The Wellness Journey

hershey-half-2011I’ve never been a skinny girl. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t want to be.

I had an unhealthy relationship with food that got so bad that I was eating 900 calories for an entire day! Sitting down to count out every protein, carb, and fat gram that passed my lips. I became a slave to the scale. Then I discovered my love of strength training and fitness. Suddenly I realized that the number on the scale didn’t mean as much to me as being healthy over all! Strive to live and overall healthy and balanced life, and the rest will fall in to place.

Over the years, I’ve realized that even the tiniest of tweaks can make a big difference in your overall health and in turn a difference in the reflection in the mirror. I wanted to be able to share these revelations with my friends and family, and so The Wellness Journey was born.

I’m not going to pretend to be perfect at all times. I’ll never say that I never skip a workout—because I DO. But what I will say, and it shows in my blog—is that it’s OKAY. We are on a JOURNEY. One that will have ups and downs, and twists and turns—all of which I will share with you all along the way. Nothing is off limits on my blog really. Anything from workouts to recipes to random facts about me, to the way my husband refers to me as releasing the kraken when dealing with lack of customer service. ha ha

My hope is to be an inspiration to all as well as be inspired by my readers! I’m a 30-something mother (up until a few years ago, a single mother), a wife, a career woman, small business owner—you get the idea. I want to inspire others to continue or start their wellness journey. We can do it together!

You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Thin is Not the Goal

Just a word of caution on this post: there's profanity. To know me in real life is to know that on occasion, I'm a bit profane. And today is such an occasion. So if you don't like bad words, today's post is not for you :) Now, I don't write many posts myself here anymore... Today though, today is going to get a bit personal. You may know some of my story, you may not, but I'm just like you, that girl who wanted her whole life to be accepted - to be worthy and for me, I thought that meant being thin. You see, I never had been so it seemed … [Continue reading]

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I stood there and gaped at my reflection in the mirror.  Having not worn a swimsuit in 7 months, I’d expected to look a little pasty, a little momish, maybe even a little frumpy…but WHAT was THIS?  WHO was this CREATURE standing in front of me all misshapen and upholstered?!?  I certainly had not given her permission to be in my bedroom, let alone wear my clothes.  I was disappointed and sad because I’d let myself go, and I had become that stereotypical mom in her 40′s who had just given up.  I realized that this year had marked the second … [Continue reading]

Finding Happiness Through Health and Fitness

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Happiness. It’s something we all desire and something we should all strive for. It’s also something that is different for every single person. For me, happiness comes from a number of things. First and foremost, I find happiness in the people I surround myself with. My family, my friends, and my boyfriend – everyone that supports me, everyone who allows me to give love and who gives it back to me – that makes me happy. Oh, and puppies. Puppies make me very happy. I find happiness in my surroundings. New York City can be hectic, but every now … [Continue reading]

The Runivore

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People often ask me why I love to run.  The easiest way I can answer this is that running is part of who I am.  I don’t feel right if I don’t run.  In the same way I don’t feel right if I’m not spending time in my kitchen making great, wholesome meals to nourish my body.  Running, racing, and cooking a delicious meal for family or friends is what fuels me.  And it’s why I created my blog, The Runivore. Let me give you a little background.  I’m a 30-something-year-old runner, swimmer, triathlete, and lover of all things food.  I work full time … [Continue reading]

Chasing the Top

In today’s society, we are pressed with a world of professionals. Whether it be professional athletes, movie stars or doctors, we are always held at the exposure of glorification. With that being said, comparison of one’s self to desired professional is inevitable.  Believe it or not though, I support this. I encourage this comparison to these professions. Not as a means of putting yourself down, but rather, to give yourself a goal to strive for! I am all about personal development. I feel that rather than just looking at yourself and settling … [Continue reading]

Project Unfluff

I have no shame in saying that I am hilarious. Humor has always been my thing. It’s the personality trait I am most proud of and I use humor in as many situations as possible. It also also been my shield or perhaps the more awesome sounding: weapon of mass distraction. Distraction from what you might ask? My weight. It’s no secret that I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I have flashbacks of my childhood that involve yearly back-to-school shopping trips in which I watched my mother try to figure what section of the department … [Continue reading]

Small Steps

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"That's it. Let's do it. Let's do an abs challenge!" she exclaimed. She didn't have to say it again. I was all in. "Hell yes! Summer 2013, here we come!" I said. We'd been dancing around the topic for weeks so I knew this was coming. And it made perfect sense. She's my personal trainer and with her knowledge of exercise and my emphasis on nutrition, we'd worked out a pretty sensible plan. We both knew what we had to do. Clean eating. A combination of strength training and high-intensity workouts throughout the week. And an iron-clad … [Continue reading]

Adult Ballerina Project

A lot of us did ballet as a child, usually taking a year or two of classes before giving it up for another sport, activity or hobby. Many of us dreamed of being ballerinas as a little kid, but I never thought I’d get a second chance at it. But I did. I moved to Philadelphia for college and loved everything it had in terms of art: musicals, events, museums and other venues. It wasn’t until my junior year I decided to take a hip-hop class with a friend. I had always wanted to try ballet, but it took me awhile to sum up the courage to make it … [Continue reading]