Grocery Haul

Hi my loves! I’m finally getting around to doing this highly requested post – grocery haul!

Before jumping right into it, I wanted to update you on my diet, my goals and some new projects. First, I started a health and fitness podcast with two awesome guys called The Pod Bod. Our episodes will be released later this month, but you can get updates by following our Instagram account @thepodbod. Something I’m very, very, very excited about is that the three of us are doing a cut until June 1st. We’re all going about it differently and have different goals we’re trying to achieve with this cut. I personally am doing a cut that focuses on how my body changes visually, meaning I won’t be paying too much attention to weight. I am taking measurements as well to get a better idea of how much I’m changing. My diet is a little more relaxed this time around because I struggled to go straight into Keto for this cut. SO, I am doing a high protein, relatively high fat diet with most of my carbs (low) coming from whole foods. That means mostly veggies and some fruit. I’m still allowing myself to eat other carbs, but I do want to keep my carb intake relatively low.

 

With all this in mind, I wanted to share my first grocery haul for this cut.

So let’s go ahead and start! Continue reading “Grocery Haul”

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Working in a man’s world

I remember my very first experience with sexism in my workplace. It was a few years ago at a place I loved working at. Without getting into details, an opportunity arose for a group of both men and women to work on a project and present their work to a client. The group worked hard, day and night. After much admiration for the work, it our boss revealed that only a select few would present their work. All the men were selected, while the women were asked to stay back and brainstorm new Twitter content. Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it?

To be honest, when I heard about this, I didn’t really think too much about it. At least not until a close friend told me that this was a pattern, and it had been occurring even before I started working there. The women always did the work with the men, and were almost never selected to travel to present their work.

I remember thinking to myself ‘Ok, this is actually a thing. Happening to people close to me. Which means this could easily happen to me.’

I decided to get smart. I figured, if I prepare for something like this to happen, I’ll be ready to handle the situation and be vocal about my story.

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Perception is Reality

I think it was my junior year at UF as a public relations student when I found myself sitting in my PR Strategies class. I remember my professor handing us a truth bomb about what it was really like working in the field of public relations. She told us about how she got hired at a company and how scared she was. She got the job, but she felt like she had no idea what she was doing. Relatable much?

She offered us a piece of advice that I carried with me ever since. It’s simple, and you’ve heard it before. Although it seems silly, it’s how I’ve gotten through every little thing in my life since. Ready for it? Continue reading “Perception is Reality”

Summer Activewear Trends

Sweating isn’t always glamorous, so why not do it in style? With the summer heat hitting us hard, material, colors and style are all factors to consider. Below are this summer’s hottest trends, with the heat taken into consideration.

Colors and prints:

That’s right. Put away your black yoga pants and be bold with bright colors and prints. For prints, the runway showed soft lines, tribal and splatter prints. For color, think big. Yellow, navy blue and magenta are the current favorites.

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Material:

In this heat, it’s crucial to wear something breathable. Luckily brands like DKNY showed basically mesh everything. The best part is that mesh is subtle enough and can easily be matched with all the tops and bottoms you already have in your closet.  Another favorite is material that feels like you’re wearing nothing. Continue reading “Summer Activewear Trends”

Intermittent Fasting – What is it and does it work?

Intermittent fasting. If you’ve heard about it, you’ll know that it’s definitely becoming a popular term in the fitness industry. I heard of intermittent fasting a few months ago and decided to give it a shot.

Intermittent fasting, according to authority nutrition.com, is “a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.” There is a principle that states people who eat less are generally healthier, and IF comes from this very principle.

So, how does IF work, and what are the benefits?

Basically you pick hours of the day in which you are fasting and eating. For me, I eat between the hours of about 10:30 am to 8 pm, leaving me with about 14 hours of fasting. Does this sound kind of awful? Sure, but it really isn’t. I’ll get to that in a bit. First, let’s go over some of the health benefits of IF:

  1. When you fast, your insulin levels tend to drop dramatically. With lower insulin levels, stored body fat is more accessible.
  2. While fasting, your cells enter cellular repair process. Because of this, cells remove old proteins that build up inside.
  3. Fasting can increase your metabolic rate by 3.6 percent to 14 percent, which makes for a great weight loss tool.
  4. A study on rats showed IF increased their lifespan by 36-83 percent longer.

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Heart on my Middle Finger

The older you get, the more thought you put into your purpose in life. I’m not trying to sound like a wise old woman here. *Spoiler Alert* I’m 23, and I have no idea what I’m doing in regard to basically everything. However, I’ve recently thought a lot about what my purpose really is. What am I really passionate about? What gets my blood boiling.

The answer to this is actually really funny to me.

I wouldn’t call myself a raging feminist. I think there are a lot of preconceived notions about the word “feminist” to begin with. In case you’re one of these people, I want to clarify that I do shave my legs and I wear a bra, don’t worry.

Getting back to the point, I never thought I’d be a feminist. I’ve always surrounded myself with my guy friends, I joke that I’m the son my dad has always wanted, and I think some women complain way too much.

However, I think that being this way has turned me into the feminist I am today.

My very first tattoo was a heart on my middle finger. I always got asked why I got that tattoo and if it’s a way to say “fuck love” to society. It’s totally not. I’m way more original than that.  Continue reading “Heart on my Middle Finger”

How 2016 has changed my mind and body

Every once in a while I’ll write a post about fitness. Usually it’s a new work out I’m trying or how good it feels to pick up fitness as a hobby. But today I wanted to write about what’s made 2016 different than previous years. I’ve always been a fan of staying active and trying new things, but this year has felt intensely different.

I used to hate running, and sometimes still do. I’ll never forget earlier this year when my friend asked me to go on a run with her. I knew I was going to suck, but nothing prepared me for just how badly I would actually suck. I couldn’t run for longer than one minute at a time. Put me in a room with weights and I’ll kill it, put me outside and I’ll die. I was low key mortified. The next few days after that I couldn’t get running out of my head. Even as a kid I was told running wasn’t for me and that my body just wasn’t built for it. Part of me wanted to accept that fate, but a bigger part of me said eff it, I’m going to run. I downloaded a running app and began the grueling process. Every day the app made me run for 30 seconds longer. Soon, I was sprinting and running, and I fell in love with it. Sure, there were days where my breathing was off or my legs were tired, but I was thrilled to think that I was doing something I thought I would never be able to do.

After conquering running, I slowly started adding more cardio to my work outs. I love being outdoors and craved it all the time. I started changing the way I worked out and the work outs started changing the way I looked. My absolute favorite work out right now is Continue reading “How 2016 has changed my mind and body”