One of the main focuses of this blog is to document my transition to a healthier lifestyle, and how you can, too. So, every now and then I've made sure to highlight my goals of trying to eat healthier and how I've attempted to lead a healthier lifestyle overall.
As of late, I haven't mentioned it much because I've felt like I took two steps forward and five giant steps back. A few months ago, I had successfully weaned myself off soda, stopped eating candy, and was slowly but surely drinking more water every day. I had my meal planning and prepping down to a science and I felt awesome both physically and mentally.
Fast forward to today, and I'm back to drinking soda whenever I get the chance (i.e. whenever it's free), have fallen behind in my Sunday meal prep (but I'm working on it), and I'm 90% sure these headaches I keep getting after practice are due to dehydration (oops). All in all, I haven't gone back to square one, but I'm not where I want to be with my goals. All this means I'm going to start over in getting back into those great habits I was so proud of. So, today I'm sharing with you just how I transition and stick to healthy habits all in 2 easy steps!Read More
The other day my coach tweeted an article about speed training sprinting that caught my eye. One section of the article was titled "Doing Too Much Extra Work On Top of Sport Practice" and it basically said that athletes shouldn't think push themselves to do a lot of extra workouts on the side because it might affect their training. Being me, my mind went off in a complete tangent from there and I immediately had flashbacks on my struggles as a student-athlete. Long nights, the never-ending feeling of always being tired, knowing that after this competition is over, I still have to finish that essay that counts for half my grade, or be up early to give that presentation that my group is counting on me for. It meant bus rides spent studying and study groups in hotel rooms. Nevertheless, with these countless struggles, came a lot of positives. Positives that equate to reasons why you should seriously consider hiring the next student-athlete that walks into your office.Read More
Last week I went on my first trip to Nigeria! I was sent there for the Warri Relays, a track meet that Nigeria hosts every year. Last year, I wasn't able to go due to visa complications, so it was a huge relief to be able to join my teammates this time around and join them on the adventure.
This meet actually came immediately after I spent a whole week with my teammate, Flings, traveling to meets in New York and Canada. As most of you don't know, I'm the type of person that always forgets something or other when I go on a trip, no matter how hard I try to remember everything. To combat that, I now sit down, make a list, and check and re-check said list to make the chances of me forgetting something reduce by at least 91%. By the time I had to pack for my trip to Nigeria I felt like a had packing down pat! So, now that I've gained my professional packer status, I decided to share some track and field travel essentials and pro-tips for track meets.Read More
I remember back when I was in high school, I used to work for days on zero sleep. In fact, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that I could be so high-functioning in that condition when most people can barely last until lunch time before they collapse. In fact, my favorite phrase used to be "sleep is for the weak", haha. My perception of sleep didn't change much when I got to college, especially considering I was studying engineering. I spent way too many days grubbing on pizza, chugging what seemed like gallons of Mountain Dew, and watching the sun rise. Of course, it took me a while to realize how horrible it was for me - not only a normal human being, but as an athlete. I was sick with something or other all throughout my freshman year, and by the end of my sophomore year I decided something needed to change. I saw the school's sports nutritionist to learn how to eat healthier, I changed my major, and I pulled much less all-nighters (once every few months vs. every single night).
If you were to ask me what I thought of sleep now, I'd tell you it was the greatest thing in the world.
I love it and try to rest whenever possible. Why not take that nap? Why stay up late if I don't have to? I sing the praises of sleeping to anyone who will listen, and since you're reading this, I assume you're all ears. So here's why getting the rest you need is not only good for you as an athlete, but also as a functioning human being.Read More
Seeing as how I am a southern girl at heart it should come as no surprise that summertime is my FAVORITE time of the year. Chick-fil-a on every corner, sweet tea that is actually sweet and the unbearable Georgia humidity...life couldn’t get any better, right! But with the heat comes this overwhelming desire (for me, at least) to not do anything that requires me to sweat even more than the sun is already allowing. There have definitely been countless days after work where I end up in my bed with a jar of peanut butter, container of Double Stuffed Oreos, and Broad City re-runs instead of working out like I said I was going to.
Buuut that’s neither here nor there 😊 I’ve noticed that I just needed a little extra PUSH to get me back on my healthy lifestyle journey. I’ve read countless blogs and articles about being healthier overall and have come to the consensus that everyone’s journey is going to be different. So here are a few things that I’ve found get me motivated, even when eating a whole bag of Starburst Jellybeans seems life a better decision at the moment.Read More