Since coming back to school, my goal has been to write a post at least once a week. And I almost forgot to write a post this week! But fear not! I am here now!
One of my other goals this year was to be more active, and on that note, I ran my first 5k today! A small accomplishment, admittedly, but I’m feeling pretty good about it, so I had to share 🙂
Now onto my newest tv addiction. As you may remember from a past post, I am a fan of the crappy teenage drama variety of entertainment (Pretty Little Liars ring a bell?), but my newest tv love is actually genuinely good! I swear!
If you haven’t heard of Awkward yet, go watch it. Now. I discovered it this summer and watched the first season in one night, that is how much I liked it (granted, each episode is only 30 mins, but still).
Here’s what shocked me most about the show:
1. It’s on MTV. I KNOW. But this little show is a gem. I still can’t get over the fact that it is on the same network that produced Jersey Shore.
2. The high schoolers in the show actually look like they could be in high school! Crazy, I know!
The show centers around a 15-16 year old girl named Jenna. Through a series of mishaps people mistakenly think she attempted suicide, making her more than a bit of an outcast. Pair this with a secret boyfriend, two ridiculously awesome friends (Ming and Tamara), a mean girl cheerleader, and a drama-tastic love triangle, and: We have a winner folks!
This show also brings together a lot of the best of pop culture in the best way. The school’s guidance counselor, Val, channels Glee’s Sue Sylvester, but makes it entirely her own since she actually truly likes kids, means well, and wants to be Jenna’s bff. And any show that has a scene where kids circle around an emerging fight yelling “Team Matty” or “Team Jake” a la Twilight has my vote 🙂
Awkward is also probably one of the few shows that actually seems relatable to real high school experiences. It is heartfelt and endearing (the last episode really hit the emotional mark), and no matter how much Jenna trips through life, you always want to root for her.
If I haven’t convinced you yet about this show, well. . . I guess I just won’t have anyone to gossip with about Team Matty or Team Jake 😉
P.S. I am sooo000 Team Matty *Sigh/Swoon*
I decided to devote this, my second post ever, to the subject of guilty pleasures in honor of the summer premiere of the abc family show Pretty Little Liars. I entirely blame my roommate from last year for getting me hooked on this show!
For those of you who do not indulge in ridiculous high drama teenage tv shows, Pretty Little Liars is about four girls whose friend, Allison, was missing for a year before her body was found. After the police discover Alli’s body, the girls receive creepy texts and other freaky messages and threats from someone called “A.” In last season’s finale we learned “A” was another friend of the girls -Mona. That’s it, show’s over, one would think. Ha! No it is not over because “A” is not one person but a group of people!
This show, although ridiculous, is also alarmingly addicting. If memory serves, I believe that in last season’s finale they actually had a hashtag at the bottom of the screen declaring “ezriagoespublic” referring to two characters, Aria and Ezra,who had been secretly dating due to the fact that he was her teacher and she was like 16. See what I mean? Guilty pleasure all the way. Why I spend an hour each week of my life to watch the drama go down, I can’t quite put my finger on. . . However, since I am *trying* to be at least a little bit healthy this summer, I decided I would turn my guilty pleasure tv show into a positive, healthy hour.
My plan is to model this on the “Harry Potter Workout.” If you do not know what this is, google it! Now! The concept is actually a bit like a drinking game, except with different workout activities rather than an alcoholic beverage. Ok, so having familiarized yourself with the Harry Potter version, Behold! I give you the Pretty Little Liars Workout:
Everytime. . .
Someone receives a text from “A”——————-10 jumping jacks
Anyone mentions a secret, lie, or the act of lying——— 15 crunches
*Serious* looks are exchanged——————- 10 lunges
A look of shock!———————————- 10 crunches
One of the girls shares a “moment” with her guy——– 5 push-ups
“A” is said aloud—————————————— 10 squats
A male character takes his shirt off——————– 10 bicycles
This is from my first brainstorm, and I very well might add to this list after watching tonight’s episode. So what I’m thinking, is if I do this workout while I watch the show, the ice cream I plan to eat during commercials gets canceled out, right? : )
For all my fellow “A” followers, I challenge you to the Pretty Little Liars Workout! For those of you who have other guilty pleasure tv shows (Jersey Shore perhaps?) I challenge you to come up with your own show/ movie themed workout!