2017 Is The Year Of The Rooster
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2017 Is The Year Of The Rooster

It's time to put the past behind.

Cock-a-doodle-doo, ya'll... According to the Chinese horoscope, it's the Year of the Fire Rooster!

I think we can all agree that 2016 was not our best, but if we had listened to the Chinese, we may have seen it coming. The last year was the Year of the Monkey, full of lots of shenanigans.

The monkey swung from month to month bringing with it lots of surprises and hyperactivity. But starting on Jan 28, the beginning of Chinese New Year, it's time for the Rooster to step in.

The Year of the Rooster is powerful, meant to propel us forward and move on with our lives. It's best to stick to practical and proven paths, rather than taking risks like you may have in 2016.

Impressions will surely count so you'll want to be clear of any intentions involving love, money, and business. Since 2017 is specifically under the fire element, it will bring lots of energy and enthusiasm.


If you were born during the rooster (any 1993 babies out there), then this year could do more for you than it does for others. If you're in a relationship, it's either time to jump the gun and get married or break up.

Apparently, any 24-year-old roosters need to call it quits if there is no progress in their relationships. As far as any single roosters out there, you may meet someone this year, but you will have to be patient as it progresses.

This year, it is recommended for roosters to "do more, and speak less".

If you are working towards a career in business or leadership, you will have luck! If you are a creative rooster, your superiors will finally give you some recognition. Use this to motivate you, because recognition will not always match their actions.

Specifically, some of the best career options for roosters are journalist, public relations officer, travel writer, restaurant owner, surgeon, dentist, athlete, teacher, or soldier.

Even if you aren't a rooster, you can channel rooster traits in order to get the most out of 2017. Roosters are typically observant, confident, resourceful, courageous, and talented.

The traits you should tap into this year to reap the rewards are loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and great appearances. If you're friends with any roosters, then try to hang around them more. They make devoted friends and always stay true to their word.

Rise and shine, it's rooster time!

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Weight Loss Tips For 2017

Get ready for the slim-down!

It can't get much worse than 2016, so there's no where to go but up! Most New Year's Resolutions circle around fitness.

The New Year comes right after the holiday season where we chow down on pie and get a little too comfortable in our winter bods. Whether you want to lose 20 pounds, five pounds, or just turn some fat into muscle, I have some tips for you!

Make sure you aren't taking adderall, skipping meals, and simply hoping for the best. This will not keep the pounds off permanently! In fact, it may even pack them on later.

Skipping meals slows down your metabolism and won't give you the long term results you want. In 2017, start exercising, eating healthy, and putting in the work.

Here are some ways you can help aid the process:

1. DRINK WATER!
At least eight glasses of eight ounces every day.

2. Cut back on alcohol.
Choose red over white and lose the sugary mixers.

3. Do a cleanse.
Tea-Toxes are my favorite!

4. Speaking of tea...
Drink more green tea on the daily!

5. Turmuric.
It supports natural weight loss, aids muscles and joints, and reduces inflammation.

6. Take a shot of apple cider vinegar in the morning!
It's gross, but it works.

7. Flaxseed Oil.
It supports natural weight loss and fights cellulite.

8. Eat flat tummy foods.
Almonds, asparagus, blueberries, oatmeal, salmon, spinach are all great for that.

9. Never Skip Breakfast!
Ever ever ever!

10. Eat Throughout The Day
Six little meals are better than three big meals.

11. L-Carnitine.
It regulates how the body metabolizes fats and carbs.

12. Hit the gym.
Go at least three times a week & never go three days without it.

13. Mix up your workout.
Try boxing, cycling, pole dancing, etc.

14. Add lemon to your water/tea.
It makes it taste better without any extra calories.

15. Avoid processed foods.
This should be obvious.

16. Whole grains are your friend.
Avoid white bread, white rice, and potatoes.

17. Crank up the cardio.
The more sweat, the more pounds you lose.

18. Enjoy your food.
Eat slowly!

19. Get enough sleep & reduce stress.
You'll be happier all-around, also!

20. STAY POSITIVE AND LOVE YOURSELF EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!
You have to start now, keep your goals in mind, and remember that it won't happen overnight. It will be a happy new year indeed!

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Okeechobee Music Festival 2017 Playlist

Get ready for year two!

With Okeechobee Music Festival's second year run just days away now, it's time to get all geared up for the music you're going to be presented with. This year's lineup is absolutely packed with talent from top to bottom, so we tried to get you a taste of a little bit of everything.

There's so many genres packed into this, you'll need to give it a few listens to really digest everything you're hearing. Get ready for OMF 2017!

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Diet Tips For The New Year

Simple Tips to Help Achieve Your Diet Resolutions for 2017

Many things happened in 2016 that I think we all want to forget. Famous stars passing, a stressful election, and for some unlucky students, possibly the freshman 15. I know we all want to forget it but those pounds unfortunately carry over.

If you are like me, then you want to make some changes for the better. Here are some diet tips that can have a big impact on your health this next year and get you ready for bathing suit season!

  • Cut the soda and energy drinks. I know that early classes suck, especially if you are like me and you don't like coffee. However, replacing these with water will have a huge impact on your diet. Look at it in a numbers kind of way. Each soda bottle you drink is roughly 180 calories and approximately 50 grams of sugar. So if you had two bottles of soda a day that you cut from your diet, you lose 2,520 calories and 700 grams of sugar. It adds up real quick.
  • Watch the fruits and the fruit juice! I know what you're thinking. "I thought fruits would be a good substitute for candy bars and soda!" You aren't wrong; replacing some junk food with fruit is a great idea... when it's not done in excess. Fruits are sweet because they contain natural sugars. A couple of servings throughout the day are great, but when you eat too sugar that you don't burn off, it turns to fat.
  • Salads don't always equal healthy eating. Sure it sounds great in theory: veggies in a bowl... what could possibly be bad about that? It's got to be healthier to eat a side salad than a thing of fries right? Well not every salad is healthy. Time for more numbers! The average salad from a restaurant contains over 500 calories, most all of which comes from the fatty dressing (honey mustard, ranch, the good stuff). An average order of fries contains roughly 520 calories; they are practically the same. However, using light vinaigrette or limiting the portion of dressing down to the recommended two tablespoons can greatly increase the healthy aspect of that salad. If ya do that, then you are good to go!
  • Substitute deserts with better substitutes. For me, a meal isn't complete without something sweet to eat. Unfortunately that cake does not contain some magical healing properties. It probably contains 240 calories and 50 grams of sugar. It's the same concept as the soda; it all adds up over time.
  • Portion control! This is the single biggest tip for dieting. Any good food can turn into something unhealthy if it's eaten in excess. Websites like caloriecount.com can give you a great look into what portion sizes you should be eating to have a healthy diet.

These tips are here to promote the healthier you this year! Let's start this New Year off right!

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What Your New Year Resolution Says About You

New Year, New Meme.

We all make a resolution and forget about it by the end of January. And every year we promise it'll be different this time around and you will commit. Whatever promises you choose to make to yourself says a lot about you.

1. Reduce your carbon footprint.
What Al Gore said in An Inconvenient Truth is just now hitting you. That or the weather during the winter has been really weird lately and you feel as though mother nature is trying to get your attention. You are normally a skeptical person but can no longer deny the facts.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.
This one mostly comes from the fact you let yourself eat everything and anything between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve. You are a person that likes to treat themselves so this will be the hardest one to keep.

3. Learn something new.
You don't want to waste your life doing the same four things you did last year. You want to do things a little different this year, like developing self-control in the snack aisle. You are somewhat of a boring person and are looking for something to spice up your life.

4. Travel.
Whether you are a world traveler or have never left your state, you want to experience a new culture and see new sights. The food being the thing you look forward to the most. You are an adventurous soul, but only as adventurous as your bank account will allow you to be.

5. Be a nicer person.
This is one of the easier resolutions to keep. And Karma told you to do it. You are becoming more sensitive to others.

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The 10 Best Memes Of 2016

My childhood innocence is ruined.

2016. Damn. What a year. It's amazing how it seemed to fly by, but at the same time we're all ending it thinking 2017 CANNOT COME ANY SLOWER.
Before we all get swept up in the "me at the beginning vs me at the end of 2016" memes, or "going into 2017 like", I think it's only fair we give 2016 a little bit of credit by dedicating a post to the very best memes of this past year.
It brings us back to the happier times, when we could carelessly scroll through our feeds and laugh at the simplest of things. It also gives us a refresher to the important, yet easily forgotten achievements that happened this past year (*cough cough, looking at you Leo).
Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Wins
After five Oscar nominations with zero awards to show for it, the internet showed no mercy in making fun of Leo's forever "you tried" status. Whether it was out of pure sympathy for the man, or the Academy genuinely believed DiCaprio deserved to be crowned "best Actor" of 2016, Leo FINALLY got his golden trophy.
And of course, the internet was quick to respond.
Michael #PhelpsFace
A highlight of the Summer Olympic Games was the close competition between Le Clos and Phelps. Even better than the vengeful victory was Phelps' pre-race face that came out of it, filling the internet with this terrifying yet hilarious image for a good month straight.
Smiling Usain Bolt
The only thing faster than Usain Bolt is the speed with which people made memes out of this Olympic race finish photo.
Evil Kermit
Joe Biden
I think it's fair to say this past election season was painful for everyone in some way, shape or form. One of the bright spots came from the overwhelming number of Joe Biden and Obama memes that surfaced. Makes you wish this was what actually went down between this beautiful White House bromance.
Bernie vs Hillary on the issues
We all know the Trump vs. Hillary battle was a headache-inducing time in 2016, but the division among the Democratic Party leading up to the primaries was arguably just as frustrating and painful at times. Albeit sexist, these "Bernie vs. Hillary on the issues" memes were pure gold.


Harambe
To be honest, I still don't understand how the remembrance of this Gorilla literally swept the nation. But you know what they say...

Primitive Spongebob
2016 turned out the be the year of the revival of some classic tv shows. For starters, who can forget "Spongegar" aka Primitive Spongebob, with the internet coming through with some all-too-relatable scenarios.


Arthur
I didn't think it could be possible, but we somehow turned the most innocent of shows into a plethora of dirty, laugh out loud memes thanks to our grown-ass-horny minds. Needless to say I'll never be able to look at Arthur the same again.

Honey Bun Baby
The face of the year tbh. It's hard to believe this lil 22-month old nugget only became popular a month ago. The captions to go with this face of pure innocence are genius.


Here's to hoping that with the new year, we also get some great new memes to go with it. Because if 2017 is anything like 2016.... we're going to need it.