(photo credit: Janelle Caremela Photography)
Hey everyone! Welcome to Burpees to Bubbly, where I hope you’ll enjoy my workouts, recipes, restaurant reviews and wine choices:) Originally from Maine, I moved to the Boston area in 2008 and have been here ever since.
This blog was created as a way for me to connect with other healthy living bloggers and readers, as well as a way to share my passion for fitness, food and vino 😉 My goal is to show people that being “healthy” doesn’t have mean working out six days a week (because, rest), not drinking alcohol (because, vino) or following some strict diet promising you that you’ll lose inches and pounds in just 7 days (because, ice cream & pizza). In fact, some days being healthy might even mean skipping a workout in favor of getting drinks and dinner after work with your coworkers, friends and/or significant others.
I have been on a journey to find this type of balance for a couple of years now, and while I have made really great progress, it will always be something I work on. Learning to embrace the now, letting go of the need for perfectionism and truly listening to my body isn’t always easy for me, but working at these things on a daily basis sure does help, which is why I share various learning points I’ve had in these areas along the way.
With regards to fitness, I love it. Plain and simple! I run, I box, I do kickboxing, I do yoga, I walk, I lift heavy weights, but most of all I am always willing to try new things. I do not believe that there is a “one size fits all” in terms of fitness plans, which is why I always encourage people to find out what works for them and what makes them happy. Whether that’s Zumba, running, Crossfit, swimming, tennis, lifting, etc., if you enjoy it then it’s the right workout for you! If you truly dislike a form of exercise and it makes you hate working out, then you shouldn’t be doing it- working out should be a positive thing in your life so dialing in and finding what works for you is so important!
When it comes to food, my husband and I really strive for the mentality of “let’s do our best to eat really well most of the time, but also feel OK incorporating less healthy choices”. For us, this means eating a lot of veggies and lean proteins throughout most of the week and saving indulgences like ordering out pizza or going out for burgers, wings or ice cream for the times our fridge is either empty or we are really craving it 😉 To help make this easy on us, we prep a lot of veggies & healthy snacks on Sundays or Mondays like kale, broccoli, string beans, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, chicken, etc. so that throughout the week we can quickly and easily reheat these things for our meals. While it may take a few prep hours to do this, it saves us so much time throughout the week so it is totally worth it!
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out B2B- your support and interest in what I post on here really means so much to me! Also, if you’re in the Boston area and would like to take a class with me, shoot me a message and I’ll let you know where you can find me 🙂
- AFAA Group Exercise
- AFAA Kickboxing
- BoxFIIT through The Club by George Foreman III
Currently I’m teaching at the Central Square BSC, Oak Square YMCA and boxing classes at GymIt in Watertown.