Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Thoughts on the Internet + Favorite Accounts to Follow

Hi, everyone!  Long time no chat.  I’m (knock on wood) coming to the end of my job search and trying not to go crazy in the meantime.  I hope all has been well with you!

Sunken Gardens

This past winter, I read an article that said a significant chunk of Americans have admitted to being less productive at work since the presidential election.  That totally applies to me.  Not necessarily due to the winner, but because the election seemed to bring about a) a dizzying increase in the amount of vitriol spewed out all over the Internet about absolutely everything and b) a simultaneous decision that we were just, like, done considering alternate viewpoints regardless of our understanding of a particular matter.

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ORANGETHEORY FITNESS PIN

Orangetheory Fitness: How It Works + First Impressions

If you’ve ever considered attending an Orangetheory Fitness class, this post may help you to learn more about the workout and pricing structure.

Hi, friends!  I hope you’re enjoying a nice, long weekend.  I went to a tennis meetup in Fort Myers on Saturday where I almost passed out and excused myself early to “pick up a friend at the airport,” so that’s my highlight.  The sun beats down so much more intensely here.  Probably didn’t help that I neglected to bring water, but tomato tomahto.

Fortunately, Sunday’s sweat session went much better.  I tried Orangetheory Fitness for the first time yesterday morning and got in a quality full-body workout.  Today’s post will give you the rundown in case you’ve wondered what OTF is all about or considered attending a class.

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How to Run on the Beach

Next time you’re on vacation, start your day refreshed (and maybe sweat out last night’s alcohol) using these tips for a productive run on the beach!

I’ve historically taken a while time to get it together after a move.  In college I’d bring a few things from my parents’ house each time I visited instead of moving into my dorm all at once.  I waited too long after moving to Ohio to switch my driver’s license and ended up having to take the same road test given to 16-year-olds.  And most recently, I came to a new state in the middle of the holidays, when you can’t turn around at work without seeing a different table laid out with homemade treats.

Think I joined a gym right away?

Nah, I ate frozen potpies and cheezits and overslept.  But I had moved to Florida, and while I function okay on a junk food diet, I go batshit crazy without semi-regular exercise.  So I started running on the beach.

Running on the beach is a great way to confuse your muscles (assuming you don’t do it regularly) while soaking up the sun and scenery on a warm-weather trip.  Read on for some tips to help you get the most out of your workout!

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Tips for Frequent Travel

Whether you’re always on the go or just preparing for a Spring Break trip, I hope these tips for frequent travel help make the experience smooth and comfortable!

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

Today, let’s get the statement that will make me sound like a complete asshole out of the way first: my employer has been flying me between Columbus and Fort Myers every week since the beginning of November (this post explains why), and traveling all the time can be draining.  Self-important sentence said, a few key habits and products I’ve picked up along the way have helped me to maintain my health and sanity.  Follow the jump for a list of tips for frequent travel.

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Winter 2016 Workout Playlist

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Good evening, everyone!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  My college friends and I visited New York City for the annual Santacon bar crawl, which took place on Saturday.  It was hard not to get into the Christmas spirit what with the day drinking and people dressed in fun holiday outfits everywhere you turned – I’d love to visit over this weekend again sometime.  I’ve included a few more pictures below, but on to today’s post…

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Tips for Saving Money at Whole Foods

I moved to Washington, DC for an internship the summer after my junior year in college.  Aside from coming to the realization that trying to earn actual money for a company would cause me a great deal of anxiety, I had the best time.  I stayed in a dorm at George Washington University with students from around the country, went for breathtaking runs among the monuments (literally breathtaking, because the humidity did not waver from 98% the entire 12 weeks), and explored the city on the Metro.

I had two grocery shopping options within walking distance – a Trader Joe’s .6 miles away and a Whole Foods right down the street.  One 95-degree day in June, I strolled to the TJ’s in a pale blue rayon top.  Said top was three shades darker when I slinked back into the air-conditioned building an hour later with my heavy bags, trying to avoid acquaintances/slipping in a pool of my own sweat.  Having at least some shame, I bought my groceries at Whole Foods for the remainder of the summer, despite the fact that my family calls the store Whole Paycheck and always shopped more economically when I lived at home.

While I did find it more expensive, I discovered a few tricks for shopping at Whole Foods without breaking the bank and wanted to share them today.

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What I’ve Learned in My First Job Out of College

Good morning!  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  As I promised on Friday, I didn’t do much other than catch up on the best show that has ever been on television (Grey’s Anatomy) and finish some work I put off during the week, so I don’t have any photos to share today.  Instead, below is a guest post I recently wrote for Girls Actually.  I felt old and creepy almost as soon as I started working on it (the audience for that site is a bit younger than mine), but watching ten episodes of Grey’s took precedence over coming up with a new idea.  So, without further ado…

Career Lessons I Learned in My First Job Out of College

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My work environment looks nothing like this but please roll with it

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Friday Favorites: Quotes

Hi guys!  Hope your Friday afternoon is going quickly 🙂 I have a little more work to do but wanted to check in with a quick post while I wait for my afternoon coffee to kick in…

I love reading the Friday Favorites posts on blogs I follow, so I decided to do one of my own this week – but instead of finds from around the web, below is a roundup of quotes I love.  They generally apply to the way I want to live my life – unafraid, hardworking, calm (or, the opposite of my normal state).  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Lake Tahoe, spring 2014

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How To Make Smoothie Bowls

Hi guys!  How was your weekend?  My friend Nina and I tried a restaurant and brewery called Hoof Hearted that just opened a location across the street from our apartments on Friday night, then I returned to my hermit ways yesterday and today.

Today’s post is about how to make smoothie bowls, or thicker versions of smoothies served with toppings and eaten with a spoon.  Or, as I think of them, a way to trick yourself into thinking you’ve eaten ice cream when you actually haven’t.  Instead of specific recipes, I’ve just listed the components and offered some ideas of what to include –  almost any combination of flavors and ingredients will work.  I like to add a teaspoon of xanthan gum before blending for extra thickness – you can pick it up at Target.

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Frozen bananas and blueberries blended with V8 Blueberry Pomegranate juice and topped with bananas, dark chocolate-covered blueberries, chia seeds, and vanilla-blueberry granola

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