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The Evolution of Eat, Run, and Everything in Between: Where it all began & how I’VE evolved

The Evolution of Eat, Run, and Everything in Between: Where it all began & how I’VE evolved

The Evolution of Eat, Run, and Everything in Between: Where it all began and how I’VE evolved.

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. It’s definitely long overdue. However, I also knew that writing this post would be a big undertaking. Why? Because I started this blog almost 5 years ago, at the beginning of my senior year in college. To those who have been following my journey from the start (primarily college besties & fam) THANK YOU for continuously supporting me through all my crazy foodie ups & downs. To those who are newer to the community, thanks for joining along! This post is to highlight the ups, the downs, and of course, everything in between of my health journey. This is certainly a more personal post of mine & is something I really don’t talk about often, even though my whole journey has truly shaped me to become the person I am proud of today! One last thing – I know this is long, but just stick through it, I promise there’s a purpose for sharing ALL of my past.

Though I began my blog nearing the end of my college career, my journey with food & health truly began around my sophomore year of high school. I had just completed my sophomore field hockey season and was starting up indoor track & field. I originally signed up for track as a means to stay in shape for field hockey and improve my speed. However, little did I know, this would turn into more than just that, running became a HUGE part of my life, very quickly. By the end of my spring track season, my coach and I began to realize that I had some talent here. I wouldn’t compare myself to the crazy fast girls on my team that went on to run at various Ivy leagues and such, but there was definitely something there worth exploring through A LOT of hard work, grueling track workouts, and serious dedication. At the end of my sophomore year, I decided I was going to pursue running all three seasons and drop field hockey. This was an extremely hard decision for me because I REALLY loved field hockey & it brought me so much joy. However, I knew that if I didn’t commit to training all year round, I wouldn’t make any of the championship meets I had longed to race at and would not be training with the fastest runners on the team.

That summer I trained my ass off, past the point of being “healthy/okay”. I look back at it now and it’s crazy to think I put my body through all of that! I would wake up early in the morning and go for a 5-miler. I’d come home, change, bike a few miles to the yacht club and then teach sailing all morning, have about a 1-hour break for lunch, then I had sailing lessons for another few hours out in the hot sun. I’d bike home and top off my mileage for the day anywhere from 3-5 more miles. I’d repeat this everyday that entire summer. On top of the increased running & additional exercise, I definitely was not feeding my body adequately. The added pressure I put on myself led to this idea that I had to have minimal fat on my body. The smaller I was, the faster a runner I would be. Of course now I know this is not true, but at the time, I really believed it. Also, I meant to mention that while all of this was going on, my parents were also in the process of getting a divorce. I think that is why I used running & food as an outlet. It was really the only thing at that time I could control and excel at. I also didn’t process it at the time, but running was 100% a form of meditation for me whether I realized it or not. PS – that fall, I ended up getting injured (stress fracture in my shin) early on in the XC season that put me out of commission for the rest of XC and into my winter track season. This was living proof that I put my body through too much and it had enough. It literally broke down.

That summer going into my junior year of high-school and prepping myself for cross-country was also the point in my life where my relationship with food changed. Before that point, I never thought to much on what I was putting into my body. There was no stress or anxiety that used to come around eating. Since then, I’ve had so many up’s and down’s with food – what’s healthy and what’s not? What’s the right diet and what’s not? The list goes on. Anyway, fast forward to the summer before entering my freshman year of college. I came into college pretty fit after following the XC training guide all summer. However, within just a few months, the “freshman 15” caught on for sure. I think I had this idea that because I ran everyday, I could also eat whatever I wanted to. I wasn’t used to this much freedom around food (and booze). On top of the weight gain, I also was not running fast. My body was changing, (as most most women do when hitting puberty – I was just a late bloomer!)and I wasn’t fueling myself with proper food to adapt to those changes.

Shifting to the summer going into my sophomore year of college, I decided running was the problem and quit XC. At the time, I do think this was the right decision for me. I joined the club field hockey team and still ran everyday. As a matter of fact, my running was improving and I was beginning to eat the RIGHT foods and not 3 servings of cheese pizza every night. Taking the pressure of competing on a college DI team out of the picture had a really positive affect on me. The only thing that I struggled with was that all of my best friends were still on the team. I missed them. Just as they were closing out their XC season, I reached out to the new track coach & before I knew it, I had rejoined the team and was prepared to compete that indoor track season. I’m so glad I took the time I needed to myself to realize that I really did miss my friends, the team atmosphere, and of course, competing. This had become a HUGE part of my life and would shape my college career.

That sophomore year, going into junior year I began to focus on my weight again and watch what food I was putting into my body. As you can probably tell, I become extremely passionate and determined when I put my mind to something. This tends to be why I hit a lot of extreme “highs” and “lows”. This type of mentality continued throughout the rest of my college years. I went abroad to Spain my junior year and definitely over-indulged. I would run long, grueling miles throughout my time there to try my best to keep some of the weight off. I came back that summer and once again, whipped myself into shape and watched what I was eating. This brings me to the beginning of my senior year of college where I wrote my first blog post.

This in itself was scary and definitely out of my comfort zone. I still remember the day I shared my first blog post on facebook. I was scared to see what people would think or say about me. At that time, blogging (especially on food, health, and wellness) was still fairly new. I wish I could have told the old me WHO CARES WHAT PEOPLE THINK??? But, hey, you live and ya learn! It literally makes me cringe looking at the photography of my food pictures now haha! I also remember when I received my first free product from a well-known brand. I had written an article about chobani and they sent me a huge box of free yogurts. I was seriously HEAD OVER HEELS excited about this. I think I was only at 400 followers at the time, but I didn’t care. I finally felt like I had a purpose. Food blogging was unique to me and it was something I became extremely passionate about.

Unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned a few times here, this passion can turn into an obsession for me, which it did. Looking back at some of the food I made in college now, I can’t even imagine how those portion sizes filled me?! Blogging in college had its benefits, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think many college kids can say they got creative in the kitchen. I never realized how much I enjoyed cooking in the kitchen until I started experimenting with my meals out of my college dorm room. Somehow, it’s been 4+ years since I started this blog and here I am, still going strong. I may not have a lot of followers, but it really never was about growing quickly for me. This was and has always been a passion of mine. Sometimes blogging had its negative impacts on me. There was always (and still is) the comparison trap. “So and so is eating that and running those times, so I should do the same” or “that girl is super small so I should copy her meals”, etc. etc. However, there’s also the positive side that came out of blogging. This movement is certainly more recent, but I’m so glad that people are being more vulnerable and putting emphasis on doing what’s RIGHT and HEALTHY for your body. Realizing that I can eat REAL food and fuel my body, while eating a higher caloric intake. Realizing that healthy FATS are good. Realizing that I didn’t need to eat a 100% vegan diet to be “healthy”. Realizing that EVERYONE’S body is different and what one person needs to feel healthy, isn’t necessarily what I need to eat and do to feel healthy. And lastly, being HEALTHY doesn’t mean I need to strive for a certain weight or “look” a certain way.

So with that, this blog post has now gotten to be a short novel and therefore, I’m thinking I’ll need to write a part II very soon. I hope this helps give you an idea about the person behind EATRUNANDALLINBETWEEN. I’m human too. I’ve had my struggles and have learned my lessons. We all have and it’s OK. All of this has shaped me to be the person I am today. I’m really happy with where I am and my relationship with food and fitness. I don’t run crazy miles everyday anymore. I’ve found happiness and simplicity in yoga and wholesome foods. I try my best to indulge every now and then, while maintaining a balanced diet and not letting it get the best of me. Everyday is still a work in progress, but I truly believe I’m in a better place now, more than ever.

In need of some inspiration? Do yourself a favor & check out the Rich Roll Podcast!

In need of some inspiration? Do yourself a favor & check out the Rich Roll Podcast!

I’ve been feeling pretty inspired lately and felt it was only right to spread that wealth! For today’s post, I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favorite podcasts – the Rich Roll podcast. For those who are not familiar with who Rich Roll is – let me introduce you. He graduated from Stanford and Cornell Law School. He unfortunately fell into the struggle with drugs & alcohol, among other adversities in which he overcame. He finally made the decision a few years down the road that he would change his life around. He turned vegan and began his journey in pursuing the Ultraman competition. After intense blood, sweat, and tears, he earned the 6th place title overall, among claiming individual victories & insanely fast times in the swim, bike, and marathon races. Rich Roll has become a huge health advocate and motivational speaker to people all over the world, by sharing his life experiences – the good, the bad, and the in between.

Of course my introduction does not even come close to doing justice the amount that Rich has accomplished and how he completely did a full 360 on altering his life for the better. If you want to learn more about him, he’s written a few books, among appearing on a number of blogs, articles, magazines, and more. However, I feel like I’ve truly gotten to understand him more as an individual through his weekly podcasts.

What makes his podcasts stand out more so than others? To quote him directly from his podcast introductions, “Rich Roll discusses all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking minds in health & fitness, including world-class athletes, doctors, nutritionists, trainers, entrepreneurs & artists.“ I love that his podcasts welcome a diversity of different thought-provokers and people who challenge the norm. It’s clear that Rich is a very open-minded person and you can certainly get that sense while listening to his podcasts and the people who he chooses to interview. His view on the world and how to live life to its fullest truly resonates with me and has inspired me recently to start owning the choices I make and create an enriched and fulfilled life.

So whether you’re looking for a positive pick-me-up or if you’re looking for that extra push to make a change in your life, I’d say it’s worth giving Rich Roll a listen! Here are some of my favorite podcasts from him which I think you’ll enjoy ☺

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If you’re in the mood for a good laugh from hilarious Irish brothers, check out this podcast! → Stephen & David Flynn Are The Happy Pear: Creating a Mainstream Movement to Inspire Healthy Living

If you’re feeling a bit nerdy and want to get into the science behind wellness, here’s a great one for you! → Dr. Rhonda Patrick On Longevity, Epigenetics & The Microbiome or Live Dirty, Eat Clean: Robynne Chutkan, MD on Microbiome Health

If you’re dabbling in veganism or an advocate against meat producers/large fast-food companies, than check out Neal Barnard! → Neal Barnard, M.D. On The Power of Nutrition To Prevent & Reverse Disease

If you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, give this a try! → Jason Wachob On How To Build A Life, Not A Resumé

Note this is absolutely NOT an exhaustive list! You can scroll through his soundcloud account or do what I do and subscribe to his podcast. He’s been doing it for quite a few years now, so there are a ton of different topics and interviews in his archive! Find a topic that excites or interests you and just “roll” with it…no pub intended 😉

An Interview with my Fast Runner Friend – Jackie D!

An Interview with my Fast Runner Friend – Jackie D!

Hi all!

For this specific post, I decided to switch it up a bit! I’m sure you’re probably sick of hearing about me, so I thought it’d be interesting to start a series where I interview friends who in some way, are just as connected to health & fitness as I am. Some of you likely know that I ran competitively in college and through that, I had the pleasure of meeting some pretty amazing people and not to mention, a few of my best friends to this date! I’ve learned so much from them and I’d say they play a HUGE role in keeping me motivated whether it’s wellness related or just personally.

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So with that…I introduce to you my very first interview with my teammate from college and one of my best friends, Jackie D’Antonio! Since I know Jackie won’t toot her own horn, I’ll do it for her 😉 Jackie still holds the Loyola University Maryland records for the following:

-Women’s Indoor Track 800m with a 2:13:92
-Women’s Indoor Track 1,000m with a 2:52:17
-Women’s Indoor Track 4x800m Relay (Team Time of 9:35.33)
-Women’s Outdoor Track 800m with a 2:14:90
-Women’s Outdoor Track Distance Medley Relay (Team Time of 12:18.36)
-Women’s Outdoor Track 4x800m Relay (Team Time of 9:23.74)
-Women’s Top 10 XC 5K with a 18.05.90
-Women’s Top 10 XC 6K with a 21:34.00

Let’s now fast forward 3 years later, post-college and see what she’s up to these days! Hope you all enjoy and feel free to leave any comments or feedback!

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1. What are you currently training for?

Rochester half-marathon on September 18.

2. What does your average week of training look like?

I typically run 3 times a week (2 workouts, 1 long run) and strength/cross train the other days. I (try to) reserve Sundays for yoga.

3. What is your goal time?

Under 1:30 for the half

4. What advice would you give to someone looking to get into running?

Be patient and be persistent. It takes at least 2 weeks to get in shape so don’t expect to end the first week running a 5k at 7 minute pace. It can be real tough at first, but stick with it–it DOES get easier.

​5. Favorite workout routine at the moment?

HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts are always my go-to; they’re quick and dirty. I find a lot of good strength ones on www.bodybuilding.com

6. Favorite grocery store?

What a silly question. Wegmans, duh.

7. Who is your role model?

My momma.

8. Why is that ^ person your role model?

She’s been running since middle school and has yet to stop. And she’s just overall the best human being I’ve ever encountered.

9. ​​​​​​Name your favorite dessert – doesn’t have to be healthy 🙂

I’m a sucker for a good eclair. Strawberry shortcake is also one of my absolute faves. OR warm apple pie and ice cream. I’ll pretty much eat anything you put in front of me.

​10. What does your morning routine look like?​

I usually wake up between 5:30-6:00, depending on if I am running or going to the gym that day. Do my workout, shower, make a smoothie for breakfast, and am out the door for work by 8:15.

11. Favorite drink of choice to enjoy with your lunch?

Seltzer. Also super into the Kevita Probiotic and Bai drinks. I love bubbles.

12. What do you hope to accomplish in one year?

Fitness-wise, I want to build myself a booty. Life-wise, figure out my next (literal) move in life; I wanna explore a new city, I just need to figure out which one!

13. What about 5 years?

To have run the Boston Marathon.

14. If you were stranded on a remote island, name 3 things you would bring.

My brother Joey (good for strength and brains), phone with a portable charger to call for help, and a water filter. Really thought logically about that one.

15. What new food did you recently try and LOVE?

Hapi brand Wasabi peas are bomb.

16. Favorite motivational quote?

“Remind yourself daily that someone is happier with less than what you possess.”

17. How do you recover after a hard workout?

Treat mahself to a yummy meal like my mom’s famous homemade pizzas!

18. What is your favorite strength routine in the gym?

I like picking about 8 exercises and doing a circuit of 1-minute on/45seconds off of various strength workouts. Some exercises I like to do are pull-ups, box jump burpees, renegade push-ups, deadlift to squat press, wallstand push-ups, weighted running arms, etc.

19. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Greece.

20. Last question, ​what keeps you motivated?​

Truthfully, food. Knowing that if I workout hard, I can (hopefully) continue eating whatever the heck I want.

Who are we REALLY setting personal goals for?

Who are we REALLY setting personal goals for?

So I want to take the time and be completely transparent here. I posted a quote earlier yesterday morning on my instragram account (a quote I found while scrolling through Tumblr the other day) and it really resonated with me. Not that the quote is something I haven’t heard before, but to see it in writing, that friendly reminder was just that extra bit of motivation I needed. The quote, as posted above, states “what you think of yourself is much more important than what people think of you”. The reason I want to pick this apart a bit is because I feel like often times we lose sight of why we’re trying to achieve certain goals in the first place.

No one is perfect and I certainly have my flaws. We all set certain goals or ambitions throughout the year whether we realize it or not. We set standards and expectations for ourselves to achieve, we write out new year’s resolutions, we verbally commit to something, we keep tabs in writing or through social media “check in’s”, the list could go on. Where do all of these goals truly stem from though? Are they goals we set because we aspired to be like someone else we admired or saw in the magazine? Are they goals we set because we felt it was what our significant other/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife (whomever) wanted to see? Did we set these goals based off of an unwritten competition between a friend or just friendly competition in a sport you participate in? Did we do this because someone else set that goal for us?

Reflecting on all of those above questions, I can relate to each and every one. I’ve been there and I STILL question who I’m really doing all of this for at times. Looking back at my years throughout college, I set certain goals for myself, not because I felt I needed them, but because I felt that’s what I needed to do to be successful. I felt I had to look a certain way and be a certain weight, just like some of the other lean athletes on my track team to race fast and be successful in my long distance cross country races. When it came to my school work, I wanted to achieve certain grades just to prove that I was smarter or more business savvy than a classmate. When it came my social life, it always came down to how I dressed, how I did my makeup or my hair, how pretty I felt, how skinny I felt in that tight dress. I wanted to work out more, eat healthier, make money, be successful and so on. All for whom? To impress other people. I set all of these expectations and goals not for myself, but for others.
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Now, to be honest, I never actually realized that I was setting my goals for other people. At the time, I’m sure I would have liked to tell myself, “Calli, if you do 4 minutes of plank every other day, you’ll get stronger, build your core and back muscles, and of course, feel comfortable in your own skin”. I really, truly wish that’s why I worked out, but when it comes down to it, I don’t think it was 100% for those reasons. I believe that I set certain goals for myself because that’s what I imagined I needed to do to impress a guy or to feel better about myself when standing next to other girls. Never did I say, I’m going to do this for myself, because this is what makes ME happy. Actually, it’s taken until now, to realize that I still do what I did in college at times.

I’d love to believe that I have all my shit together and that I practice what I preach. But, we all have slip ups. I could tell myself to wake up every morning in a positive mood; I could tell myself that doing yoga for 10 minutes every night has helped to alleviate my stress, I could tell myself that eating healthy will make me an overall, happier person. Now, I do tell myself this as a positive affirmation, but do I always believe it? I don’t know. I don’t know that I’m truly setting these goals for myself. Even a month or so ago, I told my boyfriend, “you’re my motivation to be fit and look good for you”. There’s nothing wrong with using that as a little extra motivation, but the problem here is that there was no part of that statement saying that “I WANTED it” or “I WANT to be fit and happy and workout for myself, AS WELL as for you, because that’s what makes me happy”.

THIS ladies and gentlemen is the ONE time you can actually be selfish. As I previously mentioned, we all have set backs and times of uncertainty. We question why we’re waking up at 6AM to workout, we question why it’s worth eating well-rounded meals every day when there are people around you eating fries for lunch daily, we question these things for good reasons. We question them, likely because we’re smart. We’re smart because we know that we shouldn’t abide to certain standards for others. We know better than that and we know that whatever goals we set, should be because we REALLY want to achieve them.

I am constantly reminding myself every second of every day to enjoy everything to its fullest. This means finding that happy medium I’m constantly talking about. This means finding that balance with working out, eating well, enjoying and splurging on treats every now and then, spending times with friends, staying in touch with family, and just overall enjoying life! I’m learning to stop comparing myself to others. Everyone’s different and for that reason, you can’t expect to have the same goals as others. Your goals should be unique and special to you. No ones perfect and it shouldn’t matter what other people think of you so long as you do what makes YOU happy.

Turn your Passions into Reality

Turn your Passions into Reality

Right from the words of Taylor Swift, “I’m feelin’ 22…” Yes, I realize that song has been overplayed WAY too much for every 22 year olds birthday but it’s just too perfect not to sing. Anyway, I figured since I’m basically 30, I should probably get to writing my memoir/cliché “breaking boundaries, I’m so much older and wiser now listen to me” blog post. Ok ok so I’m still the youngest person (I’m guessing besides the interns) in my building, so I’m NOT that old. But still, let me be sad/depressed/miserable/drink eat away my feelings while I accept the fact that my most exciting birthday (that of turning 21 and becoming legal to drink and basically be considered an adult) is now exactly a year AND (some) days ago.
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Anyway, to get to a more serious point, now that I’ve taken a full 5 minutes to breathe, gather my thoughts, and move on from my childish and immature ways, I can fully disclose to you all how I’ve come this far by “breaking boundaries”. Now, I’m not saying that I’ve done it the right way or that I actually even have an idea of what I’m talking about. This is more of a reflection on how I’ve gotten to this point, especially to embellish on how I’m now happy with life in general, (and in relationship to my blog…) enjoying good food, appreciating running as a sport not a sacrifice, and accepting and learning to love my body as it is.
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I’ve always had goals and “dreams” in life (I know this sounds SO cliché, I’m actually flinching just typing this out, but this is the truth) and now I realize how important it was to have had those dreams 5, 10 years ago and how I see them spanning out currently and into the future. I told myself a few things and I’ve been telling myself these things for years now, “I’m going to be successful”. One way or another, I knew that I wanted this and I’m (currently) still in the process of working on this ☺ Now this doesn’t necessarily mean finding “success” solely in my job, although that is CERTAINLY something I aspire to do and become. But it also means to be successful in life; with friends, family, running, school and at some point along the way, it now involves my blog and my hopes of being a role model/inspiration to others.
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This blog was something that I started just over a year ago, sometime in early September. I simply started it as a hopes to help other college students find a healthy balance while away from home and living the dorm life, as well as to hold myself accountable to the beginning of my journey to a healthy lifestyle. However, I still didn’t exactly have any direction of where I wanted to go with it, I just knew I wanted to do it and keep it up no matter what. I had always enjoyed creative writing; I kept blogs of both of my abroad travels in Ireland one summer and then Spain for 6 months of my Junior year. But, cooking and working out were something I’ve always been passionate about to some extent. However, I can ALSO say this passion and adoration for the cooking and working out has only escalated since I began writing the blog.

Eventually, I furthered my “Eat, Run, and Everything in Between” network to other social media platforms; such as through instagram, tumblr, pinterest…just more ways to motivate myself and utilize my social media marketing skills I acquired over those fabulous four years of a fine pricey college education 😉 Seeing and hearing about the impact my blog has had on others, other than the obvious changes it’s made for me, I continue to stay motivated and work hard knowing the potential it has. I feel that everyone needs that one particular drive in life. For some it may be their current job, a hobby, their family, friends, pet, and so on. Personally, living a healthy BALANCED life is ONE of my drivers and top motivators.
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If I were to come up with one take away, my biggest tip for you would be to continue to have dreams and be an innovator, all the while being inclusive of things that make you happy in life. Don’t let other people stop you or put you down. You should never feel ashamed or embarrassed of something that you do, especially within your network of friends, family, and colleagues. I knew when I first started my blog, I was hesitant to whether I wanted to post it on Facebook for everyone to see, yet I did it anyway and the positive responses were more than I could have imagined! Had I kept it to myself the whole time and remained “anonymous”, I know for a fact I would not be where am I today, seeing as my friends and my social network whether through twitter, facebook, or linkedin has gotten me this far and honestly has kept me inspired to continue it. Back to my take-away, I also find myself continuously coming up with “start-up” ideas (some TOTALLY not realistic, but a girl can dream) that tie in my blog and my passions. It’s this kind of drive that keeps me going and keeps me optimistic, knowing that there is that chance of being 100% fulfilled mentally, personally, physically, emotionally, and whatever else you want in life!

So, take it or leave it for what it is! This is the honest truth of where I’m at right now. I know I’m at a bit of a cross roads, where I’m still adjusting to the post-college life, real-world situation, but I know there’s a point where I’ll feel like I’m in the right place, doing what I love and what keeps me happy ☺

Working Out in the Real World

Working Out in the Real World

So first off, apologies for lacking in my posts lately! I just began my first week of work as a college graduate and boyyy is post grad life different! So, what does it take to work out in the real world? Well, this title could go one of two ways. It could quite literally mean working out (aka physically going to the gym) in the real world OR it could also mean making it work out in the real world. I find myself at a crossroad somewhere in the middle of the two…

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Why do I say this? Prior to my first week of work, I had all of these crazy ideas, expectations, routines planned, fancy work outfits laid out, grocery shopping checklists, etc. You name it, I had it written down on SOME list SOMEWHERE. Sunday night I was ready to go. I had my meal plan prepped for the week, my breakfasts and lunches were ready to go for my 7am departure, I had the perfect first day-of-work outfit (not to casual, but not to stiff), this was going to be great I thought! {As a side note, when I have everything planned out, especially my meals and workouts completed, I feel 10x’s better about myself. And, as a rather obvious statement, the better you feel on the inside, the more likely you are to reflect those qualities on the outside and especially in the workplace. At least that’s my view on it!} Anyway, my lists were quickly proven to be inefficient as my first week of work was more exhausting and jam-packed with orientation activities than I had expected.

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So what do you do when your routine is thrown off? Don’t do what I did! I panicked. Every night following our 8-5 o’clock orientation days, we would have some type of dinner/apps/drinks and a networking event planned. These were a great way to meet new people and really begin to build a professional network and form new relationships with peers and colleagues. Before I even realized it, the time would quickly pass and by the time I was home, the clock already read 9 PM. I knew that in order for me to even attempt to wake up at 5am to workout, I’d have to be in bed by 10. That left me barely any time to just literally collapse on the coach, while watching a cheezy reality TV show. As pathetic as that is, I somehow decided to prioritize ‘Keeping Up with The Kardashians’ ahead of prepping my breakfast and lunch for the next day. I bet you can guess how the next morning went then…? I set my alarm for 5, then snoozed it, theeeen snoozed it again, and finally I just reset it an hour later and skipped my early morning workout, knowing damn well I wouldn’t be able to workout in the evening after our networking dinner. There goes yet another day of working out! I was REALLY beginning to panic and stress now. The breads, pizzas, quesadillas, desserts, drinks, etc., at the networking dinners were now calling my name. UGH, why do they always pick at my weaknesses while I’m under stress?? Obviously, I lose all sense of self-control and gorge over these greasy apps and sure, one or two every now and then is ok. But, no. It was more like 4 or 6. Anyway, maybe it’s just me, but once I start and continue to stress, the more I find myself emotionally eating.

My point is, it’s now Saturday. I started my morning with an extremely hot and sweaty longer run, which wasn’t great at the time, but felt quite rewarding after my rollercoaster of a week. I was able to reflect on the run and realize that I ultimately have control over my eating habits, my sleep schedule, and my workout routines. I could have just stopped and breathed for like even just a second and realized that there was no reason to stress! It honestly wasn’t that big of a deal eating dinner out every time, I just handled it the wrong way and fell down under stress and overanalyzing everything. Sometimes I think the best thing I can do for myself is to just stop and RELAX. I’m constantly going nonstop; people literally call me the energizer bunny. This can be great, but can also lead me to never taking the time to just stop, relax, and NOT stress.

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So, whether it means literally figuring out how to work out in the real world or just succeeding as a professional, give it some time. You WILL fall into a routine of things and sure, you may have some up’s and down’s along the way. But it’s how you resolve those obstacles and challenges that can make or break you in the real world. What’s my plan for next week? Go with it. I’m not going to stress over the little things. I’m going to try my best to workout in the morning, prep my meals, and prepare myself to succeed in the workplace. If something goes wrong, it’s not the end of the world; you WON’T fall flat on your face. But, if you do, just get right back up and GO! ☺

The Liebster Award: A Shout Out to Bloggers

Hey Guys! So just recently I received a comment from a fellow fitness blogger, The Complaining Runner explaining that she nominated me for the Liebster Award. I was pretty thrilled to receive this award (as I can imagine most other bloggers would be to) and it was so sweet of her to nominate me for this! But then I paused for a second and realized I literally had no idea what the Liebster Award even was! Sooo…copied straight from The Complaining Runners blog, here’s a quick sum up of what this award even is!

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First off – Liebster is a German for “favorite” so I guess in layman’s terms this is the Favorite Blog Award. It is awarded to a blog that has less than 200 followers. It is an amazing opportunity to get to know other blogs and pay it forward. The rules for receiving this award are:

Recognizing the awesome blogger that nominated you!
Write 11 things about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger who nominated you asked.
THE BEST PART: nominate new bloggers!
Write 11 questions of your own for the bloggers you nominate.

First I’ll start off with 11 random facts about myself! (As a side note, I’m either extremely boring and “normal” or I’m just having severe trouble rewinding back through 21 years of life in order to try and find something worthy of even writing down here!) Anyway here it goes…

11 Random Facts about Myself:

1.) I’ve never broken a bone (let’s hope this doesn’t jinx it…)
2.) My first time ever sailing on my own was when I was 10. And I capsized within 10 minutes of being out on the water…
3.) Up until 1 year ago I didn’t eat ANY seafood (fish, sushi, shrimp, and so on) CRAZY RIGHT?
4.) I’ve traveled to 14 other countries outside of the US
5.) I wouldn’t be able to live with out Peanut Butter and Nuts
6.) I’m an awful swimmer as much as I hate to admit it.
7.) My last year of college track EVER I took up steeple chase for the first time in my life. It was QUITE an experience…
8.) My favorite ice cream is Black Raspberry Chip
9.) I can’t do a head stand :/
10.) I studied abroad in Spain, lived with a host family and had never spoken spanish a day in my life before hopping on the plane. (I took french.)
11.) I will admit to being EXTREMELY weird, awkward, and you get the picture. not sorry about it!!

Here are the questions the blogger who nominated me asked:

1.) Who is your fitness inspiration?
Love Shalene Flanagan and Kara Goucher (I know, cliche. But it’s true…girl crush on BOTH)
2.) What is one thing you did everyday when you were 10, but now never do?
I used to think I was a fashion designer and draw characters and their clothing on pieces of paper, cut them out, and collect them all. I was a bizarre child.
3.) What is your favorite brunch item?
BELGIUM WAFFLES.
4.) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
peanut butter. standard.
5.) What is your greatest accomplishment?
My ability to balance my college education while running all year round for a D1 XC and Track and Field Team. And continuing my dedication through keeping up with my blog in hopes of inspiring others.
6.) If you had to spend 24 hours with either Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes who would you choose?
Amanda Bynes. Chick is CRAAAYY and would be quite entertaining!
7.) What was your worst haircut?
probably sometime in either 7th and 8th grade…most AWKWARD ugly stage of my life.
8.) Early bird or night owl?
Early bird.
9.) What was the last book you read?
I’m ashamed to admit to this….but the Betches Love this book – “Nice is just a Place in France”
10.) What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen a stranger do in public?
Oh god, I can’t even remember but probably some of the ridiculous street performers I saw abroad (especially the goat man…)
11.) Apple or Android?
Apple for sure!

My Nominations:
The Dancing Runner
Fashionably Fit and Fed
Fresh.Fit.Fabulous
Healthaholic
The Skinny Wanna-be Diaries
Running and the City
My Crazy, New York, Post-Grad Life

11 Questions For my Bloggers:

1.) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
2.) If you were stranded on an island, what is the ONE thing you would have with you?
3.) Who is your fitness inspiration?
4.) If you had to be on a celeb reality tv show, which one would you choose to be on?
5.) What is the one food you could not live without?
6.) If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world with any celebrity, where and with whom would it be?
7.) What is your biggest fear?
8.) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
9.) If you could go professional in ANY sport, what would it be?
10.) Would you eat 1 cup full of worms for a thousand dollars?
11.) If you (your personality) were an animal in another life, what would it be?

Lets keep this award going around…it’s a great way to get to know other fellow bloggers, especially ones that don’t quite have their name out! Keep it up 🙂

woo! Very Inspirational Blogger Award

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I was nominated by http://fitbit8.wordpress.com for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. This was an exciting and unexpected surprise, but I’m thrilled to be getting it! I’ve always been a relatively active person, participated in sports my entire life, and have always loved food. Anyways, it wasn’t until I started this blog that I found a way to share my motivation and inspire others of all ages through fitness, healthy eating, and just living a happy lifestyle! Thanks again Fitbit8 for the nomination! ☺

Here are the rules:
◾Display the award logo on your blog
◾Link back to the person who nominated you
◾State 7 things about yourself
◾Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them
◾Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Things about me
1. I can probably out-eat anyone in ANYTHING. Just saying. 😉
2. I love my college XC and track & field team more than anything!
3. I lived abroad in Spain for an entire semester last spring and miss it more than anything.
4. I have a passion for sailing, the beach, and anything summer!
5. I plan on training for a marathon at some point after graduation this spring.
6. I am an International Business major and want to someday travel the world!
7. I love to shop…

I nominated the following 15 bloggers:
1. http://moderngirlnutrition.wordpress.com
2. http://willrunforglitter.com
3. http://brittanyraeyoga.com/blog/
4. http://www.hungry-runner.com
5. http://wineanddash.wordpress.com
6. http://feistyveggiesaurus.wordpress.com
7. http://allicatcooks.com
8. http://skinnywannebediaries.wordpress.com
9. http://juicejamandjoy.com
10. http://fit-n-fancy.com
11. http://healthadvocation.wordpress.com
12. http://foodisfuelforme.wordpress.com
13. http://nutritionhealthlife.wordpress.com
14. http://mindbodyrudy.wordpress.com
15. http://healthaholics.wordpress.com


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