How To Get Fit This Summer

“I wanna look fit this summer.”

We’ve heard it all before – from our friends, family and even ourselves, but somehow we never seem to get around to it. It’s hard to motivate yourself to get off the couch, switch off your laptop and start working out. Keeping fit and looking and feeling healthy and strong are not easy and it’s a long road. But you’ve got to get started. For your sake. Teenagers nowadays are unhealthier than ever with obesity rates sky-rocketing.

Studies say that you need to get at least an hour of exercise in your daily schedule. That may seem like a lot, but you don’t have to do mundane exercises. You could do sports or activities you enjoy (like dance!) for an hour to keep fit.

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1. Create a Work-out Playlist

Exercising can be stressful and even more so when you have nothing to distract yourself with. Fast-paced music (urban, dubstep, pop, etc) are great for work-outs because they distract you from what you’re doing. So don’t forget to create a playlist that makes you want to move!

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2. Do what you love

You don’t have to go to the gym if you don’t feel like it. Do an activity you enjoy. Whether that’s football, dancing, swimming, basketball or track, do what you love so that exercise won’t feel like a burden. Rather, you’ll have fun with it!

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3. Bring your friends along

Everything seems that much more fun when you have friends to keep you company. Get some like-minded friends to work out with. Not only will your competitive spirit make you want to do as good (if not better) as them but you’ll also have a great time while you’re at it!

P.S. Investing in cute (non-expensive!) work-out clothes are also a great motivation!

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4. Burn baby burn

Get 60 minutes of cardio most days of the week – something that increases your heart rate and breathing. Don’t be afraid to break a sweat (or a nail)! Eating healthy and clean (no junk food, no soda!) as well as exercising are the killer combo that will have you looking fabulous in no time. Drinking loads of water is also a must not only to digest all your food and fend off acne but also to avoid dehydration during an intense work-out.

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5. Strength Training

Building your bones is also super important. You don’t want to be fighting of osteoporosis when you’re older. For this, you’re going to have to pump some iron. At least two times a week, you need to lift weight that pushes you to your limits on the last couple of reps.

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6. Crunch Time!

It’s not unheard of to want a flat stomach. In fact, most of us watch Kaley Cuoco in jealousy wishing we looked as fit as her (is that just me? I dunno). Bicycle crunches, leg lifts, planks, crunches and side twists are great ways to work out your abdominal area. Aim for 10 to 20 reps for 4 to 5 sets.

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Most of all, you should just have fun with whatever you’re doing. Also, remember that loving yourself and your body and accepting it is very crucial. You aren’t exercising because you hate your body. You’re doing it to feel better.

Remember not to starve yourself in order to lose weight because the objective is not a thigh gap but to be fit. That is in no way the same thing as being skinny, and to be honest, girls with thigh gaps and skeleton-and-skin look sort of scary and ugly, if you ask me. Remember to stay healthy and ask for help and suggestions from your doctor and parents before you start!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

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Reasons Why I Hate High School

Well, ‘hate’ is a probably (OK, definitely) a strong word for it. In fact, high school has been one of the most memorable and fun times of my life. I’ve made some of my best friends here and had the most crazy memories ever. But that doesn’t mean it was all a joy-ride. And let’s face it, nobody wants to here positive anecdotes. So, here we go!

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1. Getting Up Early

This isn’t specific to high school, but you catch my drift. You hear that damn alarm ring and you just know you’ve got that jungle to go to where ‘survival of the fittest’ is the motto. Getting that warm blanket get ripped off your body is probably the worst part of the day though.

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2. Annoying People

Maybe it’s just me, but, to be honest, it’s like the population of annoying and/or stupid people in our school is just increasing every year. Isn’t school supposed to be a learning environment? Isn’t it supposed to be interesting and fruitful? How are you supposed to fulfill your expectations as a student when there are idiots all around you? Non-existent morals, bad music taste and stupid questions – just a few of the things that surround you on a daily basis at high school.

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3. Homework

Ah, homework – the work of Satan that is enforced by teachers all over the world so as to bring the hell that is school to your home. Just peachy. And it just increases in high school. Aint life wonderful?

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4. It’s not Hogwarts

Do I even need to explain? The pain, the agony. *sniffs* I need a moment.

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5. Evil Teachers

OK, I’ve had my share of life-changing teachers but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have those cranky evil teachers that are just never happy no matter what you do. You may be Hemingway himself but that essay still deserves a B– just because. These are the teachers that put Lucifer to shame with the amount of homework they hand out, the lack of motivation they give and all the of hall passes they don’t provide.

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6. Final Exams

Unless you were one of those freaking geniuses at school, you know what I’m talking about. Just thinking of the final exams gives me a headache and knots up my stomach. It sucks for us students and the teachers get a kick out of getting us to do more work for extra credit. It’s just labour. Slave labour.

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7. Recess

Now you must be wondering, “What sucks about recess?” Yeah, it’s the one time when you can leave all the studying bullshit behind and bitch about your classes to your friends. The only sucky part is that there just isn’t enough of it. I mean, 15 mins just isn’t enough to fully explain the depth and breadth of  the problems in my life to my friends! Who’s the genius who made that rule?! Like,

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That’s all for now. And yes, I know I haven’t posted in, like, two weeks and I’m so sorry about that! I’ve been too loaded up with work (which is still on-going) and so I’ve written this post in a hurry as well. I’ll try to get back on schedule ASAP!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

Things I Hate About the Internet

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Now don’t get me wrong, I’m part of that whole wifi-driven generation that presumably ‘lives it’s life online‘ and spends hours of endless fun on the internet. But, I have to say there are some things that the internet offers us that we wished it just didn’t. Let me explain…

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1. Updates about peoples’ lives

Whether it’s an overemotional friend on Facebook or a person who tweets every event of their life as and when they’re happening to them, we all know that one person that has absolutely no idea what “too much information” is. It may come as a surprise to you, but our day was going perfectly fine without you reminding us how blessed we are to be alive or whatever crap. It’s social media, not your crying towel. Get it together people! #sorrynotsorry

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2. People who overuse acronyms

I mean, yes, we get it, writing ‘lol’ or ‘bro’ is so much faster than typing out the whole real thing, but when people go crazy with the ‘TBH’s and the ‘YOLO’s, that’s when things get annoying. Unless you’re being ironic or something, you should know that ‘bro’ing it out on the internet is just about the lamest thing I’ll be reading all week. So stop it. Just, please. I’m asking nicely.

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3. Pre-schoolers with an internet connection

OK, I don’t mean to be a Grammar Nazi but is it that hard to get your grammar and spelling right when you type? At least make an effort to make the word you type closely resemble the actual word. I mean, I’m honored that you think I’m clever enough to decode that comment you made on my post where not even a word was written in actual English, but please spare me the mind games unless you’re an actual secret agent in dire need of my help.

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4. Commercials/Advertisements

You know what I’m talking about if you use YouTube at all. Ever since mid-2013, every single video has this little non-related prequel a.k.a. an advertisement telling us about a product that we definitely are not interested in buying, that compulsorily take up 5 seconds of our day. I mean, seriously, if there is even one human being on this planet that has benefited from these ads or has bought something after watching them, please, let me know and I will gladly rest my case. Exactly. I mean, you don’t even have to ask me, YouTube. I have always and will always want to ‘Skip This Ad‘ as fast as possible (i.e. exactly 5 seconds). Just saying. That button is a game, IT’S A DAMN JOKE YOUTUBE!

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5. Internet fights

Why do people even waste their time with this? Why?? I mean, how is it possible that they don’t know what a spectacle they’re making for everyone else. People typing mean stuff from behind their screens in Caps Lock is really not the way you fight and doing it over the internet just gives us all recorded proof of what an idiot you are. It’s a chance for us to point and laugh at you. Just get that and stop already.

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6. Misinformed souls

The internet is full to bursting with people who don’t know anything. If you look for any random piece of information, 10 people will probably give you 10 different answers. Everyone is just as clueless as you are and it’s no secret or lie. Don’t believe everything you hear on the internet because, chances are, it may have been typed out my a clueless self-assured teenager somewhere in a part of the world you’ve never even heard of.

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I’m sure I’m not alone in this. (Or am I?) That’s all for now!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

♡ My Bittersweet Relationship With Nicholas Sparks ♡

OK, confession time – unlike most peoples’ (and teenage girls’) opinions about this beloved writer of our generation, I have strongly mixed feelings about where I stand on the issue of ‘OMG How much do you love Nicholas Sparks?’ Now calm down, don’t get your panties in a twist, I didn’t say I hate him (yet), and I haven’t said otherwise either (yet). I’m just here to tell you about my love-hate relationship with our darling N.S. and hope you end up as confused as I feel.

(Yes, raining on your romance-squeal parade just might make my day, so what, don’t judge me. Oops, sorry not sorry.)

Raising the Bar a little too high there, Sparky boy

All your lovey-dovey unrealistic shit and basic lack of new plots is making me sick Sparks, so stop it. Just freaking don’t. That stuff is too damn cute even though it’s all kind of similar and it’s not fair that I’ll never get a kiss or a romance like that if I live a thousand lives. Ruining peoples’ lives ain’t funny business and it’s not good to make people doubt there’s something wrong with the way they get their flirt on and get relationships to work. Why would you do that to someone, that’s just mean, plain and simple! I’ll see you in hell, Sparks. In. Hell.

2. But We Love It

Yeah, I’ll be the first to admit that my oh-so-soft-and-romantic heart sighed and cried 4 times the first time I read ‘The Notebook“. So what? Don’t pretend you didn’t tear up. We hate his guts for making our relationship status at an all-time ‘single’ but god damn, we want that shit. We want to read about that beautiful, impossibly tragic love and how those broken hearts made it work against all odds. We live for that. We. Want. That. Shit.

3. Stuff like that JUST doesn’t happen in real life

Yeah, sure. Like even after losing your wife to 9/11, finding new love and loving her after her she gets cancer would ever happen (not to us anyway). What, Nicholas Sparks characters don’t get bogged down by pressurizing parents, social status and leukemia? Bullshit. And unrealistic. So unrealistic.

You should be kissed everyday, every hour, every minute.

Yeah, I don’t think that’s gonna happen. Or that anybody’s got the time for that sappy line. I mean Come. On.

But we totally wish it did

I mean, Come. On. Don’t you, though? Sparks has got this way of making us feel warm and fuzzy inside, no matter how many times he throws out similar-looking plots at us. He sets the mood for you, and you better be ready with a big-ass tub to cry yourself a river when you’re done. God, that man will be the death of us all with his old-school romantic gestures and kisses in the rain. Jesus Christ. Who doesn’t love a guy who holds us when we cry and look like shit?

*self-consciously raises hand slowly*

So yeah, that’s how I feel about it. Uh huh. I’m gonna go now, and do something…you know, arm wrestle crocodiles, the usual *tries too hard to act cool*…oh alright you know what I’m going to be doing.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

Things Girls Hate That Guys Do…

There are many things guys don’t think about as annoying when they’re doing it, but is. I’m not saying this is necessarily applicable to all guys, but in general, here are a couple of things that guys do that piss girls off (because, lets face it, guys need a lot of help in that department).

1. When he’s too ‘scared’ to make a move

Trust me, there is nothing less hot than a guy who’s too wimped out to make the first move. It’s not fun, and after a point, the girl just moves on, thinking you’re not into her. Just suck it up and go for it already because she’s still waiting for you (as long as you’re at least 50% sure she likes you more than a friend – I mean, don’t spring on a random girl you like but who doesn’t know you exist because that would be fruitless and creepy).

2. When he flirts with other girls

This is so classic. Girls hate it when guys flirt with every girl except her to get her attention. It doesn’t make you more desirable in our eyes. It just makes you a flirt and a player. You clearly don’t like her that much or you wouldn’t play games like this.

3. When you don’t trust her

Girls hate it when a guys always suspect them with her guy friends. Being protective is cute and all, but allow her to have guy friends. Jealousy isn’t hot. Don’t be a damn caveman and punch a guy who was just talking to her, that’s not OK. Don’t give her grief for hanging out with her boy best friend. Trust her, basically.

4. When you don’t text her back

When guys see your text and then, strategically reply an hour from then, that’s when the downward spiral starts. Text her back! It’s not that hard. Maybe even text her first? How hard is it to send one simple text? NOT HARD. Suck it up and call her. Believe me, you’ll be just as much of a man after. Also, there is a fine line of difference between ‘ily’, ‘i luv u’ and ‘I love you’. Remember that.

5. When you don’t defend her when needed when you’re with your friends

One thing is being over-protective. Completely another thing is being protective when necessary. Don’t let anyone diss/insult your girl. Just because you’re with your friends does NOT give you the right to be all cocky and different. Set the boundaries with your friends, and get it in your head that neither you nor any of your friends have the right to diss her just because you have strength in numbers.

6. When you push her away from your work/hobby

This is just kind of an extension on the previous one – let her in on what you do. Let her share your hobby even if she sucks at it, she’ll feel special that you let her try.

7. When you make the relationship all about the ‘physical’ stuff

I think this pretty much speaks for itself. It should be about more than her body. End of story.

8. When you give other girls your clothes

Clothe-giving is special to girls and your girl feels special when you give her your clothing. It’s like a reminder that she’s your whenever she wears it and when you’re not with her. So even if your girl says it OK to give your jacket to another girl when it’s blowing a hail outside, don’t freaking do it. Just, don’t.

9. When you lie to her

It all starts with a little white lie. And eventually snowballs into a whirlwind of deception. Don’t lie. I mean, if you have to, it means you have something to hide. So don’t.

No, I did not break up with my boyfriend, and no we’re not going through a rough patch. We’re just fine, this one’s for a sister (not literally, I mean, a best friend).

Stay beautiful,

Deliya x 🙂

Things That Annoy Me : Part 1

We all live in a pretty irritating world, where we inevitably and regularly find things that piss us off. I know for a fact that there are at least a thousand things I can think, just off the top of my head, that bug me and get on my last nerve. So, I’ve decided that it is time to reveal (only part 1 of) the list of things that annoy me.

1. Laziness/Tardiness

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Maybe it’s just me, but don’t you absolutely hate it when people say they’d do something or be somewhere by a certain time and they’re always always late? Like, is being punctual for once in your life a crime? And when my brother is sitting right next to the telephone whilst I’m in the other room and it starts to ring and he refuses to pick it up even though its right there and I have to end up racing down the hall to get it. Gosh, there’s nothing that ticks me off more than laziness.

2. Spell my name wrong

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I get it if you do it by accident, but when you’ve known me for 9 years and you still decidedly spell it wrong on purpose, you’re just asking for a whack on the face. Come on people, its not that hard! Say it with me now, D-E-L-I-Y-A.

3. Swearing Too much

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Don’t you just hate it when people (generally boys, though girls do it too) swear too much? It sounds so harsh and uncouth. Saying all those rude words doesn’t make you cool. It just makes you sound unpleasant and mean. I mean, yes, everyone uses them once in a while (aint no saints) to express deep-rooted emotions (of hatred, or love) but not all the time.

4. Slow/No Wi-fi

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Do I even need to elaborate? Slow or no wi-fi is just such a mood-kill. Its just so terrible when you’re forced to go out into the daylight and mingle with other humans and then realize you’re almost to introvert-ish to function in normal society.

5. Bad grammar while texting

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I mean, yes, everyone makes the occasional spelling/grammar mistake or the ‘lol/omg/rotfl’ abbreviations. But messing up your grammar and spelling on almost every word while you’re texting makes me just want to throw a dictionary in your face. Maybe its just me being a grammar Nazi, I don’t know.

6. TV commercials

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Maybe I”m just over-exaggerating but why do TV companies think its OK to run the actual show for like 10 mins and then put on completely useless ads for absolute junk products for like 20 mins? Like I’m going to believe that that stupid shampoo will make my hair go from flat to as voluminous as an Afro in 1 wash. Yeah right,

7. Muggles

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Need I even say more? Get out of my face, you non-believer! There is magic and as soon as I get my letter to Hogwarts (its running a couple years late), the first thing I’ll do is turn you into a toad.

Well, thats it for now. Of course, the list is truly never ending but I’ll got assignments staring at me from the edge of the room and I’ve just got to get to work already!

Love,

Deliya x 🙂