What has your fitness journey been like?
It’s one of ups and downs. I have a Mesomorph body type, which essentially means I can lose weight quickly but I can gain it back just as fast. This has led me to patterns of yo-yo dieting and extremes-no bueno! I have to work really hard to remind myself to be balanced, being healthy and working out whenever I can, but also giving my body and my mind a break once in a while. Being fit can seem like the most important thing in the world but I always try to remind myself that I’ve got one life to live. I want to LIVE it, and I won’t if I wallow in deprivation.
Do you follow a specific diet?
Nope! Well…as far as following diets I’m a pro, buuut unfortunately they make me go a little loco. I still practice exercising self-control when it comes to food however I choose now to live label-free, listening to my body instead of my mind in order to fuel it properly. While I do eat a lot of vegan, dairy-free + gluten-free, meals I don’t restrict myself to a diet that cuts out any one food group. Food is my passion and I want to live my life enjoying every bite!- Even if that means a cheeseburger every once in a while.
What do you typically eat in a day?
I need variety in my life. I have gone long stretches of time eating the same (bland) things every.single.day and although I was in shape, I was miserable. My plate will always include lots of flavor and color. I always include a veggie component in at least 2/3 meals. Some of by breakfast go-to’s are green smoothies, 2 hard-boiled eggs + 1/2 grapefruit with bee pollen, shredded wheat with almond milk & fresh fruit, or any kind of oats + nut butter. For lunch and dinner lots of veggies-I looooove anything roasted-and a lean protein such as chicken breast, ground turkey or salmon. I also love getting my protein from legumes!
What is your workout routine?
I’m a runner, specifically outdoors & preferably by the beach! I typically run about three miles a day and always include an uphill component. I love the idea of a challenge and the feeling of accomplishment that awaits at the top. After my run I always make sure to stretch and then typically go on to weight training or a yoga class. What’s funny is that I used to despise running, until five years ago when I made myself do it everyday. To my surprise I grew to love running and now can’t live without it! I always encourage people who aren’t avid exercisers to try something new and stick to it. Little by little it will get easier and, like me, you may just find yourself addicted!
What’s your favorite kitchen tool?
It’s always good to start with the basics. A solid (and sharp!) kitchen knife is absolutely necessary, it makes food prep a heck of a lot easier. Beyond a good knife it’s difficult to choose but I love my Blendtec High Speed Blender and my Lodge Cast Iron Skillets (they season your food & get better with age!) Ohh and of course the Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker.–Did I just name all my kitchen tools?
What can you not go a day without?
Black coffee in the morning and hot green tea at night. Simple and necessary.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cheeeeeeese and bread, especially together. Ironically I most always crave savory over sweet, soo much for FitCandy! Oh and reality TV.
Have you ever failed?
This, in many ways, is the most important question I’m asked. This blog is built on authenticity. All of its content comes directly from my heart. I want to help people as they struggles and celebrate them as they triumph. In order to resonate with real people, I have to be real. What upsets me most is when people are able to hide behind a screen and represent themselves as perfect, whether that be through what they eat or how often they exercise. A big part of life is learning how to get up when your down. I don’t see my moments of weakness as failures, however, I see them as opportunities to learn & grow. Have I fallen off the wagon when it comes to a healthy lifestyle? Of course. Have I been caught up in moments of doubt and insecurity? Too many times. But it’s how you choose to move on from that negativity that will either allow or deter you from succeeding in the long run.
What is your motive?
I started this whole blog to chronicle my own journey to get in touch with myself: body, mind & soul. I was unhappy with what I looked like and how I felt, both inside and out, and decided it was time to do something about it. My own journey may have started as a means to get fit however the lessons I’ve learned in self-love and acceptance have far and away taken me to greater heights than I could have imagined health-wise. Finding the ability to love your body-in all its forms-is something that, although I have not mastered, has freed me from the cycle of guilt, frustration, disappointment, insecurity and self-loathing. My goal for this blog is just that, to encourage an environment of self-confidence and love. Health and well-being are defined by so much more than just diet and exercise, it all starts from within.