Monday, March 10, 2014
After focusing on the first part of my book, all about being gluten-free, I had started to construct my second part. I wanted it to mainly revolve the aspect of working out and keeping active as a teenager. We all have very busy schedules. From school to homework to jobs and sports, we hardly have enough time to stop and think. When given an oppurtunity though, exercising and working out can be give very positive results. One of the biggest advantages of course is the loss of weight or the gaining of muscle. As teenagers, we don't necessarily have to stress over losing weight, but by exercising regularly we can maintain ourselves and be able to look our best. Another reward from exercising is that it can greatly improve our mood. It releases endorphins I'm the brain which give a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. It's also a great stress reliever. After a long day of work and assignments, going to the gym and running or lifting weights, can be a great way to focus your energy and release all of your negative feelings. Working out shouldn't be something you feel like you have to do. It should be something you want to go do everyday so your body and mind can be in tip-top shape! Exercising can be super fun and there's a ton of different things you can do as a workout. My goal for the second part is to, in detail, describe the benefits of exercise and also provide readers with some simple and fun workouts that will have a great affect on their bodies.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Even though we've been working on 20 time for over five months, I never really took time to think: Do I like it? Do I not? What's my favorite part? After contemplating for a while, I think I found the answers.
So far I have really enjoyed 20 time. I love how we had to pick something to do. We were forced to dig deep and really think about something we enjoy doing. Then we had to take that interest or passion and turn it into something that would be useful to us and people around us. It gave us something to focus on throughout the year and, in my opinion, help create a schedule that we could plan all our other work around.
Yes, I liked my topic, but what I really liked was when we were told that the main goal of this was not to finish the project, but to take away a symbolic lesson or idea. I liked the fact that we wouldn't have to finish, but my happiness mainly stemmed from the fact that we had to dive deeper and find something to give a speech on.
In all honesty, there wasn't much that I didn't like about this project. At first, it was frustrating to have a whole project and speech to complete. The work load though, was no where near as bad as I thought it would've been.
Overall I've really enjoyed this project and I'm super excited to begin constructing my speech!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Throughout our week long break, I began to really narrow in on what I wanted the topic of my speech to be. At first, I thought about discussing the initial challenge of becoming gluten free and the different lifestyle changes I had to make. As I got deeper in though, I began to think about how that change made me feel so much better and how I didn't feel as sick on a day to day basis. I decided that I wanted the main portion of my speech to be about making sure you can always feel your best and be happy. By giving up gluten, I was able to have more energy and feel healthier. In addition to that, exercising and working out gave me extra energy and resulted in me living a happier more prosperous life.
In the beginning of my talk I plan to summarize what it means to be gluten-free and how it affected my life at a young age. From there I'll describe the effects of my change and how it caused me to feel better. After that I'll continue on the topic of being happy and living right.
I thought I would have a tough time planning what I would talk about, but it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. I was able to find something straight forward to talk about and then also found a deeper symbolic meaning within it all.
Monday, February 10, 2014
The gluten-free birthday was a success! The cake was amazing and the cupcakes were fabulous! I may it may not have gained like 10 pounds, but it was so worth it.
The Georgetown cupcakes came on Friday and they were fabulous! We got lava fudge, peanut butter fudge, strawberry, and salted caramel. Each one was even better than the last. The best part was, you couldn't even tell they were gluten-free.
One of the main problems that occurs when trying to bake gluten-free items is the consistency and taste. Cakes can tend to be less moist and more dense. The taste can also reflect the fact that flour is not a main ingredient. If done right though, cakes and cupcakes can be delicious and even better than the gluten filled kind.
The cake we got was one of those cakes that's done just right. It was chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and I couldn't keep my hands off of it. It was even better than what I had remembered regular cake tasting like. Not only was it super tasty, but it was absolutely adorable. It had champagne buttercream with gorgeous pink flowers on top. It tasted just as good as it looked and it was definitely a success.
My main concern with the food was that it would taste like 'cardboard', as my father would say. That however, was far from true. Both the cupcakes and cake were amazingly delicious and the gluten-free birthday was quite a success!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Last week we had our wonderful midterms. This consisted of 4 half days with about 2 tests per day. Most of the week and the majority ofthe week before was spent studying for these tests. That said, I did not get a ton of work done on my book.
I'm still continuing to do research for my second part and finalize my first part. This week will be fun though because my birthday is on Saturday! We will of course be having cake and cupcakes and they will all be gluten free! Throughout the course of the year my mom and grandma will make gluten free cake, cookies and brownies. These are always very good, but I thought I'd give the pros a shot at it this time.
The cupcakes we ordered are from a bakery called Georgetown Cupcakes. They are based out of D.C. and have a show on TLC. They started carrying gluten free cupcakes a few years back and now have 4 or 5 flavors to choose from. Of course we got a few of each! I'm hoping they turn out really well and i'm excited to try them!
The cake we're getting is from a bakery a little closer to home. Sweet Littlt Sheila's in the village has recently started baking gluten free cakes. I've never had any sort of cake from them but hopefully it will be super good!
I can't wait to try it all and see how the whole gluten free birthday thing goes!
Monday, January 13, 2014
Friday we discussed the fact we're gonna need to figure out what we have learned from our project and how we've used it to grow and further out education.
The more I thought about it the more I realized that I've learned quite a lot. Not only have I learned how to write a book and what it means I be gluten free, but I learned that researching diet and exercise and enhancing my education on it is something I really enjoy.
I love learning what it means to be gluten free and how it affects your body. Figuring out how certain foods affect you and how your body responds to things is something I found really interesting.
As I begin the second part of my book I'm excited to see what new things I can learn and how I can hopefully further my knowledge in some topics that I really enjoy!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
My main focus on our 18 days off was to work on finalizing the first part of my book. I’ve gathered a lot of information over the past few weeks and have worked to organize it and make it presentable. I figured I was doing everything I needed to do, but I thought I’d double check just to make sure. I started researching how to write a book. Now, many may think that this should’ve been one of the first things I do, but hey, better late then never!
An article I found online, pointed out some of the basics. Write the book. The most important thing is to start putting what you’re trying to say on paper. Without words, you won’t have a book. To help with this, they suggested writing an outline. Figure out what you want to focus on and then figure out where you want to place it.
Another good tip they had was to have people read over your work. I’m constantly looking at what I have so after a while I can start missing the small details. By having someone read it over, they may be able to spot minor things that need to be changed.
With all of this in mind, I went and reviewed everything again.
Along with editing my writing, I also started thinking about how I wanted to present it. I’m going to have pictures and quotes to accompany the writing so I’m trying to figure out where I want it. Do I want it to look professional or more fun? What font do I want to use? Font size? When I started this process I wasn’t aware of how many choices I would have to make! I figured it was just typing up what I wanted to say and putting in a book. It’s much more.
Even though it has been tough, I’m having a lot of fun doing it and can’t wait to see how it all turns out!