Food, Nutrition & More

Hey everyone! How have you all been doing? It has been SO LONG since I have written a post. I have been extremely busy with my new job, work outs, friends, and of course eating. 😉

I am no longer working at planet fitness! I became a VISTA with the Americorps program.

Here is some information in regards to what a VISTA actually is.

Americorps Vista
Today, about 46 million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.

VISTA was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 as a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs.

Did you know that President John F. Kennedy came up with the idea for VISTA? Or that many of the best-known anti-poverty programs, including Head Start and Upward Bound, were created by VISTA members? VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.

Sounds exciting right?

Here is a little bit more information about becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA Member:
AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

A number of members serve in the summer months through the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program. The program offers members the opportunity to become engaged in community service through an existing AmeriCorps VISTA project for eight to 10 weeks during the summer.

AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. Members and Summer Associates receive a modest living allowance, and those who serve for a year also receive health coverage, childcare, if needed, and other benefits. After successful completion of a term of service, members can choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend. Learn more on the What VISTA Members Do page.

Now… you may be wondering if it is all really worth it with the limited money you are receiving throughout the year. Yes, I do believe it is worth it. There are much more gains for this kind of service that no dollar can replace.

To each one their own is all I have to say about that. 😉

Now.. to confuse you even more I will tell you a little about the non-profit organization I will be working with this year. It is a non-profit car organization called More Than Wheels. Previously known as Bonnie Clac.

More Than Wheels is an award-winning nonprofit organization that helps people get the best deal on a reliable and fuel-efficient car. Since its establishment in 2001, More Than Wheels has helped thousands of New England residents get the best deal on a new or nearly new car by negotiating with dealers to secure the lowest price and providing the lowest interest rate available. We provide personal financial education by giving people the tools and knowledge they need to improve and maintain their financial stability—now and in the future.

I will be placed in the office with other employers from More Than Wheels. My project involves marketing and outreach. Once I am more settled in and have begun a good chunk of work I will update you on how it is going!

Enough about work already.. what else has been going on in my life?!

– Simple Workouts
– Simple Nutrition (So I think..)

Simple Nutrition that has been working for me:
Besides the ..beer.. my diet has been going well. Instead of always binging why not enjoy ice cream and beer (in small amounts) frequently? I think it is a better idea! I don’t think our bodies like to be “played with.” So.. instead I give it what it wants and needs all the time!

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