Happy day two of the Whole 30! Holy sleep cycles! This is my biggest non-scale victory so far, and it’s only day two. Last night, I got the best night of sleep I have had since coming home for the holidays. To be honest, I cannot recall the last time I got NINE hours of sleep–that’s right, nine! I even went into “deep” sleep for the longest time since getting my Fitbit for Christmas. Continue reading
I am doing the January Whole30 reset. Two years ago, I did a Paleo Challenge that sort of morphed into a Whole30. I didn’t do my research. I was new to it all. I begun with paleo and as I did more research, I stumbled upon the Whole30 and began following the program then. I slipped a few times, I cut it a day short, I didn’t scrutinize labels… It wasn’t really a Whole30 at all, which brings me to now. Continue reading
You call them resolutions, I call them my “New Year’s Intentions.”
Potâto, potāto. Let’s call the whole thing off–wait no, don’t do that. I want to keep with my intentions, and I know you want to keep with your resolutions this year too. Unfortunately, the majority of people drop off from their new year resolutions, even as soon as January.
I say, let’s be in the rough 8% that carry out their intentions/resolutions/goals this year. We can do it! And here’s how, start NOW! Continue reading
Need a quick, easy and healthy breakfast or snack idea?
Jump on the avocado toast train.
I just toasted two pieces of my favorite gluten-free bread, mashed half an avocado and spread it on the toast, and finished it all off with some red pepper flakes and Trader Joe’s Everything-but-the-Bagel Sesame seasoning.
Athletes are focused. Athletes are dedicated. Athletes are ambitious. Athletes are intense. We do what it takes to train, practice, condition, work hard, fine-tune and push our limits to be the fittest and perform 110% at our sport. My chosen sport: CrossFit, the “sport of fitness” as it is known by the global CrossFit community.
CrossFit is defined Continue reading
I make my own rules and my own plans. When I really think about it all, it’s truly empowering. I used to be terrified to be in charge of my own life. What if I messed up? I’d have no one to blame but myself. Then, I stopped fearing failure, and I took control of my actions. Every decision this past year, I can 100% say it’s been my own. I’ve failed. I’ve succeeded. More importantly, I’ve had the most freedom and happiness in my whole life. Continue reading
Hello beautiful souls.
It’s the Sunday before finals for me, and I am doing everything in my power to chill out. That’s right, actually chill and relax.
Finals are usually the time that student flip out. That used to be me, and well, deep down there is still a part of me that freaks out a tad… BUT I can control my stress levels.
Here is what I’ve been doing this weekend to prep my mind and body that DOESN’T involve the obvious studying. Continue reading
Whoa. Last week was a whirlwind for me. My routine got shaken up as I begun a new job last week. It was time for a new rhythm though. I like routine, but yawn… I like my routine in intervals, i.e. mix it up a bit, then get into a groove, then add or subtract a variable, etc. This is how I grow. Stagnancy is never a good thing for me. That being said, last week was all over the place. I felt emotionally and physically drained. My soul needed stillness. So, what did I do? I listened. Continue reading
After reading so many books in 2016, I set a New Year’s intention (I don’t set resolutions anymore). I want to read at least one book a month. So far so good! Because I am reading up a storm and reading is such a big part of my life, I wanted to add a “book club” section on my blog. Let me know what you think of this, a.k.a please give me feedback as to if you like this or not, what you would like to see, book recs, etc. Continue reading
I posted this on my Instagram (@emvalerioti) a few weeks ago. It was a huge moment for me, one that I am still proud of. It also is so prominent because Melissa Hartwig, Whole30 headmistress herself, gave me positive affirmations on my food freedom story, and approved of my selection of cupcake with the “proper cupcake to frosting ratio.” Love. Love. Love. I don’t have celeb crushes really, Robert Downey Jr. aside, but I do have some serious author/blogger crushes. Melissa being one of them. Keep reading to read my original post on Instagram, word for word and see a pic of when I met Melissa two months ago, eep! Continue reading