I think I’m finally settling into a groove with work. I’ve taken on a couple more personal training clients, who I see early in the morning and in the evening after work. Because I get started so early, I’ve been able to keep teaching classes at Sweat, get a workout in, and have the afternoon hours to work on this blog, freelancing, and a new job opportunity (keep reading). My free time has definitely decreased, but so far I’m loving the way things are working out!
To kick off the weekend, here are some of my favorite things from this week. Make sure to leave some of yours in the comments!
1. Clever Foodies Scramble
A couple weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram of my 90 eggs that I had gotten from Cotsco. When I asked how everyone likes to eat their eggs, one of my followers, Rachel, mentioned this product to me. Not too long after that, the company reached out and offered to help me finish off all those eggs in a deliciously creative way.
Scramble comes in three different flavors: Leafy Greens, Mediterranean, and Rancheros. It is a mixture of vegetables and herbs that you simply mix in with your eggs to make omelets, fritattas, or a quick mess of scrambled eggs like I usually do. They are all natural, non-GMO, have no preservatives, and are REALLY good. I’ve been using them in my eggs all week and I can’t believe how much just a little bit adds so much flavor.
Each container holds four servings and you can find them near where you find your eggs. For a list of retailers, check here. I’m not sponsored to write this post, they’re just legitimately good.
2. Adult Gymnastics
Gymnastics is something I did when I was younger. Since I come from a military family, we moved around a lot and after I moved to MD I never picked it back up. It’s been something that I’ve loved ever since then and every year there will come a point where I remember how much I love it and go on a frantic Google search to find somewhere that will let me do it as an adult.
I always lived in small areas and suburbs that didn’t offer any adult programs, but after I moved to Chicago I discovered that there were three (!!) places in the vicinity for me to choose from! I dropped into a class this week at Lakeshore Academy and LOVED the atmosphere. Sadly, the workout wasn’t quite what I expected and turned into more of an open gym for people to work on what they wanted. Maybe it was a result of unrealistic expectations, but I was a little disappointed. I think what I ultimately want is my own personal gymnastics coach to train me and send me to the Olympics in my 30s.
I might check out some of the other locations, although this may just be the format for adults. Next time I’ll wear a leotard and try to sneak into the kid’s class. I’m probably short enough.
3. Director of Social Media at Sweat Chicago
As if I didn’t have enough going on at the moment, I am in the process of transitioning into the role of Social Media Director at Sweat. This means that I will manage our social media accounts, blog content, and work on increasing brand awareness here in Chicago and nationwide. It’s a great opportunity and one that I’m certainly qualified for, so I’m looking forward to having more control over content in the coming month.
If you don’t have enough social media accounts to follow, feel free to follow Sweat where you can see my shining face from time to time:
4. The Paleo Cookie
I’ve been eating these Paleo Cookies all week. We sell them at my work and at several surrounding stores in the area and since I’ve fallen behind on responsibly packing snacks throughout the day, I’ve probably been eating a few too many of these. The ingredients are simple and awesome and each cookie is GF, grain-free, non-GMO, and dairy-free. BAM. I like all the flavors (chocolate chip, pumpkin, and brownie), but my favorite is still probably the brownie cookie. ALL CHOCOLATE ALL DAY.
If you don’t want to commit to the full size, they also sell a sample pack of mini versions. Also, if you’re not in the area, they ship nationwide and if you are interested in trying them out for the first time, you can order a free mini sampler for the cost of shipping (so kinda free). Check it out here.
5. Recent Press
All in the past couple and coming weeks I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of different media outlets to share my story. The topic is usually to share what I’ve been through, with different outlets choosing a specific focus such as depression, what I’m doing now, or my entrepreneurial skills (whaa?). All of the live links have been updated on my Press & Publications page, but to check out what’s coming down the line, here’s what I’ve been working on:
- Honour Roll Heroin Addict – Imperfect Life – February 2016
- Wellness Comes from Within – Like-Minded Magazine – February 2016
- Be About Change Blog – available in a few weeks
- SHAIR Podcast – taped and available ~ April 2016
- She Did It Her Way Podcast – taping next week
- Wellness Wednesdays on AM900 CMHL (radio) – airs next Wednesday 3/2
I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to catching up with you on Monday!
- What’s one thing you are loving this week?
- What’s your favorite cookie flavor?
- How do you like your eggs?