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Street Art in Chicago

I have been wanting to do this for a while, but a few days ago one of my best friends and I went on a bike exploration of the city of Chicago to find as much street art as we could. A few months ago, I went to get a sports massage in West Town (on the west side of Chicago, clearly..) and I came across a few different murals. West Town isn’t an area I visited too frequently, but I was blown away when I drove just a few blocks and saw mural after mural. If you live in any urban area, there is bound to be street art somewhere. Now, I have never known a ton about art, but I am always mystified but the abilities artists have. Trust me, I wish I could draw/sing/paint/literally do anything creative in that capacity. The people who made these are true artists. Anyway, my friend Dani was in town visiting from China, and we decided to take our bikes and ride around town to find all of the street art. If you live in an urban area (or maybe even not urban?) I highly recommend searching online to find a guide to street art. I guarantee there are TONS more places in our city – we were only going down three or four streets in one neighborhood and ran across tons of murals.   We searched “Chicago Street Art” to find some inspiration of…

Marriott Mag Mile – Just Magnificent

Magnificent: Impressively beautiful, elaborate, or extravagant; striking When I think of the word magnificent, I think of something that is truly awe inspiring and different. People who come to visit Chicago almost always make a trip to the Mag Mile – filled with shops, restaurants, hotels, and just about everything wonderful you could imagine. As a Chicagoan, I don’t think I always appreciate it for what it is – truly awe inspiring and striking. Two weeks ago I was invited to spend the night at the Marriott Mag Mile. The stay included dinner at their on site restaurant, Harvest, an opportunity to tour and utilize their state of the art fitness center and fitness lab, and an overnight stay in one of their remodeled guest rooms. I haven’t been able to make it out of town in quite a while, so this overnight stay at an incredible hotel right in the heart of Chicago was an incredible opportunity and exciting event. I was teaching bootcamp at Kick@55 so I was a bit late to dinner, but I was able to make it just as dinner at Harvest was starting. We were treated to a ‘Fit Fam’ menu – items made on site using local and fresh ingredients. Dinner included two salads, three main courses, and two desserts – all focused on utilizing the best ingredients, put together in a delicious and healthy way. First, we were able to try the two salads &#8211…

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DELICIOUS & EASY

Hi friends!! I have so many life updates. Life has been crazy busy over the last few months – all in a good way. Trying lots of new things, doing lots of new things, and keeping really busy. I’ll try to update you all soon, but for now, I’m mostly concerned with getting more content up on this blog!! Keep checking back for updates, fitness ideas, recipes, and more. I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I’ve been on the lookout for lots of new recipes and have been trying to get inspiration in different places. As much as I love to eat fresh produce and meats and cook everything from scratch, sometimes it’s just not possible. In order to help save on some cash and to save food overall, I’ve been looking to the frozen section lately for fruits, vegetables, and meats. In general, all of this tends to be quite a bit cheaper, and ultimately it lasts longer. While fresh is probably always preferred, it’s just not always feasible. We are busy students, professionals, athletes, friends, family members, and more. We wear so many different hats that sometimes in order to keep ourselves sane, we just need a quick and easy frozen meal to pop in the microwave.   One of my colleagues inspired me to try out the Barbecue Chicken Teriyaki from Trader Joes! It’s located in their frozen aisle and…

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Taking on Whole30

Most of November and December was spent (like everyone else) eating, drinking, and being merry. This meant lots of drinks, tons of parties, and ALL OF THE FOOD in the world (and let me tell you – it was all delicious). I had so many great things take place over the last few months, including time with my family and friends. I will definitely say that I enjoyed every single cookie I put into my mouth, every single glass of wine I drank, and every meal I had. Come January, I definitely felt perhaps a little off my game. I wasn’t 100% on point all the time with tracking my macros, and I found myself being hungrier and hungrier with the macros I follow. I LOVE my ice cream (Halo Top WHAT’S UP), and I LOVE Walden Farms, but I also know that there is plenty out there that I can eat and put together that is fresh, nutritious, and from the earth. I realized that I wanted to challenge myself to eat more wholesome, nutritious foods, and less of the ice cream, pancakes, and protein bars I have been eating. Don’t get me wrong – there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating those things. We all deserve to have treats and enjoy the food we eat. However, I got to the point where I realized I needed and WANTED to spend more of calories/macronutrients on wholesome, nutritious, delicious foods. I think my…

Proving the possible: WORKING OUT IN THE MORNING

4:30 a.m.: My eyes open on their own accord. 4:40 a.m.: Alarm 1 goes off. 4:45 a.m.: Alarm 2 goes off. 4:50 a.m.: Alarm 3 goes off. 5:10 a.m.: Leave apartment. 5:25 a.m.: Arrive at gym. 5:30 a.m.: Start workout. Never in my life did I think I would be able to regularly get up before 6:00 a.m., let alone get in a full body workout. For as long as I can remember, I worked out in the evenings after work. I would have my bag with me, and I’d drive straight to the gym. Half the time I would be having a mental discussion with myself..”I could just go straight home and nap. I could nap and then come back to the gym after.” I knew, though, that if I didn’t go straight from work, I wouldn’t go at all. For probably all of 2015, I was a PM workout gal. You could regularly find me at the 5:00, 5:30, or 6:00 p.m. class at Kick@55 or on the treadmill at XSport Fitness. Every now and then, I would muster up the energy and go to a 5:30 a.m. class on Fridays. This was mostly reserved, however, for me to go to Happy Hour after work on Friday. Cut to March 2016 when I started taking a…