2018 is my 10th year of running. It was in January of 2018 that my friend Heather first suggested running as a way to get healthy and fit. It started as part of my workout routine and a way to lose weight. It was a way to pass time between classes. We made a goal … Continue reading Keeping It Real: From the past, to the present, to the future… running goals.
Last week my best friend Paula sent me a post from a girl in her triathlon group on Facebook. Melissa (Instagram: @trirunatlgirl) posted a picture of her riding her tri bike at around 200lbs and another of her riding at her current weight after losing 70+lbs. While the picture was certainly inspiring on its own, … Continue reading The Need for “Right Now”
Today's run is a fine example of why I write my training plans in pencil. I was supposed to run 14 miles today. I didn't. I was supposed to run 4 miles yesterday. I didn't. Have I felt bad about this? Yes. Have I felt like a failure? You betcha. But I'm choosing to re-write … Continue reading Well, that run sucked. So what?
It has been a while since I have updated my blog. I haven't really been keeping up with my Facebook page, either. I realized this when a familiar feeling started to wash over me earlier this week. Although when I was going through it I wanted to share it all with the world in the … Continue reading Keeping It Real: Dealing with Burnout
In my first job as a dietitian I worked with clients who had eating disorders. One of the resources I used to help them change their relationship with food was Intuitive Eating. This concept is something that often talk about with my current clients (weight loss surgery patients) and also something that I talk about … Continue reading Finding My Inner Intuitive Eater
It's been a while since I have gotten real and shared about anything other than running on here. I have been wanting to write this post for a while - but haven't known exactly what I wanted to say or share. If you've followed by blog for a bit or if you know me IRL, … Continue reading Keeping It Real: Regain is Real
My relationship with running lately has not been the greatest. I have been slacking with exercise period, definitely feeling some winter blues, and having a hard time with some major changes in my life. In the last couple of years things have changed so drastically and I find myself saying every single year... "If you … Continue reading Race Recap: Girls on the Run Reindeer Run 5k 2017
How often have you heard a health provider refer to someone as a "diabetic" or "obese"? You've probably heard that on television, in advertisements for medications, in articles that you have read. When we use those terms, it implies that you are no longer a person but rather you are defined by your disease. And … Continue reading Keeping It Real: “I’m a Person, Not My Disease”
Let's face it - as human beings, we make assumptions. We judge the book by its cover on a daily basis. Even though we have been taught since we were little that this is not the right thing to do, we still do it. I'm guilty of it! But recently I have been trying very … Continue reading Keeping It Real: Judgment Free Zone
I typically start my day at 7:30am, but on my later days I start at 9:30am. I'm fortunate enough to work only 4 days per week, which makes for long days, but they go by fast - especially since I used to routinely work 10-12 hour days in long term care. I will check any … Continue reading Keeping It Real: A Day in the Life of a Bariatric Dietitian
Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, which is literally translated to "Fat Tuesday" in English. And Fat Tuesday it will be, with many people indulging in treats such as paczki, a Polish fried doughnut filled with fruit preserves or other sweet fillings. It is also the end of the Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans. In general, … Continue reading Keeping It Real: Fat Tuesday
It's January. We've all heard it... "new year, new you!" And we've all seen the increase in ads for gyms, weight loss products, etc. Heck, even my own work (I'm a registered dietitian for a bariatric surgery program) seems to have increased their advertising this month. With the onslaught of resolutions, my Facebook timeline has … Continue reading Keeping It Real: Every Body is Beautiful
Yesterday was matching day for dietetics students applying for internships. I just happened to notice this pop up on my news feed on Facebook. It made me realize that I have never really talked about my experience applying for an internship. In fact, I almost feel like I have hidden it... almost been ashamed of … Continue reading Keeping It Real: Not Getting Matched
A lot of people ask me what made me decide to become a dietitian. The story is kind of complicated, but to sum it up - I care about people. I have a big heart. So it made sense to me to work in health care in some way or another, and being a dietitian … Continue reading Keeping it Real: Planning for the End
Those of you who know me in real life or read my blog on a regular basis know that I am a dietitian in long term care. You may not know a lot about long term care. You may think of nursing homes, certain odors, and diseases like Alzheimer's when you think of long term … Continue reading Keeping It Real: Companionship