Analyzing “The Art of Being Fabulous” blog

Many people create their blogs for many reasons. This weeks blog I am analyzing is called, The Art of Being Fabulous.” This blog was started by Samantha Wharton. Wharton shares the reason of starting her blog, “to show her niece that there was more to life than just being like celebrities, and to forge her own path when she grew up. She could be her version of fabulous in whatever form that took.” (Wharton) Her reasoning for starting the blog goes along really well with the title! There is something about the word, “fabulous,” that brings such a positive, and enthusiastic vibe. In the blogging world, I feel like the title is the attention getter.

So far I have noticed a lot of blogs have only one person on them, being the creator. The Art of Being Fabulous contains more than one person. There is the starter being Samantha Wharton, the contributor, Alde Santorini, and the mascot is Scooby Doo! Santorini enjoys traveling and joined Wharton’s blog in November 2017. Scooby Doo plays a positive part in Wharton’s life by bringing her joy and good luck. A dog is not always a mans best friend! Just like art, there is more than one thing that can compose it likewise with, The Art of Being Fabulous blog. There is more than one person that composes it, making it even more creative. I have learned blogs can contain a mascot, and there is nothing wrong with that!

We have seen the purpose of Wharton creating the blog. The outcome and what others can get from, The Art of Being Fabulous, is it, “offers tips for people to create, grow and maintain a positive self-image and to meet their health, wellness, and personal goals.” (Wharton)

I stumbled onto this blog due to my desire to expand my education to live a healthier lifestyle. I am very much so using the health tips offered by one of the posts published by, “The Art of Being Fabulous.” The post I am learning from is called, “Dominations the name of the game. Conquer bad eating habits when stressed.” This post was created by Samantha Wharton. In this post-Wharton divides it into four different parts. Not everyone overeats when they stressed. Therefore Wharton first discussed not eating when you are stressed, then she talks about eating when you are stressed, subsequently talking about what you can do to overcome these behaviors and ends her post of relaxation techniques. When she provides tips she uses simple listing techniques, I enjoy blogs that use simple listing when providing tips. It makes it a lot easier to read and easy to remember by keeping it simple.

The pictures Wharton uses in her posts are fun. The heading picture is a cat indulging in lots of meat without being mindful what they are consuming which happens to me when I stress eating. The Art of Being Fabulous blog is simple to go through. Next, to the heading, some categories contain Fitness, Nutrition, Recipes, self, Stress, Travel, About, and Contact. Whatever you would like to be informed about or enjoy reading you can find it easily over each category. The post’s I have come across contain pictures. If the pictures didn’t come from Wharton, she does an excellent job citing where she got them from or what the picture holds.

Before leaving, The Art of Being Fabulous I took a look under the travel section. Before clicking on it, I was assuming it would be about trips she has received. As soon as the page loaded and brought up the travel page, it was completely different from my assumption. Wharton provides excellent advice and tips for when you go and travel, especially if you are doing it alone. These tips are something I would bookmark!


End of Week One Reflection Post

Good evening everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the first snow fall! (For those of you who live in the areas that snow)

This was the beginning week of my new healthy lifestyle. I would say it went pretty well for the most part. I enjoyed the self-education I pursued this week. On Tuesday from Phoebe Chi’s post, “Action Planning for Health,” I learned the importance of having a plan is to be successful. I go through my days blindly and I know I have important things that need to be done. Whether it is to budget my money, go grocery shopping,  pay my bills, clean my apartment, make phone calls, and even prioritize what homework needs to be done sooner than the other ones. I guess you could say I am very unorganized. With being unorganized it makes life harder than it should be leading into me becoming more stressed and the next thing you know I am stress eating. I start to consume unhealthy foods. I look for foods that I feel will make me feel better and to the fulfill frustration  I have with myself.

Ever since I learned about Chi’s idea about an Action Plan I feel more motivated. In a sense I feel relieved. Like there is structure out there for people like me, the unorganized. I plan to use her action plan for my fitness and lifestyle goals. I am a person that likes to hang up positive affirmations on my mirrors to look at every day. I think it helps me, especially on my bad days. Now I can print off copies of Chi’s Action Plan and hang them up on my walls where I will see them to give me reminders what I need to do for the week. I have attached a link to my PDF below using Chi’s Action Planning inserting what I am going to do this week for my healthy eating. (I am new to editing PDF’s, therefore it is a rookie preview, but if you would like to see Chi’s version I have posted that one under mine)


Another blog I took notes was from Laina Larisse’s post, “Losing Weight and Keeping it OFF.” A connection I found from both of leave blogs is the importance of the way you talk to yourself. It is hard to encourage yourself if you have a negative mentality, or if you are putting yourself down. I love Larisse’s tips about how to keep the weight off. Escpecially, the one that goes, “Don’t quit, even if you ate horrible for days and missed the gym. Start over!” (Larrise) No bodies perfect. Everyone has a bump on the road. Like my English instructor says, “Life happens.” I love desserts. I have a strong sweet tooth. Therefore, I sometimes will have two pieces of Banana Cream Pie. But I won’t let the guilt stop me from my whole journey. I feel like I have learned a lot from these two bloggers. I am excited to see what these next four weeks will be like!


Losing Weight and Keeping it OFF by Laina Larisse (Notes)

Today’s note taking will be from Laina Larisse’s blog. The post I will be using is called, Losing Weight and Keeping it OFF.” Larisse starts her post with a personal story about how her weight gain happened, which came from being stressed. Larisse states, “my mind believed that my body was stressed with school, and an unhealthy marriage that’s why the weight was just piling on.” I can see how that can happen. This past couple of months I noticed I was getting bigger and I mentioned it to my boyfriend. He brought it to my attention, that when I am stressed, I eat. Ever since he said I was a stress eater, I tried to be more aware of my actions. For example, when I did eat, I asked myself, “What am I eating,” and “Why am I eating this right now?” Then after my self-observation, I realized I am a stress eater! Reading more into Larisse’s story, she shares that she has hyperthyroidism. Mayo Clinic explains what hyperthyroidism is, “hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) occurs when your thyroid glands produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body’s metabolism, causing unintentional weight loss and a rapid irregular heartbeat.” But Larisse had a rare case where the complete opposite happened to her where she gained weight. Paying attention to your body and what it is trying to tell you is part of staying healthy and making the right changes.
Along with mentally listening to what your mind is saying when changing a new lifestyle, an example, Larisse gives is, “[t]he first thing you must change is your mindset, and immediately eliminate the word diet. No, the word diet wasn’t spelled wrong, but you can’t see the word die, deprivation, and torture littered throughout the word. You are changing your lifestyle, so this is essential because you won’t use words that make you feel like your depriving yourself. The Bible speaks of the power the tongue, so chose your words wisely.” Looking at the word, “diet,” I wasn’t aware of when you break it up it has the word, “die.” It reminds me of cases where people have there own, “diet,” causing them to only be hurting themselves, and creating eating disorders. For example, a movie I watched a while ago, “To the Bone,” a Netflix film about a girl, “Ellen, a 20-year-old with anorexia nervosa, goes on a harrowing, sometimes funny journey of self-discovery at a group home run by an unusual doctor.” The word diet overall is a harsh word that can be pushed to a negative impact on oneself causing one even to be hospitalized. I look at my journey as a new lifestyle. The last phrase Larisse uses is the simile with the bible and the mind. The tongue and mind both work together. Therefore be mindful on what you say when overcoming obstacles through changes. At the end of Larisse blog post, she lists tips on losing weight and keeping it off. I will be laying out these fabulous tips she provides in the Main Idea and Topic formation. These tips will very much help in my new change!

Main Idea and Topic

Main Idea: “Plan what you will eat, wear, and how you will exercise. This includes vacations, holidays, and weekends. If you are going to a restaurant look at the menu ahead of time.”
Topic: Larisse’s advice to plan

Main Idea: Set goals and add on to them along with slowly cutting things out.
Topic: Summary of Larisse’s Make Small Changes

Main Idea: Make meals ahead of time. Invest in meal prep containers.
Topic: Summary of Larisse’s advice for Meal Prep

Main Idea: “Don’t quit, even if you ate horrible for days and missed the gym. Start over.”
Topic: Larisse’s advice for Begin Again

Main idea: “This includes forgiving yourself and only know what you need to do face and deal with”
Topic: Larisse’s advice to Heal Mentally

Main Idea: “I repeat don’t do further damage, so even if you ate that bag of chips don’t say “Oh Well” and go have a whole pizza.”
Topic: Larisse’s advice for Thou will do further damage

Main Idea: “You have to live just a little. You can help with portion control by keeping food in the freezer. However if you struggle with will power then eat your serving and throw away the rest in the trash or give it away immediately. Also you can create a healthier version of your favorite foods.”
Topic: Larisse’s advice for Don’t deprive yourself

Main Idea: “Write your goals down, so you can track your progress and adjust accordingly.”
Topic: Larisse’s advice for Write it Down

Main Idea: “Drink plenty of water, spice it up with melon, cucumbers, and lemon if you can’t stand the taste. Also begin weeing yourself off the soda the artificial sweetener aren’t good for you.
Topic: Larisse’s advice to Hydrate

Main Idea: “This is a big one don’t set yourself up for failure by saying 60 pounds, so start by saying 3 or 5 lbs. Set mini goals once you reach them reward yourself.”
Topic: Larisse’s advice Set goals and reward

Main Idea: “You will hit a weight wall, and your weight loss will stall. This happens so don’t get discouraged too much. You will have to switch up your diet and training to trick your body out of plateau.”
Topic: Larisse’s advice for Plateau, Oh No!

Notes on Phoebe’s Blog

In Chi’s blog, “Phoebe, MD: Poetry & Medicine,” one of her amazing educational posts called, “Action Planning for Health,” she talks about creating a goal and having a plan to go with it. Phoebe states “When it comes to your health (or any aspect of your life), Action Planning is one of the useful tools for success. Once you get into the habit of making Action Plans, you will discover that almost everything you want to accomplish is within your reach no matter how daunting they may seem.” After reading that statement, I felt like my life became a thousand times easier. It seems like you are distracted by the bigger pictures you pay less attention to the smaller parts that create, the bigger picture. The action plan Chi gives is laid out this way:

The 5 Building Blocks of an Action Plan
1-Exactly what you want to do.
2-How much will you do.
3-When will you do it
4-How often will you do it
5-Your confidence level (1=not confident at all; 10=absolutely sure)

hi goes through and dissects each question to be sure you specify your action plan instead of keeping it broad. I want to analyze a couple of things about this. First of all, look at number 5. Chi talks about confidence levels. Out of all fitness stories or success stories I have never heard about a “Confidence level” being apart of the plan. Before continuing my reading, I asked myself, “Why is there a confidence level?” and “What does that mean?” I continued to read, and I found the answer. Phoebe explains, “the confidence level- is the most important component of the Action Plan, because it forces one to actually gauge the goals practicality. Is it too easy? Is it too lofty? If you ask yourself to “rate” the task everytime you will be able to better set the personal goals that are perfect for you.” And there my question has been answered. I feel even more eager to start my Action Plan! Now that I think of it I did a similar activity of using a confidence level in my Critical Writing class. My instructor had us write a confidence number from one to ten, ten being the most confident on how well we feel about our grammar. We wrote our number on top of the page. When we finished our worksheet and had it corrected our numbers fluctuated, it either went up or down for some of us. I can see how the confidence scale is important now. One last part I would like to take a closer look is how Chi words her action plan, “The Five Building Blocks of an Action Plan.” If you look closely, she says, “will.” She doesn’t say, “can,” “might,” “maybe,” “possibly,” or any other uncertain no confident words.
Specifically, she says, “will.”
The way we talk to ourselves is essential. When we speak to ourselves with doubt or uncertainty, we may lack confidence in accomplishing goals or having the willingness too. Word choice is a crucial aspect to achieving my weight loss goals along with Action Planning of course!

Analyzing Phoebe, MD: Poetry & Medicine blog

I am analyzing Phoebe Chi’s blog. The title of her blog is Phoebe MD: Poetry & Medicine. Under her blog title, she has, “Health Inspiration Life.” Chi is a woman who writes poetry, loves animals and is a doctor. Chi’s blog is very creative. When you click one at a time on each of the four square pictures on top of her page, it brings you to one of her poems she wrote. The headings of each square is labeled, “Departure,” “Healer,” “Deliverance,” “When the Heart Stops.” The poems are based on the titles of each square. For example, the square labeled, “When the Heart Stops,” is a poem about cardiac arrest in a physicians point of view. I am probably interested in her poems about medicine just as much as her other writing. Due to the fact of my interest in practicing medicine.
On the left side of Phoebe’s blog, she has a column of sketched pictures she drew. Labeled as Art of Medicine. When you click on the sketched pictures, it brings you to her gallery on Phoebe incorporates posts on Health and Wellness as well. Those posts seem to be directed more towards anyone that is trying to better themselves or learn about your health. Her posts are well organized, and they contain pictures. Some of the images display what she is trying to explain, and other photos bring an attention getter. Some of her posts are educational and are involved with exercises or what to do. They aren’t like the blogs post’s I construct where it is all jumbled together without paragraph formation. Her posts are like reading an article from a magazine, or her poems are like a poem you would read from a professional. Chi has her widgets. The Mystery Button brings you to different poems Chi wrote everytime you click on it. Under the Mystery Button is, “ASK A DOC.” That widget allows you to ask Chi a question and she provides you with ideas in return. But of course, it doesn’t replace you from seeing your primary care provider. Chi has also written a book called, “Being Empowered…for helping people with chronic problems.” As a massage therapist that works with people with chronic pain, I feel like I need to invest in this book.
Being on Chi’s blog makes me want to sit here and read every post she has. Her blog has many exciting features and subjects. In a way, I feel like I have a little more understanding what it is like to be a physician. I do understand everybody’s experience is different. The way Chi’s poem posts are conducted like an actual poem with style along with a picture is unique. Then the way she separates her poetry posts with her educational ones is very organized. She takes advantage of the widgets we are given in, and it adds more flair to her blog. I feel like I don’t want to leave her page. I can see why she has 16,282 followers!

Shifting Gears

The next five weeks of my blog will be based on my weight loss journey! 

The beginning of my weeks will consist of notes from other bloggers that I feel could help me with my new lifestyle. Along with analyzing there blogs for inspiration. 

The end of the weeks will be posts about my reflection on how the week went!

My goal is to lose at least ten pounds in five weeks!

Annoying Ways People Use Sources Reflection

The essay we read this week is called, “Annoying Ways People Use Technology” by Kyle D. Stedman. This essay reminds of the reading we did last week called, “Reading Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn. They are both informative essays, and I feel like they both aim for s younger audience. Of course, it is not a bad thing. If anything it could refresh the memories of an older writer or keep them up to date. As well know the world is always changing and updating. In this weeks essay, I feel like Kyle did a great job organizing and simplifying the concept and idea he is trying to give in his article. I like the analogies he uses, due to them being compared to something we are all familiar with. As I go along reading through the material, I notice I start thinking about my writing, and the way I use citations. There was a section in Kyles essay where he compares using quotes in the beginning and end of a paragraph to dating Spiderman, “You’re walking along with him and he says something remarkably interesting-but then he tilts his head, and hearing something far away, and suddenly shoots a web onto the nearest building and zooms away through the air. As if you had read an interesting quotation dangling at the end of a paragraph, you wanted to hear more of his opinion, but it’s too late-he already moved on. Later he suddenly jumps off a balcony and is by your side again, and starts talking about something you don’t understand. You’re confused because he just dropped in and expected you to understand the context of what was on his mind at that moment, much like when readers step into a paragraph that begins with a quotation” (Stedman 246.) I very much so did that with my writing. Except I didn’t start with quotes, I ended with them. I was aware of my mistake before reading this essay, but I was explained succinctly, why not to do it. The Spiderman analogy was a lot more helpful. If you don’t state your opinion about the quote or continue the thought process, it makes an essay or any time of writing hard to follow. I noticed in the last piece I wrote for a different occasion; I had an interesting context, but I kept jumping from one topic to another. Like Spiderman shoots his web and comes back later with a different thought. So, for me, it doesn’t just happen with quotes, but it happens with my thoughts. I need to put more of a focused approach in my writing. One last thing part I would like to talk about is the ending of Kyle’s essay. He ends the article with, “Now if I could only convince the guy driving in front of me to use his blinker. . . .” (Stedman 255) With that statement, I feel like he should make a sequel about how to smoothly transition from one topic to another, in some way or form using the analogy with drivers and their turn signals. Maybe, this is just me inspired by his work and feeling like this author can help with that part of my writing with his great analogies, who knows!