• 5 strategies to beat the blues

    5 Strategies to Beat the Quarantine Blues

    I don’t want to say the world is in chaos, but it’s definitely not in sync or in peace right now. With the recent events of the COVID-19 outbreak, the world and our individual world has taken a hard hit to the ego. Right now, we are all experiencing a variety of emotions and feelings that we may not know how to process/handle, because we really have no idea what is coming next. We don’t know when or what the new “normal” will be. Quarantine: A state, period, or place…

  • How to Navigate Carb Cycling

    What is Carb Cycling? What’s the Purpose? Carb cycling is a diet / eating style that manipulates caloric and macronutrient intake, specifically adjusting the carbohydrate intake throughout the week. The idea or purpose of carb cycling is to limit your carbohydrate intake for a set number of days. By doing, you are decreasing your insulin levels which influences the release of fatty acids to be used as the primary fuel source. Having fats as the primary fuel source, this dietary style can help with weight management, body fat loss, and…

  • Monday Mood: Unrealistic Expectations, Pt. 2

    Client – a person or organization using or receiving the benefits of a service provided by a professional person or company.  When looking to use someone for their professional services, like personal training or nutrition coaching, there are some baseline expectations that the client should have of the coach they choose to work with.  Starting a journey into health and wellness can be a scary thing, especially when you have no idea where to start. Being unsure of where to begin is why people seek personal trainers – even if…

  • Monday Mood: Unrealistic Expectations Pt. 1

    This post in its entirety is meant for both trainers and clients, and those just starting out in the fitness world (be it as a trainer or a client), but I’ve decided to split it up because there’s a lot. I believe that many of us have unrealistic expectations of a multitude of things in life. Working in this industry, I see a lot of expectations that are too high and won’t be met fast enough or actually will never be met. Through this post, I hope my fellow coaches,…

  • Why I Stopped Fasting

    Intermittent fasting had been a part of my daily routine for about 7 months through 2019 following my last competition prep. After 7 months of IF from May to December, I decided it was time to transition out of this eating style. Why Did I Do Intermittent Fasting?                I chose to give intermittent fasting a try back in May when I was struggling a bit with food. I had just finished my 2nd competitive season and didn’t exactly have the best relationship with food, nor did I really have…

  • Do It For Yourself

    Think about this for a minute… Are you: a) Doing What You Want To Do The things that spark your motivation and happiness. The things that point you on the path towards your goals. OR b) Doing What Others Are Expecting of You? If you answered YES to a, then you are on the right track! If you answered YES to b, then it may be time to do a little reflecting on what you want and if you what you are currently doing is serving you properly. I believe we’re…

  • My Experience with Intermittent Fasting

    The last month has been a bit busy – being filled with quick weekend trips to Western Mass and Lake Placid, NY for my brother’s wedding, apartment searching, and juggling my clients’ changing summer schedules. During the month of June, I decided to try something new. And as the title gives it away above, I tried intermittent fasting… What is Intermittent Fasting? It is time-restricted eating, as the name implies, you fast or abstain from all food for a number of hours each day. There are a few different set…

  • I tried a meal prep service…

    This has been something that I’ve been wanting to test out for a while now. Being someone who meal preps on a weekly basis and who encourages her clients to do so as well, I wanted to see what the hype was about pre-made meal services was. All of the “great” athletes on Instagram have a sponsorship through one of the many services and rave about how great they are. I looked into a number of different companies, large and small. A few of them being MegaFit Meals, ICON Meals,…

  • Trip to Lake Placid, NY

    I don’t really like traveling while on a calorie restriction and deep into my competition prep…but I’ll make an exception for my family.😉 Since my niece was born in August, I have been trying to make trips to Lake Placid, NY to see my family at least once a month. After the holidays it become a bit tough due to prep, work, and my brothers work/travel schedule. My brother and his wife work for a ski education program in Lake Placid, my brother being the head coach for the Nordic…

  • Goodbye 2018. Hello 2019!

    Yesterday, I left my parents house in Western Mass to head back to New Hampshire, which gave me a good 4 hours to reflect on this past year. Throughout this month, I have been doing a lot of reflection on 2018 because of the journals that I talked about in a previous post (see here), and because the year is coming to a close in just 5 days. In my drive back it led me to what I know and what I do not know going into 2019. This knowledge…