I am super excited to take part in my first PIN IT PARTY with Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean! Lindsay is one of my favorite bloggers and I love the concept behind this post. Here are the rules:

  • Round up 5 blog posts you’ve written that you would like to see on Pinterest.
  • Make sure there is a nice, pinable image or photo included in each post.
  • Write a short post featuring the posts you chose- ie, put 5 nice images & links to the posts all in one place, along with a short description of each post.
  • On Thursday, publish your post, then visit The Bean and add your post to the linkup!

The only rule is that if you link up, you should visit some of the other linkups and pin at least 3 images! Done and done! See my 5 pin-able posts below!

Sweat then Snack [workout and recipe]

This post has a great mix of fitness and food! A killer total body workout and a protein packed snack recipe to refuel after a tough sweat sesh!

Sculpting is for CLAY. Not your body. 

A post on taking the focus off making our bodies look a certain way and instead embracing them for all the amazing things they DO for us on a daily basis!

This is for YOU. 

My first ‘contest’ ever held on the blog for people to create alternative magazine covers to counter all the superficial, negative, and harmful magazine covers that you see in check out lanes across the country everyday! People submitted amazing works of art that reflected things that are truly important to them and that they’d like to see promoted, rather than so much focus on beauty, bodies, and weight loss!

Change Our Fitsperation

One of the posts on my blog I am most proud of. It’s an amazing round-up of ‘edited’ fitspo pictures that change their negative, degrading messages to positive, uplifting ones! If there is one post you read on my blog MAKE THIS IT!

20/20 Workout 

One of my latest circuit workouts! Not only is it challenging in itself, but if you add the time element into it and try to complete it in 20 minutes, you’ll work up an extra intense sweat!

I truly appreciate all the pins, retweets, and shares of my content! It’s something that no one is forced to do and thus it makes me feel so good when people go out their way to share something on my blog that they liked or connected with! Just a small act of kindness, makes a huge difference in my life. :)

In addition to the Pin It Party fun, I also have some more Q and A to share!

1.) During a workout, what is your go-to strength training move?

I love squatting and lunging with barbells! Barbells allow me to add more weight then I would be able to by just holding dumbbells and I love that feeling of getting into a ‘full range of motion’ strength move. I am still working on getting my butt all the way below my knees in my squats, but it’s getting there!

2.) I have heard you and others who work out regularly talk about foam rolling, but I do not truly know what it is, and when and how long people should be doing it. I have seen foam rollers in the stores and available at the gym, but am not sure how to use them to my advantage. As an avid runner with sore calves and quads after a hard workout, what do you recommend?

I am not an expert on foam rolling at all, but I can give you some info on how I use the foam roller as well as point you in the direction some more professional expertise! I foam roll almost every night (or at least try to!) and do it anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes depending on how my legs feel and how much time I have. I mostly work on my legs, rolling out my hip flexors, IT bands, hamstrings, and quads. I also work on my glutes too! Usually I finish with a good roll out of my back and spine! I have noticed as I’ve started to foam roll more frequently that my recovery time, leg soreness, and stiffness has improved a lot!

Here are some other resources you can refer to if you have more questions in regards to foam rolling…

Foam Rolling-The Basics

Basic Foam Rolling for Runners 

More Foam Rolling Exercises for Runners 

3.) In balancing school, blogging, your fitness regimen, and making meals what is your key to keeping it all balanced? This past semester I was slacking on having time to create diverse and delicious healthy meals. Slowly but surely it turned into on-the-go salads from school and Subway. Sure I was still exercising and eating healthy, but I didn’t feel that that food was giving me lasting energy. I had a great mix of meals going this past summer and am back with them now that I am home. I do not know if it is the time or home that is helping me, but either way I really want to stick with it. How do you find the time?? Do you have any recommendations?? 

For me it’s all about prioritizing and making some things in my day ‘givens’ no matter what I have going on. For my sanity and well-being, getting a sweat sesh in and having a little bit of down time every day is a must. Also, school work comes before blogging and social media always! As long as that gets done, with the time I have left I weigh my options and determine on a daily basis what would be the best route to take! Some days this means blogging (but my blogging frequency definitely goes down during the school year!) and others it means catching up on other people’s blog posts or watching a movie with the fam! But in all honesty I tend to try to maximize everyday and fit as much in as possible because I am truly passionate about my blog. It’s more than a hobby, it’s an outlet for my creativity, self-expression, and a much appreciated break from academic writing and work!

As for how I maintain my eating habits, that parts a no-brainer for me! I’ve always eaten the way I do now, so starting college didn’t really change that for me! Plus I love cooking and preparing food so it also serves as a bit of a stress reliever for me! If you find yourself having trouble sticking to a healthy diet when you’re more pressed for time, I highly recommend taking part in weekend food prep for the week and having easy, simple snacks/meals available for when you’re too busy to prepare a more ‘gourmet’ healthy meal! Lindsay is the ULTIMATE food prepper! So check out her blog for some food prep inspiration!

Overall, it’s important to not make yourself crazy! There is no possible way to be the perfect blogger, student, healthy eater, and exerciser all at once! It’s a matter of give and take and all about finding a healthy, attainable balance. You definitely have to cut yourself some slack and not feel too pressured to do it all! Blog readers are very forgiving as they have lives to so if you have to take a break from blogging to focus on other priorities THAT’S OKAY! You’re only human and can only do what you can in the moment! :)

Also, remember…nothing is forever! There are going to be times in your life when you’re more stressed and busy and not able to keep up with your healthy lifestyle as much as you’d like! But try not to worry…in the grand scheme of things in a long life, a few days or even weeks of falling off the band wagon aren’t going to make a difference!

4.) Out of all the products you have tried with FitFluential, which one do you find yourself using over and over again?

My Saucony Kinvaras for sure! I fell in love with those running shoes and they’ve been my go-to model ever since! I’ve ordered two pairs since I first reviewed them! I put a lot of miles on them easily and wear them down pretty quick! Good thing they come in a nice variety of colors!

5.) Personal question- Out of all of your accomplishments, which one are you most proud of?

I don’t really like talking about my accomplishments as I always feel like I’m bragging or something. With that said, I think it’s really important to take pride in yourself and the things you do. So with that in mind, I would have to say getting a full scholarship for college is one thing I am really proud of. I had to compete with people from all over the country and was one of two recipients of the full ride. I guess I’m really proud of this because of how much it will help me for my future. Not having college loan debt if going to be such a blessing when I enter the real world.

And that pretty much concludes all the questions I received for my 3 part Q and A series! Be sure to stop back Friday for a big announcement!

How do you balance all the different aspects/obligations of your life?

Do you have a stretching/foam rolling routine?

What’s your go to meal or snack when you’re pressed for time?


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Link Love 1/5

Sleepy Sunday, Runday Sunday, Sports Watching SundayFunday Sunday….whatever you may be up to today, take some time to relax and sift through some good stuff from around the webs this past week! It’s Link Love time!!!

Gettin’ busy in the kitch: 

Deep Dish Lasagna Pizza with Black-Eyed Peas and Tofu Ricotta 

4 Ingredient Popcorn Protein Bars 

Fig Ginger Truffles 

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Pumpkin Scones 

TVP Apple Porridge

Jumbo Chickpea Pancake

Laughs galore: 

13 Reasons Why Not Fitting in as a Kid Makes You an Awesome Adult 

23 People Who Have Life Figured Out 

New Year’s Resolutions that are Actually Realistic 

Thought provoking: 

Words that Should Never be used to Describe Food<—Another gem from muh girl, Carly!

10 Ways to Stop Treating Yourself <—We could all use a little less of these things in our lives!

13 of the Biggest Health News Stories of 2013 <—An interesting look back on the year in health!

10 Gifts Only YOU Can Give to Yourself <—And we should be giving ourselves these things regularly!

10 Things to Let Go of on Your Blog in 2014 <—Love this!

24 Invaluable Skills to Learn Online for Free this Year<—Time to get busy!

12 Rules for Being Beautifully Human <—-Wonderful.

Tweets of the week:

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Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 8.37.16 AM[guilty as charged...I have no rhythm]Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 6.42.16 PM Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 6.45.56 PM[lyrical genius right here]

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 8.34.20 AM[TRUE THAT. The movie theatres are such a rip!]

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Screen Shot 2013-12-28 at 4.38.25 PM[I sometimes wonder about who is behind the camera in the pics on Instagram]Screen Shot 2014-01-04 at 8.08.01 AM[for reals though]Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 1.05.28 PM[wouldn't that be a useful feature]

Screen Shot 2013-12-28 at 7.07.23 AM[oooooooh BURN!]Screen Shot 2013-12-25 at 8.00.44 PM[I 'actually can't' any more with that phrase]Screen Shot 2013-12-24 at 4.43.18 PM[HALLELUJAH!]Screen Shot 2013-12-21 at 9.35.08 PM[This is totally something I would do...]

Words of wisdom:

 Coming up on the blog this week…

  • a delicious new recipe and a tough new workout!
  • a Q and A post!! Get your questions to me if you have any!
  • the beginning of 9 TEN days of giveaways on Thursday! (Yup! We now have 10 days of Giveaways locked down to celebrate the one year anniversary of Lend a {Healthy} Hand!

More fun, more food, more fitness, and more ANNOUNCEMENTS coming too! 


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