Perspective

Perspective

Perspective is a funny thing, isn’t it? As I ran errands in Chicago yesterday, I was reminded how just a small change in direction or viewpoint changes not just your view, but the world’s impact on you. In this situation, I was being pelted with a wintry mix with more than 20 mph winds, but … Continue reading

Strength Training – It’s Not about Bulking Up

Strength Training – It’s Not about Bulking Up

Strength. It’s such a loaded word, but for today, we’re talking physical strength. For many people, strength training is a scary thing. It brings forth memories of Arnold Schwarzenegger pre-Governator. Strength training, as every injured athlete has probably learned from their PT, is critical to staying healthy and injury free. It can help ward off … Continue reading

Healthy Recipe: Vegan Chai Protein Waffles

Healthy Recipe: Vegan Chai Protein Waffles

After getting a waffle iron for Christmas, I’ve tried a number of different waffle recipes at home. I’m obsessed with creating new, healthy versions of my childhood favorite. I’m also fairly obsessed with making treats that are filled with protein. So the idea of protein waffles are right up my ally. They’re a great option … Continue reading

Sleep – The Overlooked Element

Last week I was exhausted. No matter what I did, I was ready for a nap by mid-afternoon, and ready for bed by 8. I’ve been tracking my sleep with my FitBit for about a year, and have realized I am a restless sleeper, which means I need more hours in bed to get the … Continue reading

Small Changes lead to Big Results

Small Changes lead to Big Results

Earlier this week I posted my “Then” and “Now” picture on Instagram as part of #TransformationTuesday. My main point in posting it is that I’ve been working hard for 23 weeks to lose 15 pounds. That seems like a lot, and a little if you think about how long that is, but it is 10% … Continue reading

Find your Fire: Inspiring Yourself

Find your Fire: Inspiring Yourself

With constant sources of inspiration being thrown around through social media, on TV, books, movies, blogs, we are never want for something to inspire us to work harder, be better, and set bigger goals. But when it comes time to deliver on those goals, even with classes, running groups, accountability groups, social media friends, it’s … Continue reading

Healthy Recipe: Savory Oat & Protein Bowl

Healthy Recipe: Savory Oat & Protein Bowl

Sometimes you just need comfort food, and for me, if it’s in a bowl, its more comforting. After the longest, coldest week in Chicago yet, all I wanted was something quick, that was healthy, but comforting. One of my favorite comfort foods is oatmeal, and over the last couple of years, I’ve started using oats … Continue reading

Staying Motivated during the Winter

Staying Motivated during the Winter

I’ve lived in cold places before. I grew up in Maine, spent 4 years in Connecticut, 2 years in Pittsburgh, and a year in Philly.  Chicago is giving me a whole new challenge with winter. But who wants to give up on training or workouts for months while it’s cold out? Certainly not me! Staying … Continue reading

The Importance of Rest and Recovery Days

The Importance of Rest and Recovery Days

Experienced athletes know the importance of rest or recovery days. Their coaches plan their rest time to ensure they get the most benefit from it, both physically and mentally. The rest of us, we know rest days are important, but who hasn’t had the urge to just keep pushing? We have big goals on top … Continue reading