Flexibility is the Key to Balance

Good Evening!

When I first started my new job, I knew that eventually I wanted to do a “day in the life” post once I was settled in. It’s been two months this week and I feel like I have found a good balance. This post is mainly a record for me to return back to when things are feeling out of whack, but I love reading these posts so I hope you enjoy!

One thing I’ve learned about balance is that the key is being flexible, every day is different and rolling with things helps me fit in everything that I want to in a day. With this, keeping my bare essentials in mind is key.


My day starts around 6:00 when our first alarm goes off. I get out of bed at some point between 6:00-6:30 and immediately stumble to the coffee machine to turn it on. Then I feed Penny and make myself some breakfast. Eating breakfast first thing in the morning is one of the changes I’ve made lately while working with my Personal Trainer.

After Rich leaves for work I finish eating my breakfast, drink my coffee and catch up on my email and Bloglovin’.  Then I head out on a walk with Penny.  {Continue reading…}

Lessons Learned From Working With A Personal Trainer: Nutrition


As promised when I introduced you to my Personal Trainer, over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the things I’ve learned through working with him. First, I’m going to sharing the things I learned when it comes to nutrition.

The nutrition component of the equation is the key to weight loss. In the past, I’ve put my efforts into working out. I knew the diet was a huge component but was approaching food in the wrong way. When approaching my weight loss, diet is the biggest factor and equally important is working out.

I’ve learned that when making changes to how you eat, if you want to be successful it should not seem like a diet. Deprivation leads to bigger issues down the line, so our focus was making small changes I could stick with for life.

It’s not what you eat, but how much of it. On my plan, I can eat whatever I want in moderation. I do this by paying attention to my portion size and planning ahead- which is my next key.

When it comes to sticking to my efforts, planning ahead is key. I’ve been tracking my food on My Fitness Pal for five weeks now and planning ahead is the key when it comes to that. Also, when thinking about my day I can plan my indulgences ahead of time and balance my other meals accordingly. In the past, I would have obsessed over this, but after five weeks this seems natural to me.

On that note- you need to find what works for you. For me, it was switching up my schedule and eating every 2 1/2-3 hours. Sticking to this schedule has made a world of a difference in my energy levels, my cravings (or lack there of) and my relationship with food. Overall this process has brought me to a good place with food and I’m happy I have finally gotten there.

Last but not least, food is meant to be enjoyed. The emotional aspect of eating is what trips people up and is what always brought me to dieting. My first step to this was giving up the diet mentality and my second step was working with Joel to find what works for me. I’m excited that I’m finally in a place where I can enjoy food, feel balanced and live a healthy lifestyle. It’s taken me a long time, but I cannot be more happy that I’ve finally got there.

What lessons have you learned when it comes to nutrition? How do you balance your indulgences?

You Are Going to Be Great


Good Morning! source It’s a new week and I’m feeling motivated after a weekend of relaxing, fun and productivity. After having a hard time motivating myself to stick to my weight loss guns, this week I’m feeling prepared and motivated. Time to get after it! What goals are your currently working towards? What are you […]

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Weekly Refresh #9

Good Morning! It’s been a really great weekend, busy but filled with pockets of downtime. Today I plan on relaxing for the majority of the day, which is much needed and appreciated! Time to recap this past week and plan for the week ahead… Focus After last week’s struggle with sticking to my weight loss […]

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Weekly Favorites


Good Afternoon! It’s been a relaxing and productive Saturday so far. The day started early, because I am incapable of sleeping past 7:00 these days. This morning I did my usual laundry and grocery stock up while enjoying my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. Continuing the Fall kickoff theme for the day, I […]

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Maggie’s Breakfast Stew Casserole


Good Morning! Today I have a recipe to share that’s great for a weekend brunch or to prep on Sunday to have a great breakfast all week. It couldn’t be easier or more delicious. It’s also super filling and good for a long work day or a long tailgate day. And if it’s anything like […]

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On Weight Loss


Good Evening! Have you ever had an aha moment that made you want to reach a new goal? Hopefully, we all have. Earlier in the year, in a very cliche way I had mine, inspired by this picture…

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Introducing My Secret Weapon: Organa Wellness

Organa Wellness

Good Morning! Today I want to introduce you to my secret weapon as of late, my trainer Joel Balasingham! Joel is the owner and founder of Organa Wellness in the West Loop. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist who has been helping me reach my health and fitness goals. A few month ago, Joel […]

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Weekly Refresh #8

Good Morning! This weekend was low key, productive and fun which was exactly what I needed. My goal was to relax a lot, catch up on sleep and a few good workouts and I accomplished that! Friday I kicked off the weekend with a good workout, then we had  session with Penny’s trainer and then […]

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Now & Then


Good Morning! I saw this Now & Then Reflection post on Claire’s Blog yesterday which originally came from my favorite blog designer Jenny’s Blog. I’m feeling reflective this week after celebrating my 28th Birthday and 2nd Wedding Anniversary, so I thought this would be a fun way to close out the week. Now: 2014, newly 28 […]

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