Month: February 2016

RESUME 2016

Below is a copy of my current resume that I am posting for a course, or for anyone who is interested in my qualifications! In no way am I an expert on fitness and healthy eating, but I do have some news reporting, radio reporting, and telecommunication skills under my belt! (Get it? Under my belt…)

Anyway, click on my name below if you’d like to check it out!

Megan Trepper-Bell

 

HEALTHY EATING 2/24/2016

I came to the realization that many of us don’t have enough time in the day to actually cook a healthy meal, so I wanted to share some recipes that take far less time to make!

Quick Dinner Ideas: 30 Minute Dinner Recipes from Pinterest and sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Quick Weight Loss Dinner Recipes: Healthy – Weight Loss Dinner Ideas from Pinterest and womenshealthmag.com

Quick and Easy Breakfast Idea: Yogurt Parfait from my blog, floridasfitness.wordpress.com

Enjoy these quick and easy ideas for the busy-bee’s in life!

HEALTHY EATING 2/23/2016

Contrary to my usual blog post about fitness and working out, I wanted to post something about how important healthy eating is! I used Google and Pinterest to find some yummy dinner recipes and also found information on how much of an impact it makes on your body to eat healthy. (Tip according to vitals.lifehacker.com, cutting back on calories could save you time!)

Dinner Idea I: Pesto Salmon Recipe from Pinterest and cookingclassy.com

Dinner Idea II: Bruschetta Chicken from Pinterest and domesticsuperhero.com

Lifehacker Article: Exercise vs. Diet from vitals.lifehacker.com

Lunch Idea: Strawberry Salad from my blog, floridasfitness.wordpress.com

It’s extremely important to keep your eating habits in line but to also enjoy the food you’re consuming. I learned the hard way that crazy diets, such as cutting out carbs, do not work!! Please take your body, health, and happiness into consideration when making your meals or ordering from menus!

 

 

Workout 2/16/2016

Once again, I stayed home to workout today.

Instead of following a YouTube video like I did in my previous workout blog post, I completed a little CrossFit-type circuit that I found on Pinterest! It didn’t seem difficult at first, but trust me, it was a great workout that got my heart rate up and exhausted my legs!

Workout Instructions Photo: CrossFit Workout from Pinterest.

Original Poster’s Workout Board: Workout Board from Pinterest.

Previous Workout Post: Workout 2/9/2016 from my Florida’s Fitness Blog and YouTube.

Enjoy!

 

Workout 2/9/2016

Today, I decided to do another video workout tutorial because they’re easily accessible and I thought I would take advantage of being able to work out at home. Since I did more of a kickboxing//cardio workout yesterday, I went with more strength training today. Specifically in regards to the glutes and thighs! I’ll definitely be sore from this one.

Workout 2/8/2016

Last night, I decided it was too cold to step outside (40 degrees is too cold for Florida okay?) so I completed a workout video at home. The video was similar to the group fitness classes I take, in the sense that all I had to do was follow the instructor. The YouTube channel I got this video off of is called Fitness Blender. The whole channel is structured for both men and women and I highly recommend it. This specific kickboxing workout was a stress reliever and definitely challenged me to push myself.

Don’t Make Me Think – Revisited

In order to keep the fitness momentum on this blog in mind, but also fulfill an assignment for my advanced interactive reporting course, I decided to jog to the library (to get a workout in) but also to rent this wonderful little gem, written by Steve Krug.

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‘Don’t Make Me Think – Revisited’ is an easy read about how to use the web and mobile devices for your benefit. Krug uses multiple principles to describe techniques and he also provides advice on using websites and apps.

He begins with the first principle literally being “Don’t make me think”… I really enjoyed the fact that he used this principle to introduce the book. I also think that he explains it very effortlessly… (You know, not making me really have to think about it.) Krug says that audience members or viewers shouldn’t have to think about anything on your website. They shouldn’t have to second guess whether something is a link or not, and they shouldn’t have to search for things. He says that a good website should provide easy access to needed information and I absolutely agree. “When you’re creating a site, your job is to get rid of the question marks” wrote Krug. Another principle he discusses is that people don’t really read pages… they scan them. It taught me to make my website design intriguing, eye-appealing, and simple. We need to design from a scanners perspective. In chapter four, I learned about how users like mindless choices. After learning this, I realized I am absolutely guilty of it as well. Pro tip: clicking is fun and quick when websites make ‘clicking’ to your goal clear and easy. The book gets a little more serious on page 49….. “The art of writing for the web”…. Most of us have already learned the basics about omitting needless words in order to reduce the noise level of the page and to make the useful content more prominent. Unfortunately, you won’t find that in this post because this is a review, but I plan on working towards shorter sentences in web stories. Chapter 6 and 7 go into website navigation as well as the importance of your website’s home page. I really enjoyed reading both chapters, not only because they provided useful information but also because it’s not just a ‘beginner handbook’ on websites. I’ve had my own site for quite a while now and still found the reading useful. It included tips such as stating your websites identity right off the bat, adding a search box to the home page, making your content timely, and more. (A good tagline is also an important characteristic.) Overall, this book includes a ton of useful information on how to make your website simple, clear, and non-biased towards different types of web users. I really like how it also included comics and quotes at the top of some of the pages. The reading was helpful, beneficial for my website’s future, and made me grin here and there; thanks to the clever chapter titles.

Thanks Steve, for sharing both your website knowledge and humor. I’m glad you “gathered enough energy” to write this book. It was well worth the effort.