So at this point, maybe you’ve ventured over to my ‘About Me’ page, maybe you haven’t. Either way, I know I often find myself wondering more about the person behind the screen. You know, coffee talk. Hence, today’s post. A little more about me:
I am a 20-something Southern transplant from the suburbs of Boston, currently residing in North Carolina. It’ll always be home, but I’ll never go back.
I am a recovering cardio queen turned weightlifting junkie with a passion for all things fitness and nutrition. In the last six months, I’ve realized my passion for blogging (well writing, really… still getting used to the whole publishing thing) and connecting with others through my experiences.
I’m a completely different person now than I was two years ago. It’s crazy how much can change in such a short time. Sometimes I want to pinch myself and be like, “Who are you?” lol.
My favorite drink is coffee. Actually, it’s my non-negotiable so don’t ask me to give it up.
I am an extroverted introvert. I love people, but need my alone time.
I love mornings. And have a grandma bedtime. My ideal morning would start with a huge mug of [preworkout] coffee, writing and then my workout. *Note to self: reevaluate priorities and make it happen.
My favorite workouts are track sprints, HIIT and Metabolic Effect-inspired circuits that use rest based training. Oh, and I love plyometrics (says the one who used to refuse to do burpees, and thought that squat jumps in the gym were awkward)! Ha.
My favorite food is a #BAS. It’s the highlight of my eating day and leaves me satisfied every time. Basically, put anything with vegetables and I’ll eat it. Every bite is as good as the first and that’s exactly how it should be. 🙂
I love chicken, and don’t know what I did for 12 years without bacon. *Side note: I grew up on the coast and we ate a ton of fish. Now, I think seafood is pretty much the grossest thing ever. Happens only occasionally.
I love being clean. And shower at least 2x/day.
I am honest, empathetic and open-minded. You never know where someone is coming from and I strive to withhold any/all judgments until I’ve gotten to know someone for myself. You can learn something from everyone.
Worst traits Areas for growth: I definitely still struggle with perfectionist tendencies, at times. That said, I’ve come a long way: less Type A and not quite Type B, but more like a Type A/B hybrid. Oh, and I’ve definitely become more spontaneous. #sayyes
I love to cook, in 10 steps or less, and entertain. But, I will never be as good as my mom.
My sweet tooth is pretty much non-existent, but you can never go wrong with the chocolate & peanut butter combo. Reese’s, sugar-free froyo with Reese’s, chocolate peanut butter shake, protein bar. Usually, it’s salt for this girl all the way.
My favorite indulgence is nachos. But I hate labeling foods as good or bad, and make my own, so really they’re just a clean(er) treat that I enjoy, in moderation.
I’m definitely of the ‘it takes more energy to be negative than it does to be positive’ camp.
I drive a Toyota Corolla (aka go-cart), but miss my Jeep.
I love to read! Topping my 2013 list are: The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, Being Happy by Tal Ben-Shahar, The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal and The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay.
The little things that make me happy: making someone smile, giving generously, coffee (and more coffee!), sending/receiving cards, rainy days on the couch, writing, candles, workouts that leave you sore for days, my family/friends, relaxing, wine, positive people, pedicures, being outside, the beach/boat, football (or really just sports, in general) and engaging people, to name a few.
Major dislikes: quinoa, dill, mayonnaise, cheese, dessert, squash, green beans, excuses, negative people, talking on the phone and running errands. There are probably more, but let’s not focus on the negative. K? Thx. 🙂
I grocery shop at Trader Joes and Whole Foods, primarily. Yes, the latter is doable even on a budget. For more on eating clean on a budget, go here.
My ideal “real” clothes closet would include everything from J.Crew. I love my spandex and getting really dressed up, but hate the in between. Finding jeans that fit is a nightmare.
I am very independent, and like figuring things out on my own.
My ideal house would be born from Pottery Barn with a kitchen by Williams-Sonoma and accessorized by Anthropologie. That said, I like supporting small businesses and having accent pieces that not everyone else has– “cookie cutter” items as my sister would call them. Simple, but elegant. I hate clutter. My needs are minimal and I’m
pretty very low-maintenance.
career life goals are to gain knowledge, have experiences and make connections. Coaching clients in the realms of fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyles is something, I’ve discovered, that comes naturally to me. I enjoy the challenge of motivating others to want change for themselves which, I believe, starts with a shift in mindset. Teaching that exercise can be efficient, nutrition sustainable and that wellness extends far beyond the latter two realms empowers the individual, which is key in affecting behavior modification.
Best advice of 2013: Ready, fire… aim, aim, aim.
If there’s something I didn’t include, and you’re wondering, just ask. 🙂