Asked you guys to ask me questions that you’ve always wanted answers to… so here goes nothing!
“Where do you go to school?”
I go to school at the University of Georgia!
“What do you like about UGA? I am going to be a freshman there next year!”
I wasn’t that kid who knew exactly where they wanted to go to college growing up. Honestly, I didn’t even give college much thought until I got to high school, and the counselors and teachers started throwing the idea of it at us every chance they got. Part of me always assumed I would stay in-state, just because Georgia gives lots of money to high school graduates who go on to attend a Georgia school.
Out of the options for schools in Georgia, UGA was the best fit for me. I knew that I was probably going to get a business degree, so UGA made more sense than Georgia Tech because of it’s Terry College of Business. People always ask me if I considered doing nutrition, and the answer is yes. I thought about it a lot, but I ultimately decided that I needed to do something creative as a career, so marketing was the way to go. Athens is one of the prettiest college towns EVER (maybe I’m biased), so the second I toured I was pretty much sold. Once I toured, I knew that I HAD to get into Georgia, but UGA is pretty competitive to get into. I worked really hard to get good test scores and grades, so that I could get in early action and then not have to stress about where I was going to school!
Since coming to UGA, I have met some of the most amazing people and I have grown a lot. College definitely wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, but in most ways it’s been better. I love the UGA community feel, especially on game days when everyone is all dressed in red & black and cheering on the dawgs! That is, of course, when the dawgs aren’t disappointing Georgia fans… Maybe next year?
There are a lot of the basic college aspects that I love- like the freedom of being away from home and being able to make my own life and schedule. You can find those anywhere, but if you’re in the process of looking for your “perfect fit” remember that you can make any school your home away from home. If you get somewhere (even if you thought it was your dream school) only to find out that it doesn’t meet your expectations, remember that it happens to more people than you’d think! I didn’t start ~loving~ Georgia until my 2nd year, because it took me awhile to adjust. I came into college thinking I was going to be this super social sorority girl and I was going to go out and party every night and get perfect grades without trying, but college is a different ballgame than high school.
I joined a sorority and realized that it wasn’t for me early on. I ended up staying in it for two years before I dropped out. Growing up in the South, there’s this HUGE emphasis placed on sorority and fraternity life, so I felt like there was something wrong with me because I didn’t love it the way my friends did. I’ve come to realize that everyone is different, and also that not everyone has to walk the same path. If there’s one thing I have learned in my three years here at UGA, it’s that I am allowed to do what is best for me, even if it’s not what the “crowd” thinks is the move. I’ve had my share of nights out, and I have had my share of nights in. I’ve found so many people who would be just as happy to make healthy cookies with me on a Friday night than go out to the bars, and others who will go out to the bars with me and not blink twice when I decide that I want to be in bed by midnight. I have more balance in college than I ever did in high school and I am SO much happier mentally and physically than I ever thought possible!
“How do you find motivation after falling off the healthy eating wagon?”
I say this all the time, but healthy eating doesn’t require motivation for me. It’s my life style! I treat myself, but I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever “fallen off the wagon”. I have worked really hard to find this balance where I can treat myself and not feel like I “ruined” anything. I know that some people can get into this mindset where if they have one piece of candy or a slice of cake they have to “start fresh” the next day or “detox” and that’s just not the case. For example, today I had a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and then had some mini candy bars for snack. I worked out this morning and had a super good session, then decided I wanted the candy at 10am when I was done. Is that falling off the wagon? No. Am I less healthy because I did that? No. It’s just the way you look at things! Nobody has to eat 100000% healthy all the time, trust me I have been there and I wasn’t nearly as happy as I am now.
“How do you stay motivated?”
Working out is one of my favorite parts of my day! That being said, usually it doesn’t take much to get me to the gym. That being said, I am human, so I do get lazy. Sometimes I don’t want to go, but usually when that happens, I will just listen to my body and rest! It’s also easy to get in a “funk.” I know when I get super repetitive in what I am doing in the gym, I start to not want to do it, which is why I try and switch things up! I’ll cycle through weeks when I am loving the stair master, resistance workouts, running intervals, etc. Right now, my workout of choice is interval running and I am LOVING them!
“What are you studying/what do you want to do post grad?”
I am studying Marketing at UGA! I still have another year left, so I should ~probably~ give some thought to what I want to do when I graduate! I would LOVE to, but don’t see myself pursuing Instagram/blogging full-time. You never know, though!
“How did you get started with your blog/media account? I want to start mine, but I don’t know how!”
I actually have a full blog post on how I started my Instagram account! I’m new to the blogging world, though! I have always gone back and forth about whether or not I wanted to be a “blogger”, but now I am giving it a real shot!
Have you ever had a boyfriend?
Yes, I have had a boyfriend!
“Do you make adjustments to running when the weather starts to get super hot?”
YES. I live in Georgia, so in the Summer, running outside is tough. In May/June/July I will typically run around 6am in order to avoid the heat, but with that comes humidity. If I choose to sleep instead of running that early, I’ll usually have to do my run on the treadmill for the day. In the Summer I pretty much run in Spandex and a sports bra! It’s much too hot for anything else. I also drink a TON of water because when it’s hotter, you sweat more, so it’s important to replace the liquids you’re losing from sweat.
“Do you eat desserts after lunch/dinner?”
I eat desserts whenever I want one! Sometimes that is after breakfast, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner, etc. I don’t think that certain foods have to be eaten at any particular times! Chocolate at 9am is the same as if you ate it at 8pm. Of course that’s to my knowledge, I am not a dietician.
“When are your eating times?”
Don’t have any! I eat breakfast either before or after I workout, lunch depending on when my classes for the day are, and dinner depending on when I get hungry! It changes everyday, I don’t think too much about what time it is when I eat.
“How often do you snack and what is your favorite snack?”
I snack a lot! I think I like snacks more than meals to be honest, but I know that nutritionally, it’s better to eat a meal than a snack. I typically always reach for a protein bar as a snack! I like Square Bars, Vega Bars, and Freedom Bars a lot right now.
“Will adding more protein to your diet than carbs and fats (macro wise) make you bulk?”
I don’t really know what to say about this, because I don’t track the breakdown of my food! I think I eat way more carbs than anything else, and I am totally content with that. I know that protein is important, but I know that when people use the term “bulking” it typically means they are increasing their carbs and total calories in order to build muscle.
“Running recovery methods?”
There’s definitely nothing better than RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, & Elevation! Honestly, I have always really struggled with the rest part of recovery. I’m great with foam rolling, stretching, and getting in enough protein, but I always feel weird about rest days. Rest days actually decrease the occurrence of injury, especially for me. There are two different types of rest days I will take: active & total. On active rest days, I will go for a walk or hike, and on total rest days I will just lounge around. I think both are equally as important to a training cycle!
“Have you ever let the need to eat “healthy” ruin a vacation or fun outing? I have many times :(”
I definitely have in the past, but I am so glad that those days are behind me. I learned over time, that (food-wise) one meal, one day, and even one week have ultimately no long-term physical impact on your body. It’s not worth ruining a trip over something as silly as what you’re eating. It’s food, your body will digest it and life goes on. I wish I had known that sooner, because I would be super rigid and stressed when it would come to meal times on vacations. I remember I cried one Thanksgiving over a spoonful of ice cream, nothing happened to me and it was wasted anxiety over nothing. There are ways to eat healthier while in social settings, so it’s totally okay to choose those as long as you’re not making the entire situation about the food.
“What’s your typical mile pace?”
My typical run is a 5 mile run at a 7:30 average pace!
“Do you snack throughout the day or eat 3 big meals?”
I eat normal sized meals and snacks! It really just depends on how hungry I am. Since I am mostly plant-based, my meals are pretty large anyways, and I still have snacks! I don’t buy a ton of snacky-foods other than protein bars and maybe some Hippeas, just because I would rather have real food instead of the snacks. I definitely could live off of snacks and be perfectly content, but nutritionally I know it’s better to eat nutrient-dense meals!
“Do you ever plan on running a full marathon?!”
YES! I know I said after my last half marathon that I would “never do that again”… but I have the running bug again and I really want to do a full. I ~think~ I have a full picked out, but I am going to start out with a few smaller races and see how I am feeling as it gets closer!
“Do you track calories, macros, and nutrients?”
Yes and no. Every couple of weeks I will do a “check in” with a typical day of eating to see where I am hitting in terms of protein intake, but other than that I try not to worry about the breakdown. I eat mostly whole foods, so I already know that I am giving my body what it needs!
“Am I the best roommate ever? You’re welcome!”
I can’t choose out of the 3 of you!
“Recommendations for what to eat/drink in the A.M. when you’re not hungry, but need energy?”
I always eat breakfast in the morning! I wouldn’t even say that I am “hungry” when I eat it, but I always do eat it! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I look forward to waking up and eating again (but maybe I am just weird like that). If you’re not hungry enough to actually have a legit breakfast, maybe make a quick smoothie, have some granola and yogurt, or even grab a piece of fruit and peanut butter? I’m not saying you need to FORCE yourself to eat if you’re not hungry, but definitely take something with you in case you do get hungry, which you will eventually if you don’t eat anything. Eating breakfast also jump-starts your metabolism!
“How do you afford groceries?”
I have a whole blog post up about how I purchase groceries and how I try and save money on what I buy! I recommend checking that out, because it gets super detailed.
“Tips on growing a foodie account?”
Consistency, consistency, and patience! I have had my Instagram account for over 5 years, so I have been at the Instagram game a long time. I do have a full blog post about how I got started, which I think is super helpful if growing your platform is a goal you have in mind! The post goes into detail about what I have done to maintain consistent follower growth and things like that.
“Are you vegan?”
Nope! I am mostly plant-based, gluten free, and dairy free, but I eat fish, chicken, and turkey! I think that I could go vegan, but I don’t see a reason to do so at this point!