My Gym Plan, Bridal Style

Source: Free People Blog
Source: Free People Blog


I’ve had a lot of these moments lately, so it’s not a surprise this quote spoke to me when I saw it earlier this week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Between getting engaged, having my sister move away, moving my home and starting to plan a wedding, these past few months have been emotional. Between the tears of joy and often overwhelming moments, I find myself panicking and wondering if I’m truly living in the moment as much as I can. I know I will look back on this year (and next year) as some of the sweetest, most poignant times. And I don’t want to waste one minute.

One of the best parts about being in this great limbo (a few months after an engagement with still many months ahead before the wedding), is that I still have time to plan, envision, dream, scheme and … workout!

But first, let me take a selfie
But first, let me take a selfie

Despite the crazy summer (there’s always excuses to skip workouts!), I’ve been trying my hardest to get a head start on “bridal bootcamping” and keep up with my fitness. Bottom line–I don’t want to wake up on New Year’s Day after binge eating my way through the holidays with a lot of work ahead of me to get wedding ready. So I’m starting now!

  • I joined the YMCA. The first day in our new town, Nick and I signed up at our local YMCA. I canceled my membership at Planet Fitness, and I have to say that I think the extra monthly fee is completely worth it! The workout equipment at our Y is top-notch and the classes are great. If you’re thinking of joining, definitely request a walk through and ask what the best price is that they can offer you–they worked with us to give us something very reasonable!
  • I’m still running with my running buddy. Even though we’re now about 25 minutes away from one another, my running partner and I are committing to maintaining our weekly runs. I know it will get harder as winter approaches, but it’s really helping to keep me on track. Running is always more fun with a good girlfriend and good gossip!
  • I’m cooking a lot more. It might be a combination of now being out in the burbs away from the great restaurants and wanting to save money, but I’m making homemade food a lot more often and have committed to making our lunches and dinners from whole, fresh ingredients. Our wallet and waistlines are thanking us–it’s a win win. On the menu this week: these peanut noodles!
  • I’m in a walking challenge. My company is challenging all of us to hook ourselves to a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day. It sounds crazy, but even being a runner, it’s extremely hard to get that step count per day! I may not be meeting that goal all the time, but it’s definitely making me more conscious of my activity level.

And with that, I’m off to go for a walk. Have a great week!

What are some of your favorite healthy habits?


Thankful: Summer Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I’m thankful it’s the end of the week and we have a gorgeous weekend ahead of us. Did you hear that, Clevelanders? We have nothing but sunshine and good weather coming our way tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. How are you planning to take advantage?

But this post isn’t about the weather, although it’s fabulous. This post is about an extreme life change my family went through this past week–my baby sister moved to Chicago.

The OU grad this past May
The OU grad this past May

OK, maybe she’s not a baby. Actually, she’s 22 and quite grown up, but she’ll always be six years younger than me, and I’ll always feel like she’s half my sister and half my baby. I mean, I helped change her diapers and feed her pureed prunes when I was six. That counts for something, right?

I promised myself I wouldn’t cry writing this, so I’m going to make this quick. Here goes nothing.

This blog is dedicated to my sweet little sister Camille. As much as I am supposed to teach you about life as your big sister, you’ve probably taught me even more. And even though this move is most likely temporary (2016, where are you?) Cleveland feels like it has a huge gaping hole in it this week with you not here.

I know you’re going to do awesome in school, because you’ve always been smart and gotten good grades. And you’re going to make a ton of great, new friends because that’s always come naturally to you–way more naturally to you than me. Just do me one favor and never lose that sweet-as-pie side to you that makes you so different from the rest of the world.

Chicago is a big, scary city. Something I’ve certainly never experienced by myself, and I give you credit for having the courage for following your dreams out there. Never let someone tell you that you can’t do something, and most certainly always follow your heart. It will never lead you astray. And when you’re ready, we’ll be here in Cleveland waiting for you.

So today, I’m thankful for my sister. For teaching me what following your dreams is all about. For displaying courage even when she may be uncertain of what lies ahead. For being the best sister I could ask for–no matter how many miles separate us (for now).

Cheers to the weekend and to the future! Next week I’ll be posting an update on my new gym and running schedule …. until next time!