Story & Photo by Julie Archer
It has officially been two months. This is the part where I could say I am finally off the hook and I can eat whatever I want again. However, this is not what I am choosing. I am choosing to stay on the ketogenic diet because it works. In 60 days, I lost 23 pounds. Besides the weight loss, this diet has made a positive change to how I feel. Overall, I do not feel sluggish like I used to because of the junk food I ate. I have more energy and I feel up to doing more things throughout the day. My productivity has increased; therefore, I am getting my work done faster, giving myself more free time.
I was never able to stick to a diet before keto, but for some reason this feels easy most of the time. There are still times when I struggle, but the results are worth it and I feel good inside and out. My advice for anyone pursuing this diet is to do research, ask questions and have a support group. It is important to mention that when adjusting the Ketogenic lifestyle, do not restrict your calories. It may sound crazy since most people starting the diet want to lose weight, but as your body shifts into ketosis, the need for more food will stop. I could eat one meal in the middle of the day and feel satisfied for the rest of the day.
The amount of love and support I have received is amazing. For anybody who uses Reddit, check out the Keto subreddit. There are so many great testimonies and people that will be your support system. Be sure to find me on Instagram to see how I am doing with the diet on a regular basis. I love answering everyone’s questions and helping to inspire others.
Following a diet is never easy. If you are considering starting any kind of diet, do plenty of research beforehand. I am not a dietitian and what I say should not be taken as medical advice. This is just my personal experience. If you would like to see more of my keto journey, follow
@julie_archer on Instagram.
Story by Michelle Rojano
I am not a dietitian or personal trainer. I am simply an average person sharing their story to help others learn from my mistakes and hopefully inspire others to find their best health. Follow
@chelly788 on Instagram to track my 5K and health progress in between publications.
The 5K I ran was to raise awareness and funds for Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a gene mutation. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, children develop normally and then start showing signs of Retts. The disorder is almost exclusively seen in females and symptoms range from muscle tone loss, speech impairments and inability to use their hands.
I didn’t sign up because of the cause but after running I realized how mutually beneficial this event was. Donating money and raising awareness for a cause while simultaneously pursuing healthier habits. It was a win, win.
I finally ran the 5K. I was nervous the day before; I did not feel prepared for the race, and I had never before participated in an event like this. The morning of the race was cloudy, cold and rainy. I had planned ahead and wore leggings and a long sleeved workout shirt. It wasn’t actually raining during the registration period, so I expected the rain to hold off until after the race ended. Everyone had lined up on the river trail at Wiley Post by the starting line. Right before the race started was probably the most exciting part for me. I looked around and saw women and men of all ages ready to run. Mothers with their kids in strollers, couples trying to stay warm, friends joking about being left behind. There was a lot of energy and anticipation. Just as the race began it began drizzling but everyone kept the same energy. Pretty soon after the race began, the runners broke up into groups; the fast ones, the joggers and the walkers. About a quarter through the race the drizzle turned into heavy rain. I was soaked within minutes but I wasn’t cold since I was running. I actually enjoyed running in the rain, it made the experience exciting and challenging in its own way. I ran the 5K in 31 minutes 10 seconds. This is actually my fastest time I have ever run. I was hoping to run it in 30 minutes or under but my fastest time before the race was about 35 minutes. Shaving off 4 minutes was a huge improvement. I placed eighth in my age category.
From this race, not only did I learn the mutual benefit of running for a cause, I am also motivated to participate in more events like this in the future. I went from not even being able to run a mile, to running a mile in 15 minutes, to running a 5K in 31 minutes. I made significant progress in the two months I trained. I am excited to see my progress in future races. My plans are to participate in the OKC Memorial race, next spring. I plan to run either a 5K in faster time or possibly run a 10K. It is all dependent on my progress throughout the winter with my training. I personally find running on a treadmill boring, so hopefully I am able to overcome this over the winter since it is pretty much one of my only options during the season.
For anyone interested in running next year, visit runsignup.com. Visit okcrunning.org to find local races.
Story by Madi Zick
Photo by Michelle Rojano
Let’s face it, college is expensive, and life is hard. Books that are used one time the entire semester cost hundreds of dollars. Rent and gas prices are rising quickly and do not seem to be going down anytime soon. Working and going to school full time can be costly. How do college students make it happen?
Craig Dawkins, professor of Economics and Personal Finance at Rose State, said students should track their spending with a debit register and write down all of their spending.
“The first thing you have to do is know where your money is going,” Dawkins said.
Dawkins said by keeping receipts and knowing what is bought, it can help students save money so that they are not overspending. To Dawkins, just looking at an account online to Dawkins is not tracking spending, it is just observing the money leaving the account. Another way to save money is to stop overspending, and only buy products that are needed.
Dawkins recommended all students take a personal finance class. He explained there is more to personal finance classes than just budgeting and balancing a checkbook. It teaches more life skills.
“In order to save money, you have to stop spending on frivolous things, have a budget and know what you need and why you need it,” Dawkins said.
He also explained it is okay to have a budget for splurging to have fun. Just because money is being saved, doing extra things like going out to eat with friends, or watching a movie is not off limits. Dawkins said that it is basically all about control and discipline, as long as those are involved it is easy to stay on track.
Dawkins recommended students save six to nine months of net earnings in an account, available and ready in case of an emergency. One of the big topics Dawkins preaches is before savings can be done, spending has to be under control. If spending keeps occurring, there will be no money to save. In order to follow and have a physical budget and stick with it, Dawkins said to keep it in writing. If it is just a thought, people can change their minds or not remember what was said, but writing it down can help keep them accountable.
Adrianna Schroeder, a freshman at Rose State, is currently enrolled in a personal finance class. In the class, they had to write down a spending log of their expenses over a month.
“It showed me how much money I was spending unnecessarily, and opened my eyes to help me save money for the future,” Schroeder said.
While saving money might not be as fun as buying new shoes or a new purse, the money saved will be worth it.
“Personal finance isn’t the end of things, it’s the beginning of things, and figuring out how to live,” Dawkins said.
Story & Photo by Kessley Miller
We see numerous times throughout our lives trends coming and going. Having a brand or product that represents an individual’s personality and values allows a consumer to express themselves.
With new styles and fas coming out all the time, it is easy to become overwhelmed with trying to be unique and getting sucked into the status quo of
being similar to the rest of society.
“Conformity, in a sense, is that by trying to be individualized we start to dress and act the same as the people around us, without even meaning to,” said Kia Leverette, a Rose State psychology major. “We, as a society, are becoming more similar than we are different because of the grouping we have by being influenced by friends, media and standards of society.”
The growth of social media has completely transformed the way trends work in our society. With a click of a button there is instant access to a whole new world of comparison and wanting to have the perfect image projected for all of the world to see.
Leverette explained how if a professor tells a class of students the average of test scores, students will most likely compare their grade to the overall average. Comparing one’s self to others is in all aspects of society and trends are no different. The way humans judge and evaluate themselves is by other’s opinions.
Trends go beyond fashion and clothes. For example, the trend of vapes and Juuls has become very popular with the younger age group.
“Nicotine addictions are coming back,” Leverette said. “With the older generations, the hype was with cigarettes. New devices are coming out that make this phenomenon more intriguing and exciting.”
Fast fashion has also become favored as well. Instead of spending more money on clothing and products that are higher quality, young adults buy cheaper clothes each season. In the end, making people waste money instead of saving.
The clothing will also inevitably not last as long because of the cheap quality, thus making people go back to the store to buy more clothes.
Learning to invest in one’s store-bought items is vital to being able to know what is worth buying and what is not.
“Depending on the person, if they need social acceptance to feel good about themselves, they should buy certain items,” Leverette said. “But if a person wants to branch out from society as a whole, they should purchase what they believe will make them unique.”
Understanding why people buy certain things can ultimately help improve opinions of certain products. When shopping, keep in mind what is worth the money, and what might just be a trend that will go out of style.