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Majda – “All Healthier You – Food, Fun & Fitness”

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Meet Majda!  Isn’t she beautiful?  She’s only 21 years “young” and such a bright, sweet and delightful young woman. 

 

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Majda is currently a double major at the University of North Florida studying both Finance and Marketing.  Majda is also employed full-time as a product marketing generalist for a local company.  She loves the outdoors and being on the water!  In her spare time, Majda enjoys “hanging out” with her friends, meeting new people, reading and going on any sort of adventure!

 

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Majda shared a few tips that have helped her stay healthy and well:

  • Drink As Much Water As Possible Throughout The Day!  Put the soda and coffee down!  Water helps to naturally detox your body, it clears your skin, and overall gives you a lot more energy. It’s hard at first, but don’t get discouraged. I was accustomed to drinking maybe 2 – 3 water bottles a day, but the trick is to slowly increase your water intake throughout the week and in no time you will be up to your goal of about 7 – 8 water bottles per day. I usually try to drink 3 by noon, 2 while I’m at the gym, and so on.  Find whatever way works for you, just keep hydrating!” 

 

  • Cut Down on Sugar. Talk about a challenge! I think I love chocolate more than anything in the world. But like all great things in life, moderation is key; too much of any good thing can be bad. So, choose your snacks wisely. Instead of eating a whole box of cookies, treat yourself to one cookie for going to the gym, or for studying, or for whatever else you did well that week. 

 

  • Majda’s Exercise and Workout Routine. I think the hardest part about exercising is actually making it to the gym. We’re humans, and we’re busy! At times, we are downright lazy.  But as long as you get your booty into a gym, from there, it can be easy and fun! I work out a couple times a week, but I’m still trying to get myself in the habit of going more often. I love, love, love working out abs, it’s my absolute favorite routine! Arms and legs are great too. I think I just love the feeling of being sore for the next two days. I do low weight/high reps right now and will eventually transition to do max weight/low reps. Just keep me away from any sort of cardio! My ultimate goal is to gain a few pounds of muscle, so I can look super toned; hello summer!

 

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Majda believes that great health means being emotionally and mentally healthy, too.  These are a few tips that have helped her.

  • Make Grateful Lists. This is something I learned from the book, “The Secret”. Oftentimes we take for granted all the wonderful things in our lives. We let the negatives outweigh the positives, but we have to stop that. You’d be surprised how much this can affect your mood and, inevitably, your whole day. So at some point, make a mental list of all the things you are grateful for. I try to do this daily, right before I go to sleep. Here’s an example: “I’m grateful for my family/friends, my upcoming vacation, Ryan Gosling, etc.”

 

  • Surround Yourself With All Kinds of Wonderful People! This includes family, friends, peers, etc. Befriend everyone. Yes, I mean everyone. Ok, maybe not serial killers, but you know what I mean. Share your happiness with every individual you come in contact with. You never know what kind of connections you can make with a simple compliment or conversation. Share stories, laughs, deep thoughts, even just a few words. Get to know people. Know their stories, find what makes them smile and ask why. Every person is worth getting to know, for one reason or another, so be friends with everyone! I guarantee you, expand your circle, and it will change your life for the better! 

 

 

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I asked Majda to share if she has ever been unhealthy or felt as though she wasn’t living a “healthy lifestyle.”  She shared, ”I jokingly tell my friends that turning 21 was the best and worst thing that happened to me last year. As soon as I could legally drink, I was at the bars several times a week. Sure, I had an absolute blast every time I went out, but it started to take a toll on my body. I was always tired, I felt sick, my skin wasn’t as clear, my abs weren’t as tight, and my overall health was starting to decline from such a party lifestyle. So…queue the moderation! I quickly realized that my health was more important, so I toned it way down. Sure I will have a drink once in a while, but I’m definitely not chugging beers and taking shots!

 

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I asked her how she feels today and she shared, Today is a new day, and it’s a great day. We are always given a choice of how we want to feel. I’ve always been an over-analyzer, but for the past few weeks, I let negative thoughts into my head. I knew it had to stop, so by talking to the amazing people in my life, I quickly realized that my thoughts are only as good as I want them to be. Why worry? Why stress? Why dwell? Happiness is the key. Find happiness in everything that you do, in every person you meet, in every situation you are in. Every day, find it, feel it, speak it, share it. That is the true secret to not only a good day, but a great life.”

 

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Thank you, Majda, for sharing your story and about your mental, emotional and physical heath!  You have a lot of wisdom at such a young age!

 

Until next time…

Your friend, Clare.

Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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27 Comments

  • I’m working on the whole water thing 😀

  • Oh my goodness! I can’t believe you mentioned The Secret! I actually just wrote about the power of intention. It’s been like 6-7 years since I first heard about the law of attraction and I’m so glad people are still talking about it. It helped me A LOT!

    I’m so glad Majda shared this awesome story. <3

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Heather – I have never read the book – but I love Majda’s story and so glad you do, too!

  • Keishawna says:

    “Find happiness in everything that you do, in every person you meet, in every situation you are in.”  I loved this quote. It’s definitely something we all need to do daily.  Thanks for sharing.

    • Clare says:

      It is such a wonderful quote from someone who has such wisdom for being such a young lady!  Majda is a blessing!  Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • I loved this post. These are all really great tips and I’m working on becoming healthier right now. I’m trying to cut down on drinking so much Mountain Dew (it’s a serious problem) and starting to work out. I’ve been doing yoga for a couple weeks and now I’m adding in a butt challenge!

    • Clare says:

      Wow – thanks for sharing Brooke – yes Majda is inspiring and a great motivation!  I started Yoga once but didn’t follow through – I want to do that again!

  • Thanks for the great tips and a few chuckles 😀 Our family is trying to regain health that we’ve foolishly let decline through poor choices for years (okay, decades) but we’re making changes and water has made a huge difference! I now crave water instead of soda and I would have never thought that possible lol Thansk for the great info!

    • Clare says:

      Really really – me too, me too – Majda’s story has encouraged me to get back on a healthier track with food, schedules and work out times….. and the water – I find the water is now easier to do with the weather warming up!  Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Great tips from majda, something we all should do.

  • I love this post. I definitely promote the same type of content in my health section of my blog, Blissfully Brunette. It’s so important to be mindful of our health and happiness. Working out regularly, drinking water and promoting positivity are all great suggestions (that I live by) to stay healthy. Thanks so much for this post.

    • Clare says:

      Thank you, Kiara, for stopping by – I will be sure to check out more of Blissfully Brunette!  I am glad you really “live” a lot of these tips – I have a long way to go myself – but Majda is such an inspiration!  Thanks!  🙂

       

  • Tianna says:

    awesome tips! thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • Looks like she is having some great adventures!

    • Clare says:

      Ha ha – Majda is adventurous and a very active young lady – she works full-time plus college!  She stays active that’s for sure – which I believe is one of her keys to being healthy!  Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kate says:

    She has some awesome advice, especially drinking lots of water. I try to get in 100 ounces every day. It’s so good for your skin and energy!

    • Clare says:

      Yes, Kate – drinking water makes a big difference!  Wow, that’s great that you get in that much!  Thanks for stopping in!

  • Maria Hass says:

    Those are all great advice!  I’m glad she is so on top of her health! I’m working on mines too, slowly but surely.  Drinking water is becoming my strong point.  Exercising at the moment is too, but I’ll be the first to admit I want to take a nap 99.9% of the time.

    • Clare says:

      Maria – you are such a wonderful example of working out, running and exercise!  Ha ha – I have to get back into exercise!  That’s one of my short-term goals!  Majda is such an inspiration – thanks for stopping in!  Be blessed!

  • Beth Jenkins says:

    I love the Grateful Lists idea! I try to do this weekly along with a wishes list! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • Clare says:

      I love the grateful lists, too!  This is a reminder for me to do this, too!  Majda does have great tips!

  • Sarah Ann says:

    Such great advice and how wonderful to have those guidelines in place.  I completely agree that the hardest part about exercise is getting to the gym! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Clare says:

      I know – it is hard – once I leave the house to go – them I’m okay!  I need to get back – Majda’s practical tips are inspiring!  🙂  🙂

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