The Comeback Post: A Message To Those Who Are Ready to Give Up

Almost a year ago, a few of my close friends decided that my talking about depression and other personal struggles on FB, my blog or anywhere else for that matter was embarrassing them and my truth was causing them discomfort. They were doubtful of how much I was really struggling because there was no way I could be smiling and laughing one day with them and struggling the next day. There was no way I could be having suicidal thoughts because if I was suicidal, I would’ve gone ahead and done it already. According to them, people who are depressed shouldn’t talk about it publicly. Continue reading →

My Top 10 Favorite Healthy Summertime Snacks

I loooooove snacks. I always find myself munching on things in order to keep from being hungry between meals. And because I’m always snacking, it’s easy to just grab whatever is around to satisfy my hunger. But over the years, I’ve found that grabbing just anything can backfire on my health and fitness goals. And I always seem to grab the sweet stuff. So, I’ve learned to be prepared as much as possible and try my best to have my favorite snacks in the house or in my purse. Now that summer’s here and swimsuit season is in full effect, I’m snacking a little bit smarter and lighter. Continue reading →

The Color Run Chicago and Shout It Out Giveaway!

This summer, I’m all about finding the fun. As soon as it gets consistently warm in Chicago, I’m pretty sure I’ll be outside as much as possible. Sunshine, festivals, music concerts, trips to the beach and fun races are on my agenda. I’m super excited to partner with Shout and their Shout It Out Campaign this weekend for the SUPER fun (and sold out) Color Run in Chicago. And… I’m giving away a free entry! Yep, you get to run with me this Sunday, June 8th at the Color Run Chicago. Continue reading →

Personal Challenge: 100 Days of Running

As I’ve mentioned before, running is a form of personally prescribed therapy for me. I’ve been a runner my entire life and sometimes after a run I feel like a completely new person. I feel accomplished and ready to take on the rest of the day. It’s not always like that, but for the most part I enjoy it and find it necessary for my sanity. So, I’ve been thinking for a while now about how I can challenge myself through running. I know… running and training for races is already a challenge, but what I want to do will be a bit more personal and solid. Continue reading →