Rock Your Body…NOW

What many people do for fun, I dread. What some people have problems avoiding, I have problems actually doing. Time for confessions of a Non-Shopaholic.
Confession #1: I hate shopping. There, I said it. I broke the 2nd commandment of being a girl (commandment #1 being “Thou must be obsessed with fro-yo.” Whoops, I broke that too).

Shopping and I have a rocky history. When I was in elementary/middle school and I started actually noticing different brands and store, clothes became a competition. Not just over what I wore, but how I looked in the clothes compared to my friends. Limited Too was the first store I remember liking and when I realized that was out-of-style, I thought the logical transition was to shop at Abercrombie. But guess what happens when you’re taller and a little rounder than your friends? You don’t fit into Abercrombie & Fitch, let alone Abercrombie Kids. In middle school (hello awkward, early puberty days) I wanted all of my clothes to have a moose logo and smell like the intoxicating perfume from the store. But even wearing the clothes wasn’t enough. My stomach stuck out, the size Large shirts were too tight and I couldn’t get my arms through certain sweaters. Clothes (and shopping) became so stressful. I wanted something that was in-style and that I looked good in.


But guess what happens during puberty? Surprise, our bodies change. Suddenly everything fit me differently. Yet still somehow, my previous “complaints” were replaced by new issues. “My boobs are too small,” “My thighs are wide but my butt is flat,” and so on and so on. Nothing, even the most expensive outfit, was ever perfect. I hated wearing certain clothes, therefore, I hated shopping for clothes.

I’m almost 20 years old and I still have issues shopping. I have “goals” for my body, and even though they have nothing to do with losing weight (I want to gain some upper-body muscle and fat, fyi), I’m still self-conscious. But because wearing workout clothes and sweats is not appropriate for everyday, I was forced bribed to go shopping this past weekend.

As I tried on clothes, some I liked some I didn’t, I realized (duh!) that no matter my size, as long as I’m healthy, I should rock my body. The body I have NOW. Not 10 lbs (up or down) from now, not a bra size from now, not a pant size/shirt size/shoe size/underwear size/sock size from now. Now, now…right this very minute.


Shopping shouldn’t be so stressful (unless you’re talking about prices, then feel free to stress away like I do). It should really just be another time to remind ourselves that we are awesome and we have awesome bodies. No matter the brand, style or size of clothes, wear what you love and OWN IT.

What was your favorite store growing up? Now?

Shopping lovers? Haters?

Workouts + Weekly Reads: Food and Sleep

This week has been go, go, go after coming back from a weekend road trip, working and going to Chicago. This weekend’s rest and relaxation has done wonders for my mind and body. After two different trips out-of-town, I fell behind on proper nutrition. It’s hard to travel having celiac disease- especially when you’re flying and on a tight schedule (that’s a whole separate post). Plain and simple: I didn’t eat enough and the food I did eat wasn’t the most well-rounded (aka lots of peanut butter and nuts). Therefore, I decided to switch up a few of my workouts so I could refuel, sleep and get my body back to normal. It’s amazing what good food and some shut-eye can do for ya.

Monday: 3.25 miles + 10 minutes of weights

Tuesday: 6 miles

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Slow-flow yoga

Friday: Orange Theory (3.5 miles + core-focused weight room workout)

Saturday: 10 miles…I originally planned to do 11 miles but the heat wore me down. I ended up doing 7.5 outside and 2.5 inside on the treadmill.

Sunday: Yoga


Posts I love:

9 Ways Women Can Become Better Women- Thought Catalog

Being Skinny isn’t a Compliment- Fit n’ Cookies

It’s Ok.- Better With Sprinkles

5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Fall in Love with Your Body- Daily Cup of Yoga


Happy Sunday! xo

Chicago Day 2: #Kindawesome

I left off my first recap talking about my little adventure around the beautiful city of Chicago. After I wandered for a few hours I headed back to the hotel to get ready for the real reason why I was in Chicago: The KIND University Ambassador (KUA) Summit.

I work for KIND Healthy Snacks as a campus ambassador at my school. (Not familiar with KIND? Click here!) During the school year I represent KIND by living the brand on campus. What does that mean? In addition to my marketing role of building partnerships with student organizations and sampling product to students, I try to spread kindness around campus. KIND is more than a healthy (and delicious) snack company, our mission is to make the world a little kinder…one snack and kind act at a time. (Side note: Every month KIND donates $10,000 to one KIND Cause. Submit your cause and vote online!)

I am one of 70 KIND University Ambassador’s (KUA’s) from all across the country (and Canada!). Last year was the first year of the program and we had about 40 schools, so to almost double in one year is amazing! The Summit took place in Chicago for its central location and I liked that I got the chance to explore a new-to-me city, rather than New York (which will always be my favorite). We stayed at the MileNorth hotel which was right off Michigan Avenue and I shared a room with the KUA from The University of California at Berkley. She was so sweet and easy to get along with! I actually felt so comfortable with everyone at the Summit and wished we didn’t all go to different schools.

The only event on Tuesday was a welcome reception on the rooftop of the hotel. We played some icebreaker games and I really enjoyed talking to students from (literally) all corners of the country. I had similar friends with a some students too. Small world.


ADPi KUA’s at the welcome reception.

After the reception my roommate, the KUA from Boston University and I walked to Whole Foods for dinner. That would be my second trip to that Whole Foods in 6 hours. Go me..?!

The next morning started with a breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by our morning sessions. The meeting room was filled with KIND bars galore. #Kindawesome is really the best way to describe it.


There were 5 bins like this around the room. My tummy was happy.

There were 5 bins like this around the room. My tummy was happy.

Our morning sessions featured presentations from different departments of the company (Marketing, Sales and HR) and, before we broke for lunch, we had the pleasure of listening to the CEO and Founder Daniel Lubetzky speak. Daniel may have been one of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever met. His dreams and vision for the KIND and how we can change the world makes me so excited and proud to work for this company.

After a quick lunch we broke into smaller groups for our afternoon sessions and then we sampled product on the streets of Chicago. We probably looked very intimidating wearing matching shirts and (unintentionally) blocking the sidewalks. Just spreading kindness whenever and wherever we can!

Around 4 p.m. we hopped on shuttles to the airport, and that was when the fun ended (literally)…after spending much of last weekend in a car, I’m kind of sick of traveling. I was 2.5 hours early for my flight (there was only one bus for the group) so I killed time by eating and reading. I was starving and needed some nourishing food to top my plain salad so I went up to the counter at a Mexican fast food restaurant and bought an avocado. Just a full avocado. I probably looked like a freak cutting the avocado in the middle of the airport, but hey, it was the best $2 I spent that day!


Everything was smooth sailing flight-wise until we boarded the plane and then found out we would be delayed for 1.5 hours. We couldn’t leave the plane AND the A/C wasn’t working. I finally landed back home at midnight and stayed up until 1 a.m. talking to my mom.

I’m truly so grateful to be working for KIND and am so thankful for my rewarding experience in Chicago.

More posts on KIND (and give-a-ways) in the future :)

Any Kindaholics out there? What’s your favorite flavor? Mine is Almond & Coconut.

Chicago Day 1

I’m working a few days behind but I want to recap my quick trip to Chicago..starting with Tuesday!

Tuesday was a jam-packed day starting at 6 a.m. with a 6 mile run. I switched up my running days because of my trip so Wednesday (and Thursday) will be rest days instead. Tomorrow I’ll explain why I visited Chicago but for now, I wanted to share highlights from my first day here.

I had a 10 a.m. flight and from there had to take 2 trains and walk a few blocks to get to the hotel. Why oh why is the airport so far from the city? But I actually really enjoy figuring out a city and it’s transportation system by myself so that was no big deal. When I arrived at the hotel I ate a lunch I packed from home and then headed right back out the door to explore. I had 3 hours until I had to start getting ready for the welcome reception so instead of napping I decided to wander the city. Man, Chicago is awesome! I’ve been here twice before but this was my first real opportunity to see the city.

Even though I’m not normally a shopper I went into about 10 stores and browsed the aisles. Funny thing, the only purchase I made during the trip was at Whole Foods. Of course I was going to find a Whole Foods while I was here ;)
Then I went to Macy’s intending to shop for clothes but was enthralled by their dining options. Seriously, does this look like Macy’s food to you? So much of it was gluten-free, too!



I walked by the American Girl Store, which was my obsession from ages 5-10, and snapped a quick selfie to send to my parents.
IMG_0089I loved how all the major stores were concentrated in one area so I could hit a bunch of places in a shorter time. I never made it to The Bean because my feet were not happy in my sandals, but I heard that’s a cool/touristy site.

For being the Windy City, Chicago was so hot and humid on Tuesday. I packed jackets expecting it to be chilly! Oops. The city is so beautiful, clean and filled with what smell like amazing restaurants. Chicago, you’re moving up on my list!

I’ll be back at ya tomorrow with the #kindawesome happenings from Wednesday.