Mayhem on the Mountain (My First Crossfit Competition)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I wanted this post out yesterday, but after being gone all day Saturday and Sunday, I just didn’t feel up for having it done by then!

This past weekend I competed in my first ever Crossfit competition.

Mayhem on the Mountain, done at Oak Mountain State Park, has been going on for 4 years now, and this year was the biggest yet!

Saturday was all individual events, so that meant Austin and his brother Sawyer completed, while Sunday was all teams, which meant my team—me and 3 other wonderful ladies from the gym—competed throughout the day.

Here’s a recap of the weekend!

Day 1

We were up and at ‘em Saturday for Austin and his younger brother, Sawyer, to compete. They were competing in the Men’s Scaled Individual division.

First up was a WOD called “Midline Assault”. It included the assault bike, burpee box overs, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, and sit ups.

They all started and ended on the bike, and Austin was really pushing it at the end, despite being tired. He did great!

We had several from the gym come in support on the individual day! Haley and I cheered on from the side while her boyfriend tried to get some pictures!

Along with cheering Austin and Sawyer on, Lauren and I were getting an idea of what Sunday was going to be like, since we are on each other’s team.

In between their first and second event, we checked out the vendors they had set up. I told myself I would only get one pair of new shorts…I ended up getting 2 shorts and 2 workout tanks! Oops…

Workout 2 was called “Risky Business”. They both started off with a complex…Sawyer hit a PR and Austin got to 255!

After that, they had to swim, jump rope, row, and do knee ups (all of which my team knew we had to do the next day, be it set up differently). Austin did great on this one!

The last one was “Ladies Night”, full of clean + jerks, dumbbell thrusters, and dumbbell burpee deadlifts. They both did great! Overall Austin got 5th and Sawyer got 7th. Out of 18 others, I’d say that’s great!

Day 2

(Photo: Casey Marie photography )

Sunday was my team’s, 4 Snatches No Jerks, day to go! We were going early to register and be ready, because our first workout was at 8:30!

First up, “Ladies Night”. We were worried about this one because there was only an 18 minute time cap to get it done, and the couple times we practiced this workout, we didn’t get it done under the time cap. 

( photo: Casey Marie Photography )

In this one, 2 of us had to hang from the bar while the other two complete 30 clean + jerks. Lauren and I held the. whole. time! We weren’t able to do that before Sunday.

( photo: Casey Marie Photography )

After the clean + jerks, Lauren and I had to hold the barbell in front rack/squat position while Michele and Lauren did the dumbbell thrusters and dumbbell burpee deadlifts! Once completed, we swapped places and did it all over.

We did it right under 18 minutes and we were so excited!!

Since an almond milk caramel macchiato was all that fueled me for the first workout, I ate a banan with peanut butter, a baby food pouch of mango and pumpkin, and a little ham roll up Lauren brought. Time to rest and re-fuel!

( bike photos: Casey Marie Photography)

Next up at 11 was our second workout, “midline assault”. Michelle and I started out taking turn on the assault bike while robin and Lauren completed deadlifts, kettlebell swings, burpee box overs, and sit-ups (down and back), then they tagged up and Michelle and I went out to complete those moves.

 

( photo: Casey Marie Photography)

40 deadlifts, then 30 kettlebell swings.

( photo: Casey Marie Photography)

Then it was on to 20 burpee box overs and 40 sit-ups.

Whatever time was left we took turns on the bike for calories until time was up.

After cooling off and coming back down, I drank some coconut water and decided to eat a little more than random snacks before our last workout. I grabbed a little chicken, a little pork, and s sweet potato from the MealFit booth!

The pineapple flavor coconut water is my favorite!

In between we got to relax more and I got to see this pretty lady and her team do one of the workouts. They did fabulous! (Psst, they got first!)

I love my gym family and love how many of us were out at Oak Mountain competing and/or cheering!

Before you knew it, it was time for our last workout, “risky business”. We started with the same complex as Austin and Sawyer did Saturday, with 8 minutes to find a one rep max.

Leading up to Sunday, I’ve been unable to hit #100 on the complex. One part of it kept giving me trouble. We had to do 1 power clean, 1 hang clean (the hardest for me), 1 squat clean, and had to get it overhead somehow…which I ended up jerking it.

I ended up getting #100 and it didn’t feel bad at all!! I had thought about going #105, but we ran out of time. The rest of the workout was a mix between a swim, rowing, jump rope, hanging knee raises and alternating dumbbell snatches. We were exhausted by the end of that workout since we’d been there almost all day!

Me, amber, Austin, and some others cheered on our gym’s other teams while we waited to see what place we came in.

We sat in first all day,  it due to a team playing unfairly, we had to do a tie break at the last minute. We were all a little mad because it was handed poorly and they just threw it at us, without breaking anything down.

We ended up losing the tie breaker, but still got 2nd place and podiumed!

Im so proud of my team and all we accomplished in this competition! For my first competition ever, I’m glad to have done this one with this group of girls! 🙂


Stars + Stripes Workout

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a workout with you guys!

Most people probably have plans tomorrow to be at the beach, the lake, swimming pool, or lots of family time. If you want to sneak in a quick little workout and you have 15 minutes, this workout is for you!

No equipment necessary and you can be done in no time having worked upper body, lower body, abs, and some cardio!

Stars + Stripes workout 

**Beginner: 30 seconds work, 30 seconds rest

**Intermediate: 45 seconds work, 15 rest

**Advanced: 1 min work, 20 seconds rest

1. Freedom Jacks

The classic jumping jack we all probably first learned in P.E. But still a great lower impact cardio move to still get our heart rate up! Be sure your arms come all the way up. You want full range of motion to get the most out of this move!

2. Bottle Rocket Jump Squats

Jump squats are a fantastic way to work legs, sneak in some core, and get that heart rate up again! If you are a beginner or have knee troubles, eliminate the jumps and just do regular squats.

3. Patriotic Pushups

Youll be amazed at how much pushups work your body! Pushups work chest, triceps, shoulders, and even core. If you are a beginner on these, you can do them off a wall, chair, or get on your knees.

4.Star Crunches

I love ab moves that work upper and lower abs at the same time. Start with legs and arms extended out, then using core, bring yourself up to a V crunch, and return to starting position.

Modification: crunch or sit up.

As as mentioned above, you can modify moves, and change up your work time. 2-3 rounds and you are done!

I hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July! 🙂

Memorial Day Recap + Eats

Happy Tuesday!

I promise I’ll be better at posting more consistently!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and were able to enjoy it with friends, family, good food, and fun! 🙂

Yesterday morning started with training a couple clients, and afterwards I headed to my gym for the Memorial Day “Murph” workout!

I munched on some dates on the way there and finished up my morning coffee.

We had a great group to show up for the workout. When you have class times spread throughout the day, you don’t always get to see everyone.

”Murph” is a workout in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in 2005 in Afghanistan.

(Before + After)

My friend, Amber, and I split up the workout. It was both our first time to do this workout so we decided to run the miles together and split it into rounds and take turns: 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, and 15 air squats. Those pushups got to me more than anything, even with me having to do a modified pull-up.

It was rainy the whole morning, so we ended up getting pretty wet by the end. We finished in 51:50 and I say we rocked it! It was tough, even splitting it up, and my arms are so sore today!

Haley, Amber, and Me. I’m not resting in the squat position, i promise. Lol

Austin beat his Murph time from last year and it was my first time!                B

I had a protein shake + a rice cake with nutural peanut butter on it before going out to eat with the family.

We decided to go to Cheesecake Factory instead of grill or smoke anything.

Dad and I split the Beet + Goat Cheese salad. Mixed in with arugula was beets, goat cheese, and pecans. I love both beets and goat cheese, but it’s usually a distinguisged taste for others.

For my main meal, I actually ordered a turkey burger and decided to skip on the bread and take my side salad home for dinner.

I ended up taking a nap when we got back! Dreary, rainy weather always makes me want to nap….

I woke up close to 4, made myself a cup of coffee, and finished my Halo Top (dairy free) Birthday Cake ice cream. This is one of the BEST dairy free ice creams out there…besides Ben + Jerry’s dairy free. I love anything birthday cake flavored and this even has sprinkles in it!

For dinner that night I had my green salad I took home from lunch. I added more lettuce to it, and mixed in a packet of garlic + herbs tuna for more protein and healthy fats.

I ended the night watching more Supernatural and munching on a few of some Fig + Olive crackers I found at Trader Joe’s the other week. (I forgot to snap a pic and since I finished them up, I threw the box away!)

It’s still another rainy, wet day…thanks to Alberto. I plan on working more on blog posts, doing laundry, and running an errand or two before the gym tonight…and as we speak, the lights just went out. Woohoo!

Stay safe today and dry as possible! 😀

Chase After Your Dreams, Goals, + Passions

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to relax, have some fun, and enjoy time with family and friends!

Today I want to share a little Monday motivation:

Chase after your dreams, your goals, + your passions.

Last week I had a moment where I almost decided to stop blogging. I wasn’t going to delete my blog…just stop for a while. I was getting discouraged about people not reading it, may not be interested in what I have to say, etc., and I was discouraged that my blog seems to be at a standstill when I want it to grow.

I immediately snapped out of it (after a few hours), and thought to myself, “Emily, what are you doing? People read your blog, they love what you have to say, and growing my blog isn’t something that will happen just overnight.

We all have dreams, goals, passions in life, and one of my passions is this blog. I’ve changed the name a few times since I’ve started blogging (To Love and Live fits me now), and I’ve been on and off with blogging too, when I get discouraged; but whenever I stop blogging, I miss it and I need it back in my life. I love to write and reach out to other people.

My goals for this blog are to not just reach people, and have people enjoy what I write, but for my blog to grow and be able to reach people all over! I want to help people through more than just my personal training, but through writing.

Of course, everyone’s goals, dreams, passions, are all different. Some are small, some are large, some are important and some may be for fun. We all have something we want to achieve though. You may have a goal of being able to do 10 pushups just because you want to, or for someone else it could be to build strength for everyday activities.

You may have a dream of being promoted at work, or just being able to land the job you know you will love. Whatever that is for you, chase after it and don’t give up.

I didn’t get the clients I have now just overnight, and my blog won’t get as big as I’d like it to overnight, but with hard work and perseverance, we can all be able to accomplish things we may have thought we couldn’t.

😀

DIY Distressed Mason Jars

Now that we are entering some spring weather, albeit mixed in with a little bit of brisk mornings and evenings, I am getting in a crafty mood again!

I have always loved arts and crafts. My major my freshman year of college was graphic design + photography, so I had a lot of art classes.

For my first spring craft project, I really wanted to paint some mason jars for flowers, but I wanted them to have a distressed look.

This is actually a very simple and easy project you can do. You really only need a few supplies for this, and one or two items you may already have around your house.

What you need:

– mason jars (any size you want)

-paint with a chalk finish (NOT chalkboard paint)

-foam paintbrush

-sandpaper/file/sandpaper block

-clear spray coating (optional)

1. First, take your foam brush and paint your mason jars to full coverage. If you need to let dry and add another coat, do this before moving on.

2.Once paint is completely dry, the fun part comes! Take your sandpaper/file/etc, and start working at the jars to get your “distressed” look to your liking.

3. If you want to spray over your jars with a clear, spray coating, do this here. It isn’t necessary, but I wanted to lightly spray it just for extra sealing.

Just like that, you are done! Add your flowers (or whatever else you want to put in there), and enjoy! I plan to put flowers in mine! 🙂

What Crossfit Has Taught Me So Far

Hello, friends!

I hope you had a nice and restful weekend! I know for some it has been busy getting ready for those spring break trips! While you are on vacay, I’ll be here…working. 😀

Today I thought I would share with you a post I am super excited about:

This week marks 2 months of me doing CrossFit at a local gym and I have fallen in LOVE with it.

Coming from a history of running and spin classes throughout college (and a little after), plus going into a phase of a serious fitness funk, crossfit came at the perfect time!

There’s been some changes in my life lately, and my fitness routine is one of them. When I started crossfit at the end of January, I had been coming out of a toxic situation, I was anxious so much, stressed out, frustrated, upset at myself, and honestly embarrassed about some things.

I can say now I have never been happier with the way life is going right now! Several things have contributed to this, but one of them is definitely crossfit.

Things Crossfit Has Taught Me So Far:

1.I am stronger than I think.

Going into Crossfit for the first time, I knew I had a history of strength training, HIIT, and other things, but I truly didn’t know what my strength was. I thought I didn’t have much at all and wouldn’t be able to do many of the moves or keep up with other people.

Within the first week, I was already surprising myself with what I could do. Even if I was the only one there using the lightest weight, I was still doing things I never thought I could do, and that excited me. It gave me something to work toward, but knowing I was stronger than I originally thought I was made me realize that I can get through anything…in the gym and in life.

I did a whole post on how you are stronger than you think…check it out HERE.

2.Friendships are special + people come into your life at the right moments

The friendships I have already made in my 2 months at the gym, and the community of amazing people that surround me are incredible. A few months ago I would have never thought I’d be able to make new friends that would become close…and basically family…but here I am loving any chance I get to be around them.

When you are surrounded by people who love, encourage, and uplift you daily, you want nothing more than to continue to be around those people. Ain’t nobody got time for toxic, negative people!

3.Do NOT compare your chapter 1 to someone’s chapter 20.

I can get into a bad habit of comparison,  and not just when it comes to fitness. (Read my comparison post. HERE )

I learned real quick that the gym, especially when it comes to crossfit, is NOT the place to compare myself to others. Everyone starts at different times, some only come a few days a week, some come everyday, some even twice a day, and others have been doing crossfit a lot longer than my 2 months!!

Sometimes I catch myself thinking “I should be able to do this”, or, “why can’t I get this move down, or lift this weight? So-and-so can do it!” But this is such a mind trap and it gets me down and diappointed when I fall for it.

This is when I have to turn my thinking around and look on what I CAN do, and on the things I have been able to accomplish, or even finish, despite if it’s modified or at a lower weight. Things like this take time, work, and effort…but boy I am motivated to get better everyday!

4.If you want it, work for it!

There are a LOT of things I have yet to master at the gym, and weight lifting movements I still have to work on with form and technique, but something else I have learned is that if there is something you want or a goal you want to reach, you must work for it. You must put the time, energy, and effort into it in order to achieve it.

There are SO many things I am wanting to work on and improve over this next year, and I am ready and willing to put in the work. I love fitness, I love seeing how strong I can become and what my body can do, and that’s my motivation. I want to be a better and stronger version of myself everyday, both in the gym and outside!

 

Comparison: Thief of Joy + Everything

Today, I want to talk about something that I know most people struggle with, especially women, almost on a daily basis:

Comparison, Body/Beauty Negativity.

I came across this quote a friend of mine from the gym shared the other day and it really stuck out to me. This past week I have fallen back into the comparison game a little.

Think about this quote a minute. Most of us think flowers are pretty…but we also think Christmas lights are pretty. We also think fall leaves, sunsets, the ocean, or maybe even the mountains are pretty.

But guess what? They all look different…yet we still think they are all pretty.

More often than not, we fall into the trap of comparison: “If only I looked like her”, “I wish I had a body like hers”, or “I wish I was as pretty as her…I’m not pretty.”

Any of these sound familiar?


I fell deep into this trap years ago and it’s one of the things that led me to my eating disorder. (If you haven’t read my Anorexia story, here is part one and part two)

I don’t know when comparing ourselves to others started, but I’m sure it’s gone on for centuries. Most of us compare ourselves to others without even realizing it.

You know what I think about this?

It’s ridiculous!

God made us in His image and we are a wonderfully made creation…which means we are all pretty, beautiful, and a masterpiece.

If all of us looked or acted the same, what fun would that be? I feel it would get boring.

There seems to always be something we want to change about ourselves. I’m guilty of this. Most days I wish my face was slimmer, I had a more toned core, or took better pictures. But I have less of those days now than I ever have. If I catch myself thinking these things, I have to remind myself how ridiculous I’m being!

Comparison is the thief of joy…literally. I mean, have you ever been happy when you compare yourself, or wish you looked like someone else? Probably not.

If you aren’t careful, it can take you down a dark path.

I will leave you with this today, and make this a reminder whenever you catch yourself comparing and wishing you were different or looked a certain way:

What’s in my Work/Gym Bag?

As many of you know, I am a personal trainer that travels to people’s houses. In my “going on” 6 years of training, I have mainly worked at gyms.

Finding HomeFit Consulting has been not only a blessing but the best training job I have ever had. I love what I do, and being able to go to people to help them with their needs, wants, and goals, is a dream!

(Be sure to click the link above if you want to learn more information. We also just launched our Fitness 2 Go, perfect for if you are constantly busy or traveling!)

As a traveling trainer, some/most days, you are out and about, traveling from one spot to another, and you are on the road a good bit. Although it took me a hot minute to learn, I finally found me the perfect work bag that can also go as a gym bag. Some days I am going straight from a client to the gym in the afternoons, so it’s great to have a good bag and have it full of all the necessities.

Today, I am sharing with you what you will typically find in my work/gym bag.

Some days I will have some clothes or my new grips in my bag for the gym, and other days it’s just in the seat of my car. What I am sharing today are the things I like to keep in my bag day in and day out.

As a traveling trainer, I travel with my fitness equipment for clients. Some clients have equipment and I may not need to carry much inside their homes, but I always have things on me. I like to throw some of my resistance bands in my bag (with no handles) to have convenient. I also use these to leave for some clients if I give them homework to do! 🙂

Another thing I keep is my measuring tape. With new clients and their initial session, I not only get to know the person and their goals, but I will take measurements too for a starting point. So i always keep this in my bag!

I’ve also learned to keep a snack in my bag, because you never know when hunger strikes! I don’t always remember or am prepared with bringing my own lunch if I know I will need it, so having a good snack option or two is key to healthier options while traveling.

I like to keep some essential toiletries, if you will, in my bag: deodorant, face wipes, and freshening wipes (These from Kleenex brand are great!). Whether or not I am coming from a workout, it’s been a long day, a hot day, or I just feel gross, I love to have these things on hand in case I need them. You can never go wrong with these basics.

Some other little things I like to have in my bag: Aleve medicine, small bottle of scope, lip balm, neosporin, a hair brush, chewing gum/mints, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer for after I train people.

 

My day to day planner, a lint roller, an extra headband, bobby pins, and my earphones, are all other items normally in my bag.

PIC

I’ll end all this talking a little about the bag I use. I got this from Fabletics (post coming soon on them!). I came across it, wanting a good quality bag, but nothing too big or bulky. I wanted something casual + sleek, and this popped out at me. It’s got 2 straps on the back to be used as a backpack. These are handy when I am carrying in equipment and need my bag with me. It’s also got a few extra compartments and storage spots I love for the little things I keep in my bag.

I find all the items listed above are things that work for me, are useful, practical, and keeps me prepared.

Questions for you!

-Do you have a work or gym bag you always have?

-If so, what is one or two items that are a MUST have at all times?

My Anorexia Story (Part 2)

First off, I want to say a BIG thank you to all the love, comments, and likes on part one of my anorexia story!

I would have never thought it would reach as many as it did. My story has been a long time coming, and just recently I have decided it’s time to share it with others.

An eating disorder is nothing to play with. It not only affects the person physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

Even by the end of high school, although I had recovered (in the sense of the word), I still had a long journey of struggles ahead of me.

I entered college in 2010 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. I was starting off as a photography + graphic design major and had all intentions of being an art major.

I loved taking pictures and letting my creative juices flow on creating things.

I immediately starting meeting new people, making new friends, taking mostly art classes, and I was just enjoying the adjustment to college. It wasn’t just me going to college though. Good ole Ana (the voice of anorexia) came right with me to mess up my thinking and habits.

In the beginning part of college, things were fine. I had starting to pick up running (like, a few laps and that was it), and exploring a couple different fitness classes since I was no longer playing tennis, like I did in high school.

My friends and I would eat at the cafeteria, go out and explore new eating places around Nashville, and even though it was fun and we enjoyed good food, the voice in my head started telling me I need to lose a little, eat better, and pick up more exercise. I wanted to be the girl at college that was pretty and looked amazing, because I never felt that in high school.

By my sophomore year, I had changed majors to Exercise Science and Nutrition, because even though I was still struggling with my own issues in this area, I still knew I wanted (and needed) to major in this field. Deep down I just knew it was MY major.

By the time I started my exercise science classes, I had picked up more running and was actually starting to train for my first half marathon. I loved the feeling running gave me, and I loved being able to see how far my body was able to go.

I actually had a decent balance with my nutrition when I was starting to train, and I had done some research too, but it was also around this time I found My Fitness Pal and started counting calories. I thought If I counted calories, ate the right foods, and kept up with my running, I would be able to keep slim, maybe even lose a little more, and that would make me happier.

I completed my first half marathon in 2012 and it was such a rush that my body was strong enough to run that distance, although it was slow.

After that, I wanted to run more and more half marathons. I wanted to see just how much running my body could do, and I kept counting calories, but unfortunately I was tracking at 1200 calories a day (and that is NOT enough for just about anyone…let alone at all the exercise I was doing). I thought it was ok though.

People had noticed I had slimmed up some, but it wasn’t anything like when I had starved myself. Around this time I was also doing spin classes AND running almost everyday. If I wasn’t starting my morning in a spin class, I was running. If I had free time in my afternoon, I was either running more or catching the afternoon spin class.

By the time 2013 (junior year approached), while I wasn’t underweight, I had slimmed up a lot and refused to eat a lot of foods. I had gotten back to Ana thoughts on what I couldn’t eat because it would make me “fat” again. Now, I wasn’t even fat to begin with when I started college, but in my mind I was.

My best friend was getting married March of 2013, and I was a bridesmaid. In the months leading up to the wedding, I was becoming more obsessed with numbers again. If it wasn’t the number calories I was eating, it was the number on the scale again. I had gotten to a point where I would weigh every morning and if I was up even a little, I would take something else out of what I ate that day.

By the time Staci’s wedding rolled around, I had gotten my weight down to 117-118 pounds. I was still 5’4”, but I was so tired most days, I was cold ALL the time, and I was refusing going out to eat with roommates/friends at times just because I didn’t want to “overeat”.

I was way too focused on what I ate, how much I ate, and how much I was exercising…and it was taking a toll on my body physically and internally.

Backing up some and being a little personal for a minute: Most girls when I was younger started their mentrual cycle at early ages…most before or around hitting high school. Guys…I was 16 when I started. 16. My body was delayed on me starting due to my eating disorder.

Now moving back up to this time during college. I was so low in my numbers (eating and weight dropping) that I legitimately went without any menstrual cycle for close to 6 months. That is NOT healthy when you are a woman. Secretively, I told nobody about this, and part of me was actually happy that I wasn’t having to deal with it, but it was not good for my body.

By the time my senior year rolled around, I was still in the same habits: running lots, spin classes, 2x workouts in one day, eating little/not enough, and going 2-3 months at a time before getting another menstrual cycle.

I was starting to spiral down more by this point. It came to a point that I knew I wasn’t eating enough and was so hungry, but I refused to eat more than I thought I “had” to. It resulted to me eating a bag of steamed veggies most mornings, because it was vegetables and super low in calories. How dumb is that??

I had even more half marathons under my belt by this point, and even a Disney run or two, which was so much fun! Slowly, though, I was starting to get burned out on it and my body just about had enough of what I was putting it through.

It wasn’t long after my roommates and I had gotten back from Christmas break that they sat down around me and told me they were worried about me. They were really seeing how little I was eating and how much I was exercising. Two out of three of my other roommates were majoring in exercise science too, so it was a big deal (and an eye opener) when they sat me down.

Once again, I was overcome with my body image, eating disorder thoughts/habits, and had gotten myself in a dark place again.

Graduation was approaching for 2 of my roommates in the spring, while me and my other roommat would be graduating in the summer. I went home to finish up an internship + a class that summer, and I started trying to do better with my eating, exercising, and body image.

I still dabbled in counting calories and I still ran and worked out, although I did drop it to 1x a day. I was staying busy but still struggled everyday with wanting to look better, do more, eat less, etc. All the same things that I had been struggling with in Nashville, but on a less intense level.

August had rolled around and graduation from college had finally arrived! At this point I was up a little more in my weight, I was eating a little more, but still very cautious, and I had told myself after I graduated I would finally get on the road to self acceptance, body acceptance, self-love, and food freedom.

I can honestly say now I am 95% at a place where I am truly loving my body, accepting who I am, and finding that food freedom…oh and NOT counting calories! But all of that will be in part 3 of my story soon… 😀

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What I talked about in my story above is a common thing for many girls and women. We think eating less, exercising more, and counting super low calories is going to help us reach our goals.

For me personally, I would say I had Orthorexia during my college years.

This is not as common or well known as Anorexia, Bulimia, or Binge Eating Disorder, but is something very prevalent.

According to the National Eating Disorder Awareness website, Orthorexia is defined as:

Those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.” Orthorexia starts out as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but orthorexics become fixated on food quality and purity. They become consumed with what and how much to eat, and how to deal with “slip-ups.” An iron-clad will is needed to maintain this rigid eating style. Every day is a chance to eat right, be “good,” rise above others in dietary prowess, and self-punish if temptation wins (usually through stricter eating, fasts and exercise). Self-esteem becomes wrapped up in the purity of orthorexics’ diet and they sometimes feel superior to others, especially in regard to food intake.

Eventually food choices become so restrictive, in both variety and calories, that health suffers – an ironic twist for a person so completely dedicated to healthy eating. Eventually, the obsession with healthy eating can crowd out other activities and interests, impair relationships, and become physically dangerous.

I’d say after all of that, I definitely suffered with this. Their website says it’s not an actual medical diagnosis, such as anorexia, but is something very unhealthy and dangerous.

Please, please, please, if you suspect anyone you know is suffering through an actually eating disorder or disordered eating patterns, look up the NEDA website and contact someone to get them help.

Quick Sunday (partial) Meal Prep

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend despite the rain and dreary weather. It was more low key for me, but I was able to relax and get some things done as well.

Today I thought I would share with you a few things that I meal prepped yesterday. Normally, I am not a huge fan of meal prepping. I don’t like spending the whole afternoon cooking/baking and placing every meal in its own individual container. If you have an 8-5 job, then it may be handy for you, but it’s just too much for me.

Personally, I like to prep a few things for at least a few days of the week, just so it’s easier to grab. It’s quick, and it helps with your food choices when you have healthy options already made. I am in and out of the house during the week with the way my schedule is, so it’s nice to have certain veggies and other things ready.

I roasted cubed potatoes and brussel sprouts at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I drizzled olive oil and put a little garlic salt and cracked pepper on both of them. I like roasted brussel sprouts better…and can eat them warm or add to a salad for a little crunch!

I also boiled some eggs for the week. Normally, I prefer just cooking them in the mornings, or making my egg muffins with veggies in them, but yesterday I just decided to boil some for a quick breakfast or snack. My dad likes to take these to work too, so they are ready for him too!

Easiest way to boil eggs? Once water boils, keep on med-high heat for 13-15 minutes. Drain them immediately and run COOL water on top of them. This will allow the shell to ease away from the egg some. Once cool, tap them all the way around, and peel! 🙂

Boiled eggs are also great to put on salads too!

Who loves guacamole?! I am in love with guacamole, and I was in the mood to whip up a quick version of it to have over the next day or so. (Next day really, because it turns QUICK!)

I took 2 large avocados, mashed them, and added part of this guacamole mix packet. I usually don’t feel the need to have the whole packet in there for the amount I normally make.

For dinner I decided to go ahead and dig into the guacamole! I made a spinach salad, topped with leftover sweet potato and a kale + mozerella chicken burger I found at Costco the other day. It hit the spot!

Even though I don’t do any kind of meal prep every Sunday, and definitely not as intense as a lot of people do, I like it because you can do as much, or as little, as you need and want to make things easy and convenient for you during your week. I don’t like having the same meals every single day for every single meal…I like variety!

Questions for you:

Do you prepare any food for part (or all) of your week?

If so, what do you usually prepare? Do you have a go-to?