOL), and it was just very awkward. There were only about 5 people in the whole pub (us included), so it was even more awks. He wasn’t much of a talker – a lot of our conversation was led by me, as he just stared whenever I stopped talking. It was very odd, and a bit unnerving.

Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was nice, but when he abruptly left the pub without saying goodbye, because I didn’t feel comfortable with giving him my number, I knew I had made the right choice. Some people have tried to argue that I was harsh for not giving it to him, as he had “been so nice,” but I was quick to assert that I completely have the right to not give him my number.

I had made it clear to him that us going for drinks was 100% platonic, and I also had no intention of seeing him again, so this “nice guy” entitlement culture is a load of bull. Shout out to the waitress in the pub for agreeing with me; women should not feel pressured to do anything they don’t want to. No. No. NO.

On a lighter note though, Mahan and Shak are the best for coming to the pub to make sure I’d be okay. They pretended not to know me ofcourse, but knowing they were close by was reassuring. I am so blessed to have friends who would come on a date with me, so that’s a positive thing to take away from all this.

Anyway, final thoughts on Tinder:

  • I was wrong for thinking that it’s just for getting with people; friendships can be formed on it too!
  • Personally, it’s not for me though. I didn’t like how it’s mainly based on judging people by how they look, and I felt bad for being so quick to dismiss people because of their chosen profile pictures.
  • So I think I’d prefer to meet people face to face than online; people can be completely different people over social media, and I learned that quickly with my Tinder date… #neveragain.
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Challenge(s) of the Month: Body Pump & Body Combat

I am now a gym person.

By gym person, I mean that I am now someone who goes to the gym sometimes. And by sometimes, I mean once or twice a week. I am not enough of a gym person to buy a membership or brave it alone yet, so shout out to York Girl, my ever patient ‘Personal Trainer,’ who makes gyming not so intimidating for me, and makes me feel better about being such a n00b by helping me to laugh at myself.

So to take my gyming to the next level, I decided to try out some classes; Body Pump and Body Combat, to be exact. Long story short, Body Pump was blooming awful and I’m not going back, and Body Combat was super fun, and I’m looking forward to going again.

What made Body Pump so awful, you ask? Well I didn’t realise it involved so much weight lifting- the squats and leg stuff were fine, but I really struggled with the triceps and biceps work, because my arms are so so weak. Part of this stems from my fear of dislocating my shoulder again, so I just couldn’t keep up.

The instructor noticed this, and she then keep picking on and drawing attention to me for the rest of the class. It was embarrassing and very unfair, as I wasn’t the only one who was struggling, and it was my first time! She was aware of this and still didn’t give me a break, which wasn’t very nice.

Body Combat, on the other hand, was so much better! I went with Kiren, who was in my PBL group in year one, and it was a lot of fun; no weights, YAY. It involved a lot of punching and kicking the air, as well as squats (my faves), and some cardio and ab work to finish.

Not going to lie, my motivation to learn defend myself was Gigi Hadid. After watching the video of how she recovered from being picked up by that strange man, I was determined to learn some moves myself. You can never be too careful…

So, watch this space! By the end of the year 3, I’ll be super toned and be able to punch properly 💪👊

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Challenge of the Month: Passing Year 2

I’ll admit that I haven’t done anything new for the past couple of months, and this was more of a challenge of the year to be honest, so yes, this is a bit of a cop-out, but trust me, getting through this year has definitely been tough.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this year has involved friendship drama, taking on more responsibility, and ofcourse, dealing with having to find somewhere to stay during exams.

So when I received confirmation that I passed everything and can move on to third year, I cried. But these were tears of joy!

All of this could not have been possible without the grace of God, and for that, I’m so so grateful.

It’s weird to think that this was three years ago, and now I’m halfway through my degree, how time flies!Results Day 2013
This also means that it’s been three years since I started this blog, and over 5000 views and 100+ followers later, I’m still going!

I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone who takes time to read my rambling- I don’t post this blog anywhere, or talk about it much, so every one of those views and follows is from people who came across and chose to read it on their own accord.

You guys are the real MVPs x