I’m excited to welcome and introduce a friend, co-collaborator and frequent Skype partner, Carly of FitLiving, today. If you haven’t already, you MUST check out her recipes. She is amazing in the kitchen! The No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites are on my Thanksgiving menu and maybe I’ll add the Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait with Gingersnap Granola too.
We share a passion for fitness, health and wellness with an ambition to inspire others to live their best life.
When we combine our shared passions with individual personalities, strenghts, and areas of expertise is when the magic happens!
Don’t miss out exciting announcement. Make sure you read all the way to the end!
I’ll let Carly take it from here.
Hi everyone! Let me say first, I am so excited to be sharing this space with Jill today and to give you all insight into the girl behind FitLiving. On the blog, I write about healthy living topics as it relates to fitness, nutrition and emotional well being, and share healthy recipes. I have recently made the transition from the corporate world to pursue my passion and career dreams. I am currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am on my way to becoming a Certified Health Coach in fall 2016. You can read more about my recent transition here.
Among family and friends, I am known to be a “healthy foodie” and enjoy spending time in the kitchen trying new recipes and creating my own. When I’m not in the kitchen, you can usually find me outdoors staying active, or spending time with my husband and fur baby!
The title of your blog is “FitLiving”…what is the significance of that?
I came up with the name “FitLiving” because I realize that pursuing a holistic healthy lifestyle is multi-dimensional. It is my goal to encourage and inspire others to become the best version of themselves through small lifestyle changes in the areas of nutrition, fitness, emotional wellness and sustainable behavior patterns. I believe that there is no “one size fits all” approach and that an individual’s journey to healthier living is as unique as the individual herself.
What was your game changing moment?
My game changing moment was actually on my honeymoon of all places! My husband and I had been talking about the future, the life we wanted to build together, and our future careers, when I realized I was ready for a change. I wanted to be able to make an impact in the lives of others using my knowledge and passions, and so my wheels started turning as I thought about how I was going to accomplish this. I started my blog when we got home and every decision I’ve made since has led me to where I’m at today!
You’ve got 24 hours in a day. What does a typical day look like from when you get up to when you go to sleep?
I get up around 6:30 am every morning, turn the coffee pot on and snuggle with my fur baby for a few minutes. The early morning is also my favorite time of the day to write blog posts and catch up on reading since my mind is uncluttered and the house is peaceful.
Every day tends to look different lately, but I usually have one of three things going on: spending time in the kitchen creating recipes and taking pictures, working with a local cold pressed juice company creating new menu items and juicing in the commercial kitchen, or catching up on desk work in my home office. When the afternoon hits, I’m ready to get my sweat on and go for a run, do some strength training or attend a barre class, at The Bar Method, where I work one day a week. I am also a coach for Girls on the Run where I teach middle school girls healthy life lessons through a curriculum and running two days a week.
The evenings are what I look forward to most since it’s my time to unwind from the day and spend some quality time with my husband. We usually take the dog for a walk and catch up on the day, and then it’s time to make dinner! Afterwards, we tune into one of our shows (currently loving Nashville, Masterchef and Extreme Weight Loss) or watch a movie. If I’m lucky, I have a little time to curl up in bed and dive into a good book before turning the lights out.
How do you create joy and happiness in your life?
I find that joy and happiness is found in the little moments of my day when I’m spending time with family and friends or working on a fun, new project. I am learning to better live in the moment so that I don’t miss out on what is most important to me. Being mindful of what I’m most grateful for and reflecting on life’s beauty has shifted my perspective on how I view the world around me, resulting in greater joy and happiness!
If you had to choose, what would be your top 3 “can’t live without” foods?
Hmmm… that’s a tough one since I am a huge foodie. I would say my top three would be: sushi, green smoothies (hello, energy!) and chocolate and peanut butter. Okay, maybe that was four.
Your ULTIMATE smoothie – are you a green or purple kinda person?
Green! I love playing around with different ingredients in my smoothies and there’s usually always a handful of spinach or kale in each one. My go-to smoothie lately has been a combination of pumpkin puree, frozen banana, spinach, splash of vanilla, medjool date, dash of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and almond milk. Yum!
The current book on your bedside table…
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I’ve actually read it once before, and it was life changing, so I’ve decided to read it again!
What is your favorite way to clear your mind and get your sweat on?
Running! Running has always been a part of my life. It’s my favorite way to destress at the end of the day and enjoy some quality “me” time.
There are so many! I am currently loving all of the fun prints and styles of Fabletics, plus their clothes are affordable and great quality! When I want to splurge, lululemon is my first pick. Their running shorts are super comfy and their yoga pants make everyone’s butt look good!
Any tips or advice you can give our readers just starting on their health and fitness journey?
Start small and set realistic goals, and know that it’s okay to “mess up”. I think that one of the biggest things that hold people back from starting on a health and fitness journey is that the goal set seems so astronomically large, it can be intimidating and enough to paralyze them in self-doubt and fear.
No matter what you are trying to achieve, I find it best to set smaller, achievable goals and take it one day at a time. So you didn’t get that workout in, or you ate an entire pint of ice cream? That’s okay. Pick yourself back up and start fresh tomorrow, because it’s a new day and a new opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes!
The one quote you always find yourself reading…
“No one is you and that is your power”
by Dave Grohl. During my recent career transition and life in general, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of who others want you to be and what they think you should be doing! I’m constantly reminding myself to be true to who I am and to be vulnerable in my journey.
Thank you Carly!
I mentioned on Friday that I have a big announcement I’ve been dying to share?
Today’s the day!
With dreams and passions in common, a drive to inspire others and specific areas of expertise, Carly and I couldn’t be more excited to announce we have teamed up to bring you Healthy Living Jumpstart 2016!
We’ve created a comprehensive program that will provide the guidance, tools and support you need to give your body, mind and life a healthy jumpstart in January 2016!
We’re also offering a FREE TRIAL week starting December 5th to give you a taste of what’s to come in the new year!
You can find all the details of what the program is about, what’s included and a place to sign up here
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Have you started thinking about and planning 2016? Have you set any goals for the new year?
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