I was babysitting my three-year-old niece the other day and I was getting ready for school, aka putting on make-up, and my niece asks me if she can wear make-up. So I immediately grab my phone and start recording. Check out what she thinks of make-up.

Now, truthfully, I don’t think she wants make-up because her “mommy wants her to look pretty,” but it is sad that you can already see that she is associating putting make-up on with being pretty. Maybe I wasn’t much of a help since I was putting it on in front of her, but I mean, come on, when I was three years old, I didn’t even have a clue what make-up was.


Heather Schramm - Before: 152 After: 125

Heather Schramm is a 20-year-old student at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Md. When Schramm, standing at 5’1″, reached her top weight of 152 pounds, she knew that she wanted to do something about her weight. Last April (April 6 to be exact), Schramm started on the Weight Watchers program, where Weight Watchers gives you a certain number of points (each food has different point values) that you can eat in one day. In this interview, Schramm tells us how it worked for her.


Q: What made you choose the Weight Watchers diet?
A: Mainly because you dont have to eat certain food you can just eat whatever you want in smaller portions and also one of my good friends also belonged so we joined together, that made it a lot better.

Q: Was it difficult to get started?
A: Yes, because I wasn’t used to measuring everything and I had to stop drinking soda and I had really bad headaches from not eating a lot for like the first four days.

Q: What was the hardest part of the whole program?
A: Tracking. You have to write down everything you ate and find the points and make sure you get the right amount of each thing you need and calculate exercise points. It’s a lot of work.

Q: How often did you weigh yourself?
A: We had to go into Weight Watchers every Sunday and they would weigh us on a scale in front of everyone. A sticker meant you did good (lost weight) that week.

Q: How did you feel about “weighing-in” in front of the other women?
A: Technically they can’t see you because you just are up to a counter so only the woman weighing you sees your weight. I was nervous at first because people are watching you, but they don’t know and the woman doesn’t say it, she just says how much you lost. It’s not bad.

Q: Did this program work for you?
A: Yes, on October 4 of last year I reached my goal weight of 125 pounds, and I have been maintaining it ever since.

Q: Would you recommend this program to others?
A: Yes, definitely. It really works and you can eat whatever you want, you just have to eat within moderation.


Heidi Montag - Before and After

Although I hate to admit that I am a viewer of The Hills, I have to say that this last season is rather addicting. While Lauren Conrad used to be the center of attention, since she has left the show, it seems as though Heidi Montag is taking over. And not for good reasons. In case you don’t know who I am talking about, Heidi is about 5’4 and 120 pounds.

Over the past couple of months, Heidi Montag has had 13 plastic surgeries, including a second nose job, ear tuck, a butt lift, liposuction in her thighs, a lip job and breast implants. But it’s not over.

Tonight when I watched The Hills, Heidi tells her mom that she wanted her boobs to be bigger but they physically wouldn’t fit in her body. She has plans for the future to make them a size “H” cup, for “Heidi.”

Her excuse for getting all of these surgeries is because of where she lives (Hollywood). Sorry Heidi, no excuses accepted.

I honestly don’t think scenes like this should be allowed to be aired on public television. The prime age-group watching these shows is teenagers and they shouldn’t think that it’s normal to correct everything that you think could possibly be wrong with you. It’s ridiculous.

I know everyone has an excuse not to work out because they don’t have time. I encourage all of you to watch this video of easy exercises you can do in your own house. All you need is a soft surface. I’ve tried doing the exercises in this video a few times and I assure you it is a great workout and will definitely leave you feeling great.

According to myfit.ca, more than 60% of adults don’t get the recommended amount of regular physical activity. Worse yet, 25% of all adults are not active at all! Nearly 50% of young people aged 12-21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis. Only 19 % of all high school students are physically active for 20 minutes or more in physical education classes every day during the school week.

How much do you exercise?

An Athlete’s Appetite

Hillary Fratzke

Hillary Fratzke is a fifth-year senior on the Towson University women’s lacrosse team. As one of the greatest athletes in the university, Fratzke focuses highly on what can make her a better athlete, including her food consumption. See what she says about her day-to-day activity.

Q: How would you describe your every day eating habits?
A: Moderately healthy. Sometimes I tend to skip meals due to my schedule which I am aware is terrible so I try to avoid it. And I rarely eat fast food or greasy food.

Q: Do you change what you eat based off of whether you have practice or a game or a day off?
A: Absolutely. My stomach doesn’t bode well with exercise so on game days I tend to stick to like peanut butter and jelly and yogurt. It’s easily digestible but with protein and carbs.

Q: If there is a game day that you would eat something that you generally don’t, like pizza, do you feel a difference in your performance?
A: I tend to feel more lethargic and I get an upset stomach, which distracts me. So if I can’t eat something that I know would be okay for me before a game then I usually eat a smaller portion and usually over a span of like a half hour to ensure that I get something to eat. One time, I only had a granola bar before, and I almost passed out at half time. I will never do that again.

Q: Do you ever think about your physical image when you are deciding what to eat, or do you strictly eat what is best for your lacrosse career?
A: I mean neither really… but more for my lacrosse career if I had to pick one. I’m doing a ton of exercise daily so I don’t have to worry about burning the calories off for my physical image. But later on, when I’m not as active every day, then you bet I will watch what I eat more closely.

Q: Is there any advice you would give a prospective college athlete, in regards to body image or food choices?
A: I would say that they should definitely watch what they eat two days before a contest, and drink for that matter; lots of water, protein and good carbs because it does make a difference. As for body image and girls especially, lifting weights frequently does not make your arms larger, but more toned. And consequently is better for your health because you have a low body fat percentage.

Clothing Drive Today

Towson University and the Salvation Army are teaming up to hold a clothing drive at Towson’s University Union.

They welcome all new, used and unwanted clothing.

In addition to being a great cause, it gives you an excuse to clean out all those clothes in your closet.

When: April 22
Where: University Union – 2nd floor
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.