I must say that I’m enjoying the heck out of summer now that it’s here. The first month of summer has been mostly “chill-time” and working full time at the nutrition grocery store in my hometown, in addition to spending time with my boyfriend, my friends and my family… Not to mention the “me” time I hardly get when school is in session!
The moment summer began I told myself I wanted to learn to manage my stress in a productive manner and get back in to shape. Lucky for me, these two ironically went hand in hand. I began doing Tone It Up®, which I would suggest to any college girl who needs a workout plan laid out for them that they can do in the comfort of their own dorm, at home in their own basement, or in their apartment complex. The Tone It Up® girls can be found on YouTube and Toneitup.com and offer free workout programs, advice, and easy meals/snacks for girls looking to be healthy and happy. I like them because they send out such a positive message to their community and don’t “fat-shame” or send questionable messages to their community of followers. In my future dietetics career, I hope to motivate people the way these girls do. I want to be a health coach and maybe even get a certification in some sort of personal training/group fitness area. Also, might I emphasize that reason this site is so beneficial for college females is not only that it is a great fitness plan but that the fitness plan, community membership and recipes on the site are totally free. If you wish to take part in their additional fitness or nutrition plan it does cost extra (which, of course, I would leave up to your own judgement whether or not you would choose this option).
As part of my efforts to get back into shape I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone of hating cardio and telling myself I was just “not meant for running” and started running outdoors and on the indoor track at my gym. As much as I thought I would dread it I really like it a whole lot more than I thought! I’m using a free app called C25k (Couch to 5k), which guides you from beginning to running a 5k. My goal is to do the Color run at the end of summer this year. Over summer I will update on my fitness journey and yummy recipe creations I’m making 🙂
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, much love!
It’s almost time for warm weather! I’m thinking another month and half until the climate warms up and swimming pools get uncovered, making people break out their shorts and tank tops! We all like the warmer weather, especially after seeing the crazy winter we’ve had this year. In STL, there are no beaches or movie stars walking out of the ocean for the paparazzi. However, there are plenty of things to do and plenty of time to do them!
For me, going to the pool is an every day activity! In my hometown of Washington, Mo (s/o all you country folk) there is not much to do. I live in a subdivision with a neighborhood pool that is open to all who live there. I think I literally go there every day! Another one of my favorite things to do during the summer is run outside. Conveniently, the pool is about 1.5 miles from my house. Making a great destination, I usually run to the pool and kill two birds with one stone. The Katy trail, one of Missouri’s most famous bike trails, runs right on the riverfront in Washington. Occasionally, I will drive downtown with my bike to take a little stroll. I am more of a jogging type of guy but you know what they say, variety is the spice of life!
I find myself driving to the city (STL) all the time. At this age, I usually make the trip for a party or a visit to a bar, but throughout my college years, it has been a blast doing many other fun activities! The city offers things like the Zoo, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, the St. Louis Arch monument, or the famous city museum. For all you lovers out there, all of which are great ideas for date, just to mix things up from the typical dinner and a movie! If you enjoy listening to music, the St. Louis Pageant and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater are great for local or big time bands/artists. Another attraction is Forest Park. Only a short walk from Fontbonne, this park holds activities like hot air balloon races, carnivals, charity runs, wine festivals, concerts, you name it and it has probably happened there at some point.
While you won’t see Zac Efron in his bathing suit, or playmates taking a stroll down the beach, STL has a powerful atmosphere that will not disappoint you!
My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall since I could remember. Whether I was a tyke at my sister’s races or a bundle of nerves for my own, I think of fall as a time of running. The races have a community atmosphere and this helps the tension before the race. Team activities are the best to do, especially when they involve food. The team becomes a family and it’s amazing. Running in general takes up my fall, but it isn’t fall until I watch a race with a blanket wrapped around me and I’m cheering on my teammates.
My fall is also consumed by coffee shops because I’m addicted (I’m not bothered by this at all). I always want to try the new drinks and choices given during the fall. Starbucks is usually my go to, but recently I’ve discovered more and more coffee places. It has been amazing and fun to go to a new coffee place. I have always loved trying new things and I also love coffee, so this is the best season for that. Fall is filled with running and coffee, I can’t complain.
Coming from a suburb of Chicago, where the hottest hang out was a park (with a twisty slide!), I found St. Louis exciting. Everything felt new and fresh, I could even walk to places! That being said, I want to tell you the best things to do here — and there’s a lot. So, my top two will have to do for now.
A short walk away from Fontbonne University, there is a wonderful place called Forest Park. I like to call it the running mecca of St. Louis because, as a runner, I’m there every day. The amount of runners, walkers, bikers, etc is amazing! The gathering of people in one spot inspires you to want to go out and breathe in fresh air! The trails are vast and nice to run, or walk, on. Forest Park is also home to beautiful sights and really awesome events. It was the place where the balloon glow occurred and many other events. Something is always going on in Forest Park and with Fontbonne being so close, I can’t help but to go out and join in.
The food and shopping options in St. Louis was a huge change! So much to do and all easily accessible, which was kind of new to me. The loop is a great place to go for some retail therapy and lunch. My favorites include Mission Tacos, Blueprint, and Sole. Mission tacos has the best chicken tacos and I swear by them. When Blue Print has the best coffee that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve talked with the owner a lot, and he is passionate about what he does. Every cup is brewed individually and the coffee never tastes burned. They serve it from a beaker, a science beaker!
St. Louis is a pretty busy place with enough places and options to make you feel overwhelmed, but you’ll always find your favorite! Happy exploring!