Today kicks off the 6 week weight loss challenge at Orange Theory Fitness Woodbury! I am stoked to be the captain of Team White! I have some amazing people on my team looking to make their life even better. But not only that, there are over 200 people total between the three teams that are looking to change their lives over 6 weeks and I am super excited to keep them motivated to do that.

Since starting to coach at OTF I have made a lot of lifestyle changes. I workout more, I eat better, I sleep more and I find I am happier than I have been in a long time. I made a big leap when I came to Orange Theory, I left the corporate desk life that I spent 14 years in. I was often unhappy in my own physical body which ultimately affected my mind and how I felt about myself. I was constantly motivating people to be in shape and to eat healthier, yet I didn’t feel I was in the body to preach that.

I am now walking the walk, not just talking.

Since this time last year I am down 20 lbs! I’d be curious what my body fat to muscle comparison was a year ago because I’m sure it would have been an interesting change. The number on the scale is cool, but really when it comes down to weight loss for me it’s about how I feel when I put on my clothes. A few weeks ago I decided to try on all my jeans and found most of them fall off of me (these are jeans I still have from high school/college by the way). Most of my yoga pants are too big too (is that even possible, why yes it is). I have been working on myself everyday and I have noticed little changes, but lately the results are really showing. It has taken time and I have been putting in a TON of work, but every time I look in the mirror, every time I get dressed, every time I work out I feel that much better than I have (probably since I was 14). It has been completely worth sacrificing the junk I used to eat and not skipping my workouts. It’s a lifestyle change really and I am feeling 100 percent better because of it.

I want nothing more than to help people push through the same things I have pushed through and see the results I’ve been able to see. You can do it and once you get there it is much easier than saying tomorrow i’ll do it. Do something today, You got this!

Also, I am participating in the weight loss challenge. My goal is accountability of getting my workouts in and finally losing those stubborn areas my body holds on to ­čÖé

Day one….I’ll keep you updated on my progress ­čÖé



Left: One year ago (fall 2016), Right: Last weekend (fall 2017)


Inner child

When I was younger I constantly rearranged my room. Whether it was my bed, dresser, pictures on the wall, something was always changing. As I have gotten older things have moved less. Call it being more content, or maybe less time in my room to get bored of the arrangment. ┬áOver the last week the little kid has come back out in me. I don’t know if I should blame pinterest or the shift in my own mindset the last couple months. Either way, I was feeling less content in the space I occupy, so I decided it was time for change.

I just moved over the summer, so the way my apartment is arranged is fairly new anyway, but I wan’t feeling the energy. I needed something more welcoming, something that felt inviting and whimsical. I often read about different ideas of creating a Feng Shui space. Feng Shui ┬áis a Chinese┬áphilosophical system of harmonizing the human existence with the surrounding environment. ┬áIt is thought that creating a good Feng Shui environment can bring your room (in this case bedroom) into a better harmonious flow of energy, both nourishing and sensual.

Last night it started. I bought new curtains for my room and white Christmas lights.  I used to always have colorful Christmas lights or rope lighting in my room when I was younger, so I thought why not bring that type of lighting back, but in a more grown up way. Thank you to pinterest for the idea of mixing the white lights with my curtains to make a very fairy-tale like environment.   I also decided I wanted to move my bed in front of the window, rather than the wall it is against now. I began to move it and immediately felt unsure about my decision. So there my bed sat (and is still sitting) in the middle of the room. I am just not quite sure yet if I like it there. Either way, as all rearranging goes, I got distracted by my closet. I have a very unpleasing to the eye drawer set in my bedroom that I decided would look better in the closet, so after digging into the back hollows of my closet and pulling out all of my shoes I am starting to feel much better about not only my closet arrangement, but my room arrangement! (no more eye sore).

This is just the beginning of what is to come. But let’s just say the inner child and the adult in me is harmoniously coming together and enjoying the change. I even slept really well last night (which hasn’t been the case lately). ┬áMy bed is still in the middle of the room, but maybe I brought about a new energy with this arrangement.

More to come, and I will post pictures of how it all comes together!