I’ve lived in Chicago almost four years now and I’ve certainly been to my fair share of fitness classes. I’ve met tons of people in the fitness community through teaching both boutique and corporate fitness, yet I can’t believe that I haven’t written this post yet! Here is my list of the 10 best places to work out in Chicago. Keep in mind that what I like may not be what you like, but I did add in a couple yoga studios at the end because I’ve either been there or they came highly recommended by others in the industry.… View Post

Welp, here we are again. 🙂 I’ve made it another year in recovery — welcome to wrapping up year number eight! This is the fourth post I’ve written on the anniversary of the day I decided to choose a path that would change my life in ways I didn’t even realize. Each year I go back and read the previous ones (I’ve linked them at the bottom of this post) and wonder how I can write something different from the year before. This year I think it’s important to emphasize the importance of self. Before diving into that, I want… View Post

Happy Friday! Here’s some good news for you guys (or maybe just me) — they finally turned on the AC in our building! It wasn’t projected to turn on until June 1st, but with rising temperatures on the horizon, they caved. I’m really excited to actually sleep through the night now. This week was a weird mix of gloomy rain weather and cooler sunshine. We have a couple things on the agenda this weekend (hello Deadpool 2!), but nothing too crazy. Hope you guys have a great couple days and can’t wait to get back to you with Monday’s post!… View Post

For some reason I always forget about rice cakes. I rediscovered them last year when I was participating in a fitness challenge at my gym and had to stick to certain ratios of carbs, protein, and fats. They’re an amazing source of pre or post workout carbs, but once the challenge was over and I stopped tracking what I was eating, I quickly forgot about them again. The past couple weeks I’ve had a new awakening to rice cakes again, but it can get a little boring just slathering on some nut butter (cashew FO LIFE) and chowing down. I… View Post

Fear of the unknown is a big reason why a lot of people stay where they are. I get it — change is scary. I’m actually terrified of change and do not ease into it well at all. If I reflect, however, I realize that most of my growth personally and professionally has been from going through it. Change can come about inadvertently or on purpose. On purpose — saying yes — is a choice YOU make and often the one people have trouble with, especially if it means something hard. You can find tons of self-help posts on the… View Post