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Saying no to the “wedding diet”

Saying no to the “wedding diet”

I’ll be honest with you, one of the first thoughts I had after booking our wedding venue for NEXT year was “alright, so I have more than a year to kick my butt into gear for the wedding day”. Was this REALLY one of the first things that came to my mind after booking the venue? Am I wrong for thinking this? Or is this a result of diet culture and the wedding industry? Sadly, I feel it’s a mix of all of the above. It’s no surprise that I’ve battled body insecurities, as most women do growing up in their teens, early 20’s…and let’s be honest, is there any age were women feel 100% beautiful? Sadly…I’m not sure?? As I’ve blogged about in the past, my own insecurities have developed over the years, beginning in high school where I was heavily influenced by social media, TV, magazines, and more, running competitively in cross-country and track & field, and of course, the continuous diet culture that we can never seem to get away from. So of course, it’s only natural that when we as woman finally have a wedding date set, it’s an immediate reaction that we must now start the countdown to getting that perfect wedding “bod”.

Ironically, I was in the middle of writing this blog post right before heading to my engagement photo session yesterday and of course, I couldn’t escape those negative thoughts developing in my head. The ones that tell you you’re not ready for a photo shoot. Your skin looks like shit. Your hair looks dry. You feel bloated in the face and belly. You don’t have the right outfit. You can’t afford to get your nails or hair done. Oh the list just goes on! Like, Calli, do you think this is a progress photo or something? Am I expecting to drop weight between todays engagement photo and my day-of wedding photos?? Personally, I think the most difficult thing for me is falling in that comparison trap. Being a blogger, I see fitness photos posted ALL the time as I scroll through instagram. On top of that, I’m now constantly scrolling through pinterest looking at wedding dresses and of course, every woman looks nearly perfect in the wedding dress.

I don’t believe this wedding diet mindset is coming from a negative place at all. I think it’s entirely innocent and we shouldn’t be ashamed in ourselves for thinking like this. Unfortunately, it’s become a somewhat major part of the wedding and fitness industry. Both industries obviously financially benefit from this, so it’s no surprise that they’re taking advantage of marketing and advertisements targeting women looking to lose weight for the big day. Again, not trying to point fingers, we’re all guilty of playing a part and creating this wedding/diet culture. For example, just look at how many articles are shared on Knot.com regarding wedding diet tips, meal plans, celebrity workouts, etc. How many fitness studios around you offer wedding packages? How about the fact that when you go to your first fitting, it’s almost 100% likely you’ll request to schedule several more in hopes of being a smaller size? How about the thousands of posts you’ll find on pinterest about wedding diet and workouts? It’s even become normalized and totally OK in conversation between friends and family. If you look around, it’s everywhere and nearly impossible to avoid? Even those who likely never struggled with weight or body issues before, are now feeling pressured to get into wedding shape.

But, for what? To look a certain way on just one day? I’ll be honest, I was totally deep in the wedding diet mindset (and still am struggling with it) until recently when I listened to an older podcast on the Healthy Maven (episode #22 with Robyn Nohling (the Real Life RD)) where they discuss this topic. It was such an “aw-ha” moment for me because I didn’t even realize I was THAT girl obsessing over how I would look on my wedding day. The sad part is, most times, we’re not doing this for ourselves. We’re doing it so we can look good in front of the 250 attendees at the wedding. Yep, you heard that right. Potentially expecting 250 people at the wedding next year. Talk about added pressure, right? Honestly, I wish I could say that my motivation behind looking good for the big day was for me. But the truth is, I want to look good for all of the 250 people attending. I’m typically not that type of person at all, but for some reason, on this particular day, I’m already concerned with what people will say about my appearance. Again, I realize this is all crazy delusional, but this is how my mind works and I’m sure I’m not alone here. We shouldn’t be concerned about looking good. We SHOULD care about FEELING good. The other point that I found really interesting that was made on this podcast, is do you really want to look back at pictures and say “wow, I wish I could get back to my wedding body some day”? Like, do I really want to kill myself all to look good on ONE day?? Is that really how I want to remember my wedding? Do I want to spend my life trying to get back to that point of likely eating minimal calories and obsessively working out? Absolutely not. I don’t think anyone wants that. I want to look back at the moment and know that it was the happiest moment of my life!

Realizing all of this was half the battle. The most challenging part is doing my best to just observe and ignore those negative thoughts that creep in. Being able to admit and just be aware that these thoughts are REAL will make being able to push them aside that much easier. Though I don’t have any major, life-changing tips here, it certainly helped listening to that podcast and reading this blog from Robyn Nohling (aka the Real Life RD). Definitely worth a read! At the end of the day, Robyn said it best, “thinness does not equal beauty. Marriage is not about the wedding. And a wedding is not about the size of your body.”


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.


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!


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?


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.

Diets, Fads, and the Health & Wellness Industry

Diets, Fads, and the Health & Wellness Industry

Hi everyone!

I know I’ve been on hiatus for a while…apologies for that! To be honest, I just haven’t been too inspired to write, among work and everything else going on in my life – coming home and blogging just hasn’t been on my mind. That was up until today…

Over the past few months, I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts to make my hour-long commute less miserable. My boyfriend recently got me into Joe Rogan – which is great since some of his are 3 hours long and kill 2.5 hour drives! I’ve especially been drawn to Joe Rogan because he tends to interview people that have very interesting & unique passions. Plus I love how Joe is so open-minded and probably the least-judgmental person; which likely attributes to why his podcasts are so interesting. The ones I’ve been especially drawn to are folks who are or in some way touch the health and fitness industry. In addition to Joe Rogan, I’ve explored listening to other top health & wellness podcasts, one being the “Wellness Wonderland Radio”, hosted by Katie Dalebout. The most recent podcast I listened to however was what really caught my attention.

Katie was interviewing a plus-size model and owner of “Topless Yoga”, Emily Nolan, and a big topic of discussion was around “diets, fads, and the health & wellness industry”. When I look back at various “fads” I tried; including “If it Fits your Macros”, Veganism, Ketogenic, Pescetarianism – I tricked myself into believing that none of what I was doing was a true diet. I honestly believed that I was just being open-minded and exploring and learning about different foods and my body. I still believe some of that is true. But, in the end, what was I doing? I was restricting myself from certain food groups that quite honestly, I was dying to have back in my life. So here I was the whole time, believing that I would or could never get caught up in a “diet” – but in the end, it all came down to restricting myself from one of life’s greatest pleasures, FOOOOOD!
food guilt
Later in the podcast, they went onto to talk about the positives and negatives of the health & wellness industry being in the lime light recently. As many of you likely know, the wellness industry has taken off in the past few years and myself included, has jumped on that bandwagon through Instagram and blogging. This extremely positive idea of sharing and inspiring others on social media accounts may have turned into a place where people now begin to shame themselves and compare the foods and their lifestyle to what their Instagram superstars are doing and eating. I can tell you right now that I’m probably guilty of that as well! Things start running through your mind – “oh she only had a green juice for breakfast and a bar before her SECOND workout of the day…”. Meanwhile, here I am chowing down on my dessert of full-fat vanilla yogurt with a heaping handful of granola and almond butter. It’s crazy to think that what I’m doing is absolutely fine AND healthy, yet I still find myself feeling guilty. What it comes down to is that a lot of times, social media accounts may be promoting this crazy illusion of what health and fitness should look like.

I will say that what I post on Instagram does not capture every meal I eat. I don’t necessarily do it to hide what I’m eating, it quite honestly comes down to – is this meal pretty? Is the lighting any good? Or my favorite… I’m FAR too hangry to take an extra minute to snap a picture of my meal. Whatever it may be, I want to make a promise to both my myself and anyone who follows me to truly begin thinking intuitively and sharing that with you. When I say “thinking intuitively”, I don’t just mean with food, but with my body. Like food, I tend to be strict with my workouts. I’m up at 5am every morning, even when I know my body is dying to tell me no. This mindset probably developed back when I started racing for track & field – and quite honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever truly lose that crazy, competitive edge. Thinking intuitively is a spiritual mindset and I really want to explore that and share that journey with you all!
intuitive eating
Anyway, wanted to take the time to share this with you and if you’re interested – definitely be sure to check out Katie’s podcast. She’s so passionate about what she does and she’s extremely relatable, having gone through similar struggles herself. Check out her website as well: http://katiedalebout.com/


That feeling when you discover a new trail…

That feeling when you discover a new trail…

You know that feeling when you discover a new clothing store or you stumble upon a quaint little “hidden gem” café? It’s basically like your life has done an entire 360. I mean as ridiculous as it sounds, you feel like you could never go back to how life was before. Sure, I’m probably digging a little deeper into all of this, but I KNOW you can all relate and at one time or another have been there. Where am I going with this? Well, I started work a few weeks ago and for nine months I’ll be living in an apartment building in a very commercial/city-like town. Luckily, the apartment building has a small gym which is fantastic!


But, being a runner throughout high school and college, I’m so used to running outside, exploring trails, taking on the track, etc. So after a while, I literally go stir crazy in the gym, especially when the summer weather is so ideal in the morning! Last week, I decided to run outside, unsure as to where I would even go. However, with just a simple left and then right off of the main highway, I found myself running across a bridge overseeing a large lake. Lakes almost 100% of the time lead to trails. And walah! A few more minutes into the run, I just nearly passed a hidden sign leading to a trail in the woods! Despite being awful with directions, trails are even worse. I find myself doing loops on loops until I finally find my way out. But, I decided to go for it and explore these unknown territories…my shins would certainly thank me later.

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After about 10 minutes into a run, I bared off onto a narrow path, slightly over grown. Not sure how long I would continue on this path and just like that, I looked ahead and noticed that this narrow little path suddenly opened up across a vast field. If you haven’t caught on, this was like finding a pot of gold! As I continued my run through the field, maneuvering my way around rabbits, squirrels, and even a few deer’s scrambling across the path, I then continued on to yet another trail. How I was not aware of all these trails in such a busy, highway infested town is beyond me! Anyway, about 25 minutes into my run, I realize I can continue on for another solid 5 minutes as the trail seemed to go on and on, extending across local roads and opening up several path options along the way. Before I knew it, I hit about 4 miles and was ready to turn back and finish up an unexpected, spur of the moment 8 miler! After being all cooped up at 5:30 AM on the treadmill, this run was exactly what I needed.

if only this was my trail everyday....
if only this was my trail everyday….

Eventually, I made my way back, slightly covered in mud and wet grass, only managing to make just two wrong turns. Well, this trail exceeded all and any expectations I had. Not only has my morning workout been changed for the better, but I’m now ready to explore even further, what more the trail has to offer! As I mentioned before, there’s always that one online site, where you discover trendy clothes from a random state in the US for a great price, or when you find out there’s a chipotle just a few minutes away from you, or when you randomly eat dinner out a restaurant that surprisingly serves the best grilled salmon meal out there. You’re life has now been altered for the best (unless of course you’re spending too much money at either the online store, chipotle, or the restaurant…that could be dangerous) and thankfully for me, trails are free ☺ So next time you may have doubts about running options, EXPLORE what’s around you, try a new route every day, you have no idea what you may come across!

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