My Liebster Award: Sharing the Blog Love

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by fellow blogger and Sweat Pink Ambassador sister Susan at Simply Modern Dance! Thanks, Susan!

Liebster Award | thewellnessscientist.com

I hadn’t heard of the Liebster Award until just a few months ago. For those of you who need a little background, the Liebster Award is an award passed around the blogging community. It is simply a way of getting to know each other & share new/great blogs with your friends & fellow bloggers.

First, you answer 10 questions asked by the person who nominated you. Then, you nominate 10 bloggers and create your OWN List of 10 Questions for them to answer.  Sounds like fun!

Here are my answers to Susan’s questions (great questions, Susan!):

How long have you been blogging? 3 years this month!

What was your first blog post about? Work-Life Balance. The post was called The Balancing Act: Take Inventory. It was a series of reflective questions to ask yourself to figure out if you were spending the bulk of your time doing what you love with the people you care about the most vs. on other things. It is still one of my favorite posts, and I go back & re-read it/answer the questions frequently myself just to check in.

What do you do for work outside of your blog? I’m a Freelance Writer who writes about health, nutrition, and beauty for a variety of health and wellness publications including MAX Sports & Fitness magazine, Z-LIFE, Clean Eating, YouBeauty.com, and others.

What is your favorite recipe? My Spicy Veggie Frittata, which is easily my most frequently pinned recipe! I love it because it is super tasty & easy to make. I can whip it up for dinner and have leftovers in the morning for breakfast. LOVE that!

Meatless Monday Recipe: Spicy Veggie Frittata | thewellnessscientist.com

Why do you like fitness? I like seeing the progress I am making over time. I feel strong when I can hold a plank longer than the last time, run a faster mile, etc. Plus, it keeps me healthy by managing my weight, keeping my cholesterol levels in check (a problem for me because I am predisposed to high cholesterol genetically) I also love going for hikes & runs with friends.

I Run For Champagne and Chocolate | thewellnessscientist.com

Do you exercise alone or with friends? Both. I actually prefer doing cardio outdoors, which for me is hiking near my home at the Stanford Dish Trail or running on one of the nearby trails usually around Stanford’s campus. I find that I’m much more motivated to go for longer runs/hikes when I’m exercising & chatting with a friend. 

At The Finish Line

Where is your favorite place to work out? Outdoors, near my home for cardio. I have a 1:1 Pilates session once a week, but otherwise I do strength training at home either using videos or workouts from the Nike Training Club app. I just don’t like going to a gym and standing in line to use machines. I feel like I can get a very effective workout at home. I’ve featured some GREAT & effective 15-minute workouts courtesy of Nike Training Club on the blog previously. Those are my go-to workouts.

Stanford-Dish-Trail | thewellnessscientist.com

What is your favorite way to relax? Kicking back with friends having a glass of champagne or a margarita, just chatting and laughing about our lives.

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Where is your favorite place to travel? Hawaii! I’ve been to both Maui and Kauai, and I love the southernmost beach areas of both islands. I love visiting Wailea on Maui, specifically waking up & doing a little jog along the beach to get the day started.

How many countries have you been to? A few countries in Europe: France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, as well as England. I’ve also been to Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia. I’d like to visit Australia & New Zealand, as well as explore other parts of Europe, such as Greece.

Hello-Kitty-Tokyo

 

I nominate:

Diatta at FemmeFitale Fit Club

Jody at Truth 2 Being Fit

Alyssa & Carla at Alyssa & Carla

Jessica at Jessica Gets Fit

Becky at Run Be Run

Caity Jane at Slim and Savvy

Paige at A Paige Full of Glitter

Amy Pope Fitzgerald at Twingles Mom

Mandy at The Running Besties

Jess at Just Call Me Janks

Please let me know when you have posted your answers so I can check them out!

Here are my QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

1. What is  your fondest memory?
2. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
3. What was the best trip you’ve ever taken & why?
4. What is your favorite song to listen to while exercising?
5. What are your 3 must have beauty products?
6. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
8. How far away do you live from the place you were born?
9. Who is your Fashion Icon?
10. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Fitness Friday: Are You a First Generation Fitness Enthusiast?

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to try something a little different for today’s #FitnessFriday post.

Until recently, I was one of the only people in my extended family that was really in to health & fitness. A little while back, my cousin Jill started kicking butt & taking names by ramping up her fitness & dropping a significant amount of weight (good job, girl!!) My “cousin-in-law” Beth also joined the party and despite having four young kids and a full-time job, she is up at 4:30 a.m. to hit the gym before the kids are up getting ready for school.

Then LOTS of other cousins and my sister started the 21-day Advocare challenge. My sister lost a whopping 40 pounds in 40 days!!! My cousins have all posted great results of their own on Facebook & continue to drop pounds each week.

We are all what I call First Generation Fitness Enthusiasts. By that, I mean we didn’t grow up with moms and dads who did Jane Fonda or mall-walking (at least as far as I know!!!)

At some point, we each came to the conclusion that we wanted it enough to BRING IT, despite the time, energy, effort it took or the fear of making a change.

Because change can be scary, right? Change brings up feelings from the past, maybe when we tried something that didn’t go so well. The image below says it all:  If You Change Nothing, Nothing Will Change!

nothing-will-change

Question: Are You a First Generation Fitness Enthusiast? What prompted you to embrace change and opt for a healthier lifestyle? Also, what motivates you to KEEP GOING when something comes up?

If you have a blog or Facebook page where you talk about your own fitness challenge & journey, I invite you to share your link below! It helps us all stay motivated when we realize how much we have in common with one another!

Have a great weekend!!