vegan week prep.

One of my bucket list items is to go vegan for a week (or more if I so choose). I am starting to prep for this challenge and am excited to see how I feel at the end of the week/observe any changes in my physical appearance. I cut out red meat from my diet awhile back, so I currently only eat poultry and seafood. However, on this diet, there are a lot of other things that I will need to cut out. Below is a list I found from Alexandra Jamieson’s “Living Vegan for Dummies Cheat Sheet.”


  • butter or cream
  • eggs
  • cheese from cows or goats
  • meat, poultry, lamb, or beef
  • fish, shellfish, shrimp, or lobster
  • gelatin
  • honey

I CAN eat:

  • all fruits
  • all veggies
  • all herbs & spices
  • beans
  • soy-based protein like tofu & tempeh
  • grains
  • pasta (that’s not made from eggs)
  • olive oil

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An Employee’s Review of Jack’s Donuts



This summer I have been working 1-2 shifts/week at Jack’s Donuts and thought I would share my thoughts about the goodies. I have tried a few, but usually I just like to admire them and make little kids happy haha. Comment below if you have any questions!


My favorites!

Cake donuts… the blueberry, apple crisp, and birthday cake are the best ones!


Gluten/dairy/peanut free donuts!


the cinnamon sugar is my fave


chocolate yeast pretzel — SO GOOD.


tiger tail donut holes — regular yeast and choc. yeast mixed into bite-sized desserts


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LET’S –> E A T.

So pumped for my move to Chicago this fall! I cannot wait to start exploring all of the theaters, parks, art exhibits, fitness studios, and eateries! In April, I began to make a list of all of the new restaurants I’ve tried (along with what I ordered, a ranking of the place, and its location) and am going to make it a goal to try out a new spot at least once a week. Below is my list so far and the additional restaurants that I definitely want to visit!

Places I’ve tried:


74 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

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2546 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

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My Go-To Snacks.

A friend recently asked me what my go-to healthy snacks are. Here is a list of my favorites that I shared! Comment below if you would like me to write more health & fitness-related posts!

Quest Protein Bars
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lots of protein, low sugar, low carb!

Kind Breakfast Bars
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Great for breaky too!

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E N E R G Y.

I was recently looking at old journal entries and came across one where I made a list of things that excite and energize me. I thought it would be a fun thing to share in order for you guys to get to know me a little better.
  • Being at the beach on a sunny day.
  • Having free time to craft, read, take a nap…
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Fitness Professional Survey

Hi!! Below are the results of an anonymous health and fitness survey I sent out to a group of fitness professionals in the Indy area. The 9 pie charts and 1 bar graph below are based off of the 12 responses that I received. Please comment below with any thoughts and/or suggestions for another post like this 🙂

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This chart displays that 50% of the people surveyed incorporate rest days during the week. You do not need to kill yourself everyday to achieve results.

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