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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…

No Fear. No Embarrassment.

The same thing is true for health and for fitness. You cannot have fear and you cannot be embarrassed. Even when you see people in the gym who are ripped – EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE STARTED SOMEWHERE. I have to remind myself of that every day. We are always going to see people who are ahead of where we are or who are already at where we may want to be – but it doesn’t matter where they are! They all started at Day 1 too!! I did, my trainers at Kick@55 did, heck even Heidi Somers and Amanda Bucci started somewhere too! We can’t be afraid of looking silly or looking stupid. If anyone makes a comment, it comes from insecurities within themselves. It sounds cliche, and it might sound stupid, but it honestly is true. You have to commit and you have to believe in yourself. You can’t worry about looking silly or looking stupid. You will only grow if you put in the effort and you will only grow if sometimes you look stupid. The more you work, the more consistent you are, the better you get, and the closer you get to the results you want. Hard work, consistency, and no fear – that will get you to where you want to be. xx…