• goals

    Chasing & Achieving Goals

    The past few months have been a flurry of setting goals, chasing them, and achieving them. North Carolina has been my home now for 8 months. A lot has happened in that time, some good, some bad, but mostly good! Each experience and lesson has been a great opportunity for growth.  As most of you know, I moved down to Wilmington with no job or housing set up. My intentions when I moved were to  1) Start over, redefine myself and move on from who I once was, as I…

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    PB&J with a Twist

    If you know me, you know that I love peanut butter…like to the point that I’d go through a 16oz jar in 2 days. It’s become a rarity to have it in my house. Growing up, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a thing. Same with peanut butter and fluff. One of the ladies at the studio had never heard of it/never tried it and thought marshmallow fluff with peanut butter was a gross combination…I’m sorry Deb, but you are absolutely wrong. Anyways, back to the PB&J. I was heavily…

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    Avoid Diet Sabotage

    Don’t throw away your hard work! Last week, a friend came down to North Carolina and spent the week with me. I haven’t seen any friends or family since moving to NC back in August, so it was nice to have some familiarity with me for a week and a half. I’m a horrible tourist, I haven’t done much here and honestly didn’t even hit many tourist things when I lived in New England…and I was there for 24 years. Anyways, we did all of the tourist-y things together which…

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    25 Life Lessons

    As of March 7, 2021 I became a quarter of a century old. Twenty-five. I don’t know why but 25 just seems like such a good number and my 25th year is going to be my best so far. A lot happens in 25 years, and I’ve learned so much, especially in the last 7 years. The most significant years were from 2014 to now, where I went to college, graduated, worked a few different jobs which brought me to where I am today. College showed me a great amount…

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    Finding Your Food

    Find Your Food This can be a tough one. Just like with my previous post, Finding Your Fit, there’s no direct answer to what is right or wrong. It’s totally different for each individual. One specific diet / nutrition protocol may work for me, while that same one won’t work for you and vice versa. Social media presents a large issue for us when it comes to finding a proper diet. One study may be saying one thing while another says the total opposite. Or a new diet claims that…

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    Finding Your Fit

    Fit is Important You’re probably thinking I’m talking about clothing but really I’m talking about health and fitness.  Fitness isn’t a one size fits all type of thing, as most things in life aren’t. Everyone has different tastes and interests when it comes to diet, fitness, their career and hobbies, TV shows, clothing…  basically anything and everything.  Incorporating fitness and health measures into one’s life is important. Finding the factors that FIT you for your needs as well as your interests are far more important.  Why? Health is extremely important…

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    10 Things That I Love

    I feel like this would have been a good article to write back when I started my blog 3 years ago, but my 10 loves in 2018 would’ve been a little different than what they are today. So, here I am, 3 years in with a list of the 10 things I love, and honestly wouldn’t want to live without. Defining what you love or enjoy and vice versa is a great way to get to know yourself and understand who / what you are…similar to defining your values, like…

  • CA BLT Bowl

    Chicken Avocado BLT Bowl

    Meal prep is an essential part of my life and weekly / daily routine. Every Sunday, I take 1-2 hours of the morning to prep all of my food for the week, that way it’s easy to grab and go. And it destroys any excuse I might make of not being prepared and tempting myself to get food while I’m out. I love this combo because 1) it’s macro friendly for everyone2) it’s simple and easily adjustable3) it isn’t bland / boring like some prepped meals can be Really though,…

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    Little Reminders

    Friday, September 25th 2020 At 6:00am my alarm went off, as it does every day. Normally, I would get up, go through my little morning routine, making breakfast, writing a bit then head to the gym. Today, I decided to take a much needed day off from the weights – both physical and mental need, and head to the beach instead. I grabbed my water bottle, notebook, and bag and headed out the door by 6:20am. I found my way to Wrightsville Beach and made a stop at SUNdays Cafe…

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    Getting My Nutrition Back on Track

    Today marks 4 weeks that I’ve been in North Carolina! Prior to my move to NC, I made the decision to relax when it came to tracking macros. I wanted to allow myself the freedom to eat intuitively and not label any foods as “off limits” due to the chaos and stress that typically comes with picking up your entire life and moving 1,000 miles away. I didn’t strictly track macros for about 2 months, so from July until now – September.  July was a month of packing the apartment…